Not a New Years resolution but a New Life resolution, ideas needed.
January 10, 2014 6:01 AM Subscribe
I am in a period where I want to change my life by introducing small steps that I can build upon. This covers my diet, my home, my free time and my relationships. I'd love to get peoples suggestions of changes I can add to my list and how best to go about it.
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
In September 2012 I ended up in a relationship that would eventually lead to me feeling like I was trapped in a funhouse for almost a year. I'm finally coming out of the other side and am much happier. However there are lots of things that I need to address. These include my eating habbits, doing my hobbies, getting out and about more etc.
Before the relationship I was incredibly content and busy. Mondays was meditation group, Tuesday was art class, Wednesday was Zumba, Thursday was often swimming, every other Friday was a riding lesson and at the weekends I'd clean the house and often do bulk batches of lovely food. During the last year I've found myself doing a lot less. I still do meditation group and am starting art class in February. However I'm not currently exercising and want ideas of things I can do at home that are fun to start me back on to the road to fitness.
I've also put on a fair amount of weight. I'd lost 35 pounds and maintained that for 4 years. However due to a shoulder and knee injury preventing me from exercising as much, discovering a love of food and being in a tumultuous relationship that triggered comfort eating (we shared lots of foodie experiences and opted for easy, cheap and large ready meals because I was too tired to cook when we got home) I've put on 21 pounds. I'm finding it hard to lose weight the way I did before due to the comfort eating and really enjoying food now.
When I first lost weight it was easy to cut calories as I saw food as a chore. Now I love Gorgonzola, pasta, pepperoni, chorizzo, mushrooms etc. I know how to cook healthy food that I like but it's getting into doing it that I'm struggling with. I need some ideas for quick and easy meals or snack that are satisfying but don't involve green veg, salads or fish. The exceptions are tinned tuna, peas and spinach that I'm trying to introduce into my diet. I already use wholemeal pasta, black rice, wholmean English muffins, light mayo and olive oil. I've just discovered that I can do a quick and easy breakfast for the weekend by microwaving an egg so I don't need any oil to fry it in.
I need suggestions to get me back into my kitchen so that eventually I'll spend more time in there. As I've found when I spend longer in there I start to dance to music, do some weights and just generally move about more. I've started to streamline my kitchen to make cleaning easier and I can watch TV in there so it's no longer a choice between TV or cooking.
I've also just turned my exercise bike into a desk. So now I can browse the internet and do some writing while peddling. I'm also going to sort out my back bedroom and get a second desk in there so I can invite friends round to do art or writing evenings. I want to get back into meditating each day but am struggling to remember to do it.
So I'm looking for suggestions that don't take much effort or time but that combined with other changes will help to make me more pro active and procrastinate less. For example I read on here a suggestion to make the bed every morning. I've been doing this for over a month now and it's wonderful. It makes me feel better, it's a good start to the day and it's wonderful going to bed and seeing the bed made and ready for me to jump into. I've since treated myself to a new duvet cover, bed and duvet. So it's this sort of simple thing that makes a big difference that I want to keep doing. But I'm struggling to think of lots of little things to do.
So what are your suggestions for small life hacks relating to diet, exercise, relationships (of any kind) and banashing procrastination?