I thought I’d introduce a new feature to the blog. On the first Wednesday of each month, I’m going to touch on various topics relating to health and wellness. This could range anywhere from fitness, to self-care, to healthy eating…..generally just topics in relation to taking care of oneself. Since this is the first post of this kind, I’m going to list out some wellness goals that I’ve set for myself,
1.) Start a regular exercise routine
I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t exercised regularly since before I conceived Egon (so, about Christmas 2017?). We started fertility treatment right after Christmas, and I was afraid to do anything during the course of treatment, and then I was petrified to do anything once I had conceived him, so this part of my life fell by the wayside over the past year and a half.
There is a small weight room and track at the community centre just up the road from our home. In the next month, I’m planning on committing to a year membership there. The nice thing is with it so close to home, it’s super simple for me to pop over quickly when one of the guys are home, or on the weekends. That really helps get rid of the excuse of “I don’t have the time to travel -whine-“.
so in the next month, I’m planning on committing to a year membership there. The nice thing is that with it so close to home, it’s super simple for me to pop over quickly when my brother is off or at home, or once my husband gets home from work at night, or on the weekends. That really helps get rid of the excuse of “I don’t have the time to travel -whine-“.
2.) Finish Couch to 5K, and run a 5K
This is a two-part goal. I have wanted to properly run a 5K since I walked my first 5K back in Halifax in 2014. Since that first one, I’ve gone on to walk two more. I even managed to run a little bit of my last one. I’d really love to say that I ran the whole thing. Before I participated in my last one, I had managed to complete approximately 5 out of 8 weeks of Zombies, Run!‘s Couch to 5K app (iOS, Google Play). I’ve tried others, but I much prefer the Zombies, Run! version as the story aspect really motivates me. The two I have my eye on are the Toronto Pearson Runway Run in September, and Monster Dash in October.
3.) Get into a regular yoga practice
Once upon a time over a decade ago, I participated in the Explore program (by the way, if you’re in school and want to learn French, I HIGHLY recommend this program. My room, board, and lessons were paid for, all I had to pay for was excursions and travel to and from,). I went to stay in Rivière-du-Loup for five weeks to learn French. We lived in the dorms, and attended classes and on the weekends, we did excursions through the province of Québec. During the week, however, we were free to hang out with friends, explore the town, and attend extracurricular activities set up by the teachers. It was during this time, I fell in love with yoga. I attended a few classes, and I’ve rarely felt as relaxed in all my life as I did when we had finished a class.
I find that after his first feed in the morning, Egon tends to go back to bed for about an hour. This is also around the same time my husband lives for work, and my brother is rarely up at that time. I’d like to start taking that time to do a quick yoga video on YouTube, and maybe have my first cup of tea of the day. Just set aside a little time for myself each day. 🙂
4.) Organize my space
Confession: I am not a neat person. Never have been. Since being on mat leave, however, the mess is starting to bother me more and more, and is taking a bit of a toll on my mental health. As I’m starting to work a bit more on things from home, my husband is endeavouring to try and give me my own little office space, rather than just my desk sitting in the corner of the living room. So far I’ve gotten one shelf organized, and we have plans to seclude the space a little more and give me some more surrounding room, but I have a long way to go. Once I have it organized, I would actually like to do a post of a small tour of it.
5.) Meal plan
What’s that old saying? “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? This is a tough one for me, but one I know I need to start doing as when I don’t, my eating habits go off the rails. Since being diagnosed with PCOS, and as I get older, I find that my body is having a harder time with some foods, but I keep falling back to eating them though because I don’t plan in advance.
A while back I picked up a “Week at a Glace” notepad from Dollarama that I realized would be perfect for jotting down some ideas for meals each day in the week. This way, I might be able to resist the temptation of junk a little easier and concentrate on eating healthier, more wholesome meals each time. Fixing how I eat is also very important to me as Egon started eating real food around Easter time, and I would like to be a positive role model to him as his pallet and habits continue to expand.
6.) Drink more water
This is one I’ve always struggled with, but it’s been made worse since pregnancy and into the postpartum period. I seldom drink enough water, but now that I’m still nursing Egon, I’m constantly finding myself dehydrated. Something I’ve been doing to help myself is I bought myself a large 20 oz stainless steel tumbler. I attempt to drink several of these through the day. It helps to have a vessel that I know the size of so that I keep track of my intake while I’m trying to hit my goal for the day. Another thing that helps is an app called Plant Nanny (iOS, Google Play). In it, you raise an adorable little plant by recording your water intake. You don’t drink/record? Your plant gets sad, then dies. Nothing like motivation through guilt, right?
7.) Lose weight
This is a passive goal for me. I firmly believe that if I can achieve many of the goals on this list, this one will happen naturally. There is a rough number as to where I’d like to get to, but my main goal weight is healthy. I know for a fact that my weight currently is not healthy. Pregnancy was rather difficult due to my weight. Even some of my goals here are a bit harder because of it (mainly running). I would like to say I do not subscribe to the idea of BMI. Back in high school, I was in the ideal bracket for my height as a teen, and I looked sickly. Thus, there isn’t a magic number I’d like to ultimately achieve. I just want to achieve feeling good inside and out, whatever that number might be.
Of course, these are just my goals for the moment. Like with anything, they’re sure to change as what works for me now might not down the road. Do you have any wellness goals for yourself? Let me know in the comments! 💕