Goals & Challenges for 2018

As 2017 comes to an end, I am sure we are all reflecting back on the year and also looking forward to all that 2018 will bring.

I want 2018 to be my year of transformation.  Body, mind and soul. First and foremost I plan to take back my physical health, I hope the mind and spirit follow.

I know that lots of people decide to start exercising in January but I am planning more of a lifestyle change.  YES, I had one of those AH-HA moments – I will be the Mother of the Bride in 2018 AND I now have three grandchildren under three that live close by and that I get to spend time with.  I need energy and good health, to keep up with them.

I hate to admit it but to make my goals real I must admit it (please don’t judge) – I have a bit of an inclination to eat too many KitKat bars and drink glass bottles of Coca-Cola (it just tastes better). I’m an emotional eater and 2017 was a tough year.

So my first goal will be to kick those two habits, because they always seem to go hand and hand for me.

I have some other goals and challenges in mind and will post about those at another time.  As one of my dearest friends and fellow bloggers likes to say “baby steps, start with baby steps”.

I’m looking forward to 2018 – its going to be A Wandaful Thing !!

Happy New Year!

The Wonders of Hot Chocolate

                                The Wonders of Hot Chocolate.

As a Canadian Gal, I am used to the cold and snow. Over here on the Atlantic side, we have become accustomed to a milder winter. In fact, it was something like 12C on Christmas Day, but we seem to be paying the price for that now:(

I wonder to myself (or maybe out loud)when will this winter, which is much like the ones of my childhood, ever end? I am an avid downhill skier but the thought of strapping on those fiberglass boards to my ski boots and hurling myself down a mountain, in this bone numbing cold, with the snow whipping in my face, nah it just isn’t doing it for me this year.

As I sit here sipping on my hot chocolate, gazing out my window, realizing I am all warm and cozy in my onesie, (yes I am a grown woman who wears a onesie) I ponder the question, have I become a winter whimp?

After another delightful sip, I sit down, find the remote, click on the weather channel and think, wow it must really suck to live in other parts of the world right now… ah I guess I don’t have it so bad afterall.
The moral of this is story ….

Hot Chocolate is A Wandaful Thing!!

 

Til next time, stay warm -The Surly Mermaid!

5 Tips for Feeling Healthy

Healthy woman jumping on the beach

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Try these easy changes to boost your mood and your health.

1. Exercise is the best

The best way to feel happy, healthy and fit is to exercise. There is no substitute. Research shows that exercise will boost your mood, help you to sleep better and increase your self-esteem. This is partially due to the release of endorphins in your body as you workout. Endorphins decrease our sense of pain and increase our happiness and sense of pleasure.

If you want your mood to go up, increase your exercise. Working out doesn’t mean 60 minutes or 0; all or nothing. Working out to a ten minute app on your phone is still exercise. Start somewhere.

2. Put good food in your stomach

Ninety percent of serotonin is made in your gut. Serotonin is the chemical that makes you happy. That means, whatever you are putting into your body, could impact your mood. Do your best to stay away from frequenting antibiotics, processed foods and high sugar and carb diets. Healthy habits like taking walks, doing yoga, avoiding “toxic” people and eliminating negative self-talk will all help to minimize stress.

3. Find true peace of mind

How do we find true peace of mind? Try making a list of your values and see if you are actually living them. Are you worrying over little things in your life? Are you over scheduled? Your kids over scheduled? Take a look at your day-to-day worries and see if there are a few things you can easily cut out, that will give you more free time (and more peace of time).

4. Don’t compare yourself to others

A great way to feel healthy is to stay in tune with your body and its needs. When we compare ourselves to others, we focus our time and energy on trying to be something that our body and mind might not actually want us to be. As we compare ourselves to others we are giving ourselves a very unrealistic and skewed perception of reality. This can decrease confidence and even lead to depressive symptoms. Instead, work on becoming more self-aware. Reflect on your values, your goals, your current life situation and begin creating a realistic plan to get you where you are trying to go.

5. Dress your mood up

Of course, there are days when you want to cuddle up in yoga pants or sweats and just relax. Quite frankly, I think you should do that. However, don’t let this dress style be your only style. I know that the day-to-day routine can be boring or nothing exciting might be going on, but dress up anyway.

At least twice a week, wear something that makes you feel pretty or handsome. The way we dress and feel in our own skin makes an impact our confidence and our attitude about our day. There is nothing like a new dress, a great hair day, or a nice suit to lift your spirits.

Dress up your body, dress up your mood.

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