And in other news…..

I shall have to make today’s post brief!
I am off to Italy tomorrow morning and have once again felt I have neglected my blog for a few days!

Today I decided to do something daring, something I have wanted to do for a long time but never had the courage to do myself.

Dye my hair bright dark red!

Why not? New lifestyle, new body ( still in progress), new mental attitude…. New hair! It fits in so nicely!

So I braved the wind and rain and joined the scurry of people through town … With not much help from my iPhone GPS I may add! Apparently I did need to walk around the block ( and then some) in the torrential rain rather than just walk 10 meters to the left!

None the less I got there, with my 2 year old in tow, little damper than we had hoped but it was for a good cause!

I won’t babble on about the process of changing your hair colour from dark brown to red, but I have learnt it now involved lightening your current colour with bleach so to show the colour better! Not the best look!

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Little madam was kept highly amused by the hairdressers, and was even given her own model to practice on while she waited patiently to be saved by her Aunty. Better than being bored to tears whilst waiting for goodness knows how long for mum to be finished!

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The finished result if my hair was, well interesting! The beautiful dark deep burgundy colour I was dreaming of was non existent, instead I have been kindly given bright, manic ginger red hair!

For the moment i have decided to keep it for the weekend but to say I’m a little bit in shock would be about right!

Maybe I will get used to it, its
just one of those times in life where you expect one thing and receive another!

Anyways…… Here’s my ‘auburn’ do!
Excuse the yellow hue my bathroom light gives off, I’m not that jaundiced in real life!

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What a Boob!

I’m sorry if today’s posting only appeals to some of you, but I’m sure there are many ladies out there who share my frustration here! 🙂

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No, I’m not talking about the burn your bra type feminism! I’m talking about what a change to a healthier diet and more exercise does to a woman’s figure!

It was only a few months ago I went out and bought myself a whole new set of bras. I hadn’t really considered the inevitable shape change that occurs with a healthy lifestyle change.

I was so busy concerned with trimming down my legs, removing the ‘love handles’ and flattening my belly that I had forgotten the toll exercise takes on the upper half of the body!

That’s right! I’m talking Boobs! ( now I’m sure I have the attention of a few male readers!).

I’m sorry to say that as much I’m enjoying having a healthier figure, diet and exercise really does nothing for that particular part of a women’s figure!

In fact it always seems to be the first place that the weight falls off!

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So with a heavy heart and with great sorrow I’m saying good bye to my old bras and hello to as many ‘padded’ ones I can find! 🙂

Gotta work it out

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Have you guessed what the picture is for yet..!?!?

Yes, i attempted the plank today. I finally decided to try and add in some exercise to my day!

I’ve been saying since the beginning that i knew this time would come, if your going to do a lifestyle change and adapt your diet in the hope of being a ‘healthier you’, you really do need to find a way to incorporate the exercise too!

Now, i’m pretty pants with exercise, once upon a time, many moons ago i was very sporty and very fit, i threw myself into most sporty activities! But since ‘growing up’ and leaving school i have to admit i’m pretty unfit!

I can’t run particularly far without loosing my breath, the thought of doing a press up brings tears to my eyes ( i even struggle with my knees down!) and the gym, as mentioned before, seems to be full of miserable over worked sweaty people!

I decided it was about time to ditch the excuses and do something.

So having got my little madam to bed i switched on you tube!

There are so many videos available on there, for so many different levels of fitness. Although i do think that some ‘beginner’ videos probably need to have a lower level available for the ‘totally unfit & hopeless’. I felt like i was about to die.

Its difficult to know what you really should be doing and what would work best for what you are looking to achieve. My thoughts at the moment that some exercise is better than none!

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So how did my ‘planking’ go?

Well i only did it three times holding it for 15 seconds each go…it really isn’t as easy as it looks!
Maybe i could have done a little more but i had also done, what i thought was, a rather intense ‘beginners’ work out!

