All hail January, the month of health and wellbeing…
I ate my fair share of cheese and chocolate during the holidays and I’m ok with that. But… it’s time to get back on track. I know when I eat healthy (95% of the time) and exercise, I feel good, inside and out. So there’s one little mantra that I use to get my butt off the couch, away from the screen or out of bed when it’s still dark, one thing that motivates me every single time…
NEVER REGRET A WORKOUT
Think about it. For me there’s really no comeback to that. I have never, even when I’m so unfit I run and taste blood in my mouth (you know that first run of the year taste?), regretted a workout. It might not be fun and it shouldn’t be easy but it will be worth it. You can pat yourself on the back, whether you managed to run for 5 minutes or 60, whether you did yoga and sucked at it or just walked 10 extra minutes with the dog, you know that was a better result than sitting on your ass.
So I’m hitting the ground running (literally) – my body ached for two days after my first run of 2016 but you know what? It never hurts as bad as that first time. I have furry running buddies and at least one of them is faster than me (clue – it’s the black one). We’re walking a little further, eating healthier and I’ve imposed an 8pm laptop curfew. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Here are some of my favourite healthy recipes to kick things off…
Start the day right:
Green smoothie bowls
Super skinny blueberry pancakes
Chocolate peanut protein balls
Vitamin packed lunch:
A bowlful of healthy
The dinner winner:
Spaghetti but skinnier
Guilt free desserts:
And if you’re looking to update your workout wardrobe the January sales is the time. Because of the dogs, I do most of my running outside, in Scotland, and that my friends is cold. I adore the Sweaty Betty base layers for keeping cosy (even after a run or full day on the slopes I’m not a sweaty mess in these babies) – raid their sale for the most stylish fitness gear about.
I discovered Forever 21 Activewear about 2 years ago now and never looked back – no joke, I am seriously impressed with the quality of their leggings and still wear the same pairs now that I’ve had for years. Forego the more ‘fashiony’ styles and stick to the technical pairs, for £15 you’re laughing.
I’ve had Nike on my toes for as long as I can remember – what can I say? I have a fondness for the swoosh and maybe for their mantra, perhaps one of the greatest of all time, ‘Just do it’.
Who’s with me?
beanie – Sweaty Betty :: ski trail top – Sweaty Betty
legging – Forever 21 Active :: sneaker – Nike
I’ve noticed your Great Abbs on your last holiday pics!!!! wow! I am more a gym girl, I do Body Pump, Body Combat and some Pilates (I did Pilates for a long time).
I love a good workout clothes and I like to feel pretty & confortable at the Gym!
You look stunning! Happy 2016 my dear blogger!
Wow Vanda – you’re more dedicated than me! I hate taking classes at the gym… but I do like running with the dogs or workout out at home – at least then when I’m done I can be back on the couch in my PJ’s 5 minutes later! Happy new year.xx
i love your work out gear…happy new year
Sweaty Betty rule!x
Good luck with your resolution! You’re certainly doing it stylishly! 🙂
After getting pregnant and not being able to do my regular HIIT sessions in the park I’ve been doing piyo (a cross between pilates and ypgs) at home so I’m not completely out of shape!
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Wish the weather was nice enough here to do piyo in the park!x
great post! I really need to stay motivated to stay fit this year
Love, love, love! Bright clothes make everything better, particularly fitness. Adding in a gorgeous beach and furry friends and it just got even better.
Fiona xx Coffee & Confetti
at least if we have all the gear we have no excuse eh?!
Beautiful sweater! <3