Wednesday, 17 February 2016

My Introduction to the Keto Diet!

Over the years I've tried various diets to lose weight; general detoxing, juice plus, 5:2, slimfast, you name it, I've probably done it or something similar. In truth, all of these diets were pretty good in the short term, I lost weight and reached my goals.

Especially on the JuicePlus, I stuck at this for a couple of months and I lost 2.5 stone! However, due to how restrictive the JuicePlus lifestyle is, i.e. gluten, wheat, dairy and chemical free, it was hard to stick to and I eventually fell off the wagon, gained the weight back within 6 months and was heavier than I'd ever been (at least that is how I felt!).

Eventually I did lose the weight again, through general healthy eating, calorie counting - the weight was gone again before I knew it but as soon as I lost the 36lbs, I seemed to hit a brick wall and nothing, no matter how strict I was, could get me to drop anymore weight.

Now I know everyone says the usual polite 'you don't need to lose weight' but for my own confidence, I have a goal to reach, not a crazy one mind, I would just like to be on size smaller than I am so I can feel comfortable with myself.

I'd just about given up on healthy eating and resigned myself to having to get on the JuicePlus bandwagon again just for a kick start when one of my lovely work colleagues mentioned a diet that he would be starting.

As a body builder, he has to go through cycles of gaining weight and shredding weight (known as 'cutting'), in order to define the muscle that he has gained through 'gains'. Anyway, to shred the excess weight, he goes through a process called 'ketosis'.

Introducing, the 'Keto Diet', this diet consists of 10% carbs, 30% protein and 60% fat, yes FAT! Crazy right??!! This basically forces your body to takes its energy from the fats in your body, for example, the fats your body has stored, rather than the new carbs you consume normally. (Ratio of fat -protein-carbs can vary depending on the guidelines you're following and how experienced you are).

At first, I was a bit dubious about the whole process, I mean, it goes against everything we've told about losing weight but I've done some research and I have to say that the amount of blogs and advice I've seen about the lifestyles and results people now have as a result of the Keto Diet, was pretty impressive, so I decided to give it a go.

Since last Thursday I've been following the guidelines my colleague set for me and so far so good, the most difficult part I would say was having to learn to eat more, I usually barely eat one meal a day so jumping up to three meals was a hard adjustment, aswell as learning to fry my food instead of grilling it!

My days so far have consisted of scrambled egg and bacon for breakfast (yes, bacon!), a lamb steak or burger with buttery cabbage and mushrooms for lunch, then salmon/chicken and salad/veg for tea, also I've just started snacking on Almonds and these are delightfully delicious!

 My staple items so far, though I hope to discover more!

I also try to drink 3 litres of water per day, my Bobble Bottle is a life saver and filters water from any source so I never have to worry about buying a new bottle of water! Drinking water on this level is hugely beneficial for your metabolism so even if you don't give the Keto Diet a try, just doing this will make a big difference.

Now lets get to the interesting bit ....

Results so far;

After just 6 days, I've finally broken that barrier and lost 6lbs, this is like 1
lb a day and I'm already feeling fab about myself.

I've also measured inch loss and it turns out I've lost 2 inches from my stomach, 2 inches from my waist and 0.5 inch from each arm!

I'm really motivated now to continue my journey, shed the pounds and start to love my body, I'll be joing the gym over the coming days so I hope this will push my progress further and help me to make sure I'm toned in the areas where I lose the weight.

Wish me luck!!! I'll keep you updated on my journey :)

I'd love to hear if you've ever given the Keto Diet a go, how did ketosis work out for you? Do you have any tips for me? Share your results with me, let's motivate eachother!!! :)

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Kevin Hart - SSE Wembley Arena 23/01/2016

On the 23/01/16, I had the pleasure of seeing Kevin Hart at his new 'What Now Tour' and I have to say that it was absolutely incredible!

Although it was a frustrating journey there, I must say that every second of the show made every second of being stuck in traffic in Wembley worth the trouble.

After walking in the rain from our car to the venue, dripping wet, we took our seats in the arena, around us were people from nearly every culture, background, sexuality and class, all here to have a good time and share the experience together.

The first thing that struck me at the show was the numerous warnings of mobile phone, in this day and age everyone is stuck to their phones so you can imagine how well this went down, the majority of people ignored it for a while and this caused the Stewards to have to patrol the seating areas heavily, although this was a little bit uncomfortable and distracting, you could see the reasoning behind the rule and could only respect the Stewards for doing their job.

Once everyone was seated, settled and following the no phone rule, the show finally began and Kevin's supporting act, 'The Plastic Cup Boys', consisting of  the talented Joey Wells, Na'im Lynn and Will Horton came on stage one by one.  Each of them with their own style of humour and smashing the laughs out of people.

I have to say that Joey was definitely my favourite, his stories were about normal every day occurrences, they involved everyone in the crowd, the olders, the young'uns, even the crazy and to be honest I would happily pay to see him in his own right!

When Kevin finally came on stage, its fair to say that the room exploded, he was a little late arriving on stage so the whole arena had a lot of built up excitement, I didn't think the cheers would ever stop!

The thing I like best about Kevin Hart is that he can take any normal, every day kind of happening and turn it into a fit of giggles, he draws from his own life experiences with his family and friends, for example, his son, daughter, partner and father, even including the wildlife around his home, including a certain annoying Raccoon!

The energy behind the way he delivers his performance is enough to put anyone to shame, the effort he puts into his impersonations and painting the scene for the audience is on an epic level, if anyone ever needed someone to bring a book to life by telling its story, Kevin Hart is your man.

Ever since the show, my favourite new one liner is 'Oranguatnnnnnn..... REALLLLAYYYYYY...' so I suppose Kevin has a lot to answer for with my family and friends as I realise that this will soon wear thin with them, I'm not mentioning what this line is in reference to as I'm sure Kevin will be bringing out a DVD of some sort for you to find out yourself!

In all honesty, my favourite part about the show is the fact that every single mini hysterical story that Kevin told us, linked in with the last section of his performance, it was like each segment was a separate factor but in his closing paragraphs, they all interlinked and came together to present as one big gift for us to remember forever.

In addition to all of this, its worth mentioning that due to the popularity of the guy, Kevin had to put on two sold-out shows that day but from his performance and those of his supporting act, you would never have known, the laughs just kept coming as if their stories and one liners were being told for the first time.

Lastly, you can't fault Kevin and the Plastic Cup Boys for the love they showed us for spending our well-earned money on seeing them live, although the mobile phone rule was very strict and many people were thrown out for their ignorance of it, at the end, Kevin asked everyone in the audience to take out their phones and light them up, as you looked around the room it was just a sea of spot lights and the sentiment of the invitation to film him at this point was felt by everyone in attendance.

In my eyes, having the opportunity to see Kevin perform live was worth every penny and every mile we travelled to get there... I would certainly recommend you to try to get your hands on some tickets for the next time he tours
the UK!!!