Routines and Habits

Everyone has habits and routines.  Sometimes we don’t look at why we do what we do. But when you’re a couch potato looking to improve your fitness and health, then examining routines and habits is a requirement.

That said, here are a few of my good habits:

  • I always, always, always eat breakfast. Oatmeal with peanut butter is one of my faves. I ❤ peanut butter.
  • And coffee. Must. Have. Coffee.
  • I do cardio and strength training every week.
  • I stopped adding sugar and artificial sweetener to my food.
  • I love vegetables. And fruit too.
  • I get a good 7.5-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • I drink tea (chamomile and lavender is delish) in the evening after dinner.
  • I am still using My Fitness Pal.


Here are a few not-so-good habits:

  • I binge watch Netflix. I am a couch potato after all.
  • I love me a glass of wine in the evening. Full disclosure – it used to be a shot and a beer, so this is actually a big improvement. Hey, my job is stressful. Don’t judge.
  • I am a really good cookie baker, which means I must taste-test lots of cookies.
  • I am not the person who cooks dinner at my house, which means I am frequently at the whim of whatever concoction Bobby feels like making. Sometimes it’s salmon, and sometimes it’s cheeseburgers.
  • We eat out. A lot. Once a week on average.
  • My boss brings potato chips to our weekly meetings and I eat several handfuls. Well, he does go to the trouble of buying those chips for us, the least I can do is eat them, right? Right.

My weekday routine is to wake up really early (hello, 5 am), get myself together, make oatmeal, throw a lunch together (usually leftovers, but lately yogurt and fruit), walk the dogs, and get to school for 7:15. All I can say about this routine is that it is not much fun. I like spending some time with the pups before I leave for the day, but this means we are walking the neighborhood in the dark. And no headlamp, iPhone flashlight, or doggie collar light makes that feel like morning. It feels like we are walking in the dead of night, surrounded by bears, coyotes, the undead perhaps, and maybe even a chupacabra. My neighborhood creeps me out when it’s dark, is what I’m saying.

Lotus with Bob’s shoe


Then it’s work, work, work all day. I am a high school counselor who travels between two campuses so I do a lot of walking and moving around. I am not stuck to a desk. I like that. And most days I’m pretty busy. I don’t tend to eat out (I just realized that’s a good habit!)I bring my lunch, or stop at a grocery store to stock up on healthy foods. I’ve been shopping at a store that prominently displays NuVal scores, which is so helpful in choosing nutritional foods over junk (bonus good habit!).

After school I either go to the gym for a 30-45 minute workout or go home and workout there. I must admit, I am much more motivated in the beginning of the week than later. And by Friday all I want to do is come home, sit down with a glass of wine and watch Lost episodes on Netflix. I suppose if I exercised 3 or 4 times (my weekday goal, but rarely achieved unfortunately) then this would be a great reward. I should try that. Most days my gym bag is packed and in the car. Full disclosure – I don’t always get there.

So this little post topic was helpful. I can see where I could use some improvement. I have made progress and will continue to do so, figuring out how to bust through roadblocks, and motivational lulls. Guess I gotta figure out how to get 3-4 weekday workouts in, and avoid the potato chip meetings. Or how about 1 handful instead of 3?

Anyone want to share? Good habits, bad habits, routines? Favorite potato chips? My favorite chip is any and all. I’m not picky. Although I don’t really understand clam-flavored chips, but anything else – salt and vinegar, barbecue, sweet potato? Count me in.

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