First of all, I'd like to just say how much Meg and I have appreciated all the support for our Weekly Wellness project — it's been so much fun to have people participate and join in the conversation, so thank you to everyone who's commented, Tweeted, and reached out to get involved!
For me, Week 1's hydration focus was the perfect baby step into something that will (hopefully) set off a series of better, healthier habits across the board. Truth is, I'm a fairly consistent water-drinker to begin with, but I was amazed by how much more energy I seemed to have when I was aware of it — when I had that extra glass, just because, or I avoided that can of pop, just because.
Let's be real: Drinking more water is about as simple as it gets, so we're not experiencing any crazy epiphanies overnight. Still, that being said, concentrating on that one small, specific goal made me more self-aware in a much larger, big-picture way. To focus on something as easy as drinking more water made me want to do more — and isn't that just how it goes? Little victories seem to trigger bigger ones. Doing well in one area gives you that little boost to try something else, and for me, that translated to healthier meals, more exercise, and better everyday choices. And really, that's all I can ask for.
Today kicks off Week 2, a time for us to focus on rest. Personally, I'm hoping to establish a more regular, eight-hour sleep schedule, to boost my everyday energy, and to have a few casual, do-nothing-but-relax nights in our cozy little living room. (And, yes, read a few of the brand-new books on those color-coded shelves.) My plan? Start my nightly wind-down routine a bit earlier, ditch the late-night TV-watching (no YouTube blooper reels, Radley), and wake up at the same time each day.
And meanwhile, I'd love to hear from all of you!
How did you do throughout Week 1? Any challenges? Any changes?
What are your plans for a successful Week 2? What does the goal to rest mean to you?
You can keep up with our three-month project by following the conversation here, on Meg's blog, and on Twitter and Instagram — Use the hashtag #WeeklyWellness to join our dialogue!
(Photo: Our sun-lit living room | My Instagram)