Lost Your Motivation? How To Get Your Exercise Plan Back On Track

After Christmas, it’s all too easy to find the energy and motivation to hit the gym and get in shape. Sadly, for most of us, after a few weeks, the novelty of the cross-trainer wears off, and by the time you reach spring, your motivation levels may have plunged to an all-time low. If you’re at risk of missing out on those targets and you’re finding it increasingly tough to stick to your exercise plan, this guide should prove useful.

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Write a list

If you’re finding it hard to drag yourself to the gym or you’ve lost interest in your weekly spin class, write a list of all the reasons you wanted to start exercising in the first place. Think about why you want to be fitter or stronger or why you want to lose a few pounds. Are you desperate to feel more confident on the beach or are you tired of feeling stressed after a day at work? When you can’t be bothered to put your workout DVD on or you’re thinking of catching the train home instead of cycling as planned, read that list, and hopefully, it’ll give you the push you need.
Sign up for a challenge

Most of us work harder when there’s a goal in sight. If you really want to push yourself and be more disciplined, why not look into doing something that involves raising money for charity or taking part in a competition? You could investigate trek challenges, sign up for a charity bike ride or even set yourself a weight loss goal and ask people to sponsor you. You can go it alone or get friends, family or colleagues involved. If you’ve got other people depending on you, or you have a team around cheering you on and encouraging you, you’re more likely to put in the effort.

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Have fun

It’s no wonder you find it hard to get excited about working out if you do the same thing every time. If you’re bored of the gym, you’ve had your fill of yoga, or you can’t bear the thought of another jog around the park, try and introduce new exercises or activities into your workout plans. You don’t have to use a treadmill or an exercise bike to get fit. There are lots of sports out there you can try. Sign up for dance lessons or go swimming instead of cycling. Join the local rowing club or start playing netball or hockey once a week. Go trampolining or swap a gym session for a trip to the ice rink or the stables. As long as your blood is pumping and you’re working up a sweat, it doesn’t matter that you’re not in a gym lifting weights. If you vary your workouts, you’re less likely to lose interest, and you’ll have more fun.

Have you lost your motivation when it comes to working out? If you’re struggling, don’t worry! Take these tips on board, and hopefully, you’ll be back on track before you know it.

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Monmag Beauty Product Review – Inca Inchi Oil

I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to review one of the many amazing products from Monmag Beauty.

After a few emails with the lovely ladies at Monmag, I was selected the Inca Inchi Oil, which is a regeneration oil. You can apply by:

  • Applying it directly to the skin.
  • As moisturiser combined with face cream.
  • In addition for body lotion
The oil was delivered very quickly, and I immediately was surprised by what came. A full 15ml bottle of the oil, a little soft toy and a note with it that said “here’s a little gift for your precious one, I hope he likes it”. I thought this was really sweet of them to send a little gift for him too. He’s named it fluffy, because he picked it up with sticky hands and it made his hands fluffy – pure genius three year old logic if you ask me!
Later that night I showered and then decided to see how the oil would work on my psoriasis. I also decided to use it directly onto my skin, as I thought this would have the best effect. How right I was! 
Here is a picture of my knee before applying the oil…
Bad right? Here is a picture of my knee immediately after using the oil…
I am so thrilled with the improvement made to my skin, and how quickly it improved it too! I have been applying it directly after showers since and the skin on my knees feels a thousand times better.
I have also been mixing it with my moisturiser, and been applying it all over, and my skin really does feel incredible, I’ve also noticed the look of my skin has changed too, it looks like I’ve been away on holiday, refreshed, but without the tan (haha if only!).
I have always been self concious of my skin, because people always ask what it is, and I always feel like people are staring. Not any more, this oil really has given me so much more self confidence. I have also found that in this beautiful hotter weather we have been having, that when the skin on my face dries and cracks, a small application of the oil directly sorts it right out for the rest of the day!
I would definitely recommend purchasing this oil. I wasn’t really expecting much from it to be honest, as I’ve tried so many lotions and potions for my skin, and nothing has ever worked! 
I’d like to thank Monmag for letting me review this lovely product, and I hope to work with them again very soon!
Much love xx


Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for the purposes of this review, I have not been paid for this post, but I am lucky enough to be able to keep the product after! 🙂
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Feeling low and sorry for myself.

I’ve been a bit quiet these last few weeks, to be honest I’ve not really had the will to do much, it was Zak’s birthday on the 9th, which was wonderful, he loved all of his presents and was so happy all day.

But since then things just seem to have gone a bit downhill, for me at least and I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s because its the lead up to Christmas, maybe it’s just the weather and the time of the year just getting me down but I’m feeling like at the moment, I don’t have a lot to look forward to.

