Healthy Habit Help

Happy Monday! I had an awesomely busy weekend. It all started with a Saturday morning soccer game.

kids soccer

Now that both kids play, we divide and conquer. I took the 5-Year-old. The Husband took the 11-Year-Old. Unfortunately this meant no Saturday morning class at the gym for me but it was all good. I think my body needed a break.

After the game The 5-Year-Old and I picked up some supplies at Costco and then met The Husband and 11-Year-Old at Chick-Fil-A for lunch. My eating has been meh lately. I’ve been pretty unmotivated but I’ll save that for a future post — I just don’t have it me right now to self-analyze.

Anyway, I agreed to dog-sit for a friend over the weekend and the kids couldn’t have been happier. This is the 5-Year-Old waiting patiently for him to show up.

waiting

He was ecstatic to take him for walk.

walking the dog.

Someone else, not as excited.

cat in sink

She hid out in the bathroom most of the weekend.

Yesterday the boys and I took the dog to our favorite river spot.

River

We had fun splashing around even though The 11-Year-Old wanted to leave 10 minutes after we got there. I ignored him and we ended up staying for nearly 2 hours, most of which he was having a blast.

I’m learning to ignore the moody middle-schooler requests. This is a whole new stage of parenting, isn’t it?

Before our little adventure I ran — well, tried to run — to a local gym for a morning yoga class. It’s been months (years?) since I’ve taken regular, organized yoga classes and I miss it. My body misses it.

I really did have a hard time running the mile there, having to stop more than once, and it was hard not to be disappointed during class noticing all the flexibility I lost not keeping up with yoga. I decided to walk the mile home and cut myself some slack.

Over the past few months I feel like I’ve lost some of my self-care, healthy habits. Sure, I go to the gym every morning but everything else has been falling to the wayside — running, yoga, food journaling, etc.

Everything ebbs and flows and right now I’m just in a lull. The kids are exhausting. Work is exhausting. Maintaining the house is exhausting. My damn allergies, exhausting. Paying bills, washing clothes, do I dare say it? Adulting is exhausting (and a cheesy overused term but very applicable to me at the moment).

I know these feelings won’t last forever because I’ve felt this way before. So I’m going to do what I always do (#wycwyc) and just keep moving forward looking for new ways to inspire and motivate myself.

One of those new ways is this awesome app I found called Loop Habit Tracker. It’s this little program that allows you to set and track daily goals with reminders.

Here’s a screen shot of a few goals I set up to test it.

habits

All you do is name a goal, set the frequency in which you want to do it, choose a reminder question and time and boom, done.

Throughout the day you’ll get any alarms you set up, and all you need to do is check it off or not if you did it.

It keeps stats on each goal, too. Here’s my CrossFit goal…

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I’ve only been using it for a short time but I love it. My phone dings and I’ll see, “Did you take your supplements today?” or “Did you take your walk today?” and it immediately calls me to action or reminds me to set some time aside later.

Simple, right?

I love it! And no, I’m not affiliated with them in any way. I just happened to stumble across it and gave it a try.

I’m hoping it helps re-establish some of my healthy habits. I need a shot of motivation and these little things always help. Especially when I put simple, easily attainable goals in to start like ‘taking a short walk’ or ‘taking vitamins.’ These things really require little or no effort, just a reminder to do them but when you click that little box day after day your confidence begins to build, which prepares you to tackle more intense goals down the line.

That’s my opinion anyway.

8 comments On Healthy Habit Help

  • I love this!!!!!! I have an old teacher behavior chart with the things I am tracking and input happy faces, but I’m an app Whore. Thank you for sharing!

  • I am getting this app now. Thank you for sharing!

  • I. LOVE. THIS.
    Typing cannot possibly scream that loud enough!! LOVE IT.
    I’m a data geek and I do use my phone with reminders for TONS of things, which helps me keep tabs on crazy hyper life (don’t we all??) but OH MY GAWD an app that will provide STATS on how often I actually do the things??? This would motivate me more than an anonymous reminder that immediately goes away. My ENTJ crazy OCD, data-loving brain freaking LOVES this.
    Thank you.

  • This is great timing, I just created a check off list in a notebook then realized I kept forgetting to update each day. Hopefully this will keep me accountable. As far as the yoga goes I did the same thing, recently took a class and realized I’m not as flexible anymore. The nice thing is a little yoga a few times a week and you’re back to where you were faster than you think. Good luck!

  • I downloaded this and so far so good. I think my husband will be using it too. thanks for the tip!

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  • The app looks pretty promising. Maybe I won’t be abandoning my checklists of good habits this time. Thanks a bunch for recommending this 🙂

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