I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Thought I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.
As a mom, wife, daughter, volunteer and friend… I love doing things for other people. But when I’ve come to realize recently is that I need to care about myself as much as I do all the other people in my life. That’s where Weight Watchers Simple Start comes in. I decided to incorporate their Simple Start activities into my life. One week ago, I pledged a commitment to myself to do one simple thing for my health each day for the rest of the month.
Weight Watchers Simple Start: A Beginning
Here’s how my first week went:
Day 1: I started getting active with my family… by taking a walk to the park with my son and the dog. Being outside felt great and both my son and our dog Sophie are so fun and loving, I instantly felt my stress melt away.
Day 2: I spent some time cleaning an organizing my home. I had some bags in he garage, full of clothes that I hadn’t worn in a year or more but couldn’t bear to get rid of. I decided to stop procrastinating and get my act together! So I went back through the bags, wrote down what was in them (for tax reasons) and dropped them off at my favorite non-profit thrift shop.
Day 3: I woke thirty minutes early and went on a two-mile run! I was pretty proud of myself since I haven’t run for years. It was a cold rainy morning and my lungs and legs were burning a bit. In other words, it felt awesome.
Day 4: I gave one of my family’s favorite meals a simple makeover. We love Spaghetti Casserole around here but ground beef is not the healthiest. I decided to try it with ground turkey (and seasoned it with taco seasoning for flavor) and it was delicious.
Day 5: I made an effort to pack healthy snacks for myself and for my family’s lunches. I swapped out salty snacks for cut up strawberries. It’s a small thing, but it felt wonderful to be adding more fruit to everyone’s diet.
Day 6: I got a full 7 1/2 hours of sleep. I usually fall asleep on the couch (SO BAD!) and them drag myself upstairs at eleven and then have a tough time falling asleep again. NOT letting myself fall asleep and going right to bed at ten made all the difference.
Day 7: I carved out some “me time.” Just picking up a simple bouquet of white tulips and taking them time to let myself enjoy them felt so refreshing.
It feels really good to take better care of my health!
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