It’s the beginning of 2015 and we are ripe for New Year’s resolutions! Many of us want to lose weight, get healthier, have more energy, be more loving or just want to completely overhaul our lives! While our intentions may be good, we generally forget all about our goals by February. Don’t let this happen again!
Stick to your goals and achieve the healthy body and life that you’ve always dreamed of with my top 5 ways to take charge of your health!
- Get to your Doc
Getting healthy is hard when you don’t know what’s out of balance. Make an appointment to go to your family healthcare provider for a physical and bloodwork. Having some answers right off the bat is a fantastic way to know where to start. Cholesterol high? You might need some liver help. Iron low? That could be why you’re so tired! Here are some basics you can ask for:
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar (Fasting Glucose, HbA1c)
- Cholesterol (or complete lipid profile)
- Ferritin (this is for your Iron!)
- Vitamin D
- Estrogen (called estradiol) & Progesterone (best to test on Day 2 of your cycle)
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Clean out the Fridge
So now you have some physical results. Maybe you realize there are some changes to be made. It’s also possible that your blood values will be normal and you can still feel like crap. So the best place to begin is in the kitchen! Get a big ol’ black garbage bag and start dumping.
Look in your cupboards- are they full of boxes and bags? Toss them! What about your fridge? Do you have outdated food, take-out containers or other processed meals? Get rid of those, too. Anything that doesn’t resemble something that came from the earth (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meats) should be put in the trash. If you have good food in your house, you’ll eat good food! It’s pretty simple. And if you have that treat drawer (or cupboard!) that you have a hard time staying away from despite your best efforts, get rid of that too.
You will feel Ahhh-MAZING by dumping all that clutter and bad-for-you foods.
- Get off your BUTT
This is another one we’ve all had trouble with at one time or another- exercise! I’ve always struggled with this, and I’m a personal trainer! Move your body little by little. An example of this might be setting a 30-minute timer, and when that time goes off, get up for 5 minutes and do something active. This helps you from becoming glued to your chair at the office or in front of the TV.
If you want to start an exercise regime, start slow. Try 1-2x per week. Schedule it in. Put on your workout clothes and lock yourself in the room for 20 minutes. Or put in your headphones, go for a walk and don’t come back until your playlist is over. You WILL get to working out 3-5x per week (if that’s what you want)- but take your time. Slow and steady wins the race.
I’ve talked about this a little bit above. When making any changes, it’s important to do them step-by-step, even if it takes you longer. You may have lots of goals- for diet, exercise, stress management, hormone balance, weight loss or whatever- but trying to fix them all at once is setting yourself up for failure.
Think about this right now. Out of ALL your goals or resolutions for getting healthy, which one sounds the most fun to you?
Whatever popped into your head first is what you should try. Try it for a week, then add in the next thing you want to try. And so on. It really works- I swear! This is the ONLY way I would have ever been able to manage my PCOS, run a business, INCREASE my energy & moods, plus keep my relationships happy and social life going.
- Keep Accountable
This may be the last item on the list but is certainly not the least important. In fact- it’s the MOST important thing that will keep you on track. We only get out of life (and goals) what we put into it. That means regularly taking stock of goals, progress and next steps.
The bigger the investment you make (for both time & money), the more you will value your progress and continue making strides. Part of this is having someone you can be accountable to. And your spouse or best friend is not always the best idea! Life gets busy, and their priorities might not be helping you get healthy.