Birthday Book Haul!

I’ve picked up a few new books that I’d love to share with you today! My birthday was last week and not only was I gifted with some lovely books, I also went on a little shopping spree myself. One of my favorite things in the world to do is shop for used books — at thrift stores, second hand book shops, garage sales, you name it. I love finding book bargains! However, the pandemic hasn’t really allowed for that particular hobby to take place. So, for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a haul from ThriftBooks.com. Here’s what I picked up…

The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson –
This is a British mystery featuring Detective Inspector Luke Thanet. I thought this would be a fun one to read around Thanksgiving or Christmas time because nothing says cozy to me like a procedural murder mystery!

Brazil by John Updike –
For some reason I’ve never gotten around to picking up this modern classic even though it’s been on my list forever. I think I’m going to pick this one up as soon as I finish my current read. I just can’t resist the 90s charm of this edition’s cover.

Matilda by Roald Dahl –
Just a childhood classic that I couldn’t resist for the price. I love all the illustrations by Quentin Blake and I’m happy to have this in my “formative books from my youth” collection.

The Martian by Andy Weir –
Another book that’s been on my list forever. I’ve of course seen the movie but I hear the book is even better. 😉 (Hard to imagine!) I’ve been craving more sci-fi set in space since reading The Sparrow and giving it a solid 5/5 stars.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman –
I’ve also seen this movie… I’m not one of those people that feels like they have to read a book first. If anything, seeing film adaptations makes me MORE likely to pick up a book after the fact — usually encouraging me to read something I wouldn’t normally be drawn to. I feel like that’s the case with this one. The movie was so beautiful that I want to be re-transported to that world!

Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl –
I recently got it in my head that I want to have a little trio of books on my shelf — Diana, Kate, and Meghan — so that’s what this is for. When you’re thrifting your books on the super cheap, I feel like you can indulge in dumb whims. This is one of mine! LOL

Now let’s look at the books I was sweetly gifted…

The Honest Enneagram by Sarajane Case –
My mom sent this one over to me and it was something I had put on my birthday wish list. If you read my recent blog series on mental health practices based on enneagram types, you know I’m currently pretty obsessed. This is a fantastic resource!

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay –
Another gift from my mom! This one is a memoir by a junior doctor on the NHS front line. My mom knows I’m drawn to any media about medicine and I can’t wait to dive into this one. I hear it is equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor –
Finally, Real Life was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. This one looks AMAZING and comes very highly recommended by many of my most trusted reviewers.

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Have you acquired any new books lately?

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Common Mistakes People Make When Switching To Natural Beauty Products

If you’re looking for more ways to be environmentally-friendly and cut out questionable products in your life, your personal care regime is a great place to start. Beauty products can be loaded with controversial chemicals that have mixed effects on the skin but can also be harmful to the planet. Whether it’s parabens, formaldehyde or coal tar, there are many ingredients that can have unwanted effects on your health.

This is why many people are making the switch to natural beauty and personal care products. However, changing over to an entirely different range of products takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you’ve been using the same kinds of products for so many years. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common mistakes people make when adopting an all-natural routine.

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Don’t assume that every product is fully natural

Just because a product says “natural” on the label or Amazon product description, that doesn’t necessarily make it true. Many brands are cashing in on the all-natural craze and as a result, they might still be sneaking in a few unwanted or questionable ingredients into their products. When reading labels, make sure you look at all of the ingredients and give them a quick Google search to learn more.

Skip straight to the source ingredient

There are a lot of products that you can purchase in a purer state. For example, you can purchase bottles of witch hazel to use as a facial cleanser, toner or even for acne treatment. This is a far better option than buying a natural skin cream that includes witch hazel as an active ingredient…along with a bunch of other, unnecessary ingredients.

Keep some of your existing products instead of throwing it all away

Like it or not, it’s important to keep your existing products because throwing them away would be like throwing money down the drain. It’s understandable that you want to switch to a natural regime as soon as possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold onto the existing products you have. If you’ve got full bottles of beauty products, hold on to them and continue using them until they run out, especially if you’ve not experienced any kind of adverse reactions or effects while using them in the past.

