Welcome, friends, to Wellness Weekend, 01.2020. See what we’ve done with the title of this series? We’ve subbed in the word weekend for Wednesday and will be moving this series to the 3rd Sunday of the month. Which is today!! And once again this post snuck up on me. Even though I am working with my friend Natalie at Natalie the Explorer to co-host. We’ve just had another crazy weekend. But let’s get this party started…healthier days are on the way.
Wellness Weekend 01.2020
In the last 2 years, I have created wellness goals and then shared my progress on those goals each month. Natalie always provides us with an optional monthly wellness-related topic that we can explore in our posts, too. This year, I was torn between creating goals built on the work I’ve done in the past, or just writing on the monthly theme. But I think sharing my wellness goals here makes me more accountable. And might even – hopefully – inspire you to create your own! You can check out how I fared on last year’s goals, here.
So, I am sticking with the way I’ve been doing things in the past. That being said, here are my goals.
Wellness Goals 2020
The goals I set for myself the last 2 years were pretty much all encompassing; goals for exercising, diet, staying well in addition to mental, spiritual and relationship wellness. I did so well that I really don’t feel like shaking things up too much for 2020. So at the risk of being redundant, here are wellness goals for this year. Like last year, I will be rating my progress on a scale of 1-5.
- Stretch and work out 4x a week , Weight Watchers to maintain weight
- Get 7200 steps and 3 floors a day
- Walk in nature for 30 minutes a day, 5x a week
- Cook meals at home 4x a week
- Eat 1 fruit and 1 veggie every day (sad, I know)
- Indulge in alcohol and sweets on weekends
- Develop a morning routine M-F
- Enjoy quiet time M-F (devotional, writing, reading, moment of silence and prayer)
- Use aroma therapy during my morning routine
- Get dressed every day (not active wear), wear a dress or skirt to church
- Weekly artistic activity; word games, journal
- Read 3 books a month in order to meet my Goodreads goal (are we friends on Goodreads yet?)
- Unplug at 8:30 pm, implement evening routine
- Date night with PC 2x a month (bucket list activities)
- Me time, develop friendships, take a class or do something for myself
Preventative Health Maintenance
- Improved skin care, routine facials
- Weekly dry brushing
- Regular manicures
- Continue saving each month
- Save for birthdays and Christmas
- Keep spending under control
Wellness Weekend: Warming Up
Warming up is the optional theme for Wellness Weekend 01.2020. I think we can take that prompt in a number of directions. Warming up by creating our wellness plan for the new year. And warming up by joining and becoming acquainted with this group of bloggers for our combined wellness journey. Finally, warming up before doing an exercise or workout. Which is the warming up I struggle with most.
Warming Up According to SELF.com
Never have been very keen on stretching or warming up before and cooling down after exercise. Until recently. Never liked taking time to do it, but have decided it is a necessary evil. Last year, I was experiencing sciatica for the third time in my life. I was uncomfortable doing just about anything…most of all sitting!! After several weeks of physical therapy which consisted largely of stretches, I became a believer.
This article at Self.com explains the advantages of warming up this way:
…the key components of a warm-up are “increasing the body’s core temperature, mobility, muscle activation, and technical build-up.” By increasing the body’s temperature, you loosen the tissues around your joints, increasing their range of motion. Better flexibility does two things: allows your body to move better through the motions of your workout and helps to protect you from injury.
In addition, the author shares 7 quick warm up exercises and how to do them properly. Some of them look a little labor intensive for this 61 year-old but I get the point! And will be continuing to warm up each time we work out.
Even if you don’t create new year’s resolutions or set monthly or seasonal goals, you probably have some wellness objectives for 2020, right? How ’bout jotting them down and sharing in a post or a comment below? Or share on your favorite social media outlet! Nothing like a little peer pressure to keep you motivated. Be sure to add #WW2020 to your post.
Please be sure to run by to visit some of the other bloggers linked up with us. Then grab your agenda and pencil in these optional prompts and Wellness Weekend dates. Always the third Sunday of the month.
- January 19: Warm-up
- February 16: Hiking
- March 15: Spring Forward
- April 19: Water sport
- May 17: Commitment
- June 21: Mind exercise
- July 19: Fun activity
- August 16: Flexibility
- September 20: Balance
- October 18: Walking
- November 15: Peace
- December 20: Wrap-up
Here’s to a healthy, happy new year, new decade for all of us!!
Hugs and kisses,