My 2020 goal isn't about weight loss. It's about a healthier me. In 2019 my anxiety has been bonkers. My health has taken some up and downswings. My blood pressure went nuts!. It's always been 110 or less over 70 or less. It hit 140s over 80 this year at one point. We have heart disease in the family. It scared me. Some of it is due to stress and anxiety. Actually a lot of it is due to stress and anxiety. Some of it was due to hormone changes. I stopped birth control and that's helped. It also helped with the bloating and the migraines I had creeping back in. Like I said I want a healthier me. That's what SparkPeople is really about, being a healthier you. Sometimes that includes weight loss. Sometimes it doesn't. You can be healthy with a slightly high BMI or unhealthy at your perfect weight. In 2020 it's not about weight for me. It's about health.
Yoga every day that I am well.
Notice I said every day I am well. It's a bad idea to work out if you are REALLY sick. I'll pick what type of Yoga depending on how I feel that day. I love all yoga, except hot yoga (Don't yell at me. It's just not something I enjoy. If you like it that's awesome.) So If I wake up slow it will be slow. If I wake up energized it will be energized.
And I'll walk when I have spare time. I usually have time. Mondays are chore days and that's usually the day I skip a walk.
Adjust social media time.
I'm going to start Sparking from my phone in the afternoons while I'm in the pick-up line. I have an hour where I am alone. That will be the perfect time to make a healthy choice and Spark instead of dragging my afternoon down with political Facebook posts.
I won't drop Facebook altogether, but I need to cut back. Particularly in this high-stress political season. Like I told you, I am trying to manage my blood pressure without blood pressure meds just yet. So I'm going to edit the Facebook time. The political bickering definitely makes my blood pressure rise. I'm going to think of the swap like swapping potato chips for Kale chips.
Eat my colors.
That's the best advice I've ever gotten from Sesame Street. Eat your colors for good gut health. I won't promise to try new foods but I'm going to try to hit each color of food each week. That sounds modest, but I think I can keep up with it. Oh and yes I'll have white food. White potatoes (in moderation) and white cauliflower. Unless you are diabetic white potatoes get a bad rap sheet.
The color rap
This is footage from a game on Sesame Street's website youtu.be/WAoks1zvvJY
Eat more plants
And if I eat my colors that's a no brainer. Remember plant-based include your whole grains. I have a couple of friends that are vegans. I'm going to ask them for some pointers on meatless protein preparations. I'm not giving up all animal protein. I'm just going to try to eat more plants.
Learn what my cravings mean.
Some cravings mean you have a slight deficiency. If I can figure out what each craving means I can make sure to get enough of that mineral in my diet to offset the cravings.
Notice I have not mentioned sugar. I honestly don't eat that much sugar. I drink mostly water. I'm not huge on caffeine. I have one cup of black coffee in the mornings and one glass of tea with my dinner. I generally avoid soda. And I'm not a huge snacker. So no real need to address either sugar or caffeine.
I don't know how often I will check my weight. I doubt I stress about logging food. I use Google fit to time my exercise and have it automatically send the data to SparkPeople. I'm making my smartphone work for me.
And hopefully, by the end of 2020, I'll feel like a better version of me. And isn't that what it's really all about, just feeling better?