Saturday, March 21, 2015

Healthy Living Toolbox

A few weeks ago, my blog turned 6. When I started blogging, I wanted to have a space to re-focus on myself and on being healthier. In the process, I learned a lot and met many wonderful people, some of whom have become  close friends. The blog also introduced me to many new things. Without my blog, I would have probably never tried juicing, raw food, or the Conscious Cleanse. Blogging is also a nice reminder when things are not so much in balance. In fact, my aunt often comments that she knows when I’m super busy because the blog posts stop (like they have lately).

Blogging has been a reminder to keep my “healthy toolbox” alive and to add to it whenever possible. When you do something regularly over a period of time, it becomes a habit. I have found that even if I stop the habit for a while, it’s easy to get back to doing something if it was once a habit. Here are some of my healthy living habits:
  • Walking: I have always been a walker. For many years, I lived on top of a big hill. There was nowhere to go but down. And then I had to go up again of course. It was a fantastic workout. I also learned early on the mental benefits of walking in nature. It is my “me time” - time to just be and enjoy nature. 
  • Hiking: We are fortunate to live close to a number of gorgeous hiking trails. Plus, we can hike pretty much year round. The kid is now old enough to go on 7-mile hikes (with only mild protests usually), and hiking is definitely my favorite form of exercise.
  • Yoga: I took my first yoga class about 15 years ago and have been practicing on and off for years. Two years ago, I got a deeply discounted 6-month membership to a local studio. To make it worth it, I took many different classes. At this point it’s not worth it for me to continue a membership due to my schedule. But I still take at least one yoga class at a studio per week, and I also practice at home, if just for 10 minutes a day.
  • Barre classes: I was introduced to barre classes by taking a free class at a Lululemon store five years ago, and I fell in love right away. Barre classes have done wonders for nagging low back pain (that became debilitating at one point). Over the past five years, I have taken barre classes as a number of studios in the area. Since regular priced classes are expensive, I always look for special deals. Fortunately, there are enough studios in the area so that there is always a deal to be found at one of the studios. I also have several barre workout DVS.
  • 10 minute body weight workouts: I do 10-minute body weight workouts every day. Doing push-ups, squats, lunges, tricep dips, etc. consistently really makes a difference, and it’s easy to fit into my day. 
  • Water: I drink plenty of water and try to start most days with some warm lemon water. 
  • Green smoothies: I have a green smoothie several times per week for breakfast. An older woman told me in the grocery store today that her daughter loves spinach smoothies because they make her feel like Popeye. I can relate! ;) 
  • Raw food: I make a point to eat plenty of raw vegetables every day, a habit I started after doing my first Conscious Cleanse. My favorite way to enjoy a plate of raw veggies is with some homemade guacamole. It’s filling and delicious. 
  • Me time: Walking is often part of my me time. I try to let go of my mental to-do lists and just be in the moment and thankful for the beauty around me. I also enjoy reading and read every day for pleasure (if just for ten minutes). 
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Questions: What’s in your healthy living toolbox? What’s your favorite healthy habit? What healthy habit do you want to start or get back to? 

Be well,
Andrea

19 comments:

  1. Running, martial arts, tennis, kayaking, flying, playing guitar, writing, reaching out to friends and family.

    And recently, horseback riding. Which I hadn't done for a couple of years since my horse died, but a neighbor allowed me to remember how to do it :-)

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    1. GREAT list, Dr. J! And I love that you have gotten back to horseback riding!

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  2. Sleep, walking, swimming, PiYo, body weight exercises, healthy eating (lots of veggies). The first one is sleep, and if that one is missing, the rest are gone. I suffer from insomnia, plus I have a toddler prone to wakeups, and have been in the midst of work stress due to layoffs, plus job hunting, plus PTA.

    When I'm "on it" I am good at sleeping and exercising every morning, plus walking on my lunch break. I haven't been "on it" lately.

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    1. Sleep is soooo important, and I can sooo relate to how difficult it is with little kids... My older son was a great sleeper (even though I didn't appreciate it when he was little as he always woke up by 5:30 or 6. But he slept through the night starting at 10 weeks, which is HUGE...), but the kid has never been a great sleeper...

      Hope things will slow down a bit for you soon so that it'll be easier to be "on it" again!

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  3. Hi Andrea, As always, love this message and your veggie photo above. I wrote about you today on my blog, so check it out!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Marion! I'll go check it out right now!

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  4. happy blog anniversary.
    My healthy habits include daily workout, reading before bed, eating unprocessed food, mostly homemade. :)

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    1. Thanks, Coco!

      You have great habits! :)

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  5. I just love walking ....... and it's free, no gym fees to pay.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Walking sure is great for body and soul! :)

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  6. Walking, hiking and me time like you. Walking is me time for me too, I never listen too music when I walk/hike. I just think or don't think and pay notice to the things around me. I would add running for me even though I'm not doing that very much at the moment. But the fact that I haven't give up on running and still keep going means it's in my healthy box.

    Congrats on 6 years of blogging.

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    1. I always enjoy the photos from the organized walks you go on! And, yes, running is definitely in your healthy toolbox!

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  7. Happy Six Years! I just looked back on my blog and your first comment to me was August of 2009!

    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    andreaswellnessnotes.comx
    andreaswellnessnotes@gmail.com

    Submitted on 2009/08/11 at 5:36 pm

    I just made my first pizza dough the other day (I don’t bake much, so I was excited it turned out!). I love your pizza toppings; I could eat them any time of the day! :)

    Glad we've been "friend" for so long!

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    1. Thanks for finding that comment, Biz!!! And, yes, I'm very glad we are friends! :)

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  8. A really great reminder to look after ourselves. I know I take my good health for granted quite a lot but as I get older I know that I need to be more conscious about it. Being a cancer nutritionist I have a handle on the food thing, but meditation, sleep and more exercise needs to be higher on my agenda. I am however writing my blog posts and doing quite a bit of my written work for my job standing up. I find that it helps me to think better too!

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    1. Yes, meditation, sleep and exercise are so important!

      Great job doing written work standing up!

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  9. Great post! You know I love my weights & I do my cardio & eat well.. I try to have balance in life.. :)

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    1. You are a great role model for always working at achieving balance! And for showing that you can fit a giant cookie in your plan! :)

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  10. Happy 6 year blogiversary, Andrea!! Here's to many more years :)

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