I thought I’d share an exercise/ diet programme that I’m taking part in over the next couple of weeks, as blogging it will hopefully help me stick to it! It’s put together by the trainers at One Element, a boot-camp type workout group that I joined in the Summer (there are sessions around SW London). We work out for an hour up to 3 times a week (I try to make it to at least two sessions!) and it is a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun, because everyone there is really friendly and encouraging.

I felt so good after eating healthily and exercising lots throughout the Spring until the end of June. After a couple of holidays and a foot injury though, my diet wasn’t so great and I don’t feel so fit right now. I’m looking forward to this kicking me back into healthy eating and exercising and feeling better about myself.

Every 12 weeks we do Reset. This is my first time and I’m intrigued to see how it goes. It’s a 12 day food and exercise programme and these are the basic ideas:

  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Increase exercise 
  • Improve diet (eat lots of veg and colours)
  • Drink more water
  • Stretch more
  • Reduce simple carbohydrates
  • Eat breakfast 
  • Eat little and often and not too close to sleeping
The diet (read more here) looks a bit like the ‘caveman diet’ to me – taking it back to basics. Cutting out refined sugar, alcohol, gluten, and cow’s dairy. Being coeliac, no gluten is obviously fine for me. No sugar will be hard as I am a massive chocoholic and ice cream lover and I really do think that sugar is addictive. No dairy and alcohol for 12 days will take some effort but should be ok as I’ve made sure to not plan any big social events or nights out over the next couple of weeks. 
There is also a 2 minute daily exercise session to do every morning, and an hour of exercise every other day. This can include One Element sessions/ running/ swimming/ cycling – anything that gets you out of breath. Looks like I’m not gonna have much of a social life for a couple of weeks!
I’ve roped in my Mum and boyfriend to join me with the eating plan, and we bought all the ingredients for the Week One recipes. Find more Reset recipes here. The food looks delicious and filling, it will just take a bit of willpower not to nip out of the office to buy naughty sugary snacks. For instance I had THIS last night which was diviiine, but when watching a movie on Sunday night afterwards I would usually share some chocolate or Ben and Jerry’s 😉 
What do you think? Would you give something like this a try? I think it’s great to get back to basics sometimes and hopefully at the end of it, I will crave sugar less and feel more energised. I love reading things like this on other blogs (though I am seriously impressed that THIS blogger gave up all sugar for 8 weeks! no way Jose) so I’m going to do little updates every 4 days if you’re interested, to show what I’ve been eating and how I’ve been feeling.
ps. This is in no way a sponsored post, I joined One Element myself and have chosen to blog about it! Image source 

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  • Reply
    Tamzin Pettitt
    October 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I think any exercise and diet plan that helps get you back in to being healthy is great. My back has been a total bitch since July but it is finally getting better and I am loving being able to exercise more…I am not back doing my usual routine but I finally feel it's not going to be long before I am back to my normal fit self : )

    Good luck, I'm looking forward to the up dates x

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    Polly Rowan
    October 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Oh no! So frustrating when you're injured and really want to exercise but can't! Take it easy and hope it gets better soon 🙂

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