22 Jul 2017 53 comments

4 Lifestyle Changes For A Healthier Me.

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I have looong since accepted that I’ll never be one of those gym-addicted, abs of steel, waking-up-excited for the gym kinda gals, but I’ve made a ton of progress in the last couple of years and I’m definitely feeling a lot happier with myself. And that’s what matters, right?

The changes I’ve made have been small, but I’ve stuck with them and the difference overall has been well, not life-changing but lifestyle-changing. I feel a lot more comfortable in my skin, let’s put it that way. I feel inspired to be better, and knowing how happier I am now compared to the person I was even just a year ago motivates me so much.
I’m one of those annoyingly impatient people who gives up on things if I don’t see results overnight, so being able to stick to any sort of lifestyle change is impressive for me!

Anyway, you all certainly seemed to have noticed a difference, and I promised a post on some of the changes I made to achieve this…

Planning Well, Eating Better

When it comes to anything related to health and fitness, I find it’s easiest to break it down and see where I’m going wrong. I thought I ate pretty well, but I wasn’t feeling great… sluggish and lazy (well, more lazy than usual heh) in the afternoons, and that uneasy guilty feeling when I had an evening treat.

I decided to make a note of what I was eating to figure out where I was going wrong, which was quite an eye-opener! I definitely wasn’t eating nearly as much veg as I thought I was (something I’ve worked hard on changing) and some of my meals were not even remotely nutritious, with zero protein too!
It kind of blew my mind because I’d always thought I was such a good eater.

I don’t really believe in counting calories, I think it works as a rough guide but I prefer to think of food in terms of nutrition. Thinking about the goodness that was going in to my body really helped me to make a few dietary changes. It was a wake-up call for sure!

A lot of where I was going wrong was because of my thinking, so I really worked to change my mindset. It’s so easy to give up on your goals because wow, you ate some birthday cake or had a cocktail, but remembering that it’s all about balance helped me to keep on keepin’ on.

Moving More Every Day

I used to think that I’d have to do a few hours at the gym every day to see a change, but I’ve come to realise that moving more in any shape or form is a start!
I have a Fitbit Alta HR and I wear it daily to keep me motivated – it’s really helped me to leave my comfy, cosy cloud bed on those early mornings for a bit of exercise!

My Alta HR tracks my heart rate so I can see how many minutes I’ve been active per day, the distance I’ve walked, along with how many days I’ve exercised per week. I can even enter how much water I’ve been drinking. Tracking my heart rate has been more insightful than any change I’ve made – I love the way you can see your true activity level with the active minutes, which became something I set targets for, rather than only concentrating on the time I spent in the gym!
It also tracks my sleep if I wear it overnight, something I’m forever glued to because I find it so fascinating.

I check the Fitbit App daily to keep an eye on how I’m doing, and I’m so motivated by what I see. The old me would have given up on my goals if I’d had a tough day at the gym or felt too tired to hit 10k steps, but the new me thinks about the bigger picture. Maybe I didn’t do so well today, but I’ve smashed this week on the whole, and there’s, always tomorrow!
I’m spurred on by numbers as progress, so my Fitbit has been my BFF throughout my healthier lifestyle mission. I like that it’s for everyone too, I know I’ll never be an athlete, but I want to live well, and the targets I’ve set reflect that.

What’s more, having my Fitbit made it fun – I finally enjoyed exercise because I knew I was getting better, and it no longer seemed like a chore. I could see the progress I was making right there on my wrist!

Mental Health Days

I’ve always made an effort to look after my body, but sometimes my mental health took a backseat… something that actually upsets me to think about now.
Taking time out because I’m struggling has done wonders, and I hope that everyone understands how important this is. Whenever I need one, I have a ‘mental health day’ – I create a little sanctuary, pile up some blankets with some good reading material and lose myself in another world for a few hours.

Realising how important exercising is for my mental health has been life-changing. Whenever I get in to a stage of overthinking or feeling anxious, I put on my gym gear and sweat it out… it sometimes takes a bit of working up to it, but I remind myself that I never regret a workout!

Going Easier On Myself

This kind of ties in with the above because I was always my own worst enemy; I felt like my exercise efforts were pointless unless I worked myself to the bone, and my healthy eating habits were ruined if I had a sweet treat for lunch… I just kept giving up!

I hated the way I was always picking myself apart for not doing my best, when I should have been concentrating on moving forward.
What kept me on track was knowing that I was making small changes that would come together in the long run – maybe I did have a bad day food-wise, but I’ve been feeling great with my progress otherwise so no need to feel guilty for it! I’ll just move forward and think of how far I’ve come.

Here’s to feeling good!

The main thing for me is that I’m working towards something; a better version of myself. I want to be a healthier, happier person in the long-run, not someone who is concerned about counting calories and feeling guilty about food, or stepping on the scales daily… and every day I’m making progress.

