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5 Simple Start Lifestyle Changes I’m Keeping

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.

I’m tired.

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.

Lifestyle Changes I Am Keeping

The biggest lifestyle change that I’m keeping from those I tried this week is:

Walking

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!

Walking Down the Road

Eating Green

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.

Me Time

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!

Snacking.

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.

Snacking Smart

I’ve filled the refrigerator and cabinets with healthy choices so they’re easy to grab and more readily available than junk.

Goals.

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.

Out Loud

Try it.

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.

What lifestyle change do you most want to implement in YOUR life?

Comments

  1. I have started eating more fruits and vegetables. I can’t believe how bad I had been over the past year or so. Time to get things back on track.
    LyndaS recently posted…No-Guilt Stir-FryMy Profile

  2. I love a stocked fridge like that filled with pretty, healthy foods!
    Kristen Jeffery recently posted…Homemade Salsa #lovehealthyme #wwsponsoredMy Profile

  3. Great tips! I agree that saying your goals out loud makes them more like to become reality.
    Alea recently posted…10 Small Changes for a Simple Start to a Healthier LifestyleMy Profile

  4. I love that you cross stitch! It’s one of my favorite things to do as well. For our anniversary a few years ago, I made my husband a piece where I stitched him, the new baby, the dog and myself. I then framed it – it was a super easy (and cheap) anniversary present. Good for you for making these changes and this commitment to yourself. Keep up the good work, girl!
    Ashley recently posted…Making a Simple Start: Loving Myself FirstMy Profile

  5. LOVE these! So simple and yet rings true! My next goal is to run a half marathon. Time to rid the baby weight and focus on a little “me” too! You have inspired me :)
    Christie recently posted…Family Focus Friday: It’s Tough Being a Big BrotherMy Profile

  6. I really need to get back into exercising and eating more fruits and vegetables. You’re so right about declaring your goals out lout, it really does make a difference. Having a buddy to hold you accountable is also great. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Ruth V. recently posted…Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day with Hyland’s Teething Tablets and a #Giveaway with TWENTY Winners!My Profile

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