Who is feeling the BLOAT?

Who is feeling the BLOAT?

Wow! how much damage can 3 days do…………… A LOT!!! Please tell me its not just me. I started the Christmas festivities very sprightly, calm and excited. I had 3 days off (in terms of nutrition). For those of you that don’t know….in April 2020 I am competing in my first ever Female Body Building Competition. So I had a very long kist of all the foods I have bene craving for the last 4 months that just haven’t been possible to fit into my cheat meals. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t sit in a corner stuffing a box of quality street (i’m not knocking that), but I did eat A LOT, in a very short space of time.

So I went from feeling sprightly to somewhat resembling being 8 months regnant with quads! My tummy hurt, it was hard and  couldn’t move. If I am honest I am still not feeling 100% and as I write this I know I need to get out and do my daily cardio before it gets dark.

Why does this happen? basically our digestive system cant cope. Imagine your intestines as the M25 and the traffic is your food. When you eat regularly and fuel yourself with healthy easily to digest foods and wash it down with lots of healthy water you, like the traffic flow nicely. However, start to overload with a fry up for breakfast washed down with your finest Moet, followed by more bubbles and nibbles for present opening, followed by a few aperitif chocolates. Then the meal…. starters, all the turkey and veg, sausage, bacon, stuffing and don’t forget the yorkie puds and the gravy washed down with a nice pinot noir. A little rest to pull the crackers and see if you can squeeze in seconds….then roll out the Desserts. Freshly baked mince pies, chocolate log and the all important brandy soaked Christmas Pudding with more wine and finished off with chocolates, liquors and some posh coffee. The intestines cant take it! traffic is at a stand still. The food just hasn’t had time to digest to allow for the next mouthful so we go into complete intestine grid lock, and hence the food baby appears at a fully developed ready pop 8 months!. The overload on carbs then sends us into a food coma, so we miss the queens speech and next thing…….its 6pm. You guessed it, time for tea! And we repeat this process……..

I don’t know about you but my body needs a detox! So today, I have emptied my entire fridge into a black sack. No more triffle, cheese cake, cheese, pate (the bubble I have made into burgers and freezed), everything has gone. I will spend the next 7 days detoxing (this basically means feeling my body with lots of water, no sugar or fat) a getting back to feeling like me again. Then we hit my 30 days to healthy living plan to get on track for losing 10kg by 1st February 2020! Is it going to be easy… NO, but 100%  its going to be worth it.

 

Lets get honest

Lets get honest

11 days left of this year and 11 days left of this decade!!!!!! I am not sure what I am more shocked about, the fact that I remember the millennium celebrations and spending the night on call because as soon as the clocks on the computers hit 00:00:00 the world was going to end OR the fact that it was 20 years ago!!!! 20 years! Its actually quite frightening at how quickly time passes, and more so as you get older, I have no idea why this is but it just seems to go quicker.

So lets get honest, and I am not going make you go back 20 years. Lets just look back to 1st January 2019. Did you set any New Years resolutions? perhaps you wanted to stop smoking, join a gym (and actually go this time), be healthier, get a new job, move house, be happier………..the list can be quite long. Did you do it? if you did huge congratulations, you are in the 8% of people that actually accomplished them. 25% of people stay committed for 30 days then just..give up. Its the same any time of the year, commitment isn’t something that just flows to us on the 1st day of each year. The same process applies for weight loss, learning a new skill, reading a book etc. It all comes down to how much you want it, what does it mean to you, what are the consequences of not doing it and how will you do it. Resolutions are too vague, you need to set goals instead. Goals are specific, they are actionable which makes them more effective.Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why is it important and how will you make it happen. Take being healthier as an example and break it down. How are you going to become healthier? Will that mean changing eating habits, and/or join a gym or fitness class? Do you need to hire a personal trainer or a health coach to help you with these goals? what else will you have to do? Be as specific as possible and break it down into all of the smaller steps you will need to reach your full goal.

The biggest challenge is to be honest with yourself. Most people have the same resolutions year on year as they simply just carry it over (guilty as charged over here). Take a good look in the mirror and actually ask yourself questions out loud. What got in the way last time? Why do you want to do it? How will it make you feel? 

Know you can do it, because you can. Believe in yourself, but know……if you change nothing, nothing changes.

 

 

 

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