Will you be taking on any of these tips?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fitbit through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Fitbit Alta HR, all opinions are my own

  • I find that I feel so much happier and have so much more energy when I’m really looking after myself, making sure I get enough downtime, exercise and eating healthily. It makes such a difference to how I’m feeling x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Your plan sounds amazing, I’m trying to become a healthier me, too! Planning meals ahead and moving more are the first steps.
    ♡Kristina
    TheKontemporary

  • While I am that person who wakes up at 5 am to workout, my problem is my eating habits. While I am healthy, my portions are super size so I need to try and get that down. I tried to eat 6 small meals each day but that made me snack more because I would be still hungry after each meal so now I just eat 3 bigger meals each day (I tracked my macros for a while to get an idea of portion sizes) which has cut down on my snacking by a lot! I think I need to go easier on myself though whenever I have a bad eating day. I tend to be hard on myself when I do have one.

    Emily | http://emilytrinh.com

  • Lets Talk Beauty

    I agree I will never be a Gym enthusiast but I recognise the benefits of keeping fit for both my body and my mental health. I try to do some physical activity everyday – especially because I work from home and I sit in the same place for hours on end. I need to start planning my meals a little better so I can not only save money on my shopping but make sure I am eating a balanced diet too x
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  • i think eating better and exercise plays such a huge role in happiness as it makes you feel so so much better xx

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

  • I totally adored this post Kate! I was exactly the same with thinking because you ate something sweet you needed to start all over again the next day, but I soon learned that treats are okay and having healthier snacks before and after make you feel so much better about it! xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

  • This is such a lovely post Kate and all the points you make I found myself nodding along too! I definitely need to move more and be more aware of my mental health too!

    Abbi | http://www.simplyabbi.com

  • Kimberly Ann

    Mental health is SO important and also so easy to not make a priority! Love this!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me … I’m in MIAMI + a Playlist!

  • I’m considering a fitbit – after I stopped playing Netball due to work commitments (I played from the age of 6 until 22, I’m almost 24) I became super unfit and demotivated and my mental health has definitely been affected by the lack of activity. It’s so easy to get home after work, put your pyjamas on and just scroll through social media and watch TV day in day out and I want to start making a conscious effort to be more active! I don’t regret working out but the thought of it just puts me off! And I’m a complete sucker for a sweet treat, or 3… thanks for putting this post together, super inspiring 🙂

  • Natali

    Beautifully written post, I can completely relate to you on these 4 lifestyle changes which everybody could benefit from. I’m also trying my best not to beat myself up if I’m not having the best day, haven’t walked enough, ate the healthiest meal I could and slept well but if a whole week in overall has been great, then there is only a lot to be happy about. 🙂

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  • I really should take on board some of the points you’ve mentioned.. great post Kate x

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  • I really need to get back on board with living a healthy lifestyle. I find it too easy to sit on the couch and eat terrible meals, it’s really bad. Thanks for these tips, I’ll definitely be taking all of them on board.
    -Kathryn xx
    http://hellokathryn.com/

  • That Fitbit is actually really nice, I never usually like the appearance of them. I need to sort my fitness out but as I’m 8 months pregnant, think I will wait another month or so, ha!

    Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle

    xx

  • I love Fitbit! When I first got the Fitbit, it made me quite obsessed with my steps but it was for the positives. I’m also in a “lifestyle change”. Health wise, I feel like got better and even healthier when I stopped counting calories and focusing on just eating healthy.

  • Alexis Towle

    Wow! we have a lot in common. I’m not much of a gym person but I love work out at home. Changing my diet was the biggest thing I need to improve my self and the results have been incredible!

    Alexis||https://lidsandtricks.com/

  • Thank you so much for these great tips, Kate! 🙂 I’ve been trying to eat healthier this past year too, and I’ve also come to realize that if 5 minutes of exercise is all you’re going to get in a day, it’s definitely better than not exercising at all! <3 Loving all of these motivational tips! And that FitBit is gorgeous!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • These tips are so great Kate. I really like the third tip, on taking it easy on yourself.It’s something I need to remind myself constantly as I feel like I’m too hard on myself at times. Thanks for this Kate 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

  • These tips are amazing, I do really think that moving a bit more each day does wonders for your body, thinks like walking to a station instead of getting the bus and going up a flight os stairs instead on using the lift has really helped me.

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • I love this post Kate! Self care is so important and I love the way you dedicate days to feeling better mentally. Finding time to take note of what you eat is also such a good idea too. I make a note of what I eat every day and it really makes me consider what I put into my body. Stunning photos, you look lovely! xo

    Hannah | ohhelloitshannah.co.uk

  • These are really great tips!! I am glad you share those with us and I am going to start follow them to see if they work in me hahah

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  • I saw a Fitbit today and was very tempted!!
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  • I really want the Alta for that reason. I like the idea of having a steps goal I need to meet.

    What I’ve found the most helpful though is doing Baby Led weaning with my daughter. I never used to eat healthily. But as she eats what we eat I have to eat well and have a variety of meals. I’ve never seen my fridge so full of vegetables!!

  • Being kinder to myself is something I need to be better at. Especially when I struggle to work out, or when I eat too many sweets. The latter I shouldn’t be too relaxed about though, because I feel so much better when I keep my sugar intake low.

    Sleeping more is a very high priority, and that’s the reason I want a FitBit Alta as well. A purple one though! I’m quite excited about being able to monitor my sleep.

