Challenge yourself in 2019

Another year is over and I for one definitely indulged at the end of 2018. I still have a house full of chocolate that I am trying to give to visitors to remove the temptation! I am taking on dry January as part of a detox despite the fact that several friends and family members bought me Gin for Christmas ( I will hold on to these despite the temptation, I think I have enough for the whole year!)

I have set myself a few challenges for 2019 as well as a dry January but these goals have only begun today (Monday 7th). So today I have started my diet as the pounds appear to have creeped on since summer ended, I don’t follow any specific diet as I am no stranger to having to shift the pounds. Ever since I had my son I find it so much harder to keep myself slim and have to be more conscious of what I eat. I have set myself a target of mid march to reach my desired target, normally I don’t focus on weight but how I feel in my own skin as the numbers on the scale don’t mean much nowadays but rather being happy with my body and there is a little too much on my waist and arms at the minute.

Another goal is to brighten up my skin, part of fixing my diet will help with this, adding in lots of fresh fruit and leafy greens work wonders for your skin, reducing my coffee intake and replacing with plenty of fresh alkaline water and of course supplements to get a higher intake of vitamins than cannot be acquired by diet alone.

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So what will I be taking? Firstly I am going to up my Vitamin C game. I take two sachets a day of liposomal vitamin C (more when I am run down) but from today I will be taking four, since it has been proven that 3 a day can improve skin by 33% in four weeks, I’m hoping that four will give me that little bit extra and also fight off seasonal colds that we can expect in January.

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Second I will be taking Beauty complex, one that I have mentioned before simply because I love it so much! I will continue with one sachet a day which provides Marine collagen, Phyto ceramides and Hyaluronic acid, so many of my friends wouldn’t be without this product after trying it. After finishing their first box they are hooked with reports of improvements in dry skin, brightness and overall appearance! I use my Promixx vortex mixer for my beauty complex which whizzes the powder and water together with no lumps and is a handy drinking bottle to have at my desk. They are also great for anyone who takes protein supplements or shakes and prices start from £18.95

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Next I shall be introducing a whole family of B Vitamins using just one supplement. B vitamins are important for healthy hair, skin, nails, eyes and liver as well as playing an important role in converting  food into energy and helping the body metabolise fats and proteins. For this I will use a B complex (liposomal of course!) and my absolute favourite is Dr Chris Shades Methyl B. This has B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 as well as Milk thistle extract which is perfect to aid digestion and detoxification. For this I will be taking one dose per day as per the label.

Finally I will be adding in routine exercise to tone my mum tum! I am not the best at finding time for exercise but I have purchased an exercise bike (that hopefully will not end up masquerading as a clothes hanger!) so that once my son is in bed and my daily chores complete I can attempt a minimum of 30 minutes on. Since I can watch TV at the same time this shouldn’t be a difficult task to complete, I am starting with an aim of four nights a week to fit around my sons evening classes and activities. Walking to the shop more is also on the cards and me and son quite enjoy this one as there is a lovely walk way by the river with ducks etc that take us to the supermarket.

I would love to hear what everyone else has as their goals, resolutions or changes for 2019? I know many people don’t bother with resolutions as they feel it is a fad that is long forgotten by the end of January but for every 9 people that quit the gym in a few weeks there is that one that sticks at it, I really hope that by March I can comfortably squeeze into my jeans again!

A follow up at the end of this month with how I am getting on will hopefully be filled with progress, I suppose I should take some before pictures today… *shudders* at the thought!

Giveaway!

I am giving away a Promixx vortex mixer over on my twitter so why not head over to @Proactive_blog for your chance to win! Closes Friday 11th January 2018 at 12pm. Open to EU residents

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Perfect gifts to surprise your loved ones

We’re so close to Christmas to now and a lot of people will be super organised with all of their gifts bought, wrapped and under the tree, but, if you’re like me you may well still have a lot to get and be stumped about what to buy certain people so I’ve put together a few ideas that will hopefully help get those hard to buy for people!

The beauty lover 

It can be hard to chose skincare products for someone else as you don’t know their skin type or concerns. They have preferential brands or their skin could be sensitive to certain ingredients. In this instance I recommend going for Revive Active beauty complex to nourish their skin from within! Filled with Vitamin C, Marine Collagen, phytoceramides and Hyaluronic acid it is the perfect treat to give them! A 21 day supply is £39.95 and after only one box many people start to notice a difference in their skin already! I have recommended this one to a few of my friends who now swear by it, especially for keeping dry skin away!

Your mother in law (or mum) 

My favourite choice here is Wild Ferns Bee Venom night cream with Manuka honey. I love this one as while it reduces the appearance of fine lines it isn’t called ‘anti aging skin cream’ so won’t cause any offence in case your MIL thinks you are trying to give her a hint. It leaves your skin luxuriously soft and hydrated and the Bee Venom assists in encouraging increased circulation allowing nutrients to flow into the skin tissue. It costs £19.95 for a 50g pot.

