I’m excited to partner with ZonePerfect this year for their #BlogForward 2014 Challenge! Get extra motivation and encouragement to eat and live healthier? Sign. me. up. My cohorts and I will have three challenges to complete on our way to getting back on track and staying there plus I’ll be able to interview health and nutrition experts on how to have successful 2014 and beyond.
#Fact: New Year’s Resolutions are usually long-forgotten by March in my house. This year things are a little different! I proud to say that some changes have really started to stick:
- Make a Plan. I asked myself a few questions: Why do I want to be healthier? What changes do I need to make? How can I fit these changes into my schedule? Learning what is motivating me to get healthier is inspiring me throughout my journey this year. I wrote down ten answers, like “Keep an eye on my cholesterol.” and “Get outside more!” then put the list in a place where I could see it daily. Specific goals will also help measure progress when I revisit them again in a few months.
- Breakfast Every Day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I used to skip it when I was younger and all that did was give me the munchies and slow down my metabolism. I’m much wiser now and know that even a quick breakfast, like a gluten-friendly Zone Perfect Fudge Graham bar, fruit and yogurt, will give me energy until lunch and help my brain do better during the day.
- Eat Smarter. Waiting too long to eat totally zaps my energy. Keeping a Perfectly Simple Toasted Coconut bar in my work bag can make a big difference and curb the chance of overeating once I do get some food in front of me. By keeping track of what I eat, I can see where I need to make changes. I’ve already noticed that I’m not drinking enough water or eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Bonus is realizing that I haven’t been drinking soda as much and have been eating out way less!
- Get Moving! Oh, fad diets…you just don’t work! I need to exercise in order to burn those calories from that decadent dish I had to recipe test. While I’m a far cry away from the girl who used to bike 20-miles each day easily, I am getting back there. I’ve been walking 30 minutes or more every day and doing weight-training and yoga on opposite days. I’ve even been logging in the hours with my Headspace meditation app. Maybe it’s silly but my heart seems a little happier with the cardio and I’m sleeping better.
If I were to write myself a note of encouragement, it would be this: The most important thing to remember is that small steps are better than big leaps. Setbacks are a normal part of the process. The key is recognizing when they happen, being kind to myself about them and knowing that I can start over tomorrow with a clean slate.
Disclosure: By participating in ZonePerfect #BlogForward 2014 Challenge, I have agreed to receive complimentary product and giveaways for readers. This post may be sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are my own.