It’s my birthday tomorrow, so how about we celebrate with a little edition of Friday favorites? This past year, I have been focused on changing my daily habits as I learn about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle – for me. What I need in my life to be the healthiest I can be might be different than what you need, and I am continually shifting and changing to adapt to this thing we call, “life”. So let’s get started, shall we? Check out these three things I’m currently loving in my pursuit of healthy living below!
If you’re following me on Instagram, this should come as no surprise to you. I am obsessed with them and after participating in the 30-day green smoothie challenge I make one almost every day for my husband and I! Why do I love them so much? Because they are chock-full of nutrients found in a variety of fruits and vegetables which helps provide a boost in energy first thing in the morning or when I get hit with the afternoon slump. Plus, the combination of ingredients is endless, making each refreshing sip different than the last one!
Looking for a yummy recipe to try? Check out my Lime in the Coconut Green Smoothie for a tropical getaway.
My mom and I are headed to LA for a fitness-inspired getaway in a month, and to get ready for it, we signed up for a month of unlimited classes at The Bar Method. I am usually not a frequent visitor of boutique fitness classes (hey, I’m counting my pennies over here!) and prefer a good HIIT/strength training routine to get my sweat on, but I’ve gladly welcomed the change! It’s fun to switch it up every now and then to avoid getting stuck in a rut with my fitness routine.
And don’t be fooled, those teeny little weights can do some damage (in a good way!) and I’m definitely learning to “embrace the shakes”. Hello, jello legs! Are you looking to try something new? I would highly recommend trying out a barre class – it’s a great workout for long lean muscles, and a strong core. I love this post from Running with the Sunrise on what to expect during your first barre class.
Waking Up Earlier
I NEVER thought I would say this. I actually enjoy waking up earlier than I’m used to. Things have been busy around here and in trying to fit it all in and still enjoy some “me time”, I’ve found that waking up earlier helps me accomplish both of those things. Plus, some of my most productive hours are right when I wake up! I’ve been setting my alarm for 6:15 am most mornings, grabbing a cup of coffee, and settling in on the couch for a good hour before my husband wakes up to enjoy cuddles with my fur baby and to catch up on my reading.
The funny thing about this is that I am not a morning person (at all) but am finding myself craving these times in the morning. This proves to me that you can do anything you set your mind to, with a little willpower and consistency.