Weekend Workout – 06.03.2021

📸 Unique Fatso
📸 Unique Fatso

#WeekendWorkout

I woke up this morning and went for a power-walk/light jog. It took me a few hours to peel myself up out of bed and push myself to get out of my front door.

I’ve been feeling quite anxious lately, this is mainly due to the ongoing global pandemic and the national lockdown. It makes me anxious because it feels neverending.

I hadn’t fulfilled my fitness goals this week and felt I had to get up and get out.

I had all kinds of negative thoughts turning up and speaking loudly.

You can’t do this.

Start another day.

Start next week?

Treat yourself to a takeaway!

People will stare at you!

That led to it taking me a few hours to build up the confidence to get out.

However, I DID! Yaaaaaaaaaaas!

It was fabulous.

The only negative was that I felt a bit faint when I got half-way through my walk.

I’m proud I went and completed a workout this weekend.

February Reflections

February 2021

End of Month Reflections

Why is it important to reflect?

It’s important to reflect because it allows us the chance to pause and assess how things are going and if we’ve accomplished our goals.

Reflection helps us to work through areas in our lives that we feel are stagnant or personal trauma that may have been holding us back.

What were the biggest wins?

In February the biggest wins were:

  • Understanding my body more and what food is best and what isn’t.

What were the biggest lessons learned/insights gained?

I found that the biggest lessons learned were that mental health is extremely important and should not be taken for granted. There were times that I had planned to meditate but either put it off for a later date/time or failed to complete the 15 minutes at all.

Other days, I did stick to my planner and meditate and I tell you, they were some of the very best days I had during February. This is why this is a lesson learned. While I know and champion daily meditation, I failed to follow my advice.

A key insight this month was the fact that although I do eat mainly healthy meals. My portions are often way off the mark. I became indulgent with eating more of the dishes I made. Such as Peppered Jack Fruit & Vegan Soup! Those dishes hit the spot for me – the odd thing is, I was fully aware that I was being greedy and I failed on all occasions to stop myself from eating more.

Reflecting now, I know I need to develop more will power. I believe the additional helpings came from the fact that I’ve just been indoors, bored out my mind and isolated. Locked down!

Which life areas were lacking and why?

The life areas I lacked were spiritual, family and friends.

I connected spiritually on an infrequent basis, I feel I avoided it because it brought up so many deep emotions. Memories from my past that have brought me so much pain – including a few traumatic experiences. These emotions form the basis for the reasons why I infrequently eat more food. (albeit healthy foods most of the time, I’m eating too much of it.)

I’ve thought about how to process these old memories that are resurfacing and infecting my days with low moods, which isn’t great when paired with UK wide COVID19 restrictions.

What tasks were not accomplished and why?

Some days were GREAT! Other days were SHITTY.

I was never consistent with my plans. Some days I felt extremely tired – I suffer from iron-deficient anaemia. Other days I struggled to push through and do what needs to be done.

February was a cold, wet month here in the UK and that added to the bouts of depression. I used it as fuel for reasons to stay indoors. Although, I knew that remaining inside was aiding the low moods.

How do I feel about my progress this month?

I feel bad about it and I don’t want it to make me feel like I can’t improve. Which I know is ridiculous, as everyone can improve!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how do I feel overall about this past month?

Yikes!

I would stay I started on a 9 and ended on a 1 – I’ve found the last week of February quite isolating. It was a dark time for me.

Thankfully, I have some amazing family and friends who have shown great support.

How will I improve next month?

I’ve decided to try to complete 3-mile walks, 4 times per week.

On the very last day of February, I pushed myself to get out and go for a walk. It was freezing outside, but I got dressed, wrapped up warm and packed a banana and a bottle of water and set out.

The first 10 minutes was so daunting! Gee, I thought about turning back and retreating to the safety of my home.

March, I’ll be marching through the city with a bottle of water and some snacks.

I’ll be mediating!

There you have it, my end of month reflections.

Live a healthy life,

Love

Unique Fatso

Fat Fridays: Going the Distance – 26.02.2021

Despite what some people may say to your face, you may encounter that not everyone wants you to succeed in losing weight.

They will smile in your face and then mumble shit behind your back. Like, ‘she can’t lose weight! She’s been fat forever.’ Then they will wish you luck and treat you to a bag of chips and curry-sauce, with extra chips, because apparently, it’s best to share. But then they don’t eat much, instead, they encourage you to enjoy yourself, and why not? They say, ‘It’s your last unhealthy meal.’

Anyway, you devour the rest of the chips before they change their mind, you wash it down with water. Because water is healthy and it seems fitting to wash away the crap you’ve just eaten. Secretly, they’re hoping you fail, they don’t want you to better yourself, as they can’t be bothered to upgrade their health, but they wish to benefit from having good health.

I’ve come across these kinds of people on a few occasions, most of which claimed the title ‘friend.’

But really, they’re fake!

