It's no secret that I've been trying to advocate a much healthier lifestyle, physically and mentally, for myself. I have my own set of rules that I like to live by and I have been wanting to post them somewhere so that I have a compiled list of my idioms, ideas and tips. This is really more for me than it is for you, but if you happen to be inspired then all the better.
...to be realistic.
...to remember that what I put in my body is far more important than what I put on my body. Sometimes I will have to budget for fresh fruit before I budget for Phillip Lim.
...to practice yoga at least twice a week. Engage in other forms of exercise I love, like dancing and skiing, when able.
...to eat dessert at least once a week.
...not to compare myself to others, no matter how hard that may be.
...to eat only half of a large carb-based restaurant entree and take the rest home. (I know some people like to ask the kitchen to wrap up half beforehand, but I really enjoy long, leisurely dinners and I don't like to set any sort of tone that encourages rushing. Plus, eating only half is a great way to practice willpower.)
...to smile when I look in the mirror.
...to peel off a third to a half of the rice on all sushi with too much rice, which is most rolls for me. (And ask for less rice when possible.)
...to compliment others at least once a day and accept graciously if someone compliments me.
...to eat as few processed foods as possible.
...to strive for seven hours of sleep per night, but know that I can function fine on less if I must.
...to know that there will always be nights when I eat a bit too much and drink far too much, but that I'll feel better overall if those nights happen few and far between.
...to read more.
...to recognize that I know my body better than anyone. There will always be days where my hunger seems endless and there will always be days that I don't have an appetite, and both of these days will occur when I'm perfectly healthy because my I go through those cycles no matter what. And whether I'm ravenous or the thought of food makes me cringe, I still need to eat a responsible amount that day so I don't get sick.
...not to cut myself down.
...portion control, portion control, portion control.
...to have this conversation with myself: "You don't need that Starbucks. Your day will progress just fine without it. No you don't! Okay, sometimes you do. But not everyday."
...to pat myself on the back. I'm making incredible strides!