Friday, February 5, 2016

Every Little Bit Helps

Sunrise at the beach

Hello there, Friends!

We just got home from a fantastic vacation in Florida.  We were celebrating some milestone birthdays and got to spend quality time just me & P, as well as with some of our good friends.  Sunshine, laughter, cocktails, relaxing, good food, and a few adventures, can't beat it. 
Snorkeling/kayak sailboat cruise
And now, it's back to the real world. Ugh.  

While we didn't go TOO crazy with food and drinks, and we did walk a lot while on vacation, it's definitely time to refocus and get back into a more healthful routine.  That can sometimes feels a bit overwhelming - it's hard to get back into that routine after being out of it for a while!

These are the times I have to remind myself:

Every little bit helps!
Is easy to get caught up in the all or nothing mentality, right?  Does this sound like you?
  • You can't get a full hour at the gym, so you decide not to go at all
  • You eat cake at the office birthday party, so you go crazy the rest of the day eating junk (you'll start again with healthy eating tomorrow)
  • You don't have time to clean out your whole closet, so you might as well just veg on the couch and leave it for another day
Here's the deal.  Something is better than nothing, and really, every little bit helps.  Little things add up, and when it comes to living a healthier and more fulfilling life, little things are easy and can make a big difference in the long run!

Just a few examples:
  • Keep a bottle of water with you all the time to remind you to drink more
  • Do some food prep on Sunday or when you have time.  Having clean/cut up veggies in the fridge for a snack will make you more likely to actually eat them
  • Use the restroom on another floor to get some extra activity - as a bonus, do a lap around your office or some jumping jacks afterwards
  • Enjoy that cake at the office party if you want it, then eat an extra serving of veggies for dinner
  • If you can get 20 minutes at the gym, do it!  It may not be that hour workout that you normally shoot for, but it's certainly better than not going at all!
  • If you can't/don't want to meditate for 20 minutes, set a timer and spend 2 minutes just focusing on your breathing
  • Set a reminder on your computer to stand up every 30 minutes, take a deep breath, and stretch your arms over your head
  • Take a 10 minute walk around the block. As a bonus, make it a walking meeting or with a friend
  • When making a healthy dinner, make extra for lunches or another meal
  • Instead of spending your whole Saturday cleaning your house, spend 15 minutes a day knocking it out (ie: dust one day, floors the next).  Then you'll have more time on the weekend to do something fun!
You get the picture.

Instead of letting yourself get overwhelmed and then not doing anything, just do a little something and then pat yourself on the back. Good job!  (That's what I'm doing this week!)   

What are you going to do today toward living a little healthier life?   Please share your ideas in the comments. 

Have a great week! :)

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