It’s thew New Year. Have you set any goals? I sure have!
This year I am focusing on a few things… my family, organizing and being healthy. Now, the last choice may seem a little hard being that I’m pregnant and due in May, but it’s actually been something I have been focusing on even while the bun is in the oven. No, I’m not dieting, but I have been focusing on a healthier lifestyle for the year.
In the past, I have gained close to 35-40 pounds while pregnant. Not so fun. By the end, my back is killing me and like everyone else I become very uncomfortable and anxious for the little one to arrive. This pregnancy I have tried to eat healthier and exercise more. I’m not going to lie, I don’t really exercise, but I’ve made an effort to go on more walks with the kids each week. We often walk to our local grocery store, to my brother’s house (which is close by) as well as to the park. I’m happy to report that I’ve gained less weight at this point in this pregnancy than any of my other 3 pregnancies. YAY!!
And once baby is here I’ve already set some goals to getting back to the pre-pregnancy weight. Here are 5 Tips to a Healthier New Year.
1. I’m Setting Goals.
Have you ever heard that a goal not written down is simply a wish? Well, I have, and that’s why I’m a firm believer in writing your goals down. Write them in your journal, a Google Doc, or anything!! Writing down goals and the steps you are taking towards reaching them will help. You will hopefully see them more often which means they will be on your mind more and not forgotten.
2. I’m Being Realistic.
Sometimes I think how nice it would be to weight what I did when I was in high school, but guess what – that was in high school. I’m no longer 15. I’ve had 3 children (4 after May), I’m double that age now, and if I’m to make goals and work on them I need to be realistic. I don’t want to set goals that are so unrealistic that I will never reach them, because I’ll probably always be disappointed in myself.
3. I’m eating healthier food.
It’s so easy to not eat healthy when you have lots of picky little ones. I’ve tried to not use that excuse anymore and am planning yummy and healthier meals for my family. With Pinterest I have been able to find so many great recipes that are low-fat and healthier than the regular stuff I’m used to making. I’m also trying to incorporate a lot more fruit and veggies into our meals instead of tater tots and the other unhealthier sides I’ve used in the past.
4. I’m drinking more water.
I LOVE water, but I often find that I don’t drink it enough. In the last few months I have made an effort to buy more water bottles and always have some handy for when we’re on the go. While at home, I’ve also gotten into the habit of grabbing myself a tall drink of ice and water to use through out the day. I’ve realized that when I’m drinking more I have more energy and am not snacking at much. Plus, leaving in AZ, it’s pretty important to make sure you’re getting as much liquid as possible so you don’t dehydrate yourself.
5. I’m getting organized.
Don’t know about you but I’m happier and less stressed when everything in my life is organized. When my house is clean, when I have fewer things on my plate, when I’m more productive with things that matter (like working and cleaning more so than watching TV), I have more time and more energy. When I have more time I usually plan my weekly meals in advance (which means less drive-thru). When I have more energy I am more willing to cook healthier as well as exercise more. I don’t think you need to run 5 miles a day to be healthy, but even going on a walk and taking a few minutes each day to focus on you can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
So, I want to know what are YOU doing to start the new year of healthier?
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