2017 Goals + Iowa New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I know 2016 wasn’t the best year ever, and 2017 isn’t exactly set up to be great either, but I’m determined to make the best out of it.

Here are my personal goals. These are things I keep telling myself I need to do but haven’t really gotten around to recently, but they’re also things I know will immensely add to my health and success. The best part is that I’ve given myself some pretty easy ones to start with–these aren’t likely to be abandoned soon, like most New Year’s resolutions are.

Drink more water. We’re all supposed to drink 64 ounces of water a day. It sounds sort of easy, but for me, drinking enough water is really hard. This year I’m going to try to drink more water, even if it’s not quite enough. Drinking a lot of water is supposed to help with clearing up skin and bloating, and the more water you drink, the easier it is for the nurses to find your veins. Trust me. You want them to be able to find your veins.

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Stretch. I used to be a competitive swimmer, so I’ve always been in decent shape. But even though I was in shape, I was never actually flexible. I also have really long legs, so even touching my toes is kind of a struggle. Research done recently shows that stretching has tons of health benefits past just feeling better after a workout. I’m going to try to stretch for 5 minutes when I wake up and 5 minutes before bed this year; hopefully that’ll do something.

Reduce sugar intake. Some recent studies showed that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. I’m not sure how legitimate that is, but I do know that the more you eat, the more you want. But if you eat less sugar, your palate becomes accustomed to it more quickly than you’d think. Alternative sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and various extracts used in moderation can help lead you away from overusing refined sugars. Coconut sugar is also a good alternative because of its low glycemic index.

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Vocalize positive thoughts. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m an auditory learner. It’s hard for me to learn out of textbooks alone; missing class totally sets me back, because I really need to hear something to get it into my head. I’m using this to teach myself to think positively and project positive energy, just by saying positive things out loud.

Note: to find out if you’re an auditory learner, try to recall whether self-studying never worked for you in school, and if you learn better from YouTube videos than from textbooks. Those are pretty good signs.

I hope you liked this post and that you’ll want to join me on at least one of my goals for this year. What are some of your goals for 2017? Comment below!

But wait, there’s more! Here I have a few photos I took yesterday during a New Year’s Day hike; it was the perfect way to kick off 2017.

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Even though it was around 40º during the hike, there was still a very thick layer of ice on the pond that didn’t seem as though it was going to melt soon.
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I had just sat down at the base of this stone when the sun came out and threw all its colors into light.
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The stone in the previous picture is one of several, all arranged in a circle.

 

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