hApPy HuMp DaY, fRiEnDs!
Time for Wellness Wednesday, 07.2019 goals update and some family health tips. Linking up with Natalie at Natalie the Explorer and some of our healthiest mutual friends for today’s post. I haven’t thought a lot about my wellness goals this month but I think you and I will be impressed with some of my accomplishments.
When the new year began, I came up with these wellness goals for the year. Was so pleased with my move toward a healthier me in 2018 but this year started off slowly. Since returning to Weight Watchers in May, PC and I are gathering momentum, rather than moss, for the time being. And I hope to finish the second half of the year in a big way. Let’s see where I stand.
Wellness Wednesday, 07.2019
PHYSICAL HEALTH 5.0 (up .5)
We are riding bikes, swimming, walking, hiking and gym-ing more. Going to give myself a perfect 5 for this goal.
- Work back to running 5K (want to run more regularly again) – Ran a 5K in May. Having some issues with my leg so have cut back on running at the gym a little. Bike flat is fixed and I am just home from a 5 mile ride.
- Lift weights (at least 4x a week) – Yes! Since May, we have been hitting the gym much harder and more often. On average closer to 5x a week.
- Walk 7,200 steps a day and 3 stories (build walks back into my daily routine) – We kind of slacked off on our bedtime walks for about 2 weeks but are back at it again which will easily translate into at least 7,200 steps.
NUTRITIONAL HEALTH – 5.0 (up .5)
We started Weight Watchers on 05.19.2019. I have lost about 8-9 pounds. Today I weighed 137.3 which is the lowest I have been in years. So bumping last month’s 4.5 for this goal to a perfect 5.0 here, too. My lifetime WW weight is 138 so I have even surpassed that. Received this little key chain bauble in the mail yesterday.
- Eat more veggies and fruit (and cook meals at home 4x a week) – We are eating much better and tracking our activity and food points daily. Still enjoyed ice cream this past weekend, and Mexican food about once a week. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!
- Drink 75 ounces of water a day (pretty good at this already) – Yes, ma’am.
- Alcohol and sweets on weekends – Allowing ourselves some kind of sweet treat at least once a week and a beer or glass of wine on the weekends.
SPIRITUAL HEALTH – 4.0 (holding steady)
Going to keep myself the same here. We are attending church more regularly but today I didn’t do QT yet. PC has been home more with the holidays so my mornings are a little off-schedule.
- Quiet time 5x a week (M-F, bonus points for the weekend) – Enjoying quiet time outside most weekday mornings with the kitties on the love seat poolside. About to finish…which is a word/feeling foreign to me…my devotional. Looking for suggestions.
- Attend church more regularly (at least once a month) – Overslept – never happens – for church last week but have been going routinely for 9:00 am Sunday service. Abundant Living Faith Center‘s “Family Matters” series this summer has been excellent.
- Gratitude journal before bed – Almost every night. In June, had mentioned the idea of writing prayers every night. Might try that when I finish with this gratitude journal.
MENTAL HEALTH – 3.5 (Holding Steady)
In May, I deducted a half-point from this category because I never finish anything. I have all of these good intentions and projects going but never finish any of them. Last month, I gave myself that half point back again, because I did tie up some projects. No great gains, though, lately.
- Work puzzles and play word games, practice Spanish (Wordscapes, Word Classic, jigsaw puzzles, Brainscape/Duolingo) – Back on track with jigsaw puzzles and words games. Haven’t practiced Spanish in semanas (weeks).
- Weekly art date (do something creative or attend something artsy) – Have an art date planned for tomorrow. Photo exhibit. Scrapbooked with my sister yesterday.
- Read 3 books a month (in order to meet my Goodreads goal) – Continuing to make my best progress in this category with my reading. Should finish It’s Never too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron this week. Read The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth with my virtual book club. Great read, as was The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson, which I also finished. The book club has just chosen our next read, When All is Said by Anne Griffin. We will begin reading this weekend. Would love to have you join our group! Holler if you are interested!
