Curbing The Sick Feeling


Here are 5 tips for trying to curb that horrible sick feeling when you’re trying to cut down your food intake.

  1. EAT! If you’re that hungry that you feel sick- eat. However, don’t stuff your face with whatever you find in the fridge or cupboard, instead make the sensible choice of fruit, nuts, veg  or meat. Or if your next meal isn’t for a while, have a small meal now and then again later.
  2. Drink water. A big glass of cold water will fill you up no end and keep you going until your next meal. 
  3. Brush your teeth and tongue. The minty taste will satisfy your body for a while.
  4. Chew sugar free gum if you are out and can’t brush your teeth. I do this all the time and has helped me stop snacking throughout the day when at work or uni.
  5. Keep yourself busy. If you feeling nauseous because you’re hungry and  can’t do my if the above or want to… start a task and don’t stop until you’re finished. Keeping occupied will take your mind off of feeling hungry. 

Does anyone else have any other tips they use to curb the sicky hunger feeling? Post in the comments! 

S 🙂 

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Top Ten Tips To Keep You Going Through Your Health Kick

Hi all.

Here are ten tips I though I’d share with you all to try and keep you going through any difficult times during your health kicks or those who have just started.

1) Do not compare yourself to others.

This is so important! Just because your mate only ran once and had stopped eating biscuits for 5 days and has already lost 7ibs more than you doesn’t mean that you’re failing. Everyone’s bodies are different. Some can burn off calories/fat quicker than you can say healthy and some, like mine, take a lot longer. Keep pushing though and results will soon start to show on you. 

2) Stop and think before you eat.

If you’re anything like me, you will have all experienced going into the cupboard and reaching for the cake or biscuits or chocolate when you get home from a long, stressful day at work just because you’re fed up and hungry. If you find yourself at one of those moments, stop. Take a minute to actually think through what you are doing. Is it actually worth it?  Is it actually going to make you feel any better? Is there anything else you can munch on to curb your hunger but that will also be tasty? Can you spare a couple of minutes to make something just as tasty but healthier?

3) Do not cut anything out.

Some of you may disagree with this one but I have found the only way that I can stick to eating better is by not cutting anything out from what I used to eat. If I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it more. Therefore, I limit myself to a small peice of chocolate everyday if I want some – some days I go without just because I forget. I then allow myself one ‘cheat day’ where I am allowed a bit more but not to go over the top. This method really has helped my will power which I am renowned in my family for not having! 

4) Be creative with your food.

Just because you’re on a health kick does not mean that all you have to eat is salads. If that’s what you’ve been eating so far in your journey and are already flailing then maybe that’s why! Talk to friends, go on websites, join Facebook groups, search blogs on here. There is an endless amount of information out there on seriously scrumptious healthy food that will fill you up and isn’t just a salad. 

5) Do not weigh yourself everyday.


This is a big no no. You may have already seen by so many others writing about it that weighing yourself regularly does you no favours. At 9am you could weigh 14stone for example. You eat breakfast and go out for a couple of hours, get back and have lunch (healthy) weigh yourself and you could be 14st 4ibs. You could take a dump weigh yourself and be 14st 2ibs. Etc etc etc. Point being, do not be slave to the scales. They do not go on body fat. Weigh yourself no more than weekly and see much more reliable results. Remember, it’s when yourself and others start noticing that you know what you’re doing is working. Not when the scales tell you.

6) Remind yourself of why you’re doing this.

If you come to a point when you want to give up (and we have all been there) please don’t! Remind yourself why you started this in the first place. What is your goal? Reasssure yourself that you CAN do it. If you have old photos of what you aspire to look like once more, get them out. If you have an event you want to take part in, visit the website and hype yourself up about it again. If you are wanting health benefits after having a scare, read up on what an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to. 

7) Money is not an excuse.

(No this guy doesn’t have two penises sticking out of his hips.)

It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford a gym membership or go to a different class every evening, that is not an excuses not to exercise. Use stuff around the house to create your own workouts. Everyone knows basic moves, do those but add weights. No weights? Use bags of sugar – seriously, it works! Go for a run outside, it’s amazing how different it is to runnng on a boring treadmill (nothing against them). Get a skipping rope or use something for a skipping rope. Such a simple thing yet such a good activity to add to any workout. Use a step or box to do step-ups on. Watch free workout videos on YouTube. There is so much you can do for free to give your entire body a good workout. 

8) Use negative comments.

If anyone says anything negative to you about your weight during the first month of your health kick or about your new healthy lifestyle do not ignore it. Use it as fuel to ignite the passion inside to drive you even further into focus. Prove them all wrong. Of course, you’re not doing this for their benefit or anyone else’s, however it can be a great motivational tool (reverse psychology or something).

9) Don’t beat yourself up. 

Inevitably, we all slip up from time to time. I believe that if we slip up on the first month of this new healthy venture, though, it is imperative we get back on it straight away. So if you do find yourself swaying off of the path, that’s ok, we all do it. Don’t then say that you’ve failed and quit, use it, learn from it and get back on it!

