For the past few months, I’ve consistently been taking Isagenix again. However, for the past month, I’ve added in a cleanse day, in order to prep for the big day and lose a little pesky weight.

Isagenix is a nutritional cleansing program, which you can use to lose weight, or you can simply use, to add more nutrition into your diet. The reason a lot of people take Isagenix is because it definitely gives you results, but also it contains a lot of nutritional value, that we don’t get from our fruit/veges anymore, due to our soil being so contaminated. Most of the time, our bodies are also not absorbing certain vitamins or minerals.

I personally enjoy this system, due to the taste and convenience. I have also begun to notice a change in my body, where everything is feeling just that little bit firmer/tighter, and I am starting to lose a few kilos.

Today I thought I would share what I’ve added into my eating routine. I could be a lot stricter with the way I eat, and therefore would achieve faster results, but I decided to take things slow and steady. In the past when I’ve gone cold turkey, in terms of changing my eating patterns, I’ve failed miserably.

There is a vast range of other products, however these are the ones I am currently using and enjoying. I’ve also added some extra supplements I take from Clinicians, just to share how I have been finding them.

 

Morning

Each morning I have a Dairy Free IsaLean Shake in Chocolate. I used to always have the Whey shakes, which come in a range of different flavours, however I felt I should try to cut out dairy, in most cases or where I could. The dairy free option is made up of rice protein and pea protein. It is by far the best tasting rice/pea protein I have ever had, which is why I’ve continued to buy it for so long.

Each shake is classified as a meal, with 24g of protein. In a box, you receive 14 individual packets of the shake. This is a great option for vegetarians or vegans, as you can keep up your daily protein intake.

I like to add Isagenix Greens to my shakes, as it is another convenient way to up my vege intake. It contains Chlorella and Spirulina alongside a range of vitamins and minerals. These come in single serves which are awesome if you travel quite a bit too. You would expect the greens to taste awful however, they are very sweet and delicious. I find they blend perfectly with the shakes.

I tend to add 3 drops of Clinicians Selenium Oral Drops and 10-15 drops of Clinicians Zinc Oral Drops, to my shake each morning as well. After speaking to my naturopath, she explained I was low in these areas so I thought this would be an easy way to combat. You don’t taste them at all, and they blend right up into the shake. I buy my Clinicians supplements from Healthpost as they’re often cheaper than the recommended retail price, and shipping is cheap and fast!

I ensure I take Clinicians DIM – Women’s Hormone Support, morning and night. I found after coming off the mini pill a few years ago, I had an estrogen overload. Since taking this, the past year and a half, I’ve noticed it’s helped to stabilise my moods and hormones. If you’re someone who struggles with moods, especially around that time of the month, check it out.

Since seeing my naturopath, I take a combination of herbs, which support my liver, digestive system and hormones. After I take this each morning and night, I also have a 30ml shot of Isagenix Ionix Supreme. This is a fruity tonic, which contains a range of vitamins and minerals. I especially enjoy taking it for it’s taste and the way it makes me feel. It contains a range of essential B vitamins and more. In the morning, I feel more energised and my mind is clearer. When I take it at night, I sleep so well and I’ve even stopped grinding my teeth! I hadn’t take this for about 6months and I really regretted it! This comes in both a liquid and powder formula.

Daytime

During the day I tend to eat whatever, I am slowly becoming more mindful of what I am eating, although it seems to be a bit of a process. Coming into winter, it is especially difficult, as all you want are carbs and warm foods. I’ve decided to have soups, roast vege salads or left over dinners from the night before.

Now and then, if I want a snack that will fill me up, I’ll choose a SlimCake or one of the new DairyFree IsaLean Bars in Chocolate Berry. SlimCakes are little berry oaty cakes, which are low in calories, but fight the sweet urge. The new DairyFree IsaLean Bars have quickly become a favourite of mine. These are considered  a “meal” due to having 19g of protein. They also make it seem like you are eating a chocolate bar, which helps you stop you from reaching for the real stuff. I love how these are also DairyFree and made from the same rice/pea protein, as the DairyFree IsaLean Shake.

Evening

I often just eat dinner with my family which is a My Food Bag meal, that we cook each night. These are absolutely delicious and I strongly recommend trying them out, if you haven’t already. If you are wanting to lose weight a bit quicker, you would have a shake for dinner instead. Although I personally wouldn’t add the other supplements I had in the morning to my shake again.

Just before bed I take an IsaFlush pill. IsaFlush is great as it contains 5 cleansing herbs, including peppermint, magnesium and black walnut, which help to aide in digestion and cleansing.

Cleanse Days

If you are wanting to lose weight, every seventh day, is a cleanse day. This is where you are cleansing your body, and fat is released. On a cleanse day, I start my morning out with 2 scoops of Cleanse For Life. You can also take a Natural Accelerator pill, however it is recommended that if you have allergies or asthma, you stay clear of these. They contain bee pollen, so this can set some people off.

