Yesterday, it was back to the gym for my first class of the New Year. After 10 days of sitting around at home and in other peoples' homes, it was great to get back to exercise and get moving again. No matter how much I promise myself that I'll get out for brisk walks etc. over the festive period, all I tend to do is stay where it is warm and cosy, move very little and eat a lot. (I did check out the local classes online whilst away, but unfortunately there weren't any that appealed over the festive period!) Thankfully, this year I didn't overindulge as much as usual and only a few pounds crept on. Hopefully, they won't stick around for long.
Getting back to my normal exercise regime is always something that I look forward to, despite the usual frustrations relating to customer service that I seem to be experiencing at my local gym lately, which I won't go into here. After I'd finished my first class back, it almost felt like I'd never been away. I've now got all my classes booked up for the week and am raring to go.
I've not made any resolutions to lose weight this year. I wanted to lose a stone last year and ended up putting half of one on, then spending the rest of the year trying to lose it again. No such rash promises from me this year. I'm going to take it a day, week, month at a time and just do what I do, try to eat a bit more healthily and in less quantity if possible and see what happens. A far more realistic approach for me.
Talking of food, I'm enjoying getting back to our normal diet. All the uneaten chocolates and biscuits we were bought at Christmas have been put out of sight so as not to tempt us too much into eating more than we need to. I'm hoping to eek them out over the next month or so, as there aren't too many of them left thankfully. I can't actually promise that they won't disappear in a moment of weakness though.
I've done a weekly food shop, (never again on 2nd January - anyone would have thought the shops had been shut for a week. In fact, I think they may have even been open on New Years Day this year) and have stocked up on fruit and low calorie snacks (rice cakes) for school and home, so that if the urge to have a nibble overtakes me, there's something reasonably healthy to hand. I'm going to try to cut down on orders from Approved Food this year, not because I don't like or rate them as they provide a great service, but mainly because I order too much chocolate and end up having far too much food in the house. I'm reverting to a buy just what you need policy this year to avoid unnecessary temptation. If I can limit myself to only ordering reasonable amounts of store cupboard items, I will still place orders, but I do find this quite difficult when there are often lots of other treats to put in my basket.
Talking of temptation, I was very tempted to join in with Courtney Carver's Capsule Kitchen Challenge which started yesterday, where you simplify your food buying and menu planning, focusing on only 33 food products every 3 months (not including flavour boosters or ingredients you only use a spoonful of), but I don't think I can get our foods down to this number. Besides which I didn't think it fair to inflict my predilection for blog challenges on the rest of the family. It's a great idea though. You can check it out on her blog, Be More With Less.