8 Ways Our Team Is Getting Healthier
It's nearly the end of January, and that means statistically speaking, many people have already given up on their New Years resolutions. But if you're wanting to set some goals to get even just a wee bit healthier this year – you're not alone!
Here are some of the things the PPP Team Members are doing this year – ranging from small goals to big goals and everything in between!
I feel weird writing my routine out – but here it goes!
I try to run/walk about 20-25 miles a week, but if it's raining I do a work out video from home (here's one I really like!) I do daily stretches to stay flexible.
As far as diet, I try to stay healthy by eating mostly organic produce, meat, eggs and milk. I also make a lot of my own items so I can control what goes into them i.e. cream soup, taco seasoning, meat rub, etc so I do not have to buy items that have additives in them. Oh! And I take a daily probiotic as well!
I am a vegetarian when I eat out and when I go on mission trips. (And basically everywhere but my house.)
I try to eat healthier options but do love me some sweets. 🙂 I mostly stick to dark chocolate or high fiber options for snacks.
I HATE to sweat!
That’s been one of my many excuses over my ummm 54 years on this earth not to exercise. But that changed last year when I realized that I had to get moving to improve my health (mainly some feet issues I was having). So, because I hate to sweat I decided to try out swimming and I fell in love with it! For the first time ever I have consistently exercised 3 or 4 days a week for a whole year.
With 2019 in the books I decided that for 2020 I wouldn’t make a resolution per say but would continue to swim, make healthy eating choices and maybe add in some strength training. However, after Christmas break it’s been a little challenging to get back to it. My motivation just wasn’t there. Then I read an article that talked about how motivation will fail you every single time and that really it’s all about discipline. That resonated with me! Discipline is when you just do the hard stuff even when you don’t feel like it. I had plenty of days in 2019 when I didn’t feel like it and did it anyway. And, you know what? I never regretted getting that work out in or making good choices. But…..I did regret those days when I made a conscious choice to not do the hard things.
This past year I have improved my health and lost 25 pounds along the way. So, for 2020 I think I’m going to make DISCIPLINE my word and on those days I don’t want to get out of bed to hit the pool or gym at 6 AM, or eat cauli rice or kale ~ I’ll do it anyway.
This year I'm trying to be more intentional about staying active (and staying hydrated as well!). Since I work from a computer, I purchased a treadmill desk so I could walk for part of my day while I work. (I didn't really use it over the holidays (eeek!), so I'm excited about getting back into the swing of using it more regularly!).
I have A LOT of big goals for 2020.
I've done keto on and off a few times and I always get in my head and get mad because I'm not losing “enough” or “Fast enough” and quit….. literally 4 times I think I've done that…. I always try to go back and do it “my way” (which is supposed to just be a balanced diet and calorie counting but turns into a free for all )……. SO, I am started back on keto because I know it works for me and I have a very clear line of what I can / can't have (although I am dirty/lazy keto for sure).
I've also got a HUGE scary goal to run a marathon this year. I am in NO way fast… never have been, never probably will be…. but in 2012 I ran a half and then I got busy with other stuff and stopped running (not to mention gained back a lot of weight I had lost….). I started running last year again, but not really consistently, so now I've got a plan in place. It will slowly build me back up to running distance and then fingers crossed I'll be doing the Philadelphia marathon in November.
To help me stay motivated on my running plan, I have joined the 2020 Run the Year Challenge….. you pay a fee and you get a t-shirt and medal, plus a cool tracker. The goal is to run 2020 miles in 2020! I hope to hit 1000 intentional walking / running miles, and the rest of those miles will be tracked via my movement through the day with my smartwatch.
This year, I've decided to continue my health regime that I began last Fall. This includes walking 2 miles and running 2 miles each day (sometimes I need a break from running so I'll just walk the 4 miles). I've also added in 100 different sit ups and I'm up to 25 pushups daily (15 real ones and 10 on my knees). I'm REALLY hoping to up the amount of those push-ups, but they are HARD people!
This year I'm heading out at 8am every morning to go walking – I meet up with a group of ladies to make me more accountable. I try to walk between 4 -5 miles every morning when the weather cooperates. If it does not, I am doing a workout from Beachbody on Demand. Water, water, water every day is definitely what I am striving to improve on this year. It is my downfall and I know it is the key to feeling better! Oh – and I am being better about wearing sunscreen all the time!
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