My Health Overhaul and Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to whip my body into shape in readiness for my annual jolly. I know a lot of us seem to be on a constant health kick, me included but I’ve actually gone for it this time.

My main problem is food. I’ve always been the type of person to finish a meal no matter how big it is, and never turn down a snack. My whole world revolves around food, it’s all I think about and I’m constantly looking forward to the next meal. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this. Working in a big open plan office is torture as there’s always treats, cakes on birthdays and my desk is right next to the kitchen.

I think the thought of parading these love handles around the beach was enough motivation to get my behind off the sofa and out for a jog. Nevertheless, the holiday came and went and I didn’t tone up in any way…doh. I’m not saying I’m the fattest person in the world as that would be a ridiculous thing to suggest, however I would like to get a lot healthier, active and stop feeling so sluggish!

Here I am on holiday –

Burning to a crisp 🌞

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Again I would never say I was ‘fat’ but I would like to be less squishy and a lot more active than I am. It was recently in the news that having a sedentary lifestyle can knock years off your life. Kind of worrying as I spend so much of my life on my behind. Drive to work, spend 9 hours+  in the office all day, drive home then go home too tired to do anything so usually laze about or clean.

I’ve now started lean in 15 which is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. It’s all about fuelling your body in the right way, exercising and eating lots of food. Ideal if you ask me!

It’s definitely not all about eating salad all day and having no fun, there are some amazing recipes and some clever swaps that mean you aren’t missing out at all. Here’s an example of the breakfast I have on the weekend:

Had a go at #leanin15 😍 sweet potato hash browns with kale and poached egg 🍳

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This plan means I’m not missing out on my usual hash browns and bacon on the morning of a weekend – just replaced the potato for sweet potato and added a few more veggies in there. It’s actually introducing me to a load of different flavours, and I’m cooking in different ways. I would never buy kale but it’s unbelievable fried in coconut oil with salt on.

I also cook a lot more veggies in the microwave which is actually better as it steams them. Boiling them in water causes a lot of the vitamins to be lost in the liquid – plus microwaving is SO much quicker. You can find a bit more here:

I’ve always been a fan of Deliciously Ella as her desserts are something to write home about. I’m a regular devourer of her energy balls when I’m craving chocolate. Amazing!

@deliciouslyella energy balls. Delicious!

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The phrase gets thrown about a lot but it really is about balance. This is what Lean in 15 is all about which is why (so far) it’s been what works for me. Joe Wickes is regularly posting about having a cheeky ice cream or a burger but still maintains a ridiculous body:

Sardinia 🇮🇹😍🙌🏼

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I’ll just give you a second….

So my advice would be to find something that works for you. There’s no use losing loads of weight with something that’s unsustainable because eventually the weight will go back on. Find an exercise you enjoy and get plenty of fresh air!

I’ll be posting in a few weeks with my progress. Wish me luck!


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