Moving (anywhere, let alone across the country) has a way of shaking and unstabilizing routines, regardless of how on-top of things you might be. In my case, I’m not super on-top of anything, so my feet haven’t touched stable ground recently.
Add in a moving truck scenario and a further delay of getting any of our things, and you have my current situation: unequipped, but willing to try.
So, here are my current healthy habits that I’m trying to build, slowly but surely, among the change and without a chia seed or blender in sight. My latest philosophy is that small and measured choices add up.
Getting steps in
Yup! I’m simply trying to walk more. It’s something I like to do and gravitate toward. Here are a few ways I’m trying to boost my steps (I keep track with a Fitbit watch):
- Wally walks – at least a small one around the block every day
- Taking the stairs at our apartment
- Dance parties in apartment on a daily basis (sorry to those below us, lol)
- Walking to as many places as possible
At-home eating routine
So far, Chad and I have been trying to eat mostly at home during the week, and save going out for the weekend. This seems to be a pretty good balance! Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- Eating salads for lunch. It’s very low-effort and seems pretty filling thanks to a lot of coffee, lol. I prefer to use the kits from the grocery store, where all I have to do is assemble and mix. My favorite is the vegan ranch crunch from Trader Joes.
- Minimum snacking…because we don’t have any food in our pantry, lol. When we do have snacks, I try to reach for the healthy stuff, like humus and crackers or mixed nuts.
I’ve started incorporating a few quick workouts at my apartment gym. It’s a great filler for days that I feel like walking isn’t quite enough. The space is small, but I enjoy the treadmill and free weights. Might as well use it while I have it!
For the first time ever, I’ve officially joined a gym! HOTWORX offers short classes inside an infrared sauna space, with both HIIT equipment classes and isometric mat classes. I’m equally excited to try every workout and for the short 7-minute walk from my apartment.
My goal is to go at least three times a week.
Since moving to Milwaukee, I have adopted a new mindset. I don’t dwell on things being harder or extra steps (for example, having to take Wally outside or needing to use a small filtered pitcher for water) – instead, I just understand that it’s just the way that it is. Not hard, not too much, it just is. I just do it, doesn’t have to be a big deal.
I think this has been a really big improvement for me, in the sense that a little positivity goes a long way. Sometimes a slight attitude adjustment is the healthier choice.
A pinch of effort
Listen, I could live in sweatpants and a messy bun. And if I’m being honest, I’ve spent a lot of my life doing exactly that. I work from home, I rarely see anyone else during the day.
Since moving, however, I’ve decided to add a pinch of effort every day. It doesn’t have to be much, but it can really transform my mood and productivity and attitude. Sometimes wearing a nicer pair of sweatpants (lol) or doing my makeup makes a giant difference.
What are some healthy habits that you’ve consciously added into your daily routine?