One Day at a Time: Creating Healthy Habits that are Sustainable

Back in November, I decided that I was going to make a concerted effort to be healthier. I was having some health issues and knew that my lifestyle, diet and exercise habits (or lack thereof) were not doing me any favors. It was time for a change.

As someone who hadn’t stepped foot in a gym or made any attempt to be any semblance of healthy in a solid 4 years, I knew that the most important thing was to make small changes that would be sustainable. I didn’t set out trying to lose weight, fit into a specific size or look a certain way. I literally just wanted to be healthier and feel better — mentally and physically.

POUR IT UP

The first change that I made was committing to drinking more water. It’s funny to me how something so simple, and so important for the function of our brains and bodies is so difficult for me to do! I am terrible about making sure that I drink enough water because I really just don’t feel thirsty throughout the day. It’s not that I was drinking coffee, pop or energy drinks in lieu of drinking water—I really just wasn’t drinking anything. 

I bought a 24-ounce tumbler and started making a conscious decision to refill it at least twice throughout the day and it worked! I’m not sure if its the tumbler, or the fact that I get to drink through a straw (for some reason, I am more likely to drink water if it’s through a straw, anyone else?) but I’ve been a) drinking more water and b) using less plastic so it’s a win/win in my book.

WORKIN’ ON MY FITNESS

Despite the fact that I had had a Planet Fitness Black Card for a year and a half I had never stepped foot into a single Planet Fitness location and I decided that it was time. When I was in college I went to Anytime Fitness and loved it, but life got busy and I made lots of excuses about why I didn’t have time to go to the gym so I stopped.

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I kept telling myself that I would start going “this week,” but in all honesty, I was really afraid to go to the gym. As someone who doesn’t work out and is visibly plus size, the gym can be extremely intimidating. But, I powered through and went away. I had been operating under the assumption that people would look at me or judge me, but that wasn’t the case at all. Once I got there I realized that no one cared what I was doing except me. I’ve been going between 3-5 times a week now for almost 6 months and I’m amazed at how much better—and stronger—I feel.

LAY OFF ME, I’M STARVING

I can force myself to spend an hour a day in the gym, but it’s the other 23 hours that really test my willpower because all I want to do is eat junk food. Ever since I moved into my new apartment I have been so much better about cooking my meals vs. getting takeout or fast food, but there is definitely still room for improvement. One of the areas I was struggling with was not eating breakfast.

When I first started trying to make healthier choices, I started bouncing ideas off my friend and coworker Andrea. She knew that I didn’t eat breakfast and told me that I should really make an effort to start doing that. Since she’s basically Lansing’s own Sporty Spice, and Martin Waymire’s health and fitness authority, I decided to take her advice.

RUNNING LATE IS MY CARDIO

As much as I wanted to take Andrea’s advice, I still had a big issue. I am not a morning person. I am also habitually late. Those two things were really hindering my ability to make breakfast in the morning. One day I was at the Old Town General Store (for the sake of full transparency, I was buying beer because balance lol) and I saw a display full of BRITE bites. BRITE bites are probiotic snack bites. They were created by a Michigan State University student (go Green!) and come in three different varieties. Every bite is hand-rolled in East Lansing and all bites are dairy-free and contain one billion CFUs of Live Probiotics.

I knew about the brand and the product through social media but had never tried them because I’d never seen them in a store before. I bought a bag of the original BRITE bites, based on the recommendation of the cashier, and was so excited to try them that Wajid and I literally opened them in the car on the way home.

PROBLEM SOLVED

I am a picky eater. I’ve gotten a lot better about trying new things in recent years, but I still tend to have the palate of a child. I was a little nervous about trying them at first because they look healthy and are chock full of healthy ingredients—but they are delicious.

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I found myself munching on them as a snack throughout the day but realized they would be ideal for breakfast. They’re healthy, they’re easy, I can eat them on-the-go, in my car or at my desk and I don’t even have to cook anything. Praise the old gods and the new.

As someone who has a sweet tooth, the chocolate ones are my absolute favorite, but you really can’t go wrong. All three varieties are delicious and surprisingly filling! As someone who used to consider cold pizza or Lucky Charms a decent breakfast, it feels good to do something good for my body first thing in the morning. 

ONE STEP AT A TIME

When I first started making healthy changes in my life I knew that I wanted it to be just that—small, sustainable changes that would help me feel better both mentally and physically without feeling deprived or burnt out. As I come up on the 6 month mark, I’m super proud of myself for sticking to it and I’m blown away by how much drinking a little more water, making a conscious decision to eat healthy food and moving your body can do for you.

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Have you tried BRITE bites? Let me know you’re favorite flavor and how you incorporate them into your diet! And if you have any tips for being healthier, eating better or moving more I’d love to hear them!

TL;DR

I’ve been making a conscious effort to incorporate healthier alternatives into my life by drinking more water, eating less junk and moving my body more—and BRITE bites have helped me immensely.

 

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