10 Benefits of Exercising 

I recently started to take exercising more seriously and don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert at all. Although that doesn’t mean I haven’t become aware of the perks of exercising whilst doing it, my body has been changing but not only that, my mental health. Whether it’s my shape, my skin or my mind, I’m finding that there are so many benefits from exercising and it’s encouraged me to do it more. 

It has so many benefits, most of which I never knew or understood for a long time. In fact, the thought of exercise used to give me major lazy-bones syndrome. I hated everything to do with exercise for so long and when I eventually started taking my weight loss seriously I just knew that I wanted to increase my chances of loss and changing my body shape by adding exercise to my plan. 

Exercise is different for everybody and people change in accordance to their mind and body. These are the things I’ve noticed that have happened since I’ve started taking exercise more seriously but I would love for you to share with me your feelings on exercise! 

I used to exercise religiously, in fact it probably wasn’t at all healthy. However,after minimising the amount I exercise and finding a balance between what makes me happy, I have noticed the benefits that come from exercising. So, what benefits have I noticed from exercising? Continue reading to find out. 

1. I do struggle with acne and I always have but I’ve found since exercising my skin has become so much more clear. Perhaps this is the amount of water I’m now drinking, the healthy balanced diet and exercise combined. Whatever it is, it’s working and I’m very happy! 

2. Exercise boosts your endophines, meaning that you’ll become less stressed, anxious, angry and confused. 

3. You’ll feel more confident seeing changes to your body. You’ll try on your old clothes and start feeling more yourself again enjoy the skin you’re in. 

4. Eating healthy and exercising can decrease your chances of being unwell and having to fight those nasty winter colds. As well as improving your blood pressure.

5.  Your balance will improve along with your flexibility! I really encourage yoga for balance and flexibility, it’s a great workout and I’ve found my body has become more flexible in just the few months that I’ve been practicing. 

6. Improves your sleeping pattern. I sleep so much better than ever! Getting between 8-10 hours a night. 

7. You will have picked up a new hobby so instead of spending your time doing nothing whilst sat at home, head out and exercise. It passes the time away and makes you feel good. 

8. It’s mentally stimulating which helps productivity throughout the day. For me, if I’ve got an essay to write or reading to do I’ll always start my day off with a workout to aid my energy levels. 

9. Your lung capacity will improve and you’ll find yourself with better stamina. At the beginning I noticed this change and you will too, eventually you’ll be doing certain exercises like jogging better with your ability to control your breathing through the session. 

10. Exercise gives you a better outlook on life, it helps with your mental health drastically and can seriously reduce depression and anxiety. Along with that you can decrease your chances of having diabetes, heart problems as well as a strokes by up to 50%. 

Before my masters degree I wasn’t ever keen on exercising, I didn’t know what I was doing and I couldn’t control my breathing correctly. With time you’ll adjust and you’ll learn how to successfully control your breathing, for me, yoga did this. I practiced yoga before starting the gym and it really helped me to learn how to control my breathing when in poses and sessions that are hard.  Don’t get me wrong, I do struggle to find the time for it as I’ve gotten busier these past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t like to exercise. In fact, I enjoy it more!

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

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October Favourites

October has finished and I’ve got a few things that I want to share with you that I have been loving throughout the month. 

I don’t have any new beauty favourites as I’ve not purchased anything new recently. Except, I did start to contour again! I hadn’t contoured in a while and I forgot how much I enjoyed carving out my cheeky bones and creating a more defined face. I really like the Collection Contour Stick. It’s so blendable, creamy and simply easy to use. I love the look of contouring and I have rekindled my love for it! 

I’ve been having no makeup days during October and my skin loves me for it! It’s so much easier to wake up and get ready without all the fussing of applying makeup. Some days it’s easier to just pop on a moisturiser and away I go! Don’t get me wrong, I still love wearing it and I definitely do but my skin needs a breather. 

Ive not really bought anything new at all recently so picking this months favourites are slightly different. I’ve really enjoyed watching films and TV series recently, especially Teen Wolf (still devastated that it’s finished), Brooklyn 99, P.s I love you and Harry Potter. It’s been nice to sit back and watch something to calm me down. 

I’ve throughly enjoyed spending time with my friends this month. Since being at uni I’ve met some lovely friends and I’ve loved every moment I’ve spent with them. It’s nice to experience new things again and enjoy the company of likeminded people!

Otherwise, generally my month has been pretty simple and boring. So sorry for my bland favourites this month! Hopefully next months will be be better. 

