What to eat?

31E72C41-7FA1-426A-B7B1-F147EEAD77B9As part of my year of “Going for Goals” I am also looking at what I eat.  I want to make changes that become my lifestyle so I can be the healthiest version of me.

January was all about exercise, and despite a couple of hiccups, I am consistently exercising three times a week on my running machine.  I am also completing a range of exercises as prescribed by my lovely NHS Physio. They are “great” as they include lunges and squats! I am not a fan of them but I know they will do wonderful things, not only for my back, but my butt and my thighs too!

So you might be wondering why it has taken the whole month of February to get organised.  Well unfortunately life has got in the way, as it so often does.  I started the month with a bizarre fake flu.  I was achy and shivery, and I felt dreadful, but I had no other symptoms.  I had the flu injection back in November and I wondered if I caught the flu but thanks ot the injection I had a very mild version – hence fake flu!  Then before I knew it, it was half term.  Now half term is still an Achilles Heel for exercise and definitely no starting any new eating plans.  Finally I succumbed to a head cold at the end of half term and it took until the end of the following week to start feeling like me again.chocmntshred_web_image_web_image

But as of Monday 26th February it was time for action.  I had already decided I was going to embark on a 7 Day Shred. And this was the day I started.  The 7 Day Shred consists of 1 shake for breakfast (or lunch), a 100 calorie lunch (or breakfast) and a 500 calorie dinner.  You also sip Hydra-Slim (10 ml diluted in 500ml of water) throughout the day.  It has ingredients that help with hunger pangs, reduce sugar craving and help to detox your body. If you exercise you can add 200 calories to your daily intake.5c97ed0b-81a5-48b5-8193-af73b37591a1.jpeg

I am actually enjoying the Shred, my willpower is being tested but I am already feeling less bloated and lighter.  My meals have been all prepared from scratch and so far I haven’t had any carbs.  I have eaten homemade soup, as my 100 calorie lunch.  My chosen shake was the Chocolate Mint version.  I made it both with cold water and with hot water. I  am now torn to see which I prefer.  I also had a high protein snack after a gym session (30 minutes power walking and my physio regime) of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for 200 calories.  My dinners have been Greek Salad with a roast chicken breast coming in at under 500 calories.  For the next few nights it will be a ratatouille style dinner with added protein and a very small portion of brown rice.2F8D2DBF-B354-44D6-8B4B-FB2923AA9913

You are only allowed to Shred once every four weeks, I wouldn’t want to it more often as I don’t want my body to go into Ketosis.  Been there done that, had the bad breath and the mood swings! The Hydraslim lasts twenty-five days so by drinking that you help to gain the benefits and continue to feel less hungry and have fewer sugar cravings.


As this week has gone on, I have thought about what comes next.  I want to find something that is achieveable and doesn’t make me feel like I am missing out all the time.  I am going to try a version of the 5:2 Diet.  Instead of starting first thing in the mornign, I will start later on and only fast for approximately 16 hours.  More on my progress and weight and inch loss to follow.



Going for goals

The kids are back to school and I’m hitting the running machine

Since the New Year, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what I would like to achieve this year. I find the changing from one year to another does naturally lend itself to some reflection and contemplation of my life.  I like to think that even at 38, I am not beyond working on me and developing in different ways. I also very realistic to the fact that when I have set myself a New Year’s resolution, I have never actually been able to stick to any  of them.


I thought a change in mindset and even wording was what I needed.  I decided I would set myself goals for the year. But that I would only set one major one at a time as I wanted to ensure each goal becomes a habit.  I felt the word goal has a sense of achievement attached to it and it would be easier to stick to this.

My first goal of the year is to start up my running again.  When I was at my peak with my running, I was running three times a week and up to 5k (3.2miles) each time.  I felt great and my body was in good condition.  However, I was taken off course by ankle surgery and plantar fasciitis among other ailments. But in December I decided enough was enough I had to get some fitness back.

I  am lucky to have a largish shed in the garden with a concrete floor that has a mini gym in it. We have a running machine, weights bench and a punch bag.

Christmas Day

Since I discovered, a few years ago, that I don’t mind running as an exercise I have always wanted to go for a run on Christmas Day but somehow I had yet to make it happen.  2017 was going to be the year I made it happen. And I did.  I actually cheered myself out loud whilst on the treadmill as I was so happy to be there.

Christmas Day – goal achieved = one happy me 


As soon as my two went back at school, I have been going to the shed three times a week. I am starting to notice a difference in my fitness and my foot and other pains are no worse than they were before so I am taking this as a positive.  I still need to dig deep to motivate myself and ensure I carve out time in the week.  One way I have found that works is to put my running gear on as my outfit for the day.  That way I know I have to run if I want to wear warmer clothes.  Which I really do as January has been cold one so far.

