5 Healthy Habits I'm Starting in 2019

Since we’re wrapping up the first month of the new year, I thought I’d share with y’all some of my lifestyle changes I’m devoted to this year. In the past, I have done resolutions or vision boards, but have always fallen away from them after a weeks.

So, this year I want to create Healthy Habits that will turn into a lifestyle! According to research it says, “On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.”

Here are some of the things I’m working on this year :)

If you’ve been following me along for some time now, you know I loooove me some tacos and Chick-fil-A…and am a sucker for a good burger and fries. I wouldn’t say I eat awful, but there is definitely room for improvement! For all my life, my mom was advocate for health in fitness so she taught me everything I needed to live a healthy lifestyle. This was a huge blessing and the older I got, the more I realized it. Okay so what does this mean?

  • Eat out once a week (this is like my treat yourself/date night.) - I think it’s important to have goals but to not over stress ourselves! John and I aren’t much of cooks, so we tend to drive thru places to get a quick bite to eat instead of cooking. Not only will this lead to a healthier lifestyle, but we will also be saving money! It’s a win-win.

  • Getting creative with cooking - We recently moved in with our friends who are moving abroad with us and they are all phenomenal cooks. Two of them were actually chefs. No joke. So I want to spend time in the kitchen with them, learning from them and I think it will get me more excited to cook + eat healthy!

  • Choose healthier options when eating out - When it’s date night, I always want the worse (but most delicious thing on the menu), so I want to work on choosing the healthier route. Sure, that nice juicy burger might feel good in the moment, but afterwards my stomach always hurts :( so I’ll stick with a veggie burger, or maybe not eat the bun or get sweet potato fries instead of regular or if I’m feeling wild maybe I’ll just get a kale salad ;) Again, I don’t want to put pressure on myself and beat myself up if I want to enjoy the burger, but I think choosing healthy routes and eating it in moderation is key!

As we are wrapping up our time here in Austin, I’m really trying to connect more with family and close friends. I struggle really hard with pleasing people and saying yes that I get overwhelmed so I’m focusing spending time with my people. I’ve never lived outside of Austin before (aside from living an hour away when I went to college) so I know I’ll get homesick from time to time. Fortunately I have a sweet family who lives close to me so I’ve been working on making an effort to soak up all the time we have left.

  • Reach out to family throughout the week to check in and see how they are doing & meet up with them to hang out :)

  • Ask God who He wants me to pour into while I’m still in Austin

  • Continue weekly bible studies & discipleships

This year I’m really working on being strong! This isn’t just my outer body, but my spirit, mind and soul. Now that I am cured from my chronic illness, it hasn’t been painful to do normal activities. It’s also been a big blessing living with a friend who LOVES working out so yay for accountability! Here are some things I’m working on:

  • Spend everyday with Jesus - talk to Him throughout the day, pray, and read daily.

  • Workout three times a week for 30 minutes and then gradually increase to daily.

  • Be okay with saying no to people & having the confidence in myself not to obsess over what others will think of me.

  • Seek accountability - when it comes to be healthy (having a work out buddy or someone who will eat healthy too) and someone who will hold me accountable for reading the bible and seeking The Lord daily.

I’ve started to block off my Google Cal with projects [ministry + photography] with things I’m working on throughout the day to keep me organized. I add my work out time, quiet time, coffee dates, trainings, bible studies and other things I have going on that day. I’ve also made it a goal to make my bed every morning (we’ve been going strong almost every day since being married!) and keeping my room and desk space area nice and tidy. Some of my goals:

  • Daily quiet time (reading and praying) + work out for 30 minutes

  • Cook healthier meals (bonus points for meal prepping hehe)

  • Update calendar to avoid overbooking myself

Often times I find it super easy to say yes to my friends/family but when it comes to saying yes to God, I get scared sometimes or fearful or question if I really need to do what He’s asked. My goal this year is to say YES to God - whatever He asks me and wherever He tells us to go! Hebrews 11:1 has been my go-to verse the past year.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

What are your goals for this year? :)

Julia Mann