I have also decided to give pole dancing a try this week! I’m sure this will be a very interesting venture but i have many friends who have tried it themselves and have rated it highly. Although i have been given warnings about the amount of bruising and pain you go through in the first few weeks/months. So maybe the ‘plank’ training will come in handy for building up some core strength! But, i mean how hard can it be to work up to this?!?

I will keep you posted!

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Progress…..

Just a quicky post….thought i would upload a photo of before the change o diet and a photo of me now.

I still a little more work to go though on achieving a healthier me, as I’ve mentioned before it wouldn’t hurt to take up some form of exercise! 🙂

I guessed its useful, if I’m doing this blog, that people can understand the journey I’m going through.

I will get a better ‘now’ photo up later ( not got many ‘new’ me photos yet!), but i hope you can see the difference!

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Hakuna Matata

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I have to say that the one thing that has surprised the most about following this diet is the fact i feel so different.
Whether its confidence returning, my body appreciating a healthier diet or whatever, there is most definitely a change.

Now i’m no super woman/mum and i’m not stating here that I have discovered a love of housework or anything crazy ( id need a lot more than a new diet for that!), its just nice to feel different. Calmer.

Instead of having all the mad ups and down i used to suffer from, which i must admit was from my excessive chocolate binging….(i could easy get through a 200g bar of chocolate in one sitting, not counting all the rest of the crap i ate throughout the day) i just feel ‘normal’. My body was used to major sugar highs and lows. Sugar was my drug, and if you tried to take it away from me, well, you would at a minimum get the ‘death stare’ ….and if you managed to actually take it away, more fool you!!!! A sugar junkie!

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I know i did a posting about the bad effects of artificial sweeteners in one of my previous blogs, and i stand by that whole heartily, but its important to look at the problem with refined sugar also.

Here are 16 side effects of having sugar!

. Suppress the immune system
• Contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties
• Produce a significant rise in triglycerides
• Reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs) and raise harmful cholesterol (LDLs)
• Increase the risk of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure
• Increase fasting levels of blood glucose and contribute to diabetes
• Promote tooth decay
• Speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair
• Contribute to weight gain and obesity
• Cause toxemia during pregnancy
• Increase the risk of fatty liver disease
• Increase the water retention and bloating
• Cause headaches, including migraines
• Increase bacterial fermentation in the colon
• Increase risk of certain types of cancers including breast, colon and prostate
• Increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Sugar obviously appears naturally in a lot of produce, fruit is high in sugar content. Its not about cutting down on those things, natural sugar, thats unrefined or unprocessed is fine. But with all things, it should be eaten in moderation, a pot of honey and a spoon for any sugar cravings isn’t the way forward!

I honestly believe that my calmer state is due to reducing my carb and sugar intake, and i cant help but feel there are so many people out there who would benefit from this type of diet.

Maybe all those with ADHD would do better if they looked at their diet and stopped to think about how many highs and lows they were going through from all the hidden sugars in their food?

Maybe it would be an idea to put the same time and money into researching the benefits of healthy living as we do into medicinal cures for everything. Maybe the key to a lot of problems nowadays is down to diet, but sadly a lot of people don’t feel they have the time to adapt to these changes with their busy life schedules. Maybe one day the world will wake up and start looking for healthy alternatives to helping themselves rather than opting always for the nearest medicine cabinet.

What do you think?

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In the mood for food?

I realised yesterday that i have only posted one recipe type blog on here, and so thought it would probably be a good idea to share with you a few of my favourites!

A few friends have been asking me ‘what do you eat then if you don’t have cereal, bread, pasta, potatoes or rice?’. It does sound daunting to cut out all of these and i can understand the confusion of ‘whats left to eat?’ . Being someone who ate a very carb heavy diet before hand i did wonder how i would cope myself!

And much to the delight to some of you i’m sure, i don’t just live off fruit and leafy salads! I’m not a rabbit!

