16.6.14

A Health Kick ... And why I'm considering quitting binge drinking

Lately I've been considering making a few changes in my life, I have let myself slip the last few months and am now at the heaviest that I have ever been in my life. I want to change more than just my diet, not only do I want to be slimmer but I want to be a healthier, happier version of me. In order to do this I need to make a lot of changes.

Diet
Food is one of the most obvious changes, I did well on Slimming World last year but have massively fallen off the wagon. Slimming World is easy to stick to, I think I just over complicated things by going down the route of making a meal from scratch every single day. It really doesn't have to be that complicated, there are plenty of quick, filling and easy meals that are 100% on plan such as good old meat & veg, fried rice dishes, pasta dishes and salads bulked up with fat free cottage cheese. When I fancy something naughty I can have that home-made burger and chips. Once the new kitchen is finished I will get back on plan, not necessarily 100% SW but I will stick to the basics and the healthy meals.


Exercise
I'm not going to make ridiculous claims and say that I am going to start going for runs or join the gym because I know I won't. I work full-time and I write my blog, I simply don't have the time to commit to exercise programmes on top. What I am going to do is make small changes, starting with walking home from work. It takes me around half an hour to walk home from work, I currently spend around ten minutes waiting for a bus and then another five minutes on the bus, the walk home will only add an extra fifteen minutes onto my day and is not only good for me, but also good for my bank account. It is a really pretty walk and a great way to de-stress and unwind after a day in the office. My work are taking part in a British Heart Foundation challenge soon which will involve all of us wearing Pedometers and attempting to walk a set distance within a certain time frame, hopefully this combined with the sunshine will give me the push that I need.


Alcohol
From some of my week in photos posts you may have picked up that I love a good, alcohol fuelled night out with my besties. I'm not going to say I'm giving up drinking altogether because I'm not that strong. What I am planning on doing is cutting down the amount that I drink. There really is no need to drink five plus jaiger bombs on top of a bottle of wine. Alcohol isn't good for the waist line and I just find that I can't recover quickly these days, a Saturday night out will leave me grumpy and snappy for the majority of the next week. I need to find my limit and stick to it, I also need to make wiser choices such as switching the larger for a single vodka and diet coke (to the top with coke) and ditching the shots.

Vitamins
I've never taken vitamins before and am thinking that now may be a good time to start. One of the reasons that I don't eat healthy and exercise is because I am constantly tired, I also suffer with IBS and am often bloated and sluggish. I'm thinking that taking a supplement such as Bimuno Prebiotics for an immune system boost may help me a little.

Do you have any tips to help me succeed on my health kick?


12 comments:

  1. Good on you! 30 mins is a good walk, try and walk fast if you can. I walk 25 mins twice a day to pick and drop off Jack at school. It goes really quick listening to my playlist! x
    (btw that burger is making me hungry!)

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to gradually build up my speed, I'll time myself on my phone and see how I do!
      Adding songs to my phone is what I need to do, well reminded! x

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  2. Nice one Leanne, if you want to really speed up your weight loss cut sugar from your diet (including diet coke), and limit fruit to two pieces a day as well. Walking to work is a great start to getting more active, try and power walk it, I did it for a couple of weeks when my bike was broken and it's a well good workout! Good luck with your journey, remember take it one step at a time and don't try and do it all at once! It'll click one day and you'll fall in love with keeping fit like I have! x

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    1. Thanks for the tips, I will definitely try increasing my speed more and more each day. I really do hope that I can be one of these people who falls in love with keeping fit! x

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  3. I'm doing something very similar :) after losing 6 stone a few years ago I've put a stone and a half back on and none of my clothes fit which is very annoying. I'mm going back to WW next week and going to walk to and from the train station which is about 40 mins each way, week. Best of luck Leanne, I know you can get to where you want to be xx

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    1. Good luck Gemma! It is so annoying when your clothes get too tight, one of the worse feelings! x

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  4. Good for you! I need to get back into healthy eating too. I find myfitnesspal really helps, you should check it out! Xx

    Hips Like Cinderella

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    1. Thank you! I used to use myfitnesspal and haven't been on there for ages, thanks for the reminder!
      Good luck on your journey :) x

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  5. I've lost 6 stone and now i'm pregnant i know am going to put some of it back on will have to do a health kick once baby is here in December
    http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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    1. At least you're putting it on for all the right reasons :)
      Breast feed the baby & the weight will fly off! x

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  6. Sounds like you have a good plan here, best of luck with it! I have found personally to be helpful: cutting out sugar, going low carb (have you read the book 'Wheat Belly'?), walking more, and switching a cheeky glass of wine in the evening for a glass of milk instead! x

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    1. Thank you! I've been good and eaten salad for lunch everyday this week, the walking hasn't started just yet though :-/
      I'll have to check out the Wheat Belly book, thanks for the recommendation!
      I only ever tend to drink water in the evenings, except when I go out. x

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