Spring is a time for new beginnings

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Yesterday was the first day of spring and let me tell you how excited I am to finally see the light at the end of this long, cold tunnel that we call winter!  I woke up in a good mood which is not the normal Monday feeling.  Work was pretty easy. The sun was shinning and temps were in the 50’s.

My yoga community was working together on performing 108 sun salutations to wring in the new season. For more info on the what or why, you can read it here. I could not wait to get home and try for myself.  I managed 30 before getting lightheaded so I thought it best to stop and switch to heart openers for gratitude instead. I finished the session with mediation with my mala which is like a rosary.  It consists of 108 beads that you repeat an intention with each breath per bead.  I felt grounded and  refreshed when I was done.

After my yoga session, Dan and I actually cooked dinner instead of going out. Nothing mind blowing but it was nice to stay in.  We have started doing this the past few weeks, one day a week.  It is like a reverse date night since we never cook for ourselves anymore.

Since spring is a rebirth~ a time for new beginnings, I have made some changes that I put in to action starting this past Sunday.  Generally, if you put a plan in writing, you are more likely to stick with it.  And if you have been reading along for a while, you know how much I love a good list!

  1. I treated myself to a body, mind and soul detox. I have never bought someone’s detox program before but this one is only $129 which I think is very reasonable. It is 21 days of yoga, mediation and food planning.  My word for this year is determination: to change old eating habits, get back on my fitness track and grow as a person. If you want to make changes, you have to invest in yourself and do the work.  So when I saw this offered, I knew it was right for me.  This starts on April 3rd and I cannot wait to start!
  2. My food…. even though I am still eating the same way I have been since my calorie counting days, there is always room for improvement. I know I consume more carbs then I should. This is the difficult part considering we eat out every night. I have started choosing more salads or swapping fries for salad or fruit when I can.
    ~ I also want to cut back on animal protein. I eat chicken 6-7 days a week and it’s getting old.  Pork and beef are rarely eaten.  I eat eggs every morning for breakfast, lunches are generally something vegetarian.  So cutting back at dinner should not be too hard.  I am not planning to go total vegetarian but cutting back could be a good thing.
  3. I have also decided to cut back on my beer consumption to 2-3 days a week and only allowing 1-2 beers per those days (special events not included). What I order to drink depends on where we go for dinner.  So this should not be to difficult either.
  4. Drink more water on the weekends.  This does not sound hard, I know. But I actually don’t drink a lot of anything when I am home after my morning coffee. I tried this Sunday and had to conscientiously write down each time I drank 8 oz. At work I hit 88 oz every day before 3:00 without thinking twice about it. Maybe I should start ordering water with my beer… two birds, one stone.
  5. Start a daily meditation practice.  I had a good practice going back on 2015 but fell out of habit. I am up to every other day after starting a week ago.  This detox I am starting will help make this a habit.
  6. Get more cardio and weight lifting into my workout routine.  Yoga and weights anyone?
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Breakfast pizza and apples/sunflower seed butter

So there you have it.  I haven’t done a list like this in over a year.  I am really looking forward to seeing changes in the way I feel, how my clothes fit and over all reduce stress.

I am determined to make 2017 my year of change.  I am not unhappy or anything.  Actually I think I am quite the opposite.  However, I do feel that life gets stuck in a loop and you need to jump off and try a new ride once in a while.

How do you jump-start your health plan? 

Do you have any favorite meatless lunch food ideas that you can share? This is where I struggle with keeping it exciting.

 

 

 

 

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Where to go from here?

The other day I was asked, “What do I want?”

Of course I made jokes at first because that is what I do.  When I got serious about that question I started to think about it.  I mean really think hard…

I finally responded back, ” I want to inspire people to find their happy.”  Which got me thinking about change….

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I have been thinking a lot about this blog and it’s future here on WordPress….

Do I keep writing about random things and hope people will read it?  I feel this space needs more substance.

Am I interested in keeping up with it enough to pay the yearly fee?  Meh… it’s not a deal breaker….

Is it servicing it’s purpose? I mean, I don’t cook much anymore so I am not sharing any recipes.  I don’t run or belong to a gym….  Most of the brand ambassadorships do not serve a purpose to me anymore…

My blog is having an identity crisis and it needs to either shut down or get a make over.

I originally started blogging years ago as an outlet for my life stories and I feel like I am swinging back to that routine again.  That is totally fine! However, I feel like I spend most of my time on Instagram nowadays posting picks with mini stories attached to them. My life isn’t what it was back in 2009. I am not the same person as back then.

 

So how do I incorporate what I want in life into Four The Health Of It?  I am thinking of ways to blog more and hopefully inspire people to better themselves. This was never intended to be only a fitness or running blog.  It’s about overall health.

Isn’t being happy a big part of that? 

 

 

 

Simplify by Joshua Becker – book review

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Welcome to the first installment of Blogger Book Club hosted by Sarah @ sarahohm.com! Each month a bunch of bloggers are linking up to share different book reviews based on a common theme.  I have never belonged to a book club before.  I did not like the idea of having to read the same book as everyone else. What if I didn’t like it? What if everyone else did not like my pick? It’s too much pressure for me.  But when Sarah came up with this idea and suggested the month’s themes, I jumped on board.  If you want to join in the fun, check out Sarah’s blog page and send her an email to sign up!

