Fit, fab friends,
Welcome to Wellness Wednesday, 04.2019. Linking up with my friend Natalie at Natalie the Explorer and some of my dearest blogging buds for an update on my 2019 wellness goals and some healthy mind tips.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY, 04.2019: GOALS UPDATE
I shared my wellness goals for the year in January’s Wellness Wednesday post. My goals for 2019 are very similar to those I worked on last year. Hoping to continue the good work I began in 2018 but seem to be struggling to get my momentum. Maybe this month with warmer temps and lots of sunshine, I will finally begin kicking some fitness bootie.
Here’s where I stand right now.
Physical Health – 3.5 (holding steady)
PC’s back is really an issue. He plays baseball on Saturday and then is practically paralyzed much of the week until time for another game. I need to just start going to the gym during the day and then if we go when he gets home…bonus!
- Work back to running 5K (want to run more regularly again) – Although I will be running a 5K in a few weeks, I haven’t really focused on distance or speed in my running lately. Need to pick up the pace.
- Lift weights (at least 4x a week) – Averaging about 3 gym visits a week. And in March, we were staying longer but PC is just miserable. He will have a nerve ablation on Tuesday, 04.16.2019 where they burn the nerves in his back that are being compressed by his spine. Hope he will soon be a new man.
- Walk 7,200 steps a day and 3 stories (build walks back into my daily routine) – I am enjoying a morning walk every weekday and we are doing a bedtime mile every evening. Have been sleeping like a champ. So while we haven’t gotten to the gym as much, I am getting in my steps and stories.
Nutritional Health – 3.5 (holding)
- Eat more veggies and fruit (and cook meals at home 4x a week) – So, while my Prince was in Washington, I bought juices for a 2 day cleanse. Was telling Brennyn about it and she asked me to look at the ingredients and nutritional values on the juice. Glad she did. Each bottle was 56 carbs! Good grief. Crisis narrowly averted. Now what do I do with all this juice?
- Drink 75 ounces of water a day (pretty good at this already) – Really doing well on this goal.
- Alcohol and sweets on weekends – Doing better in this department. Not losing any weight. But haven’t had many sweets at all. I keep chocolate kisses (now chocolate Easter eggs) and having one or two of those satisfies my sweet tooth without destroying the diet.
Spiritual Health – 4.0 (holding)
- Quiet time 5x a week (M-F, bonus points for the weekend) – Probably averaging 4x a week.
- Attend church more regularly (at least once a month) – We have begun going on Sunday mornings. Used to really enjoy our Saturday evening church date nights. But after PC’s Saturday morning ball game, he doesn’t feel like doing much of anything.
- Gratitude journal before bed – Overall, I am good about this but over this past weekend, I kind of forgot. I need to be sure my gratitude journal isn’t buried on my bedside table.
Mental Health – 3.0 (-.5 for starting but not finishing anything)
- Work puzzles and play word games, practice Spanish (Wordscapes, Word Classic, jigsaw puzzles, Brainscape/Duolingo) – Lost interest in playing Wordscapes, Word Classic and Draw Something on my phone last month. Did buy a small jigsaw puzzle to work but it’s still in the box. No practice on my Spanish. ¡Ay, caramba!
- Weekly art date (do something creative or attend something artsy) – Unearthed a Mexican art coloring book to work on in Washington. Haven’t finished the calavera (sugar skull) I began. Bought this paint by sticker book and began work on it but haven’t completed a page in it either. Need to finish something!! Of course, there’s my cross stitch, scrapbook, mosaic, and puzzle to work on, too. My friend Dolores told me about a doll exhibit at our international art museum so would like to take myself there. And my dear SIL Greta sent me the loveliest boiled felt doll from Ireland named Snowdrop. How well she knows me. I love dolls. Have collected just a few with sentimental meaning.
- Read 3 books a month (in order to meet my Goodreads goal) – Currently reading It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way; It’s Never too Late to Begin Again and Next Year in Havana. Just finished reading The Wartime Sisters with my virtual book club. It was well received. The characters’ perspectives were shared in alternating chapters and they were very well drawn. This book had prompted more discussion than most of the others. But our latest read, Next Year in Havana, is really winning favor. Would love to have you join our group!
