Well to start things off, I need it to be known that I am officially in love with this new blog! Emily, from Fit and Free with Emily, is a REAL and honest blogger who isn't afraid to let her readers in on the ups and downs of her own journey in health and fitness. It is absolutely refreshing to read her blog. Anyway, I was reading through some of her posts and really enjoyed reading her New Year's resolution posts from the past few years. What I like so much about them is instead of picking a few cliche resolutions, she picks a theme for the year. For 2013 she picked Simplify :) She then listed a few things she will do in an effort to simplify her life! Cool, right? What an awesome way to make sure your year is productive and you stick to "resolutions." So also in true Quinn fashion- I'm going to steal her idea. ;) Hope you don't mind, Emily!
My theme for the year 2013 is simple: HEALTH.
As much as I'd love to be skinny, I think it's important that I address my need to get healthy! For me it's more than just wanting to look good or fit in smaller clothes. My family has a serious history of obesity related health problems. Diabetes, kidney failure, high blood pressure, etc. Also, I am battling PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which is something I need to get a handle in order for Brent and I to conceive in the next few years. Also important is my mental health! I have struggled with clinical depression almost half of my life now. It's something that still affects my day to day life and needs to be addressed. So many things that stem from this excess weight and just general lifestyle that I'm leading. So yeah, I'd love to wear cute clothes, but first priority needs to be my health.
So what am I going to do?
- Drink enough water! Those of you who know me know that I am a big advocate for water! I have done my research, I know how much I need to drink, I understand what happens to my body when I don't. But does that mean I always drink my water? Heck no. I struggle with it just like everyone else.
- Eat clean. It's scary how much of the food I eat on a daily basis is heavily processed. Even scarier is what those chemicals and additives can do to your body! I am going to clean up my diet and get back to giving my body what it was made to digest.
- Do things for me. I have a habit of making sure everyone else is taken care of before I stop to make sure that my basic needs have been met. I need to make sure I am taking care of my mental health as well as finding my happiness. I've realized in the past month or so that I've given up so many of the things that used to bring me a lot of joy. I used to love to write. I used to love to take pictures. I don't really do any either of those anymore. This year I am going to make more time for the things I love.
- And lastly, seek professional advice. Am I the only one who still has an irrational fear of the doctor? I don't know what it is.. I feel like an ostrich putting my head in the sand. If I ignore the problem long enough, it won't exist. Ha. If only it truly worked that way. I know that I need help from a trained physician before embarking on this journey of mine.. Mental and physical health shouldn't be taken lightly. Who knows, I might benefit from someone who knows what they're talking about. But there's just something about doctors.. *shifty eyes* .. I don't trust them.
So tell me: What are your 2013 resolutions?
** A quick P.S.: I will most likely be moving to a different blogging platform soon. Blogger has just become a little insane to navigate..