This post is a not-so-subtle attempt at self-shaming myself into weeding the garden this weekend.


How come I am so good at growing weeds and so crap at growing pretty flowers?!


The most colorful thing in my garden is this purple smoothie.


In the blender:


1 cup soy milk

2 scoops protein powder

1 frozen banana

Frozen mixed berrries


One Small Healthy Effort Giveaway


My Healthy Tipping Point philosophy is that small decisions add up to something amazing.  When I was still trying to ‘figure out’ what it meant to me to be healthy, I would always make these grand, sweeping gestures – “Gym every day!  No breaks!” or  “No dessert; only vegetables!”  One day, I realized that it’s really about making lots of small and consistent efforts because these things are much more maintainable.


In the spirit of small efforts, I thought it would be fun for us all to share one small action we do every day for better mental or physical health.  I’ll select one habit at random, and I’ll send the winner a copy of one of my upcoming books when released.  You can choose either Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You (available for pre-order on Amazon,Barnes and Noble, or Indie Bound) or my kids’ book, Operation Beautiful: For Best Friends (available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound).

Healthy Tipping Point Operation Beautiful For Best Friends 

I’ll start:  My daily healthy effort is to drink a big glass of water before I eat breakfast.  It really helps with digestion and sets me off on the right foot so I hydrate throughout the day!



  • Adrienne J February 8, 2012, 9:10 am

    I try to stretch and/or meditate every night to help ease my mind and body into sleep. It’s so calming!

  • Kate S. February 8, 2012, 9:11 am

    My daily healthy effort is, when I’m feeling stressed and want to stress-eat, to put both hands on my belly and feel nine deep, steady breaths move in and out. This helps ground me and gives me an opportunity to check in with how I can best take care of myself in that moment.

  • Jen February 8, 2012, 9:12 am

    I love this philosophy!
    A small action I’ve been trying is to replace diet soda with seltzer. This actually started when I got pregnant and was craving seltzer… now my baby is 5 months old and I haven’t gone back 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 8, 2012, 9:13 am

    I keep a water bottle at my desk at all times to stay hydrated. Most of the time I just sip it because it’s there not because I’m thirsty so I know it helps me drink more than I would if I waited for thirst cues.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It February 8, 2012, 9:13 am

    My small healthy effort is to pack lunches so I don’t get sucked into ordering heavy, calorie-bomb lunches during the work week!

  • Marie February 8, 2012, 9:13 am

    I try to eat one green thing a day! 🙂 And usually if I eat one green thing, the pattern continues and I consume more veggies.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 8, 2012, 9:13 am

    I love this Caitlin! One small thing I do is practice breathing deeply in the car when I’m driving to and from work. It really helps me to slow down (both mentally, and in terms of driving too!) and relax all of the muscles in my body that have become tense from sitting at a desk all day.

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 9:14 am

    My healthy effort is to use my light box for 30 minutes every morning. It does wonders for my depression and anxiety. If those things are not under control, you can bet I’ll make poor health decisions throughout the whole day.

    • Erin February 8, 2012, 10:16 am

      What is a light box?

    • Elaine February 9, 2012, 2:50 am

      Emily, What kind of light box do you use, and is it any good? I’ve been looking for one for a while now. Any recommendations or advice? Thanks!

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free February 8, 2012, 9:14 am

    I try to do at least 3 sun salutations each day after my workout to get centered and set a healthy tone for the day.

  • Sunny February 8, 2012, 9:15 am

    My small thing is to just be conscious of what I eat. Instead of dieting, controlling portion sizes and therefore eating anything works a lot better for me now and I hope forever. 🙂

  • Lindsey February 8, 2012, 9:15 am

    Mine is I fill up my 1L water bottle at the start of my work day and make sure I finish it before 5pm!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 8, 2012, 9:16 am

    My daily healthy effort is to think positive and to be more thankful. A lot of the time I get easily stressed and end up having anxiety over nothing. By doing this I am learning to enjoy the “little things” in life and to enjoy the life that I have been given! Not wishing I was someone else or somewhere else! 🙂

  • Jenna February 8, 2012, 9:17 am

    My small effort is to spend a few minutes meal planning before I go grocery shopping so I have all the ingredients to make healthy meals each night and don’t end up eating out as much.

  • Julia February 8, 2012, 9:17 am

    At work, whenever I want a fancy starbucks drink, I have a cup of tea first. 99% of the time, it satisfies my craving. And it’s good for my health and my wallet!

  • Jenn February 8, 2012, 9:17 am

    My daily healthy effort is to schedule my workouts on specific days at specific times each week, like an appointment I can’t miss!

  • Taylor February 8, 2012, 9:18 am

    my daily effort is to do my best to be as healthy as possible, but know that a little chocolate might be the solution 🙂

  • Sara February 8, 2012, 9:18 am

    My healthy effort is to either walk to work or the gym instead of taking the bus each day.

  • Katy February 8, 2012, 9:19 am

    Eat breakfast every day! I started doing this about 5 years ago and now it’s just an every day healthy habit.

  • Mary M. February 8, 2012, 9:19 am

    Since I’m in college it’s sometimes really hard to get my butt to the gym! My daily effort has been taking the stairs- everywhere. Sometimes if my class is on the 1st floor I purposely walk up to the top floor then back down just to get some extra activity!

  • Leesah February 8, 2012, 9:20 am

    I stretch and foam roll so I don’t end up on the physio table–which saves me time, stress and, most importantly $$$. 🙂

  • Kim L. February 8, 2012, 9:20 am

    I keep a water bottle at my desk so I can drink water throughout the course of the day. Also, I always have fruit with my breakfast and as a mid-morning snack.

  • Jennifer D February 8, 2012, 9:21 am

    My small effort is to try to plan out my meals for the week and try one new healthy balanced meal a week. I have even gotten some recipes and tried them from your website!

  • Karen February 8, 2012, 9:21 am

    I always try to get some exercise – when I can’t do Crossfit I’ll try to get in a walk, even if it’s only 15-20 minutes.

  • Jenny February 8, 2012, 9:21 am

    I keep a gratitude journal and try to write down at least 3 things I’m thankful for everyday. Some days all I can come up with is “indoor plumbing” or “good parking spot” but it still has helped change my perspective and now I go to bed in a good mood instead of ruminating over a bad day.

    • Caitlin February 8, 2012, 9:48 am

      I like this one 🙂

  • Amy February 8, 2012, 9:21 am

    I do my best to keep lots of fruits and veggies on hand. That way when I want to pack my lunch or reach for a snack, I have healthy options to choose.

  • Jess February 8, 2012, 9:22 am

    My daily effort is to eat a huge handful of spinach or kale in a smoothie every morning!

  • Mary February 8, 2012, 9:22 am

    Everytime I go to the bathroom at work I do 20 squats in the stall. It’s how I fit in a Little extra excercise and keeps my legs looking good!

  • Melinda February 8, 2012, 9:22 am

    I make sure to have a snack towards the end of the work day, around 3-4 pm. It’s usually a banana, whole grain roll with hummus, piece of cheddar with carrots, that sort of thing.

    When I didn’t, I would come home starving, skip the gym because I was too hungry to think straight, and proceed to devour anything I could get my hands on. Now, I feel much more stable and functioning at the end of the day.

    • Tracy February 8, 2012, 10:27 pm

      I totally love this idea! I can relate!

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 9:23 am

    Mine’s actually the same as yours but I’m focusing on drinking water throughout the day. I added this habit to my life about 1 year ago, when I NEVER drank any water, only a cup of coffee in the morning and diet soda.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 8, 2012, 9:23 am

    Mine is to make sure I tell my husband I love him before I leave in the morning. Can’t say it enough!

  • Erin @ GoBananasBlog February 8, 2012, 9:24 am

    My one small thing is to get up and talk to people at the office. It helps so much to just get up and move throughout the day. And I try to take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 8, 2012, 9:24 am

    For my mental health, I allow myself a small treat every day. Usually it’s somewhat healthy, like a spoonful of white chocolate wonderful peanut butter or a square of dark chocolate, but occasionally it’s more sinful, like a bowl of ice cream or a cookie. My small daily indulgence keeps me sane and makes me eat healthier throughout the rest of the day!

  • jen February 8, 2012, 9:25 am

    prayers and meditation

  • Christina February 8, 2012, 9:25 am

    My daily effort is at least 5 minutes of yoga every morning before I do anything. It makes a huge difference in my attitude and therefore the outcome of my day. When I don’t ‘feel like’ doing it, I realize that even I have 5 minutes to devote entirely to myself and making my day a great one.

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 9:26 am

    I have a major sweet tooth, so one thing that I’ve been trying to do is make dessert healthier instead of eliminating it. I’ve been having fruit as dessert (my favorite is it warmed in the microwave with some oats added afterward to make a “crisp”), or if I am really craving something sweet, I make it from scratch. I know exactly what is going in it, and it saves money!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake February 8, 2012, 9:27 am

    My healthy habits vary in general–and unfortunately have varied a bit too much lately due to the stress of starting a new job, buying a house and losing my grandmother–but I have really adopted your philosophy of setting a healthy intention for the day. My healthy intentions today: Start with a healthy breakfast, eat veggies with lunch and dinner, and fit in 15 minutes of physical movement while painting our new house tonight!

  • Katy February 8, 2012, 9:27 am

    I have two habits I do daily that make a HUGE impact in my life.

    1) I have a 750ml Camelbak BPA free water bottle that is on me at ALL times. I refill it 4-6 times per day, even bringing it into meetings with me. I never think about buying drinks and it’s really healthy and easy.

    2) I go and visit my horse every evening after work. Even if I can’t ride him due to lack of time, seeing him and fussing over him fills my heart and rids me of negative emotions and stress.

    It’s the little things that make life full and wonderful…and healthy!

  • Natalie February 8, 2012, 9:28 am

    My daily effort is to stretch. I take 5-10 mins every morning to stretch and breath. It doesn’t seem like much and it starts my day off great.

  • Hannah N. February 8, 2012, 9:29 am

    My boyfriend and I are both trying to lose weight and generally trying to improve our health so we recently decided to scale back on our drinking. We both enjoy alcohol and usually have at least one drink multiple times a week, with lots of drinks on the weekends. While it may still seem like a lot to some, we’ve decided to only have alcoholic drinks 2 days out of the week. We may end up scaling back even more, but this is a start that is manageable so we’re not setting ourselves up for failure.

  • Nicole February 8, 2012, 9:29 am

    I make sure to take an actual lunch break every single day (preferably outside at a picnic table), which really helps me de-stress at work.

  • Bobbie February 8, 2012, 9:31 am

    One healthy thing I do for myself and my kids every day is walk my them to school. It has to be brutally cold or pouring rain for me to not walk them to and from school. I’m trying to show them that moving is healthy. We live 3 blocks and there is no reason we need to drive every day. They complain sometimes because they see their friends being dropped off but I know they’ll thank me for teaching them to be active later in life.

  • Brittney February 8, 2012, 9:31 am

    I keep frozen grapes in the freezer. After dinner, that’s my go to snack… and I don’t feel guilty if I eat them all!

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles February 8, 2012, 9:32 am

    I walk instead of taking cabs

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl February 8, 2012, 9:33 am

    I’m like you and try to make myself drink at least a glass or two of water during the day. Since getting Rocky Mount Spotted Fever, I’ve found that I get dehydrated really quickly and I’m worlds worst for only drinking sweat tea. I don’t drink soft drinks and occasionally will drink Gatorade. So since getting sick I try to drink water more and I can tell a difference. I feel much better when I drink plenty of water.

  • Ashleigh February 8, 2012, 9:33 am

    Every morning on my drive in, I say a prayer to start my day. 🙂

  • Neena February 8, 2012, 9:35 am

    My small effort is to load my rice cooker with oatmeal ingredients the night before so my family can enjoy a healthy, delicious breakfast before we run out of the door in separate directions. It makes mornings SO MUCH smoother and I feel good knowing that my family has a nutritious start to their day.

  • Tally February 8, 2012, 9:35 am

    3 veggies as a snack between breakfast and lunch.

