A Healthy Lifestyle, Where to Start?..

Hello Everyone,

So its Thursday and that means a new post on health and fitness. I’m currently one week into my healthy lifestyle change and I’ve been changing little things here and there so that the transition is made a little easier. I know that starting a healthy lifestyle can be so hard, especially when you are stuck in the habit of eating unhealthy and not exercising. So the most important thing when you decide to start, is to take it slow! Losing weight and gaining a healthy lifestyle takes time, and that’s okay, its supposed to. There’s no point in fad diets or quick fixes when you end up putting all the weight on and more a while after. Its so unhealthy for your body. So taking it slow and doing it the right way, you’re body will thank you in the long run. So all these tips are from my experience and of course everyone is different and will start with different things but here’s what I felt helps me best and how I started…

1.Drinking more water!

I know this is something that people hear all the time but honestly it is so important. When I start to eat healthy, I always start with drinking more water. I don’t change any of my eating habits for the first few days, but I just focus on drinking at least 1.5 litres a day for the first few days and once I’ve got that under control and once it becomes a habit I then move on to the next step.

2. Cutting out the bad habits slowly.

Slowly is key! When I begin to cut out some unhealthy habits. As I would be drinking more water, the habit of drinking fizzy drinks goes down a lot as majority of the time I would either be drinking water or tea. Next on the list is chocolate/ crisps, basically any junk food I cut out at this point as it’s probably the worst habit and one that is causing the weight gain in the first place. Of course I don’t cut them out completely, I designate one day a week where I allow myself a treat or two to make sure that I stick to it and don’t cave from not having anything. The easiest way to cut out the sweets and junk food is to substitute them with healthy alternatives, I know that is definitely easier said than done, but it is worth while to sit down and think about what you can substitute them with😊 Don’t cut out everything “bad” remember that this is a lifestyle change and one that you need to keep up for the rest of your life, so if you can’t enjoy the food you eat, you have to think of other alternatives.

3.  Exercise! Yaay!

Exercise can be the hardest step for some people, I know for me being out of the habit for so long it was hard to start but once I did, I found that it was quite easy to keep it going. The hardest part was finding something that I enjoyed instead of feeling like I was forcing myself to get up and do something. I love going to the gym but a lot of the time I can’t afford to keep going as a lot of the gyms near me keep raising their prices, so when I don’t have the money for that I work out at home. I found a space in the house and used YouTube videos, the only videos I watched are the fitness blender videos, this couple are honestly amazing! They made fitness so much more enjoyable by the workouts that they put together and honestly, they work so well. In a matter of weeks I seen a difference. I was working out 3-5 days a week for an hour or so and it was so worth it! Definitely check out their channel if you are interested in trying their workouts out.

So they are my 3 biggest steps to getting healthy and changing a lifestyle for good! If you have any tips that you found helped you definitely put them in the comments so anyone who needs them can see them. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

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103 Comments

    • July 27, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      They are amazing arn’t they! Really help to keep me motivated too! 🙂 thank you lovely <3

  1. July 27, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I know everyone is different, but adding a walk to your routine really helps get you going. It’s a step in the right direction for exercise. I started with 10 minutes a day, then 20, then 30. Now I average about 45 minutes a day which I’m hoping to increase to an hour!

    • July 27, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thats a really good idea, I love going for walks when the weather is really nice 🙂

  2. July 27, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I’m trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle too! Just need to work out on cutting out fried foods haha xx

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Yaay I hope it goes well! Cutting out foods you are used to but are unhealthy can be so hard, I know how you feel 🙂

  3. July 27, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Its really all about consistency I feel! I have recently adopted a much healthier lifestyle than what I was living before and I feel great. I’m running everyday, eating more greens, feeling a lot lighter and better!

    • July 27, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Yeah its definitely about consistency as its a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix😊 that’s amazing well done😊

  4. July 27, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    You are right.Starting to exercise is really hard. ☺But sometimes lack of results can cause motivation to decline.
    I liked the post💕

    • July 27, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Yeah it really can, what I always do is think of why I started and how I felt and then it always pushes me to keep going😊 thank you💕

  5. July 27, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Love that you focus that becoming healthy has to be sustainable and slowly. I often see others making the mistakes of trying to cut out junk food completely and then binge when their willpower has been undermined. I love how you are approaching this, and I’m glad to see these posts!

    Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

    • July 27, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I completely agree, I’ve seen that a lot too and it really is the wrong way to go about things😊

  6. July 28, 2017 / 12:24 am

    Pretty awesome post! In the am when you awake drink hot water with lemon. It has boat loads of benefits. It kills my appetite. xx

    • July 28, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you! Oh I’ve never heard of that before, I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  7. July 28, 2017 / 2:06 am

    Great post! These are really good and helpful tips. One thing that has helped me the most is to completely change my mindset from wanting to lose weight to wanting to feel and be healthy. This way I don’t put pressure on myself to lose weight and be upset if I fail. It gives me a more positive outlook.

    • July 28, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you! Yeah thats definitely a great way of looking at it 🙂

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  9. July 28, 2017 / 5:41 am

    I love your blog and this post is great! I think these are amazing tips for people wanting to start living healthy and changing their daily routine!

