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It’s the new year and most people try to make these crazy resolutions and it goes great for a week or two and then they are back to their old ways.  The most common resolutions have to do with health (I have no statistic to back that up.  I am totally making it up… it just seems that way.).  We say we are going to exercise every day, quit smoking, go on a crazy healthy diet and other things that are too extreme to actually be successful.

I have a solution for you.  Do it slowly.  Don’t go crazy.  ANY positive healthy change you make in your life will be an improvement.  So don’t worry about having rock hard abs by the end of January.  Unless you are already close to having them, it’s probably not going to happen.  I’m sorry if that sounds negative, I just feel it being realistic.

Here are my ideas for you to be a healthier you in 4 weeks:

Week 1: Drink more water

glass of water 0808 lg 10661967 240x300 A Healthier You in 4 Weeks   Part OneWater is so good for you and people don’t drink enough of it! (including myself)  For the first week, drink more water than you do now.  When you wake up in the morning, drink a 8 oz. glass of water before you do anything else.  Your body is craving it anyway at that time since it hasn’t had it all night long.  You’ve now given your body a head start on the day.  If you drink other ‘things’ through out the day, then drink a glass of water after each other ‘thing’ you drink.  For instance, you drink a cup of coffee, then a glass of water, a coke, then a glass of water.  Eventually, you will just cut out the coffee and coke (or whatever your drink of choice is) and water will be the bulk of what you drink, if not the only thing you drink.

To make this successful, try just adding one glass per day.  So on day one of the week, drink the glass as soon as you wake up.  On day two, drink the glass in the morning and then add a glass at lunch.  On day 3, add another glass in the afternoon, and so on.

Week 2: Move your body

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Notice I didn’t say, ‘exercise’.  Sometimes just that word can do some weird things to your psyche.  So, don’t use that word!  Whatever you are currently doing to ‘move your body’, this is the week to increase that.  If you are not moving your body at all right now, then this is the week to change that.  Day one, go outside and walk up and down your street a couple of times.  Walk for 5 minutes.  If you want to be really hard on yourself, then walk briskly.  The idea here is not to totally transform your body overnight.  The idea is just to get on the right foot to get healthier.  On day 2, go ahead and walk for 10 minutes.  On day 3 increase it again.  By the end of the week, it would be great if you were walking 30 minutes a day… twice a day if you are feeling spunky!

If you are already on the right track and exercise is already a part of your day/week.  This is the perfect time to step it up a notch.  Add another exercise to your routine.  Increase your weight.  Add another day to your workout, if you don’t do it every day.  You get the idea, right?  Do more.  Now, if you are one of the people that do the P90X or Insanity videos, then you can’t really ‘do more’.  So, my suggestion for you is to stretch more.  Do more easy going movements and stretch out those muscles!

Okay, get started on those two for the first two weeks.  I will be back with the last 2 weeks of your 4 weeks to a healthier you.  I will post the second half of this post about half way through your second week, so you are ready to go!

Good luck on your health journey, and remember, any changes you make for the better, is a change in the right direction.

Where are you when it comes to these first two steps?  How much water do you currently drink?  How much do you currently ‘move your body’

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* If you enjoyed this, go check out Part 2 and see your other 2 steps! *

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  1.  

    Great tips! I need to drink more water, I know when I do, it always makes me feel better and eat less

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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    Yes… it will make you eat less. Sometimes we think we are hungry, but really we are just dehydrated. Thank you for sharing that!

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    Water isn’t hard for me, but exercise is…. whenever I’m able to find time for it during the day (which isn’t always easy with little ones), I’m usually exhausted and just DONE. But, you’re right — it needs to be a part of my day!
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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    Making time for it is definitely the key…. and I need to work on it too. this post was just as much for me as it was everyone else! :)

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    I drink lots of water, I just don’t move much. I have plantar fasciitis and a bad hip, so moving is very difficult for me.
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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    I totally understand… every little bit helps. Even if it is lifting cans of food sitting on the couch! I’m sorry this is a struggle for you.

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    I’m right about AT the first step. LOL I don’t drink enough but more water than I use to – about 5 glasses a day.
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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    It’s all about baby steps Cindy! As long as we are going in the right direction, we are on the right path!

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    Thank goodness except for my morning coffee…I mostly drink just water!
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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    That’s great, Beth. You are a step ahead of the average person on that one. I’ve been falling behind on it lately… do as I say, not as I do. ;) lol

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    I think I’m going to have to buy myself a special cup just for water. I always tell myself to drink more, but it doesn’t happen. Great tips!
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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    That’s what I do… I don’t drink nearly what I should unless I put it in a water bottle (stainless steel or glass).

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    This reminds me that I need to drink more water. It’s something I struggle with!

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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    You are not alone! Water is so hard for so many people!

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    Thanks for the reminders. I definitely need to drink more water.

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    Very good tips!

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    These are awesome tips and I agree with all of them!
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    I need to do more of both of these! Water is a big factor for me, I have a soda habit that I need to kick.
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    I need to drink more water and exercise more. I always start out with good intentions but fail. Thanks for this post!

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    I don’t drink enough water (or liquids in general) but I cut out the diet soda a year and a half ago and haven’t had any since. So that at least was a positive move. I have morning walking buddies that I know when we get back home will be demanding to go for walks rain or shine.
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    thank you for the reminder, I hate drinking water, I need to do it alot more especially since I nurse my baby :)

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    Great post! I NEVER drink enough water, I think I need to buy a spiffy new water bottle or something so I can keep track. Good luck on your health journey, too!

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    Nicole @ Some Call It Natural Reply:

    Speaking of spiffy new water bottles… I just found a new stainless steel water bottle at target for $3. It was on clearance for some reason!!! Keep your eye out for sales!

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    I find myself, yet AGAIN in the back of my mind, making those promises to myself…only this time, I am a good step ahead :) I joined Roller Derby in October. I could barely skate 10 laps without getting winded…last week I finished 23 laps in 5 mins and didn’t die!!! We practice HARD 4 hours per week….and I drink lots of water on those days….my goal now is to step up my “moving” all the other days of the week!! Being part of a team has helped me so much…I don’t want to let THEM down, so I push myself much harder than I ever thought, and it’s paying off!! Now…to go fill up my water bottle :)

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    I need to drink more water while nursing! Thanks for the reminder!
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    Yes, you are definitely right!!! Those things are SOO important!! I need to do more of both!
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