For as long as I can remember exercise has been a dirty, filthy, awful word to me. Don’t get me wrong I have always been aware that it is pretty much essential that you take care of your body, “you only get one”……etc. Making a start on these 7 minute work outs seemed quite daunting but I knew the first one would be the hardest. So I get up, put on some stretchy clothes and realise I have no idea what a burpee is. Google to the rescue! I sit and read through the variety of exercises I’ll be doing and watch YouTube videos of people doing them. Wow, they all look like they do this in their sleep, toned would be an understatement. I got up and I worked my way through the 7 minutes and you know what, it did it’s job. It got my heart going and my tiny human only tried to join in right at the end, which if I could have filmed I would have because she sat on my head whilst I was doing some leg raise things.
After a few days I had got the hang of a few more of them, it was still not my favourite thing to do but as far as exercise goes, it was ok. I then had to go to hospital and for various reasons have been told to avoid food that contains animal and dairy fats as well as sugar. My reaction was to agree politely whilst screaming WHAT?!?!?! on the inside. Obviously this is for health reasons so I had to follow their advice. But no cheese, are you serious? Essentially my diet is heavily plant based now, almost vegan but I throw in fish. It has shown me just how badly I was eating before this because all of a sudden I had to really look at the food I put in my mouth. I have to read labels and take notice of what exactly is in this food and that can be quite scary. I will never be the person who goes on and on about how life changing it can be or how much better it is for you because it is all personal choice and that is everybody’s right. What I will say is that, for me, it has been brilliant for my energy levels, my skin and lastly I have lost weight. The best thing is that I feel in control of my body more so now than ever. This is a huge thing for me as I have felt out of control for so long, I gave my body up to grow another person and now it is finally starting to feel like my own again. You know what, it feel bloody amazing.
So once again I thank you for reading and if you choose to join me next time I will update you on how the new exercise and diet are all going. I’m trying out a vegan brownie recipe soon so I’ll let you know how it is……I don’t have high hopes but you never know!
As the ever fabulous Kate Nash once said “and this is my body, and no matter how you try and disable it, yes I’ll still be here.”
(p.s. read Alice’s previous post by clicking here)
(p.p.s. we have some great ambassadors now. Why don’t you become one too?)