What comes to mind when you read the words diet, exercise, clean eating, optimal weight and healthy lifestyle? To be honest, most of the time I think sacrifice, work, early mornings, hard and boring. The reason I usually feel that way is because I jump from one extreme to another. I’m either having ice cream every night or swearing off all desserts for an entire year.
This makes it near impossible, at least for me, to adhere to any sort of healthy routine. As you can read in my post, Introduction to a Healthy Lifestyle, I am beginning a journey to live a healthy lifestyle and to teach my kids healthy habits for their future. Because I want this to be a lifelong journey and not a 2 month cram session, I am vowing to leave my “all or nothing” mentality behind. I am starting this journey by implementing 5 healthy habits. Not only will I be focusing on these 5 habits for a month or so but I’m going to learn to love the journey as well. I’m going to be comfortable in my own skin and be present in the moments rather than focusing on the end result.
Drink Water. According to the Mayo Clinic website the average intake for men should be 13 cups (3 liters) and 9 cups (2.2 liters) for women per day. This is what I am going to strive for each day.
Exercise for 30 minutes. The important thing to remember with exercise is to show up each day. Some days you will have a killer workout that makes you feel like a total beast and other days you will barely make it, questioning whether it counts or not. It does count! Show up every day and it will balance out in the end. You can create your own workout using my post, 20 exercises you can do with your kids, go for a walk or go to the gym.
Sleep. This healthy habit can sometimes be the most difficult. It seems there is always something that keeps me up late or disrupts my sleep through the night. However, study after study will tell you the importance of sleep and how it relates to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and optimal weight. The National Sleep Foundation has a chart to make it easy to determine how much sleep we need.
Plan and write it down. This step is so important and often overlooked. Set short term goals for 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. Also, set a long term goal. Where do you want to be in 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years? What habits do you want to have in place? Write them down. Also, create a plan. What will your daily diet look like for 2 weeks at a time? What exercises are you going to do this week? Make sure to start each week prepared. If you need some help with this, I encourage you to check out Mommy and Me Health & Fitness for some great advice.
Drop 1 bad habit. I would highly recommend to take small steps to creating a manageable and realistic routine. My goal for 1 year may be to only eat clean but I’m not sure I can do that overnight. Maybe I’m just a wimp. So my 1 habit I will drop this summer is to stop drinking soda of any kind. I have a terrible weakness for coke. This is going to be a hard one for me but I am determined.
I really hope you will join me in jump starting a healthy routine. We will have bad days and we will get into a bad rut or two but if we determine to just start and take it day by day I think it just might work. Are you up for the challenge? I will be posting updates along the way and I hope you will let me know how you are doing in the comments below!
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