Guys. It’s November 15th. This month is already half over. Whaaat??!
I feel like this month has just whizzed by! All of a sudden there’s talk of Turkey Day and Christmas trees being lit – and I’m not ready to let go of my fall foliage and crisp autumn afternoons. Believe me, I’m definitely one for the holiday season, but it’s just crept up so fast this year!
Anyway, Physical Health!
I know that two weeks isn’t a lot of time to allow a change to occur. It’s always said that, “It takes 21 days to make a habit!” and “You notice change in 4 weeks, other people notice it in 12!” But since this is Month 1 of my Happiness Project, I just wanted to check in with you all and give you a little update on my month of physical health and my resolutions!
It’s been so easy abstaining from alcohol. The last few weeks before this project started I hadn’t really wanted to drink, so keeping that trend going has been simple for me. What I didn’t realize though was how much alcohol was integrated in my social life. Now that my friends and I are all getting older, it’s easy for us to go grab a drink to catch up, or bring over a bottle of wine to watch a movie. Is it nice sometimes? Absolutely! But definitely not necessary every time I see a friend. Those single drinks here and there really add up in calories, especially if it’s beer or a sugary cocktail!
Caffeine has been a little more tricky. What I’ve noticed though, is that I don’t miss the caffeine jolt itself. I miss the routine of putting on a pot of coffee for me and my boyfriend on our slow weekend mornings. I miss the taste of my chai tea lattes I usually sip while working on my blog in a cafe. It feels weird not swinging by starbucks before clocking into my shift. But, not having it for a little while really put in perspective for me how much sugar I use in all of those drinks. Hopefully going without them for the rest of the month will help reset my palate, and I can enjoy them without as much sugar!
For the most part, I’ve been staying on track with my meals (three cheers for lane!). Of course I’ve fallen victim to a little leftover Halloween candy, and some birthday cake from my man’s 22nd, but all in all I’ve eaten quite clean. I’m trying to find a balance with myself, as normally when I kick into a healthy mode, I get carried away. I’m one of those people who can easily obsess over calories and rapid weight loss. This time, I’m trying to be more realistic, and go for a lifestyle change rather than a one month crash diet. I want to mainly eat my healthy clean foods, but not feel guilty about indulging. That part has been tough for me, but it’s a work in progress.
I’ve been keeping up with my 3 workouts a week (minimum)! And as expected, I feel great. Every workout is a rush of endorphins and I can slowly notice my body changing. I feel tighter, stronger, slightly leaner. Up to this point though, the exercise has mainly done wonders for my mental health. It feels great to be active and push my body to it’s limits. I’m hoping to keep up with this when life gets a little busier!
My sleeping habits have definitely improved as of late. I’m in bed around the same time each night, and I’m slowly training my body to get up earlier. Of course, when I’m feeling tired or a little under the weather, I let myself sleep in. I rest when I need to. This has probably been the easiest resolution, because come on, who doesn’t enjoy a good night’s sleep?
Hair, Skin, Nails
These past two weeks I’ve been really good with taking care of my hair, skin, and nails. I’m more gentle on my hair when I’m brushing it – I’m normally the person who just rips the brush through without even thinking about breakage. I always make sure to use my heat protectant, but I’ve been using less heat lately. At the beginning of the month I gave my hair a little trim to start fresh with some healthy ends, and they’ve held up thus far! My skin is improving too! Whether it be due to the steady skin care, or the increase in water, better diet, or exercise, my number of blemishes has decreased, and my skin hasn’t fallen victim to it’s usual seasonal dryness. My nails have been easy to take care of, just keeping them trimmed short and moisturized! Of course I can admire a nice manicure, and miss the look of my usual bright red nails, but it’s an afterthought at this point.
Honestly this is probably the habit I’ve developed that I’m most proud of. Im finally drinking a lot of water!! I can’t say I’m up to my recommended amount each day, but this is a vast improvement. Before this month I probably drank the equivalent of two water bottles a day. It’s no wonder my skin was feeling lackluster, and I was always hungry. Staying hydrated has helped me curb my appetite when it’s not mealtime. I feel better and stronger during my workouts, and drinking plenty of water in the mornings helps me feel more awake – without caffeine!
All in all, I feel it’s been a successful 2 weeks for me putting a focus on my physical health. These last 2 weeks I’m trying to be a little stricter with my diet, and increase my water intake. Hopefully by the end of this month I’ll feel even better than I do this morning!
Be sure to check back on Friday morning for a post about radiant skin, and the foods to eat to help you achieve that!