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Eating Right and Avoid Skipping Meals
There are a lot of key steps to staying in-shape. I eat a little bit of everything (especially vegetables) and try to watch my portions. I do my best not to skip meals but have found as a working mother that can be tough. It’s important to be honest with yourself and know that you won’t always have time for a full meal, so it’s best to prepare for life on the go and keep satisfying snacks close at-hand. For me that means having some in my pantry, my purse, in the car, and for my husband at work. I can then control my hunger and keep my energy levels up. When I don’t have snacks around I either don’t eat anything or grab quick “filler foods” like a candy bar or fast food, things that don’t do me any favors. Being full directly effects my attitude too, and I’ve noticed that in those weeks where I don’t eat as much I have a less positive outlook.
Plan Your Home Workout Routine
A home workout routine is crucial to have. If you don’t belong to a gym that’s fine as you can get a great workout right at home. You won’t always have time or motivation to go to the gym, so be honest with yourself about that. Working out at home can be your alternative. Although you may want to work out for a full hour a day it is much better to get a 20 minute workout in than none at all, so have a quicker workout designed for days with less time or motivation. You don’t need expensive equipment. Also, stretching is essential, both before and after the workout. I’ve attached some of my favorite home workout moves, which also have a big focus on muscle stretching and maximizing mobility and range of motion. This workout routine can take as little as 20 minutes to get through, and I can even break that up into different parts of the day. Make it easier for yourself to actually do a workout, it shouldn’t be an intimidating chore!
Snacks for Working Out and Life on the Go
I look for similar components in a snack as I do in the rest of my meals. I want something that I can take with me but still tastes great, and has real ingredients. Understanding my cravings is key: if I only put an apple or a bag of cashews in my bag I know that I’ll still be hungry and eat something bad afterwards. One snack that fulfills all of my cravings are goodnessknows® snack squares. With no artificial colors or flavors and also no fructose corn syrup this snack is right for me. They come in three flavors:
- goodness knows® Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate
- goodness knows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate
- goodness knows® Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate
The first flavor I tried was the cranberry, almond, dark chocolate and I was hooked. This was last year and I didn’t even bother to try the other flavors for quite a long time. I have recently though and they are just as good. The peach & cherry, almond, dark chocolate is my favorite right now, I am a sucker for peaches and rarely find real peaches in a snack.
The dark chocolate in goodness knows® snack squares is another differentiator. Dark chocolate combined with fruit it is especially amazing. These snack bars have it going on!
Quick Workouts and Better Snack Choices
Skipping trips to the gym is something I’ve gotten mad at myself about for years. It’s bound to happen though. Part of it is the time it takes to get ready, drive there and find parking (ugh). I think even more of a barrier is the mental block. One way I plan to combat this is to go to the gym in the mornings instead of at night, as the justification part of my brain won’t yet be fully awake! More importantly though is again knowing myself and having a quick workout that I can do at home. Same goes for healthy eating. I’d love to have prepared 3 wonderfully healthy, large meals for myself and my family seven days a week. That will never happen, not in this lifetime so I need to make smart choices on how not to skip meals and have snacks that are filling and taste great. Grandiose resolutions like working out for an hour every day and cooking amazingly healthy meals all of the time sound great but are too hard to keep up. It is important to plan out smart choices for our real lives like a fast workout and a great snack on the go.
You can purchase goodness knows® snack squares at Walmart stores. The snack squares can be found up front, near the registers. Give yourself a break and enjoy life from “goodness to greatness”