I’ve been on this weight loss gig for three months now. Mostly it’s going well. If you call a total loss of 12kg well (I do!).
I have a confession to make, though. I haven’t been doing it on my own.
I’ve had some help.
Asher Keddie is not only beautiful, talented, and totally girl-crush worthy, she is also the ambassador for the Blackmores Personal Health System. Asher hasn’t been helping me personally but I like to think that if she knew I existed she would totally help me out – with all that spare time she has…
I am not a stalker
I’ve been using the Blackmores Personal Health System to help me lose weight, and most importantly, reduce my stress.
When you sign up with the PHS you choose which programme you want to undertake: Stress (which I am onto week 8 of at the moment), Weight-Loss, Detox and Sport.
I chose the Stress Program because well, a lot of the time, I feel stressed. The daily diary helps me track what I’m eating, how much I’m eating, and also tracks my stress levels each day – so that I can look back over it and find my main stressors.
Would you believe the thing that stresses me out the most is Roo? Even though she is one of the highlights of my day, she can so often be the cause of major stress on my end. Toddlers are hard, tired toddlers are difficult and over-tired toddlers are horrific.
After realising what was causing me the most stress, I have been able to take a step back and really think about our days, how to avoid those major meltdown moments and the arguments over nothing (pink marshmallow anyone?) and when things do get out of hand, the PHS has given me lots of tips and tricks to help me get through it without having to hide in the pantry TOO much!
I am also using the food diary as a weight-loss tool. In your PHS program area, you can choose a menu plan, exercise plan, watch tutorials, and my personal favourite – you can have a look at your nutritional analysis. This is absolutely, hands down, my favourite tool of the online diary.
The nutrition analysis analyses (say that ten times fast) your food and exercise diary input from the past week and shows you how your nutrition is stacking up and what part of your nutrition and exercise habits you need to improve upon. Being able to look at this overview is so helpful when you don’t have much time during the day to overthink each choice you make. I have found that by having the information, I don’t have to think too hard – I know that I have trouble achieving a good amount of fibre intake, and that I have trouble eating my serves of fruit per day. As soon as I figured out that this was a regular problem it helped me make quick and easy decisions about what to choose for lunch and snacks.
My other favourite features of the PHS are being able to make a connection with a naturopath (this helped me HEAPS because I had all these vitamins but I didn’t know which ones I should be taking! My naturopath explained what each supplement was for, and which ones were OK to take together) and that the food and exercise diary is combined. So you don’t have to go to a million different places on the website to find what you need. It’s all there on your daily My Diary page, just waiting for you to log in and type it up.
As you may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve been struggling with decisions that seem like they are putting myself before my children. It doesn’t matter how many times I hear: “healthy, happy Mum means healthy happy Bub” – it just hasn’t been sinking into my skull.
The Blackmores Personal Health System is allowing me to feel like I am doing something for myself, but that really does benefit my family. I am healthier, lighter and happier. The PHS is arming me with knowledge without the need to go to a naturopath or nutritionist, and so I don’t feel like I am taking time away from my kids. Every now and then I don’t log in for a day, and rather than feeling guilty when I log in again, I just know what I need to do and get to it. The PHS was designed specifically with time-poor people in mind. The only thing that could make it any better would be a smart phone application. Seriously, will there be an app for that?
Anyway, I like the Blackmores Personal Health System – who else wants to give it a try??
I am giving away TWO one month subscriptions worth $49.95 each!!
To enter, leave a comment below or on my Facebook page telling me what program you would choose from the Stress, Sport, Weight-Loss and Detox programs. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below and Bob’s your uncle!!
**Dislosure: I received a subscription to Blackmores Personal Health System. No payment was offered nor requested for this review. All opinions expressed are purely my own. Asher Keddie is not my friend and I only wish she was. I am seriously not a stalker**
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