With a few weeks of school under our belts I can officially say we’re settling in to our new routine. I’m back to waking ridiculously early to sneak my work out in before everyone else starts to wake up and am slowly adjusting to having all three kidos in school all day, though the second was a little more difficult than I had anticipated.
The most difficult adjustment has been accommodating for having more than one child in extracurricular activities at a time. Thus far we’ve been fortunate to have only one child in a sport at a time. The girls don’t participate in the same sports and we’ve had very little overlap between seasons. This fall, however, the little man has been thrown into the mix with his first year of soccer. He’s loving it so far but I definitely struggled with the crazy schedule that comes with having multiple kids involved in sports at the same time.
Between working 9 hour days, running kids all the places they need to be, and attempting to take some time for me I end my days absolutely spent. My week days are very long and very busy. That said, I have some great habits in place that have supported me thus far and, I believe, will continue to help me be my healthy best for my family. So, without further ado my 5 Simple Habits that Keep Me My Healthy Best!
1. SLEEP! This one is a non-negotiable. My goal is to be moving toward bed by 9:30pm each evening. I know this may seem silly but when your alarm goes off at 4:30am, a 9:30 bedtime is imperative. By the time I’m actually in bed and asleep, it’s usually closer to 10 which leaves me about 6 ½ hours of sleep. It’s less than the recommended 7 hours but seems to work fine for me.
2. WATER! I have a double walled tumbler that holds 32oz.
Cute huh? My goal is to fill it with water three times and drink it all which leaves me just shy of 100oz of plain water each day. This is in addition to all other beverages I drink, smoothies/coffee/iced tea etc.
Why so much water? Well, after many years of headaches, acne, random swelling, and sluggishness I have found that when I drink upwards of 100oz of water daily, ALL of it goes away.
No headaches. No acne. No swelling. Nothing.
In fact, I can tell when I haven’t had enough water intake because I end up with a headache (short term) and my face breaks out (if it happens more than one day in a row). Drinking WATER keeps you hydrated and flushes toxins from your body. I really can’t say enough good things about going out of your way to drink a ton of water. No I don’t ‘retain’ it and yes, I do use the bathroom a lot. To me, it’s a small price to pay to feel as amazing as I do on a regular basis.
3. Exercise! The reason that alarm goes off at 4:30? So I have time for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I’ve tried to exercise at different times of the day and I’ve found that if I don’t do it first thing, it doesn’t get done. The only way I can guarantee success is to get up early and get it done FIRST. Some mornings it’s a little harder than others to roll out of bed, but I’m always glad I did.
4. Healthy Diet! Now, I love yummy food as much as the next person and if I want a cupcake I eat a cupcake. That said, I definitely make an effort to plan what I’m going to eat each day making sure I include foods that are good fuel and included those all-important vitamins and minerals.
Green smoothies are a huge help in this area. My husband and I each start our day with a very large green smoothie that always contains a generous helping of greens (or other veggies), fruits, and protein. Starting my day with a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies helps get me going and always sets me up to make other healthy choices through the rest of my day.
Another way I give myself extra support is my Nature’s Bounty Vitamins.
I know I’m going to have days when I don’t eat the most balanced dinner because we’re running to practices or meetings at school. That’s when I know I can count on my vitamins to give my body what it needs when I may not be fueling it the way I should. I know including supplements like Cranberry (which promotes urinary health*) and Biotin (helps metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats and supports healthy hair, skin and nails*) is going to help me support my body in the best possible way so I can be my healthy best for my family.*
Last but certainly not least…
5. Keep stress at bay! The past few weeks were pretty rough. We had a lot of changes that happened all at once and it was a little tough to take. There were definitely a few many moments when I wanted to hit the reset button on a day. I’m happy to report that, after a few tough decisions, we’ve come out on the other side and things seem to have settled into a new normal. I’m sharing this to let you know that, while I have a great support system in place (3 sisters just a text away), the one thing that helped me through that crazy time was my early morning routine.
You see, each day after I exercise, get ready for the day, and spend some time in prayer, I have some time that is just for me. I sit in my living room, sip coffee, watch some tv and enjoy the quiet.
It has become my favorite part of each day because I know that no matter how crazy my day has been it will pass. I will eventually get to put that day to bed, sleep and reset, and begin fresh the next morning.
Why in the morning and not at night? Well, two reasons actually. First, by the time I get my kids into bed I am spent. It is all I can do to have meaningful conversation with my husband and remember to get the coffee ready for the next morning. I could stay up, but I wouldn’t be using that time in a valuable way so it’s best I just go to bed. Second, my job is very high stress and I was finding that when I would have little to no time between getting ready for the day and kids arriving, my tolerance level wasn’t what it should be and when I would oversleep I ran the risk of families showing up to a locked door. Now, I have about an hour each morning to just be still and mentally prepare for the day ahead. And, should I ever oversleep, I’m just out a little bit of my quiet time. No need to rush around like a crazy person. 😉
Don’t get me wrong, taking care of your body is incredibly important but taking care of your mind is just as imperative. Stress can be toxic so you need to be sure to take time each day to clear your mind and de-stress.
With everything else going on around me, making sure I’m taking care of myself isn’t always on my radar. That’s why having a few habits in place, things I do each day regardless of how crazy the day may be, will go a long way to be sure I am my healthy best for my family.
Do you have any daily routines that keep you healthy? I’d love to hear about them, we can all use new ideas from time to time!
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