A Letter To Myself | Weight Loss

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If you have followed my blog for a while now, you will know I have done a couple of blog posts I call ‘Letters To Myself’. You can read these in the links just below, to familiarize yourself with the concept, as this one will be very similar:

A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To Yourself For When You’re Struggling

I have wanted to lose weight for a long time now, to make myself happy and gain confidence. I really struggle with cravings for naughty foods and tend to binge eat. I lost 3 stone so I know I can do it, it’s just sticking to it. Which is when I came up with this idea incorporating my ‘Letter To My Self’ blog posts. I am going to write a short ‘letter’ to myself for when I am desperately craving foods I know I shouldn’t have or when I feel like going on a binge.

 When your mind is telling you, you REALLY want that piece of cake, that burger or take away its hard to take control and say NO. It feels like there’s a magnetic force pulling you towards the foods you know you shouldn’t eat. I think during those moments you lose sight of all the reasons why you want to lose weight, having that cake seems like a better idea, until afterwards. This is something you reading this can do to, write it down or type it out and print it off, to read when your on the verge of breaking your healthy eating plan. Reading a letter you yourself have written when in a positive mind set is the perfect reminder you need. This is your very own personal letter containing all those reasons you want achieve your weight loss goal, its not a quote or picture off the internet.


 Dear Me,

Let me guess you’re craving multiple bars of chocolate, cakes, sweets, sugary drinks and fatty foods? well let me remind you why you don’t want to give into these feelings.

♥ Cravings will pass. I know it feels like torture not to allow yourself to have something you really want to eat, but that feeling will pass. Wait an hour or two before you give in to these cravings and impulses, it may have been and gone by then. If you really can’t resist picking on something, choose a healthier option such as, apple or banana with peanut butter or a healthy cereal bar. Have one thing only, you know more than one of something is excessive and these are the habits you know you want to break.

 ♥ Remember why you want to lose weight. You know you need to do this for yourself, you want this so bad. Think of the confidence you will gain and think of all the things your weight stops you doing, because of your lack of confidence. Imagine walking into a room and not instantly thinking ‘I bet people think I’m fat’, but feeling good instead.

♥ Imagine going shopping for clothes and not getting into the changing room and feeling upset at the sight of yourself. Imagine all the clothes you could buy and feel amazing in, no restrictions on styles of things you think will suit your body shape, just pick anything you like and try it on with no qualms.

♥ Not only will you look good, you will feel good. Imagine how much lighter and healthier you will feel.

♥ This time next week, month or even year, where do you want to be? Will that naughty food or multiple chocolate bars be worth it? Or will loosing another pound, another half a stone or being at your goal be 100x more worth it. I think you know the answer. A month or year down the line, don’t let yourself be wishing you had kept going and wondering how far you could have come by now. Do it and you’ll see.

♥ Only you can make it happen, why dream about how amazing it would feel to lose weight, when you can make that dream come true!

♥ That work out you are dreading is going to get you where you want to be  faster, make you fitter and its only one hour out of your whole day.

Love from,

postive you x


Let me know in the comments if you plan on doing this or if you think its a good idea?

Anna

Lush: Calorie Free Easter Presents

Calorie Free Easter Presents

 

Being on a diet during Easter is torture. Chocolate bunny’s and eggs everywhere you go , resisting them is hard enough let alone being given one for a present and trying to have some self-control and not devour the whole thing right there and then! Have no fear there are some indulgent bath products from none other than Lush and you won’t need to worry about your waist line. It’s no secret I love Lush products and the whole of this years Easter range excites me greatly, I have yet to try any of them but I definitely will be! I think they would be perfect presents to treat yourself or someone else to. Whether you’re trying to watch your weight, don’t enjoy chocolate (what is wrong with you?) or just fancy giving or trying something different this Easter. Warning – be prepared for the over use of the word cute!

Bunny

Lets just talk about how cute this little guy is. Lush based this off the white rabbit from Alice And Wonderland and I am a sucker for anything cute and pretty so this gets my vote! This is a bubble bar so you crumble it under the tap and it fills your bath with bubbles. The scent of this  bunny is sweet fair trade vanilla with the same smell as Lush’s Creamy Candy bubble bar, so if you like sweet indulgent smells, this is for you! It contains shea butter and cocoa butter so it produces skin softening and nourishing bubbles, leaving you smelling sweet and feeling smooth like chocolate without the calories! Not only that it’s filled with pretty blue corn flowers that are left floating in your bath and its eyes and tail are little sweets ( I wouldn’t recommend eating them)!

