Thursday, January 10, 2019

4 Lifestyle Changes

Hi everyone! It's been a minute since I wrote any lifestyle content. I've truly been re-evaluating my spending, eating, and health habits since the holidays. I knew I wanted to make some changes but I did not want to introduce them in January. I wanted to adapt them before hand so I could get used to them and keep myself accountable always, and not just as a new year resolution.

  • I introduced My Fitness Pal in the first week of December. I stepped on the scale after Thanksgiving and I was like yeah... I don't want to gain any more weight this holiday season. I started tracking what I was eating just through the app. Just by logging my food, I was able to loose 5 pounds. That may not seem like a lot to the average person, but to me it was a big deal! I'm continuing to track what I eat daily, and it's paying off.  My Fitness Pal is an APP you can download. It's so easy! You can even scan labels on there and it will add the item to what you ate that day. It's super self explanatory as well.
  • I started carrying around a water bottle. This is going to seem like such a Diva move, but I never want to carry a water bottle that's not cute LOL. I  just can't carry something bulky and ugly around all day. I recently picked up this ELLO water bottle and I've been drinking water daily ever since. It comes in rose gold and matte black, I loved both options but I went with rose gold because it's brighter. Carrying a water bottle has helped me drink more water, which in turn I think is really helping my health.  
  • I'm starting to acquire a regular gym schedule. I say starting because I don't have it set in stone yet on what days I do what exercise, but never the less I am going. I am making it apart of my daily routine more than I ever have. One thing that has really helped me is packing my gym bag the night before and leaving it by my purse. That way in the morning, I can't make an excuse that I'm not prepared or ready to go after work. With that being said, there are days I should work out and I don't, and that's ok. We are all human and sometimes need a break. I am trying to go three days a week and eventually four, but until I get three down I am going to keep myself accountable to this realistic goal.
  • STOP SPENDING MONEY. Within the year, I have really cut my coffee consumption. I rarely go to Starbucks or Dunkin, for the most part, I drink my morning coffee at home. My one weak spot for spending money Who would have guessed, right? Now that the holidays are over, I'm done spending money. Realistically, there is nothing I need to purchase that I do not already own. For the month of January, I am REALLY trying to limit my spending. The problem is, I do not allocate a certain amount of money a month to clothes. When I see something I want, I buy it. However, my one rule for January and the coming months, is to only buy things I truly NEED. I am not going to buy a new mascara unless I run out of one. I am not going to buy a new chunky sweater, because I have ten already. The one thing I am looking forward to purchasing is a new perfume. I ran out of three bottles, so I'm on the hunt for a new one! 

I started thinking of all the things I wanted to accomplish for January in December. And then I thought to myself, why wait til January to go to the gym when you can go now? Why wait til January to track your food consumption when you can start now? If you want something to happen, or want to do something, GO for it! Don't let a new year or a new month or a new week or another Monday for the changes you want to make. 

Hope you all enjoy this and in some way it inspires you to accomplish and changes the things you want to improve on! 


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