After the icy cold plunge pool

After the icy cold plunge pool.
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@grayshottspa

Invest in yourself

Invest in yourself.
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We all say we haven't got the money or the time to invest in ourselves, especially at this time of the year.
Maybe it's a weekend away, a holiday abroad, time just for ourselves, an escape, a retreat, an experience, somewhere to learn a new skill or simply taking time out to stop and understand more about ourselves and what we want from our lives.
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But making time and finding a way to do this can often make you happier, more successful and more fulfilled in your life and ready for an exciting new 2019 year ahead.
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So go for it.
Make yourself your priority like I just have done.
You're worth it and everyone around you will benefit as well.
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We all say we haven’t got the money or the time to invest in ourselves, especially at this time of the year.
Maybe it’s a weekend away, a holiday abroad, time just for ourselves, an escape, a retreat, an experience, somewhere to learn a new skill or simply taking time out to stop and understand more about ourselves and what we want from our lives.
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But making time and finding a way to do this can often make you happier, more successful and more fulfilled in your life and ready for an exciting new 2019 year ahead.
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So go for it.
Make yourself your priority like I just have done.
You’re worth it and everyone around you will benefit as well.
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Healthy breakfasts dont need to be boring and can be attractively plated and colourful

Healthy breakfasts dont need to be boring and can be attractively plated and colourful. .
Organic scrambled eggs, organic streaky bacon, smashed avocado with chillis, wilted spinach, roasted sweet potato. .
If you make each plate of food appealing, it can help you regulate portion control and also create each meal to be a more sensory total experience. Always eat and focus on what you're eating rather than watching TV or reading. It's not good to eat on the move. The brain won't register you have eaten and you will remain hungry.
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Eating with mindfulness can help remind the brain to send a timely message to the stomach when you are actually full.  This will stop you binge eating or over-eating and help you to to maintain an optimum healthy weight.
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Organic scrambled eggs, organic streaky bacon, smashed avocado with chillis, wilted spinach, roasted sweet potato. .
If you make each plate of food appealing, it can help you regulate portion control and also create each meal to be a more sensory total experience. Always eat and focus on what you’re eating rather than watching TV or reading. It’s not good to eat on the move. The brain won’t register you have eaten and you will remain hungry.
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Eating with mindfulness can help remind the brain to send a timely message to the stomach when you are actually full. This will stop you binge eating or over-eating and help you to to maintain an optimum healthy weight.
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After an early morning Zumba dance class today, I decided to eat a more generous portioned breakfast than I have been eating on the other days when my fitness workout is more Pilates based

After an early morning Zumba dance class today, I decided to eat a more generous portioned breakfast than I have been eating on the other days when my fitness workout is more Pilates based.
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However lets call this brunch as I waited 16 hours from my last meal of yesterday to 10am today to eat.
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This is my intermittent fasting regime where I wait 16-18 hours between dinner and breakfast. I then squeeze the only other meal of the day into a small window of time before 6pm again. .
This is my easy to do solution to an ongoing lifestyle weight maintenance ( NOT diet) when I know I am going to need to be feeling and looking my best.
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And this is how I help my clients when they want to lose weight and have been historically unsuccessful over the years with yo-yo dieting.
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Its not calorie restrictive, however it is restrictive on cutting out all sugar, white simple carbs like potatoes, cakes, pastry, pasta, and most wheat and grains.
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There is sourdough toast in my photo today but sometimes a little of what you fancy is better than denying yourself and craving it. .
And yes,  I did put butter on the toast too as eating some healthy fats will satisfy and help you feel fuller longer.
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However lets call this brunch as I waited 16 hours from my last meal of yesterday to 10am today to eat.
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This is my intermittent fasting regime where I wait 16-18 hours between dinner and breakfast. I then squeeze the only other meal of the day into a small window of time before 6pm again. .
This is my easy to do solution to an ongoing lifestyle weight maintenance ( NOT diet) when I know I am going to need to be feeling and looking my best.
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And this is how I help my clients when they want to lose weight and have been historically unsuccessful over the years with yo-yo dieting.
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Its not calorie restrictive, however it is restrictive on cutting out all sugar, white simple carbs like potatoes, cakes, pastry, pasta, and most wheat and grains.
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There is sourdough toast in my photo today but sometimes a little of what you fancy is better than denying yourself and craving it. .
And yes, I did put butter on the toast too as eating some healthy fats will satisfy and help you feel fuller longer.
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If you take on the challenges that life offers you, they can take you to exciting places

