I need my butt kicking. It won’t be difficult to do/find since all I feel I’ve done this last two weeks is sit on it and eat to feed it.
However, I enjoyed it. That’s what life is all about. I know once my mind frame is changed that good habits will follow, but I’m not kicking myself while I’m down. Enjoying myself by eating and drinking for three weeks over the festive period is not the end of the world.
I don’t profess to be a fitness blogger. Or a health expert – I like sugar in my tea and if I want a biscuit then I’ll have one. However, as I wrote about last year, there are some easy helpful healthy habits that I do believe are worth looking into and sticking to. Things I’ve been reading and reminding myself of recently.
It’s also the time of year where gym’s see their memberships double and ‘healthy products’, brands and companies smile as an influx of people want that quick fix. The easy way to losing weight. To toning up. Sadly, there is no quick fix. Detox’s don’t work and anything that tells you to cut a food group out is just WRONG. It’s more about small changes and simple swaps. This then in the long term means that it’s a lifestyle change and therefore you’re more likely to stick to it than completely falling off the wagon after just two weeks and eating everything in sight.
My fit friend Abi, who’s actually VERY fit and ab-by, (see what I did there!) wrote a post on Why Detox’s Are Sh*T and point two – ‘Don’t Call it A Diet‘, couldn’t be truer. She’s got some really great, easy read posts on her blog, so go have a read if you’re wanting some truths.
Here are some changes I’ll personally be/have been making, to begin with:
Get the green tea back out and have either that or a ginger tea as my first drink of the day.
Limit myself to one normal tea a day.
Getting those greens in! Re-purchase some powered green juice to mix up daily.
Continue with Muscle Food orders and have meat every other night for tea with simple meals in-between.
Indulge in a chocolate treat on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Back to drinking 2ltrs of water a day.
Go for a run once a week.
This may seem like quite a list, as a starting point. But bear with me, they’re actually only small changes. Drinking more water is the standout one, as it has so many overall benefits. If there’s just one change you make, start with that. I recently found Steven Aitchison and have begun to try and keep to his water drinking guide. It includes drinking 300ml very first thing in a morning before anything else and 100ml after each cup of tea/coffee. Which makes sense to me as upon waking your body will be slightly dehydrated from your nights’ sleep, plus may have stored some water from what you drank before bed. Drinking water after a hot drink helps to rehydrate and flush out toxins.
I’m also back on the Fitbit wagon. So if you have one and want to ‘be friends’ and help each other, let me know. I’m always up for challenges!