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My Best Me

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It’s almost that time again! 

All too soon, we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne at some party (whilst secretly wishing we were already in bed!) welcoming 2015 and promising all kinds of “New Year – New Me” Resolutions to anyone who’ll listen!

But I think we’ve got it wrong.  I think, instead of thinking in terms of a “New Me” we should be focussing on being “The Best Me”.  “New” implies there’s something wrong with the old one, and there isn’t!

For me – I like who I am.  I just want to be the best version of me I can possibly be and I’m starting NOW!

I find the Winter challenging and I could quite easily hit a low point with the Winter Blues, so there’s no time like the present, right?  It’s a great time of year to make some healthy changes.  Feeling better about myself before Christmas is always welcome and I’m starting a couple of new gigs in 2015 which will need me to be in my best possible health, so it’s happening!

As a glass-half-full type, I shocked myself the other day when I was chatting with a friend and found myself uttering the words “I’m 43, it’s all downhill from here baby”!  That’s not how I think at all so I was surprised the words came out!  I recently found the most AMAZING quote on that subject:

LIVE YOUR LIFE.

TAKE CHANCES.

BE CRAZY.

DON’T WAIT. 

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN

AND THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE AGAIN! 

I’m a 43 year old woman.  I’ve created two amazing children and I want to be in the best possible health I can be, to be here enjoying my life with them and my OH for as long as possible.  So here’s my game plan:

THE E WORD

I’m getting back into exercising again.  It changes my mindset and outlook and I need those endorphins to get me through the cold winter months. I also need the extra strength and energy to get through the hectic multi-tasking life we lead as women.  Exercise needs to be a priority in my life. I want to be strong. I want to be fit.  I want to be toned. End of.

I’ve got gym membership at David Lloyd, I’ve got some new exercise gear (more about that soon) and I’m back in the zone!

INSPIRED

I’m surrounding myself with positive, wonderful people which means the Negative Nancy’s won’t make the grade anymore. I don’t have the time to waste on people who are going to drain me.  I’ve also been getting inspired with some great reads – inspirational blogs like the stunning Breathe Happiness and books like Fab You List by Susan Campbell Cross who reached a point in her life and realised, in her words “I hadn’t put myself on the back burner, I’d pushed myself right off the stove”!  She made a list of 40 things she wanted to do before she turned 40 and wrote a book about it.

THE LIQUID ENEMY

The other day I realised, I’ve pretty much had a drink every night since Kaya was born and she’s 8!  Wine-O-Clock baby!  Not good.

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Like most parents,  it’s been pretty much my fast-track route into my adult time after the kids bath and bed.  There’s a reason Trey and I call it “Seven Thirsty”! But it’s about to change because of some truths I’ve discovered.

I always thought the correlation between alcohol and weight was the calorific content of said drink. And I couldn’t really see what the fuss was about, but that’s only a small part of the story.  When you drink your body see’s it as a toxin, panics and stops everything it was doing by way of metabolism, to break down and get rid of said toxin. So your metabolism slows down, 75% of fat burning stops and your body stops using carbs for energy.  Enough said!  I now have a drink Friday / Saturday nights only and already feel better for it.

FEELING JUICY

I’m getting really into juicing and can totally recommend some inspirational documentaries on the subject, like Joe Cross – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and Jason Vale – The Juicy Revolution.

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There are also some fab bloggers who juice and share their tips, like Katrina over at Cool Bananas.  I’ve been having one green juice a day and already feel so much better and more energised.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

I’m aware that I’m pretty much responsible for 4 people’s nutrition. I’m also aware that I’m not the best cook in the world.  Yup, I spectacularly burnt the pancakes when it was my turn to toss on Blue Peter!   I also *might* have made Betty Crocker packet cupcakes for the school “home made cake sale”!  Shh… don’t tell!

Ability aside (!) I’m determined to nail this nutrition thing and I’m passionate about giving myself and my family the best food.  I’ve been pretty much vegetarian (eating fish occasionally) for the past year and got inspired on the food front watching documentaries like FoodMatters, Forks Over Knives, Vegucated and Hungry for Change.

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I love vegetarian cooking and recently discovered a beautiful, inspirational food blog at Green Kitchen Stories.  I literally want to make – and eat – everything that David and Luise come up with!  Their  books are just stunning and everything I need from a cook book, with gorgeous pictures and easy, inspirational recipes from around the world. They’re so gorgeous they wouldn’t look out of place on your coffee table, which is just what I need!  I love being able to see what I’m cooking! Even the kids have been leafing through them, deciding what they want to make next, and so far everything has been a huge success AND delicious!  Go me! Who knew?!

This is it.  My Best Me.  Let’s DO this!

K x

*has a lie down to recover from new found enthusiasm!

“BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU”!

 

 

53 Comments

  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit June 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    PS You’re 43?????!!!! Wow.

