Simple or Easy? You Tell Me!

How many times do you hear the saying ‘It’s easy’ and you are there thinking if it is that easy why am I struggling? Stay tuned as I dissect this further.

Two things I like to talk to you about are my own health journey and my own work from home journey and this fits in easily with both or should that be simply?

However today let’s talk weight loss; it should be easy shouldn’t it? Eat less calories, exercise more but if it really was that simple why am I not at a healthy weight yet, why does it feel like I’ve been on some type of diet all my life, why do companies consistently come up with new products to help me lose weight? It just ain’t that simple is it? WHY?

Let’s look at other things that could be affecting the ‘eat less, move more’ theory. I am a busy mum and I am also a full time carer, I take care of the running of the house and I am working from home, therefore sometimes actually eating a decent healthy meal takes precious time to prepare and cook and I often reach for something I know I shouldn’t either to satisfy the hunger pangs or when I realise I’ve not eaten yet. It’s quick and convenient, so time needs to be factored in here and obviously organisation.

Another consideration which plays a huge part is mindset and I talk often about this because when you really are truly in the zone, it does feel simple, it does feel easy because you want it strongly enough and you are taking actions to achieve your goal. You have the right mindset. When that starts to falter you will come up with every excuse not to exercise, you will tell yourself you are happy with your weight. So mindset is also another huge contribution to this debate.

Therefore is it really that simple to lose weight? I would say yes; with the right mindset, some organisation and time to plan your meals and your exercise, it can be. Is it easy, not at all as you have to stick to it?

I hope you have found this useful and maybe can relate to this, if so please comment below I would love to hear from you. Click follow to see further blogs and thanks for reading.

Until next time,
Sharon x

Why more Mum’s are turning to Network Marketing

As a Full Time Carer, my career was limited, I even thought over, as I had chosen to give up teaching to become a full time carer and be there for both my children and that is how I stumbled upon the term ‘Network Marketing’.

What is it? It is quite simply a marketing strategy for the sale of products or services from a company through a representative and the individual can earn some money doing it. Other terms such as ‘MLM’ and ‘Direct Sellin’ spring to mind too. How did I stumble across it? To cut a long story short, I got involved seeing an advert on facebook that quite simply said earn money from home. I had no idea what it involved but being a bored stay at home mum in need of some instant cash, I inquired. That was in 2016 and I have not looked back since.

Why are more mum’s joining the industry, again another easy question to answer.


As Ray Higdon states ‘It’s the lowest cost with the lowest overheads for the average person to be able to create a business’

You tell me, who doesn’t want to earn some extra spending money? It’s a lot easier to do that selling goods or a service to friends and family than taking on a second job or putting in overtime. The fun can really start to happen when friends and family see what you are doing and jump on board to do the same and here is another famous quote, “Teamwork makes the Dream Work” and this is where the pennies turn into pounds. There have been many success stories of mum’s giving up their full time jobs, retiring their husbands and all whilst being at home with the children

Does Network Marketing work for everyone, the answer is NO and the main reason for this is it does take work, just like any other business and to learn some new skills; many do not believe they can achieve what others have done before them and quit before success. Given that more and more mum’s are turning to network marketing it is not surprising that network marketing is turning more mums’ into self made millionaires.

I hope this has given you some thought into the industry and will certainly be talking about it some more soon. I personally am not a quitter and therefore I am in it for the long haul given that as a full time carer there really iss nothing else that will make me afford the life I dream. If you would like to connect with me, please do @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley and do comment below if you are in or have participated in network marketing.

See you soon,
Sharon x

How to Overcome A Mental Block.

First of all, let me apologise for being AWOL recently. This is my first blog of 2019 and we are already in March, yikes. Why have I had some time out, well quite simply I have hit a crossroads in my business life and I started to doubt what I was doing and therefore unsure of what to write about. I had a mental block.

