How To Love Yourself More: Tips that will Rocket your Body Confidence

If you are constantly battling your own thoughts and emotions when it comes to your body confidence, then you will understand how draining this can be. You will also understand how hard it can be for you to stop those thoughts and think positively about yourself, and this is because you genuinely believe that what you are seeing is true.

Stop the Fat Talk

When you talk with your friends, you may tell them that you look fat. This encourages your friends to say that you’re not and that they are fatter than you. Even though this is a joke, it can hinder your own body confidence and it probably isn’t helping your friends either. For this reason, you need to stop the fat talk while also trying to keep the conversation on morepositive topics. For example, the new clothes that you have bought or even what you did at the weekend.

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Take Action

If you are unhappy with your body and workouts aren’t working consider going to thebest liposuction surgeon you can find.  If that isn’t an option for you then think about the things you don’t like about yourself. If you hate your thighs and hips then try and think about something positive instead. For example, maybe your hips and thighs allow you to hula-hoop better than everyone else, or maybe they allow you to take part in a Zumba class and really get your groove on. When you start talking about your body in a positive way, your mind will eventually follow.

Make Notes

If you want to make a change then you need to break the habits that you have now while also creating new habits.  You will want to take a month or so before you do this so you can really get it into your head about what you want to do. If you can’t change the way that you think because you think that you are lying about yourself then try and talk to a friend. When they pay you a compliment, don’t just brush it off, instead, write it down and then tape it onto the mirror, When you start getting compliments from people and you put them into writing, you will quickly see that everything that you are saying about yourself is not true at all.

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Believe in Yourself

When you get a promotion at work or when yougo to the gym and you shed a lot of weight in a week, be proud of yourself and know that you did that all on your own. You also need to be happy with what you have achieved. If you are constantly focusing on what you haven’t done rather than what you have done then this won’t do your body confidence any good and it will also make it much harder for you to move forward with your positive thoughts. For this reason, you need to believe in yourself and you also need to know that other people believe in you as well.

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Leopard Print Lindsay’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

I was going to refer to these as “lactation” cookies, but felt that some would be deterred by that description. These cookies are great for anyone, and just happen to be excellent for nursing mothers!

They are packed with, well, obviously oats, but other great ingredients that help boost energy and help as well with hydration thanks to all the fiber. (Breastfeeding Moms: These could help you with your milk supply! I know they help with mine!)

The almonds and peanuts in them also help give added protein, which can help give us more energy and feel fuller longer, but these also help support milk supply.

The chocolate, well, let’s be honest, it’s for sanity. Who wants a cookie without chocolate chips? Um, not me.

I created these after looking at the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipe that comes on the container, and making my own changes/additions. I personally feel they are quite tasty and hope you enjoy them as well!

Please note, this recipe is already doubled as I freeze the batter to be able to bake them a few at a time. You can do the same, as I will explain below, or make them all; which is especially great for a big group. You may cut it in half as well, for less cookies…but really who wants less cookies?

Ingredients:

2 Sticks Imperial Butter, softened

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

1 cup White Sugar

4 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

2 tsp Baking Soda

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

6 cups Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

2/3 cup Unsalted Peanuts

2/3 cup Slivered Almonds

2/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet (or multiples of you are baking them all and skipping the freezing step) with parchment paper.

In your stand mixer (using the mixing paddle is best), or large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, and baking soda until well blended. Slowly add in the flour, blend thoroughly, scraping the sides as needed.

Add in the oats a little at a time, about half way, add in the peanuts, almonds, and chocolate chip.

Your mixer will get full, but it can handle it. Finish adding in the oats and let your mixer do as much as it can. I usually have to take a large rubber spatula and fold it all together a little at the end.

Using a cookie scoop (I actually think mine is technically an ice cream scoop, but it has the scraper that helps release the dough best) and place place at least an inch or two apart on your cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 min.

Once cooled enough, enjoy!

Yes, these cookies do come out large, there’s nothing wrong about that!

Store in a ziplock bag or other container that helps to keep them fresh!

For the nursing moms out there, I eat at least one a day, sometimes two if I feel my milk supply is low. I’d love to hear how these work for you!

Freezing the Batter:

Take about a 1ft square piece of wax paper and divide it in two. Place 4 scoops of cookie dough on one piece and place the other on top, flatten slightly. Place in a freezer bag, and continue until the bag is full. Cookies can be placed on top of one another, and be sure to squeeze out some of the air when sealing. When ready, take out one pack at a time (at least that’s what I do), let thaw slightly, and bake according to directions above.

The Best Ways To Take Care of Your Skin

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If you want to ensure that your skin is the best possible health at all time, then there are various things that you can do. Skin that is in poor health can be oily or dry and end up feeling rough or being spotty. These are all things that you want to try and avoid, so here are the best ways to take care of your skin.

