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I’m back and I’m here to stay!!!

I have to apologies to all my lovely readers for going a little MIA over the last few months and falling off the edge of the World. I had a little dry patch in my fitness and healthy lifestyle and in tern didn’t have the motivation to exercise or blog anymore.

But that’s all in the past now, I have reassessed my lifestyle and kicked this healthy living into hyper drive.
Since we last spoke I have moved houses and jobs, cancelled my gym membership and taken up running, which I have to say I’m terrible at! I have also decided to re-look this blog and make a few changes.
Why I lost motivation
When I started my fitness career in the middle of last year I had a goal, I wanted to lose as much weight and get as fit as I could for my trip back to South  Africa in February of this year and I really did do I good job. I managed to lose more than half of my target weight loss and really felt fit and healthy. I was eating healthy and loving it, passing up a chocolate or a naughty fast food meal was easy and I actually lost the taste for it. Where my down fall came was during and after my trip. while I was there I allowed myself to change my eating patterns thinking I’ve worked so hard the hole year and that a few weeks on holiday wouldn’t hurt
well it did!!! it hurt a lot.
In a few days I got the taste for fast food and sugary treats and then found it hard to say no, one chocolate turned to two and so on, I was in a downward spiral. Once i got back to London and went back to gym it had all changed. My personal trainer had move back to Brazil and as much as my new trainer was great we didn’t have the same connection and  I slowly lost my drive. even cancelled my gym membership
Back on track
After a few months of neglecting my healthy eating and exercise I started feeling the weight coming back. Even though the scale hadn’t moved up that much I knew that I had lost my muscle and was putting on double in fat and knew I had to try some how get back on track and fast before I undid the hard work I had done.
It took a little time but I have found my motivation,
I never realised how much weight I had lost or how much better I looked until a few days ago when I decided to look back on some old pictures and saw how big I was. the worst part was I remember looking at the photos at the time and thinking that I actually looked good in them.
I am more motivated then ever to not go back to that and have decided to change my exercise routine a little
Updates to follow…
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We are naturally drawn to red, yellow and orange in our dining area or restaurants because psychologically it stimulates us to want to eat — and eat a lot. Studies show if you put your food on blue plates it can cause you to eat less.

Tip of the day

1. Fat-free? Not necessarily…

Put the words “low-fat” or “fat-free” on the label and people will assume it won’t make them fat. But it’s worth knowing that “fat-free” or “low-fat” or “no added fat” usually means more sugar. Simple white refined sugar is the very stuff which converts to fat once in the body.

A simple yet YUMMY snack!

I have been on the search for a quick and easy snack to take to work that I could nibble on in the afternoon. I was taking a few small things but noticed that I was always looking for more. Not really a huge meal but little things that I could snack on over a longer period of time.

SNAP PEAS AND HUMMUS is the answer!

It’s really simple, and I promise you its really tasty! I can’t believe how much flavour they have when you put them together.

It’s also so much better for you then the chips and chocolates we all tent to sneak in at least once a week.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, NEVER skip it!!!

Not only does it kick start your metabolism, it gives you the energy you needto start the day. Skipping breakfast makes you more likely to binge eat later on in the day and it troughs your sugar levels right off and causes you to snack on all those unhealthy sweets.

My yummy breakfast this morning was a big bowl of bran, and to avoid using sugars I added some sliced strawberries and a few raisins…

Tomorrow morning breakfast for everyone!!!!

Happy Holidays

Firstly I would like to apologies for not posting in ages, it’s been a busy few weeks.

Last week I had my monthly weigh in and still on track to my goal but I must be honest not losing as fast as I would like to. I suppose with it getting colder and all the Christmas event is getting a little harder to stick to a healthy diet. During this time of the year we all need to take special care of what we eat, you don’t want to come back from the festive break and be right back where you started. If you’re going to snack try chose the healthier option. I’m going on a wonderful bus tour from London to Paris for Christmas, then Skiing in Switzerland and Germany and to Amsterdam for New Year’s. I want to try keep my diet as healthy as I can and have come us with 5 top tips to help me to get there.

1 – Everyone loves to take snack food on the bus but instead of chips and chocolates washed down with fizzy drinks rather chose nuts and fruit with some sparkling water or herbal teas.

2 – Eating out is usually where the extra calories take you by surprise as you are not actually aware of how the food is prepared, when picking food of the menu try asking for any sauces or dressings separately with will help you control the quantity.

3 – Try avoiding adding sugar to your warm drinks, if it’s very cold you might find yourself drinking a few cups a day and all that sugar really adds up.

4 – New Year’s eve usually comes hand in hand with quite a bit of drinking, if you’re going to drink try stay away for the drinks that are packed with sugars especially your mix drinks. A few vodka cokes could send your diet right out the window.

5 – Keep active! I am in a bus for most of my holiday I need to make sure then when I’m off it I’m doing as much activity as possible, even if it’s a walk after dinner each night.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I’ll see you all in 2012!!!!

 

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hope all of you have a Spooook-tacular night tonight,

try not to indulge in too many Halloween treats

My little sugar monster won over the weekend!!

On Thursday my boyfriend and I left for a long weekend to Istanbul, it was an amazing trip. The city is filled with beautiful architecture and history. The people are very friendly and helpful.

 

My down fall came when I discovered I liked the Turkish delights, I had never been a real fan of it till now. But Turkish delights I have tasted do not compare to the locally made delights in Turkey. Wow they are amazing! So delicious. My down fall came due to walking past store after store and being offered a taster from each shop owner.

 

I’m now back in London and determined to get back on track, off to gym tonight and back on the road

to destroying my sugar monster.
We all have our week moments and as much as we know our body doesn’t need all that sugar we all over do it sometimes. The strength is making sure you pull yourself back on track, to keep your goals in sight and everyday work extra hard to achieve them.

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