[Simple] Wellness “Life Hacks”

Whether I’d like to admit it or not, I can’t help but ignore the fact that I’ve let some of my “healthy habits” slide in the last two years. Back in my former life as a high school teacher, it was so easy to be pretty structured and organized when it came to dieting- because my whole life was so structured and organized! When I ended my teaching career and found myself at home much more often, my bad habits of mindlessly snacking and eating too much kicked in and the pounds started to pile on. Two years later, I can’t ignore it. I’ve got at least 20 extra pounds that I’d like to get rid of and need to buckle down and FOCUS.

On paper, weight loss seems so easy! You eat less, move more and slowly but surely those pounds of unwanted fat come off. The truth is, it’s not easy at all! Improving your health, whether it means losing a few pounds, getting in better shape or simply wanting to feel better overall takes hard work, dedication and staying power.

I often find that I have the most motivation to make positive changes to my diet after returning home from vacation (which I just did this week!). Something about days full of eating out for every meal, drinking more than usual, staying up late and being off of my routine seems to make me crave a healthy lifestyle. To get back on track, I refer to a simple list of “wellness hacks.” The ideas on this list are nothing new or revolutionary, but sometimes we just need a reminder of how simple it can be to make positive, healthy changes.

1. Plan ahead (even if it’s just one day- or one meal!).

As hard as I’ve tried, I am just not the type of person who can plan out a week’s worth of meals in advance. I feel pressured and I almost always end up changing everything throughout the week. For me, planning out ONE day in advance is the most realistic. I like to eat about six times throughout the day and have a guideline for what I’m going to be eating throughout the day helps me stick to a healthier diet.

Sometimes I’ll write out a “daily diet plan” the night before, and sometimes it’s the same morning. Either way, it makes me far less likely to “boredom snack” while thinking about what to make for my next meal.

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Currently: August 2014

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I’m heading out to Boston tomorrow and frantically trying to schedule everything for work while I’m gone, pack a suitcase and get my house in order before leaving. So I thought- why not sit down and write a blog post??

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s the end of summer. My teacher friends in Maryland all went back to school this week (there was an overwhelming amount of sadness in my Facebook feed yesterday!)- and I’m super glad to not get the “August blues” any more. I don’t miss my former life as a teacher. Not one bit!

Work has been insane (in the best possible way) and I’ve had my share of 11+ hour days, working on Saturdays and eating, sleeping and breathing FlapJacked… but I love it! I definitely don’t mind working all the time when it’s something I LOVE. On top of that, I’ve been teaching Bodypump regularly again (hurrah!) and am starting teaching early morning indoor cycling at a Cycling/TRX studio in two weeks (the same one Paige works at!). Overall, things are good. :)

Currently: July

Current books: I mentioned last month that I was about to pick up Just Like The Movies. I have about six (short) chapters left, so I predict that I’ll finish it tonight. I adore this book (and will be posting a review soon!). If you’re into Young Adult Fiction, check this book out!

Current music: I listened to this song at least three times yesterday:

I’m a big fan of Eminem and this is probably my favorite song of his. I remember one of my Spinning instructors playing it all the time (long before I started teaching classes myself) and I would get SO pumped. It happened to come on my Pandora station while I was running (yes, running!) on the treadmill yesterday and made the run so much easier to get through. It’s most definitely my all-time favorite POWER song.
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Silk Frozen Soy Latte

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Like most of the people that I know, my day pretty much always begins with a cup of coffee. I've certainly enjoyed my fair share of coffee over the years and love everything about it: the smell, the taste... and those few moments or relaxation that I … [Continue reading]

Balsamic, Rosemary + Sea Salt Roasted Almonds

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Oh, boy. I am very excited to share this recipe with you guys today! I'll start from the beginning... Back in 2010 (when I was still living in Maryland), Greg and I were enjoying our annual summer trip out to Colorado. We went hiking to … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Week 10

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It's a little hard for me to believe that ten weeks have gone by since I underwent ACL Reconstruction surgery! Thankfully, time has flown by pretty quickly, thanks to my intent to stay really busy. I'm definitely happy to wrap up July and see what … [Continue reading]

Currently: July

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Hello! Dang... I am in a good mood today and just feel this sense of happiness that I haven't had in months. I taught my first Bodypump class (at 6:00am!) this morning since surgery! The last class that I taught was May 15th... that's a long break! I … [Continue reading]

Celebrating Three Years

Three years ago today Greg and I were married at a small vineyard in northern Virginia. Actually... we were technically married on a hiking trail in Maryland earlier that morning. (If you want all the details, feel free to check out this … [Continue reading]

Current Favorite Things

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Hello! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and were able to get out and enjoy some beautiful summer weather. Summer has always been my favorite season, but honestly, I'm wishing it would hurry up and get to fall. Of course, that's for selfish reasons … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Weeks 5&6

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Hello! Summer is definitely in full swing here and the last few days have been hot. Luckily, the humidity is still relatively low so it's not unbearable (and it's cooled down a lot today!). Isn't talking about the weather fun? Time for another … [Continue reading]

Les Mills Presents The Project: Immersive Fitness

There are many, many things that I love about Les Mills programs. I became a certified Bodypump instructor in 2011 after falling in love with the format and classes. Les Mills offers a multitude of different exercise programs and there's literally … [Continue reading]