My Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Who is looking forward to the bank holiday on Monday?…

THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE!

Not only do I get a free day off, but I’ve also snuck in two more days off, so a five-day weekend is heading my way (internally screaming).  Does my boss know I’m not in? No…Am I looking forward to his reaction when he realises I’m not at my desk? Hell yes (even though I won’t be there to see it…shh).

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? 


How many of you are always up for trying the latest diet trends?

How many of you feel like you’re constantly on a diet?

How many of you feel like giving up because you’ve tried everything, but nothings working?

Let me ask you this then…are you being completely honest with yourself?

I have been trying to stay healthy and make good lifestyle choices, but in my mind I know I could’ve been that little bit better. I can empathise with how difficult it can be to find foods that are interesting and tasty. No matter how many products are brought out onto our supermarket shelves and make health benefit claims, they always seem a bit too green for me…not very appealing.

What’s the next step?

For some people, the gym is not an option, but if it is, then even by going once or twice a week it 1. is more than you were doing before and 2. is a great starting point to build up from. If you hate the thought of sweating and working out in front of people then I highly recommend connecting your computer to your TV or getting the YouTube app on your TV. Why? The amount of exercise videos on there are insane. There’s no need for you to go out and buy one of these cringe DVD’s made my a ‘celebrity’ that used a PT to get fitter.

What do I recommend?

I personally, from experience find that HIIT work outs are the most effective.

HIIT is a training technique which involves intense bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by varied periods of low-intensity active rest, or complete rest. HIIT can be a great option for staying in shape when time is an issue, as you can get an amazing fat-burning workout in 20 minutes or less.

So, if you want to get great results from only a short work out, then this is the one for you. I have been doing the Joe Wicks (Body Coach) one which is available on YouTube.

Don’t feel bad about having a cheat day!

Everyone needs a balanced diet to function. Depriving yourself of the foods that contain higher fat percentages is actually more likely to make you gain weight when you may have them in the future. Maintenance is key! Having a day where you eat some ‘bad’ foods keeps your body used to digesting them. Remember, calories are your energy source, cutting them low and limiting your intake is damaging.

I have a cheat day every Saturday because it’s the first day I’m not at work so there’s nothing to distract me from snacking…unless I’m shopping. Allowing myself this day then curbs my cravings for sugary, fatty, salty treats. Do I feel better for it? Yes actually, I don’t get that guilt after eating a doughnut, or half a bar of chocolate because of the good work I’ve done all week.


 

Moral: If you feel like there’s no where left to turn, go back a few steps and see what could be changed to alter your path ahead!

Jelly Legs!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Monday is here again and I’m not happy about it. Let’s start a petition to cancel Mondays…all in favour?


 

Today I feel like a jellyfish…yes a jellyfish. Why? You might ask. Well I’m glad you did because here it is (you have no choice).

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Jellyfish pic

Over the weekend I was finally able to join the gym again. I had to give up going last year due to having surgery on both of my feet. However, now I am well, and fit enough to go and get back into my healthy lifestyle. Sometimes these unexpected events crop up and stop us from doing the important things we had as part of our routine. I won’t lie I was thrown off the wagon and was being dragged by my heels for quite a while. Enough is enough I’ve climbed back on and I’m firmly strapped in.

At the start of this year I changed my diet, flipped it upside down. From a whole multi-pack of crisps and all the doughnuts I could get my hands on until I was stuffed, to smoothies, chicken, fruit and veg. A big change can shock your body, but in a good way to boost the weight loss you might be desperately looking for. For me there was no better time than the start of the year. I could really set out some clear, realistic goals and I can happily say that I am over a stone down…BUZZING!

I would say the key point here is being realistic and making changes that are sustainable for you. If you set your aims too high you are more likely to revert back to your old ways. In the back of my head I always heard my boyfriend saying ‘It takes around 3 weeks to settle into a new routine’. Perseverance and determination allowed me to change myself for the better and I’m well into my new routine. I have a way to go yet, but finally I feel like I’m going in the right direction.

Back to my jellyfish statement…

So I went to the gym both Saturday and Sunday. I thought, I’ll ease myself into this I don’t want to be falling over the next day. Half an hour on the bike and ten minutes on a stepping machine. OH MY GOD I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS! I mean, I did push myself a little, but I didn’t expect to be trembling today.

TMI WARNING!

Not only was it my legs, but my butt is killing me from the solid bike seat too…sorry not sorry.

I do like the pain though because I know I’ve worked hard and I should see results soon enough…hopefully.


 

Moral: Don’t let things get in the way of you achieving your goals, be patient and your time will come!