I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I’ve put on (more than) a few pounds since the baby. What I haven’t talked much about is what I intend to do about it. Welp, this year will be different. I’m really taking charge and creating new healthy habits in 2017! Here’s what I’ve got up my sleeve.
Scheduling apps are great, but I need my pen and paper! Writing out tasks helps them stay in mind. Crossing them off as they’re done gives a sense of accomplishment. Realistically, just crossing off even one item is a win! So I don’t stress if I can’t tackle everything.
Sticking to a schedule while mommying a toddler can be tough, but just “winging it” won’t do either. The chances of things getting done are greater when I take time to write them down! If I’m gonna get my pre-baby body back — and I will — getting organized with a schedule that includes exercise is a must.
Now that my son has gotten into something of a routine, I can start scheduling some me time while he takes a nap. I may use it to take soothing bath, catch up on a good show or take a walk. Taking time for myself can do wonders for keeping me in a positive frame of mind and in a better position mentally to tackle the day. Can’t forget about your mental and emotional health, ladies!
I intend to make getting back in shape in 2017 fun! So, besides using workout videos to help me shed the weight, I’ll be taking more brisk walks with the baby. I think I’ll even venture into the playgrounds for a little workout in the form of a good game of chase. Being more active and not confined to my couch is the goal! The Vitamin D will do me some good and these old-ish bones will get some exercise. Every little bit helps on a way to a healthier me!5 Healthy Habits to Implement in 2017! #goals #health Click To Tweet
Drink More Water
I talk so much about how important water is for hair health but it’s so good for your overall health! It purifies your insides to help everything work properly which beautifies the outside. And when I drink more water, I just feel good!
Drinking water in the summer is easy but it’s always a challenge for me during the cooler months. If drinking water is a challenge for you, try this suggestion from a friend that had worked for me: challenge yourself to drink only one non-water beverage every day. Before you know it, you’ll be craving water more than the other stuff!
Make Healthier Food Choices
Much like drinking water, eating healthy actually takes effort… at least for me. I had gotten used to eating just about anything and not gaining a (noticeable) pound for twenty-something years. By my mid-twenties, it all caught up to me. One thing I’ve come to learn in my thirty-something years is that eating in moderation is essential. Another simple but very important key to eating healthy is keeping healthy food in the home.
Enter Honey Bunches of Oats®!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! If we start it off healthy, we’re more likely to end it that way. That’s why we’ve been starting our mornings with Honey Bunches of Oats®! I’m an all-around cereal lover and the hubster… well, this is his fave so there’s hardly ever a shortage in our home. But, I thought, why not find some new ways to include it in our meals to mix it up a bit. Adding Honey Bunches of Oats® to this Double Berry Breakfast Parfait was a fun way to do just that!
All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’ve got a healthy and creative treat with the crunch of Honey Bunches of Oats® to top it off.
- 1/3- 1/2 cup Honey Bunches of Oats® Cereal (any variety)
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 4-6 fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup plain lowfat yougurt
- Slice strawberries into halves, place on the side
- Add Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal to a plastic sandwich bag and crush to desired consistency
- In a glass or mason jar, scoop half of the yogurt
- Layer blueberries, half of the remaining yogurt, then strawberries
- Add remaining yogurt
- Top it off with the crushed Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal
- For more crunch, add a layer of the crushed Honey Bunches of Oats® after each layer of berries!
How easy was that?!
This breakfast parfait has it all: fruit, dairy and the goodness of Honey Bunches of Oats® which contains the fiber, nutrients and protein you need to jump start your day! Plus, it tastes great and keeps you full until lunchtime.
I’m sure that, by implementing all five of these habits, I’ll be able to achieve the ultimate goal of getting back to my pre-baby weight. Stay tuned for progress reports! 😉