You can find products you never knew existed

One of the great things about natural products is that you can often find things that you never knew existed. For instance, this natural deodorant cream is a fantastic alternative to spray or roll-on deodorants that are usually the most popular option. They contain long-lasting and effective ingredients and come in a variety of different scent options. One of the fun things about switching to a natural regime is being able to find unique, new products that you’ve never heard of or tried before.

Hopefully, this post has shown that it’s easy to make the switch to natural beauty products if you’re prepared. There are some mistakes that people make, but avoiding them is simple if you know what to look out for.

A Quarantine-Induced Decluttering Challenge

Most of us have been doing pretty much everything from home for the past 6+ months. Being around all our…stuff…ALL THE TIME for that long can start to feel a little overwhelming. It’s a lot easier to ignore clutter when you’re at an office 8 hours a day, exploring the city all weekend long, and traveling for vacations whenever you please. That’s just not our reality right now.

So today I’m going to share a decluttering challenge inspired by the quarantine of the last few months! Let’s get to clearing out the clutter, shall we?

Pick a week and declutter the following —

Day 1 – Your home office space.

Whether this is a dedicated room in your home or not, your living space serving double duty as your working space probably means you’ve acquired some additional stuff. For me, this means scrap paper scrawled with to do lists, meeting notes, and writing assignment outlines stuffed in just about every place one can imagine. Go through all your #WFH clutter and see what can get tossed.

Day 2 – Masks that didn’t work out.

You probably tried a few different types of mask before you settled on your go-to. This is a necessary and life-saving accessory but even still, they took some getting used to. If you have a collection of masks you panic bought that don’t actually fit or aren’t comfortable, pass them along. You know what works for you! And you’ll feel a lot more comfortable about investing in a few more of your favorite version, if you don’t have a drawer full of the cast offs.

Day 3 – Games you don’t play anymore.

Time to evaluate your board games, video games, puzzles, crossword books, etc., etc. Are there board games that could be afforded a beautiful second life if you passed them along to a thrift store for someone else to purchase and enjoy? Could you do a porch swap with a friend and trade them a puzzle or a video game you’ve already solved or beat?

Day 4 – Books you won’t reread.

If you’re like me, all this time at home has really helped you up your reading game in 2020. But also like me, you may have gone a liiiittle crazy on the book buying front. Today is the day to go through your shelves, look at each book, and really ask yourself if this is something you’ll reread or need in your collection moving forward. Books are a wonderful thing to pass along to friends and family members!

Day 5 – Impulse bought hobby items.

In March or April, faced with the prospect of many boring nights ahead, did you decide NOW IS THE TIME FOR ME TO TAKE UP knitting… ukulele playing… cross stitch… cocktail mixing… insert any number of niche hobbies that involve buying crap HERE. Did you, you know, actually take it up? If not, never fear. Today’s the time you can clear out the stuff you bought with the best of intentions. No judgement!

Day 6 – Your refrigerator.

Yes, that’s right. Today it is time to declutter your fridge and freezer! We’ve all been eating at home over the last few months which means more groceries, leftovers, and general chaos in this area of the home. Go through everything and toss anything that’s gone bad or has expired. This is also a great time to create a log of what you DO have so that you can be sure to incorporate these things in upcoming meals. Next time you hit the grocery (or the groceries hit your porch — yay delivery!), add to the log. This practice is a great way to reduce food waste.

Day 7 – Comfy clothes you haven’t worn in 2020.

If there is a pair of pajamas, yoga pants, or fluffy socks that haven’t made it on to your body in the year of our Lord 2020, it’s time to retire them. Quarantine has been the time to shine for comfy clothes! I am terrified for the day my legs become reintroduced to panty hose *shudder*… but that’s neither here nor there. Today is all about decluttering your loungewear and pajamas. Only keep your quarantine MVPs!

Bonus Day – Clothes you wouldn’t reach for if a magic wand eradicated the pandemic.

For a bonus day of clutter clearing, let’s look past the quarantine OOTDs and examine the rest of your closet. What items of clothing would you NOT be super stoked to wear if you could suddenly head to a dinner party tomorrow evening? What would you pull out of your closet if next week you were able to present at a meeting where the attendees could actually see your bottom half? What would get packed in your suitcase if we were able to travel abroad? Ask yourself these hypothetical questions and declutter accordingly.

After many months in quarantine, are you feeling in need of some decluttering? Would you take on this challenge? What clutter categories would you add to this list?

