Checking Bad Habits

Despite being the shortest month, I really felt that February took forever to come to a close. At the same time, it feels like 2016 just arrived and I cannot believe we’re already seven days into March.
March Goals - kicking bad habitsFebruary was a good month overall. There were a lot of exciting changes at work, I started working out regularly again and I finally relaunched and rebranded the blog. Through all of the positives February brought along, I definitely picked up some bed habits along the way.

Take out has become way to regular for me, and happy hours way too frequent. I’ve been staying up later for no real reason and most nights, I’m in bed with the iPad binge watching random reruns (America’s Next Top Model is on Hulu, btw).

Late nights lead to getting a late start in the morning (which is when I’m usually the most productive and have the highest levels of energy). The spiral continues throughout the day and by bedtime I’m exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed at how little I’ve gotten done that day.

So it’s definitely time to get it together and add some balance back into my routine. That starts with nixing some bad habits, starting this week.

This week I’m focusing on:

  • Going to bed with a book instead of a screen and getting to sleep by 11pm.
  • Waking up at 5:30 every morning and making breakfast at home.
  • Packing food to get me through the day and making

That’s it for now. Breaking my goals down this way has always proven effective. All about small steps in the right direction that add up to become positive and healthy habits.

What are you focusing on this week?

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  1. March 7, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Overnight oats always help me get through the day! In the morning, you just take it out of the fridge and eat it (you can microwave it too, but I don’t)–no fuss. And it’s a very substantial meal for me. If I’m in a rush, then I’ll just take my jar of oats out with me and eat it in class or something -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Amber
      March 7, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      I’ve tried overnight oats before but I can’t get into them for whatever reason! I love oatmeal, but I guess I just prefer it warm and in that case it’s easier for me to make it stovetop in the morning. But when I want something faster, I’ve been loving green smoothies (I’ll be doing a roundup of my favorite recipes soon).

  2. March 7, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I’ve been doing the same thing at night, and I am so much more productive in the AM before work. I was going to try and set my bedtime for 10pm – how do you live on 6.5 hours a night!?

    • Amber
      March 7, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Haha 10 is usually the goal but I always end up falling asleep closer to 11! Somehow that’s just enough to get me through the day, I think it’s because I move through the morning slowly and fully wake up without rushing into work.

  3. March 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I’ve been trying to get myself to do more daily things such as meditate, yoga and drink more tea. But I have tried to relax more at night, less screen time and more of reading books or listening to music — Dani

    • Amber
      March 7, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      It’s definitely a slow progression. Maybe try adding 5-10 minutes of meditation or yoga into your week a few days a week and increasing it as you’re able.

  4. March 8, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Pleeeeease teach me to subsist on that little sleep. I NEED, LIKE, 10 HOURS.

    • Amber
      March 8, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Haha my body naturally rises early. Even if I fall asleep super late (think 1 or 2am) I’ll be up by 7 at the absolutely latest haha

  5. March 8, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    5:30 in the morning? That’s the one thing I dread about hopefully getting a full time job soon – waking up early! Autoimmune disease makes it so hard to get up in the morning. Looks like you have some great goals to work on this week. Good luck with them all!

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