A Healthy Start to a New Me {Plus Giveaway!}

A New Month and A New You

Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you realize that a change needs to happen. For me that happened last month with my overall health and well-being. I just was not and still am not happy with how I have let my health and fitness go. I stopped focusing on myself and put too much energy into things that were draining me. I realized that I needed to make a change and gave myself a start date of August 1st, 2015.

Because of my personality, I had to have clear goals set in mind and wanted to share them with you to help encourage and hold myself accountable to keeping up with goals.

A New Month and A New You

So here it goes!

Long term goals:

  • Lose fifty pounds, with an average of 2-3 pounds a week. This will put my weight back into a healthy category for my height.
  • Follow a strict vegetarian diet with a gradual transition to vegan.
  • Complete a 3 mile run.
  • Organize and complete a weekly workout plan.
  • Spend time every day meditating for at least five minutes.
  • Practice yoga three to five times a week.
  • Let go of the areas in my life that are draining me.

Every week I will come back and share my current weekly goals and how I did on last week’s goals. My hopes are that this will motivate not only myself but you to focus on your own physical and emotional well-being (something most of us don’t spend enough time on with our busy lives).

This weeks goals:ย 

  • 2 pound weight loss.
  • Follow my vegetarian diet with a meal plan.
  • Yoga four times a week.
  • Daily evening meditation.
  • Daily squat, lunge, push up and crunch challenge.
  • Run daily for five minutes (I am starting out here!!).
  • Stay hydrated with eight glasses of water a day.
  • 10,000 step minimum a day.

I will be sharing with you on Monday how I did with these goals listed above and my new set of goals for the week.

To kick off this healthy month, I want one of you my readers to win a $50 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card so that you can splurge on yourself.

Canadian residents, eighteen years of age and older can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck!

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seham merzib
seham merzib
6 years ago

having a calendar or schedule

Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor
6 years ago

Its a struggle right now to take care of myself. We have our daughter and 5 month old grandson living with us and another daughter had her first baby a week ago. So I’m running around going back and forth between babies and housework etc. I do go to bed as early as I can and meditate for about 15 min every night, when possible. That’s about it right now.

Aimee Robison
Aimee Robison
6 years ago

I fit in time after my boys go to bed. That is my me time to focus on emotional, mental and physical needs.

Belinda McNabb
Belinda McNabb
6 years ago

I try to fit it in first thing in the morning before everyone gets up. I will park further away from places and walk as well

Kam
Kam
6 years ago

It’s really hard to make time for all three but you just have to, even if it’s only a few minutes a day!

Stephanie LaPlante
Stephanie LaPlante
6 years ago

I make time by sitting outside and relaxing

ivy pluchinsky
ivy pluchinsky
6 years ago

by making time for myself! we all need that

Joni W
Joni W
6 years ago

stay active with the kids

Wendy Hutton
Wendy Hutton
6 years ago

I make me time early in the morning before anyone else gets up, its so quiet

michelle tremblett
michelle tremblett
6 years ago

I take time every night just fir myself, usually about 30 minutes. sometimes I walk, or just sit in the yard and relax, everyone needs quiet time ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa Greco
Melissa Greco
6 years ago

I don’t make excuses and do what I have to do. I use my down time to do important tasks

Judy Cowan
Judy Cowan
6 years ago

I try to do it by setting aside some time for me in the evenings before bed to do what I need or want to do. Whether it is have a bath,read etc.

Carolle H
Carolle H
6 years ago

I try to go for a walk every night

Cheryl
Cheryl
6 years ago

I get up one hour before the kids. It is my peaceful time ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy Heffernan
Amy Heffernan
6 years ago

I always try and make ME time ๐Ÿ™‚

Bailey Dexter
Bailey Dexter
6 years ago

After the kids are in bed, I love to soak in a hot tub with a good book and a cup of tea!

Kelley Moore
Kelley Moore
6 years ago

I have two girls in college, my husband working full time and myself working part time with a full time craft business. It’s really hard to get everyone together but if I can catch a few minutes with all of us it’s the best.

