When January's Goals Didn't Stick
Can I be honest, sometimes the start of February is just hard.
When, what feels like, January 74th rolls around and February is starting I suddenly realize how many ways I’ve failed at my new years goals!
Emails haven’t been answered.
Diets have not been successful.
Gallons of ice cream has been eaten.
Stress is high.
For me, my health goals are never about weight or pant size. I just want to feel good. I want to take care of me so as a mom I can be there for my kids and not be the over caffeinated mess that dominated 2018. But instead of taking care of me, I’m pretty sure I added extra stress trying to do all the “healthy” things at one time. Anyone else ever do that? Jump in a little too hard with both feet only to end up on your butt?
But just like a kid bouncing on a trampoline, you too can bounce back up. You can take a mulligan and start this year over, in February. Instead of starry eyed New Year/New You, kind of crazy goals, I am going to give myself a frame work to start from. Now I didn’t create this concept at all! I actually just borrowed it from our homeschool curriculum that we use to plan every lesson! Everything falls under three categories: Head, Heart, Hands. It works great for planning our homeschool day so why not see if it would work with planning my sanity, I mean my goals for the month.
I think its so important to constantly be learning something new! It might be reading a new book about a topic you don’t know anything about, taking a class, or even watching a documentary. Learn something new physically effects your brain in huge ways! When you start to learn something new your brain gets stronger in the area of concentration and your brain starts “firing” faster! Seriously! This post from Science News for Students has amazing information about your brain and learning!
For February, since it is Heart Month, I thought how great would it be to learn more about the heart! I googled, then I was BLOWN AWAY at how many women are effected by heart issues and don’t even know it! Did you know, heart disease is the LEADING cause of death in Women in the US. The cdc gives these facts on Heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013—that’s about 1 in every 4 female deaths.1
Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.2
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer.3
About 5.8% of all white women, 7.6% of black women, and 5.6% of Mexican American women have coronary heart disease.4
Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.4 Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
Thats why I am really excited Piedmont Medical Center is hosting a Heart Bash and FREE Heart Screenings! There will be a discussion on fad diets such as paleo/keto/whole 30 from a cardiologists perspective, cardiac rehabilitation, and how to live a healthier life style. There will be red wine, champagne, hors d’ourvres, heart healthy vendors, giveaways, hand only CPR training and health screenings. What better way to learn something new that could end up saving my life or someone I love life! I already signed up to go to the FREE Heart Bash event. You can sign up too at the link above! Leave a comment if you are coming and I’ll save ya a seat.
Hi my name is Tiffany and I tend to do everything for everyone else till I’m an exhausted mess on the floor!
As much as I will yell from the mountain tops waving a sign that says “moms, need self care!”, self care tends to fall to the bottom of my list. Now when I say self care I don’t mean a two hour candle lit bubble bath. I can get down with a bubble bath but there isn’t always time or the want to do that. I look at self care like things that make smile and feel like I can go on with a little more joy and a little less stress. It might be taking an extra 10 minutes and cooking my self a real lunch and not just grazing off the left over chicken nuggets that my kids now randomly hate. There is something about pulling out a “good” plate and piling it up with special mom food that just makes me feel happy.
For February I am making a list of 28 things that make me smile! Every day I will just do one. One little thing to make me feel more fulfilled. I also can’t wait to read the post that our Fort Mill Mom Life Mommy, Molly has coming later this month! She is writing all about loving yourself. Ya’ll, its going to be a good one so make sure you scroll down and sign up for our email list to get it sent straight to your email box!
I use to love to paint, crochet, and craft. Now, I’m not always great at all of them. I mean, I will never have anything hanging in a gallery or ever have someone pay me for the mess I’ve thrown on a canvas, but I loved it. I could always breathe deeper after getting my hands messy in some way.
Then kids happened and running to the craft store turned into runs for diapers and snacks. The craft budget dried up as soccer cleats and math tutors took over. But, not anymore. No, this momma needs to do something to get her hands that is crafty again! Maybe its a crocheting a heart headband for my daughter or throwing water colors on a piece of paper just to see what happens. The possibilities are endless, but it is happening!
Ok, moms, I finally feel better about February! I’m ready to tackle the month with intent and not feel like I am being ping ponged through a calendar full of events! Maybe you are ready to tackle some Head, Heart, Hands goals too? If so I would love to hear them and we can cheer each other on.