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Healthy transformation : inspiring story of my friends’ weight loss. 

I can’t help myself but to admire two of my friends journey in losing weight. I have seen them at their biggest and at their new healthier transformation. I’m sharing their story to motivate myself and inspire others as well. I have asked them to share their story, struggles and motivations in achieving their goal to a healthier lifestyle.

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First one I would like to introduce to you is my friend Rose. She is good at cooking so she definitely loves food. She used to be a size uk 12/14 and 70kilos. 3 months ago, she decided that she needed to make a change with her eating habits. According to her, she used to eat junk food, fatty food, and always go for McDonald’s and KFC whenever she could. She would also eat her children’s left over as she felt bad that food was being wasted.

She said that it was a struggle to start with, her motivation was to look at her photos of when she was big, she said that she felt fat and very unhealthy.


She changed her diet and cut down on all junk food such as crisp, chocolates, coke, cake, fatty foods and she just throws away any leftover food. She also start counting her calories and only eats up to 2000 calories per day.


Her breakfast is coffee and cereal bar, snack would be fruit. Main meal is skinless chicken breast either grilled or steam fish and vegetable. She doesn’t eat fried foods anymore only steamed and grilled. She also gave up rice and she said that she has a strict rules. She can’t eat anything after 6pm and she said that she is fine with it. She also started exercising either going to the gym or exercise at home through YouTube. Within 3 months of changing her lifestyle, she has quickly lost weight.

I was surprised when I saw her for a catch up as she really slimmed down. She definitely much happier now and she feels much healthier too.

I asked her what made her start dieting and exercising. She said that it’s her pictures that really got to her. Looking at her photos she feel like she neglected herself. She said that she never thought she could do it. Everytime she is tempted she always think that it will make her fat again if she lost control. She’s now maintaining herself and living a healthier lifestyle.

Ana


Next is my friend Ana. They own a pub so it’s really easy to just eat anything she wants since they have a chef. I have met her when she was a size 12/14 as she came and buy clothes from me whenever I have a clear out. When she was trying clothes on  they are tight on her, I think that’s when she decided to make a change.


She said that her weight is becoming out of control. She started going to the gym and bought fitness equipment to use at home as well. She really got into fitness, it’s her dream to be a fitness instructor one day. She told me that she really researched healthy food and exercise. She said that it’s all down to what we’re eating which makes us unhealthy. But also activity, we need to burn fat and calories by exercising or being active.

Dieting doesn’t mean starving yourself, according to her you should not miss a meal. She started having breakfast ,for example porridge, then lunch would be grilled or steamed meat/fish plus vegetable. She also stop drinking coffee and coke and switched to just water. She is now around Size uk 6/8 and has achieved a very slim yet well toned body figure.


She said that she doesn’t deny herself treats because she exercises everyday, which means whatever she eats she will burn it off.  She also said that your metabolism works properly if you don’t miss a meal.


I’m so happy for both of my friends. They have done well and proved that anything is possible if you have a strong will to make a change in your life.

Honestly I’m considering a change to my lifestyle as well, I don’t have discipline when it comes to food. I just eat anything i want from junk food to sweets and takeaways. I also don’t exercise because I’m far too busy with everything. My exercising is doing household chores and running errands plus I’m working which involves physical activity. I’m just lucky to have a fast metabolism though it’s not an excuse. My diet is very unhealthy which makes me feel guilty. I also need to stretch myself as my body aches very easily and I want to improve my body posture.

You probably think I’m fine but the picture doesn’t do justice, I’m just good at hiding my belly or imperfections. I’m inspired by my friends stories and seeing them achieve their goals makes me feel motivated. If they can do it then I’m sure I can too. It’s not that I want to be slim like a model but I want to be healthier and to tone my body and have more energy. I get tired easily and stressed. I do really need a healthy transformation.

So, what do you say? Are you inspired or motivated? Or do you have a healthy transformation story too? Please feel free to share with us and let’s make the world a better place, to inspire each other to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting

There’s going to be a lot on your plate when you are pregnant. Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that a lot of people forget about some issues. However, your pregnancy will be much easier on you if you know exactly what’s going to be in store for you.

The forgotten pregnancy issues discussed below are among the most important of all. You need to make sure that you understand them all and prepare how you’re going to deal with them. It’s not good to let these things take you by surprise and make your pregnancy any more stressful than it already has to be. Continue reading “Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting”

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Ways To Reclaim Your Young Days

Nostalgia is a warm yet icy blanket. Whilst it is always sweet to reminisce about the good old days of your youth, the memory can offer be bitter, as you come to the realisation that you are no longer as young as you were and you never will be this young again. Still, this doesn’t have to be such a depressing though, as you’re only as young as you feel. That’s a stereotypical line, of course, but there’s a modicum of truth to it.

Whilst ageing is unavoidable, confidence and good health are both things which are well within your control and are both remnants of your young days. If you want to reclaim that feeling in both a mental and a real, physical sense, then here are some tips to help return your body and mind to a youthful stage.

