Reflection 

So I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been going through some challenges and needed to take a break from my blog for a minute. But I’m back now! 

This post is called reflection because these last weeks I have been reflecting and trying to adapt to changes that have happened in my life. So many things have changed and it took me a while to realise lol. 

My friend actually said to me last night that I’ve changed abit, I’ve become more reserved she said and it’s true that’s how I’ve become with a lot of things now. 

People leave your life & friendships can change so it’s really important to make sure that you are able to be there for yourself & have your own back because at the end of the day you’re born alone and will eventually die alone. ( I know it sounds morbid and slightly depressive but it’s the honest truth) 

I’m not saying don’t confide in people but make sure you’re good on your own as well because you never know what will happen. I’m still working on this and if this means I’m becoming more reserved, I guess that’s who I’m growing into. 

I’m definitely happier than I was a few weeks ago but as always there’s room for progress. 

Work is going really well, I really enjoy my new job – it’s literally the dream practice I’ve always hoped for. 

I’m getting into the spirit of Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year. I love seeing all the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and Marylebone High Street, it’s all so pretty! 


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Trying to be Fab4 to the Core

So it’s been a whole week since my last blog and I thought I would just check in and let every one know what I’ve been up to! 

I started a new job 2 weeks ago and it’s been an adjustment, there’s a lot to learn (which is good) and very challenging!

Im also now I’m taking extra time to focus on myself spiritually, mentally and of course physically. 

I’ve become an avid reader of nutrition blogs and I discovered a little gem called ‘mindbodygreen’ which is very informative and helpful when it comes to food, nutrition and a host of other topics. 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/

Mindbodygreen led me to an amazing podcast from American nutriotist Kelly Leveque who talks about stabilising blood sugars and why you should focus on diets but changing your eating habits for a healthier you. I recently bought her book Body Love and so far I’m impressed. 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/kelly-leveque-on-sugar-the-ketogenic-diet-weighing-what-you-want

The book isn’t shoving do’s and don’t’s down your throats rather explaining what types of food does to your body and why it’s better to be informed about what you are eating and why. 

I personally like her style of getting her message across and I’m willing to try her way out. She has a thing called the ‘Fab4’ which is fibre, protein, fat & greens. Kelly believes these 4 should make up all your meals so sustain satiety and a level blood sugar, in turn keeping you healthy and able to lose weight if you wanted to. 

I definitely am up for changing my nutritional habits in the way Kelly suggests so I can be the healthiest version of myself. 

Gym wise I’ve actually wanted to go every day this week but because of work I haven’t been able to. This morning I ran which was nice because I enjoy running but going to the gym I will definitely work on but I’m not going to beat myself up for not going. 

I’ve also lost 6kg!!! Which is good and I hope to keep losing weight. 

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My first fab4 smoothie! Spinach, frozen strawberries, 1tbsp of Almond butter, Almond milk, 20g of vanilla protein powder & 2tbsp of flax seeds

Chocolate Bliss at Olympia 

So yesterday I attended the annual Chocolate Show at Olympia in Kensington where I got to see chocolate in all its glory! With many different types of chocolate, there was definitely something for every body. From truffles to Belgium hot chocolate, chocolate wine and even delightful macaroons it is definitely a day out every body would enjoy. 
Featured in the show were famous chocolatiers such as Paul A Young to start up companies like Winchester Fine Chocolates created by Zara Snell  who was a winner of the International Chocolate Awards 2017. There were many different stools with chocolate from all over the world all supplying their best products for the eager chocolate fanatics! 

Paul A Young was there to give talks and demonstrations which were packed with overzealous listeners about chocolate from one of the best chocolatiers around. Mr Young was also there promoting his book ‘Sensational Chocolate’ with the help from The Children’s Air Ambulance charity in which Paul A Young is an ambassador. 

The Children’s Air Ambulance charity promoting Paul A Young’s book ‘Sensational Chocolate’

The chocolatier Aneesh Popat had the best chocolate spread I had ever tasted and it didn’t contain any mild products but it was so creamy and had the correct richness for a chocolate spread. (Yes 1000% better then Nutella)


The Chocalatier Aneesh Popat 

My personal favourite was Winchester Fine Chocolates by Zara Snell. Her truffles were amazing especially her handmade Champagne truffles, they are definitely a treat. Not only does the chocolate taste incredible but the hard work and dedication put into the products are very noticeable. Winchester Fine Chocolates which was created in 2016 are definitely a company to watch out for. Treat yourself and get some goodies at http://www.winchesterfinechocolates.co.uk 


Winchester Fine Chocolates 

As a chocolate lover I will definitely be back next year to see what The Chocolate Show has to offer! 

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& Cleanse…

So it’s the end of my cleanse and I survived! 

Not only have I survived but I’ve also lost 3kg which I’m so happy about as it really has, encourgaged me to continue with my weight loss journey. I can’t say I’ve really missed having meat which is odd because I thought I would be craving chicken all the time but what I really missed was eating cheese. 

I’ve aslways loved cheese but now I know the love is true. I really recommend the ‘Juliette 7 Day Detox’ to any one wanting to switch up their diet for a more healthier one. 

Here’s the link for the detox, go on give it a go!

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/detox/plan.htm

I’ve found a new love for fruit and vegetables, I’m also on a mission to keep my changed eating habits and discover more beneficial ones as well. 

Exercise is still a work in progress but I have much more motivation for it then I did a few days ago! I have planned to increase my walking on a daily basis and teach myself how to run long distance (I will keep you updated with that). 

There is never a right time to change your diet and become more active so you just have to bite the bullet and do it! 


https://authenticliferealchat.com/2017/09/29/to-cleanse-or-not-to-cleanse/

Gym Struggles 

5 days into my cleanse and I’m still alive and standing. To be fair eating has not been an issue for me, in fact it has pushed me to try new foods and become more proactive when making myself meals. 

