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#MicroblogMondays 19 – A SHIFT back to basics

The past few weeks have been very indulgent indeed, at least in my corner of the world (though I STRONGLY suspect I’m not alone in this!): plenty of yummy food and drink, both at home and out… lots and LOTS of between-meal treats and holiday goodies… and very little exercise (or, some days, movement off the couch!). Plus I’ve managed to get myself out of the healthy habit of drinking enough water each day, which has resulted in the annoyance of several nagging dehydration headaches of my own making.


It’s been a lovely break from reality (well, apart from the headache bit!), but now that the holidays are over and I’m back at work tomorrow it’s time for me to get back on track with healthy living. Rather than going for a huge overnight overhaul, though… and in the spirit of my 2015 Word of the Year… I’m going to start small and SHIFT back to basics this week. For me, this means that each day I will…

…track my food intake
…drink enough water
…do at least five minutes of exercise

Very manageable… and, truth be told, a welcome return to everyday normality.

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Are you ready to return to pre-holiday habits?
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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • snarkymomma
    January 5, 2015

    I like your idea. Small shifts back to reality. Also the idea of microblogs on Mondays. My husband is off work Sunday /Monday so I am scrambling to get blogs for those days. I will look into it. Thanks.

  • Kristen Robinson
    January 5, 2015

    I love the Micro Blogging Mondays theme! That’s really cool! I’m going back to the basics as well, just blogging consistently for my business and making the time to do so. Thanks to this challenge, it’s been fairly easy. 🙂
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  • Alice Gerard January 5, 2015

    Oh wow. We have so much in common. During the past few weeks, I never once met a treat that I didn’t just love. Not only did I meet the treat, I happily gobbled it down. Also, not enough water, not enough exercise. I am ready to go back to a healthier lifestyle, except for the fact that I can’t walk outside for very long because it is so cold! But we have a handy piece of exercise equipment in the house… the stairs! Up and down I will go to get my aerobic workout for the day. I’m blogging and I’m not eating as many empty calories. It’s all good. One day at a time, and we will reach our goals!!! Hugs and best wishes to you.

    • Laurel Regan
      January 6, 2015

      I know what you mean – it’s pretty darn cold here too! Definitely not walking outside weather, that’s for sure. But stairs are a great option! All the best to you. 🙂
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  • Dorit Sasson January 5, 2015

    Ah, the life of treats. I am trying to limit the treats to a good ol fashion reward. I feel the struggle to exercise always comes at the expense of trying to get things done. But I’ve been to the gym a few times the last few weeks, so it’s better than nutin.
    Great post.

    • Laurel Regan
      January 6, 2015

      Keeping treats as a reward is definitely the way to go! Good for you for getting to the gym – I’ve just started getting back into my Wii Fit exercises, and hopefully that will continue.
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  • Alana
    January 5, 2015

    Yes, I was so ready – until I came to work and there were two boxes of Russell Stover candies (one all dark chocolate), a bag of flavored popcorn, some pumpkin seed tortilla chips, and a bag of some other dark chocolate, sitting on the table, calling my name, no doubt left there by people who didn’t want these things staring at them anymore. Did I resist? Three guesses. Sigh. Try again tomorrow.
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  • Life Breath Present January 5, 2015

    This dehydration headaches really can be bothersome. I, too, have been drinking less water than normal for me. I’m certainly glad to be past the holiday busy times so I can focus on my health a bit, as well.

    Your small steps are so manageable. 🙂
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  • Kathy Combs January 5, 2015

    I am having the same trouble getting back to the swing of things after the holidays. Baby steps…
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  • Debra Jason
    January 5, 2015

    Love that you’re starting small with something manageable. Here’s to your sweet success!
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  • Vidya
    January 5, 2015

    December saw me going easy on my usual(healthy) diet preferences, I guess, now is the time to make the shift back. Lesser intake of refined foods and sweets would do some good for me.
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  • Susan - of every moment
    January 5, 2015

    Great idea. It is when “bite off more than we can chew” that we usually fail! (and thanks for the reminder to drink more water!)
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  • Aditi
    January 5, 2015

    The three tasks you have set for yourself are so doable! Shifting the focus to basics is the way to go! All the very best! 🙂

  • nabanita
    January 6, 2015

    I’m still in the holiday mood but yes as you say I’m also looking forward to going back to my routine
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  • Vidya Sury
    January 6, 2015

    Routines are a blessing. And now is a good time as any to “SHIFT”. Have a wonderful year ahead, Laurel!

  • Sid
    January 6, 2015

    Very manageable steps, indeed. Getting back into the rhythm of an existing routine, after a short break – always a slightly cumbersome process, but as you rightly said ‘small shifts back to reality’ is a good way to go about.
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  • Sulekha January 6, 2015

    I hear you 🙂 I feel the same after Diwali and New Year parties. Baby steps work for me…best of luck.

  • Tara January 6, 2015

    January really is the best time for starting fresh or starting over. I like your slow, steady approach. Great way to ease back into healthy habits.

  • Mel January 6, 2015

    I was supposed to get back to all my good habits today. But then we had a snow day and all hope was lost. Tomorrow. All will return to normal tomorrow.

  • Corina January 8, 2015

    I will have to once again take inspiration from you. I really need to take in more water. I don’t usually drink any at all (because one ounce of water makes me pee every fifteen minutes for a couple of hours) unless I go out to eat and they bring it to the table. And then the exercise. I don’t do anything. I can do five minutes of some kind of exercise, even if it is walking to my daughter’s house and back (she live about a three minute walk from me). I can do this!
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  • elly stornebrink
    January 10, 2015

    I love how your word shift works really well here by starting off with baby steps. I think that is so practical and manageable that, well, how can you NOT be successful?! 😉 <3
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