How would you feel if in ten years time you were financially free?
The effort I apply now means my assets will have time to mature.
I multiply my time instead of slogging away at a 40 hour+ a week job.
I am street smart and I work smart, growing and developing new attitudes each day.
I save more than I spend because too many people focus on what they earn rather than what they invest.
At 30 I’ll be financially free with assets that have multiplied to justify my gratification and indulgence.
I CAN help others who WANT the same. Ask me how…
Never, ever been one to calorie count or diet, however I tend to eat a lot of junk, then rather bizarrely lie awake at night wondering why my stomach makes strange groans at me.
It’s quite gross to say but, I often feel bloated, until I go to the toilet that is..
Since starting to build my business with Forever in March, I hadn’t really focused on recommending any of our Weight Management products. Although I know others have great success with the strand, some build their entire worldwide business with Weight Management as their sole focus. However, I was a bit nervous to recommend it to any of my customers for various reasons.
A) I hadn’t tried it
B) I didn’t know enough about it
C) I weigh 8 stones 4lbs so didn’t think I could try it myself, therefore had never planned on trying it.
Summer, (if you can call it that) is here and more frequently at company events I began to overhear team members talk about how they had sold 7, 10 and even 15 Clean 9′s last month, (May). In business as Lord Sugar would say ‘you have to smell whats selling’ and if there’s any time that people may want to loose weight, it’s before they show off their beach body on holiday- RIGHT NOW! I knew I had to quickly gain enough knowledge about the Weight Management products to be able to talk to people about it. So, I booked myself on to an in house company training with our Nutritionist.
She told me a lot! but I mostly learnt…
The Forever Nutri- lean is a safe and natural two step process for selective weight loss, consisting of a fast track Clean 9 detox with a follow on long term weight loss plan, Nutri- lean. Different metabolisms will experience different rates of weight loss. On average customers lose a dress size (10lbs) whilst cleansing their body of unnatural chemicals. Day 1 and 2 speed up the fat loss process, cleansing you from the inside, as toxins attach themselves to fat cells. Fat cells therefore can’t shrink whilst surrounded by nasty toxins. During days 1 and 2 your body rests, as it absorbs the nutrients from the Aloe for cleansing, therefore your organs can concentrate on doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Most ‘diets’ don’t work as on many of them you’re not eating the way you would after you come off it. If you’re getting fewer calories, you’re getting less nutrients, which results in the slowing down of your metabolism to conserve and protect vital organs and tissue, therefore when going back to your regular eating habits you put the weight back on and sometimes more afterwards, also known as yo-yo dieting. The Forever Nutri-lean programme is designed so that you are provided with all the vitamins and nutrients your body requires, whilst the Amino acids, Chromium and minerals in the supplements will help you, break down sugar for the body to use whilst giving you energy and boosting metabolism, helping you build lean muscle tissue. You will also need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water. On Day 3 you can then introduce a 600 calorie meal.
They say that life starts at the end of your comfort zone, so staring all my fears right in the face, I booked a date to start my detox, July 1st.
I say booked a date, as I had to ween myself off my sugar addiction and because my diet is isn’t particularly healthy.
Average Diet before detox:
Breakfast: Aloe Freedom Gel, Ginger Beer, Banana, Tea
Brunch: Packet of Crisps, Ginger Beer, left over chicken wings
Lunch: Tea, Corned beef and cucumber sandwich on white bread, Ginger Beer
Dinner: Pan fried lamb cutlets, potato, asparagus, yorkshire puddings, Ginger Beer/Water
Supper: 1/2 glasses of wine, Packet of Crisps/Cashew nuts
I religiously drink my Aloe in the morning, but looking at the rest, no wonder I was feeling sluggish! Recently, I seemed to have developed this constant bloat on my face, so was happy that I might be able to reduce the toxins in my body causing that water retention.
Detox Day 1:
I must admit as soon as it hit 11am I was standing right by the fridge ready to mix up my shake. I am used to taking all of the products in the pack, however I wasn’t really confident about what they did until now. The Garcinia really helped to balance my blood sugar and I think I’ll continue on taking that after the detox is over as it contains Safflower oil proven to do wonders for the skin, hair and nails.
I went to yoga in the early evening and took my bee pollen snack with me. Anyone who practices yoga will know that there’s a point in the lesson where the teacher says, “and now all prepare for a shoulder/head stand”, Don’t do any type of upside down yoga whilst on this detox, no no no!! I thought my head was going to burst.
My mood wasn’t great, at all. Apologies to anyone whose head I bit off on July 1st, I went to bed early (around 2 am, yes that is early) just because I felt really lethargic. I’d been for a pee many times more than I thought humanly possible.
