Fabulous Holiday in Laax, Switzerland

Fabulous Holiday in Laax, Switzerland

Greg and I have just come back from a fabulous holiday in Laax, Switzerland. This was a prize I won from Graubunden Tourism in conjunction with the Telegraph Newspaper.

We flew by Swiss air to Zurich, which was an incredibly comfortable flight, with spacious seats – and free swiss chocolate! One thing I love about Switzerland, is that you can have less than 5 minutes between a train and bus connection and know –with certainty that you will catch that connection!

We had first class train travel from Zurich to Chur and travelled by bus on the last stage to Laax.

We stayed at the Signina Hotel Resort and Spa, which is one of the loveliest places I have ever stayed. We had a room with a balcony that looked straight up the mountain.

The prize included breakfast, full use of the spa facilities and three days of unlimited ski lift passes.

I loved the hotel and I really did not want to come home!

We ate in the dining room a couple of times and the food was exquisite. One night I had a parsnip soup, followed by a salmon pasta penne and white, swiss chocolate mousse. The flavours were mouth-wateringly delicious.

The staff could not do enough for us. Multilingual staff is definitely an advantage!

We made full use of the spa facilities, as that was most useful after a long day of walking, especially between one mountain café and another. We planned this so that we came to each one, just as it was time for “Kaffee and Kuchen” (coffee and cake)!

Laax is an incredibly beautiful place, nestled high up in the mountains. Laax village itself is 1100m above sea level. The highest points we went to were the peaks of Vorab at 2570m and Cassons at 2675m. I wanted to go right to the top of the Vorab Glacier, but unfortunately this was only accessible by the ski lifts and we did not have skis!

That is a walk for the summertime!

We were not skiing, we were walking everywhere. There were a lot of places where we could walk on the compacted snow and the paths were all well signposted, although we did manage to miss the bright pink posts a few times and ended up slipping and sliding down the edge of the ski slope.

We even managed to see a couple of Steinbock, which are goat-type creatures, with huge horns, that are native to the area.

It snowed overnight on the first day and after that we had brilliant sunshine. It was interesting to see how fast the snow melted, once the sun came out. Although the temperatures were as low as -9C, it did not really feel that cold. I was colder standing on Crewe station on Wednesday evening than I was in Laax!

It was a fabulous break and one of the best prizes I have won. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

I would love to go back in the summertime.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Inspiration Card of the Week – DIRECTION

Inspiration Card of the Week by Gregory Goldston

Today’s card is DIRECTION

Location

The top of Porlock Hill, Exmoor, Somerset, in the South West of England, UK. This is looking towards Minehead. From this spot you can see for miles across the Moorlands of Exmoor and out towards the waters of the Bristol Channel.

The difference is height from top to bottom is appropriately 1300 feet (or 400metres) over the space of about 2 miles. The gradient is as steep as 1 in 4 in places with hairpin bends.

Card Meaning

Decide where you want to go, make your plans, take control of the action steps that You need to take and set off in the direction of your dreams. Take one step at a time and the path will unfold for you. There is a lot of energy in moving forward.

As you set off on your journey, you are likely to encounter obstacles and challenges. Take as they come. Take the time to think each one thorough as you come it and take appropriate action.

As you are heading in the direction of your goals, there are likely to be warning signs that there could be danger or challenge ahead. Take notice of these and act accordingly.

Most success comes from following the steps, to the sign posts (or even the white lines in the road), one step at a time.

There is a huge amount of energy and power in knowing where you want to go. Set your goal, your intention and your destination and start.

There are also endless ways you can get to the same goal. Pick one route, get started and if you need to make detours around obstacles, those other paths will open up to you.

As you find a direction of where you want, or need to go, remember to enjoy the journey and to appreciate the amazing experiences and people along the way.

See you next week.

With Best Wishes
Greg Goldston
Inspirational Photographer
http://www.GregoryGoldston.com

©Gregory Goldston 2010

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Exciting New Directions

Exciting New Directions

I have recently made the decision to go back to my career that I had 10 years ago before we moved to the West Midlands.

I am working for Anglian Home Improvements as a “Home Transformation” Sales Agent – and I am loving every minute of it!

All my other websites and products are still available for you to enjoy and benefit from.