Throughout the day, I take the cleanse 3 more times and inbetween, I have 2 Isagenix Snacks. Snacks help to fuel your metabolism, and curb cravings throughout the day, while filling you up.

Something I had to get over, was thinking that I could not eat on a cleanse day. This is not correct, it is simply a lower calorie day, to ensure the cleansing system can work more efficiently. I’ve found I’ve been able to get through the days, by ensuring my water intake is kept up, I am taking my cleanse consistently, and having the Snacks as I go. You are also allowed 1 small apple, 10 almonds or 1 hard boiled egg, throughout the day.

I’ve got to admit, I usually get to dinner time and need to eat, so I do. I’m still seeing results so I am not too concerned.

As an extra sweet treat, there is IsaDelight which comes in 3 flavours – Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate. These little chocs are guilt free, low calorie and green tea infused. They’re great on a usual shake day, and a cleanse day.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the supplements I am currently taking. This is a pricey system, however if used correctly, you will see the benefits. Check it out at Isagenix, where you can look up more information. There are different sites, catered to each country.

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I’ve always struggled with keeping motivated. I find I quickly become disheartened when things don’t quite pan out the way I expect, or don’t come as easy as I want. This is something that I’ve had to work on a lot over the years, to try and push myself to complete things I’ve set my mind to.

At the moment I’m feeling pretty unmotivated to write a blog post, hence the chosen topic of today. I know in order to keep momentum going I need to ensure I am writing regularly however, I’m unwell, and the thought of trying to edit the photos I have, and get my post prepped is extremely draining. I’m also not the type to post something for the sake of it, my heart needs to be truly in it.

In today’s society it seems as if everyone is achieving one aspect or another, of their dream. It’s a fight to the top and most people are participating. If you aren’t someone who is innately driven or motivated, it can be pretty hard to keep on track. With the way social media is going, we are also constantly comparing ourselves to one another, and it is hard to stay true to ourselves, as we aim to be like “that girl” on Instagram or in the magazines.

I was talking to a friend the other day about how I had this idea about a potential career change. It would slot in with my background skills and be easy enough. It was something I would find exciting and challenging, however I know I would also be good at it. The only thing that was stopping me, is that a lot of people have recently had the same idea, and therefore the competition is pretty large out there. A mutual acquaintance had just launched their new business – it was pretty similar to what I had just been discussing with my friend. Immediately my little dream was crushed, “I can’t do that now” I thought to myself. I opened up to a friend who said “Why not? Just do you, who cares about other people, no one owns the idea “. She was right, I was being silly by thinking, “Well if someone I know is doing it, I can’t do it too.” If we don’t chase our dreams, no one else is going to.

At the moment that idea is on the back burner, as I begin to establish some other areas I’m trying to focus on. It’s great to have those positive influences in your life, so you can get that self doubt out your head at times.

As I mentioned before, I tend to push myself to do things, I don’t always want to do. I’m generally a pretty self aware and self regulated person (although I can be hard on myself), so I talk myself into doing things, I know I really should get done. Whether that involves my every day job, catching up with people, completing tasks and chores, or meeting deadlines, I’m constantly telling myself I need to get it done. The way I do this, is by setting small goals.

By breaking up your end goal, into smaller steps, they seem a lot more tangible and easier to achieve. This is something I learnt by speaking to an amazing life coach Kate Caddle. At the time, I was setting these small goals for things I really didn’t want to do, but for some reason, I wasn’t setting them for the dreams I wanted to make happen. Kate explained that I needed to stop being “afraid” and take a risk, otherwise I would never know what I could achieve. Essentially I would always be sitting there hoping and dreaming, instead of making things happen.

I’ve found recently that I’ve been retreating back to the old me. Setting mini goals for things I don’t enjoy, but have to complete. While I worked with Kate, she based my top 3 goals, on how I wanted to feel. For example instead of  “I want to lose weight and be skinny”, I would set my goal as “I want to feel light and healthy”. I haven’t seen or spoken to Kate in months, however her way of creating goals has stuck with me, and I’m continuing to work on it, even if I do get side tracked at times.

In regards to the current goals I would like to achieve, I have broken them up into a number of “actions”, that I will take, to achieve them. By setting these mini actions, along with time frames, I become 1 step closer to my goal each time.

I hope this blog post helped some of you, who are feeling a bit unmotivated lately. Although I set out writing this post about how I was currently feeling, it also reminded me of the skills I know, and need to continue to apply to my life, in order to stay motivated.

If you’re after some inspirational websites, check out Kate Caddle and Melissa Ambrosini. Melissa also has an excellent book called “Mastering Your Mean Girl”.

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Since my last skin care post, my routine has changed up quite a bit. I sadly found that my skin began to react to the products I was using, and in turn, the break outs were continuing. 