Maggie C
Maggie C
6 years ago

I do a lot of meal planning on weekends to ensure that I have time during the week to focus some time on working out.

Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R
6 years ago

I wear a fitbit so I am always aware of keeping up with my daily steps!

Jenness M
Jenness M
6 years ago

I get to the gym about every second day for a workout or a yoga class.

April
6 years ago

Taking time for me makes be a better mom and wife. I choose to do it before work in the gym so although it gives me ample me time it doesn’t affect my family too much as they are still sleeping.

tanyab79
tanyab79
6 years ago

By making time for myself by having a nice hot bath and some wine.

Mandy
Mandy
6 years ago

Unfortunately, I have to plan ahead or I never have time to focus on myself. I usually book a yoga class or RMT appointment in advance so I know I HAVE to go because I made a commitment to someone else that I would show up.

David
David
6 years ago

having a calendar

Maria
6 years ago

Once kids are in the bed it’s time for me even though sometimes it’s only 1/2 hr but I like it

Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
6 years ago

I scheduled it in

Kimberley Buckton
Kimberley Buckton
6 years ago

I get some ME time after my son goes to sleep. He is 3 and very active so I get lots of exercise while he is awake but some down time after he is asleep

lynn clayton
lynn clayton
6 years ago

i take 20 minutes of me time everyday i take a walk or grab a coffee i need it and it keeps me sane.

Jenn
Jenn
6 years ago

I plan accordingly and make sure it is a priority.

andrea amy
andrea amy
6 years ago

I forgo sleep a lot in order to spend some time at night reading or watching netflix. Its an either/or type thing… either I get time to myself, or I get sleep. Can’t have both ๐Ÿ™‚

Kris L
Kris L
6 years ago

You have t o make time!

Courtney
Courtney
6 years ago

I wake up a half hour before the rest of the household!

joy
joy
6 years ago

i don’t spend enough time on my health and fitness…this is something i must do – but i am pretty lazy … not sure how to get motivated!

Mary
Mary
6 years ago

Making a weekly plan helps me stick to it. I love using my fitness app.

Pam
Pam
6 years ago

I wake up early to get to the pool before anyone else is awake.
I use dog walking time to focus, pray and take it easy.

Christy E
Christy E
6 years ago

I set a time/day to make sure I follow through. It might sound counterproductive but it really helps and ensures I spend the time.

Lisa Neutel
Lisa Neutel
6 years ago

my fave time of the day is before my kids get up ..i purposefully get p an couple hours before them so i can enjoy the calm

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Angie In My 30s (@My30sAndItsTime)

It’s something I really need to focus on as well…
I do stretch & do some weights in the evenings while I watch tv and take lots of walks on my lunch and at night … but I need to get back to the gym!
I will say though i eat very well because I have a bad tummy… so that helps!

LILLIAN BROWN
LILLIAN BROWN
6 years ago

I try to take short walks each day to focus on my physical, mental and emotional well being

Lori Jackson
6 years ago

I do meal planning along with my schedule and I escape from it all with a nice soak in our hot tub!

angela m
angela m
6 years ago

I fit time in when my kids go to bed.

Suzanne G
6 years ago

I make the time and if need be will get up earlier just to fit in a workout and then some yoga.

Rhonda W G.
Rhonda W G.
6 years ago

I just got a treadmill this summer. I aim for the same time of day and go from there.

Julie Bolduc
Julie Bolduc
6 years ago

I take an extra long shower to think to myself

Julie Bolduc
Julie Bolduc
6 years ago

I take an extra long shower to think to myself

Julie Bolduc
Julie Bolduc
6 years ago

I take an extra long shower to think to myself

Julie Bolduc
Julie Bolduc
6 years ago

I take an extra long shower to think to myself!!!!

FREDERIC BROWN
FREDERIC BROWN
6 years ago

I focus on my physical, mental and emotional well being by enjoying working in my gardens

Katrina Brady
6 years ago

I actually schedule in time during the day and set my alarm. That way, I don’t work through it and forget. I also do some walking in the evenings.

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