It’s time to remove temptation from my home. I’m talking food temptation.
So, yesterday I had what I thought was going to be a tough love conversation with my 15-year-old son. I sat him down and calmly explained that I wasn’t going to be buying things like crisps, chocolate wafers, fancy biscuits anymore.
I was really expecting a lot of complaining at this idea. I was super surprised to hear him say “Yeah, I’m fine with that, I don’t want them anyway.”
Turns out he only ate them (like me) because they were there and it was an easy option.
Phew, Breathe again.
So that bit was easy. Now for the reality of it.
I can’t have those food temptations in the house.
I like to kid myself that I’m a really strong willed person, but I’m not when it comes to tempting foods. Since Christmas, I’ve been ridiculous. It’s been nothing for me to eat 3 or more chocolate wafers a day.
I’ve gone to bed a few nights feeling quite unwell. This has to stop.
So, it’s simply not coming in the house.
I’m not banning it completely. I know crisps won’t really bother me when I’m not at home, so that’s an easy one.
I do really enjoy chocolate, though, so I will still enjoy chocolate if I’m offered some when I’m out and when we go to the cinema maybe. I’m also going to allow chocolate for special occasions like Easter.
So with the temptation out the way, I’m focusing on good quality meals with lots of fresh produce. Both my son and I really like simple meals so mostly our main meals are healthy anyway.
Meal planning for me is really important. If I’m not organized in this area, I’ll end up grabbing a ready meal or take out, which is something I really don’t want to do on a regular basis.
I normally do a weekly supermarket shop online which in general works out really well for me, especially budget wise.
I’m going to try to just do a monthly supermarket shop, for things like toilet rolls, wash powder, Baked beans and maybe some cereals for my son. Then I’m going to try and stick to the local Farm shop, butcher, and bakery.
Read more on meal planning.
The weather’s finally picking up and I feel more like walking. I’m talking more than a five-minute walk with the dog. I know that when I consistently get in 10,000+ daily steps these things happen…
- I feel slimmer (my tummy definitely flattens out)
- I feel fitter (not getting out of breath just going up and down the stairs a couple of times)
- My breathing in general improves
- I’m calmer
- I feel generally healthier
All good points in my book.
Check out the 10,000 steps challenge.
Back to water
I’ve got out of the habit of drinking water. I did the No – Fizzy drinks challenge a few weeks ago and I’ve managed to at least greatly reduce my fizzy drinks, so I’m really pleased with that but I’ve still been drinking a lot of cordial. So I want to make sure I’m drinking mostly water. Again this is something that really makes a difference to me.
Read Drink more water.
Aim: 1 big glass first thing in the morning, 3 more big glasses throughout the day.
I definitely want to add swimming sessions into my week now. This is one of my goals for 2017. I really enjoy swimming and as I’m now picking my son up in town 3 nights a week, I can easily go earlier and get in an hour at the leisure center. I’m thinking half an hour in the pool and time in the sauna/steam room. I think this will really set me up for a calm and relaxed evening.
It will mean finishing up with my work an hour early but I think a couple of times a week that will be fine. I think I’ll be more productive when I do work with the added exercise.
How are you getting on?
So that’s what I’m up to. How are you getting on with improving your health and fitness? Maybe your weight loss goals? Do you find that you also need to remove temptation from your home?
I love hearing from you – No-one wants to go this on their own, I know I certainly don’t. So go ahead and let me know what you’re up to in the comments below.