How we’re getting on with our #onedailywin with the Safefood START campaign!

It’s been a week or so since I shared with you the amazing 5-year public health awareness campaign launched by Safefood that has been put in place here in Northern Ireland.

The START campaign is all about changing your lifestyle by making one little change at a time. No pressure and doing it by achieving one daily win each day until that daily win becomes second nature and eventually a welcomed habit. 

I mentioned in my first post that around this time of year the children and I would go into hibernation mode and then by Spring, we’re a few pounds heavier and a little lazier which just isn’t good for anybody. So this year we’re resisting the urge to hibernate and to stay active, whatever the weather. Remaining active during these winter months doesn’t even have to mean going outside! 

For example, as much as the kids try to resist the urge to dance when I have music playing, they do love a good boogy. We have also been known to have a few dance-offs while I’m cooking dinner which always gets’s their hearts pumping and their bellies laughing. Nothing like a dance-off to work up an appetite! My husband, hands-down has the best grooves of us all, {even if the kids find his dancing massively embarrassing!}

My own personal #onedailywin that I have been trying to develop into a welcomed habit is getting the kids and me out for a walk every day – nothing too massive, just a nice walk around the local dam perhaps or even walking to the shop a little further afield from our local one. I dug out my fitness band to monitor my steps {and trying to achieve that 10,000 steps per day personal challenge} and wouldn’t you know, the kids are now wanting their own fitness wristbands too. So I might have to look into those as a little stocking present for each of them.

So, thus far our little lifestyle changes are going according to plan. We haven’t missed any days – because I fear once we do, hibernation will just look far too tempting! Also, we’ve all had our little festive bugs already too so we have no excuses to keep up with our daily wins and we can look forward to developing our daily activities into ‘the norm’ and then move on to our next lifestyle change. 

Our next lifestyle change, which I think we will kick off in the new year will be our food habits. I have a fussy eater at home which means I have to cook – 9 times out of ten – 2 meals every day. Which, sure, that keeps me active but just doesn’t help in the long run. So our eating habits will be changing {ever so slightly} come the new year. So once Christmas is out of the way and our bellies have calmed down from the over-consumption of roast potatoes and delicious Christmas chocolates – I’ll let you know how we get on! 

For further information and resources for Parents, you can visit www.makeastart.org

Do you have any little lifestyle changes that you’d like to make? 

*This is a collaborative post, with Safefood

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17 Comments

  1. 28/11/2017 / 12:18 PM

    I am also trying to get out of the house more for little daily walks. It can be so tempting with the colder nights to just stay indoors so well done on managing it!

  2. 28/11/2017 / 1:12 PM

    What a great idea, if you do one thing at a time you do not realise so much better than trying to change a few things at once and then failing. I do know how you feel with a fussy eater I will be looking out for how you tackle this problem x

  3. Joanna Davis
    28/11/2017 / 6:32 PM

    Doing 10,000 steps a day is a very healthy habit, especially that you are taking your children with you as well. Keep up the good work! I think this is a fantastic challenge. I like to go swimming every morning.

  4. 28/11/2017 / 7:57 PM

    Even though it is cold – I do need to get out of the house more and be active! This post is very encouraging!

  5. 28/11/2017 / 9:50 PM

    I think its good to get into a healthy habit. I’m about to enter hibernation mode

  6. 29/11/2017 / 7:30 AM

    I do indeed. I want to walk much more and I’m putting this in to action in the new year x

  7. 29/11/2017 / 9:59 AM

    I really want to make sure I don’t hibernate this winter either, even if it means working out at home x

  8. Jen
    29/11/2017 / 11:14 AM

    It can be so easy to stay inside and keep warm at this time of year. But I do find that once you’re out and about, wrapped up in the right clothes, it feels wonderful to be outside. A little change can mean quite a lot.

  9. 29/11/2017 / 2:49 PM

    I love this so much! It is so important to get into a routine you like and a regime you can follow!

  10. 29/11/2017 / 8:11 PM

    Staying active is so important so I am glad you are getting out walking every day – well done! Hope you do great with the food habits too, those small changes really can make a difference. Love that your children all want fitness wristbands now too!

  11. Emily (@amummytoo)
    29/11/2017 / 8:29 PM

    Great campaign! I’ve been counting my steps for a while and find it still motivates me to hit my minimum, which is great 🙂

  12. 29/11/2017 / 10:16 PM

    This is a really inspiring post! Little changes can make a huge difference! Well done you!

  13. M E L I S S A (@fruity_flamingo)
    01/12/2017 / 10:03 AM

    such a brilliant campaign, small changes can make a big difference

  14. 02/12/2017 / 11:04 AM

    I have been trying to get out for a walk everyday too – it makes such a difference to both physical and mental health. Great campaign, very inspiring 🙂

  15. 02/12/2017 / 11:10 PM

    I have really been pushing myself to stretch and get up from my desk at least every 30 mins. By the end of the day I’m so stiff and my circulation is suffering so it’s a lifestyle change I need to make. Great campaign!

  16. 03/12/2017 / 6:22 AM

    I really want to start exercising more, I know it’s such a cliche one to want to change but I’m really conscious of how little I do! X

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