Last month I blogged about my thoughts on health and happiness
. Since then I’ve continued doing my best to try and take further steps to live a more make-you-smile style life. After six years of pretty much non-stop work, I knew that I hadn’t been treating my body with enough respect. From late nights working in my office (many, many of them!) to unhealthy food grabbed on-the-go, I realised at the start of the year I needed to make changes for the better. And only I had the power to make those changes to my lifestyle.
That’s why I was delighted to partner with Jawbone
to trial their UP24 band
over the past month. At first I was unsure about how I would feel about wearing something around my wrist all the time. True story: I often take my watch off the moment I walk through my front door as I like to feel unrestricted. I know, weird. So my biggest surprise was that wearing the UP24 band
wasn’t an issue for me at all. I think because it’s not a fixed size that it feels like a perfect and comfortable fit. Plus, the number of people who commented on how cool it looked was really nice! That said, the main benefit has been to have a personal cheerleader to keep me on the straight and narrow to a healthier lifestyle. I have genuinely been blown away by how powerful and helpful the Jawbone app
has been in helping me to treat my body better despite my busy schedule.
Of course I have fallen off the wagon a few times (*guiltily looks at half eaten bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk at the side of my desk*) but I am trying to keep my lifestyle changes in perspective. So, in my mind it’s OK to indulge, for example, in a Pain au Chocolate at brunch on the weekend because it’s about balance. As well as tracking my movement and activity levels, I’ve also been using the Jawbone app
to log my meals and sleep. In fact, even though my heart mate doesn’t have an UP24 band, he too started logging his diet and sleep in the app on his phone after seeing the positive effect it had for me.
For the past four weeks I’ve cut out cereal and toast (well apart from weekends!) and have been having a green juice (kale, spinach, apple, lime and kiwi) with either a bowl of fruit or greek yogurt with blueberries. Each morning I have been logging my food intake in the Jawbone app
and then tracking my diet throughout the day. At first it was hard because I was craving carbs in the morning, but after the first week I had started to notice how much more energised I felt during the morning; my midmorning slump was gone. Plus, my skin was so much clearer – it really did feel like my body was responding to the lifestyle changes I had made.
Having become more committed to exercise at the start of the year, regular gym trips hadn’t been a huge issue for me to stick to. So it was during the day when I was sat at my desk that I saw the benefit of my UP24 band
. This is because it vibrates when you have been inactive for too long, reminding me to jump up from my desk and shake it off in a Taylor Swift dance party (yes, totally ‘a thing’) for five minutes. Close friends will already know from my (incredibly embarrassing) snapchats that this is a regular occurrence…!
So that’s how I’ve been embracing a more make-you-smile style lifestyle in the past month, but I’d love to hear how you lead a healthier life? What keeps you motivated?
// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Jawbone; all views my own.