Anyone who sets you up to fail sprays you with false hope or you hear their true feelings about you, are not meant to be in your life.

Use haters as motivators!

‘If at first, you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.’ – Aaliyah

If and when you hear such comments or recognise these behaviours, please don’t allow them to dissuade you from your goal! You can still achieve them, all of them!

I want you to be mindful that there are people like this out there and you’ll likely encounter them closer to home.

Tips to Continue Going the Distance?

  1. Stick your training plan to your fridge.
  2. Attach a copy of your weekly meal plan, to the fridge also.
  3. Always walk with a bottle of water, healthy snacks, and a mini diary.
  4. Don’t allow the haters to put you off from improving your health and wellbeing.

Go the distance and enjoy every moment!

Stay focused and stand tall in the face of adversity.

Live a healthy life.

Love

Unique Fatso

Fat Fridays: Commitment

Commitment noun

  1. 1.
    the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
    “the company’s commitment to quality”

Before
Clearly, I’ve never been committed to weightless. I had good thoughts and intentions, but I had never been truly dedicated to losing weight! Not until 2020 that is.

Today
I reviewed my journey and I admit, I’ve not been fully committed to losing weight. I’ve had the best intentions but the lure of greasy takeaways, extra portions and of course the sweet treats from the world of plant-based options. They’ve often taken over and my weight has increased as a result of my over-eating.

Topshop (A fabulous UK brand, that has a selection of clothing for tall people,) was recently acquired by ASOS. When I visited ASOS to sign up, as I love buying pieces from Topshop, I noticed a great selection of high-waisted skirts.

I envisioned myself slipping into one and showing off my amazing toned and curvy figure. And I must say, ‘I looked FABULOUS!’
I then downloaded a running plan from the web, and I’ve committed to start it from this Monday! In 2016 I committed and completed a ½ Marathon.

This year, if the event goes to plan, I hope to run for most or all the course – 13.1 miles.
Today:
‘I commit to my weight-loss
‘I commit to completing a ½ marathon this year.’
‘I commit to sticking to my new running plan.’
‘I commit to manifesting positive change.’

Live a healthy life.
Love
Unique Fatso

Fat Fridays: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall! Who has the BEST Figure of them All? – 12.02.2021

I remember the times I would spend avoiding my reflection. I didn’t feel I was worthy of looking at myself in the mirror. I mean, I had eaten so much that I felt ugly, both inside and out.
Those fairy-tales always spoke of the most beautiful girls in the world. You wake up and you look amazing. A Fairy Godmother could fly by and zap out the perfect ballgown for you. No problem!

Mirrors showcasing beauty to beautiful people and highlighting those voids you manage to block out for the most part.
In a world where our society provides some with the joys a nice compliment and those that ‘seem’ less favourable, with negative comments. It’s a challenge to get through the shit and stay focused on your weight loss goals.

I hear you!
I understand you!
I am YOU!

I’m on my weight loss journey and I find there are challenges along the way. Some are nice, others are okay and then the rats chew on your ankles and hope you stop looking after your health. They hope you fail, then they’ll continue to label you FATSO.

’Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the healthiest one of them all?’
• You will reach your goal weight.
• You are becoming healthier every day.
• Your reflection is glowing.
• You are beautiful.
• You are valued.

Today, I look in the mirror every day. I smile and speak my positive affirmations.
I love my body.
I love my curves.
I love my tiger stripes.

Remember, there is only one version of you in this entire universe.

Live a healthy life.

Love
Unique Fatso

Fat Fridays: How to Lose Weight? – 05.02.2021

This is one of the most frequently asked questions when a person begins their weight-loss journey.

  • How do I lose weight?
  • How to lose weight?
  • How to lose weight fast?
  • How to burn fat?
  • How to lose 10lbs overnight?

The questions are endless, but the core remains the same within each, ‘lose weight.’

In some sense weight loss should be easy, because all advice (most advice) point to the following:

  • Healthy eating
  • Follow a fitness plan
  • Have the determination to stick to the above.

I’ve found that many sources of information, fail to delve deeper and highlight the following:

  • Healthy eating – Changes to diet, Allergies, Portions, how much is too much? Plant-based benefits?
  • Follow a fitness plan – What fitness plan? Resistance training for weight loss?
  • Have the determination to stick to the above. What is the determination? How to identify motivation? The effects on your mind when you fail?

There are a plethora of key elements that derive from weight loss but most outlets just tell you to focus on one area. When in reality one must work on all three elements to achieve successful weight-loss.

For example: I’ve known someone who solely focused on her diet. Yes, she was successful in losing weight but her muscles were weak and her mind was not prepared for the aftermath of substantial weight-loss, such as loose skin.

Another example: A person that focuses specifically on fitness, fails to address the fact that unhealthy eating got them to become overweight. Thus, what you begin to find with some people, is that they quickly gain weight the moment they lag a bit with either diet or fitness.

A final example: An individual who focuses on fitness and diet, may lose weight, and look fabulous. However, they fail to address the mindset that aided their weight-gain.