Today I would like to share how I have since taken the courage to start back up and trust my journey and the process. Thus the title of my first blog of 2019 is ‘How To Overcome A Mental Block’. As a mum we often face challenges on a daily basis; some small, some huge. Smaller ones like fighting with our children over what to have for breakfast to getting ready on time to bigger challenges like bullying and financial issues. We simply have to find a way to overcome these and I hope how I have overcome my current block can help you too.

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First, I decided I had to admit my block to myself, rather than stifle it inside and this allowed me to acknowledge it existed and understand it was having an affect on myself as well as my business. Second I knew I had to share it and this I didn’t find easy, admitting I was unsure about my business, I mean who would trust me from then on but I knew it was necessary to move forward. The best part of this stage was it allowed others, my friends and colleagues to share their mental blocks too and we began to not only trust one another more but help one another. Then I sought coaching, this was from various people who I found I could be truly honest with and not judged, there is nothing worse than trying to be open but inside holding back through fear of being criticized.

Finally I began to journal and seriously if you haven’t tried this yet, I would strongly recommend it. I hadn’t believed in journalling before but it has allowed me to often write down my thoughts, without over thinking and question myself on paper and then give myself answers in a pragmatic way. Simple but effective. With the help of two courses I’m currently taking let’s get the show of 2019 back on the road.

So to sum up actions to take if experiencing a mental block
1. Admit it to yourself
2. Share with others, they may be able to offer some advice
3. Ask for expert advice, people who can be non partial and be prepared to listen and take action
4. Journal your thoughts on a daily basis

Thank you for reading and if this has helped in any way or you could add to the tips, please leave a comment below. If you would like to know the courses I’m currently taking then comment below or message me via @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

See you very soon,

Sharon x

Why lack of sleep could be affecting your weight loss?

As a mum I don’t believe you will ever get enough sleep again. From the joys of a newborn through to the strife of a teenager. I’m not here to slay being a mum in fact it’s one of the areas in my life where I am so proud looking at my two children. 

However, lack of sleep which comes with this fact can be having an impact on your weight loss journey, how? Let me tell you, your hunger hormone increases which is why you always feel hungry and revert to sugar cravings. As loss of sleep also messes with your leptin hormone it makes it much harder for you to feel full and satisfied.

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As you cave into your sugar cravings and start to over eat another impact is your metabolism starts to slow and this increases with age (disaster). Do you find your emotions start to increase with interrupted sleep and you become more emotional resulting in you choosing less healthier options. 

So how can we stop what is a given fact, most parent sleep less. Try these four little tricks to see if they have an impact on your sleep routine 
1. Stick to a routine even at weekends so your body gets used to being tired at a set time and waking at a set time.
2. Have your food prepared, those that plan their meals succeed more than those that don’t
3. Try a little daytime nap, 40 winks should do it but if you’re not sure what that is set the alarm for no later than 20/30 minutes and grab a power nap.
4. Take some vitamins that can help with sleep/and or with energy. Nothing wrong with a little help along the way. 

I hope this has helped as it made me realise what an impact lack of quality sleep can have on your body if you’re also on a health journey too. I would love to chat to you if you are struggling with sleep, please reach out and comment or connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley)

See you soon,

Sharon x



Stop With the Excuses

How many excuses do you tell yourself every day?
How many excuses do you let your children get away with?

If you want it, you need to work for it and that means working to achieve your goal when the tough gets going; when you’re sick, when you’re tired and simply when you don’t want to.
Consistency + Action = Results

You have to understand why you want a certain goal and visualise how you will feel when you reach it. Write your goal down and look at it every day.. Journal about it, do you feel better when you’re a step closer, write down times when you don’t want to take action and see if there are any coincidences.

If the goal isn’t that important to you, then that’s fine also. A common goal is most women want to lose weight, but deep down many (including myself I might add) are just not willing to take the appropriate action to get the results they need. In this instance; smaller steps, smaller habits and some progress is better than none.

