I’ve loved walking since I first visited the Lake District aged 10. The revelation that my own two feet could take me to the top of fells and mountains, through valleys and woodland, was amazing to me. I could do anything and go anywhere just using the body I already had. In last week’s #PrettyHealthyProject post I set a goal for this week: to take at least 10,000 steps every day this week, keeping count with my FitBit. It was a really interesting challenge and much, much harder than I anticipated, but it really has made a difference.
The one realisation I am constantly returning to as I undertake the #PrettyHeathyProject is how when learning to live a healthier lifestyle everything comes down to choice. Working out how to navigate this seemingly endless array of decisions can be pretty daunting, and it’s easy to see why so many people revert back into old habits. But it isn’t impossible! Here are three ways to support making healthier food choices.
There’s a lot of talk in the ‘wellness’ world about the importance of creating routines. A quick search brings up endless blogposts on becoming a ‘morning person’ or ways to improve your evening. I am not discounting the importance of waking up well, improving sleep quality or supporting productivity through habit and practice. For me, the important thing is figuring out routines that work for you.
My house has too many mirrors. There’s one in my bedroom; two by my wardrobe; two in the bathroom. Even the windows when it is dark outside, hold the same image as the mirrors do. This house is awash with reflections of myself, and I am ashamed.
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.
First, a secret: by the time I was six years old, I already hated my body.