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100 Reasons

I have been looking at why I sabotage myself. Looking at why in times of overwhelming emotions I turn to food. But more importantly why I want to change that. I’ve been inspired by Sarah McGee and created a list of 100 Reasons to remind myself why I want to make the changes I do. These are to help me with Project lifestyle.

So here are my 100 Reasons:

  1. To live for as long as I can

  2. To not waste time worrying about how my weight stops me doing things

  3. To have fun

  4. To be full of confidence

  5. To be happy

  6. To love myself no matter what

  7. To be able to sign up for any event knowing I could do it

  8. To enjoy competing

  9. To be faster at swimming

  10. To be faster at running

  11. To enjoy cycling

  12. To not waste money on rubbish food

  13. Because it feels good

  14. For the post workout high

  15. To be fit for life

  16. To buy clothes in any shop I want

  17. To feel comfortable in all my clothes

  18. To be know as active

  19. To wear pretty things

  20. To not worry about taking up too much space

  21. To be able to climb mountains

  22. To have more energy

  23. To sleep better

  24. To not sweat as much

  25. To fit the normal blood pressure monitor sleeve

  26. To stop my legs rubbing together (hence always wearing trousers)

  27. To never have to worry about a ‘maximum’ weight limit

  28. To be able to go horse riding

  29. To feel strong (physically and mentally)

  30. To set new goals and achieve them

  31. To push my limits and find new ones

  32. To be taken more seriously professionally

  33. To not always be thinking about the next meal

  34. To inspire others

  35. To inspire myself

  36. To be considered healthy

  37. To show others what I am capable of

  38. To prove myself wrong

  39. To feel sexy occasionally

  40. Because I love how treating my body well feels

  41. Because I only have one body

  42. Because I deserve love

  43. To keep setting PB’s

  44. To beat depression

  45. To be able to buy knee high boots that fit

  46. To be able to wear those knee high boots over skinny jeans

  47. Because each workout is a therapy session

  48. Because I don’t want to waste time being lazy

  49. To stop beating myself up

  50. To be a better person

  51. To smile more and more

  52. To be able to hold a conversation while running with my club

  53. To run with the main group of runners at club

  54. To keep up with the top swimming lane and take the lead

  55. I want to live everyday

  56. To be able to says ‘I’ve done that’ when someone asks

  57. To go hiking and enjoy every step, rather than count every step

  58. To develop a helpful relationship with food that supports my life

  59. To not worry if I’ll fit a high viz jacket while at work

  60. To take part in events and not worry about being lifted up by others

  61. To not have trousers cut me in half when I sit at my desk

  62. To fit shirts and other tops with sleeves that aren’t stretchy

  63. To wear dresses to work

  64. To wear dresses on nights out

  65. To last longer in high heels

  66. To not worry about injury

  67. To learn as I go and be like a sponge of knowledge

  68. To feel like I belong anywhere I want to be

  69. To appreciate my down time

  70. To be able to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred level 3

  71. To be considered healthy by my doctor

  72. To not worry about my blood pressure (although my doctor said was excellent in Jan 14)

  73. To be able to hold yoga positions for longer and lower

  74. To be able to bend forward when I’m sat with my legs straight out in front

  75. To not hurt my knees when helping out at swimming

  76. To do unassisted versions of exercises I currently do

  77. To live the life I want to live

  78. To not let my weight limit me

  79. To be like the people I admire

  80. To learn new things about myself

  81. To continue being adventurous and willing to try things

  82. To cultivate and maintain relationships

  83. To not be afraid to ask for help

  84. To big myself up among my peers

  85. To love every type of weather

  86. To not be self conscious about my body (especially in a wetsuit)

  87. To have clearer skin and be able to not wear makeup

  88. To create a self disciplined and focus self

  89. To be myself

  90. To make changes to myself because I already love myself

  91. To seek out new opportunities, rather than wait for them to happen

  92. To smash my 4000m meter swim session goal

  93. To feel good in running tights rather than a fat blob

  94. To be able to race, rather than know I’ll be beaten

  95. To be a triathlete

  96. To cycle to work regularly

  97. To dance more

  98. To laugh at myself

  99. To go paddle boarding more often

  100. To kick arse in anything I do (including my own arse!)

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Adventures in Books… Slim for Life


“Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too. 
Bestselling author and Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that with all of the conflicting, overly complicated information being thrown at you each day, what you need is a clear, simple plan that cuts through all the confusion to deliver amazing results, fast. This book distills all she’s learned about diet, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle to provide anyone seeking to be slim, strong, and healthy with an easier path to achieving dramatic body transformation.
You’ll learn to:
* Utilize Jillian’s insider secrets for optimizing your fat-burning potential
* Dispel myths and avoid diet trends that will damage your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose weight
* Banish self-sabotage, build support, and cultivate lasting motivation
* Navigate and circumvent every possible pitfall presented by any situation or circumstance you could come up against—from weight-loss plateaus to travel, budget, and time constraints
* Eat, move, and live in manageable, and even enjoyable, ways that facilitate a slim, sexy physique 
* Supplement strategically, manage stress, and even purchase the proper home and beauty products—all to help ignite your metabolism

No nonsense, no gimmicks, just actionable advice that gets incredible results fast!”

