Tag: #mentallystrong

CRUSHING GOALS IN 2020….. even in quarantine.

Goals

I have not written anything lately because I have not been in the right frame of mind.  COVID-19 came in hard and it came in fast.  At first, I admit I was not handling it the best.  I was having mixed emotions about it and I still am, but I have managed to stay as positive as I can in a very eerie and unknown time.  I know everyone is feeling the same, some are handling it better than others.   I thought it was best for me to wait till I had something inspiring and positive to write about.

Every year I set goals for myself.  I get excited and motivated to make sure at the end of the year I have completed them and live my year as loudly and boldly as possible.   As we all know, we have been in self isolation since March.   We have no idea when this will end so I decided to use my time wisely and start crushing my goals and try to live my best life even in isolation.

 

One of my goals in 2020 is to be in the best shape of my life.  This is the perfect time to improve my workouts and start eating healthier.   I already work out five days a week and eat decent BUT I knew I had to work even harder if I wanted to be in the best shape of my life. I ordered a Pilates bar and some more resistance bands and I am really enjoying my workouts.  I am thrilled with the Pilates bar and am loving my results. I also wanted to try something different and shock my body, so I started fasting almost two months ago.  Everyone keeps talking about how much they are eating during the quarantine but I have found that I am eating less because I am so dedicated and motivated to stick with my fast and reach my goal.  I feel amazing!  I don’t eat after 7 pm and don’t eat breakfast till after 11 am.  By doing this, I have eliminated snacking at night, which was always something I did.   I am not bloated, and I feel great.    I have been slowly losing weight while keeping my immune system up.  It’s been a real win win.  Intermittent fasting not only helps with weight loss, but it can also help lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, increase energy, improve motor coordination and even helps you sleep better.  I guess this is why I feel so great!

Save money

Another goal is to save money.  I got this!  I can’t go anywhere or do anything.  This one is going to be easy!   However, there is still online shopping!  Sephora is having their big Spring sale, so of course I placed an order.  Who doesn’t want to save 20%?  I also have decided to order take out twice a month and try new restaurants in the neighborhood.  It’s been fun and it’s something to look forward to.  So turns out you can still spend money while in isolation.   Even though I am spending money on take out and Amazon I still have been saving money and I am dreaming of my next big vacation!

Meditation

This next goal couldn’t have come at a better time.  Meditation.   I know why people do it and I understand the benefits, but I have always thought it was a waste of time.  I tried it once a few years ago and I couldn’t get into it.  While lying there, trying to calm my mind I kept thinking about all the other things I could be doing.  I never tried it again and I gave up quickly.  Too quickly,  that is why I added it to my goals.   Since meditation helps with stress and promotes emotional health, I thought it was very fitting and appropriate.   I have only been meditating for two weeks but it is helping me calm my mind.  I meditate for five minutes after my workout every morning.  I really don’t know if five minutes is enough but honestly, it’s enough for me.  Ha ha….  and let’s not forget, this is my goal.  I don’t love doing it but it’s helping me set the tone for the day and start my day in a positive calm matter and right now that is incredibly important.

I hope everyone is safe, staying positive and working on their mental health during this unfamiliar crazy time that we are going through.   I pray every day that it’s over soon and we can all get back to our lives and live even better than we were before but till then keep being fabulous, stay strong and start crushing your goals!

 

Melissa Gauvreau