Current Wellness Goals
Wellness is such a buzzword but I’m not sick of it yet. Lately I’ve felt SO inspired to dial everything in and really level up in so many areas- and as I move through my 37th year, taking care of myself feels like one of the most important things I can do for not just myself but my whole family.
I often think about what it would be like if we all had a little tag attached to us with care instructions. On mine it would surely say- needs plenty of water, lots of sunshine, good rest and exercise, and whole, healthy foods to feel her best. I’m sure most of ours would say something similar. Then why do we hurry and rush from thing to thing, hardly giving ourselves the TLC we need and deserve?
Lots of people (including myself) would say- it’s so hard to practice self-care. I’m busy. I have a family to tend to. I need to take care of everyone else first. But we hear it all the time- you have to fill your cup, so you can then pour into others. We must put our oxygen mask on first before helping someone else.
At this point in my life there are some mornings I wake up not feeling great. Even if I’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep (my magic number- I do best with 8-9) I still feel groggy and a little off my game from time to time. Not all the time, but enough where it’s given me pause. Is it my hormones? Am I sleeping on a crappy, off-gassing mattress? Is my quality of sleep affected by the foods I eat? Probably all of the above, and who knows what else.
I really believe there are ways to optimize our health and feel our best, most of the time. This is something I’ve grown a huge interest in, and sometimes I feel like all I want to talk about is what weird/cool health and wellness trend I want to try next, have tried, etc! I’m always researching and finding interesting things to read and try- is anyone else into this too?
Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the areas I’m focusing on right now in terms of my health and wellness.
Hormones. Being 37 and a Mom of 3, I know I need some help in this area. Everything just feels a little…off. Nothing alarming at all, but I am looking forward to getting a check up and seeing where I’m at. I had a consultation with the highly-recommended naturopath Dr. Smithers down in Scottsdale last month and loved her. I loved that she is a woman, is close to my age, and she was just so open and wonderful. It was the best consult and I’ll be going in for blood work next week. I’ve been previously hyperthyroid and have had lots of hormonal issues postpartum (remember my terrible hormonal acne?!), and although all of that seems to be regulated now I’m looking forward to seeing what she says about where I’m at. I’ll keep you posted.
Diet. This is an area I’m really focusing on. I 100% feel better when I’m eating a rainbow of foods. Sometimes I’ll count my macros , most of the time I don’t- but I’m always shocked at how I need to eat more! More carbs was the big surprise the first time I counted macros- I spent a lot of time in college and beyond thinking I had to limit this or that, but I’ve learned that I feel best when I eat it all, and follow how my body feels. Additionally I’ve been reading a lot about Ayurveda and find it fascinating- and I’m looking forward to learning more and eating to feel my best and FUEL my life.
Exercise. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you probably saw that we converted our RV garage into a really big gym! We put horse stall mats down for flooring, and we have a couple rigs, plates and bars coming soon. Since we installed the flooring I’ve been in there everyday and it’s SO nice to have this space. In the past I’ve always liked leaving the house to workout. Because I work from home it’s great to break up the day and get out for awhile, but the convenience of having this right there is the best. Plus, I love being able to blast my music and just get it done, and also have the kids see what we’re doing. It’s so important to Hank and me that our kiddos grow up with a love for moving their bodies and modeling it for them is the best way! So I’m very into our new official Sunday Family workouts! I’m also looking forward to stepping my exercise up as we enter into Fall, and I think I’ll share some of the plans I’m loving here also. Side note- still loving our Peloton! More to come on that later too.
Sauna- I would LOVE to get an infrared sauna. I’ve been researching a few different companies and trying to narrow it down- I’m so excited to get one in our home. There are so many insane benefits and I know both Hank and I would enjoy it so much. Do you have one? Tell me everything!
Alcohol. I haven’t talked about this too much here and it really deserves its own post, but I’ll touch on it briefly. As I’ve grown and changed, I’ve just come to a point where I realize alcohol isn’t for me. I’m not much of a drinker to begin with, but I do go out with girlfriends on occasion and indulge here and there. I probably drink maybe 1x a month at most. I’m not an at-home drinker and never have been. And sure- I love a good margarita or a cold glass of rose, but it NEVER makes me feel good. I get hungover from even one glass of wine, I feel depressed for days following a night out, and it completely throws me out of whack. Being a business owner and mama of three I have ZERO patience or time for that, and it’s not worth it to me to feel even a little off. I’ve pretty much stopped drinking all together at this point and it feels GOOD. The other weekend while in Denver we went out, had the best time, and I didn’t drink a thing. I felt amazing each morning, and I didn’t feel terrible that next week, which I normally would, even if I just drank a drink or two over the span of the weekend. I’m happy to be in a place where my friends are like- yay, don’t drink and it’s just a non-issue. This is the season I’m in now with this, and it feels wonderful. Anyone else having similar realizations as they have gotten older?
Okay- those are my focuses as of right now! If you’d like, chime in with what you’re working on right now. I’d love to hear.