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Woo Hoo for Weight Watchers Pro Points!

I recently found myself trying to squeeze into my jeans. Not fun. But I’m sure many of you can relate. I was within my healthy BMI for my height so it wasn’t too much to worry about. I have a holiday booked for later this month and I wasn’t bothered about my new curves. That was until it came to trying on my holiday wardrobe. Everything pinched a bit. Not being in a position to buy myself a new wardrobe I decided to accompany a friend of mine to Weight Watchers. Initially it was more about supporting her but when I realised that the extra pounds were falling from me I was happily on board.

When I stepped on the scales at the first meeting I learned that I was one stone over my normal weight. My first thought was Aaaaaaagh! but I decided to commit to the Pro Points plan for a few weeks and get rid of it.

I made myself a graph and hung it beside my size 8 (UK)  skinnies on the wardrobe. I had crept up to a UK size 10-12. I’m petite in height which means if I put on more than 4 pounds over my usual weight (around 9 stone) I look a little dumpy, well that’s the way I feel at least. Seeing the line on the graph I made go down was extremely motivating.

So although I don’t have a weight problem I had been less active this Spring/Summer and I also let portion size creep up. Weight Watchers has corrected both of these issues and I now feel back to myself. What I mean by this is that my attitude to food and activity has returned to normal.

Before I joined the class I thought that Weight Watchers was for people who had serious weight loss goals and that it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to go along considering I was within the healthy BMI for my height. Not so. There were plenty of ladies there who were trying to loose a few pounds. The second thing I learned was that Weight Watchers is not a faddy ‘lose lost of weight fast and pile it back on’ sort of diet. Rather, it’s an approach to living.

I committed myself whole-heartedly and lost 12 pounds in one month. I wasn’t hungry, tired or unsatisfied. I had originally expected to feel all three. Best of all the weight came off about 2.5  pounds per week. I was well hydrated so no water weight. Since my attitude has been adjusted back to the way it always was I’m hopeful that I will have no issues of poundage returning. That being said, if I see a few pounds creeping on in the future I’ll just follow weight watchers for a few weeks.

I had 29 points to use per day, which turned out to be plenty. Especially since fruit and vegetables are 0 points now. I love that there are 49 extra points to use each week too. I spent these on my social life but found that I didn’t use them all every week.

I decided to pack my suitcase this morning and try everything on. I was both shocked and delighted to discover that my shorts from last summer fit comfortable. Actually, they looked great. I am over the moon!

I decided to share this with you all, despite it being a little out of the beauty realm, because I never would have imagined  that Weight Watchers would work so well for someone who needed to drop one dress size. Especially since people say that the last 10 pounds are the hardest. I still have a few more pounds to go but I’m delighted that my holiday wardrobe fits.

I would love to hear any of your weight watchers experiences.

 


Aging, Beauty Tips, Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care

Stetchmarks – weight gain, pregnancy, teen growth spurts…

I received an email from a reader last week requesting a post on stretch marks. I may be in my twenties but I have a few run-ins with blasted stretch marks over the years, most of which occurred during my early teenage years. I have done much research over the years and tried just about everything to encourage them to fade. Now, I’m no expert but I’m happy to share what I have learned and what products I use.

1. Stretch marks can happen to anyone – They’re not age related. They can happen when you got through a growth spurt in your teens, put on weight or are pregnant. Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches and a tear appears in the tissue. It may appear purple at first but they fade to a faint silver shade with time.

2. Skin must be supple to bounce back. If you have dry skin it lacks lipids.

3. Stretch marks can be genetic. Blame your mammy.

4. You can help prevent them, although genetics may win in the end. At least when your body returns to normal the moisturisation will encourage your skin to follow suit.

5. They fade over time naturally. You can also help them fade by ensuring the skin the nourished and moisturised.

6. They may never completely disappear – it is ripping of tissue after all

7. Moisturise from the inside – If you have dry skin moisturising from the inside can help. My skin was so dry as a teen that I needed to moisturise my entire body 3 times a day for it to feel comfortable. Then a friend of mine, a naturopath, recommended I take flax supplements. After a few weeks my skin was far less dry and I only moisturised going to bed every second night. Drink plenty of water, if you’re body is dehydrated your skin won’t see a drop!

8. Moisture on the outside – Moisture is your friend. That being said there are very few ingredients that have proved helpful in fading and protecting your skin from stretch marks. Cocoa Butter has proved to be effective. As has Bio-Oil which is a little expensive. Bio Oil helped my scars heal flat so personally I would try it on stretchmarks. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter stick and Palmers Cocoa Butter(see below) are also good. I moisturise my stretched areas (for m e it’s hips)morning and evening without fail. It takes dedication and a constant stream of lipids to keep dry skin supple.


8. Pregnancy – start early. Genetics is in play, so if your mum had stretchmarks during pregenancy be prepared. They will fade after delivery but may not completely disappear. Palmers Cocoa Butter. Twice a day at least.

9. Teenagers – My own stretchmarks formed at the age of 14 when I took a growth spurt and my hips arrived. I didn’t actually out on any weight, I was a pigeon at this stage, but the growth spurt was enough to cause them. If you are a teenager, relax, they will fade. You’re skin is much more supple than women older than you. Moisturise regularly and take care of your skin. They will fade.

