And She’s Back In The Room

I’m Back So Watch Out

Firstly, I need to apolgise I have been away far too long.  I have been extremely busy with so many different things.  That is no excuse I know but I’m back.  I went through a bit of a “for fucks sake” period after the hacking when I lost everything and kind of gave up in all sorts of ways for a period of time.  

Qualified

However, my life has changed so much since my last post.  I’m now a qualified complementary therapist.  For those of you who don’t know what that is I am a reflexologist, aromatherapist, massage therapist and a Reiki practitioner; and I absolutely love it.  This is the work I was meant to do definitely.  Took me 50 years to find out but it is worth it I promise you.  For anyone who wants to follow me on the complementary side of things please visit my website  and sign up on the blog.  That is the blog where I will be concentrating on health, wellness, mindfulness, etc.

Comfort Eating

Anyway along this journey I was pretty much out of my comfort zone and the old demon in disguise of biscuits and chocolate sneaked back in and took over while I’ve been studying.

It all came to a head, quite literally, when I recently had a bad fall and banged my head quite hard.  When the ambulance came they did my vitals, my heart rate at that point was 142, my blood sugar was far too high and blood pressure was also on the high side.   That bump to the head woke me up most definitely.

Light Bulb Moment

I got home from the hospital and had definitely had a kick up the backside.  I’d let myself go and was so angry with myself.  So much guilt, let my family down, let my fast-fix team down but most importantly let myself down.  It had to stop.  

The Fast Fix Documentary

So last week I watched The Fast Fix Diabetes again.  The first time since last June.  Something clicked big time inside me and watching it took me straight back to last January with my fast-fix friends, the whole team in fact and the people we met that were not shown in the documentary.  I’ll admit I shed a few tears watching it but afterwards my head was right back to where it was back then and I’m now feeling empowered.

Back On It

The past 4 days I have been back on the Exante Shakes (Yes.. cherries and Berries Steve and Luke).  I have not been following the Exante to the letter I’ve been doing my own thing which consists of 2 or 3 Exante shakes throughout the day but with a healthy dinner at night.  

Mainly the dinner has consisted of chicken and vegetable soup with a slice of homemade wholemeal bread or bought bread with real butter.  It has been working for me.  In fact I will be making a lot of healthy soups moving forward.  The one I have been having this week contains 11 different types of vegetables and is bloody gorgeous and extremely filling and I will share the recipe with you.

If you want to try the shakes and bars which are also fab (especially the lemon and the strawberry) or to read my story on the Exante website click here from there you can also find the shakes, bars etc.  You can also use my money off code TRACEY35 which will give you 35% off your basket.

No More Guilt

I’ve noticed a difference already and it is only day 5.  It has also got me thinking that there will be some others out there who have also fallen off the wagon too.  So the reason for this post is to hold my hands up and say I’ve had a bit of a life “fart” but it’s ok.  And this goes for all of us… Stop with the guilt…  Stop with the biscuits, the chocolate and anything else that is on that bad list.  But most importantly stop the food being in control of your life.  You need to change your mindset because I am now in control of my food and what enters my body and that is how it is staying.

The Power Is Within

I’m at the point during week one usually around day 5, where we find it’s a bit hard but whenever my thoughts turn to the twix that I know is in the fridge I remind myself I am boss not the twix.

Over To You Guys

So I would love to hear from anyone else is cross with themselves, fell off the wagon or even want to lose a few more pounds.  You can start this journey with me.

Lose weigh with me now.

It’s time!

 

Tracey xXx

 

 

 

 

Last 15 Photos On My Phone

Yes it’s that time again I haven’t done this in ages.  A little sneaky peek behind the scenes.  Don’t hold your breath though it’s not very exciting but here we go:

Photo 1 – Homemade Ketogenic Cherry & Almond Breakfast Biscuits

Home-Made Keto Cherry Almond Breakfast Biscuits

Love these little beauties.  Made out of ground almonds instead of flour.  I will be putting the recipe on my keto website soon.  As you know I’m on a diet (aren’t we all) not only to lose weight but to help my fibromyalgia symptoms.  I miss biscuits with coffee but I can make these beauties and then I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.  

Photo 2 – Keto Packed Lunch For College

College Packed Keto Lunch

Now I know carrots are a bit carby but they aren’t too bad as long as they are in moderation.  So I had a few shavings of carrots for a bit of extra crunch mixed with baby spinach, chinese leaf lettuce, rocket, watercress, kale, tomatoes, spring onion, cress and cucumber with leftover chicken from the night before.  As you can see I also had fresh coconut and a homemade salad dressing of Avocado Oil, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, MCT oil, Balsamic Vinegar with a little bit of  freshly ground Pink Himalayan salt and black pepper – Have to say it was delicious.  There was still some chicken left over so had the same thing again today.

