My Weight Loss Journey

Hey lovely, I wanted to share a video update of my six month weight loss journey! This is a copy of the video which went out live in the Global Fab Friends group and I’m sharing it here with you.  Oh, if you’re not already part of the Global Fab Friends community on Facebook – come and join us, you’ll be very welcome! xx

The trousers said “no way!”

Since moving down to Devon just over a year ago, I’ve been so happy to living in the land of the cream tea! I’ve loved cooking up all sorts of new dishes and creating cakes and bakes galore. And it’s true that once we’re in the menopausal years, the pounds don’t tend to shed so quickly – I always used to be healthily slender – no more.  It isn’t something I’m overly concerned about, but when I tried on some new trousers in my local city after Christmas, I’m sure I could hear them scream at me “ha ha! I don’t think so – who are you kidding?”.  “Any good?”  the shop assistant said. I replied “no… they are something to aim for”. So as last year I was pretty sedentary before and following my ankle replacement operation – and didn’t meet many local people in my new area – it’s all going to change! Slimming World have groups in Honiton and after turning up on the wrong day the first week “why won’t the door open?” Oh yeah… “it’s not Tuesday”… I enrolled the following week. It’s been quite fun exploring the concept of weight loss and health benefits – not to mention which sugary and fatty foods I could be swapping or cutting out. Body image is important to us all, it’s part of your identity – partly what makes you, you. So looking after my body is something I need to take a little more care about – after all, I live within it. So last week I lost my first 1.5lbs just by cutting out the cakes, biscuits and chocolate and ramping up my intake of fresh fruit.  I’ll let you know how I get on!

Jan, where did it go?

Perhaps you’re like me and although we’re on day 5 of February, you don’t quite feel like you’ve got yourself going yet?  Anyone seen January? I’m sure I had it some place…  My truth is my New Years Eve was a sad one.  I heard from my Aunt who lives in Sri Lanka that my Uncle Graham had passed away.  It wasn’t a total shock as we’d heard he had been unwell over the last couple of months, but never the less, the news came like a slap in the face.  My Aunt (his wife) send me a very brief email to say he’d died – and I didn’t know who else she’d informed.  One of the big reasons I moved to Devon was so that I could nurture my relationship with my parents – and be around them more often.  I wiped my tears, put on my boots and drove the 13 minutes to my parents home, not knowing if they knew or not. They didn’t.  And with a tight hug, I broke the news to my Mum that her beloved brother had passed. Somethings in life just jolt you, don’t they?  A wake up call of types. When there is no funeral to attend, no knowledge if it’s happened already, it leaves you with a sense of non-closure.  As a family, we’ve decided to have a ‘Graham Day’ in May, the day before what would have been his next birthday. That feels better. I started looking though old family photo albums, looking at pictures of my Uncle and it made me realise how important physical photos are and what a comfort they can become. So since then, I’ve begun a big project of converting my digital photos (many lost, some retrieved through Facebook) into prints and filling photo albums in date order.  I’m working back from the start of this new year until they join up with my former albums that stopped in 1999… the year my ex husband and I parted, when I lost the appetite to continue creating them. I’ve spent much of January doing this, in between supporting my clients and working with my coach.  Giving myself permission to heal and do what lights me up. As an empty nester, it feels like the right time to start this project which has been on my mind for years – something I’ve kept putting off.   Are you like me – have your digital photos scattered on external hard drives, in the Cloud, social media, with others and on your phone?  Would you like to put them into albums or perhaps boxes so you can actually hold and look at them? So this is my 2019 big project. And it’s lovely reliving the memories. Oh and I joined Slimming World last week!  All those cakes I’ve been baking and the delicious Devon cream team have caught up with me… darn it!  I intend to lose a stone by April. This first week I lost 1.5 lbs just by cutting out the cake.. chocolate…nom nom… biscuits…  yum…  (I’m going to pretend I haven’t seen the box of Victoria Biscuits I stashed away for Christmas that remain unopened!)  Stop calling to me!!! 😉  I am strong, I can do this. I am interested, what are your plans for this year – short term and longer term? Just email me ali@alisoleil.com and let me know! Much love Ali xx

Random acts of kindness

It’s been such a lovely Christmas time, spending it with family here in Devon. Laughing, eating and enjoying the seaside. Yesterday Becky and I met an elderly gentleman who chatted to us in Sidmouth. It hadn’t been a particularly happy time for him as his wife had recently passed away and then his brother just before Christmas. We let him talk, watched him light up as he talked about his wife, poetry and his time leading scout troups in his earlier years. I gave this strange a kiss when we said good bye… I think our chance meeting brought us both a great deal of warmth on a chilly day. If you know of an elder who maybe lonely, please go and visit them or call them, let’s each of us make a difference, it’s a win win I assure you ❤️

It doesn’t have to end!

Being an empty nester doesn’t mean that’s the end of family trips or holidays, no way! I love having my girls on trips away. Earlier this year, Becky came with me on an epic USA 🇺🇸 adventure. This is us in Sedona. The times we have together are so precious, we let every moment count. Where would you like to visit with your grown and flown children?