10. A bit of fake tan makes the world of difference. It counteracts the purple / silveriness. Try it.

* A note on organic – Many lab made creams that cost the earth and claim to rid you of your stretchmarks. Be realistic. You are often paying for the label and the advertising. Lab made chemicals are often too large to be absorbed by the skin, you will feel the residue sitting on the surface. In my experience a more natural approach is best. Nourish from the inside, add more moisture from the outside and stay hydrated. When you have those in check then start thinking about including a cocoa butter formula and maybe some bio oil. When choosing a cocoa butter formula check the ingredients on the back of the bottle – if cocoa butter is listed near the top of the list than you can rest assured that the product has enough of the ingredient to be effective.

I will post a recipe for a diy stretchmark cream later this week, it’s far more effective than most shop bought products thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the lack of synthetic chemicals.

As I said, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps!

Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, Organic / Natural

Voya Fennel Fusion: Anti-cellulite & Slimming Infusion

I came across Voya Fennel Fusion Tea and thought it might be useful to post the information since it’s January and so many of you are on a health kick (I’m not included that group, she says as she scoffs a bickie).

VOYA has created a therapeutic herbal infusion which combines the detoxifying and anti-cellulite properties of its organic hand harvested seaweed with a carefully chosen collection of organic herbs. The infusion is designed for sluggish systems, perfect for this time of year.

The herbal fusion made from a careful blend of organic seaweed and organic fennel leaves.  “Fennel’s cleansing, detoxifying and calming effects get to work, gently boosting the digestive system, while the nutrient rich seaweed provide a diverse range of  essential fatty acids, minerals, RNA, DNA, carotenoids, protein and fibre – all essential for digestive health. Used as part of a balanced diet, VOYA’s Herbal Fusions can act as metabolism boosters and slimming aids easing digestion and bloating”.

*All of VOYA’s Fusions are Soil Association accredited organic, are gluten free and contain no GM ingredients.

Each box Contains 20 tea sachets and costs €9.95

 

Stockists:
Voya Day Spa, Sligo● Greenlane Gallery, Kerry ● Haute Mama (online sales) ● Healthy Days, Co. Cork ● Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary ● House Of Fraser – Dundrum Shopping Centre ● Inishboffin House Hotel, Galway ● Kate’s Kitchen, Sligo ● La Spa Therapie, Drogheda, La Spa Therapie, Malahide ● Lady’s Buttery Craft Gallery, Co. Mayo ● Lavender Health Spa, Co. Tyrone ● Leitrim Design House, Co. Leitrim ● Lough Erne Golf Resort and Thai Spa, Fermanagh ● Lyrath Estate Hotel Oasis Spa, Kilkenny ● Monart Destination Spa, Co. Wexford ● My Yoga Body, Dun Laoghaire ● Mylestone Interiors, Killarney, Co. Kerry ● Nirvana Beauty and Day Spa, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, NI ● One Pery Square Hotel and Spa, Limerick ● Silver Tassie Hotel, Co. Donegal ● Terriors Donnybrook,D4 ● The Beautique, Co. Clare ● The Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford ● The Gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1 ● The Heritage Golf Club & Resort, Killenard Co. Laois ● The Royal Marine – Sansana Spa, Dun Laoghaire ● The Twelve Hotel, Co. Galway ●Tranquil Beauty, Co. Down ● Doonbeg Golf & Country Club, Co. Clare ● Rivercourt Hotel C/0 Lyrath Estate ● The K Club, Co. Kildare ● Nirvana Day Spa, Londerry 514JH and leading international spas.  VOYA products can also be purchased online at www.voya.ie.  For further stockist information please contact: VOYA on 071 9168956 & sales@voya.ie.

 

 

Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, YouTube Videos

Video: My Diet

I really enjoyed lollipop26’s diet ramble video and I could relate as I’m sure many of you can. Dieting and weight control are such huge issues for us, just bear in mind that I’m no expert and this is a vlog on my own experience. It’s also my first ever vlog :)

I would love to hear about your dieting and weight experiences. It’s good to share :)

Diet/Excercise, General

Ridiculous addictions…

It has been said that I often show obsessive behaviour towards shallow things. I suppose you could call them fads. I obsess about these things for a short time, get bored and then move on to something else. My tendency towards obsessive behaviour stops at shallow things like food and beauty products, no bunny boiling here he hee. Here are my current obsessions…

1. Maple Syrup:

P1020896What do I want to eat you ask? The answer is anything I can put maple syrup on. This obsession started in West Egg in Chicago last November. Maple syrup on everything? I’m in! I couldn’t find maple syrup in my local supermarket this month so I had to settle on Golden Syrup Maple Flavour. It’s not exactly the same but it’ll do. I noticed that The Organic Supermarket have a huge bottle of organic Canadian Maple Syrup for €9, I will be buying this from their website later today.

2. Keogh’s raspberry scones:

P1020890These are the most amazing scones I have ever tasted. I have tried every scone on sale in Keogh’s on Trinity Street but raspberry is on the obsession list.

3. Pretty headbands:

P1020926I feel like every outfit looks prettier with a headband lately. I need to control myself! These two are from Penneys and were a bargain.

4. Working out – Ministry of Sound Pump it up:

I just can’t get enough of this dvd. It’s fun, fast paced and takes no prisoners. I’m addicted to the after effects of this workout and the results (video coming!). I want to do this every day but stop myself. Every other day is more sensible, muscles need recovery time. I usually do the warm up and one of the dance sections with the Bums n’ tums.  I’m all about hardcore workouts and this one has become a bit of an obsession. I now have abs of steel…not so pretty.

What are your current obsessions?

Le grá,

Amy x