the sparkly life: My 2019 Health Resolutions

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

My 2019 Health Resolutions


Since many of my resolutions always seem to revolve around health, I decided they deserved their own dedicated post this year! Here's what I've got planned to (hopefully!) make 2019 my healthiest year ever.

Work out (at least) three times a week. For the past several years, I've been incredibly disciplined about doing Pilates twice a week, every week. Unfortunately, more often than not, that's all I do. I'm not going to kid myself and vow to start exercising every single day, but I know that I can and should add at least one more workout session each week. It can be an hour of strength-training, it can be Spinning, whatever--but it has to be something. If I work out more than three times a week, great. If it's just three, great. But I do want to make that third time a must this year.

Eat better. I've never been a super healthy eater. I will almost always take a bowl of pasta over one filled with salad. But I also know I need to make some changes. I'm not planning on dieting my way through the year, and I'm not trying to lose a ton of weight or anything. But I do want to make healthier choices, focusing on a few main areas: eating more veggies, eating less sugar, and eating fewer complex carbs. If I follow those few rules, I'll be much better off. I did Whole 30 last February, and I'm planning on doing that again next month (somehow I'm never mentally ready to take it on in January--ha!) as a kind of reset for my eating. After that, I'll focus mainly on the veggies/sugar/carb thing. Seriously, if I just make those three changes, it should make a big difference for me.

Take my vitamins. I'm so bad about this. I'll get on a kick and take vitamins for awhile, but then I'll start to forget, or I'll run out, and suddenly I realize it's been months since I've downed one. But I really want to start up again. Vitamins are probably the easiest way to improve your health. Whenever I interview dermatologists for my stories, they almost always recommend taking multivitamins since the healthier your entire body is, the healthier your skin will be (and the better it will look!). And obviously it goes beyond skin. Vitamins can help everything from your heart to your immune system to your brain. So, this year, I'm getting on a regimen! Last week, I went to BJ's Wholesale Club and stocked up on a bunch of them including NatureMade Multi for Her (for general health), Culturelle Probiotics (to improve digestion and gut health!), and NatureMade Vitamin C Adult Gummies (especially important in the winter--and as a mom--when you are surrounded by germs!)While there, I also grabbed L'il Critters Gummy Vites Complete Multivitamins for my kids. (I've made a resolution to have my kids take their vitamins regularly, too.) As I move forward, I'd love to start adding some additional options like turmeric and vitamin D, but I'm trying to start simple! Best parts about buying vitamins at a wholesale club are 1) the value, and 2) they come in jumbo-sized jars, so it will take me much longer to run out--and then fall off the vitamin wagon!  

Get more sleep. I've always prided myself on being one of those people who "doesn't need a lot of sleep." But lately, I'm starting to reconsider that. I mean, I'm tired a lot of the time! And I think the lack of sleep has been taking a toll on my skin. (Like many other organs in your body, your skin really needs you to sleep so it can repair itself.) My problem is that I stay up really late (usually between midnight and 1am) for no good reason, and then I wake up early--usually between 5:30 and 6:30am--because of my kids. I can't do much about my mornings, so I want to start going to bed earlier (ideally around 10pm) at least a couple of times each week.

Floss regularly. This has been on my resolutions list since I was a teenager. I go through spurts when I'm great about it, flossing every single night like a champ, and then I go through stretches where nothing seems harder than taking sixty seconds to run a piece of string through my teeth before bed.  But this is my year, baby. In 2019, I will become an every-night-without-exception flosser! Mark my words. 

Drink more water. Sigh. This is another perennial list lurker for me. Frustrating because I actually love water! It's the only thing I drink besides coffee (and the very occasional glass of wine). But I have just never gotten in the habit of drinking enough of it. May 2019 be the year that I finally start chugging H2O like a boss. 

Do you guys have health resolutions for 2019? If so, I'd love to hear them!

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18 comments:

AiringMyLaundry said...

These are some great resolutions. I am working on getting better sleep. And I have been doing well on taking vitamins!

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

These are all things we all should be doing. Great you are teaching you son early to do these things

Alli Smith said...

I do have some fitness goals for this year and some of them I've carried over from last year - like working out every day. Now I'm paying more attention to what I eat.

melissa said...

Drinking water is a great health and so important. I am getting alittle older so i take calcium and Vitamin D for bone health and B12 that I might not get in my diet.

Jeannette said...

My niece and nephew take these daily. They love them and they are so good for them! As for myself I am eating better and exercising regularly.

Tasheena Womack said...

Health and selfcare is so important. This is such a wonderful reminder! I have to add these products to my Bj's shopping list.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

My mom has been thinking of taking Culterelle. She went to the store the other day to check it out, but I'm not sure if she purchased it or not.

Tomi Clark said...

I plan to squeeze in a few more workouts. Unfortunately, it will have to wait until the temps warm up a bit. I so loathe working out when it's cold. *sigh*

Marysa said...

I always try to make health resolutions. These look like convenient products! I'll have to check these out. It's nice to have products that make it easy.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

These are all great resolutions to be healthy in 2019. I have also started taking vitamins. Nature Made is definitely one of my favorite brands.

Dennis Littley said...

Sounds like you have everything well thought out! Sleep is important and seems like a foundation for other resolutions. It goes hand in hand with staying hydrating and nourishing our bodies. Great post!

Justin Race said...

I used to have a hard time drinking enough water. I've gotten better about it but I could still do better.

The Super Mom Life said...

I need to drink more water and definitely floss. I bought a water pick recently but haven't used it yet. Yikes!

Louisa Moje said...

After moving to a different state, I found it a little harder getting out. My goal is also to work out at least 3x/week.

Terri Steffes said...

FLossing.... what a thing. I bought a new sonic toothbrush that makes it that I don't have to floss, but we will see. My dentist appt is next week.

chubskulit said...

Better sleep is what I always strive for. I find it hard to fall asleep so I look for ways on how to improve that.

Rachel said...

This makes me feel like at least I am not the only one struggling with all of these things. This is my life!

Gust și Aromă Moldavia said...

Drink more! I should do thin in 2019. It's the most important step to a healthier life!

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