My sabbatical is not just about starting a new business. It’s also about getting every part of me healthy; mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I’m proud to say that I am 15 pounds lighter than when I left for Bali (at the end of November).

Exercise has been a huge part of this, but I haven’t been consistent with one workout routine, so I believe there is much more to my weight loss than just the physical fitness. I’m not a nutritionist, but I do think these three daily practices have contributed to my weight loss:

3 Daily Practices That Helped Me Drop 15 Pounds

Love my Vitamix!

  1. Drinking 16 oz. of warm lemon water as soon as I wake up. I keep a covered bowl of fresh lemon wedges in the refrigerator, and each morning, I pour a glass of filtered water and squeeze the lemon into it. You can read more about the health benefits of this HERE. It’s helped me so much with my digestion that I now try to drink warm lemon water throughout the day as well.
  2. Eating 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. I’ll admit, I don’t like the taste. To me, it’s like eating butter. Ugh. But I am blown away by the health benefits of coconut oil, and clearly it’s made a difference. I’ve also started to use it more in my cooking and when making smoothies.
  3. Drinking 2 16 0z. green juices or smoothies. In an effort to eat a more alkaline diet, I’m eating and drinking more greens than ever! We own both a juicer and a Vitamix, and I experiment with various recipes each week. All I do is perform a search for “green juice recipes” on Google, and I receive a plethora of results. I keep coming back to the recipes on Kris Carr’s web site. Yum!

What are some practices that have worked for you?


*This post is part of a 30-day series called “Getting Unstuck” in which I’m trying to figure out my next professional step by getting out of my comfort zone and taking on various challenges. Follow along by subscribing to my weekly email list here.