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For the last year I have worked hard at achieving better health (both mentally and physically). I have finally started to get into a groove and have made more progress within the last two months than I did the rest of the entire year. I switched up a few things and those small tweaks made a tremendous difference in the way I look and feel.
Here are the five small changes that have made a big impact on my health:
1. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
I used to always skip breakfast. I reasoned that if I wasn’t hungry there was no point in forcing myself to eat. Plus, I thought since I would be taking in fewer calories it would help me to lose weight. That theory is totally wrong. For the past two months I have been eating a healthy breakfast every morning at 5 am (usually three egg whites and some fresh fruit) and then three hours later I follow it up with a small, nutritious snack to hold me over until lunch. Instead of starving during my morning commute and then binge-eating junk for lunch, I feel satisfied and make healthier choices. I am eating more but I am losing weight and I feel better.
2. Cut Down On Caffeine
For my entire adult life I have been hopelessly in love with caffeine. I would have a cup as soon as I opened my eyes, then I would continue to refresh my cup all day. At 4 pm I would drink a latte from Starbucks. In September my Daughter started a new school and she and I started getting up at 5 am. I knew that I needed to cut way back on my caffeine intake in order to go to bed earlier for my new wake up time so over the Summer I started to wean myself off coffee. Now I only have one cup in the morning with breakfast. I have to say that even though I am getting up two and a half hours earlier, I don’t feel tired at all. During my waking hours I am totally alert and I like that I am not so reliant on coffee to keep me awake.
3. Prioritize Sleep
As a Mom I am often tempted to put off tasks until after Taylor’s bedtime so that I can complete them when the house is quiet and I can concentrate. However, I fight the urge. I am not a morning person and if I go to bed late than I know my next day will be terrible. I need to get my sleep so that I can take care of my family and do my job properly. Going to bed at the same time every night has made the biggest difference in the way I feel. It helps that I am not drinking as coffee so when bedtime rolls around I am tired and ready for a good night’s sleep.
4. Take Vitamins
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5. Work Out Regularly
Over the past year I have learned that in order for me to lose weight and be healthy I have to work out regularly and eat healthy foods. I have to do both and I have to do them the majority of the time. Also, I started to change my perspective. I no longer say/think, “I have to go to the gym today.” Instead I have changed that sentence to, “I get to go to the gym today.” I know that is a small change but I try to be positive and view working out as fun. There are a lot of people that would love to be healthier but don’t have the time to spend at the gym each day. I do have it and I try to appreciate it.
I have also started treating myself to cute workout clothes or other accessories (like a new water bottle or set of wireless headphones) every few weeks. Then, I look forward to using them during my workout and I find that it motivates me to want to go to the gym.
HAVE YOU MADE ANY SMALL CHANGES LATELY THAT HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON YOUR HEALTH?
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*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.