    • July 28, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Thank you! Yeah its little changes everyday that really make the difference, glad you’ve enjoyed it 🙂

  10. July 28, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Great tips! I definitely agree with taking it slowly…a complete life upheaval overnight won’t stick!xx

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Exactly! Slow and steady wins the race as they say 🙂 x

  11. July 28, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Lovely, so good! Sporting is best way to cut out bad habbits from life and by consistency any sport can heal up our physical appearance with gift of healthy soul too. <3

  12. July 29, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I started going to an exercise class this week and it’s really motivated me to get fitter! Love this post 💜

    • July 29, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Yeah once you do it, it feels amazing😊

  13. July 30, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    This will really help me out! 💕

    Emma | lifestyleslide.wordpress.com

  14. July 30, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I agree with you at every point. For me the key is exercise more, because I love doing workouts but sometimes my inner laziness win, I need to do something and after when I come back to my workout routine I automatically start to eat healthier and drink more water etc.
    Kisses,
    E.

    • July 30, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Yeah definitely, after a week of eating healthy I love getting back onto a good routine of working out😊

  15. July 31, 2017 / 5:31 am

    I agree! I’m trying to eat healthier by meal prepping and kicking my butt into gear by working out more. Hopefully I can stick to it! 🙂

    • July 31, 2017 / 9:08 am

      Good luck! Its a hard journey but so rewarding 🙂

  16. August 2, 2017 / 6:48 pm

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  17. August 4, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    I love this 🙂

  18. August 5, 2017 / 4:59 pm

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    • August 5, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes of course💕

  19. August 11, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Such good tips over here! I do the same thing as you guys slowly taking out the extremely fatty unnecessary foods in my diet such as takeaways, followed by chocolates, followed by croissants etc! Good luck on your fitness/health journey 💙

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    • August 11, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Yeah I think its the best way to go! Thank you lovely!😊💕

  20. August 15, 2017 / 9:43 pm

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    • August 15, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you, I’ll definitely check it out😊

  21. August 17, 2017 / 1:56 am

    On a journey to a healthier me currently and am already feeling the benefits in all aspects of myself, and my life – it really is so important! Loved this post x

    • August 17, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Awh Yay, hope it goes well for you! and Thank you 🙂

  22. August 23, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    I totally agree- slow and steady changes are the best way to fully transition to a healthy lifestyle!

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  24. August 28, 2017 / 6:52 am

    The key to achieving this is setting up some good basic habits. For example, it might be that you calculate the macro content of a certain meal, say breakfast and eat the same thing every day. It reduces the stress associated with thinking of food or picking food or wondering if the food is within your ‘tolerance’ so to speak. I’ve been low carb now for about 10 weeks lost 10kgs and having been plodding slowly and surely through changing small habits to make the lifestyle change much easier. Lovely post!

    • August 28, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Yeah I completely agree 🙂 Good luck on your journey 😉

  25. August 29, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Lovely post! It was a reminder to me to get off my butt and start working on my health again! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • August 29, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Awh thank you! Good luck on your journey😊

  26. August 29, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Thanks for the advice! Something I’ll keep in mind… I always put off the exercise part which is bad 😂

  27. August 30, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Water is definitely helpful. I don’t do much of anything else, but once I started drinking water more regularly again, I noticed that I was feeling better, even if it was just a small change! 🙂 –Julia

    • August 31, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Yeah water makes a huge difference in your diet, its a very important change to make! 🙂

  28. August 31, 2017 / 9:58 am

    Simple but effective tips. As a fitness enthusiast myself I definitely know how hard it can be. But we should never give up!

    • August 31, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Yeah every small change makes a difference so people definitely shouldn’t give up on themselves! 😉

  29. September 10, 2017 / 5:43 am

    I love this Lauren! Tiny changes in a lifestyle can make a huge difference.

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Thank you! I completely agree 🙂

  30. September 11, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I love your blog! Great post!!!! Ive been doing the “ebay diet” lol! Instead of buying good I order new clothes, or tarot decks, I am slowly regaining control of my bad habits!

    • September 12, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thank you! Its really good that you’ve found a way that helps you 🙂

  31. September 11, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’m glad to see that you are engaging in a healthy lifestyle! Keep up the great work!

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    September 16, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    It’s good. I loved your blog.

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  33. October 6, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    #1 is absolutely water! Great read❤️

  34. October 10, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Yes!!! This is so so true. A few months ago I decided to change completely my lifestyle habits. That included more vegetables, less fatties, and more (much more) exercise. The first weeks were a nightmare. But once I got together my routine, it’s awesome. I feel so much better!!! Loved the post 🙂

    • October 11, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Awh I’m so glad you found a routine you enjoy! 🙂

  35. October 19, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    You’re spot on girlfriend. It’s so hard to stick to a strict diet. The key to a healthy lifestyle is balance. Fad diets are sooo not sustainable, and often actually unhealthy. Keep kickin booty! Feel free to check out my blog if your interested, I post a lot of wellness tips as well as health advice 😊

  36. October 24, 2017 / 3:00 am

    Wow! that is good! come check out my blog!:)

  37. October 24, 2017 / 6:09 am

    Wonderful!

    Luck has a funny way of coming into people’s life. It follows hard-working people wherever they go and does a no-show for all the slackers. Congrats, you deserved to be the lucky one.

    Looking forward to next.

  38. October 27, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    I am so glad that I found your blog! My family and I need to start living a healthier lifestyle. We will do good for a week, and then fall off the wagon!!

  39. November 2, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Great read.. and so rightly said- moving slow and steady is the key. Doing everything at the same time is a bad idea as the chances of going back to the unhealthy lifestyle are very high

    • November 2, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you! And I completely agree! 🙂

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