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Diet/Excercise

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.

 


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 :)

Haircare / Styling

Hair Loss

I decided to share my hair issues with you in case there was anybody else out there experiencing the same problem. If you are, you’re not alone!

I have experienced a significant amount of hair loss in the last few months. I always lose a little hair in my hair brush and during washing but this was an excessive amount. I continued to lose wads of hair on a daily basis for nearly 2 months.

As you already know,my parents are both hairdressers so I immediately consulted them. At this stage my hair was at half of it’s original volume. I was very upset about the problem.

I realised after speaking with my parents and my GP that the cause of the hair loss was stress. I couldn’t deny this. I’m quite an anxious person, and have been considerably more anxious over the past 6 months.

I have been taking time to myself to try and calm the hell down (I think that’s the scientific way of putting it!) and my hair has finally stopped falling out. I now have about a third of the hair I had 6 months ago but at least it’s not continuing to fall out.

It took a lot for me to share this but I would hate for anyone who is experiencing this problem to panic and feel alone. Although m instinct was to freak out and worry about my hair falling out, this only made the problem worse.

My advice is to do whatever you can to relax and take time for yourself. I know this is easier said then done but it’s important. If you are so stressed that you are losing your hair, you’re body is crying out for change.

Amy x

Bath & Body, General

Varicose & Spider Veins

legs_1Varicose veins are in my family. As a hairdresser my Mam has spent most days on her feet and this has been a huge issue for her. One of my friends has them too and not only are they painful but they effect her confidence. When she goes shopping the veins effect her choice in clothes. She hates showing her legs, even at the beach. Continue Reading