Eat. Live. Be. – A Day in the Life

| March 21, 2011 | 6 Comments

We had a beautiful weekend, filled with hikes and playing and seeing good friends. And Will had his first track team practice. Then it snowed this morning. Crazy.

Anyway, it’s Monday and that means Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011. Today’s topic is A Day in the Life, which is all about giving a concrete look at how you are tackling your goals.

It took me a few tries to write this post, because I didn’t want to bore you with the mundane. Everyone gets up and does their usual mix of work, home stuff and eats. So I figured an overview of my practices and philosophy would be a better way to go.

Basically, no two days are the same, but there are some constants:

  • I always eat breakfast, though it’s not always traditional breakfast (case in point: Sauteed Leeks on French Bread).
  • I try to pack as many veggies and fruits in as I can. We have a basket of fruit on the counter, and when I find myself heading toward a snack attack, I grab an apple or banana or whatever. When we’re in a rush (like last night), and I feed the kids dinner early, then I have a veggie-filled dinner much later. Last night’s involved a lot of roasted broccoli, a good amount of sweet potatoes and two little super hot chicken wings.
  • Though I don’t exercise formally often, I do get a workout in daily. Lately, that’s meant lots of yard work, and it’s really hard core — everything hurts today. But, then again, that could be the planks, crunches and push-ups I did yesterday. Still, an hour or two of heavy duty raking (we have a gravel driveway … and that gravel all has to be raked out of the grass back onto said driveway come spring) is a good workout.
  • We take walks and hikes whenever we can. In fact, I have fallen so much in love with hikes and walks that I am planning to get the kids and I some hike-friendly shoes so that we don’t have to worry about slippage anymore. Shawn already has some.
  • I’ve basically cut out all soda, save maybe one a week. Instead, I drink mostly water … and a little OJ. And coffee every morning.
  • Red meat is a once in a while thing for me. I stick with lean proteins (chicken, fish, beans) and lots of veggies.
  • If I fail to workout all day, I will march in place while watching TV at night.

How about you? What’s your health/fitness daily life like?

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Joanne says:

    I think the changes that you’ve made and the way you’re tackling this – through small totally maintainable steps – is awesome! If I had a yard to rake, I would totally use it for exercise. And I love your veggie-ful dinners! Good stuff.

  2. patsy says:

    I always eat breakfast, some mornings I manage to get it in at home but others I end up eating it at work. I am working on improving at getting it prepped ahead of time.

  3. Kate says:

    I love some of your philosophies.

  4. Allison says:

    I am really liking your non formal exercise. It makes such sense and you are getting in a workout, giving your home some love and spending time with your kids. I am going to go for a hike “nature walk” with my kids this weekend.

  5. These all sound like things I do. I try to excersise routinely and have been trying to talk myself into being a runner to no avail ;) I love hiking and tennis and pilates however so I do those and then I usually gain the energy to do even more, like resistance training ect.
    I also carry around home made snack bags full of mixed nuts, seeds and fruit and I always have a BIG re-usable bottle of water with me at all times.

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to join Eat.Live.Be. I’m on the facebook page but how do I find out what the topic of the week will be so I can plan a post on it?
    Thanks!

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