  • Ley February 8, 2012, 9:35 am

    My daily healthy effort is to not be so hard on myself. Having a lifelong battle with disordered eating has made being healthy a constant battle to me- I would exercise to feel better but soon enough would only be focusing on how many calories I was burning. I would focus on eating whole foods and a clean diet but would soon start restricting too much and convincing myself that I was just cutting out the “bad”, even though I knew I was taking it too far. I finally want to legitimately be healthy- not fit into a size 0 or look good in a bikini. I want to run a half marathon (and maybe a full!) this calendar year and I know that I need to be fueling my body and keeping myself in a good mental place. So I am making a daily conscious effort to focus on all the good things I am doing for my body and not let myself get caught up in the negative. And thus far (6 weeks!) it’s been a wonderful change for me.

    • Caitlin February 8, 2012, 9:48 am


  • Stefanie K. February 8, 2012, 9:35 am

    I try to walk to work as much as possible! fresh air helps to clear my head and prepare myself mentally for anything crazy that happens at work (I work at en emerg vet clinic).

  • Mina February 8, 2012, 9:36 am

    Daily I make sure to have a healthy breakfast. Weekly, I plan the days I’m going to work out and then treat them like going to work. If I’m well enough to go to work, then I’m well enough to workout.

  • briana February 8, 2012, 9:36 am

    Especially during crazy weeks like this, my small healthy effort is to regularly remind myself to do a little deep breathing! I truly think that’s what is getting me through this week!

  • Mallory W. February 8, 2012, 9:37 am

    I have been really trying to get up a little earlier in the morning so I can sit and eat breakfast at the kitchen table and enjoy it rather than bring it to work and let it get lost in my busy day!

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year February 8, 2012, 9:37 am

    My tip is to always have veggies ready to eat in the fridge. Just heat a handful of them in the skillet and bam, healthy dinner. I also love cooked frozen beans in the freezer for quick protein!

  • Blaine February 8, 2012, 9:39 am

    My daily health effort for 2012 is to be the “positive person” in the office, who greets everyone with a smile and offers encouragement when my co-workers have problems. Even if I’m not in a good mood, it de-stresses me when I can make other people’s days a little brighter!

  • Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness February 8, 2012, 9:40 am

    My healthy effort is to consciously MOVE every day. If that’s a long walk with the dog or an intense workout, I got to do SOMETHING:)

  • Lindsay February 8, 2012, 9:40 am

    I drink three cups of a green tea a day for a metabolism boost!

  • Jennifer February 8, 2012, 9:41 am

    My healthy tip is to prep food on Sunday, when I have the extra time, so that I have grab and go lunches for the week, and easy leftovers for dinner. I chop up all my salad veggies and make a couple of easy-to-reheat dishes or soups. That way I have no excuse not to bring a healthy lunch to work and come home to an easy dinner.

  • Laurel Roberson February 8, 2012, 9:41 am

    I always take my dog for a short walk between dinner and dessert. It’s good for my pup, good for my body, and helps me enter dessert mode feeling refreshed and healthy rather than lethargic.

  • D February 8, 2012, 9:41 am

    My small effort is to take my vitamins every morning!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 8, 2012, 9:41 am

    I carry a Camelbak water bottle around with me all day, and make sure to drink as much water as I can!

  • Crystal February 8, 2012, 9:42 am

    I make sure to get sunshine (if possible) and fresh air for at least 20 consecutive minutes every day!

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 9:42 am

    Love this!

    My small effort is eating a bowl of oatmeal every morning for breakfast. It puts me in a great mood and sets me up for healthy eating the rest of the day (well, sometimes!).

  • Alicia February 8, 2012, 9:43 am

    Seeing my husband off in the morning, even though he has to be at work hours earlier than I do. And now that I’m pregnant, using affirmations to calm my mind and connect with the life in me when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

  • Courtney@Translating Nutrition February 8, 2012, 9:44 am

    I’ll speak to your mental health prompt. Everyday, I try to not be so hard on myself, to be as kind to myself as I would be to a friend. I think as women we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, and I find myself doing this all the time. I’m making a conscious effort to be less hard on myself and more appreciative of what is good and well in my life. Its done wonders for my happiness 🙂

  • Rachel C. February 8, 2012, 9:44 am

    Drinking plenty of water. I keep track by marking my desk calendar when I finish a cup.

  • Paj February 8, 2012, 9:45 am

    No matter the weather, I take a walk outside everyday (having a dog helps this too!).

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 8, 2012, 9:45 am

    Mine is to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday!

  • Colleen February 8, 2012, 9:46 am

    I park in the farthest spot from my office buiding so I can walk, plus I take the stairs for everything (office building is 3 stories).

  • Sharon February 8, 2012, 9:46 am

    My small effort is setting aside some “me” time every day. Whether it is a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood, an hour ride on my horse, or reading a few pages of my favorite book, this time is what recharges me.

  • Andrea February 8, 2012, 9:46 am

    My small effort is to eat a piece of fruit when I’m hungry instead of something processed, like chips or cookies!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) February 8, 2012, 9:46 am

    I walk my dogs a little over a mile, every morning. It gets me moving first thing and it keeps them healthy and happy.

  • Allie February 8, 2012, 9:47 am

    I make sure to floss every day!

  • Emily G. February 8, 2012, 9:47 am

    My healthy habit is eating breakfast every morning. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but this is coming from the girl that didn’t eat in the morning and would stuff myself silly at lunch – so bad it hurt to move. It’s amazing what that one little meal can do! 🙂

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal February 8, 2012, 9:47 am

    I make sure to take at least 10 minutes to stretch everyday not only for my own flexibility, but to recover from my running injury!

  • Tabitha February 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    I mix a carb and protein for a snack. I often have to think about the protein part.

  • Gammy February 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    I’m really really horrible at hydrating. I also use this as an excuse at the end of the day to not work out (I’ll die!! ;)) and I think I eat more than I should at meal times to quench my thirst. Now I fill up a 2l bottle of water every morning and have it by my desk and sip it all day long! Feels SO great!

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down February 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    I eat at least one piece of fruit and one vegetable every day. Usually more, but knowing that I need to eat one at least puts me in the right mindset for the day.

  • Courtney @ Pursuit of Healthiness February 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    Everyday I drink tons of water and have an Emergen-c every morning. Great for muscle recovery!

  • MB February 8, 2012, 9:49 am

    My daily healthy effort (pretty new still) is to track what I eat. I’ve got the exercise part of things more or less figured out (even if I don’t always *do* it), but my eating habits could use improvement!

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 9:49 am

    This winter I’ve been eating a clementine before I eat junk food when I’m hungry in the evening. I’m not saying I don’t eat the junk but I eat less of it then. 🙂

  • Allispin February 8, 2012, 9:49 am

    Lately I’ve been focusing on cutting down on sugary juices and sodas, as well as alcohol, and drinking plenty of water instead.

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi February 8, 2012, 9:49 am

    I love everyone’s healthy habits! I commented on one person’s but really could’ve commented on so many. It’s nice to see so many people with such healthy attitudes towards themselves.

    My major healthy goal every day is to be gentle with myself and speak kindly to myself. I tend to be very hard on myself and a perfectionist, so if I can stop the negative chatter and be nice to myself, then anything else that follows will be healthy 🙂

  • Kelly February 8, 2012, 9:50 am

    I drink two glasses of water with breakfast to get a jump start on staying hydrated.

  • Jacqueline February 8, 2012, 9:52 am

    Swapping oranges, bananas and apples for my usual sugary, salty snack foods!

  • Toa Green February 8, 2012, 9:52 am

    Drinking lots of water and green tea every day… And grabbing an apple, when I really feel like grabbing a cookie!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 8, 2012, 9:54 am

    I drink a big glass of water when I wake up too! I also stretch every day and I’m trying to get into yoga!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine February 8, 2012, 9:54 am

    What a fun giveaway Caitlin. 🙂 This is a recent one, but if I know it’s a morning I’m not working out, I at least make an effort to do ten minutes of stretching/praying/meditating to start my body and mind off right for the day!

  • Nikki T February 8, 2012, 9:55 am

    My (almost) daily health effort is to work out in the morning before work…I say almost because I do this 3 days/week.
    Daily, I make sure to drink lots of water and only 1-2 cups of coffee or tea…

  • Marisa E February 8, 2012, 9:57 am

    My one small effort is to make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day, everyday!

  • Gina G February 8, 2012, 9:58 am

    I do pushups (almost) every morning after I get up. It helps energize me and get me going. 🙂

  • Mark February 8, 2012, 9:59 am

    My small healthy effort each day is to take the stairs up to the 6th floor of my office instead of the elevator!

  • Daisy February 8, 2012, 10:00 am

    My small effort is to have a big mug of green tea with manuka money each morning. Not only is it a good start to the morning in terms of hydration, but drinking it enables 5 minutes of calm where I mentally prepare for the day.

  • Tammy Root February 8, 2012, 10:03 am

    It sounds cliche, but I try to remember and count my blessings.

    Whether I see an ambulance driving by and take notice that even though I am stuck in traffic, the person in that ambulance is far worse than me. Or, when I worked at UNC and passed the Children’s Hospital or the Cancer Center daily realizing my life is much better right now given my health. Or, even when I watched the news yesterday and saw the peculiar tick incidence in that small town, I realize my daily hassles are not so bad. It often puts my own life into perspective. I have my health, my husband, my baby-to-be, good friends and family, and a great job. Life is good. I must continue to remember that.

  • Ellie February 8, 2012, 10:04 am

    My healthy habit is similar to yours. I drink a big glass of water with apple cider vinegar in it every day before my coffee. I’ve learned to tolerate the taste and I feel more energized when I do.

  • Kate February 8, 2012, 10:05 am

    My healthy habit is to have tea and toast every morning. Seems simple but it’s ‘me’ time, and gets me on a path where hungry isn’t a distraction and I’m ready to start my day.

  • Hilary February 8, 2012, 10:06 am

    My healthy habit is to drink a large glass of ice water with my dinner. It makes dinner last longer, and ensures that I’m adequately hydrated as well.

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 10:06 am

    I try my very best to walk to all of my classes instead of taking the bus! Although, I take a bus on the way back…because by the end of the day walking one mile up hill with a heavy backpack just isn’t appealing!

  • Taya February 8, 2012, 10:10 am

    I was going to say that my healthy habit is meal planning, but I’ve got a good handle on that. Now I have a new challenge: I’m trying to make sure that, everytime I feel a negative body image thought coming on, I counter it with a positive one – running my hands over my strong biceps or remembering how much I rocked Zumba class helps squash out negativity!

  • Danielle Kraska February 8, 2012, 10:10 am

    Take time every morning (no matter how tired I may be) to sit down and have a healthy breakfast and drink my tea before I do anything else. I find this sets me up with the energey I need as soon as I arrive at work.

  • Sneakers2Sandals February 8, 2012, 10:10 am

    AH! You took mine! I was going to say that I drink a full water bottle while walking the dog before I eat breakfast/drink coffee in the morning.

    Another healthy habit is taking the stairs at my apartment building instead of the elevator 🙂

  • Sarah T. February 8, 2012, 10:11 am

    My one small thing is to eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal. Some days i get both in and some days it’s just a few grapes with lunch but at least by thinking about it, I feel like I’m making a healthy decision and it usually keeps me from reaching for the chips or french fries.

  • Erin February 8, 2012, 10:12 am

    I’m a huge believer in baby steps- I love this idea! I remember years ago my first baby step was switching from “white” to “wheat”, it took such an effort- but each baby step I have taken since has been a little easier than the last (except egg-whites, I can’t seem to get on board with that one).

    Right now I’m making the effort to take a multi-vitamin at approximately the same time each day. My doctor has been urging me to take a muli-vitamin for years and although I have bought them and tried many times, I have never committed. I feel like taking it at the same time each day (after lunch) will help me stick to it.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery February 8, 2012, 10:12 am

    Well this is going to sound really weird, but one thing I’ve started doing is spending more time naked and looking in the mirror (don’t worry no one else is around) and I do it in the privacy of my own bathroom. After spending the last few years hating my body and using eating disorder symptoms and self-harm to punish it, I try to accept myself and love the way I look. I look in the mirror and tell myself what I see that I actually like. It’s really helping me overcome a lot of body image issues.

  • heather February 8, 2012, 10:13 am

    My healthy habit is to take the three flights of stairs up to my condo instead of the elevator. It’s tougher when I’m lugging a carseat, but if I do take the elevator then I try to “curl” the car seat while I’m standing there!

