It is a new year. I am not usually one of those people who makes “resolutions”, but this year I definitely want to make some changes in my life. I may call them goals instead. For some reason I have a problem with the word “resolution”. It makes it seem like we need to resolve a problem. I just want to make some changes for the better. I want to be an overall healthier person and I plan on doing this with some measurable goals that I have put in place. Examples- drink more water (at least 5 tumblers a day), Exercise more (at least 30 minutes a day), Eat more earth grown nutrients and cut back on carbs (make low carb dinners and snack on fruits and veggies during the day).
I was reading an article in Real Simple Magazine recently that talks about how it is actually way more likely for people to be successful getting healthier and losing weight by making small changes. According to Lesley Lutes, Ph.D., director of clinical training in the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia, who has published four studies, “research shows that the trick to sticking to a nutrition and fitness plan—and seeing results—might be finding the one small change that works for you”. This makes a lot of sense to me. I feel like I have tried to make big plans in the past and failed. That is why I am trying to make small changes to a healthier me.
Some of my goals are easy. I just carry around my water tumbler with me and drink throughout the day. Once it’s empty, I fill it up again. Other goals are a little more difficult. When you have two small children, finding time to exercise can feel overwhelming. And the few precious minutes I get to myself are usually used up by some form of housework. I realized that I need to build in the exercising into the things I am already doing. I have actually found the best time to exercise is when I am spending time with my children. Not only does it keep us occupied, but it also communicates to them how important exercise is.
I am not talking anything crazy. Do some yoga moves together. Show them how to hold plank for a minute or two. Or my personal favorite…Dance!! My toddler and I have stumbled upon this really fun song called “The Elmo Slide”. She loves Elmo, and once she heard this song, she wanted to listen to it over and over again. The benefit for me from this repetition is the fact that a 2 minute song, listened to 15 times in a row, takes care of my 30 minutes for the day. 🙂
The way that I turn these dance parties into more of a work out for myself is by adding things like weights or kicking up how intensely I dance/march/jump. For “The Elmo Slide” I carry around my 1 year old and help her dance too. During the chorus part I do 10 squats. Find what works for you and go with it. And be positive! You can do it! You are awesome!
Lastly, I want to share a little secret with you. I have a hard time eating vegetables. There are some I enjoy, like asparagus, but I just find it difficult to incorporate them into meals. I want my kids to eat more veggies too but the second my toddler sees a carrot or pea she tells me how much she hates them. Enter, The Sneaky Chef!
I came across this brilliant cookbook by Missy Chase Lapine, former publisher of Eating Well magazine. Her two daughters were very picky eaters, she tried everything but then she realized she could puree veggies and mix them into her kids’ favorite dishes and they didn’t even notice! **She also addresses the worry that kids will grow up not wanting to eat veggies, because she advises that you to still serve them the whole veggies like normal, but add in purees for extra assurance.
I have been doing this more and more with my own dishes. Her recipes are great, but you can really do this with practically any dish. Mix in extra veggie puree in spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, chili, or soup. This has been a great way for my girls to get their veggies, but also me too!
What are your goals for this year and what small things are you doing to accomplish them? Let me know in the comments!