Or I should say THE priority.
Recently I’ve made a lot of life changes. The largest part was leaving a relationship that was not where I wanted to be. And starting over…as I’ve said that’s not as scary as I thought it would be.
Since then, I’ve been working on putting what I want in my life first. Part of that is figuring out WHAT I want. I may seem selfish because I’ve always done what I wanted (ask anyone) but I’ve never put just me, no one else, very first.
And I’m a nerd, trivia was the first thing I implemented to contribute to my happiness.
P.S. We got first last night, with a nail-biting comeback we had no clue we were making (honestly, no one did very well).
And what I’m trying to say is…
If you want to be happy, you have to put yourself first.
And if you know exactly what makes you happy. Do it. You’re lucky.
For me, finding what makes me happy has been a process. I’ve spent four plus months (so far) figuring it out (plus the previous 29 years as life lessons).
Currently I’m making exercise a priority.
Today before trivia I hustled home from work, set up my laptop in front of my treadmill.
Ran my scheduled four miles, jumped in the shower and made it to trivia in time to enjoy my Tuesday fish tacos and Vader CDA (Cascadian dark ale).
So, if you don’t know exactly what you want, choose one thing.
And while trivia can be an all encompassing passion. I’ve decided to make my health my number one priority.
Here Are My Tips To Prioritize My Health
1. Make a plan. I’ve made a work out schedule detailing what I want to do and what’s available for the day. It has my daily miles, plus what classes are offered at my gym. Every day I’ve been doing one or the other. Because really, who can work out that much? I also plan for trivia nights and plans with friends. A. Work out first or B. Work out first. If you can play trivia or go out to drinks with friends, return home and work out…Please tell me your secret! Another option is plan regular activities are rest days.
2. Track EVERYTHING! For me this means food. I wanted fish tacos and a beer (more than I normally eat for dinner) so I cut out a snack during the day and ate a lighter breakfast. In the end, I planned for what I wanted and made very slight changes that made it easy for me to eat what I want and stay within my goal.
3. Buy new running / workout gear. If you’re anything like me and you spend money on new cute clothes or comfy running shoes you’ll feel like you NEED to use them.
4. Sign up for a race. Pay for it. Set a training schedule. If I don’t PAY for race. I tend not to TRAIN for a race. I’ll also suggest signing up with friends so you’re not in it alone. Plus you’ll have people to do training runs with.
5. Tell people you are going to workout or finish a challenging run. Last Friday and Saturday I told 5-10 people I was going to run 9 miles Sunday morning. Saturday night I went out, set a drink limit and a home by X time, so I could wake up and run (plus I told my friends). When I woke up Sunday morning I didn’t want to run so I called a friend, got a little encouragement. Went and ran those 9 miles and felt great about myself.
6. Get enough sleep, drink enough water. You’ll always feel better well rested and properly hydrated. In other words TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. When you’re properly rested, fed, hydrated getting out to run, dance, swim, play is A MILLION times easier and your body will thank you for it!
And if nothing else…
Just enjoy the ride as you figure out where you’re headed.
So what do you do to prioritize yourself? Anything for your health?
Ever think that the best thing for you is to just play it by ear? I’ve spent some time doing that!
What activity / priority in your life makes you happiest?