l theNew year, new me!
That’s pretty drastic, in my opinion, yet I see it everywhere. I have to wonder if all these resolutions and goals we make for ourselves is setting ourselves up for failure or in the very least, setting us up to feel even worse about ourselves than we did before. Don’t get me wrong — goals are necessary and what give us hope for the future, even for small things like “lose five pounds” or “drink less coffee.” They give us hope that we can feel better, look better, be less jumpy, whatever, and with each goal we make for ourself, we can become that much closer to something else that it leads into. If I lose those five pounds, I can wear those three pairs of cool jeans that just don’t quite fit me yet, saving me money from buying more. I’ve saved money that I can put into the bank and help ease that next house down payment just a smidge more. I also feel better, a little more healthy, and like I completed something I set my mind too. It’s a cycle, and throughout daily life, we’re always making goals, even if we don’t realize it. That’s why I don’t make resolutions, and I certainly don’t want to have expectations that are simply so big, I can’t achieve them and when I only get halfway there, I’m disappointed. For me, it’s one step at a time and realistic steps at that.
One of my goals is to be more healthy. I do want to lose some weight — specifically, the three pounds I gained over the holidays. I recently lost 11 pounds, taking approximately two months of Zumba five or six days a week, cutting back throughout my day on beverages/food (less creamer in my coffee, not having a glass of wine before dinner, lower fat/calorie dressing on my salad) and drinking a lot of water. For me to gain back three of those hard-fought 11 pounds was discouraging. I wondered, am I getting unable to maintain my weight at a lower number? Age? Metabolism? Should I give up and just be glad I’m still down those eight pounds? Or should I get a little more drastic? Neither option is appealing.
At the same time, I want to avoid getting the flu. We don’t get the flu shot — I can’t get beyond the inclusion of any type of mercury in a vaccination (my personal belief that I promise not to foist on you beyond that statement!) — and I live in a state where the flu is SO prevalent as to be a bit unnerving. I want to help my body use its immune system as it was meant to be used and help improve my metabolism, nutrient absorption, and all-things-internal. I also don’t always sleep good enough and water retention is a pain, as I blow up like a pufferfish the minute I look at salt. Lots of things to work on!
I’ve started by drinking this awesome detox tea. (Check out that site, so many cool things there!) It’s easy to make and if you like spicy foods, even better. I also mix apple cider vinegar in with about 1.5 cups of filtered water and a bit of grated ginger at least once a day. If you like it a bit sweetened, a little honey (a good natural antibiotic) makes it easier to swallow. Great hydration for me and reported health benefits. Too early for me to say if it’s truly making a difference, as I’m only on day #4 (and haven’t had any yet today) but if it gets me drinking more water, all the better. I am not good at hydration — I like my coffee in the morning and if I’m in the mood for a treat, some Diet Coke, but since that’s not really good for you either, all in moderation, baby.
I’ll be making a trip to the store later for some echinacea and oscillococcinum to help my family avoid getting the flu. My husband works in a very small office, staffed with only three other people, but I have my doubts about the health of the ventilation system. I’ve only got one child in the public school system, but she’s my most susceptible to anything, always has been. I’ve got another child that works in a retail setting (a-choo!). Thankfully, my youngest likes to play outside anymore and fresh country air is excellent at airing out his lungs, and my other child is on the west coast where the flu hasn’t hit nearly as hard. (Ironic that my state has run out of the flu vax, yet the flu rates are still higher than most; shot not effective? People didn’t get it in time?)
There are a lot of ways to make healthy changes that don’t require me to make a huge commitment or will inspire a meltdown if they don’t work. I add in more natural antibiotics and nutrients into our food. Garlic, fresh greens, cayenne pepper — stuff you wouldn’t normally think about!
As I type this all, to be completely honest, our dinner plan is for chili tots. Canned turkey chili poured over store-bought tater tots. My kids LOVE this. We had a home showing this afternoon that lasted a long time, I still had a lot of work to do, and of course, we lose time prepping for each showing so my evening’s been pushed back. The kids requested chili tots and me in my easy ‘whatever works’ frame of mind went for it. Lazy? Yes. Healthy? No. All in moderation, baby.