“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain
Another long day of work, another glass of wine to wind down before starting it all over again tomorrow.
Three years ago, I was living in a pretty vicious cycle. I was unhappy with my romantic life (or lack thereof), I was unhappy with my appearance, I was unhappy that I had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. So, to make myself feel better I ate comfort foods every day and I started each evening with a glass or two of wine.
What I couldn’t see then, but I see so clearly now, was that I was doing this all to myself.
By changing my daily choices, I was able to change the cycle. Now, I feel better about my appearance, I’m married to the love of my life, who I can’t wait to come home to each night (after a day at work in ONE job!) and I’ve never been healthier.
All of this has been made possible by adding these 6 habits into my daily routine.
Love and Appreciate Yourself
Learning to love and appreciate myself was the most difficult hurdle for me, and something I still battle today. I have found that daily affirmations are the most helpful here.
Once I learned to value myself and started showing myself the same respect I show to family and my closest friends, I was no longer willing to subject myself to hurtful relationships.
That was when I was finally able to open up and allow someone else to love me with all his heart.
Eat Wholesome Foods
Three years ago, I didn’t like the way I looked. I was rapidly gaining weight and running out of clothing that I could fit into. To comfort myself, I was loading up on junk foods and alcohol.
So, I started making healthy swaps and additions. Instead of sleeping in until the last possible second, I got up early enough to cook up some eggs for breakfast or blend a smoothie.
I replaced my weekly pizza night with salad and I swapped out the wine on weeknights with herbal tea.
Get Plenty of Exercise
While I was training myself to eat healthier, I started taking longer walks. Having a dog, I’d always needed to take him out, but Bentley is easy-going.
He loves going for walks, but he’s just as content to stay home and snuggle on the couch, too. So, I’d been getting away with taking him for a little spin around the block and calling it good for a long time at this point.
I got myself into the habit of grabbing his leash as soon as I walked in the door from work, so I wouldn’t be tempted to just fall into the couch.
These daily walks quickly became something I looked forward to all day long, and Bentley was always excited when I came home, knowing what was coming.
Keep a Journal
When this journey first started, I read that journaling would be helpful, but I never really knew what to write about. When I came across journals with prompts, everything became so much easier!
I wrote in my journals about the goals I had set for myself, what I would need to accomplish each day to support my goals, and my progress.
These days, I also include little tidbits about what has been happening in my life, positive affirmations, and what I am feeling the most grateful for.
Read a Book
I make time every day to read. There are thousands of self-improvement books out there with incredible advice and ideas.
Even if I only have time to read one page, it’s something! Books have been one of the most important tools in my journey with health and wellness.
PLAN, PLAN PLAN!
A little time needs to be set aside each and every day to plan for the day ahead. Time for the most important actions to support your goals should be scheduled every day.
On Fridays, I like to review the following week’s schedule and be sure I have time set aside for cooking, exercising and blogging. Every morning, I take a look at the day’s schedule and make any necessary adjustments.
Our daily choices create our lives.
By learning to love myself, eating healthy foods, exercising, journaling, reading and planning, I have been able to create a life that is healthy in mind, body & spirit.
Which daily habits support your most important goals?
Thanks for the Link-Up, Jen!