5 Things I Do Every Day

Animals love routine. They love going for their walks at a certain time, they love snuggle time, they love play time, and so on. They can really act out sometimes if you take them out of their routine.

Well, humans are animals, too.

Today I’m linking up with Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run to explore the topic A Day in the LIfe; instead of boring you with my day, I thought I’d share 5 things I do every day.

Start the day with stretching & lemon water
One of the very first things I do every morning is get a glass of water and squirt in a little lemon juice. It’s supposed to be good for your digestion. Whatever. For me it’s just habit.

And while I’m sipping that lemon water, the very next thing I do is stretch. Although sometimes I actually stretch in bed before getting up, much to my husband’s chagrin.

Chester & Lola in the Austin bluebonnets
Chester & Lola in the Austin bluebonnets

Walk the dogs
To be completely honest, dog walking is not a daily activity. But that’s because of the dogs, not me. They do not like getting wet, so if it’s raining, we don’t walk. Or if it’s too cold – like in the teens cold; they are good to go if it’s in the 20s (with coats on, of course). Or if the road hasn’t been cleared of snow & it’s still slushy.

Other than that, we walk every day. Even though Chester is in heart failure, he still enjoys his morning walks.

I often wish I could kill two birds with one stone and just run with them, but I can’t. They do make an awesome cool down after a run, though.

Move my body
Unless I am sick, there is some form of exercise every day. I seriously do not feel right if I don’t move.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not one of those people who cannot sit still — in fact, I am all too good at it. And I do take rest days. I like my rest days.

But I run 4 x week, typically. I try to swim 1 x week. I try to strength train 2-3 x week. Ideally I would do yoga every day, but I’m happy if it’s 4 x week. And, as mentioned above, there’s the perpetual dog walk.

Make breakfast, lunch, & dinner
It may just be reheating leftovers. Or throwing together a salad. Adding berries & protein powder to greek yogurt. But we typically eat out only once a week, and I rarely eat frozen dinners (although of course sometimes I do).

My before/after photos
My before/after photos

Time to share my before/after photo (if you’re a FB friend, you’ve seen this & I apologize). Because it’s an illustration of taking the time to make my own meals vs buying a lot of prepared foods at Whole Foods.They might be healthy, but the truth is there’s nothing like making your own food. I try to point out with Friday Food Porn that making your own food doesn’t always have to be time consuming.

I would go on to gain weight after that after photo was taken, training for my first half, but then lose more over the next few years. I’m actually a little bit thinner these days. Most of the time. Depends on the week & time of year (I tend to gain some weight during winter — those dang short days!

In my Weight Watchers meeting last week someone expressed shock that I was ever 40 lbs heavier. Hello, why do you think I still go to Weight Watchers meetings?

Plan out the next day’s meals
To be perfectly hones, this doesn’t always happen, but it does about 95% of the time. That doesn’t mean I always follow the plan — sometimes it’s more like a guideline. But it’s much easier to swap out snacks and meals when I already have a plan.

It’s a lot like a training plan. You have to listen to your body and modify your plan according to your body’s wants/needs. Having a plan, though, can really help with weight loss and maintenance. Cue the cliche:

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

What are some of the things you do every day?