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'F' - #Xmascountdown


is for FAT... 

You are not fat... you HAVE fat... this week we have to learn the difference... no more negative talk... you have fat you can lose it.. you have a fringe you can grow it out... but you are not a fringe either... 
it does not define you! Move beyond the fear of being fat... because you're not fat... 

Tangent... just on the whole fringe thing... I have grown out a fringe many... many... many times... 


How I think I look... 


How I really look... 


yup... 


How many of us have had a meltdown at the scales when we've had a great week, exercised loads and are told we've stayed the same or are up! I'm including myself in that! The number on the scale may not change but you're body shape will... and here's why... Muscle takes up less space than fat... think of it like weighing Rice Krispies and muesli... stick with me on this... When you weigh out 100g of Rice Krispies... and 100g of muesli... you'll wonder if you're scales is broken but its physics... Rice Krispies are lighter so you need more of them to make up the weight... Fat takes up more space... 



The girl in the image above, weighs more even though she is physically slimmer because she has changed the fat in her body to muscle...  So no more tears at the scales, if you've had a good week and you're exercising... you're toning up.. your calves, thighs, arms, tummy all over... Like FAT, you cannot be defined by a number on a scale... OK?!?! There are so many ways to measure your journey.. clothes, actual measurements, your energy levels, your skin and hair, if you're sleeping better... not just a number on a scale... it's just one tool in your armour!





'F' RECIPE
FAJITAS!!! oh yeah... 

Make your own guacamole dip for just 3PP! Not. A. Typo! 

Straight from the WW website... >>>  HERE <<<




'F' INSPIRATIONS
'Fitness on Toast' is one of my favourite health and well being blogs... Faya is a Swedish personal trainer who is based in London ... her blog is full of fantastic tips... and she's SO glamorous to boot! 
What I really love, is she's a real woman with a healthy body and attitude... there's no gimmicks! Check her out! HERE 





'F' ZERO HEROS
FRUIT! All of it... well most of it! YUM!
Fennel
Fresh Figs
Fruit cocktail - in juice, drained
Fruit Squash
French beans



August #WWPhotoAday

HOW is it August already?!?! Where has the time gone?!?! WHAT have I been doing!?!?! 'AWESOME AUGUST' is up on Instagram for the month! Sharing the Instagram love and join in! x




Insanely good dips...

Remember the sauce I posted on here a few weeks ago from Insanely Good foods from Cork... well here's a selection of their dips to try out! Available in Supervalu... Anyone tested these out? x


Chill n'Dip Taco Mayo 150g tub - 13PP




Chill n'Dip Garlic Mayo 150g tub - 18PP



Natural Pizza Sauce 150g tub - 4PP
This is enough for 2 x 12" pizzas or 3 x 10" pizzas 




Chill n'Dip Gourmet BBQ sauce 150g tub - 6PP


You're worth it!



Ask anyone who is chipping away at weight loss... anyone who has reached goal... anyone maintaining... they will say these words... 'if i can do it.. anyone can!' and it's SO true... everyone starting their journey today think they are facing a mammoth uphill battle, but weight loss is a mental game, nothing to do with your mouth, but whats going on between the ears... the road seems long, it feels like you'll never get there... but every step is a step closer, and even people who have done it will tell you its not easy, but its SO worth it... so stick with it... as the L'Oreal lads say.. you're worth it!


You say it best...



I just watched Amy Schumer being interviewed by a radio station in Melbourne for her new movie...  (just google 'Amy Melbourne KIIS interview' you'll get it!), in which one of the presenters clearly offends Amy by his comments on her new movie, and she called him out on it... It got me thinking about how you react to negativity... and it comes it ALL shapes and forms... but your reaction will have an impact on you... and how you feel about you... and no one has the right to make you feel bad just by going about your day... Life is hard enough...

A jealous sibling, a parent who doesn't get it.. a friend who thinks 'you're GRAND the way you are...' Sometimes it's the people you least expect... It also comes from a strangers... I've had my fair share of comments from random stranger who believe they have a right to comment on me as I go about my day being a good citizen of the world... honestly with 8.5 stone gone and another 6+ to go I was BIG girl... but it didn't mean I should be a target for abuse.. and I was... I still am... kids just say what they like, 'look at that HUGE lady over there' ... they're hurtful little feckers who think they're funny but are easily put into place... They're mean to each other, tall kids, short kids you name it... once someone is 'different' or not they're version of 'normal' then they're fair game... we all remember the bullies in school... it's up to the parents to nip that in the bud!

Old people, the same... 'during the war we didn't have enough food to get that fat...' Followed but the killer 'but you're doing so well... such a pretty face...' Next time bring in our own wheelie bin lady!

Now before you think I'm going around shouting abuse at the children and elderly, I'm not... but I no longer believe in ignoring comments aimed at me... if I'm fair game, so is the next person they meet... If I'm the person to put a stop to them then I'll wear that t-shirt with pride! Like I said, if someone, anyone, is prepared to make a comment about me and how I look, then they must expect a response... Here's a few that I have perfected... feel free to use them when you need em!

Excuse me, but did you actually just say that? 
This one shames the shamer... and I'm not about making other people feel bad but a taste of their own medicine really doesn't hurt... plus if you've got the cahoonas to say something then you should be able to stand by it and explain it...  so question them... stop dead and look em in the eye and say it... watch em squirm...

So sorry I wasn't listening... Could you repeat that please? 
I love this one... being a bully isn't so funny the second time around... especially if it was said for effect... if they're playing to the crowd, the crowd doesn't laugh so hard at the same joke twice... you'll find a lot of mumbling when you do this... just end it with an 'I thought as much...'

You don't really expect me to answer that do you?
The higher road beckons you... just let them know that's where you'll be! With humans who have IQs higher than goldfish...