Photo 3 – Back of Sewing Pattern

Sewing pattern

I’ve been inspired to get my sewing machine out again after watching The Sewing Bee (one of my favourite programmes and so glad it’s back on air). So I’ve been looking at patterns and this I took so I could see how much material I needed.  I’ll update you with the progress of this item I can’t wait to get started on it.

Photo 4 – Exante Diet Meal Replacement Shake Smoothie

Exante Diet Meal Replacement Shake

Now I made this for my daughter.  She is always at the gym and she likes to have a smoothie afterwards.  So I made her this out of Exante chocolate meal replacement shake, 1 tbsp of collagen powder, egg white protein powder, a banana and 1 tbsp of peanut butter powder and she loves it!  You can find the Exante chocolate shake here.  Also for my new readers you can get 35% off Exante diet meal replacement meals by using my exclusive code TRACEY35 which is fantastic.

Photo 5 – My Son’s Baby Tortoise

My Son’s Baby Tortoise’s

I can’t remember the names of these little guys but I find them fascinating.  This photo was taken on Mothers Day at his home when they were out having a bit of a run around well as much as a tortoise can do.

Photo 6 – Shepherds Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Shepherds Pie In The Making with Cauliflower Mash

Yep food again you know me only too well.  I know there are carrots in there but again they are ok in moderation on a keto diet.  We are potato free in my house now and they have been replaced by mashed cauliflower which is fantastic even my daughter loves it.

Photo 7 – Prepping For College 

Prepping For A Massage

I’m not sure why I took this and I don’t even remember doing it but this is where I study complementary therapies and a fantastic place it is too.  I think that may be Amanda’s backside you can see on the left.  Shall have to let her know that her butt is on the web.

Photo 8 – My Eldest When He Was Studying Drama

My Eldest

Found this recently and was so happy because I thought I’d lost it.  This is my eldest when he was studying drama.  This is one of the photos I took with me on The Fast Fix Documentary and had in my room.  So proud of him and also of all my children.  So lovely to see them growing and making their own way in life.  Sometimes I wish I could do it all again, I miss holding them in my arms and holding them close.  I’d do it now but I don’t think they would appreciate it.  So all of you out there with little ones cuddle them as much as you can while you can.

Photo 9 – Importance of Play Time

Important Message

I found this the other day and wanted to share it.  I have been saying for as long as I can remember how important it is to play.  To let go –  To have fun – to celebrate your inner child.  Life is too short and play keeps you alive.  For instance for me it is being creative whether that is writing poetry, painting, drawing, sewing a dress, playing with the dog, it can be so many things but whatever it is that makes your heart sing do it and then do it some more!

Photo 10 – Something That Made Me Smile

Made Me Smile

I think this will appeal to my hippy type friends.  You can’t beat a bit of sage.

Photo 11 – Face of Fibromyalgia

Face of Fibromyalgia

One of the worst conditions and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.  It’s about time they made cannabis oil legal.  People are suffering unnecessarily in this country and I find it appalling.  Children having over 100 seizures a day being denied something that will give them their life back but instead we fill them with hundreds of drugs just to fill the fat cat pharmaceuticals pockets.  

Photo 12 – Harvey Houdini My Trusty Canine Sidekick

Harvey Houdini

He’s still going strong bless him.  Found his place next to me in bed.  Not sure what would happen if I ever did manage to find a bloke they would have to fight over it.

Photo 13 – I’m Crap At Technology

Crap At Technology

This was me trying to ask Siri something but instead managed to take a screen shot.  I can’t believe after all this time I still haven’t got the hang of it – no smart remarks 🙂 

Photo 15 – My Dream (please come true)

I Need This In My Garden

I desperately want to get my garden sorted so I can have one of these in it.  I’d be out there all the time.  I’d also use it for massaging clients too.  So if anyone wants to help me sort out the garden (a lot needs doing) you can get free massages afterwards.

There you go I hope they weren’t too boring for you.  

Tracey x

 

Hello World Again!

So you may have gathered that my blog is looking extremely different. If you have read the bits on the home page you will have seen that my blog and my websites have been hacked to the point of being unrecoverable. The pages on Facebook are still ok it’s just the websites and I still have to link the two together again.

So will I let this stop me no I won’t. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger in which case by the end of the week I will actually be “The Hulk” including ripped trousers.

In some ways, it might be a good thing. The blog had seemed to have lost its way a bit in recent months in my mind at least. So I am going to take this opportunity and get it more streamlined, more focused, and easier to use.

So yes I am devastated as I have lost 3 years of work but I am not going to let it beat me. I did it once so I can do it again.

Your support during this time would be truly appreciated and any subjects you want me to cover etc please just leave a comment or send me an email at info@traceyward.me (fingers crossed I got it working again).