The past month or so has been one of the busiest for me in a long time. At the end of July, I took my sister to Virginia Tech orientation. Then we took a trip to upstate NY for Chris’ family reunion. I went to a One Direction concert, and we spent one last Saturday at my parents’ house before my youngest sister left for Tech. Oh, and for the past two weeks, I’ve been helping out with our office move. Needless to say, I’m exhausted.
It’s been really hard to find time for myself lately. Between all that craziness, working, and being a mom…it’s a lot. I haven’t really done a good job lately of taking care of myself lately, and I’m trying to be better about that.
One of the first things I’m doing is making sure I drink lots of water. I got a new stainless steel tumbler with a straw for the office, and I know from experience that a cup with a straw is a surefire way to make you drink more. (It’s also a tip they tell you in Weight Watchers meetings.) When you drink more water, it helps flush all the yucky stuff out of your body, and honestly just makes you feel better. It’s an easy way to kickstart getting back on track.
Another thing I’m doing is taking back control of what I’m eating. It’s hard as a busy working mom, but it was especially hard during this office move… since there was food everywhere. (When you’re doing hard work like that, they tend to feed you.) Although it wasn’t all crap… it definitely wasn’t what my body was used to. I’m concentrating on simple, wholesome foods.
I would love to say I’m working out more, but I’m honestly just making sure I move more. Getting all my steps in has been pretty easy lately, so I’m keeping that up in an effort to make sure I don’t lose that momentum.
I am continually working on getting more sleep, and getting back on track makes that even more important. Sleep has so many benefits for your health, and plus, if you’re sleeping, you’re not stuffing your face full of junk. I mean, there’s ice cream in my freezer that I’ll eat at night if I’m not asleep. Just keeping it real here.
So that’s so easy, right? Yeah, not so much. It’s a lot of work to make sure you get back on track. It’s not easy, and I’m always looking for simple solutions that make my life easier. I recently got the chance to try out Zone Perfect’s new Perfectly Simple bars, and they fit right into my plans. They come in 4 flavors, are under 200 calories, and are made with simple ingredients.
I have to be honest with you guys – I don’t eat a lot of bars like this typically. I am usually much more of a “whole meal” person, but it’s hard when life is so busy. The Perfectly Simple bars are easy. Like, I can throw it in my purse and not worry about it going bad or getting bruised the way a piece of fruit does. Plus they’re full of protein – 10 or 11 grams in every bar!
I picked out the Almond Toffee Crunch and the Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk bars, and I’ve been keeping one of each in my purse at all times (in fact, I had one as my lunch yesterday). Since they have so much protein, they keep me full for a long time. So far, the Almond Toffee Crunch is my favorite, but I’m looking forward to picking up the other flavors to try too – and the Bing Cherry and Almond one for Chris – he loves cherry flavored things! I also love that they’re a snack I can let Abbie try…. even if I don’t really want to share.
Anyway, now that I’ve gone on and on about these yummy protein bars, you totally want to try them, right? Well it’s your lucky day because I’ve got a coupon for you! Click here for $1.00 off so you can try the delicousness too… and let me know what your favorite flavor is!
What do you do to get back on track? Any other tips for me?