So Quaker asked what 5 small steps I’m taking toward a healthier lifestyle in the new year.  I had to think about it because it’s not like I made a bulleted list when the new year started, but I did realize that I do have some changes I’ve made and hope to continue through the new year.  They are:

1) A 10-mile run.  This week, I signed up to run the longest run I’ve ever done: the Broad Street 10 Mile Race here in Philadelphia.  It’s a big deal here in Philly and while I’ve been running for years, I’ve never had a goal and I decided I needed one.  Broad Street will be my running goal for the year.

2) Chill out.   I’m a spaz, no doubt about it.  I talk fast, I type fast, everything I do is in a big hurry.  I’m hoping I can take a deep breath and slow things down this year. It’s hard!  But I’m making a conscious effort with little things – just talking – to slow it down.

3) A cleaner house.  I’ve been pretty good since early January hit to just take a few minutes each day to clean up a little better.  It’s amazing what just 5 additional minutes focused on cleaning can do for your house!

4) Meal planning.  I’m trying to get more organized with our family meals.  I find I spend less at the grocery store and we eat healthier if I plan ahead!

5) Healthier snacks. I want the quick snack I grab when I’m on the run to be a healthy one!  Thankfully there are great options on the market these days for healthy and delicious snacks, right?

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  1. Wow! Great giveaway! Good Luck on your Run!!!!!

  2. I’m doing good on my new year’s resolution! Hope you are too.

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