How to Improve Your Health Without Breaking the Bank

How to Improve Your Health Without Breaking the Bank - Chic and Domestic
How to Improve Your Health Without Breaking the Bank – Chic and Domestic
Not only is everyone hyper focused on their finances in the New Year, but people are also checking for their health! Which they obviously should be of course. Just like your money, health is wealth.

One of my personal goals for the New Year was to really take the time to invest the time and dedication to my health. The more I started to mentally plan for what I wanted to try to do to reach that goal the more I realized just how much your fitness and your finances go hand in hand.

1. Buy Groceries
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Abs are made in the kitchen?” well, maybe you don’t necessarily want abs, but health essentially starts, in the kitchen. Really start to plan for your grocery trips, maybe even start to enjoy grocery shopping, grab healthier food options, and slowly improve your game plan every trip. Not only will your body thank you, but your wallet will definitely appreciate the decline of your overactive swiping in your favorite local drive through line or restaurant.

2. … Actually Cook What You Bought
Hmm, yes I’m talking to you. Mr. or Ms. “I go to the store to buy fruits and veggies and still manage to let them rot while I eat pizza and take out.” I see you. I’m sure we’ve all done it, or at least I know I have countless times (shame on me!). No more of that this year. When you do your grocery shopping, actually come home and cook the delicious food that you bought. Just a really easy step to ensure that you’re giving your body the right things, and also that you’re not wasting money.

Check out my post “Meal Planning 101. How I Meal Plan for my Family of 5” to learn some tips to meal plan for your own family!

3. Make Leftovers (Or Meal Prep)
While you’re cooking those delicious healthy food options, why not plan ahead and make a little bit extra. After all, it was probably hard enough to even make it to this step if this isn’t something you’re always use to doing. Why over complicate the process when you could just do some quick and easy, lazy meal prep? Making extra means that you’ll have food on hand, healthy food at that, and it cuts down the need for you to reach for something quick and unhealthy when you’re hungry.

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4. Make a Plan When Splurging
I can’t expect you to never eat out. For some people, getting out and being social is a priority for them, and the worst thing you could do during a lifestyle change is to deprive yourself completely. Something small that you can do when you know that you’ll be going out is to make a plan. Look over the menu online and find something that won’t really throw you too far off of all of your healthy progress. It also helps when you’re cautious of your coins because you can plan your outing earlier or later to catch lunch or late night specials. I’ve even gone to grab something from my favorite fast food place to treat myself, and instead of spending a few extra dollars and a lot of extra calories on a whole meal, I opted for just the entrée and made some sort of salad or fresh veggies at home. Balance!

4.5 Always grab a To Go box!
When making plans to go out, try to plan to bring home a To Go box. It helps you eat a smaller portion, and it also means you get to enjoy your splurge the following day.

5. Drink your water!
Whether you’re at home, or out to eat, drinking water is going to be both the healthiest and financially feasible option for you. Your body will thank you for hydrating it with something fresh and sugar free, and you don’t have to worry about overspending on sugary drinks with empty calories. Water, Water, Water. You can never have too much of it.

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7 Budget Friendly Health and Fitness Hacks

7 Budget Friendly Health and Fitness Hacks – Chic and Domestic
7 Budget Friendly Health and Fitness Hacks – Chic and Domestic

Going on a health and fitness journey can be hard enough! Trust me, I’m doing it. Some days are great, some days are better than others, some days are difficult to push through.

Being a busy mom on a budget, I try to find ways to do everything with my wallet in mind. When I decided that it was really time to take my health, and fitness seriously, I went shopping. TOTALLY not necessary, but ehh doing a little bit of budgeted shopping makes me feel like I’m taking things a bit more serious. If I spend money on it, I’m going through with it! No questions asked.

Looking at my health as an investment, there were a few things that I wanted to purchase to better equip myself with what I needed to stay consistent.

1. Utilize the Outdoors
The most budget friendly fitness hack I can give is to utilize the outdoors. Go outside! Get yourself some much needed Vitamin D. It’s summer, sweat it out! Switch up how you do your daily workouts and change your scenery. Use your backyard or outside deck to do a quick 15 or 30 minute workout routine in between daily tasks. Instead of hitting the gym, go visit your local park or nature trail for a walk or run. I actually tried hiking this summer with my husband (the ex-military/aspiring personal trainer, yea that was fun) and it was a great workout for me.

