If we make something a habit – a positive habit, does it avoid becoming a chore? For example, making exercise and healthy eating a habit. The healthiest people I know, don’t seem to think about it – anymore at least. I’m sure they once did, and made an effort to change. At some point my observation, and what those healthy people tell me, is that is just comes naturally now. They do not want to drink alcohol every night, or have a fry up on Sunday or a greasy takeaway on Friday night and do not need to fight the urge because that urge is no longer there. They do not diet or need to tell themselves to drink more water, they just naturally make good choices. I’m sure it isn’t as simple as that, but wouldn’t it be great if it was.
I have been ‘loosely’ following slimming world and yep – I lost weight, my partner lost weight and all has been going well. The issue I have with slimming world though, is it has encouraged me to avoid some foods which are really good for me such as nuts, and avocado in favour of a bag of low calorie crisps, a chocolate bar, or a cheeky glass of wine (roughly 3 or 4 syns). This makes me question the methodology.
I have been reading a really lovely blog and watching lovely vlogs on YouTube by Pick up Limes #pickuplimes and she has inspired me to start choosing more whole foods and plant based foods. I’m not suggesting I will go for Vegan at this stage but I would like plant based food to be much more prevalent in my diet. I really like her packed lunch work bento box ideas. Deliciously Ella is another good one, and where I also get lots of my breakfast and lunch ideas.
In terms of exercise, I used to love running before I had my daughter and now the idea of starting from scratch, from zero fitness level is quite daunting. Nonetheless, it has to be done. She is 15 months now and it is time for me to stop making excuses. I plan to do couch to 5K which is brilliant for people getting started, combined with some pilates and yoga at home. 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week is what I have committed to.
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Run Pilates/Yoga Run Pilates/Yoga Run Swimming with baby Rest
I know it will make me feel better and I shall share my progress, and meal plans, and shopping and take you along for the ride and maybe inspire you to do the same. Instagram and Pintrest have literally thousands of recipes which I am excited to try so I shall link them and let you know how I get on with them. I also have to commit to keeping this to my budget (link) which is a maximum of £400 per month for my partner, me and my daughter calculated as £92.30 per week to be exact. This has to include all of my cleaning products, nappies etc. as well so is sometimes a challenge to stick to. If you have ideas of how I can reduce this further, I would love to hear from you!
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