Health and Beauty Tips

I can see progress

So when I embarked on my 30 day challenge I decided to take a before photo. I put on a bikini which fitted me perfectly at the start of last summer and was shocked by how small it had become. 

My son took the before picture and even said ‘mum have you been eating loads of chocolate or something!!’

Now I am by no means body shaming or saying that I was overweight. At around 10 stone and 5ft 10 it’s pretty average. However, for me, the weight I was carrying was a reflection of my unhealthy lifestyle.

Five years ago a combination of healthy eating, exercise and stress of my marriage ending I lost the two stone I had gained from having kids and living off takeaways with then husband. For the next few years I managed to remain a size 8-10 weighing 9st 3 on a good day and 9st 7 after a treat weekend. Healthy eating and running coupled with the stress of job redundancy and various other life events  meant my weight kind of remained constant. 

However, the last six months I have been pretty busy getting my massage and beauty business going plus my part time job involves covering  lunch time in a school.  Not only has this made meal planning and organisation hard but also meant I wasn’t dedicating time to exercise. To add to that I spent a lot of time over summer and weekends at my parent’s caravan in the Lakes which is amazing but all to often picking up pizzas and chocolate for tea or nipping to the chippy also contributed to weight gain.

Since September I was aware the weight I worked so hard to lose was creeping back on but I got into the ‘start Monday’ mindset or ‘one treat won’t hurt, I’ll just be good tomorrow’ . Then of course there was Christmas where being an eating and drinking machine continued. Even in January I pledged to start on January first also embarking on Dry January which lasted a week. However I just wasn’t disciplined enough. I was still in the mind of ‘well I’ll have pizza tonight and be good tomorrow’ . 

As January was coming to an end I started to look into the 30 days to healthy living program properly as well as seeing some amazing results of people who had followed it. I realised that by just having the shakes and not embracing clean eating I was not only wasting money on quality shakes intended to support a healthy diet but was getting no where very quickly. My problem is though, I love food and I’ve always had a kind of all or nothing approach so I need something disciplined. I was at a point where I was craving sugar all the time and couldn’t stop at just one square of chocolate. 

I realised unless I took the plunge and embraced the full 30 day plan instead of dipping my toe in the weight would continue to creep on. 

So here I am on day 12. As I said in previous posts eliminating alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy and gluten has not been easy. However knowing I have invested in the pack has helped me in sticking to it. Plus the shakes and supplementing drinks have helped bridge the gap between being a sugar addict on a diet of take away and ready meals to a full on clean eater. I prepare at least one meal from scratch every day and add berries, greens and nuts to my shakes so I’m getting so many nutrients.

I feel confident that once I have completed the plan my appetite and cravings levels will be reset. Bring on day 30! 

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Why I am investing in my Health…

One of the things people often say they like about me is I am honest and real. Therefore I am going to be honest right now. My healthy intentions for January pretty much failed at the first hurdle .

Although I have commited to my exercise, the unhealthy habits with food have still been there. Listening to an Audio last weekend called ‘the slight edge’ was kind of a turning point for me as was attending a national training event for my business.

The Slight Edge is basically based on the philosophy that success is a result of simply choices and decisions we make on a daily basis. Likewise bad decisions and choices can lead to unwanted out comes.

Take diet for example; I might think ‘oh I have had a hard day I’ll get a bottle of wine and a pizza for tea’ . Ok so that one instance of doing this might not do any harm but this habit repeated constantly will do plus it leads to unhealthy associations that food is a comfort or reward.

I therefore decided to take action. I am committing to a program called 30 days to healthy living and beyond. In the past I’ve looked at clean eating or raw diets but I’ve always felt over whelmed by the amount of random foods and ingredients and the amount of planning involved.

The 30 days plan kind of acts as a bridge to a clean eating lifestyle by providing nutrition to help support someone like myself who wants to change their eating habits.

I have always been sceptical about ‘shake diets’ but looking into this I realised that this plan isn’t about using shakes to replace meals it’s about using them to supplement and support a healthy diet.

For someone like myself who is always eating on the go and rushing about (and who also hates cooking) I know that two meals a day are taken care of but that I can add ingredients to the protein or I can use it to make pancakes, protein porridge or breakfast bowls which can be packed full of nutrients it would otherwise be hard to obtain.

So why would I bother embarking on this when I’m not over weight?

Basically I have always kind of had this all or nothing approach to food. I’ve gone through times where I’ve lost weight by eating very little and times when I’ve gained weight by eating several takeaways and family size chocolate bars a week. Neither approach is healthy.

I generally follow a diet which is high in refined sugars, I consume a lot of caffeine and also convenience food. Now I’m lucky, my health is generally good. I have a reasonable amount of energy, I’m rarely ill and I’ve never been overweight as such. However this is with a pretty crap diet. What I want to find out is how amazing I can feel and look by completely overhauling my diet and using anazing nutrition to support it.