RELATIONSHIP HEALTH – 3.0 (HOLDING STEADY)
- Unplug at 9:00 pm – Some days. But not always. Although, when we take our bedtime walk, we have about 30 minutes where we chat and walk together. Might come back and get on the computer again, though, as we walk before it is completely dark, and still too early to go mimis.
- Date night 2x a month (bucket list activities) – Just shared our summer bucket list, here. Our anniversary is this week but on Thursday. Might postpone our celebration til the weekend or even the following weekend.
- Skype with Brennyn/Cady & Lauren/Lucia (read books to my babies) – Going to Ft. Worth to see Brennyn and Cady next month. And Lauren and Lucia are joining us. Hope to get lots of ‘cuddles lil bitsies,’ as Lucia says, from all my girls.
MAINTAINING HEALTH – 4.0 (Holding Steady)
- Use sunscreen on my face daily (moisturizer with SPF) – Using a bottle of SPF 47 on my face, and spraying down with sunscreen before sitting outside for quiet time, or going on a morning walk or bike ride.
- Floss – Okay, okay, I just just put a water-pik flossing device in my Amazon cart for Prime Day.
- Take vitamins and minerals daily (multi, vitamin B, C, D – LMNOP – flaxseed oil, biotin, magnesium, probiotics) – Added probiotics to the mix about a month ago. Seems to help keep me ‘going’.
FINANCIAL HEALTH – 4.5 (HOLDING Steady)
- Save money for Christmas – Have begun!
- Pay off Amazon card – Done. Now to work on the Loft card.
- Have money in my checking account at the end of the month – Yes. Not a lot so can’t give you a loan, but yes.
- Looking for a part-time job. Anyone need a retired librarian?
Not too shabby, for Wellness Wednesday 07.2019, if I do say so myself. July is a very expensive month for me with 3 birthdays: my precious daughters and my oldest grand, Cadence. So my financial health will take a lickin’ and probably my nutritional health and physical health, too, while I am in Ft. Worth visiting. But I can always climb back in the saddle when I get home.
Family Health Tips
“Family” day-to-day here at the castle is just my P. Charming and me (and the princesses, Purrsimmony and Purrsnickitty). Some of the tips we are using would translate well for families with children at home, too.
- Start the day with breakfast – I used to take breakfast up to PC every morning but now days we cherish our sleep so much, that I pack his breakfast along with his lunch in his lunch box; we do have breakfast together on weekends
- Eat at the table together for the evening meal – no devices allowed, but we do watch TV
- Play together – have fun, laugh, relax, de-stress; but I draw the line at playing baseball with PC
- Work out as a couple – makes each of you accountable to the other for getting and staying fit
- Set aside time for communication, for us in the hot tub or on our walks and hikes, my sister and brother-in-law do ‘couch time’ with a glass of wine before dinner several times a week
- Go to bed at the same time – a good time for bonding
- Worship together – no matter the message, we always leave church feeling uplifted, encouraged and with something to contemplate and talk about
These are some good articles with more tips for maintaining healthy families, “Ten Habits of Healthy Families” and “Tips for Healthy Children and Families.” There was one tip from the second article that I remember being an issue when my daughters were teenagers.
Reward children with praise, not food.
One of our favorite things to do when it was just the girls and me at home was to go eat dinner at a mom-n-pop Mexican restaurant. But when the girls were beginning to watch their weight and become more conscious of healthy eating, Lauren asked if we could start doing more activities together that didn’t revolve around food. Too often we equate eating with entertainment and having fun. Might be better to do something active first, before heading out-to-eat. And maybe rewarding children with books…BOOKS…as an alternative to treats.
What have been some of your wellness accomplishments this year so far? Where are you struggling as of Wellness Wednesday 07.2019? There’s still a lot of year left for both of us, you and me, to get to perfect ‘5s’ on all of our goals. If you have a wellness blog post to share, please link-up with us, below. And then be sure to stop by to say hi to some of the other gals joining us this month.
Well, PC says it is time for our bedtime walk. Going to lift my 5 pound weight while walking. Thanks for spending a few moments here with me today.
Hugs and kisses,