Monday, February 8, 2021

Healthy Habits and Staying Motivated

Hello friends... Today on Not Just a mom with SarahAdrienneDaraJenJoanne, and Lauren, it's a topic near and dear to my heart.... healthy habits.... Here are a few of my healthy tips:

  1.  I think the most important thing is food. 80% of it all is food. When I'm consuming more sugar and simple carbs(like right now), I feel it. I meal plan at the beginning of the week making as many healthy choices as possible. In an ideal world, our diets mainly consists of lots of veggies, lean protein, some beans or complex grains and some fruit.... we indulge on weekends and a little on the weekdays too.
  2. We drink lots of water... I put a big jug out and have to refill it a couple times a day. I also love a good hot water and lemon but I'm really not consistent enough with it. 
  3. I cut fruit and leave it on the counter so my kids (and the grown ups) can have some. 
  4. We intermittent fast most days. I still have a coffee with cream on a morning but my first meal is usually a larger lunch. I then do a mid afternoon snack and it's dinner with a treat after as well.
  5. I make time for exercise almost every single day from 30 to 90 minutes. ( I consider a walk with the puppy exercise as well).  I used to always be a gym person but hello Covid. I've gotten a Peloton and I'm a huge fan of their variety of classes. I'm also thinking of getting a Beach Body on Demand membership as I like a couple of their programs there as well and it's way cheaper than the Peloton app. I also use YouTube workouts. I love exercise and the endorphins it releases in me. 
    Post workout "glow".

  6. Variety of workouts is key or else I get bored and plateau. I'm a cardio girl but I also love my strength classes, yoga, dance, HIIT, barre and Pilates.
  7.  As I've gotten older, I've begun to listen to my body--- If I really am tired, I still do a workout but it will be a Pilates or yoga  workout followed by a longer walk with the puppy.
  8. I do my workouts in the morning now as I have most energy and then it's out of the way!
  9. I love a fitness tracker. I used a Jawbone, then a Fitbit and now my Apple Watch. It really motivates me to move more. 
  10. More than a year ago, I started meditating many mornings using the Headspace App. It's a great start to the day!                  

More and more, I'm beginning to realise that I need to love and accept my body more, appreciate it for its beauty, strength and purpose and give myself some grace. I'm not going to be the size I was in my twenties unless I starve myself for an extended period of time (spoiler alert, I'm not). When my pants begin to get too tight or the scale tips too far in the other direction, I take action for sure.  I eat for health but also for taste and it's about balance. Some days are better than others and I need to be okay with it or if I'm not, do something about it.  I'm really working on that. 

What are your favourite healthy tips?


  1. We are very similar with lots of these my friend. I would like to try more consistent meditation, rather than having it be an after thought when I'm going to bed.

  2. We keep fresh fruit all cut up and handy to grab too.

  3. You are a rockstar!!! I still need to try intermittent fasting, I'm so scared yet so intrigued <3

    Green Fashionista

  4. A variety of workouts has become so important for me. I just don't push myself as hard if I feel like I'm in a rut. I've done 21 day Fix in the past (have the DVDs) but back in Nov/Dec, I got Beachbody On Demand and really love it. There's no excuses since I just have to travel to my basement to workout! Intermittent fasting as been essential for me as well. Thanks so much for linking up.

  5. I miss group classes so much! Live your tip about cutting fruit and having it available. More water!!!!

  6. I am with you with learning to love my body the way it is. This body has been through a lot and it has done a lot for me, and I need to love it no matter the size and shape. But I’m also on that same thought where when things get tight, or the scale tips too far I reign it in.

  7. I need to learn how to not gain weight if I eat a bit more than normal! It's so disheartening!

  8. Great tips!! Devin (my husband) does intermittent fasting and I'm always so impressed by him-- I don't think I could do it though! I get cranky when I'm hungry!


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