5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING VEGANUARY

5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING VEGANUARY

Its been a while, but I’m finally back with my first post of 2019! So much has happened over the last few months I had to take a step back from my blog and focus on myself. It hasn’t been easy but I finally feel like I’m coming out of the other side. I’m not one to share much of ‘myself’ but maybe I’ll do a life update at some point if you’re interested?

Anyway, new year new me. This time last year I rejoined the gym and joined forces with Herbalife to help me achieve my fitness goals.

I’ve never been one to diet or obsess with over how I look but there were definitely a few areas I wanted to improve. After incorporating the range of Herbalife products into my daily routine for a month I had some pretty amazing results and felt I was able to manage my weight better while getting all the key nutrients I needed.

After a pretty dreadful end to last year I feel like I lost all motivation and ‘let myself go’ so when Herbalife reached out and asked if I would like to be take on the Veganuary challenge, I knew it was time to focus on myself again and get back to where I wanted to be.

What is Veganuary?

Launched in the UK , Veganuary is a registered charity that encourages people to try going vegan for January.

Whilst I have never been a massive meat eater I have never considered going vegan so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about a vegan lifestyle.

So what have I learned?

1. When changing to a vegan diet it’s important to make sure that you are getting your daily intake of nutrients and vitamins. Meat is a key source of iron, protein and the vitamin B12 which keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. Whilst switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet has many health benefits if you don’t make sure you are eating the right foods you can easily become deficient in certain areas.

Research is key here, putting together balanced meals can be tricky at first will soon become part of your everyday life. If you do have any concerns about getting enough of the good stuff you can also include supplements into your routine.

For me, I use Herbalife Formula 1 with an added scoop of Oat Apple Fibre. The soy-based meal-replacement shake contains 25 essential vitamins and minerals and contains 18g per serving. Whether you have switched to a vegan diet for a lifestyle choice, weight-loss or any other health benefit Herbalife make it really easy to make sure you are getting your daily intake of nutrients. Used as part of a healthy diet, the Formula 1 Shake can help you lose weight safely. I’ve had such good results with it in the past, you can read more about it here 

2. Vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. With more and more people going vegan than ever before there is definitely more demand for good vegan foods than say 10 years ago. (and we’re not just talking about Greggs vegan sausage rolls). I was really surprised by the range I found and how many supermarkets were supporting Veganuary. It made it really easy.  I even found vegan pizza! Life. made.

3. There are health benefits to a vegan lifestyle. Since I have switched to a vegan diet I can definitely feel a difference. I never used to eat much meat anyway, but switching out dairy for vegan alternatives has made me feel considerably less bloated. I wouldn’t say I have decreased my intake of calories over the period but with the combination of nutrient rich food, fibre and Herbalife meal replacement shakes I feel much more healthier overall. I have also noticed that I feel more energised than ever. When I have had times that I feel like I needed a pick me up (around 4pm usually) a cup of Herbalife Instant Herbal Tea sorts me out!

4. It can seem very daunting at first but the key is research. The truth is out there, you’ve just got to look! If you were considering going vegan but are unsure how to do it I would suggest doing it gradually. Cutting out meat, diary and eggs as well as many other animal derivatives in one day can be hard! Trust me, your food shop is going to take considerably longer! Luckily from years experience as a vegetarian I found the transition much easier but don’t give up or feel bad if you do slip up – you’re already doing much better than most.

5. Oreos are vegan. Once I discovered this I knew I was going to be okay. Once you get through the initial cravings you will realise it not difficult to be vegan and you don’t  actually need meat or animal products to survive this world.

I would like to thank Herbalife for encouraging me to give this a go. I was unsure at first but feel like I have learned so much during Veganuary!

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MY FITNESS JOURNEY

When it comes to health and fitness I have always considered myself to be average. I wouldn’t say I have ever been overweight or underweight but just somewhere in the middle. I have always lived a reasonably healthy lifestyle, make the effort to eat well and have always considered myself to be fairly active.

I had never considered myself as unhealthy and had no real urge to ‘better’ myself because of this. I have never obsessed about weight and until recently never weighed myself – I still believe it’s more important about how you feel then what the scales say but in terms of stats and setting goals, having the data there in black and white is a real motivator.

Over the last couple of years I’ve found it harder to keep the weight off certain areas and have become far more aware of how my body looks- and it hasn’t made me feel that great!

When I hit 30 I knew it was now or never so I joined a gym for the first time in my life. I had a holiday booked so had something to work towards and enjoyed going. However once I returned I found it hard to get motivated to go back and would go every so often. Then I moved house. Then Christmas happened. There was always something stopping me from going or that I would use as an excuse not to go, to the point I cancelled my gym membership all together.

Early January I rejoined the gym and decided this year is the year. Since then I have been going 2-3 times a week and finally feel like I’m getting back into it. On top of the gym I also have a outdoor PT class once a week which really encourages me to push myself and keeps me focused.

As well as getting back into fitness, I have been trying to eat much healthier too. Don’t get me wrong I’m not going to deny myself the odd treat but just be more conscious about what I put in my body. The two biggest downfalls for me is not planning meals and just grabbing something quick and portion control. Being on the go a lot means I don’t really make time to eat so I just grab something when I can (or not at all) so the plan is to eat more often and try sticking to set meal times so I have a bit more of a routine.