Simple Techniques to Improve Brain Power

Do you feel like your brain is broken when you can’t seem to remember basic things? The good news is it isn’t broken, but you may not be using it in the most effective way. Below are five easy visual and visualizing techniques you can use today to remember more.

Remember Numbers 

What would you do if you had no smartphone and needed to remember an important number? OK, so you would probably write it down, but you might not have a pen or paper either. Remembering numbers might seem difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. Our memories are much more visual than once thought so we can actually recall numbers with ease. It might just take a little imagination. One is a pencil; two is a swan, three is a fork, etcetera. Try it out for yourself. 

Tricky Spelling 

Remembering spelling is not quite as easy as remembering numbers, although the visual technique can work quite well in some cases. Because English is a language made up of many different influences, certain unusually spelled words simply have to be learned. If you struggle with your spelling, try turning off your spell checker in your phone and looking up the words you’re unsure of. Over time your spelling will improve significantly. Another tip is to keep a file of words you find difficult to spell and make it a point to incorporate them in the things you’re writing (even if that’s just an Instagram caption!). 

Remember Lists 

Have you heard of the Loci technique? It’s the memory technique in which you use the rooms in your home as locations for items on a list you want to remember. This is useful to some people but doesn’t work for everyone. Instead of using your home, try your body. It’s much closer to you wherever you are, and more familiar – your Chiropractor would be ace at this technique! Identify 10 different areas of your body and assign them items in your list. When you want to remember the item, think of the body part first. 

Capital Cities

Do you find capital cities hard to remember? Do you always get those questions wrong in quizzes? The good news is you don’t have to memorize all the words using flashcards – unless you really want to – instead, use a mnemonic. The capital of Jamaica is Kingston. That sounds like King-stung and Jam-maker. So, you can imagine a king making some jam then being stung by a bee. Try out some of your own. They will be easier to recall if you use your own creativity. 

What’s the Difference  

What’s the difference between Stalactite and Stalagmite? Difficult. They both refer to mineral deposits in underground caves, but one of them grows from the ceiling, the other from the ground. It’s very difficult to remember which is which without a simple memory device. Stalactite contains letter ‘C’ and grows from the ceiling; Stalagmite contains the letter ‘G’ and grows from the ground. Easy-peasy. Try this technique out with other similar-sounding words!

Want more memory tips + tricks? Check out this channel! Yanjaa is a client of mine and her mind is amazing. 🙂  

4 Common Causes of Travel Sickness

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Traveling comes with many  health benefits – apart from all the fun and adventure. But at the same time, there are associated health risks if you ignore essential precautionary measures. This is especially true for people traveling internationally for the first time. Have you found yourself feeling sick during or after a recent trip? Here are some of the most frequent causes of travel sickness and how to avoid them.

  • Train stations and airports can spread viruses

Whenever you find yourself in a queue at an airport or train station, humans are not the only ones being transported – these places are hotbeds of activity for viruses, too. For example, mass transit is the likeliest place to contract air-transmitted viruses and germs, as so many people are confined to a small space at the same time. To keep yourself safe, you should wear a mask, wash your hands often, and sanitize surfaces on and around your seat.

  • Tap water can be unsafe

Although it is cheaper to carry your water bottle and fill it with tap water, that may not always be the safest option. In some cases, the water could be contaminated and cause illnesses or diarrhea. Foreigners are usually more vulnerable to tap water contamination as their bodies are not used to the strains of microbes in the water. You should do some research before traveling to know if the tap water in the country you’re heading to is safe

  • Fatigue and stress can take a toll

The last thing you want is to be stressed and fatigued when going on a trip, but this is often the case. From delayed flights to missing luggage, traveling can cause enough stress that it takes a toll on your body, and unfortunately, stress and fatigue have a way of adversely affecting our health. It is therefore vital to get the right immune system support before you set off. You can do this by taking essential vitamin supplements, drinking a lot of water, and getting as much rest as you can or at least finding activities along your travels that help you relax. 

  • Travel can change your medication routine

It is very easy to forget or skip your medication during a trip. Aside from the stress that traveling can put your body through and possible time differences, operating outside your daily routine can cause forgetfulness. Unfortunately, even skipping a single dose or failing to take a dose on time can be very problematic with certain medications. This is especially the case for medicines that can alter your immune system or immune function, such as immunosuppressants. To be on the safe side, consult your doctor before leaving if you are on regular medications that need to be taken at specific times. Also, always keep your drugs in your carry-on bags to have them with you at all times.