Anglian offer a bespoke, tailor-made-service of replacement windows, doors, conservatories, driveways, garage doors, fascias, soffits, guttering and rooftrim products, flat roofs, as well as garage conversions , porches and hardwood flooring.

The company is at the forefront of energy efficient windows and doors, with their new Ecogain A+2 rated windows offering savings of up to 30% on your energy bills.

All your old windows and doors can be totally recycled and replaced with stunning new products, that look good, are very secure, save energy and are good for the environment.

Anglian make all their products themselves, from extruding the PVC-u to making th glass units from the finest low-iron sand.

Everything is backed by a 10 year guarantee and 15 years on the sealed glass units, which is a guarantee that is actually worth something, as the company has been in business since 1966!

I am loving this job.

I love helping people to transform their homes, to choose the styles and designs that are perfect for each person and for your home.

Your home is your personal space and it is wonderful to be able to help you to put your own personal stamp on it.

The designs in the glass can be individual and as person as you want them to be – even including your own images or designs.

As Anglian say, “Your Home is your Castle – and Anglian is the White Knight that is Raising the Standard!”

If you know anyone who would like to transform their home with some of the finest, leading-edge, most secure and beautiful home improvements in the UK market place today, then please give me a call or send me an email.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Full Moon Rituals

Full Moon Rituals

We have just had a very powerful Full Moon on Monday 22nd July 2013. This is an amazing time for clearing out all the OLD no-longer-serving stuff and preparing to welcome in the NEW.

I have been using some very powerful rituals and meditations to help me with clearing, especially old beliefs, thoughts, patterns and habits around money. It really is time to let go of the patterns of lack, not enough, pain, struggle, effort and difficulty around money.

There was a terrific article in this month’s Soul and Spirit Magazine about releasing old emotional baggage, and particularly about “recycling” it back to the Elements.

This was of great interest to me because I had just had an akashic record reading from my good friend Sue Fraser of Magenta Rose Alchemy and I had been a shamanic healer in that lifetime, with a lot of fear and trauma to clear!

Write down what you want to release

As per the suggestions in the article, I wrote down all the things I wanted to be free of in relation to money and allowed myself to really feel those feelings in my body.

This seems to be a very important part of the process.

I needed to shine a light on all these old, painful fears and energies in order to call them to the surface, so they could be released. One of the hardest fears to catch was the “There’s not enough and there won’t be enough!” I had a real hard time with that one and that experience warrants a whole blog post to itself!

Releasing like a WaterWheel

As the feelings and fears started to come to the surface, I got a sensation in my lower belly area that felt like a huge water-wheel turning. It was quite strange. It felt like it was scooping all the old stuff out of my abdomen area, where it had been stored and was cycling it out of my body and into the Earth.

Energetic Root into the Earth

I made sure I had dropped a large energetic root from the base of my spine right down into the Earth, so that old stuff could be released into the Earth and nourishment could also come back up to me from the Earth.

As the old was clearing out, it felt like I was filling up with light and clear liquid, from the bottom up, so that as the waterwheel was turning, it was eventually full of light energy, where the old had been released.

Burn the Old and Recycle it back to the Earth

I then took my list of things I wanted to release and burnt the piece of paper in the back garden. I was very conscious of recycling all this stuff into the earth and also into the flames of the fire and into the air.

It was very freeing and I really felt it lift from my body.

I have noticed recently, that as I have worked more with the ENERGY in my physical body, that old stuff seems to be clearing much faster than when I was just trying to visualise it leaving or to do the exercises intellectually.

Push your Brain back in your head

One of the other authors in the magazine suggested sitting right back and pushing your body back against yourself, as well as tipping your head slightly back and imagining pushing your brain back against the back of your head. This is because much of the drama we create in our lives is at the front of our brains, so, by leaning right back, you are literally putting some space between you and the drama in your life.

It really works, although I felt a bit spacey afterwards.

Time to Raise my Energy

I decided I have to stop focusing on all the problems I have had (past tense) with money and start to focus instead of what I would like it to be in my life.

For the first time in a very long time, I was actually starting to feel light enough around money to have some positive thought about it, rather than the old fears and panic.

