My Journey: Establish Good Habits

My Journey: Establish Good Habits

Thank you all so much for the support and positive feedback on my post last week. Because of your encouragement and your interest, I’m going to share some steps through this journey.

Like I said, I don’t have a “plan” in terms of a distinct eating plan or anything like that.  But I can see some steps to take that will help me to be healthier and happier.

Like I’ve said before, I don’t have a “goal weight” in mind- just wanting to get back to taking care of myself out of love for myself.

One way I do that is by being active. I do teach Zumba and I have for years.  It’s great activity, but it also sometimes feels like a job and not so much like being active “for me,” if that makes sense.  So I know I have to put forth the effort to move more.  I feel better when I do.  I feel less stressed, I sleep better.  I even eat better as a result of putting in the work.  So here’s my first step: establishing the habit of being more active.

It can be difficult to be active while it’s so cold outside, but I have done it before.   I remember even going on a run when there was snow on the ground! One way I’m going to avoid using the weather as an excuse is to try and establish a morning workout habit. That’s my first step.

I’m used to setting the alarm for 4:45- but lately I’ve been using my mornings for housework, Bible study, and playing with the dogs.  I’m going to switch to working out and reading by Bible (that’s a habit I don’t want to replace with a workout!).

My plan is to start a bit easier, with a Leslie Sansone walking DVD and some weights.  Over Christmas break from Zumba (I get two weeks off), my plan is to amp it up with some 21 Day Fix or 30 Day Shred DVDs. When it’s nice outside, I might walk the dogs or go for a wog (walking/jog). Either way, my first step is to be much more intentional about being active.

If you’re working towards a change, what’s your first step?


  1. You’ve got this girl! I know how much hard work you put into obtaining your goals, you will definitely get there! I completely understand the struggle though, especially during the holidays. It seems like after Halloween all my hard work during the year towards being healthy just starts rolling downhill! My goal for the rest of December is to keep moving and eat as healthy as I can. I try to eat smaller meals with snacks in between. Once January 1 hits, it’s time to kick it into high gear. My plan is to juice (we love Reboot With Joe) at least two meals a day for a month while continuing to do Zumba and then walking/running on my own time. The last time Brad and I juiced we had great results and it’s also good for detoxing your body from all those yummy holiday meals =) Stay positive, it’s a struggle we all face so know you’re not alone!

    • Thanks, Jen! I’ve done some juicing before. I enjoy it, too! My juicer broke but there’s a great local place to get cold pressed juice. I may have to jump into that in the New Year as well. It’s a great idea!

      PS. Tell Brad a HUGE congrats on his marathon! That’s AWESOME.

  2. I am currently following IIFYM. I am loving it!! I have done clean eating before. I lost a lot of weight, but found it was so restricting and I didn’t think it was something I could keep up forever. That is when I found IIFYM. I am currently eating 1900+ calories/day and I am maintaining my weight. The thing I love is that I can eat anything I want, I just have to account for it in my macros.

    In addition to my nutrition stuff I workout 4-5 days a week lifting weights with some cardio a couple of days. I am working on going heavier there, but one step at a time!

    Good luck on your journey!

    • Hi Cheryl! I’m glad IIFYM works for you! I tried it and felt so stressed trying to meet my macro goals. It wasn’t a good thing for me. I know for me, it’s mostly about making better choices- anything that requires too much thought sets me up for frustration and failure. I need to get more into lifting too- building muscle is a good thing! Thanks for your comment!

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