It Started With A Dress: Beating The January Blues 5 years ago

It Started With A Dress: Beating The January Blues

When I started this, I wasn’t unhappy with my figure. I just had a few extra pounds that most people sport after Christmas.

I’d also made my couch my second home for most of the festive season, so I saw taking on the Lidl Fitness challenge as a bit of a kickstart to my New Year.

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There was no magic potions or empty promises.

It was healthy eating, regular moderate intensity exercise, and no expensive plans that were going to make more of a dent on my bank balance than accomplishing my health goals.

In fact, there was nothing other than some decent advice, easy recipes and some common sense I know but choose to ignore when someone offers me a miracle cure that works in less than 10 days.

Yes, you might drop those unwanted pounds, but you’ll probably be miserable doing it.

I also refuse to spend a small fortune on a gym membership that goes back to gathering dust once February creeps in.

So this is week four, and I was a little adventurous with my food.

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I ate everything I love  - salmon, steak, coleslaw, and added roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes and started using a mix of spices, herbs and a dollop of garlic butter on everything (that’s my secret by the way. It makes everything taste delicious)

I should point out, I have a garlic addiction. You should never let me cook for you.

I’ve also started eating breakfast every morning which is a new habit that has surprising benefits.

Like feeling a bit more pep in my morning step, finding it easier to concentrate and actually being able to resist snacking and chocolate temptations in work.

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I’d also be lying if I said I went wild with exercise this week.

The truth is, I was tired over the past few days. I don’t think I’m alone either.

January stretches on forever, and that lazy, sluggish mood seems to seep into the air by week three.

I chose not to make my workouts the enemy, so I worked on my circuits, and actually looked up some home resistance training tips online.

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I may even have done some tricep dips during my Sex and the City marathon…

I know – I’m a skilled at multitasking. (And thankfully, I didn't have any unplanned trips to the hospital)

I’m also starting to feel a bit more confident about my fitness levels.

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While I’m not about to set off on any marathons just yet (because I genuinely run like Phoebe in Friends), I have decided that when these 30days are up, I don’t want to let my good food and fitness intentions fall by the wayside.

So I’m looking at boxing, TRX, aqua aerobics and I might even try and force myself into some kind of spin class.

Even though typing that just gave me chills and my bum still hasn’t recovered from the last time I tried to sit in that saddle. But I do plan to give you the inside scoop on whether a class worth ditching your Netflix for...

We've all gone through the pain of a terrible class. Let's try protect one another, shall we?

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, so now I just want to make a habit.

To actually keep up what I promised myself.

Which is abs by summer. (No, I’m joking, don’t worry)

But I would like to tone up, keep experimenting with healthy food and continue on my foray into fitness.

Which all starts with making a plan. Even if it’s one I have to draw up for myself.