25 September 2016

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: An Introduction...

Lately I have found myself wanting to write about more in-depth matters than my usual beauty themed reviews. This was encouraged after I received an amazing response from my 'Women who buy their own Louboutins' post that I published in early July. I was so chuffed because this was a post that I had doubted I would even publish.

As much as I love writing my more personal thoughts down, I'm sometimes afraid of the response so I think better than to hit publish for the big wide world to read. However, we are all entitled to our own opinion, and I've decided that I will share mine more often with you gorgeous people. I really hope you enjoy it...

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body was originally inspired by the gorgeous Lorraine from The Current Custom who I have watched on YouTube for years. Following the birth of her two young boys she decided to embark on Operation Get Sexy where each week she makes small changes, that over time will add up to noticeable differences. I found this to be such a refreshing outlook from the instant gratification culture that we live in. By making small, manageable changes over time, you're more likely to make them a habit, instead of trying to achieve something unobtainable in a short, unrealistic time frame.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body is going to document my journey not only to a healthier body, but also to a healthier outlook on life too. I feel like the two go hand in hand, and we can't really have one without the other. By documenting small weekly changes, I hope I'll be able to look back over time and notice a real difference in myself.

I have no issues with sharing my fitness and body journey, at 145lbs I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. This is down to a mixture of over indulging, not exercising enough and working 9-5 in a sedentary office environment. This is not a weight I feel ashamed of, it's just a weight that I don't feel as comfortable in as I'd like to. At my lightest I was 118lbs, and that was around two years ago. I maintained this weight through a mixture of stress, hardly eating and being in an unhealthy relationship. Not an ideal place to be. My goal weight is 128lbs (9st 2lbs) which means I have 17lbs to lose. This may seem like a lot to some of you, and only a little to others. Please remember each to their own. I would like to lose this weight by March as my boyfriend and I are off to Cuba and I would like to feel more confident in a bikini than I do right now. I'm not rushing myself, and I'm certainly not pressurizing myself. If it doesn't happen, I know I'll have a fab time regardless.

On to the healthy mind aspect. This is a topic I'll struggle with sharing but its the aspect that I hope people will find the most useful. I have lived with anxiety and depression for many years. Only my very close circle understand to the extent in which I struggle, so sharing it on my blog is a huge thing for me. I often find myself having to 'put on a face' whether that be at work, out with friends, or at a social gathering as there is still so much stigma surrounding mental health issues even in the 21st century. My anxiety and depression ebbs and flows and some days I feel like I can conquer the world, whilst other days I wonder why I'm even on it. It can be incredibly debilitating and unless you've suffered with it yourself, people can find it very hard to relate to. I've tried many things over the years but nothing has seemed to erase it completely. The optimist in me lives in hope though so I'm hoping that adopting a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit my body, but my mind and thoughts too.

I have started my journey by joining a local gym, yes a real life actual gym! If you know me well, you will know that this is definitely out of my comfort zone but I have been going for the past two weeks and so far I've been really enjoying it. I'm not quite a Gym Bunny yet though lol. I still feel like the gym newbie but I'm feeling really good so I will keep you updated on my progress. I have also been trying to increase my water intake because let's face it, everybody should! Lastly I have been encouraging myself to make more lists. This one may sound silly but I find that writing everything down frees up 'space' in my head and eases my anxiety. If negativity or worries are floating around in my head I focus in on it too much and it becomes a detrimental spiral of thinking. By making lists and prioritizing I can think more clearly and focus on what really matters. I'm hoping these small changes will help kick start me in the right direction.

Please feel free to leave your tips and inspiration for leading a healthier, happier life in the comments below. I'd love you to come on this journey with me. I will be continuing to publish my usual weekly beauty posts, but I hope you enjoy this additional side to Lippy In The City too. Speak soon xoxo

*Bath image courtesy of Pinterest

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