I got on a scale a few months ago for the first time in a long time and wasn’t happy with the number I saw. I know, I know…health is more than a number. But, I still felt like I could stand to lose a few pounds. I tend to go to extremes by cutting everything out at once, vowing to go to the gym daily, and elaborating on my existing “Fit and Happy” and “Healthy Eats” Pinterest boards. The down side of going all in at once is that I end up reverting back to old and negative habits. So, here are the 5 things I have been able to adjust in my life without too much effort that make me feel super productive, but not at all overwhelmed.
1.) NO MORE SODA: I gave up soda around 2 months ago. I used to have a glass of diet coke/pepsi almost every night. I would also get stomach aches and feel bloated at least 3-4 nights a week. Since I’ve stopped drinking soda I’ve only had 2 stomach aches in 2 months. Totes worth the carbonation sacrifice.
2.) VITAMINS: I take vitamins each morning. I don’t take a women’s multi-vitamin; I just take the vitamins recommended by my doctor during my last physical: Lysine for canker sores and B12 because my B12 was low (duh). Since I started taking them each morning I’ve gotten way fewer canker sores, which I’m genetically pre-disposed too, and have more energy during the day.
3.) GREEN SMOOTHIES: I embraced the green smoothie craze. Anyone who knows me knows this is a big deal. I’m the person eating a piece of pizza mocking the kale salad. But, the green smoothies I make are downright delicious, for real, and super easy: ½ of a banana, heaping spoonful of strawberry Greek yogurt, pack the cup with baby spinach and/or power mix greens, fill ½ inch from fill line with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – blend – add 2-3 ice cubes – blend – enjoy. I heart my Ninja blender.
4.) WATER WATER WATER: I started putting lemon and/or cucumber in my water and carrying my water everywhere I go at work. I stay hydrated during the day, it helps fill me up, and I feels like it gives me more energy.
5.) SNACKS: I still let myself have something semi-nutritional for a nighttime snack. 100 calorie popcorn, peanut butter (none of that natural stuff for me) on wheat toast, or chocolate. I’ve always been a night eater. I’m not going to waste any more valuable eating time trying to break that habit.
I started with one healthy habit and once I realized I could keep up with it I added another. Now that I have these 5 down my current new healthy habit addition is monitoring portion control. Over this past weekend we went to 3 cook-outs in 3 days and I ate all the yummy food, but not too much of it. No stomachaches or overeating hangovers for this girl!
P.S. Everyone looks f’ing amazing with the cat snapchat filter.