Christmas is going to be the worst one for me. Zak is with his Dad in the morning. It’s breaking my heart knowing that he wont be with me in the morning to open his presents, Mr Pie is working all day and wont get to see him either, not until close to bed time, so I guess I’m feeling rather emotional about it all. I feel like when I do see him later on in the day, he’s going to be exhausted from all the excitement so far, and he’s not going to want to know. I’m also going to be at my parent’s this year, which as much as I love them and appreciate the hospitality, I want Christmas at my own home, with my own little family. Am I being a bit over emotional?
Also, you may or may not have read my post on my psoriasis, but this time of year is always gets me down, it flares up really badly in the winter, I’m constantly itchy, more appears and in odd places, and quite frankly, I’m sick of having to suffer with it. I’ve given up on asking with the doctors because they fob me off with the same things every time. I’m actually sat here now trying to resist scratching my legs to bits. I’m avoiding showing any sort of skin from the neck down, because I’m so embarrassed.
Mr Pander and I went out Saturday night for a friend’s birthday, and one of his friends even commented on the patches on my hands, he said he thought they might be mosquito bites or even self harm, which as I’m sure you’ve guessed, has brought me down at lot.

I think I’ll actually be glad once Christmas is out of the way, try and pick myself out of this low mood, I’m finding myself tearing up over really pathetic things at the moment. Almost everyone that knows me well enough will tell you I’m an emotional person normally, but even I’m thinking to myself as I’m crying “what the hell is wrong with you?!”.

Right now, I’m ashamed to go anywhere because I’m being looked at or people comment on my skin or I’m thinking about how much I really want Zak with me this Christmas morning, or even how badly I want a lot of things to change in my life at the moment. I don’t know how to pull myself out of this and I feel so helpless.

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Coping (or not) with Psoriasis.

As a child, I never suffered with bad skin, apart from the usual small outbreaks of teenage acne, I had really lovely skin. My Dad and Brother have both suffered with eczema all of their lives, and I’d always hated seeing them so uncomfortable and in pain from accidentally scratching.

Then, when I turned 16 I moved out of my parents home and in with Zak’s Dad, I was working in a bakery at the time, nothing stressful, in fact I loved my job, and I loved my life. One day at work one of my colleagues pointed out a few scales on my elbows, I’d never seen anything like that before and she said she thought it was psoriasis, but it didn’t really bother me as it wasn’t painful or itchy, and to be honest I forgot it was there for a while.

For anyone that doesn’t know, psoriasis is, it’s a skin disease that causes red itchy patches usually on your knees, elbows and scalp. It can appear anywhere on the body but those are the normal places. The patches are covered in skin patches, they’re a white-silver colour. Psoriasis can occur in anyone, but usually in adults under 35, it effects men and women equally, but only around 2% of the UK suffer with it. It occurs when the body produces too many skin cells. Everyone’s skin renews, but people who have psoriasis, renew much faster and the skin forms in the patches mentioned before. It is said that it’s a problem with the immune system, but for some reason the body attacks the healthy skin cells. The reason is unknown.

When I was around 17, the condition had got worse, my elbows were now completely covered, and they were very itchy and sore, they’d crack when I bent my arm and bleed, causing it to become thicker and worse. I went to the doctor and he confirmed the diagnosis, giving me moisturising creams and bath lotions. It improved the dryness, but did nothing else for me.

Since then it has got progressively worse, it’s now on my knees (with patches all up and down my legs), even worse on my elbows, in fact it’s made it’s way up my arm in patches and to my hands and knuckles. it’s on my scalp, which sometimes creeps down my forehead and behind my ears, I also have patches all over my stomach, back, and even breasts. I’ve been loaded up with pretty much every type of lotion and potion out there, but they don’t work.

It’s gotten to a point now where I can’t wear anything that reveals my arms or legs, and I can’t wear my hair up because it will reveal the awful plaques in my hairline. Every time I go to the doctors I get sent away with the same stuff that doesn’t work, so how am I meant to treat this? It’s not fair that I feel truly embarrassed to go anywhere some days, it’s not fair that when I touch the areas affected, loads of skin falls off. Why do I have to suffer with this, why should anyone?
I’d really love to hear from someone that has had or still suffers with psoriasis, and what they do to keep it at bay or anything they have done to get rid of it. I read somewhere that vitamin D tablets may help, so I’m giving them a go at the moment to see how it goes, but I’m not really expecting anything. The problem is, I’m so low about it all of the time, and when I feel low, it flares up more, and in places that most of the time are clear (like my face, most of the time). I feel like if I go back to the doctors, I’m just going to be sent away again, but I can’t live the rest of my life embarrassed like this.
Much love xxx

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