I love a New Year. I love a chance to plan and start New Year habits.
Resolutions aren’t for me. When January rolls around and I set new resolutions, typically they don’t even stick around till February.
Since I know this about myself, I made “Consistency” my word of 2023.
I want to live this new year ahead with intentionality in all areas of life. Intentionality takes consistency, which is why I chose that word.
I’m also declaring 2023 as my year of less. Less mess, fewer commitments, less clutter… Just LESS.
This year, I’m going to not just implement new habits, but also healthy habits, in all areas of my life.
I think that most people are like me, and they start the year off strong. No real plan in place, just some things they want to change… So they set fresh, new resolutions.
Then, after a few weeks of trying to work towards their resolutions, things just seem to fall apart.
Those resolutions are typically: lose weight, exercise more, spend less money, etc.
This year, I’m changing my approach altogether.
Instead of a fresh new yearly planner, like I always buy, I went with this 52 week planner instead.
I love that it allows me to focus on one week at a time and tear off the weeks passed.
The habit tracker in the bottom left is my favorite section. Currently, I’m tracking healthy habits that I’m implementing into my daily life.
This is my first time using a habit tracker and I love it so far.
I have the type of personality that enjoys nothing more than marking things off of my to-do list. It makes me feel so accomplished at the end of the day to look over a completed list.
Now that you know how I’ll be tracking my New Year habits, let’s chat about what those habits actually are.
Having a set bedtime that you stick to regularly is not only important for little ones, it’s important for adults as well.
Turns out that getting yourself to bed at the same time every night is good for you. There’s research to suggest that having a consistent bedtime (and wakeup time too!) can have health benefits.
According to Healthline, the sweet spot for adult bedtime is between 10 pm and 11 pm, due to our circadian rhythm.
Move My Body.
Instead of saying I’m going to get into the best shape of my life, like 100 times before, I’m keeping it super simple… I just want to move my body more.
I’m learning all about cycle syncing my workouts right now and that’s so fascinating to me. Look it up!
My goal is to exercise in some capacity at least 4 times per week.
Another goal in the body department is using my sauna.
We have an infrared sauna and it’s probably my favorite adult purchase. Read more about our sauna in this blog post.
I’ve found that an evening sauna session results in a better night of sleep. It also has benefits for your skin, scalp, blood pressure and much more.
My goal is to use my sauna at least three times weekly, but more if possible.
I’ve started taking Athletic Greens on a daily basis after much pushing from both Matt and my friend Betsy. I do have to admit that I feel better on the days that I take my greens.
Click here to use Betsy’s code for a free gift with purchase.
My goal is to take my greens daily and see where I’m at with my levels my next healthcare appointment.
My best days always start with quiet time.
I love waking up before anyone else in my house and starting my morning in the quiet. I break open my journal, my Bible app and whichever devotionals I’m currently reading.
Check out my morning routine checklist here.
That quiet time results in my being a nicer human. When I connect with my Maker and have that time alone with Him regularly, it makes the biggest difference in my life and my attitude.
For me, me time also looks like reading a book, taking a hot bath, using my sauna, taking a walk, etc. My goal this New Year is to make time every single day to meet with God and do something else for me.
I have so many things to say about food.
After removing all of my food intolerances from my diet over the past four months, I’ve learned a ton about food. Honestly, this section requires a series of YouTube videos and blog posts to share what all I’ve learned.
The diet I’ve been on is not sustainable. Did I see a difference? Yes. Were the differences enough to stick to that diet? No.
That was never the plan though. It’s always been to remove my intolerances and then slowly work them back in to see if I cleared them.
To sum it all up, I’m going to focus on:
- Having more foods on my plate that look like they did when they came out of the ground.
- Living more like my farmer great-grandparents.
- Shop locally and shop small.
- Eat the majority of meals at home.
- Keep gluten to a minimum.
- Remove refined sugar from our diets.
- Spend more time outside.
- Seek out the morning sun.
- Make dates with my hubby a priority.
- Turn the tv off before bed and read instead.
- Drink half my weight in ounces of water daily.
- Deep stretches upon waking every morning.
- Increase my Vitamin D.
- Increase fish in my diet.
- Daily probiotics (loving these lately!)
- De-clutter my home and my life.
- Learn the power of No.
- Setting better boundaries.
- Weekly and daily skincare routines.
- Weekly car cleaning.
- Less screen time and more face time with my people.
When I look over my list, it looks overwhelming, lol. But a bunch of these are carried over from last year and I’m thrilled to have kept them up.
Comment with the habits you’re working on in 2023. I pray over every single individual reading this post, that you also implement successful habits this year.
Happy New Year!
shop this post