My Healthy Life: A Journey

my healthy lifeMy efforts in maintaining a healthy life have been very lackluster lately, to say the least. It’s a lot harder than I thought to take care of a home, a cute little baby (although at 15 months, she’s a big ol baby now), keep up decent grades and start a business. Squeezing in a workout AND not over-snacking when I’m stressed? Uh…yeah right.

So, in an effort to get back in a routine and not just completely lose it, I’ve decided to slowly add little things I could do that wouldn’t be hard to maintain and would be totally beneficial to me feeling and looking good. Because it’s not all about looking good for me. I need energy to get through my day and all that pizza – though wonderful and delicious – is slowin’ me down!

Last week, I decided to start way back from the beginning and follow the Clean Eating plan on the Gracious Pantry. I picked one thing to abstain from and so far, so good. This round: no fast food. I know, I know. I’ve done it before, but like I said…I’m starting fresh. From the beginning. I started last Wednesday, so it will be two weeks next Wednesday and then I will pick another thing to abstain from.

Like I have noted before, it’s all about convenience. If I have good healthy food to eat at home, then I’ll eat that. I only succumb to the pleasures of fast food if we have nothing to eat or I don’t feel like cooking. The only issue I ran into is that I made that goal a while ago to make all my food from scratch. Which means that if I want to just whip up something quick, that probably ain’t happening.

I have read before that if you work from home, you should treat it like you are going outside of the home to work. So, that means: showering, making your own lunch and mentally preparing yourself to work. Showering sometimes happens and sometimes doesn’t but I do like the idea of making my lunch ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about it when I’m in the middle of my workday.

Image from The Sweaty Betties

Image from The Sweaty Betties

I also found a new site called The Sweaty Betties. It’s run by fitness expert Danny J and the Facebook page describes the group as “irreverent group of women who are looking to get fit & have a whole lot of fun along the way.” There is a free 12-week lifting program that you can download on the website. It’s mainly geared toward the gym so I think I will have to wait on this until I get back into the gym, but it’s worth checking out!

Photo from How Sweet Eats

Photo from How Sweet Eats

And…look at these pancakes! I have really turned into a breakfast person now that I work from home because it fuels me and gives me time to sit and think about what I need to get done, and watch my daughter play and run around the house. Because that’s my favorite. These whole wheat pancakes from How Sweet Eats look delicious and they’re healthy to boot! I think I will need to give these a try really soon. Like tomorrow soon. I’m not a fan of greek yogurt but I’m sure regular yogurt would be just fine.

So, I will continue to share some healthy inspiration each week in case you are feeling like I have been. If you have any amazing recipes or workouts/yoga to share, post a link in the comments and on my social media pages! You can find all the links on the top of my sidebar!

Book Giveaway and More!

Hello friends! So, a lot has been happening in the last week or so. I created a Media Kit for my blog and I’m reaching out to Sponsors! It’s so exciting and I get chills every time I think about it. I’m also offering up my writing skills to anyone who is looking for a contributing writer or a guest blogger for their magazine, blog, website, what have you. If you are interested in either becoming a sponsor or having me write for you, you can find out more by clicking on the “Let’s Work Together” tab under “Contact.”

I also registered my online art collective baby burrito collective as a business and things are going really smooth. On that note, today I’m starting something that I’ve never done before on my blog – or anywhere else, to be honest – offering a giveaway! One of our members Heather Leigh is offering up her book Red Nectar for free to the first 5 people who like baby burrito collective on Facebook!

BBC Giveaway

So all you need to do is click on the Facebook link or the flyer above and you will be directed to our Facebook page. Just click “like” and if you are one of the first five to like the page, I will contact you for your address and you will be shipped a copy absolutely free. You can keep the signed book for yourself or give it as a gift to someone who you think may like it.

To find out more about becoming a member of baby burrito collective, you can click on “Baby Burrito Collective”  on my homepage and then click “Join Us.”  Did you start your own business or are you thinking about starting one? Share your inspiration and motivation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #businessminded. Follow more of my business inspiration on Pinterest!