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Sleep.

It’s easy for us to complain about never feeling awake or alert, but often the problem is that we’re just not getting as much sleep as we should be. Yes, when you were 21 you only needed a 6 or 7 hour sleep in order to feel refreshed, but time is harsh like that.

The best way to feel better as you get older is to accept that you’re getting older and work harder to hold onto that youthful, refreshed feeling you miss so dearly.

Sleep isn’t just a time for recovering energy; it’s a process which helps your entire body recover. It helps your health as much as it helps your energy levels, so don’t just see it as a chance to stop your yawning.

Try getting eight hours sleep every night for a couple of months until it becomes a habit, and you might just find that you’re feeling and looking a lot healthier and more alert.

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Strength training.

Exercise is crucial for good health, but strength training is one of the most important forms of exercise, whatever your age. Not only will you be burning fat in the same way as if you did regular cardio, but you’ll be pushing your muscles to their limits, creating micro tears and, as a result, creating stronger muscle fiber.

All of this will get your body working at an elevated level, much as it did when you were younger. You might only care about projecting an outward appearance of still living your young days, but a steady routine of weight training will make your body young and healthy on the inside.

Practicality and health should be at the forefront of your mind, as a youthful and impressive appearance will come as a happy bonus from this.

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Hair.

Hair is something which remains incredibly important to us throughout our youth and old age. It’s a defining element of your appearance and personality, which is why it still matters so much even as it changes along with you throughout the years.

However, with age, much like all things, your hair may start to become a little disobedient and wither in ways which you hoped it never would. You could look into solutions such as finasteride for hair loss too, as thinning is quite common amongst men and women once the cruel effects of aging set in.

Perhaps the fading colour of your youthful hair bothers you too, but it’s best to avoid dyeing it if you can, as this can cause further damage; it’s best to simply take care of your hair and wear it with pride no matter the colour. People are actively choosing to dye their hair white or grey now anyway, so there’s no reason your new shade of hair can’t be youthful.

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Keep your lifestyle fresh.

Routines are good for us in that they keep us on track mentally and physically, but they can also become dull after a short while of keeping them up. When you were young, life was changing so quickly, much like you, that your routine, interests and habits seemed to alter rapidly. New opportunities presented themselves every day, you learned new things and you met different people.

All these things kept your mind and body young and alert, which is why you should be seeking out the same opportunities and switching up your routine even as you get older. Wake up at a different time, go somewhere new, and meet different people. Challenge yourself, and keep life as fresh and new as it was when you were young. You truly are only as young as you feel.

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Their Health In Your Hands

Every parent hopes to keep their children healthy. In fact, it’s the main thing we worry about. We go out of our way thinking about how to keep them safe. In some cases, we stay up at night worrying about it.

The bad news is, there’s no way to stop them catching sniffles and bugs when they’re in school. Children get close and personal, so you can assure they’ll catch a few illnesses along the way. The good news is, there are steps you can take to lessen the impact these bugs have on their lives.

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KNOW WHAT THEY NEED

We’re all aware that getting a good diet is essential for helping us fight illness. Who doesn’t reach for the oranges when a cold strikes? Your children are no different. Giving them what they need will help them fight any bugs they pick up.

Provide them with a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and veg. That way, their bodies will be in the best position to fight illness. Of course, getting children to eat what they should isn’t easy. If you have a fussy eater, you may have your work cut out.

Get creative with how you present food to ensure they eat what they should. Making food fun is always a good idea. Showing it in a fun design, or playing games is your best bet. Never mind about not playing with food. If it gets them to eat what they should, it’s worth it.

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AN EMERGENCY HEALTH KIT

Every home should have a first aid kit. This is especially important where children are concerned. You need to stock up on cold medicine, painkillers, and anything else you think necessary. That way, you can get the medicine out the moment they start feeling under the weather.

A thermometer is always a good idea as well. You’ll need to keep a close eye on their temperatures. Make sure to keep this kit out of reach. If possible, don’t let your children know where it is. That way, you don’t have to worry about them getting their hands on what they shouldn’t.

FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

There’s no need to rush your children to the doctors every time they catch a cold. Even so, it can help your peace of mind to have a doctor’s opinion. That’s why it’s worth looking into an online Dr App or something similar. That way, you can put your mind at ease without making unnecessary appointments or waiting around. Plus, this will allow you to act fast if their illness is something to worry about.

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A LITTLE TLC

For many of us, the comforting love we received when we were ill as children is something we remember to this day. Make sure you give that memory to your kids by giving them plenty of love when they’re unwell.

Cuddle them on the sofa, and treat them to their favourite foods. It can’t hurt to buy them a DVD or two to watch, either.

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Confidence Is in More Than Just Your Appearance

When we talk about confidence, we typically associate it with things such as your personality, attitude, and ultimately your appearance. The more comfortable you are with your look, the more likely you are to have faith in who you are as a person and, as a result, take on life’s challenges without a worry. However, confidence isn’t just in your appearance. Once you’ve worked out, lost weight and picked out a good outfit to gain your confidence back, you might still feel like something is missing.