Before this I was not really into fish that much but because I’m not allowed to eat meat I’ve had no choice. I’ve tried two new types of fish in the past five days; salmon and mackerel! I know, I know these are every day types of fish for people but I just have never had them. I like both and even after the cleanse hope to keep them in my diet. 

I would say the only thing I have struggled with is not having cheese and butter on my Jacket potato, it’s suggested to use natural yoghurt instead of butter or mayo. I really really cannot even bring myself to try that. I just can’t. In fact I actually won’t (lol). So yes I have been having cheese and butter on my potato, I could of just had butter but if you’re being naughty go all out aye! 

So I’ve got the healthy eating down but what about working out? 

I am struggling so much to even muster up motivation to work out. I simply cannot be bothered. I don’t even want to step foot in the gym! It doesn’t help that my gym cancelled my box fit class that I was going to force myself to go to, is it a sign me and the gym are not meant to be?! 

Probably not because if I want any kind of results I will have to work out. I’m hoping some sort of motivation will come to me and I will work out at least twice by Sunday. My aim right now is to try and work out three times a week. 

So if you have any tips for being motivated to work out send them my way! 

It was just not meant to be! Class Cancelled …

To cleanse or not to cleanse? 

Ok. It’s day 1 of my 7 day cleanse and I feel motivated, determined and intrigued to see what changes I notice in myself.

 When I googled detox I had in my mind purely fruit, vegetables and juices. Luckily for me I found a website that promotes healthy weight loss which provides a list of food groups not limited to just fruit and veg juices which would make any one go insane past day 3 (day 1 for me). 

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/detox/plan.htm 

On the website it has a food list of what you can and can’t have for rage next 7 days, plus meal and snack suggestions which is good if you are like me who doesn’t cook and wouldn’t be able to concoct a meal out of the approved foods. I’m only doing this detox because I feel like I need a boost in my weight loss journey and I’m hoping it will teach me self discipline when it comes to eating (I currently have no self control). I think this detox plan is good because you’re doing a healthy detox whilst getting all the nutrients your body needs.

Now if you are a meat lover or a fish hater then this detox may be hard for you because you are not allowed any meat but you can have fish as long as its fresh or canned in water (no brine, no oils). I love chicken and other meats but I will try and go a week with out which I don’t think I’ve done before. Plus I’ve read that many meat products including organic meat contains chemicals and antibiotics which can’t be good for any one (I need to do more research on this).

 I guess if you’re a vegetarian then this could possibly be your usual diet? I’m also allowed Quorn and tofu but I think I will avoid these because I don’t like meat substitutes and I avoid soya products due to the hormonal effects it has. 

It says you can’t have coffee but I currently need it due to my messed up sleeping pattern thanks to jet lag so I will have it occasionally and I never have more than 1 cup a day. I’m not allowed dairy apart from natural yoghurt which is fine for me because I don’t really like milk or butter (I love cheese though!). I make my coffee with almond milk and I’ve replaced white sugar with either honey or fruit syrup. 

Last night I joined the gym again (lol) and booked a box fit class for Tuesday evening, I hope I make it! I have a tendency to book classes and not show up but I’m going to push myself. My goal is to try and go to the gym 3 x a week which is pretty reasonable to start of with! I also plan to walk more where possible and weather permitting 🙂 

I hope this detox is the start of my road to success when it comes to my weight loss. At the end of the week I will let you know if I have lost any weight (no I’m not going to blog my current weight lol).
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A few items I bought for the detox


Side note; obviously if you have a medical condition or are taking medication check if you can do this detox with a professional!

Currently listening to Damien Marley – In 2 deep 

Can I buy motivation on Amazon?

So I’m still recovering from jet lag which has kind of hindered my plans to start eating healthy and working out right after my holiday. 

Unlike normal people before my holiday to Jamaica I did not work out and eat right in preparation of being in a bikini. I lacked motivation. Like many people in order to be really determine and motivated to go to the gym or go for a run and prepare healthy eating plans you have to be in the right place mentally otherwise it just won’t work. 

I feel like before my trip I was stressed for many different reasons and lacked motivation to change my lifestyle and even in my career, I felt like I was stuck. Since returning to London I have come back with a clear mind (jet lag fogginess will not stop me) and I am ready for change. Change in my career, a new creative outlet and a new way of living in the sense of diet and exercise. 

I quiet like walking and running I find it therapeutic but the gym is not my friend. I get disheartened and distracted. Last year I had a personal trainer who I shared with my friend and I found it really helpful and was happy with the results. 

So why did I stop?  I guess I got comfortable with the results I had achieved and instead of maintaining or progressing I became complacent. Complacently leads to falling back into old habits for me they are eating junk and just not being active. As well as having a negative effect on your body physically it can have a detrimental affect on your mental health. 

In April I had a rough time dealing with anxiety and it got so bad I was having panic attacks in public and had to seek medical advice – I believe this was due to a lot of things going wrong in the last 8 months leading up to April. Thankfully I have over come that with slight hiccups now and then. My point is that the balance of a healthy diet and exercise is really good for mind body and soul – mind and soul should never be ignored as it is connected to the physical and when one is out of sync nothing can run smoothly. 

In this fast paced world fuelled by the internet, social media and the never ending pressures of society we must take time to look after our whole selves . 

So now I feel calm and at peace it is a good time for me to get back to a balanced lifestyle and just be over all a happier person. 

I will take time to document my journey with the good and the bad, hopefully I can motivate people to make the changes they want in their lives. Positive vibrations to all X 


Ocho Rios, Jamaica 2017 

Currently listening to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill -/ favourite song To Zion ft Carlos Santana