So without wanting to bang on too much, I’ll be eliminating;

Caffeine , alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy and gluten.

Along with this I will be using Vegan nutrition by Arbonne to support my journey.

In all honesty the thing which prevented me from embracing the whole plan were: 1. cost-how could I justify spending on myself when I have two kids. But you know what I thought, I need to invest in myself and be the best version of myself BECAUSE I have two kids. I’ll also be looking at improving their diets too. Plus I realised although there’s an initial out lay I will then save money I would normally spend on cakes, alcohol and coffee shop coffees. I sold loads of stuff I didn’t need any more on eBay to fund it so I didn’t feel any need to justify spending on myself too anyway !

2. What others think; that is people saying ‘why are you doing that?’ ‘Don’t be stupid, your already thin’ ‘you’ll end up with an eating disorder’. Then I realised people who criticise me it’s their problem not mine and they probably only wish they had the discipline themselves

3.Fear of success-I know that sounds mad but I have never stuck to anything like this before and that feeling of actually getting my diet sorted and becoming a ‘clean eater’ instead of someone always looking for their next fix is quite scary. I hope that makes sense. In the end I had to say to myself ‘you deserve this’ , ‘you deserve to feel amazing’

Anyway, I have rambled on enough. I’ll be charting my progress on social media just to help myself stay on track really and so I can look at how far I’ve come.

All I ask is if you read this and you know me in real life. Please respect what I’m doing and support and encourage me. Even if it’s not something you would do yourself, it’s important to me ❤️

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New Year’s Resolutions

Inevitably at this time of year, even if we are not ones for jumping on the ‘New Year, New Me’  band wagon, most of us start to reflect on the past year, make plans and set goals for the coming year. My new year’s resolutions  are usually along the lines of ‘eat healthily, exercise more, stop complaining, find a new job, be more organised’ – the same as most people my age with my kind of life style no doubt.

I have in the past set some which I have actually stuck to. One year (I think  2010) my goal was to do interesting learning activities with my kids-I kept this up until my youngest started nursery and actually blogged about the things we did. Another circa 2012 was to lose the weight I had gained while pregnant (yes I know I had my youngest in 2008). I joined slimming world and have actually managed to stay somewhere between a size 9

This year, however, I am looking to make my resolutions (or rather goals or aspirations) more specific.Having either worked or been in education for literally all my life, I am more than familiar with setting SMART targets along with ‘self assessment’ and goal setting’ . Additionally I have thought about aspects of my life which I need to improve on in order to make life easier and make me a better person living my life more effectively.

Therefore I prefer to call them New Year Plans rather than resolutions. Here they are:

1. Get up an hour earlier each day– I am constantly complaining that I don’t have enough time or that I am always rushing about.Plus I am basically a complete tress head in the mornings. Eventually my aim is to get up two hours earlier each morning (imagine all the extra things which can be done in those two hours).

2. Read at least 10 pages of a self development book each day– I am a huge believer in personal growth and development particularly since reading The Secret and fully understanding the power of our thoughts and self belief. This goes hand in hand with getting up earlier each morning as I will be fitting my reading in to this extra time.

3. Try one new recipe each week-  One area where I seriously lack is in the kitchen. My main issue is that I don’t particularly enjoy cooking coupled with the fact that being on my own with two fussy kids basically means if they don’t eat what I have prepared there is really only me to eat and enjoy it meaning all the effort in the kitchen seems a waste. None the less it’s an area I need to improve on and I have some great recipe books.

4.Exercise Daily-This doesn’t mean a full on workout every day, it could be as simple as 20 sit ups in the evening but every little bit adds up and contributes to the greater result. My goal is to do 30-60 minutes exercise at least 3 times a week combined with short bursts of exercise when I can.

I feel like I should have a fifth one as four seems an odd number (obviously I know it’s an even number). However goals such as being succesful in growing and developing my massage and beauty and network marketing businesses kind of interplay with the first two goals really. Getting up earlier will give me more time to get things done and personal development will increase my confidence, self belief and discipline.

I also hope to spend more time blogging and to get better at it.

What goals and resolutions are you setting for 2017 xx

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Time to get serious

Ok so I admit it; since I posted about improving my diet, I really haven’t done an awful lot. Yes I have been enjoying a gorgeous protein shake in the morning  but I have still been quite bad in the evenings and feasting on chocolate as well as indulging in alcohol. Nor have I been to the gym.

So it is now 11.20pm on Monday September 19th. and I am pledging to get serious: I want to see result and I want to have more energy and better skin. Beauty comes from within. I am going to the effort of using amazing products on my skin but I also need to pay more attention to what is going into my body.

Therefore I am going to cut down on refined sugars and processed foods and make more effort to eat foods in their purest form. I want my body looking how it did six months ago when I was a running fanatic.

I have kind of fallen out of love with running but I definitely need to get back into some form of exercise. I am a member of a gym so I think it is time to start exploring some classes there to shake things up a bit.

 

Watch this space xxx