Renna's Discoveries

Friday, December 09, 2016

Lets Get Healthier !!! New Years Resolution - Lets Do This !!

Just three weeks to go until January and when we all start to make resolutions and pray we stick to them. I made one in January of this year and this time I have stuck to it. I wanted to loose weight and get toned. I think I've done a good job this year, I look better than I have in years, I've finally got back into jeans that I've kept for years. I've also eaten a lot healthier this year and really watched what I eat. Obviously I have treated myself, life would be boring if I didn't, but everything is OK in moderation right ?? A lot of people really struggle to stay healthy or to loose weight, so it really is an ongoing thing. You can't or shouldn't try the quick solutions, as these generally do not work in the long term. So in January, or even now, start thinking about what you want as your resolution, and lets all really try hard to stick to it.

I came across an article that I wanted to share with you to see what you think too. 

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Why health checks should be Number One on your New Year fitness resolutions list

The resolution to improve health and fitness is a common one, especially if you have really enjoyed Christmas in terms of eating and drinking to excess, and have gained some weight. Those of us who are already regular gym goers notice that we can’t get onto fitness equipment without queuing in January, because of all the enthusiastic New Year joiners who are going to stick to their resolution this time. However, by the end of the month, they have mostly fallen by the wayside, and the gym crowd is mostly back to the usual regulars.

The best thing you can do as a new starter is to copy those regulars and pick up their habits; it’s easier to succeed if you set yourself small goals that are easy to achieve, such as ‘I will go to the gym three times this week’ and ‘I will only drink at the weekend this week’. Relying on will-power without making a plan isn’t enough, especially if you have an end goal in mind that will take months to achieve, such as losing a set amount of weight, or achieving a specific level of fitness.

An end goal needs to have a set of sub-goals to be achievable; for example, if your end goal is ‘I will feel confident in a bikini this summer’, your sub-goals should probably be:

·         I will exercise for 30 minutes every day, either by walking or going to the gym
·         I will cut out 100 unnecessary calories from my diet every day (easy swaps are a skinny latte for a full-fat option, or opting for a sugar-free syrup if those are your weakness!)

Both of those things are easily achievable without you even noticing, and that is the key to making resolutions you can keep. Putting a picture of a supermodel or bodybuilder on the fridge is just going to make you feel ashamed even when you’re reaching inside for a healthy snack or nutritious meal, so think hard about what your goals are, and what you want to achieve.  

Many of us also set ourselves up to fail by making a long list of resolutions and failing to stick to any of them, simply because the weight of self-expectation is completely overwhelming. Focus your energies on sticking to your main goal, and leave the rest of the self-improvement for later!

If you are very out of shape, or very overweight, it’s essential that you seek medical advice and assurance before you begin any kind of exercise routine. That’s why it’s important to make your plans now, so that you can hit the ground running in January. Going for a full MOT can give you great peace of mind about your heath, so why not visit a private hospital in Chelsea to speak to a specialist about any concerns before you begin?

Finally, don’t just make resolutions in January; there’s no time like the present for improving your health and fitness!

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What do you think? I really liked it and I think its also very achievable. We are all encouraged to walk 10k steps a day, which I think is very easy. However, if you really do sit all day at work, and then sit in the car on the way home, and then sit again all night, then you will really need to start making an effort in moving more. (This was me years ago) Humans were not designed to sit around and do nothing. I was miserable in the evenings and then because of that I ate foods and not the healthy kind either. I was miserable because I hadn't exercised enough, and I was eating the wrong foods, and my body was in a slump.

Lets do this together !!!! 

I'm going to start a food diary as I really would love to see if I can improve on it. I'm sure I can,but its also nice, not to actually forget what I've eaten throughout the day......who else does this?  

