Now or Never.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving them.

– Henry David Thoreau

 

A few months ago I received news that absolutely floored me. I’m not quite ready to go into it just yet, but it concerned someone very close to me and has given me the jolt I needed. It’s such a shame that it takes something really awful to happen to make you realise you need to make serious changes in your life.

I’ve said this so many times before that even I am sick of hearing it, but I am determined to make 2014 the year I lose the weight I want to.

I’m back at the gym, and will even be starting personal training sessions every second week (because I work for a charity and that is all I can afford…haha!). I’m taking additional steps to eat healthier and cut down on the booze. I want to become more of a ‘conscious eater’ and listen to what my body needs.

There were many more things I wanted to say in this post, but I think I’m going to leave it at that.

Thanks for reading (once again!).

Trying something new…..

I’ve spent the last 3 weeks of my life on a concrete floor in St Pancras Station, hunched over a laptop. I figure that deserves an explanation…..

Well, I’ve been volunteer co-ordinator for the Save Wild Tigers Initiative between 1st – 21st of March. Basically, I’ve been responsible for recruiting, scheduling and managing over 100 volunteers for this campaign, and honestly, it’s been no easy feat! I’ve spent long hours at the station with my colleagues and volunteers to raise as much money as possible for tiger conservation. It’s been an incredible experience and I’ve had so much fun and have met incredible people, but I’m absolutely exhausted!

Having spent so much time in front of my laptop, constantly being on my feet and working long hours, I decided to give myself a treat. Yesterday, I went for a hot stone massage and it was amazing! I now have a relatively tension free back and feel loads better. However, something strange happened during my massage….

Now, I don’t know if the masseuse shares this information with all her clients, or just those of the larger or more svelte persuasion, but I had the pleasure of getting some unsolicited advice!

She told me that I should stop eating wheat, because it would help me lose weight. A little personal for my Saturday morning I have to say, and I wasn’t sure if I should’ve been offended or not, but I listened anyway. It might not have been her place to talk to me about it, but regardless, I can’t argue the fact that I do need to lose weight. Well, we ended up with a big discussion about cutting out wheat and all the health benefits that go along with it. She recommended a website called Wheat Belly:

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

After doing some research and considering all the positive elements that I could potentially get from trying this, I’ve decided to give it a go. As of tomorrow, I will be cutting out all wheat from my diet for the whole of April, and depending on how it goes, hopefully continue doing it. Of course I will keep you all up to date on how it goes!

Have any of you ever tried to cut out wheat? Any advice would be amazing!

x

 

 

The horror, the horror…..

I just want to own up to something today. Some of my more eagle-eyed readers might have spotted that I (finally!) updated my Weigh In’s section last night. It’s been 4 months I’m ashamed to say and the number that greeted me came as quite a shock….

Through lack of exercise and general face-stuffing, I’ve managed to put on 5kg over the last 4 months. That’s 11lbs for all the non-metric systems peeps out there. 11lbs!! To say I was shocked would be a gross understatement.

So, in the spirit of transparency, I decided to tell you all the truth and be honest. I’ve got my gym induction session tonight, and it can’t come soon enough! It’s just a shame that I’ve gone and undone so much of my hard work….I wish there were two of me so that I could give myself a kick up the butt!

So, here’s to getting back into gym life…..and this picture says it all really:

Almost, but not quite………Heheheeee!!

xxx

picture courtesy of www.someecards.com

DIY: The Ultimate Workout.

Ever read articles telling you what the best workout is, or how to effectively lose weight? Well, I’ve finally got the answer…..MOVE HOUSE!

I’ve spent the last month packing boxes, unpacking boxes,scrubbing houses clean, painting walls, etc. and let me tell you right now, it’ll be the best exercise you’ll ever do. Speaking as one who’s never had to paint a wall, it’s ball-busting work. I didn’t even hurt that much after running 10K in a damn fox suit!

Blood, sweat and tears have gone into scrubbing our last place clean, carrying boxes out of our old place and into our new place (and this includes a massive fridge!). The worst by far was the painting. I now have a whole new respect for those who do this as a profession. After 3 days of painting, I felt like I’d been mugged!

I’ve been in such a dishevelled state for the last while, it actually prompted my boyfriend to say “Wow! It’s nice to see you looking human again!” after finally pulling on a pair of jeans, a top and slapping on some make up last week.

