I'm excited to take part in Jumpstart January and I'll be featuring healthy recipes a review and a rather special giveaway which will all based around healthy eating.
As I'm going to be sharing my progress with you, I hope to hear how you're doing too so please leave a comment below. Of course I appreciate that not everyone needs to lose weight; but even if it's just to get fitter which means you will have more energy, eating healthier can only be a good thing. For me, I really do need to loose 9lb in order to get back to how I used to be.
Losing weight isn't all about smoothies and hardly eating; if it was I'd fail miserably!
I always weighed 8 stone 4lb, no less and certainly no more until the beginning of last year. Suddenly (yes it seemed to just happen) I found I weighed 8 stone 13lb (57kg) and needed to loose 9lb (4kg).
Last year I was doing really well, eating good things and having variations of my Weetabix and Berry Smoothie with Chia Seeds for breakfast along with a bit of exercise I actually lost 7lb until I had quite a major health problem which meant exercise was out of the question and to be honest I couldn't be bothered. So the weight went back on and a year later I'm back to needing to loose that 9lb again.
So to here's my plan of action for achieving my health goals for January and the rest of 2017
I don't believe you have to starve in order to lose a bit of weight. I'm just going to cut down on cheese, potatoes, bread and crisps. Make more breakfast smoothies (I find them quite filling) but when I really don't have time, instead of toast I'll be having Bran flakes or Weetabix.
I'm also going to increase the amount of wholefoods I eat and have at least one meat free day and at least one fish day per week.
There would be no point in me joining a gym since I just know I wouldn't go; I never seem to have time and that would be my excuse. So instead what I did last year (which is how I did manage to loose weight) I bought a Mini Trampoline - oh yes indeed! Seriously, I stuck to doing these exercises I found on YouTube and I truly noticed my stomach getting flatter. I have a bad back but the trampoline makes things like sit ups so much easier on the back. If anyone wants to know which particular exercises please contact me. I find this mini trampoline even helps manage my sciatica.
I'll also be walking briskly for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week. Walking is free, enjoyable and already a part of everyday life; apparently all you need to do is correct your technique, walk faster and for longer and you will lose weight, so I will be looking into that.
I use my Power Blender for making smoothies and soups. I'm a Froothie Ambassador so if you order in January or February please write in the comments section of your order '2403 Free Ambassador Delivery' the delivery cost will be credited back to your card. I'll also earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
For more information on Jumpstart January follow #Jumpstart17 on Instagram and Twitter. I'll also be posting regular updates on A Glug of Oil FaceBook page. Let's do this!!
Check out this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie over at Farmersgirl Kitchen.