  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn February 8, 2012, 10:13 am

    I write or share what I am grateful for everyday with my boyfriend. When I don’t do that there is a a noticeable difference in my mood. Plus I have so much to be grateful for!

  • Angela February 8, 2012, 10:14 am

    Wake up an extra 10 minutes early to take our dog on a long-ish morning walk.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston February 8, 2012, 10:15 am

    I try to recognize and honor my hunger cues instead of snack or eat mindlessly! (I’m pretty good at it!)

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 8, 2012, 10:17 am

    No matter how busy I am in a day, I take some time to do something really relaxing that I like, like watching an episode (or four) of How I Met Your Mother or reading a book/blogs/magazine.

  • WendyF February 8, 2012, 10:18 am

    A tall glass of water before each meal. It has really made a difference in how much at meal time, but I find more so when I have a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

  • Meghan February 8, 2012, 10:18 am

    I plan the night before for a healthy breakfast. I’m more likely to eat healthy throughout the day if I start early.

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love February 8, 2012, 10:18 am

    I try to dry brush by body every morning right after I wake up, and also to have one meal at least that will pack 2 servings of vegetables!

  • Kaitlyn February 8, 2012, 10:19 am

    I lie in bed listening to talk news on the radio in the morning. It is a gentle way to wake up and gives me time to think about what I need to do for the day and what should be done. It is a gentle way to wake up.

  • Sara February 8, 2012, 10:19 am

    My daily health effort is to get in a minimum of three servings of veggies and two fruit. (But try to get in more.)

  • SaraRM February 8, 2012, 10:20 am

    Adding veggies to every lunch and dinner. Doesnt ALWAYS happen for both but try for atleast one.

  • Samantha February 8, 2012, 10:20 am

    What a great giveaway! Once I get to work, I fill up a 32 oz. water bottle that I drink throughout the day. It’s sitting right next to me, so I unconsciously drink it, and I reach for it when I think I’m hungry — it helps me figure out if I really am or not.

  • Erin February 8, 2012, 10:21 am

    It seems strange, but, I hate feeling rushed in the morning so I like to get up way earlier than I need to every day. I like to sit with my coffee, enjoy my breakfast leisurely, and do something frivolous (read blogs, check FB etc). If I take that moment for myself first thing, when the world is still quiet, I find I am in a better mood the rest of the day and don’t feel quite as stressed out.

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 10:21 am

    Always take the stairs and park as far away as possible…even if it doesn’t make a huge difference in fitness, it still makes me feel good about not being lazy!

  • Yin February 8, 2012, 10:21 am

    For better mental health, I tell myself not to stress if I overeat or don’t exercise. I just have to take things one day at a time. It really helps me stay sane.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 8, 2012, 10:22 am

    my daily health effort is to always incorporate at least one serving of vegetables both at lunch and dinner.

  • Gina February 8, 2012, 10:22 am

    I recently started working out in the morning before work. I am less likely to make excuses to not workout and it frees up my evenings to cook healthy dinners, spend time with my husband and dog, and work on building my health counseling business. It is one healthy decision that affects several aspects of my life!

  • Corinne February 8, 2012, 10:25 am

    My healthy intention is to take walks during my lunch break at work. Getting out of the office, even for 20 minutes, allows me to loosen my body, breath fresh air, and re-center my mind to focus on the rest of the day.

  • Crystal February 8, 2012, 10:27 am

    I take a 32 oz water bottle to school and work to help me get in my water! I also try to take my lunch to school/work so that I don’t have to eat out.

  • Danielle J February 8, 2012, 10:28 am

    My daily health effort is to keep a full bottle of water at my desk to I am constantly reminded to drink it! I try to refill it several times throughout the day.

  • clare @ fittingitallin February 8, 2012, 10:28 am

    I’ve created a standing option for my desk so that I don’t feel so inactive and slouchy while sitting all day!

  • Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) February 8, 2012, 10:28 am

    I start my day with a steaming mug of lemon juice (1/2 lemon), honey and cayenne pepper. Its a delicious way to hydrate, detox and build up your immune system first thing in the morning.

    I the summer I just drink a pint of room temperature water with lemon juice.

  • Caitlin February 8, 2012, 10:29 am

    To make sure I take time for myself- do things I love like take a pilates class, this makes me happy and that small effort makes all other aspects of my life happy. It’s small but it does the trick!

  • Adriana February 8, 2012, 10:29 am

    My healthy intention is starting my day with a healthy breakfast. It’s so easy to grab something greasy at a deli on the way to work and then ending up with the “well I screwed up for breakfast so I’ll just continue all day like this” mentality. I’ve started keeping a container of oatmeal in my desk so that regardless of whatever craziness the morning brings I know that I have a healthy and filling breakfast option waiting for me when I get to work.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb February 8, 2012, 10:29 am

    I, like you, like to try and get at least 1 glass of water in me before eating anything else in the morning. It helps get me started on the right track to drink my average 8-11 cups in a day.

  • Caity February 8, 2012, 10:30 am

    My daily health effort is to pack healthy snacks for my lunch the night before work. Then I am never tempted to hit up the cafeteria or vending machines. Coming prepared with my own healthy lunches every day is one of the most important steps to my clean eating habit!

  • Poptartyogini February 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    I try and be as friendly as possible at work. It makes the day much more manageable when there’s a smile on my face and in my voice

  • Kelly February 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    One thing I’ve been trying to really concentrate on recently is drinking enough water. I’ve never been good about hydrating, but I know it is great for my physical and mental health so I know I need to make it a priority.

  • Lindsey February 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    My newest daily effort is to drink more water WITHOUT crystal light in it. Having filtered cold water in the fridge really helps with this effort!

  • Ashley February 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    My healthy intention is to walk for at least 15-20 minutes, every day. I used to be VERY active. But, at 13 weeks pregnant and with the horrible morning sickness and lack of energy to prove it, I’ve fallen off the workout train hard-core. I hear my energy should be coming back soon, but in the meantime, if all I can muster from myself is to get out of bed and go on a short walk – I’ll call that a victory! : )

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb February 8, 2012, 10:34 am

    i’ve been trying to drink more water as well. throughout the entire day! in the summer i have no problem, but during the winter, the last thing i want is a cold glass of water!

  • Liza February 8, 2012, 10:34 am

    I live in NYC and walk at least a mile every day. It’s just ten blocks and I do little things like walk to the to the next subway stop or get off the subway a stop early. It adds up!

  • ellie February 8, 2012, 10:34 am

    I set aside 30 minutes each evening to read before bed- definitely helps me to unwind and relax, and sleeping better as a result. Mental health is important too 😉

  • Alli @ alli learns life February 8, 2012, 10:35 am

    I pack my lunch every day, much cheaper and MUCH healthier. Most days I pack breakfast too, not enough time in the morning to eat at home.

    I also keep a calendar on my desk with all my workouts, so I can easily look at how I’m doing compared to what I planned.

  • Lina February 8, 2012, 10:35 am

    My daily health effort is to eat more whole grains.

  • Kellie February 8, 2012, 10:36 am

    I do the same thing every morning. I make sure to have a big glass of water before I pour my coffee. It wakes me up and starts the day right.

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 10:37 am

    I do the same with a big glass of water in the morning! I also pack my own lunch and drink a big glass of water before meals. 🙂

  • Catherine February 8, 2012, 10:38 am

    My daily healthy effort is to write down everything I eat, drink, and do for exercise each day. It holds me accountable for my healthy living actions, or lack thereof on some days.

  • Samantha February 8, 2012, 10:38 am

    I am a full-time student who is also working part-time like many others. This semester has been super busy already. One thing I’m trying to work on is taking small breaks every so often especially between studying for classes. It helps to de-clutter and de-stress my mind to help me feel more relaxed.

  • Christina February 8, 2012, 10:38 am

    I like to start the day off by eating a grapefruit. It’s refreshing, bright flavor sets the tone for my breakfast and helps to kick start a healthier day.

  • Kate February 8, 2012, 10:40 am

    My small thing is taking 15 minutes to spend reading my Bible, praying, and meditating each morning. Some days this time soothes me, sometimes it refreshes me, and sometimes it motivates me, but I’m always blessed because I took a few minutes for it.

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 10:41 am

    I like to start each day with a bowl of Greek yogurt, granola and chia seeds. It is full of protein and whole grains and always helps me get the day started. I am also working on leaving work by 6:30 so I have to workout afterwards.

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 10:41 am

    My daily effort is mini-self-pep-talks throughout the day. For a long time, I was plagued with depression and whenever I feel myself getting discouraged and slipping back into negative self-talk, I check myself. Are my thoughts reasonable? Do I have any evidence for the beliefs I’m telling myself right now? For example, “That co-worker doesn’t like me because she said _____”. I tell myself all the reasons that I know she actually does like me, and why else she might have spoken to me that way, i.e. she was tired, she is stressed, etc. Taking a breath and reasoning with myself in those moments always ensures that I make it to the end of the day emotionally stable.

  • Elizabeth February 8, 2012, 10:41 am

    I stopped buying drinks like soda, juice, etc and mainly drink water now. I used to (especially in college when the dining hall had a lovely soda fountain…) drink soda with almost every meal, but now I drink water with all my meals. I’ve definitely noticed a change in my body and I’m saving a TON of money!

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 10:42 am

    I like to start my day with a morning workout. I find that the decision to exercise first thing prevents me from making excuses later on.

  • Meredith February 8, 2012, 10:43 am

    My small healthy effort is to wake up, drink a big glass of water, and head to the gym for a spin class :).

  • Tanya February 8, 2012, 10:43 am

    I move my body every day. Some days it’s just a 30 minute walk, but I always get at least that in. It not only is good for me, it makes me a happier person.

  • Nicole N. February 8, 2012, 10:44 am

    I start each day with breakfast with my husband and a high quality vitamin – when this routine gets disrupted it is amazing how quickly life starts to feel less manageable!

  • Jenn February 8, 2012, 10:44 am

    I drink one big water bottle at the gym in the morning and try to get down 3 more by the time I get home from school!

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 10:45 am

    I eat a healthy breakfast every morning almost as soon as I wake up… It’s the one thing that helps me get out of bed at 6am every morning 🙂

  • Anna February 8, 2012, 10:47 am

    Like you, I also start my day with water..usually hot water with lemon! I also floss every night 🙂 healthy gums = healthy body. right?!

  • Danielle February 8, 2012, 10:47 am

    I try to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever I can!

  • Hayley February 8, 2012, 10:50 am

    I always wash my face, floss and brush my teeth before bed (there was a time when I skipped it).

  • Joy February 8, 2012, 10:52 am

    I look in the mirror and smile and tell myself that even though I have many flaws, they are who make me me and my family and my friends and my boyfriend love each and everyone of them.

  • Julie February 8, 2012, 10:53 am

    I always stay away from high-processed and fatty foods, and I haven’t had a soda in probably 15 years. I find it’s easy to stay away from things that I can find delicious and healthy replacements. Why get fast food when you can make a warm meal at home? Although – sweets are my weakness! So I aim for fresh made cookies over packaged/processed cookies and sweets.

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 10:55 am

    I stretch for about 10 minutes as soon as I get out of bed in the morning 🙂 feels soo good

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 10:56 am

    I love to use my 15 minute drive through the rural country side to pray and meditate with my Coffeehouse XM radio station playing quietly in the background. Setting my intentions and prayers for the day really gets me off to the right start in the morning. I start the day off on a positive note and arrive to work happier than when I left my house.

  • Katie M February 8, 2012, 10:56 am

    I love this! Little changes are what make a difference for me… My small effort is to eat a protein filled breakfast which sets me up for the rest of the day =)

  • Julia February 8, 2012, 10:57 am

    My daily healthy effort is to start the day right: I make 5 sun salutations every morning after I got up. It helps my body to warm wake up AND warm up (which is great during winter!). After the sun salutations I drink a big glass of water.

  • Amelia February 8, 2012, 10:57 am

    I make a smoothie for my husband and myself every morning. It makes me feel good to know that we have each had a serving of fruit and a vegetable before walking out the door. 🙂

  • Carolyn February 8, 2012, 10:57 am

    I always make sure I get enough sleep! Without enough sleep, I cannot be my best self.

