Not Just A Mom- Healthy Habits and Staying Motivated

Happy Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. It is freezing in Northern Ohio so we spent our weekend inside with a sleepover, getting things done around the house, and some Valentine's fun. Hopefully we have a somewhat relaxed week ahead, and it is going to stay cold and when I say cold I mean single digits. 

I will be linking up with these wonderful mama's every month.

Each month we will taking a peak into our lives and sharing different aspects. 
Last month- Getting Cozy

This month- Healthy Habits and Staying Motivated.

Healthy Habits

I am all about healthy habits that are sustainable. Making realistic goals that are attainable. Telling me that I can't have something just makes me want it more (such as carbs, or sugar). But putting habits into place in a livable lifestyle makes everything possible. 
Last April I did a whole post about Healthy Habits. Most of the points I talked about I still do daily. Some are a little harder that it is February in Ohio. I am no way perfect of doing all this every day, but I notice my mood, my mindset, and how I feel when I am completing these healthy habits daily. Here is my Top 7 things I want to achieve every day to have a healthy, happy and active life.
  • Get at least 6 hours of sleep
  • Move my body for 30 minutes, either a workout, stretching, or hopping on the bike
  • Drink half my body weight in water a day
  • Start my morning with my devotionals (this is new for me, but I am really enjoying it)
  • Read 30 minutes a day
  • Think positive, remove negative (unfollow the negativity on social media, don't watch the news, do daily affirmations)
  • Self care (from a bath, to getting to your done, to just taking time for yourself) (doesn't get done daily)
  • Getting outside as much as possible, weather permitting

Am I always motivated to work out, NO. Am I always motivated to eat my veggies when I really want that chocolate, No. I am always motivated to drink my water when I really want that wine, No. Motivation won't necessarily get you the results you want, but it will get you started. I believe more about being consistent, disciplined, and setting goals for myself over motivation. Such as:
  • after drinking my daily goal of 80oz of water I can have a glass of wine
  • getting up every morning at the same time to get a workout done, devotions, reading, etc.

I try to stick to a routine everyday to help me achieve my goals. If you follow me on Instagram or ever read previous posts you know that doesn't always happen. I have 3 girls, 1 in hybrid virtual learning, an 18 month old who doesn't like sleep and is a wild one, and I have Taxi written on my forehead certain days. When things do go as planned I am up at 430 am getting a lot out of the way before anyone else wakes up so the rest of my day I can focus on my family. 

Another way I stay on track is with accountability. I share a lot via social media, and my blog. I started a monthly Wellness link up. Each month I will be sharing my struggles, my victories, nutrition, movement, etc. 
I also run virtual gym community. Everyday I post encouraging, inspiring, advice, workout challenges, recipes, etc. We check in each day, share advice, celebrate milestones, and just connect with like-minded women! If you are looking for additional accountability lets chat. 

What are your healthy habits and what do you do to stay motivated?

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  1. Great habits and built-in incentives!

  2. I love that you included emotional health as well, like reading!

    1. Your emotional wellbeing is just as important if not more important than your physical wellbeing.

  3. I am all about sustainable. There is no way I could maintain a lifestyle where I wasn't allowed to have carbs or chocolate.

  4. As much as I work out, I never want to do it, but as they say "never feel like it, never regret it!" and it's so true. Having a system that works for you is so key.

  5. Sleep is such a huge one for me; those years when my kids were young were so hard on me as I get mostly 8 hours a night and feel like I need that to function.

    1. there are a lot of days I run on zombie mode, but I am in a better mental state if I still take that time for me.

  6. Way to be accountable..... if i only get 6 hours of sleep I'd be a hot mess!!!

    1. Afternoon naps help too some days and the nights the baby doesn't sleep I sleep in

  7. Accountability is so important for me too...which is why I'm glad we did this post. haha! A routine helps me so much as well.

  8. You have such a great system! I have a 3 yo and 18 month old so I get the sleepless nights. I just struggle with finding time. Early mornings are a no go and then night time I just want to destress or sleep.

  9. I'm also a big proponent of removing the negative-- I read the news in the morning and then briefly at night, but try to avoid it during the day. It affects my mood significantly!


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