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How I went with my wellness goals in January

I thought it would be a good idea to document how I went with achieving my 2020 wellness goals at the end of each month. I’ve noticed that I do like to read back on my blog posts as it helps me to track my progress. More often than not, I realise that I’m doing better than I think I am!

Personally, I like to set 2-3 goals a year as each goal usually requires 3-5 sub goals to achieve the big picture. I work full time and spend two hours a day commuting to and from work, so it’s best to keep things simple as there isn’t enough hours in the day!

Food-related wellness goals

Meal prep

I’ve been very diligent with meal prep these past three weeks. It takes half of my Sunday, but that’s because I prepare my husband’s lunch too. This has helped me stay regular (#overshare).

More vegetables at dinner

Despite the bushfires and what has been on the news, I feel Summer has come late. Only in the past few weeks have we had really hot and humid days. Overall, I am eating more vegetables at dinner and cutting down on my meat. However, I find I’m eating a lot less. The heat curbs my appetite and as I’m back to sitting for almost ten hours a day, I don’t get as hungry as I did during the holidays.


On January 25, I went to a wedding and I ate everything in front of me. I did hesitate at eating the dessert, but decided to because I hadn’t had any gut issues as of late. The following evening I went to my in-laws and indulged in food that I normally have, but it felt more delicious this time around because of my clean eating. There was a ridiculously good fatty pasta salad that reminded me of my grandma’s cooking. Thinking I’d be fine because I hadn’t had any symptoms from the wedding, I kept going back for a few servings. Half an hour later, I felt so sick. The dessert came out and I couldn’t even stomach the thought of eating it. I made myself some tea to settle my stomach and listened to everyone rave on about how nice it was.

Luckily, my mother-in-law packed some for me for later (as she always offers) and I had it for breakfast the following day (it was worth the hype). However, I felt off for the next few days from all the heavy food. All in all, this experience was yet another reminder of how poor my gut health is. Even if I think I’m doing okay, I often suffer later. I’ll try and be more mindful of that in February.

Feet-related goals

I’ve been seeing my podiatrist

I’m pleased to say that I took my orthotics to my podiatrist to be re-soled. They need to be re-soled every 16-18 months because they do wear down. She also wanted to add a modification to it to see if it would help with alleviating the pain. I should pick them up in a week or two. I also plan on purchasing the below shoes from Bared and HOPE they are comfortable as I really want trendy white sneakers that aren’t running shoes.

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I was originally eyeing these, but the below comment made me consider the shoes above as the lady sounds like she has similar problems to me.

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Stretching/Working Out

I’ve been stretching more than I ever, but I feel like I need to do more. That’s something to be mindful of when moving into February. I did see a Chiropractor yesterday and he confirmed the obvious: my tight muscles and joints are largely due to my desk job.

I am pleased to report that I’ve done 10 Fitness Blender sessions. I’m going to Port Stephens in two weeks and want to look a little fit. Also, these workouts help keep me regular, but I feel I may need one more. Over the next few months, I would like to gradually build to 3 times a week.


Have you set wellness goals for the year? How did you go in January?

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