June is a good month to review our progress for the year. It is halfway through the year and the perfect time to reflect on the goals we may have set way back in January and determine how we are tracking or whether our goals have changed. I used to be so rigid in my goal setting, but I’ve come to realise that sometimes the goals we have set may not necessarily be what we really want. Life changes and so can our goals. I’m not suggesting that we give up but reviewing our goals is a must.
Wellness Wednesday Mid Year Review
The first six months of 2019 has been very busy for me and keeping fit and healthy in mind and body was a priority if I was to cope with all I had on my plate. I’m sharing with you my mid year review with what I’ve accomplished and what my plans are for the rest of the year to keep healthy and happy.
The major change in my life has been moving house. We had lived with my in-laws for the last 11 years, caring for them. In February we had to sell my MIL’s home to fund her aged care and we moved to our apartment on the Gold Coast. This was a stressful time as not only did we have to declutter and move our own possessions but also sort through my MIL’s possessions and I’m sure she had kept everything, including countless plastic bags!
My learning from this experience was not to have more than you need – live simply
Back in February I decided to introduce monthly themes to my blog. What has that got to do with Wellness you may ask? I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. I wanted to shift the focus each month and concentrate on sharing simple yet effective ways to bring this philosopy and passion into your life. I don’t have all the answers so I have also presented guest contributors for each month.
So far I’ve covered:
Will I continue for the rest of the year?
Living a Healthy Lifestyle
I’m passionate about positive aging and trying to be the best version of myself by keeping active and eating well. So far this year
- My biggest achievement was decreasing my LDL (often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol) cholesterol level from2.5 to 0.8 resulting in removing the need for blood pressure medication.
My reduced LDL reading was through a combination exercise, tweaking my diet and a very low dose medication
- I trained for and run in several events with the Saturday Sisters. Including the International Women’s Day Run, my special traditional Mother’s Day Run with my daughter. (This year my two grandsons came to cheer for Mummy and Nan.) and on June 2nd the Brisbane Half Marathon. Having a running event to train for helps to keep us on track and motivated to run.
- I joined the Online Strong Healthy Women program and workout three times a week with the videos that the program provides. My strength training has definitely improved.
- I continue to do a regular free yoga practice with Yoga with Adriene which not only helps with my flexibility but also my mental health.
- I have introduced some changes to my diet and have started using the Herbalife range. It isn’t all about weight loss which was my first impression. It is about good nutrition and keeping active. So far I’m feeling much more energy especially on my longer runs plus I now have overcome my bad habit of not eating breakfast.
- I was delighted to be asked to participate as a Health Coach in the June Body Blitz. No it is isn’t all about losing weight it is all about making healthy lifestyle choices.
I believe that keeping our minds active and stimulated is part of a healthy lifestyle. This year I have completed:
- A Life Coaching Certificate
- A Health Coaching Certificate
What are my goals for the next half of 2019?
Continue with my monthly themes with the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle and positive aging. If you have any theme suggestions I would love to hear them.
- Run the Gold Coast Half Marathon in July- 21.1kms
- Run the ‘Gabba Stomp’ in July which is an annual event I always enter – 5,000 steps around the Gabba Stadium
- Consider running in The Bloody Long Walk in August – 35kms
- Consider running in the River Run Full Marathon 42.2km in September – I’m being realistic about this. I will train but if my body can’t do it I will be content with the Half Marathon.
- Continue with my Strong Health Women workouts
- Continue my yoga practice
- Continue to improve my nutrition
Sharing My Knowledge
- Start my Life Coaching and Health Coaching business. I have been working with two clients as part of my studies and have achieved great results. Their feedback is very positive and I just love coaching others to achieve their goals.
- If I can inspire and motivate just one person to live a healthier lifestyle and achieve their goals then I feel fulfilled.
Here is some feedback from my two clients which valids my desire to help others. I can also acknowledge that I am good at coaching!
The most valuable part of our sessions is that you not only listen but also you really hear what I am saying and helping me to see why I may think/ feel these things.
The accountability is so very important to me, whilst not judging or taking me to task but encouraging me to keep moving on and stretching myself out of my comfort zone.
I look forward to our sessions because I feel I can be totally open and honest with you and I appreciate your genuine concern and suggestions of ways of coping that I never thought of.– Jil