A few weeks ago was the official start of the Movin’ with Mickey Movement. In case you missed it, let me refresh your memory. My friend Katie over at The Most Delightful Place recently kicked off her new feature Movin’ with Mickey! She’s going to be sharing lots of great health tips and success stories twice a month as she works towards her personal goal of walking the amount of steps equal to the distance from her home in Iowa to Walt Disney World. Of course, she’ll be updating us on her progress along the way. I loved her idea and decided I would join in to improve my health before my fall Disney World vacation.
Every two weeks, Katie will be doing a post over on The Most Delightful Place giving us an update and sharing helpful information. I’ll post a link here at Disney World Enthusiast each time she publishes a Movin’ with Mickey article so we can keep up with her progress.
My plan was to make one healthy change per week and to begin with something that I thought would be easy; drinking eight glasses of water per day. Now three weeks into it, I should have made three healthy changes to my every day routine. Do you know what I have accomplished so far? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I drank about four glasses of water the first day, and then it all fell apart. Life got in the way. You know how that is, right? You get busy, tired, stressed, and all of your great plans just get pushed aside. It happens to all of us sometimes. But you know what? I’m going to start over. Tomorrow is a new day! This time I’m going to try a different approach to make the changes. Rather than adding one healthy habit a week, I’m going to add one a day. I tend to get discouraged if I don’t see or feel progress relatively quickly, so I’m afraid the “one change a week” method isn’t going to give me the results I’m looking for quickly enough to keep me motivated. What kind of results am I looking for, you ask? The main thing I would like to get out of these health changes is an improvement in my energy levels. I struggle a lot with fatigue due to an auto-immune disease and hypothyroidism. If just once in a while, I could get out of bed feeling refreshed and ready for the day, it would all be worth it. I’m going to need all of the energy and stamina I can get for my fall Disney World vacation!
Here are the changes I hope to put in place (in no particular order):
- Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.
- Eat three meals each day.
- Eat at least one fruit/vegetable at every meal.
- Take all of my vitamins, thyroid, and kidney stone medications each day.
- Drink eight glasses of water each day.
- Reduce soda intake to once a week or less.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week.
It looks so simple when I see it in writing. There are only seven changes here, I can do this. By this time next week, they should all be incorporated into my every day life. Wish me luck, folks! I’ll keep you posted!
Katie’s Kick-Off and First Update
Click here to read Katie’s official kick off article for her Movin’ with Mickey feature!
Click here to read Katie’s first update that includes a great interview and some fantastic training tips!