However if the goal is extremely important keep reminding yourself why you started working towards your goal and stop giving yourself the excuses not to take action on a daily basis. img_09251

I would love to hear if this has helped you get back on track with your goals.
Feel free to share to someone that continues to have the same New Year goals.
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See you soon,
Sharon x

 

 

How to find out if you have a Food Intolerance?

More than 20% of the population these days in Western Society have a food intolerance and it’s not nice, simple. Specific foods can be the cause of so many irritations these days and the only way to actually detect them is to remove specific foods from your diet and then re introduce them to see what the cause is or take an allergy test at the doctors.

If, like so many people you are struggling with a wider generic allergy such as wheat then you do have to pay close attention to what you’re eating daily and luckily many supermarkets are now helping us with gluten free foods and other ranges such as dairy free.

So what symptoms should you look out for to see if you too have a food intolerance, here are the common ones;

Itchy Rash – if you suddenly develop an itchy rash after eating then it doesn’t agree with you. Make a note to avoid for future.
Stomach Pain – this is so common and you may need to keep a food diary to see if there is a pattern of when you experience it.
Bloatedness – again another common sign of intolerance as your body tries to digest the food. Keep a food diary to identify patterns.
Insomnia – many people these days are struggling with sleep;  lack of it, a deep sleep or just simply getting off to sleep. Have you checked to see if you are sensitive to caffeine as this can play a huge impact on foods or late night drinks.
Tingly/Itchy Mouth – this would be noticed straight away and you should stop eating immediately and make a note of it.

Here is a short video I did earlier
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Whilst I offer no medical solution to these allergies I have been taking some food supplements myself recently that has helped customers with IBS and bloatedness. If you would like to know more, please message me or get in touch via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

I hope you have found this useful, if so feel free to share or tag someone that may need to read this and I’ll see you next week, bloated free.

Sharon x

How To Cope After A Bad Nights Sleep

How many mum’s out there for one reason or another has had a bad nights sleep? Teething, nightmares, illnesses, are three main ones I can think of but it isn’t just about the children. Snoring; feeling too hot or too cold and if you’ve drank way too much water any of these can make for a restless sleep.

A good nights sleep is vital for many things; your energy, your mood and it is now linked to our eating habits. So whilst this blog isn’t about helping you get off to sleep, (I’ve wrote about that before), this blog is to help you the morning after a restless night and to help you get the most out of your day.

Here are some Top Tips that I took from an article

  1. Climb the stairs;  10 minutes of walking the stairs can give you more energy than drinking half a cup of coffee
  2. If you do need and rely on that caffeine boost avoid it in the afternoon or you’ll be having another restless night
  3. Eat within an hour of waking for both an energy and mood boost; however avoid the sugary cereals. Oats or eggs are ideal.
  4. Don’t hit the snooze button, you’ll feel groggy once awake and will have wasted valuable time
  5. If you’re struggling have a mid afternoon nap but no more than 30 minutes or you’ll not be tired for your evening sleep
  6. Stick to a regular schedule and let your body adjust
  7. Get some fresh air and consider a walk, as they say blow the cobwebs away

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Please do let me know if you have found this of value and feel free to share or get in touch if you can add a top tip to it. As a busy mum and FT carer I’m always looking to connect with others and you can connect with me via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley.

Until next week, sleep well

Sharon x

Blue Light; Dangerous or Not

What is this blue light that is making headline news recently?
Quite simply it is a source of wave length that is associated with computer screens and mobile phones and as you can imagine we are getting more exposed to them in today’s world with modern technology.

Blue wavelengths are beneficial during the day as they help to boost attention and mood, however they are clearly disruptive at night as the light throws the biological clock into disray and this isn’t great if you already struggle with sleep. Artificial lighting and light exposure suppresses the secretion of melatonin which then in turn has an affect on your circadian rhythm

Even worse, research into blue light states there may be links to the cause of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more powerfully according to Harvard researchers.and their colleagues whom have been conducting many experiments.

