Confessions of a Secret Snacker : Revised

Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you all had a great Paddy’s Day and now at least we are almost over hump day!  🙂 I know I have been neglecting my weekly food posts lately. I think it’s pretty easy to guess why; my eating habits have been horrendous! I’ve always had bad snacking habits hence the creation of this weekly post. Lately however I have been eating everything unhealthy that you can possibly think of. I don’t know where my motivation has gone. Continue reading

Guide to Getting Fit & Healthy

Hey Guys,

I know from experience that the majority of us ladies start the New Year hoping to change our eating habits and achieve the body of our dreams! I am always the first to say that I am certainly not a fitness or weight loss expert, I do however want to look and feel good and so I’m always looking for tips to stay motivated. It is due to this that I have decided to interview four different girls about their own personal motivations and success. I have chosen the four girls based on the fact that every one of them work full time and have other commitments. They don’t get to spend all day working out and preparing food. They work around their schedule and endure the same struggles as the rest of us. Each of the girls is at different stages and have their own specific goals, so I’m hoping that everyone reading this will take something from the tips they give!

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 1

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice is going out! I don’t mind the calories consumed with alcohol as I normally  drink vodka (one of the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks) but a night out nearly always ends up in a takeaway and a constant binge the next day.

2. How do you over come this?

I do try to limit my nights out now to special occasions, as I don’t even enjoy drinking any more due to feeling so crap the next day and knowing that I will be hungover and wanting to binge. Also if I know that I have a big night out coming up, I will allow the next day to be my treat day for the week and make sure that I am consuming lots of water.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

Keep it simple! We’ve all fallen for juice diets and going ‘no carbs’ for four days, but diets don’t work. In order to lose weight it’s all about a lifestyle change and not a fad diet! A healthy lifestyle change can be kept simple, just try to limit junk food to one day a week and try exercise three or four times a week. Again keep it simple; a gym membership is not required to get fit and lose weight. A few long walks will help or challenge yourself to do a 5k and you will see some serious results.

It’s also important to remember that you didn’t gain weight over night so you won’t lose it as quick either! Be consistent and keep it simple. Oh and try drink two litres of water a day, it’s great for weight loss but your skin will thank you for it too!

4. What has kept you motivated?

I don’t think that there is any better feeling than being healthy and strong. My motivation for going for a run or taking a spin class is the feeling I get afterwards, knowing that my body will benefit and my mood will improve. It can be hard to stay motivated but once you get into a routine, you will love it. It takes 21 days to break a habit

so take the next 21 days to improve your healthy eating and commit yourself to a walk three times a week. Of course you’ll enjoy that treat on Saturday night even more knowing that yo worked your ass off all week!

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 2

1. What is your biggest vice? 

My biggest vice would be chocolate.

2. How do you over come this?

I have a small amount every night. I find going cold turkey just drags you down and I end up binging on Nutella!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

In terms of diet, the best advice I’ve ever received is to treat your body like a furnace; you need to add fuel to keep it burning so eating small amounts more often. Also drink lots of water as the more you drink the less water you retain. In terms of training; high intensity interval training burns more than hours of cardio as you will keep burning calories for 24 hours after. So skip the treadmill and stepper and start doing burpees and press ups.

4. What has kept you motivated?

The best motivation for me is seeing results. If you take a picture every week in the same clothes you will be so impressed that you will keep going. Also I had an injury and didn’t train properly for so long because I was afraid I would do more damage. Now I work around it and still see results which means no matter what your strength capabilities, if you stay determined you will see results. So that is inspirational too.

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 3

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice is sour jellies and Cadburys chocolate, I have such a sweet tooth.

2. How do you over come this?

In order to overcome giving in to my vice, I look back over old pictures which puts me off eating chocolate and jellies as I don’t want to go back to that ‘before’ stage!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

The best advice I’ve received is to keep ‘trucking on’ no matter how much you want to quit  and also to never let a bad day become a bad week. I am in Unislim and I never miss a weigh in, even though sometimes I may feel embarrassed. It keeps me on track because I know I could do major damage if I don’t go to a class. Also I think before and after photos are a great idea.

  4. What has kept you motivated?

Seeing results really is the best motivation you can get. I hit ‘like’ on all the Facebook and Instagram motivational pages but really the motivation comes from myself and seeing that I really can do it. Even though I haven’t yet reached my final target, I have come a long way. I have old photos scattered around the house which helps keep me motivated.

