Happy February! I always love when the first day of the month starts on Monday because it makes me feel more focused and organized for the week and month ahead. My goals for February all involve exercising self-love and self-care. I know that February is focused more on love for a significant other rather than love for ourselves, but I wanna flip the script and multi-task. I want to be so good to myself in a way that enables me to be better to others around me. I’ve noticed that when I take the time to really take care of myself, I’m a better human in general and a better wife, daughter, sister and friend.
regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).
any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated.
Self-love is different for everyone. For you, maybe it means slowing down, forgiving yourself or setting boundaries. For me it’s mostly about being mindful and trying not to be so hard on myself. Most importantly, it means loving myself by focusing on what I need to do to keep progressing and to feel centered. This involves sacrifice, but it’s worth it so that I don’t exhibit the same negative patterns over again. In my world, lots of these concepts overlap with self-care. Self-care focuses more on deliberate actions like working out, eating right, journaling etc.—behaviors that help avoid health problems which is super important! My self-care plan involves physical exercise, eating healthy, unplugging and doing me!
Over the past two years I’ve gotten so caught up in what others are doing in the fitness space, that I forgot to focus on what works for me. I’m so thankful to be getting back to my own basics. I’m simplifying everything and channeling the old naivete that changed my life for the better. Here are my goals for February:
- Consistent Physical Exercise – I’m keeping my workouts super easy this month and focusing more on my diet. This is what I did back when I lost 65 pounds in 2004, so I want to revisit this. Today I started a Nike Running Coach Program and although the Nike app prompted me to do the intermediate 5k program, I opted for the beginner 5k because I still feel like a running newbie. It’s an 8 week program so my goal for February is to not drop the ball and complete the majority of the scheduled runs. Not only will this torch calories, but it will also give me mood lifts which are always welcomed.
- Take Meal Prep More Seriously – I just ordered meal prep containers from Amazon. I’ve been good at cooking in bulk, but I suck at actually portioning daily servings. This has caused more stress because all of a sudden, I’ll run out of a healthy meal that I prepped because I thought that I had more remaining. I figure, if I portion out servings ahead of time, this will fix this problem and won’t leave me surprised and scrambling for a different (unhealthier) option.
- Continue Daily Devotions – My devotions give me life. It’s my favorite time of day besides hitting the gym. I’ve been doing one on the Holy Bible app called Eat this Book: One Year Bible with Daily Psalm and reading The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For by Rick Warren. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, helpless, annoyed or overwhelmed, my devotions soothe me and bring me back down to earth. This helps allay all my worries and fears.
- Take a Multi-Vitamin – I’ve been meaning to incorporate this into my everyday routine again to supplement my diet. I started taking them today.
My hope is that all of these actions will carry on through February and beyond. I’m glad that I’m taking some time to really focus on this so that I can be healthy, happy and in-tune with my body. I’m excited to see what difference it will have on me mentally and physically.