I really don't know how to answer that... 
This one comes after the 'death stare' ... look at them... tilt your head... a la Amy... ponder for a moment... THEN say it... practice it, it's VERY empowering!

Right...
This is all in the pronunciation... 'RIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT...' follow it up with a little sigh... end it with a ...

Whatever you say...
This screams of 'I just don't have the time, energy or inclination for you right now...' 'Unlike you I've got too much to do and TOO little time to do it!'

You're kidding, right?!? hold on... you ARE kidding, right?
I may recall I used this technique to give some helpful tips to some taxi drivers... >>> HERE <<<

Yup, I think we've reached the end of this conversation..
Ouch! Did you mean to be that rude?!
I think that was a bit rude.. 
All winners... call it like it is... 

I'm actually offended by that comment... 
Depends on who said it, this is for someone you know, your nearest and dearest can sometimes be the most hurtful, thinking they're 'helping' but you need to remind them you're not a personal project and you have feelings too!

I'm sure you didn't MEAN for that question/comment to be 
rude/ intrusive/inappropriate, but that's how it sounded
These are good for the oldies... I think there is a generation out there who just think it's OK to say anything cause they're old... they also think they can park anywhere and get away with it... but that's a WHOLE other post!

Help me understand why you think that was an appropriate thing to say - 
and why you think I should answer you
The 'kill em with kindness' response... Head tilt... Sad eyes... 'teach me oh wise one...'
'I just want to help you to heal' tone - think Miss America Pageant

Thank you.. we're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view... 

If in doubt... in your poshest accent... 
My apologies... I don't speak English... 


No one has the right to make you feel bad... and if you call them out on it, you may just spare someone else feeling miserable in the future... plus, you'll feel SO empowered... bullies don't know where you've been, how much you've lost, how hard it can be... they see an easy target and most think they can get away with it, and usually they do... not anymore folks... not any more! 





'E' - #Xmascountdown


'E' is for... 

EMOTIONAL EATING

Something that is sadly very close to my heart... Food used to be my best friend... it was always there... it made things temporarily better... it numbed the pain and shut up the voices in my head that I just didn't want to listen too... but it never made them go away... Emotional eating comes in all shapes and sizes... and the Irish love to celebrate, commiserate and console with food... when you walked into my grandmothers kitchen, regardless of your mood it was 'put the kettle on...' and you couldn't have a cup of tea without a cake, bun, biscuit... The dark side of emotional eating comes when it consumes you...and it can... I have been that girl sitting on the kitchen floor in tears wondering how I got into such state... I've had 7 crowns on my teeth because of the acid erosion... a costly disease I tell ya... I've secretly eaten more times than I've just enjoyed my food and aside from anything else... that lesson is one I have enjoyed learning... I like food... I like sharing and celebrating with people... I love cooking for friends and family... without the guilt and shame... I can now walk right past the crips aisle in the supermarket... there was once a time when my trolly looked like I was buying enough stuff for a children's party and I would eat a six pack of crisps in the car before I ever got home! So many times I would walk to get the paper and be carrying home a bag of rubbish, literally just junk food that I never ever enjoyed... I treated my body so badly... but once you're a little kinder to it, you will respect it and give it what it deserves, you start to feel a little better about being you... It is hard... VERY hard... and ice cream will numb the pain... but it won't take it away... you need to address the hurt, for some that can be counselling, for others just talking to a loved one can make all the difference.... the right best friend will be on your team and want you to succeed so badly... you can learn to ease the pain without food... and that's a huge step... but so worth it... so work out what's eating you... sometimes you just have to feel sad... hurt... angry... but food isn't the cure for any of these... it's just a temporary fix... which leads to guilt and the viscous cycle continues... 

EXERCISE - For people who say 'I can't exercise'... you can.. you're fibbing... you won't dissolve in the rain... if walking isn't your thing walk in the pool, cycle... dance around the kitchen... no one said you have to sign up for a triathlon... just move more...  and trust me once you're done you'll feel SO good... so if you're just starting and can't even begin to think about running a marathon or doing  triathlon... check out Leslie Sansones channel on You Tube... everything from the beginners 'One Mile Walk' to the full on work outs... and you don't have to leave the house... although honestly it would be better if you did but sometimes circumstances mean you can't get out and about, and gyms can be so intimidating... so instead of trawling through the internet mindlessly looking at glitter and shoes...  give yourself 15 mins to tune into an online workout... you can thank me later... 



'E' RECIPE
Eton Mess... with a tropical twist... 3PP and it's LUSH!!! >>> HERE 




'E' INSPIRATIONS
One of the regular blogs I read... Authentically Emmie is an American blogger who is a body positive fitness blogger and has lost over 100lbs! If you need some inspiration... you'll find it over on her blog! 




'E' ZERO HEROS
Egg White

ZERO HEROS loaded with Vitamin E 
Broccoli 
Spinach
Butternut Squash - cooked



Your Tiger tool kit...


Last week I was at the opening of the new Tiger store in Blachardstown and anyone saying they can't track or can't afford to exercise (apart from all the free walking out there...) needs to get themselves to their local store...



For those who struggle with drinking water... these cute mason-esque jars are a steal, buy a couple and leave them by your bed, on the coffee table or drink a full one whist the kettle is boiling... 


Tracking notebooks galore and if you collected fancy paper in school like I did you won't be able to decide which one or three to get! Bestest writing now! 


Plus they have some work out gear from skipping ropes to yoga mats,  exercise bands to weight cuffs... exercise tubes to help you stretch out after... 










They even have a luffly connect four in heart shapes... be warned though it's kinda like Pennys... when you say you're getting one thing but pick up basket at the door 'just in case'... x


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