In my last blog, I outlined my new approach to healthy living for 2016, and how it seems to be working. I also said my next blog would outline what I was doing in more detail – so that I can remember on the days where being healthy feels impossible!
I won’t go into a lot of detail because everyone different, what works for me might now work for you, and what works for me now might not in the future – if I get bored or used to it.
I try to do some exercise every weeknight, straight after work. I go to the gym, and aim to burn a minimum of 600 calories, but usually about 1000. It’s very much a rule of thumb, and I doubt the gym calorie counts are accurate, but regardless of this, it gives me something to log and compare.
By going regularly, I find I am really enjoying the exercise, doing more and getting fitter. It feels like a routine right now and I don’t think whether I should go after work, I just do.
I tend to have a homemade juice/smoothie. I’m conscious that these can be both calorific and high in sugar, so I watch how I make them, don’t add sugar and try to include veggies too.
These usually keep me going until lunchtime, which means I don’t worry about the 300 or so calories, given they satiate me.
Usually something light like two sandwiches in sandwich thins. I use lean meat and salad. If I’m still hungry, I have a cup-a-soup too.
A light and balanced meal – often from the Body Coach #leanin15 book. I have noticed that I am eating smaller portions of delicious but healthy meals and these are filling me.
I don’t feel the need for much in the way of snacks – the odd piece of chocolate or even cake at work (if it’s a special occasion), but these are all calorie counted, so I don’t feel like I am cheating at all – because I am not!
I have a couple of cups of coffee a day, a few glasses of water and maybe some sugar free drinks.
These are mostly during the day at work. I don’t seem to have much at home because I cook a nice meal that fills me.
At the weekend, I am more relaxed, and don’t mind having a nice meal or few drinks – so long as I count it and don’t get out of control.
And that’s it. Pretty simple, but it seems to work.
Thanks for bearing with me.
The only man in the room.