Love Your Life

‘It’s never too late, to be who you might of been’

– George Eliot

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Good bye old friend… 

I’m starting to think the old ‘I just had a baby’ excuse is wearing a little thin when it comes to my weight! My daughter is 16 weeks old and I swear at times you’d think I was adopting the eating for two attitude that happens during pregnancy.

I decided this morning that enough is enough and I’m tired (literally!!) of struggling to get dressed in the mornings because I’m not comfortably fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, nor my pregnancy clothes. Leggings can only take a girl so far!

So, the only thing I know will help my waistline, my energy, my skin, and my moods, is to give up the white stuff! My dear old friend, sugar. We’ve had fun together over this last year, we were together every day, but it’s time to say good bye.

This isn’t my first time letting go, hence I’m hoping it may be easier this time round, though secretly I know that won’t the the case. Sugar is addictive and effects your body and life in ways you can’t imagine.

During the next 12 weeks I will be keeping a daily blog of how I am travelling; the highs and lows, the effect on my moods, my weight, my energy levels, and my overall experience of living sugar-free. My goal is to improve my quality of life by losing weight, obtaining more energy, having a more stabilised mood, improving my overall physical health, and rebuilding my self-confidence.

The Rules:

  1. I will not consume any food or drink that contains more than 5g of sugar per 100g or 100mls. The idea behind this is that we are limiting the amount of fructose (the bad sugar!) that we consume. Dairy is the only exception given that the first 4.7g per 100g in dairy is lactose. Therefore, we would minus 4.7g from the total per 100g in any dairy product.
  2. I will not consume any form of junk or processed food for 12 weeks.
  3. I will limit my fruit consumption to a maximum of 2 whole fruits per day (no dried fruit). A lot of research suggests no fruits during the detox phase, however I enjoy my fruit and don’t feel it is something that I need to learn to live without.
  4. I will not consume any soft drink, fruit juice, or other beverages that contain sugar.
  5. I will continue to educate myself on the benefits of living sugar free

Wish me luck! And my family, from memory, I was a little crazy in the early days without my sweet friend!!

Oh, and by the way, I already had a chocolate bar today in preperation for what tomorrow brings!! Hmm…not sure that’s a good start!!

 

 

 

 

What is Love?

What is love- a question I have pondered for as long as I can remember.

The question of love has always puzzled and intrigued me.

One thing I know to be true, is that love is different for everyone. I don’t believe that love is a generic term that can be freely used to describe a feeling that all individuals feel. Surely my love, cannot be identical to the love another feels?

Love comes in many forms; love for a partner, family, friends, and many others. People often refer to love for their family as different to the love they feel for their partner or friends, but what does that actually mean? What are the elements that make love?

Is love a feeling? An act? An emotion?

Love is such a fundamental part of life, yet it appears to be more easily experienced than defined.

Please share your thoughts and experiences of love!

New Year….New Me?

I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve- never have been. The thought of going out surrounded by crowds, drunk people, and then the dreaded public transport home, or even worse, being the designated driver who has to suffer through those drunken crowds whilst being completely sober- yuck! I could think of nothing worse, which is why I enjoyed a quiet night in with a couple of friends and a glass or two (or three…) of punch!

But, what I do LOVE, is the feeling a new year brings. The feeling that anything is possible, that my hopes and dreams may actually come true, that the goals I set myself (pretty sure getting fit and losing weight has been one of my goals for the last 5 years. Minimum.) may actually be achieved, and the overall feeling of a ‘blank canvas’. I love it. It fills me with hope, empowers, and motivates me. For at least a week or two. Then life kicks in and I realise that nothing actually changed between 12.00am and 12.01am on New Year’s Eve. I quickly lose track of my hopes and goals; returning to my bad habits and lazy ways.

This year will be different, I’m sure of it. This year, I plan to keep hold of my hopes, my dreams, and my goals. I plan to keep feeling motivated and empowered to be the person I want to be, achieve the things I want to achieve, and to live the life I want to live.