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The gym junkie

Going to the gym is more popular than ever and today’s society are always looking for this next big thing in nutrition, health and fitness. For the gym lover in your family I recommend a vortex mixer for them to mix those protein shakes with ease. It can be used to mix all sorts of liquids (you can even scramble your eggs) With a handy USB charging point there is no need for batteries and it has a handy sports flip cap for drinking out of. Trust me they will love it! There are a few brands on the market but I love the Twister power at £34.95 which is dishwasher safe and has a 600ml capacity.

The student 

Is someone in your family at university studying hard and maybe burning the candle at both ends? Give them the gift of mental clarity this Christmas with Revive Active Mastermind, this super supplement contributes to brain and cognitive function, mental performance and nervous system function. Prices start at £12.95 and this one has got such great reviews!

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The party princess (or prince!)

Got a family member who loves a good get together with plenty of food & drink? Why not get them a holiday hangover bundle. Designed to support your liver, digestive system, immune function and enhance your energy levels whilst detoxifying this bundle of products will restore them to their best selves after too many toasts an several roasts this holiday season. A collection of four products in this bundle at a discounted price of £131.95 may make it seem like an expensive choice for a gift but it would be worth it! Contains Milk Thistle, Glutathione, Dr Shades Bitter X and a box of Quinton Hypertonic. This would also make a great purchase for yourself to share with the adults in your home over the festive season. for a little recovery!

The new mum (and/or Dad) for the baby 

I had my son just before Christmas and found myself inundated with gifts of new baby clothes, I appreciated them all but he never got to wear most of it before he changed clothing sizes. I think what new mums really need are nappies (if you know what brand) and vouchers would be a great idea to buy other supplies, milk/bottles/muslins etc Another idea is to buy some baby bath or skincare items and my favourite is Child’s Farm. They have a great range of gentle products to bath babies hair and skin, they come in lovely scents and are free from dairy, GMO’s, Nuts, parabens, pork and wheat. Picking a few and putting them together with a hooded towel would make a lovely gift that would be practical.

For the whole family 

Finally I recommend you buy a gift for the whole family in the form of Your Zooki Vitamin C. With so many colds and flus about at this time of year sometime its good to use a preventative measure to protect your family since we all know their is no cure for the common cold. I find the best way to do this is to take a high dose vitamin c everyday to support and enhance your immune function to fight it away. Whilst there are many on the market my favourite at the moment is Your Zooki as it has no alcohol, dairy, caffeine, sugar and is vegan friendly! Prices start at £34.95 for 30 sachets.

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Vitamin C and the common cold

In my family we are well aware of the importance of Vitamin C. With a young son in primary school it is easy for bugs and viruses to be brought into our home. At this time of year colds and flu’s are rife and so it is always a good idea to arm yourself with all the information and the preventative measures that are out there to stop these pesky viruses in their tracks!

Our immune systems are liable to be attacked for many different reasons, a vast amount of factors can lead to us feeling run down leaving the gates open for bugs and viruses to get a firm hold on our bodies and leave us unable to function and perform our everyday tasks (or certainly not with any ease!) Stress, late nights and an imbalance in movement levels (too much or too little exercise) can all effect our immune system and leave us
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This is where the importance of Vitamin C comes into play. Our bodies, unlike other animals does not make its own vitamin c. This means that Vitamin C must be consumed and this can be done through whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables or supplemented, with the popular choice being over the counter powders, tablets, capsules and fizzies.

Whilst these over the counter Vitamin C supplements and foods can help we can only consume so much before we encounter gastric upset as our bodies do not absorb all of the Vitamin C and rather it gets rid of it. Liposomal Vitamin C has an absorption rate of up to 98% as tiny little bubbles called liposomes protect the Vitamin C as it travels through our digestive system and enters the blood stream via the small intestine where it goes directly to the cells that need it.

Using this method we can gradually build up our daily dose of Vitamin C which in turn builds up our immune system’s ability to fight off bugs and viruses and we can pip them to the post before the grogginess kicks in!

Me and my family take our Vitamin C everyday and if/when we feel that oh so familiar cold working on us we take an extra dose to help the battle of fighting it off and for us it works a treat!

There are a few variations on the market but my favourite is Quicksilver Scientific liposomal Vitamin C. It comes in glass bottle (120ml) and easily mixes with my sons Orange juice unlike other thicker liposomal solutions.

If fighting off the cold isn’t enough Vitamin C also helps with Collagen production, boosting skin elasticity, promotes healing and so much more!

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