Bat Fit logo by Franny Z.
Happy New Year’s Day! It’s finally 2015 and I am ready to start the new year. The last six months of 2014 have been rough and for the past 2 years, I’ve been feeling broken down and mentally exhausted. I’m ready to change things up and start really taking care of myself. So, I decided to participate in the Bat Fit Challenge, started by Franny over at her blog, The Curious Professor Z. This is the first year I’m participating and the theme is: Nourishment.
Here are 4 things that I want to work on this year. I’m only focusing on 4 because of my fear of failure. I’m a person that if I have too many goals, I achieve nothing. So, I’m choosing 4 things to be my top priority:
1. Drink more water. A critical ingredient for nourishment, I have this horrible habit of drinking anything but water: soda (the worst), tea, coffee, wine, juice, etc. Everything but just water. This is not good and it’s something I
want need to change. My goal will be to drink no less than 64 oz. (about 1.9 liters) of water, everyday. I have no intentions of cutting out tea, coffee, wine or juice (I will eventually cut back on soda), but these shouldn’t replace water. If I’m getting enough plain water, I can still drink whatever I want (within reason, of course).
2. Get more sleep. Another critical ingredient for nourishment is adequate rest. I have not been sleeping well and it’s been showing on my face – especially under my eyes. Not only that, but I really do feel better when I’ve had enough sleep (usually on my days off). My goal is to get to bed by midnight. As a night owl, this is early for me, but I don’t have much choice since I work during the day. I used to keep a dream journal many moons ago and I would like to start one up again. But in order to remember my dreams, I need to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
3. Strengthen my core. There’s a reason why your torso (core) is so important. Movements are based on one’s core, which means this will be crucial in improving my dance technique. Having a strong core will also help to achieve the beautiful, fluid arm movements that I’m working towards. My goal for this one is to dance at least 3 times a week, consistently (which will include my dance class on Saturdays), along with doing core-building exercises (sit-ups, the plank, etc.).
4. Improve my blog. I included this because there’s a lot of room for improvement on my blog. One thing that I’ve started doing is posting on a more consistent schedule. My goal is to post roughly 3 to 4 times a week. Before, I would post every other day, then sometimes a week later, then sometimes 2 weeks later. Then life got depressing and I left a 3-month gap in between posts. Not good. But this will be the easiest out of the 4 things to implement, since I’ve already started doing this. I’ve even added a new category: Health & Fitness.
Thank you and many hugs to Franny (aka “Professor Z”) for starting the Bat Fit Challenge. These were goals I already had in mind, but it’s a lot more fun doing this as a community. Here’s to being healthy, whether you’re a goth or not.
Love & Shimmies,