I don’t know about you but I have definitely over indulged in the last couple of days – so much chocolate!
In fact, I’ve not been sticking to a healthy regime for the last few weeks, what with being home from Uni, going to Spain and not being able to go to the gym as much.
I am really excited to get back into a healthy routine and begin my count down to summer with a body I feel confident about.
So, how am I going to go about it?
- The first thing i’ve decided to do is ditch the scales. I spend so much time obsessing over these numbers and figures which aren’t actually a very good representation of a persons health or change in body over time. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat. Instead, I am going to focus more on how I feel about myself and how my clothes fit. I am a big fan of before and after pictures – they say a lot more than numbers on a screen ever can.
- I have written a weekly meal plan which includes 3 healthy meals and 3 healthy snacks per day. I find that if I plan, I am more likely to stick to it. This should not only help me keep on track but I also hope that I will save money in the process. I have written up a weekly shopping list and in theory I shouldn’t need to buy anything extra.
- In terms of the food on my plan, I have filled it with lean proteins (like chicken breast) whole grain carbs and lots and lots of veggies! I am going to work on an 80% 20% basis. Meaning I am allowed treats every now and again, just in moderation.
- This term I really want to focus on toning up and building muscle because the more muscle, the more calories burnt at a given time… who could complain?! I started doing a bit of weight lifting before the holidays but I am going to make a bigger part of my weekly workout this term, I can’t wait to see the results! I will also carry on running because i improved so much in the last 6 months, it would be a shame to not keep it up. I haven’t yet written a weekly exercise plan but watch this space!
- One of the most important things in a healthy diet is H2O! Water, water and more water! Also, I want to reduce my overall weekly alcohol intake. Not only because this will help my body become fitter but because I don’t want to ruin my liver!
Because this is me, I couldn’t invent a new healthy regime without doing something a little bit creative. So, as an incentive to stick to my plan I decided to make a money jar. Every day that I have made healthy decisions, stuck to my plan and done some form of exercise, I add £1 to the jar.. or more if I want! After 6 weeks I should have made a bit of money and I am then allowed to spend it on a new item of clothing (or more depending how much I save) for my new, summer body!
Perfect! Here is how I did it 🙂 I decided to make two just because I couldn’t decide which colour scheme I liked the most!
First of all I found some tubs that would be easy to paint, decorate and pierce the lid to make the money hole. I found these that seemed perfect: 1 cocoa powder tub and 1 hot chocolate tub.
Secondly, I got out my paints and decided what base colour I wanted. I love this gorgeous pink colour, I felt it was very appropriately girly and summery!
I then painted the tubs with a thick coat of paint and left them to dry. Whilst they were drying I pierced holes in the lids using a craft knife. I made a conscious effort to make sure that a pound coin could fit through!
I then decorated them with ribbons, flowers and sequins! Here are some photos of the end result 🙂
I can’t wait to put these into use and save some money! They will also make a lovely addition to my uni room 🙂
What do you intend to do to get back on track after Easter?