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 11:00 am

    My daily healthy effort: adequate sleep is vitally important to starting your day and maintaining a healthy weight. My night hours are extremely variable, making it difficult to predict a “normal” wake-up time. My daily healthy effort is a little bit of mental math to figure out whether or not I’ve slept for seven hours and thirty-six minutes the night before. Mental math (warding off a future of alzheimer’s) and ensuring adequate sleep (healthy weight maintenance)? Two birds, baby, two birds.

  • Elyse February 8, 2012, 11:01 am

    I practice eating well and exercising to take care of my body and mind. They help me be my best self!

  • Shadday February 8, 2012, 11:03 am

    I start of my day with a atleast 16 oz of water. And whenever I get stressed or overwhelmed, I close my eyes visualize something peaceful breathe in and out, and remind myself that if it’s not killing me then it’s just making me stronger.

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 11:04 am

    I always have a banana with breakfast! I will go as far as to stop on the way to work and buy a banana if I run out at home. Breakfast just doesn’t feel complete without one!

  • Ericka February 8, 2012, 11:05 am

    Breakfast every day, no matter what – usually oatmeal with fruit and nuts!

  • Shelley February 8, 2012, 11:06 am

    I fill a pitcher of water in the morning and leave it in the fridge to remind myself to drink lots of water. The goal is to finish the pitcher by the end of the day. (I work from home so this works well for me and it’s a good reminder to stay on track if I open the fridge looking for a snack.)

  • Mary February 8, 2012, 11:09 am

    I keep a water bottle at my desk–I try to refill it at least two times throughout the day.

  • Jordan K February 8, 2012, 11:10 am

    My daily healthy effort is to take the stairs at work. I work in an office setting on the 6th floor of my building and taking the stairs a couple times a day really helps to get my heart rate up, even if only for a few minutes, and helps to energize me!

  • Ali February 8, 2012, 11:10 am

    I walk at least 10,000 steps everyday in an effort to keep myself active and moving in spite of my desk job.

  • Cate February 8, 2012, 11:11 am

    For my own mental health I like to spend 15 minutes a day reading GOMI after clicking through my usual round of healthy living blogs. It lets me know that I’m only human when I disagree with the pseudo experts on the internet, and not a bully or hater for having my own opinions on life, the universe and everything.

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable February 8, 2012, 11:13 am

    I was going to say something boring like, “I pack my lunch every day” or “I drink 8 glasses of water every day” but I think for me, mental health is most important. When you feel good inside it makes you want to make your outsides match your inside. So every single day, my fiance and I put aside our phones and spend at least 15-20 minutes just talking to each other about our days and such with no distractions. It’s great for our relationship and for my happiness 🙂

  • elizabeth February 8, 2012, 11:16 am

    I started drinking green smoothies instead of coffee in the morning. They make me so much more energized and help get in a couple servings of fruits and veggies!

  • Michelle February 8, 2012, 11:16 am

    Check my blank training plan to see make sure I’m on track for the week! 🙂

  • Kaley February 8, 2012, 11:18 am

    My simple daily effort is to take the stairs and to watch tv sitting on the floor. I find that it makes me move and stretch!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 8, 2012, 11:19 am

    I’ve been try to do a little bit of ab work everyday – sit-ups, planks, and push-ups. Even if it doesn’t take too long, it’s still something!

  • Sarah Ford February 8, 2012, 11:19 am

    My small healthy effort is to always eat a nutritous breakfast! Whether it be a smoothie or oatmeal, I always make sure I get 1 serving of fruit (min), some protein and some healthy fats. It makes me feel good about starting my day and it starts me fresh from any unhealthy choices I made the day before!

  • Leanne February 8, 2012, 11:20 am

    I just exercise everyday, just get active, and that does it for me, really. It helps me clean my body and mind.

  • jen February 8, 2012, 11:23 am

    i try to start every morning with a workout, even if it’s just some strength moves at home or 15 minutes of yoga. it really helps me stay focused and calm the rest of the day!

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 11:23 am

    Great idea! I’m all about making small changes. Mine are to have one meal a day based around vegetables, and to drink 1.5 litres of water each day 🙂

  • deva at deva by definition February 8, 2012, 11:24 am

    I try to pack at least three fruit/vegetable servings in my lunch every day, with the goal to eat them all – either as snacks or with my lunch. It makes it that much easier to get in 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies!

  • Kelly February 8, 2012, 11:24 am

    Everyday, I engage in positive self-talk. I never realized how much I beat myself up until I started make a concerted effort to be positive. This has helped me to make strides in my professional and athletic life!

  • Jess February 8, 2012, 11:25 am

    My healthy habit is doing at least 10 pushups every day.

  • Beth February 8, 2012, 11:26 am

    One small action I take is to eat at least one fresh fruit a day. It’s so refreshing and the flavors are wonderful depending on the season!

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 11:27 am

    When I think I’ve added enough spinach to my sandwich, I always add a little more 🙂

  • tamicka February 8, 2012, 11:28 am

    my healthy mental habbit is to smile at one random person a day. It feels good to know I brougt a little warmth to someone who might have other wise had a bad day

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 11:29 am

    Every day I’m sure to take my vitamins! Also, as soon as I get home from work I put my stuff away and just sit and breathe for about 4 minutes (give or take). It helps me relax, leave work stuff at work, and reflect!

  • Army Amy* February 8, 2012, 11:30 am

    I eat apples regularly. I cut it up at night before bed, and then nibble on the pieces throughout the morning.*

  • Anna February 8, 2012, 11:30 am

    My healthy habit is taking time at the end of each day to reflect on the positive. I tell my husband one thing that I’m proud that I did each day. This also helps me see the positive throughout the day so that I have something to say!

  • Rebecca February 8, 2012, 11:34 am

    I walk to and/or from class just about every day. It kind of helps me clear my head, at least for the 10 minutes it takes to get from one end of campus to the other. 🙂

  • Shelley@MileHighHealthy February 8, 2012, 11:34 am

    My healthy habit is to get a good night’s sleep. I function so much better and make healthier choices all day long when I have had about 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep.

  • Mandy February 8, 2012, 11:39 am

    I’m trying to incorporate breakfast more.

  • Marysa February 8, 2012, 11:39 am

    I’ve found that being cheery can brighten someone else’s day when they really need it, just like how it has helped me on so many doom and gloom days.

    Therefore, I have made a strong effort to smile and say “good morning,” to every person I see in the morning. From the barista to a stranger in the parking lot to a co-worker. It works wonders for mental health :).

  • Natalie February 8, 2012, 11:40 am

    my daily healthy effort is telling my husband about the work out I have scheduled for that day, it keeps me accountable.

  • Staci February 8, 2012, 11:40 am

    One of my daily healthy habits is being sure I give my young Goldendoodle unconditional love and carry that over to giving my husband unconditional love too – my pup gives it freely and reminds me to pass it forward every day 🙂

  • Kathleen February 8, 2012, 11:40 am

    I have a cup of tea each morning and read the tip on my “Happiness Project” (based off of the book) daily calendar.

  • Jamie February 8, 2012, 11:43 am

    I make sure to start each day with a healthy breakfast.

  • Em February 8, 2012, 11:44 am

    One small (but also large!) action I do is to make sure I get enough sleep. A solid 8-9 hours is one thing I CANNOT function well without!

  • Ali February 8, 2012, 11:47 am

    I have two! One was to sleep in a little bit instead of worrying about getting to work early to catch up on things (it was SUPER worth it!). The other is to do a 30-minute workout tonight. I usually skip working out on Wednesdays because I work for 10 hours and am too tired but I always feel so much better (physically and mentally) if I can get a workout in – even if it’s slow and short!

    • Ali February 8, 2012, 11:54 am

      Oops – this is supposed to be for everyday! I always give myself an hour before bed to hang out with my cat and watch TV or read. The computer (specifically e-mail) and phone are turned off and I just give myself an hour to myself where I can think about whatever I want and do whatever I want. This has been so helpful for me to balance myself before bed.

  • Erica February 8, 2012, 11:47 am

    Recently, I made a decision to wake up 10 minutes earlier each day in order to take my puppy on a longer morning walk. It has been great for both of us… physically and mentally.

  • Taylor February 8, 2012, 11:47 am

    One thing I do is to focus on how good I will feel after a morning workout & not focus on how hard it is to get up for that morning workout!

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 11:48 am

    My daily effort is to drink a glass of water with Nuun right when I get to work. It starts off the hydration for the day and keeps the headaches at bay.

  • Kim February 8, 2012, 11:48 am

    One small thing I do everyday is to tell myself today WILL be a great day!!!

  • MaryBe February 8, 2012, 11:50 am

    One small action I do everyday, is to NOT smoke. I quit 6 years ago, and I am grateful everyday for my ever-improving health. I still can’t believe how much better I feel. I encourage everyone to quit, right NOW.

  • Zoë February 8, 2012, 11:52 am

    I try to remember to use my “hands-free device” (aka the earbud/microphone combo included with my phone, haha) so that I can pace while I talk. every bit counts! it also keeps my phone away from my brain, can’t be too careful 🙂

  • Christie February 8, 2012, 11:53 am

    I use my commute time as “me time”, to destress, breathe and just be by myself for a while. It makes sitting in traffic for over 2 hours a day not only bareable, but dare I say somewhat relaxing?

  • Amy February 8, 2012, 11:53 am

    My office recently started a program where you can have a box of fruit delivered from a local farmer’s market each week. I’ve taken advantage of this for the past two weeks, and the increase in my fruit intake (and decrease in my cookie intake 🙂 has been remarkable. I also have been taking a cue from your meal pics, Caitlin, and cutting up a piece of fruit to eat with my dinner. Having it handy – whether on my desk or already on my plate at dinner – helps me reach for it more often (and cookies less often :-).

  • Amanda February 8, 2012, 11:53 am

    I sit in silence before bed at night and meditate. It helps me go to sleep faster, and I don’t bring my stress to bed with me!

  • Jennifer Cook February 8, 2012, 11:53 am

    I make myself a huge water bottle that I carry around with me and refill all day. it reminds me to get my 8 glasses in, and also helps me from choosing other unhealthy drinks and prevents me from eating when I am not really hungry!

  • Courtney February 8, 2012, 11:54 am

    I am a huge nighttime snacker. So I had to make a point to cut myself off at least 2 or 3 hours before I go to bed.

  • Heather February 8, 2012, 12:00 pm

    This is a great idea. My health effort is to keep a water bottle at my desk and drink water instead of mindlessly snacking.

  • Chelsea February 8, 2012, 12:02 pm

    My daily effort is to find time to exercise whether it’s 10min or an hour. That’s my time to myself and a necessity pretty much on a daily basis (except Sundays hehe) for myself.

  • Nena February 8, 2012, 12:02 pm

    My healthy daily effort is packing my lunch for work every day. I usually pack two pieces of fruit, half a sandwhich, and a salad. A sandwhich baggie of popchips for the sandwhich (it needs crunch!) 🙂
    Packing my lunch keeps me from craving office junk and helps me stay on track with my diet.

  • Helen February 8, 2012, 12:07 pm

    I am trying to relearn hunger signals and be more aware of when I am actually hungry versus bored.

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I try to be thankful. A few years ago, I was suffering from a horrible eating disorder. I was miserable and my life was awful, Now in recovery, I try to take the time to be grateful for my health, how far I’ve come (even on not-so-perfect days) and the future. This type of positivity does wonders for my spirit.

  • Heather February 8, 2012, 12:10 pm

    My daily effort is to make certain at least one of my meals every day contains a TON of veggies – a large salad at lunch, a large pile of roasted veggies with my dinner &/or spinach with my breakfast. It helps me get my 5+ freggies every day!

  • Michelle February 8, 2012, 12:11 pm

    My daily health effort is to have my hard plastic cup nearby and refill it when it’s empty.

  • katie February 8, 2012, 12:12 pm

    I try to eat fruit and veg at every meal!

  • Kelly February 8, 2012, 12:16 pm

    My “thing” is that i do some sort of activity every day, wether its a walk, or going to the gym, something to work up a sweat and work my muscles 🙂

  • Kari February 8, 2012, 12:17 pm

    I don’t take work home with me anymore.