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Enertor - Usain Bolt Endorsed Insoles

Who wants to run like Usain Bolt? How amazing would it be to be able to reach that 5km, 10km, 20km milestone with ease?
I've been attempting to run this year but I've really struggled to actually run continuously, I'm much better at walking ....So I do what I can when I can. I do find that when I run in some trainers, I can feel every step or bounce up my leg, and this is not good. I was asked if I would like to try out Enertor Performance Full Insoles. Now this wasn't because they thought they would turn me into the fastest woman on the Earth, but they wanted to encourage me and help me further.
So many of us stand on our feet all day and quite a few people get foot pains. After a long day on your feet, the only thing people are thinking of is getting the shoes off and your feet up.

Monday, December 05, 2016

The Original Tour in London - Best Way To See London by Bus and Boat

Yesterday we had a family day out in London as I really wanted to see the Christmas Lights. So I thought the best way to see the lights and have a great experience was to go on a bus tour. Its the perfect way to see London, and as we were taking my niece with us, I also wanted to surprise them with a River Cruise, which, as a family we have never done.
We have been on quite a few bus tours and every single time, we've all loved it. However, this was the first time, we have done the tour in the winter, so that was an experience, but we were wrapped up warm, and it was well worth it.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Marshmallow Delights - Midnight Feast Ideas

I love Marshmallows !! Small ones, Medium ones and Big Fat ones !!
I've always loved marshmallows (especially 'flumps' when I was younger) and I've been very experimental with them lately, but in an easy way. So I thought I would share with you my sickly delicious treats.
I love my marshmallows cold, but I feel that I can eat and eat and eat them, but when I melt them, I generally only have one..... for obvious reasons, unless I literally force myself to continue to eat it because it tastes so amazingly good..

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chocolate Gifts by Morse Toad

Buying gifts for family and friends can be so stressful. You never know what to get them, what they'd like, whether they would even use it...... So, I've been leaning towards the foodie gifts as it will always be used and never wasted. However, some hampers can be expensive to send through the post, so here's another idea for friends and family who live far away.
Chocolate By Post !!!
Oh yes !!! How easy was that. Everyone loves chocolate (Ok well....Most people love chocolate) so this is the perfect gift.
Morse Toad is a very successful personalised chocolate card company, yes that's right....Chocolate Cards. This is the easiest gift you will ever have to order.
You very simply go onto the website, choose the design and how much chocolate you want to send and personalise your message, and that's it....hey presto. Done!! To top it off, if you order before 1pm, its the same day delivery or after 1 pm, its next day delivery. So if you forget someones birthday, you can quickly get them a card delivered too. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Black Farmer Chicken Flamenco Sausages

The Black Farmer is back with more Gluten Free Sausages !! Woohoo !! The difference is that these are made from Chicken!!
The Black Farmer knows not everyone eats pork, but still loves sausages, so he decided that Chicken Sausages should join his sausage family. 

Christmas With Pets - RSPCA Advice

Please read this and take note. 
The RSPCA have produced a wonderful guide for all us pet lovers at Christmas Time. 

I'll be buying my two doggies presents at Christmas....will you?

If you need further information from the RSPCA please see their website
Please look after your pets and also think of future pets and sign this RSPCA petition

Thank you

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Energy Bars with PandaVita Baobab Powder - Superfood

Some mornings it can be such a struggle to get out of bed, especially as the days are getting shorter so it's dark earlier or you have to wake up and it's still dark. Then of course, it's getting to the end of year and somehow it is super busy. It's pretty much go go go from now until new year. Getting Christmas sorted, shopping, childrens plays and special assemblies, parent consultations, having the big pre-Christmas massive clear out of toys or clothes to make room for the new lot. The kids have events to go to which finish late, like family get togethers and birthdays, and then because they have a late night, I end up having an even later night as I like my 'me time' and catching up on TV that is not suitable for kids, and it's all just so tiring. 
Christmas Day itself is a very long day and by the evening, everyone's eaten too much and is just plain tired, which is why the Christmas Film is always a bonus. 
So this got me thinking that I need to design a energy rich recipe which is easy to do, and I can do quickly. 
Flapjacks it is! These are my favourite, I could eat them every day, and the best bit about flapjacks is that you can make them your own and add what you like. So I always use my base recipe and then customise it the way I fancy on the day. 
This time I'm going to add some proper energy boosting ingredients.