Wednesday, May 30, 2012

day 30: my healthy lifestyle

 It's no secret that I try me best to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Since losing 30 pounds nearly 4 years ago, I've made healthy eating and exercise a regular part of my daily routine.  While I focus most on these two aspects of healthy living, there's so much more to it.  And the older I get, the more I realize how important my mental and emotional health is.

I don't want this to be a preachy post, and quite frankly, don't have the energy to delve head first into developing a healthy mind, body and soul.  I will, however, leave you with a little list of things I try to prioritize that make me a happy, healthy and balanced lady.

1.  Exercise regulary.  Preferably with a goal in mind, which is why I'm always training for a race.  The cardio strengthens my body while the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a training routine or set a new personal record strengthens my confidence.  And roller derby has been such a gift!  Not only do I get lots of exercise, but the competitive edge and downright physical nature of the sport work as the best stress relief ever!  It certainly doesn't hurt that my leaguemates make great friends and confidantes!

2.  Shoot for 8 hours of sleep every night.  Okay, this doesn't always happen, but if I can get 8 hours at least 2 nights and week and no less than 7 for the remaining 5 nights, then I am a much kinder, more patient person.  I also find that when I'm well-rested, I'm more likely to take the extra steps to make healthier choices, whether it's exercise or eating.

3.  Indulge a little.  If I'm going to keep this up for the rest of my life, then I have to enjoy it!  Sweets are my achilles heel.  I try my best to limit them, but when I want to indulge, I don't skimp.  I'd rather have something once in a great while or have a little bit every now and then than replace it with something lackluster and not-so-satisfying.

4.  Maintain connections with others.  I'm so bad at getting in a zone and completely forgetting about cultivating relationships with others.  I would definitely consider myself an outgoing individual, but if I don't see people on a regular basis, I'm not very good at seeking out their company.  Even John and I have to be intentional about the time we spend together.  I treasure the moments we get to go out to breakfast and just talk.  It's amazing the impact bottled-up emotions can have on everything else in your life.  Talking things out is sometimes the only way to get around them.

5.  More pampering.  I'm also really bad at this one.  Recently, I've made a real effort to do little things like paint my nails and visit the salon more often.  I always feel so refreshed and instantly pulled together when I do so.  Why am I always putting it off?!

What do you do to find balance and lead a healthy lifestyle?

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