O5rcB_NXbIeHbJV7JFNcdfqL-vY Mummy From The Heart...: Thinking about using my time effectively

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Thinking about using my time effectively

It has been a long time since I have posted a diet or exercise post here on the blog and it is about time I made some changes. My life has been too sedentary the last nine months or so and my waistline shows it. Thankfully I'm not any larger than I was in September 2012 when I last attempted to kick start my healthy eating and exercise but I'm already far too big and I know that being this overweight can have really severe health consequences, so I need to take this seriously.

Exercise is not something I love and that makes it even harder, I do have to force myself to do exercise for the sake of exercising and the thought of spending loads of money in the process is really off-putting, not to mention impractical given that I have just finished work. So whatever I choose to do has to be economical.

You might have seen that my family are moving to the countryside and this seems the perfect opportunity for me to get fitter. The estate I'll be living on is 220 acres of fields, woods, streams, lakes and open areas and how amazing will it be to go exploring all that land and in the process getting fitter? Then I know what I'm like once I start to lose a little weight and feel a bit more awake as I'm exercising, it then becomes a bit addictive and I want to continue with it.  I just need to make those first purposeful steps and get in the zone.

Last weekend when we went to our new home to drop dh off I was chatting to one of the staff there and she commented that she had only once in the time she has lived there walked all three lakes in one go.  I asked her how long it takes and she said only about an hour and from that an idea was born. The lady I was chatting to seems lovely and I need to make some new friends so I immediately suggested to her we might like to go walking together a few times a week.  She seemed up for that idea and said it would be a good way for us to get to know each other.

Miss M in front of one of the lakes

So this weekend I'm going down there again and I want to check out the route around the three lakes and see what I am letting myself in for.  I'm going to buy an activity tracker, like a sophisticated pedometer that will track my steps and motivate me and I need to invest in a new sports bra as I think I must finally give in and say my one is just too small and too old and we know how important good support is for us ageing ladies!

When I went to Ethiopia last October I got some nice soft trainer type shoes and they will be perfect for my walks and I already have casual bottoms and tops so I think I am all set. I'll tie my hair back, grab a bottle of water and head out into the unknown this weekend. Leaving the kids to daddy daycare, I'm sure he will have missed them immensely this week.

Then over this weekend I am also going to make a menu plan for the coming week and plan out my eating. I know that when I am planned and purposeful in my eating it is much better and I don't impulsively reach out for things I do not need.

I think it would also be a good idea to read over some of my old diet and #Mumentum posts on here, to remind myself of all the things I need to do and be aware of.  It is so easy to forget I am on a heath kick and to give in, so I must remember to drink lots of water each day, get to bed at a decent hour, make sure I have turned the laptop off by 10pm at the latest and to have snacks like carrot sticks ready prepared in the fridge.

Wish me luck, I'll keep you in the loop and let you know how I am doing. Any great tips for me?




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