The Vision- Kill procrastination.

Health and fitness is not just about going to the gym and eating right.. Its also about what goes on in your mental, your thoughts, etc. So, having a fit exterior also means having a healthy interior not just by the foods you intake  but how you think, your thought processes, how you view yourself & the world around you.

One thing that  visionaries hate most is stalling.. and by “stalling” I mean procrastinating . From experience the worst thing about procrastination is the emotions that come along with it. And one of the major misconceptions people have of “positive thinking” is you have to be constantly positive no matter the situation however that’s not the case even the most positive people in this world have down days.

*mini anecdote*

From my own experience I have had days where I feel defeated and unmotivated. Some days for no absolute reason but I just don’t feel like my usual self, other days I am homesick (funnily enough) & some days its just a mixture of all the above and just the general stress of life takes it toll on me.Last year in a brief conversation with my mum she said to me ” I hope you are working hard” this simple phrase almost brought me to tears .That one simple phrase got me in my feelings, because i felt as though i wasn’t working hard , ” i am not doing enough” “i am not pushing myself to be best I can” ” Am I ever going to achieve my goals?” “will i be successful?” “i’m stalling”  all these phrases going round in my head, created such a high level of anxiety in my system that I was having mini panic attacks, finding it difficult to breath & difficult to sleep & random intense migraines, all things that have never been a problem before. Ok all these were an issue and I was trying my hardest to ignore them. Pretending as though I wasn’t stressed in order not to be stressed. Just ignoring that the problem was there but i realised you dig yourself a deeper hole when you begin to kick yourself when your down already and , you don’t acknowledge that you are stressed and need to sort it out. 

Here are 5 methods that always help me when I feel down;

  1. CRY!; – LET IT ALL OUT. Seriously though its not a joke, because we live in a society today where everyone likes to “pretend” everyone likes to hide their emotions. Be emotionless, crying is not for the weak. I have noticed that the more you hold in stress, the more it affects you in different ways causing anxiety, panic attacks, etc. But I find that when I cry, i’ve acknowledged that “bla bla was wrong” or that I was feeling defeated or sad. Cry to yourself and then wipe your tears and get on with it. I’ve personally noticed I like getting my way alot. I don’t mean this in a childish way but in terms of if I’ve planned to complete about 10 tasks in one week an I accomplish 4 for example that will upset me and stress me out. I’m aware I’m not the only one that’s like this but what you need to remember is your not superwoman or superman- sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves. sometimes we need to just take it easy.
  2. MUSIC- don’t overcomplicate things, music is so soothing to the soul. Honestly studies have shown that music not only improves concentration but also helps elevates our mood. So when your feeling sad put on your favourite track and zone out to it. Trust me, it seems so simple and minuscule but it makes so much of a difference. I sometimes listen to gospel music, I find its really uplifting and soulful, bit of jazz, or artists that I find really inspiring.
  3. PRAYER/MEDITATION- Ok this is so important. Really it should be No;1, nevertheless. Prayer is so important when your feeling low or just in general. I find talking to God very therapeutic and relieving. I am talking to God but within the same token myself. Meditation makes so much of a difference. It just as important as prayer, when i started meditating it was really difficult and it still kinda is as i am still new to it but i noticed how much of a difference it makes. It helps calm the mind, helps you regain focus. We live in such a chaotic world and sometimes it can get overwhelming for our minds so meditation helps put a stop to the chaos, allows us to hear and connect with our true self and as result be happier. studies show that people who meditate have a higher level of concentration, are much more elevated in life, and much more brain power. 
  4. FOOD- hmmm. Food. So I don’t mean comfort eat and indulge yourself in junk ! But many studies have shown that there are natural organic foods that can help in elevating your mood as they increase levels of serotonin. Such foods such as dark chocolate, Fruits ie; pineapples, sweet patatoe’s. I know when I’m down good nutritious food definitely picks me right back up again. The food you eat has a direct correlation with your mood, for example loads of processed foods you will eat will make you sluggish and put you directly in zombiefied sleep mode which can be really irritating when trying to be productive, whereas whole hearty food as nature intended will give you the right amount of energy you need to get on with life.
  5. LOVEEEE, LOVE, LOVE- OK I’m kinda soppy sometimes, I believe love makes the world go round *OMG ( forgive me) BUT love can lift your mood instantly, if you are putting yourself down- telling yourself your not good enough, not doing enough etc, sometimes its good to speak to people that will help uplift you and get you out that mindstate, its not embarrassing everyone has down days. If you never did, how would you ever be able to grow? I find that when i feel demotivated just seeing somebody that i love makes me happy again, for example speaking to a boyfriend, your mum or even a friend can make so much of a difference. Don’t block out the world and stay in this little momentary negative bubble of yours.

( one last mini one) SHOWERS; I find showers deeply therapeutic, hot showers sometimes cold just to shock my system, helps so much it helps me reflect on my day gives me the time i need to analyse how I got to the level of procrastination I’m at. What i did wrong and what i can do better, more so it allows me to give my body some deserving love. I don’t know exactly what it is about that but they help so much !

