Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Health Goals

I think sometimes people forget how broad the word 'health' is and how much it entails and can change when you start college. Lots of things can be related back to your health, and I've just remembered how crucial it is that I actually pay attention to it and not put it off. I've been feeling not so hot and just 'ugh'. A better lifestyle leads to better results in all other aspects of your life and I so often forget that that I've written out some of my goals for this semester! 

Not take as many naps. It's SO easy to come back after a class and sleep until my next obligation, but it kept me disoriented and unproductive when I could be working on things instead of waiting until that night. Now, naps are fine in my opinion once in a while, but I just plain suck at taking them (and then waking up from them). It also makes me want to get to sleep earlier if I'm not taking a nap during the day.

Drink less caffeine or measure it at least. It's easy to down coffee in the morning and grab it at every chance, but you have to listen to your body when it's tired and not fuel it with an actual drug. If there's anything I'll ever remember from my psychology class, it's that caffeine past 4 PM messes with your sleeping cycle. Even if it's not keeping you from falling asleep, it's messing up how deeply you're sleeping. Now granted, I'm drinking a sweet tea at 5:00 as I write this, but still, the point is to be made and that's why it's one of my goals! 


...And drink more water. Part of my goal in reducing caffeine is to drink more water. I drink a lot of water in general, but when you're moving this much and eating a lot, the more water doesn't hurt. I've realized that if I take my Camelbak to the dining hall with me, I tend to drink a lot more. (Also, this may not belong on this post, but a Brita water pitcher is essential for your dorm room. If anything other than having filtered water, it's even better just to have cold water in your room... one of those things you take for granted at home.)

Eat less desserts. It's so easy to fix a bowl of white pasta with cream sauce and then get a piece of cake. Not that big of a deal if I'm just eating one small piece, right?! And then if I get ice cream with dinner, no biggie?! I love the desserts here more than anything. Desserts aren't bad and shouldn't be completely avoided, but this is coming from the girl with the worst sweet tooth of all time. But desserts are available during all hours and change all the time, so I have to choose the ones I really want, not just get one because it's there. Also, they make me feel bad after, so I can't do that all the time.

Choose better foods. We have a full salad bar available all the time, complete with wraps and hummus, which are things that will fill me up with protein and not just carbs. Being a vegetarian is sometimes hard because at this point, I know what'll fill me up and make me feel satisfied, but that doesn't mean it's the healthiest option for me. For example, wheat pasta and grilled cheese have proteins that will make me full, but won't do much else. I'm trying to eat more fruits and raw foods to replace those.



Eat better breakfasts. I was so dedicated to making it to dhall for breakfast every morning before my 9AM, but it hasn't happened. I find myself eating a protein bar at 9:30 and then forgetting I ate it by lunch time and eating too much then. If I'm not going to eat at 8:30 in the morning, I'm trying to at least eat something that'll fill me up, or at a later time.

Stop eating late at night. After dinner, it's easy to snack on things or eat to stay up later, but it's not good to eat when you're not metabolizing it anymore. 

MOVE. Move, and don't make excuses for not moving. I'm lucky to go to a gorgeous school with cool places to go on walks and an excellent gym, but I'm also guilty of not wanting to walk that far to the gym. But at the end of the day, I feel much better when I do work out and tend to have more energy. It's also really nice to have friends that will hold you to it and work out with you.

Not beat myself up. I know I've written about body acceptance a few times in the past and I don't like admitting that I still sometimes have problems with it, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't. Health is my goal and I should love my body no matter what, so I have to remind myself of that every day.

These are a lot more goals than I thought I had, but I'm trying to go through them one at a time. I'm guilty of trying to go at all of my goals at once and then failing with all of them, so I want to work my way into them. Obviously, these are just my random goals that I'm sharing with all y'all because it gives me a better sense of accountability, but I'd love to hear your health goals or any advice you have at all, especially for someone in college!

xoxo,
Meredith


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2 comments:

  1. These sound a lot like my current health goals! I'm glad to hear that you're working on being healthier, it makes me feel like I'm not alone. Do you use my fitness pal? It makes me feel more accountable.

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    1. I'm happy to know you're in the same boat! And yes, I absolutely LOVE it! I have to make sure I don't become too calorie-focused, but I use it all the time and it helps so much!!

      xoxo, Meredith

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