    I’m glad to hear you feel so much happier!

    slovesautumn.com

  • I loved reading this post ♥︎ I think it’s so important to understand that it’s all about the bigger picture, and that you have to take care of your mind, body, and spirit to actually feel better and healthier. Such an inspiring and motivating post to read, and so glad to hear you’re doing better! xx

  • I should really try a Fitbit or managing my steps more – working at a desk means my step count can be shockily low some days (don’t even want to imagine eeek) I’m also so either one end of the spectrum with the gym, either 6 days a week or not at all so should work on that too!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • I love this post! I’ve been keeping a food diary for the past 2 weeks and it really is eye-opening, I’ve made a lot of changes already. I really need to try a Fitbit because I always get spurred on my numbers too! X

    heart-autumn.co.uk

  • I loved it when you said that these are lifestyle changes, not life changing ones. This summer I’ve noticed that I’ve been really motivated to pay attention to these things more, as I was feeling quite groggy and lazy all the time. And I don’t know about you, but feeling lazy when I don’t wanna be is my worst feeling, haha. Truest, I’ve noticed a difference. Loving this post 🙂

    http://WanderlustGirl-kb.blogspot.ca

  • I really want to get myself a Fitbit – I’ve got the health app on my phone which helps a lot but it isn’t that accurate! I’ve made some changes for my health and I feel a lot better for it! 🙂

    Love Sophie – http://www.basicallysophie.com

  • I remember when I got my Fitbit HR, I was skeptical as to how it would help me. I almost immediately became a fan (once I got used to wearing something on my wrist). When the tracker display is right there in plain sight, attached to my body, there’s no way to ignore your fitness levels. I realized that I was lacking during certain days of the week and added more exercise into my routine!

    Nicolette | http://www.nicolette.co

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I take mental health days off from work every so often. More often than not my days off are coz I am sick, but just recently I took the day off to get a massage and lie in bed a watch movies.
    I just recently decided to quit sugar and alcohol – so I will see how I go with that!
    Great post – and lifestyle changes they are. Because that will mean we can stick to them.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • A genuine and inspiring blog post! 🙂 xxx
    https://daisychaindaydreamsblog.wordpress.com

  • I really need to start taking mental health days off. I’ve been so stressed out lately. This is a helpful and insightful post, thanks a lot. x

    Also, I love your pants. I ordered a similar pair from Topshop two days ago!

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  • Shannon Clark

    These tips are great! Eating healthier is definitely something that I need to work harder on!

    http://www.sweetserendipityblog.co.uk

  • Love this! I’ve been so curious about fitbits – they sound really interesting! Totally agree about making small changes in your daily life that suit you! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Travel Beauty

  • These are the same improvements I would like to do to myself 🙂
    Miki xx

    littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it

  • Love the fitbit colour you have. Pretty post!

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  • Love this post, small changes really do add up! I’ve started doing yoga more regularly and I love it! It’s really made a difference in my body and mind. I also totally agree with ‘mental health days’, I took one off of work every few months, go to the spa, have a good meal etc etc 🙂

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  • Your fitbit is so cute! love the colour~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
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  • I really love this post. Good tips! And I love the photos!

  • Jenny

    Love this post! It is really helpful!
    Thanks!!

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  • Elisha Maè Iveson

    I loved this post Kate – it was so insightful and different to read!

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • Natalie Redman

    That’s such a pretty fitbit! Love this post.

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • whoa! This is such a gorgeous color fitbit! Totally on brand ; ) x

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  • i always thought i ate super healthy but after really looking at it i was shocked. i changed my eatin habits for the better and i haven’t been feeling this amazing in years.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  • You’re so right that you don’t need to spend hours in a gym to make a change! Even just a 20 minute gym sesh or walking to work can totally make a difference. I also LOVE those ring stands. Super cute!

    ? Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • Kaley McC

    I haven’t seen a fitbit this pretty!!

    Kaley
    http://www.carryonkaley.com

  • JacquelineRees

    Hi Kate – have been considering a Fitbit for a while – and the one you have has sealed the deal. Could you provide a link or details of the one you are wearing – it is gorgeous. Love your style. Thanks

  • Samantha Clark

    This is so inspiring! I agree with counting calories, anytime I’ve tried it I’ve either been so strict that I become miserable or I binge eat and end up eating way too much. I’ve learned its best to just listen to your body. And mental health days are just as important as working out- it’s so easy to get burnt out if we don’t pay attention to that.

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  • Being healthy and feeling good at any stage of life is the best gift we can have. I am completely with you on this. Great post! 🙂

    ??LA BIJOUX BELLA ??| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Staying sane while counting calories is just like impossible for me. I guess listen to signs our organism is sending to us is a key to success. Also workouts are like the candy bar with the endorphins <3

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  • This is such a great post, Kate! I love my Fitbit, too. I’m glad you mentioned taking a mental health day and going easier on yourself in general. I can’t do much exercise right now because I tore my knee to hell and back, and I’ve been beating myself up over it. I should probably cut that shiz out.

  • Big kudos for being so open and honest about mental health and well being. Loved this post 🙂

    Editionemmagrace – Lifestyle blogger & Style Sharer