Halloween is over and I have to say despite it being one of my favourite times of the year I am just exhausted. Both mentally and physically.
This year, as I’m another year older I abandoned trick or treating and instead held a small party at my house. Now I overheard plenty of conversations on the days leading up to Halloween from fellow classmates about the raucous parties they would be throwing, with the mention of enough alcohol to make you dizzy just from thinking about it. Personally I don’t drink, after all, if I can have the same amount of fun as everyone else without needing the alcohol, why bother? So my friends and I – most of whom don’t drink either, played childish games and watched scary movies, because once in a while it’s fun to forget that we’re supposed to be rapidly growing into mature adults. For the main portion of the night we actually gorged ourselves on an assortment of sweets, crisps and cakes – which is where this post comes from.
There is nothing wrong with indulging in the occasional treat but recently my ‘occasional treats’ have slowly started to become more like ‘unhealthy habits’. Which is why, despite it being November, I am taking a long hard look at myself and figuring out how I can stay healthy all year long whilst still partaking in celebrations and enjoying unhealthy indulgences.
Now this is not about starting a fad diet; I have been there. Done that, and they just don’t work, nor are they particularly good for you. I am trying to do this as simply as possible. Instead of eating less I am just going to change what I eat, it’s about stopping and thinking before I reach for a snack. Stopping and thinking might sound ridiculously obvious, but all too often I’m multi-tasking and paying no attention to what I’m grabbing from the cupboard or fridge and it’s detrimental to my health! When you take the time stop and think it is actually a scary realisation how much unhealthy snacking you were absent mindedly partaking in during the day.
My sugar intake is the main thing that needs drastically reducing and I know with Christmas coming up there’s going to be more stuffed into festive treats than I’ve probably ingested all year, but it being November is no excuse not to get healthier. Your health and well-being doesn’t take a break, it’s something that needs to be effectively managed and looked after all year round.
Of course changing my diet will not help if I continue to stay put in bed browsing blogs during all my spare time in the day, so three times a week I am going to commit myself to an activity. So far I’ve looked at the possibility of attending Yoga classes with Daisy and joining a twenty-four hour gym. I’m also working on increasing my saunter to school, to a brisk walk there and back, as in itself that’s an hour of light exercise every day.