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9 Essential Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Live a Healthier Life!

December 19, 2017

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips that will get you back to feeling great!

It takes an average of three weeks to create a new habit.  I know when the new year rolls around I am ready to start clean and really focus on making real changes.  It’s so easy in today’s world to get caught up in comparing our journey to someone else’s and trying to find the next solution that will help us to reach our goals.  I know that when I have focused on simplicity and accountability, I have created a routine that works.#healthy #recipes #snacks #healthyliving #healthylifestyle Healthy lifestyle tips for changes and motivation for beginners. Creating healthy habits and routines by Lyndsey of

The healthy lifestyle & healthy eating advice that has helped me to maintain my 50 pound weight loss for the past 3 years!

I started following a routine very similar to this when I started my own health & fitness journey almost three years ago.  You can feel free to tweak them according to what will work best for you.  But I have found that prioritizing these 9 principles have led to other positive changes across my life!

Living a healthy lifestyle – how to start!

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2.  10 minutes of personal development – podcasts, positive reading material, sermons.
3.  30 minute workout – mix it up with cardio, strength training, yoga.  If you’re looking for a new workout routine or accountability, I can help!  Working out was the first thing I started with when I wanted to start a healthy routine.  Learn more about how I lost the weight!
4.  3 servings veggies – Here are a few of my favorite healthy recipes!
5.  4 servings protein – lean meats or plant protein will work!
6.  8 glasses water – having a glass of water by your bedside will help you to knock out a quick 8 ounces!  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is first thing in the morning.
7. No eating after 8p
8. No screens 30 minutes pre-bed
9. Seven hours sleep – play around with this number.  You may need more or less depending on your sleep cycles.  I use my iPhone clock’s bedtime feature to gently remind me when its time for bed.

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Which healthy lifestyle tip should I start with?

Taking on all of these steps could be intimidating!  I have found success in implementing one step at a time.  Once I master it, I move on!  This might sound crazy, but think about the 15 minute earlier wakeup time.  With an extra 15 minutes, you’ll be shocked at what you can get accomplished in the morning!

Is leading a more healthy lifestyle on your plans for this year?  What is your goal for your healthy lifestyle?

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  • Karrie Frost

    December 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Great tips to start off the New Year right. It is true that it takes 3 weeks to make a habit. Nothing happens overnight, but the results are worth it.


      December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      agreed!!! its worth it but not easy at first.

  • Cassie |White Sands and Cool Breezes

    December 19, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It definitely is…. as always lol 🙂 I start then stop, then start again. So baby steps until it sticks. Thanks for the great list!


      December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      you are welcome! maybe start with 1 until it becomes a habit then add on! You got this!

  • Margaret Westhoff

    December 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your healthy lifestyle tips. Becoming healthier is definitely one of my goals for 2018. I really need to follow some of your tips such as eating more veggies, drinking more water, and not eating after 8pm.


      December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      All of these things, even just one or two should really help you to reach your goal!

  • Shann Eva

    December 19, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Great tips! There are a few things I already do, but I’m ready to make the rest of the changes for 2018. No screens 30 min before bed is an awesome one. I also need to up my water intake. Great motivation!


      December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      that made a HUGE difference in my sleep. I tend to be an insomniac when it comes to falling asleep and I really notice a difference with my screentime, mainly my computer or phone.

  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks

    December 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Haha, living a more healthy life is definitely in the plans for me for 2018, if only b/c I’m only now getting back into exercise/normal movement after 6 months nursing a broken foot! 🙁 (and no driving so I couldn’t even go to the gym!)


      December 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      oh man!!! I’m glad you’re back in the swing of things!! I’m sure that was frustrating!

  • Belle

    December 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I honestly need to do all of these so I can live a healthier life. I need to be better at this.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma


      December 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

      you can do it!! I know its hard to get started but if you start small, you’ll be able to do it!

  • Sam | Away She Went

    December 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    These are great tips! I definitely want to work towards being healthier in 2018.


      December 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

      You definitely can! Setting small goals will help you get there!

  • Carley

    December 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I love this. They are all so basic and yet, I regularly need reminded to stick with them. The one I really need to work on is the “get up 15 minutes earlier”. I’m thinking that will be a good New Years resolution.


      December 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

      that is an awesome new years resolution! I definitely think you’ll notice a difference once you start doing it!

