See the bright side and be grateful!

This week, I found it so interesting to discover that laughing can burn calories! It’s seems too good to be true but laughing for just 15 minutes a day burns enough calories to shift up to 5lbs of fat over a year. It’s such a lovely way to lose weight that I read on to see what other positive effects, being up-beat and happy can have on our mind-set.

There has been a lot of evidence that being thankful and showing gratitude can be very good for our health, which caught my attention. A quote that I read in the Huffington Post explains the concept perfectly and I think that it’s something that we can all try to do more.

Gratitude changes the brain, it makes us happier and it in fact allows us to be happier. But gratitude changes more than brain chemistry — it changes everything. It makes us better, it makes us kinder, it makes us happier, it makes us whole.

Oprah Winfrey has completed a gratitude Journal since 1996 and says that it has helped her keep to focus and keep a note of her happiness as she has amassed more wealth and success.

“I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots”. Oprah

This was her list in 1996:

1. A run around Florida’s Fisher Island with a slight breeze that kept me cool. 
2. Eating cold melon on a bench in the sun. 
3 . A long & hilarious chat with Gayle about her blind date with Mr. Potato Head.
4. Sorbet in a cone, so sweet that I literally licked my finger. 
5. Maya Angelou calling to read me a new poem. 

This weekend, I’m going to go out and buy a gorgeous notebook and start my own gratitude journal and focus on all of the wonderful positives in my life. I’m going to simply jot down 5 things every day – I urge you to do the same or share yours with me. I’d love to hear them.

Have a fabulous week,

Jane

Staying on track!

Let’s get things started on a positive note! I stuck to my goal of cycling to work a few times this week and it felt great. I loved ticking it off on my to-do list! I think my FitBit is really helping me to be more aware of my activity levels, honestly it’s a little bit addictive seeing those figures tot-up!

I’ve been out and about today too with my team at Shepherd’s Bush to do a meet and greet and let people know about a fabulous offer that we have at the moment! I think the good weather last weekend caught a lot of us (me included) unaware and I’ve noticed lots of people suddenly thinking ahead to summer goals. We wanted to get there and chat to you and tell people how Jane Plan can help you reach those milestones! It was great to hear how people are planning ahead for the summer months and the overwhelming response was that people wanted to make healthier choices – great news!

I’m also really excited to be exhibition at the Anti Ageing Show on the 16 and 17th May at Olympia London! The event will be a fabulous showcase of the latest technologies and innovations in the anti-ageing sector! I also have a speaking slot called Weight Matters on the Audrey Hepburn Stage on Saturday at 16:30-16:45 and Sunday at 16:00-16:15. I’ll be sharing some diet advice and tips that have really worked for me!I’m in my late forties so I’m more than aware of how I need to change my eating habits as I grow older.

On that note, have a fabulous weekend full of fun, activity and healthy eating!

P.S. did you notice some new meals in one of the pictures! Exciting – we can’t wait for you to get tasting and tell us what you think!

Jane, x

Fighting fit!

Chantelle newsletter daffodils fit bit_1Hello everyone!

This week has been really exciting in the office with the reaction to how well celebrity Chantelle Houghton did following Jane Plan. I found that people were really inspired by her resilience to negative comments to her appearance online in the last few months and how she had taken positive steps to address her weight gain.

Chantelle was really open about how upsetting she found putting on weight and following Jane Plan helped her change the way that she was thinking about food. She lost 2 stone and went from a size 16 to a healthy size 10. I’m so pleased for her and how she has regained her confidence and self-esteem. She’s also managed to stop snacking on things like pizza and McDonalds and to learn about portion control and healthy lifestyle changes.

The joy of Fitbit

That’s right, I’ve joined the Fitbit craze and I’m loving it! It’s really great to be able to keep track of calories and today I’ve taken 5,000 steps…and I’ve been in the office so hopefully this weekend i’ll tot up the steps as I’m planning a walk with my daughter who also has a Fitbit – so we’re in it together! One of the girls in the office has one too, so I’m not going to lie – our competitive streak is beginning to show!

Have a fabulous weekend and let’s hope that beautiful sunshine stays out!

Jane, x