    • Reply Katy June 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Do it Suzanne! I feel so much better for it! And thanks! Actually 44 now but hey – it’s just a number! 😉 x

  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit June 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This post has me afraid. I’ve known for a long time that I need to cut down on the alcohol every night this has confirmed it. Catching sight of myself in a photograph just recently has confirmed what it’s doing to my body. *weeps*.

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  • Reply Emma cavill January 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Love this Katie , such a lovely positive post to read and I’m totally with you on the ‘best you’ theme! I’m doing a Whole 30 to try and reset my bad habits and I’m actually really enjoying the challenge and thinking lots about healthy eating and living. I’m now off to check out all those links! Happy new year x

    • Reply Katy January 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Ah – good luck! Happy New Year to you too! I just know that I feel much happier in myself when I’m healthy x

  • Reply MyLifeMyLove January 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Katy, this is fantastic. I want to be the best I can be for my children too. To enjoy them. I really want to get into juicing. Can you recommend a good juicer to start off with?
    Good luck with your new projects this year. Lots of love, Ali x

    • Reply Katy January 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hey Ali – Thanks so much! Yeah, loving juicing! I’ve tried a few machines but love the Sage one. It’s amazing – not to mention looks gorgeous – and it’s easy to clean. Totally recommend juicing. You won’t look back! And Happy New Year x

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  • Reply Laura November 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks Katy for such a positive post. It’s nice to have a friendly reminder that you can make the change now, even small things to make yourself feel better. I certainly will be thinking of you and the other girls this week as I hold my nerve from buying biscuits and attempt to get a bit of exercise into my routine! Keep us pumped up on our way into Christmas xxx

    • Reply Katy November 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Ah – SUCH a good time of year to do it! If I go into Christmas not feeling tip top, it’s a downward spiral from there! x

  • Reply Michelle Reeves (bodfortea) November 20, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Woo hoo! LOVE that quote. Like you I’ve stopped drinking during the week (most of the time) and I’ve taken a long hard look at what I eat (like hoovering up kid’s leftovers) and how I eat – mindless eating so often = empty calories. Setting myself the challenge to run a 10 mile race was the inspiration I needed this year – next year a half marathon…? Here’s to hitting the ground running – literally – in 2015! *clinks juice*

    • Reply Katy November 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Ooh – half marathon would be an amazing achievement! And good luck you too. 2015 indeed! xx *clinks back

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum November 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    It sounds perfect Katy, becoming the best you. I’m pretty much taking the same journey too and I’m not too fussed on cooking either, so I’ll look forward to seeing how you are doing. Mich x

    • Reply Katy November 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Ooh – good luck you too! x

  • Reply helloitsgemma November 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    *sings* go Katy, go Katy! Love this! Brilliant. I think this is fantastic time of year to re-focus and be the best you. It is so easy to over-indulge at Christmas and think “oh I’ll sort it out in the NY”. I love this, I think it’s inspired me to go into the next month with a different attitude, yes, I can over-induldge a bit, but balance it with a bit more healthy eating, between times. I think it is really easy to absorb negative view of being over 40, when actually most women come into their own in their 40’s. Being 40 now, wasn’t what it was a generation ago. Oh and I’ve just discovered Breathe Happiness too! amazing. love it. X

    • Reply Katy November 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks lady! Just trying to make sure I don’t hit January on a low! I’m only into week 2 but feeling SO different! Totally recommend xx

  • Reply Emma V November 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    First of all, I would never have guessed you’re 43, you look AMAZING!

    I love the idea of being a better me, I definitely need to take that on board. For me my weakness is too many fatty lattes, but I’ve made a real effort lately to cut down and switch to herbal teas and juices. I might ask for a juicer for Christmas to kick start my New Year.

    • Reply Katy November 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      DO IT! Totally recommend juicing and I think it’s a fab Christmas pressie for the whole family. Just switch your lattes to skinny – that’s what I do. Otherwise they’re like a meal! Good luck! xx

  • Reply Kate on thin ice November 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Joining your best me club and so many great ideas here. Certainly going down the veggie/fish eating route as love both. Think I need a photo of you on my fridge to remind me to be a good girl.

    • Reply Katy November 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      You WILL be good! You’ll be amazing – I know it 😉 x

  • Reply Alice Hassall November 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Ohhhh Miss Hill you are making me feel bad for eating a curry this week. I need to get back into the E word and start feeling Juicy again and be a better me before it’s too late… she says eating her 3rd Jammy Dodger.

    • Reply Katy November 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Haha! Love a jammy dodger! Do it Alice – honestly – I feel SO much better. And don’t get me wrong – we have take out night once a week. Keeping it real baby! x

  • Reply becky November 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

    My mum always told me to be my best self and you are echoing this. I have been a veggie for 32 years and recently Chris Mosler has given her veggie food blog a makeover oh and Katy it is beautiful http://lifeisdelicious.co.uk/ you must check it out. Good luck on your healthy you journey. You are such a positive person I reckon you will be just fine!