  • Julie February 8, 2012, 12:20 pm

    One small thing I do for my mental health is to pick out my clothes for work the night before. It makes my morning go so much smoother and faster! 🙂

  • Lela February 8, 2012, 12:20 pm

    My healthy effort is not only eat deliberately, and not just aimlessly snack. I really want to consider the food that goes into my mouth before I just munch it down.

  • Stephanie February 8, 2012, 12:21 pm

    My daily effort is to always make sure to carry fruit with me. That way when I’m hungry – I eat! Then I won’t become famished and overeat at my next meal.

  • Mac February 8, 2012, 12:22 pm

    A big glass of water right away in the morning and 1:00 plank sometime during the day, everyday 🙂

  • Kelli February 8, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I focus on taking my prenatal vitamin every morning, & also on drinking loads of water. Since getting pregnant I seem to be struggling with staying hydrated for the first time ever. It seems crazy how much water I need now, but I am trying hard to keep up with it!

  • Michelle C. February 8, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I plan out my meals and snacks for the day ahead of time. This way I usually bring enough sustenance with me for the whole day when I leave the house in the morning and don’t have to resort to an unhealthy snack option from the vending machine.

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 12:24 pm

    You stole mine! Haha, except I drink a big glass of HOT tap water (cold water in the morning makes me barfy) along with some psyllium husk capsules for fiber.

  • Cristina February 8, 2012, 12:25 pm

    My healthy daily effort is making my lunch every night before I go to bed so I am not forced to eat lunch out if I don’t have time to make it in the morning.

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove February 8, 2012, 12:25 pm

    My most recent small effort is to stand more during my work day! I’ve elevated my laptop and try to stand about 60% of the time.

  • Ashley Y February 8, 2012, 12:28 pm

    I have always been terrible at drinking enough water. My husband and I have purchased the brita bottles that filter water on the go. I always make sure to put them in the fridge at night so they are nice and cold for the morning. Then I can take them with me and re-fill as needed from water fountains. It has really upped my daily water amount and I almost consume as much as I need to daily. I am slowly getting there.

  • Lena February 8, 2012, 12:29 pm

    My small effort is to pack a lunch everyday, as well as plan healthy snacks for when I’m at work and the vending machine beckons!

  • Meshell February 8, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Every morning I do a Sun Salutation and every night a few spinal twists to support digestion. Usually when this happens, I add a few more poses and get 5-15 minutes of yoga in. One pose pushes me to do more.

    Oh, and forward bends at work when no one is around in the lunchroom/bathroom/copier room. 😀

  • Jamie February 8, 2012, 12:30 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to listen to my body. I eat what I want when I’m hungry, and I stop when I’m full. 🙂

  • Allie February 8, 2012, 12:34 pm

    I read a devotional every morning while drinking my cup of coffee. It gives me a positive outlook on the day ahead and it helps me to focus on the things that are truly important

  • Beth February 8, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Since I am not consistent with eating my fruits and vegetables, I have been drinking at least one “green” drink a day – think spinach with fruit mixed in a blender. (I love Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Drink.) So when I have a day without a lot of fresh veggies and fruit, I at least know I incorporated some into my daily needs. (And it tastes really good!)

  • Laura @ She Eats Well February 8, 2012, 12:37 pm

    My daily habit is to exercise. I have to in order to be in my very best mood. Whether that be a long walk, yoga, or running…I really feel my best when I do it every day.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 8, 2012, 12:37 pm

    My healthy action every day is to eat vegetables at breakfast to get myself on a nice, healthy foot!

  • Jessica February 8, 2012, 12:40 pm

    This may sound cliche, but I have to read the same two blogs every morning (of course yours is one of them). They both always start me off with a clear mind and a positive attitude, and I always feel better about getting in some exercise or eating healthier throughout the day, because I feel like I’m not the only one on this crazy adventure! 🙂

  • Catherine February 8, 2012, 12:41 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to pack plenty of healthy snacks in addition to my lunch so that when the 10 a.m. (and the 2 p.m., 4 p.m…) munchies hit, I have an alternative to the pastries that always seem to be sitting in the kitchen at work!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 8, 2012, 12:43 pm

    My healthy habit is to put a piece of fruit on my desk when I get to work each morning. That way I have much easier access to something healthy instead of walking around the corner to the office candy dish.

  • Monica February 8, 2012, 12:44 pm

    My daily health effort (starting tomorrow morning!) is going to be drinking 8+cups of water and less coffee. I want to cut my carb intake also, less sweets and unhealthy carbs. I can do it 🙂

  • FASM February 8, 2012, 12:46 pm

    I am sadly crap at growing anything in my little garden as well!

    Since I am a full time college student and I work full time, squeezing in exercise can be hard, so I have taken to parking away from the entrances to whatever building I am walking to, that way I have to do a little bit of exercise to get to where I am going!

  • Coco February 8, 2012, 12:46 pm

    I take a walk around my office every hour so I’m not constantly sitting at my desk all day. Plus, my back needs to get out of this chair every so often!

  • Hilary February 8, 2012, 12:49 pm

    My good daily habit??? I have ALWAYS packed my lunch/ made it. I eat out about 1x a month for lunch. SO much cheaper and healthier!

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 12:50 pm

    I eat a healthy breakfast pretty much every day (unless I’m on vacation haha).

  • ErikaMC February 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I bring two big bottles of (filtered) water to work and make myself take a drink every half hour – both bottles must be empty by the time I leave.

  • Caitlin P. February 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Every night my fiance and I say our high point of the day and why it made us so happy. When I first suggested doing it he groaned but we both have really enjoyed it – not only does it make us focus on the positive and feel thankful but it’s a great way of sharing someone positive with each other and sparking coversation!

  • Chelsey February 8, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I’m trying to make sure I spend some time outside every day, whether I move my work out outside or just take a quick walk around the block. Soon it will be too hot to spend much time outside here in AZ so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.

  • JenRD February 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

    My healthy effort is that I prep my breakfast and lunch in the evening while dinner is cooking, so when I can quickly grab it when I run out the door to go to work the next morning.

  • SOR February 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

    I want to get better at certain yoga moves so i’ve taken to holding a headstand and crow for 5 breaths every night and every morning. Might sound extreme to some, but I think it also works as book-ending my days.

  • Karen February 8, 2012, 1:01 pm

    I try to stay off the couch and do short exercises and hula-hooping whilst watching tv! So far so good!

  • becca @ bellebottoms February 8, 2012, 1:01 pm

    My daily healthy effort is my 3:00pm tea and walk break. I go to the starbucks at my office, grab a hot tea, and take a stroll around our GIANT office campus. 15 minutes is all it takes to wake my body up!

  • Kim February 8, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I try to juice everyday and make sure I put lots of veggies 🙂

  • CJ @ February 8, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I am actually working on mental health so I try to tell myself one nice thing about myself every day. Sometimes it seems so hard, but I am hoping it is totally worth it!

    PS> dont feel bad about the garden. I dont even have a garden so you are WAY ahead of the game in my opinion 🙂

  • Sandra February 8, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Daily healthy effort is to drink 8 cups of water

  • Amy Tolbert February 8, 2012, 1:06 pm

    I walk the stairs at work when I have some down time, re-energizes me 🙂

  • Aundra Weissert | Fit for Life February 8, 2012, 1:08 pm

    My daily health effort is to begin each day with a protein shake…1 cup milk, protein powder. On heavier workout days, I add spinach and a banana.

  • Jamie February 8, 2012, 1:08 pm

    I force myself to wake up early on workdays. I hate waking up, but I hate rushing and being late more! The extra time I give myself can turn a bad morning into a great day!

  • Aleesha February 8, 2012, 1:19 pm

    The one small action I do EVERY day….after my alarm goes off I lay in bed and talk to God!!! I pray for my day….my kids….my husband….my family and friends….and whatever else is on my mind. If I do it before everyone starts “needing” me….I am sure to accomplish it!!! If I wait….life may get in the way!!!

  • Sara February 8, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I always prepare my own meals for the office (breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks). Not only does this save serious $$, but it means I always know exactly what is going into my body.

  • Meg @ My Chocolate Covered Life February 8, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Every night I back a spinach salad in a big Tupperware, loaded with lots of veggies and protein, to bring to work for lunch. I call it my “nutritional bases are covered” salad. Eating that every day makes me feel like I’m doing right for my body, and keeps me from choosing unhealthier options.

  • Kimberly February 8, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I’ve been trying to squeeze in at least 20 minutes of yoga every evening before bed. Even when I don’t get to exercise during the day, I feel like I’ve done something to tone/strengthen.

    • Sonia the Mexigarian February 8, 2012, 1:57 pm

      i have been meaning to do that since jan 1. 🙁 i really need to start.

  • Jerica February 8, 2012, 1:22 pm

    My daily health effort is to walk to work in the morning! It would be much easier (and a tad bit faster) to take the bus but that early morning walk gives me a nice dose of fresh air and healthy movement to get my day started!

  • Lisa C February 8, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I refill my 24oz water bottle 3-4 times during the work day. It is SO much easier to get my water in at work than it is during the weekends!

    I also like to take the time to be present and take in my surroundings. When walking through the city to get to the next place/metro/bus, I try to take note of being present and staying off my phone. I try to appreciate everything aorund me and think about how good I have it, even when I’m super stressed or overwhelmed!

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest February 8, 2012, 1:28 pm

    I meditate twice daily. It has helped me deal with some workplace stress and to approach problems more calmly.

  • Jill Kirkwood February 8, 2012, 1:29 pm

    my daily healthy effort is always taking the time to make breakfast. I think it is such an important meal and I can’t function through my day without it!

  • Kelsey February 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I started taking two 15 minute walks on my breaks at work. Not only is it a little extra exercise, but it really helps with my sanity as well 🙂

  • Michelle February 8, 2012, 1:32 pm

    My one effort (which is my “New Month’s Resolution” for Feb. instead of a New Year’s Resolution) is just to be nicer to people. I’ve had three different people tell me over the last 6 months that they didn’t think I liked them when I first met them. I was shocked because it absolutely wasn’t intentional by any means. When I had the third person tell me this in January, I realized that I need to stop being so introspective and unintentionally stand-offish. Got to use my resolution almost right away on 2/2 when I met someone new at my Zumba class and I could feel myself shrinking back into myself (if that makes sense) but in my head I heard “BE NICE” and think I tried to make a genuine effort back.

  • Molly February 8, 2012, 1:32 pm

    My daily healthy effort is trying to avoid unhealthy snacks and munching by always having cut up fruit or go lean in bag!

  • Jo February 8, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Switch coffee for green tea – yum.

  • Jaime February 8, 2012, 1:35 pm

    My daily healthy habit has become ALWAYS having my water bottle at my desk. I used to get a diet soda, but I find if I have water at my desk, I don’t crave the soda like I thought I would.

  • Whitney @ The Adventures of Now February 8, 2012, 1:39 pm

    My daily healthy effort recently has been mental: to handle stressful or emotional situations at work in a more calm & controlled manner vs. reactive … bringing yoga breathing off the mat and leaving work at work.

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu February 8, 2012, 1:43 pm

    It might sound silly, but I make time to do at least 1 thing I love every single day. Even if that’s sitting down for 10 minutes with a cup of coffee. It’s not the same every day, but I do make sure that I take that “me time” in some form every day, otherwise I’d go nuts!

  • Angie February 8, 2012, 1:47 pm

    I have been filling a gallon jug with water every day (I’m nursing a 7 month old so need even more fluids than normal) and try to get through the jug by dinnertime.

  • Angie February 8, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I make sure I eat at least three servings of fruit and as many vegetables as I can get in. The veggies are more difficult for me though. I also carry my water bottle EVERYWHERE and drink from it constantly. I think I have an addiction to water.

  • Kristine February 8, 2012, 1:50 pm

    My small effort every day is to skip the elevator and always take the stairs up to my apartment on the fourth floor!

  • Hillary February 8, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I make sure to set aside at least 30 minutes of quiet time every night before I go to bed—no computer, no TV, no phone. Just me and my book (or my boyfriend! But even when he’s around I like us to be quiet…together! haha!) I’m a teacher, so that time to myself is essential in keeping me SANE.