If you take on the challenges that life offers you, they can take you to exciting places.
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When life offers you an opportunity outside your comfort zone seize it with both hands and go for it.
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I have just done this. .
Many of my age would not. I'm 64.  They would say " You're brave, I wouldn't do this, but well done." .
Watch this space. .
I am going to be part of an exciting campaign that is something I would never have considered doing a few years ago. .
I'm braver now and I have to walk the walk and talk the talk if I am going to inspire and bang on about positive body image, confidence and being yourself whatever age, shape or size you are with no filters. .
Be bold. Be brave. Be you.
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When life offers you an opportunity outside your comfort zone seize it with both hands and go for it.
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I have just done this. .
Many of my age would not. I’m 64. They would say ” You’re brave, I wouldn’t do this, but well done.” .
Watch this space. .
I am going to be part of an exciting campaign that is something I would never have considered doing a few years ago. .
I’m braver now and I have to walk the walk and talk the talk if I am going to inspire and bang on about positive body image, confidence and being yourself whatever age, shape or size you are with no filters. .
Be bold. Be brave. Be you.
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When you’re feeling low and dark Winter nights are closing in, and you’re craving not those good healthy complex carbs like vegetables and pulses, but the unhealthy white simple carbs, such as white bread, potatoes, chips, pasta, cakes, pastries and biscuits

When you're feeling low and dark Winter nights are closing in,
and you're craving not those good healthy complex carbs like vegetables and pulses, but the unhealthy white simple carbs,  such as white bread, potatoes, chips, pasta, cakes, pastries and biscuits ....
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Then keeping a healthy gut is super-important when you may not be feeding your gut with the best food choices.
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Probiotics are live bacteria found in fermented foods. Fermented foods and probiotics are proven to help gut health which in turn create your overall healthy body and mind.
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These include Kefir which is fermented milk and Sauerkraut which is fermented cabbage.
Symprove is also a probiotic.
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Then keeping a healthy gut is super-important when you may not be feeding your gut with the best food choices.
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Probiotics are live bacteria found in fermented foods. Fermented foods and probiotics are proven to help gut health which in turn create your overall healthy body and mind.
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These include Kefir which is fermented milk and Sauerkraut which is fermented cabbage.
Symprove is also a probiotic.
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This is an example of a makeover transformation of a young newly transitioning mtf client of mine

This is an example of a makeover transformation of a young newly transitioning mtf client of mine. Her face is cropped for client privacy and anonymity.
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I taught her how to dress to suit her changing body shape from hormone treatment, and how less is always more in the style stakes.
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I showed how to cover any residual beard shadow with makeup tricks which would be easy for her to do on a day to day basis-without resorting to heavy coverage camouflage.
I also reshaped her eyebrows which made an enormous difference to feminising the face.
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I used
Nars foundation stick
Kryolan colour wheel
Clinique lip balm
L'Oreal eyebrow pencil .
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Her face is cropped for client privacy and anonymity.
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I taught her how to dress to suit her changing body shape from hormone treatment, and how less is always more in the style stakes.
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I showed how to cover any residual beard shadow with makeup tricks which would be easy for her to do on a day to day basis-without resorting to heavy coverage camouflage.
I also reshaped her eyebrows which made an enormous difference to feminising the face.
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I used
Nars foundation stick
Kryolan colour wheel
Clinique lip balm
L’Oreal eyebrow pencil .
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Happiness

Happiness.
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I help my 121 clients to be the best versions of themselves they can be.  But that doesn't mean they have to look perfect, live a perfect life or have a perfect relationship to be happy.
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Happiness is a state of mind that is ever changing.  It's defined by the ups and downs in your life that create your happy moments. .
So for your happiness, don't compare and wish that you can achieve/ have what you see on others' Instagram posts. Your own happiness will be from your own life achievements and personal goals however small. .
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I help my 121 clients to be the best versions of themselves they can be. But that doesn’t mean they have to look perfect, live a perfect life or have a perfect relationship to be happy.
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Happiness is a state of mind that is ever changing. It’s defined by the ups and downs in your life that create your happy moments. .
So for your happiness, don’t compare and wish that you can achieve/ have what you see on others’ Instagram posts. Your own happiness will be from your own life achievements and personal goals however small. .
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