Wow I’m way behind on my book updates. I ended up having quite a few in varying formats on the go at the same time, and then managed to finish them all together.

I enjoy Jillian Michaels books and her podcast. I like how most of the time she is straight up about the facts and doesn’t go for fad diets or exercises. She goes for variety and mixing things up, but overall it comes down to eat less and move more to lose weight. She also has other suggestions for so-called plateaus. But what I love most is that she understands the psychology behind our eating habits. Her podcast is like my free therapist!

This book tries to bring everything together and I think it is a great idea, but it did make it hard to read. Now I have I think I’ll use it as a reference guide. It’s all about habits and developing good ones to build up a life of health and wellbeing. There are so many decisions we take for granted, that something as simple as ordering a smaller size coffee could add up to extra pounds lost over the year. The layout of the book gives each area of your life a list of habits to check off. You don’t have to do them all, but if you get to the end you can add your scores and see what areas you need to work on. Each habit is given a number of points and the higher the points the beneficial it is. So you could do lots of 1 point habits or less high point habits.

I really liked the point system as I went through and ticked off the ones I already do and then added more where I needed to work a bit more. I need to go through a again and pick a few from throughout the book to focus on and implement into my daily life.

Many of the habits and tips are not new. If you listen to the podcast or have read previous books then you will recognise lots of them. However it is nice to have them all written in one place and be able to go back and refer to. So many times I’ve remembered something from a podcast and then tried to find which one it was from – not fun!

This book has made me want to revisit her Unlimited book I read last year or the year before. A lot of my struggles come from how I think about things and combining the tips and habits from Slim for Life with the tools from Unlimited seem like a good way forward for me.

I definitely recommend this book for anyone on weight loss journey or even just a health kick. The tips are simple and straight forward. There are no quick fixes, but if you want to live a healthy and fulfilled life there are ways to incorporate small changes into your everyday with a little effort and determination.

Whenever I listen or read Jillian Michaels I feel anything is possible and boosts my determination to reach my goals. Now it’s time to follow through on that feeling, like I talk about earlier this week!

Following Through

I’ve been slacking for a while. With my blog, my depression, my life. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it does feel like it sometimes. I know I need to work hard to get the things I want, but for some reason I just expect things to happen lately – without work – and I know really that is not how life works.

I’ve always worked my hardest to do well and succeed at the things I want. I was lucky to have amazing parents who let me try and do things I wanted. I’be never been the best at anything, but I have the determination to try things out. But there is a down side – I often don’t follow things through.

This is what I feel I’m doing at the moment. I’m not following through on my plans or goals. I set them, plan them out, then just expect them to happen. But that is not how it works. I’m sure we all wish it was sometimes, but it’s a rare occasion when it does.

I also think I’ve been taking on too much and this does not make it easier to follow everything through. I need to take some time to really think about what I want and focus on those things properly. If that means I have to put things on hold indefinitely I need to do it. I read this article about giving things up and at the time it didn’t make sense, but this weekend it really does. I keep getting stressed about all the things I don’t have time to do, when really I need to be honest and say I don’t want to do them right now. I am doing other things and could always come back to somethings at a later time.

My focuses at the moment are:

  • Training for my half marathon
  • Getting over depression – CBT and getting of medication
  • Health, diet and weight loss
  • Developing at work
  • Enjoying life

These are small things. Trying to do anything more is too much right now. All of them take work to achieve and progress so I need to give them what they need and deserve in order to be successful for me. I want to enjoy my life and take time out of developing to just be me. I feel I’m missed my twenties and don’t want that to happen as I get closer to my thirties.

Life scares me, but I want it to be an adventure. Everyday in some way. Whether that’s writing my blog, running a new route, sailing with my sister, reconnecting with people, or just taking time to enjoy the quiet.

A bit of a random post, but I just wanted to get my thoughts out. Time to catch up on some book and coffee posts I’ve neglected :)

New Plan – A Half Marathon Plan

My previous 3 month plan didn’t go to plan. I think I was not really motivated to do it, even though I thought I was. I’m disappointed and frustrated, but I need to appreciate the things that have gone well and move forward with new focus.

I have a date of the 6th October 2013 and 16 Weeks until it arrives.262655_10151190663164205_957706185_n Cardiff-Half-Marathon-2013-3420652

I want to be able to run the whole 13.1 miles in Cardiff and I want to do it carrying less weight than right now – specifically 19lbs less, which would get me below the 200lb mark again.

I have been feeling rubbish and like I’ve wasted the first half of the year. I know it’s not true really, but it feels that way. I got caught up in starting a new job and buying my house that everything else seemed less important. But now I’m settled more and want to get things sorted out and make the changes I want to make because I want to make them, not because I feel I should. I think that is the most important thing. I want to do this. It’s going to be hard, but I can make it easier for myself, so I will.

How will I do this?

