Throughout my whole school life I’ve always been ‘skinny’. I was someone who could eat as much as they want and I’d put no weight on. I was never really aware of it until it got pointed out to me that I had a thigh gap. It wasn’t that I felt self-conscious about my legs, but I was very aware of how thin they looked.
Now I’ve gotten a bit older I definitely can’t just eat anything I want. I’ve put on quite a bit of weight, which is probably actually a good thing – I like to call it “relationship weight”. By this I mean, being probably too comfortable in my relationship – one too many Chinese takeaways – my body has definitely ‘padded out’. I don’t feel so self-conscious about it, and I know it’s probably not a big as a change to others, but I’m very aware of it so now it’s a case of losing (a little bit of) weight, toning up and getting fit.
I thought I’d share 5 things I’m currently doing to try and get a little healthier.
- Drink more water
This is something I’m sure 99% of you reading this need to do too. Drinking water is so good for you inside and out and I’ve noticed changes in how I feel since drinking more, and my skin is looking better. I had to buy a water infuser bottle though because I can’t stand the taste of water. Adding a bit of lemon, lime or strawberries is the only way I can bring myself to actually drink it.
- Eating healthier
Eating healthy is one of the most important steps for me. I love a Chinese takeaway probably more than the average person so cutting these out is a big thing. I’ll admit, all unhealthy food isn’t banished from my diet but I’ve started to eat more of a balance. I like to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, and the majority of the time have a healthy dinner, without restricting myself too much.
I’ve started exercising around three or four times a week. As a child I used to love swimming so I knew this would be a great way to build up my fitness. I got a swim membership at my local leisure centre, and aim to go twice a week. Two or three times a week I then do a workout at home. My family have a treadmill, cross trainer and bike so I use one of these, or complete a Les Mills Combat DVD.
My Fitbit was actually a present and I’m so grateful for it. I have the Fitbit Flex 2, which is perfect for me as it is swim proof. It has also motivated me to get up and move more. I might not reach my step goal every day but it certainly makes me want to reach the next level. Not forgetting the silent alarm, which is so much nicer to wake up to than a standard alarm.
- Motivation from others
I love seeing other people succeed, and this is a big part of what motivates me. I tend to stay away from looking at Instagram models whose bodies are so unrealistic to me, but instead look at people I know. A big motivation was speaking to my friend Harry. He’s started up his own personal training business and has fitness YouTube channel. After speaking to him it made me realise that it is the little steps I’m taking that will eventually lead to something much better. Just picking the healthier food option, or taking 30 minutes out the day to do some exercise will lead to a healthier mind-set. You can checkout his YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram – I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to help any of you in need!
Let me know what your tips are to keeping fit and healthy, I’ll be sure to update you later in my fitness journey!