Detox Day 2:
My business mentor came to visit me in the morning, and when she walked up my drive in her short sleeved camisole, I did feel like chopping her arm off right there and then, putting some seasoning on it, 20 minutes, in the oven, bosh! But apart from that I was heavily distracted in terms of cravings.
By now I had switched to Aloe tea, a herbal tea which needs no milk and more importantly is caffeine free. So, when I went to visit my brother for the afternoon and I was offered a cup of tea, as a dedicated tea drinker (who carries around non dairy milk in my handbag incase ever offered tea), the staff questioned my answer. “What do you mean your detoxing?”, Without even trying to I sold my first two Clean 9′s, all because I now had some personal experience.
Still felt tired, but had spent most of the day upright, so no headaches. Still peeing lots but began to enjoy checking out the toilets everywhere I went.
Detox Day 3:
I had quite a ‘busy’ day at work as I was out and about a lot, and took my bee pollen with me again. I had taken 4 supplements of the super food before 1 o’clock, so you can imagine how buzzing I was. Today was the first day I felt good, my bowel didn’t feel stodgy and my eyes looked a bit brighter.
I weighed myself and I’d lost 3.5 pounds, (which is still an average weight for my height!) but I had so much more energy, and dare I say it, I was pretty pleased looking in the mirror! Not that I was intending to loose any weight, but if I was heavier I probably would’ve lost more. THIS is why I stopped.
You can safely detox for 3 days. However you must be clear on your aims before starting, are you detoxing? Or do you want inch loss over 9 days? If your really serious about the inch loss, are you prepared to do a minimum of 20 minutes exercise a day? Ultimately, are you ready to change your body and think about what you put in it?
For those who want to sleep better, want more energy, want to get in shape, want that beach body… do you have a special event coming up? getting married? bridesmaid or even the groom? If you seriously want to be healthy, to look and feel diamond this is the detox for you.
For the month of July ONLY I have requested VVIP prices for all of my customers who want to try the 3 day and 9 day plan- you won’t find these prices anywhere else WITH a 60 day satisfaction money back guarantee, honestly!
Contact me for more information via firstname.lastname@example.org so I can personalise a detox plan to suit you!
Time really does seem to run away with me these days.. it’s been a while since I blogged. I hope I haven’t become one of those people who writes “oh hi, it’s been a while”, every time I post (scrolls down)…shit.
We’ve just passed the half way point in the year and hooray! ..before you know it you’ll be sitting in front of the TV stuffing your face with After Eights, refusing to move as that’s the perfect spot for you to watch the Christmas special of Eastenders.
Mid June is the time of year most of us will reflect on the new year goals we set, checking wether we are on track to achieving them.. whether they be personal, family or business related.
I get so confused by british weather. I dont know if that’s it’s irregularity, or my old age? As I too reach my mid (well, quater) point, I am dumbfounded by the smallest of details in life that I am only just now discovering, and theres is so much I am yet to do, learn and achieve.
On recent travels, adventures, I have been exercising a technique called Plan, Do and Review. It’s a strategy taught now in schools.. (wish they had it in my day- although I reckon they had something similar but I just didn’t attend enough lessons to notice!)
- Plan: Develop strategies to improve performance.
- Do: Take action to improve performance.
- Review: Evaluate and improve performance.
In it’s simplest form- a system to make sure that before we reach our end point/goal/result/time that we stop, check to making sure we’re on track. I don’t know how i’ve managed to get through life without recognising this before now, perhaps I just dived in, gave it my all and imagined in my head i’de already achieved.
Plan, do, review.
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
Just wanted to share that with you.
Why are you worrying about what’s happening now? Worry about where you’ll be in 10 years time…
Children are fascinating aren’t they? I recently made some massive changes, which means I get to spend more precious time with many of the young people in my life and it has radically reverted my imagination. Ask a 5 year what he/she wants to be when they grow up. Chances are, whatever they will say will make you smile… Look at yourself this afternoon say around 2pm, are you smiling like that 5 year old? Or has your dream been squashed with “No’s, “Can’t” or “Get a real job” a few times too many?
Experience has shown me that no amount of loyalty whilst carrying out the wrong task will get you where you want to be. In all cases. Don’t be scared to move away from those things/people/ circumstances that are no longer encouraging you to grow.