    • Reply Katy November 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Oh my goodness – I LOVE Chris! Thanks for the link. Always looking for inspirational places to get veggie recipes. Can’t believe your veggie journey is so epic! Wow – impressive! xx

  • Reply Nikki Thomas November 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    What a great idea! I love your positivity, it is amazing. I love the look of those juices on Cool Bananas, I have pinned those for another day. I must admit that the whole ‘new year, new you’ thing is all well and good, but it feels like you are setting yourself such a huge goal. Good luck with being the best you, you can be.

    • Reply Katy November 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks so much! x

  • Reply Pinkoddy November 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What amazing advice. 40 – what? really I would have thought you were in your 30s. And young not old.
    I need to exercise, sleep and eat better myself – am going to follow your advice.

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Do it! Honestly, it’s only been a week and already I feel different! I’ve realised I TOTALLY need exercise to keep me positive and stop the low moments at this time of year. Much love x

  • Reply Sonya Cisco November 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Bloody hell woman, you are 43?!? You look amazing – I would have put you at a good few years younger than me! I am a big fan of remembering this is the youngest I will ever be, plus I am the same age as Kate Moss and 15 years younger than Madonna and they still both kick butt so there is no reason why I can’t too! I think being the best you you can be is the perfect resolution for anytime, I am just not very good at the healthy thing…. 😉 xx

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      LOVE LOVE LOVE those women! I’ve loved Madonna my entire life! She just seems so timeless x

  • Reply Mummy Barrow November 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I wish I was half the woman you are right now!!! Let alone the best person you will be after putting all of that into practice.

    I am with you on the juicing. It’s a great way to get a nutrient hit.

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      LOVE the juicing! And the kids are really into it too, so it’s a great way of getting the goodness into them too! x

  • Reply liz Burton November 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Inspirational. I need to take a leaf.

    Can’t wait to hear how you get on.

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks lady x

  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily November 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love New Year’s Resolutions but that may be because I love any chance to write a list and dedicate a whole new notepad to what I’m going to achieve that year. The notepad is usually dispensed with by the middle of January and by February I’ve usually forgotten all about them!

    I’ll still be doing them again this year though 😉

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Ooh – gotta love a list! x

  • Reply Trish November 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Good on you for rethinking the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ idea. You’ve got me thinking about how I can improve my fitness. I think I am ok with diet and alcohol but I really don’t do enough exercise and yet I’m quite slim…just not very well toned. Thanks for those suggestions.

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I can honestly already see an improvement in skin tone! Just trying to avoid “old knees”! 😉 x

  • Reply Mary Keynko November 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Totally with you on the exercise front, I have been working really hard to get fit and shift weight and I feel so much better for it. And as someone who always sniggered at those gym types – I finally get why they do it. Never thought I’d say it – but I bloody love weight training!

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      GO MARY! That’s amazing. Well done you. And yes – the more I’m doing it, the more addictive it’s becoming! x

  • Reply Boo Roo and Tigger Too November 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love that quote (I must get it printed and added above my desk). Fine tuning into the best me is a fabulous way to think about it rather than the new and improved me as there is always something good about the current version of me

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Ooh – above a desk would be PERFECT! *copies idea 😉 x

  • Reply Emma November 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Loved this post, so inspirational. Have been thinking of getting a proper juicer for a while now too, think you might have just convinced me! 🙂 x

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Ooh – they are a bit brilliant Emma! Like a hit of goodness – and my energy levels are definitely up xx

  • Reply (Mostly) Yummy Mummy November 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Good for you! I absolutely loved reading this. Your amazing positivity just shines through lady x

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks lady! One life! 😉 x

  • Reply Sam November 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This is a great post Katy! We always set New Year goals, but they tend to be more about experiencing new things or visiting new places. Your post has made me think about a few things; my health hasn’t been great this year and whilst it’s something I’m not going to be able to change, I can possibly relieve some of the symptoms through exercise. So I’m going to have a look into some yoga classes and swimming too. I am one of those people that seems to attract ‘glass half full’ friends and I tend to take on their problems and worries, which just brings me down. I’m not going to push these friends away, but I am going to look into ways for me to support them without being dragged down. Thank you for this post, you’ve given me a nudge in the right direction. Good luck with making your best you! xx

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      What a lovely comment. I hope it’s a useful post, and I do totally recommend those documentaries on Netflix. They’ve made me re-think EVERYTHING! it’s amazing what you can achieve with the right food etc. So yes – positive friends ONLY! And good luck with the yoga x

  • Reply Actually Mummy... November 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ah I think this is the typical age 40 realisation, and it’s perfect! Yes we need to start taking more care over what we eat, but actually we don’t need to be perfect. I love when we get to the point where we can finally accept that what we’re already doing is exactly what’s right for us and those in our lives.
    You rock!

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks lady! Not at the point of acceptance yet, but I WILL be! Watch this space! 😉 x

  • Reply Helen November 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Strongly agree with Juicing, it’s a fabulous way of feeling great and getting a health kick. Jason Vale is a legend and such an inspirational character !

    • Reply Katy November 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      He IS! I hope to meet him one of these days x

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