Lifestyle Diet

Can you believe it is already September?!? August was a great month for the blog and I wanted to thank to everyone who visited and helped be achieve my stellar numbers. I broke my previous record of most views in a day, my highest weekly views to date were this past month and August saw my highest monthly views so far. I still have to pinch myself that you guys are reading what I’m putting out in the world and apparently enjoying it because you keep coming back.  Thanks again! 🙂

So looking back on the summer… while it was a great few months, they were more than a little gluttonous.  Especially on the eating and spending fronts.

Moving into September and the fall season, my house (and especially me!) are going on a lifestyle diet. What does this mean? We are eating healthier, we are getting active and we are going on a budget!

I wouldn’t consider myself an unhealthy eater but my family definitely loves grilled cheese, oven pizzas and fast food. We have been eating way too much of this type of food lately and my waistline is showing it. My goal is to decrease the amount of processed and convenience foods we eat.

Here are my steps to achieving this goal:
• Limit convenience foods to once a week
• Get on board with menu planning and freezer cooking
• No buying treats unless there is a ‘special occasion’ (and Fridays don’t count)
• Get back into the habit of making homemade nutritious muffins for snacks
• Start drinking smoothies to bump up my fruit and veggie intake
• Limit work snacks (this is going to be hard… for any of my colleagues reading this: don’t let me have more than one serving snack on Wednesdays!)

When it comes to physical activity, I have been slacking. I haven’t participated in any form of structured exercise since before I was pregnant with E and the girls just don’t enjoy long stroller walks like they used to. My goal for this area is to work on integrating physical activity into my daily routine and ensure I’m getting active as frequently as possible.

Here are my steps to achieving this goal:
• Use my new gym membership 3 times a week
• Take the stairs at work (all 8 flights including the 2 down to the parking garage!)
• Walk more often (e.g., to the library, the drug store, the subway station, etc.)
• Get active with the kids on the weekends

Now for the fun one… getting our finances back on track. I love money stuff and I pride myself on all that M and I have achieved financially in the past few years. While we are usually quite good at paying off our credit cards and saving for the future, we overindulged this past summer. We have a bit of money to pay off on our line of credit plus we are planning for a $35,000 home renovation and I don’t want that sitting as debt for the next 15 years. My finance goal is to develop a reasonable budget that will allow us to live life (e.g., eat out, go places with the girls, buy new clothes) while still effectively planning for our future (e.g., RRSPs, RESPs, debt repayment).

Here are my steps for achieving this goal:
• Meet with a financial planner to develop a plan
• Get a lower interest rate for our mortgage
• Limit credit card use and spend cash
• Plan (save!) for big expenses
• Limit eating out to once per week
• Become better at differentiating between wants and needs
• Make a list (and stick with it!) whenever I go shopping

Looks like I’ll be busy over the next few months! I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated with my progress. Do you have any tips that will help me out?

3 thoughts on “Lifestyle Diet

  1. One of the biggest challenges about being back at work after mat leave is definitely maintaining a healthy eating habit! Especially in the summer, and working downtown means access to all the cafes and bakeries during breaks. I’ve been trying really hard not to buy snacks but I’m within walking distance to two Dollaramas and two Tim Hortonses! It’s been tough!

    We met with a financial planner at the beginning of the year and it was a great experience. With her help we have a better idea of where to invest our savings and we got lots of helpful tips for the future. Our mortgage is with ING and we just renewed our rate too. I think we have 19 more years to go, lol.

    Talk more tonight! 🙂

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