In short, to lose weight, you must work on all three elements. This will not only help you to reach and sustain your goals – it will help you to become a healthy version of yourself.

I’ll be sharing free plant-based meal planners, fitness planner and positive mindset documents. However, only you can lose weight!

Information is out that and there’s plenty of it when it comes to health and fitness. It’s your responsibility to sift out what applies to you and it’s your responsibility to apply best practices to achieve all your health goals on time.

Affirm this:

  • I am healthy.
  • I am fit.
  • I am focused.

Live a healthy life!

Love

Unique Fatso

Reflection: End of January 2021

Why is it important to reflect?
It’s important to reflect because it allows us the chance to pause and assess how things are going and if we’ve accomplished our goals.
Reflection helps us to work through areas in our lives that we feel are stagnant or personal trauma that may have been holding us back.

January 2021 for Unique Fatso
I had a pleasant start, as my NYE was spent with family, reflecting, and vocalising my gratitude for everything I’m thankful for.
January 2021 has been a massive contrast to January 2020 – which I entered depressed, due to a failed relationship and other personal challenges. I started 2020 on a low.
It wasn’t until mid-2020, where I started to reflect on what’s causing me pain, why I feel like my life isn’t moving forward and what I can do to heal and progress.

Once I began reflective writing, my life started to improve, and I began to feel happiness in my life! It had been a long time since I had genuinely smiled.
What I discovered was:

  1. I had been holding onto 2019 traumas. I think mainly because I had hope that things would improve. I see the good in many people and I try to do the best I can, to ensure that they’re happy. In June 2020, I learnt that I’m not responsible for the happiness of others.
  2. I never stopped and took time out to celebrate my accomplishments to date. I was forever talking down about myself and ignoring how far I’ve come.
  3. I Ignored the messages our universe kept putting out for me to see and understand. Be myself, listen to my voice and know that my words have meaning, and my life has a purpose.

From that moment on, I started to reflect more – not always in the form of writing. It was hard at some points. Even recollecting the whole experience now, makes me feel vulnerable. I can tell you for sure, that this process is not an easy one. I’ve cried several times, as reality pierced through my heart and embedded itself to my soul.

So how has January 2021 been?
It has been phenomenal!
Extremely challenging but phenomenal all the same. I’m posting more here and I’m feeling more relaxed about opening-up to you all and sharing my weight loss journey to date.
My confidence is growing with the plant-based recipes that I infrequently try out. And I’m building my experience with creating videos, that aim to support others on their weight loss journey. (I’m a complete novice with all these elements of social media and being present online.)
My apologies!
January 2021 was positive and highly insightful.
I’ve grown.
I’m growing.
There are no ceilings above me.

Live a healthy life.
Love
Unique Fatso

Fat Fridays: Plant-Based Smoothies

Before

My liquid intake consisted of the following soft drinks:

  • Coke-a-Cola
  • Sugar water
  • Syrup and water
  • Various milkshakes (made with full fat cow’s milk)
  • Cow’s milk Semi-skimmed or full-fat – served in large pint-sized glasses. Most often consumed with chunky chocolate-chip cookies.
  • Mixed soft drinks – I used to mix Cola, Sprite and Fanta.

At the time I only thought about the thirst I was feeling and what to drink to quench that thirst. I never gave much thought as to what I was filling my body with.

  • Sugar (excessive amounts.)
  • Aspartame
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Yellow 5
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Saccharin
  • Sodium benzoate

Alongside many more detrimental elements.

I’m sure this behaviour, blended with such ingredients contributed to my weight gain and issues such as acne and low nutrition.

Today

Whenever I’m thirsty I will drink one of the following options:

  • Water (prefer still, sometimes with a few drops of lemon juice.)
  • Orange juice.
  • Apple juice.
  • Other freshly pressed juice combinations.
  • Herbal tea.
  • Plant-based hot chocolate.
  • Plant-based tea.
  • Homemade plant-based smoothies – sharing recipes on my YouTube channel UniqueFatso

These drinks are loaded with:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Essential nutrients
  • Good health!

Gone are the days that I filled with cow’s milk.

Today my acne is less prominent, and my health is a lot better.

 Today I feed my mind with knowledge on good foods to eat for my health, my body with good nutrients and my soul with good intentions.

Know that although you may be devouring bad foods like I was all those years ago. You can change your diet for better health! Better to start now, than never.

It may seem impossible and beyond your expectations. But why place limitations on what you CAN and WILL achieve?

Why restrict yourself? You can adopt a healthier lifestyle if you truly want to. It by no means will be easy for you. However, you can start small like switching from animal milk to a plant-based alternative. You can also reduce your soft-drink intake and have water.

I know, critics will tell you it’s boring and stupid. Only, your body will thank you wholeheartedly!

Your skin will glow with good health and you’ll feel better within yourself.

Change today!

Live a healthy life!

Love

Unique Fatso