Healthy Habits

Monday, September 01, 2008

I came across this article this morning and it got me thinking about some of my habits. I was happy to realize that I have a lot of healthy habits in place already.

-I get 8-9 hours of sleep most nights. (I am one of those people who needs a LOT of sleep or I will feel it the next day.)
-I eat breakfast every day. This is new for me and has made a huge difference in my eating habits!
-I plan my meals before heading to the grocery store to be sure there are lots of healthy options at home.
-After cooking dinner, I immediately pack up the leftovers into tupperware for lunch the next day.
-I bring snacks to work to keep me from getting too hungry between meals.
-I started bringing a large water bottle to work and drinking from it as much as I can.
-I pack my gym bag before I leave for work.
-I schedule my workouts on my calendar. If I have other commitments during the week, I try even harder to go to the gym on my free days.
-I make "fitness dates" with friends.
-I try to find time to relax, either by myself or with others.

And here are some things that I am still working on...

-When I don't cook dinner, I often don't prepare my lunch for the next day. I need to have healthy options that I can grab quickly so I don't end up going out to eat.
-I need to incorporate more incidental exercise into my daily life. I exercise at the gym, but otherwise I'm pretty sedentary.
-I need to plan my meals around vegetables and lean protein instead of carbs. I put way too much emphasis on pasta, rice, potatoes, etc., in my meals.
-I am still working on getting my portion sizes in check.
-I need to cut down on wine and beer. I am getting in the bad habit where every dinner party or mini-celebration involves alcohol. That is not necessary.
-I would like to start cutting out some of the artificial stuff from my diet. I don't want to get all caught up in the organic wave, but I do see the value of eating whole, clean foods the majority of the time.

I am interested to hear what your healthy habits are, so please share!
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