I was contacted by Herbalife to see if I had any fitness or nutrition posts planned for the New Year and thought this would fit perfectly with what I want to achieve in 2018 so over the next couple of months I will be putting there products to the test alongside my new found motivation.

I will be using products from both their core range and ‘H24’ range – a sports nutrition range to fit in with my everyday life to see if they help me get to where I want to be. The products range from meal replacement shakes to protein bars and electrolyte drinks to keep hydrated during workouts – I’ll do a full post on how I have fit these into my everyday routine soon so stay tuned!

So what do I want to achieve?

Ideally I’m looking to loose a stone of ‘fat’ but gain lean muscle and just generally tone up everywhere through exercise and healthy eating habits. I’m feeling really motivated at the moment and feel like the goals I have set myself are realistic and achievable so I’m excited to see how the next couple of months go and share this journey with you.

Have you set yourself any health and fitness goals this year?

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2018 GOALS

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Happy New Year! It seems five minutes since I was thinking about the things I wanted to achieve during 2017, but here we are again!

Before I start, I would just like to say a huge thank you to anyone who has taken the time to support my blog over the past 12 months, I can’t believe I’m celebrating 3 years already.

I don’t really believe in New Years resolutions so I never set myself any in 2017. Instead I set myself a number of things I wanted to focus on or achieve during the year which I found much more motivational. Looking back, some things I have succeeded in, others not so much, but thats okay. The goals I set myself were mainly to do with my blog and growing it. However this year has been BUSY and I haven’t been able to commit the time I had wanted to blogging, I even considered giving it up on more than one occasion but I’m still giving it my best.

In terms of traffic to my site, this year has been the best, and in particular the last quarter has been my best in terms of views and visitors since I started my blog, despite not really posting much! Theres still a few things on my to-do list from last year I’m going to bring forward to 2018, the rest are going to be more personal goals to keep me focused during the year.

01. Blog redesign. I know I have been saying this for sometime now so I really just need to get on with it. Along side this I want to focus more on improving my social media platforms. I feel that I lost interest in instagram this year, however I’m going to start posting a lot more and not concentrate about the images fitting a certain ‘theme’ – I want it to be a lot more personal and hope to see an improvement in terms of numbers and how regular I post.

02. Open myself up to more opportunities. Make an effort to network more and attend events to help support my blog. I went to my first blogger event and have worked with some great brands this year but need to find the time to put ‘myself out there’ a bit more.

03. Get healthy. I wouldn’t say I’m unhealthy but I do have a tendency to over indulge from time to time. Who doesn’t order pizza every week? When I focus on something I can usually achieve it, it’s just that initial motivation to get going again. Ive had 2 months away from the gym now so its time to kick myself back into gear now. Im going to also be more aware of what I’m eating and try to eat a lot better this year!

04. Plan a big holiday. Although I went to Paris, Barcelona and had a summer holiday to Gran Canaria in 2017, I put travelling on the back burner due to saving for the house. I hope we are able to do a big holiday this year and do a few city trips, I think we deserve it! I have a few places in mind so watch this space.

05. Make my house a home. Although we have only just moved in we have started to transform the house into our ideal space already. Theres a few bigger projects which we plan to do in time but house goals for this year would be to finish the downstairs. We are hoping to have a new kitchen at some point and I would love to have the fireplace replaced in the lounge. The areas we are going to concentrate on are the lounge, kitchen and garden. I hope to bring a load of house-related content to my blog through out the year too!

I think thats enough to be getting on with for now. I’m feeling really motivated at the moment so can’t wait to get started.

Have you set yourself any goals this year?

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Spring Goals

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Now the clocks have gone forward an hour, it means we are officially in Spring! Finally, longer lighter days! I don’t know what it is about Spring but it fills me full of life and energy. So, with the beginning of April only a week away I have created a list of goals to help keep myself motivated for the upcoming months…

01. Use time productively. I don’t think I waste time at the moment, but I do think I can achieve more if I put my mind to it. It’s all about pushing myself to get the most out of my time. Im going to set myself weekly goals to help keep me motivated and focused. It’s always a great feeling when you complete a task and can cross it off your list.

02. Redesign blog. This has been on my to do list for some time now and I’m not any closer to achieving it. Changing your blog design can be very time consuming so I Just need to set a day aside and focus on this solely. If anyone has any recommendations  or suggestions I’m happy to hear them.

03. Relax. I’ve been putting so much unnecessary pressure on myself lately so I’m going to make sure I take more time to relax and not let things stress me out.  Although one of my goals for 2017 was to say YES to more things. Sometimes you just gotta say no.

04. Holiday planning. Im off to Barcelona in May for my birthday. As I’m celebrating the big 30 whilst I’m there I want to make sure I get the most from my time there. I have never been before so I need to do some research on places to explore and places to eat or drink before I go. Its always good to have an itinerary in place. We’re also thinking about going to Cuba in September so Spring will be a great time to start looking into that too. If you have been before please feel free to hit me up with some recommendations below.

05. Eat better. I want to feel my best going into Summer so now is the perfect time to get out of those bad habits. I haven’t been on my best behaviour lately but I’m determined to get back on it. I’m quite good at sticking to it when I set my mind to it, so if anyone sees me reaching for anything unhealthy, knock my hand away!

Have you set yourself any goals for Spring?

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