I've always been skinny… weight is not something I have had to fight with in a typical manner. My issues have always been wanting to be bigger than I am. I know that is something that I have said in the past and got a lot of stick for ''count yourself lucky'' etc etc however I am constantly being told I look ill, I'm too skinny or the classic ''go and eat a burger''. To all those people: I was living off Dominos, MCD's and Subway… so shut up. However, I know that even though I lived off junk food and never exercised and remained a size 8, my insides must be not in very good shape. One of my modules at university was biology and within this there was a nutrition module. I realised in the odd lectures I attended that even though I was skinny I was so unhealthy and just waiting for something medically wrong to happen (one of these lectures I actually sat eating a MCDs breakfast). When I started seeing the sudden incline of fitness and healthy eating going wild on Instagram and all the other social medias of the world I decided to join. I haven't gone extreme… I still have the odd take away (usually after a night out), I still drink occasionally and don't pound the gym everyday, however, I have gradually started eating healthier and exercising more. This has been over a period of a few months (had to take a break for a month due to surgery) and it is getting easier as time goes on. I'm getting stronger, feeling better and my legs and arms are getting bigger (which I wanted) but the tummy is getting more toned! I feel better within myself and my energy levels and skin are improving. I thought I'd share a basic weekly/general lifestyle post with what I currently do. This is far from perfect and I am no professional. Just a student trying to get healthier!
Meal wise these are my favourites. Salmon with stuffed mushroom with spinach salad… if I'd said this was one of my favourite meals a year ago to myself I would think I'd gone crazy. I only really like healthy food if I have cooked it, I'm still a very fussy eater so never like the healthy options in restaurants and NEVER like their salads. Another favourite is chicken breast stir fry with mushrooms and spinach and onion and other lovely bits!
I pretty much just live off spinach, chicken and salmon but these are healthy foods I do genuinely enjoy! I want to get healthier etc but I still want to enjoy food, I don't want to live off broccoli and dry chicken like a see some people do. Noooo thank you.
So in regards to snacks it's mainly fruit, berries or kiwis more often than not! Sometimes if I am feeling a little more peckish I'll throw an egg in or something just for a bit of an extra. Some people think it's a really weird combination haha, but I obviously eat the egg first, have some water then eat the fruit.
Another one if I have a little more time on my hands is bruschetta, I have wholewheat crackers or light wafer type crackers and then cut up onion, tomatoes and garlic (sometimes some spinach if I have it in) and it is so yummy! Drinks wise all I really have is water or black/herbal teas :) It almost killed me giving up diet coke and I still have some now and then.
I'll be honest, exercise is where I have pretty much no knowledge. I just try to go to the gym as much as I can in a week, usually 4 times for about an hour at a time. I also downloaded the PumpUp app which is AMAZING. It's free and it's almost like an Instagram dedicated just to fitness and healthy living. There's so much motivation and loads of tips. Definitely a favourite of mine! You can track your weight, set goals and even put in what areas you want to improve or strengthen and what equipment you have available (from a whole gym to nothing at all) and it will provide you with a work out that is step by step and goes along with you whilst you do it, even demonstrating moves! I would highly recommended this app whether you are just starting or are relatively fit! It's awesome! With this app I can train at home or away and know exactly what to do for what areas of the body, which is great as I didn't have a clue! You can follow people who are professionals as well as people like me who are just trying the healthy lifestyle! If you want to know what I have been up to on it feel free to follow me on it, my name is jayniexo :)
If anyone has any questions feel free to leave them down below and I will get back to you. Also if anyone knows of any health and fitness blogs (your own or others) please also let me know, I love reading and following them :)