Are you waiting for Monday? Perhaps next month or even January to start eating better, to begin a new running training plan or to kickstart a fitness routine? Why are you waiting, why not start now?
The last two months haven’t gone exactly as I’d hoped/planned, and with that has been eating crap, sleeping badly, skin outbreaks, a lot of caffeine, and a body and mind that does not feel at it’s best. One of the PTs at work asked me this morning where I felt I was right now on a scale of 1-10 (10 is feeling amazing with your body)- I said 5. With only 6 weeks to go until the New Year, it would be easy to put it off for the next few weeks vowing to start fresh in the New Year. But actually, I want to start 2016 feeling amazing, not crappy.
December is typically the month that I look and feel at my worst, unsurprising however not ideal when it coincides with lots of parties, dressing up and photo opportunities. I usually look pale, tired and bloated. In an effort to combat some of these I’m making food prep and eating well a priority. When I have long days at Uni it’s easy to reach for junk snack food especially if I haven’t brought anything with me. I made these Raw Brownie Bites and enjoyed them with a cup of tea in my 4pm lecture yesterday- the perfect pick-me-up.
I’ve never been one for food prep at the start of the week, however I think it might be time to jump on that bandwagon, especially for easy packed breakfasts and lunches. I printed out a ‘Healthy Life Plan’ spreadsheet for myself to fill in where I’m working, what workout I’m doing, what I’m eating etc for the week ahead to stay on track.
This week I’m cooking;
Cauliflower, Courgetti and Pancetta in a lemon-parmesan sauce
Thai Pork and Peanut Red Thai Curry with Sweet Potato Rice
Shredded Mexican Chicken and Corn Quinoa Bowls
Kung Pao Turkey Wraps (I wrote this recipe for GH a few years ago!)
Healthy Living Planner
You can see it online here – thanks Abi for helping this old technophobe!
Similarly, planning my exercise the week in advance using my Classpass app will ensure that there aren’t more rest days than planned. A new feature I’ll be sharing is ‘Fitness Friday’ where I’ll be sharing my weekly workouts. Unfortunately injury/life/work got in the way of my November Project so it will be an extended project, going into the New Year but it will happen!
If you wait for a convenient time to start something, an easier time, it will never happen. Rather than feeling overwhelmed about making a HUGE change in a few days/weeks time, instead make a small change today, then make another small change tomorrow. These little changes add up and will contribute to a big change without feeling overwhelming. Making the changes now will ensure that those ‘get fit’, ‘lose weight’ ‘eat healthier’ New Year’s Resolutions will become attainable goals.
Just a quick snap and thank you for shortlisting me for the Cosmo Blog Awards- I had such a fun evening and meet some amazing other bloggers. Shout out to Carly Rowena, the Twins in Trainers, the Blonde Ethos, Wedges & Weights, Helen, and Gymbags & Gladrags!
This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. While I’ve been exercising over the past three weeks, I’ve not fit in as much running as I’d have liked, and I haven’t been feeling my complete best. I got myself up this morning and did a 5miler that was like wading through mud (the wind was unbelievable!) but boy I’m glad I got out there! You’re completely right, there’s no perfect time to get out there and get started – but to start making little changes now can make a big difference come 2016. I’m focusing on keeping up the exercise over the next month ready to get stuck into training for the half I’ve entered next April.
Massive congratulations on your shortlisting – what a fantastic achievement! This blog has really been a source of inspiration for me, so keep up the fantastic work 🙂
Eat well! keep off those very highly! and Cheer up! G.
Eat well! Put those very high heels away and cheer up! G.
I feel exactly the same! Recently I’ve been really hectic which means I’ve had no workout or eating routine and the fridge is always empty. My husband is travelling loads at the moment so he’s struggling too but we we’ve decided to stop making excuses and make our health a priority again. We’re going to meal plan more, eat out less and try to do some joint workouts at the weekend together. Hopefully we’ll stick to it!!
Good luck with next week and sounds like you’ve a good plan in place 🙂 Congrats on being short-listed for the awards. Love your outfit, you look great!
I really like the fact that you share your goals for improvement, as well as your achievements when you feel amazing. The spreadsheet is also really handy (I love a good plan!)Thanks Charlie!