  • Leslie February 8, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I try to wake up early and work out before work so I can at least get a little bit in each day. I just started and I feel so much more awake in the morning (but crash at night unfortunately.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian February 8, 2012, 1:59 pm

    I start my day off with some form of non alcoholic liquid whether it be water, lemon water, coconut water or tea. It wakes me up and gets me going for the rest of the day. 🙂

    I am preordering your HTP book, but if I win, I know a close friend that I would want to give the book to.

  • Cellabella February 8, 2012, 2:00 pm

    One small thing my husband and I have been doing is to shut down our computers and phones at 8pm. Designating a no-more-email-or-web-surfing-after-8 rule helps free ourselves from the habit of “always being connected” and allows us to truly be connected to one another in the present.

  • Therese February 8, 2012, 2:01 pm

    The biggest ‘little’ thing that got me on the road to healthy eating was aiming to eat one serving of fruits or vegetables at every meal.

  • Alexson February 8, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I’ve been “hiding” veggies from myself in every meal for the past few weeks. Spinach in all my smoothies,extra peppers in my lunch wrap and a veggie-heavy dinner!

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    My one easy healthy habit is moving each day. For ex- taking the stairs or parking farther if I cant make the gym.

  • Emily S February 8, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Breakfast was my biggest health habit I put into place when I started my healthy living lifestyle. Eating breakfast helps set the tone for my day, it really is the most important meal of te day. If I don’t eat breakfast in much more inclined to make poor food choices throughout the day.

  • Elizabeth February 8, 2012, 2:13 pm

    One small habit that my fiance and I have been doing is working out at 5:30 AM. Our evenings are free and we don’t have to worry about packing a gym bag!

  • Joy February 8, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I, too, drink water before breakfast in order to start my day off right. I drink a hefty 32 oz to kickstart each day.

  • Kristin February 8, 2012, 2:21 pm

    take at least 10 minutes out of my work day to just step outside and take in a deep breath of fresh air!

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 2:25 pm

    It’s so easy to focus on the bad stuff that happened in my day, so my small effort will be to think of one good thing that happened that day before going to bed.

  • Amber P February 8, 2012, 2:28 pm

    I try to add fruits or veggies into every meal. When I make eggs, I cook them w tomatoes or frozen spinach or broccoli. It’s great way to kickstart the day 🙂

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 2:30 pm

    I try to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. I feel like it starts my day off right, and I also try to incorporate yoga into everyday.

  • Carina February 8, 2012, 2:30 pm

    My best habit is “make it click.” Always buckled in any vehicle, even in the backseat, even in a cab, even in an old car in Europe. I’ve never had a major car accident, but unbuckled, even a minor accident can cause a lot of damage and would prevent me from working out for months or even years — assuming I’d still even be alive w/o buckling.

  • Tiffany February 8, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Mine is to eat a healthy breakfast everyday…oatmeal is my favorite 🙂

  • Diana February 8, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Mine is to walk everyday for 40 minutes 🙂

  • Ziba February 8, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I try to meditate every morning for 20 minutes…sets a calm mood for my entire day. Love it

  • Kam February 8, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I make healthful decisions to eat a balanced diet. Get in my vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and fruits!

  • Stacy February 8, 2012, 2:36 pm

    I don’t buy ice cream or desserts of any kind. If it isn’t in the house, I’m not eating it!

  • nicole February 8, 2012, 2:36 pm

    take a vitamin! daily 🙂

  • Jordan@almondjay February 8, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I get off the bus early and walk a bit longer to my office or home instead of riding all the way there. Just getting in a few more healthy steps where I can.

  • Amy H. February 8, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Whenever I find myself standing in line or just walking somewhere from work, I deliberately try to bring my shoulders back and down, and stand/walk with exceptionally good posture. It opens the chest; I breathe more deeply, and I’m hopefully preventing round shoulders!

  • Kelli Noel February 8, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Daily flossing for me! I’m sick of being scolded at by the dentist…and not getting heart disease is a plus, too!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz February 8, 2012, 2:55 pm

    my daily healthy effort is to start every (at least 5!) day off with a workout! it sets a healthy tone for the day as i drink a lot more water and choose to snack on healthier snackers than if i hadn’t worked out. plus, it’s done and my endorphins are going all day long!

  • Kate February 8, 2012, 2:59 pm

    I walk 30 min every day on my lunch break. It’s a great mental and physical break from a desk job.

  • Tonia February 8, 2012, 3:02 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to get up from my desk every 30 minutes. I had to set a timer that goes off because I used to work for hours at a time without realizing that I wasn’t getting up at all throughout the day. Not good!

  • Kristen February 8, 2012, 3:06 pm

    My best habit is kiiiiind of ridiculous: I call it “pee & squat.” Basically, every time I use the ladies room, I do 20 quick squats. I drink a lot of water, so doing this several times a day seems like a workout! 🙂

  • Durka February 8, 2012, 3:13 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to utilize my stability ball that I keep near my desk for some quick exercise in between getting work done! I also rotate sitting on the ball and my chair.

  • Julie February 8, 2012, 3:16 pm

    My daily health effort is to drink more water. I leave a bottle on my desk at work and next to my bed at home. At work, I make small “competitions” with myself to drink the whole bottle before a certain time. Adds a little something extra to the work day!

  • Lindsay February 8, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Boppy, boppy, boppy! AMAZING.

  • Meg February 8, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I try to make a side salad to eat with dinner every night. It helps me get in more veggies and I don’t go back for second helpings of the main course as often.

    I have also reintroduced green tea into my afternoon routine. Love it!

    • Meg February 8, 2012, 3:22 pm

      Also, I write in a 5 year line-a-day journal every night before I turn out the light. It’s a great way to reflect on the day and I really look forward to reading the entries from the previous year.

      Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

      I really recommend doing this!

  • Hilary February 8, 2012, 3:22 pm

    My daily health effort is that before I leave the house for school every morning I look at myself in the mirror and say 3 things I like about myself. After recovering from an eating disorder these daily positive thoughts have really helped me feel more confident in the skin I am in 🙂

  • Chelsea February 8, 2012, 3:23 pm

    Walking my dog 3 times a day!

  • adie (all of the above) February 8, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I always have a couple pieces of fruit in my desk at work. It helps motivate me to grab a healthy snack when I’m bored (I eat when I’m bored), or even legitimately hungry.

  • Erin February 8, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Hot water with lemon is the best way to start my day. That and a green smoothie… Can’t go a day without one!

  • Lindsey Gail February 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

    I think that making a holistic effort to combine the physical and mental health aspects into your everyday life is essential. As I started to consider what daily healthy habit that I partake in, it was harder than I thought! Then I realized that I am good about bringing a full water bottle everywhere, even to the grocery store.

  • Elaina February 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

    I eat a banana with breakfast every morning to start my day with fruit. I also have instant oatmeal stashed everywhere so I always have a healthy snack!

  • Angela February 8, 2012, 3:44 pm

    I try to eat either a fruit or a vegetable as well as a protein at every meal.

  • Vanessa February 8, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I try to use my neti pot in the morning and before I go to bed. I have chronic allergies and nasal polyps and it totally helps prevent congestion.

  • Magda February 8, 2012, 3:50 pm

    I’m trying to reduce my coffee to one cup in the morning (or at least one cup normal coffee and the rest, if any, decaf). I succeeded today despite having a terrible night with maybe 4-5 hours of sleep 🙂 However, to avoid falling asleep at my desk in the office, I had to keep drinking water – somehow it helps me stay awake. I think I PR-ed in the amount of water I drank during one day. At one point I had a feeling that with one more cup of water my stomach would turn into a fish tank 😉

  • cait February 8, 2012, 3:52 pm

    my daily health habit is trying to drink more water so i literally carry around a MILK JUG filled with water. Keep in mind I’m about 5’1 and look ridiculous carrying it but it helps 🙂

  • Kim February 8, 2012, 3:54 pm

    My one small healthy effort: trying more water everyday. This has helped my runs a lot.

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  • Kristen February 8, 2012, 4:04 pm

    My healthy effort is to try to aim to eat a few different types of veggies a day.

  • Amanda's Notebook February 8, 2012, 4:09 pm

    One healthy habit that I have started to make conscious is to have a green veggie with lunch and dinner.

    If we’re eating out and what I want doesn’t come with veggies I will ask for a side of broccoli, spinach, asparagus, whatever… And then eat that first so that I won’t get full and then not eat it.

  • Jessica February 8, 2012, 4:10 pm

    I start my day like you Caitlin…I drink a big glass of water right when I get out of the shower each morning. It hydrates me and wakes me up.

  • Kristen February 8, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Each morning, I take the time while I’m getting ready to tell myself all the things I’m grateful for. I list all the aspects of my life that I am truely thankful for!

    This starts my day off with confidence and happiness!


  • Sara February 8, 2012, 4:10 pm

    My small action to keep myself healthy is to pack myself a perfectly sized lunch and snack that won’t leave me wanting more (and running to a vending machine) but won’t overload my calories!

    This, along with a healthy breakfast makes it easier on my health and conscious in case I do not do so well for dinner!

  • Cindy February 8, 2012, 4:11 pm

    I drink a gallon of water a day. When I drink those final drops I feel like I’ve won the olympics. 🙂

  • Amanda February 8, 2012, 4:15 pm

    My daily healthy habit: start off my day with a clear, positive mindset and also a banana. Definitely need to drink more water, though!

  • Haley February 8, 2012, 4:20 pm

    My daily healthy habit is being a mindful eater during breakfast. I make sure I always sit down, sip my coffee, and enjoy my meal.. I like to begin my day this way!

  • Denise February 8, 2012, 4:22 pm

    My daily healthy habit:
    Make someone else’s DAY………
    The POWER of improving someone else’s life cascades over into EVERY aspect of my own life……… work wise, fitness wise, religion wise, you name it……..boosting up someone else ALWAYS sends GREAT Karma back my way….and my life is so much richer for the effort!!!!!!!!!

  • Johanna B February 8, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I start the day with a nice hot cup of green tea. Soothing and it helps me start the day slowly.

  • Rebecca February 8, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I wake up early every morning (well…7:30. I’m a college student so that’s as early as it’s going to get) to allow time to eat a real breakfast, read some blogs, make sure my apartment is in order, PACK MY LUNCH (it saves SO MUCH money!!) and walk to school without feeling rushed. It starts my day on the right foot and I feel better able to tackle anything that comes my way!

  • Sara February 8, 2012, 4:26 pm

    For physical health I leave a water bottle on my desk at work and aim to fill it up at least 4 times each day. And for my mental health I drive home from work in silence to decompress from the day! It sounds crazy, but it has made a huge difference!

  • Laura @ LauraLivesLife February 8, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I try to smile like an idiot on my drive to work, especially when I’m in a bad mood – I’m a big believer in choosing our moods, and something about making myself smile helps to put me in a better mood!

  • Lauren February 8, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Everyday, I try to make sure I eat a good breakfast that will fuel me through my busy day at school until lunch. Along with this, I try to make sure I am well hydrated-which is hard to do as a high school student!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 8, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I’ve recently started drinking a glass of water in the morning, too! One of my small healthy habits is to take the stairs whenever possible. I live in a third-floor walk-up, so I don’t really have much choice if I want to get to my apartment 🙂 But I also take the stairs instead of the elevator at school, and I walk up and down escalators instead of standing on them. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Kimberly February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

    One mentally healthy habit I do each day is exchange emails with my sister. We both have crazy busy schedules (she’s a mom to four with two toddlers, I have a full-time job and am in grad school…), and we live far apart, but it’s nice to take a few minutes to check in with her before I start my day.

  • Sarah February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

    I exercise in the morning before work. It gets me started on the right track and leads to a good day of healthy eating. I always find excuses after work to not exercise. Doing it in the morning gets it out of the way bright and early!

  • laura February 8, 2012, 4:48 pm

    i carry a water bottle around with me so that i drink water all day long and don’t have to buy a $3 bottle of water when i get thirsty!

  • Megan February 8, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I write a list of “5 Little Things” in my journal each night, that I want to accomplish the next day. These things range from shaving my legs (yes, I need to be reminded), and working out. Then I have a blueprint for the next day, instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the things I feel I “should” be doing.

