You may remember that last year, beginning in March, I attempted to get Fit By 40. Well, alas, I did not manage to rid myself of the three stone (42 pounds) of baby weight but did lose half of it by my 40th birthday in August. Sadly, I put on one stone (14 pounds) in the autumn. *sigh* This is the third autumn in a row that I've gained a stone. I think part of the problem is with my low Vitamin D levels. I get so tired in the autumn, as it gets harder and harder (to impossible) to make vitamin D from the sun, and I turn to sweets and chocolate for energy. But with January, I am feeling hopeful for spring. So now I am back on my quest to get lose weight and get healthy.
Thinking Slimmer - I am tired of restricting my diet from carbs and sugar. It just makes me binge on those items later. So I have signed up to the Slimpod Gold programme. Husband and I have been listening to the recording before we go to sleep (though I often fall asleep while listening). It is supposed to retrain the way you think about food. You should feel more confident about the weight-loss process and not beat yourself up if you ever have a sneaky chocolate bar. I will devote an entire post to it next month, once I have used it for a full four weeks (I am on a 12-week programme).
The Feelgood Plan - Since I am trying to live a healthier life, I have been reading this book for tips on eating and fitness. I want to do things that help me feel and look better in the long-term, rather than just in the short-term. Not that I'm 40, I have to think about continued good health rather than just losing some weight. The book is written by Dalton Wong, a top personal trainer, and Kate Faithfull-Williams, a health and lifestyle journalist. Both have year of experience and believe in focusing on well-being rather than weight. There are no foods which they've made off-limit, which means you can occasionally have chocolate or wine and not feel like a villain.
Cho-yung Tea - I've started drinking this detox green tea twice a day as it is supposed to help boost your metabolism. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, this should help burn more calories. It's sweeter than my normal green tea, but as I love green tea anyway it hasn't been too tough adding this tea to my daily routine.
I was given the above items for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.