Let’s Get Personal: Update on MY Wellness Journey

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I’m going to get personal with you and say that my health and wellness journey hasn’t necessarily been a top priority in my life, even though I encourage it throughout all my writing for Marquette Employee Wellness. I would judge people for being so caught up in wanting to better their life and looks, simply because I was jealous that I didn’t have the motivation to do it myself in addition with the consistency to keep it up. Going into this summer, it finally hit me that I needed to make a lifestyle change. I am only getting older and what better than to establish healthy habits while I am still young, in hopes to instill it as a part of my routine in the future. Here are some easy tips for beginners like me on how to start their health and wellness journey today because you are never too late!

EAT BREAKFAST

I don’t always have the biggest appetite waking up in the morning, but the hunger immediately hits me when I am going about my day highly anticipating for lunch time. When lunch and dinner come around, I subconsciously overindulge to compensate for skipping breakfast. Break this habit by starting of the day right with a hearty breakfast. It helps kick start your metabolism, which is responsible for keeping you energized throughout the day and essentially increases your drive to work out. We all live in a fast pace world, so remember to keep up with it by not neglecting the most important meal of the day!

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Wanting water to go with every meal has been something that took years for me to gain. Now I can’t even imagine my meals being accompanied with anything else. I have witnessed a positive significance in my skin’s clarity and radiance. I notice that I eat less since the water fills me up throughout meals, which helps me snack less. Since I don’t drink or ever really rely on coffee, it is something that gives me a little pick me up at work when I feel like my energy levels are at a low. The benefits are absolutely endless!

AVOID EATING OUT

All it does is drain your wallet and you tend to lose sight on eating healthy because of all the tempting options that are presented in front of you. The beauty of making your food at home allows for you to have full control of portions and what exactly goes in it. I like to make exceptions to eating out if it is for a special occasion or if I know I will have some good company, but if you are resorting to takeout for a quick bite by yourself out of sheer laziness, I’d recommend to save it for another time when you don’t want to miss out on a social experience. 

DIET

I have never liked the term diet because it sounds so restricting, but it only sounds negative if you think of it that way. I have been experimenting and eating more of the healthier foods I do like, then cutting out unnecessary food that I can deal without. Growing up Asian,  my diet always consisted of rice being paired with some form of protein. Since I can go without rice, I tend to swap it out for veggies knowing that the protein is where I am going to be indulging the most. Little gestures like that all amount to big results!

SKIP NAPS

Naps can provide benefits, but I personally find that it only acts as road bump on a day of where there is potential for so much productivity! It gets me groggy and less motivated to finish off my day strong. After the initial grogginess wears off, I am more alert than ever, which can pose as more harmful when you are trying to get a good night’s rest to reenergize yourself for the next day. So if you can, try to push through and reward yourself with some rest after the day is done!

WORKOUT ROUTINE

I’m wouldn’t consider myself as necessarily a lazy person, but I can say a workout regime of any kind has never been instilled in me, even as a kid since I never participated in any sports. So I really was clueless on where to start. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. I made a pact with a friend to get fit this summer and work out Monday through Friday after work. Having someone else give you that kick start to get started and keep each other accountable helps eventually turning it into a routine that you can eventually do yourself. I personally HATE running so instead I like to opt for dancing or biking to get that heart pumping, then proceed to do some strength training with weights. There are many alternatives to being active than just your standard jogging, which for me personally is too boring. It is just a matter of finding what fits YOU and playing that perfect music playlist to get you pumped and motivated throughout the whole workout!

GET INTO A ROUTINE

Consistency is the hardest, yet more crucial part to seeing results when embarking on this journey. Your brain thrives off of a routine, so once you have it down within a week, it will only get easier from there and you will become nothing but motivated to stick to it. The brain goes into an auto-pilot mode where these habits eventually  become second nature!

I have never been happier and more comfortable in my own skin than where I am today. I can’t help but assume that my lifestyle change and newfound routine is to blame for this. I am by no means where I want be on my health journey, but the progress that I have been making allows for my goal to seem that much more attainable and constantly reminds me that I am that much closer to it if don’t give up. I am not alone on my health and wellness journey and plan to tune into other people’s experiences to gain inspiration to push myself further. Everyday is a new chance to begin your journey to ultimate health and wellness, so why not start today!

Diana Banzon

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