30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 1

I have been loving Pinterest and searching different self-care and self-love routines. I found a 30 day challenge with a list of over 100 ideas for small self-care acts and you are supposed to integrate a couple into your everyday. So I’m going to give it a go.

My Picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

 

So I will do these everyday, and post my struggles and successes for each for 30 days.

Meditation – I have dogs and they are needy, but I love them and even with the distraction I managed 5 minutes. It makes me totally refocused and happy.

Grateful for – 1. my dogs 2. garden fresh tomatoes 3. family time

TED talk – I watched a 3 minute inspiration on my TED app, it makes me smile and think but I had a hard time absorbing it

Yoga – I’m about 1.5 weeks post surgery so it was a very gentle, restorative flow with minimal movement but enough to stretch it out

 

 

 

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How do you like your coffee?

I am currently sipping a brewed Keurig coffee with a little bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s a little strong but just what I need.

Today marks the day I start a self-love journey. I am so tired of comparing myself to others and just not feeling healthy in general – so it’s time to make a change – and I’m excited. I’m working with a wellness coach and today we met for the first time and she is lovely. You know when you just get a good vibe? Yup I am feeling hopeful.

Sure I’d love to lose weight (that medication often makes hard to lose) – but she said something that made me think a lot and come to the conclusion; that why do we as a society focus on weight loss and not overall health and happiness?

I am always looking for the next goal, “ok once I do this I’ll feel good”. But why not make lifestyle changes and plan for longer term happiness and work on myself from within?

Well I am going too. Starting today.

 

Successful Ways to Start the Day ~ Morning Routine

My refined but perfect way to set myself up for success and a zen-ful day. If I can’t do all things I prioritize.

So my full list in order includes:

  • wake up depending on my list for the day (between 730-9)
  • meditate
  • ted talk / flipboard articles
  • yoga
  • shower
  • brush teeth/hair
  • coffee
  • feed / let dogs out
  • breakfast

I have read in multiple articles that to set yourself up for success you must feed you body, mind and soul. That’s why I love the yoga and meditation, and a quick ted talk or daily news article.

If I have little time my condensed format goes as follows:

  • wake up time
  • meditate
  • ted talk / flipboard articles
  • shower
  • brush teeth/hair
  • coffee
  • feed / let dogs out

I know skipping breakfast isn’t the greatest but I usually almost always pick up a bagel on the way to where I am going. But at home I enforce time for a little daily update and some meditation bliss with a coffee. I love sitting in my backyard watching my dogs and sipping my java.

I truly believe if you make time to care for yourself you can stand tall and be successful at work and in your daily interactions.

What do you think?

Losing how much?? Fitness plan and routine*

Save to say we all go through phases of wanting to lose weight/tone up/lean out/build muscle/etc.. For me this is losing weight and being strong. My 2 body goals.

So my overall goal is to lose around 100 pounds and build my strength. I realize this is not going to happen even close to over night but I’m willing to work at it for a long time because I want my lifestyle to change not be a fad.

So being a previous athlete who has gained weight from medication and health, and bad eating habits – I know a little about working out and nutrition. It’s just about getting back there. So my plan for now:

Nutrition: High protein, low carb. Eat eat eat your meat (and alternatives). And some low carb veggies and low sugar fruit. Some people go extreme but if I’m craving and pb & j sandwich I’ll have it but I mainly strive to eat clean.

Workout: I range and aim to hit 20-45 minutes of cardio (been loving cycling) and then weights for about 10-20 minutes. I write out a plan for myself and target different muscle regions on different days to alternate and allow for max rest and push when each is needed.

So far I am down 6.4 pounds! Only 93.6 left !

If you have any workout tips, people to follow, articles to read, hit me up and let me know please!!

Final Minimalist Challenge Days*

Car – I decided I need my car, I commute and travel so for me it is a necessity. But what I can do is reduce the clutter (trust me it’s bad) of things kept in my car. Currently, you cannot put anything in the trunk and out of 3 backseats, 1.5 are free – bad I know. So tonight I will remove the clothes that I forgot were in there, remove old sports equipment I haven’t used in a year and keep my essentials (first aid kit, blanket, car manual, etc.)

Home – To downsize or not? I live at home so probably not. I am good with my space and it makes me happy.

Mission – Does your path, school, career align with your values? Previously I have a dual undergraduate B.Sc in Biology and Psychology. Love it I learned a lot but I found it’s not getting me where I want to be – to help people front line. That is why I am back in school for nursing now! And I could not be happier even with all the hard work.

Health – This can go a variety of ways. Eat clean? Ya I should and I am working more towards that but I am by no means perfect. And exercise. Love it. But need to make time and I know this will happen as I continue to grow with freeing up my time by practicing minimalism.

Time – Which leads us to our final time. Time. Learning to embrace it and find joy in more of it.

 

What I’ve learned if anything is minimalism takes practice, just like learning something new. We have to continue to practice until we get it, but there is always more room to grow and that is ok.

 

2017 Goals and Hopes

How do you define success? Is it losing 10 pounds or is it being comfortable in your body?

Ideally we think ok set this goal and than I will be.. happy, confident, satisfied, etc.

But it’s the “than I’ll be..” that gets us tied up in a pattern of frustration. Why don’t we set ourselves up for success? Let’s make goals based off how we want to feel and see our life and not by how we are going to get there. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to lose weight but ultimately I want to feel confident and love my body.

So here’s my top 3 goals and hopes for 2017:

  1. love my body and be confident
  2. feel joy in more aspects of my life
  3. feel strong emotionally and physically

What are some of your hopes and goals?

Mellow Out with Me

Everyone has “those days” where work was rough, life seemed tiring and it was just a long day, or week. So tonight I treated myself with a mini pamper me routine.

I cooked dinner with my family, some comforting time and food. Then watched some comedy shows to get in a good laugh. For me laughing is one of the best de-stressers, you can’t be mad or frown while laughing. Finally I splurged on a white macadamia cookie and mindlessly scrolled through Youtube – of course while sipping my decaf pumpkin spice tea. And now I am in my cozy spot writing to you guys, this has been such a great creative, and stress relieving outlet. I will make my to-do list for tomorrow so I can stop worrying tonight.

Later I’m going to do a face mask, and put some leave-in conditioner into my dry hair and maybe even add an extra fuzzy blanket to my bed. I will spray (more than a couple pumps) of my lavender sleep aid onto my pillows and meditate for 10 to 20 minutes.

Meditation has been a life saver. It allows me to step back and take time for me, but productive time. Although it may seems like not being able to do anything for 10 minutes is not helpful, when you are done with the meditation the level of zen and balance expands and enables you to work even more focused and more attentively.

Breathe in. Breathe out.