There is no doubt that it was easier for me to stay healthy whilst in Spain. The heat, swimming pool and delicious salads made it easier for me to eat healthy and move more everyday. It’s when I’m home I seem to struggle, especially with sugar and caffeine. I just get so tired with the kids etc… so it has to be done!
I know I said that I wasn’t going to ‘give up’ anything but as things are going quite well and want to keep moving in the right direction I decided to give up processed sugar. As well as wanting to be healthier I have given up sugar due to the horrible fatigue I have been feeling ever since having cancer as a way to try and help combat that. I am on day 6 now and it is going well. Apart from on day 4 when I accidentally had sugar in a drink I didn’t realise it was in (we will come onto hidden sugars in due course) but basically…. I have been making some ‘clean’ desserts as fab alternatives, including these delicious Cocoa Coconut Bites that are also a hit with the children – win win!
Moving wise I have taken the plunge and hired a personal trainer to make sure I keep exercising regularly and get the most out of my workouts. I will be starting with her on Thursday so in the mean time I keep moving and getting out and about and my Davina DVD’s whenever I can. Even when it was raining at the weekend, hubby the kids and I all got our wellies on a headed into the woods for a long country walk, heaven!
So 36 days in I would say that one thing that has been interesting is the effect I believe it is having on my children. They are getting out and about more and their diet has definitely improved as I find healthy or clean alternatives and – if I’m honest – I don’t want to be tempted by them eating something yummy I’m not allowed so I’m not giving them things I would have on occasion before. All in all I believe it is having a positive impact on the whole family, which is only ever good news in my eyes.
12 Days in, how’s it been going?
The first few days my actual goal that is to ‘move more’ was met but my hope for that to include daily exercising was near impossible. Mainly due to a horrible cough and cold and clashing schedules with my hubby (my friend is never going to arrange to go running with me again the amount I had to cancel on her) but as I said, I have been successful in moving more. Walking into town with the children instead of driving as I normally would, small changes like that, that are hopefully going to make a big difference.
Eating wise though things did start well. Swapping spaghetti for ribboned Courgettes when the family are having pasta, having Ryvitta ‘sandwiches’ instead of actual sandwiches and making a real point of going for the healthy option – like when we stopped for breakfast, everyone ordered the full English, I had a Granola, Fruit & Yogurt Knickerbocker Glory – somehow I swear it tastes better delivered as a dessert. I did still have the odd ice-cream with the kids (as I said nothing has been dis-allowed) but worlds apart from where my diet has been recently.
The last few days I have done really well. Swimming everyday, eating salads, rice dishes and fresh food. I do feel that I should tell you though that this is currently what I am working with – think it would actually be tougher to not go swimming everyday in this pool.
What I am hoping is that this will continue and serve as seriously good motivation once I am back in the UK. Time will tell…. But I think I need your help! I need tips, suggestions, ideas, things to do, exercise classes, apps – anything that can help push me forward it my goal of 100 Healthy Days. I am including Emotional Health in this so anything you can think of. Please pop your comment in the box below and let me know. Thanks!
If you want to remind yourself on how this started you can read my original blog post here!
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