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Each Wednesday I link up with Rebecca from Becca Blogs it Out to share my health and fitness progress with you and have a chat about all things wellbeing through Wellbeing Wonders. We’d love you to join in! You can find the link at the bottom of this post and you can connect with us using the hashtag #WellbeingWonders. This week I’m sharing a weight loss update.
You can catch up on last week’s post here.
If you know me, you know how much I love Christmas. The decorations, the markets, the music, the films, the joy of spending time with family. But of course it doesn’t stop there. Food is a big thing over the festive period for me. It’s a time to treat myself with all my favourite things. After all it’s only right to eat comfort food for every meal when it’s freezing outside, isn’t it?! Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what this tends to do to my waistline. In order to combat the inevitable I’ve decided to plan for a healthy November.
My plan for a healthy November
Eating. Let’s begin with the most obvious one. Healthy eating. In my last weight loss post I spoke about my eating habits and the fact that I have essentially been kidding myself when it comes to my diet. Yes I’ve been eating healthy a lot of the time, but I’ve also been eating a lot of chocolate and drinking a lot of wine. There’s also definitely room for improvement with regards to fruit and veggies too. We’ve written a healthy meal plan for the week, avoided picking up chocolate at the shops and there are no plans to drink alcohol this weekend. So far so good.
Water. At the beginning of the year I was doing a great job of tracking the amount of water I was drinking and I found it helped my initial weight loss a lot. Not only was I hydrated well each day, but the more water I drank the less hungry I was which stopped me from snacking so much. I started using an app on my phone to track my water intake again this week and so far it seems to be helping.
Exercise. Trying out boxing once a week has been a great start to my exercise routine but I need to do more. In the past I have spoken about my step count (or lack of) when I’m working from home. As with my water tracking, I’m going to be keeping an eye on my step count and making sure I do a minimum of 2000 per day. I’ve already failed at this once this week because I was so busy with work, which shows how tough it can be. This is one I will need to work at.
Time Off. Of course we all know that balance is important. On top of exercising more regularly and being more strict with my diet, I’m also going to ensure that I take time off regularly. That might mean stepping away from work and technology in general. Or it could be allowing myself one glass of wine on a Friday night without fretting that I’m ruining my plan.
The weeks have been vanishing for me this year, so I’m going to try and check in regularly with my plan for a healthy November to ensure that I am sticking to my good intentions!