I have never been a fan of calorie counting. I know that it is all about the nutritional value of what your eating and not how many calories are in it, I am fully aware. But the simple truth is, you must burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. When I got stuck in a bit of a rut and my weight loss became stagnant I knew I had to try something different. So I decided to start counting calories to see how much I was actually consuming. Here is what I learned.
Why do we put other people's needs before our own? People that don't need to be looked after or cared for, yet we still feel it necessary to put ourselves in a more difficult position for others. Now I am all for helping those you love and giving back but when it comes to your mental health and wellness there comes a time when you need to block out what everyone else needs and just focus on you. So how can you become more selfish and put yourself first?
I have always been terrible at drinking water. I used to be the type of person that would look at the clock and realize that it was 1 pm and I still hadn't drank a single drop. My skin was terrible, I used to get water infections pretty often and I was struggling to lose weight. I had tried so many times to drink more but I could never remember and had nothing in place to hold myself accountable. So here is how to finally start drinking more water.
On the 1st of January I decided to give up sugar. I wasn't sure how long I was going to stick to it but after feeling super motivated, I have managed to give it up for six weeks so far. If you are thinking about giving up sugar then here are some things that I have discovered along the way.
Setting yourself goals is so important. If you don't have a vision of what you are working towards how do you know what route you need to go down? You wouldn't start driving somewhere without knowing the destination. If you are a bit stuck with what to set yourself that isn't too cliche or too difficult to attain then here are some Goals you need to set yourself to have the best year yet.
I have been obsessed with meal planning for about 18 months now. Every single Saturday without fail I get all of my recipe books out in front of me, get Pinterest open and start recording what I want for that coming week. I love planning my meals, it helps with my weekly grocery bill, helps me eat healthily and just generally keeps my productivity at a high. If you are considering Meal Planning too then here are some ways I think it is great.
I think we can all go through bouts of loneliness in our lives, some will last for a few moments in a particularly isolating situation and others can last years when you feel you have no one to turn to. I think more people than we realise are dealing with loneliness and it is something that needs to be spoken about. It isn't a nice feeling at all and could possibly lead to depression, which is not a good mix when you feel so alone.
I had been looking into it and seen so many things about sugar being so bad for you and I really took this on board. At first, I didn't even want to give up chocolate because I love it so much but for my health and weight I knew I had to. But after reading into I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson it really opened my eyes to what I should be doing. Now I am not sticking to her program word for word but I have taken a lot of inspiration from her books and using a lot of her delicious recipes.
A quarter-life crisis can be a challenging and frustrating time, sometimes with no end in sight. However looking at this time of your life with a fresh outlook can make you realise that it’s never as bad as it seems and it can actually be a good thing. I wanted to reflect on how it is a blessing in disguise and can be the push you never knew you needed to start you on a new path.