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5 Steps to Make Healthy Progress

Small steps in the right direction, always equal progress!  Make small healthy changes and achieve your New Year’s Goals!

Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels?  Like you are doing so many things but not getting anything done?  This feeling is an everyday occurrence for me.  Like everyone else, I was writing out my New Year’s Resolutions last week and trying not to write the same things I have written for the past 10 years.  Get healthy, spend more time with family, blah, blah, blah.  These go right out the door after the first week!  Just like all those people who flood the gym and hog all the treadmills in an attempt to keep resolutions, I am guilty of trying to start anew this January.  I tell myself this year will be different.

5 Steps to Make Healthy Progress. Make healthy changes to your daily routine and you will progress with any of your goals! Take Two Tapas

I said that same statement last year…

Was it different? Did I follow through? Yes and No.

I did follow through with my fitness goals, but it wasn’t until the summer months came around.

I spent less time with my family due to my blog growing and taking more of my time, but I did spend some QUALITY time with my family.

I started a blog class and made some changes to my work day, but I still have a long way to go.

This year I decided, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions that I won’t follow, I made New Year’s Goals.

I have never been a goal setter, but if I want to grow my business and take charge of my life I need to.  I am even making a vision board this year.  Sounds hinky and weird, but I think it will work.  You can check out my Instagram feed to follow along in the process and see the finished board.  If you are making goals or a vision board, I would love to see them.  Just tag me (@taketwotapas) on Instagram or Twitter!

To help me with goals, I have decided to try small action steps!

5 Steps to Make Healthy Progress. Make healthy changes to your daily routine and you will progress with any of your goals! Take Two Tapas

These steps will help me measure how close I am to my goals and where I need to work harder.  Smaller tasks always seem easier.  One of my goals this year was to focus on my health.  Getting exercise, eating better, and taking time for me.  Not easily measured (unless we are talking about a scale number which I forbid) but the overall feeling.  I want to feel energized, not sluggish.  Awake and not on the verge of snoring in the car at a stoplight.

Here are five small steps that I am doing to help me achieve my goal.

 1. Drinking an extra glass of water.

I might not be getting my 64-75 ounces a day, but I am getting more than I was before.  To help me with this, I fill a glass with water in the morning and leave it on the kitchen counter.  Every time I go in the kitchen, I drink from it.  Don’t chug-unless you want to- but take a few sips.  By the end of the day, it will be gone. Small sips=more water.

2. Park farther away from the store entrance.

Since I am constantly at the store, this can easily add up to 5 miles extra walking a day.  A slight exaggeration – 3 miles is more like it.  I can’t stand riding behind someone who is waiting for a car to pull out of a spot so they can park when an empty spot is right next to it.  Most likely they need the exercise anyway.  UGH!  They could have already been in the store and checking out!!!!  Walk people!  A few extra steps a day-more exercise!  Just like taking those pesky stairs instead of the elevator.

3. Turn off my phone at night.

My phone buzzes every time something happens in my world.  I am on social media all day long and I have notifications set so I can stay on top of comments and questions.  Since there are people in the world that don’t sleep when I do, it buzzes all night long.  Very distracting for a light sleeper.  The easiest thing to do is turn it off so I am not tempted to look at who pinned my Pinterest pin, or what stupid comment some over-exposed, non-educated celebrity said.  I can look at that in the morning when I am catching up on my Bravo Housewives over breakfast.  No phone = more sleep!  More sleep = happy mommy!  A sure-fire way to banish the Momster!

More sleep = happy mommy!  A sure-fire way to banish the Momster!

4. Prep at night to start my day right.

I am currently taking an online course to make over my mornings.  I used to make fun of people who had a rigid bedtime routine, but I am the one laughing now.  I’m not going full drill sergeant, but doing a few things…  As the parent of a child who has ADD, having a bed-time routine is hard.  Having a tween in the house is hard too.  Too old for “nighty-night” time, I gave up on routines for the kids a long time ago.  But I can have one for me regardless of what the kids are doing.  Loading the dishwasher, after the kids have unloaded it, and turning it on before I go to bed means clean dishes and an empty sink the morning.  Gathering the kid’s shoes and backpacks and putting by the front door so I won’t be hunting for them when we are running out the door.  Making lunches the night before (as much as possible-PB&J doesn’t do well overnight) and gather for easier packing in the am.  Cooking the bacon and muffins the night before so I can sleep a few extra minutes is a plus!

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5. Snack better so I am not ravenous at my next meal.

When my stomach is about to eat my liver because I am so hungry, I don’t make good food choices.  You can usually tell when this happens because a french fry is hanging on the corner of my mouth and hamburger grease is on my clothes.  If I have a healthy snack between meals, I have a healthier lunch or dinner.  The same principal applies to going grocery shopping.  Full stomach=express lane check-out with my few, choice items, including Progresso Light Soups.  Empty stomach = snack cakes, pizza, and eating cheese puffs while I’m trying to unload my oversized cart.  Not a good idea.  When meal time comes, I make smarter choices!

5 Steps to Make Healthy Progress. Make healthy changes to your daily routine and you will progress with any of your goals! Take Two Tapas

A smart snack (or meal) is Progresso Light Soups.  I think soups are a great way to get vegetables, protein, and they fill you up fast so you can get on with your other goals and not be distracted by your stomach eating your pancreas.  You will need it later on.

With 10 varieties, Progresso Light Soups are a small step in the right direction!  Switch out your main course at dinner with soup, have soup and a salad for lunch, have a small cup for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.  Any way you like to enjoy your soup, you will make #ProgressWithProgresso.

Let’s keep our New Year’s Goals this year!

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Gwyneth Clover

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

Hello Jennifer

Thank you for this lovely post. We all need to spread the word, educate our family and friends how important it is for them to change their diet! Fresh fruits and vegetables are the key to eliminating literally all chronic diseases and health issues. We all have to learn how we can increase our enthusiasm for living, eliminate sickness and dis-ease, and actually enjoy our life!

Best of luck to you and your family.

natasha lamoreux

Monday 25th of January 2016

I am trying to eat healthier and cook healthier for her family.

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Cooking at home is always better!


Monday 25th of January 2016

My goal is to get healthy by cooking more meals and ordering out less. I have been doing really well until the flu hit. I'm finally starting to feel better after day 15 and can't wait to return to cooking.

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Feel better! When I am sick I always make two big pots of soup! I could eat it all the time and I love that it can be made really healthy!

Laura J

Monday 25th of January 2016

I am taking more walks, and learning how to cook healthier for my family! I have so much to learn

Monday 25th of January 2016

That is the fun thing about cooking! You get to eat all the trials and errors~

Terri Irvin

Sunday 24th of January 2016

I am trying to do 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy and it is harder than I thought it would be but I have toned and lost weight since January 1st.

Monday 25th of January 2016

That is so great! Congrats!!! All those little steps sure do add up! Keep up the great work!