I’m baaaaaack! Did you miss me??
The past couple of months have been crazy! My husband got a last minute job offer, so we tied up loose ends in Ohio, celebrated Christmas in Indiana, then moved to Arkansas! We now live in the tiniest little town. It’s adorable, and I love it.
Sadly, because of all the hubbub with the move, my poor, lonely blog was left by the wayside. Never fear, internet… TCMB is back in business!
To kick things off, I want to introduce you to my plan to get (and STAY) healthy. I’ve chosen 6 different things to work on, and will tackle them all – one at a time. I’ve made sure these goals are both attainable and sustainable. I’m not into the “diet” mentality, and believe that you need to make permanent lifestyle changes in order to improve your health. So that’s what I plan on doing!
Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in 6 weeks:
1. Become a WEEKDAY VEGETARIAN. Basically, I want to make the switch to a flexitarian diet, which is eating primarily vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, with small amounts of meat and dairy. My first step is to cut back on meat. Being a “weekday vegetarian” means that I will only eat meat 1-2 times a week.
2. Become a master MEAL PLANNER. One of the biggest keys to success in eating healthy foods on a small budget is to plan ahead! Making (and sticking to!) a meal plan will help me take control of what I’m eating and stay on track.
3. Incorporate HEALTHY SUBSTITUTIONS to some of my favorite recipes and snacks. I don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to food, so I want to start swapping out some of my not-so-healthy choices for something better!
4. Use FREEZER MEALS to limit time in the kitchen, and always have a back-up plan. If dinner plans fall through, or I don’t feel like cooking, we usually end up eating out. By having a stockpile of healthy meals in my freezer, I can have a variety of options for dinner – without even cooking. Bye-bye, fast food!
5. Drink 1 GALLON OF WATER a day. Water is a complete necessity for our bodies to function properly, but I rarely drink it! What can I say… I’m a milk girl, through and through – but not for long!
6. EXERCISE at least 4 times a week. Ideally, I’d be exercising 5-6 times a week, but I need my goals to be realistic and attainable, which means 4 times is good for now 🙂 I always find an excuse not to exercise, but not anymore!
So here’s how this works… In 1 week, I will report back to see how I did with my first goal. Then I’ll get cracking on goal numero dos. By the end of 6 weeks, I will hopefully have incorporated all 6 of my goals and be in a much healthier place. Wish me luck!