I was beyond excited to receive the Bodyism Blueprint box a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to get started. The box is packed full of incredible supplements, workout plans, daily powerful actions and many more goodies!
Why I love James’ concept of the ‘Four Pillars of Health’ is because it ties in so nicely with my holistic approach to health. I believe that health isn’t solely about what we’re eating, but more that a life of contentment is about anything and everything that fills us up, from people to places and jobs to hobbies, exercise to beliefs and relationships to exercise and of course food.
Here goes… I hold my hands up, I am not especially good at following programs! I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve never been great pre judging how I’m going to feel on the day and therefore want to do or eat something different or whether I am just a little scatty and therefore forget! But this one has been great.
Over the past seven or eight years I can pin point those moments around Christmas where I have tried to ‘not let myself go’ or get too carried away in the Christmas festivities – but this year so much has changed, I am now more in tune with my body than ever and I can feel when it needs a break, that extra hour in bed as opposed to hitting the gym, a dose of ‘greens’, a good night’s sleep or some quality time with myself doing the jobs that need doing! I thought that the Blueprint Box would compliment my reformed approach to Christmas.
I started this program just before the beginning of December and I can’t tell you how great I am feeling, it’s been amazing to have some guidance when I’ve felt as though I’ve needed it and it’s been very effective.The food I have to say, has been a little bit of a struggle – even though I do generally maintain a healthy diet, it has been hard to have 3 home-cooked meals a day, but I really enjoyed the Bodyism frittata on Sunday evening.
The exercise band and gliding discs are so fab, I’ve been able to take them away with me on weekends and as I spend a lot of time working from home, sometimes it’s been nice to take a moment from my desk to complete the day’s movement. I intend to keep using these, I am heading away for New Year so these will most definitely be coming with me! This has also reminded me that exercise doesn’t just need to be done in a gym, sometimes I would say ‘no’ to the gym if I didn’t quite have the time to spare an hour or so but these two pieces of equipment have made it possible for me to do 15 mins here and 15 mins there throughout my day.
The powerful actions are great, random acts of kindness, drinking lots of herbal tea, remembering to chew my food and taking time to relax are all things that seem so obvious for a healthy life but actually can be so easily forgotten. I am certain that these are things I will maintain now I have finished the program.
Supplements wise, the Bodyism supplement range is the best out of all the supplements I’ve ever taken, with the Body Brilliance and Beauty food being my favourites. At this time of year it works wonders on the appearance of my skin, with both my hair and nails feeling a lot stronger too – it’s just the boost I need! Body Brilliance is in fact something I always try and take before I work out, I love nourishing myself with a hit of greens first thing in the morning and it fills the gap pre-workout!
After all this, it has to be said that the game changer for me has honestly been the daily gratitude… I used to be so good at doing this and then managed to slip out of the pattern at some point this year; as I’m sure you can relate, sticking to these things is sometimes harder than you think! Being mindful of yourself, the people around you and the amazing things that life brings is beyond powerful, I have got back into the habit of saying one thing that I am grateful for from my day and it has honestly been incredible. My last conscious thought of the day is a positive and grateful one which means I go to sleep with a smile on my face rather than worrying about something, I couldn’t recommend this more.
Overall I have honestly loved my two weeks on the Blueprint plan, and I have definitely made changes that are maintainable in the life I lead. I also hope to find a little more time to attack the Blueprint recipes!
Order HERE for the New Year or perhaps give the challenge a go over Christmas!