I have never been one to succeed in my plans to better myself. My downfall would lie in my lack of motivation to execute the most important tasks. In 2018 I accumulated a hefty list of things I wanted to achieve. I perfected my game plan by mapping it out every single day. The only thing I did not prepare for, was when to start. Without a kickoff day in mind, I came up with excuses and reasons not to do it yet. My ever-growing list of goals became even more daunting. My vices became a good distraction from the bigger picture. If anyone reading this is a serial procrastinator like me, they’ll know what I mean. Binging shows, reading, and spontaneous cleaning are what keep me distracted.When I was in my first year of college and I had to write a paper, I would sit in front of my laptop with a blank stare until my eyes wandered. Once I saw an item out of place, that essay left my brain. I proceeded to clean my entire room before typing the first word. The essay would either be finished at the last minute or not at all. This is why at the end of December in 2018, I said “f*ck it”. I dove headfirst into my list of goals. Here’s what happened:
On December 30 I started eating a vegetarian diet.
This change was prompted by my own aversion to meat while I was pregnant. It had been off and on ever since. Cutting out meat, fish, and most dairy was one of the best decisions I have made. I have already started to shed pounds just by cutting out the majority of animal products. I say majority because I slip up here and there and have dairy or fish on occasion. I can successfully say I have not consumed any other meat over the month of January.
With the change in diet, I found getting back into fitness even easier. For me, eating right and exercising go hand-in-hand. If I eat healthy, I am more likely to work out and vice versa. It also works on the other end of the spectrum—if I eat like crap, I will most likely not exercise. It’s true when they say weight loss starts with what you put into your body. I had a baby in July of 2018, and one of my goals is to lose the extra weight I gained during my pregnancy. My little boy is very active, so I want to be healthy in order to keep up with him.
3. Simplify my living space
At the same time I implemented changes to my health, I started researching minimalism, living a simpler life, and creating less waste. Marie Kondo has been a huge inspiration for getting rid of the excess clutter in my home. I know her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is controversial to most people. They will either love her and her methods or they think she’s crazy. Personally, the feeling of clearing out and donating the items I do not use is intoxicating. Imagine the feeling of giving someone else the opportunity to love an item that has been sitting around uselessly for years in your closet. I strongly recommend getting rid of items that you have no use for. If it’s not a necessary item, an item you love, or an item you use regularly, just get rid of it. I know from personal experience that owning items I hate using has a negative affect on my mind and my mood.
4. Clear mind and self-care
Having struggled with depression since I was in junior high school, I need to take care of my mental health. Everyone’s needs and coping mechanisms are different. Reading, walking with my family in the evenings, getting out of the house, cooking, and taking a day out of the week to just sit and watch Netflix are all examples of necessary breaks I take to keep my mind from going to a darker place. When I was struggling with postpartum depression, I would drive home to my parent’s house quite often. The change of scenery helped to clear my headspace.
This first month of 2019 has shown me all that I can accomplish in the future. I am actively making strides to become a better person mentally and physically, be the best mom and wife I can be, and have a positive impact on as many people as possible. I am also happy to say that I am in one of the best mental states that I have been in for quite some time. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.