I got out my Vision Book, with all my intentions and started to flick through it. I then set a huge intention, wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it under my pillow.

There was much less negativity about it than there had been previously, so that is truly progress!

One of the things that has made an enormous difference is a short meditation that has come into my life, which I will tell you about in the next blog post.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Conquering the Old Man of Coniston

Conquering the Old Man of Coniston

On Tuesday 16th July 2013 Greg and I walked up the Old Man of Coniston, which is the 38th highest mountain in the UK and one of the highest in the Lake District. We went up more than 2000 feet (over 700 metres) in height from the bottom to the top.

We did a 6 mile circular walk and it took us about 4 and ½ hours because we were stopping a lot to take photographs. There were a lot of very profound insights and shifts in my beliefs and being that took place on this walk.


Starting Off


View from the Bottom

You cannot see the top from the bottom and it is quite deceiving , as you can see one ridge, which you aim for, thinking “oh, this is not too bad, we are nearly there” only to find when you get there, you can then see the next upper ridge.


Resting Place ONE


False Dawn number ONE! That is NOT the Top!

It is like this all the way to the top. It is quite a difficult climb as there are a lot of rough, stoney paths, which are very steep. Sometimes there are no defined paths and you have to scramble you way up over very rough terrain.

From the very start, my legs were aching and my calf muscles were very painful, despite endless hours of calf raises and parallel squats in the gym. My heart was beating very rapidly and I was not convinced that I would be able to complete it.

Greg has already done this walk twice in the last month, so I could not let him beat me. Giving up and turning back was not an option, so I had to keep pressing forward. I had one walking pole to start with and Greg had two, however I found this quite hard and offered me one of the other poles.

I found myself going straight in the old patterns of self-sacrifice and martyrdom, which I spent a lot of time clearing on Monday, where I nearly did not come on this holiday, but that is a story for another day, and initially refused the offer of a second pole. I caught myself going into that destructive pattern, cleared it, accepted the second pole and it was much easier after that.

Take Small Steps

One of the things that Greg said to me was ”take small steps – it is much easier than big strides.” Not only was this a very helpful piece of advice, I also felt how relevant this was to any goal in life. Taking small steps, putting one foot in front of the other, shuffling our way along and then taking another small step – with frequent breaks in between – and we climbed a mountain (quite literally!)

We stopped several times for a drink of water and a cereal bar or a flapjack. We really did need the sugar fix! We were quite astounded to find that Greg burnt off over 4500 calories on this 6 mile mountain hike.


Resting Place TWO


False Dawn TWO

Each time we stopped, we looked down and back at how far we had come and were quite amazed. The mountain is a sort of bowl shape, where each ridge is sort of set back and UP from the previous one, so you can’t see each ridge as you are going up, but you can see more and more of the ground level as you go up.


Up a Bit Further!


False Dawn Number THREE


Resting Place Number FOUR

Coniston Water and Donald Campbell

As we reached each ridge, we could see more and more of Coniston Water, which is one of the longest lakes in the Lake District and it is probably one of the least commercialised, which is gorgeous. It is long and straight in shape, so it really would have been absolutely perfect for Donald Campbell to set a new world record for a speedboat on water, when he reached speeds of over 300 miles per hour in 1964.

It must have been the most exhilarating thing on the face of the planet.

He was certainly “Following his BLISS” as Joseph Campbell had said. It cost him his life in doing so, but he must have died at the pinnacle of Bliss, doing exactly what he felt he had come to this planet to do.


Resting Place Number FIVE – With Coniston Water in the Background

Follow Your Bliss

I got myself muddled up with my “Campbells” and had it in my head that it was Joseph Campbell, author of the famous quote of “Follow Your Bliss” that had set the world speedboat record, when in, fact, that was Donald Campbell.

However that mistake in my head allowed me to have some profound shifts, as I kept thinking about Follow Your Bliss and sheer passion, commitment and exhilaration of that speedboat record. The further up the Old Man of Coniston we got, the more of Coniston Water we could see and the more my body went “WOW!”

“Follow Your Bliss” was swirling round in my head all the way to the top of the mountain, so I started to ask myself, “Well, what is MY Bliss?” and “How do I live in that Bliss?” I was really quite surprised with the answers.

