10 Things That Helped My Overall Wellness/Weight-Loss
I don’t know whether it’s the start of a fresh year or looking back on all the things I accomplished in 2018, but I really felt the need to write out the things that helped me along the way. 2015-2017 were all tough years that took my mind and body on a roller coaster. In 2015 when we were trying to conceive, the month after month negative took a toll on both my mental and physical health and I ended up becoming the heaviest I had been. Then, in 2016, my pregnancy caused me to lose 22 lbs. Once I delivered and suffered with a bout of PPD, I continued to not take care of my own self. Finally the cloud lifted in 2017 and then with the resurgence of happiness came the resurgence of eating, drinking, and merriment. Finally, at the end of 2017, once I truly felt happy and back to “me”, I decided it was time for my mind and body to follow. In 2018, I joined a gym, started paying attention to what was going into my body, and focused on myself. At the end of 2018, I was down 28 lbs and feeling so, so good. A lot of you noticed, too! So, I thought I’d share some principles that helped guide me on my journey and hope they can help motivate some of you!
#1 – Find a way to stay accountable
#2 – Find a class/show you love
#3 – Clean out your fridge/pantry
This one is a great one to kick off a new year. Take everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, out of your fridge and pantry. Give the fridge a good wipe down and maybe get some baskets to organize your pantry. Now, go through each item and throw away or donate any items that don’t serve your health and wellness goals. Food banks will always take those cans of high-in-fat-soups or unopened boxes of candy bars. If you only keep healthy, nutritious food in the house, it’ll be that much easier to stick to your goals. An extension of this one is to only grocery shop with a list and never when you’re hungry. By keeping mental and physical stock of the food that is in your home, you are more likely to succeed.
#4 – Hydrate
#5 – Carve out at least 30 minutes a day for motion
#6 – Motivate yourself with like-minded influences
This one is super important. In this day and age of social media, it’s really easy to get caught up in those people who seem to just naturally be skinny or can eat whatever they want and never have to break a sweat. For me, finding people who are working hard like to me achieve their goals were the ones that kept me wanting to succeed. I personally love following Liz, Sarah, Blair, and Merritt for wellness/fitness/food inspiration. They’re all real women with real goals and work hard to achieve them. That’s the kind of energy that keeps me going.
#7 – Let yourself indulge
#8 – Use technology to your advantage
By technology here, I mean health and wellness apps. There are so many out there and so many have great intentions for your overall well-being. I personally love My Fitness Pal for tracking macros [which I outline in my FWTFL post], Headspace [for meditation], the Activity app for Apple Watch [which helps track my workouts], and AutoSleep [which monitors my sleeping patterns]. Whatever you’re in to, find an app for it and let it help you reach your goals.
#9 – Motivate yourself with reward
#10 – Love yourself
So, there you have it. 10 things that have truly helped to transform my life over the last year. I hope some of these things help motivate you to fulfill whatever goals and dreams you may have for yourself and for your life. I am certainly a work in progress [but progress > perfection any day of the week] and I only hope to expand on all of these principles in the coming year. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for following along!
My name is Preeti and I am a wife, mother, sister, and friend who is navigating my way through life in Cincinnati, OH.
I work in the beauty industry for a living and work from home, so Nines to 5 is my place to express myself through fashion. Just because I have a home office doesn't mean I can't dress to the nines for my 9-5!