Fluffy Egg

This is a bright pink, sweet and girlie egg-shaped bath bomb with a sugar flower for decoration. It got its name ‘fluffy egg’ from having the same scent as an old lush favourite product named ‘Candy Fluff’ hence ‘Fluffy Egg’! The smell of this is very reminiscent of the Snow Fairy scent and the Candy Mountain bubble bar from the Christmas range. It smells of sweets, bubblegum, candy floss and all that good stuff. Its fizzes around your bath leaving you with bright candy pink water and smelling good enough to eat.

Golden Egg

This gorgeous egg with a golden lustre finish is a bath melt AND a bath bomb rolled into one. If you are a fan of the famous ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent you will love this, it’s a sweet honey and toffee fragrance! When you pop this in the bath the outer shell which contains nourishing cocoa butter will melt in the bath, then the middle will begin to fizz, leaving you smelling sweet and your bath water with a golden shimmer!

The Immaculate Eggception – Yellow & The Immaculate Eggception – Pink

This bath bomb is a fun one, you can choose your colour yellow or pink as they both do the exact same thing! Shake it and you will hear something inside and even at the age of 19 that makes me want to find out what it is.  You have to crack it the large egg open to reveal either a chick or bunny rabbit inside, hence the name ‘Eggception’ which I like might I add. It has a light zesty lemon scent and it also contains grapefruit oil and fair trade vanilla absolute! Pop this into your bath and it will begin to turn your bath water pink, yellow and orange, Lush says “As it fizzes away, the vibrant colours will begin to unfurl, painting a sunset over the water’s surface” sounds good to me!

Carrot

This soap is in the shape of a carrot but smells like tropical juice. It gets its fruity smell from buchu, lemon and bergamot essential oils! Each slice of the soap has a white leaping rabbit through the centre, which is a little bit cute! The orange outside of this soap is packed with moisturising carrot seed oil whilst the white centre is full of nourishing fair trade cocoa butter.

Bunch Of Carrots

This bunch of carrots are reusable bubble bars, hold a carrot from its green stalk and swish the carrot around in your  bath or break a piece off and you will have a bath full of bubbles! This may look like something the Easter bunny himself may want to eat, but it has the same tropical scent as the ‘Carrot’ soap mentioned above.

Carrot – Gift Set

Feeling generous this Easter? These products comes in cute packaging that looks like a carrot and contains a chunk of the carrot soap, a bunch of carrots and a golden egg. You or the person that receives this will be very bath prepared and smelling sweet and fruity for spring (not that they don’t already of course!)

Funny Bunny – Gift Set

Another cute gift set, this time presented in a bunny rabbit knot-wrap, with a cardboard sphere inside containing 2 sweet bunny’s, a bunch of carrots and a fluffy egg, what more could you want!

Have you tried any of Lush’s Easter range?

If you have Let me know in the comments what your favourite product is!

I hope you all have a lovely Easter

Anna

Healthy Alternatives.

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I don’t know about you but Christmas for me has consisted of a lot of over eating of things that aren’t very good for me! It’s hard not too when everyone else is tucking into that box of chocolate or offering you mince pies and cream, I have no will power this time of the year. But as I said in my last post with 2014 nearing I am hoping to get back on track with my healthy eating at Weight Watchers. I started weight watchers at the start of January last year and managed to lose 3 stone, but as it got closer to Christmas and I was lacking in motivation, the healthy eating life style began to be a bit neglected!  So I’ve picked out some of my favourite, healthy/lower in calorie alternatives to popular foods, hopefully this will give you some ideas and remind myself of what it was I was eating before my little blip.

Healthy Alternatives

Nakd – Cocoa Orange Fruit & Nut Bar

These bars are a great alternative to cereal bars or even chocolate bars. They contain Dates (40%), Cashews (40%), Raisins (14%), Cocoa (5%), Orange oil.  Which is really good if you compare that to a cereal bar or chocolate bar from the supermarkets, they have no added preservatives or sugar to them! They are really nice as a sweet treat and good for on the go to just pop in your bag and take out with you.  You can find these at Holland and Barrett or check your local super markets e.g the Tesco near me stocks them, they come in a variety of flavours, so take your pick.