What is my Bliss?

I think and feel that my Bliss is to write Inspirational Messages, to write the words for Greg’s Inspirational PhotoBooks and to get them published.

It is also to take myself to places where I feel totally at ease and totally happy with myself and I can just BE myself and then write down my own journey to BLISS and to BEING ME, the Infinite, powerful, God-Being that I am and simply to put it out there for people as blog posts and articles, without trying to sell anything. Hopefully my journey will lead to other people feeling inspired to live from their own BLISS.

However I do need to be in places that inspire me in order to write. That probably needs to involve coast, water, mountains, stunning scenery and sunshine!


Ideal “Working” Place to Follow my Bliss – methinks!

How do I live from my Bliss?

That sounds like a very nice lifestyle and immediately the “How do I DO that?” question came to mind? Interestingly, the answer was more to do with letting go of old, non-serving beliefs and habits, than it was about a way forward.

As I mentioned earlier, I have recently found a way to finally ditch Trauma, Drama, Self-Sacrifice and Martyrdom out of my life, which is very freeing, however, the residual from that a strong sense of “Not Enough” and underlying that of ME “Not Being Good Enough” to have, to receive and to live a life of overflowing abundance.

These have been tough beliefs, feelings and energies to shift.

Not Enough and Not Good Enough

The first thought that came to mind was “Yes, that is all well and good and sounds like a lot of fun and very close to the Ideal BUT how are you going to afford to do that? You know money is tight and it does not seem to flow into your life. You know you are living hand to mouth most of the time.

You know there is not enough money to do anything and you can’t really trust the Universe to provide for you as you need it. You know you need to get people to buy stuff, either yours or someone else’s to make money, so this “Living from Bliss” is fine, BUT how does that help the money situation?”

I was plagued with this for a considerable way up the mountain.

The next thing I heard was a real breath of fresh air.

Give it all to the Old Man!

A few weeks ago I watched a video about a lady who had gone to India and, as part of the cleansing and purification ritual she was undertaking, she was told to take all of her pain, frustration, anger and upset and to be willing to give it all to the River Gangees, where it could simply be washed away and released – providing, of course, that she was willing to let go of it!

She was very sceptical, however she said she stood in the river for absolutely ages, allowing her pain to wash away. Once she came out of the river, it was all gone and she could not actually access it again.

As this thought and memory popped into my head, I decided I would do that. I would give all my pain and frustration to the mountain. This included all the stuff around not enough, not good enough, can’t afford, can’t do, no money or not enough money, can’t have, martyrdom, self-sacrifice, everyone else first and me last as well of all the feelings of no stability, no support, not grounded, can’t trust the Universe or the Earth to provide and all the other unhelpful beliefs around money that I had been allowing to run my life.

After all, money, security and stability could be classed as “Earth” issues as they are all to do with the base or root chakra and are the closest point to the Earth. I have felt that I have lacked support in the material sense and felt that there just has not been enough of anything, especially money.

Everything that I would consider to me money comes from the Earth. Paper money comes from trees, which are very connected to and supported by the Earth, metals for coins come from the Earth and all the raw materials for computers and their infrastructure have also come from the Earth. The thought for “more money” is an energy, which is flying round in the ethers, waiting to be connected into the Earth and translated in tangible form.

I made the decision I would give all this stuff to the Old Man and let it all be transmuted into the Earth. After all, this Old Man was now supporting my feet and guiding me to put them in safe places to climb up, as well as to place my hands in safe places to climb.

As I climbed higher and higher, I started to feel safer and more supported, both from the Earth and from the Universe. I began to place my feet more deliberately, so that I could really connect with the Earth. I could feel the negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs draining out through my feet and into the Earth as I walked and climbed. I started to feel quite free.

This was soon replaced with thoughts of allowing myself to be supported by the Earth and Universe, to allow them to take care of my material needs, so that I can focus on “BEING in my BLISS”,” on writing, on living my DreamLife and hopefully inspiring others along the way, simply by BEING myself.

Sounds like an excellent deal to me!

I was reminded of one of my favourite quotes by Dr Dain Heer – “What if you, being you, is the gift this world wants and needs?”

Well, maybe it is time to start living that way.

