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Setting (Mostly) Concrete Goals, Holistically

Monday, April 22, 2013

emoticon Physical Heath:

- Floss! Embarrassing as it is, I'm not a great flosser. It usually only happens for about a week before a dentist appointment. With recent studies indicating a connection between gum health and heart health (*and* considering that I have high cholesterol), it seems like a good idea to start flossing more. I want to floss at least 4 times per week.

- Keep working out and trying to reach my Spark goals of 90 minutes of exercise per week and 500 minutes per month.

emoticon Dietary Health:

- Eat more protein! After tracking my food a short while, I realized that I barely eat any protein. Maybe that's why I've been craving chicken like mad! Try to incorporate more protein-heavy foods into at least one meal per day (to start).

- Incorporate waaay more fruits and veggies into my diet. It's embarrassing that I can't check my goal of 2 every day. I want to start by getting a solid two in every day, and then building up to the recommended 5-7.

- Drink more water! While water is pretty much the only thing I drink (no soda, no coffee), I don't drink nearly enough of it! I need to make a conscious effort to drink more water each day. I think it will help with my energy levels and my overall health. I'm starting with the goal of 6 cups per day.

emoticon Mental/Emotional Health:

- I've made a huge decision to give up my full time job (with benefits) for part-time work. This won't happen immediately, but it is in the near-ish future. While it doesn't seem to be the logical decision, I have felt a huge relief in the days after deciding to work part-time again. I will be happier and will have more time to be a good wife and to do things that I enjoy. We'll still be able to pay the bills, so I think happiness is better than more money.

- Play the piano more often. I haven't played much since November or December of last year. I had taken a break from lessons to deal with my depression, and that break turned into a very long one when I found out my grandmother has pancreatic cancer. Now that I have my depression under control and have come to terms with my grandmother's mortality, I think it would be really healthy for me to have a creative/musical outlet. I'd like to play the piano at least once a week, but I don't want it to become a "chore." (Eventually I'd like to start lessons again, but we'll have to re-evaluate our budget with the upcoming loss of income.)

- Go outside more often! I love being outside, but I often get caught in a rut of being a home-body. Sometimes I'll skulk outside at 4:00 p.m. and realize what I've been missing out on all day long. When I'm at work I don't have much of a choice, but on the weekends I need to enjoy nature. (And when my job goes part-time I'll be able to enjoy the outdoors more often.) It is hard in the winter, but with spring here I will be able to take my doggie for longer walks and to play tennis with the hubs.

- Getting creative! Knitting or rubber stamping at least once a week. (Again, for fun, not as a chore or "have-to.")

emoticon Spiritual Health (A fuzzy, but important category for me):

- I know it's not everyone's thing, but I'd like to pray more often. I can be a control freak, and I need to realize that I'm not actually in control most of the time. Yes, I believe I have agency and can make choices, but I need to let many things go. As my grandma says, "Let go and let God."

- For me, the above goal on going outside and enjoying nature is spiritual as well. So that counts here too.

- I think being in-tune with my body (which is my soul's vessel in life) is spiritual. Taking better care of my body by strengthening it and taking care of it will give me more energy to live a good life.

emoticon Social Health:

- Stop isolating myself! Write to friends who live far away, and visit with friends who live nearby. I want to make plans instead of waiting for plans to fall into my lap. I would like to meaningfully communicate/visit with a friend 1-2 times a week (at least).

- The art of snail mail. Renewing the art of snail mail with an old friend; getting craftsy and rebuilding a relationship that I neglected for too long.
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    Some ideas from someone who also struggles to get enough protein and fruits/veggies in:
    Carrot sticks, celery or cucumber slices dipped in a nut butter (~7 g protein) or hummus (2 g protein).
    Add a slice of tomato, spinach, or peeled cucumbers to sandwiches.
    1/4 cup of soy nuts, dry roasted edamame, almonds.
    1/2 cup cottage cheese with chopped strawberries, berries or canned pineapple.
    Hard-boiled eggs (though the cholesterol is insane).
    Freeze a mashed, slightly overripe (softer the better) banana for an hour or two. The texture is like ice cream, and you can add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or little bit of nut butter.
    I think a single mozzarella cheese stick has 7 g of protein.
    Boca and Morningstar burgers!
    I also see a lot of "healthy snack" suggestions to roll turkey lunch meat with cheese in a big lettuce leaf, or just the meat around pretzel sticks and dip in mustard or hummus. I don't eat lunch meat so I haven't tried that.

    2160 days ago
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