Motivation and Commitment

Yesterday in our office, there was a talk about motivation and commitment. Because it made sense and because I’m also very easily influenced, I thought it was high time I came up with a little plan of my own as well.

In this post, I’m just going to go over a few changes I am committing myself to. I’m doing this because 1.) I want to be a little better; and 2.) I want to raise a healthy family by being their primary example. Here goes:

Eat fruits. I grew up hating most fruits. I used to just eat the sweet ones (bananas, mangoes, and grapes) and those that are commonly mistaken for vegetables. I didn’t really understand why until just recently. I recall that as a child I had a notoriously picky palate. I never ate anything raw unless it was sweet. Whenever I was fed something unfamiliar, I swore up and down I would never so much as smell another one like it again. So now, I’m a 26-year-old woman who tries to have veggies whenever they’re available (rare!), and eats processed food the rest of the time. Very unhealthy. So now, I vow to reconcile with fruits by eating one fruit per day after lunch at work (where the fast food temptation is greatest). Hopefully, my appetite adjusts right away and I’ll be able to increase my intake pretty soon.

Drink more water. We all grew up hearing that we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It makes me wonder who came up with that calculation or campaign. How does he feel about the fact that the simple statement he made decades ago has now evolved into a mantra that’s being ingrained in children’s minds as soon as their arms are strong enough to hold their own feeding bottles? And how does he feel that today, although everyone is saying it, he’s likely going to have a difficult time finding people who are actually doing it? So today, I vow to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Not only is it going to make me healthier, the frequent bathroom trips should serve as added exercise (albeit a mediocre one for now), which by the way I plan to start working on next year.

Use facial masks. Okay, fine, this is obviously more for aesthetics than for health per se, although in my defense, I want to point out that you DO have to improve your health to improve your appearance. Applying facial masks is one way to do that. I’ve known about them for a long time but I never really paid attention because I thought the regular facial wash was already too much work. But people age. Don’t get me wrong. I know my skin is going to be wrinkly and saggy one day. I just think it’s aging too quickly. So I plan to start a better skin care regimen by applying a facial mask once or twice a week. To get me started, I ordered two kinds of Korean brand Innisfree’s masks. I’m not really sure if they’re the kind you’re supposed to use once a week or if they’re the type Koreans use every night. Anyway, I plan to switch to just making my own all-natural masks after that. I already have the recipe and I already know where to buy the ingredients. I should know all that, because I lost a lot of sleep looking them up last night.

There you go. Those are the three new habits I’m committing to towards being better. Here’s to me!