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

My Weight Loss Diary

Since the end of July it’s been my mission to lose weight. This is definitely attempt number 1 million but this time I’ve never been more motivated to actually give it a go. Two years ago I lost 2 stone during the summer and felt amazing, then got into a relationship and gained it all back and more. Now I’m single again, the mission to lose weight is so much easier and definitely less daunting. 

I’m not following any diets at all, not slimming world, weight watchers or any fad diets. I’m just going with what I feel comfortable with and it seems to be working quite effectively. Truthfully, I’m so proud of myself for how well I’ve done in such a short space of time. My weight loss has definitely been a large contributor to how my mental health is doing and it just continues to motivate me to be and do better. 

So, how have I been doing? 

I lost 1 stone within the first month. I definitely think this is mainly because I’m just generally eating better. I eat a fruit and vegetables every single day with every meal. I drink plenty of water but occasionally I still treat myself. During the first month I had 1 bad day in total and I ate everything in sight and then I nipped it in the bud and had a fresh start the next day. It didn’t help that I was going away for the day and making healthy choices wasn’t the easiest option.

I don’t want to lose loads of weight, maybe 2.5 or 3 stone (30-40 pounds) just so I feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve never ever been skinny and I don’t want to lose the curvy figure that I have. 

Honestly the best way for me to lose weight was to find motivation, something to aim for. Perhaps you have a holiday, a wedding or a birthday. In my case,  I just want to feel comfortable again. After a breakup feeling unhappy with your life and yourself is natural, so in order for me to get over the breakup I started focusing on myself for the first time in forever and I’ve loved every minute of it. 

Losing weight is hard, after the first stone I lose I found that I’m not losing the weight as fast as I was used too. However, a pound or two a week is actually more than you can imagine. They build up and eventually your weight is dropping, your clothes don’t fit, you can run up the stairs without feeling like you’re going to pass out. Not only that, you become happier, more comfortable and most importantly, confident. You feel like you can rule the world and you definitely can. 

Weight loss is different for everybody. We all have different body types, different motabolisms and it’s difficult to say that the way I’ve lost weight is the same way that you will. Whatever way you’re losing weight just do it the way that works for you. There’s no right or wrong as long as you’re doing it in a healthy way. 

Below is a food diary for myself for one day, feel free to follow it.  

Breakfast: 2 weetabix/honey whole grain cheerios and fruit or 1 wholemeal toast and scrambled egg with fruit. 

Lunch: Jacket potato, salad and chicken/tuna, with a small amount of salad cream 30% fat free. 

Dinner: Spaghetti bolognase or chicken curry. 

Snacks: Alpen light bars or fruit. 

If I’m finding myself craving sugar, beef space raiders or a freddo are my go too. 

I do drink Diet Coke but I’m often found with an apple and raspberry sparkling water and I like to drink a lot throughout the day. Often if you feel hungry it’s normally because you’re thirsty, so for smaller portion sizes drink a glass of water before your meal and before your snack to make sure you know what you’re feeling. 

Honestly though, during weight loss you’re going to have those days when you want to give up and eat 3 Big Macs, a pizza, the whole willy wonka factory and a house. Some days you just need it and once I’m a while I eat something that’s out of plan. It helps with weight loss as your body will become used to the healthy foods and it’ll adjust and your weight loss will be slower. So once/twice a week make those choices on what you want to treat yourself with. I like chocolate and crisps, although now instead of a kit kat and a bag of Doritos I’ll eat a freddo and a packet of space raiders. They’re lower in calories, smaller portions and I find them satisfying enough to keep me going. 

It’s so important to mix my meals up, I don’t want to be eating the same things over and over again because well that’s boring. So instead of a jacket potato, I might have a chicken salad wrap. The wrap would be my carbs for the day. If I have bread or cereal I won’t have anything else and I never have both bread and cereal together. I also do the same for diary so if I have milk, I don’t have cheese. 

I also love a cheat meal at least once a week. I’m entitled to it and I know lots of people have cheat meals through their diet. It’s alright to do this but remember to get back on your diet straight after. It’s a cheat meal, that doesn’t mean you should fall back into your old ways.

I’ve found having motivation or a purpose to lose weight really helps. Mine has been for several reasons but really it’s for myself, I want to feel comfortable in my skin. 

I’m over 1 stone gone and I can’t wait to see what else I can achieve by January 2018. 

Next step: exercise more. 

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x