At the start of every year we get overwhelmed with diets, exercise crazes, things to cut out, to add and well just the whole wellness industry goes into overdrive and if your anything like me your left thinking where the hell do I start. 

In 2017 I knew I wanted to continue my good work I had built up in 2016 regards to exercising and eating better. So I decided after a bit of research I wanted to invest in a programme that really works for me. It takes in the considerations of where I am in my wellness journey. So over a period of a couple of weeks I purchased these four books that I think will set me up well for 2017. I thought I would share these books with you.

The Fat Burn Revolution by Julia Buckley – I had come across Julia on twitter and checked out her website and ethos. I do that a lot and if it speaks to me in some way that’s how folks gain me as a follower. I really like Julia’s approach and am enjoying this book.

Strong by Zanna Van Dijk – I was I think  very late to the party with finding Zanna on Youtube and her blog. I spent a wee while I guess you could say stalking her in a non creepy manner online just getting a feel for what she represented. I knew she had a new book coming out after Christmas and during November hummed and heyed as to where to pre-purchase. I really didn’t want to get a book that wasn’t going to be of value to me but eventually in December I purchased and after Christmas when in the zone to make some changes to my lifestyle this tomb popped through my door. It’s a big book with a guess like all these books bits you already know and other where you learn great things. Long story glad that this book is part of my own personal trainer pack.

101 Ways to Workout with Weights by Cindy Whitmarsh – I sort of go against the flow when it comes to fitness and would much prefer to work out in my home (hello did I not just say last week I was an introvert) I know after spending time with my trainer last year how important strength/weight training is. I love this book as it’s giving you all types of weight lifts/exercises that I  can combine together with my other training. What’s not to love.

Fit in 3 The Scandi Plan by Faya Nilsson – I stumbled across Faya again on twitter ( I know I should step away from twitter but I do love it). And anything that simplifies what I need to do I will love and her book is brilliant. Lovely Scandi recipes to mix up with my other books. Again what’s not to love.

So these ladies are going to be my personal trainers in 2017 and I can’t wait. I should say all these books are available from Amazon or wherever else you purchase books from. I had thought of adding to this books with Kayla Itsines as I had her new book on my wishlist and thought that would be a definite as she seems to have a massive following (not that will make me buy something but thought she must be doing something right) however, when I actually got the chance to flick through her book it was more recipes rather than fitness training. I might get it but am fine with the ladies above for the moment. The other book I am definitely going to get and love following online is The Food Medic, her book isn’t out until May I think but that will definitely be added to my collection.

So have you heard of these books? Any ones you can recommend that you swear by?

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When I was doing some blog planning for 2017 one of the things I wanted to share here was something I have wanted to share and might well have alluded to on occasion on this blog and that is being an introvert. It seems now more than ever more people are aware of the whole introvert/extrovert labelling. Sometimes it’s on point and other times well it’s a bit off so I was going to explore with you being an introvert in today’s world, in business, in life, in romance, in quiet times, in social times you name it I will visit this during a 12 part ‘the introvert in me’ series on my blog posting once a month. I hope you will find it of interest whether you are an introvert or not.

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Welcome back to Wednesday’s Words. I feel this week it’s all about being true to yourself. If like me you seem to be absolutely over run with diet and health guidance, tips. It’s very overwhelming and often super conflicting so I decided I would work out my programme in 2017 that is best for me. That doesn’t overwhelm me and make me want to give up after the first try. I am going to post next week about the books that I have bought that are helping me to help myself. How are you getting on? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the info that is floating around at the moment?

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Back at the start of December which feels like moons ago I headed to London town to catch up with a dear friend for four nights. Now I knew my friend would have all manners of mean sorted for us to do and see but I knew on one of the days when she went back to work I was going to head to Selfridges to spend however long wandering around with a large wishlist of products I wanted to physically see and touch and decide if I wanted to actually purchase. Now maybe in another post I will share with you the really horrible encounter I had with the ladies at the Bobbi Brown counter and to be fair alot of the other beauty counters but not in this post. 

Anyway, feeling very disappointed I start to come to grips with the idea it wasn’t going to be a successful trip a really lovely assistant working for Trish McEvoy struck up a conversation. And well the rest is sort of history.

I had rather serendipitously seen an article about Trish McEvoy’s planners and well seeing them in person really made me fall in love with them. I should say I had zero intention of even looking at this counter but the sales assistant was so lovely and restored my faith in beauty counter sales people (take note Bobbi Brown Selfridges staff) and not to mention how cute is a beauty planner that is great for travel purposes. I went for the small version, there is a bigger one but I knew I would make way more use of this than the larger one as I suspect I would have just kept it at home which wasn’t really the point of it.

So like a diary planner this opens up fully and has a ring binder where you get one little trish mcevoy beauty planner 1 you can make it up how you like so for me I went for 3 eyeshadows, a blusher and bronzer. The other palette in these pictures is actually Inglot another amazing brand I got to visit whilst in London as I wanted grey eyeshadows too. 

I should say I had never tried anything by Trish McEvoy and well I think her products are really needing more love as they are brilliant. I also whilst there bought her Lash Curling Mascara, again my love for the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara hasn’t gone but I was in zero mood to drop any money at their counter after the way they treated me so bought this mascara and have to say I am loving it and would definitely repurchase.

My next endeavour was to then find small good travel brushes I have ended up using a mixture of Inglot brushes and Crowne brushes which are both brilliant and fit in the planner perfectly. I would love in the future to get my paws on all of Trish McEvoy’s make up brushes but as you would expect they are not cheap so will need to save to get those to add to my collection.

Now if you are anything like me and not explored the wonders of Trish McEvoy I would throughly recommend you check her out. Like Bobbi Brown she is a makeup artist first and foremost so you know what she produces will be fab. Unfortunately back in Edinburgh I can only access her products online but as I saw a lot of them when I was there I have a little wishlist built up. 

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Welcome back I hope you enjoyed my best of 2016 beauty post on Wednesday if you missed it you can check it out here. So continuing on my theme of less is more these hair and body products are just the best and I haven’t really gone far from them. I adore these and can’t wait to share them with you. So you know the drill, grab a cuppa and get comfy.

From left to right:

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Creamy Oil – Honestly I just cannot see past this body lotion that combines a cream and body oil it is fantastic. This range is one I started getting used to last year and I just haven’t been without a bottle all year. I always have a ritual of after the shower lathering my body in this lotion and as a result I don’t have any dry patches and sometimes when I try other ones I can see my skin not being at its best. Aveeno I salute you!

Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque – This is out of all of them the newest to my favourites. Last year you might remember was the year I had to really get back to basics for my very damaged hair well I tried so many masque and have since summer used a hair masque weekly this was recommended by a beauty blogger who has incredible hair and well incredible taste as this is the very best hair masque I have ever tried. My hair has never felt so incredible as it does when I use this masque.

Living Proof Amp and Prime Style Extender– These two have been firm favourites for well over a year. The Amp gives great texture to my hair and a lot of amp too. The extender works in that it keeps a style as someone who has to wash my hair everyday I can’t comment on the extender working over a day as that’s not what I love about it. I have just recently repurchased both as that’s how long they last.

Got2b Fat-Tastic Instant Collegen Infusion Mousse – This is only my second bottle as it lasts but I have never found another that gives my hair the kind of volume this mousse does and without the stickiness that you sometimes find with other mousses. If only these did travel sizes that I can get my paws on it.

Small but perfectly formed favourites in both beauty, hair and body for 2016. These were the products that I just kept coming back to again and again. I would love to hear from you if you’ve tried any of these or have others you think I should try to you swear by.

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