In January, I was fortunate enough to have an article I wrote regarding my Thirty and Fabulous Manifesto (I do so enjoy that word) published in The Charlotte Observer. I was grateful for the support and feedback I received from my public declaration of ways to make my thirties better than my twenties. So now that my goals have been made public, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding how I’m doing so far on my list.
First, a recap of my goals:
- To be physically healthy. The goal is not to lose weight, but to instead form a good gym habit and to not be as sporadic as I had been in my twenties.
- To cook for myself and my husband more and to be more aware of what I am eating.
- To floss more regularly. These are the only chompers that I am ever going to have and I need to realize that floss is not the enemy.
- To give of myself more to others in need. I have been very fortunate in my life and it is only fair to pay it forward.
- To continue to nurture relationships that are dear to me.
- To understand that laugh lines and wrinkles are evidence of a good life.
- To take better overall care of my house, whether it is by landscaping, organizing, or rearranging furniture. It was an honor to purchase it and I need to treat it as such.
- To not be afraid to take risks.
- To have a sense of humor and to not be afraid of the possibility of embarrassment.
- To learn to fold fitted sheets properly.
I will say that I feel like I have attempted to do something for each of these goals over the past few months, but I have mainly focused on goals 1 and 2.
I have joined a more economically friendly gym and have been going regularly (we won’t talk about how sore my abs are today). Although I am proud of myself for that, I am extremely proud of my improved eating habits. I’ve been reading various books and articles about healthy eating in my effort to become more informed and I am pleased at the results. I have discovered new foods and recipes that I adore (hello, brussel sprouts and kale).
Some of the books I am reading are listed below. I recommend them to anyone curious about nutrition and where our food comes from (regardless of your eating preference). So far on this nutritional journey, I realized that I am predominately vegetarian with a hall pass for meat a few times a month.
I hope you are having a lovely day!