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One recipe which is a sure fire hit in my household, even with the kids is so simple! It’s more of a lunchtime recipe really and if you aren’t totally mean and still letting your family have some carby foods then its great with fresh bread!

Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Soup

2 large sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
2 red bell peppers, ( cut into small chunks)
1medium onion ( chopped)
2 large garlic cloves (crushed)
200ml coconut milk
Half a glass of wine
Half teaspoon salt

Boil up the sweet potato, peppers, onion and garlic in a pan of water for 25 mins.
Remove the water into a separate pan ( can use it to water down the soup to taste)
Add in the wine, coconut milk and salt and puree the mix either in a food processor or a hand blender.
Some people like a thick soup, some prefer thinner so add the ‘old’ water from earlier to make soup to your liking.
Done, quick and very tasty.
As serving, add pepper to taste!

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Plantain & Sweet Potato Curry

1 large onion
4 garlic gloves
1 inch of ginger
1 Plantain
2 small/Medium sized Sweet Potatoes
4 medium sized Florets from a Cauliflower
3 Bay Leaves
8 Cardamon Pods
8 Cloves
Half teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
Half teaspoon of Ground cinnamon
Half teaspoon of Ground Coriander
Half teaspoon of Turmeric
1/2 Glass of Wine
400ml Coconut Milk
Olive Oil
1Tin of Tomatoes

Put the oil, cardamon, bay leaves, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric in a pan and heat up to release the flavours, be careful not to burn them! You just want to heat them!
Chop your onion and put in a blender with your peeled garlic cloves and peeled ginger, blend into a paste.
Add paste to the spices and cook for a few minutes, add in the wine and cook for about 5 mins with regular stiring.
Cut your plantain into thin slices, cube (1cm)your peeled sweet potatoes and chop your cauliflower florets into small pieces.
Throw them into the pan with everything else and stir well, add in 200mls of water and cook for 10 minutes.
Add in the coconut milk and tomatoes and leave the curry to simmer for an hour with stirring every now and again!
This curry is quite a sweet curry, and I’m sure you can add chillies, i chose not to as i don’t like ‘Hot’ food! You could even use spinach instead of cauliflower?
I don’t serve mine with rice, i think its enough of a dish itself, for my family i serve it along side a grilled chicken breast.
Enjoy!

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I’ve got the Shrinks

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Well, sort off…..maybe not the same sort of Shrinks the Twits suffered from, but my weights still coming down!

I had the absolute joy this week of pulling out a bag of clothes i have not worn in 5-6 years and trying them on.
I have always had a love for Monsoon dresses and in my ‘skinnier’ days owned a few beautiful summer dresses.
Much to my husbands frustration at times i’m sure, i kept hold of them, i wasn’t prepared to throw my dresses out, always living in hope that one day i may got back into them, i couldn’t give up hope!

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Well, not only did i ‘try’ on my dresses but for the first time in 6 years i could do them up!!!!
Lets just say i’m very glad i decided to keep them!

The journey is not yet over, i still have a lot of work to do and i have to admit that i really should start looking into some exercise.

Although i have dropped a dress size, ( two in the case of the dresses, sadly, a way off dropping another jean size though!!) i still have some toning up to do and a little extra weight needs to be dropped from the tummy and hips.

I’m really not one for exercise, even though it is part of the whole lifestyle change I’m after, i just struggle to find the time and motivation to do any.

The gym bores me to tears, a place full of sweaty people who never crack a smile and look pained as they concentrate on their own workouts. Maybe its also the fact i really have no clue what to do and how to do it and the whole idea just bores me a little?

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When it comes to exercise at home, again i don’t feel particularly inspired, being an at home mum, you think i have plenty of time to throw in a bit of exercise here and there, and i do i guess…. But its nice to get out of the house and do something for me, not just be stuck inside!
I think i am more suited to social exercise, so i need to spend a little time researching what is available and where! I’ll get there in the end i’m sure, and even one day, maybe stop all the excuses!

I have to say this quotation i found says it all really, no excuses!

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