So here we are. Halfway through the school holidays. Fortunately, I work from home so can hang with thing 1 and thing 2 for a few more weeks. I’m also on holiday from my studies as I prepare to launch into the final year of my Naturopathic Nutrition course in September. I have a few goals for the next few weeks that I’ll note here in the hope that they will all be achieved by the end of August.
- Get back into meditation. I did so well last year using Headspace and seemed to carve out 15 minutes a day with no problem and then somehow the 15 minutes seemed to vanish. I also decided that I didn’t like the headspace visualisations but preferred straightforward breathing exercises so unsubscribed with a view to just using free Youtube guided meditations instead. This hasn’t helped. The issue seems to be that if I don’t meditate in the morning, the evening just seems to be impossible. The issue with mornings is that motivation for getting up early is not in abundance. As an achievable goal, I’m going to aim for meditating 5 out of 7 days for the next two weeks.
- Find a few more crowd-pleasing veggie recipes. We’re not vegetarian (although Ali just read Animal Liberation by Peter Singer so he’s teetering on the brink…) but are trying to only eat organic/grass fed meat which is understandably expensive. So, I need a few handy vegetarian meals that don’t make the children cry (they are actually not bad at trying new stuff, it just seems that if there’s one ingredient that one of them likes, the other will decide to then hate it – what can I say, it keeps me on my toes).
- Get back to my gym classes. I’ve had some great excuses for the last couple of weeks. But now, my gym buddy is back, and when the alarm goes off at 5.30 am (only twice a week thank god!), I will not reach for the snooze button. This is totally achievable and I always feel great after the gym.
- Not drink any alcohol that I know makes me feel rubbish. This is so obvious and I totally know at the age of 41 that things like prosecco and regular white wine make me feel like death the next day, but when the sun’s out (such a rarity here, you’ve just got to celebrate!) or it’s Friday night, it’s too easy to go with the flow. I recently ordered sulfite free white wine to experiment with, but invalidated the investigation by also getting stuck into non-sulfite free wine on the same occasion… Will continue my quest for empirical evidence of benefit as the summer progresses.
- Try making kombucha. Need to get hold of some scobies or whatever the starter widgets are called and then get going with this as I am sure that getting into fermented foods, especially kefir, has been the dietary change that’s had the biggest effect on my wellbeing in the last few months.
I’d love to know if anyone has any top tips for making positive changes stick – use the comments section above to the left to share your thoughts!