Let go of money worry

A few days ago I had been doing some processing work and had asked the question, “what do I need to do or who do I need to be have £1,000,000 cash come into my life right now?” I had got really annoyed with the answer as it was “Be happy, raise your energy and vibration and stop focusing on the money!”

Something similar had come out of my morning meditation and I had got very angy and frustrated with both things, as I really could not see how that was going to reduce down the pile of bills I need to pay or how I bend and stretch each pound twenty different ways!

It was windy on the Old Man of Coniston yesterday and it is windy on the beach today as I am writing this, so I guess the Universe is trying very hard to “blow out all the cobwebs” of any last remaining doubts and fears, so I can live from a place of trust and flow.

On Top of the World

WOW! I did it! I got to the top. What an amazing feeling! I could see for miles in every direction, including the full length of Coniston Water, from one end to the other. There is a huge pile of stones at the top and tradition says that you pick up one of the stones that are lying around it and place it on the pile for good luck, which we did.


Top of Coniston Old Man


I did it!


Views from the Top of Coniston Old Man


WOW! What a Feeling!

It was well worth the effort and the difficulties to get to the top. It was breathtaking and the views were absolutely spectacular, with sheer drops in every direction!


You can see for miles

The route we took to the top was only about 1/3 of the whole walk, so we still had a good way to go to get back down to the bottom. I really did not care. I felt so strong, confident, powerful and full of the sheer exhilaration for the joy of life and being alive.

My body certainly felt much stronger at the top that it did at the bottom, despite climbing over 2000 feet (700m) and more that 2 miles, almost straight right up! Although it was further to go back down, I was no longer puffing and panting and my heart rate had settled. On the way up, I had really thought my heart would beat right out of my chest!


Journey down


False Dawn DOWN Number ONE – Still a long way to go!


Nearly Down


What a fantastic Walk!

Not good enough – I don’t think so!

That is no longer relevant as a belief.

Having done what I have just done and climbed to the top of the Old Man of Coniston and got back down again, I am certainly good enough to do anything that I want to do and to have any success that I choose. I set my mind on something, took it one small step at a time, walked through the difficulties and the challenges, kept going – and succeeded!

So, what else is possible?

Whatever I choose, I guess. I do now feel a much greater sense of trust in the Earth and the Universe to provide for me and I like that arrangement.

More ramblings soon.
With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Finding My Bliss

Finding My Bliss

Well, I have had some very interesting experiences in the last few weeks and especially this last couple of days in Barrow in Furness and with actually getting here in the first place.

I have been very inspired to start writing again and especially to “Be in my Bliss” and to Follow my Bliss as Joseph Campbell would say.

I think and feel that my Bliss is to write Inspirational Messages, to write the words for Greg’s Inspirational Books and to get them published and to write down my own journey to BLISS and to BEING ME, the Infinite, powerful, God-Being that I am and simply to put it out there for people as blog posts and articles, without trying to sell anything.

However I do need to be in places that inspire me in order to write. That probably needs to involve coast, water, mountains, stunning scenery and sunshine!

Today, Wednesday 17th July 2013, I am sitting on the beach in Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, sitting behind a big rock, so I am at least partially shaded from the sight of the windfarm out in the bay. The sun is shining bright, there is hardly anyone about, it is so peaceful and quiet – it is beautiful.


Working hard in my Office on the Beach!!


View from the Beach Office

Maybe that is what my life is about, to take myself to places where I feel totally at ease and totally happy with myself and I can just BE myself and then write about that BEING. Hopefully my journey will lead to other people feeling inspired to live from their own BLISS.

As I am sitting here on this beautiful beach, gazing out to see, with the sun on my body and the wind in my hair and my laptop, I am really starting to feel this as my BLISS.

OK, yes, I am still getting the little nagging voice about money and that I shouldn’t buy things and that we won’t have enough money to do all the things we need (and want) to do this week or until the end of the month – and it may take a while to silence that completely- however I am starting to feel more and more that this is Living from my Bliss.

This is going to be an interesting feeling to re-create when I get back to Tamworth, as we are in the Midlands, about 70 miles from the sea in any direction and surrounded by relatively flat and non-descript scenery!

