I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.
I shared on social media last week that I was making a change for myself by incorporating healthy habits and tasks in my daily life.
I was getting tired of quietly antagonizing myself when I look at pictures of myself, when I step on the scale, and I’m tired when I try to put jeans on after they’ve been washed [you know how they fit SO much better after you've worn them a day or two!]. I’m tired of feeling tired, run down, feeling like I don’t make any personal, positive time for myself.
So clearly something has to change.
Today I’m sharing with you a few new habits that I adopted this past week. Yes, only 7 days in, I found that by doing just these super, super Simple Start tasks, I know I’m on the road to a healthier, happier me – Lindsey, Wife, and Mother.
The biggest lifestyle change that I’m keeping from those I tried this week is:
I’ve been walking extra when we go to a shopping center. Yes, I usually use the “but I have 2 kids to drag along all the way up that parking lot” excuse, but no more. The extra steps from a parking spot farther down the lot is a great way to get some extra steps in my day.
Walking with a friend. What a great “me” activity paired with exercise. Her husband watched the 3 kiddos and we walked our neighborhood loop of 1.5 miles. It was a fab, kid-free, adult girl conversation. Well a fab, kid-free adult conversation while walking with a bit of panting from the hills while talking conversation!
I cook probably 5 out of the 7 nights a week, and lunches on the weekends. I try to always offer a vegetable with every meal, but the past few days I’ve been adding two vegetables – usually a salad and another. I know I don’t eat enough green veggies, which I try to combat with juicing, but I’m trying to make it a priority to serve myself, and my family, more vegetables.
I never, ever make time for myself. If I do, it always involves the girls or the whole family. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I’m an only child at heart who loves to have alone time. This week I was able to carve out a little extra “me” time by cross-stitching during the girls nap, taking a warm, relaxing bath, and enjoying my walk with a friend.
I hope to reward myself soon with a little “Me” time pedicure too!
Along with eating more vegetables at meal times, this week I’ve made it a priority to do healthy, mindful snacking rather than just grabbing the first thing I see – healthy but more often times not.
I’ve filled the refrigerator and cabinets with healthy choices so they’re easy to grab and more readily available than junk.
I made easy, attainable goals for myself. I chose to make a Simple Start after being inspired by the list of Weight Watchers activities. I chose 1 healthy activity a day and did it. Walk 1 mile. Drink 4 glasses of water. CHECK!
I even made a goal to run my local race on the 4th of July again this year – a 4 mile race! I did it 2 years ago and because of the changes I made this week, I’m inspired to do it again!
Saying my goals out loud makes the act of accomplishing them so much easier.
I challenge you, just like I was challenged, to make one healthy lifestyle choice a day – we’ll just say for the next 7 days since that’s when my “challenge” concludes, although I definitely plan on continuing longer.