The post-holiday food slump . . .

After eating half a packet of snakes (the confectionery type of course) because I felt crappy and guilty for eating KFC yesterday (not sure why I thought it would help), there seems no better time to talk about being in a post-holiday slump.

Its been just over 3 weeks since I returned home from California but I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. I only put on 1 kilogram whilst overseas (thankfully in part to my commitment to myself I wrote about here ) but I’m ashamed to admit I’m once again addicted to sugar and despite starting the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation with my partner for some routine and inspiration, a couple of big weekends has resulted in some naughty eating habits on a Sunday and sometimes into the Monday.

I’m sure I’m speaking to an audience that can sympathise and relate to the vicious downward spiral we sometimes let ourselves be sucked into and I feel that by writing about this and voicing my guilt I’m taking the first step towards acknowledging and moving on!

So what are some other steps that I, and those of you in the midst of gut-wrenching slump, can take to pull ourselves back out into the light?

  • Acknowledge your guilt but don’t let it consume you. I’ve spoken about overcoming food guilt in the past and I know it’s easier said than done, however all you really need to know is that your one indulgence has not ruined everything! You are not back at square one, just don’t let your bad meal turn into a bad day, or a bad day turn into a bad three days.
  • Try and avoid alcohol for a few weeks. It’s no secret that when we feel under the weather we reach out for the shitty, crappy, salty, oily and nutrition-less food, and when do we feel more under the weather than when we are hungover? I’m planning on committing myself to Dry July this year and also attempting to lock in some exercise sessions on Sundays to make myself accountable.
  • Throw out the temptations. I can be a bit of a tight-arse and food wastage is definitely not something I want to condone, however sometimes you just have to do what needs to be done. Throw out the half-empty containers of ice-cream or the packets of lollies and chocolate you’ve hidden in the top cupboard. Just. Get. Rid. Of. It. You should see the sweet sticky mess in my bin at the moment!
  • Fill up on the good stuff. If you make yourself full to bursting by bulking out meals with vegetables you’re not even physically going to be able to fit in that after dinner snack. Well, in principal anyway.
  • Lastly, be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up and ruining your confidence is just like adding kindling to the fire.
Climbing to see the Hollywood sign

A quick shot of me after climbing Bronson Canyon to the Hollywood sign.

Good luck and I hope your journey out of the slump is successful and fulfilling!

Sinead xx


I Am Woman – Celebrating International Women’s Day

On a day such as International Women’s Day it seems most appropriate to acknowledge some of the amazing women that have inspired, supported and surrounded me. Here are some things I would like to say to those women . . .

here’s to STRONG women,

may we KNOW them,

may we BE them,

may we RAISE them.

To my mother –  thank you for supporting my life choices and then pulling me out of the dark places if that’s where my choices have taken me. No questions were asked and no judgements were made by you. Thank you for being a pillar of strength and showing me the beauty of being an independent woman.

To my sister – thank you for being so unbelievably unique, outgoing and innocent. You are brave where I am scared and I can’t wait to watch you turn into a beautiful and strong young woman.

To my grandmother – whilst at times you are quiet and unsure of yourself, you are unwavering in your support and love. I admire you more than you know, not just because you overcame your battle with cancer, but because you shy away from acknowledgement or praise for it.

To my best girlfriends (you know who you are) – thank you for being you! Thank you for showing me the true meaning of friendship and thank you for inspiring me every day. Thank you for listening to my not-so-pretty honesty after a few wines and being witness to my variable behaviour with no judgement. You are so unbelievably beautiful inside and out, my only wish would be for you to actually realise this.

An impromptu celebratory picnic with some of my favourite ladies at Telegraph Station in Alice Springs yesterday. I admire every single one of these women and think they are all amazing!

An impromptu celebratory picnic with some of my favourite ladies at Telegraph Station in Alice Springs yesterday. I admire every single one of these women and think they are all amazing!

We all know that it’s so important as women to empower each other instead of pointing out each other’s faults or weaknesses, and yet it’s still so prevalent in our society. Yesterday I reflected on my own behaviour and was able to think of far too many examples where I have put another woman down to make myself feel better. As a result I am making the following pledge to myself and goal for the following year:

From now on I will seek to let other women’s strength empower and inspire me, rather than push me to identify my own weaknesses and lash out in jealousy. I will use their beauty to help me identify my own.

Please join me in striving for a better culture amongst the women of today. Let’s do our best to move away from unhealthy bitchiness and towards positive self-reflection.

Sinead xx

Simple and to the point. I adore Jennifer Lawrence and her unashamedly beautiful-goof ways.

Simple and to the point. I adore Jennifer Lawrence and her unashamedly beautiful-goof ways.