Well, enough moaning……the positive side? I’ve managed to actually lose weight! I suspect it’s around 1.5 – 2kg’s…in a week! Seriously, my clothes are a little looser and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m also trying to keep a closer eye on what I’m eating whilst I’m this  good streak and try to lose as much as I can before our holiday to Morocco in a month.

So, if ever again you hear of or read about the perfect work out, you can tell people it’s total bollocks and to just go paint a wall instead! 🙂

Inspiration Goes a Long Way….

A friend of mine recently sent me the following YouTube video clip & I’m not ashamed to say that I actually cried the first time I watched it….

After watching the journey Arthur’s gone through, it just puts a lot of things in perspective.

Here are a couple of things I’ve taken from his story:

  • You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Accept help from those who are offering it.
  • Don’t give up.
  • You can overcome any barrier.
  • Don’t limit yourself, anything is possible!

Well, I just wanted to share this inspirational story with all of you today and I hope you can also take something from it like I have. When I’m having a bad day and my will power is fading, I’ll remember this story and remember anything can be achieved if you just put your mind to it!

xxx

**video courtesy of YouTube

OMG!!

If you read my last post about really working hard for the next few weeks (especially now that boyfriend is away), I have super duper good news!

It’s the end of the month and I decided to weigh myself after my gym sesh this evening….I’ve lost 3.5kg in the last month! YAY!!!

It seems all my hard work and conscientious eating has really paid off. In all honesty, I haven’t deprived myself of anything and I haven’t been starving myself. I’ve just tried to eat a little less and cut down a little on the amount of wine I’ve been drinking…..it’s not been easy as I’m a bit of a wine fiend and all, but sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and do something that you know is for the best.

Well, I just wanted to share my good news with you all. This has really given me incentive to keep at it.

As a good friend reminded me today….nothing comes easy & hard work pays off! 

Yay Me!!!

Liar, liar pants on fire!

I came across an interesting article on the Yahoo website recently which rang true……It was titled Food Fibs that will make you Fat and you can read it here.

No matter who you are, you know you’ve done at least one of these things. I know I’m pretty much guilty of all of them, so let me share a few now……

I exercised today so I can have it: I do this all the time! I justify the bigger plate of food because I went to gym that day. I need to get it in my brain that by doing that, I’m just stalling in the same place. I have positive reinforcement for the exercise I’m doing, but undo all of it by not lowering my calorie intake. A vicious circle I tell you!

I deserve it: I believe that everyone deserves a reward for achieving weight loss goals, but these rewards shouldn’t be food. I do that sometimes, but am trying re-programme myself to instead buy myself something nice that I can use or hold on to. Perhaps a new top, or a new haircut….whatever doesn’t go in my belly to undo all my hard work!

I’ll never eat that again: Yes you will. Simple as that. Don’t ever deny yourself a type of food because you’ll just be making it that much more appealing. Inevitably the temptation will become too much and you’ll break down. I once tried cutting out all bread, and I lasted for a month. Then I had a total mental breakdown….my boyfriend and I refer to it as the “Bread Roll Incident of 2008”. It was not pretty. So my advice….never cut something out. It’ll all go downhill pretty fast!

It’s a salad, so it’s fine: I try to keep my salads pretty healthy, but I can fall into this trap sometimes. I love a good salad, but occasionally it’ll include way too many carbs or oily dressings. As long as 9 times out of 10, I try to keep it really healthy, it’s all good in my book. Just be careful of being tricked by the assumption or appearance of low calories and pay attention to what’s really in there!

It’s a waste to throw food away: This is something I’ve always struggled with. Growing up, my brother and I were always told to finish all our meals and you’re taught to appreciate the food on your plate. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good upbringing, but sometimes you’ve got to be more sensible about how much you’re eating. You shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about not finishing everything on your plate, at the risk of your own health. You can say no sometimes. The simple truth is….when you’re full, stop eating.

Well, there are a few more points in the article, so please have a read here if you want. It’s not easy programming your brain to think differently about various aspects of your nutrition.  In all honesty, I used to be absolutely stick thin and I never had to worry about my attitude to food. I could eat what I want, when I wanted to. 8 years on, I’m still struggling with merging my reality with years of not having to worry about what I eat. It’s not easy, but perhaps I can try to tell myself fewer of these little white lies, perhaps it’ll be a start.

Are there any other fibs you tell yourself? I’d love to hear from you all…..

xxx