Health

30 Achievable Goals for the rest of the year by Laura Scanlon

26 Achievable Small Goals

Hey guys,

Can you believe November is upon us, where has this year gone? I know it can be easy to get a little stressed about the prospect of 2019 right around the corner especially If you feel you haven’t met your 2018 goals. This might be down to the fact they were too extreme or life just got in the way. Do not fret, there is still time.

Setting yourself weekly small goals are a lot more achievable and can be very rewarding. I know for me personally if I go a day or two with no sugar I feel like I have achieved something massive. So I have listed below many achievable goals that can be reached by the end of the year.

Monday is a great day to goal set and it sets the week off on the right note. Choose one or two and try your utmost best to stick with it for 7 days at least. Then either carry it on into the following week or set a new goal for that week. My personal goal is to really cut back on sugar and get in the sea at least 3 times a week, what will you do? :)

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The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” J.P. Morgan


30 Small Goals

  1. No alcohol for 1 week ( then try 2 ;))

  2. Do not look at instagram until your lunch break

  3. Read every night before bed

  4. Stretch every day for 10-15 minutes

  5. Call a friend to go for a walk in the evening after work

  6. Eat vegetables every night

  7. No meat Mondays (Vegan)

  8. Swap lattes for a cortado (far less milk)

  9. Keep a food diary and be honest

  10. Stop comparing yourself to others, you are unique

  11. Swap your daily milk chocolate bar for dark chocolate (over 70%) or even better for a piece of fruit

  12. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day

  13. Organise being active every saturday morning until the end of the year

  14. Enter a fun 5k walk/run

  15. Eat more fresh fish

  16. Cook from scratch

  17. No fizzy drinks for a week

  18. 1 minute daily practising gratitude

  19. Say nice things to yourself about yourself

  20. Bed by 10 with no phone an hour prior

  21. Smile at strangers

  22. Give to the homeless

  23. Get up earlier

  24. Don’t hold grudges

  25. Plan some goals for 2019 now

  26. Enjoy and appreciate the small things in life more

  27. Unfollow people who don’t uplift you

  28. Go walk on your lunch break everyday

  29. Listen to health and fitness poscasts

  30. Set your intention noe that you want out of 2019

Pick a few goals, write them down and show yourself some inner strength. Let me know your achievements on Instagram by DM or #laurabodyzone

Best wishes for the remaining on 2018.

Laura x

Environ 3 Week Review by Laura Scanlon

Hello beauties,

Environ unveiled their NEW Focus Care Range, a premium range of skin care products specially formulated with intelligent ingredient combinations to target specific skin conditions of ageing, dehydration and sensitivity.

It has been 3 weeks now since I started using the NEW range and the results speak for themselves.

Benefits of this range

• Focus Care™ Youth+ Range focuses on smoothing and strengthening aged skin.

• Focus Care™ Moisture+ Range focuses on hydrating and nourishing dehydrated skin.

My Skin

I have never had problematic skin but I am conscious of fine lines and ageing so I started investing in my skin properly from the age of 26. When I moved to South Africa I became very aware of sun exposure and how it can affect the skin not just on the outside but deep into the under layers of the skin, which can lead to premature ageing.

I have been using Envrion for over 2 years now and I would never change brands as this has everything I could need in a skincare brand.Here is my skin before starting the focus care youth and focus care moisture range. The 2 on the left show my skin quite dull and lifeless. The images on the right are two weeks after using the products and you can see a fabulous glow, life and less pigmentation.


Focus Care Youth+ - Avance Elixir

Benefits:

Helps to reduce the damaging effects of UV radiation and pollution on the skin.

  • Assists in maintaining the appearance of a more radiantly youthful and even complexion.

  • Improves skin’s overall tone, texture and appearance by helping to minimise the visible signs of ageing.

The Avance Elixir has been a great addition to my regime. With a silky texture serum, my skin has an instant glow and softness to it. It is lightweight to wear under your make up daily and should be used at night also.

 

Focus Care Youth+ Range - Revival Masque

Benefits:

Helps to minimise the appearance of uneven skin tone and promote the effects of natural skin hydration.

  • Helps to improve the appearance of a firmer, regenerated skin, giving a more youthful appearance.

Truly a wonder. I have never used a product that I felt instant results with. This masque glides onto the skin and absorbs quickly. Feels very soft but clearly working wonders. I Love it! . Leaves your skin feeling moisturized and glowing. I have noticed improvement in the overall appearance of my skin.

Focus Care MOISTURE+ - Hydrating Capsules

Benefits:

Assists in softening and moisturising skin, leaving it looking revitalised and radiant.

