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A Week of Healthy Living

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Aveeno Inside & Oat Challenge

a week of healthy living

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A couple of months ago, I stopped doing my usual ‘monthly goals’ posts. (It’s OK, I didn’t expect you to notice…)

Actually, I didn’t just stop posting about my goals: I stopped even making them. Honestly? It just seemed like a bit of a waste of time when every single month I’d make exactly the same promises to myself, and then every single month I’d fail spectacularly to keep them.

“THIS will be the month I’ll start eating better!” I’d tell myself. “THIS will be the month I’ll get back into working out more than once in a blue moon!” But it never WAS the month, was it? No, instead of just knuckling down and smashing those goals every month, I simply became very, very skilled in the fine arts of procrastination and making excuses.  In fact, if I’d made THOSE my goals, I’d be feeling pretty smug right now, because “I’ll start tomorrow!” I’d tell myself, while ripping open a chocolate bar. “It’s too wet to go for a run! I’m too tired to work out!”

And so it went on: I gained a couple of pounds over Christmas, lost them in the first few weeks of the year, gained them back during the my holiday in March, and have so far done absolutely nothing to try and shake them again. I’ve been exercising sporadically, eating Haribo Mix as if my life depends on it, and why YES, I will have a slice of that cake, because I am TOTALLY starting my healthy-eating regime tomorrow, and I might as well make sure I get all of the junk food out of the house first, amiright?

Considering that 2016 so far ISN’T turning out to be the year I finally get healthy, then, when Aveeno asked if I’d be interested in taking part in a week-long healthy living challenge, I was pretty dubious, really. I mean, if they’d said “Week-long-eating-sugar-and-liking-it” challenge, I’d have been all over that, but this seemed suspiciously like setting myself up for failure, and, I don’t know about you, but one of the ways I like to avoid failure is by not trying things I know I’ll probably fail at (file under ‘Things We Learned from Homer Simpson’), and… wait: why are you all looking at me like that? I mean, that sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

OK, OK, I’m kidding: luckily I do know that avoiding things just because they’re hard isn’t, in fact, a great life plan, and I also know that if ever there was a person who needed to kick-start a change in lifestyle, I would be that person. So I’m doing it. All of this week, I’ll be taking part in the Aveeno ‘Inside & Oat’ challenge. I’ve been sent a healthy eating plan, filled with sample recipes for healthy, nutritious food, a set of exercises to do every second day – oh, and some Aveeno skincare products to pamper myself with, too. The idea is basically that good skin starts with a good diet and healthy lifestyle, so I’ll be putting that to the test: as you might know, Aveeno’s skincare products are based around natural ingredients like oatmeal, which helps to soften the skin without drying it, and by using their Daily Moisture range, doing some simple  exercises, and making an effort to eat better, I’m hoping to end the week feeling – and hopefully looking – a bit brighter than when I started it.

I’m also hoping to at least make a start on developing some better habits, which I can try to keep up with in the long-term. Obviously a week isn’t a long time in the great scheme of things, so I’m not expecting any miracles, but I would really like to stop the cycle of always telling myself I’ll start being healthier “tomorrow”, so hopefully this will be just the kick-in-the-butt I need. Luckily for me, the plan I’m following is a fairly flexible one: I don’t have to wake up at dawn for a ten mile run, before eating a rigid diet of lentils and kale, or anything like that, which is good, because CAN YOU EVEN? All of the exercises can be done at home, and the meal plan offers suggestions which can be adapted as required, so, I mean, how hard can it be, really?

I guess I’m about to find out…

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9 Comments
  • Judi
    May 3, 2016

    Ah “tomorrow” has so much to answer for – I have even gone as far as to buy a new work out out fit – right down to sports bra and trainers… Which I will wear to work out in.. tomorrow! Honest!

  • The Other Emma
    May 3, 2016

    I actually miss your goal posts and updates (because I’m sad…………………… ) We say every week that next week is going to be the week that we start eating more healthily and being more active but being pregnant with a two year old who believes sleep is for the weak means there is always another excuse to stay on the couch and shovel sweets and crisps into me…. Maybe next week 😉

  • Sandra
    May 3, 2016

    This is such a good idea! I’m also that “tomorrow” kind of person. Nevertheless I tried to eat healthy the last few weeks. Of course I cheated sometimes but all in all my diet really is healthier now. I think even my skin is a little bit better now. 😉

    xx
    Sandra

  • Sagan
    May 3, 2016

    Oh man I need that! At some point… soon… I’ll start being my old healthy self again…

    🙂

    Looking forward to hearing all about your week!

  • Nickolina Jacoby
    May 3, 2016

    I’m eating oats right now…with butter and brown sugar. I guess that negates the healthy part, huh.

  • Myra
    May 3, 2016

    Good luck with the plan🍀🍀🍀

  • Catherine
    May 4, 2016

    Good luck with this Amber, it sounds like a good plan. I’ve never been as healthy, fit and glowing as the year I did a full 6 month detox with diet, food supplements and homeopathic remedies. It was 10 years ago. I wish I could make myself do it again.

  • Trudy
    May 4, 2016

    I recently started eating on the Mediterranean diet. I have not regretted it yet. Maybe I’m lucky, but I’ve never been a sweet tooth, and I really like fruit, veges, fish and pasta, so it was easy for me to switch. What is harder is that I ate a lot of processed foods before, because they were fast and easy to prepare in my lunch times and when I get home from work. It takes a bit more planning to eat healthy, but I make out a meal plan at the weekend for the week ahead, and then at least I don’t have to think what to have when I come home, which is part of the problem. I have been amazed at the difference in my skin. It is so much clearer, and I also love the fact that I can eat so much more without putting on weight! And on the occasional night if I come home and can’t be bothered cooking anything but pizza, then I’m not going to beat myself up, because it’s still far better than how I was eating before!

  • Kat
    May 4, 2016

    Cashew butter tastes like Heaven, especially if you put it with dark chocolate… Hmm

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