I decided something had to change, as I was spending so much money without the desired result. 

After walking into the Skin Boutique in Browns Bay, I got talking to one of the staff there, about my skin. She explained that because I was using multiple products all with AHA’s in them, I was actually over stimulating my skin and it was causing me to continue breaking out. My skin was producing more oil because it was being exfoliated so much. 

Falan introduced me to Ultraceuticals. Although Skin Boutique also stocks the products I was using, she explained that for my skin type and concerns, that these products could be more beneficial. 

Falan was extremely knowledgable about Ultraceuticals as a brand and product, she was able to explain why exactly, they are her favourite skincare brand to use and I was convinced. 

We booked in a skin consultation the next week, where she looked at my skin a bit closer and organised a new regime for me, that was a lot simpler. 

After 2 weeks I began to notice a difference and now 3 months later, after consistently using their products and receiving monthly Environ skin peels, I’ve noticed a drastic difference (plus it helped that I stopped picking so much). Although my new skincare regime still includes products with AHA’s, it is not like before where EVERY single product basically contained it. 

Finally my skin has begun to clear up, I get the odd spot here and there, and still have a little congestion, but it is no way near as bad as it used to be. I’m so glad that when I wear makeup I’m not having to pack it on to try and conceal a ridiculous amount of breakouts and scarring. 

For the first 3 months, my regime included:

Ultraceuticals: Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser

I thoroughly enjoy using this cleaner as it’s light and silky, whilst still cleaning deep into the pores. My skin does not feel dry or tight after cleansing, instead it is left feeling soft and clean.

I still continue to use my trusty Environ Pre-cleanse, and I follow up with 1 pump of the Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser, both morning and night.

Ultraceuticals: Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion

I absolutely love this product, and believe it truly contributed to decongesting my skin. This treatment helps to minimise breakouts and also prevent them from occurring. I noticed my skin started to look a lot less angry, and everything began to calm down. At first there were some breakouts, however I was informed this may occur, in order to let the congestion surface and come out of the skin.

I would use 1 pump of this product after cleansing, all over the face, and follow up with my moisturiser. I only use once a day, before bed.

Ultraceuticals: Ultra Moisturiser Cream

This moisturiser is just a great neutral all rounder. It is extremely nourishing, without being too heavy and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. I was applying both morning and night, however have switched to applying it only at night after my Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion, to keep my skin nourished and hydrated.

Ultraceuticals: Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 Hydrating

I added this product into my routine about a month into the change. I was a bit concerned about breaking out from the SPF, as I had always heard horror stories. It can be especially daunting when you are buying a full sized product and spending a decent amount of money, if it does not work for you. After my facial treatments, Falan would often use this afterwards, so I figured it would be fine. I had never used an SPF before, and always just relied on the SPF in my makeup products.

I’ve really enjoyed using this, as it is a fantastic lightweight moisturiser. I use 1 pump each morning after cleansing, and it continues to leave my skin moisturised the whole day. I also love the light citrus scent in the morning, as it is very refreshing.

New products I’ve recently added into my routine:

Ultraceuticals: Ultra A Perfecting Serum Mild

After I had begun to run out of my Ultra Clear Solution Treatment, Falan introduced me to this mild Vitamin A based serum. I’ve been using it for the past 5 weeks now, and again I am thoroughly enjoying it.

I had found my skin had got to quite a good place, although it needed a little boost. We started my skincare regime out quite mild, as we wanted to build up my tolerance to some stronger products slowly. Personally I have found Vitamin A products the best on my skin, especially after being on Roaccutane a few years ago. Another benefit of Vitamin A based products, is that they not only help with breakouts, but also help to minimise fine lines and prevent ageing.

I’ve been using 1 pump of the Ultra A Perfecting Serum Mild, each morning and night after cleansing, followed by either my SPF or moisturiser. Like the previous product, I noticed my skin became decongested further, with my pore size and texture improving. My under eye area also looks a lot more supple and some pesky fine lines that were appearing are slowly fading away. I especially like how gentle, yet active these products are. You get the results without them being too harsh on the skin.

Ultraceuticals: Even Skintone Serum Mild

I am yet to try this product, as it is the newest to my collection but it will also be replacing the Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion. Falan recommended it because of its ability to exfoliate the skin, whilst fading any scarring I have. This will continue to improve skin texture and clarity, and is one step up from the previous product I was using.

I’m excited to continue to see the change in my skin, it has taken a very long time but it seems I’ve finally found something that works properly. I’m no longer getting angry looking congestion all over my forehead or cheeks. Instead I’ve got the odd spot here and there, and am continuing to repair some of the scarring that has been left after my picking sessions!

I highly recommend Ultraceuticals products. If you’re local to Browns Bay, go visit the girls at Skin Boutique. They are extremely knowledgable, genuine and welcoming.

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