Mum on a Missions Guide to….Carbs

Hi and Welcome to the Brand New Series of Mum on a Mission’s Guide to…..blog 1

After going through a recent phase of time out and reflection; I have been brainstorming with myself on where I would like my online work from home business to move forward and after much debating I have come up with this title for a series of blogs. Along the way I will be sharing topics that inspire and motivate me towards a healthy happier lifestyle and I would like to share them with you for the forseeable future.

So who am I? I’m Sharon, mum of two, carer to my eldest, Ellie and have been #mumonamission for just over three years. See a little more here
https://sharoncrowley.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/first-blog-post/

So let’s get started with my thoughts on carbohydrates, carbs for short. With the majority of the world on a lo -carb diet (or it feels like it) courtesy of many healthy eating programmes recently that have been hugely successful for weight loss including @thebodycoach are they really that bad? The latest research suggests it can even reduce belly fat
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/weight-loss/heres-why-experts-say-you-should-cut-back-on-carbs-if-you-want-to-lose-belly-fat/ar-BBVtSDN?li=BBoPH6F&ocid=U452DHP

I am no expert, so these are my own opinions only, but I truly believe carbs are needed on a daily basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle; I personally feel tired when I cut them out completely. However do we need as many; probably not? Could we live without them for one meal, probably and more so if not exercising in the evening? Could we change to healthier alternatives such as wholegrain, yes?

Here is a facebook live I did recently with a colleague on healthier habitsand how to implement them during your typical day
https://youtu.be/Nir5ddzeRU0

I would love to know if you are cutting back on the carbs, have maybe switched to healthier versions or think it is a load of baloney; feel free to comment below and click follow to continue with the series as I will be seeing you again soon

Sharon x

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 your ‘diet’ isn’t working for you!

Have you ever wondered why your ‘diet’ just isn’t working for you? You may even not say you are on a ‘diet’ and call it a healthy eating plan as these days the term ‘diet’ sounds so negative.

Here are my top 4 reasons why I believe your diet just isn’t working for you at the moment.

  1. You are eating food that you don’t like; there is a reason you stopped eating Kale and Spinach when you were twenty, it is because you don’t like it. If you do not buy avocado’s regularly, just because they are now classed as ‘free’ does not mean you will like them any more. Stop eating food you don’t like.
  2. You are not eating with the family; this was an all too familiar theme on my many quests to find the perfect diet. I rarely ate with my family. I tried to avoid tea times if I was fasting or alternatively I was cooking separate foods which resulted in an increase in shopping costs. Meal times should be family time where you can sit and chat together and enjoy the same foods. Therefore start cooking what you will all eat.
  3. You are craving the foods you have been told you are not allowed to eat. Your diet starts and straight away you know you have ‘this’ or you can’t have ‘that’ and what is the first thing that you start to crave, ‘the forbidden list’. Yes, to lose weight you do need to reduce the calories and to get healthier you do need to change your habits but complete withdrawals will generally only lead to binges and lost willpower. Tread carefully and either choose healthier versions of the treats you want or have a little of what you fancy but no more.
  4. You have not got the right mindset. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts such as the shopping bill has increased, I can’t believe I can’t eat any more chocolate, weekends are going to be so boring then this will have a huge impact on how far you get on your journey. Turn this around to thinking more positive thoughts such as how much more energy you will have, think how much your confidence will grow as each day you become more successful.

I hope you have found some value in this and it has shed some light on why your diet just may not be working for you at this moment. If you are working to get healthier this year, do reach out as I would love to connect with you.
https://linktr.ee/sharon__crowley

See you next week
Sharon x

(written from the heart)

How to Stay Motivated

Do you struggle to stay motivated on your healthy journey, are you already bored of what you are eating, you simply want a pizza on a Saturday Night? We are now only into the second month of the year so if you are already struggling with motivation let me share some tips with you on how to stay focused.

Changing habits for the better are never easy and research now confirms that it can actually take up to three months for a habit to become an every day occurrence without giving it any thought. With that in mind we need to keep on doing what we are doing if we are to get healthy so here are my top 5 tips on staying motivated.