Wash Using Specialized Products

You should be washing your face twice a day both in the morning and in the evening before bed. This way you will wash away any impurities and dirt each day and keep your face as clean as possible at all times. You will also be cleaning away any makeup that might irritate and negatively affect your face if left on overnight. However, your skin might have specific needs, and they will need to be addressed in your cleaning routine. This might mean using a specific toner to help keep your skin healthy or using oily or dry skin specific creams. Whatever, type of skin that you have you want to make sure that you take care of it as best you can and that it is as healthy as possible.

Visit a Professional

There might come times when you need to visit a professional. There is no shame in it, and if it helps your skin to be healthy and high quality as it can be, then it is only a good thing. You might want to visit a renowned aesthetic clinic to help make your skin as beautiful as possible. However, there is a possibility that you might need to visit a dermatologist for something far less nice and much more unpleasant. These kinds of things need treating before they become worse. However, visiting a professional can simply mean speaking to the store workers and gaining their advice and opinions on specific face care products. Since they work there and deal with these products each day, then they likely have specialist knowledge that you should take advantage of.

Have a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is one of the main contributing factors to having healthy skin. If you don’t drink enough water, then the chances are that your skin is going to start to dry out and become rough. If you are eating too much greasy food, then your skin is going to become oily. You need to be getting enough fruits and vegetables in order to keep your skin glowing and healthy. This means also having a varied diet. You don’t want to only eat the same things each day as this will mean that you won’t be getting all of the nutrients and minerals that your body needs. You want to make sure that you are eating enough fatty acids and lipids. These are present in a lot of foods, but you want to make sure that you are getting your recommended daily dose each day. If you have too many, then your skin can start to go oily, but if you don’t get enough, then it might end up being dry. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough and not too much of the things that make your skin healthy.

What Will Help You To Lose More Weight: Diet Or Exercise?

There are plenty of reasons why someone would like to lose weight. Whether it’s to fit more comfortably in your jeans that are a little too tight, become more defined and toned, feel more comfortable in their own skin – some may even be losing weight in order to meet the requirements for weight loss surgery. If this is the case, Dr. Steve Tersigni, founder of Bay Bariatrics Weight Loss Surgery Center, says that the qualifications for bariatric surgery are basically the same for all procedures, meaning that no matter your destination, you will still find handy tips in this blog to help your journey along. Regardless of the reason why you want to lose weight, there are some simple tips and tricks that will help everyone’s journey, regardless of their starting point.

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Realistic Goals

Your overall goal may be to lose four stone, but that can seem like an overwhelming and monumental goal, especially when you are only just starting out. Breaking down the main goal into smaller fortnightly or monthly goals can help everything to seem a lot more manageable, and give you small achievements along the way that will motivate you to keep going. It is recommended that you lose between one and two pounds per week to ensure you are losing weight at a healthy and sustainable pace, helping you to keep it off for good.  

Calorie Intake Deficit

There are plenty of myths out there that have been widely discredited by industry professionals, however, some still seem to be trending. Barely eating anything and starving yourself may make you lose weight at first, but you will gain it straight back as you start to eat properly again. On the other hand, going hard at that gym and then settling down to a Mcdonalds every night won’t help you to lose weight either, let alone reach your goals. Whilst it is important to focus on both your eating and exercise, it is essential that you do not cut anything out of your diet. Those previously mentioned myths happen to contain advice like cutting out carbohydrates, sugar, gluten, dairy etc. from your diet will make the weight fall off with no other encouragement. However, to healthily lose weight and create a balanced lifestyle, all of the food groups are important. The five food groups are fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or dairy alternative, and grain/cereals. These should be represented in almost every meal you consume. The amounts of each group you need are dictated by your macronutrients, which are carbs, fat, and protein. It is recommended that your diet is made up of 50-60% carbs, and around 20-25% of protein and fat. Having all of these is essential for helping your body to function properly, ensure you receive all your minerals and vitamins, and therefore contribute to your weight loss. Carbs are not your enemy, but your fuel to get up off the sofa and burn some calories. The only way to lose weight is a calorie intake deficit, meaning you burn off more in a day then what you intake. Intuitively eating – only eating when you are actually hungry and not just bored – and regular exercise is the best way to achieve this.  

Exercise That You Enjoy

To lose weight, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get on a treadmill and run until you can’t feel your legs. You can actually do something you enjoy. Now you may be thinking there is no exercise you could ever enjoy as it can be gruelling, especially if you are unfit. But have you looked at all your options? HIIT is short high-intensity workouts that will fit easily into a busy schedule, and weight lifting burns more calories after you have worked out due to the energy your body uses to repair muscles. If you have tried both and hated them, there are group exercise options like Zumba and Yoga, or you could even ask a friend if they would like to take up a new hobby with you. There is swimming, badminton, dancing, tennis, netball – all great activities that will burn calories while you enjoy yourself. It really is a case of trial and error – if you don’t like something, try something else. Do your research and find out what activities and facilities are local to you for you to try. It is important to find something you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore to exercise. When you enjoy something, you are more likely to stick to it and start to see results.

If you are hoping to lose weight through the start of 2018, hopefully, this has given you a few tips and tricks on how you can best achieve your goals. Best of luck.