To enjoy your time away from home,  consider these four causes and make attempts to protect yourself.

What I Read in September

September was a wonderful reading month for me! I read an 850-page Stephen King novel and still managed to knock out 5 other books over the course of month. I read one 5 star book and the rest were 4 stars! Everything I read was entertaining and captivating — just what I needed in this millionth month of social distancing.

I try to keep my reading fairly diverse in terms of genre as my tastes run the spectrum. Excited to say there are no repeat genres this month! My reads included a historical fiction, a romance, a literary fiction, a memoir, a sci-fi, and a horror/thriller.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: Passed along to me by my mom

What I thought: Honestly would love for my official title to be Book Woman. 🙂 This was a very well done and thoroughly researched historical fiction based on the Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s. We follow our main character Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry, as she delivers reading material to her impoverished neighbors in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. I adored Cussy and all the hill folk who came to rely on her deliveries — such a fun cast of characters to read about.

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: The Book Drop subscription’s Books for Bubbly

What I thought: A great own-voices romance with a fun behind-the-scenes of a TV show premise. Although appropriately fluffy, it also dealt with some more serious topics that can go along with a life of fame (lack of privacy, consent on set, PTSD, etc). The main conflict might be difficult for some to buy–and I had my apprehensions–but by the end I thought it was handled well enough to win me over. This was a very enjoyable (and steamy) read! If you love the show Jane the Virgin then you should 100% give this book a go.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: Audible

What I thought: I’m so happy this was chosen as the inaugural book for the Read ‘Em & Weep book club!!! I had seen a LOT of middle of the road reviews for this one from many Station Eleven lovers who felt this didn’t live up to Emily St. John Mandel’s previous work. Honestly, I was just planning on skipping it. But this was a rare instance of required reading saving the day because I absolutely loved it! I don’t recommend this book to folks who enjoy dipping in and out of novels. There’s just too much going on and too many characters to keep up with. I went in without reading any synopses (all I knew was hotel + ponzi scheme) which I think added to my enjoyment as I wasn’t waiting for anything to happen and was surprised when things did. 🙂 Overall – damn, can Emily St. John Mandel write.

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: Books and Crannies

What I thought: A very short read, but it packed a lot of insight and important topics into 96 pages. Shraya explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl. She proposed how we might re-imagine gender for the twenty-first century and cherish what makes us different. I appreciated the vulnerability and honesty and am happy to have this little powerhouse of a book in my collection.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: Library

What I thought: What a wild ride. I thought this would be the perfect book to kick off the fall season and I wasn’t wrong. In case the title didn’t clue you in, this book is centered around the Kennedy assignation. A portal to the past has been discovered and our main character, Jake Epping, is tasked with traveling back to stop Lee Harvey Oswald. However, the portal can only deliver time travelers to one specific day in September of 1958 — no matter how many times they pass through. So the book really kicked off in the perfect month for my reading experience. Then, the first half of the book follows Jake as he tries to stop a tragedy from occurring on Halloween night — more perfect fall vibes! After that first mission, the book slowed down and took it’s time getting to the fateful day in 1963 which was my reasoning for knocking off half a star. But the ending was worth the journey!

 When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where I got it: Library (Library Book Club pick)

A truly terrifying story. I encountered several reviews prior to reading that warned to go into this one expecting a horror and I agree. The thriller classification might throw off expectations a bit. However, I didn’t have the same issues with pacing that others had (maybe because I just read an 850-page Stephen King so this felt remarkably speedy in comparison lol). I also had no problems with the romance thrown into the heart of this otherwise creepy book — this is a genre debut for Cole who normally writes romance — it didn’t feel out of place and it was well-executed. Overall, a super relevant book thematically and an enjoyable reading experience.

What was the best book you read in September? 

P.S. Check out some of the other books I’m hoping to get to this season!

