5 ways I stay fit and healthy

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1. meal planning

you’ve heard that abs are made in the kitchen right? when I meal plan for the week it helps us to not eat out as often and also helps keep those pesky unhealthy foods from getting in my shopping cart {ice cream, chips, black and white trail mix} if any of those things end up in our house they get eaten way too fast and in way too big of serving sizes. I find if I can keep them at the store it helps us out a lot! Andrew and I do not eat perfectly. we try, but we often fail. sitting down and planning out meals that are healthy and sticking to our plan is what helps us be successful in our healthy eating.

2. walking

Andrew and I have a membership at our local YMCA. we try to go 2-3 times a week if we can. I am not a runner. I have some major knee issues {that my physical therapist husband is addressing} so I stick to walking. my goal every time I am on the treadmill is to walk a 5k {3.1 miles} at between 4.0-4.5 mph. when it is nice out we like to walk outside! I have calculated that from our apartment to the walmart parking lot and back is equivalent to a 5k and my goal is to accomplish that walk in 45 min or less! at the Y i like to watch some of my favorite shows while i walk {say yes to the dress, fixer upper} and it makes the time go by super fast. i sometimes even find myself staying longer than planned on the treadmill to finish the show. outside i find making an awesome upbeat playlist or listening to a podcast helps make working out more enjoyable.

3. barre fitness

this is my absolute favorite class to go to at the YMCA. it is a fun {and challenging} cardio and toning focused class that utilizes the barre for a variety of Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga exercises. this 55 minute class works your muscles to exhaustion so your legs and arms are literally shaking by the end of it! taking classes help me to push myself because even if i get tired i know i can’t just walk out of the class because if all these other ladies can last the whole time so can I. if you don’t have a gym membership I wrote about some of my favorite workouts that you can find on youtube in this post.

4. drink water

it is recommended to drink half your weight in oz. for instance, if you weigh 140 lbs you will want to drink 70 oz  of water a day. sometimes drinking water is the hardest thing to do. I have about a 25 oz water bottle so I force, and I mean force, myself to drink two full water bottles worth of water while I am at work. That gets me to just over 50 oz and then I will get the rest at home.

5. rest

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your sleep. I realize sleep can be extra tough to come by if you are a mom, but you must try. generally 7 to 8 hours of sleep is what you should be getting. sometimes that is just impossible with your schedule, but other times it just means watching one less episode of your show or putting your phone away. when I set my alarm on my phone when I am ready for bed it lets me know exactly how much sleep I will get. this helps keep me accountable because when it says less than 6 hours i know i will be feeling it the next day.

following these steps is not easy. sometimes I really just want to lay on the couch and eat donuts!  when I do follow these steps though I notice a huge difference in my energy level and overall mood.  do you have any tips for staying fit and healthy?

XO Lo

 

 

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