Now that we’re into the middle of March, I feel like it’s time to sit down and look at the aftermath of all of the failed New Year’s Resolutions, especially when it comes to diet and fitness. This point in the year is a great time to refresh those resolutions, or just start making a healthier change in general. And to give you some ideas and inspiration, I thought I’d share my routine with you through this series. This post, part 1, is going to mostly discuss diet, but stay tuned for my fitness routine!
My diet has always been a bit of a rollercoaster, but this year I’ve been trying to solidify my healthier habits and be more consistent. Here are my biggest diet tips and goals for this year!
1. Drink more water
This is one we’ve all heard before, but not drinking enough water is my biggest dietary problem. I’m not going to give you a spiel on how good water is for you, since I’m sure you already know. Instead, I wanted to talk about the app that’s helped me drink a lot more water. It’s called Plant Nanny, and it reminds you and motivates you to drink water by giving you a plant to take care of. Basically, you log your water intake by watering your plant when you drink a cup of water.
It’s an adorable app and it’s surprisingly effective. I definitely recommend it for anyone that tends to reach for soda or juice over water, and I think it’d work really well for stubborn kids as well!
2. Reduce snacking
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to avoid snacking, especially when you’re a student who is frequently up late studying. It’s not necessarily unhealthy to eat between meals, but I’ve been trying to move towards healthier snacks.
I’ve previously mentioned KIND granola in my October Favorites, and I’ve munched my way through several more bags since then. KIND is an amazing, healthy, snack brand, and the granola has been a huge part of helping me eat healthy. You can buy my favorite flavor here.
I’ve also moved towards eating more veggies as snacks, since I usually prefer the sweet taste of fruit. Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and celery sticks are my current favorites.
3. Non-obsessive weight watching
With the terror of the infamous “Freshman 15” looming overhead, it can be tempting for college students to obsess over each pound. But when it comes down to it, constantly weighing yourself and fretting over the number on the scale is more damaging than just about anything else. I haven’t weighed myself since the last time I was the doctor’s office, and find I’m much happier when I don’t have a number in my head.
4. Try new exercise methods
I started out as just a dancer and a distance runner. I ran cross country when I was younger, and that was my main method of exercise outside of dance. I still run (now with the company of my rescue dog — comment below if you want to meet him in a blog post!) and recently got back involved in dance by joining a company at my university. Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered a lot of other amazing ways to exercise. I’ve never had the patience for yoga, so Pilates has been my favorite method of strengthening exercise ever since I discovered Cassey Ho (better known as the creator of Blogilates) a few years back. She posts free workout videos, eating plans, recipes, exercise calendars and more on Youtube and her blog, so definitely check her out! (And as an extra plus, she sells some adorable fitness merch as well.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my health goals for this year, and stay tuned for my fitness routine, coming up soon! Like this post if you want to see more lifestyle posts like this one, and leave me a comment telling me one health change you’re working on for this year!