Starting Small…

Today’s Goal is to drink water. At least 2 litres of water. Should be easy enough to do it. And when I am on track I have no problem drinking over 2 litres, but at the moment I’m struggling to remember to even drink 1 pint. Until bedtime, and then I realise I haven’t had any water – so I drink a pint of water…. and three hours later I’m waking up for a toilet trip! Not a good plan!

So starting small, todays goal is 2l of water. I’ve 1 pint in already, so I’m one quarter of the way there, if I can just remember the rest!


Batch Cooking!

Step 1 of Planning!

As I said yesterday, my biggest downfall is when I am not organised and I don’t have food ready to go. So today I have cooked tonights dinner – chicken Dopiaza (from an old Slimming World recipe leaflet I have), and a new dish from the Supervalu website – Mexican Leek and Black Bean Chilli for my batch cooked food to have to freeze and in the fridge for when I’m hungry.

I have been making this Three Bean Chilli from the Supervalu website over the past while and have been eating it topped with a small bit of cheese, and it doesn’t need a side like rice as it is so filling. And it is delicious. After the first time I started to add my own ingredients as to whatever I had in the fridge, and also I found I needed to probably triple the amount of spices that I put in – I like strong flavours!

Both of them are vegetarian and actually both from The Happy Pear, it is just that I got them from the Supervalu website. One of the things that I want to do is to make new healthy recipes, so that I don’t get bored with the same meals all the time, even though I’m actually ok with eating the same food over and over again lol.

Delighted to have some food batch cooked now, and my lunch ready to go as well. I found that I was picking at chocolate non stop while cooking the dinners so this means I will be able to get my dinner first and then cook for everyone else without picking.

Healthy Habits – plan to start!

I have been listening to loads of podcasts recently, and generally they have been health and wellness type ones. I have noticed a lot of reoccuring topics (possibly as the people I am listening to are interviewing like minded people!) but there seem to be some simple enough things that can make a big difference in helping you live a healthy life.

I have been listening to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and he has a book about the 4 Pillars of Health – being Food, Movement, Sleep and Relaxation, and the importance of all four of these in contributing to your health. I like this because it is nice and simple. It also gives you a chance to just say yes I’m doing ok on one or two aspects, lets focus on another aspect. He also has a five minute kitchen workout on Youtube which is so easy to start as a base starting place, as he shows you how to do it as a very beginner and how to advance it.

There have also been plenty of other guests and podcasts that add to these and have more aspects, including gut health, clutter in the home, financial health, etc. I have listened to so many of the podcasts that I have a lot of information rattling around in my head, as I listen mainly when walking so don’t have chance to write notes.

There are certain things that I want to bring in to our home as healthy habits to help me and to help the kids for the rest of their lives, as well as just while they are growing up.

For myself, this week I want to implement these as my basic habits:

  1. Healthy Food and Snacks
  2. 2L Water or more
  3. Exercise – both treadmill and 5 minute kitchen workout
  4. Bed in time – definitely before 11pm, earlier would be better

I want to start to plan healthy habits for the kids too, and find a way to set it up and implement it in a sustainable way. Things are just so busy that I don’t want to set myself up to fail, so I will work out what my starting point with the kids and how to start in the next few days!

Starting Back After Being Sick

I have been really sick for the past two weeks, as well as really busy! So obviously I haven’t been able to walk or do the treadmill, so my steps are down a lot. I had actually asked the doctor could I continue to exercise (as I coughed and spluttered in front of her!) and she said no that it would cause an attack with my chest as it was.

So I’m still a bit sick, but much much better so I need to start back again. I had got into a great habit of the treadmill, and I’m hoping that now I won’t be struggling to get the motivation back up to go again. Also my shins need to be built up slowly, and the last time I took a weeks break from the treadmill I found that when I went back on the treadmill I could feel the shin splints threatening early and I had to slow down. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen this time.

It is hard to get yourself back into the frame of mind to be organised and disciplined and motivated to be eating properly and exercising again. With the food, my main problem is that I haven’t batch cooked anything in advance so I’m struggling with my meals to get something healthy before I get too hungry and start picking at everything else (which happened last night because I didn’t get dinner before having to bring Q to a football match, I ate about 3 bars!). At least though I know this and therefore know that the way around this is to prepare and batch cook things for me to have immediately to hand when I am hungry.

The exercise is slightly different because I am not sure if what I am doing on the treadmill is enough. I am trying to add in little strength training bits along with my physio exercises, but again it is hard to find time to do. With the treadmill, I have to leave the house to go to the shed so it is a definite move, whereas with the physio stuff I am lying on the floor or somewhere in the house so I get interrupted or distracted much easier, or I am just too tired by the time I have done everything else. I just need to make sure that I fit them in in a more structured way, and that I keep making sure that my heartrate is rising in my treadmill sessions so I’m getting benefit from it.

Hoping now to start back to the treadmill this evening, even though we have a really busy after school day, with back to back activities – and I am already so exhausted I feel I can barely stay upright lol.

New Month, New Goal for the Month

So March is just over, and March was my Month of Gratitude. I really enjoyed it, both for the fact of practicing gratitude, and also for the fact that it keep me posting and accountable to myself to keep posting through the month.

Now that we are in a new month I was wondering what my goal for the month should be. There are some things I want and need to get done at home, and preparing for my son’s communion, but it is also nice to be adding things here as well.

I was thinking what would I like to add to my life this month. I have been proud of myself this year so far in staying consistant with my exercise (possibly too consistant as it is not helping me lose weight!!) and I would like to improve on the rest of my healthy habits, so that is what I have decided that April will be – my Month of Healthy Habits. It won’t necessarily be a post a day about healthy habits, because I want to add them in slowly and implement them and give them time to become habits. I want to do this throughout the house, with myself, with my husband and with the children.

So welcome to April, my Month of Healthy Habits!! 🙂