Browse Month: April 2016

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Prepare Your Morning the Night Before…

I was inspired to write this post, whilst I was on a holiday from work, before I started my new job. During that time I was off work with the kids who were on Easter holiday and I figured I could take a break from everything, including my morning routine (I wanted to laze around in the morning and stay up late with hubby watching TV – hubby is a late sleeper)…however I soon realised that my productivity and mood suffered. Light bulb moment – my morning routine isn’t just something I should do before work, it is something I should do all the time as it helps shape my day.

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Interview Prep – The Working Mum way!

As you are probably aware from my recent posts I have started a new job and as I write this I am in my first week and it is already busy, busy, busy…but I am still very excited to get into the role. However I’ve realised that I never finished telling you my interview process and what I do to prepare for an interview. Read on if you want to know more.

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In pursuit of a healthier me – move my body…

This for me is already part of my routine on most mornings, but even if I can’t fit in an exercise routine in my day I will incorporate being active, whilst carrying out my day to day life. With a young family I don’t have to try hard to raise my heart beat up and get my sweat on. Some of my active lifestyle habits are:

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In pursuit of a healthier me – healthy food choices (80/20 rule)…

Healthy food choices – Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners….
I tend to batch cook our family meals to ensure that we eat healthy throughout the week. It saves me time cooking when I get home from work. I also prepare my lunches for the week, to ensure I’m eating what I like and making healthier choices in my day. I suppose I have always been a packed lunch type of girl (never really liked school dinners), so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m still the same. With food I follow an 80/20 rule – eat well 80% of the time, which means that 20% you can eat what you like… Although my weakness is chocolate and sugar in my tea/ coffee. I know, I know…but I never said I was prefect.
I’ll do a meal planning, prepping and cooking post soon, which will go into alot more detail on this topic…
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In pursuit of healthier me – Getting to bed early…

This I really need to work on. I’m naturally a night owl, but with the kids, working etc I know that getting to bed too late isn’t helping me. As mentioned in my “What highly effective people do before 8am“. I try to wake up at 5am to get in a workout and meditation (which has now become my miracle morning) before the kids are up and my day begins. Waking at 5am does leave me feeling dog tired in the evenings/night time, but that is when my inner child comes out to play and I try to ignore those feelings and stay up as late as possible, by watching TV, on social media…

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In pursuit of a healthier me – Drinking more water

I had a body analysis done nearly a year ago. It was really interesting what my calorie intake should be and surprisingly it was less than 2000 (which is what is recommended daily amount for women) and was about 1800. They also measured my muscle mass and body fat percentage. From all this information I was told that most areas were within the normal range but I had water retention and guess what solves water retention? Drinking more water…

I should drink 2-3 litres of water a day and for a good few months after the tests I drank my daily portion of water, by guzzling down 1 litre bottles, 3 times a day (usually 1 hour before a meal). This method worked for a while. But have you ever drank a litre of water in one go…It is crazy, fills you up in a bloated way (not nice), although it helped me eat less, being so obviously full. So, although I had found a way to drink my 3 litres it was hard work. As you guessed, it didn’t last long and I have fallen out of the habit of drinking water. How do I get it back? Any suggestions?