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My Pledge

Amsterdam Memories

Amsterdam was everything I dreamed it would be, of course.  I’m just glad that Blayne fell in love with my favourite place in the world as much as I hoped he would.  He can now also back me up on my bold statement of eating the best fries in the world.  We were extremely lucky with the weather, not a single drop of rain and gloriously hot and sunny.  Perfect!  We didn’t get round to hiring bikes in the end; there were so many people in the city for gay pride that navigating around the city by bicycle seemed to be proving difficult for tourists and locals alike, but we walked for miles and miles, only jumping onto a tram once throughout the whole trip so that we were on time to meet a friend.  We met up with most of my friends, Blayne finally got to put faces to the tales I had been telling him and everyone got on so well – the whole trip could not have been more perfect, well, apart from having to come back.

So, it’s back to England and back to commuting to London for me.  This morning I couldn’t help but compare it to Amsterdam (as I have done so often since moving back from Amsterdam, two years ago).  Everyone is in a rush in London.  Everyone has somewhere they need to be, like, yesterday.  The cars drive faster, even the bikes cycle faster.  Amsterdam is so much more relaxed and easy going…*sigh*…

Anyway, enough nostalgia for the time being.  So, as with every holiday I go on, I managed to come home with a few extra lbs.  But I don’t dwell on it.  You just have to get back into your routine.  9 times out of 10 it’s just water weight that I put on, purely down the fact that I drink a little lot more alcohol than I would normally, and far too little water.  Naughty.  Very naughty.  I also found myself reading a very insightful book that got my thinking about what I’m actually fuelling my body with.  During my weight loss journey I toyed with a vegan diet for a while, but I went about it all wrong.  I ended up living off of fruit and vegan junk food, and got sick.  I hadn’t eaten meat for a while before trying a vegan diet but I certainly didn’t go back to eating meat.  I also stuck with soya/almond milk but I did start eating fish, eggs and other dairy products again.  So, after reading aforementioned book, which promotes a healthy nutritious diet, free from animal products and full of whole foods, fruits and veggies, along with providing some great meal plans, I was inspired to give a vegan diet another shot.  But I’ve done it properly this time.

The Vegan Society explains a vegan diet with the following diagram:


 Their website is a fantastic resource for helping you with the transition into a vegan diet.  You can also take a vegan pledge.  So, yesterday I made my pledge.  A 30 day pledge to eat only vegan.  You can also choice to be assigned a mentor who will offer you guidance throughout your pledge.  My pledge starts from today and I’m incredibly excited.  I have prepared a basic meal plan for today, using the ingredients I already had at home, which I will post in picture form tomorrow.  Today will mainly see me searching through Pinterest for exciting new recipes and ideas and writing a shopping list for the weekend.



Everyone Starts Somewhere

I sat on the changing room floor and cried to myself.  I needed another size bigger in the trousers I was trying on for a wedding and it finally hit me; “I’ve let this go on for too long.”  I was 210lb, 21 years old and unhappy.   I couldn’t believe that I had lost the love and respect I  once had for my own body.  I decided there and then that changes had to be made and the next week I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting and I have never looked back.  Over the course of the last 6 years, I have been on a journey.  There have been many bumps in the road, times when I became completely consumed with the need to lose weight and be thin and be whatever the celebrity magazines thought was ‘beautiful’.  At the time I had no interest in exercise – that was too much like hard work.  I would starve myself at times, literally living off fruit but I kept seeing the number on the scale going down and thought I was achieving something.

Last year, I really started to educate myself on healthy living.  I started to see a personal trainer who really supported me.  He made it so easy for me to tell him about my struggles.  We worked together on my food fears and I learnt to love exercise.  I’ve now learnt to love my body once again and I want it to be the best version of me I can be.  I like the feeling of being strong and completely in control of my body and without the correct nourishment this is impossible.  The passion my personal trainer had for helping other people to achieve their health and fitness goals has inspired me so much and I am now on my own journey to do the same.

At the end of September I will be heading back to school to qualify as a personal trainer and will be then looking to further my education into nutrition.  I could talk for hours about how taking care of my own health and fitness has changed my life completely.  I have so much energy, am far less tired, I’m positive and enthusiastic for the future.  I am not sick half as much as I used to be when I was fuelling my body highly processed and ‘fast’ foods and then with the other extreme of simply living of the minimum I could get away with.

Join me on my journey.  I’ll be sharing hints and tips that I’ve picked up along the way.  If you have any questions or comments I’d be glad to hear them.  You’re health and fitness goals are 100% within reach.

The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes


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