I’ve been a bit naughty over the past week or so. I don’t usually like to talk about eating habits in negative terms, but there’s no other way to describe it. I’ve been eating exactly what I want, but to excess – no one needs to have veggie burgers and fries 4 nights in a row, do they?!
In my defence (here we go…) it’s all been down to socialising, and being out and about due to the gorgeous weather. I find it tricky to turn down delicious meals when I’m out, and it just so happens that the places I’ve ended up at have all been general ‘bars and grills’, where a veggie burger is usually the only vegetarian option. As much as I enjoyed the fun things I’ve been up to, I really feel I need to sort my diet and fitness out again and get back on track.
After visiting the gorgeous Gracie Francesca on Monday, I feel all inspired to keep going and maintain my healthy lifestyle. So here are some of my tips for getting back on the health wagon, both food and fitness-wise!
- Fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables. I could write it a hundred times! I try to make sure fruit and veg makes up the majority of my diet from day to day, and the lunch I made above is a good example of that. See how much spinach I used? Try to get as many greens in your diet as possible – I promise they’ll keep you nice and full if you eat enough. I also like to add things like nuts, seeds and grains like quinoa to my dishes.
- Eat mindfully. One of my main problems over the last few days has been just picking at things without thinking, and eating far too much of the wrong foods. I know all-too-well how easy it is to polish off a whole pick’n’mix in a day if you don’t stop and think about what you’re munching on…
- Don’t beat yourself up about what you’ve eaten. Just concentrate on what you’re going to eat from now on – there’s no changing the past, and it doesn’t have to be a problem. Start as you mean to go on with a fresh slate and make the choices and changes you believe are best. Feeling guilty doesn’t get you anywhere, but feeling excited about the wonderful healthy food possibilities certainly does!
- Don’t over-think getting back into exercise. If you stress about not being able to do quite as many push ups, or lift quite the same about of weight as before your fitness break, you’ll talk yourself out of your workout. Yesterday morning I worked out for the first time in 5 days and I did struggle a little bit, but now I just feel more determined to keep going and get better than ever. You can do it!
- Set yourself a new challenge. Whether it’s completing your exercises using heavier weights like I did this morning (check out those beasts above! It was a tough one!) or completing your 5k in a personal best time, a new challenge gives your workout direction and an extra purpose. You vs. You is the best competition there is, so get your gym gear on and go for it!
- Remember how far you’ve already come. When I was struggling yesterday I thought back to the first time I tried the particular FitnessBlender routine I was doing – I didn’t make it past the warm up! It’s all about moving forward and getting better, and remembering all hasn’t been lost after a bit of a break. Think of yourself as being refreshed and ready to kick some ass (your own!)
What are your top tips for getting back into fitness and healthy eating after falling off the wagon? Let me know!