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!
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.
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