Friday, 6 May 2016

Why I'm No Longer Sharing Monthly Goal Posts


I make no apology for my blogger (or life) cliche. I genuinely cannot believe it is May! Partly due to the fact if I look out the window in the house we're staying at in South Wales it is pouring with rain but also because I can't quite figure out where the months have gone. Somehow we've already been married 4 months!!

Why I'm no longer sharing monthly goal posts


But I digress. In March I sat down to write my "monthly goals" post and realised I didn't want to.. in part, I don't think I felt much like blogging anyway but equally I just didn't want to write another monthly goals post. April came around and so did the same feeling, so I decided to explore that a bit more and from there realised I actually find them unhelpful and I don't enjoy writing them.

So here's why I won't be writing monthly goals posts anymore :

1. They make me feel guilty - I totally believe in being honest with you as my friends & readers but when I don't hit my goals I feel like a failure and I beat myself up. To be honest, I'm trying to eliminate opportunities to beat myself up as much as possible.

2. It wasn't keeping me accountable - I didn't feel like by writing my list each month I was staying anymore accountable to my goals and the whole reason I started to write them was to keep accountable. 

2. They're not unique - Pretty much every blogger does them, right? Of course their goals are unique but the post itself isn't - and aren't we trying to be unique?

3. It feels lazy  - I absolutely believe in having regular content and sometimes you need something that is easy to write. But to be analysing one list and then creating a new list was beginning to feel like lazy, boring writing. 

4. It was added pressure - I guess this comes under the guilt thing. Having a regular monthly piece meant when I didn't write a monthly goals post I felt even worse about not blogging. Blogger guilt is real. 

4. I want to focus on long term goals - I shared my New Year's Resolutions at the start of the year and I want to focus on them as well as some blog specific goals which I'm hoping to share very soon. Yes, breaking some goals down month by month is helpful but other times it's better to set a longer time frame. You know what they say: Rome wasn't built in a day!

Do you read monthly goals posts?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Lean In 15 : The Start



Lean in 15 - Joe Wicks


As you will know, I have been following Slimming World for a little over a year now and I did see some huge success early on. But I've gotten a bit lax with it over the past few months and have gained a lot of the weight back. 

With lots of weddings this year I'm aiming to loss about 1lb a week to be at my target by July. However, having read some really great things about Joe Wick's Body Coach: Lean in 15 I have decided to mix Slimming World up a bit with some of the ideas from Lean in 15.

I will still be attending weekly weigh ins at Slimming World (because despite Joe Wick's advice I just can't give up on the "sad step") and i'll still be focusing on mostly syn free/ low syn versions of the meals from the Lean in 15 book. 

So my meals and snacks for the week are planned and here's the plan of action, starting tomorrow: 

Follow the Lean in 15 plan - (3 low carb meals & 2 snacks on non-workout days, 2 low carb and 1 higher carb meal and 2 snacks on workout days). These will mostly be low syn/syn free or healthy but I won't be counting syns. Since I won't be having as many snacks as syns I feel like it'll balance out. Sorry Slimming World purists.

Upping my water intake - Joe Wick's recommends between 3-4l of water a day. I'm currently aiming for 1l a day but hoping to up this as part of the plan.

Cutting out alcohol - not completely, but aiming for a mostly "dry May" with perhaps 1 or 2 days where I have a drink or two. 

Cutting down fizzy drinks - I am a complete diet coke addict. But I don't think it helps with bloating so I'm going to try and cut down my fizzy drinks consumption probably to 1 or 2 a week. 

Introduce HIIT Workouts - I've been going to the gym for the last few weeks and enjoying it. I'm hoping introducing HIT workouts with guidance from the Lean in 15 book will see me tone up and burn fat easier. 

I'm hoping to share regular updates over the next few weeks and months - potentially a monthly progress update. 

Here are my starting stats:

Weight above target  : 1 stone 2lbs (approx I'm going to weigh in at Slimming World on Tuesday which will be more accurate)

Bust: 31"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 38"
Thigh: 23"
Bicep: 11.5" 

I do have some "before pics" but I'm a bit embarrassed by them so I might wait and share them when I've got an after pic I'm proud of!!

Have you tried Lean in 15? 
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