Last month was the official start of the Movin’ with Mickey Movement. In case you missed it, let me refresh your memory. My friend Katie over at The Most Delightful Place recently kicked off her new feature Movin’ with Mickey! She’s going to be sharing lots of great health tips and success stories twice a month as she works towards her personal goal of walking the amount of steps equal to the distance from her home in Iowa to Walt Disney World. Of course, she’ll be updating us on her progress along the way. I loved her idea and decided I would join in to improve my health before my fall Disney World vacation.
I have many things to work on to improve my health. As Katie walks her way to Disney World, I’m going to make healthy changes too, and I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing.
Every two weeks, Katie will be doing a post over on The Most Delightful Place giving us an update and sharing helpful information. I’ll post a link here at Disney World Enthusiast each time she publishes a Movin’ with Mickey article so we can keep up with her progress.
In between posts, you can catch up with Katie and I over on Facebook at Disney World Enthusiast or The Most Delightful Place, where you can let us know how you’re doing on journey as well.
So when my original plan of making one change a week for better health didn’t really work for me, I tried making one change a day to get things rolling more quickly. How did I do? Well….let’s take a look at each of my changes individually.
Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.
Now this change is one where I have really made some progress. I have gotten at least six hours of sleep each night in the last two weeks. I do notice a difference in how tired I feel throughout the day with just a couple of hours of extra sleep each night. Next up, I would like to get on more of a schedule with regular waking and bed times. This will be much easier when my kiddos head back to school. I won’t have any choice about when I get up. No more staying up late or sleeping in for any of us!
Eat three meals each day.
So this change is definitely still a work in progress. I am doing better; eating at least twice a day and sometimes three times. I still have a hard time getting breakfast in, but I hope it will get easier once my boys are back in school and we are all in more of a routine.
Eat at least one fruit/vegetable at every meal.
I’ve made no progress here. I am not a fan of fruit or veggies so this one is going to be tough.
Take all of my vitamins, thyroid, and kidney stone medications each day.
I’m making small improvements with this change. I’m not taking everything every day, but at least a few days a week I’m getting them all in.
Drink eight glasses of water each day.
Another change that hasn’t seen any significant improvement yet. At least I have plenty to work on!
Reduce soda intake to once a week or less.
This one is proving harder than I thought. I dropped soda cold turkey and ended up with a horrible migraine that lasted for three days until I started taking Tylenol and drinking root beer again. I’m going to need to approach this change differently by weaning myself off the soda if I don’t want to deal with the headaches. First baby step – down to no more than one soda a day for the next couple of weeks.
Exercise at least 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week.
With the migraine, getting my guys ready to head back to school, and finishing up my next book, there hasn’t really been any time for exercise. Hoping that will change once I submit my book’s final draft on August 14!
As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do. But this about the journey not the destination, right?
Katie’s Kick-Off and Updates
Click here to read Katie’s official kick off article for her Movin’ with Mickey feature!
Click here to read Katie’s first update that includes a great interview and some fantastic training tips!
Click here to read Katie’s second update that includes her progress report. It is so exciting to see how far she has come already!