Saturday, May 31, 2014

Healthy Resolutions with Nutrition and Exercise Tips

Remember those New Year Resolutions you made way back in January 2014? How are they working out for you? You don't remember them? Pull out the list right now and check off the ones you have accomplished and circle the ones you are still working on. If you still have some left unmarked look at them and think about why you added them and why you aren't working on them. IF they are really important to you, get working on them today. Don't wait until January 2015 to start them. 



A few months ago I shared some of my "resolutions" for 2014. Here they are again:

1- Continue going to the gym 4 times a week. Keep up with walk to run app.
2- Drink 1/2 - 1 gallon of water a day.
3- Turn family favorite recipes into healthier recipes.
4- Focus on no bad sugar with exceptions in moderation.
5- Blog more about healthier lifestyle options.

I have to say that I have and continue to do all of these resolutions. Over the years I have learned that if I write something down and look at it on a regular basis I am more likely to do it. Can I check off any as completed? Absolutely not! Why not? I can't check them off because I'm not going for any absolutes. I can circle all of them as they are all being done. I'm on a healthier lifestyle journey that is my path to get me through this life. I've made these changes over the past 2 years and I'm not stopping now! Follow my journey here on my blog and share yours with me in the comments.

Here is a quick run down of what I'm doing and ask me whatever questions you might have.

1-Gym/Exercise- 
  • I exercise 4 times a week, normally. During that time I take 2-4 classes at my gym including HITT and Cycle Class. The other 2 times would be a variety of other things like Crossfit, walking, running, strength training, ab workout,etc. 
  • As part of my resolution I wanted to keep up with my walk to run app. Right now I'm in a 40 Day 40 Mile Run challenge that started Memorial Day and runs through 4th of July. This challenge is to run 1 mile a day for 40 days. I'm on day 7! You can follow my current journey on Instagram where I share photos and follow the hashtag #RWRunStreak on Instagram and Twitter to see others doing this as well. 
  • I found that by joining a challenge of something that I don't normally do is the best way to learn how to do it better and to train my body and mind to do it. I've never ran more than 1 day in a row so to be on Day 7 is a huge accomplishment for me. Here are a few photos but do follow me on Instagram (I'll follow you back) so you can join in and follow! 
Day 1 of 1 Mile a Day Streak for 40 Days
Day 6 of a 1 Mile a Day Streak for 40 Days

#2 Drink Water - I easily drink 1/2 to 1 gallon a water a day. HOW do I do it? I just drink water and ice water. Those are my choices and my body is always asking for water. Once you get drinking it that is what you will want to drink.

#3 Healthier Family recipes and #5 Blog Healthier Recipes - Not only have I turned family recipes healthier but cook healthier almost ALL THE TIME. Funny and true story right here..... My youngest is now going to the gym with me. She started around Valentine's Day and didn't want candy for Valentine's Day but a gym membership with me. She goes to the gym about as much as I do. Anyhow she has always been the person who wants bread, potatoes, pasta, and meat. Guess what? She now is a huge fruit and veggie eater. The funny part is that she just spent a few days at her grandparents house and was helping with dinner. She came home and told me what they ate and that for both meals she asked if she could make a salad for the meal. YES! I'm so happy that she now craves salad. Keep checking in for more healthy recipes including recipes using the 21 Day Fix healthy eating plan. You can also follow my group, 21 Day Fix to get more ideas and to get more information on this healthier lifestyle eating plan. 

As promised, here are some of our healthier recipes. Enjoy! 


ZONE Perfect Nutritional tips

Healthier Condiments

Healthier Drinks
#4 - Stay away from bad sugar
  • I have to say that I'm good at this if I avoid all bad sugar. You know what I'm talking about....sugar in processed foods, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, sugared drinks, etc. 
  • If I want any of these I will have a small portion but it has to be at a party where I'm with people. No more sneaking sweets for me. 
  • One product that has helped with this are the ZONE Perfect Bars. I love them because they are protein energy bars. I can use them for an afternoon snack that will last me a few hours until dinner time without giving me empty calories or a spike in blood sugar. Some of my favorites include Greek Yogurt Chocolate (taste like Oreos), Chocolate Coconut Crunch, Chocolate Mint (taste like a Girl Scout Cookie), Cinnamon Roll (yes taste like a cinnamon roll) and all of the Dark Chocolate bars.

Are any of these tips helpful? I'd love to know. I would also love to know what you are doing or what you want to do to get healthier. Ask me any questions below.

Good luck with everything and stay tuned for more nutritional and healthier lifestyle choices.

Check in daily and I'll share many new recipes this month. I'll also post them on my Make Time for Healthier Lifestyle Group (you can share there), SusieQTpies Facebook pageTwitter, InstagramGoogle + and Pinterest. So follow me on those social media channels so keep up and not miss some heart warming recipes. 



3 comments:

Isabel said...

I am trying to have us eat more organic and unprocessed foods. Plus making sure to get plenty of water instead of sugary drinks.

SJ said...

I'm drinking more water and walking for at least 30 minutes 6 times a week.

Alyssa T. said...

I go to the gym 3 times a week and walk at home on the other days. I loved your post.

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