Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Curse of Leggings!

The word 'Diet', for some strange reason causes my brain to suddenly become very rebellious;  the second I decide I am taking action to fight my flab this rebellious devil inside me makes me want to stuff myself with anything naughty in sight ( now that your picturing a rather attractive me shoving cake in my mouth I wanted to share the very turning point  that has kicked me into fitness action). 

Growing up I was always into sport and participating in some form of physical activity at least once or twice a day - This meant I could eat what I wanted and would never put on pounds. 
The older I then became the less I was exercising and then uni began! As a  typical student my diet became anything but balanced (unless you classed alternating between Chinese and Indian takeaways and wine and Jack Daniels balanced). 

Had I suddenly woken up one morning and  felt like ten tonne sally I would have kicked my self up the butt to take action. Instead, my problem has come from the gradual weight gain over the course of 3 years that to me has gone rather unnoticed - Until now! 

My gain in weight hasn't been helped by the curse of the leggings!  Rather then the honesty of a pair of jeans leggings stretch along with you, luring you into a false sense of comfort until bam you try to get back into your fave pair of jeans - and lets face it know amount of wriggling is going to get them over that extra junk in your trunk!
Over the last year I have felt a real lack in self confidence and have shied away from clothes that pre weight gain I would have worn  without thinking once let along twice. 
After trying many crash diets I just find myself with the huge rebellious streak that forces chocolate upon me. 

After seeing hideous photographs of myself and having booked a fast approaching holiday something in my head has suddenly clicked - I guess having a deadline to work towards makes it feel all real and allows me to have a focus. I am also disregarding comments from people who when I talk about my weight respond by telling me how much I don't need to lose weight - Whilst entitled to their own opinion I know how happy I was before and what being slimmer and fitter made me feel like. 
This time however my approach is very different - There are no strict diets involved but I have taken it upon my self to introduce a very simply lifestyle change that involves significantly reducing all damaging food groups such as dairy and processed sugars etc and being more healthy. 
The changes have been astounding - Not only have I already lost 9 pounds in just over a week I am feeling on top of the world; I feel I have more energy throughout the day and sleeping like a log through the night! and the best part - no rebellious actions have snuck in :) 

Once I have seen even further progress I will be posting some before and after photos to share with you  in the hope to inspire those who are in a similar position to moi :) 

Love Liv xXx 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Out With The Resolutions-

a firm decision to do or not to do something.

To me a resolution is something you set out to do and never quite get round to fully completing it ... Am I right?
So the reason I am writing this a week since we welcomed in 2014 is because I wanted to take a different approach and start the year with clear goals, and not resolutions I quickly thought up in the remaining 10 minutes of 2013. 

In doing so I feel I am setting my self up for  a higher level of success, and not setting out pointless resolutions I know won't last a month (as lets face I am not going to have a Victoria Secret Model's figure by February) 

I guess what I really have done is banished resolutions and given myself a vision for the year, where I am going to initiate small changes into my everyday activities to help strive towards my bigger picture. 
I wanted to share this post with you so we can ensure 2014 glitters and we achieve our goals and dreams.

Dream big - Aspire to be the best version of yourself. 

Aside from trying to make resolutions, a new year creates a blank canvas to create any story you want to. It is an opportunity to leave anything negative behind and concentrate on creating your something amazing.By the end of the year I want to have my dream body and a career I am passionate about - This does not mean quitting my day job or not eating until December as both are never going to happen and completely unfeasible. I am however reverting back to a question many of us have been asked hundreds of times before - What do you want to be when you grown up?. I have always known I am at my most happiest when I am working for myself and doing something wedding related. So over the past week I have been looking at ways of introducing my passion into my everyday activities which I can then develop into a one day full time job :) 

As for my dream body I am extremely guilty of wanting instant results, and after crash dieting or attempting intense levels of exercise I become quickly annoyed that I haven't reached my target my day 5 ( and care barely walk!!)This is where my New Year Goals have come into affect - Instead of trying to get quick instant results I have implemented a healthy lifestyle change that involves no fad diets but sensible eating and regular exercise. The key to my potential success here is the way in which all of these changes are not going to cause major disruption to my day to day activities but become part of it. 
This year I turn 25 which I feel is a turning point in itself so knowing I have implemented such a positive approach already makes me feel ready for getting a little bit older :).

Finally - Do all those things that make you happy.
Laugh More - Live More - Love More.

By embracing all these happy provoking things it will naturally allow us to feel more positive,and gain all that we are wishing for for 2014. 

Happy 2014 Dolls xXx