June 10, 2019
Living a healthy lifestyle can sometimes feel like an all or nothing rollercoaster. We’ve allowed ourselves to think that we can’t enjoy our favorite food, or a happy-hour without feeling like we’ll lose the progress we already made, or worse, never make any progress at all.
Balance can be a tricky thing to master. As soon as you think you’ve got your balance down, you let it slip too far one way or the other and it’s hard to get back on track. For me the past few weeks have been a struggle, and now that summer is here, and I am not covered in sweaters and pants every day, I notice my confidence is lacking a little.
If we focus on a few healthy habits to incorporate in our every day, with little to no effort, living an all-around healthier lifestyle will be a breeze. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to make the conscious choice each day to stick with it.
It might be easier to do the exact opposite of what you know you should but that won’t create lasting change. All that does is dig you deeper into a cycle you don’t want to be in.
Everything we do becomes a habit. It’s a habit that by 4 p.m we’re ready for a drink and the couch. It’s a habit that you only drink one water bottle a day and when you drink more you think you can’t do it, or it’s just too much. And that’s not true, you’re just not used to it, yet! We have trained our mind and body to do these things, and that’s exactly what you have to do in order to achieve change. You have to train yourself to stop and reverse the habit.
2. SMOOTHIES // If you’re not a frequent veggie eater, smoothies should be your BFF. The taste of veggies can be so well hidden that you don’t even know you’re eating them. Frozen zucchini, cauliflower, spinach, and even broccoli blended with fruits can give you a burst of energy and a ton of nutrients in a quick smoothie.
3. 20-30 MINUTES OF MOVEMENT A DAY // For the last 5 years I have only worked out for 30 minutes a day. In that time frame, of course, there have been days where it’s less or more but my workouts have been focused around quick, effective, and fun workouts. THIS is how I managed to keep this my lifestyle for the last 5 years. I never do the same workout! I know that no matter what my day looks like, I have 30 minutes to move and sweat. Even if it’s just for a walk, a bike ride or walking to and from places instead of driving. Moving your body, and being intentional about it will lead to lasting healthy changes in many aspects of your life.
4. PLAN AHEAD // If you don’t have goals set, the direction of where you want to go can be confusing. I am a very visual person, so I created a vision board and have all my goals in picture form hanging on my wall so I can see where I want to be every day. I have career goals, fitness goals, and overall lifestyle goals I am trying to achieve. Having goals gives us something to look forward to, and work towards. Sometimes those goals change as time goes on and that’s ok! It’s all about moving towards something and manifesting everything you want in life.
5.DAILY JOURNALING // Here are three habits to journal about:
Every morning AND night write 3 things you’re thankful for. Can be as simple as your headphones or your favorite coffee mug but write. it. out. Say them out loud and appreciate what you have.
At the end of the day, write something you loved about your day. Regardless of what it was like, there is something good in every day. Focus on that.
Write something you love about yourself: DO NOT SKIP THIS. It can be anything. Your amazing eyebrows, or how you serve others. It doesn’t matter what it is, just do it.
Doing these simple steps each day can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. Both mentally and physically because habits create lasting change! You have to make the effort each day and I know sometimes it can be overwhelming, confusing and overall just hard. But everyone can do it.
I would love to hear about something you do every day that leads you closer to a healthier lifestyle!
all my love,