Watch this space!
With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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“You were born a healer”

“You were born a healer”

Teacher and healer Chunyi Lin believes you possess the innate ability to help heal your own sickness and disease—and to help heal your loved ones—using nothing more than your own natural energy.

It may sound a bit implausible, but we assure you, it is not.
In fact, almost 250,000 people, just like you, have learned to help heal diseases such as cancer, fibromyalgia and diabetes, relieve chronic and acute migraines, ease depression and anxiety, and alleviate allergies.

Chunyi Lin would like to teach you how to use his system of healing free of charge in the upcoming online event called the Spring Forest Healingfest.
Learn to use your mind to take away stress, pain, and sickness
Chunyi’s system of healing is based on an ancient practice called Qigong. He is a Qigong Master, himself.

Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) has been around for over 5,000 years and is actually the grandfather of Chinese medicine, including Tai-Chi, acupuncture, and Shiatsu. It works with your body’s energy, or “Qi.”

As Dr. Richard Gerber puts it, “…by moving Qi through the body, you can heal yourself of many ailments.”

According to Chinese medicine, when your Qi isn’t flowing freely, you can get sick, stressed, or emotionally out of kilter. Disease, pain, and negative emotional conditions are symptoms of blocked energy. That’s why Chunyi Lin says, “Sickness is nothing to fear.”

Qigong is a way to gently and thoroughly release nearly all energy blocks and eliminate most causes of illness and imbalances.

Dr. Wang Chong Xing from the Shanghai Institute of Hypertension said in a PBS documentary that after 30 years of study, “We think Qigong can cure every kind of disease, some responding better than others.”

Practicing Qigong and using it to help yourself heal involves a simple combination of breathing, focused concentration, gentle movements, and healing meditations.

You will be able to learn this free of charge during the upcoming Spring Forest Healingfest. Starting 10th June 2013.


You can get a Free Pass right here.

Dr. Deepak Chopra said, “Like Yoga, Qigong teaches you to balance energy in your body. Master Chunyi Lin has developed an easy-to-follow program that will allow you to incorporate the health benefits of Qigong into your daily life.”

You will have complimentary access to 10 professionally produced audio sessions and two video sessions for six days beginning June 10. You will learn to harness Qi energy, you will see exactly how to practice Qigong, and you will experience powerful and beautiful meditations—all designed to raise your energy and help you heal.

The natural healing process of your body involves unblocking Qi and allowing it to flow to where it is needed. Practicing Spring Forest Qigong can accelerate the body’s natural healing process and often result in a level of healing that some consider miraculous.

Dr. Bill Manahan from the University of Minnesota Medical School said, “I would place Qigong equal in importance to the incredible discoveries in the forties called antibiotics and in the fifties called immunizations.”

How to get a Free Pass to learn from Chunyi’s
We encourage you to learn more and participate in the Spring Forest Healingfest.


You can get a Free Pass right here.

If you suffer from any pain, disease, fatigue, stress, or the effects of aging, or if you’d simply like to increase you energy, we believe you will find great satisfaction in the online event that begins on June 10.

Witgh abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Tamworth is NOT the “Fat Capital” of the UK

Tamworth is NOT the “Fat Capital” of the UK

In the last couple of weeks, Tamworth in Staffordshire, where I live has been branded at the “Fat Capital” of the UK by several major newspapers.

This is very unkind.

Tamworth, as a town, has people of all shapes, sizes and weights – as does any town in the UK. I would not agree that there are more people who are overweight in Tamworth than there are anywhere else. Tamworth has quite a few fast food outlets, but then it also has a lot of shops and supermarkets that sell fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy food.

There is a park in the town, as well as country parks, water parks and plenty of cycle tracks. There are fitness facilities, both privately owned and subsided by the local authority.

Over the last 18 months, Tamworth and the people in Tamworth have helped me to take control of my life, change my relationship to food and to lose over 5 stone / 70lbs/ 31kg in weight, of which almost 4 stone / 56 lbs / 25 kg of that has been since September 2012.

Fresh food from Aldi

This has been on a tight budget, so I have bought fresh fruit, veg, salad and other fresh food to make meals from scratch. This has been from our local Aldi, which is a discount supermarket.

