More Fun and Some Healthy Stuff Sprinkled In

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Happiness ProjectSo far I’ve knocked out two tasks to Boost Energy on my Even Happier Quest this month – sleep better and do something fun. I hope you got something fun accomplished like I did in the zen-like Japanese Gardens. I also got us tickets in a couple weekends to go see the Harlem Globetrotters for another fun thing. I’m looking forward to that already!

Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, decided that more exercise would help her accomplish the goal of boosting energy. Given that I already workout 6 – 7 days a week, this task didn’t really apply to me so I came up with another one of my own for the list. Next up is Take Vitamins.

This week I’m completing the Whole30 challenge where I cut out all processed foods, dairy, grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners and more. This is also the time in which I’m at danger of falling back into my old ways by “celebrating” the end of being good with too many yummy rewards. I plan to not do that since I’ve come this far. I’m going to continue avoiding processed foods but I may add in occasional dairy since I do miss Greek yogurt.

I want to make sure that I’m getting all the nutrients I need and am adding in some vitamins to my daily events. Nothing too special – a multi-vitamin, calcium, ZMA and CoQ10. If you’re wondering about that last one, I read an article that studies are showing that CoQ10 helps to ease muscle soreness after a hard workout. If anything would help boost energy, it’s less soreness for sure! It’s worth a try in my book.

The ZMA stands for zinc and magnesium aspartate. That’s a mouthful. Now you know why they call it ZMA. This supplement has been shown to improve muscle repair and recovery and… help you sleep better! They say to take it right before bedtime so I’m following instructions. The heat being on more now has made my throat dry at night so I’m not sleeping well lately. Uhhhh, maybe I should set a Get Humidifier task. 😉

The Happiness Project lays out 12 monthly goals and the author outlines her ideas towards reaching those goals. Make this project your own and do what works for you to boost energy. Some will apply to you and some won’t. That’s the fun part in this. It’s making me focus on the ultimate goal for the month and figuring out my own ways to make it happen. It’s a personalized Happiness Project just for me.

New HaircutLay out your own ideas and give it a try. A week isn’t really long enough to know if something works or doesn’t. Unless it really isn’t working (like those vitamins give you an itchy rash), keep on it and see how it goes. The path to happiness doesn’t have just one road to take. There are turns and twists along the way. 😉

I plan to keep up all my new found happy habits for as long as they make sense. What are you doing to make this your own project? What tasks have you set to boost energy?

PS – I managed to work in my fun thing again this week. I got a new haircut. Chopped off at least half of my hair just for fun. It’s still crazy curly but the change up is good.

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