Don’t you think January has been a long month?! I don’t know about you but that stretch between December and January pay day has felt pretty cavernous – dark and deep and long!
But January has given a bit of love to me too. It has been a time of quiet and new beginnings. In my first post of the year A year of well-being and simple living , I talked a little on planing how to live life in a simpler, healthier way. January is the perfect time to refocus and set your goals. I guess that’s why we all go for New Year resolutions.
What did you decide to do differently in January? And how did you get on?
A few years ago I worked in a place that had some, shall we say, horrible, staff dynamics. Don’t get me wrong this wasn’t everyone, but there were a few that seemed to cause others, and me, a lot of pain. I resolved to them in the way they treated me.You’d think that would be a good resolution wouldn’t you? And so I gave them a taste of their own medicine. Lol. That actually didn’t feel good at all, especially on the inside. I didn’t like myself much for doing it. What felt better was to leave and cut them from my life. That felt good!
This year I’m looking at creating a life that feels good on the inside. In the cold winter months it will be great to feel warm and fuzzy inside!
So how did I get on? My idea was to increase my healthy food intake by focusing on vegetables and fruit. I also planned to increase my exercise levels by going for a daily walk regardless of the weather as well as commit to going to a yoga class every week. On top of this I decided to sign up for an Easter Craft Fair which meant lots and lots of lovely creativity. On top of a day job, running a small business and family life this would keep me out of mischief and help me feel good (on the inside).
I kept a journal to track my vegetable/ fruit intake and activity levels. Looking through it I’m happy to report that all was well food wise (no surprise there), although the cold weather put a stop to my getting active walks a bit. Around about day 17 it got harder – well no surprise there after all isn’t that about the time everyone gives up on a New Year’s Resolution?
I didn’t give up though. I found keeping a food journal a useful way to track mood and food. I really did find that eating my greens (leeks, spring greens, spinach. broccoli, sprouts etc) had a calming effect apparently due to the magnesium contained in them, zingy lemon drinks with chilli and ginger gave me more zing and I even made myself some sauerkraut and liked it! Sauerkraut contains prebiotics and is thought to improve gut function.
I feel pretty good, apart from a winter lurgy which set me back this past week. I wish I could say there’s a difference in my waistline but unfortunately not. Clearly, my activity levels need a boost, a big one.
My crafting has taken over a bit and my house has become a crochet factory.
Yoga has felt good but what really surprised me was the fact that taking a break from it made it quite a bit harder to go back to doing and I’ve had to retrain myself to relax properly again.
I found some great advice which I will pass on to you, about well-being and healthy eating.
- Eat lots of different stuff.
- Not too much and not too little.
- Try to achieve a bit of balance.
- Try not to feel guilty. Most important, never make anybody else feel guilt or shame about what they eat.
To all of those reading this I really hope that something good happens for you this month.
Join me in February, I’ll be focusing on physical and mental fitness.