Mondays are a great day to start fresh and today is no exception! My June challenge starts in style today.
These rules are to be lived by until June 30th, that’s 23 days, hopefully long enough to make some habits (and break some too!).
Rule 1: Do not buy food or drinks at work. I have been getting lazier lately about making and taking food to work. I like to have breakfast, lunch and snacks at the office so I need to be organised in the mornings! The only exception is that on mornings where I have a smoothie for brekkie I may choose to buy one slice of granary toast to eat with it (costing 14 pence!)
Rule 2: Drink a Green Monster every day. Since my first green monster on Saturday I am hooked and have had them three days in a row. This morning I impressed myself by being organised enough to make one to take to work for breakfast! GM are the future!!
Rule 3: No Chocolate. I am a bit of a chocoholic and I want to prove to myself that I can live without chocolate for a few weeks. Yes, that does include chocolate cake!
Rule 4: Exercise 5 days per week. What is the point of a gym membership if I don’t use it? I would like to give running a try this month (well jogging – I’ll start slowly!).
Rule 5: No mindless spending. This is a painful one and is motivated by the amount of money we managed to fritter away this weekend. It has to stop!
Rule 6: Get out of bed on time (!). In order to have time to make healthy exciting lunches and prepare a GM in the morning we have changed our morning routine. I now get up before H2B so that I can be doing my hair while he showers and we are both ready to head down to the kitchen together.
Rule 7: Try 2 new recipes per week. I have so many recipes and ideas bookmarked and I need to try some out. I find it also helps to keep our diet healthy if we have variety.
So there we have it, sounds simple huh? I’m sure that in practice it will provide some challenges but that’s all part of the fun.
So back to today: I followed Rule 6 and was in the shower by 6.30 and down in the kitchen by 7.10am – unheard of for me! I loved having all this extra time to get organised and it meant I left for work quite relaxed and not in a mad rush! I made a basic GM (Alpro soya milk, banana, spinach and ice) which I poured into a travel cup to take to work. I sipped it slowly at my desk and followed it with a slice of granary toast with spread. I was amazed that this kept me full til gone midday and I had so much more energy and concentration! I can’t believe how good I feel after just a couple of days.
For dinner tonight I followed Rule 7 and cooked a new recipe! I made Leah’s Bean Burgers. I saw these a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking about them ever since! I followed Leah’s recipe to the letter and it turned out great. The burgers were crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and the flavours were great. Thanks Leah 🙂
Here they are before they went in the pan…..
And on the plate….
As you can see I forgot to take the photo before I started eating!! I had 2 burgers with a wholemeal pitta, coleslaw, potato salad and salad.
To finish my first challenge day I headed to the gym and had a great workout. I spent 45 minutes on the treadmill and burned 300 calories. As I said before, I want to start running and today I combined walking and jogging.
0-7.5 minutes – walking (5.8 speed, incline 3.5)
7.5 – 10 minutes – jogging (7.0 speed, incline 1.5)
and I repeated the cycle each 10 minutes. By the end I had jogged for 10 whole minutes!!! Go me!! 🙂 I am so pleased with how today had gone!
As a thank you to all my loyal readers and a welcome to any new ones I have decided to hold a giveaway. I have put together a selection of my favourite UK bars as a prize.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favourite healthy meal and for a bonus entry post a link to the comp on your blog (please email me the link to ensure you get your second entry). The comp will be open until Sunday 14th June when I will pick the winner
This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!! So get commenting!!
Thanks for reading!!