Hey guys. I hope you are all having a good week/ holiday. I’ve been back at school for 2 weeks now and the work is definitely piling up. I’m trying not to get too stressed but it’s hard when I know that I still have seven and a half weeks left.
Lately, I haven’t been eating much at school but then coming home and pigging out on unhealthy stuff and always regretting it afterwards. So, I am going to try, for about the 5th time this year to get into good habits with my eating and exercise. I first decided to do this when I read Find the Beauty’s post which you can find here. It is a pretty similar plan but I have just changed it up a bit to suit my lifestyle. If you are interested in joining us as well, be sure to check out the original post on Janine’s page. (And subscribe while you are there because they make AWESOME posts!). I have wanted to do this kind of thing many times before but often for full meal and exercise plans you have to pay which SUCKS. So, I just decided to make up my own. (well, just bunk on with Janine’s). If you want to join us, also feel free to switch it up to whatever suits you best because I know that we all do stuff differently. This is also going to be a month that I look after my body as a whole and you can get a better understanding of what I mean by this by checking out the shopping list below
So basically, this post is going to include my diet and exercise plan for the next month. I’m also going to be tracking my progress in a notebook and will make a post on it in a month’s time. I like tracking my progress because it spurs me on so much more when I can see improvement and change. I’m also going to write all of this down on a note pad for each day so that I know what I need to do. Here it is I guess:
- Diet restrictions. Let’s get the sucky stuff over with first. But, don’t just give up now just because of all these restrictions because Friday (or whatever day you like) is cheat day! *wooow*:
No cakes, muffins or cookies
No lollies, chips or soft drinks
No ice cream or deserts
No flavoured crackers, sugary cereals or sugary muesli bars
No juices, and try to limit butter or sauces.
No white carbs. Try to opt for wholegrain options of pasta and breads
2. Shopping list:
- A plastic travel cup to take my tea to school in the morning
- A good cleansing face wash
- A freckle removing cream
- A good quality whitening toothpaste
- Stretch-mark cream
- Charcoal face mask
- Revitalising shampoo and conditioner
- Heat protecting spray
- High quality sunscreen
The equipment I will be using:
- My nutri-bullet to make my smoothies
- My Fitbit to make sure I stay active
- My trusty notebook
- Some weights I have in the sports cupboard
- A yoga mat to do my workouts on
- Bluetooth speaker/ headphones to listen to music.
3. Food Plan:
Banana smoothie- honey, milk, frozen banana, cinnamon. My home-made granola with yogurt (I’ll do a post of my recipe) I am always in a rush around breakfast and never really hungry so something quick is good for me.
Greek salad and a bread roll
I don’t really do set dinners because I don’t want to make my family eat differently just because I am on a diet and force them to eat stuff they don’t like. So, I just try to only have one serve of whatever it is we’re having. We usually eat pretty healthy dinners anyway so I am not too worried.
Dried fruit and lots of water. I am also going to try drinking green tea in the mornings and nights to help with my metabolism.
Berry smoothie- Frozen mixed berries, 1 apple, honey, oats and milk.
Chick pea salad with a lemon and olive oil dressing- chick peas, parsley, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber and capsicum.
An orange and lots of water again
Breakfast: A bowl of granola with yogurt and an orange/ fresh orange juice
Garden salad with egg- lettuce, carrot, tomato, cucumber, carrot and boiled egg with balsamic dressing
Dried apple and apricots. (As you can probably tell, I am not a great fruit eater and am trying to keep this achievable so I try to have it in smoothies or in dried versions. Do any of you feel the same way?)
Breakfast: Mango and banana smoothie with protein powder.
Greek salad and a bread roll
Dried fruit and a muesli bar. (don’t forget the 3 litres of water)
Aka… the best day of the week. Without this, I don’t think I could actually succeed in this health plan. I will probably eat pretty similar things but I’m not sure yet to be honest
French toast or healthy pancakes. The French toast I make is actually really healthy depending on the type of bread I use.
I am usually at work, but I try to have wither a salad or just ne toasted sandwich
Tea and some fresh fruit
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs on toast. On Sundays, I like to have something that gives me a lot of energy but is still pretty light because I play soccer.
Fresh salad and ham sandwich
Whatever’s leftover- muesli bars, dried fruit, my granola.
I am a Pinterest fanatic and I could seriously spend hours a day on there if I had the time. So, I picked out all of my workouts on there. Before each workout, I also want to go on a quick run around the block just to warm up and burn a few extra calories. Here they are and be sure to chuck me a follow while you’re there (jk, only if you want to).
Tuesday: rest day!
Wednesday: Abs and oblique
Well obviously, we all want to be able to see the results when we try something like this. I am going to weight myself every three days even though I don’t like using the scales to determine healthiness. I think that your number on the scale is a complete misrepresentation because even though you may be losing fat in some places, you will be gaining muscle in others which will mean your weight will go up. Your weight also depends on your height and build so it is such an inaccurate and unfair way to compare yourself with others. I think it is better just to pay attention to your body and know when it’s healthiest. I also suggest taking pictures to see how your body has changed. I’ll be doing this from August 21 to September 21 just to make it easy and I’ll definitely write a post at the end to let you know how I go.
I love the feeling of being sore and knowing that I have really pushed myself and am getting stronger. It just feels so healthy and I can’t wait to feel like this again. My diet and health has been getting really out of hand lately so I really want to develop new habits. Don’t forget to check out Janine’s original post which probably makes much more sense. I also just created a bloglovin’ account, so you can follow me on there as well if you don’t have wordpress. I’m slowly catching on with all this blogging language and platforms so bear with me ahaha.
Lots of love,