  • Contains antioxidants that are proven to combat the visible signs of ageing.

  • Leaves a luxurious, soft and silky after-feel

With summer in Cape Town upon us and extra sun kissed skin, I found these capsules to be amazing at night for extra moisture. Not to mention they feel like actual silk. The sense of moisture acts immediately on the skin and you wake up with a glow and totally hydrated skin.

 

Skin after 3 weeks

Although the lighting is different due to the weather, you can see how my skin is improving week to week. From the dull, tired skin of week one to less pigmentation and more energetic skin of week 3. No filters have been added, just natural light. Always remember to wear a good SPF while using these products.

Overall

Overall I am loving these products as I feel I look visibly refreshed and hydrated. I feel confident with and without makeup.



#FocusCareYouthSA #rubybox #FocusOnFlawless



Green Juice Recipe by Laura Scanlon

MY GO TO GREEN JUICE RECIPE 

This is my favourite GREEN juice recipe that I like to make at home. I use a Nutribullet but you can use any blender you have. Lots of people enjoy buying fresh juices in local juice stores but they are missing out on the pulp which is full of fibre. The bulk of the vitamins and minerals are in your juice but I like to get extra fibre into my diet by juicing at home.

INGREDIENTS 

1.   A handful of spinach

2.   Cucumber (aprox a thumb and a half)

3.   1 Celery stick

4.   1 Green apple (peeled)

5.   Lump of ginger

6.   A full lemon squeezed

7.   Cold water

Method

·      Peel the skin off all fruit and vegetables

·      Chop all ingredients into small parts 

·      Add to the blender and add cold water to the water line mark

·      Blend & enjoy

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How to stay Motivated by Laura Scanlon

Motivation

No matter what time of the year it is, we all reach a slump at some point. It can be for any reason and once you miss a couple of days training, your food choices usually suffer and then a vicious cycle starts. It is ok to take days off but only when you feel they are needed, for example when you are sick, feel like your coming down with something, your body is tired etc. It is when you start to feel lazy, this is when you need a kick.  

What motivates me

I get asked a lot "what keeps me motivated" and my answer is simple, to be better, faster, stronger. I love the feeling after a workout, the sense of achievement, the endorphins, it is a feeling money can't buy. Yes I have days where I feel unmotivated, we are all human, but I try my best to still make an effort, especially with my food choices.

I read an article recently that really struck me and it was actually on a day I wasn't feeling so motivated. It was an article about overthinking situations, and overthinking about life in general and how we should all try live in the moment. What really struck me the most in the article was the last part where the author spoke about comparing yourself to others and how people moan about having to exercise daily. She said that any able-bodied person who can wake up in the morning, put their trainers on and go for a run has struck gold in life, Why? because there are people who simply can't. I hope this thought motivates you as much as it did for me.

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Be your Own Motivation

Stop comparing yourself to others. Be You.

 

Motivational Fitness Tips 

 

1.  Forget the saying "Summer bodies are made in winter" our health should never be a seasonal thing. Fitness should play a role in your life daily, even if it is a "rest day" you should be consciously aware of your food intake and how your body is feeling.

 

2. Don't set your alarm an hour later in the winter than summer to skip the gym. Keep your routine the same. If your waking later than usual it is likely your body is more sluggish and tired, which will ultimately lead to bad food choices. 

 

3. Try out a new class to keep you motivated. There is such a variety of classes to choose from and most gyms offer at least a first free class so why not avail of them.

 

4. Train with a buddy and get fit together. Nothing beats getting up in the morning when you have a friend counting on you. 

 

5. Buy yourself some new activewear to motivate you. 

 

6. Set a goal for yourself. Whether it is a 1 rep max for a squat, a faster 5k time or just to feel fitter. Give yourself 4-6 weeks to see changes and go for it.

 

7. Update your music, get some energetic music to help you through your workout.

 

8. Get outdoors and embrace the fresh (sometimes wet) weather. Rain, hail or sunshine, stay committed and get moving.

 

9. Up your daily water intake, if you struggle with water, chances are you may be dehydrated and you don't even know it. Buy a 2 litre bottle and sip it throughout the day. Avoid putting any sweeteners into it.

 

10. YOU get the opportunity to wake up and move, some people don't.

 

Laura x

 

 

New Look Website & Ebook by Laura Scanlon

"BODY BLITZ"- EBOOK

I am so excited about the launch of my website new look and feel and with that I have also just launched a new FREE ebook "Body Blitz". This is my best one to date, with easy navigation, pictures demonstration, it is the perfect ebook for home workouts or to use while away on holiday. Plus an EXTRA bonus fat burn workout and my favourite juice recipe.

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Laura x