Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Half of our family tested positive for Covid a few days before Christmas. I think we were like many families that ended up having a different Christmas than what we had planned. My husband and I escaped it and got to head to Naples the day after Christmas and be with our oldest and the grandchildren for a week. It was so nice to be in the sunshine and get all of that great Vitamin D! We had a fantastic time spending our days at the beach but came home to frigid weather (when we left Dallas, it was 80 degrees) and not feeling well. Fingers crossed that it’s just sinus issues.
I wanted to start this new year on the right track, and that is with health. I am terrible about making New Year’s resolutions because I ALWAYS break them, and then I feel bad about myself, so I don’t make them anymore. Instead, I think it’s better to set intentions and maybe set them monthly instead of for the entire year. I wanted to share my three intentions for January on health.
THREE INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY
I have to admit that I let myself slide a lot after Thanksgiving. I had my ovaries removed on December 2 and did not do anything physical until last week. Part of that was my doctor’s orders, but deep down, I was kind of glad not to feel the pressure to do anything. My first intention is to get my head straight about doing something physical every day. I know I don’t need to do it for weight loss, but I need it for my heart and head. Remember the line in “Legally Blonde” when Elle (Reese Witherspoon) says, “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins.
Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands; they just don’t.” I want those happy endorphins and my heart to be strong! We have had a Peloton sitting in a room for a year now. My husband uses it but have I? I like to get outside and walk, but that would be a hard no for me if it’s raining or cold. I will get on that bike for 20 minutes if I can’t go outside.
My second intention is not to drink as much. I’m really not supposed to because of breast cancer, but I LOVE red wine. I don’t drink anything but that; however, it’s been a glass every night for about the last six months. I’m not saying that I think that is terrible because I think there are some benefits to wine ( for the heart and it has Quercetin), but it’s probably not the best thing for me every night, and I think it makes my lower stomach more poochy. So, I intend only to have a glass of red wine when we go out to dinner or for a celebration.
The third intention (more mental health) is to read my bible more. I read two devotionals every day, but I want to dive in a little deeper. I think it’s because the world seems so weird and strange right now that I have felt a little madder and sadder. Also, I have put more into people than God, and I need to switch that in my headspace.
I think setting these intentions for the month seems more doable than setting a resolution for the year that I will more than likely break. Maybe setting intentions for yourself might help you get back into an exercise class or quit eating sugar for the month. Sometimes I think, what the hell? Life is short (eat the dessert first), but I want to be a healthy human being while here on earth. Having a little discipline is a good thing but, eating dessert first now and then is not bad either!
Sometimes getting a cute new workout outfit is just the thing to get you on your feet and moving. I am an Aviator Nation fan, and when I saw the color of this sweatshirt, I had to have it. Then, I had to have these leggings to go with it (they are one size too big, but that was my only choice!). I love the leggings! I am starting the new year with new sneakers too. OMG…these sneakers from Nike are game-changers for me! No laces, just slip them on and go!
Let’s pray that 2022 will be a year for things to turn around for us and the world. 2022 has a good ring to it!
Have a great day, and stay safe and well! xx
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