After 7 sessions look at the difference in time and distance

I am now at a stage where I am starting to think about my next goal.  The exercise is fast becoming a habit which is brilliant.  February is going to be all about healthy eating. Please notice I don’t say diet.  I am not going on a diet.  Again it’s all about the words.  I wanted to adapt my eating so I have a healthy diet that is sustainable.

I am also planning to undertake a 7 Day Shred, which is a week long detox and low calorie eating plan, designed to help kick start any weight loss you are planning.  You can Shred once a month so with exercise I should start to see a very different version of me.  One hopefully with more energy that ever and a stronger and leaner body too.

Do you have any goals for 2018?

Autumn and Half Term

The changing leaves

I love Autumn.  The leaves changing,  all the colours as you go along the streets and in the parks.  Its wonderful.   It makes me think of curling up on the sofa on the chilly afternoons to watch a film and drink hot chocolate.  In fact that was partially how I imagined this half term would go.  Instead we have the delight of an Indian Summer and lovely mild days and nights. My two have been spending a lot of time in the garden.  With this warmer weather in mind I knew my garden needed some attention.


One morning, this week, we were a crack team of garden makeover experts. Myself, my Mum and my two children set to work.  We have two large trees in the garden either side of us and, thanks to Hurricane Brian, there were a lot of leaves on the ground. The leaves were definitely affecting playtime so they had to go!

Did you know that we now name hurricanes, I just learned this and we are expecting more this autumn/winter season.

We kept going until there wasn’t a single leaf on the lawn. They were all amazing and it didn’t take us too long. Then I mowed it to look extra neat and had a lovely feeling of job satisfaction.

My leaf free, freshly mowed lawn…. for now!

Does anyone else view doing the garden as extra housework?  I don’t mind as I do find it quite relaxing (something my teenager self would have never believed) and you can quickly see the results of any hard work. Also when I am gardening and I get all muddy, it always makes me chuckle to think that people pay to put mud on their face! I am not certain I would want to cover myself in all the soil from my flower bed?  I think I will stick to my Vesuvio FaceMask.  Which puts in natural ingredients into your skin and you won’t find weeds in!

My "almost" weed and leaf free flower bed
My almost weed free but definitely leaf free flower bed

What are you thoughts about lawns?  I love my slightly weedy real lawn but my husband would like an artificial one.  Are you are real or an artificial fan?  I know three people who have them. I will admit they look great but for me there is something about the smell of freshly mowed grass that makes me keep mine and do my best to look after it.

Later this week, we are off to find more Autumn colours on the common.  I can’t wait.


Party party party

After a very busy weekend, mostly ferrying my children here there and everywhere,  I am pleased to be sitting on the sofa, enjoying a very cold Corona, reflecting on my week. Does anyone else think their children have a better social life than them?!

One of the perks of my Acti-Labs business (Acti-Beauty Claire) is I get to host parties.  This week I joined forces with another Mum, from school.  Anna sells Jamberry Nail Wraps. Both are products which are great for busy people who don’t have much time but still want to take any spare minutes to look and feel good.

However, before the party I needed to prepare.  Cue massive cleaning frenzy.  Are you like me? Maintaining a fairly tidy house but kicking it up a gear when you know you have people coming over? I actually had to write a plan of everything I needed to do so I didn’t forget anything!!

Then it was party time.  I can have moments where I am quite shy. Pip.jpgHowever, start me talking about my Acti-Labs products and I forget to by shy and I’m chatting away.  I love demonstrating how fantastic the products are and at affordable prices.
Every party I do is a little bit different – which adds to the fun.  At this one, the theme was pamper, every guest got a face mask a choice of the New Skin Mask or the Vesuvio Mask.  Seeing the look on people’s faces when they feel their skin after their treatment gives me such a buzz.  Their comments telling me their skin feels so soft, looks clearer and feels cleaner is brilliant.

At the end of the night, I felt shattered but happy.  It’s times like this that I know I made the right decision to join Acti-Labs.









And so it begins…

I was challenged to write a blog by my friend and fellow blogger SweetClare.   I enjoy writing and my ultimate dream is to write a book one day.  Hasn’t everyone got a least one novel in them? Or so they say – whoever they are!

A bit about me, I am a Stay at home Mum, married with two children.  However, this is just one part of who I Le Joli Creme Brulee - Meam.  I run my own small business. I advise other small businesses on anything and everything.  I clean, I do washing (outside of the multiple family loads) and generally I make money any which way I can. I am a Grafter and an Entrepreneur!

Why do I do all this…?  Well the obvious answer is I want to be there for my children.  But the other answer is I don’t want the 9-5. Been there done that!  I enjoy working but I want to do it on my terms.  My way!

My main business is selling Acti-Labs products.  I feel like I have struck gold with this. I never thought I would be in the MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) doing direct selling.  However, I am and it’s brilliant.  The best bit, there isn’t a pyramid in sight and whatever I sell I earn commission on. The rest I just make up as I go along!

So come on my journey of self-employment and achieving the best balance I can!