Monday, December 31, 2012

My realistic New Year's Resolution - Get Healthy

As 2012 comes to an end, it's time to make those New Year's resolution lists finalized (or started?). It's easy to make a resolution list but typically people don't accomplish anything on that list at the end of the year..

So this year, be commited to making a realistic resolution list that you can actually accomplish. The key is to make small changes and scheduling them into your calendar.

Resolutions doesn't have to be life changing or grandiose; it can be small changes but might have big impact in your life. So this year my resolution is to "Get Healthy" and here are the 4 steps I want to take to get there.

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
Who sleeps 8 hours now a days, it's hard enough getting 6 or 7 hours but sleep is essential for the body to rest and rejuvenate for the next day. With more stress during the day, the best counteract is getting a good night sleep. I noticed that I was better at dealing with the stress if I get good consistent 8 hours of sleep. It's definitely not easy to do but it will be on my list to accomplish this year. I was reading this article on how can you tell if you're sleep deprived?
You may be sleep deprived if you...
  • Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time
  • Rely on the snooze button
  • Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning
  • Feel sluggish in the afternoon
  • Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms
  • Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving
  • Need to nap to get through the day
  • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening
  • Feel the need to sleep in on weekends
2. Drink 3 bottles of water minimum per day by making it a habit
Drinking enough water is difficult to do regularly. I usually don't drink enough though out the day but it's also to help minimize the bathroom breaks I need to take with by busy schedule. But after finishing up the Ultimate Reset, I've seen the benefits of drinking enough water for what your body needs. So I'm committing to forming a habit to drink more water by getting a reminder and carrying a bottle of water every where I go.

3. Make an exercise plan
Without a goal or a plan, exercise doesn't become a priority for me. So this year, I'm going to make a small plan to start slow and work my way up if I can get motiviated. I signed up for Free Team BeachBody membership where I can set goals and it will help me keep track of it. By logging the progress, it will increase awareness and helps you ensure that you're staying on track. This year, I'm going to start with aiming to do some cardio 2x week to get my heart rate up.

4. Cut back on wheat
I've been reading this book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis and it's scary to see how basic ingredients like wheat has been genetically modified to increase crop yield. The side affects of genetically modified organism(GMO)are not being looked at as much. The Wheat Belly talks about how the body cannot digest the food after it has been modified. Wheat can cause bloating, inflammation, diabetes, just to name a few. So this year, I want to try to eliminate wheat from my diet. Wheat is in everything so it will be difficult to start but the benefits will out weigh the pain.

So wishing you all a happy healthier New Year in 2013.

~~Words of Encouragement``
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)


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