Win a Gift set worth £44.90!

Competition for you girls!! Here we go :)

A lovely Avon lady is currently recruiting for representatives in most areas, especially Cambridgeshire and Essex.

eBrochures for current Campaigns are below:

Campaign 6 – http://www.e-pages.dk/uk_avon/395/
Campaign 6 Sale http://www.e-pages.dk/uk_avon/402/
Campaign 7: http://www.e-pages.dk/uk_avon/407/

Contact at miss_cassyie@yahoo.co.uk.

Question is: Who have Squaddie Wags just announced they will be working with in the future?

Email your answer to managers@squaddiewives.co.uk before the 18th March 2012 for your chance to win!!

The prize is as follows: Wrap your own gift set, comprising: Gold wire basket, bath snowflake confetti, footworks foot souffle, hawian shore eau de toilette spray, jet femme body spray, planet spa hydrating face mask skin so soft dry oil body spray, lemon and basil room and linen spray, anti dandruff shampoo and conditioner. Items may be exchanged for similar/higher value products if stock is low. Worth £44.90, based on individual selling prices.

Fit and Healthy?

Over the past 6 weeks I’ve had several friends ask me for advice to get fit and healthy. I thought I would write down my ideas, tips and suggestions for those who want to try and live a healthier lifestyle.

If you chose to try any of these suggestions then you do so at your own risk. I will however try and answer any questions as best I can – if I don’t know, I’ll find out!

Negative effects of being unhealthy

The effects of being unhealthy are well publicised but, to ensure there are no excuses, being overweight / fat can increase your risk of:
Heart disease
Stroke
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Breathing problems
Arthritis
Gallbladder disease
Some kinds of cancer
Depression
Most of the unhealthy / fat people who read this think, “Well, I’m okay now. It won’t effect me” or they believe “Okay, I’ll start next week, after this take-away.”

Positive effects of being healthy

The simple answer would be the opposite of the above but the benefits go deeper. Your body releases endorphins (“happy chemicals”) during exercise and you will feel happier, more attractive, more energetic and many more.

Why don’t people stay healthy?

You would have thought the attraction of living longer and not becoming ill would be enough for most people to change and become healthier… Somehow, this isn’t’ the case and many people make the choice to stay on their downward spiral of health.

Here are some of the excuses I’ve heard in my time in the fitness industry; do you fit into these categories?

I will start tomorrow / next week / next month.
I have no time.
I have no money.
I’m skinny – I must be healthy.
I’m happy being big (aka fat).
I’m stressed / upset.

How to get there? (diet, ex, mindset)

The first step: wanting to get fit. I don’t mean just saying the words… I mean you have to really want it. You have to set yourself a goal and change your habits accordingly: it won’t be easy bit it will be worth it in the long-term.

It’s a fact that people are addicted to sugar. We have sugar and feel better for a few minutes while on the “sugar high” but we then have a “sugar low” and crave more sugar. (This is why complex carbohydrates are better than simple sugars.)

Some eating habit changes

Not all fat is bad! Good fats include fish oil, olive oil, avocado, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts. It is the saturated fat you should try to stay away from.

Carbohydrates are essential: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, sprouts, brown rice, cous cous, potato. Bread is not a complex carbohydrate and should not be a staple diet.

Protein is the building block of the body and helps you feel full. Eggs, fish, chicken, turkey are best but lean red meat and be eaten occasionally. Sausages and pork pies are not on the menu!

As a general rule, the more processed the food is – the worse it is for you. A take-away or pizza is very easy for the fat, lazy person – it doesn’t mean it’s good for you – it just gives you more time to sit on the couch and get fatter.

Have an “off day”

Start by giving yourself two “off days” or “cheat days” a week (for example Tuesday and Saturday) and on each of these days you can have a meal you know is not good for you – or a desert etc. Don’t use the whole day to stuff your face though or you’ll undue all the hard work you have done on the previous days.

After a month – reduce your cheat day to once a week and then once a fortnight. You will gradually become accustomed to the changes and find it easy.

Some exercises
Start simple and small. Walk for 30 mins once a day at a brisk pace. Increase it to 1 hour or, if you have limited time, increase the pace you walk / jog at. If you want advice on exercise then speak to your local PTI or ask a friend who is fit – there are thousands of exercises out there and each will have benefits.
You do not need to do hours of exercise to have a marked benefit in health – short, intense exercise can help too. This doesn’t mean going on the step-machine with your equally fat friend and talking while you go at the pace my 85 year old gran could maintain!