New Year, New Me is an ongoing series about getting healthy and staying healthy. Read the introduction article HERE. Read the article about goal setting HERE.

Last week, I set a goal to drink 80 ounces of water as well as limiting how much pop I drink. Since I have never been good about drinking water, this was a huge step for me. I ended up having to find a way of breaking down the amount of water to drink throughout the day—I was having to down 20 ounces of water at bedtime the first two nights I reached 80 ounces!

My plan is now to drink at least 10 ounces of water before I even leave the house at 7:30. I read this article from LiveStrong.com about the importance of drinking water first thing in the morning as well as this article with 5 tips about drinking more water. Another tip I read about is labeling a water bottle with times to have water finished by. Do this to three 20-ounce water bottles and you’ll easily have 60 ounces!

This week’s goal is focusing on getting active! As a single mom of two (a toddler and 12-year-old!) who teaches full time, I’m not going to lie—I’m exhausted all the time. However, I know the importance of being active, not only to losing weight, but to having a positive mental well being.

Since “getting active” is a vague goal, and we know from talking about goal setting that specific goals are a key part of being successful, here are some things you can do to make getting active more specific. Pick a couple that will work for you to get started with being more active:

  • Exercise 20-30 minutes a day, three times a week.
  • Do 50 crunches, 20 squats and two minutes of planking before you shower daily.
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot at work, the store, etc.
  • Do lunges, crunches, or jog in place while you’re waiting for food to cook, coffee to be made or at any time you would typically be standing still.
  • During commercials while watching TV, get up and do jumping jacks, push ups, crunches. While watching TV, keep soup cans handy and use them as weights. Start with 20 reps and add 10 more every night!

What are your goals this week to lead a healthy lifestyle?

This advice is not from a medical professional and shouldn’t be substituted for talking to your doctor.