Thursday, January 9, 2014

My 2014 Resolutions

Well friends, we’re 9 days in to 2014, and I have finally settled on my New Year Resolutions.
First I will say, that this year I felt like it was really important to not TAKE AWAY with my resolutions. For me, when I try to restrict something in my life I end up obsessing over it. I’ll think “Oh, I can’t have a Diet Coke….well…now I want a Diet Coke.” Then if I do give in, then I get a heap of guilt. So – no restricting resolutions.
Instead, I have decided on two resolutions that will ADD to my life instead of take away.
First:

 

Specifically, I am going to aim to drink a gallon of water a day. Sounds like a lot, but I have a water tumbler that I love, and a gallon is only 5 1/2 cups a day. Easy.
If you work in customer service or retail, then you totally know that often times you can literally forget to drink water. Not only do I forget to pick up my cup, but I will even forget that I feel thirsty.
And water is SO IMPORTANT for good health!
But seriously. Water helps from your head to your toes. It keeps your muscles energized, your skin from drying out, and even helps protect against constipation. It’s  good for your liver and can even help reduce joint pain by keeping your cartilage all juicy! If you aren’t convinced, seriously just Google “Why Drink Water” and you will be flooded with articles about why water is so darn good!
Yes you will have to urinate more often. Seriously guys, I go just about every 20 to 30 minutes! TMI?
But a week in to being better hydrated and I am feeling lots better. I have less bloating in the morning and I definitely feel more energized throughout the day.
Why a gallon?
A gallon is what works for me. Because I do about 60 to 90 minutes of strenuous exercise 6 days a week, I sweat a lot! So I need a bit more than the average recommendation.
My second resolution is pretty simple and it incorporates MY WORD for 2014.
The resolution: I will BELIEVE in my goals.

Believing doesn’t always come easy. And I hate to say that for nearly a year, I honestly didn’t believe that I would ever get back to a place where I felt happy in my own body. BUT I finally have! (More on that in another post) And in getting there, I’ve realized how important it is to BELIEVE.
I will believe in myself. I will believe in God and the path set out for me. In the goodness of others. In my own strength and ability. This is my year to BELIEVE.
So there you have it! Two simple (but not easy) resolutions for 2014. Plus you know I’m still carrying on what I discovered in 2013. Oh yes, that will continue! You can’t have an AWESOME year and forget everything that made it so!
What about you?
I want to hear your resolutions too!