What Has LYT Been Up To? A One Year Review

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My blog is a year old! I would say Happy Birthday blog but that’s a tad weird. Instead, we’ll take a look back over the last year and see what Love Your Temple, the small ministry I started a few months before the blog, has done over the last year so that you can reflect with me and also get involved in future events and opportunities if something you see takes your interest 

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5 Reasons You’re NOT Losing Weight

 

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For the past 8 weeks, I led 10 women through the Love Your Temple Weight Loss Challenge. This was an online challenge using communication through a private Facebook group; I set the woman challenges, such as exercising 4 times a week or a week of eating clean for dinner and they would post their sweaty selfies and yummy chickpea burgers for us all to see. It was a success for many reasons and it was great to see women who had never met before encouraging each other and working hard because they felt motivated and accountable.

It was a great learning curve for myself because I was able to observe the different women and their progress and see why they were or were not losing weight. There were a few ladies with the typical weight loss excuses such as “not having enough time” but they were able to learn how to overcome them and make progress. There were those who thought they ate well but actually did not seeing them change their habits. It was really interesting and it led me to write the following post because I have been able to relate to a few of them and maybe you can too. So here we go, 5 reasons you are not losing weight:

Disclaimer: I am not a Personal Trainer or health professional. 

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#ILOVEMYTEMPLE – A Giveaway! CLOSED

Happy New Year!

This blog is only about 3 months old and doesn’t have thousands of readers but I’m enjoying blogging so far and I am thankful to the few that read. So here we are in 2015 and out come the ‘New Year, New Me’ statuses and tweets. Whilst they can be very cliche and most people forget about them within two weeks, I can’t knock people for trying to think positively. I believe if anything is worth doing you should do it right away rather than wait for a new year but if that’s what motivates you then so be it. You go girl! Whether it’s a career goal, a relationship resolution or a health transformation, I wish you all of the success in the world.

This giveaway is especially for those that want 2015 to be a healthier year. Throughout the past two years I’ve discovered lots of great foods and so I wanted to share them. The winner of this giveaway will receive this selection of my personal favourite healthy goodies.

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My Fitness Journey vs My Spiritual Journey [Part 2]

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It’s amazing how much losing weight and going to the gym taught me about my relationship with God. Here are three more examples:

4. It’s a mental battle

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Losing weight/trying to get fit is totally mental! I mean, of course you have to physically move but your arms and legs won’t take you where your mind doesn’t tell it to go. If I tell myself, “You might aswell stop running now, you’ve done ten minutes, that’s good enough” then be sure I will stop even if my body can run for another hour. On the other hand, if I tell myself that I will run and lap that pretty thin woman with the expensive lokoking nike leggings in the park then I will! It’s all in the head. It takes commitment and motivation; how many times did I stop and start silly diets and exercise programs before I finally got serious? Countless! It’s quite common for us ladies; we start a fad diet and then give up as soon as someone in the office shakes the celebration tub at us. (You’ve tasted them all before – don’t be afraid to say no.) But what makes the difference between those that fall on and off of the weightloss wagon and those who stick at it and actually get results? The mindset. If you really, truly want to do something then you will and no matter how many pairs of nike free runs you own, the only thing that will get you off that sofa and into that gym is yourself. You have to overcome those mental hurdles, thinking before you eat, stopping yourself when you are full, pushing yourself to do an extra set or run an extra mile. When your body gets tired then its up to your mind to say “Nah Mrs Legs! We’re not done yet!” and keep on going. If you’re not used to exercising or you’re trying something new then it’s bound to tire you out and of course you’ll feel a burn; it doesn’t mean you should stop though. It’s easy to give up because you’re physically tired or a bit sore but the true secret to weight loss or fitness is pushing yourself to go further and out of your comfort zone. Nothing ever grows in the comfort zone; push yourself out of it and you’ll see results.

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Testing, testing, 1…2…3

So this is what blogging feels like!

These first posts are never too exciting so I’ll just get on with it. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I honestly hope you find whatever you read useful, inspiring, interesting or perhaps entertaining.  Please comment or I’ll feel like I’m typing to myself.

Happy reading!

Hayley