When I started teaching full time, I pretty much let everything else go by the wayside. I decided at the beginning of the school year that I needed to be able to focus on my family and my job, and that was all I could handle. Now that my mental health has improved, I realize I can now move on to the next important thing: my physical health.
I try to always come up with a "word for the year" as a focus (because let's face it, New Year's Resolutions typically fall flat by about mid-January). My word for 2014 is HEALTH. In this, my friend and I are going to work together to eat more real foods and exercise regularly. There are a few things that are necessary to make this work (for both of us... we're both full time teachers): simple, inexpensive, and balanced. The goal is a more Paleo/Primal way of eating (low grains, more meats/eggs/veggies, but not dairy-free), but I cannot obsess over it, so I'm thinking of making a goal to eat this way about 80% of the time. That's where the balance comes in.
- My weekly meal plans with simple real food recipes
- These will include breakfasts, to-go lunches, and simple dinners
- These will also include the prep work that will be necessary to make this work
- My weekly grocery list
- The main stores that I shop at are Costco (for bulk items) and Trader Joe's (for the weekly foods)
- I will also use a local food co-op for raw milk, yogurt, cream, and eggs (it's not necessary to do this, but I have the resource, so I will use it!)
- My exercise plan
- Yet again, keeping it simple to be consistent