A while ago, I wrote about how I want to start living healthier again. Like many others, I’m not quite happy where I am right now health wise, shape wise and weight wise. It’s all my own fault, too much
wine treats and nice dinners and too little exercise does that. I got in great shape for my wedding, but I let it slip and I’m annoyed with myself for that, so I’m taking charge again as I know I can feel so much better by living healthier. I know how to do it so I have no excuse.
I normally don’t really do new year’s resolutions as I strongly believe that every day is as good as any to start with changes you want to make in your life, but it just so happened that January is going to be a quiet month with no travel plans (I know, I’m panicking already!) or social events. It’s a good time to focus on me, on cooking healthy meals, on working out and on figuring out how I can make the healthy lifestyle last again in a sustainable way without getting into silly diet-frenzies.
My plan is to go back to the basics in January and cut out a few things of my diet just to see how this affects my body. From February onwards I want to maintain a 80/20 ratio, allowing myself occasional treats, whilst focusing on healthy, wholesome foods during the week. This looks like a good balance to me; mainly healthy, yet not denying myself everything. Life is for living after all.
So in January…
1. I’m drinking no alcohol at all and from February onwards I’ll only drink in weekends or at special occasions. I’m curious to see how this will affect my skin in particular.
2. I’m cutting back severely on refined sugar. I’m quite a sweet tooth, and we do need natural sugars, so I’m going to have to find my kick from those! I hope this will show in my waistline and in more stable energy levels.
3. I’m banning gluten for now. Bread really is my downfall (who doesn’t love a slice of unhealthy fresh white bread with zero nutritional value), but I often feel bloated after eating bread, so I want to see if this gets better.
4. I’m adding way more fruit and veg to my diet by starting the day with green juice. Who knew you hardly taste spinach when added to orange juice? It has a lot of health benefits and is packed with vitamins and minerals.
5. I don’t drink coffee generally, maybe one cappuccino a month, so that’s negligible. My tea is decaf green tea from Celestial Seasonings, so I will only miss caffeine that is in chocolate, and maybe I did eat just a tiny little bit too much of that…
6. I’m cutting out dairy on the grounds that I find it unnatural to drink milk from a cow. Humans are the only mammals drinking milk from other mammals, and quite frankly, I think it’s weird. Cow milk is meant for baby cows, not for people.
7. I’ll work with a proper gym schedule and plan work-outs for the week. Also, I’ll try to combine fun with working out; I go run with a friends in stead of sitting on our behinds and indulging on coffee and cake.
8. I’m going to investigate what the best types of exercise are for tall women (apart from basketball obviously 😉 ) focusing on our weak spots, in my case my lower back. I’ll share my findings so let me know what your weak spots are and I’ll add this to the list!
9. I’m a pescetarian which means I don’t eat meat, but I do occasionally eat fish.
I will add a bit more fish to my diet as it is high in iron and protein, two things I always struggle to get enough of.
10. I will start a diary on the blog to keep myself accountable on my progress, to stay motivated, and to keep you informed on what works for me and what doesn’t. Consider this Post 1. 🙂
So, who is with me and wants to make an effort to motivate each other?
NB. Please note that I am not a nutritionist or trainer or anything like that whatsoever; I have great interest in both subjects and I’ve read a lot about it, but I am surely not an expert. I’m just combining various things I’ve read and I’m doing what seems right for my body to get it where I want it to be as it has worked in the past for me.
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