10) Enjoy it. 


Being healthy has this stigma of not being any fun- complete shit. Of course there are moments that are hard but aren’t there always hard moments in life with or without being healthy? I sure would prefer to go through them with good health than without. Go out with friends. Have fun. Just make different choices. Join different groups in fitness/health communities, make new friends. The people I’ve met through doing this are absolutely incredible! Have a drink now and again or chocolate just teach yourself when to say no. 

We all have what it takes to succeed in whatever we want. It’s just the matter of if we want it enough to do what it takes to succeed. I believe in you and you should too. 

Hopefully these brief tips will keep you all going. If you can think of any more that have helped you or others please comment! 

S. 

Boredom Makes You Fat!

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They say a healthy lifestyle is made up of 30exercise and 70% what you do in the kitchen. So I thought I’d write a few tips I am currently using to stay clear of deliciously evil foods.

Since slimming I have noticed that people just want to fatten me back up again. I go round my families, they offer me a slice of cake. When I say no, they say oh go on it won’t hurt you. When I’m at work and people bring in sweets and chocolates they say oh go on have a few you deserve a treat. It drives me insane! If I actually gave in each time I have been told to ‘treat myself for all the hard work I’ve done’ I’d be back to fat square one!

If I see and want something that looks incredibly delicious but extremely naughty I do a little maths. I take how many calories it must be. Eg. 500 and then subtract how many hours of exercise and pain it would take to work it off. 99% of the time, it’s just not worth it! A moment on the lips is a bloody good session on your hips, legs, tummy, back and arms!

In the supermarkets, the healthier options are a bit pricey compared to the £1 2minute microwave deals. However, when you eat one, are you actually full? I found I never am. They taste horrendous. All the goodness that may have been in them is sucked out by the microwave.
You can easily afford a week of healthy, fresh meals if you plan exactly what you’re having beforehand. Organise them so you can use ingredients over and over again. Make a larger amount and save the other portions for lunch or dinner the next day. It really works. I feel much better for it. If you’re stick on meal ideas, you can find so many recipes on the Internet or in books/magazines. Apparently Slimming World have some great ones.

Keep busy. Boredom makes you fat! I try and keep my mind preoccupied at all times nowadays. If I get bored and start thinking of food I try and do menial tasks that I needed to do, or do a workout or go for a run or call somebody or anything really. Just don’t fill your face cause you haven’t got anything better to do.

When you’re feeling hungry, have a drink rather than reach into the fridge. Most of the time we confuse hunger with thirst. After a while if you still feel hungry, get some fruit. I used to moan when my mam used to make me eat fruit as a snack. I thought it was boring. It really isn’t! Jazz it up a bit! Make a smoothie. Add peanut butter. Add yoghurt. Try different exotic fruit you’ve never had before. Combine fruit. It only tastes bland if you make it bland.

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The main and most obvious tool you need to stop eating excessively and unhealthily is will power. It all boils down to it. Every body has it, you just need to train your mind. I have by putting myself off the good I want when I see it by methods earlier in this post. By disciplining my brain, my running and workouts are improving much more too. When I want to stop, my brain won’t let me. It pushes me to new levels. Exactly what I need to help drive me to success.

I hope some of these help. If any of you have any tips, please do share them!

Much love!

Stretch Marks Are Not Just For Christmas

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Stretch marks, they effect nearly everyone, even skinny people! Some more than others. Most people just associate them with women having babies but they occur whenever someone,with certain skin, gains or loses weight regardless of gender. Simply, whenever your skin stretches.(If you notice any new ones when you haven’t lost or gained weight, go see your Dr.)

If you have them and are getting really stressed and self conscious about the way they look, there are loads of beauty tips out there on how to camouflage them. Search for beauty blogs on here or other blog sites or research them on the Internet. Ask your friends or colleagues, I’m sure they will have tried stuff. Mostly, the advice will be to moisturise with creams or oils. Remember, everyone is different so if you try one cream that everyone is raving on about, your skin may not react to it like it did to theirs. You may have to try a couple to find your best one. Also remember that once you get stretch marks, they don’t disappear they just fade so don’t be expecting miracles. If no creams work, then I’ve heard of the laser treatment they can do. It’s pricey and painful by the sounds of it but it will help fade the marks immensely.
Surgery should be the last option in my opinion. It’s not free on the NHS but most importantly it comes with numerous risks like with any operation. Weigh up all the pros and cons extensively before you make any decisions.

The way I see it, as with anything, is to try and make a positive out of the negative. I have stretch marks all the way up my sides, under my arms, on my boobs and on my inner thighs. As I’ve been losing weight they seem to have got bigger and more prominent. But to be honest, I try and see them as battle scars. A reminder of what I’ve been through and how far I will have come when I reach my optimum weight. A reminder of the endurance and stamina it’s taken to lose this weight.
Over time they will naturally fade so I haven’t been worried about using creams (yet!) This summer it is my goal to wear a bikini on holiday and traipse around in pants all day long. My marks will be completely on show and I will wear them with pride.