For my mom’s birthday back in June, I bought her a copy of The Happiness Project. When I was home for Thanksgiving, she lent it to me and I started it last night. I only got through a few pages, but I started to really think about it. I wouldn’t consider myself an unhappy person, but, like Gretchen Rubin, I’m not as happy as I should be. I have a pretty sweet life – a husband who loves me, a great dog, a 3 bedroom house, a pretty cool job, why don’t these things make me happier?
I came up with a list of things that I can do to enhance my life. Of course, I have put it in handy dandy bullet form.
• eat better
• work out regularly and don’t, as Jillian Michaels is fond of saying, phone it in at the gym
• limit alcohol
• keep the house cleaner
1. As I briefly mentioned in last night’s post, for the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve been really focusing on eating better. I haven’t had any diet coke and I’ve really limited the amount of processed foods that I’ve been eating. I don’t know if I have more energy. If I do, it’s a negligible amount. But, I have noticed that I’m not craving dessert after dinner as much and not craving as many sweets in general. Since I don’t eat that badly to begin with, I don’t know if making any dietary changes is going to do anything physically. But mentally, I know it will. I just feel better about myself when I eat better.
2. I’m pretty good at working out regularly. I go to the gym at least 4 times a week, if not 5 or 6. But I am guilty of not giving it my all while I am there. If I’m running, I will, but I’ve been known to half-ass an elliptical workout and not lift to exhaustion when I’m lifting weights. Yes, it’s easier, but it’s sort of like I’m wasting my time at the gym when I do that.
3. I’m a shy person for the most part. I think I started drinking because it helped me come out of my shell. And that was fun for a long time. But, it’s not so fun anymore. After a night of partying, I always get really, really upset with myself and feel horribly guilty. It’s just not worth it to feel that way. Plus, hangovers suck when you’re in your 30’s. Trust me.
4. Once a month, at a time that happens to coincide with when I might get PMS, I get really upset about the state of the house. It’s just so damn messy all the time. Jason and I are both messy people, but we need to find a way to reign it in. The messy house really does add lots of unnecessary stress to my life. It seems like an easy thing to fix. Well, maybe.
I just realized that I pretty much laid out New Years Resolutions without meaning to. If we’re on the topic of New Years Resolutions, we might as well add another one – yoga. I think that adding yoga to my fitness routine will be helpful in many ways. It makes me feel good and hopefully, it will make me a faster runner. I don’t really believe in starting resolutions on the first of January, so I started tonight. I went to a hot yoga class and enjoyed it. I really just need to keep going.