It’s about two weeks since I launched my #PrettyHealthyProject, and I have to admit that from the perspective of eating better and exercising more, it hasn’t gone particularly well. However, for me that really is only half the battle – at most. The biggest thing I have to work on is my mindset towards food, exercise and my body, and ultimately that’s where this project has to begin.
I can’t decide whether I was smart or stupid to begin my project just before the Easter weekend. Of course it – and the days and and weeks which followed – were full of chocolate, cake and other tasty treats. Once they were all finished my birthday came along, and with it so much more ‘unhealthy’ foods. Obviously none of this was particularly conducive to an improved diet, but that doesn’t mean I had to live entirely unhealthily.
My premise was simple: it’s okay to enjoy Easter and the chocolate that comes with it. And it’s totally fine to enjoy your birthday and eat cake guilt-free. So my only challenge, really, was to do all of that without feeling super-guilty at my calorie consumption, and instead just enjoy my time with my family. I don’t want to become that person who’s so strict about what they eat all the time that they can’t enjoy food like ordinary people – that’s just another kind of disordered eating as binging on unhealthy foods all the time. The key, as always, is balance – which is much easier said than done.
All this being said, I was able to fit in a couple of runs back home. It was lovely to get back out on my familiar route and see my home countryside, though the runs themselves were an unfriendly reminder of my rapidly dropping fitness levels. However, now the evenings are lengthening getting outside should be much easier – sunset runs have always been my favourites. What’s more, it was comforting to know that I can still get through two miles relatively comfortably, which seems like a fairly decent starting point.
Now I’m back at university and more in control of my food consumption and time I should be able to start introducing more healthy food and exercise choices (though I write this having just returned from a coffee-and-cake catchup in town…) – I’ve already been cajoled into going to fitness classes with Jess and gym sessions with Micah, so hopefully that will get me back into the swing of things.
So, on paper: not a huge amount of progress yet. But rather than making me procrastinate, not having an end date or goal is keeping me motivated for this project; I can take it at my own pace and not have any expectations, whilst having to check in on the blog every fortnight will keep me accountable. It’s only very early days, so we’ll see where I am in two weeks’ time!
What’s your mindset towards food, body and exercise? What do you do to stay pretty healthy? Let me know in the comments!
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