By Jennifer Hallmark.
It’s been almost a month since I posted about my effort to experience better health in 2015. I’d decided to take a month at a time and make adjustments and see what worked and what didn’t. I looked at each area of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It’s been an interesting time and now for the results…
Exercise I decided to try working out five days a week, 3 days of low-impact aerobics and two days of riding the exercise bike.
Positive-I stuck to the plan and feel better physically.
Negative-The bike riding bothered my back a little. I’m going to try one more month to see if it continues.
Diet I decided to cut back on sugar and follow a plan of eating healthy.
Positive-I’ve traded sweet tea for hot tea with honey.
Negative-I thought I knew enough about healthy food to just try to eat healthy. I drew up no written plan. The month was extremely stressful and I tend to eat when stressed. So predictably, I failed to eat healthy and lost no weight.
I would try a four-day work week and take more time to rest.
Positive-I made more time for myself and stuck somewhat to a four-day work week. I feel more rested.
Negative-I still have trouble unwinding at times and use work as a stress relief, which leads to me being tired.
I would try four things for emotional health: Read a feel-good book or watch an inspirational movie; work a jigsaw puzzle; be accountable to a friend; and get out of the house more.
Positive-I’ve read a good bit and watched a couple of movies. I set up my jigsaw puzzle. I talked a couple of times to a friend about a couple of stressful situations I’m dealing with.
Negative-It’s cold and I haven’t gotten out of the house more. I need to relax when I am out and enjoy myself.
I would continue my daily devotion time, listen to music and journal, fellowship with other Christians, be a blessing, and enjoy nature.
Postive-I love my devotion time. Music and journaling are good for me. I’ve tried to be a blessing to family and friends.
Negative-I could still use more fellowship with Christians. It’s cold and I haven’t been out much.
So how does this all add up? How will I approach February?
(1) I’m going to follow a written plan for healthy eating.
(2) I need to turn to God in my stress and fellowship more with my family and friends.
(3) I need to realize it’s going to be cold in winter and just make myself get out more anyway. 🙂
How about you? Do you have any suggestions to help me out as I approach February?
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