I've been doing a little experiment with my body (and mind) throughout December - not something I'd normally do, but this year I just decided to let go and eat and drink exactly what I like and also reduce my exercise. A bit like Supersize Me!! Lol! And if you haven't watched that film, you really should.
Anyway, I've had fun - lots of alcohol,lots of chocolate, mince pies,refined carbs, you name it, I've eaten it. Now thirty one days on, I feel ..................terrible! Not only have I gained over half a stone in weight, I have spots on my face, a rash on my chest and arms, and I feel sloth-like and have a limited choice of clothing that looks good on me. Now I know how it feels to be uncomfortable in my own skin and I can't bear it any longer. I usually like to show my body off - today I'm wearing a baggy jumper that doesn't touch the 'bulges'. Yuk!
So, New Year, New Start as the saying goes and I'll be back to my regimented self! I have been labelled Monica from Friends in the past and want to get back to that role as soon as possible.
How am I going to go about it?
Just like this :
Start dry skin brushing a couple of times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and rev up my circulation.
Use Epsom salts in the bath - helps to detox, and great for the skin.
Drink dandelion, nettle, aloe and any other Detox tea I can get my hands on.
Do the Forever Living Clean 9 Detox diet which involves lots of Aloe Vera Gel drinking, Ultra Lite Shakes (entirely natural no chemicals) and specific weight release supplements (all natural, no chemicals).
Follow that with eating six small meals a day, balanced between good fats, unrefined carbs, and protein - plenty of fruits and vegetables. Skipping meals only sends your body into starvation mode, so you store fat.
Cooking all my meals from scratch. Nothing processed and NO junk.
No alcohol - empty calories.
Eating protein with every meal to build lean muscle tissue. When you have more muscle you burn calories faster and look firmer all over.
Walk and use stairs whenever and wherever I can.
Make time to do one hour of exercise each day :
Alternate days - interval training
Alternate days - resistance training
Plus flexibility and energy boosting exercises.
I'll also be wearing my MBTS or Sketchers for walking to burn more calories and tone my legs.
But more importantly, I have set myself the goal of releasing my 'excess' weight by the end of January and have this firmly in my mindset. That is what is going to get me there. I've also set goals for other areas of my life; have written them down and backed them up with a picture board. All helps to make it real.
How about you join me? Those of you who have piled on a few pounds over Christmas - set your goals and go for them. If you need assistance get in touch,I'd be happy to help.
Have a very, very Happy New Year - I'll be having a glass or two of pink fizz tonight, and savouring every mouthful!