Kicking things off…again

Hi All,

So, I have restarted the Benevita challenge. The plan is, to monitor how I feel, and most importantly if it does actually help with any weight loss.

I have decided to take up T25 (for those of you that don’t know, this is a fitness programme by Sean T – the man behind..well in front and training, Insanity) its a 10 week programme consisting of 25 min workouts a day.

Ive been feeling a little negative recently, mainly because I’ve not been well, which has stopped me from working out and lead to comfort eating, which has also meant I’ve put on a bit of weight.

It may not be VERY visible, but I know its there.

So the plan is to draw up a schedule/ planner, and plan my meals throughout the day – this should stop me reaching for the bad stuff whenever I feel hungry.

What I do find strange….I keep fruit on the kitchen table, so its visible, and so ill eat more fruit instead of biscuits. My brain tends to blur out the fruit it doesn’t even see it on the table when I get the sweet craving.

I know the journey to being fitter will not be easy, and its not just a case of trying to do things differently, I have to actually reprogram my brain, so that it sees the fruit and not the biscuits. Bad habits die hard, and good ones are harder still to form. But heres to trying!

This quote from Mark Caine seems quite fitting for todays post: “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”




A little late posting this week, but here goes:


Arms: 13.5 inches – Week 2: 13 Inches – Now: 12 inches

Waist: 34 inches- Week 2 34 Inches – Now: 34

Hips:40.5 inches- Week 2: 39.5 Inches – Now: 39

Bust: 40 inches- Week 2 40 Inches – Now: 39.5

Thigh:21.5 inches- Week 2: 20.5 Inches – Now: 20.5

Not a huge change, but it was the festive season and I did next to no exercise.

This week I’ve decided I am going to try and workout more, I’ve joined up with beach body (on demand) so I can stream workouts wherever. I did do Insanity religiously about 5years ago….i think I just need to get back into the habit.

I haven’t been very well this week, and spent at least two days in bed curled up in a ball. And I think that attributes to my measurements too.

The most change is my arms – which is surprising – but good 🙂

Lets see if working out makes a difference (ihopeitdoes)

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” 

13, 14, 15 – New Year New Me….

Firstly, Happy New year!

I hope everyone had a good one. My New years day was good…but bad….I woke up not really feeling hungry…so I didn’t eat or take my sups. – BAD MOVE I ended up missing a day because of this as I went out and then didn’t eat until very late in the day. Its ok though I’ve allowed myself that day and I won’t feel bad for it.

Now I think people set themselves unrealistic goals for each year, and as much as I’d love to say “I’m going to go to the gym every single day” I know I won’t so I won’t commit to that. What I will commit to are small lifestyle changes and like I said in my last post. setting a goal for the day. And it doesn’t even have to be fitness related it can be work related, relationships anything.

So far I’m glad I’ve stuck with the challenge. I feel better for it and I may not see a change but others certainly have.

So week 3 – looking forward to see what this week brings. I have a feeling its PMS week which should be interesting.

Measurements will be posted up tomorrow, again, I don’t think there will be much of a change – mainly because all the hard work is outdone by the festive season (probably not the best time for me to start this – BUT a good tester none the less)

For anyone that has already broken their resolution – don’t feel bad, set smaller more achievable goals and you will succeed.

For now I leave you with this:

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Heres to thinking positive and attracting positivity.


Day 12 – 2 weeks in Benevita

So two weeks in, I feel like I should do end of week measurements too…(to see if I put anything on over the weekend….can it happen that quickly?)

I missed breakfast….like food breakfast today.  Maybe on days like this I should have the shake for lunch?

The thirst has died down, I am drinking more…water, tea….hot chocolate 😐

Its been a good two weeks I think, I feel the change in my energy I want to do things and I feel more motivated to do things. My main struggle is getting out of bed in the morning, and I find when its cold, not matter how motivated I feel….my bed just won’t let me get up.

I feel more positive, and I’m happier for it. I hope that I’m spreading the positivity to the rest of my family.  I would like to do a class in mindfulness – I think this is key in influencing your outlook on life. (perhaps in the new year).

The lemon water definitely helps settle my stomach in the mornings and this is something I try to do everyday. I do find that I’m fuller for longer, and sometimes I’m fuller quicker….however….yesterday evening I did get a little peckish before bed…and I had a chocolate truffle…..its the festive season I’m allowed!

My meals have been more or less the same as what I was eating before the plan….maybe more salads – but I enjoy them so its not really a problem. I would like to add more variety into my meals though. Cottage cheese has become one of my staples – I LOVE IT!