  • MaryBeth February 8, 2012, 5:04 pm

    I had a kidney stone in December (yuck!) so I am keeping up with my hydration! I make sure I finish a 32oz water bottle by 230pm!

  • Jeri February 8, 2012, 5:05 pm

    everyday i remind myself why i am fighting my eating disorder, and that i deserve to be healthy 🙂

  • Lindsay February 8, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Every day I take a walk. No if’s and’s or buts. It does me good mentally and physically and there is never a good enough excuse for me to not have that!

  • Katie February 8, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I get up at 5am every morning before work and get my workout in…once I’ve worked out, I am ready to start my day 🙂

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon February 8, 2012, 5:19 pm

    My daily effort starts first thing in the morning with a 6am workout–it definitely gives me physical and mental energy for the day 🙂

  • Danielle February 8, 2012, 5:22 pm

    At the end of each day, I write down 3 good things that happened that day, and why they happened.

  • Fiona February 8, 2012, 5:23 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to avoid snacking while I’m cooking dinner. Even if I’m ravenous I try to stay strong because snacking pre-meal ruins my appetite and I take in more carby snacks than nourishing dinner food.

  • Tamara February 8, 2012, 5:31 pm

    My healthy effort would be to stick to my training schedule. I love crossing an item off the list. It feels nice! Love your blog!

  • Meagan February 8, 2012, 5:35 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to be aware of what kind of food I’m eating. I like to learn where my food came from, whether or not it was local, and how it was prepared. Being armed with this knowledge has really helped me choose healthier options since I made a commitment to being the best me that I can be!

  • Rebecca February 8, 2012, 5:37 pm

    I try to make someone’s day everyday and i walk to & from school most of the time and it helps me rejuvenate! Also I’d like Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You please 🙂

  • April February 8, 2012, 5:49 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to take a few long slow breaths when I first wake up while sitting on the edge of the bed. It helps me to center myself before jumping into the craziness of the day.

  • Heather February 8, 2012, 5:54 pm

    I take my daily vitamin every morning with breakfast!

  • Chelsey M February 8, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I do 20 minutes of exercise everyday. It is what keeps me going. When I don’t do it I feel anxious all day.

  • Abby February 8, 2012, 6:00 pm

    My daily effort is drinking fresh juice in the morning. As a full-time college senior who work 2 jobs, I often don’t have time for real and/or nutritious meals. Part of that is that I’m not doing so well preparing meals the night before (perhaps my next healthy change?). So every morning I make fresh juice (I usually do an apple, two carrots, half a cucumber, two stalks of celery, two/three kale leaves, and some ginger). It’s not quite a full day’s serving of fruit and veggies, but it’s definitely better than nothing, plus it gives me a ton of energy in the morning.

  • carmen February 8, 2012, 6:02 pm

    I make sure I take a lunch break away from my desk – even if it’s just 15 minutes – instead of eating at my desk while answering emails.

  • sarah r. February 8, 2012, 6:08 pm

    You stole mine! Well, mine is mostly the same: to drink a glass of water with lemon each morning, as i’ve read/researched that that is the best way to aid in digestion later in the day. 🙂

  • Jenna February 8, 2012, 6:26 pm

    I start my morning with a smoothie and a good stretch. It helps to wake me up and fill me up for the long day ahead! And bonus, it gives me a chance to experiment with different smoothie recipes each day.

  • Christin February 8, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I always start my day with a healthy breakfast. Usually one egg and a while scrambled, raspberries or other fruit, and 1/4 avocado. It only take a few minutes, I love breakfast, and if nothing else happens that day, at least I know I got some good nutrients in! 🙂

  • Kathryn February 8, 2012, 6:36 pm

    I live close to campus, so on days I have class, I wake up telling myself I’ll walk instead of drive. So far its worked every time!

  • Tashia February 8, 2012, 6:36 pm

    I make sure I eat something for breakfast. Even if it’s small, it still starts my metabolism and gets me going in the morning. Plus its the most important meal of the day!

  • Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo February 8, 2012, 6:37 pm

    I try to take 5 minutes everyday to do nothing and just let my mind relax!

  • Anne February 8, 2012, 6:46 pm

    My small effort is to stop complaining, criticizing, and gossiping! I got a bracelet from, and it is a day by day effort, for sure, but it is paying off!

  • Heidi February 8, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I eat breakfast every day-even if that means I have to take it to work with me and eat when I get there. I always skipped breakfast in the past and this has helped me avoid that “ohmygod! I’m STARVING!” feeling.

  • Melissa February 8, 2012, 7:11 pm

    As for healthy food options to start my day, I stick to peanut butter toast with a banana on top and a little yogurt. I like the dose of potassium, protein, fiber, and calcium. For a healthy mental start to my day, I look to one positive encounter or situation and replay that when my day gets stressful. Last week, one of my more fortunate students gave a less fortunate student a formal dress for the upcoming dance. No questions asked and no expectations for something in return! That positive situation got me through a lot of stressful ones!!

  • Alexandra February 8, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Stay active: whether it be a long run or yoga or going for a walk, staying active makes me feel better physically and mentally. Win- win situation!

  • Lacey February 8, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Flossing every night before bed is one of my healthy habits. It’s not fun, but I am always glad when I’m done. Congrats on your new books and thanks for the giveaway!

  • hippierunner February 8, 2012, 7:25 pm

    When I pack my bag for the day, I always make sure to have a baggie of nuts in there so I can have something healthy to snack on.

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny February 8, 2012, 7:47 pm

    My healthy habit is also water related. I make sure to carry my refill-able water bottle with my everywhere, and refill it throughout the day. Having the bottle is better for the environment, and better for me!

  • Hillary February 8, 2012, 7:49 pm

    I walk to work from campus everyday instead of driving.

  • Maren February 8, 2012, 8:05 pm

    I make sure I always have water at my desk during work because when I get home at night, I’m not very good at keeping hydrated! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shelley February 8, 2012, 8:08 pm

    My one habit i do for myself everyday is to carve out some time for myself to do a daily yoga practice. I,like everyone else, find i’m so busy with my kids, school, studying, relationships and well just life in general that if i don’t make time for yoga then i’m not as centred and find it much harder to cope.

  • Anne Weber-Falk February 8, 2012, 8:11 pm

    I stretch and the practice some good breathing. I find that I start my day much more relaxed when I do this. Shoulders and neck are less tense, legs are loose, fingers no longer sore and tight.

  • Amy February 8, 2012, 8:17 pm

    I start each morning with a huge glass of water.

  • Martha February 8, 2012, 8:20 pm

    One of my longest-running (and easiest!) healthy habits is to eat fresh produce at every meal and snack. This is especially good for those days when you want a PB&J rather than a salad — go ahead and have the sandwich, just add an apple or some bell pepper strips to the side. Easy!

  • JennB@BeMe February 8, 2012, 8:21 pm

    My daily healthy effort is to start the morning with a smile and remember to smile throughout the day.

  • Kristin February 8, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I take frequent breaks from my computer so my body doesn’t get too stressed out. Sometimes I stretch. Sometimes I empty the dishwasher (I work from home). Other times I play with my dog.

  • Kristin February 8, 2012, 8:30 pm

    (sorry – somehow put the wrong website in the first one)

    I take frequent breaks from my computer so my body doesn’t get too stressed out. Sometimes I stretch. Sometimes I empty the dishwasher (I work from home). Other times I play with my dog.

  • Lindsay February 8, 2012, 8:56 pm

    I tell myself I’m going to have a good day and try to think “positive” the moment I wake up. If I fill my head with positivity then I’m more likely to continue the theme the rest of the day.

  • Marissa C February 8, 2012, 9:01 pm

    I keep a cup of water at my desk…I’m always looking for a reason to get up so I fill it

  • Katie R February 8, 2012, 9:11 pm

    Everyday I pack exercise clothes and shoes and leave them in my car. This way I set my intention that I hope to work out that day. It doesn’t always happen, but by making a conscious effort to prepare to exercise, I am more likely do it.

  • Nicole February 8, 2012, 9:17 pm

    I use an app on my phone to remind me to drink lots of water and it works! Thanks to breastfeeding I always feel thirsty, I even drink more than the recommended 8 glasses a day!

  • Lindsey February 8, 2012, 9:20 pm

    I try to get in 10 or so minutes of something physical, it always makes me feel so much better- even if it’s only 10 minutes!

  • Sara February 8, 2012, 9:26 pm

    I make sure to devote at least 10 minutes of every day, spending time with my dog … giving him 100% of my attention. Most days its a nice quiet walk, other days, we play fetch in the backyard (or inside if the weather is bad). I give him lots of praise and hugs and he gives me lots of kisses and tail wags! It’s very therapeutic for both of us, always brings a smile to my face and calms my racing thoughts for a bit!

  • Katie February 8, 2012, 9:31 pm

    My healthy habit I do everyday is to carry a water bottle with me at all times. I drink at least 6 full bottles [750ml] a day, which keeps me hydrated and happy!

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on your books! I adore you and am a devoted reader. You inspire me! Every night, I try my best to follow good sleep hygiene practices (e.g., technology shut-down at least an hour before I want to fall asleep, engaging in light peaceful stretching, or quiet thought reflection, and trying my best to balance my day to get 8 hours of sleep/night). When I don’t focus in sleep hygiene, I notice I make excuses for myself throughout the day…For example, “I didn’t get enough sleep, so I can put this off, or I deserve an extra serving of ___, or I better take an exercise rest day” etc!

    Have a beautiful day, Caitlin!

  • Caitlin February 8, 2012, 9:33 pm

    I bring healthy snacks with me wherever I go – fruit and veggies, nuts, Larabars – so I’m never hungry when I’m out and about and tempted to buy something unhealthy!

  • Jackie February 8, 2012, 9:39 pm

    I try to eat veggies when I can. Makes me feel better.

  • Autumn February 8, 2012, 9:39 pm

    I make sure to leave my running shoes by my front door whenever I take them off (unlike my other shoes that I keep stashed under the bed). So that any errands I run or visits I make are made with an extra spring in my step, a faster pace, and energetic, positive attitude! 🙂

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 8, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Getting Up before my kids in the morning for some quiet me time. Essential

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 8, 2012, 9:50 pm

    I try to always eat one dark green and one orange vegetable per day!

  • Courtney February 8, 2012, 9:56 pm

    My healthy effort is taking the stairs, instead of the elevator!

  • Jane February 8, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Mine is bringing a water bottle to work every day so I drink more water!

  • Ally February 8, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I try to make small changes everyday. I’ll park farther away so I can walk/run more. I’ll add in vegetables to my dinner. I’ll take time to pause and meditate. I’ll reward myself (in a healthy way) for making healthy efforts. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, run 5 more minutes than planned. Motivate myself! 🙂

  • Tracy February 8, 2012, 10:34 pm

    Everyone has said things I do as far as fitness and water drinking!

    One thing that makes my day better is always waking up my baby so I can see him before I leave for work! I used to let him sleep since my husband is still asleep too, but I found that it makes a big difference in my mood! I feel so much better when I can hold him for a few minutes and say good bye to him!!!

  • Kate February 8, 2012, 10:40 pm

    I have really been focusing on drinking more water and eliminating all diet sodas. I’m hoping this will help curb my sweet tooth!

  • Anna @ Blissfully Banana February 8, 2012, 11:02 pm

    My small healthy effort is eating a good breakfast, lately it’s been oatmeal with almonds and bananas! Carbs, Fat, Protein and a serving of fruit! 😀

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 11:12 pm

    I write notes in my daughters’ lunch each day that capture something I’ve noticed them doing that I want to appreciate and reinforce. (For example, one of today’s was, “You are determined! After you fell down skiing, you got right back up and kept on going. I am impressed and inspired! Have a fantastic day! I love you.”) Even though it may not be intuitive, I consider it something that I do for me as much as for them – it reminds me of the bigger picture – it helps me build gratitude, notice and nurture the good things in life, and keeps me in integrity with being the kind of mom I want to be. (It also serves as a mini-journal of good moments to remember – I have kept all the notes I’ve written since preschool so that eventually I can stick them in a photo album as a little time capsule and pick me up.)