This month we were asked to choose a book that we find motivational.  “Motivational” was such a blurred line for me.  What some see as motivating, others might see as inspirational or even a self help “How To”. The following book was motivational for me as well as a how to guide.

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Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life 

By Joshua Becker

-Here is a little about the book via Joshua’s Becoming Minimalist blog/website

“Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. It calls for the end of accumulating unnecessary possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Simplify will change the way you view physical possessions. And it will provide you with the motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passion.”

-I chose this book due to my quest to declutter my life.  Joshua explains that becoming a minimalist means something different to everyone.  Not all minimalists sell everything and downsize their lifestyle to fit into a 200sq ft trailer on wheels.  Joshua calls himself a “rational minimalist.” This means pursuing a simple lifestyle but doing it rationally. DING! DING! This is exactly what I want.

Without giving away all the secrets of the book, this list of seven principals has you looking at your belongings in a new light.  Why are you holding on to a gift someone gave you years ago that you have not looked at in years? Does your stuff bring you joy? Is the item something you cherish or do you keep it because of guilt? By changing your lifestyle to a minimalist approach, the following things happen:

  • You spend less because you need less
  • You stress less because the clutter is not there to cause a visual distraction
  • Your house is easier to clean – without all the clutter to move out of your way, cleaning takes less time
  • You have the freedom to do more things. How? You have saved money because you are not spending it on crap you don’t need. And you have the time to do new things because you are not constantly cleaning up

These are just a few benefits to decluttering your home and life.  Decluttering does not mean to reorganize.  You are not taking your belonging from one room in your house and storing them in a cabinet or a box.  You commit yourself to donating, selling or trashing the majority of your thing that you do not use.  The things you keep should be what you use.  I know there are things that have emotional value. It’s OK to keep somethings.  However, I bet if you look at your attic or garage, and after the overwhelming feeling goes away, you will ask yourself why you are holding on to all your stuff too.

I don’t feel like we have the typical amount of clutter. I do not hold sentimental attachment to things like most people.  My garage is not wall to wall boxes and neither is my basement.  You can open my closets without things falling out.  But what is there, really can go. Having the tools outlined in this book will help to make this process less of a chore.  I look forward to the days when I can look around and know that everything we own has meaning to us.  Just the thought of this makes me smile and feel less stress.

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a minimalist?  Check out Joshua’s website linked above for helpful tips and information about other booked he has written.

Have you read any motivational books lately? Please share in the comments below!

What to read more?  Just click on the blue frog :0)

My Happy Monday – part II

Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of:

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I am linking up again with Sarah over at My (Mostly) Healthy Life in an effort to find happiness in what (in my opinion) is usually the most annoying day of the week. BUT, I am trying to change that. over time.  Sarah has come up with some new questions for today to help inspire. Last week, I really loved reading the other women’s responses and was inspired to look at things that popped up last week from different perspective.  Show some love and check out Sarah’s link up including the other bloggers that are participating!

What was the first thing that made you smile today?  Two months ago I had given a co-worker a cork to split for me and make into magnets. I totally forgot about this and she was very busy with her daughter’s wedding… anyway, I sat at my desk this morning and saw them on my board! Apparently they have been there since Friday afternoon… clearly I am not very observant.

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Isn’t this the cutest cork ever?

What are you most looking forward to about today? Cooking dinner.  Last week we ate out every day due to poor no planning. I plan on making fish, a veggie and having white wine to go with it.

What is your favorite thing about this Monday? The hours at work are going fast!

Do you have a pet who makes your heart melt? We have two dogs.  Greta and Zeus.  Greta is Dan’s shadow and Zeus is mine.  He follows me everywhere. He is a total weirdo and a spaz but he has the cutest looks like when he tilts his head as if to say, “HUH??” Oh and he is camera shy. He will RUN away at any camera sound (or any loud sound for that matter) or if you hold any object up as if to take a picture.  So any picture or video I actually get are by me being sneaky.

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Zeus ran away right after I took this.  He caught on but I got him!

Are you reading a book currently? I am obsessed with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I am currently listening to book 5 since I won this in a contest within the group of other crazed fans I am friends with. So, I listen to and from work and when I can on weekends. I want to listen while I run but have not had a chance to try yet. I can go on and on about how great this series is.  If you have not read any of it, they are making a TV show to be aired this June here in the States on Starz.  I can’t wait!!

I also just read “It’s all in your head” by Eva Hagberg. Here is a snippet from Amazon.

“In 2008, after recovering from a few years of hard drinking and harder drug use, after building back up a life as a successful and happy New York writer, Eva Hagberg woke up dizzy. She spent the next five years searching for a diagnosis, a treatment, and most of all an answer. It was a journey that took her from a career as a New York City architecture critic to a bicycle-riding year in Portland, Oregon to graduate school in Berkeley, California. She saw internists, vestibular specialists, and endocrinologists. They all told her she was normal; that the way she felt was all in her head. When everything she thought she could try failed, she began to believe them, trying to heal through yoga, acupuncture, talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and long walks in the woods.”

I found her struggles very interesting. People are misdiagnosed by doctors every day (like my sister). I believe you need to trust your gut and keep pushing for answers if you truly think there is something wrong. Check this book out on Amazon.  It is a fast read. I think I read it over three days and I am a slow reader.

What is something small that you’ve done for someone else today, that put a smile on your face? Not yet but the day is only half over ;0)

So tell me… What made you smile today?