I feel like I need to make better food choices still, but being at home with my parents makes that a little hard, especially when they bring temptation into the house (did someone say chocolate gateaux?) But its all a work in progress.

All in all, from day 1 to day 12, I’m feeling more energetic, I have more energy and I feel positive which is great for me, as I used to feel tired all the time. And try as I might to be positive, something would always knock it and and be negative nora again…now its only two weeks and this could change and I could be a negative nora again….but for now I’m enjoying it.

The real test for me is period week. (TMI??) I know its probably hard for most girls, but for the last few years my PMS has been especially bad. Anything sets me off. I almost killed my brother once because I left my mouse for my laptop at work. I am hoping the influx of vitamins and minerals helps to balance my hormones and if it does, then for this alone I will continue with the programme.

Food Diary:

Breakfast: Chocolate Shake it, with Vita +

Lunch: Chappatis and mixed vegetables with cottage cheese.

Dinner: Chicken puff pastry with home made salad.

Measurements will be in on Monday – I don’t know if there will be a dramatic change, but I kinda see a bit of a change in my face…..which is a good thing 🙂

For now I wish you all a Happy New Year.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – I know I will be.

Thursday – Day 11

Some might say I’m crazy for starting this plan during the festive season….I’d say…you’re absolutely right, I feel a little crazy.

I’ve been a little lax about posting, and this is partly because of the festive season, and partly because I haven’t felt like sitting at my laptop.

I also think doing the plan during the festive season is a good test to see if these products actually do anything.

So as I left it on Wednesday, I actually did do a workout. Sean T – ab workout – now let me tell you I felt this the next day.

So as you know breakfast is always my chocolate Shake it – with a Vita+

Lunch was a salmon fillet with a home made salad, and dinner was mixed vegetables in rice.

My brother brought a Tassimo machine for christmas, so I have had a couple of hot chocolates throughout the week…..however my goal of not eating bad things has been achieved today.

I realise now that I have a lot of energy, and I try and fit excursive into everything I do, for example, climbing the stairs, I squat and take two at a time. It might not seem like much, but every little helps.

I know on Thursday I wasn’t feeling great (another reason why I didn’t post anything) I had a headache for most of the day (not related to the plan)

All in all a good day, body achey from the workout the day before (before you ask….no I didn’t do a workout – but this was because I had a headache – NOT because I was being lazy)

“A little progress each day adds up to BIG results” – I think I will set myself little goals every day and aim to achieve them….every little helps.


Day 10 – Midweek Blues

Today wasn’t a good day.

I woke up fully intending to work out – but that didn’t happen…

Lemon water woke up my system (I’m not sure if this should be warm or not…..I’ve been having it with cold water, but have been told its good to have it warm…)

Shake’d it up with a banana and my Vita + followed. And then I went out.

Now usually if I go out, I anticipate a late lunch when I get home, so I take my ‘Go’ with the shake. Today I decided to take my ‘Go’ with me and if I had lunch i’d be prepared.

That didn’t happen, there was no lunch, thus I didn’t take the ‘Go’ until about 5pm with half a banana.  It wasn’t too bad, and I wasn’t really starving. Ive noticed that I can have a cup of tea and feel full for a long time.

Dinner was Salmon, Chips and Vegetables – Nice and balanced 🙂

Quote of the day: “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen” 

And on that note…..I think I’m going to do a workout before bed. Hopefully that’ll help me feel better.


Benevita Challenge Day 9 – Positivity

So the measurements are in (please see my other post) 

Day 9 has been a good day, I feel energetic and have been putting together ideas for project work – which I would usually procrastinate about. (The perks of feeling good I think).

As usual I had my Shake this morning for breakfast with the Vita+. At lunch I had the Go with half a stuffed Aubergine and some roast Vegetables (leftovers from Christmas) I had a banana as a snack between lunch and dinner and……I remembered the RECOVER!!! (hence the featured Image) woohoo Dinner again was Aubergine and roast vegetables. Low calorie and healthy.

Exercise today was a walk, its been pretty cold but still felt good to get out walking I was fully frozen by the time I got home!

I’ve been looking into fitness challenges for next year, something like tough mudder – but maybe not as militant as I’m still a bit of a weakling.

My aim for this week is to get in some exercise (exclusive of the daily walks) and to try and cut out the bad food I keep sneaking. (I forgot to mention I had 3 jaffa cakes with a cup of tea dontjudgeme)

“Small changes can make a big difference.” – one thing at a time and I will reach my goal, the trick is to stay positive and keep working hard.