Monday I talked a lot about wanting to make sure that I did a lot more relaxing, and having more of a carefree time this summer. A huge part of that for me involves being active at least six times a week, and eating as many simple and healthy meals as possible. Although no summer is complete without indulging in the occasional juicy burger…and a good craft beer.
One of my big struggles has always been eating healthy on a budget. I have yet to master that in my world. It doesn’t help that I’m super klutzy, and do things like knock over a brand new container of raw almonds on the floor, which were not cheap! I would have totally done the five second rule, but they fell just a little too close to my cat’s litter box, and sorry but I’m not that adventurous!
I marvel when I see certain blogger’s food budgets at around $100 per month. Holy crap!!! How is that even possible? Last month I spent nearly $600 on myself, and although I know I can do WAY better than that, I’m still going to fall somewhere around $400/month. Someone asked me if that included eating out, which it doesn’t. That falls under my Life Expenses category, but I maybe eat out 2-3 times per month.
The good news is it’s really healthy stuff, and (knock on wood), I feel very fortunate to feel in very good health, so that keeps other costs (like medical) a lot lower than if I was someone who had to take a bunch of medication, or need other kinds of constant medical attention (again, knock on wood). So I guess in the end it’s probably a good investment.
The third pillar in my whole health and wellness journey (after exercise and nutrition), and probably the most important in a way for me right now, is taking better mental care of myself. I stress out and get overwhelmed very easy, especially when it comes to my job. Taking better care of my financial life has been a huge step in the right direction over the last couple of years to alleviate stress, but there are still things I need to work on changing, and being able to accept what I can’t change.
Not just professionally but personally as well. I spoke in this post about wanting to be more Type B (although I’m realizing I’m probably more of a Type A- than a straight up Type A+, so that’s good), so I’ve been reading a book on stress, which has been really helpful.
I realize one of my triggers of frustration is people not operating on my schedule…damn them! When I set my mind on a task, I like to get it done, but if it involves other people’s help or participation, they may not always operate like I do. So things may not always get done in the time frame I’d like them to get it done. If it’s life or death or something that has a hard deadline, that’s one thing, but rarely is it ever that urgent, so learning to let that go and be patient will only help me be a calmer person.
So those are what I consider the three pillars of health: exercise, nutrition, and good mental health.
In an effort to help you jump start one of those pillars (exercise), ASICS is giving me the opportunity to give away a pair of GEL-Electro33 natural running shoes, which is one of the new editions to their Natural33 line (US Residents only. Sorry international folks!). I’ve been told that it’s one of Olympic gold medalist (beach volleyball) Kerri Walsh’s favorite shoes to train in.
The winner will receive a promo code to pick out the style (men’s or women’s) and color of shoe they would like!