5 Simple Steps to a Healthier You this Year!

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Regardless of whether or not you broke your New Year’s resolutions at 12:01am, you don’t have to chalk this entire year up to a health failure.

To the contrary!

I have 5 simple steps that will lead you (and your family!) to a healthier year.

What I believe is important to remember is to focus on those principles that have stood the test of time. Fad diets will come and go, but there are certain steps each of us can take that will lead to healthy habits and a happier you!

1. Drink a glass of water with lemon first thing upon waking up
This is the first thing I do after getting out of bed in the morning. It literally gets your system going and when you drink it quickly, you’ve already logged 1 of your 8 glasses you need to drink for the day! If possible, try to squeeze the juice of half of a fresh lemon into the water: it has a TON of benefits for your digestive system.

2. Take 3 deep breaths
Believe it or not, studies have shown that people don’t breathe enough throughout the day. Of course we all breathe, but we don’t stop to fill our lungs with those truly deep breaths our bodies need. After drinking your water, take 3 deep breaths, raising your arms above your head as you inhale, and releasing them as you exhale. If you have extra time, you may want to add in a few more yoga breaths to your morning regimen.

3. Have 15 minutes of quiet time
Mental health plays a key component in your overall health. Whether you read, meditate, pray or simply sit on your deck with a cup of green tea, take 15 minutes to reflect on the day ahead and fill yourself with positive reinforcement before heading out into that big bad world icon wink 5 Simple Steps to a Healthier You this Year!

4. Pack your healthy snacks for the day
If you aren’t prepared with healthy snacks that are handy, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And if you’re on the go a lot like me, having veggies and some whole grain snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated are a MUST.

The other requirement in my house is that the snacks need to be kid friendly, since whatever I’m eating, my kids always steal. We’ve always loved rice cakes in our family (from the time our kids were toddlers!), but now the basic rice cakes in our pantry have evolved! Quaker® Quakes® are now Quaker® PoppedTM – a new name for the snack made with the delicious goodness of whole grain brown rice and corn and a great snacking solution. And with all the great flavors, it’s easy to find something everyone in your family will love.

5. Get more sleep
Our bodies need rest to heal themselves, not to mention stay healthy. I’ve made it a pledge to go to bed by 10:30 every night so that it’s easier for me to wake up in the 5am hour. Even if you’re struggling with your diet & exercise, you can make a similar promise to yourself to get enough sleep each night and you might just surprise yourself with how much better you feel each day!

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I told you these were simple, right?! Whatever you decide for making this year a healthier one, make sure to communicate your plans with your family and then celebrate your success together.

If you follow these 5 simple steps, you’re sure to succeed!

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MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge Update

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I’m one of those all or nothing kind of gals.

When I find a new _____ (insert what you will here: toy, calendar, eating plan, tv show) that I absolutely LOVE, I go gang-busters. I pour myself into that thing, often at the cost of forsaking all else.

While this can be beneficial (especially if it comes to my health), it’s usually not sustainable…which in turn, makes it not such a healthy habit after all!

Just like when I started the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge. I loved entering my workouts and tracking my progress, but then life, work and travel took over. My challenge tracker seemed to slip further and further from my mind, until…

I received a subtle, yet friendly email asking me, “How are you doing on your MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge? We haven’t seen you in a few days.”

Ah yes! Though I neglected you, you haven’t forgotten about me!

What I’ve found to be so key whenever you’re trying to get healthy, lose weight, start exercising, etc is – accountability. It’s easy to say you’re going to do something, but unless you have someone (or something) checking in on your progress, it becomes increasingly more difficult to actually follow through on what you say you’re going to do!

I’ve found this to be a helpful tool in the midst of my life transformation journey that I’m going through. If you’re looking to make a transformation of your own, why don’t you check out the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge? You might just be surprised at how that extra accountability finally helps you reach those goals you’ve been striving for, while helping you realize just how tangible they really are!

February is National Heart Health month. Even if it’s only 5 more minutes a day, what extra step will you take to stay fit?

For your chance to win $750 complete these two steps:

1.Share the challenge with your friends
2.Tell us that you’ve invited your friends to join the challenge AND share the extra step you’ll take to stay fit below

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Don’t Wait for Tomorrow to Live Your Best Life…

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I don’t know what it is about 2012, but I’ve personally witnessed many circumstances that have reminded me just how brief life is. Events and relationships I once took for granted have dissipated before my eyes.

But even if I hadn’t experienced these life-changing events, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been living a complacent life when it comes to my own health. The soundtrack of “I’m too busy”, “I travel too much” and “I’m not a professional athlete any more” finally ran its course. I had to step back and realize that if I wanted my children to grow up to be truly healthy, both emotionally and physically, I had to stop simply talking to them and start living it out before them.

But how do you change years of bad habits and complacency? Worse yet, how do you make major life changes when the choices you thought the choices you have been making were good ones?

I can tell you what you cannot do: go it alone. If you got yourself into this position, chances are you’re going to need help and guidance to get out.

It’s for this reason that I’m excited about the The MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge. Quaker Oatmeal has always been a staple in our family, so it would only make sense that they would come up with a tool to help equip people in their journey to improve their heart health one step at a time…and track that change!

When the end goal seems to big to get to, you must break it up into bite size bites (oatmeal pun intended regular smile Dont Wait for Tomorrow to Live Your Best Life...). When you join the The MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge, you’re given a FREE tool to track those goals and steps you’re taking to get there. They’re challenging all of us to complete just 15 workouts in 30 days for a chance to not only win some fabulous prizes, but ultimately gain the best prize of all: life-long health!

Joining the The MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge is my first step towards becoming a healthier me. Now I’m curious to know, what motivates you to stay healthy?

For your chance to win $750 complete these two steps:

1.Share the Challenge with your friends
2.Tell us that you’ve invited your friends to join the Challenge AND share what motivates you to stay healthy below

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Free Samples – Shop4Freebies

You know I don’t normally post a lot about free samples unless they are substantial. However, there’s a site I’ve discovered called Shop4freebies that has 100% free items that they refresh everyday (ok, now you know my secret for where I get a lot of what I pass on to you!) I like it because it’s not just little samples of food and personal care (though they have those too!), but they let you in on Restaurant, educational, health freebies and more.

What’s even better is that there’s no list to join or any cost associated with it at all – just 100% pure freebies. Check out their FREE SAMPLES HERE

Here’s just one thing I found on there today: Get 2 FREE granola bras from Quaker HERE

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