Anxiety!!!

Still a taboo in today’s society and yet so many people suffer it in silence.
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I have been debating if to publish this or not for a while. It’s never easy to open up about something that most pretend doesn’t exist, even more when there is such a stigma around mental health. When I started this blog I vowed to myself that I would keep it real and therefore I share with you my story.

Ever since I gave birth to my triplets I have suffered from anxiety, sometimes it was manageable, other’s it’s worse. I’ve never taken any medication because I feel I can treat it naturally, by surrounding myself with positive & supportive  people (mainly my husband, who is  my pillar of strength and has the patience of a saint) also by staying healthy and active! I don’t in any way mean you shouldn’t take any medication or that you should stop yours, we are all different and deal with things differently. If I ever feel I’ve lost control I will see a professional, its what they are there for after all, it just isn’t  the right path for me at least for now. 

I having always been good at “dealing” with my anxiety or should I say coping. About  2 years ago though my anxiety levels spiked really badly, so much that I was not sleeping, eating badly and skipping meals which let to me becoming hypoglycemic which In turn made my anxiety worse.  I have always been fairly active but since having my boys I was drained, both physically and mentally and that made me gain some weight, this was not something I was used to either since I’ve always been very slender, and It made me uncomfortable too and made the whole situation worse.

One day, while looking at photos of myself I thought I had lost myself somehow and I was no longer as happy and positive as I’ve always been. This was a turning point for me, I told myself I needed to make changes, eat healthier, cut out all or most of the refined sugars and bad fats from my diet and get myself moving again and do things I enjoyed doing. Not only for myself but for my boys!

That night I sat down and made a list of things that make me happy, and another list with goals I wanted to achieve, and aspirations I had for mine and my families future.

Before bed I ticked my first goal of the list “set alarm for 5:45am and go for one short jog, just one!” And that was the first of many goals I ticked off.  I’ve still quite a few to accomplish but I will celebrate and appreciate every small achievement one by one.

Two years down the line My anxiety is almost non existent, I am full of energy, I sleep well, and most importantly I am happy!!

I know this may not work for everyone but my point is, don’t give up on yourself, do things that you enjoy, reach out to someone, go see a dr, what ever it takes to help you one day a time and remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Stay positive 

Kat ❤️❤️

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My New Toys

Hey guys, I am so excited to share with you my new toys!!

It always gets harder to train in the summer for most people, between the heat, holidays etc. Its easy to lose motivation even more so for mums. Our kids are off from school and we therefore cannot attend fitness classes or the gym as often as we would like. Don’t fret guys there is a way around it. What if I told you that with a little knowledge, some YouTube videos and a little equipment you can workout from the comfort of your own home. It does though require a little more dedication and motivation as its very easy get comfortable once we get home and forget to train a day or two, then it turns into a week and before you know, you have lost all motivation.

I like to schedule my workouts and plan them a week in advance, having them down on paper or  displayed on a board helps me remain focused on my goals. Here is an example below.

Monday: Morning run or powerwalk and some weight training
Tuesday: Morning yoga
Wednesday: Morning run or powerwalk and some core work
Thursday: A full body workout
Friday:  Morning run
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: Rest

I am no personal trainer and not pretending to be one either, I’m simply sharing with you what I’ve  learnt as I am only still learning myself. Its very important though to listen to your body and if you are only just starting out maybe just do a workout two or three times a week and if you feel its too much lower the intensity.

What I purchased today and where from?

I already owned some dumbbells all varying in weight, as well as a cross trainer so today I added some other things to my ‘Home Gym’ to keep my home workouts varied. We drove into Spain to a big Decathlon store which is only about a 15 minute drive from Gibraltar, and has all sorts of sports and training equipment.
The first thing I picked up was a skipping rope, and I paid less that £4 for it. I have wanted one for ages mainly because I find it fun but also because its great to workout with. I also bought a resistance band for about £5 and a training ladder for less than £20 because these are things which can be used to work different body parts and you can do a huge variety of workouts with both. I also purchased a new yoga mat because mine was really old and tatty and they are incredibly cheap. My bill totalled in about 31euros which is approximately £27. I was about to get myself a stand alone punch bag but I had no room in the car with all four boys in it but I really want to go back and get it!!

Well that’s all from me for now, if you have any questions or even tips of anything else I could buy or other workouts I can do from home I am open to suggestions.

Have a happy and blessed weekend.

All my love
Kat ❤

 

 

Product Review: Carolina Herrera Good Girl Velvet Fatale.

 

item_2221201_871Today I’m reviewing the perfume that everyone has been raving about all over social media. Carolina Herrera: Good Girl, Velvet Fatale!

So apart from its exquisite encasing, a beautiful bottle that resembles a sleek stiletto shoe which itself is enough to fall in love with, is the actual fragrance any good? Is it good value for money? Does the scent last?? I’m here to give you all the ins and outs of this unique perfume, that has given so much to talk about.

let me start off by describing its scent. When I first sprayed it, its scent was soft, but within a minute or so it developed and the scent intensified quite a bit.  Definitely a night time perfume in my opinion and maybe something for the slightly older generation. It screams “sexy with a touch of class“. The fragrance is warm, spicy and sweet all rolled into one and would make a lovely spring/summer perfume. Not a perfume I would personally wear but definitely something I would purchase for my mum or mother in law. Don’t get me wrong it smells amazing, its just a little too intense for my taste.

