Healthy intentions…we are already well into the New Year and I have yet to make a new year’s resolution. I am not big on resolutions. I was thinking something big, something bigger than I did last year. What could I do that would be better than a half marathon? I am certainly not ready to try a triathlon. I have races I am signed up for this year, but nothing too crazy or exciting or BIG.
As I was scrolling through Instagram, I saw this great post and it changed my thinking…
“Ditch the resolutions. To resolve means to find a solution to a problem. You are not a problem. The way you showed up for your life the past year was necessary for your growth. Now is a time to reflect. To learn. To create an intention, a positive call to shift, a spark of magic + manifestation rooted in self-love and backed with action.”
It spoke to me and made me think about how I don’t need to have one BIG thing I want to RESOLVE, accomplish, or change about myself because I am not a “problem.” Instead, I thought about ways I have changed how I live my life over the years. I decided to share 10 ways I live with healthy intentions.
I am not a sitter. I’m a walker, runner, biker, squatter, lunger and move as much as I can.
Drink a lot of WATER
Aim for 100 ounces every day. I don’t need a special water ounce counter. I just use my HerSUPPZ shaker (25oz) and fill it at least 4 times every day.
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I track my food, my fitness & my water intake. I love my FitBit and I would suggest investing in one. It keeps me accountable and tracks my daily progress. Sometimes we may not see or feel the progress, but this reminds us we are taking the necessary steps.
Never do the same thing every day. Some days I run, others I walk quickly. I lift and I HIIT and do Hot Yoga. I teach a class using a stability ball. Being sore is a satisfying feeling for me. It reminds me of why I vary my workouts.
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Eat Healthy with Healthy Intentions
Keep the healthy stuff visible and don’t even buy the junk. If it’s in your house…you will eat it at some time. Keep healthy snacks at your fingertips. I have a veggie tray ready at all times and protein bars in my cookie jar.
Eat, Eat & Eat Some More
By eating every few hours we avoid a drop in blood sugar. I try to eat three meals a day & a snack in between. I have found this keeps me from overeating or getting so hungry that I just grab anything (usually not healthy). This was a life-changer for me.
Healthy Intentions Mean Healthy Sleep
Your body needs time to recover. It’s not easy with three little kids (who always end up in my bed by morning) but I always strive for at least 7-9 hours a night. Uninterrupted sleep – now that’s a healthy intention I wish I could make.
Cheat, but only once in a while. It’s ok, we all do it but usually don’t talk about it. We are human and when you deprive yourself you create a lifestyle that is hard to live. My cheats are great reminders of why I don’t eat like that often.
Get your Protein
Protein is so important for women. It curbs your appetite by keeping you feeling fuller longer. I always make a protein shake post workout to nourish my muscles. Increase your protein intake via protein-rich foods and protein powder. I try to intake about one ounce of protein per pound of body weight. However, what is right for me, may not be for you.
Find Your Strengths & Love Yourself
The older I get, the more I realize the amazing things my body is capable of. We are all built and shaped differently, but once you quit comparing your journey to someone else, it is easier to love yourself. I encourage you to find your strengths this year and celebrate them because you are amazing!
I am still growing & learning in my fitness journey so I decided I am not going to set a resolution this year. Instead, I am going to continue to grow and turn my healthy intentions into actions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“I write blogs about my accomplishments, my failures, my doubts, my goals, and my inspiration. But, it’s really not about me. It’s about real life and the challenges we each face and continuing to find your strength along the way. I want to inspire people, but I also want them to see the real me. I am just a normal person trying to do the best I can with what I was given. This is my journey and you have yours. Nobody is perfect…all the time. We all suck at things.” -Mary Sheckler
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Article updated originally published January 2016.