I’ve been contemplating for some time now as to what I should cover on my first post. So finally I decided to share with you my current plans for the year going forward.
The aftermath of Christmas and New Year festivities had left me feeling deflated and down in the dumps. I had a few too many mince pies resulting in gaining a few extra pounds, my skin was looking tired, dull and I started breaking out. All in all I was feeling crap!
February came along and a few days in I was still feeling the same. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and watching Netflix on repeat ignoring the problems at hand, I decided to do something about it.
Whether you’re reading this now, or a few months down the line and find yourself in the same boat as me, you need to know that it’s not too late. A ‘diet’ doesn’t have to start on a Monday! Who said resolutions can only be made on 1st January?!
So here are my 7 tips for getting back on track this year for a healthier and better you.
It may sound like a bit of a cliché. But getting active plays a huge role in your health and general wellbeing. You can start with a walk around the block a few times a week, gradually building up to a run. Or, like me, go for a full-blown fitness plan. As long as you get moving!
I’m currently using BodyBuilding.com Transformed 12 Week Plan (here) and saw results within just a week of starting the programme. Please don’t get put off by the name! You wont end up like a beefed up body builder I promise!
Don’t get me wrong, dragging myself to the gym in this freezing cold winter weather and those 6am alarms were a struggle. But after a week or two it was part of my daily schedule and believe it or not, I actually looked forward to it! I enjoy the challenge each day and feel proud of my achievements after each workout. Since starting my fitness plan I have a lot more energy doing day to day things. Overall I’m a lot happier and more positive. It might be tough to begin with. But stick to it and soon it will be part of your everyday routine you cant live without.
I know what your thinking! This is where I’m going to preach about how you shouldn’t eat chocolate and you need to be on an all juice fad diet. I’m not! Don’t worry! I’m human! Everyone needs chocolate (or in my case popcorn) once in a while! I have changed my diet but not drastically. I’m just more conscious about what I eat, snacking less and eating more nutritious meals. I swear by the cookbooks I own in helping me achieve this and ALWAYS write a meal plan for the week. I use all 3 of Joe Wicks’ books and a few others, which I will link below. They are all very informative about nutrition and how to build meal plans. So it’s not an issue if you have no idea where to start!
Healthy cookbooks and meal plans scared me a little if I’m completely honest. They are always given a bad reputation of not being sustainable and being expensive to keep up, but they are NOT! I can tell you now, I feed my husband and myself for usually no more than £30/£40 per week, so it is doable on a tight budget.
Since starting my meal plan the first thing I noticed was the change in my skin! It was a lot less oily, brighter and blemish free. I hardly had any cravings, so no need for little snacks and I felt energized and ready for the day. Breakfast was a huge change for me as I didn’t used to bother, but I really do feel better for it. I have the odd cheat day at weekends where I will treat myself to the odd takeaway or meal out…that’s fine! Just remember a cheat DAY does not need to become a cheat WEEK!
Get the books here
- Joe Wicks – Lean In 15 – The Shift Plan
- Joe Wicks – Lean In 15 – The Shape Plan
- Joe Wicks – Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan
- The Lean Machines – Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome
- Charlotte Crosby – Live Fast, Lose Weight
Now this is one thing I am rubbish at! A lot of people can lie in bed for half an hour with a book in hand and get through a few chapters. Me, as soon as my head comes close to the pillow I’m usually sparked out! Give me a computer or a phone and I will happily browse all day. Before I know it the day has gone and I haven’t moved. So, as I was browsing ASOS a few weeks ago, I picked up a book called ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ By Sarah Knight (here) and thought I would give it a go…
The book is very tongue and cheek but don’t let this fool you. It covers everything from ‘Nailing down the day to day’ such as setting goals, prioritising and procrastination all the way through to relationships, finances and health. It’s not your traditional self-help book. But it has some great tips in there that are tackled in a non-condescending way. You’re guaranteed to have a few giggles throughout! I highly recommend giving this a read. In fact, I love it so much that I got straight online and bought her other book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ (here).
I’m sure some of you have been in the same boat. When there is a certain aspect of your life that you are not happy with, but can’t change immediately, such as your job or relationship etc. You’re barely sleeping, constantly worrying about what you’re going to do, and dreading the next day. Sound familiar?! It’s tough. It really is, but you need to try to focus on the positives. I can’t promise that it will resolve the problems at hand because it wont. Filling your life with things and people you enjoy being around can help you cope whilst you tackle the underlying issue. By doing this you will find that the problem becomes a lot smaller and manageable. Soon the good things in your life will start to outshine the negatives. So, get your diary out and pencil in dates with family and friends and make them happen!
I will hold my hands up! I have been guilty in the past for neglecting my skin. Going to bed the odd time with a full face of makeup. This next tip is not something new that I have implemented into my daily routine, but something I recommend putting some time aside to for. Each week I make time to do my nails, fake tan or give myself a facial. Even if its whilst I’m watching TV etc. If that’s not your thing how about buy a new book, have a bubble bath with a glass of wine or treating yourself to a gift that month. It doesn’t have to be a huge splurge. Spending a little time caring for yourself on the outside will help you feel a lot happier on the inside too.
Try something new
As most of us are busy with our daily activities and juggling anything else on the side, it can be hard to fit in any other plans around your busy schedule. Over the past few years my hobbies had unfortunately fallen by the wayside, so I was looking for something new to take up.
My sister called me a few weeks back and asked me if I would do an Anti-Gravity Yoga class with her, as she was trying to cross off some points on her bucket list. You might not have heard of it before but if you do a quick Google Image search it’s quite self-explanatory. It looks a little intimidating and I thought there is no way we will be doing any of that in our first session?! I was wrong! We pretty much covered every single pose on there and it’s surprisingly a lot easier than it looks. Not only is it very good for your core strength it is also calming and relaxing, which is exactly what you need after a Monday in the office!
I have really enjoyed learning a new hobby and getting a little out of my comfort zone. You can very easily get stuck in a rut of the same routine each week. Since starting the class I have noticed a huge confidence boost, which is a bonus.
If you are local in Shropshire then check out High (here) for their timetable and details of sessions or for those of you that are a little further a field have a look in your local newsletter or notice boards or have a search online. There are plenty of hobbies and activities to have a go at.
Start a Journal/Planner
So here is my final tip for you…start a journal or a planner. It can be what ever you want it to be. Something specific like diet journal, keeping track of your food intake and clean eating etc. Or just a generic day to day diary. By doing this you can not only focus on a goal but it will help you get organised too.
There are lots to choose from out there depending on what you are looking for but one I fell in love with was the Happiness Planner (here). The planner is designed to help you focus on the positives of each day with a monthly review to track you progress to a happier self. One of my favourite things about the planner is the positive quote on each page, which really gives you that extra boost and inspiration for the day ahead. The planner comes as a 365 day diary or a 100 day option if you prefer something a little more flexible. I’d also recommend to have a browse of their website. They have some really cute stationary and a lot of other options that you may prefer.
I hope you have found this post helpful and can implement some of my tips to help stay positive. Please keep me updated on your progress. Do you have anything you can recommend? Let me know what you do to stay positive and keep on track. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Lots of love