Coffee Talk: Healthy Living Tips

Between the beach, weekend trips, lounging at the pool, and fruity cocktails, it’s no secret that the summer season brings all kinds of fun to the table.  That being said, it also brings things like shorts, spaghetti straps, and bathing suits. And generally, a lot less fabric with our clothing. So what better time than now to reach out for healthy living tips?  So, please share! What are your favorite ways to stay healthy? Do you have a favorite form of exercise? Do you allow yourself “cheat days”, or do you generally try to eat healthy all the time?  Spread the wealth, ladies! How do you stay fit and healthy all year long?

  • This is a GREAT post! I was with my husband for 8 years before getting married, and we still had things to figure out within our marriage. It’s most definitely a different animal! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Laura

      That’s good to know, Lauren. I’ve also been with my fiance for a while (going on 7 years this month, hopefully married by 8), and I’ve always felt like we’ve hashed out most of these things during this time since we’ve lived together since almost the very beginning. Frankly, excited and a bit frightened that it is a “different animal”.

  • This is a great addition to Wedding Week and I’m so glad that you decided to share more than just the details of the wedding. It is so true that the wedding is just one day, but the marriage is the rest of your life. Hopefully we’re putting as much thought into the latter as we are that one day. Thanks for the wonderful tips and conversation starters!

  • Louise

    Thank you Amy this was very insightful!

  • jordanmcbride

    #1 and #2 are in perfect order. And from my personal experience, marriage is SO easy if you’re on the same page about the big stuff mentioned in #2 before saying “I do.”

    • So true!! Being on the same page about #2 helps prevent a lot of #1!

  • Penny

    I know so many couples that would benefit solely from reading this post. Very detailed and insightful account on how to build a strong foundation. Thanks, Amy!

  • Wendy

    Great tips! One thing I don’t think we tell unmarried couples enough is that marriage is way harder then you can imagine, particularly at the beginning. Sure, it’s delightful and wonderful, but other times it is frustrating and stressful. My husband and I talked through a lot of this stuff, but learning to compromise and work together 24/7 is really difficult to get used to. After 5 years I can say that I’ve never been happier and every day keeps getting better. But just remember that in the beginning it may not be all daffodils and roses, you have to put a lot of work in to get those results.

    • Vicki

      Great comment, I appreciate people who are based in reality and can say that being in a relationship is hard work but worth it. However, I have also been feeling a little lonely lately because it’s going to be Valentine’s Day and this made me grateful to be permanently single so I never have to worry about any of this stuff! lol I just decided that I am supremely happy for it to be just me and my cats! 🙂

  • This is such an amazing post! I’m a newlywed and LOVE posts like this. Marriage is hard work, but it’s good work. 🙂

  • Shweta Shinde

    This is a really great and helpful post! I’m a newlywed to my boyfriend of 6 years but marriage is whole lotta different :D! There is so much more to learn about the other person! Its a lot of hard work but a very fun ride as well :)!

  • Sarolte

    I’m married for almost a year now and I am extremely happy that The Everygirl posted this! Before we got married we had a couple telling us all these things and they were more than right. It is so important to learn to discuss with and respect that oddly different person you’re about to marry 😉

  • Ruins Barry

    This is such a fabulous post. I’m not married but these are good tips to remember.

  • Yes yes yes to all of these! I’ve been married for two years now and all of these have been things my hubby and I do regularly. Especially the ditch the routine and spice it up. Routines are good to make, but don’t forget to jump outside the box, and as often as you can 🙂

  • AMusings

    I got married at the ripe old age of 22…15 years (and two kids) later I have a whole new perspective on the topic! Here are a few things I’d add to this awesome article:

    #1: Arguing > avoid judgement. The world is a judgmental place, so home should be a safe haven! Judgement leads to resentment. Always try to understand the underlying reasons behind your partner’s actions to approach arguments with empathy instead of assumptions.

    #2: Important conversations > Marriage is a journey and it’s important to stop and reference your life map together to avoid taking off on different paths. Life in our 30s is very different from what we thought it would be in our 20s, but its held true to our shared values. Every New Years we ask ourselves these important questions about careers, parenting, ambitions, etc. just to make sure we still have similar visions for growing old together.

    #3: Drop the routine > We’ve said those three magical words “I love you” thousands of times, but they become meaningless without impromptu surprises and thoughtful gifts.

    #4: Spice it up > Enjoy sex often. Always.

  • Maggie

    Thank you so much for including us single ladies in this! I would love to have a relationship to work on in this way (warts and all!) but until then it’s so nice to be reminded I can still reflect on relationship values and participate in these ideas. It helps me feel that I’m coming ever closer to being in the right place to build a partnership when the right person appears. 🙂

  • openandclothes

    Excellent post! I’ve been married for just over a year and there are still things that I’m discovering about the “art of marriage,” even after living together for 4 years. I loved the part about letting each other plan dates and even pick out each others outfits. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Amy

    Oh wow, this has been really good to read. I’m newly married–7mths in. We used to have no problem with romance and yet after we moved into our first home together, things really slowed down. I know we are attracted to each other……..but we definitely need to follow these suggestions. Thank you:)!