Eating healthily is a choice

Yes, it can be cheaper to make a meal out of junk and we can feed four of us for under £2 on a pack of sausages and a bag of chips, it is not filling and I have found myself in the kitchen picking later in the evening, so actually I end up eating more than I would if I spent more money on chicken or ham with salad or vegetables. Meals consisting of proper food fill me up, so I end up eating less overall.

Exercise with Gymophobics

I joined Gymophobics in Tamworth, which is a ladies only gym and which has a 30 minute circuit that is designed to work all the muscle groups in the body. As I started to tone up, I was also losing weight and the staff have been incredibly supportive of me on my journey.

This is a picture of me on one of the machines about a month after I first started at Gymophobics. I am in the foreground in the blue shirt.

This photo below was taken a couple of weeks ago, so you can see there is a bit of a difference!

54321

I have followed the 54321 eating plan from Gymophobics, which consists of 5 portions of fruit and veg per day, 4 of carbohydrates, 3 of dairy products, 2 of proteins, 1 of butter/oil/fats and a couple of snacks – portion sizes being quite generous and in line with government guidelines.

I have learnt to manage the size of my portions and now eat enough food for one person and not for four people – as I was eating before!

Inside Job

By taking control of the food I have eaten and regular exercise, this has given me the momentum to look at the inner issues which had caused the weight problems in the first place and which had triggered years of out-of-control binge eating and yo-yo dieting.

I had always seen myself as fat, ugly, unworthy of anything very much and with a profound sense of self-loathing which translated into a lack of self-confidence, poor self-esteem and a desire to hide.

I had used food as a comforter, but then, the more I tried to fill the emotional gaps with food, the worse I felt about myself and so the more I ate and the more I tried to hide myself.

I have now conquered all this inner stuff, so that I can release weight at a healthy pace- without sabotaging my efforts.

I have had a problem with weight issues since I was a child, so if I can beat it all, then anyone can.

Fantastic results

Not only have I reduced my weight from 17stone 12 lbs / 250lbs / 113 kg to 12st 11lbs/ 179 lbs/ 81 kg, I have lost nearly 50” off my body and come down 5 dress sizes from a 22+ to a size 14 – and all of this was living in Tamworth at a time when it is supposedly the “Fat Capital!”



At my heaviest 31st July 2011



In the same clothes this weekend.

Husband also lost weight

Over the last 6 months, my husband has also lost over 3 stone/ 42 lbs/ 19 kg, so it has been a real family effort. He has reduced his portion sizes, eaten less food and exercised by using the Wii Fit exercises and games. He works away quite a bit, so he eats out quite a lot, however he has still managed to lose weight and to drop 6” off his waist!

Health is a Choice

Healthy eating, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all personal choices. There is always a way to make a healthy choice and to exercise, no matter how tight your budget might be.

Whether it is a matter of food choices, exercise or dealing with inner stuff, there is always plenty of help and support to help you to achieve your weight loss and health goals – but you have got to want to do it. You need to be willing to follow a plan and stick to it and not beat yourself up when you have a bad day. Just get back on track with it.



This is the first time in a very long time that I have been slim enough to wear a dress with a belt!

Thank You Tamworth

So, I have a lot to be grateful for in relation to my adopted town of Tamworth and the people in it. I come from the Westcountry originally and, yes, I am very partial to a great dollop of Clotted Cream in, on and with most foods, so I brought a few “bad habits” with me when I came to Tamworth!

Tamworth has a lot of facilities and opportunities and it has enabled me to substantially improve my life.

Have a great day
Amanda Goldston

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Another 3lb off !

Another 3lb off !

Today was weigh day at the gym and I have lost another 1.9kg / 3lb. That is 6.2 kg / just under 14 lbs since 2nd January 2013. I am really pleased with that because that includes the couple of pounds that I had put on over Christmas.

To date, in total, I have lost 28.1 kg / 62 lbs / 4 and ½ stone of which 20 kg/ 44 lbs / 3 stone 2lbs has been since September 2012. I have come down from a size 22+ to a size 14. I have so far lost over 41” from my body and I am at my lightest weight that I have been for well over 10 years.



At my heaviest – August 2011



3rd February 2013

There is just a bit of a difference in weight and size!