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 4

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice would be crisps, once I start I find it very hard to stop!

2. How do you over come this?

I overcome this by having them in moderation. I never deprive myself of something I am craving. I buy multi packs of my favourite crisps and have one packet a day, usually at night time when I can relax and really enjoy them.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

The best advice I have ever received is everything in moderation and to never be too hard on yourself if you go off the rails a bit, because it can send you in the completely wrong direction.

 4. What has kept you motivated?

What keeps me motivated the most is looking back at how far I have come from last year. The difference I feel about myself now and my new confidence keeps me motivated.

 I personally find it interesting, gaining an insight into other people’s habits and motivational tips. Each of the girls interviewed may have different weight loss and fitness goals but they do have one goal in common; looking and feeling their best. I hope that anyone who reads this can take something from it. It’s not realistic to put yourself under too much pressure and to deprive yourself, as each of the girls stated above. If this has helped each of them become fit and healthy then it surely proves that moderation and persistence will far out weigh starvation and deprivation!

Until Next Time My Loves 

Z x

It’s Not Just Puppy Love

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts I am an avid animal lover. This combined with the fact that I am a dog owner, I’ve decided to base this post around the big issue of dogs at Christmas. Unfortunately there are many problems associated with puppies being bought as Christmas presents and also with older dogs not being cared for efficiently over the festive period.

First off I would like to kick off with the issue of the weather. There’s no denying how cold it is in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand that some people don’t like their dogs being inside (my dog personally has run of the house!) but look each to their own. However when the weather is in the minus degrees and it is literally freezing, dogs should not be left outside. The coldness can put pressure on their organs and it’s just in general cruel to allow your pet to suffer. No fur coat can protect an animal when the temperature drops so low during the night.

I also can’t believe that it also still needs to be said, but unfortunately it does. A puppy is not a novelty gift. It is a new member in your family and if you cannot see that then do not ‘buy’ one for Christmas with the fake promise of a loving home. I know many people may not intend this to be the case but it is an issue that is increasing. Last year on the 5th of January, the DSPCA received 55 phone calls from people who wanted to ‘return’ or ‘surrender’ the dogs they had gotten for Christmas. That is a 110% increase on the previous year. That is less than two weeks after receiving the dog. This is simply not fair on a puppy as they need to get used to their surroundings, not be passed from place to place.

If you are unsure about a dog ask yourself some questions about what your plans are for the future. Can you dedicate time to your pet? They do need to be walked but they also need love and affection, throughout their entire life not just when they are small and fluffy. Your love for your pet should not decline the older they get, it should increase! Dogs are also not the cheapest to own. In my mind they are worth every penny, but you need to consider whether you can afford to or are willing to spend money on your pet. Between food, vaccines and the vet fees, there is a budget that needs to be allocated to ensure sufficient care for your dog. It is cruel to leave them without any of the above.

At the end of the day, a dog is an amazing gift at any time of the year. If it is only considered for Christmas then perhaps you need to re-evaluate. Looking after your dog, is like looking after a child. If you can’t do this then do not get one. It really is as simple as that. If however you make an informed decision and get a dog and fall in love with it, then welcome to the club! It is great 🙂

Just some food for thought guys!

Until next time My Loves

Z x

Ps. Just because I’m one of those dog owners who loves to show people pictures of my baby / dog, here’s some pics of my wonderful, troublesome ‘puppy’

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Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

Sorry I haven’t kept up to date with my Secret Snacker posts, I have a lot to confess! Considering that we are now in December and in full Christmas mode, I won’t be too hard on myself. I think I will rate my over all snacking habits as medium. This is mainly due to the fact that there is so much food currently residing in my house and  it is not only half of what’s to come. The picture left could probably represent only one of my presses. So I think the fact that I haven’t been found in a food coma surrounded by said food’s wrappers, is an accomplishment in itself.

I have been quite good with my meals throughout the week. I’m still opting for wholemeal carbs and trying to incorporate protein into each meal. I’m basically trying not to over indulge, however I am slipping still at the weekends. I am slightly losing hope about my weekend eating habits. As Christmas is fast approaching, so too are the numerous nights out and dinner dates! I’m just not willing to sacrifice my social life at my favourite time of year. Alcohol and chocolate have been both my biggest loves and biggest downfalls to date. It really is a love/hate affair.

