So here we are, it’s January already.
If you’re anything like me, the start of the year leaves you feeling a little sad that Christmas is over, kinda motivated and excited to see what the new year will bring, but also kinda stressed over the fact your squeezing a little too tight in your jeans.
I know from far too much experience that over indulgence can leave you feeling seriously crappy. Whether it’s bad skin or weight gain, it really can leave a bit of a gloomy cloud above your head.
And Christmas is no exception. With parties, dinner plans, huge Christmas dinners and the inevitable stack of festive treats, it’s easy to get stuck into bad habits.
You might have seen on my blog post or social channels that over the last three years or so, i’ve been on a pretty huge weight loss journey. In 2017 I reached my ultimate goal (YAY), and although it’s had it’s challenges, i’ve learnt so much along the way.
In no way am I perfect with my eating, as I write this post i’m sat eating a piece of chocolate log, thinking about the box of quality street in the kitchen. I still over indulge, I crave takeaway’s and I absolutely do not diet over the festive period.
What I have learnt, which might help you too if you’re feeling a little flabby after Christmas, is that there are easy ways to kick start your healthy eating and weight loss regime, if that’s your goal for the new year.
Here are some of my top tips:
I’ve been using MyFitnessPal for years, and it is my absolute go-to when it comes to dieting. It’s honestly one of the main ways I managed to lose over three stone. You can track your calories, nutrition, goals and loads of other handy bits. One thing it really makes you realise, is how every little thing you put into your body makes a difference. If you do it properly and add in everything you eat, you’ll learn you can end up wasting a lot of unnecessary calories on a couple of crisps or a little biscuit. What it’s taught me is to make sure I really want something before I eat it, and i’m not just having it because it’s there. (Which of course I still sometimes fall into the trap of – especially when it comes to crisps)
If possible, it can really be helpful to set some goals with a friend. Whilst I was at uni, my best friend and I who lived together decided to start healthy eating and it really helped. We would motivate each other to eat better, work out and really stick to it. Admittedly we did occasionally fall off the band wagon … a particular favourite was on our walk to the gym deciding to take a quick detour and go to a Chinese buffet instead. Slightly ridiculous but ya know, these things happen, and who can resist the occasional round of spring rolls and chow mien?
During the Christmas break, I often find that instead of eating specific meals, the days become one long snack session. I’ll just pick my way through a share bag of crisps or eat some Lindt balls at seven in the morning. I mean that’s what Christmas is all about, right? The problem comes when it’s time to get back into routine, and i’m hungry ALL the time.
My biggest tip for getting back to a healthy meal routine is do not – I repeat – do not, skip breakfast. Having breakfast will do so many things to help you stay on track; get your energy levels up for the day, keep you going until lunch, and help you make healthier choices throughout the day. I can’t emphasis enough how much this helps. My usual week day breakfasts are porridge with blueberries, granola with natural yoghurt and fruit, or overnight oats. At the weekends i’ll usually have eggs, either poached with mushrooms and toast, or occasionally something bigger like eggs baked in peppers.
In case you’re in need of a little breakfast inspo, i’ve linked some of my previous blogs where you can find my recipes. They really do keep me full and help me get back into a routine that’s not chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As dreamy as that is …
I could write forever about dieting and healthy eating tips, but I just wanted to share a few of my favourites in case you’re in need of a little January motivation.
Do you have any top tips? I’d love to hear!