3 Ways I’m Getting Healthier In 2020

Black woman standing in street wearing orange sweater

Hey Freehive! I hope your New Year is off to a great start. As you can see, I took a bit of a break from the blog as I needed to decompress. 2019 was full of change for me (I will share more later), and I needed some time to regroup. But on this little hiatus, I did do a few things that will contribute to an overall healthier me. And that’s exciting!

So, in my first post of 2020, I am sharing 3 ways I’m getting healthier this year. Let’s jump right in, shall we! 

Thirsty? Never. I Stay Hydrated

I live in the South — Atlanta to be specific — where the sweet tea is DIABETICAL! At some spots, you can substitute the tea for pancake syrup. An Arnold Palmer — called a Teamonade, an Uptown and an Obama at some southern restaurants — is my absolute favorite beverage. And Chick-fil-A does it to perfection. I’m addicted. 

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However, I was drinking too many sugary drinks in 2019. Doing so was definitely counterproductive to my weightless goals too. So I made a commitment to drink more water, and that I did. For the entire month of January 2020, water was my beverage of choice. I only drank water for 31 days, with the exception of my morning smoothie that included 1/4 cup of organic pineapple juice. And you know what? It wasn’t hard at all. I actually love water, but my daily intake was between 24 and 32 ounces. Now, I am drinking a gallon or more a day. With meals, I prefer flavored sparkling water because it felt like I was having a soda or cocktail. 

I am so proud of myself for staying on track. Oh, and I am down 6 pounds as a result, when coupled with my fitness activity. 

Get Moving. Don’t Stop.

A couple of years ago, my husband bought me a Fitbit. I used it sporadically, but not as often as I should. I strapped it on on January 1, and haven’t looked back. It definitely motivates me to get moving, and keeps me encouraged to reach my goals. Getting to a healthier me in 2020 means to get moving. 

There are 2 sets of stairs at the end of my block. Twenty-nine on one side, 28 on the other. At least 3 times a week, I run up and down those stairs 10 times on each side. Not only have I shed some pounds, but my stamina and energy levels have increased. 

Did You Know? 

  • Climbing just eight flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality risk by 33%
  • Seven minutes of stair climbing a day can halve the risk of heart attack over 10 years
  • Just two minutes extra stair climbing a day is enough to stop average middle age weight gain

Declutter For A Peace Of Mind

I’m a shopaholic and pack rat. I don’t really like to get rid of anything. And that’s a problem. My clothes, shoes, accessories, handbags, etc. have overwhelmed my entire home. I was bordering on being a hoarder. 

But during January, I took the time to actually start the process of decluttering my closetS. With the items I no longer wanted, I hosted a closet sale (CA-CHING!), and donated clothing to various charities around town. 

I still have a long way to go, but the process has been very cathartic. The ramifications of less stuff are surprisingly far-ranging. A sleeker, neater, well-organized environment has my mind cluttered. And I fell less anxious and much more peaceful. I am well on my way to making my home much more of a calming and welcoming sanctuary that promotes even more self-care. 

So that’s what I have been doing all month long — taking care of me and forming habits that will help me be healthier in 2020 — and beyond. Each of these habits will continue throughout the year and beyond as I become a healthier Nikki Free. 

What are you doing to be a better healthier you in 2020? 

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4 Comments

  1. Corinthia Prather
    02/01/2020 / 3:33 pm

    Great info. I am trying to make some positive changes as well. I have a ways to go, but I’m keeping on pressing. I’m proud of you, sis.

  2. Marshelle Moreland
    02/01/2020 / 4:34 pm

    This is good stuff!
    I have learned how to optimize fitness through healthy eating and exercise. However, I struggle with eradicating sugar cravings! I LOVE SWEETS! If that love still allowed me to continue exercising and eating healthy, I would be ok but eating sweets completely derails my healthy habits. Once I start, I quit the workouts and add other unhealthy foods, defeating my own fitness and erasing all the hard work I’ve done.
    The current cycle of indulgence has been fueled by life changes and heartbreak which really disappointed me. I am a fighter and a soldier and I can’t allow external blows to affect my internal resolve. So I’m back in it!!!
    Keep posting and blogging so I can ride the wave of discipline and excitement about getting my health back.
    Cheers to you Nikki! #keepthefaith

  3. Sasha
    02/01/2020 / 10:19 pm

    I love this! These are things I’m doing as well. For the decluttering, did you do a little each evening after work or did you do it on the weekends?

  4. 02/10/2020 / 5:09 am

    Hey! That was an interesting post, Loved the idea and tips that you shared in this post. They definitely look super stylish and chic. After watching this post I am also thinking of trying these looks with nice accessories like piercing jewelry necklace, rings and a nice pair of shoes. Nowdays Nose Piercing is a huge trend. Thanks for sharing.

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