Tomorrow, could you decide to spend 6 months of the year doing whatever you please? Climbing mountains, starting a charity/foundation, knocking back cocktails on your own private beach, setting up your own film/publishing/design company? If you are not working towards “having the freedom to do whatever it is you want”, think about what steps you could take to do that.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing now or whatever you may think is holding you back, or whatever career you’ve pursued so far, or even what people might think. If it’s not the path you originally set out for yourself. Change it. Go after whatever it is you want, if you want it enough.
Writing is Therapy. It’s taken me so long to write this as April has been a tough month, probably one of the toughest ever. I almost didn’t write it, but with the hope it helps someone who is going through something similar, for the first time, I’m ready to share some of my life. I have developed ceiling rippling insomnia, alopecia and suffered a breakdown. All in the last 6 months October 2012- April 2013. Life has tested me, yet the smile on my face will ALWAYS and continue to tell you otherwise.
Last March, I was fortunate enough to land my self a job in BBC Factual Development after working on a documentary pitch for BBC Three. Alongside two of the best award winning (female!) producers in the industry, we developed a three page treatment and taster tape. The first paragraph sounded something like this…
“When Cerriann was young she never questioned why her older brother couldn’t take her to the shops; in fact they’ve never been on holiday together. However, this documentary will follow the moments their lives will change forever;
The day he moves out.”
Johann is my brother, he is 33 years old and has severe learning disabilities, scoliosis, is incontinent and sufferers from epileptic seizures. Having had these disabilities from before I was born, I grew up with what I believed to be a relatively ‘normal’ childhood. Whilst coming to terms with my family situation, viewers will follow my family’s ups and downs, uncovering the journey of someone who has continuing healthcare needs and their ‘real-time moving out’ experience (commencing Dec 2012). As my mum (retired teacher, now successful business owner) makes preparations for my brother to live independently, I will find out who else in the UK has been through a similar experience, how it comes about and who is involved in supporting such a life changing decision. In England alone there are currently over 53,000 people who are receiving continuing health care. Each family is different and so is the care that the disabled person needs. Every story is different. My story begins when I was 11.”
The day Johann’s move was all finalised to go ahead in November 2012, was a few days after our Granddad passed, I clearly remember ‘announcing to my twitter clan’ that my life was going to change. Change and drama were coming, I was scared. Honestly, I never thought these events would come, neither of them, and at least not together. As a teen I argued with my Mum whenever the conversation of Johann living independently was ever brought up, refusing to speak to her for weeks at one point. Yet, at 23 years old, now fully able to understand what it takes to look after my brother, I was involved, I had sought my ways of coping and this was it, it was happening. How can you prepare for overwhelming emotion to take over your body, and consume you like the plague? In all truth, I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for April 2013 for the last 5 years.
In January, it began to feel real as I emailed everyone I was working closely with to tell them of my absence from London until further notice.
From a young age, whenever we’d go out, people would stare at him, I would stare back, sometimes even asking if they had lost something. They still do stare today, but I realise it’s more a reflection of them, not me or my brother.
I don’t think I will ever see my brother as disabled. He wasn’t born disabled, he understands everything the same as everyone else does. He leaves the house every morning at 9 to go to his day centre (work), he communicates with me, we argue, he eats when he feels like it, sleeps when he feels like it, we are terribly mischievous and incredibly close. The documentary was for me to show other families that they are not alone. I personally don’t know any friends with disabled siblings, and felt that most of my time growing up, there wasn’t anyone I knew whose home life I could relate to- I can only touch on how hard that was and still is. Johann has moved to a very small privately run residential care home, which neighbours the most sought after private estate in the West Midlands and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I knew the anxiety my family would feel would exact those around the country, whether it be a disabled relative, elderly relative or a family choosing respite or palliative care for their loved ones. Unless you’ve experienced this type of lifestyle, it’s impossible to empathise. As you can imagine I was so upset when my producers told me that the commissioners had decided not to follow Johann’s move.
A year on, I look back and am so grateful for the commissioners decisions. When I looked in the mirror this morning I now understand why I wasn’t ready, like I said, it was impossible to emotionally prepare for. I see Johann every other day, which is a heck of a lot more than when I was living my high flying media career in London, but I miss him. I sort of now know how he felt when I moved at 16. It wasn’t a sad event, and this too is something to be celebrated, leaving the nest, spreading your wings and becoming all you can be as an independent adult.
Thankfully, being self employed meant I was able to move back to Birmingham in February, to make sure I could be present for every curtain, shelf and mattress choosing decision. It has been a stressful, manic, tearful, fun, transition. A coming of age experience, and by no means is it anywhere near over. I think Mum and Johann are relieved to be away from each other after 33 years, they both deserve a break, let’s not forget he’s a grown man! For me, however, it’s going to take some getting used to.
To Be Continued…