Monday, April 30, 2012

Healthy May - Introduction

(picture from my instagram - @herecomesthesunblog)

In December last year I hit an all time low with my overall health and fitness. I wasn't exercising, I wasn't thinking about the kind of food I was putting into my body and I was the heaviest I'd ever weighed. I realised I needed a huge lifestyle change and to become fit and healthy again. For me personally I do not believe in dieting (as I feel it's not long-term sustainable) but I do believe in educating myself about what I'm eating, in being active and taking control of my health and fitness. Four months later I made it to my goal weight, had reformed the kinds of meals I was preparing and was exercising 4-5 times per week. The next step for me now is keeping up with this lifestyle change and not becoming complacent or lazy.

This is where the idea of Healthy May kicks in! So many of the health and fitness articles I've read (and I've read a lot over the last few months) say that if you have other people keeping you accountable you're more likely to reach your goals. So I thought this might be something we as bloggers (or even if you don't have a blog) could do together! I will be posting once a week on a Sunday with a review of the week I've just had and splitting it into these categories: food, exercise, goal setting.

If you would like to participate in Healthy May here is what I suggest (these are just guidelines):
  • One blog post per week covering the same cateogies (or more if you wish)- food, exercise, goal setting with an update on how your week has been - a healthy recipe you might have learnt, something you're struggling with, a goal you might have achieved or need help with etc etc.
  • Use the hashtag #healthymay on your twitter and instagram
  • Sign up for 'My Fitness Pal' on your smart phone or on their website. A great app for tracking food and exercise. If you'd like friends on the app tweet your username using the #healthymay hashtag so we can find and add each other. If you would like to add me my username is 'herecomesthesunblog' and remember if you'd like to share your food diary with others make sure you enable visibility in your settings.
  • Use the "add your link" button at the bottom of this post to leave the URL to your Healthy May blog posts. This link will appear at the bottom of each of my Healthy May posts and will enable us to engage with each other easily.
Also I hate to have to do this but a little disclaimer: I am in no way doing this to promote weight loss or dieting. The concept of this is to encourage each other to live a healthy and active lifestyle - to share yummy healthy recipes, to think about the kinds of food we're putting into our bodies, to be fit and active.

So! I hope you guys will join me on this journey. Let me know your thoughts in the comments :)

28 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea :D I have been on a healthy kick for a few months but I definitely think some encouragement and seeing what other people are doing would be great!

    I will most certainly be joining in! :D

    Emma x

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  2. I love this idea and your post couldn't have come at a better time. I'm getting married in August and don't want to go on a diet but rather like you said just have a all-round healthier approach to eating and exercising. So count me in :)

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  3. I think this is an amazing idea! I've tried so many times to eat healthier and I've stuck at it for a couple days but then just give up. I'm at my heaviest right now, so this is some serious motivation and encouragement to help me get back down to my old weight. And also, congratulations on reaching your goal weight, you really are such an inspiring person Amanda!

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  4. This is a great idea! Congratulations on your goal, it seems like you've worked so hard over the past few months. P.s I'm always drooling over your instagram food pics x

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  5. YES. I've been thinking of doing this for the last couple of days (have slumped a bit in my lifestyle lately).

    check out my blog for my series on health and fitness. :) Totally joining this bandwagon. Have lost 13kg over the last year... trying to get the last 3kg gone...

    http://life-muse-ings.blogspot.com

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  6. Count me in! I think it's about time I started paying a lot more attention to what goes in to my body! Thanks for idea and hope we all have a fruitful May. :]

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  7. I am so keen! Perfect timing for me with also, currently training for another half marathon in June :) Hopefully my posts fit in with the theme!

    You will find all my #HealthyMay posts here: http://hellomisspotter.wordpress.com/?s=%23HealthyMay

    Excited!

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  8. My blog isn't super fancy (still trying to figure some kinks out...) but I'd love to participate. I've been on a exercise/health kick lately so its perfect timing! :)
    http://hurrafordeg.blogspot.com/2012/04/healthy-may.html

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  9. This is exactly what I've been needing! Such a wonderful idea and I hope to be participating actively this entire month! Hoorah!

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  10. hello there! i love this idea and i'm willing to give it a go and share some encouragement!

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  11. I love this idea! I just recently started attending a bootcamp 3x a week and will be doing a small juice/raw cleanse this next week. I love the idea of linking up and having a community :)

    Robin

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  12. You are such an inspiration! I've recently realised that i'm only young once and my body will only bounce back for so long, so it's time to take control, eat healthier, eat more appropriate portion sizes and keep up exercise. I've recently fallen sick with tonsilittis but ive promised myself once i'm in better health i will start this goal!
    i've recently just started my own little blog, it's very basic but you have been my main inspiration, thankyou so much!

    Hayley from Red Evelyn x
    http://evelynred.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. All of that delicious looking fruit is making me so hungry!

    I think it will be so inspiring reading your healthy May posts! I really want to work on being more active (more walking and yoga!) and making more things at home instead of buying pre-packaged biscuits and cakes. My biggest challenge will be trying to keep it up in Winter since the cold weather just makes me want to eat junk food and hibernate.

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  14. Definitely doing this!
    Such an amazing idea :)

    designwordssydney.blogspot.com.au
    Healthy May here we come!

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  15. I'm in! It's dissertation/finals season for me in May, so I need all the encouragement I can get not to sink into surviving on chocolate and energy drinks. And I've only just joined the blogosphere so what a way to make friends!

    http://laurafoxgill.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. YES! you see how slack i have been on my fitness pal! putting together my post about this now to validate it all! i am so PUMPED amanda, can you tell? thanks for putting this forward, i need this!!

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  17. this is an excellent idea. I wish everyone much success in reaching their health goals!

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  18. What a great idea Amanda! Have you been reading my thoughts? Lol I was thinking of doing a similar sort of thing so I am totally in. Couldn't have come at a better time - I've just started on a major health kick, not so much for my weight, but for fitness and to get my skin looking good. :)

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  19. I am definitely doing this! Love it. I'm not a blogger - I'm a blog-devourer. Morgan

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  20. the kiwi looks incredible!! i think it has something to do with the time of year because ive been eating more healthy too :)

    xo,
    steffy
    http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  21. Just curious... is anyone using SparkPeople? I've been logging my food/exercise there for months/years and I would rather not switch apps now... but I want to connect with others.

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  22. love this! i just recently decided it was time to get my body back on track. after my wedding last august and my recent honeymoon i have gained some weight and weigh the most i ever have. so i am getting back in shape and eating healthier...trying not to eat processed foods, buying local, etc. thanks for sharing My Fitness Pal. i just joined and it seems like an easy way to track my progress. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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  23. This is a perfect little series that I can't wait to be a part of. I think you and I are having similar weight loss stories -- last December I was the heaviest that I have ever been and since then I lost almost 20 pounds and made huge changes in my life and my diet. Hopefully I can contribute to this series and adventure! Thanks for kick starting it! :)

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  24. What a great idea. I'm in! Want to keep motivated to run over winter and I have a few nutrition goals too.

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  25. I'm late for May but I'm not late for making a lifestyle change! Count me in!

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