“lifting is for men… I don’t want to get bulky”

*inserts laughing face emoji* …..

*continues laughing for the rest of the post *

**** OK seriously though, today’s blog post is about ladies constantly telling me their fear of weights. For a while I too was scared of weights *OH MY GODDD* it is truly scary isn’t it? Ok I should really stop with the sarcasm but whoever created this fear needs to be re-educated & FAST! (laughs to self).

Firstly ladies, ignore the silly comments. Do not fear, you will  not begin to all of a sudden look like a man,no dear you won’t. Women are simply not genetically made up that way. No matter how many weights you lifted you wouldn’t end up looking like a man. That’s a myth- unless you start taking growth hormones.

Benefits of weight lifting when your a woman.

  • Its fun !
  • You build up your strength. Strong is sexy.
  • You can build up areas that you lack in- for example many ladies want to build up their glutes you can do this through various exercises such as squats, adding weight training will help build you a nice and round booty & thats a fact! You can build you curves and become toned!
  • according to studies- weight training burns fat, long after your workout even.

This only a brief post- ladies don’t fear the weight, build the body you long for & don’t listen to silly comments!

“Eating Healthy is expensive!”…

Hmmm *pauses for a hot second*…. Majority of conversations I have concerning health go along these lines…

“what did you say?” ….. ” Eating healthy is expensive… I mean really i’ve tried, i’ve really tried but far too expensive & i’m broke. I can’t afford to spend all of my money on food” …. “But…” — “no, sorry, its just not for me”

Ok, its common knowledge that health is far more expensive in our society whereas unhealthy foods are not as expensive. I can totally understand that but this post is not aimed at those that have already given up on a healthy diet. If you are living on a budget of about £40-£45 pounds for a fortnights worth of shopping ,that is more than enough to stock up on healthy foods for your cupboards. Here are my top tips to help you stick to your budget and prevent going overboard.

  • SHOPPING LIST- do not leave the house without one of these when going shopping. make sure to write down what exactly it is you need in order to prevent getting sidetracked or just picking anything that you think is healthy and dumping it in the basket.
  • Needs over Wants – Ok so if you are on a budget you might sometimes need to choose what  will serve you most. for example do you really need to buy nuts? as a snack or could you just buy Salmon as that will aid you more in muscle development or whatever your goal is? following? sometimes we want to get snacks for those times when we feel slightly peckish but its not always necessary.
  • Look for stores that aid your budget in terms of pricing- So I personally found that stores such as Lidl for example are cheaper with certain products such as Proteins and fruits, for example Lidl’s salmon is £2.29 for two fillets whereas Tescos and Asda’s ranges from £3.00 – £4.00, Mangos in Lidl are £85p each in Tescos it’s £1.50 each. Lidls are much bigger and ripen much quicker too. These differences at first might not seem that large but they most definitely add up.
  • Look for sales and take the chance- what do i mean by this for example. Stores like Asda for example do Roll-backs, where they cut down prices sometimes just slightly and others drastically. Look for these and buy what you need, Tesco’s has a Reduced section where they reduce items as low as 75% off! Of course these items either expire on the day or the day after but if you buy chicken or fruits for example you can buy these and on exactly the same day put them in the freezer. This won’t affect the taste or health of your food whatsoever as its frozen. I find this works well for fruits and protein. As fruits you can add in to your smoothies straight away making them yummy. Holland and Barret also does sales occasionally, they have Penny sales- where you buy one and get the other item for a penny Or they have a buy one and get one half price, or buy one and get one free rarely.I find this is so useful for household essentials such as coconut oil, or herbs such as spirulina, etc…
  • Meal prep!- Preparing your own food and being able to eat regular meals not only aid you health wise but also money wise. It saves you from buying snacks whilst on the go or just generally spending money when your out.
  • Its not always stores  sometimes on-line – For example when buying herbs such as spirulina, flax seeds, chai seeds etc, you can shop on-line such as on eBay Amazon, they are sometimes cheaper than Holland and Barret for example but make sure they are legit.
  • Buy a filter- Ok I hate fluoride infused chemical tasting , death threatening water. But water is expensive ( well considering your aiming to drink about 2-3 litres a day – don’t come cheap) buying a filter for the time being could help and reduce the amount of fluoride you intake. Another way is boiling water straight from the tap and leaving it to cool – put it in the fridge and its safe to drink! This also helps kill some chemicals added to our water, and bacteria etc.
  •  Take it easy- Just because we say healthy food healthy living, doesn’t mean you have to purchase everything you deem “healthy” (lol) because there’s no point buying items you won’t eat either because you don’t like the taste or because  you don’t know how to cook. As my mother would say  don’t have long eyes. Watch what’s on your plate. Buy what you can currently afford (healthy foods of course)
  • Don’t look for organic- whoaa! (haha) Organic is always good, fair trade products are always great too but if you can’t afford it just yet… chill. Take it easy ,buy the normal version and wait until you can afford those products. Just an example but in Sainsbury’s a normal cucumber is about £0.49p But an organic cucumber is £1.29… you can see the huge difference. Organic is great but these days companies use the label to pointlessly increase prices of items.