    • Julie February 10, 2012, 5:11 pm

      That’s awesome! I used to write a little note to my daughter on her napkin every day she brought her lunch in elementary school. 🙂

  • Laura February 8, 2012, 11:13 pm

    I aim to exercise for 15 minutes a day, no matter how low-intensity it has to be. Not only do I usually end up exercising more than that, but also find myself unconsciously stepping up the intensity as I get more fit.

  • Steph February 8, 2012, 11:14 pm

    My effort is making time for me!!! My days are usually packed and have me on the go. However, I always find some amount of time that I dedicate to nurture myself 🙂

  • Rachel February 8, 2012, 11:15 pm

    I try to sit up straight at work. I often find myself slouching, especially when I’m sitting on the floor working with my patients. I have noticed less neck/shoulder tension and stronger abs!!

  • Jenna Z February 8, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I ALWAYS take the stairs at work, even if it’s sometimes awkward and someone is holding the elevator for me and I have to politely say “Thanks anyway, I’m headed for the stairs.” I always hope they don’t think I just don’t want to ride up with them, but I’ve made a commitment to myself to walk up those four flights each and every day, every time, no excuses. 🙂

  • Cassandra February 8, 2012, 11:21 pm

    My daily health effort is, like you, drinking a glass of water before I eat breakfast. My second daily health effort is taking my daughter on a walk to give her some play time and give me some extra exercise.

  • Ashley @ Granola Grrl February 8, 2012, 11:38 pm

    Mine is not really dramatic or new, but bringing either A.) lunch or B.) snacks to work really helps.

    I work in a Chinese restaurant, and even though I didn’t eat it in my “disordered” days many years ago, Tofu Pad See Ew can be tempting nowadays when I’m in the restaurant for ten hours a day four days a week and don’t want to clock out, put my coat on, drive ten minutes to Subway, order a veggie sub, drive back, and eat it while answering phones/packaging take-outs. (As an aside, tipping when ordering Chinese take-out is always appreciated :))

    Mental health is a different beast altogether. In regards to that, I try to take fifteen minutes either at the beginning or the end of the day to sit down and reflect. It’s not really meditating, per se…more like “So, you freaked out about such-and-such – calm your ass down, and think about WHY you reacted like you did and also how you’ll react in the future.” Has saved me from a lot of bad freak-outs.

  • Kyla February 8, 2012, 11:46 pm

    My daily healthy effort is working out before class. I’ve been doing 30 day shred so I really have no excuse to not squeeze in an intense 20 minute workout. It doesn’t work every morning, like when I want to run, but I love starting my day on a healthy note 🙂

  • Sarah L February 9, 2012, 12:02 am

    I floss every night. I used to floss sporadically, but I’ve managed to make flossing a habit. Now I love the way my teeth feel when they’re clean and flossed and my mouth feels different when I’ve forgotten to floss.

  • Jolene ( February 9, 2012, 12:07 am

    I spend at least 1 hour every evening before bed completely relaxing … TV, book, whatever!

  • Megan February 9, 2012, 12:29 am

    I am really trying to drink more water and less chemicals ahem diet coke.

  • Melissa Q February 9, 2012, 12:29 am

    I have a LONG way to go but I’m really just trying to catch myself in the negative and fat talk. Small effort, consistently. Trying

  • Jen in TX February 9, 2012, 12:30 am

    I try to view working out like brushing my teeth–something that should be done every day. Even if it is just a 30 minute jog, it adds up to a healthy life.

  • Mandiee February 9, 2012, 12:57 am

    I try to get at least one serving of leafy greens a day, whether in a smoothie, salad, or leafy green wrap.

  • Liz February 9, 2012, 1:24 am

    I start my day off with my vitamins (multi, vitamin D, magnesium) every day 🙂

  • Allie February 9, 2012, 1:32 am

    I make sure I drink a lot of water every day, it is so important to me to be hydrated and makes my skin and everything else feel better 🙂

  • amanda February 9, 2012, 2:43 am

    My small healthy change is regularly buying produce. It doesn’t have to be huge or elaborate, which is how I used to see it. I just pop in when I’m out of bananas or tomatoes and its so nice to know I’ll have some veggies to snack on for a few days. I think I’m worth the trouble to go the grocery store more during the week to buy veggies and fruits!

  • Elaine February 9, 2012, 2:52 am

    My small healthy change is to stay mindful and stay in the present. I’m trying to remind myself that I don’t need to worry about tomorrow, or next week, or next year; nor should I be worrying about yesterday. I just need to stay in the moment and appreciate the little things that make me smile.

  • Jess February 9, 2012, 3:17 am

    Just this week I have focused on my new healthy effort – avoiding buying convenience/fast food for lunches at work. And it’s been going well. My bank account and waistline will be happy.

  • helen @ change comes from within February 9, 2012, 6:13 am

    I try and bring some kind of mindfulness activity into my daily routine – it helps me stay more in the present, be aware of my surroundings and away from the mad chit-chat that can go on in my head and sometimes (and often) play up my anxiety issues.

    Sometimes it’s just running my hand along my desk, or if I have a bit of time, lying down and tensing my muscles by group starting with my toes and working up, it can be box breathing or holding an object like a paperweight, or stone or shell.

    It helps me turn the chatter down for a little bit and just be. Does that make sense?

  • elz February 9, 2012, 6:14 am

    i also try to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning, before my instinct to immediately pour myself a cup of coffee.

    i am trying to remain motivated with my workout routine. if i skip a few days “all is NOT lost!” type of stuff.

    I would love win a copy of Healthy Tipping Point. 🙂

  • jen February 9, 2012, 6:18 am

    my new daily effort is to stop saying “ill try”, and start saying “ill do”. I had just a little fluff weight to lose, and its been SO HARD, bc i stopped being so determined, and as the weight crept up a bit, i started thinking that there was nothing i could do about it. im literally chanting in my head all day long ” i can do this… i can walk away from the plate of cookies at work, i WILL put 300% into my workout today, i WILL finish my workout today”, etc. i never believed people could convince themselves like that, but i already feel so much more empowered!

  • Sonya February 9, 2012, 6:36 am

    Breathe more 🙂 I’ve been going to hot yoga 1x a week and it always feels so good to get in those deep breaths! Need to do it every day!

  • Ashley Arrington February 9, 2012, 6:43 am

    I’ve been drink a glass of water before breakfast, before lunch and before I go to bed. Hydrates me and deminishes snack cravings.

  • Joy February 9, 2012, 6:46 am

    My healthy daily effort is when I’m thirsty I reach for tea rather than soda (I still drink soda but only when I’m wanting the flavor of it not just for thirst)

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 9, 2012, 6:53 am

    Take time to thank God each day for my life, husband, family and material blessings. This really helps me stay focused on what is important in life.

  • Megan February 9, 2012, 6:57 am

    My daily healthy effort has been about getting enough sleep. Instead of staying up to late watching trashy tv, I’ve been making sure my husband and I turn it and head up to bed earlier. I feel so much better in the morning!

  • Maria February 9, 2012, 7:15 am

    My daily effort is to exercise 20 minutes/day. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but with school being so demanding it’s hard to even fit that in!

  • Shoshana February 9, 2012, 7:29 am

    My small healthy effort every day is to drink at least two big Camelbak bottles of water. Being hydrated makes such a difference!

  • Mel February 9, 2012, 7:33 am

    I have work during the day and class at night, so I spend a good 30 mins each night packing lunch, snacks, and dinner for the following day! I always have something healthy when i’m hungry.

  • jen February 9, 2012, 7:36 am

    convince myself to go to the gym on days when i’m just blah or tired — not when i’m sick or need a rest day. i’ve been letting myself slide too much and need to get back on tack to reach my strength goals!

  • Megan E. February 9, 2012, 7:52 am

    I have started texting my boyfriend when there’s a task/workout that I feel I would be likely to skip – he does the same thing. All it takes is: “Hey, I didn’t do my pushups this morning, will you check in to make sure I do them after work?” We are each more likely to accomplish our small goals and we also feel like we’re in it together, as a team. Win-win!

  • Amy Q February 9, 2012, 8:09 am

    I’m focusing HARD on gratitude, positive thoughts and self-actualization. I think I have always been a grateful person, but my first 40 years have wasted a lot of energy on anxiety and worry. I’m leaving that behind.

  • Tricia February 9, 2012, 8:28 am

    I try to read at least one chapter of a non-fiction book. Something that makes me dig deeper!

    • Amy Q February 9, 2012, 3:04 pm

      Love this, Tricia!

  • Amanda February 9, 2012, 8:51 am

    My small healthy effort that I do everyday is move! I try to workout four to five times a week, but life can be busy! I have lost 30 pounds and have kept it off for 3 years now! Everything can become a habit and it’s ultimately choosing the healthy one!

  • Amanda February 9, 2012, 9:47 am

    Glass of water every morning and 5 minutes of meditation every night. Keeps my hydrated and happy 🙂

  • Ali February 9, 2012, 10:07 am

    I tell my daughter 3 things every morning about herself that I love. They are not about her looks but about her personality. She is 2. I’m not sure she gets it, but it sure starts the day out on the right foot for me 🙂

  • Pam February 9, 2012, 10:11 am

    My small healthy effort is being in bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep during the work week. Getting enough sleep sets the tone for me to do other things well – like packing my lunch, getting my gym stuff together and doing a better job at work.

  • Alyse February 9, 2012, 10:45 am

    I’m trying to make the effort to stretch everyday. I do so after exercise but sometimes forget on rest days. I realize how important it is and how good it feels as well, even on rest days.

  • Natalie February 9, 2012, 10:48 am

    Generally, my life consists mostly of healthy habits, which is something I started about three years ago and have never looked back. However, lately, I’ve realized that I may be consuming far too many artificial sweeteners (I’m a little addicted to tea, but it has to be sweet!) so I’ve really made a conscious effort to cut back!

  • Kelly February 9, 2012, 11:19 am

    I am trying to drink a cup of green tea every morning.

  • Mary February 9, 2012, 11:46 am

    I make myself floss and use a fluoride rinse – every night!! Man, sometimes it’s a pain, but it’s worth it to wake up to really really clean teeth 🙂

  • trisha February 9, 2012, 11:49 am

    making more of an effort to stretch each day and take some time to meditate!

  • Caroline H. February 9, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I try and practice compassion on myself. It’s easier said than done! I work in the Social Services field and found that it was easier to have compassion on others who were struggling than practicing it on myself.

    What does it look like? Not beating myself up when I decide to take a rest day from exercise. To remind myself that its okay to say “No” and to set healthy boundaries at work. (No need to feel guilty!) And that it is healthier to commit strongly to 2 to 3 things than half-heartedly say you will do 6 or 7.

    I have found that when extending grace & compassion to myself, my reservoir is often more full and I can then serve other better.

  • Rebecca February 9, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I eat a filling, healthy breakfast! The rest of my day might not go so well, but it always has a good delicious start.

  • Brittany February 9, 2012, 1:07 pm

    I stretch every morning when I get out of bed, so before my day has even started I’ve done something that is good for my body!

  • C.J. February 9, 2012, 1:56 pm

    I drink a cup of green tea in the morning instead of coffee!

  • Kathy February 9, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I try to always eat a really healthy breakfast first thing in the morning, so if I do mess up the rest of the day, I at least started out on a good note and filled my body with something healthy. But sometimes, that also helps me keep going the rest of the day.

  • Kristin February 9, 2012, 5:02 pm

    I like to make sure I’ve eaten at least one serving of fruit and vegetables by lunchtime.

  • Kim February 10, 2012, 7:04 am

    My daily healthy effort is to sleep at least 8 hours each day!

  • Julie February 10, 2012, 5:07 pm

    In the past year I finally started eating breakfast! And instead of a larger lunch, now I eat small snacks in the a.m. & afternoon so my metabolism gets a boost throughout the day.

  • jill February 11, 2012, 11:00 am

    Every day I pack a healthy snack to bring to work. As a teacher, I am on a strict schedule, so after eating lunch at 11:30 I am usually starving by 3:30! The healthy snack I bring keeps me away from unhealthy foods and gets me energized so I have fewer excuses for not hitting the gym after work. Next on my list of small changes – putting my workouts in my Google calendar to make me more accountable!

  • Katie G February 11, 2012, 4:11 pm

    My healthy action will be to space my eating and caloric intake better throughout the day instead of eating very little during the day then packing it all in and being bloated at night!

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