The days just keep going by faster and faster and we tend to struggle to find time to live the life we know we want and deserve... Don't you always wonder about that person who wakes up early, works a full time job, works out and still manages to keep the house in line and seems to be overflowing with energy (MAN they can be really annoying sometimes)?! But I guarantee that they don't effortlessly float through their day on a cloud. These types of people have spent a lot of time and energy in their past getting organized, getting rid of excuses and things that hold them back (like TV and computer time) and building habits! This is not an overnight process but even just choosing one or two little healthy habits each week will add up and you will find yourself being your own version of superwomen that you never knew was possible! Today is post one of some of my favorite habits to creating a healthy lifestyle I have many more to add and will create a series of posts on this topic but lets get started with these first 5!!!
Schedule!! Now I know that stuff happens, traffic makes us late, family members get sick, or even we can get a little bit lazy but if everyday you wake up with a plan and for the most part have a scheduled day this makes being healthier much easier! Each morning (or night before) take 5 minutes to plan out that coming days events, activities and workouts. Just like you would hate to forget an umbrella in the rain, I would hate to leave my workout clothes at home! Slow down and plan! If you know you are going to be stuck in the carpool line for 30-45 minutes around 3pm and that is usually when you want a snack… bring a larabar or a small baggie of almonds with you!! The more you plan the more you will be prepared for the unexpected! Fail to plan, plan to fail (one of my favorite reminders)!
Set daily and weekly goals!! These don’t have to be anything over the top hard or life changing and they can be as simple as don’t spend your lunch break on the computer, get up from your desk during the day and go for a walk, only spend 20 minutes on social media or workout 3-5 times this week and just like number one above, SCHEDULE those workouts and goals as set appointments! I know we have heard this all before but it really does work! Sign up for classes either by yourself or with a friend and put it on the calendar! A lot of gyms charge for a no show or a late cancelation fee- this ALWAYS helps me get to class!!
Carry a water bottle! We all know the benefits of drinking water, increased energy level, helps with satiety, promotes increased metabolism and digestion…. So why are you still skipping out on water intake?! I love drinking water because it has zero nutrient values so it is something I don’t even have to think about! Carry a water bottle with you, leave it on your desk at work and you will find yourself reaching for it more often. Not a huge fan of water?! Try adding lemon, lime, cucumber or any other flavors that you love- simple stuff but it works!
Get up early! Even if you are slow to rise, people who get up early are (obviously) not as stressed out or running around last minute in the morning! You don’t have to be doing anything crazy like training for a marathon just enjoy a few extra minutes to read the news, drink coffee, tidy up the house or pack lunches.. Those 30 minutes of extra morning time can boost your mood because you have already accomplished (how good would it feel to leave for work and know that your house is clean?!) something for the day and it is just one last thing you have to handle at night!!
Me time!! One of the number one things I discuss with my clients is ‘me time’! Every successful weight loss or weight management story I know includes some 'me time'! For some people this means different things, 'me time' might be working out, yoga, walking the dogs, taking a bubble bath or reading a book but you have to find something you love (that is not food related) and treat yourself to that everyday! Now I know you might not get around to it everyday but if you can enjoy your 'me time' at least 5 times per week you are doing pretty good! Also, just like in this post from last week, ask for help! People aren’t willingly going to jump up from the couch to help out with dishes (at least not in my house) but if you ask for help chances are they will and this will free you up for some ‘me time’ (especially if you got up earlier and handled some of your chores in the morning)!
I know these might sound a little basic but honestly that is the whole point!! Being healthy doesn’t have to be a hard, complete overnight over-haul and most of the time people who do a complete 180 find themselves more on a roller coaster of ups and downs than on a steady uphill climb! We all have to start somewhere so I encourage all of my readers to try at least one of these today or if you are already doing all of these things, take it to the next level and create a new habit like always bringing your lunch to work, cutting out afternoon sweets, meal prepping on the weekends, trying a new exercise class, increasing the intensity of your current workout or trying out some new recipes! Nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes are always going to be something we have to work and get better at and take to the next level! So what is the next level for you?! What are some new habits you want to set but just haven’t yet? I would love to hear!! Love, Marla