Last week we asked you to get in touch with us to discuss any dilemmas you are currently facing and here is what we found!
With gyms and beauty salons still closed, some of you are experiencing the lockdown bloat and self care Sunday has now become self care someday. So I took a look at what’s currently available in the market to help you look and feel good in lockdown and beyond.
During lockdown, I set out to change my eating and exercise habits (or should I say, gain some!) and Weight Watchers was where I turned due to success I had with the plan previously. Weight Watchers currently have an offer where you can get 2 free months for signing up to slightly longer plans, rather than a rolling month on month subscription.
The plan takes in to account lots of information about you and your lifestyle and then calculates the best plan from 3 to support your goals. Having been allocated the green plan, I downloaded the app and set about making small changes everyday to fit within my points budget and within 12 weeks I had lost nearly 2 stone in weight.
Although there are other plans on the market, Weight Watchers is something that I will be sticking with post- lockdown to help me achieve some of my health goals. But what is key here, is that you find the right thing for you and this isn’t necessarily about joining a weight loss club. Ultimately, if you have a calorie deficit at the end of the week and you are moving more, it will not only improve your physical health but your mental health and wellbeing too.
You can find more information over on the UK Weight Watchers page here: https://www.weightwatchers.com/uk/weight-loss-plans-digital
If like me you’re not a ‘gym bunny’, you won’t be missing the gyms being open and with the early stages of lockdown preventing us from leaving the house more than once a day, I decided to try out Davina’s Own Your Goals for at home workouts.
Starting a 4 week free trial on the beginners programme was easy and the site is extremely easy to use (I tend to use my iPad). The exercises became more challenging throughout what is ultimately a 10 week programme, but at a maximum of 30 minutes per session 3 times per week, it is a great way to get started if you are new to exercise.
The site has a host of material for different abilities and for different activities. I did find that a needed a small set of dumbbells (although some water bottles or tins work just as well) and an exercise mat, which I found I really did need as the hard floors in the house do not do anything for your back.
Davina is something that I will continue to use to improve my fitness, as well as walking with the dogs and unlike the gym, Davina only costs £9.99 per month which doesn’t make a huge dent in my budget every month either.
You can find out more, here: https://ownyourgoalsdavina.com/#shopify-section-1567765291829
There are 3 main things I budget for in terms of ‘beauty’ every month. They are teeth whitening, hairdressing and gel nails. Now that the rules have been relaxed around hair salons reopening, I am keen to get my nails looking pretty and professional again.
Having brought my daughter a sensationail kit for Christmas, I decided to order my own starter pack from Argos. Although the initial outlay made me choke on my tea on review, I used to spend between £40 and £50 a month on my nails so moving forward this will be a switch for me long term. Boots sell a variety of colours and you can add points to your advantage card for any purchases.
You can see more on Sensationail here: https://www.sensationail.com/uk/
At the end of the week, I like nothing more than taking a hot bubble bath, with a copy of psychologies magazine. The magazine focuses on wellbeing, rather than the content you find in typical women’s magazines, that can sometimes trigger anxiety with its focus on expensive products and pressure to look good.
The other thing that helps to make me feel pampered is ensuring that we still have Self-care Sunday. A face mask, a foot soak or 30 minutes of mindfulness apps to stay calm is a perfect way to wind down at the end of the week and prepare for the new week ahead.
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