Ok, so this is it. New goals. New start. For real this time! Haha.
Seriously though, I really do want to make a huge effort to improve my general health and fitness. I may be slim, but fit I am not, and my sugar consumption is off the scale.
I’m really bad at sticking to healthy eating and exercise regimes, but I’m also very aware that I don’t want to take my good health for granted and I need to start looking after myself more (I’m in my 30’s now, ’kay?). So just to stress, my aim is not to lose weight, but to boost my physical and mental wellbeing.
My plan is to write a weekly post with a health and fitness update for the week and set out a meal plan for the following week. As well as posting here, I’ll be putting regular updates on Instagram, so be sure to follow me.
Taking my track record into consideration, I’m not going to go crazy and cut out all the bad stuff, just cut down and eat more sensibly. As I said, I’m not looking to lose weight, and I’m still breastfeeding, so I do need extra calories. Calories, schmalories! I’m hoping that by concentrating more on my wellbeing I’ll end up feeling more energised, less tired, less anxious, fitter, and generally feeling fabulous!
Food goals = more fruit and veg, more protein, less sugar
I’m aiming to eat 7 portions of fruit and veg a day. I know the recommendation is 5 portions, but I want to cram in those vitamins.
Protein is something that I probably don’t eat enough of. The NHS Livewell website advises 50g/day, so I’ll aim for that.
Cutting back on sugar isn’t going to be easy. Bags of chocolate with resealable tabs make me laugh. Reseal them? Do people actually do that? Yeah, I need to get a grip and cut down before my teeth fall out.
Water goals = drink at least 1 litre of water a day
I used to aim to drink 1.5 litres a day, but most days I barely make 500ml, so I lowered my target!
Exercise goals = exercise 3x weekly
I still haven’t found the exercise for me. I downloaded a couch to 5k app a couple of months ago and only did one session. I didn’t exactly hate it, but it definitely wasn’t what I’d call fun. I might try and rope my neighbour into doing it with me to spur me on. Anyway, I’m going to have another bash at it, starting tomorrow. Follow my progress on Instagram!
Sleep goals = be asleep by 11pm
Dan just pointed out that I’m writing this and it’s currently 11.30pm. Meh. From now on though, I want to be in bed and ready for sleep at 11pm. I have to get up early with Baby J and I’m usually up in the night with her too, so getting to bed at a reasonable hour is important.
As well as documenting my progress here, I’ve downloaded an app called Habitbull on my phone. The free version allows you to choose 5 habits that you want to get into, and tracks your progress.
I’ve also been looking for an app which can let me know when I’ve reached my recommended daily intake of each nutrient. As a vegetarian I want to make sure I’m eating well. I’ve not found an app that’s quite right yet, but if anyone knows of one, let me know! 🙂
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As you can see, my wellbeing plan is nothing fancy or over the top, but it is realistic for me. Having a meal plan will allow me to shop with meals in mind and eliminate those daily ‘what do you want for dinner?’… ‘I don’t mind, what do you want?’ conversations. The plan is flexible, so if we don’t fancy one meal one evening, we can switch it for another, as I will have shopped for the week. Exercising is likely to be a struggle, but for all the physical and mental health benefits it provides, it seems stupid not to have been doing it all along!
Ok, so this all kicks off tomorrow. Here’s to feeling fitter, more energised, and leading a healthier lifestyle! I’ll be reporting back next Sunday!
Meal plan, week 1:
*Fish and chicken will be substituted with a Quorn fillet or similar. I wrote this plan with Baby J and Dan in mind too!
Here goes! 🙂