Getting Healthy in 2014

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The following post has been sponsored by Alomune.

Healthy living is something I have decided to focus on in 2014. Last year was particularly stressful and I let it get the better of me. I gained weight, my blood pressure got high enough to require medication, I stopped practicing yoga and exercising regularly, I wasn’t eating well and generally spent the year feeling a little off and crabby.

Not only was my physical health impacted, but my mood and attitude suffered. I found myself being less tolerant and patient than is my norm. I was tired, sad and generally feeling negative for much of the year. I wasn’t any fun to be around, pretty intolerable. My relationships with family and friends were impacted due to my irritability and inability to deal with issues in a positive and supportive manner.

I am not interested in a repeat of last year.

I believe firmly in the mind-body connection and am hopeful I can significantly improve the health of my mind, body and soul within the first six months of this year. I don’t see this as a choice – it’s something I have to do if I want to remain on this planet for another 50 years and that is my goal, soooooo…..

My plan:

1. Deal with nagging health issues I have been putting off taking care of because “I don’t have time”.
2. Develop clean eating habits with a focus on lean protein, fruits/vegetables, whole grains and low fat/fat free dairy (with the help of Weight Watchers).
3. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day (my Fitbit will help me stay on track).
4. Practice yoga, cross train – MOVE MORE!
5. Drink more water.
6. Learn to find fulfillment and joy in  my job or find a new one.
7. Spend time with people I love.
8. Be present in each moment.

My goals:

1. Lose 25 pounds (preferably by the end of June).
2. Build muscle and reduce body fat (get my waist back!).
3. Eat better.
4. Get off of blood pressure medication.
5. Develop stronger, healthier relationships with family and friends.
6. Be happy.

Easy, right?

I’m going to eat this elephant one bite at a time. I plan to incorporate a new habit every week or two. I’m off to a decent start. I have already started working on getting in 10,000 steps a day, have seen my doctor and am seeing a chiropractor. I made plans to begin working with my personal trainer again starting in February. I’ll be spending time each weekend planning meals for the week.

I will update my progress periodically including slimmed down recipes and fitness tips. I hope that you will join me in making 2014 a healthy year!

Find Your Om Balance – Terri

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