Each year at this time I sit down and come up with a long list of new year's resolutions, most of them revolving around my health and relationships. I usually make a pretty scrapbook page and hang it on my bathroom mirror so I can look at them every morning. Problem is, with a long list it's hard to actually make a lasting change. This year, I'm going to switch it up a bit and pick ***gasp*** just two things. I will focus on these two things for all of January and when the month is over I can choose to carry a few over or pick two new things for February. Having smaller, more attainable goals is less overwhelming and I will get more out of them this way.
For January I want to focus on detoxifying my body after a long holiday season of sweet treats, overindulging, and not enough exercise. For the next three weeks, I am going to pay attention to:
For awhile now, I've been feeling foggy, slightly nauseous, and getting headaches. I started keeping track of when this was happening and it seemed to be after over indulging on sweets or gluten-containing foods. So, I am going to join the movement and try to incorporate green smoothies and juices into my morning routine most days of the week. In addition, limit my sugar and gluten consumption. I purchased Kris Carr's 'Crazy Sexy Diet' that includes a 21-day "adventure" cleanse.
Eliminating animal products or at the very least reducing to no more than twice per week
Saying sayonara to acidic drinks such as coffee, soda, energy drinks, and the booze
Leaving those refined sugars and artificial sweeteners behind
Banning 'The Whites,' white table salt, rice, bread and potatoes
Cutting out gluten and dairy
Hmm, this is sure to be an adventure!Ha! I'm not going to stress about following this exactly, but I am going to use it as a guideline for my meal choices for the remainder of the month.
One semester in college, I had signed up for a yoga class. We had to meet twice a week and I always left feeling more centered and relaxed (being able to touch my toes was just a bonus). Yoga for me, is more about my spiritual well being then it is about getting a good workout in. It's nice to have time set aside to slow down and be in the moment. Yoga does this for me. Why it's always on the back burner?? I have no answer for this. I have one slower yoga DVD at home and just ordered a Vinyasa Flow DVD and Jillian's Yoga Meltdown for the days I need to combine a workout with my yoga practice.
There, I did it. I successfully only picked two things to focus on the first month of the new year. I'm excited about them both. In fact, I started my morning off with a beginner's green smoothie (I used only 1 cup of spinach instead of the suggested 2 cups) and a cup of green tea in place of my usual coffee latte.
Dani's Green Goodness Smoothie:
1 c fresh, organic spinach
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop of Spirutein chocolate protein powder
Handful of ice cubes
This was actually really good! Surprisingly I couldn't even taste the spinach!
Now I can start my day right and not feel overwhelmed about all the new things I have to work on. What are you going to focus on in the new year? There's no better day than today to go after your dreams!