Monday, July 18, 2016

List: Ten habits to make a healthier and happier you.

Last week I finally got tired of being lazy.
I gained about 10 pounds this past year and I absolutely hate it. 
As truly unhappy as I am with my appearance, I'm miserable thinking about health.
Did I mention my hubby hung a full length mirror next to our shower?  Motivation much?!

Instead of dreading on my newly adopted fat rolls, I decided to set a goal.
Goal:  To make smart lifestyle choices until they become unbreakable healthy habits!
And, yes, I'm totally hoping to drop those 10 extra pounds in the process.




Ten habits to make a healthier and happier you.

1.  Prep a weeks worth of healthy breakfasts and lunches.
Pick the most convenient weekday, and make it a habit to prep meals for the week ahead.
My Sunday evenings are filled with prepping and packing portioned meals to grab and go!

2..  Add fifteen minutes of exercise to your morning routine.
Make it a habit to exercise before your morning shower by waking up 15 minutes earlier.
I keep it simple with squats for lower body and weighted balls for upper body.

3.  Start your day with 16 ounces of water.
Make it a habit to wake up and drink 16 ounces of water before your first cup of coffee.
This one kills me because I really don't like water, but I do feel better when I force myself to hydrate!

4.  Swap unsweetened teas for those creamy coffees.
Allow yourself one cup of coffee, but make it a habit to swap those afternoon cups for plain tea.
Trust me... I know the struggle of avoiding coffee, but tea does help ease the pain!

5.  Get up and move during work breaks.
Avoid the temptation to sit in the lunchroom and make it a habit to walk during your break.
Prep ahead to prevent excuses by keeping a pair of sneakers and a stick of deodorant at work!

6.  Research some realistic healthier food swaps.
Make it a habit to swap unhealthy ingredients.  If you can't swap it, then skip it!
I've made swaps like salad dressing for avocado or ice cream for frozen fruit and I don't miss a thing!

7.  Purchase healthy, fresh snacks weekly.
Avoid buying junk food and make it a habit to fill the house with healthy snack choices.
Are vending machines too much of a temptation?  Leave the singles home and prep healthy snacks!

8.  Prep, portion, and cook dinners with fresh ingredients.
Make it a habit to cook a healthy portion and avoid using packaged, unhealthy short cuts.
If you accidentally made an extra serving of food, save it as leftovers before serving!

9.  Be active between dinner and bedtime.
Make it a habit to go on a family walk after dinner instead of jumping in bed with the TV on.
Switch it up with a competitive game of Just Dance or a solid hour of cleaning.  Just make sure to move!

10.  Take a multi-vitamin daily.
Vitamins should be taken with food so make it a habit to take a chewable multi-vitamin after dinner.
I've been taking a Flintstones multi-vitamin every day for the past year and haven't even got a sniffle!

What are your favorite healthy habits?

15 comments:

  1. isn't it better to take vitamins after breaky not after dindins?

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    1. Probably, but my breakfast is usually in the car. Lol

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    2. you might wanna find a way, I'm not an expert, but it is quite possible that over night body does not use up everything you take in the evening because it is in its sleep mode.. so it is probably better if you can chew them up at least at work. I try to take them all during morning hours.

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    3. You're right...I'm being lazy. Maybe I should I get a weekly pill box and stick it in my lunch bag. :)

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  2. I take so many vitamins that my kitchen counter looks like CVS!

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    1. we should compare our collections, Debs :) I drink everything from multivitamins to vitamin C, Magnesium and God knows what not else....

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    2. But do you feel a difference? I always thought it was giant scam until someone convinced me to just try a multi vitamin...and I swear that it cured my constant sinus infections.

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  3. I ran out of vitamins and haven't taken any in a month, feel no different, so jury is out on if they really do anything. Drinking and exercise is key. I stick to the P90x and no fat on me lol

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    1. Womp womp ...so the vitamins helping my immune system is in my head? I'd say that I would test it out, but I really hate me a stuffy nose and clogged ears.

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  4. I like tea but I'm not a fan of unsweetened. I need some sweetness! :D

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    1. Have you tried agave nector? Healthy and yummy!

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  5. I take the multi-vitamins almost every day. Some say it doesn't matter but it makes sure you're rounded out. Most are going to everything you need, but just incase

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  6. A walk break during the work day never hurts - it gets you away from your desk and up and talking to different people

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