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Health and Fitness Update 02

The last week or so has been the first time for a while that I've really felt committed to my health and fitness goals and I've really felt determined to make all of those positive changes happen.  I had a bit of an epiphany the weekend before last, which I am calling 'What would a healthy person do'.  I was thinking of those people I see on blogs, people I know, people on instagram, who have enviably healthy lifestyles - who whip up delicious, healthy food and seem to always be working out or being active.  They have an attitude towards health and fitness that guides their day to day choices, their wants, needs, values and so on.  I have an attitude towards health and fitness that says it's a chore, hard work, focussed on denial and guilt.  I feel cross with myself when I slip up, and envious of those bronzed siz-packs in Nike Pro shorts I see on my instagram feed when I wake up in the morning.

When I am driving home from work and I'm tired, and there's no food in the house, I dream of pizza.  When I forget to bring lunch to work, I think of McDonalds.  I am still that little kid that saved her lunch money and spent it on Wham Bars and Chomps at the Happy Shopper on the way home.  The truth is, all of my favourite foods are the really, really bad ones, and all of my favourite activities involve being horizontal. Unless I try, my default is to be an unhealthy person.  Okay, I don't smoke, I rarely drink, and once I force myself out of the door and am out there, I do enjoy running, but on the whole, unless I watch myself, I can make some pretty bad choices.

This is where my idea of 'What would a healthy person do' came from.  My new idea is that if I try and change that filter that my decisions and opinions go through, I can become someone who is naturally healthy and active.  Lik, what about when I'm driving home from work and I have no food in the house, I stop off at Sainsbury's and whip up a really healthy, tasty dinner? What about if I forget my lunch I go out and buy a salad and some fruit? What about if I feel weird if I don't do yoga every day, or I step up my running so I look forward to my morning runs?  I truly believe that this can happen.

This is what has spurred me on to make salads and wraps for work lunches, and pack fruit for snacks. This is what motivated me to go to my yoga class last Wednesday, run 6k on Sunday and whip up delicious dinners like Lisette's pomegranate, butternut squash, feta and quinoa salad.


This is what has got me out of bed in the morning to do a kettlebell routine, try and firm those abs with my new Slendertone belt, and make a healthy smoothie or juice.

Slendertone
slendertone flex, £49.99*
gifted as part of a healthy living campaign I'm working on with argos

I've been trying to eat clean and keep active this week.  My FitBit Flex helps me make sure I hit my steps and calorie burn target and I've been trying to get some early nights and fit in some 'chill time' to make sure I don't burn myself out.  I've been recommended some vitamins and supplements to help fix my damaged hair and nails and I've been taking these along with multivitamins, which will also hopefully improve my overall health.

Vitamins

I'm pleased to report that this week I've lost just over a lb, which is definitely a step in the right direction.  I'm really hoping that all of these positive changes will yield great results over the coming weeks and months.  I'd love to feel confident about my body again.

Have you ticked off any health and fitness goals this week?

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13 comments

  1. Following on from this 'envious of those bronzed siz-packs in Nike Pro shorts I see on my instagram feed when I wake up in the morning.' - I know exactly how you feel!
    One thing I do dislike about some of the fitness-insta accounts is they often only post 'perfection' and I'm trying to get out of that trap...Say if I run a 25min 5km I'll feel cool posting it but if the next day I feel like tosh and the same route takes say 29mins it's less likely people will hear about it. What I'm trying to say is don't beat yourself up because NO one is perfect..I sometimes get down when I see people only eating amazing food and never having treats . I eat 85% amazing/delicious/healthy food and treats but sometimes I just want to face plant nutella! It sounds like your doing brilliantly and just keep that bright mindset and the right healthy lifestyle for you (and enjoy those cheats and rest days - Trust me I burnt out big time because I skipped this) and the weight/mindset/lifestyle will take care of it's self! :) x
    www.cakevsscales.co.uk

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  2. What a lovely post - it's nice to see people being healthy just for the sake of being healthy, rather than trying to "fit in".

    I started Slimming World around the 2nd week in January and I've lost 7.5lbs already! That's just over half a stone in a month and I feel really good about it. It's such a good diet because it's having a healthy lifestyle without thinking too much into it, and still eating yummy food and a huge variety of things. The way the plan works makes sure you have calcium, fiber, carbs, protein, and a little bit of fat each day - and you lose weight. So I can enjoy a little bit of chocolate a day, a big Sunday roast, cereal, fruit etc. without feeling guilty! Definitely recommended :o)

    Laura xx

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  3. Love this! What would Jillian Michaels do!! ;)

    I was feeling like this until last weekend when I had an asthma attack, which has really stumped my fitness regime. But, hopefully, back to it tonight :)

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  4. This is such an inspiring post for me Rosie, I've really been slacking in living a healthy lifestyle recently and have been feeling down because of it. Since Monday I've made an effort to eat the right foods, more fruit and less carbs! Its definitely making me feel more positive and now the next step is to get that exercise in! :)

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  5. I'm in the same boat as you! It's too easy to become sedentary, especially in the winter. I've gone up in down with this struggle. I'll do really well for a few days, eating healthier foods and being more active, but then something happens, a personal setback, or I get super busy and don't have time to prepare food or go to the gym. It's like you said, you have to make it your default so it's your nature and not a chore.


    --Molly
    www.mollyseee.blogspot.com

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  6. Well done, Rosie! Your outlook seems a very positive way to try to control your health - and it seems to be working, well done with your loss this week :) I love the quote 'when you feel like stopping remember why you started' xx

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  7. Your positive outlook has gave me motivation to get my bum back into gear! thank you lovely x

    Rachel | ascottishrose

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  8. Well done Rosie! It's strange reading you talk about your lack of get-up-and-go, when I genuinely consider you to be a pretty big inspiration in my quest to run more! I imagine you will always be wondering if you can do more or run further or eat better, but please don't forget you're doing much better than loads of other lazy bums out there! Changing your attitude towards it sounds good, I definitely need to get over that idea of running as a chore <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  9. Well done Rosie - keep up the great work!

    Harriet
    www.lovemoreandworryless.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I used to have takeaway 3 days a week, KFC for lunch, sweets every day. You just have to re-tune yourself to go for healthy food first then you won't want the other stuff. Promise! :)

    Takes a bit of time and patience.

    x

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  11. I love this concept Rosie. Thanks for sharing this idea. I am too not a naturally inclined healthy person but would really like to be one. I need to get a bracelet with WWAHPD! Maybe one that would shock me when I think of chocolate!

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  12. Oh my gosh! This is genius, my new years resolution was and is to "be the person you want to be" I will definitely beadding "what would a healthy person dp?" To my list of mantras! Xx

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  13. While I don't see a physical difference yet, I have noticed that I am more flexible and can hold plank longer then before. My husband says that I need to do more cardiovascular to see a physical difference. I think cardiovascular does have faster results but I know yoga can get you their eventually. I'd like to do cardiovascular but my sports bras aren't that supportive. And I don't want to spend money on a new one cuz I'm going to cut the wee one off from breast feeding soon and I feel like it would be a waste of money to buy a bra to wear only 3-4 months. Well, off to do yoga. Keep up the good work.

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