World Mental Health Day

You are not alone. You shall see those words showered across all of social media today. Sure, some people will just read past it and not take it in. But a lot of people will read those simple words and feel the love and support around them like they have never felt before.

I have always suffered a little bit with my mental health. It’s mostly been with self confidence as a result of bullying. I never really dealt with it or took it seriously until May this year. Having two major events happen so close to each other really did knock me sideways. I really did and still do suffer with anxiety a lot over, and I’m still working on recovering. One thing I have really learned is tell the world your problems and the world will help you. I have never felt so much love and support surrounding me since those events, and I can’t believe I didn’t speak up sooner. I reached out and I sought counselling for the first time in my life, and I feel myself getting stronger and fighting back when I do have bad mental days.

Mental health is slowly becoming less of a taboo. More and more people are speaking up and seeking help for their issues. And about time! Our society is so focused on our external health that mental health seems to be forgotten sometimes. If there is one piece of advice I can give you reading this, is to find that person you can share every single detail with. It may seem easier and less of a burden to others when you keep all of the mental issues inside and quiet, but I promise you it’s not.

You will have bad days. We all do. But a problem shared is a problem halved. Take some weight off your shoulder. Someone will always be there to help you carry the load.

L x

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A step in the right direction.

I did a lot of research before I dove into the work of fitness technology. There are so many options and different features, its hard to know how to narrow it down!

I knew I wanted mainly a step tracker. If I could at least do 10,000 steps a day, it would be a good start to my exercise routine. I also knew I wanted to be able to integrate my steps and calories burned with MyFitnessPal. That directed me to one brand. Fitbit.

I love my Fitbit. I have owned 2 of their trackers, with the Fitbit charge as my first fitness tracker and my second being the Fitbit Alta. Both had and have served me well in keeping up my exercise. Not only do I ace the 10,000 steps a day, but I exceed it every day. I also challenge my friends and family to the workweek challenge, meaning i’m always pushing myself to make sure I win! My new tracker also can identify when i’m doing a different type of exercise. I really do get

Fitbit have done a really good job of making a simple bit of tech for everyone. From someone who just wants to up their stepping to a marathon runner. And at an affordable price, you really don’t have to break the bank to invest in your health.

L x

The Beginners Guide to Weight Loss

It’s a scary world to get into weight loss. Google the term and you’ll get thousands of results back, one completely different from the next. I remember starting out and feeling overwhelmed with all the information I read. What’s the right way? How do I start? If I do what this person did, will I become that skinny? One thing to take into account when you read all of these articles and blogs is that one method won’t necessarily work as well for one person as it does another.

For me, I took 4 very simple steps to start my weight loss.

  1. I mentally convinced myself to take the leap. It’s not easy to take the first step. But, If I wanted this to work, I needed to put the work in.
  2. I tracked what I ate. I decided to do this via MyFitnessPal. I had heard a lot about the app, and decided to use its simple design to help me accurately log the calories based on what it recommended. To this day I still use this app to count my calories and macros.
  3. I joined a gym. Something I had put off for a long while. I knew that I needed to step up my exercise and the gym is a simple and affordable way to do that.
  4. I planned my week. I planned my meals. I planned my workouts. I planned everything! Planning ahead made it so much easier to stick to my healthy lifestyle.

And thats all I’ve done to get to where I am today. Like I said above, everyone is different. Some people will join a group to help then along. Some people will just eat a certain amount a day. Some may even just up their exercise. But start off with something simple and as long as you stick to it, it won’t be long until the pounds fall off.

L x

Planning!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be really simple and easy.  I try to create a plan each week with both food and exercise and try and keep as close to the plan as possible. What you will see below is my plan for this week. I will alter things like calories, so that days I am not going to the gym or doing less exercise I am still in a calorie deficit.

Monday – Swim
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Stir Fry

Tuesday – Gym 
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Steak, Chips, Peas + Brocolli

Wednesday
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes
Dinner – Baked potato, cheese, beans

Thursday – Swim
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes + Mini Cheddars
Dinner – Gluten free sausages, Mash, asparagus and carrots

Friday – Gym
Breakfast – Porridge, Almond milk + Chia seeds
Morning Snack – Apple + Banana
Lunch – Leek + Potato Soup, Roll.
Afternoon Snack – Grapes
Dinner – Fakeaway Tikka masala + Basmati rice.