  • katriza

    December 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Getting healthier is something my husband and I have planned for the new year! Going to try and swing back to the gym this coming year!


      December 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Great idea! I love that you and your hubby are doing it together!

  • Nancy

    December 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I need to print these out and post them on my fridge!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      hope they help in 2018!

  • Kristen Jones

    December 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

    These are all such great tips! I’ve been wanting to eat healthier and work out more. I do some walking, but I really need to tone and get in some extra cardio. Getting up earlier and going to bed on time has done a HUGE number on my health and I’ve felt more motivated than ever!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      sounds like you have a good start down!!! 2018 is going to be awesome for you lady!

  • Lily

    December 20, 2017 at 9:42 am

    This next year I definitely NEED to get back on track, so these tips are great!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      you can totally do it! I’m glad these tips helped!

  • Cathy

    December 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Living a cleaner and more healthy lifestyle is definitely on my list for 2018! Thankfully we’ve started a little early. I’ve noticed #1-#3 and drinking more water has had so much impact already on my mood and how I feel everyday!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      kudos to you for starting before the new year!! yes water makes such a difference!

  • Sarah Althouse

    December 20, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Now that I’m pregnant I am definitely trying to do all of these! (except getting up 15 minutes early) I’m thankfully a morning person already 🙂 And yes to devotions first thing!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      awww congrats!!!

  • Victoria

    December 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

    All of these are awesome tips! Especially the waking up early and exercising ones. I’ve started getting up at 4:30 in the morning, and doing 60-90minutes of intense exercise every day. I have never felt better! Thanks for sharing these ideas 🙂


      December 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      wow that is amazing girl!! you’re going to have a great 2018!

  • Emily

    December 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love this post!!! One of my biggest goals for 2018 is to get up earlier! I’ve just gotten out of the habit but I feel so much better when I’m able to start my day earlier and with exercise!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      that will be a great start for 2018!

  • Lees

    December 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    These are such good tips and honestly the best habits are started before new year so you can hit the ground running by 2018! I have to stop eating late but I’ve stuck to my fitness routine and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for the tips!

  • cara

    December 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love your first two tips especially! It’s so important to have a few moments every day to yourself!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      yes!!! that is HUGE!

  • Monica

    December 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Loving these tips! Definitely going to incorporate the majority of these. I majorly need to jump back on the exercise train.


      December 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      you got this girl! here’s to an awesome 2018!

  • Natashya Newman

    December 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’m terrible about water consumption! I need to make that a goal for 2018. Love the other tips and reminders!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      try a water app! it will yell at you for not drinking enough water ha!

  • Christie Brown

    December 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I’d definitely like to have a healthier 2018. These are such great tips, and they all seem easy enough to follow if you’re motivated enough. Once it becomes part of your routine, it should be easy, anyways. 🙂 No screens before bed would have to be my biggest problem area here – oops. x


      December 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      exactly!! once you can master one it becomes a daily discipline!

  • Rose

    December 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Here’s to 2018. I have my workout routine set. I have done well with getting up early o take care of a few other things. I need to work on my water intake.


      December 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      you’re doing so great!! I think 2018 is going to be amazing!

  • Ericka

    December 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    These are some great tips for me to continue my healthy lifestyle. Im definitely continuing for 2018


      December 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      you got this!!

  • Summer

    December 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    No eating after 8 pm is such a game changer! I’ve already been implementing that and it’s helped a ton.


      December 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      that is a huge game changer for sure!

  • Sarah

    December 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I am working on doing most of these. The biggest one is getting up early. It is a struggle!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      I know!! it really is but I will tell you it will make such a difference if you do!

  • Amanda Schreiber

    December 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

    What I’ve learned is it’s best to implement these slowly! So for the first week, get up 15 minutes earlier and spend that time reading. Second week, do the same but add in exercise. Third week, keep going and add in more water, ect! It’s worked great for me.


      December 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      yes!! once you do one thing and master it then add on! you sound like you have a great routine down!

  • Amber Battishill

    December 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Great tips! I’m definitely going to try to work on more sleep for 2018!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      that will help you so much!

  • Lauren

    December 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    These are great tips to implement as a resolution! I struggle with going to bed early and getting up without hitting the snooze! lol



      December 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      hope it helps! thank you for checking it out!

  • Brittany

    December 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    This is going to be a lot of help for me next year! Thanks!


      December 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful!

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