I am craving carbs due to the cold weather and find that when I deprive myself, I binge as I am still hungry. It is always the case in the Winter that when you are cold, your appetite increases as you are burning more calories to stay warm. I am therefore trying to move away from my usually snacking eating habits and incorporate larger meals into my daily diet. However by it’s very definition, my HABIT of snacking is not so easily kicked. I have noticed over the last two weeks I am in fact eating the bigger meals but also snacking, in many cases without even realising.

I am also craving cheese which is very unlike me. I have however developed a new found obsession with it and want it with every meal. Not good for the waistline and I find that my craving is actually leading me to unhealthier foods that I’m having with the cheese; burgers, pasta bake etc.

True Story:

On my good days I am trying to trick my body and substitute chocolate with Nakd bars. They are completely vegan and definitely a better option to my usual bar (or 3) of chocolate. My favourites are Cashew Cookie, Pecan Pie and Rhubarb & Custard. I know one a day is optimal but I find myself hungry on my journey home from work and sometimes opt for a second. I think I really need to work on the convenience food addiction. Homemade food is much better, I just need to stop being so lazy!

I think I may need to re-evaluate my Medium rating!

Until next week My Loves,

Z x

Fit outweighs Skinny..Literally!

For as long as I can remember magazines and advertisements have always contained the most beautiful, stylish women. All of which had one thing in common: their bodies. Every woman was always really slim with long enviable legs and arms with the flattest stomach you can imagine. This however soon got taken to the extreme with models and celebrities becoming far too thin. too skinnyThere has always been objections to this from women and certain organisations however little was ever done about it. Designers and brands weren’t going to change the habit of a life time. They believed this was the best method of promoting their products and brand. As a marketing graduate I can actually comprehend their reasoning; they were basing their decisions on methods they felt would aid the brand. I would however of expected someone to break away from the norm long before they did.

Now it is still beautiful women who grace the advertising platforms fFitnicoleor companies, however one thing has changed; these girls no longer look ill. There is more of an emphasis placed on looking fit and healthy with glowing skin as opposed to looking gaunt and as if they have just finished a two day bender! Now these girls are still very slim however most now look like they hit the gym instead of just not eating.This reflects the shift that has occurred in society. It is no longer desirable to be so thin that curves are non existent, instead its all about working out, being toned whilst also retaining a cleavage and curvy behind! Fit has literally out weighed skinny!! beyonceH&M

This is not discriminatory against naturally very thin girls, this is just a movement into embracing your natural body shape and enhancing it through being fit and healthy. Now I am well aware these models and actresses do not eat everything they want, of course they still undertake a strict diet, but there is more of a backlash now if they promofit cameronte an unhealthy lifestyle. This in turn encourages them to not have jutting bones and ribs, instead they remain slim, but they look good. The long, stick like arms and legs have been replaced with muscle, toned and sculpted limbs instead.

There is still pressure on girfitjessicals to look a certain way, but this is always going to be the case. Us ordinary gals don’t have a personal trainer, chef and makeup artist on hand to ensure we look polished at every moment of the day. We all have days when we don’t look our best (to say the least!) but so what, once you are fit and healthy, this will radiate through the messy hair and tracksuit on our off days!

I am never going to be someone who cuts out carbs and sugar. I simply can’t, I love them too much and at the end of the day it is not worth being miserable! Instead I choose to work out where I can and eat as healthily as possible whilst allowing myself to have the food I love. I do look at models like Miranda Kerr and wish I could look like that as I’m sure most other ladies do. It is important to remember though that this will always be the case in society. That’s why these advertisements exist. A marketing team has researched what the target audience wants and adheres to and they have developed a strategy to go above and beyond this.

It is important to remember that it is much more beneficial to embrace and enhance your own body and shape than to starve yourself to achieve somebody else’s. I think this is finally becoming the ‘norm’ now in society. Thankfully! People are pushing themselves to work out instead of avoiding food. I wish this had of been the case when I was growing up. Being a teen and wanting a very specific body shape which you clearly don’t have is very hard on you. I am a little over 5ft so I was never going to have the long legs that every celeb at the time seemed to have.

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All you have to do now is see the thousand’s of Instagram and Facebook pages based on working out and eating healthyfit2. Yes there are still pro-ana sites and pages but they have lost popularity
(unfortunately not all) There also still are designers who choose extremely thin models and celebs who are the same. This is the same for non celebrities too. However there is less pressure now put on girls to be too skinny. The goal is now to look fit. It is now possible to actually be content AND feel good at the same time. Being fit and working out is good for the mind and the body, being underweight is not!! Choose strength over bones!