  1. Have an event/holiday planned – the reason for this is it will give you a specific time frame of when you need to achieve your goal.
  2. Switch things around – if you are getting bored of what you eat; try a new recipe, a new food. If exercise isn’t your thing, try something that is fun; pole dancing, Glo Aerobics.
  3. You need to see results fast – if you are seeing fast results, then you will stick with it. How do you get these quick results, simply increase the exercise and reduce the quantity of food you are eating. No snacks and No alcohol for a week will give you fast results.
  4. Write it down – having a journal on this journey is a lifesaver. When you are not feeling great about yourself, be honest and write it down and then refer to it when you consider opening the biscuits. It will help you understand why you are getting healthy, you don’t want to feel miserable. On the other hand when you are having a great day, fitting into new clothes, getting compliments, write that down also and you can refer back to it if you start to lose momentum.
  5. Get a buddy to do it with you – having an accountability buddy can help spur you on whether this is your partner or a friend. You can share tips, recipes, success stories and give each other a kick up the bum when you need it.

I hope you have found these five tips on staying motivated useful, I would love to hear back from you and if you would like my free Cheat Sheet on how to increase more exercise into your daily routine, comment below or reach out to me on FaceBook @shazsbeautysecrets.

As always feel free to share and I’ll see you next week

Sharon

Stop the FAD’S

Stop the FAD’s, what do I mean by that?

Fad Diets are something that you cannot sustain, a plan you follow that is short lived and how many times have you found that when you stop you put the weight back on and  often more as well?

I used to believe that doing something for 21 days will help you create a good habit but that is where I have been failing as I have since found it can actually take up to 3 months to make a new habit stick.

Therefore here are my top 3 tips to creating good healthy habits that you will keep and avoid the FAD’s forever.

First; identify your obstacles, then plan a defense. I did a Facebook live on this the other week. If you can identify exactly when you are going to fall off the wagon, which we all do, then you can have an alternative on standby already in your mind of how to avoid this. This is known as the method, ‘If then, then that’
Here’s an example If I go out on a night out, I will make sure every second drink is a non alcoholic one.

My second tip is to be SMART, set yourself some SMART goals.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Instead of simply thinking, I will just lose weight, State to yourself “I will lose 7lbs by March 20th which is 1lb a week by not eating after 7pm”

The final tip is accountability; share your journey with friends that way you can update them with your successes, stay focused and they can be there for you if at times you find you are struggling. Get a friend to keep you on track and message them regularly, ideally someone that is very positive. Get up early and plan your meals, plan your exercise and write down why you are embarking on this journey everyday. This will help you with your motivation.

I hope this helps and feel free to follow my journey on Facebook @ShazsBeautySecrets

See you next week,

Sharon 

Are you hitting your goals?

Ok, we’re two weeks in  –  are you hitting your goals? Did you start your healthy habits? Two weeks in is generally when people start to waiver, the negative thoughts, the excuses start to kick in; so let’s take a look at some of those :

Excuse 1 “It’s hard work this, not sure I can keep it up”

Nothing in life is easy, what gets us through it is why we started in the first place. Think about all the reasons you wanted a healthy new year; Did you want to lose weight? Get fit? Have more energy? Think of those rather than that one that will stop you. Create some vision to help motivate you, a dress hung up that doesn’t quite fit right now, maybe a picture of a younger you when you felt happier – stick it on the biscuit tin. Quitting will not get you healthy.

Reason 2 “I just can’t follow it”

Now this could be if you’re following a plan, look at it, is it realistic? Yes a 3 day no eating plan will help you shift some weight but it’s not going to help you get healthy. Find something that will work for more than a day, that could be Weightwatchers, Slimming World, 5:2, Joe Wicks. All of these and many more plans have worked because people have stuck to them, but all our bodies and lifestyles are different so it has to work for you! Consider writing out the pro’s & con’s and once you have decided – give it 100%.

Finally Reason 3 “You’re not seeing the results you wanted”

I do understand this one, I really do. Everyone wants a quick result but remember you didn’t get unhealthy quickly, it took time and it will take time to adopt the right healthy habits for you so that you can achieve your goals. After one really good week of eating healthy, not drinking, no rubbish and exercising, my scales actually said I had put on weight. Did I want to cry and quit, of course I did? But within minutes I remembered how I had slept better, how my clothes fitted better, how much more energy I had and actually enjoyed exercising again and that is why I’m going to carry on as I know and understand I will not achieve my goal if I quit.

There you go my top 3 reasons why I have quit in previous years. Reach out if you have used these before but will not again and this is going to be your healthy year. Simply leave a comment below as it would be great to connect and I hope you have got something from this.

See you next week, Sharon