I am not sure what has happened so far this year with regards to diet and exercise. I feel slightly like I've been on a downhill slope. I have been eating terribly, not going to the gym anywhere near enough and am basically in a vicious circle of self sabotage as I feel myself getting bigger and unhealthier. Fun! I feel like I've been in this weight-related rut for about 5 years now. It's unhappy, embarassing and it is time to change. It's always humiliating when everyone that knows you, knows that you have been trying to lose weight for years and years but never achieved your goal. Yay failure! I am also starting to dislike my Time Hop app as it keeps showing me my Twitter updates from up to three years ago which describe my then current dieting habits. Just a tad depressing that 3 years on I still haven't managed to lose the weight successfully.
I am trying to stay away from fad and set diets plans (i.e Atkins or Weight Watchers) as a) I don't think they work for me and b) I just don't think they are healthy in the long or short run. There are definitely healthy ways of doing something like Weight Watchers, but I hate all their "diet foods", their own brand crisps and chocolate bars which are full of crap and really shouldn't be going into your body during a health kick (or ever). I am starting to dislike anything which advertises itself as "low calorie" more and more. Usually it just means it's full of harmful sweeteners and chemicals. Especially "low fat" options which normally means they are full of sugar.
A few online health & exercise sites I keep coming back to:
- Where Are My Knees - This is a great community diet blog. I don't necessarily agree with some of the posts, like I said above, I am not a fan of WW or SW anymore but I think they have good recipes, interesting guest posts and a definite friendly feel. It's the only UK community diet blog that I know of! Point me in the right direction if you know of any other good ones.
- A Model Recommends - I really like this blog and Ruth does some great posts on exericse and nutrition. It's all very good, sensible advice for a healthier life in the long term.
- Sweat Like a Pig - I came across Tara's personal training and advice site recently. She is a personal trainer based in Kensington and although I sadly cannot afford any of her services, she fortunately does have a few very helpful posts on nutrition and exercise. I especially like the post on how bad sugar is for you. The sad fact is, I know I'd feel amazing if I gave up sugar completely but it is just too DAMN HARD. Maybe one day. Or maybe not.