5|| Getting More Active
This has been the hardest one for me! After a day of being mentally exhausted at work, I don’t really like to then get physically exhausted. I like to cuddle up on the couch with my dogs, ca,t and husband and turn on some random show we are watching. BUT I know that isn’t healthy for me all the time.
So while we definitely do that a lot, we’ve also gotten a little better at getting up and moving. Like going to the dog park and taking a few laps around the park while the dogs walk beside us or play with another dog a few feet away. Or going to Holmes Lake and taking a mile walk around the lake with two dogs.
I also bought a bike. That I’m trying to get myself to ride to and from work. But sometimes I forget to leave myself time to actually ride a bike to work and I don’t do it. On the days, I know that I won’t ride a bike, I also try to fit a quick workout in. But that is even less successful at the moment. But baby steps, I’ll get where I want to be someday as long as I give myself grace.
4|| Sticking to an Early Bedtime
Maybe it's because I've been also getting up earlier as well, but I can easily go to bed really early anymore. Like 10:30 pm is way too late. I am basically falling asleep on the couch if we aren't already getting the dogs settled in their crates and heading to bed by 10:30.
This new habit came the easiest for me, which seemed really weird since I’ve always seen myself as a night owl. But once I started kicking pop out of my diet, suddenly it was a million times easier to fall asleep early and wake up early to start getting things done. And it’s been pretty easy to stick to the routine once I got started because my body naturally starts telling me that it is bedtime.
Sometimes, even if I am really tired, I’ll still fight it to fit a few more episodes of Game of Thrones in right now, but I try to avoid those cheat nights as often as possible since my body still won’t let me sleep in once morning comes.
3|| Less Processed Foods
I’ve been trying to come home more to eat my lunch instead of picking up Casey’s Pizza or going out to KFC or McDonald’s for lunch. Actually, at the moment, I have both of those completely cut out of my schedule and constantly come home for lunch.
We’ve been trying to make many of our meals from scratch as well instead of using pre-boxed recipes or eating something we can just throw in the oven. It’s a struggle since I get home so late to always get something going, but Simeon and I are working together to try to make it easier for both of us by both cooking. Though some season’s it feels like I am barely getting to cook and some it feels like he is barely helping. Schedules are weird when Simeon is in school and I’m working a full-time job that I often don’t get home until 7 from.
We haven’t gone entirely crazy and eliminated all foods that are technically bad for us, but we are slowly trying to make better choices and making yummy smoothies for breakfast.
2|| More Self-Care
Ok, so this one I’m technically still working on. I’m trying to make more time to care just for myself than trying to get everything done. I’m taking time to take long baths and relax. Getting myself to read again, which I love but haven’t done in a really long time. Trying out meditation to ground myself for the day. And rolling on all the stress away when work seems to be too much instead of just powering through.
I’m also trying to get myself to the doctors. I have my first appointment for this Friday to do a general health exam and get some fertility referrals. So we will see how that goes. We really hope to start getting some answers and figuring things out so we can know what our options are from here on out.
1|| Essential Oil Routines
One of the big things that I've been working on this summer is striping my house of synthetic chemicals! I’ve changed out our laundry with homemade detergent and wool balls for fabric softener. I no longer use store-bought shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body scrub or face soap!
Along with those things, I’ve ditched caffeine with the help of daily morning lemon/digize water and an en-r-gee roller ball that I just roll behind my ears anytime I need a pickup. It’s been working wonders for me! And I sleep well through the night with a sleep time roller over my feet before bed and lavender in the diffuser.