Getting Clean and Lean…

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I make no secret of the fact that I hate diets, don’t believe in them and think that cutting your favourite foods from your diet is more likely to make you miserable and prone to either a huge binge session or falling off the wagon completely. However, with a new relationship in my life, constant social plans and just generally living in London, I find myself way more often in a pub than in a gym. As a result, I not only found myself a touch podgier than I’d like but also constantly coming down with colds and various illnesses. ┬áSo, I decided to focus a little more on my health. I’ve been on the Clean & Lean 14 Day Kickstarter Plan by James Duigan (Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s trainer).

The clean and lean diet is actually pretty easy to stick to – even when out for dinner. A steak, salmon or chicken with vegetables is easy enough to order. And I often make simple salmon and vegetable stir fries at home anyway. One big thing to get used to was the lack of fruit (to strip the sugar from your body) and dairy. I have yoghurt, berries and honey most mornings and I can’t wait to get them back (because it’s actually encouraged post-kickstarter). However, what has really got to me has been not being able to have a couple of squares of dark chocolate in the evening in front of the television. And a glass of red wine. A week off drinking has made me realise that I was definitely drinking too much before and I really don’t need to be. But on Friday night, I was in a steakhouse with friends and I just wanted one glass of red to go with my fillet. I didn’t want the fries, or the onion rings, or the dessert. I just wanted a glass of red instead of a glass of water. But again, that’s not a bad thing after this two week clean and lean detox is over. A glass every now and then will be great. Everything in moderation, right?

I’m also starting to focus again on fitness. Love this line from Lindsay over at Bella Cene’:

“Trust me, I don’t FEEL like working out, but I do it anyway. I leave for work at 7am, work a 9 hour day, drive home for an hour, and when I get home… I just change into my workout clothes and go.”

I just think it’s a great way to think. Just keep going. Don’t stop, don’t let your brain have time to think. I’ve got a personal training session booked in for tomorrow evening with Dean Callis, a trainer I recently met from North London. I’m looking for a final push and I’m excited to start training with him. My boyfriend even dragged me to a sportswear shop the other day to update my workout gear. Although, I won’t wear it for the first session – I don’t want to look like a newbie!

How do you all stay in shape?

UPDATE: Read about my Clean and Lean results here.