So You Want To Get Healthy. Now What?

By Lana Jankovic

Ah, New Year’s resolutions. Whether we officially declared them, scribbled them hopefully and intentionally in our journals, or secretly professed them to ourselves, a good majority of us will have made at least a handful. The one that seems to top the list most often? “This is the year I get healthy.” Fantastic! The start of the year, you’re champing at the bit, fired up and ready to rock. Easy breezy. Then months later and suddenly you find yourself aimlessly meandering about, not sure where to go from here. The eagerness to take on a new fitness regime has faded, you’ve gotten tired of preparing your meals every single day and, damnit, you’re jonesin’ for that latte you swore off in the beginning of the year. Suddenly those seemingly rock-solid resolutions have dissolved. Oops. 

Let’s re-ignite those wonderful intentions with a little more practicality and tangibility, shall we? Because let’s face it: fervently scribbling “I want to get healthy and fit” on a post-it and sticking it on your mirror probably won’t work for the most of us. Instead, I want you to ask yourself this:

1.) What does being healthy FEEL like?
Lightness, perhaps? Ease? Effervescent bubbly-ness? Peaceful calm? At the end of the day, we’re chasing the feeling we associate with health (or success, or any other goal we strive for). As Danielle Laporte says, we’re chasing the feeling behind the goal, not the goal itself. Defining how we want to feel is the most potent way to create juicy clarity in our lives and move forward towards that which we long for the most. 

2.) How will you know when you, you know, get there? 
What will be your markers? Often, we need something tangible to measure results. What will be your goalpost, that sign you’ll come across on your own yellow brick road, that will let you know that you’re accomplishing your goal? Maybe it’ll be a significant drop in your blood pressure levels, you’ll be able to fit back into your favourite jeans, or you won’t feel the need to dose yourself with caffeine to simply get through the day. For some, health is being able to run 10km with ease – for others, it’s being able to run around the yard with their kids.  We all have our own idea of what health looks like for us: define it on your own terms, not anybody else’s. 

3.) What activities will you be doing? What will it LOOK like? 
So often I hear people saying, “When I get healthy, I’ll go to yoga classes/eat a salad every day/go for a run rather than watch a movie/meditate in the morning.” To which I reply, why not start all those right now? Every day, ask yourself: what would the healthiest version of myself do right now? Would she start her morning scrolling Facebook, or laying out her yoga mat? Would she choose to honour her body and make herself a nourishing meal, or grab a muffin from the corner store? Make decisions based on your loving intentions, rather than your current habits. Start doing all those things you’ll do “when you get healthy”, right now. Yes, today.  Go do the thing! (You can do it, really, I believe in you.)

As you start incorporating these new, healthier habits into your life, you’ll slowly see your reality shift. Suddenly, you’ll notice the gap closing, as you increasingly begin to resemble the best possible version of yourself (the one you’ve been dying to meet!). After all, she is you – simply with a select few different habits. 2015 is just kicking off. We’ve still got a whole year of brilliant, magical, comfort-zone-busting moments ahead of us (how exciting is that!?). How will you choose to shimmer and shine this year? 

Onwards and upwards, 

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5 Ways To Stay Fit, Focused And Healthy While Blogging


By Jenna Black

If you’re a blogger, you’re more than likely a busy, busy gal or guy! Us bloggers can find ourselves working a ‘day job’ while we pursue our dream career on the sideline. We stay up late writing our blog posts, we shoot our Instagram posts before rushing to work late and we wake up during the night with a million ideas running through our heads that simply can’t wait until the morning (anyone else reached for their phone at 2am to write down a reminder for the next day?!)

Blogging can be a lot of work! But often, we let the stress and crazy lifestyle affect our health and our focus. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind but this can lead to neglecting our health and losing out on beauty sleep (no thanks!).

So, how can you change your lifestyle to work with your busy blogging schedule, rather than against it? After blogging for a few years, I’ve nailed my top 5 tips to help you stay fit, focused and healthy, no matter how busy you are!

Let’s dive in!

1. Create a morning ritual
Are your mornings rushed and crazy? I feel ya! I used to have that same experience before I came across the concept of a morning ritual. A morning ritual is a simple set of actions that you practice each morning before you start your work day. These actions are designed to boost your health, clear your mind and drive your focus.

My personal morning ritual includes a short meditation upon waking, a workout session, a nourishing meal and some quiet time to jot down my daily to do list and get clear on what I want to achieve that day. I do this all before checking emails or social media. It may sound like a lot initially but this will quickly become a habitual practice that will help you gain clarity, focus and extra drive to kick goals that day!

2. Eat clean and green
Do you reach for that cookie or chocolate at about 3pm each day? When we’re busy and stressed we tend to compensate with sugary or processed comfort foods. It’s natural to want to do this! But that sugar hit is only doing you damage and sending your insulin and adrenal levels into mayhem.

If focus and clarity is one of your blogging goals, I encourage you to eat a whole food diet with plenty of fresh leafy greens. This is going to drastically improve your concentration, mood and drive throughout the day (no sugar crashes included!)

One of the best ways to get started with cleaning up your diet is by removing any packaged or processed foods. Simply eat healthy whole foods with ingredients that you can understand! You’ll feel the difference in no time.

3. Savour your sleep
Sleep really is Queen. There is a reason beauty sleep has that title, because our cells literally regenerate when we sleep. Getting a solid 8 – 9 hours a night is going to be crucial for you to stay focused and driven the next day.

If you struggle to get a solid amount of sleep, start by winding down earlier each night. Turn off electronics an hour before bed and don’t eat too late at night. Run a bath or do some gentle meditation and quietly wind down.

If your mind is rushing with ideas and everything you need to do tomorrow, set time aside in the evening to write down your to do list and get everything on paper. Place it away and make a promise to yourself that you’ll deal with it tomorrow. Nighttime is your time to relax, chill and get some beauty sleep!

4. Work it out
Have you ever used the excuse that you’re ‘too busy to work out?’ I used to tell myself that and I’d skip my morning workout. But the reality is, we all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce, so we definitely have time to fit in exercise!

Here’s my suggestion for you if you’re super busy; simply aim for a quick 20 – 30 minute session that includes high intensity intervals. This can be done from your lounge room if you don’t have gym or park access. Include a range of bodyweight exercises like planks, star jumps and squats to get a fast and effective workout in!

Daily exercise is amazing for your body, mind and soul. It’s going to help take your blogging efforts from so-so to super!

5. Nourish your mind + soul
My final tip for you is to take time for yourself. You may have a million things to do and your schedule may feel a bit crazy and overwhelming, but take time for yourself each day (even 5 minutes) to allow your mind and soul to reset. Self care doesn’t have to mean an hour long massage (although that wouldn’t be all that bad), you can find some simple daily rituals that will nourish and cleanse you.

Try dry body brushing, a light meditation or just grab a great book and nestle into a cosy corner. Find something that makes you feel alive and nourished and practice it daily!

What’s your tip for living a fit, focused and healthy life as a busy blogger? I’d love to hear from you!

Jenna is a health coach, writer and freedom seeker. She blogs at holistchic, where she helps women create chic, healthy lifestyles. Jenna’s 6 week health coaching program, ELEVATE, helps women to nourish their bodies, boost their confidence and create a life they love.