 

I really do enjoy doing all the planning. It really makes my week feel smoother, and gives me more time to focus on the gym and work. You don’t have to be that detailed or you can be more detailed. Either way,  By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. So plan to succeed.

Lx

 

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Though I don’t believe in thinking of healthy eating as dieting, I do believe you should have the same amount of discipline most of the time. And let’s face it, it’s not easy on your own! I have many friends and family that will direct me and call me out, and to be honest, it’s how I manage to stay on track on days where I want to falter or give up.

When I tried to lose weight on my own, I would make every excuse under the sun. ‘I don’t feel like it’ seem to be the easiest and most used. Saying that, I believe there is not a person in this world that doesn’t struggle sometimes with motivating themselves. But the thing that will get you over that hurdle? Making those days few and far between.

C’mon! How? I hear you ask. Simple.

DIET BUDDY!

Don’t ever think you have to do everything by yourself. It’s not only easier to have a friend or team behind you, but it makes your life so much more fun! Working out and eating healthy can be so much more that a task or chore when you have the right support behind you. Find that group or just message that friend that’s trying to be healthy as well. Whatever you choose, just stick with it, and you won’t feel like your struggling or stuck for too long.

So make that subway salad date, get a gym buddy, go for a cheeky Nandos, go for a long walk or even just text a friend about that awesome day of eating! Just never let yourself feel alone.

L x

Mind over Body.

I hope everyone has had a good bank holiday weekend! Me? I’ve been quite ill with what can only be described as a 24 hour flu of some sort. My whole body ached, my throat was (and still is) sore, my nose was streaming and my temperature was all over the place. I could have easily given up, stayed in bed and made every excuse. But no.

I signed up for a 5k a day challenge. I knew when I signed up, that 100% meant I had to run every day. No matter what. So when I slowly started to deteriorate on Sunday, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But what is easy in life?

Sure, it took me 30 minutes to pluck up the courage to get out of bed. Then took me another 30 minutes to get ready and to mentally talk myself into going. But I did it. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the fastest run I’ve done, but I did it. And that for me was a bigger victory in the whole challenge so far than any other day.

My body hated me that day for what I did. It hurt to run or even fast walk. But my mind was and still is in such a positive place, I really can’t complain. If you want to get anywhere in fitness, it’s mind over body. Everyone wants to be that person that can eat what they want and be slim. But let’s be real people, not many if any of us are. We have to work on it.

So the next time you find an excuse not to do something or you want to give up. Do it. Keep going. I know it hurts. I know it’s hard. But you can do this! It is so much more motivating to win a mental battle than physical battles. And once you beat one barrier, there is no stopping you from getting to your goals!

L x

 

Time for a refresh

Last week was a really big reality check. In a world where social media is a huge part of our lives, I’ve let myself make 2 lives. The one I am living, working hard at both work and home but with mistakes, and one I feel pressure to uphold. Operationweddingday was started to kind of keep me motivated and accountable, ready for the big day. But ended up becoming a negative source for me mentally and physically. I felt such a pressure to look and post certain things, I don’t feel it was moving me in a positive direction.

Monday was a total refresh. Sure, I am still looking forwards and very determined to be fit and healthy for my wedding, but it’s time for a fresh start with everything. Diet is being stripped back to simple foods. Gym sessions are back into the rotation 3/4 times a week. But the biggest change, operationweddingday instagram is being retired. Welcome to thatstheweigh. One strong title for me for an honest blog + Instagram. Through slip ups and confidence bursts, I promise it will be the truth! And I promise to make sure it’s positive.

Here is to a fresh start and a clean slate.

L x

 

Crossfit Games

So I’m sat here, watching a documentary about the Crossfit games, amazed! The determination and drive of these people is so motivating! Ok, the rounds of exercise they do is mad, but wow!

For anyone who doesn’t know what Crossfit is, it is a high-intensity fitness programme. Reebok host the Crossfit games each year, and bring all the fittest women and men to one stage to battle it out for the title of fittest man/woman on earth.