Making Fitness More Fun

Many of us think of exercise as a chore. While there may be days when the couch seems more appealing than the gym, it’s hugely beneficial to shift your mindset and embrace an active lifestyle. There are ways to make fitness fun. If you’re looking to get into exercise, or it’s been a while since you did a workout, here are some tips to bear in mind…

Explore different activities

All too often, we associate being physically fit and active with having a gym membership or spending hours jogging around a park every week. Many people enjoy these types of workouts, but there are so many other ways to work up a sweat. If you don’t fancy doing crunches and sit-ups or hitting the treadmill, or you tend to get bored easily, explore different activities. Join a local intramural sports team, go swimming, start playing tennis or golf on a regular basis, sign up for dance classes or get out into the great outdoors and try hiking, mountain biking or kayaking. You could also start getting fit at home. If you don’t feel confident exercising in front of others, or you have a busy schedule, you can invest in home gym equipment or take advantage of virtual personal training sessions and online exercise classes. Varying your workouts and trying new activities can help to increase motivation levels and ensure that exercise is more fun. 

Boost your confidence with new workout clothes

Sometimes the right outfit is just the motivation one needs to make a drab fitness routine into a fab fitness routine! If you’re looking to get back into the swing of going to the gym, you’re preparing for your first Pilates class, or you’ve started going to a running club, it can help boost your confidence to look the part. Activewear is a booming industry and there are some incredible styles and outfits available for all kinds of activities. From curves fitness clothing and reflective ensembles for nighttime bike riding to squat-proof leggings and comfortable outfits for yoga, it’s worth browsing the virtual aisles, getting inspiration from magazines and social media feeds and treating yourself to some pieces that will make you feel empowered and excited for your next workout. 

Get social

Sometimes it’s wonderful to enjoy a little time alone, but often exercise is more fun when you’re with friends, a partner or a group of people. It may not be possible to get involved in mass gatherings at the moment, but you can go for a socially-distanced run or take part in virtual classes or group sessions outdoors. Get friends involved in your mission to be more active and make the most of your free time. If you have hours to kill on the weekend, go for a walk, try fun activities like cycling, rock climbing and swimming with the kids or set up a circuit in the backyard. Being around others can make the time pass faster and it can also spur you on to put in more effort and give you the push your need when energy levels are low. Most of us respond well to healthy competition. 

Do you roll your eyes when people talk about working out? Being active has an array of benefits for physical and mental health, so it’s important to try and embrace exercise. If you can start having fun while you’re working up a sweat, you’ll reap the rewards!

P.S. Try this full week of FREE workouts!

Gift Ideas For The Man In Your Life

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When it comes around to gift-buying time, it’s always tricky to know exactly what to get your man. In truth, it can be a key moment. Of course, the best gifts are personal and based on an understanding of your man as an individual, but even so there are a number of gifts which would likely be loved by many. In this post, we are going to take a look at a few options. If you have an occasion coming up and are feeling a bit lost, take a peek below…

Fitbit

These health tracking devices are obviously all the rage right now, and they make for a perfect gift for pretty much anyone who might enjoy tracking and monitoring their fitness data. If your man is a health nut, or just wants to be more mindful of his steps, a Fitbit is going to be appreciated and a good choice for you to buy for him. Bear in mind that you don’t have to go for the branded option, and there are more affordable ones out there which do more or less the same thing.

Beard Growth Kit

If your man has a beard, then that opens up a huge number of possibilities in what gifts to buy. Whether or not he tends to put much care into his beard, you can be sure that there is a beard product he will enjoy. If he struggles to grow a thick and full beard, you might want to consider buying him a beard growth kit. As you can see here, these kits come with quite a few accessories, so it will feel like a gift he is really glad to receive.

Wallet

There are certain gifts that just always go down well no matter what, and regardless of the type of guy your man is. One example of this is a wallet, and this is going to be especially well received if his wallet has seen better days or if he is in need of something a little different. In any case, splashing out on a new wallet is a great way to show your man you care, and it’s something that can be both practical and fashionable – something a lot of contemporary men are happy about.

A Weekend Away

Of course, they say the best gifts are experiences, and that can certainly prove true. So when you are thinking of something to get your man, why not think about buying him a weekend away? This is ideal if you are thinking about trying to get him a romantic experience, or you just want to make it clear how much you enjoy spending time with him. Think whether there might be somewhere he always wanted to go. If so, that’s the one to go for, and he is bound to love it.

P.S. Need more gift ideas for the dudes in your life? Check out this post, this post, and this post!