My husband, Greg, has lost 10 lbs / 4.5 kg in January, which brings his total weight loss so far to 2 stone 10 / 38 lbs / 17 kg since September 2012, following the same healthy eating plan and exercising on the dancing games on the wii.

Size 14 off-the-shelf clothes

Over the weekend I was trying on different dresses to see which was best for filming my videos for the website. I originally bought the orange dress in the picture above in July 2012 for a wedding. It was a size 20 and really was as much as I could do to get it done up properly at the time. When I wore it for these photographs on Sunday 3rd February 2013, I had so much spare material, that I had to try and fold it all together on my back and put it into a belt.

I tried on one of my daughter’s dresses, which was a size 14 and was quite surprised that it FITTED ME! Well, I have not been a size 14 for a very long time!

Today I decided I would take myself into a clothes shop and try on some off-the shelf clothes to see what fitted me and what size I actually am right now.

I picked up a gorgeous gold coloured, polo neck jumper that was quite clingy in the material and tried it on. Again I was quite amazed that it fitted me.

I am not sure why I am so surprised that smaller clothes are fitting me now with the weight I have lost. I suppose it is because I have not bought any new clothes on my downward weight journey and I am still wearing the old, big and baggies.

I have wanted to get to my final weight before I buy any new clothes, especially as we are (hopefully) now coming out of Winter and into Spring.

The biggest victory with trying on clothes today was trying on Jeans and Jeggins. I, rather optimistically tried a couple of pairs of size 12, but they did not fit. However, the size 14 jeggins fitted perfectly. I could do them and I could bend over – and I did not break them! Of the Jeans I had chosen the best fit was a pair of size 16 skinny leg jeans!

I have not been able to wear skinny leg jeans since I was a teenager because my legs were always too fat. Looks like all those parallel squats, inner and outer thigh exercises and calf raises are starting to pay off.

So, summer wardrobe, here I come!

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston
Changing Lives Coach
http://www.AmandaGoldston.com

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Visualize Your Weight Loss Success

Visualization

Visualization is a very important aspect of weight loss.

Write out your Ideal Weight and a description of YOU with your Ideal Body. It is important to include aspects, such as what you look like, what clothes you are wearing, what you are doing and who you are with. Also include how you feel about yourself, food and your lifestyle. It can also be helpful to hear the compliments of people around you on your weight loss.

Get a picture in your head of the Ideal YOU at your Ideal Weight and with your Ideal Body, living day-to-day with your new body, or perhaps you at an event in the future, where you are slim, trim, toned, full of vibrant energy and glowing health. The more vividly you can see and feel and experience this in your head and in your body, the quicker your subconscious mind gets the message of what you want to create and the more it will help you with that goal.

My goal is to fit back in my wedding dress that I wore in 1993 when I got married and then in 2000, when I had it altered, and the train taken out, to make an evening dress.

I have not worn it since then. I was about 2 stone (28 lbs/ 13kg) and 2 dress sizes smaller when I last wore it than I am now.

Have an ultimate weight loss goal

Have an ultimate goal of Your Ideal Weight and your Ideal Body, which is when you have lost all the weight you want lose.

Don’t get too fixated on a specific figure of an Ideal Weight. It might be more helpful to have a range of up to 14 lbs/ 1 stone/ 6 kg around the figure you consider to be your Ideal Weight. As you get nearer to that figure, your body may have its own ideas of what it thinks is the Ideal Weight.

Smaller weekly goals

Have smaller goals of weekly increments of maybe 1-2 lbs / 0.5 -1 kg per week or whatever works best for you which you feel is realistic and achievable for you.

Each week I get a set a goal for my weigh-day the following week and see myself getting on the scales and looking down at the new weight for that week.

You can also visualise yourself fitting into clothes that are a “little bit” tight as a short term goal and into clothes that are “very” tight as a longer term goal and Ideal.

See yourself celebrating your weight loss and being happy with every pound/ kilogram that comes off – and stays off!

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston
Inner and Outer Weight Loss Guide

P.S. My book “Inner and Outer Weight Loss Journey” gives lots more tips and ideas on losing weight – available from Amazon and from my website.

http://www.amandagoldston.com/innerouterweightebook.htm

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