2023 has one goal.
That’s it. All I want for 2023 is to be healthier version of myself at the end of the year than I am at the beginning.
Although it’s an easy phrase, it’s pack with so much meaning for me. Of course, I want to be healthier physically, but I’m not stopping there. I want to be Healthier Physically, Healthier Emotionally/ Mentally, and Healthier Spiritually!
I do have a game plan for how to accomplish being healthier in all these areas of my life. My check list contains quantitative points for each area so that I ca have a “checklist” to see if I’m on track at any given time. Here are my check lists for each area:
2023 Has One Goal
For years, one of my new year’s resolutions was to lose 10 pounds. Believe me, I need to lose 10-15 pounds right now, but that isn’t any part of this goal. I hope that by implementing these quantitative points, I’ll lose whatever weight I need to lose. 2018 brought a health issue with low iron and low ferritin into my life that has taken me several years to rectify. I’m happy to say that today I’m doing well with my iron levels, but I monitor it closely. After that minor health scare, I’ve realized that I have to take serious control of my health from now on!
To Be Physically Healthier, I plan to:
Eat healthy. Live by the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Watch my sugar intake. I have followed Dr. Mary Claire Haver on social media for quite some time. She has become a menopause specialist over the past several years. Her new book, The Galveston Diet comes out in a few days. I can’t wait to read it.
Next week I will be kickstarting my 80/20 by doing a ProLon Cleans. I’ll document how I’m doing on my IG and FB accounts. Plus, I’m sure I’ll do an update on here!!
Move my body 6 days a week– I workout M-F now. I do BodyPump MWF and walk and/or do a PiYo class on T/Th. A lot of Saturdays Dr. T and I go hiking, but not always on Saturday. I want to prioritize Saturdays to be a day of something fun to get out and MOVE. Click HERE to find out more about BodyPump and other Les Mills on demand classes. I’ve been fortunate to have a gym that offers Les Mills classes, but I also pay for the on demand so I can do classes at home.
Mentally/ Emotionally Healthier
I feel very fortunate that I’ve never suffered from depression or had any other mental issues where I had to seek help. I needed help dealing with a situation in my life several years ago, and I used a counselor through Betterhelp. When I went to their site, I saw an option for Christian counseling and so I used a Christian counselor. I didn’t feel that she was the help that I truly needed, but I believe in getting counseling!!! I know that depression is common in menopausal women, and I want to stay on top of it.
To be mentally and emotionally healthier, I plan to:
Continue Reading Self Help Books– I do a long distance book study with a friend in Texas. This study with her is a great blessing in my life. We have had some wonderful conversations over the last few years. Some day, I’ll write a post about all the books that we’ve studies, but each one has added to my mental and emotional health! Sometimes we read Christian books. (Me and My Big Mouth by Joyce Meyer was a favorite of mine) The Kindle version is $1.79 today HERE. Sometimes we read secular books. Untethered Soul and Living Untethered were life changing!
Maintain an attitude of ACCEPTING instead of EXPECTING– I came across this concept several years ago and have been trying to practice it, but I feel that I’ve gotten better at it the past few years. I was very bad at having high expectations for so many things. Not many things live up to our expectations. As a mom of adult children, I’ve learned that I need to just accept my time with my kids instead of having expectations that most of the time they know nothing about. It’s become a sort of mantra for me- I say to myself “Accept”- after practicing this for quite some time, I’m happy to report that it works!
I’ve saved the best for last. It doesn’t really matter if I’m physically or mentally healthy unless I’m spiritually healthy. Spiritual Health is my number one priority! Taking care of my soul has taken precedence in my life.
To Be Spiritually Healthier I plan to:
Read my Bible everyday– I’m following the Bible Recap plan to read the entire Bible in 2023. I read the entire Bible in 2020. Although it was hard to keep up with, I’m so glad that I did it. It’s not too late for you to join our Bible Recap group. Several blog followers are doing it together in the Bible App on our phones. I can tell you that I’ve learned some things I’d never heard before just after doing it for 4 days! DM me on social media or email me at email@example.com if you want to join with us. I have to send you the link!
Continue my morning routine- I write about my new morning routine HERE. I’ve kept it up and it has made a huge difference in my life. I look forward to my first cup of coffee and my Bible study each morning. One thing that I’ve added to my morning routine is that I get a Proverb from this app on my phone. (Proverb-A-Day) I write my Proverb of the day in this 17:18 Series Book of Proverbs.
I love this book because it allows me to write the Proverb of the day and add any notes that I want to add. It’s been very special to have a special Proverb to think about throughout my day!
Continue Writing My Book– Only my family, my best friends and people who actually read my blog know that I’m writing a book! It is a guided prayer journal. The research that I’m doing for this guided journal has been so good for me. I’ve decided that the journey in researching and writing is more important to me than the destination of possibly publishing it! Time will tell where God takes me on this journey!
So there you have it! My one goal for 2023 is actually many goals, but if I stick with all these things, I’ll be a much healthier person at the end of 2023!