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 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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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

Energy All Day, Everyday?

Who wouldn’t like all day, every day energy eh, it may seem impossible but it isn’t?

Simple small changes to your lifestyle and your diet can start the process off and be supplemented by specific vitamins until you no longer need them. Some people know and understand this but still don’t make those changes. Let’s start together today.

Recently I have been of the mindset, you only live once, let’s have some fun and that’s great but as you get older, it gets harder to lose weight, harder to look fresh, harder to have energy throughout the day and I would rather feel healthy and energetic for many years to come than have a fun filled life for only a few years. What are your thoughts?

Here are my top 5 tips on making those small changes today,
1. Eat better, stop with the processed food and start to cook from scratch. Cook in bulk if you are busy in the week.

2. Plan in some exercise;  by planning it in your diary you are committing to it. It doesn’t have to be strenuous;  a walk, a cycle ride,  swimming all easy to access in the summer months.

3. Mindset; energy is positive so to make the most of it you need to be in the right mindset and have the right positive attitude and I can assure you it will make a huge difference.

4. Sleep; lack of sleep is a huge factor when it comes to energy and mood so stick to the same sleep patterns throughout your week and weekend.

5. Vitamins; vitamins these days no longer need to be a multivitamin as companies are producing them for specific people for specific issues. Make sure you are taking ones that will help you.

I hope you have found some value in this and over the next few weeks I will be going into each tip in more detail as this is simply an overview. I am on this journey with you, so please click follow and connect with me via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley
If I can help in anyway especially about the specific vitamins then reach out and I will see you again soon.

Sharon

Are you over 40 and enjoy a tipple, then you need to read this.

When you reach 40 and if like me, you enjoy a drink, experts are urging us to spare a thought on the damage our drinking habits are doing to our bodies. A recent survey found that 28%  of women over 45 admitted they drank as much or more than their grown-up children, also those 65 and over stated that they are most likely to drink on five consecutive nights each week.

Why does it feel like the effects of drinking are so much worse after hitting 40? Quite simply “The organs that metabolise alcohol such as the liver and the stomach shrink as you get older, so alcohol stays in your system longer,” says Dr Tony Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist at the South london and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

This could explain why you feel you now suffer from a two-day hangover  “Plus, the total fluid in the body is a lot less – we get more dehydrated as we get older – so because alcohol is distributed in blood which will be more concentrated, it won’t be broken down as quickly as it would in the bloodstream of a 20 year old.” It has also been evidenced that the brain is affected a lot quicker than the liver therefore drinking regularly can result in depression and moodiness, however the good news is that this can be reversed with 6 months of not drinking.

Alcohol also causes a flushing of the skin, causing flare ups of Rosacea and you may find you get spots after a night out, heavy drinkers tend to look a little worse for wear as the skin becomes dehydrated, this can then lead to puffiness around the eyes. In addition the excess sugars you’re consuming damage the DNA and collagen in the skin which can lead to more rapid ageing.

Alcohol can definitely have an effect on you if you are trying to lose weight given that it contains seven calories per gram, nearly the same as fat (9 calories per gram) and when you drink the body recognises its by-products as toxins and chooses to break these down first over the nutrients in food, explains nutritionist Robert Hobson, co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible (Bloomsbury £14.99).  ‘ When the body gets round to metabolising the food, it may no longer require the calories, so they get stored as fat.’

So try to understand why you’re drinking and see if you can consider an alternative to help you relax, de stress and always aim to have a few consecutive nights rest.
If you have found this interesting, please feel free to share. I would love to hear your thoughts on alcohol as I personally do reach out to everyone that comments, do you notice it is having more of an effect on you as you get older? Finally if you would like my FREE guide “20 ways to de-stress and relax” then jot down your email and I’ll send it over.
Resource: The Telegraph
Sharon

Fasting, is it any good for you?

Fasting; fasting has been around for years and is very common with specific religions.

What is fasting, quite simply it’s reducing the amount of food/calories into your body and comes in all shapes and sizes. With recent weight loss plans of 5:2, Intermitent Fasting and more recently 16:8, it is becoming a hit with many people.

Most people fast to lose weight, by cutting the number of calories on a specific day or eating within a certain window period will reduce both your appetite and stomach. However weight loss isn’t the only reason people fast, as previously mentioned some fast because of their religion and others to help with bloatedness or for an overall cleanse of both body and skin. Either way, fasting is very common these days with many variations of it too, including juicing, vitamins and reduced calories.

So now we know why people fast here are my top 5 tips to surviving a fast.

  1. Drink plenty of water; this will not only help with any stomach rumbles, but will keep you from feeling lightheaded and will also aid the detox.
  2. Plan what you are going to eat and going to do. There is nothing worse than rummaging around the cupboards when you are hungry, you need to avoid any temptation. In addition, don’t plan any social gatherings, this would be too hard but not impossible.
  3. Have the correct mindset, tell yourself it is only for a short time and it will come to an end.
  4. Go to bed early, if you are like me who always feels more tired on a fast day, staying awake until 11pm isn’t going to help you. Brush your teeth and get an early night.
  5. Stay busy. Sat around with nothing to do will make you think you are more hungry than what you are. Do whatever it takes; clean the house, the car, iron, anything just to keep your mind occupied and your hands busy.

I hope you have found these 5 tips helpful, please share if you have and if you would like my low calorie guide for free, do reach out or find me on linktr.ee/shaz_crowley.

See you soon,
Sharon 

What To Do When You Want To Quit!

Have you ever had a time, a day, where you just want to quit. Quit life, quit being a mum, quit the diet, quit the job as it all gets too much and you’ve simply had enough. Yes? Well that’s me most days, luckily though it’s only for about five short minutes but yes the feeling of throwing my teddy out of the cot arises more often than not and more so as I’ve gotten older.

Why? Probably because as a mum you feel you have to be in charge of everything; the house, the family life, the bills, the shopping, the extra curricular activities your kids attend and the list goes on. So now we get the gist of quitting life, what should you do to help you avoid quitting as that is the only thing that is actually important, to not quit.

Here are my 5 Top Tips to stop and help you;
1. Give yourself permission to feel these quitting emotions even if it’s for 5 seconds, acknowledge them then throw them out like the bad rubbish they are as we don’t need any negativity.

2. Give yourself a talking too, remember why you are doing these things, if it’s the weight loss,  reason with your conscience how much you will feel better when you’ve lost weight. If it’s the kids, remember why you love them.

3. Give yourself some time out as sometimes that’s all we need, a cup of tea, a half hour in the bath or all day if you can. Grab a book and go back to bed.

4. Give yourself some leeway and delegate some of  your chores, could the older children help around the house more, could you learn to shop online, could you buddy up with a friend whose child does the same activities to take turns for lifts?

5. Give yourself something to look forward to, a date night, a spa weekend, a holiday and hopefully by concentrating on that, this will make the suffering of today worthwhile.

I hope this has helped and if you can relate to any of it, please do reach out, it’s always great to connect to like-minded people, you can find me here (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley) or leave a comment below. Feel free to share and I look forward to sharing more of my ‘Life in the 40’s’ with you very soon.

Sharon

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.
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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