Get Your Finances Back In Order Sooner Rather Than Later

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Have your finances been a nightmare for you recently? It might be the case that you have reached a point where you’re not sure what you can do or where to start, but this can be dangerous. You have to get your finances back in order sooner rather than later, or you could be facing some potentially serious consequences. If you want to find out more about some of the steps that you should take, keep reading down below.

Clear Your Debts

First, I highly recommend you figure out how much you owe, who you owe it to, and figure out a way to start clearing them. If you’re not going to be using a scheme like DTSS Complete Freedom, then it’s important you start creating a debt management plan quickly. The people that you owe money to simply want it back, and if you go to them with a proposal that makes this happen, even if it takes a little longer, they just might accept. They are much more likely to accept if you go to them with a solution for your debt rather than them having to chase you.

Hire Some Help

The next thing that I recommend is that you hire some help to aid you in managing your finances in future. Hiring a personal finance advisor or an accountant could be exactly what you need to keep you from future budgetary predicaments. They will be able to provide you with expert solutions and help you more effectively manage your money in the future. If you don’t want to get into financial trouble again, this is a solution that is well worth looking into.

Live Within Your Means

You should also learn to live within your means. If you are so used to buying what you want and doing whatever you want without ever worrying about money, this might be a little tough for you. I understand that you might need time to adjust, but it’s important that you get a handle on this now. Work out what your budget is, and then be careful to stick to it. Some people have never lived on a budget before, or at least not one like the one you’re going to have to create. Just remember that financial situations can always change, and this isn’t going to be forever.

Don’t waste time thinking that things will sort themselves out; they won’t. Take financial action now!

P.S. Learn the 5-part money hustle.

Three Ways To Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Health Goals

Many of us set goals to be healthier, however,  think back to how many times you have said ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ or ‘ After the weekend’. Sometimes we fall short of achieving our goals simply because we don’t know where to start. Being healthy is hardly a SMART goal

Although you may have good intentions with this goal, and you may even follow through for a while, it can be far too easy to fall back into a bad routine. Especially when your goal is so broad and vague. 

From researching specific things like ‘what is EGCG’ or ‘Fat burning workouts’ to shopping for fresh food so that you can have an attainable meal plan, there is no denying that a little organizing is needed to succeed. 

There are ways to remain motivated though, have a look at three of them below: 

Have A Plan 

When you decide on your goal, whether it’s losing weight, gaining a positive view of your body, or eating healthier, it will be far easier to stick to if you put together an in-depth plan. Doing this, will help you to see the bigger picture and also provide you with the steps on how you can work towards your goal on a daily basis. 

For instance, if your overall goal is to eat your 5 A Day every day, make sure you do things like create lists of the fruits/veg you want to shop for, the recipes you need to follow, and meal plan/prep to set yourself up for success. And if your plan is to run a 5k, piece together a routine by blocking out days and times in your calendar when you’ll train. When you put together your plan, a great way to stay motivated is to also make a list of how you’ll feel once you have achieved your goal. 

Celebrate And Track Your Progress

Making your plan is a great place to start, however, when you track your progress it can serve as the best way to stay motivated. 

Keep track of things like your successes, progress, better mood, increased energy levels etc. (Create a sticker chart! Who doesn’t love getting a sticker?) Keeping track of your progress can help you to see results in real time and are perfect for looking back on when you feel unmotivated or like you’re falling behind. In addition to this, tracking your progress can help you know when to reward your progress in a bigger way. If you manage to get your 5 A Day in for 30 days in a row, think about treating yourself to a vegetarian feast at your favorite Indian restaurant. Ticked off every day on your Couch to 5K program? Maybe you purchase a new pair of running shoes. 

Switch It Up 

Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the great ways to stay motivated is to look at different approaches. When you feel like quitting, ask yourself, “Is there a way I could switch things up that would make me feel more inclined to stay on track?” 

Eating the same food or doing the same exercise over and over can get very boring. Can you host a potluck with your friends and ask them to bring their favorite dishes featuring fruits & veggies? Make sure everyone brings the recipes and swap them around! Sick of your running routine? Can you try a new route or invite a friend along? Sometimes a new perspective or a change in routine is all we need to stay committed to our goals. 

How do you stay motivated when it comes to your health goals?

P.S. My Top 4 Healthy Lifestyle Intentions