Feeling the Flu

January 25, 2018

I’ve been taking a break from The Body Coach plan for the past two days, the reason? I’ve been hit with a nasty cold virus and my body needs fuel. I know I shouldn’t ‘quit’ because the whole point of following this plan is to feel healthier for the rest of my life, but you try cooking up breakfasts and dinner for four with a runny nose. Therefore I’m seeing this small break not as quitting, but as resting and healing. I’m still eating the meals I have already prepared – I’m just taking a break from preparing anything new until I am better.

I have a fairly set regimen when I catch a cold virus, as a teacher I get them often, and recently I have found I am bouncing back more quickly than I used to. A new positive attitude perhaps? But here are my top tips for surviving the snotty sneezes of cold and flu season:

  • Drink hot drinks. I can’t stand the taste of water when I’m bunged up, so tea it is.
  • Rest. I don’t sleep well with a cold, but I do stay in bed and let my body rest.
  • Eat carbs. Yes, even if you are in the middle of a ‘diet’, sick bodies need strength.
  • Drink orange juice. I never touch the stuff normally, but the placebo of getting more vitamin C helps.

What are your top tips for getting over sniffles and aches during cold viruses?

The Body Coach: Week One

January 21, 2018

As I draw towards the end of my first 7 days following The Body Coach 90 day plan, I’m feeling just a little bit proud of myself. Sure, I still have a very long way to go – but for me, 7 days is a pretty big deal. I decided to post about the things I’ve learnt about myself throughout the past 7 days, as I won’t be measuring or weighing until I’m supposed to at the 28 day mark.

  • I can exercise 5 days a week and not hate it. Actually, it gets easier.
  • I hate fasted HIITs, but I can do them if I have the right mindset.
  • I don’t need sugar. Sure, I had one hell of a headache for 2 days, but now it’s gone and I’m coping.
  • I can say no to things. It’s something I always found so hard in the past.
  • I don’t have to feel sluggish after every meal.

Although these are what some would call non-scale-victories, they are still victories to me – especially the last one. It’s been so long since I felt full, but light and energetic after my meals. Proof, I think, that it’s all about what you eat. I’m fairly impressed I’ve managed to stick to the exercise too, I’ve always made excuses before. I believe the change this time is that I haven’t allowed myself time to think about it, I’ve planned to do it, so I’ve done it.

Is this what being a responsible adult feels like?

A Fresh Start

January 14, 2018

It’s time for the first official post at Shy Fox. Even though the domain has been gathering dust for quite a while, it took me a little longer than I thought to decide what I really wanted to do with it. I’m not a fashion blogger, so I didn’t want to commit myself to try and be like the millions of other (gorgeous) high-flying blogs around the internet nowadays. But, I did want to make something I thought people might actually enjoy reading. I’ve been passionate about living ‘clean’ for quite some time now, so I thought what better way to motivate myself?

Tomorrow I begin the brand new 90 Day Plan by The Body Coach. I’ve been desiring to loose weight and get healthier for several years, and hopefully this will be the kick start I need. I’m looking forward to getting into a healthy routine, even if the food prep did turn my mother-in-law’s kitchen into a bit of a war zone!

I’m going to try and update each week to track my progress and hold myself accountable, so do check back if you are keen to know more about the plan (and whether it actually works)!