5 little changes for a healthier lifestyle. (And they’re actually do-able.)

Did I tell you that I am not making New Year’s Resolutions anymore?  Do you know anyone who managed to stick to one for the full year?  Me neither.  More and more, I’m convinced that change is actually the result of a lot of little efforts.  Why don’t we call them New Year’s Efforts instead?

I think I’m already living a pretty healthy lifestyle,  but I think I can do better, so I’m taking 5 little steps in that direction.

1.  I need more sleep.
I definitely don’t get enough.


I stay up too late, and for no good reason.  I am tired at 8:00 or so (which is too early to go to bed in this household) but then I get a second wind about 9:30 and if HH doesn’t tell me it’s time to go to bed, I will stay up until midnight or later, doing nothing or watching TV.  (Usually a movie I have already seen.  Why do I do that?!)
I’m going to try to set a regular bedtime for myself and try to stick to it.

2.  Getting enough exercise.
I’ve been pretty good about this so far in 2013.  The key for me was to recognize what doesn’t work for me and be honest with myself about it.

I won’t stick to a work out at home.  If I’m already at home, but need to go out to exercise, I will do things around the house until the last minute possible and then tell myself I would be late anyway and then not go.  (Keepin’ it real here peeps.)

I need a routine, I need accountability and I need fun.  I found a workout that is Monday through Friday, less than 10 minutes from Grant’s school.  I take Grant to school every day, so it’s easy to drop him off and keep driving.  (Tuck and roll, kid!) There are people I know at the work out, so if I don’t show up, it’s noticeable.  (No more anonymously flying under the radar.)  It’s a fun boot camp with constantly changing work outs, so it’s fun, but most important?  I’m seeing results.  Nothing is as motivating as fitting into a smaller pair of pants!

3. Drink more water.
I’m pretty good about this, but I know I could do better.

I have 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then I stick to water.  (Until it’s time for a glass of wine or two.)  I don’t drink soda.  (I don’t like it, which helps a lot.)  I currently drink 70 to 80 ounces a day, but I’d like to get that up to 100 ounces.

4.  I’m going to try not to be such a stress monkey.
Stress can have a physical effect on your health.

I am going to do my best to stop fretting over the small things, or worrying about things that are beyond my control.  There’s a line between being prepared for trouble and trying to borrow it.  I am going to do my best to let go of a few things and be in the moment more.  I think I’ll live to see more moments that way.

5.  Eat more greens.
Veggies?  Me no likey.  But I’m trying.

I have been getting lots much better about eating my spinach since I started drinking these Green Smoothies.  My skin is looking better than ever and I am feeling good.

I’m trying to make better choices when it comes to little snacks and treats too, so I am loving these Quaker Popped Rice Snacks!

Quaker® Quakes® are now Quaker® PoppedTM – a new name for the snack made with the delicious goodness of whole grain brown rice and corn and a great snacking solution.
They are popped, not fried and there are 14 different flavors to choose from.  The Vanilla Creme Brulee…?  Um, I may or may not have eaten the entire bag in one sitting.  SO good.    I also tried and love the Quaker Popped Chips.  They are made with hummus!  Yummus!  (I shared the Popped rice snacks with the boys, but I hogged the Popped Chips all to myself…)

Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle?  What are you doing?  I’d love to hear about it.  Reply below for your chance to win a sample of all 14 flavors of Quaker Popped Rice Snacks and $1,000 gift card to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

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