The beginning of a new year always seems like the best time to take a step back and assess myself, not to judge my flaws or criticize my shortcomings as there is no need to waste time on that. I’m not perfect. Enough said. Rather, I’m looking for ways I can improve my life. I am seeking out things that are within my control that I can change to make a better ME.
I would urge everyone to take the time to think about what you can do to change your life for the better right now. It can be something as simple as smiling more often or eating less junk food, or it can be a longer term goal that you will have to work at daily over a period of time to see a change. There are no rules for this exercise. Small improvements are still changes for the better.
I’ve decided that for ME, I’m going to make myself better in 2017 by eating healthier, running more, and spending less.
This is such a simple one, but I know firsthand that it’s really easy to fall off track if you don’t have a plan. Old habits are hard to break and I’ve never really given too much thought to my diet. I’ve always just eaten whatever I want whenever I want. I’ve never had to battle weight issues, except for the “freshman 15” (okay, maybe it was 20!) during college. I want to change this by paying more attention to what I am putting into my body and cutting way back on processed foods and sugar. I’m going to read more labels!
I’ve kicked off my 2017 healthy eating resolution with the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh and plan to continue to eat clean most of the time, allowing myself indulgences at least once or twice a week. I’ve joined a clean eating food group on Facebook for recipe ideas and have committed to the additional planning and prep work that clean eating requires.
I came up short on my annual running mileage goal this past year and am feeling kind of bummed about it. I was hoping to log about 900 miles in 2016 but only made it to 708. This year, I would like to squash my unmet mileage goal from last year and also run more races but I don’t want to be worried about sticking to a training plan all the time. I’m going to try to do more shorter runs just to have fun. I’m thinking more lunchtime quickies, more 5 and 10Ks, and a handful of halves. I am limiting my longer mileage races to one ultra (Anchor Down) and one full (TBD), or at least that’s my intention!
I love to shop but I’ve found that spending too much can cause stress. I’ve been working on a monthly budget, and I recently opened a second checking account. I will use one account for my fixed expenses such as childcare, groceries, utilities, gas, etc. I will deposit money to cover just those fixed expenses into one account and use the other account for fun extras and to determine how much I can place into savings. The idea being that it will be much easier to see what I am wasting my money on by separating out my income into two buckets and changing my habits accordingly.
There you have it. The new and improved 2017 ME will feel better from eating healthier; will be a better, stronger runner from running more; and will have some extra money in her pocket by year end.
There is a better YOU out there. What can YOU do to find her?
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