This is a collaborative post
I’ve definitely been here before, feeling sluggish and lethargic each day and knowing I need to do something about it. Dieting is something I’ve grown to hate as it always ends in me feeling a little like a failure when I fall off the wagon, so I know this time it has to be different. This time it’s going to about making small changes in my everyday life instead of dramatically changing what I eat and drink and expecting there to be a speedy transformation. I want it to be a much more organic change.
For me, the most important thing is to feel healthier and stronger, especially in the winter months when it’s all too tempting to eat a little more junk food. It seems to spiral out of control a little so I need to commit myself to making changes that will make me feel better about myself over time. So I thought I’d share my top five tips on getting healthier this winter:
It all starts with food doesn’t it? I know deep down that I use food as a reward, which is far from healthy! I usually ‘treat’ myself to a shortbread each time Emma and I go out, which is fine except when it’s this often, perhaps it is not a treat anymore. There are so many healthy foods I enjoy eating and I’m trying to stop labelling foods as good and bad in general. It just isn’t great for my mindset that I’ve ‘been bad’ if I eat chocolate. Everything in moderation and there’s nothing to feel bad about.
This is the big one for me, as I need to get off my sofa and make it happen. Exercise always makes me feel better but I just don’t make time for it. But it’s important and even more so since I’ve been working from home. For now, I’ve been making an effort to walk everywhere I can and am thinking of joining a gym soon. There’s nothing like getting to classes to force me to work out and put my all into it!
beating those allergies
Some of you may know that I suffer from asthma and it seems to worsen the more wheat and gluten I eat. I’m pretty used to being mindful that I don’t eat those things and also try to stay away from cigarette smoke and e-cigarettes where I can. Every little helps and making more effort helps me keep those allergies at bay as much as I can.
how it makes me feel
Staying motivated is always the big obstacle…it always starts off rosy and then when I can’t see the weight coming off, I tend to get bored and slowly it falls by the wayside. However, lately I’ve been trying to remember how it makes me feel when I eat more unhealthy foods before I reach for them. It’s a bit of a work in progress, as more than often Jaffa Cakes are more appealing than oatcakes but slowly slowly!
I also started thinking about alternatives to my favourite sweet treats as rewards. I’m terrible at ‘me time’ and I know I need to get better at this. So next week, I have an appointment to get my nails done ahead of a blogging conference and am starting to think about other things I could enjoy. Getting my hair done, a massage and a swim are all on the list and the enjoyment might last a little longer than my usual shortbread would.
Have you been thinking about getting healthy too? I’d love to know your tips for feeling a little more energised this winter!