02 January 2015

Jumpstart 2015 - A Health and Diet Plan




It's January and my waistline has been bulging these last couple of months. You can see in this photo taken at a visit to the Thorntons Chocolate Factory last month. Yes I'm the podgy one in the stripey top. It's time to do something about it.

I know I could go back on the 5:2 Diet and that would be good for my long term health, but I want to start the year with a boost.

At the moment I feel so tired. I have no energy whatsoever.

I was looking forward to having this festive time off work, I had so much planned. I kept going until Christmas was over then I just felt deflated and I've achieved very little.

I'm going to plan and prepare this weekend and on Monday I'm starting Jumpstart 2015. I'll be using my Optimum 9400 power blender for my smoothies.


Jumpstart 2015
  1. A freshly made smoothie or juice for breakfast and lunch
  2. Drink more water
  3. No alcohol  (this is optional, but I know most of my extra calories come from wine, so I’m adding this into my personal plan)
  4. Eat more soups
  5. Normal meal in the evening
  6. If I want chocolate, I’ll have a square of dark chocolate
The whole plan is about health and not calorie counting. It’s about increasing the quantity of fruit and vegetables I eat.

I expect to lose weight, have more energy and look better. Let’s face it most of us aren’t looking at our best in the winter and I'm really not!

So smoothies are the key point of this plan. But not just any smoothies. The key to healthy and lower calorie, higher energy smoothies is to include vegetables, the more the better.

Tip: A little banana is a great sweetener for a vegetable heavy smoothie.

I'm not alone in this. A few of my blogger friends are starting this plan next weekend too. Bookmark their blogs (bloglovin' is good for following them all in one place) and visit regularly in January to see how they are getting on with #Jumpstart15, their progress, tips and recipes.

Bloggers doing Jumpstart 2015:


Here are a few healthy smoothie & soup recipes to get you started:

Smoothies




Soups
Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato *   Leek & Potato  *   Easy Winter   *   Kale, Leek & Parsnip
Carrot, Leek & Mustard Seed  *  Butternut & Tomato  *  Cumin, Fennel & Beetroot * 5 Min Green

So who is joining me?

33 comments:

  1. Looks like an excellent plan! I am going to follow for some recipes, I am using My Fitness Pal at the moment :-)

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    1. I hope you get some ideas from it then Lucy. Good luck x

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  2. This looks like an excellent start to 2015 Jacqueline. I seriously need to drink more water even if I don't do anything else.

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    1. I know it's so important. I am bad for not drinking enough, especially in the winter.

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  3. Such a great idea! Looking forward to contributing and reaping the benefits of a healthier diet. Now, if only the sun would come out....

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    1. That would definitely be a bonus Elizabeth.

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  4. You go girl! Seems like a great plan and way to change those festive bad habits. Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress
    Janie x

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    1. Thanks Janie, hopefully we'll all feel better and have more energy as well as losing a bit of weight.

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  5. Looking forward to contributing this week along with the rest of you, even though I'm still on holiday in Florida. We had avocado toast and tomatoes for breakfast today, followed by sashimi and homemade kale crisps for lunch, so not too bad!

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    1. That's great Kellie, glad to have you onboard.

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  6. A great idea and I'm very excited to be taking part. Can't wait to fit into my favourite trousers again...

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  7. I'm in and looking forward to feeling better with all the extra fresh fruit and vegetables - got my smoothie packs all ready and frozen too!

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    1. Wow, you are doing well Nazima. My first day went really well.

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  8. Looking forward to joining in - such a colourful collection to get us all motivated!

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  9. Look forward to following you all, I must remember to have more water!

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    1. I didn't do well today on the water front, so must make up for it when I go home.

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  10. My shop at the farmers market this Friday will be geared to soups and smoothie-making. Great idea.

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  11. Good luck reaching your goal :)
    My aim this month is to eat more soups - they are so simple to make and can be very healthy too.

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    1. You are so right Dannii, soups are great and super healthy :)

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  12. I am having a go, but I think I'm doing what you'd call the 'low intensity version' - especially as I'm making brownies for tomorrow and I've been out for a few good meals already in January!

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  13. I might go 'low intensity' too - maybe I'll swap the lunchtime smoothie with a soup. Good plan though! (love your blog by the way!) Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen. Let me know how you get on with it :)

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  14. Good luck! Think I'll join in, health hasn't been good, eating rubbish - a boost like this is what I'm needing. Off to steal your smoothies for trying xx

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    1. Oh good, I hope you feel much better a the end of it Emma :)

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  15. Cool, I'm inspired to try make smoothies for lunch now (clicked one of the links above), Carefully avoided making any new year resolutions so hopefully as I'm not under pressure to keep them I can just get on with being good! My downfall is usually just grabbing any old junk when I'm at work so maybe making smoothies and taking with me will help. Thanks for the tips.

    Andrew

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    1. I'm so glad it's inspired you to have a go Andrew Good luck with it and let me know how you get on :)

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  16. Have you tried to go (almost completely) sugar free? It has worked for me. I have never had better energy levels and quitting sugar is a sure way to drop pounds. I even wrote a blog post about it http://urbanmumble.com/2015/01/quit-sugar/ I have been "off sugar" for two years now and swear by a no-sugar diet (which is not really even a diet)

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