Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#onesmallchange Establishing A Bedtime Routine

Today I am linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice and taking part in her #onesmallchange challenge to make the most of the LAST QUARTER of the year…

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So far I have made these these changes, adding a new one each week:
  1. no eats after 8 p.m.
  2. drink at least 64 ounces of water
  3. take my supplements
  4. uplift at least one woman
  5. be extra kind to a difficult person
  6. appropriate pre-workout fuelling
  7. nutrition combination of 20% fat, 35% protein, 45% carbs over the week
I am really making an effort to concentrate on these changes… this last week I had a wonderful week of workouts and combined with my new nutritional profile, am feeling more energetic, sleeping better and looking sleeker.  Very happy about that.  I attended a training session yesterday afternoon with about 90 – 100 of my coworkers from Weight Watchers and reveled in the compliments.  Yes, I am that vain.  And it didn’t hurt that my husband has been so vocal about being proud of me, too.

This week my #onesmallchange is to get into a good pre-bedtime routine.  I have been very slap-happy with the teeth brushing, face washing, etc. over the past few years, really. I get into a groove of a good routine and then for some reason or other, I don’t do it a night or two and it all goes out the window.

I am lucky in that I have never had problem skin but I know I look and feel better when I do remove my makeup and wash my face and use my night creams AND make sure to brush and floss  my teeth before bed.   Wow, that is a lot of stuff.

But, this is my commitment.  And I am ashamed that I have to bring attention to it and announce publicly that I will do it… but it is what it is…. and I am going to do it!

Have you made #onesmallchange this week?

Do you have an established pre-bedtime hygiene routine?


  1. Elle you are rocking the challenge! Very proud of you! I think I told you before I've never sat down and calculated percentages on fat, protein, carbs. It is very inspiring to see how well it is working for you. I totally get how you'd want to slack on the bedtime routine. I am SO tired when I do it. My kids are right there with you on this one!

  2. Sadly, I am not good about brushing my teeth before bed:( However I do wash my face religiously before bed. When I turned 30 my face started breaking out, so I make sure and use my face wash every night, no-matter-what! If I didn't have that issue, I might not be so good about doing it, but I know it is better for your skin:) Great job in all of your small changes. They will add up to big rewards!

  3. I could really stand to benefit from implementing some small changes. Though I feel that a lifestyle change is never really "small". It takes consistent work and effort until it becomes routine.

  4. I could stand to benefit from a bunch of small changes. I do, however, believe any lifestyle change isn't really all that "small" when you're starting out. It takes commitment and effort to make it stick.

  5. I'm loving 4 and 5 :)

    Happy to hear you are enjoying the challenge!

  6. I DEFINITELY have a night time routine. Have dinner at least 3 hours before going to bed - if not 4. And then I start shutting everything down at 10 pm and I am officially in bed and drifting off to sleep at the LATEST 11pm. I need my beauty sleep and I need to wake up energized to work out the next morning!! Sleep is outrageously important to me. I don't know how people can pull "all-nighters"!

  7. I am not always good about washing my face before I go to bed but I have to brush my teeth or I lay there wishing that I had and I cannot fall asleep until I do. :)

  8. Oh I love this one small change idea, and how they build on the previous. You've chosen some wonderful changes to implement. As for bedtime routine, I do have one, as well, and it gets me in the mindset and ready for bed. Flossing is one "dare" I took on last year and have stuck to it!

  9. I definitely have a routine- HAVE to shower at night which takes care of face washing, then teeth, flossing is easy, but remembering to take my vitamins is the biggest challenge!

  10. It sounds like we are one of the same with the night time routine, Elle! A friend of mine shared this app with me called "Lift" and ever since I started using it I've been way more accountable to myself, which is the point I suppose! I've been way better and already look forward to improving other areas I've "let go" :)

  11. These are great goals! And I love your idea to focus on bedtime routine. I'm sure it helps to get your mind in sleep mode too.


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