Happy New Year!
Wow I’m so excited for this year and the fresh start a new year brings. This year I turn 25 and honestly I feel more in tune with myself then I ever have and it feels great.
I know what I want in life and what I want to achieve. The hardships of 2017 have really shaped me into the person I am today and even though at the time I hated life I’m so grateful for all the trials and tribulations I have been through. Literally what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
This year is really about practicing self love and making decisions for you rather than others. I’m going to try and do something nice for myself at least once a month, nothing extravagant just something I enjoy. Treat Yo Self 💁🏽♀️
So I’m really back on my aim to lose weight and I’ve never felt more motivated and dedicated to it. This is the year I really sustain a healthy diet and work out regime, I will blog more about tips and tricks I learn and also my progress!
I feel incredibly lucky to be where I am today, I have a great support system with my family and friends! Especially my friend Nina she is literally the definition of best friend, honestly she’s a star!
Also I have the best job I couldn’t of wished for a better practice to work at!
My goals this year are to learn how to drive, save money so I can get my own place, blog more and just always working on myself to become the best version of me.
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!
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!
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!
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
It’s 2.36am in London and I am suffering from jet lag. This is all new to me. My sleep pattern is a mess and clearly I have no intention on trying to sleep.
I can hear the rain outside and I’m in a sleepy daze contemplating what to write. This isn’t my first blogging experience, I used to have the generic fashion and beauty blog years ago (since then deleted). I considered creating a new fashion blog this time round but the world is definitely not short of fashion and beauty blogs. I wanted to create something real and meaningful with honesty and depth. Whether people will get that from my posts who knows only time will tell but I will try and create authentic posts about real life, real issues and relatable topics.
It’s now 2.41 and I’m considering how I will get through work tomorrow, probably won’t. I will be a miserable bitch with a lower tolerance than usual.
Jet lag is a SOB