What Penny has been doing!

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Well Hello World!

It has been a while since I committed words to paper or digital media. I am hoping that someone out there is interested in just what Penny has been up to since Project Penny back in 2012. Its been an eventful couple of years! Bit of a boring starting post for my new blog, but I just want to bring you up to date briefly on whats been happening.

2 years ago I was made redundant from the stressful job that was referred to often in my blogs. Although it was a very good thing, it did take me a while to truly appreciate that fact. As so often happens we are so hard on ourselves in times of trouble. I should have been kinder to myself and taken some time out. But hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Anyway, it took me a good year to sort myself out. It is similar to the grieving process. You start out with shock and denial, there is pain, then you get angry and depressed and then gradually there is a chink of blue through the clouds, until finally you wake up and discover a day of blue skies and brilliant sunshine!  Then you never look back!

The second year found me working hard but not really focused. Searching for something but not really knowing just what it was that I was looking for. Thankfully the Universe knows what is best and at the end of 2015 my path was cleared with the demise of Pampered Chef. Something that initially devastated me, but was quite obviously exactly what I needed.

I have started 2016 in such a positive place, with 4 businesses, all very different but all fabulous! Of course! More about some of them along the way.

So what about health and well being? The original aim of Project Penny. Well the weight has remained pretty constant for the last two years, there have been a few half hearted attempts at healthy eating but nothing substantial. Working at home has its own challenges and I have found that I rather like being a lady who lunches, when I have the opportunity! What I have found is that I need to consciously think about eating, it is way too easy for me to skip meals when I am busy. Or to eat the wrong things. Both options as bad as each other!

I have had several bouts of ill health in the past year, the worst being a serious dose of tonsillitis in the summer. Took weeks to recover and got me out of my regular visits to the Toning Rooms. So there hasn’t been much exercise going on, and I am feeling it! Planning to put that right.

Mentally I am in the most positive place I have ever been in. I am enthused and I have established a strong self belief system. I have surrounded myself with mentors and supporters who inspire and encourage and above all I am determined. Ready to start reaping the rewards of all my hard work.

That’s the boring preamble out of the way!

I am about to take some drastic action. Today, Monday February 29th I have started out on something called The 8 week Blood Sugar Diet. This diet has been developed by the amazing Dr Michael Moseley, also responsible for the 5:2 diet and well known for turning science on its head and working hard to change how people think. This 8 week diet is drastically low calorie, and is based on Dr Roger Taylor’s Newcastle diet that has had some success in reversing Type 2 Diabetes. The diet is low carb, but nutrionally sound and I am very excited by the science behind it. I am aiming to lose weight and get control of my blood sugar, perhaps even reducing my medication. You can read more about the diet here: https://thebloodsugardiet.com/

I will be sharing more about the plan over the next few weeks, and proving just how well you can eat on 800 calories a day!

The lovely Nigel is joining me on this journey – although not diabetic he has gained quite a lot of weight over the last 2 years and is really keen to get himself in shape too. We are not using ready made shakes/meals but will be cooking delicious recipes every day which should make it much easier for us to sticik with it!

We are both comitting to lose 3 stone each over the next six months, upping our exercise and improving our health and energy levels.

I hope that you will be interested in following our journey. The blog is intended to be a funny, entertaining and honest reflection of our lives and this new “journey” (such a cliché!). So strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride! Here we go!