If there is one thing I take from watching these athletes, its that your mind is such a strong and powerful thing! Put your mind 50% into something, and you’ll get 50% back. However, put your mind 1000% into something, you will come out with 1000% in return.

Mindset is most of weight loss. If you want to loose weight, or for that matter achieve anything you want, you need to gain the right mindset. Put the hours in, spend the time on it, and you can do it. You give it 100%, you will see the results. Put 10% however in, and you won’t.

So my advice is this. If you want it, you got it. Match your desire to your motivation, and you can join the target weight club. Me? I want to get toned and get to my new target of 135lbs. Maybe even in the future give Crossfit a go!

1000% from tomorrow. Let’s do this!

L x

25 before I’m 25.

Most of the people around me would know that I hadn’t been feeling myself for many weeks now. So when I was kindly offered counselling, I thought for once about myself and my mental health and took it up. My counsellor has been amazing and really given me some incredible tools on the path to self care and strength from within.

Last Wednesday was my last session with them. Instead of being worried and scared that I would slip back to my old ways, I’ve come out fighting. I’ve never felt so motivated and excited to tackle life!

So, I’ve come up with a list. 25 things I want to achieve before I’m 25. Coming straight from my heart and from what I’ve been scared to do but wanted so badly, here is the list I came up with:

  1. Afternoon Tea at the Ritz
  2. Complete a Triathlon
  3. Stay out all night on a night out
  4. Go Glamping
  5. Go to Go Ape!
  6. Stay in a 5 star hotel
  7. Do a personal shopper day
  8. Do 10 push ups
  9. Go indoor rock climbing
  10. Try something new each week
  11. Get dropped off somewhere and find my way back without my phone
  12. Spontanious holiday
  13. Complete a game from start to finish in 24 hours
  14. Go a week without watching TV/Youtube
  15. Buy something designer
  16. Go to a festival and camp
  17. Go to a drive through Cinema
  18. Sit on Murray Mount
  19. Do a backflip on a trampoline
  20. Ride in a limo
  21. Escape from an escape room
  22. Build furniture on my own
  23. Go indoor skydiving
  24. Hike up Ben Nevis
  25. See Wicked live in London

Go after your goals, no matter how big or small they are. Fight for what you want in life. Let nothing stop you.

L x

Honesty is the Best Policy

My diet this week has been terrible. I let myself down by giving into temptations and emotional eating rather than practically eating. I’ve been craving so many fast food meals it’s mad. But maybe thats because i’ve had a tough week? Old Laura used to use this food as comfort. Don’t get me wrong, the pictures your about to see look and were really tasty! But they definitely don’t give me a positive feeling anymore.

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Normally I would have been so mad at myself. I would have been starving myself the next day or doing too many hours of exercise to punish myself. But you know what? I’m happy. Sure, I am a little upset and feel very sluggish for eating like I did, but I’m not going to get hung up over it. I’ve been enjoying life so much that my diet slipped. Is that so bad? And in fairness, those meals have just made me feel more motivated to get my diet clean! 2 lbs gained, but so what? I can get those 2 pounds off in a week no problem!

The thing is, I was very good at saying I didn’t have a problem with food. I’ve been on both ends of the scale when it comes to food, and still didn’t see any problems. When I was a teenager, I use to get so body consious that I would miss important meals so I didn’t put on any weight. Then once I started to get caught not eating, I would make sure that someone would see me eating. This then triggered the opposite issue of overeating. It wasn’t until 2014, when I got myself to 14 stone is when I realised what I was doing to myself.

I am a food addict.

I still obsess and worry over calories. I still make excuses why I can eat that doughnut or 2. I always will have this problem. The difference now? I’m ready to take care of myself. I’m ready to take care of my body, and I realise how important it is to fuel your body right. So though everyday will be a mental battle against food, I am determined to win. I’ve been winning for 2 years. And hopefully I shall be winning for many more years. Sure, life will get on top of you, but it’s not about punishing yourself. It’s about enjoying the ride. Use a bad week to fuel a good month.

Back on this week with my nutrition.

L x