Like millions upon millions of other people on this planet I am resolving to make some changes in 2014. I don’t consistently make resolutions every January but this year I am motivated to work on a couple of things, keeping my list short and simple:
~ Improving my health (moving more, eating better, lessening stress).
~ Building my writing/blogging career.
I am more excited about this new year than in years past and am so ready to get started! But instead of going about it in my usual willy-nilly, let’s-see-what-happens way, I’m preparing myself with an arsenal of tools meant to help me achieve my goals!
2. The 20-Minute Rule
This is a little trick that I came up with out of frustration about my consistent procrastination of certain tasks:
I can do almost any chore if I know it’s for a short amount of time. Twenty minutes is a chunk of time I can manage.
I set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes, then do something I’ve been putting off like editing photos for my next post, prepping dinner, folding laundry and straightening a room or making a phone call I know will be time consuming. I will work on the chore for a solid 20 minutes, then I do something I enjoy, whether I am done or not. But if I want to keep at the chore I will.
3. A Personal Fitness Tracker
I received a Fitbit Flex for Christmas from my husband. It’s a tracking device that you wear like a bracelet. It records your movement and the one I have also tracks sleep. It’s very motivating!
The first full day I hiked 8.5 miles, walking over 20,000 steps! But two days later, I stayed home all day to write and I logged in less than 1400. Yikes! That scares me because there have been many days like that since I began this blog. Not a smart way to live and quite dangerous to my health to be inert so often.
The goal is to log in 10,000 steps per day but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. For example, yesterday I went for a 2.5 mile walk/run, did loads of chores around the house and still only managed 8500 steps by bedtime. I’ll be busy trying to reach this goal!
4. Form a Group
Early last year two friends and I formed a group that meets weekly to share ideas for moving our careers forward and improving our overall lives. We each get our chance to have the floor, then brainstorm ideas, help one another set individual goals for the week and even assign homework tailored to each person. The best part is we have a created a trusting environment where we can express ourselves without being in fear of judgment. And we are accountable to one another, checking in with the group daily. It’s a fantastic way to get unstuck, voice your ideas, struggles and opinions, and get different perspectives.
5. Invest in Toys
For me, the key to eating well is eating at home. I don’t keep junk food in the house and I am pretty good about making lists and choosing healthy foods. But sometimes I get lazy in the kitchen. I bought this contraption, a Presto Salad Shooter, to cut down on time spent prepping vegetables and to make things a little more exciting.
Although it doesn’t save me from never chopping vegetables and grating cheese by hand again, it does help with big jobs and it’s fun to use. I thinly sliced an entire bunch of celery with the Salad Shooter in under a minute to make cream of celery soup. It would have taken me ages and a lot of patience to do that by hand.
|That little polka dot knife makes it fun to cut things up.
I just have to make sure it’s not cutting pound cakes and brownies.
My absolute favorite kitchen toy is this Vitamix. I use it almost daily for smoothies in the morning and pureed vegetable soups anytime. It actually makes the soup by heating it up while it blends!
Having new toys helps me feel reenergized and more creative in the kitchen which leads to healthier meals.
6. Pin What Inspires You
I get many ideas, inspiration and motivation from Pinterest. And I love some of the quotes I find on there. Like this one that really made sense to me:
I created a board on Pinterest called 2014 that is devoted to quotes and links to articles to keep me motivated this year. And I also have a very extensive Low Carb/Paleo board with lots of recipes. But they only help me get healthy if I actually make them. That’s where the fun kitchen toys come in!
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