There’s no avoiding the fact that January is well and truly upon us and while I don’t know about you, I need to undo a lot of damage done to my diet in December. Fortunately / unfortunately (I’ve yet to decide) I am not that person who Instagrams or Snapchats food I do not eat. No, no…I eat it all.
If I’m honest, I haven’t been eating well for the last six months but it all came to a head in December. So after almost four solid weeks of overeating, drinking far too much and not working out, I now need to get back on track. I know I’m technically a week behind everyone else on this, but I wanted to give myself the first week back in January to get back to work and not be too concerned with food!
I’ve listed the guidelines I’m going to stick to below in case any of you had the same fantastically overindulgent festive season that I did.
2017 January Guidelines
- No binge drinking – yes many others are doing Dry January, but to be honest, if I want a glass of wine on a Friday, it’s likely I’ll just have it. It’s the binge drinking that I’m avoiding over the coming weeks as opposed to a little tipple here and there. Now that said, I know a glass of wine can easily turn into a bottle, but I’m just going to be careful not to overindulge.
- One coffee a day and it’s not to be a sugar laden option. An americano does the exact same job without all the hidden calories of a latte, cappuccino or mocha.
- One small treat a day for the first week. I don’t know about you but I personally can’t go from eating an entire tub of Cadbury’s Heroes (don’t judge me) to removing chocolate and sugar from my diet completely. One treat a day is not going to make you overweight, it’s the binge eating after you fall off the wagon that has the negative impacts. As the weeks go on, these treats get reduced i.e. for the 2nd week, a treat can be had every second day.
- No fizzy drinks – even the diet versions. Instead I’m upping my water intake to keep hydrated.
- Keep it real. No fad diets, no extreme detoxes, no starvation. Just simple, good, wholesome food. That’s all we need for a healthy body, not overpriced supplements and plans that claim to help you shed 20lbs in a week!
- Work out and don’t half ass it! Three 1hr workouts a week is doable if you prioritise it. Give it your all whilst doing and break a serious sweat. I’m not saying it has to be a spin class, but if you’re going for a walk then make it a power walk and swing those arms!
- Protein with every meal. I’m not someone who can cut carbs too low but I am a firm believer that more protein on your plate will keep you fuller for longer. So I’m aiming to eat more with each meal, particularly in the forms of eggs and fish.
- Don’t become obsessed by the scales. Everyone is different and weighing yourself works for some and not for others. Regardless of which side you are on, getting obsessive about how many lbs you lose each week can actually become disheartening if your efforts are not matched by the scales. Keep going and concentrate on how you feel and how well your jeans fit!
- More sleep. I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling really tired, I crave bad carbs and lots of sugar. So I’m aiming to get minimum 7hrs a night.
- Hot water with lemon every morning. I always notice such a difference in my stomach after drinking hot water and lemon in the morning. It’s so beneficial and seriously easy to add to your routine.
To note: I am taking one day a week where the above will not apply, I need a day of not actively thinking / worrying about what I’m eating! I also won’t be strict on the weekends, we need to live a little too!
I’m easing myself back into healthy eating and working out in January. I’m actually excited to feel energised and have my clothes fit properly again. I’m also not allowing myself to feel guilty for all I previously ate and drank. I had a wonderful Christmas and it was worth every calorie.
At the end of the day, we aren’t in competition with anyone else, so just take it at your own pace. That’s my plan anyway!
I showed you all my healthy food shop over on Snapchat (I’m over on DayDreamerChic) and will continue to update you everyday on how I’m getting on. I’ll also be doing the same over on Instagram (here) and using #DayDreamersJanuaryDetox
Do let me know if you’re trying to get back on track too? You can snap me or tag me in your posts if you’re going to stick to the above guidelines. We can help motivate one another and aim to feel much happier & healthier by the end of January.
All My Love