If you’ve been following along with me in my Instagram stories, you know that I’ve had a crazy busy and transitional summer! We moved homes in May, went through (what seemed like) endless renovations in our new house and my son Apollo started his second-grade year at a new school this past week. Apollo was with me almost 100% of the time during summer aside from a few short camps, which means we were all out of a regular routine for the past few months.
Now that the new school year has begun, we are all finally getting back into a more consistent routine and healthier habits. Who’s with me????
Here are four quick tips to get the back into a healthy routine again:
- Go to bed earlier– If you’re like me, we are transitioning back to going to bed earlier and setting the alarm clock to wake up at 6AM. This is probably one of the most challenging for my family since my husband and son are both night owls. Make a commitment as a family (not just the kids) to do this and in the end, everyone will feel less groggy and tired in the AMs. If you can, keep this routine going on the weekends as well!
- Meal Prep– I’ve talked about this in previous posts, but it is so important to plan family meals ahead of time! As a family, we did stay on track this summer with “meal prep Sunday” and grilled chicken and veggies every Sunday to have ready-to-eat during the weekdays. This takes so much time and pressure off deciding what to each each day! For the kiddos, pack lunches the night before and take the pressure off trying to get this done in the early mornings while running out the door! Make sure to include whole-grains, healthy fats and protein with each meal. For more meal-prep ideas, check out my “Healthy Eating at Home” blog HERE.
- Re-organize and plan your daily calendar– I am a calendar kind of girl! I’ll be the first to admit that I am super dependent on my e-mail and phone calendar to help keep me on task every day. From appointments, workouts, meal prep, carpool times, grocery shopping, etc, EVERYTHING is on there and gives alerts me so I don’t forget! If you’re not doing this, try it for a week and let me know in the comments if it works for you.
- Make exercise a PRIORITY– I know I probably sound like a broken record with this one, but it’s true! If you make exercise a priority and dedicate at least 20-30 minutes each day to move, you will feel better and MORE productive the rest of the day! Put it on your calendar and make it a must-do PRIORITY! If you can’t get a workout in yourself, make it a family activity each day after school and on the weekends. You won’t even realize you’re working out!
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Who’s ready for fall, y’all?