Good Habits And Why They Matter

Spring just might be in the air after all! This morning, even though snow coated my windshield, it wasn’t too cold out. I didn’t need the five layers I usually dress myself in for 5:30 AM and dare I say it felt downright balmy. Although, I hear more snow is in the forecast and tomorrow will drop below the tens again. Wishful thinking. Perhaps the fever is breaking…gradually…

This morning when my alarm went off it came as a bit of a surprise. I was wondering how it could be going off so early, but the harsh reality was it was already that time. I got my day started with a spoonful of peanut butter and chopped banana on a piece of whole wheat bread.

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My workout started with some heavy body strength with squats, lunges, kickbacks, step ups, push ups and more. For cardio, I went through a Plyometrics workout with box jumps, jumping jacks, skater jumps, and high knees before jumping on the treadmill for a quick 2 mile run. My legs were really feeling the strain by the end.

Breakfast had to be quick because today was a slow-moving morning for whatever reason. I threw another spoonful of peanut butter into a cup of Greek yogurt, along with some blueberries and raspberries. On the side, I had a bowl of raisin bran with some more banana. I don’t frequently like cereal, but when I crave it, I like raisin bran. Don’t ask me why.

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Lunch was delicious! I made a huge stir fry a couple of nights ago that would make two dinners. It doesn’t take much time at all. To make things even tastier, I drizzled in some teriyaki marinade. Chicken meatballs were the main protein.

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Dinner was a nice surprise in the form of MACARONI AND CHEESE. Barbecue chicken, spinach, peppers, and mushrooms completed this delicious meal. I ate a little too much macaroni, but I can never help myself with this stuff.

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I’ve been working at drinking more water lately. I drink a ton in the morning, but when I get busy, it starts to fall off. I also drink a lot of tea and seltzer and though they’re better than other choices, it’s still important to drink more water. My skin is dry from the weather and the heat blaring, so I need to make sure I’m taking care of myself better.

Traveling always makes consuming water more difficult because I don’t have access to filling up my water bottle as I usually do. This weekend in New York, I got a pretty bad headache from dehydration and a ton of walking. One night I went to bed with my throat dry and craving water, but of course it’s hard to make yourself get up for water when you’re half asleep. Not good feelings.

Get guzzling the good stuff!

Another habit I need to get into more is standing while I work. I made a little set up for myself to be able to stand, but many times when I’m focusing, my go-to move is to sit because that’s what I’m used to when concentrating. It’s all about training yourself to fall into new habits and grow comfortable with things. A trick of the mind.

I keep telling myself that when I was starting to workout, it was a process because I wasn’t used to it for so long. After that initial motivation and discomfort, I fell into the routine and now I can’t imagine my life without my daily sweat session. This can be true of any habit if you remain focused enough. It’s not easy when you’re tired, busy, etc., but it’s the days that you do something despite the world being against you that make the difference in the end.

What are some good habits you’re working at incorporating into your daily routine?

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