21 Days to Make or Break a Habit

caramelOne thing I struggle with constantly is eating a healthy breakfast. If you know me, you know my breakfast typically consists of a venti non-fat caramel macchiato. Yep. That’s usually it.

Eating breakfast is crucial to not only training harder but also to weight loss and muscle gain. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. It fires up your metabolism. Eating a healthy breakfast on a consistent basis will reduce your evening food cravings. (Sound familiar?)

So what’s the problem? Why are we ALL not eating breakfast?!?

Even though I am a morning person, I find it difficult to make time for breakfast on the weekdays. To achieve my goal of eating breakfast during the week, I decided to identify 3-5 healthy items I could store in my desk or in the refrigerator at work.

Here is my list:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • instant oatmeal
  • walnuts
  • bananas
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • string cheese

Other ideas that won’t work for me, but might work for you:

  • apples with peanut butter
  • greek yogurt with granola
  • cottage cheese with fruit

They say it takes 21 days to make – or break – a habit. For the rest of the month of December, I plan to track my breakfast on a calendar. (I actually started yesterday.) Hopefully, by the end of the month, breakfast will be a habit. Of course, I’d also like to break my Starbucks habit but one step at a time!

By the way, the key word here is healthy. A  healthy breakfast consists of fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, milk, nuts and meat all contain protein. Good sources of fiber are whole-grain bread, oatmeal, fruits, nuts and vegetables. Oatmeal  and whole grain toast are good choices for carbs.

Have a favorite healthy go to breakfast? Please share it in the comments!

Back on the Wagon

How many times have I stopped and started exercising? I start an exercise program, begin losing the pounds and seeing the results, only to allow life to get in the way. School starts. My schedule gets hectic. The first thing to go is my exercise regimen.

Look people. The fact is…I’m getting *ahem* old. Okay…let’s go with old-er. I no longer lose weight as easily as I did when I was young-er. And it is only going to get hard-er and hard-er.

Today I ran a few miles with my girlfriend, April. April is part of the reason I started this blog. Somehow, two years ago, she convinced me to run a half-marathon. Actually, I don’t know who convinced who that it was a good idea. Either way, we did it! We bought new running shoes. We joined a training group. We trained in the cold of winter during the Snowpacalypse. We ran – and finished – a half-marathon.

And then we did nothing…for a long time.

Today we ran together at the Celery Bog and discussed why we can’t seem to stay on the exercise wagon. Neither of us had an answer. Well, I do have a theory that my personality type just doesn’t help…but that is another blog.

Long story short – April and I are back on the wagon. Stay tuned because I have some very exciting news to share in the near future!