That something is probably your health.

Let’s face it, outward appearances don’t mean everything. We can hide things as best we can, but ultimately, our bodies are our temple and our body image should reflect how we feel inside. The most basic example is the consumption of water to flush out bad toxins in your body. Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water as opposed to alcohol or soda has amazing benefits for your skin that can really boost your confidence.

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Confidence in your body’s health

When you’re confident that your body is healthy, you’re more likely to take risks and do something extraordinary. However, if you’re worried that you might be developing an illness or that your fatigue is the result of overexerting yourself, then it might severely limit your options in life and it can be a debilitating state of mind.

There’s no use looking up online diagnosis websites to try and determine what your symptoms mean. There are some illnesses or conditions that have very obvious symptoms, but something as general as pain in a certain part of your body could be something trivial or it could be something serious. This is why it’s always recommended that you contact your doctor and schedule regular appointments to check on your overall health. It’s a lot better than sitting at home worrying that you might have a serious condition.


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Know the right places to visit

Doctors are very powerful people. Their words carry a lot of weight due to their profession which is why it’s essential that you pick a good doctor or medical practice that knows how to handle their patients. Specialised services are a step up from a general doctor and typically offer tailor-made services for patients of all genders and conditions. For instance, a smear test clinic is usually very welcoming to female patients and all the nurses, doctors and staff are trained to provide you with all the information and assistance you need.

A well-equipped medical practice is going to give you the confidence boost you need to be able to tell your doctor about your conditions. Condescending staff members that don’t care about your issues or who prescribe you useless medicines are not helpful. In fact, their negligence could be an incredibly slippery slope that you need to get off before they misdiagnose you and destroy your confidence. 

In short, if you aren’t confident in speaking to your doctor about your health, fire them and get a new one that understands you.

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Getting that body confidence back.

It’s been a good few months since Christmas, and perhaps some of those Christmas pounds are still lingering with the January blues and heading back to work and reality. It can be a stressful time, with a lack of motivation for work, socialising and even working out. However, the warmer, happier months are heading this way, and already those beautiful spring evenings are probably putting you in a good mood. The flowers are blooming, and your energy is up, but are you confident yet in your body and are you ready for those impending bikini holidays! Your days of feeling confident can easily come back to you, it’s all about perseverance and of course, that desire to look and feel good, just in time for the holiday season! 

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Getting back your motivation may not be easy, but you have to start somewhere, and feeling confident in your body, means saying yes to more things, which in turn, allows you to create more memories and stop saying no to things. Firstly, try to stop comparing your body to others. It’s a common problem that many of us have and it’s ruining your confidence and making you feel more miserable. 

Every body is different, and this is based on genetics, lifestyle factors and much more. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and you may be surprised at how many other people may envy your body, even if you’re feeling miserable about it! Your weight and height should be evenly spaced out, which is why we measure our BMI. You can do this online easily with a calculator based on your weight and height. 

Most of the time, we feel we need to tone up a little bit more, rather than losing weight. Drastic weight loss is never good and it’s something that we can easily get sucked into by reading the gossip magazines and seeing tons of airbrushed models! 

Start by getting into a routine, and this does not mean having to pay a hefty gym membership, but rather taking a brisk walk on a morning, or an evening stroll, just staying active by walking can be very beneficial to your bodily cycles. 

Why not try cycling, or perhaps even swimming which is a fabulous full body workout without a huge strain on you physically. Start eating your treats in moderation and plan your meals, which is good for you mentally and also lighter on your wallet. 

You don’t waste as much food! Create some healthy juices to start the day! By starting your diet early in spring, by the time those beautiful summer days roll around, you’ll be seeing the results; and before long, you’ll be feeling confident to wear those sassy luxury swimwear pieces again that you can find at knicker locker

Often women feel a little happier with a tan. Fake tan can be just as good as a natural one if you find the right one for you. Try a gradual tanner if you’re worried about any orange streaks, and then it’s a more gradual and natural process and can really make you feel happier in your own skin. 

Get your notepads at the ready and start planning, get ahead of the game, and feel more confident again! 

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Calpol soothe and care vapour plug and nightlight review | #breathewelltosleepwell



I was sent this calpol vapour plug sample to try and test from BzzAgent. This was a perfect timing as well as we have colds and cough when we received it so I thought let’s see if it’s effective. 

It’s simple to use just open the refil pads included in the pack ( has 5 refil pads that last up to 8 hours per pad ) then insert the pad into the slot using the foil to hold the pad. I use my finger tip in pushing it into the slot. 

Then plug it in and a nightlight will be activated at night. 
Allow 60-90 minutes for vapour to fill the room. I plug ours in the hallway as the room is on the left and right of it and just leave both doors open. The vapour has a blend aromatic oil including lavender, chamomile, menthol,  camphor and eucalyptus. 


This help to soothe and ease breathing especially when you have colds and cough. I find this effective and really helpful during the time we have colds. 


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