What kinds of resolutions does a nutrition student even make?
Hello again! I know that making those New Year’s resolutions seems a bit out of place now that 2015 is almost a month in. But, I’ve had a couple of other topics I wanted to talk about to kick my blog off and give you guys a good picture of who I am, and why I might even have a little bit of credibility to talk to you about things nutrition or fitness related.
I’ll preface this by saying that these goals of mine are in no way some sort of perfect recipe for achieving ultimate health. They are very specific to what I am trying to achieve over the course of the new year in terms of creating healthier habits. There are things that I need to work on – as we know, nobody’s perfect. Not even a nutrition student when it comes to eating healthy!
I believe in making small changes that really can add up over time. There are very few people in this world that can start off with great, sweeping resolutions and hold them not just for the full year, but for life. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but if you truly want your resolutions to be sustainable it’s been shown time and time again that gradual and small is the way to go.
And I mean, let’s think about it. How many times have you heard someone say they’re completely cutting out sweets this year and a few weeks in they cave and consume all of the sweets in the house? I’ve definitely been there, but moving on…
My changes are small. I’m slightly tweaking lifestyle habits to perpetuate the healthy life I promote, but don’t always achieve. It is a tough balancing act, being a graduate student on a limited budget with limited time trying to incorporate healthy eating (while keeping it quick and cheap) and regular fitness (hour gym sessions just don’t cut it). Here are some of my health-related resolutions this year that I hope to not only keep in 2015, but even beyond that.
1. Drink more water. Yes, everyone says it. Yes, it’s not all uncommon. But the value of drinking water is just too incredible not to mindfully include it on this list. Towards the end of last semester I started a water challenge with my flatmates. We agreed to drink 1 gallon of water each day, but during my semester break I fell off that bandwagon and need to get back on.
2. Not eating any sweet snacks (like cookies, of which I am oh so fond) after 8pm. I know this may seem a little arbitrary, but since most of my activity is done earlier in the day I don’t want to pack on extra calories late into the evening. Now this doesn’t mean a. I won’t ever eat sweet snacks because I do enjoy indulging, or b. I can’t eat anything after 8pm even if I’m starving – healthy snacks are totally fine.
3. Lead a more active lifestyle. I do a lot of sitting. I sit in class. I sit on the computer. I sit in the library. It just kind of happens. Because I watch a decent amount of TV shows (most nights of the week if I’m honest), I made a decision last semester to stand and watch TV instead of sitting. This helps eliminate some hours where I’d usually be sitting, and towards the end of the semester I utilized the time to work out as well when I was busy and couldn’t get my workout in for the day. So I’d like to continue doing that and add in walking around campus during my breaks instead of holing up in the library as I’m wont to do during this incredibly cold weather.
4. Try – try – to work out in the morning. Let’s face it: when I’ve got class at 8 or 9:30 in the morning it’s not gonna happen. But when I’ve got class late or on weekends I’d like to try and get up early enough to work out to get it out of the way. This is more specifically for the summer when I’m home, as I’m apt to work out in the evening. It really doesn’t matter when you do, as long as you get up and move. Sometimes I just want to get it out of the way for the day.
5. Stretch most nights before bed. I’ve already been doing this one since the new year started and I can say it is a really great way of calming down before bed. I’ve also been sleeping better since I’ve started, and I just really love stretching and working out the kinks in my body (I’m getting older and I swear once you hit your twenties your body just starts hating you a little bit).
And that’s it! As you can see, I haven’t overwhelmed myself with resolutions, and they’re all relatively small changes I can make to existing habits to ensure that I’m always trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I do, of course, have additional things I’d like to work on in my personal/academic life as well, but I thought I’d keep it to just these for the sake of this blog.
I hope your year has started off with a bang and proves to be even better than you’re hoping for!
Question of the week: what sorts of New Year’s Resolutions did you make (if you made any) this year?