How to be Happier and Healthier in Just One Week

Pink Bleeding Heart flowers

Hello friends and happy February! The month of women’s heart health awareness (Go Red For Women), National Wear Red Day on February 3, and a day to show your love on February 14th. Also, on the 26th, my husband and I will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of our first date and his birthday. There is a lot to be grateful for in the month of February!

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
~ Ghandi

In honor of Heart Awareness Month I thought I would give you an update on my progress to honor my word of the year – HEALTH. I have fantastic things to tell you! Here are some of the new habits I’ve worked on this past month and they have made a HUGE difference in how I feel both physically and mentally.

  • Created a morning ritual of 30 minutes of quiet reading time while drinking green tea and 30 minutes of yoga before work (Loving the FitStar yoga app! Highly recommend it!!)
  • Stopped drinking soda (I am on Day 31 Coca-Cola free!!! Green tea, water, and cancer prevention smoothies)
  • Cut out high carb foods like bread, pasta, and rice and replaced them with whole foods (think anything with 5 ingredients or less and no preservatives)
  • Started exercising more by going to the gym, playing tennis, and bike riding
  • Written in my health journal each and every day recording what I eat, exercise I did that day, and how I am feeling

You can feel SO much better!

It is AHHHH-MAAAZING how quickly your body will respond when you give it the proper fuel and nutrition. After just one week of this regimen I was feeling happier, healthier, and fitter! All the symptoms of my irritable bowel syndrome have disappeared completely with no medication. This is huge for me.

My back, which hurt almost constantly, kept me awake at night, and caused me to have to take ibuprofen on a daily basis, is now pain free. I have not taken ibuprofen, even when playing tennis, since I began my morning yoga practice.

I am definitely thinner and I am fitting into clothes I had previously been unable to wear. I haven’t gotten on the scale because I’m not a believer in the number. But I can tell by looking in the mirror and how my clothes are fitting that I’ve lost weight.

I am sleeping better and have SO much more energy. Before this I was always exhausted, slept poorly, and by the end of the work day had no energy left to do anything. Now I feel alert all day and am ready to tackle chores, tennis, or a night out with friends even after I’ve worked all day. I’ve NEVER been a morning person and yet I’ve been up at 6 a.m the past two Saturdays ready to start my day.

And finally, overall I’m just feeling happier. I saw a friend at the tennis courts last night she remarked to me, “You look so happy!” What a wonderful compliment. I think it is a combination of all the good health benefits along with the mental aspect of feeling better in general that has me feeling much more positive and grateful.

I’m looking forward to my follow up blood work next week to see if my numbers have improved. But so far, I’m ecstatic about my progress and I wanted to share how easy it is to feel better!

Have you experienced any of the above when you have started to eat healthier and exercise? Do you have any questions about what I have been doing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “How to be Happier and Healthier in Just One Week

  1. Dawn

    I am so super proud of you. You do look happier and are definitely inspiring me to try harder. Today was day 11 with no Diet Mountain Dew for me!! Yay for making healthy changes.

    My phrase for the year is “and so she did” and it is reminding me to just go ahead and do things. Wash the one dish. Fold the clothes when the dryer stops. I’ve even finished a pretty major revision of the book and, after a proofread, am ready to start looking for an agent. (Prayers and good wishes welcome.) Here’s to a great second month of 2017.

  2. Kathy Smith

    Your words and excitement are infectious and inspiring! I too am trying to take better care of myself after too long a period of not doing so. I have done some form of exercise each day except today for 8 days now. You’d have to know me to fully appreciate that. I haven’t lost an ounce but body aches and pains are much less. I’ll take it. That reminds me of Tina Fey’s comment about “So I guess that leg lift I did last month was for nothing!” Also love the yoga app suggestion. It’s all about discipline and routine and balance and that’s my focus this year along with tolerance and loving others better. I have a long way to go but your post just gave me a much needed shove to keep going. Someone telling you look happy is the ultimate compliment! Good for you.

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