Sunday, 1 May 2016

To Snack or Not To Snack?

Hello lovelies!

I'm here again with another lifestyle-y, clean eating-y, weightloss-y post. Hmm.. need to think of a better way to phrase that!

I hope you all don't mind that my blog posts have gone a little in this direction but as I'm a busy student (on teaching practise at the moment..eek!) I have very little time to wash my hair let alone be investigating what beauty products I like but the one thing that I am doing is consistently (or trying to) be eating clean and getting my gym sessions in. Therefore it's all I can really write about unless you want to hear about what lessons I'm doing every day which I think is doubtful!

So today's post is going to tackle the age old question to snack or not to snack?

I feel like most people are coming round to the idea that 5 meals a day warrant a healthy diet. In an ideal world all five meals would contain pasta for me but the extra two are in fact snacks.

In the morning in between breakfast and lunch I usually have some nuts. Almonds are my absolute favourite. I keep a bag in my handbag at all times! They give you that boost to keep you going. That extra protein doe! And if you're in the USA check out this website they have such a huge selection of different types of nuts(and types of almonds!!) that you can get in different quantities. They ship to the UK but not Ireland yet unfortunately but I'm tempted to place an order with them using parcelmotel..

In the afternoon in between lunch and dinner is when I can either be the best healthy girl going or the biggest binger going, I get home from college, teaching practise or work and I'm starved! STEP AWAY FROM THE WHITE BREAD ALICE! I used to have a vegetable juice at this time which is such a great way to get extra greens in, they genuinely do fill you up and I grew to love the taste. The only issue for me with them which is lame excuse is that it requires you to have a lot of fresh veg ready to go at all times which like I said being a busy (and poor) student can be difficult and the machine I have is a b!tch to clean! So I've stepped back from them at the moment and I opt for some fruit or rice cakes with peanut butter or home made vegan basil pesto.

Snacking keeps us going, it stops me from overindulging because once I'm hungry I need food pronto, I mess up when I'm hungry. Keeping that dangerous level of hunger away is my aim! also have some really great information around healthy snacking,why it's important to do so and what to snack on. I'm no expert but they have some over there that can vouch for me when I say SNACK time!

The lovely is promoting healthy habits and would love for everyone to join in. They aren't paying me to talk about the website or giving me any freebies and to be honest I've really stepped back from blogging and not to be rude but I ignore most of my press emails these days. But I couldn't ignore's passion for this healthy lifestyle and when looking at the site I got lost looking at everything they had to offer there is so much! I really just wanted to share it with you all instead of keeping it to myself. So check them out and let me know if you place an order or if you learn something new from their great sources of info. I'm definitely going to be trying some of their healthy snack recipes for studying and concentration (hello exam season!!)

So what's your opinion on snacking? Do you just steer clear out of fear of overindulging or have you found snacks that keep just the right amount of full until your next meal?

Comment or write me on twitter, would love to know your opinions! @alibowring 

 Until next time,

All my love,

Alice May 


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

How I stay motivated with my weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey

Hello all!

I am really excited to write this post because I know it's something a lot of people struggle with, especially with it being January and making new years resolutions!

I have lost just over 2 stone since I began this journey. Over Christmas I took a little break from being completely intense with my workouts and eating but I basically maintained the whole time (well a little 3lb gain but that's gone now so all good!). I am back on track now and have even upped the amount of times I hit the gym so all very exciting!

So what do I do to stay motivated? Read on for my tips!

Set yourself small goals

Everyone usually has an end goal that they want to reach such as loose a certain amount of weight, run a certain race etc.. but I think it is really important to set yourself some smaller realistic goals.
Some that i have set for myself are

  • Go to the gym three times this week
  • Decrease time in running 500m 
  • Drink at least 2 litres of water

These are just three small goals that are all achievable and will give you a sense of accomplishment when they are achieved. I can say I can tick all of those and am constantly setting little mental goals for myself.

Watch Documentaries 

I genuinely feel this is something to which I owe a lot of my motivation too. Netflix has so many different documentaries on sugar, weight loss and healthy living. I have watched almost all of them! My favourite one is Fed Up which is mostly about sugar and the effects of too much of it. It really puts you off indulging especially on these cold nights where you want a cup of tea and a few biscuits. Also a recent RTE one documentary called Sugar Crash was brilliant so if you have access to the RTE player I highly recommend that one too.

Follow Fitness Instagrammers

Most of my feed on instagram is filled with 'real life' women(and some men) who have successfully lost or are loosing weight. They are so inspirational and usually very honest which makes me feel like all the hard work does eventually pay off. If you would like me to compile a list of my favourite instagrammers- let me know!
Also I would recommend unfollowing any pages that post tonnes of food pictures that are unhealthy like cakes, creamy pasta dishes etc... they just make you want to eat everything in sight-trust me. 

Talk to your family/friends

Don't keep your efforts a secret tell your family and friends what you're planning on doing and update them. They will probably notice a change in you mentally and physically even without telling them but you're more then likely going to receive positive feedback and encouragement which is so nice to hear after you've busted your ass in the gym and the kitchen. I know Irish people can't take a compliment but learn to, you deserve them! When someone tells me how great I'm looking or simply likes a picture of my healthy meal on instgram it gives me a smile and all those little smiles help encourage you to keep going!

Those are some of the way in which I stay motivated but ultimately motivation must come from within it is an inner drive that influences the selection and the persistence of tasks.
I know that sounds wishy washy but trust me I've just spent all day studying for a cognitive psychology exam and one of the topics is motivation so if the psychologists say it well then it must be true! hehe

I hope you like these type of fitness/weight loss/healthy/lifestyle posts. It's obviously a huge part of my life at the moment so it's something i enjoy talking about. If there is anything in particular you'd like me to write about comment below or tweet me! 

Love Always,

Alice xx