2. Meal Prepping
Healthy eating has been so much easier for me without the need to stand in front of my refrigerator wondering what I’m going to eat. It also saves me from reaching for a snack vs reaching for a well balanced meal or snack. I’ve also been loving meal prepping for my grocery budget because it saves me from having food go to waste. Clean eating means a lot of fresh ingredients, and it sucks when things don’t get used before they go bad. Meal prepping along with my normal family meal planning has been a lifesaver thus far.

Check out some of my favorite meal prep containers here!

3. My Fitness Pal
Along with meal prepping, I’ve been tracking my food, water, and exercise intake with the free My Fitness Pal app. At first I found it to be tedious to keep up with, but after about a week of figuring out how it worked, I feel like it has really helped me to watch what I’m eating, and how much I’m eating.

*Fit Mom Tip: Try out Cronometer, Keto Diet Tracker, or Calorie Counter by FatSecret

4. Fitness Blender
I am in loveee with Fitness Blender. Did I mention that I love it? If you’re anything like me, sometimes it’s hard to come up with general workouts, especially when you’re first starting a fitness journey. Sometimes it’s difficult to find workouts for a specific target area, or maybe you’re doing the same workouts and your body needs a change. Fitness Blender has been great for the days that I don’t have a ton of time, or I just need a quick workout routine that I can do in my living room without too much change to my already hectic schedule.

5. Planet Fitness
For the days that I am up for going to the gym, I like having my planet fitness membership on hand. It’s only $10 or $19.99 a month depending on the plan. You also get a few perks with the $19.99 black card membership. I don’t know about you, but that’s worth it to me to have 24 hour gym access. Gym memberships can get costly very quickly, but this has by far been the best gym option for me and my lifestyle.

6. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are a cost effective way to strength train in the comfort of your own home. It’s a great piece of workout equipment to have to help tone your entire body, work your muscles, and add variety to your at home workout routine. It’s pretty inexpensive compared to buying a large variety of weights for someone just starting out.

7. Jump Ropes
Jump ropes are another inexpensive piece of workout equipment that makes working out a breeze. They’re light weight and great for cardio. It’s a great replacement for a short run if the weather is working against you that day. #NoDaysOff! Utilize it at home, or even throw it in your bag to take along for an outdoor workout session.

 

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The Importance of Being More Than Just a Mom

The Importance of Being More Than Just a Mom - Chic and Domestic

After a long week of doing the mom thing, and with a new busy week ahead, I’m learning the importance of reflecting back on my week. What I’ve learned, how I felt, and all of the tiny things that I didn’t take the time to appreciate. I need to start appreciating the importance of being more than  just a mom.

With my busy week finally coming to an end, my thoughts are lingering on something that I don’t believe I took enough time to appreciate; myself. I know I know, who has time to think about themselves when they’re busy being supermom? When you’re in charge of a tiny person or two, keeping your significant other’s head attached to his shoulders, and overall just making sure the house doesn’t burn to the ground, it’s easy to forget about yourself and put your needs on the back burner.

Fathers sometimes get the acknowledgment for being “the head of the household”, but in reality the mother is definitely, without a doubt, what holds the head in place to keep it balanced. Being a mother who does things alone can quite possibly make it even harder to find quality time for yourself, but the truth is, you have to MAKE TIME.

Fun fact, you can’t take care of everyone else all the time, when you aren’t taking care of yourself. Also, you can’t maintain a happy, healthy, and productive household when the very thing that holds things up and keeps things together is crumbling. It’s important that you as a mother remain at your best, and remember that sometimes you have to love yourself first.

Life isn’t just for functioning in the world, you have to flourish. Don’t simply run on routine, and later realize you’re forgetting to stop and smell the roses. What’s your guilty pleasure? What is something that you do for you and only you, and when is the last time that you’ve actually done it? If you’re sitting there with a confused look on your face, let me answer that for myself and say that it’s obviously been way too long.

Now, this doesn’t always have to be something that’s monetary, because self care can take many different forms. Taking care of YOU, is in every aspect physical, mental, and emotional, so remember to keep that daily reminder to always take an hour (or two) for yourself. Do you meditate or do daily yoga to center yourself? Maybe retail therapy or personal pampering is more your thing. Whatever your guilty pleasure may be, take some time to do it for your own personal sanity.

Today I took some time out to enjoy the sound of ocean waves today. No crying, no yelling, no refereeing. Today I got to just have time for myself, and I loved my much needed time for me. This upcoming week, no matter when this post reaches you, I want you to think about how important it is for you to be more than just a mom. Remember who you were, who you are, and who you should remain everyday. A mother with her own identity, and a mother who loves herself.

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