10kgs and counting…

I was looking for a ‘booyah’ gif to start this blog post off with, but they all make it seem like I’m bragging or gloating. And that is not what this post is about. Don’t get me wrong, I am damn proud of myself, but this post is about sharing a bit of my journey and maybe even inspiring someone to do the same. I started my A New Weigh journey when I joined the #F2FChallenge that kicked off on 15 September ’14. You can read about it HERE and have a look at my previous results posts HERE and HERE. I have lost 10.3kgs to date. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I am very happy with my results thus far and 10kgs is a huge milestone for me. But what I have gained on this journey outweighs the weight that I have lost (I am just full of puns today). I have some of my confidence back. I walk down the street with my head held a little higher than usual. I am no longer walking around trying to blend into the crowd; scared that I may bump into someone I know. It’s not just because I feel better about the way I look, it’s because I am not carrying the shame around anymore. The shame of trying to solve my problems with food, the shame of eating in secret, the shame of eating to the point where my body can’t take it anymore, the shame of forcing food down my throat in an attempt to force down emotions, to keep them buried deep down inside....

Mio’s Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother review

I have tried so many cellulite creams over the years that I have lost count. I have never really been impressed with any of them. That’s until I discovered Mio Skincare’s Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother. Here is Mio’s video that tell you a bit more about the cream. I’m going to be honest, I am not really interested in what goes into a product like this. As long as it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients and as long as it works, I’m happy. With Mio, I am confident that both those boxes are ticked. If you want to know more though, click HERE. I have been using Shrink To Fit for almost a month now and I am dreading that final pump of the bottle. I have really been enjoying this cream. It has a brilliant cooling effect on the skin that I find extremely refreshing. I did try it once during the colder months and then I packed it away; it was a bit much for me during winter. I have heard comments that it is a bit hard to work the product into the skin, but I find it quite easy and quick. I’ve had to work a lot harder with other creams that I have tried. My skin feels smooth and nourished when applied. Most important question… DOES IT WORK?! Yes, it does help. It is important to realise that there is no magic cream or potion that is going to make your fat just disappear. You need to eat healthy, drink lots of water and exercise. If you do that and combine it with...

#F2FChallenge: Month 1 = RESULT!

I don’t really have much to say here as I think that my results says it all. I am SO happy that I have finally found a program that works for me. I am eating good, clean, healthy food and I feel satisfied and my cravings are under control. Of course I would love some chocolate (I haven’t gone mad), but I haven’t had the urge to devour a whole slab. What I love about this eating plan is that I don’t feel deprived. I get to eat protein, starch, fruit and veg. And don’t think that because I’m eating ‘clean’ that I don’t get to eat good food. My favourite A New Weigh meal is the #ANW approved pizza. Damn good! I’ve wanted to take a pic to put on Instagram, but it hasn’t stayed on my plate long enough. It’s that good! I feel lighter, I look slimmer and I am enjoying exercise more and more each day. This isn’t just a diet, this is a new way of living. I feel great!! Thank you so much Gaelyn and A New Weigh. I’m looking forward to the next 2 months of this challenge. And for the first time in a very long time, I’m looking forward to summer....

A couple of thoughts on body image

I just wrote this long ass post on body image. With definitions, the works.  As you can see, this is not that post. After reading it, it went to the recycle bin. You want to know what the perfect body is? It’s a healthy body. It’s a body that YOU feel comfortable in. It’s about finding a way of eating (eating plan, diet, whatever) that works for you. One that suits your lifestyle and one that affects your body in a positive way. It’s about movement. Our bodies were not designed to sit on the couch the whole day. Get out there and get moving. Decide whether you want to run a marathon or just be able to run around in the garden with your kids. Then do what will get you there. Stop judging others for their choices. Let them do what works for them. Or not, for that matter. You do what works for you! Do what will make you a happier and healthier person. It’s all about balance. I need balance. I want to get to that place where I can run that race and eat that ice cream. That is what I want to teach my child....

#F2FChallenge: Week 1 = RESULT

Finally a program that works for me!! Why do I say this? Well look at my results… after just one week: The A New Weigh eating plan and exercise program is amazing. I get to eat a balanced diet and I have come to realise that balanced is what my body needs. I find it much easier to maintain and a lot easier to fit into my lifestyle, and that of my family. And hey, I get to eat carbs. The exercise program is challenging and fun. The F2F Challengers are also an amazing group of women. The support from this group is invaluable. I feel great! Really. I am so excited for the next 11 weeks. NOTHING is going to stop me! The next update will be at the end of the 1st month. Watch this space!!...

A New Weigh to a new me?

In an effort to get my ass in gear, I have posted about my weight loss plans before.  I thought that if I put it out there, then I would be shamed into really doing something about my weight. Ja well, it hasn’t worked thus far. I am a lot fitter than I was a couple of months ago, and I am really enjoying being more active. But the weight… I have lost a couple, and then gained them back. So here I am, still 20kgs overweight. Really?!     I’ve been given the opportunity to join A New Weigh’s Fat to FIT Challenge and next Monday is D-day. I am looking forward to it, but I am nervous as hell. I hope that with the support from Gaelyn and the other participants that I will make it work this time. I have to. This is not just about my appearance, it’s about my health. There is still time for you to join in as well. As Gaelyn says… let’s get awesome! For more on A New Weigh and on this challenge, check out the website or Facebook page, or follow A New Weigh on Twitter and Instagram. I will be sharing my journey on the blog, on Twitter and Instagram. Shaking in my boots while typing those words… Wish me luck!...

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