Monday, 31 October 2016

Motivation Tips



Motivation is a hard thing to come by if you're lacking in it.  Be it in eating sensibly, doing a work out routine or writing blog posts.... or life in general basically.  Here I written a few tips to help you with motivation and hopefully to succeed.  You never know you becoming motivated may inspire others to join in with you.  I've said motivated/motivation/motivate a lot haven't I???  Lol!!!  Here goes.

// Plan
Planning is the key to most things in life.  Holidays,  money,  the weekly shopping at Asda .... They all take some kind of plan.  A popular saying is 'if you don't plan, you plan to fail'.  I believe this is completely true.  At work the post-it and pen are my best friends, I'm always planning my day and what needs to be done.  I also write my plan/list in order of most important first....does it have a dead line??  Prioritise things depending on their urgency.  

Planning in the blogging world is important when it comes to picture taking time.  I'm all for natural lighting photography.  Take your pictures or film your YouTube video during the day... Edit and write blog posts in the evenings???

// Make Achievable Lists And Be Realistic
The age old saying 'Rome was not made in a day' comes into play here.  You can only plan so much as some things in life take time (and money).  You are not superwoman... You are only human and don't be so hard on yourself if you do not achieve everything you had planned.  There is always tomorrow to continue the journey!  :-) 

// Don't Give Up!!!!
You published a blog post,  putting your heart and soul in to it and no one commented.  Welcome to my world lol.  No seriously... Just because it didn't go the way you wanted, doesn't mean you should give up.   Full off the bike,  get back on the darn thing...That's right.  Don't have a paddy if it didn't go your way or you didn't get the response you were hoping for. 

It is the same with the dreaded scales.  You only lost 1lb or you remained the same.... So you feel a failure???  That cookie ain't going to help you -  it's your enemy!  Things take time it will not happen over night - miracles are rare.  You cannot make changes if you stop can you?  No one can make changes in your life except for you?  If you have a dream,  go grab that dream.  We only live once... Lets make it a good one.

// What DO You Love??
Don't follow the herd, be yourself. If you are a beauty blogger and you love to write about nail polish and nail art.... Why try and review the latest lipstick?? Is it because everyone one else is???  Be yourself and write about what you love.  I used to be a beauty blogger but in time I have changed, as I no longer enjoy it.  
Yes I still write about beauty but I also chuck in a few posts here and there about fitness, food and life.  You don't have to stick to one subject.  Just be you... Hopefully your readers will love it!!r

It is the same with work outs.  If you hate running why run?  If you're more of a lifting weights kind of girl, then do it.  Get into the weight area and show them whose boss.  Yes it can be scary if there are men there (weight are general a male thing apparently). But you know what it doesn't have to be.

I hope this inspires someone out there.

Good Luck 

Angela
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hi Jim

Yes it might sound sad, but I like to call the gym 'Jim' as though he were a real live boy. Lol 😀 If I say I'm going to the gym I feel as though it is more pressure on myself - a commitment. However if I say I have a date with Jim it just feels causal, more relaxed. It's more like meeting a friend for drinks. It does sound silly doesn't it but it works for me.
I tend to keep it to myself that I'm going to see Jim too. I used to say to friends or the hubby I'm might going to gym tonight and then they'll start to pressurise me too. Are you still going? You gonna go. You should go it'll do you good. I don't need the extra pressuring, as I already pressure myself.
It is technically a bit bit of reverse psychology on my little mind to take the pressure off and it seems to work. My husband isn't stupid though, he knows where I am and like the good man he is ... he goes along with my little stories of seeing a friend call Jim. That's what we all need, support.
Now today I ache all over from having a fun time at the gym. It was quiet and I got a lot done. It made me realise how much I miss it. On Thursday I have arrangements to meet up with Jim again.
Good luck.
Angela x

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Drink Up With Twinings


I'm someone who finds it quite hard to keep my water intake up.  I don't really like plain water, so I'll generally drink sugar free squash with my water.  Tea and coffee are not one of my favourites either, which is annoying as everyone seems to drink them!  I will say I do like hot chocolates, turkish apple tea but they are not very good for you when it comes to calories and sugar in take.

To try and get more fluids in, I have been adding flavoured tea in to my routine.  I have really been enjoying the Twinings Superfruity Flavour Infusion which has a mix of different fruits like apple, blueberry, hibiscus, raspberries.  The tea leaves are loose in pyramid shaped bags and for around £3.50 you get 12 bags.  The great things about these too are they are naturally caffeine free.

Good Luck
Angela x
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Scared




Does it sound silly to say I'm scared of exercising?

The last time I stepped foot into a gym was in July and I have not returned since.  Over two years ago I was a avid gym bunny who lived there approximately four times a week and surprisingly I even had a personal trainer. Now I am a 'bigger' shadow of my former self.


The main reason I gave up my PT was money as I needed to cutback on my spendings.  He was given the chop and do I regret it? Yes and no. I now have money in my pocket, but also a bigger waist line. A bout of anxiety stress basically killed me and the exercise bunny was gone.  RIP slim me.


Tonight my cousin has invited my to an exercise class next week which is run by Herbal Life. I've said yes to going but I'll be honest.... I'm scared. It's been so long since I moved and I will be so unfit. It will be embarrassing. However I have to start some where right?


God please wish me luck.


Angela


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Monday, 17 October 2016

AWOL


Hello October.  It's been a while.

I've been a little AWOL from YouTube and my blog.  I haven’t really had my Slimming World mojo going on (more on that in a second) and plus my blogging head has been on holiday.  My motto is to not to force a blog post but to naturally let it happen, sooo no blog posts.  I also feel as though the change in seasons from Summer to Autumn has affected my mood.  I hate it when the nights draw in and we’re just sitting in the dark from 6 months of the year.  I feel like I need to be a in hibernation like a hedgehog.
 
On a side note, with regards to Slimming World - I have been bad and I have eaten a few doughnuts (and other things).  Good old Krispy Kreme brought back for a limited time only my favourite all time doughnut, so I had a few. Surprise surprise my weight has crept up. I am upset by it but I shouldn't be shocked really - eat crap and don't exercise then you'll put weight on. It's logical. 
 
Last weekend I went off to Bath with the hubby for a long weekend. We walked a lot every day when we were there but we also ate out too. It was lovely and I completely recommend Bath if you're looking for a mini break in the UK.  Beautiful looking, plenty to do and see and great restaurants.  Plus they have a spa!
 
On that note I am no longer 11st 7lbs like I was in August before my hollibobs to Portugal - shameful I know.  On Saturday I weighed in at 11st 10.5lbs and then that evening I had Chinese (my first one since march I might add).  But now that’s it, I’m done. I am back on it with Slimming World - properly. No more crap will pass my lips and I feel slightly more in control than I have done in a while.  I might even attempt to use my gym membership! Shocking I know!  Yesterday I managed to squeeze in 10,000 steps with mum, as we borrowed my cousins dog Chelsea again.  You can meet Chelsea HERE.  She's the cutest doggie ever!
 
How are you going with your journey? 
 
Good luck
Angela
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