When the World Health Organisation declared that the world was in a pandemic back in March 2020 I was determined to keep myself healthy while I was in Lockdown. Three lockdowns later and I have piled on so many extra pounds.
I did try as best as I could to eat healthy and get some simple exercise but somehow along the way I turned into a couch potato (I bet there are many people in the world who can relate to this). I was going to take part in daily online exercises, but that never happened, mainly because I just didn’t have the motivation.
It didn’t take long for new habits to form. I was eating more junk food and binging on netflix box sets. I was hardly going out of the house (which was what we were supposed to be doing anyway). We were allowed to go out for exercise but I wasn’t doing that. The only time I left the house was to pick up prescriptions or to buy food.
Now that we are onto the third more serious Lockdown, I have decided to take back control of my health. Here is my action plan:
- Download and print my monthly meal planner. This planner will enable me to write out a weekly meal plan with breakfasts, lunches and evening meals and healthy snacks between meals. I will also be able to write a shopping list needed for the whole month and make note of any recipes that come my way.
2. Eat at regular intervals. This means I will have breakfast as soon as I get up in the morning and not skip this important meal of the day. I will eat lunch at midday and my evening meal between 5 and 6pm.
3. Have daily snack boxes made up the night before. So each box will have some fruit, yoghurt, vegetable chunks like celery and carrot sticks, nuts, a healthy treat like a small bar of chocolate (I am not going to deny myself something that I like. I just need to control how much I eat of them)
4. Drink more fluid. I drink a lot of tea throughout the day so I am gradually going to introduce fruit infused water throughout the day. I will probably track my fluid intake with my tracker bundle.
5. Go for a walk once every day. This is something that I wasn’t doing before and I feel is so important for me to do this time around. Getting fresh air in my lungs and breaking up my day will have a positive effect on my mental health.
Just five small simple things to work on that are going to help me take back control of my health, my weight and my mental health.
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