  1. Run 3 times a week. Twice with running club, working on speed and then once at the weekend building up my distance. I got a subscription to Runners World so am using a plan from there.
  2. Complement running with swimming and the gym.
  3. Lose weight following WeightWatchers by meal planning, tracking my food and sticking within the plan limits and attending meetings weekly.
  4. Set myself mini goals for each week and focus on achieving those, rather than the always looking to the 6th October.
  5. Keep working through my issues with CBT

Why do I want to do this?

  • I feel more comfortable with myself and gain confidence.
  • To fit into old clothes I want to keep – specifically smart dresses.
  • To get off antidepressants.
  • A lot more of are too personal for me to put here, but I’ve written them down for me.

I feel like I’ve said this many times before. I’ve put a plan out there and been great for a while then got bored or gone off track. But I have to do it this time. I have to be able to run the whole way and I know losing weight will help me do that. I know sorting through my issues will help me lose weight. I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted the second half of this year like I feel about the first.

My reward for doing this and will be to book the holiday at the top f my list currently – a walking holiday around Mt Blanc for next summer. I can then continue to work towards my weight loss goals before I go on the trip.

So 16 weeks until the half marathon – I can do this!

I Can See Clearly Now…

I’ve had laser eye surgery!

I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few weeks as its been a bit up and down. But this last weekend I’ve not been allowed to look at screens to let my eyes heal.

On Friday I went to stay with my sister to have my eyes lasered so I would not longer need glasses. It’s great! Now, although before, during and right after were not so fun.

It was not an easy decision to make to get this done as it is so bloody expensive. I talked it over with my sister and parents and then took some time to decide while looking at my finances. However weighing it up with buying glasses for the next fifteen to twenty years it about evens out money wise. Therefore it really came down to my lifestyle and the fact I didn’t want to deal with contact lenses. Training for my triathlon while wearing glasses was a pain. They kept steaming up and I was afraid I was going to break them. That did it for me really. I knew I would enjoy things a lot more if I didn’t have to wear glasses for seeing into the distance. So I decided to go for it. Before I could actually get it done I had to take into account I’m not allowed to swim for up to a month and also no vigorous exercises, where sweat could run into my eyes for at least a week, maybe two. So I had to decide when would be convenient.

So Friday was the day. I had done my triathlon and the next gala is not until July. Also I’ve not got any running events until mid June, but with breaking my toe and needing another week or so for it to heal means running isn’t an issue.

I went down to my sisters and she drove me to Optical Express in Bristol.i had to have a few of the eye tests again to make sure nothing had changed since the initial assessment. Nothing had changed so it was just a case of waiting for my time and filling out an updated medical form. This is when I got nervous. I had done quite well leading up until that point and as it drew very close the nerves started to kick in. However everyone I saw that day were great and friendly and explained every thing. They also didn’t drag things out, which for me was great as it didn’t give me time to think too much.

So the actual surgery was over super quick. They take you in the room, out drops in your eyes and lay you down between two lasers so they can swing you between the two.it took less than 4 minutes an eye and honestly I didn’t notice the lasers at all! They do one to create the flap and then use the other to reshape the eye then put the flap back into place. They do that on both eyes and then put more drops in. I could feel a bit of pressure and smell a bit of burning but that was it. They put something in my eyes to stop me blinking, but I couldn’t feel it at all.

My worries were about staying still and not blinking, but they kept telling me to relax and look at the lights, so that is what I did. One person told me to think of my favourite song and sing it twice, but in the moment I couldn’t, so kept saying to myself look at the light.

It was disorientating after. I didn’t want to blink or move my eyes on their own, so I was moving my head to look at things. Also things were very hazy, not blurry, but also though there was fog everywhere. They then took me through the eye drops I have to use for a week after and then let me go home right away. My sister drove, while I kept my eyes shut. They recommended I went to bed straight away for a few hours, so I did (any excuse for an afternoon nap). I put on an audiobook and tried to sleep. This was the worst part as the pain started to kick in and my eyes wouldn’t stop watering. I couldn’t get comfortable at this point either. They gave me goggles to wear, but as my eyes were watering I kept my sunglasses on. The pain did ease and I did sleep for a bit. In the evening my eyes were still hazy, but mailing felt like I had a lash stuck in them, which went away when I put new drops in.

The next morning things were way better. I could see clearly, but was sensitive to light. I had to head back to Optical Express for a day after check up. I kept reading things I wouldn’t have been able to without my glasses before. I also kept looking at things in the distance and realising they were clear now. The checkup went well and I was given the all clear to drive, just to be careful at night with the lights. I had a good day, just felt like my eyes dried out a few times, but that’s what the drops are for. I have to go back next week for another checkup, then a again in month.

Today I realised how much I am glad I had it done. I was driving around today and doing things normally, and I wasn’t squinting at all. My eyes still dry out, but that is normal. I also feel like my eyes get tired and heavy, but again this is normal.

I can’t wait to get running a nod swimming again and take in what I can see. I want to enjoy what I do and I think seeing it clearly will help this a lot :)

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