I woke up at 9:30 am. At first I thought I should have gone back to sleep because I went to sleep at 3 am. I planned on going to sleep early last night, but I wouldn’t fall sleep. When I calculated my sleep, I realized I had gotten 6 and 1/2 hours of sleep, which I think is 1/2 an hour more than last night. So with that knowledge, I got up and started my day. 🙂 (I’m going to start writing down when I go to sleep, and when I wake up to help monitor how much sleep I’m getting and to work on getting a good amount of sleep, consistently.)
I started my day by cleaning my room and the kitchen. Then after breakfast, instead of just brushing my teeth, I also flossed. (I usually don’t floss, but I’m starting to floss at least once a day now.)
I also threw in some water bottles I had in the dish water. (I’m also starting to drink at least 8 cups of water a day, when I usually drink around 4, and it’s easier for me to drink more water when I have a water bottle near me at all times.)
Then I cleaned the chains of my bike. I’m supposed to clean them every 2 to 3 weeks, and I hadn’t cleaned them in months. I just started riding my bike again, pretty consistently, and it hasn’t been making the best noise. So I cleaned it really well to relieve the stress of my bike’s health out of my mind, and to keep it in top shape for me to ride.
Two days ago, I said that I’m going to write a self-love post every day (a total of 51 days), until my 24th birthday. I’m going to do this to help me actively focus on self-love again, daily.
Today is my 3rd consistent self-love post.
I also decided to add some more actions into my life, daily, until my 24th birthday. I’ve called this project 51, since when I first started, there were 51 days left until my birthday.
Some of the things I mentioned above, I’m turning into daily projects.
As of yesterday, I decided to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Yesterday I drank a little over 12 cups of water, when I usually drink about 4.
I decided to add flossing into my life. I haven’t been to the dentist in about 9 years, which isn’t healthy. I brush my teeth at least twice a day, and I usually don’t hit 3 times a day. So, starting 2 days ago, I decided that every day until my birthday, I’ll at least brush my teeth twice a day and floss once a day, and maximum, I’ll brush my teeth 3 times a day and floss twice a day.
Another thing, my lip ring isn’t doing too well. I think I may be slightly allergic to the metal and the size is too big. So, until I buy a smaller gold ring for my lip, I’m going to clean it once a day with sea salt, like I did when I first got it.
Another thing, I shower almost daily, but occasionally I’ll skip a day. I don’t want to skip anymore days. Showers relax me, make me feel good, and it’s healthy to do. I usually skip one when I think I don’t have time, but I can make time. So, I’m going to make sure I don’t skip any showers.
My flexibility, I rarely ever stretch and I know that flexibility is really important and helps prevent injury. So I’m going to stretch at least 5 minutes every day, and am going to take a free Yoga class at 24 Hour Fitness at least once a week, until my 24th birthday.
Consistent Cardio/Exercise, when I get movement into my life, I feel great, but I’ll often have 3 to 4 day streaks where I don’t get any exercise because I feel like I don’t have the time. Now I’m going to make the time. I’m going to exercise 6 to 7 days a week, a minimum of a 30 minute casual walk, until my 24th birthday.
Another goal, de-cluttering, I’m going to get rid of at least 3 things from my room, every day, until my 24th birthday. I want to have less things, less clutter, and more focus in my life. If I only have important things surrounding me, I’ll have less distraction and be able to focus on what’s important in my life.
As part of Project 51, I’ve added these daily actions into my life. I’ll do them every day until my 24th birthday, and notice and reflect of the affect these actions have on my life, and hopefully continue to make them a regular part of my life.
It’s really cool that I only started two days ago, and I’m already feeling the benefits, my energy has increased, and my excitement and mood. I may not be experiencing any physical benefits yet from adding flossing, a healthy amount of water, stretching, more sleep, and consistent exercise into my day, but I’m feeling an energetic shift that feels really good. I know that I’m working towards a healthier, happier me, and that I’m worth the effort, and it fels great! 🙂
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.