What I’m doing…

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.
Exercise
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.
Breakfast
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.
Lunch
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.
Dinner
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.
Snacks
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.

Published by Ian Curwen

Communications professional and a bit of a foodie that wants to travel more. Sharing my observations on life.

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