Wrapping up 2016 Right and Starting 2017 Early

I’ve never been a fan of the “new year resolution”. If I wanted something done, it had to be done immediately. In fact, it’s when I wait to act upon my goals that the initial spur to achieve them wanes. I’ll admit that some of it is laziness, and a whole lot of it is just me finding reasons why a supposed goal doesn’t have to be on my priority list.

For someone who used to be really active, it’s almost shameful to say that I haven’t been consistent with an exercise routine since Ari was born. That’s a whole 16 months! Let’s not even get started on my nutrition. I don’t eat a lot of meat and so I pile on the veggies at every meal. It makes people think, “Oh, Aarika is so healthy” when in truth it’s really because a girl still gotta eat and veggies fill me up! No one is on my back about getting into shape or eating right, so I’ve been cruising by.

But parents and children have a way of reminding you about the importance of making better life choices. I spent a week in Perth with my family recently and as I watched my children run to my mother, calling out for her to pick them up in her arms, I was reminded that I have bigger responsibilities than just answering to myself. I have a parent who is getting older to care for and little ones to nurture and I’m not doing either of them any favours by not looking after myself.

So while I’m sitting here dipping my slice of bread slathered with crunchy peanut butter (not even the all natural organic kind) into my 100% caffeinated instant coffee, I’ve decided that I need a better plan for my health and it should begin now. 

Here’s my game plan and if you think of any other helpful pointers, let me know. And if you want to jump on this bandwagon with me, all the better! Let’s do this together. 

1. EAT BETTER

I often try to pick the healthier option at meal times and a sure way of knowing that I’ll have the best alternative is if I pack it myself. As much as I love strolling down every aisle at the supermarket to pick out my weekly groceries, I don’t necessarily have the time. A little hack my more diligent lunch-packing friends have shared with me: they get their groceries online!  iHerb and Redmart are favourites. And Giant has a wide range of choices too. If you’re like me, a little packing motivation like this Smart Planet Collapsible Meal Kit will help too.

2. DRINK MORE WATER

Friends know that I drink way too much soda – I love fizzy drinks! I still drink my water but I could probably use a lot more. 

Two ways I plan on keeping track of, and increasing, my water intake: 

Measuring Hydration with my FitBit  - I’ve had my FitBit Alta for awhile now and it’s awesome. I’m obsessed with tracking how much and well I sleep (which is not well and much at all haha) but I can also keep track of how much water I’ve been drinking by logging my water intake throughout the day. 

• Carry a water bottle - I find myself drinking more water when I have a water bottle. The vessel itself is usually bigger than a regular drinking glass so I’m automatically drinking more with each refill. I’ve started carrying around my Swell water bottles everywhere so now I use it even when I’m at home or at my desk at work. I’m digging these infusion bottles too!

3. GET ACTIVE

I need to stop using the kids as an excuse for being active and include actual muscle conditioning and cardio to my life. I used to do yoga or run almost everyday and I haven’t done that in months! 

For starters, I’ve renewed my package at Yoga Movement (soon to open their doors in the East! Woohoo!), and I’ve been looking around for a good yoga mat and weights for the days I can’t make it to a class. These mats from Lazada have caught my eye! And in true vain pot fashion, the right kind (read: fashionable and functional) of active gear while working out is also a must.

4. MAKE TIME FOR ME TIME

Lastly, I know I need to carve out time for myself – not to indulge in anything per se but to just give my mind a break. In the last year, I’ve found that my memory hasn’t been on point and I think it’s because I’ve been trying to do too many things and keep track of all of it at the same time, without much sleep to give it its due rest. It’s time to change that!

I think 4 steps to start the ball rolling is more than manageable. If you too want to complete your own resolutions to end 2016 right, start putting your list together and make haste so you can cash in on all the deals this Black Friday /Cyber Monday and holiday season as you invest in some items to help you on your way.

A big thank you to my family at PayPal for helping me with my personal fitness resolution.

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