Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Lifestyle | Getting Healthy

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If you've read my 2016 Goals post, you will know that I'm keen to get healthy this year. Probably like pretty much like the rest of the population. So I thought I would share I how intend to do this, as well as some books, blogs and YouTube videos I've been using to do so.

First up is my eating habits! I've decided not to particularly stick to any diet as such but just eat all round more healthy foods. Usually my day starts with either overnight oats or porridge during the week at work, at weekends I'll have eggs or some banana oat pancakes.
Lunches during the week will sometimes be leftovers from dinner the night before, or I'll whip up a salad with some fish or chicken to have. Dinners are pretty much the same however I'm trying to cut down on some of the naughty things, for example if everyone is having pasta I'll have courgetti instead. Same goes with chips I'll have sweet potato fries or a jacket potato. I also love trying some of the recipes from Lucy Mecklenburgh's book as they are so tasty and healthy!
Snack wise during the day, fruit is my best friend! With my favourite being pomegranate seeds, as they are so sweet they feel like a treat. I also have my little box of seeds and nuts with me that I take to work for when I get the munchies in the afternoon time. I also love the Alpen Light bars as they feel like a naughty treat even though they are only 70 calories per bar.


I'm also going to start back on taking XLS Medical Max Strength just to curb those cravings a bit more as well as helping shifts a few pounds.

I've also invested in a fruit infusion water bottle, on my quest to drink more water. I'll start the morning by putting lemons in the infuser as this is a great way to get your metabolism going in the mornings. Currently I'm also loving putting cucumber and mint in there as it's so refreshing and makes me feel like I'm having a cheeky mojito at work! So far it's really been helping me stay on course with drinking at least 2 litres a day and I've also not touched a drop of pepsi max other than when I have a naughty alcoholic drink at the weekend sometimes.

Of course changing what I eat isn't the only thing I'm doing to get healthy! I'm also doing some exercise, as of course this helps loose weight but also helps your mind; especially if you suffer with anxiety like myself. I'm off to my first Essex Bootcamp class on Sunday morning at 8am; yes you read that right 8AM on a SUNDAY! And if I enjoy it I hope to stick to going with a 5 week pass to see how I get on. However I do want to do some more workouts at home when I get in during the week. Lauren introduced me to PopSugar Fitness YouTube and I've made myself a playlist of workout videos to try out, all ranging from 10 mins to 30 mins to get me started.

I've also been reading Khloe Kardashian's book "Strong looks better naked"; which is all about being healthy both in body and mind! It really rings home that it's actually a lifestyle change not a fad diet that you need to do to see changes and stick to it. What really made me think was when she stated that if someone asked to see you after a long day at work you'd make the time, so why not make the time for a quick workout as well? Which is so true! I'll always go see a friend or for a drink after work, even if I'm super tired yet I struggle to give myself 15 to 30 mins a day to do a quick work out!

I really want to stick to being healthy this year, of course I will allow myself treats and cheat days here and there because otherwise life will get boring! But 95% of the time I will be being healthy!

So here's to getting healthy in mind, body and soul!

Are you trying to be healthier this year? Is there any tips you can share to stay motivated? What's your favourite naughty but nice snack?
Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time...



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