Believe it or not, I am always trying to get better in my health (this is tongue in cheek). I'm refining my habits and trying to add some new ones in!
And I have some struggles with that, mostly because it is easy to prioritize as I always have. But that isn't an excuse...I wanted to share my struggles both as an exercise for myself, but also because you should know that you can always get better and it doesn't have to be a negative thing.
Here is a list of my challenges and what I am doing to get on track.
Maybe you also have suggestions?? Also, feel free to email back with your challenges and I can give you a couple of tips to change your mind on prioritizing!
1.) Water Intake. Yeah, this is my worst. When I used to hit my water intake, I was in a sedentary job and I could just chug water. After having babies and changing into a very active profession, drinking water has become really hard for me. Excuse? Not prioritizing it. My roadblocks, however, are getting heartburn if my stomach is too full. After having my girls, my stomach moved or something and I get heartburn pretty badly if I over eat or drink. This means I can't drink a lot in one setting. Further, my daughters scream if I drink from a water bottle because they too want to hydrate EXACTLY like mom. I also am very particular about smells and if my water bottle smells a certain way or tastes too soapy, I won't drink out of it lol. BUT I know I am not drinking enough water which is terrible for my body.
What am I doing?
I purchased a LARGE water bottle and have definitely seen my water intake go up.
I try to wash the water bottle on the regular with hot water.
What else should I do? Make the decision to get it done. Read some scary research on not getting enough water. Drink water anytime my kids can't see me.
2.) Meditation. This is a behavior I used to have on lockdown, but I also didn't work at 6am. Now my priorities in the morning have switched to working, SO what should I be doing to add this mindfulness and focus exercise to my life??
Start doing it 7 days in a row. Even if it is only for 2 minutes. Work my way up on the time frame.
Work on breathing at the same time.
3.) Vitamins. Rodney is my crutch here and probably at my detriment, since I have no ownership of the task. He is very good about his vitamin intake and usually sets mine out. All I have to do is literally swallow them. I need to hit a 7 day streak so this week, I WILL do that. I always sleep better when I take my vitamins, but a lot of times I just push it off because I am tired. It is only like 2 minutes (yes, it takes me a long time to take 14 pills) of my time. I just need to do it.
4.) No phone after 8pm. As a business owner and accountability coach, I live on my phone. It is my livelihood, but it occupies me from being present with family, affects my sleep, and messes with my posture. I have found that losing my phone is the best way for me to not use it (Toddlers steal!), but I am thinking that hiding it is effective. Again, a 7 day streak might be my first step towards getting it right.
Yes, those are my current struggles. The next 7 days I WILL be accomplishing these things. I will check in next Wednesday. Also, let me know if you have suggestions for making things work! I am always up for problem solving in new creative ways!
BUT, how about you? What are your most difficult behaviors? What are you going to do for the next 7 days??
Write it down and commit with me! Once we are through the initial decision making phase, it will become part of our persona.
Let's do this!