Our healthy January

healthy eating

At the end of 2015 Hubby and I were in good, healthy habits. He was on the 5:2 diet (see more here) and lost 1 and a half stone (amazing). And I was running, more toned and felt so much better about my body. I had cut out naughty, sugary treats during the week, and we were both feeling heaps happier about our health and wellbeing.

We lost the way a little over Christmas – who didn’t though?! Needless to say the diets went out of the window, exercise ceased and chocolate was acceptable for breakfast! Tummies started feeling fuller again. Tiredness kicked in. Routine? What routine?

Back to the here and now and we are on a mission again. Back to old (and good) habits. Not just because we should, or that it is a new year – but because we want to.

And we have a little more motivation this year now too. My little Sister gets married this Summer…eeeeeeek! (I am a bridesmaid) and so I want to look and feel amazing. Plus we want to go abroad for our first summer holiday with the twins this year. One word. BIKINI. Yeah, I know. *gulps*

And who doesn’t need a little inspiration – like a bikini to wear abroad – to keep them on the right track?! For me, not Hubby, obvs.

So here is what Hubby and I are doing this January to stay healthy:

1// Smoothies. I like making them for the children as they LOVE them. So when we make one up together I always do more and have one myself. A great way to get fruit portions into the diet and/or fix the need for something to eat. And they look pretty too! I shared my apple, banana & raspberry recipe recently – I am also going to try some with vegetables soon and really get the goodness into my diet!

healthy eating with smoothies

2// Cook from scratch. One thing, as a Mother, I have always been pretty good at is cooking meals with fresh ingredients. Only simple suppers such as cottage pie, roast dinner, curry, lasagne etc but they really are so tasty and healthier as they contain less salt and are made with fresher ingredients. We have cut right down on take-aways and oven meals. This helps us to eat better. I have also been making soups and healthier options in my new Instant Pot, which is starting to change my life and the way I think about cooking and making food.

Healthy eating - cooking with fresh ingredients

3// Cut out carbs. Carbohydrates and my husband do not make a great partnership. He really struggles to keep the weight off if he eats too much pasta, potatoes or bread throughout the day. He is therefore trying to limit his portions down per day. Carbs like me a little better, but I am also trying to reduce the amount of bread I consume too. Who wants nasty bloating all day?

4// Get fit. I run as much as I can – and even managing a few miles during the week makes a lot of difference. Hubby is struggling to fit anything into his day at the moment (he works such long hours) but is considering joining the local gym. I have written about how it makes me happy and how I need it in my life. I still feel the same – as I can feel very lethargic and down when I am not exercising.

5// Treats only. Early last year I was having cake most days, frothy coffees, biscuits and something sweet after my dinner. Twas not a great diet. I was living for the sugar fixes. Now, I try to have one frothy coffee per day and have cut right down the treats. Weekends only now!

It sounds easy enough…and it is really. Once your body gets over the initial shock of cutting out and reducing some naughty foods, and once you’ve done a few sessions of exercise it all starts becoming the norm. Changing your mindset on food and treats is hard but once you focus you can make a big difference. We have anyway. And it is now our way of life.

Here’s to a healthy start and rest of the year ahead.

Happy New Year!

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. January 12, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Great tips Jess, I agree with all of them! I too try be good during the week and don’t eat between meals, then allow myself some treats over the weekend. This, combined, with exercise makes me feel so much better about myself. I don’t want to loose weight, but just feel more toned and healthy – and less tired and creaky. My husband is currently doing marathon training so we have the opposite with him as he needs to eat much more than usual so he doesn’t waste away! x

    • Jess
      January 12, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      WOW! Go him! What a fantastic goal. Sounds like a really good healthy lifestyle Lizzie, and we sound like we have similar aims xx

  2. January 12, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Christmas is always a killer for diets and exercise but hey it’s one or two weeks a year so if you’re heal;thy for the other 50 weeks I think you’re doing well!!

    We’re trying to go healthy this year. We’re cutting down on takeaways – once a month from now on rather than once *cough*three or four*cough* times a week! I’m making our own meals rather than ready made stuff and I’ve switched my sandwich (or worse chicken tikka and cheese panini) for ham salad boxes. I haven’t quite managed to cut back on chocolate and crisps though. And I fully intend on doing the Couch to 5K thing once I’ve had my asthma check up.

    • Jess
      January 12, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Good for you too! I hope that you get to do the Couch to 5k as I know so many people enjoyed it. A good kick start to healthy ways. Good luck and all the best xx

  3. January 12, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I was doing so well cutting out the sugar and doing some exercise last summer but I have completely lost my way lately. I find January quite dreary and struggle to eat well and exercise. I am hoping I will get a bit more energy soon!!! X

    • Jess
      January 12, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      It is dreary! Yes do it when you feel the need as you’ll stick at it then 🙂 Good luck xx

  4. January 13, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    When I lost weight a while ago I did exactly the same kind of things of this. I didn’t get too strict on myself, i still had the odd treat but I just made sure that was balanced by exercise and eating well. And it definitely helped me. I will need to try and get back into that mindset when the baby is born as at the moment my diet is terrible! Good luck lovely. x

    • Jess
      January 13, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      I think you have the perfect excuse so enjoy yourself, eat anything you like and have fun!!!!!! Hugs xx

  5. January 13, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Huge well done to your hubby for losing one and a half stone. It sounds like you have got right back into healthy eating after the Christmas period. And lets face it, we all just want to sit on the sofa and eat Quality Street at Christmas. I have been healthy eating since New Years Eve and already feel better for it xx

    • Jess
      January 13, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Good on you! And I know your Hubby is into getting fit too so well done. I am struggling this week to be honest….!! But onwards and upwards xx

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