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Making Healthy Choices

by Stephanie on August 21, 2014

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Don’t we look like role models? I think we are trying to look tough before the race.

By now, you all know that I am a big believer in making healthy choices, encouraging others to make healthy choices, and being a role model for my kids so they can learn to make healthy choices on their own. Even though I am a huge fan of making healthy choices, I will admit it is NOT always easy. Work, school, kids, after-school activities, stress and just daily life can often get in the way. So I try to find fun ways to encourage myself to stick to making healthy choices.

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I found the best to way to stick with healthy choices is to set a goal, incorporate some accountability and reward myself for success.  As a runner I schedule races as healthy goals and hold myself accountable to a training plan so I can have a successful race. The reward is usually a medal at the finish line, a fun post-race meal and often a celebratory pedicure. Last year I set of goal of working out 5 times a week during my busy season at work so I would not let my healthy habits slide because of my work schedule. For accountability, I decided to pay myself $2.00 for each workout and a $5 bonus if I got in some form of exercise 5 times a week. The money I saved went towards a designer handbag that I reminds me of all my hard work, every time I carry it!

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Recently I discovered that Walgreens is also offering rewards for making healthy choices. (Maybe they read my blog and got inspired too)! I have been shopping at Walgreens for several years for vitamins, supplements, and protein powders. At some point the lady behind the counter offered me another one of those plastic tags on my key ring in exchange for discounts on products I had already planned to buy, so I applied for the Balance Rewards program.  With Balance Rewards, you earn points on featured items you purchase which add up towards savings on future purchases.  For every 5,000 points you earn, you earn a $5 reward.

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Since my race calendar is filling up for the fall, I headed over to Walgreens on my lunch hour to purchase some Glucosamine and Chondroitin which supports the cartilage, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue in my hips, knees and ankles. Near the pharmacy, I found the joint health section and noticed several tags for sale items, buy one get one free items and items that include Balance Rewards points. I chose the one that offered rewards points AND was buy one get one free – SCORE!

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The Balance Rewards for healthy choices (STEPS) program helps you earn EXTRA POINTS for thinks like setting healthy goals (told you they were reading my blog), linking to your fitness devices (like your Fitbit), linking your fitness apps (like MyFitness Pal and RunKeeper), tracking your weight and checking your blood pressure.  So Balance Rewards not only makes you aware of your healthy choices but also rewards you for healthy activities.  I have already set my first healthy goal: To stay healthy and injury free during fall race season.  I also linked up RunKeeper and MyFitness Pal to my account, which I already use to track my fitness each week.

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If you want to be rewarded for making healthy choices, check out the Balance Reward for healthy choices program at Walgreens. Like me, you are probably already a Balance Rewards member. All you need to do is log on to Walgreens.com, click on Balance Rewards and log into your account. Under the “Health Info & Services” drop-down menu, select Balance Rewards for healthy choices (STEPS).  In less than 5 minutes, you can start earning points! Note: it did take about 12 hours for my account to reflect the points for setting my goal and linking my accounts.

Do you set healthy goals for yourself? How do you stay accountable for your goals?  How do you celebrate your success?

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