Wholemeal Carbs

Always choose the wholemeal option when it comes to food, they have the same number of calories in them but white bread and pasta etc  are all refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates lead to rapid sugar spikes which is when the sugar is processed by are cells as fuel, this leaves you feeling hungry and less satisfied quicker than if you we’re to eat wholemeal carbohydrates. This is because whole meal carbs are not absorbed into our cells as quickly, there for leaving us feeling fuller for longer. Which when eating healthy is an important thing, if you can keep yourself fuller and less likely to snack then that’s always a good thing. Whole meal bread also contains more fibre which is a vital part of a healthy balanced diet. Science lesson over!

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yoghurt isn’t that good for you don’t get me wrong, but its much lower in calories than Ice-cream, depending on which ones you get so do check the ingredients and calorie content before chowing down on big tubs of the stuff! The one I have shown in the picture above is the Tesco Frozen Yogurt Mango & Passion Fruit. This is perfect if your craving a dessert after dinner!

Kallo Thick Organic Rice Cakes

Rice cakes they sound and look bland, but I think they are pretty tasty topped with the right things. They are very low in calories, contain no hidden ingredients, just organic whole grain rice and a bit of sea salt. These are a great alternative to the classic cream cracker or any crackers really, you put pretty much anything that takes your fancy on to one of these and they are nice a light so they don’t leave you feeling bloated or weighed down. You definitely don’t need to feel guilty about eating a lot of these (with in reason). I like to top these with a low-fat cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber and sprinkling of black pepper! You can get these from most supermarkets, it doesn’t have to be Kallo rice crackers there all pretty much the same.

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water and  Orange Juice With Bits Not From Concentrate

I hadn’t heard of Coconut Water until recently, but I’m very glad I came across it as I think it’s really tasty and refreshing. It’s not the cheapest of drinks but it is much healthier than any squash or smoothies. It’s the perfect drink for the summer, it’s very refreshing and hydrating but a little more exciting than a glass of water. You can find this at various places, such as  Holland And Barret or again check your local supermarket, Tesco near me stocks it! This is probably a no brainer but Orange juice NOT from concentrate, look at the ingredients on any juices your buying, if it’s not 100% pure fruit I wouldn’t bother with it, juice from concentrate contains a ton of sugar and preserves! If you have your own juicer then I’d definitely recommended creating your own juice as you know exactly what’s in it and its fresher.

Yogurt

These are just two yogurt one is a extremely natural yogurt and another not quite as natural but very filling and yummy! The most natural yogurt I have found that’s not just plain yogurt is the Rachel’s Organic Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt , the ingredients list on this is nice and short which is usually a good sign. It contains , Organic Low Fat Yogurt,Organic Sugar  and Organic Vanilla Extract. This does come in low-fat with other flavours depending which supermarket you shop at, and also normal non low-fat flavours too. The other yogurts I have been enjoying lately are the Danio yogurts, there not the cheapest but I do think there worth the money. There basically very thick yogurt with a fruit layer at the bottom, which I find usually bumps the calories up a lot. These aren’t the lowest calorie yogurts out there but they are really filling because the yogurt is so thick and you get quite a lot in a pot. They contain no artificial flavours, colours or preserves and come in 0% fat and non low-fat flavours.

Kallo Organic Milk Chocolate Thin Rice Cakes

This time I’m talking rice crackers covered in milk chocolate one side. I think these are actually really nice and a good snack when you fancy something sweet or something with a bit of chocolate. They don’t contain any artificial flavours, colours or preserves, the ingredients are Organic Milk Chocolate (59%) (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Full CREAM MILK, Powder, Organic Cocoa Mass),Organic Whole grain Brown Rice. Again you can find these in Holland and Barrett or check your local supermarket.

Propercorn

I am obsessed with these little bags of popcorn, they are perfect snacks, really satisfying and filling but also light and not too heavy in the stomach. They come in savoury and sweet flavours such as Sweet And Salty, Sea Salt and Fiery Worcester Sauce And Sun dried Tomato. Me and my mum always say when eating a bag of these that they seem to go on forever, which is good because it makes you feel full. I think it’s really good that they come in small bags as if I have big bags of popcorn there’s no stopping me, so the fact that once this little bag is gone there is no more is a good thing! They are much better for you than crisps or other brands of popcorn and I personally think they are really tasty! I would also recommend Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn especially in the flavour chocolate crackle, but there really hard to find I’ve only come across them in Topshop, weirdly enough, and other flavours in Primark!  I know super markets do big bags  of some flavours which is fine if you have more self-control than me! You can find propercorn in your local supermarket or look around online and the same goes for Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn.

Remember a balanced diet is healthy, don’t restrict yourself from everything you love, all in moderation. If you have any healthy food recommendations I’d love to hear about them!