January Health & Fitness Chat

I’m probably not alone in the fact that I fell off the health and fitness wagon at the the end of last year. I love the holiday period, and one of my favourite things about Christmas is the amount of delicious food that it suddenly becomes appropriate to eat EVERY SINGLE DAY. I enjoyed myself and wasn’t too hard on myself about the slacking off, but it’s a new month and a new year and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. 2014 was an interesting year for me in a lot of different ways, and I think calling it ‘the year of indulgence’ is quite fitting. Learning to live alongside someone new can be tricky, and although Sebastian and I see eye to eye on many things – we have different tastes when it comes to food, and I enjoy working out and he does not. Such is life, and it’s just something that we need to learn to compromise on. There were a few different periods during the year where I would have an exercise routine alone, or one that included Sebastian, but this year my focus will be on things I can do for myself. Of course he is always more than welcome to join me, and if I plan my own routine it makes it easier for him to pick and choose when he wants to participate. At this stage I’ve decided that my core workout will be an effective HIIT routine that I can complete at home, but I definitely want to work running back into my routine as we progress into the year. My goals for this month are –

* work back into an 80/20 style of eating
* exercise twice a week
* increase water intake
* decrease “fake sugar” intake (ie: diet soft drinks)
* stick to a monthly meal plan

I’d love to hear what your goals for the month (and year!) are, so be sure to share them with me in the comments below!

8 Thoughts on “January Health & Fitness Chat

  1. Ohh I have been working on improving my fitness lately too! ^ ^


  2. The fake sugar one is good. I’ve realised I’d rather have less of something real (like normal or unsweetened yoghurt) than a whole lot of something filled with chemical compounds.

    • Jessica on January 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm said:

      Agreed. And I can really taste the fake sugar, which is so offputting for me. Definitely cutting these right out of my diet again!

  3. Having a sister and a best friend both studying to become nutritionists, I regularly have advice drummed into me – 2 of the biggest changes I adopted last year was no ‘diet’ products – the ‘fake’ sugar products that are used (ie aspartame) are amongst some of the very worst things you can put into your body, along with avoiding low fat dairy products – the process of removing the fat also removes the enzymes we require to digest dairy, hence so many people are lactose intolerant these days. So in general I have moved to a ‘cleaner’ diet in general. I’m not into dieting as such, I do want to lose weight but would prefer to do it more slowly and sustainably by leading a more active lifestyle (increase exercise) and smarter food choices (mostly portion size and smarter choices particularly for dinner). I also want to start doing weekly food plans to assist with this; you currently have me lusting after an Erin Condren planner which I really can’t afford right now but desperately trying to work out a way to afford it anyway…! 🙂

    • Jessica on January 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm said:

      I agree with everything you’ve said Lucy. I cut ‘diet’ drinks out of my life a year or so ago, but they’ve crept back in slowly. Which is bad, because I can really taste the fake sugar, and I HATE that taste with a passion. I’m now a week and a half free of the stuff, and still suffering withdrawl symptoms. Scary stuff!

  4. H, L ..
    Tonight I’m going to a spin class.
    If you don’t hear from me, I bequeath you my makeup collection. I trust you. 🙂

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