Relationship Health – 3.0 (up .5)
- Unplug at 9:00 pm – Finally, finally getting back to this. Of course, we promptly stumble up to bed at 9:01, though. But we are also taking bedtime walks which is a form of unplugging. Yay, us. And this week, starting today….drum roll…I am going to unplug at 8:30 and work on my coloring or crafting.
- Date night 2x a month (bucket list activities) – We were together for a long weekend in Washington and did some fun, touristy things and took a step outside my comfort zone that I need to write up. For my birthday, PC treated me to new workout outfits at Under Armour and lunch at PF Chang’s – new to us.
- Skype with Brennyn/Cady & Lauren/Lucia (read books to my babies) – I have Skyped with all my girls but not read to anyone. Got to make that happen. It is important to me.
Maintaining Health – 3.5 (holding steady)
- Use sunscreen on my face daily (moisturizer with SPF) – Every single day on my face. Now that spring has sprung, I need to get back to spraying on SPF before walks and ballgames.
- Floss – Using those little toothpick things with the floss on one end and flossing more, too. Not really. That is a lie.
- Take vitamins and minerals daily (multi, vitamin B, C, D – LMNOP – flaxseed oil, biotin) – Yes, almost every day. Have added probiotics this month. Also, PC and I enjoy 2 Melatonin gummies every night and our quality of sleep has greatly improved. But the dreams. The dreams. Zombies. Natural disasters. Lions, and tigers and bears. Oh, my.
Financial Health – 4.5 (up 2.0)
Great improvement here. But I cashed out some of my stocks to pay off my Amazon card and PayPal. Before you get any ideas about me being some kind of fabulous investor, I hardly had any stocks to sell!! But I did sell most of what I had and I am blissfully debt-free.
- Save money for Christmas – Will start taking this on in May.
- Pay off Amazon card – Done. And I haven’t used it.
- Have money in my checking account at the end of the month – Yes, so far this month but it is only the 9th! Also, saving $10 out of each of my paychecks…baby steps.
Not a whole lot of upward movement but feeling so relieved to have that Amazon card paid off. My teeth may all fall out and my gums cave in but I am debt free.
Healthy Mind Tips
My friend and Australian ‘cousin’ (in name only because we are both Roberts), Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond, wrote a most helpful post about keeping one’s mind sharp as we grow, ahem, more mature? Please check it out. Full of great tips.
Having spent a lot of time at mom’s recently, I have tried to think of ways to help her stay sharp. She’s always been so intelligent, so well read, so aware of current events, the economy, politics. But with her very limited sight, the things she used to love…crossword puzzles and reading (even large print) are no longer an option. My sister Valerie read mom the crossword clues while she was there this past week and mom answered. Our mother really enjoyed that. Would like to have her try listening to a book while I am there. But gadgets make her very anxious. We will have to think more on that.
Be Brain Fit
Stumbled on this website that has a wealth of good info about keeping one’s mind healthy and sharp. Was pleased to see that I do try some of their suggestions myself on a regular basis.
- Wear your watch (fitness tracker) upside down. Or, as I did, on the other wrist. Drove me nuts but I survived the day. And I am currently wearing it upside down. I feel like Alice in Wonderland.
- Read books out loud. This is where that wellness goal of reading to my grands comes in. I like reading aloud. Must be the elementary school librarian (and ham) in me. Oink.
- Take new routes. If you always leave your house a certain way, try leaving in a different direction.
The article lists these brain-stimulating past times.
- craft hobbies of all kinds YES
- creating any form of art YES
- creative writing YES
- dancing WOULD LOVE TO, PC
- gardening YES
- learning a second language SOMETIMES
- martial arts
- playing a musical instrument
- playing chess or Scrabble
- scrapbooking YES
- traveling YES
Do you enjoy any of those brain boosting activities?
How are you coming on your wellness goals for the year? Have you made a significant improvement or change that has improved your overall health? Are you struggling, like I am, in some areas? Won’t you leave a comment letting me know or link-up your wellness related post with us below.
Speaking of wellness and healthy minds, I am going to quick write a few minutes on my story and then go for a walk before enjoying lunch while working on my mosaic. How ’bout that??
Thank you, sweet friends, for joining me today. Hope your hUmP dAy is glorious.
Hugs and kisses,