A month into our small goals challenge and I am happy to say that we are doing great. We are really trying to focus on 5 fundamental things for the next few months: family, fitness, food, routine and rest.
I have increased my water intake by making one tiny change when I breastfeed baby. Before I sit down to feed him, I grab my refillable water bottle and make sure that I drink the entire thing before I finish his feeding session. When I am out, I make sure I have a bottle of water with me so that I can drink it while I am doing my errands as well.
Did you know that your cells shrink when you don’t drink enough water or that newborn babies’ bodies are 75% water? I didn’t either but you can get tons more information from here.
My kids are also getting more water as they have been each taking a refillable water container to school instead of sugar-filled drink boxes which is saving on the garbage and getting them the water they need everyday. I also made some fun ice cubes for the kids to use in their cups as well which they love at dinner. It’s super easy. I just cut up some fresh strawberries, grapes and apple and put them into a silicone mold and filled each one with water and froze them. When you put them in the cups and they melt you get the natural flavours of the fruit to enjoy in your water.
I have also been trying to take more “me” time which is difficult being a mom but I also know that it’s important for me to take care of myself so that I can truly take care of my kids. I have started by getting more rest. Having a new baby is draining and since my husband is home with us on parental leave, I can take naps during the day when baby sleeps since he can watch our older son. I have also tried to get to bed a little earlier at night if baby lets me because sleep is important for our overall health.
The winter weather hasn’t been too harsh recently either, which has made it easy to go for a walk after dinner. We don’t go for too long but it’s 20 minutes more than we were doing.
I think another big reason we are doing so well with our little goals is because we have added the changes to our regular every day routine. Routine is so important for my house because there are so many of us. Things run much more smoothly when we have routine. Although I do love the lazy laid-back days when school is out for the summer, routine helps all of us. This was we can add more water drinking, meal planning, and a little bit of exercise to the routine and the whole family benefits while having fun because we are doing it together. Visit Todaysparent.com/family/5-routines- of-healthy- families for more tips on setting a routine with your family.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nestle Pure Life but as always my opinion is my own