Questions to ask yourself this New Year

Curated, Holidays, Quick Read

With the New Year approaching, now is the time to reflect on your life and goals. Personally, I always find it intimidating to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions with a blank page in front of me.

That’s why I enjoy questions that make you think, like the list below from the Into Mind blog.

If you’re inspired by the questions below, she also has a list of questions to help you reflect on your 2014.

YOUR 2015
  • What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?
  • What do you want to see, discover, explore?
  • Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?
  • What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
  • Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
  • What do you want your everyday life to be like?
  • Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
  • What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  • How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
  • What is your number one goal for 2015?

These questions are from this post on into-mind.com.

Do you take the time to reflect and plan around the new year? Do you make resolutions? Let us know in the comments!

-L

Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Fitness/Health

Yea, yea, that’s what everyone says.  But really, I can lose my belly pooch in 10 days!  And make healthy meals in minutes every day!  No, no I can’t.

When I decided to apply this saying to my health and fitness habits, it enabled me to wade through the bull s*** I hear and read about.  If being in tip top shape were easy we’d all be doing it!  This is not a new concept, and to some it may be obvious, but for me it takes saying this in my head some days to get through my work out or make a healthy dinner at the end of the day.

I hope with this post I can spread the word and knowledge that putting time and effort into a healthy body will have long lasting benefits that are worth achieving!

The top two healthy habits I have picked up this year are strength training and home cooking.  Muscle is so under appreciated, when in fact it aids in weight loss because muscle burns more calories than fat.  Along those lines, doing strength training before cardio will contribute to burning more calories during your cardio workout.

The home cooking part is a great way to cut out unnecessary calories.  You just never know what goes into your food at most restaurants and portion sizes tend to be bigger than anyone needs.  When grocery shopping I aim to get mostly produce, and only products that don’t have a long list of ingredients that I’ve never heard of.  Being conscious and aware of what you are putting into your body will hopefully lead to healthier food choices.

Here is one of my favorite body weight workouts:

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

 

Please take this all with a grain of salt as I am no expert, just trying to find my own way!  And I’d like to think it’s the right way 😉