Updated: Jan 14
Throughout 2020 I had big plans to balance my hormones and regulate my cycle. I would do well for a month or so, have a good cycle and revert back to unhealthy ways. The thing is, I know I need to be consistent, yet for some reason I just couldn't do it. I would always end up drinking too much, or smoke cigarettes or eat too many foods that I know affect my cycle. So this year, my main intention is to lead a healthy lifestyle that supports my mental health and my body.
Me and Matt are buying a house, I turn 31 this May and I know that next year we will be looking to have children. I cannot meet this goal if I have cycles where I do not ovulate. Along with wanting children, I want to wake up every day full of energy, I want to feel refreshed and ready to go after a good night's sleep. I don't want that mid afternoon slump at work where my brain turns to mush and I fail to concentrate on simple tasks. And yes, all these symptoms are linked to your hormone health, so healthy happy hormones make for a healthy happy body and mind.
So just before we embarked on the new year, I sat down and wrote out my intentions for the year. I knew that if I wanted to make meaningful intentions that I would stick to, they had to be clear and set from a place of love and not hatred of my body. So, that being said, I wrote down what I wanted, why I wanted it and how I was going to get it. This way I can easily refer back to my journal and remind myself of why I am doing this.
Luckily, my life isn't all that unhealthy. My biggest issues are the occasional cigarettes smoked socially that then creep into everyday life. This is so hurtful for my body, yet despite knowing the risks it's my go to after a stressful or angry situation/day. Other than that, a lot of what I need to address are only slight tweaks such as my consumption of coffee, eating too many refined carbohydrates and drinking maybe a little too much alcohol (especially over christmas). Then on the flip side it's also about adding in good foods such as beans, vegetables and healthy fats.
The other thing I want to reintroduce into my daily routine is morning yoga. I used to practice yoga every morning but that was when I could get up at 06:00 to practice. Now I need to get up at 05:30 to practice. It's going to be tough but it definitely helps set a good head space for the day. It's also beneficial for me as I bike a lot and do not need to be adding more cardio into my life. On top of yoga, I want to do two strength training sessions a week (maybe!), one upper body and one lower body. On days where I do not bike due to the weather, I will add a HIIT workout after work. While we all know the importance of exercise, too much can have a negative effect on the body. It's important to listen to your body and move in a respectful way, resting when needed.
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Here's to a happy, healthy year x