Hi everyone! First up, sorry for not posting on Sunday as usual, but I just moved this weekend to start my new job! It’s all very exciting and I’ve been busy unpacking and getting to know my brand new city. As a little head’s up, due to me starting full-time work (how scary!), I will only be posting twice a week from now on, on Wednesdays and Sundays. This is till I get more settled and I’ve worked out how much free time I’m actually going to have nowadays! Hopefully you’ll stick with me while I attempt to get my new life in order…
Back to today’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different and non-beauty related. As I’ve said recently, I’ve been really trying to be a bit more healthy. Switching processed food for fresh homemade meals, exercising more, and trying to rid my meals of all that nasty excess sugar and rubbish. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means one of those gluten-free, vegan, Deliciously Ella types, but I am getting a little better! Here are 8 tips which I’ve found have really helped me to get more motivated.
- Get some Inspiration: The first thing you should do if you’re looking to overhaul your lifestyle, is take some inspiration from others. Get Pinterest and set up a “Healthy Recipes” board (mine’s here if you want a browse), follow some foodie blogs, and buy a few fitness magazines. When you see how other people are making those great changes to their lifestyle, you’ll find yourself more inspired to do it too. I started reading blogs like Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella and Honestly Healthy, and following people like Clean Eating Alice on Instagram for some serious fit-spiration!
- Find the Right Mindset: When you first get up in the morning, it’s important to start your day in the right mood. If you’re feeling a bit rubbish and already getting a craving for some coffee and a croissant, try flicking through a health and wellness magazine for 5 minutes or skimming through Instagram for some foodie inspiration. Personally, what really works for me is to watch a couple of YouTube videos featuring people like Amelia Freer and Madeleine Shaw. They just look so healthy and full of life that it instantly motivates me to have a good day!
- Clear out your Cupboards: Obviously I’m not advocating here that you whip round your kitchen and chuck everything into a bin (I hate food wastage!), but maybe try to slowly phase out all the bad things from your cupboards. I’m lucky that I’ve just moved house so it’s given me an opportunity to completely start from scratch. I made sure to fill my cupboards with things like brown rice, lentils, tinned tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans, and herbs and spices. That way, even if I haven’t had time to shop, I’ll always have something quick and easy to whip up.
- Learn to Love Cooking: I haven’t always loved to cook. When I first went to uni, the only meals on my repertoire were spaghetti bolognese (usually with sauce from a jar), chilli, and jacket potato. If you look at cooking as a chore, it obviously won’t be enjoyable. Instead, look at it as an exciting new hobby where you can learn new things, nourish your body, and wow your friends and family. Now, I love nothing more than being in the kitchen, happily experimenting or trying out new recipes on a Sunday afternoon.
- Take Baby Steps: I used to be the queen of “the diet starts tomorrow”. I’d try and cut out every single bad thing and start exercising everyday. Well let’s just say, it would never work. Instead, it’s much better to start off slowly. Maybe just cut out chocolate and crisps (or whatever’s your biggest weakness) for the first week, next add in some gentle exercise 2-3 times a week, cut out fizzy drinks the next, etc.. That way, you’re much more likely to actually stick with your new lifestyle.
- Find an Exercise you Enjoy: I know there’s lots of people who genuinely believe that all exercise is awful and boring, but that’s really not the case! I personally cannot stand running. It hurts, it’s boring, and it just does nothing for me. Some of my friends on the other hand absolutely love running for stress-relief. Instead, I really enjoy doing dance-based workouts or yoga. The great thing about these too, is that you can do them in the comfort of your own home on YouTube. My favourites are Pump it Up and 30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne. Just try different things until you settle on something that works for you and your life,
- Organisation is Key: Unfortunately, it is a fact that living a healthy lifestyle can take up more of your time. I can’t deny that it’s a hell of a lot easier to shove a pizza in the oven or order a takeaway than cook a meal from scratch. However, it is possible; you just need to be organised! I like to take some time on a Friday evening to plan my meals for the following week. I take note of what I already have in the cupboards, flick through some of my cookbooks (check out my review of Get the Glow and Deliciously Ella), and make a meal plan for the week. I also add to the plan what exercise I’m going to be doing on what days; that way there’s less chance of me “forgetting”. Just think of how much good you’re doing your body though!
- It’s a Lifestyle, not a Diet: I really really hate the word diet. It just has such negative connotations of deprivation, insecurity and general failure. I also don’t think anyone ever really sticks to a diet! You usually end up falling off the wagon after a couple of weeks, eating a whole bar of Dairy Milk, and feeling angry with yourself. So instead, look at it as a new way of life. That way, you can still allow yourself the occasional piece of chocolate fudge cake and it doesn’t matter! As long as you live well most days, a treat is allowed every so often! So eliminate the word “diet” from your vocabulary, enjoy your food, get active, and be happy!
I hope you guys have enjoyed my 8 tips! Do you have any to share as well? I’m always trying to improve my lifestyle and I’d love to hear from some of you! Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx