Let’s Get Active: Stretching

One of my goals for 2018 is to incorporate stretching into my regular routine. I have this goal because I want to become better at yoga, have less tightness when I spin, and have better posture.

To help me achieve this goal I have a stretching plan that I try to do 3 times per week. I came up with this plan by doing a little research online, deciding which stretches felt good, and what areas of my body needed more flexibility.

So far this year I have really noticed a difference:

  • My yoga practice has improved
  • My hips are less tight
  • I have less back pain

I usually do these stretches in the evenings while I watch TV. The whole sequence of stretches only takes about 15 minutes.

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Meal Planning/Prep 101

I am known for being quite the planner. I plan my workouts, I plan time hanging out with friends and family, I plan activities at work, and I especially plan my meals. Every week I sit down and map out a plan for what I am going to cook for the week. I believe that this practice has really helped me to be successful in my weight loss. Every week I know exactly what I need to eat and there is very little wiggle room. This helps me to stay on track and not get caught up in cravings.

So, in hopes of inspiring you to start meal planning I wanted to provide a Meal Planning/Prep 101 post. I will walk you step-by-step through my meal planning/prep process. By following this process it should help save some money at the grocery store and to stay on your healthy eating plan!

Step 1: Find a good way to record your meal planning

I prefer to use pen and paper for this step. But you could easily use an app or computer program to record your meal planning. You need to have somewhere you can have a weekly calendar and a grocery list. You will be referring back to this record frequently to know what to buy and when to prep and eat your meals.

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