I wore the perfume all day and when I got home after 8 hours of walking around town, and running after my boys at the park, the scent stuck around and I even got quite a few compliments on the fragrance. I also got asked more than once what perfume I was wearing, which is always a good sign.

Price tag….Well, considering the fragrance itself was a little strong for my liking I still think its smells nice. Unfortunately the price is a little steep with a bottle going for around £78 I wouldn’t purchase one for myself just for its encasing…BUT this said, I just might buy it for my mum and then keep the bottle for my vanity table display. If I liked the scent for myself then I guess its not expensive for a perfume you like especially when the scent lasts all day long. All in all I would rate it an 7/10.

Hope you found this review useful.

All my love.
Kat ❤

Happy Weekend Guys!!!

 

 

 

How has the week been treating you? Summer is approaching and the heat is most definitely starting to get to me.

My boys are now in school half days so I now find myself cramming my already hectic day and do it all before they finish school at 12pm. I then need to bring them home for lunch because during half days they no longer eat at school. I still have to juggle house chores and find time to entertain four very energetic boys.

As summer approaches my boys will soon be off from school and I will need to change my workout routines and times which unfortunately means that I will miss my favourite class which is Ballet Body. I am though thinking of joining Reshape & Rumble classes which I keep hearing are fab and best of all they do classes in the evenings, which means hubby will be home from work to watch boys so I can attend.

I keep getting asked what sort of meals I eat etc. so today I will post some pics so you can have an idea of the sort of meals I’m having.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve tried to tweak and adapt my “diet” a little with help of my friend and trainer. My reason for this is that I have stepped up the intensity of my workouts and therefore my body needs more fuel in order to get stronger. I’m not a nutritionist and therefore learning as I go and from my mistakes. I mean the reason I train is because I want to be healthy and strong….Obviously I want to look good too but my health is my main priority so if I’m to keep up working out like I am I need to make sure my body is not missing out any nutrients and that I’m hitting my macros daily!

It’s Saturday and my body needs rest so I have simply done 20 minutes of Hatha yoga followed by a 7 minute light weighted workout to help me energise, as for the rest of my weekend I plan to relax and allow my body to recover and what’s most important, enjoy time with my beautiful family.

Next week I shall be reviewing some beauty products so watch out for that!!!

Wishing you all a happy and blessed weekend.

All my love
Kat ❤️

I’ve Been Nominated For The Liebstar Award

The lovely withlovefromp  has nominated me for the Liebstar award and I’m truly humbled yet extremely excited to share the news with you all. Withlovefromp I can’t thank you enough for the nomination, was really not expecting this at all and it means so much.

What is the Liebstar award you may be wondering?

Let me tell you, it’s an award made for bloggers by bloggers it’s a way to show you recognition and appreciation towards other bloggers you may think deserve it. There are some rules though that you need to follow if you are nominated and they are as follows.Flowers-2

  1. Give the blogger who nominated you a shout out
  2. Answer 11 questions given to you by the blogger
  3. Give up to 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate others blogs or bloggers

 

1.What is something you learnt only after it was too late?
Ahhh that time is precious and that we should never take anyone for granted. I learned this the hard way 14 years ago when my beloved grandmother passed away. I was supposed to go visit her that afternoon and instead decided I would go the next day because I had a hard day at work and just wanted to sleep, even though I had promised her to come round for tea….That same night she passed away.

2. Tell me about the best day of your life?
Well there are three events in my life that are equality as important and beautiful, that would be my wedding day, the birth of my eldest son and the birth of my triplets.

3. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Is getting my kids to listen, without repeating myself one million times considered a super power? lol

4. If you were trapped on a desert island what 3 things couldn’t you live without?
My family, my phone and chocolate!

5. What is your ultimate blogging dream?
To inspire and motivate people to reach their full potential and chase their dreams.

6. What is the meaning of life?
To live it with no regrets and make the best of every situation.

7. If you could be a fly on the wall, what would you do and where would you be?
I wouldn’t be on the wall but flying around outdoors exploring the world from a different perspective.

8. What is your biggest purchase?
My car I guess.

9. What advice would you give your younger self?
Mind over matter!

10. Name a secret you’ve been too scared/embarrassed to tell anyone?
Cant think of any right now.

11. Describe yourself in 3 words?
Possitive, sensitive & bubbly.

Now for my nominations are:
Thismamaofboys
WhatTinaSaid
Theraventales
Merritdaily
Katfightsanorexia
Zylelife
Mybeautymadness
themurphymama
justseaforyourself
Happpymermaid
fitasfudge

My Questions

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

What’s your greatest fear?

Any secrets you want to share with us?

What’s your great accomplishment in life?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

who is your absolute hero?

If you could chat to a dead celebrity for 5 minutes, who would it be?

What is your favourite book?

Favourite band or solo artist?

Greatest song ever written?

What food do you most dislike?

Link to all your queries about the Liebster Award :https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/