So I was on pinterest (like I am 22 hours of the day) and someone posted a recipe for banana bread. It sounded yum - you can find that post on my pinterest account here. I'm trying it asap! But then I decided to go check out the website that the pin came from. It's called Shabbottshabits.com. The author of the blog is trying to really change her lifestyle. I like to watch shows like the Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition and watch people change their lives through eating healthily and exercising. However, I watch these shows while sitting on my couch and eating Doritos and then I drink a Dr. Pepper and go to bed. I have very grand ideas about getting up early and working out (which I did for a year or two) to lose weight. These people on the weight loss shows have these "breakthrough moments" where all of their new healthy habits stick with them and miraculously they "get it" and can drop the weight. So I'm still waiting for this magical moment to occur for me - haha! But anyhoo, back to the point of the story. This gal, Ms. Shabbott, has decided to make changes in her lifestyle month by month, using a 13-month plan. The plan is this:
Devote 28 days to each habit - the first 21 days form the habit and the last 7 make it stick. So goes the theory. Here are the habits:
Habit 1: Drink More Water - 64 oz. or more per day.
Habit 2: Move it or Lose it: 45 minutes of cardio 5 times per week - also make small changes: take stairs whenever possible, get up from my desk and move around, and extend Kiki's walks by 5-10 minutes each day.
Habit 3: Breakfast of Champions: Have a healthy and balanced breakfast each and every day. Experiment to find tasty and healthy breakfasts - we can't have Eggs Benedict every day, I don't guess.
Habit 4: Sleep Like a Baby: OH! I should be good at this one. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. No caffeine before bed.
Habit 5: Say Yes to Fruits and Veggies: Get the recommended servings of fruits and veg each day, AND try F&V that I don't normally eat. Yes, I'm talking to you, bok choy. So for me, that's 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies per day.
Habit 6: No Wait for Weights: Lift weights 5 days per week.
Habit 7: Empty out Empty Calories: Bye-bye candy, gum, sweet tea (SOB), and DP. Thank God they make caffeine-free Diet DP, so I'm all good. Alcohol=2 drinks max per week. Baked goods and sweets only occasionally.
Habit 8: Take your Vitamins! And by that, she means daily.
Habit 9: No Artificial Sweeteners - see ya Splenda, Equal and Pink Stuff.
Habit 10: Core Challenge: Do core exercises daily - hello - I DID learn this routine at bootcamp. I can do this again!
Habit 11: Portion Control: Don't eat so much!!
Habit 12: Meditation Sensation: 15 minutes of quiet time/yoga/stretching each day.
Habit 13: Peace-Out Processed Foods: No pre-packaged foods. That includes Oreos and Weight Watchers Smart Ones.