If blue light does have adverse health effects, then environmental concerns, and the quest for energy-efficient lighting, could also be at odds with our personal health. Those curlicue compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights are much more energy-efficient than the old-fashioned light bulbs we once knew, but they also tend to produce more blue light

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So what can you do to start protecting both yourself and your children from the dangers that are being linked with blue light;  here are three top tips that are strongly recommended

  • Avoid looking at bright screens approximately two to three hours before bed.
  • If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses or installing an app that filters the blue/green wavelength at night.
  • Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight.

I hope you have found this helpful, feel free to share and if you have any concerns regarding your children and technology these days, please comment I would love to connect. Alternatively connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley)

See you next week,

Sharon x

How To Avoid The Germs

It is that time of year again; the temperature has dropped, the kids are back in school and everyone is passing on their germs which means ‘It’s Flu Season’

I don’t believe it can be 100% avoided but you can certainly reduce the risks of infection by following these simple steps.

Increase your leafy greens and in turn boost your immune system; stir-fry some broccoli with a little soy sauce and ginger for a fabulous flu-fighting side dish

Take your vitamins; both vitamins C and D need a boost in winter to protect your immune system

Sleep; it’s amazing that such a simple action and one that most people enjoy can affect your immune system. Many people need a good 7 hours of sleep every night and having an hour without the TV before bed can help you drop off more easily.

Wash your hands; more and more people are contacting the common cold by touching contaminated surfaces, therefore wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day and if needs be invest in a hand sanitizer.

Get spicy; certain spices have been found to be beneficial bug fighters, including cayenne pepper, which contains an active ingredient called capsaicin that beats congestion by thinning the mucus in your nasal passages so you can breathe more easily. Garlic, which contains a ­chemical called allicin, can zap the cold viruses that lead to infection, therefore try adding these spices to soups and stews for a healthier winter warmer.

I hope you have found some value with this blog, if so, please share and do let me know if you try any of these tips or message me if you have one of your own; I love connecting personally with new like minded people. If you would like to know what supplements I use with my family to boost our immune systems then please connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley) or alternatively let’s get connected via my new bot
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Until next week my friend, stay germ free

Sharon x

How to Create MORE Hours in the Day

Hey, and do you like the title? How to create more hours in the day, it’s something I’ve said to myself often and hear many a friends say it too these days. Now the realist in me knows this is impossible given that everyone only gets 24 hours in a day HOWEVER you can start to use your time more efficiently.

I did go live with this subject on my profile today but due to the bad weather, the sound wasn’t so great therefore I decided to write this blog.

Here are my top tips to help you maximise more time with your day.

  1. Plan your day and write down all your priorities that needs to get done and slot in the times of when you are going to complete it, ensuring they get done.
  2. Avoid distractions; yes that means getting lost in a book, watching too much TV or simply scrolling through Facebook (this is considered time wasting)
  3. Delegate;  can you delegate chores to any other members of the family thus saving you some time.
  4. Get your big stuff done first, this simply means the items you’re not looking forward too or the ones that will take the longest time to complete
  5. Don’t try to book in too much in one day, which is something I myself am currently working on. Booking tasks in your diary 9-10, 10-11 etc is only going to cause a backlog and lots of  stress.
  6. Can you multi task? This simply means completing a task whilst doing something else for instance watching TV,  for me, I personally like to listen to an audio book whilst ironing/cleaning. I have just finished Gary Vee’s “Crushing It” and if you are looking to improve your following on social media I would strongly recommend it.
  7. Always, always, on a daily basis make time for yourself. Most mornings I wake up earlier than my kids so I can have my coffee in peace, plan my day and get my head together.

I hope at least one of these tips might help you with your time, I would love to hear from you if you have any tips that work too. Feel free to share and if you start to do just one of these and feel better for it, do reach out and let me know; I always love to personally say Hi and chat or conenct with me @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

Have a great week and go create more time,

Sharon x