Preparing to form a habit!

Tomorrow is the first day back to work after a restful holiday. I am not a morning person and I’m not a winter person so I know the hardest part will be waking up early tomorrow and trekking out in the snow that has been consistently falling since this morning.

I am however excited to get this year started. The last 5 years have been a bit of a struggle, whether I’ve been dealing with my dad’s illness, my self-inflicted unemployment or my never ending struggle to get my life in order, there is always something that has been weighing on my shoulders. In life there are rough waters and calm seas so I’m happy that the last couple of months have been a bit of smooth sailing. Life is always full of surprises so I know that I must take advantage of this time in my life by focusing on getting into some healthy habits that will help keep me sane the next time that the waves get a little choppy.

One of my 2014 intentions is to start being greener and healthier. I want to be more aware of the foods that I eat and of the products that I use. I’m the first to admit that I never read the labels on anything so this will probably be an eye-opening experience. Since January is the month to kick start healthy eating habits, I eagerly signed up for a 6 day eat clean challenge that was posted by a blogger I follow.

They say the key to staying on track is to prepare so today I bought all the ingredients and rolled up my sleeves to get everything ready for the week. It actually felt good to clean out the fridge and my cupboards. I had a box of shake’n bake in there from 2011 so it was long overdue. It felt even better when prepping everything turned out easier than I had stressed it would be. By far the easiest was the protein bars that I can make ahead and snack on through out the week.

Step 1 – gather all your ingredients

Step 1

Step 2 – mix it all together

Step 2

Step 3 – flatten the mixture in a square tray and put in freezer for 3o mins and Voila!

Step 3

and the best part was that they actually taste good!

With my lunch made, tomorrow’s dinner already prepared and delicious homemade protein bars in case of hunger, I am excited to start the challenge and see what other healthy habits will stick this year.

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