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Exercise – Be flexible…

I have been in a bit crap with my exercising recently and have only been working once a week for the last 2 months (which for me isn’t great). In truth I have been bored and too tired to wake up early to exercise. I am trying to get myself out of that unmotivated state and have found a few things that are helping me along the way:

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In pursuit of a healthier me – move my body…

This for me is already part of my routine on most mornings, but even if I can’t fit in an exercise routine in my day I will incorporate being active, whilst carrying out my day to day life. With a young family I don’t have to try hard to raise my heart beat up and get my sweat on. Some of my active lifestyle habits are:

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In pursuit of a healthier me – healthy food choices (80/20 rule)…

Healthy food choices – Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners….
I tend to batch cook our family meals to ensure that we eat healthy throughout the week. It saves me time cooking when I get home from work. I also prepare my lunches for the week, to ensure I’m eating what I like and making healthier choices in my day. I suppose I have always been a packed lunch type of girl (never really liked school dinners), so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m still the same. With food I follow an 80/20 rule – eat well 80% of the time, which means that 20% you can eat what you like… Although my weakness is chocolate and sugar in my tea/ coffee. I know, I know…but I never said I was prefect.
I’ll do a meal planning, prepping and cooking post soon, which will go into alot more detail on this topic…
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In pursuit of healthier me – Getting to bed early…

This I really need to work on. I’m naturally a night owl, but with the kids, working etc I know that getting to bed too late isn’t helping me. As mentioned in my “What highly effective people do before 8am“. I try to wake up at 5am to get in a workout and meditation (which has now become my miracle morning) before the kids are up and my day begins. Waking at 5am does leave me feeling dog tired in the evenings/night time, but that is when my inner child comes out to play and I try to ignore those feelings and stay up as late as possible, by watching TV, on social media…

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In pursuit of a healthier me – Drinking more water

I had a body analysis done nearly a year ago. It was really interesting what my calorie intake should be and surprisingly it was less than 2000 (which is what is recommended daily amount for women) and was about 1800. They also measured my muscle mass and body fat percentage. From all this information I was told that most areas were within the normal range but I had water retention and guess what solves water retention? Drinking more water…

I should drink 2-3 litres of water a day and for a good few months after the tests I drank my daily portion of water, by guzzling down 1 litre bottles, 3 times a day (usually 1 hour before a meal). This method worked for a while. But have you ever drank a litre of water in one go…It is crazy, fills you up in a bloated way (not nice), although it helped me eat less, being so obviously full. So, although I had found a way to drink my 3 litres it was hard work. As you guessed, it didn’t last long and I have fallen out of the habit of drinking water. How do I get it back? Any suggestions?

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My Miracle Morning…

This is my newest habit, I have only recently heard about it through a YouTube inspirational talk given by Hal Elrod (the person behind the miracle morning) and it is changing me already! It is set of rituals that you apply to your everyday morning routine, which empowers you with confidence and creativity, to go forward with your day, armed with a positive attitude and a sense of achievement….

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What’s the time Mr Wolf – Exercise Time!

I wake up at the crack of dawn to fit in a few things for myself before my kids wake. One thing is exercise. I realised that after baby number two, getting to the gym, when I went back to work, was a logistical nightmare. I couldn’t go before work, pre 6am as most gyms were closed. And most evenings when hubby got home from work, I would be too hungry or just too exhausted to go. It was excuse after excuse, something had to change!  Thank goodness for fitness DVDs (I had always been a fan of these since a teenager), YouTube and more recently fitness apps (I love sworkit). I could schedule my fitness around my day. So after a lot of trial and error I have finally settled on working out first thing in the morning at 5am-ish.

What highly effective people do before 8am…(That’s us mums right!)

I have been doing a lot of reading on waking up at 5am and what the world’s highly successful people do before 8am. I am not going to lie, I try to wake up at 5am,  during the week, before work and to be honest it works, you can fit a lot in for yourself before the kids wake (if you are lucky not to have the little ones wake with you). I have time to exercise, meditate and chill out for a while before my household wakes at about 6.30am and that time out does me the world of good. I go to work calmer and I feel like I have achieved so much, before the day has even began. On the days that my kids wake before 6am, they just wander downstairs and usually join me in my exercising etc, which can be distracting (especially when they are screaming for breakfast and your mid-meditation) but I have got kids after all.

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