Okay, I am one of those people, I admit it. I always break my New Year’s Resolutions. But this year, no more. I will not be that person who makes a bazillion New Year’s Resolutions, only to enter February without accomplishing any of them. No more, say I!
This year, I will not be making any resolutions along the lines of “i want to lose ____ pounds” or “I want to fit into my bathing suits.” I already fit into my bathing suits. But right now, I could stand to make a few changes to my routine that will no doubt get me to my happiest, healthiest place.
1. Do more interval training.
Lately all I’ve been doing are very easy elliptical routines and yoga. Which is great if you just want to move, but I can do either 50 minutes of flicking through a magazine and watching Oprah or I could 50 minutes of interval training, which to me is much more work and causes a lot more sweat. Unfortunately I can only do this at my gym instead of on my home elliptical, since my home elliptical is something out of the original Tron movie. Today, I managed to get my butt to the gym after a day off yesterday that left me feeling pretty salt-loaded and gross, and after 20 minutes hardcore intervals and feeling like I was going to die, I suddenly started to pour salty sweat. It was as if toxins I didn’t know I was carrying were being sloughed off of me. So, in order to really feel like I’m putting in some effort, intervals it is!
2. Drink more water, eat less chocolate/caffiene.
I have been slugging down water like a fiend lately, and I attribute this dehydration to all the hot yoga I’ve been doing and the coffee I’d been drinking. So starting January 1st I quit coffee cold turkey, and today is the first day since that I haven’t felt like total death. I’ve been getting caffiene in the form of black tea (and let’s face it I needed some decaf coffee yesterday and today because I love the taste!) but other than that, I can’t do it anymore. And I’m also cutting down on my chocolate intake, as I can tell I’ve been having too much of it lately.
3. Cut down on sodium.
One of the things I hated about being a runner was that you always had to salt the crap out of your food in order to get the proper electrolytes. I would come back from runs craving salty soups and I’m sure my doctor would have looked at my sodium intake and fainted. Now that I don’t run, my overboarding of salt isn’t sweated out of me at the gym or on the pavement, therefore I’ve spent the last week or so feeling quite bloated and swollen and craving clean flavors. Today’s sweat session as a result was incredibly salty, as if I were sweating actual pieces of rock salt. I also am upping my intake of water-soluble foods such as asparagus and spinach, so that I’m not constantly sucking down bottles of water every chance I get.
Just get more of it, dammit! I end up falling asleep around 1 and waking up at 7. Coffee was helpful in waking me up, but now that I don’t drink it I spent the last day or so wandering around in a fog. So I will get more sleep and try my hardest to maybe sneak in a nap as well. The coffee cutdown has seriously improved my anxiety on the whole! I don’t feel stressed out at all.
5. Eat less meat/dairy, more whole grains/fats.
I’ve been eating a LOT of meat and dairy lately with my holiday meals, and as a result I’ve been feeling a bit…off center. When I eat an almost meat-free diet with less dairy, I feel lighter and healthier. So I think that’s the way to go for now. Of course, I love meat and fish and dairy too much to give them up completely. However, I know how it feels when I eat too much of it. So for now, just a little less of it will be fine. And as for the grains part…I really need to eat more of them. When I don’t eat carbs, I have zero energy. And fat helps keep me full and I shouldn’t be afraid of it.
With these resolutions (along with a few that aren’t health/fitness related), I should be continuing throughout 2011 operating at my healthiest!