I thought of this as I was driving my toddler to school this morning. How often are we mindful about what we are doing. Do we go through the motions and even realize our actions?! For instance – this morning I grabbed a banana before I left the house. I knew I had a full morning and probably would not think to eat. I wanted to have something to keep me from eating something bad or being ravenous. Well – in the middle of driving, dropping off my son, saying good bye to my husband and heading to a meeting I inhaled that banana. Do I know what it even tasted like? Was it ripe, tasty? Before I even realized what I was doing half of it was gone. And then – I just finished it.
Take the time to relax, enjoy everything you do. By eating that banana in the manner I did – not only did I not enjoy it, I barely even knew I ate anything. If I would have slowed down and enjoyed it not only would I feel more satiated, but I would have certainly appreciated it much more. Think about this with everything you do. Eat more mindfully, spend time with those you love and be present. Be aware of your surroundings and everything you do – because if you don’t life will surely pass you by!
365 ways to a greener, happier and healthier life!
January 8 – Walk more often. Not only does it feel good – it is oh so good for you!
January 9 – Take the stairs – fit in extra exercise whenever possible
January 10 – Exercise with a friend – it’s certainly more fun and you keep each other moving and motivated
January 11 – Recycle more
January 12 – Use less
Janaury 13 – Brew more Kombucha! I enjoy it oh so much!
January 14 – Spend quality time with the kiddos exploring new places
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Now that we are into our second week of the year are you still keeping focused on positive changes for the new year? The average time people keep resolutions for is about two weeks. Did you know it takes six weeks to keep at something new? It is never too late to start making positive changes! Don’t put off to tomorrow what will make you feel better today.
I truly believe we know what to do…the problem is seeing it through.
Think about it – if you manage to go to the gym regularly for six weeks, your body gets use to the routine…you may actually even feel guilty if you miss a workout. You body starts to look forward to the activity. If you need motivation to keep you on track – do whatever it takes to reach the 45-50 day mark.
Two things that keep me going when it comes to exercise:
1. I tell myself that if I do not feel up to it after 10 minutes I can stop. Usually after getting the body moving you will feel good and not want to stop. If I am sluggish and not feeling it for the day, that fine. At least I tried. Ten minutes is better than nothing!
2. No reward if I do not exercise. For me, that is usually a glass of wine. If I cannot find the time to exercise I certainly do not need wine. Sometimes this can be motivation enough…
Write down your resolutions. Think about what you accomplished this year. Take time to set goals that are attainable and will make you feel accomplished. What is important to you? By writing down or sharing your resolutions you are holding yourself accountable and more inclined to keep them too.
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healthy. green. mom.: 2012…New Year, Even better You!: I love the start of a New Year…many of us are optimistic about making positive changes. Being healthier, losing weight, getting more e…
I love the start of a New Year…many of us are optimistic about making positive changes. Being healthier, losing weight, getting more exercise, loving more, making more money…I have heard them all. Any excuse to make changes for the better sounds positive to me. I have another goal this year too. I am hoping to make myself aware of 365 ways to live a happier, healthier and greener life. I hope you’ll join me on the adventure. I may not update the blog every day, but you can check my posts for updates on what I have documented for each day of the year.
January 1st – Each day do something to declutter and organize my life and home
January 2nd – Keep in better contact with friends and family
January 3rd – Only throw clothes in hamper if they are actually dirty, cut down on unnecessary laundry
January 4th – Drink more water
January 5th – Juice often
January 6th – Exercise at least 5 days a week
January 7th – Spend more quality time with my husband