A Level 10 Life

Today marks 7 days of me waking up early and doing a personal development morning routine that is helping me to gain focus and achieve my goals.

The morning routine is called the Miracle Morning and it’s by Hal Elrod. I totally recommend it to anyone that is not living a full level 10 life.

Well you take each area of your life, Family, Friendships, Finances, Health, Work and score it out of 10. If you are not scoring 10 in a particular area of your life you use the clarity of thinking you get from doing the miracle morning to figure out how you can bring it up to a 10.

What is a Level 10 life??? I here you ask

A level 10 life is living every area of your life at 10 out of 10. Why would you settle for 5 out if 10 if you can have 10 out of 10? Why would you want to live a mediocre life style, when you can live an amazing life?

Anyway, I looked at my life and I am completely happy with my family and friends and my work. However, my finances are not at level 10, but then I have just changed my career path so it is to be expected, I suppose. The miracle morning is helping me to think clearly on strategies I can implement to increase my finances and it’s working.

My health is my biggest focus. I’m not scoring 10 out of 10 in that area at all. I want to lose weight, give up the booze and caffeine and maintain a regular exercise program.

Since I started practicing the miracle morning, I have done just that. I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol ( I have however had coffee). I exercise daily and because I’m following WW (formerly Weight Watchers) I’m eating healthy food and all this combined is making me lose weight, 8.5lbs of weight in just 7 days.

I feel amazing and I am achieving my goals!!

As an added bonus I also feel relaxed and able to deal with any situation (which is a miracle in itself with the kids being off school at the moment). The daily meditation and time to myself to read and visualise my future is just having nothing but a positive effect on me.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. I 100% recommend the miracle morning to anyone who wants to improve their life!!

Miracle Morning v sleep

I haven’t done my miracle morning routine this morning, not because I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed, but because I am working this morning and I would have had to get up a 4.30am.

Now, I am really enjoying the Miracle Morning routine, but I also enjoy my sleep and 4.30am for me is just too early!! I don’t think I would feel the benefit of personal development if I am too tired.

It doesn’t mean I’m not going to still do it today though, it just won’t be in the morning.

I’m writing my blog now, I will meditate, read and do my affirmations tonight before bed, as I’m dropping off, I’ll do my visualisations and I’ll make sure to get in some exercise throughout the day.

So for those of you who are totally put off by the Miracle Morning routine, because it’s in the morning, perhaps you could fit in around what works for you too.

Personal Development at any time of the day will bring you nothing but good. Why not give it a try.

The Power of Affirmations

4 days ago I started doing the Miracle Morning as a means to motivate myself to live a healthier life style. I wanted to eat healthier food, do more exercise, stop drinking alcohol and coffee (I caved in after 2 days of no coffee) and just basically live my best life.

On Tuesday morning (day one) I looked in the mirror and for 5 solid minutes I repeated my affirmations.

“I am grateful for my healthy body, I love my life, I love myself”

I found this on the internet, I have never done affirmations before, so I had no idea what I should say.

I felt really silly stood talking to myself in the mirror, especially saying I am grateful for my healthy body when all I can see is the bloated, saggy face of someone who over indulged in holiday.

However, I went with it and tried to concentrate on what my body can do as opposed to what it looks like right now.

4 days later, after doing the same affirmation for 5 mins every morning I was feeling empowered. I can see my cheekbones again and my eyes were shiny. I ran upstairs to the scales and I’ve lost 4.4kg.

My plan this morning was to do yoga, but as I looked in the mirror doing my affirmations, I became more and more motivated to take my healthy body out for a run, so that’s what I did.

This Miracle Morning is quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever introduced into my life.

I’m even grateful for the bad stuff

Hi, today is day three of my Miracle Morning and today I really did jump out of bed when my alarm went off.

Yesterday was such a crazy day. It was my first day as a WW Coach on my own and everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong including my computer system not working and not being able to get in. (I did get in eventually)

It didn’t end there, my kids were little devils, I attended a meeting that didn’t go the way I wanted and finally I turned up for something in the evening to find someone else there too.

Anyway, despite all those bad things happening, I didn’t lose my cool once. In fact I was quite happy. These were really good learning experiences and I actually felt grateful for them.

What????? I know I can’t believe it either and being grateful for bad stuff is such an amazing feeling to. I feel absolutely awesome this morning and it’s all thanks to the miracle morning.

Miracle Morning Day 2

I almost didn’t get up this morning. My alarm went off at 5am and I hit the snooze button. However, after hitting the snooze button I started thinking about how yesterday was such a productive day and how I wanted more if that.

So at 0502, I got myself out of bed, drank my glass of water and made my way down stairs for day 2 of my Miracle Morning Challenge.

Today I did the same 10 minute meditation and read the Secret for another 15 minutes. I did my affirmations for 5 minutes (didn’t feel quite as silly today, but it still feels weird talking to myself in the mirror) and 5 minutes of visualising about my future healthy body.

I did however mix up the exercise today and decided to give yoga a try. It’s not quite as good as a run, but I do feel like I’ve had a good stretch. I did the Sarah Beth 20 mins morning yoga stretch routine.

I am now sat cross legged on my living room floor, writing my blog on my phone.

So what are my thoughts on the Miracle Morning so far?

I’m certainly not at the “yippee I can’t wait to get up” stage yet, but I do have to admit, yesterday was an incredibly productive day. I achieved everything I wanted to and for the first day back from my holiday, I was very pleased with that.

I went to bed last night at 9.30, got a solid 7.5 hours sleep and now I’m up and ready for my day ahead!!

Today is the first day I go out solo as a WW Coach and I am feeling really positive this morning. Everything is prepped and ready, my miracle morning is now complete so I have 2 hours to get myself a healthy breakfast and get dressed and go.

The day is proving to be a winner already!!!

See you all tomorrow xx

Post Holiday Motivation

So today is Tuesday 20 August 2019, day one of my ‘Miracle Morning 30 Day Life Transformation Challenge (I will explain more about that shortly, first I need to tell you about my holiday).

So in the weeks running up to my holiday, I struggled to find the motivation to lead a healthy life style, by that I mean refraining from drinking alcohol for more than 5 days at a time, eating healthy food and doing some form of exercise, other than exercising my mouth.

I had a serious case of ‘Putting it off until tomorrow syndrome’ Unfortunately tomorrow was actually 5 or 6 weeks away. Thankfully, I am now back from holiday and my motivation to live a happy, healthy life style is through the roof!!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had an amazing holiday!!! However, I am pretty sure my holiday would still have been amazing without my daily diet of croissants for breakfast, bread and cheese for lunch, chocolate waffles as an afternoon snack followed by dinner. All washed down with red wine and cold beer.

Lets talk about a Miracle Morning (my post holiday motivation). Like many, I love to read when I am on holiday and my book of choice this year was the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Its about 6 habits that will transform your life before 8am. In the opening page it had a success story from a women who had been doing the miracle morning for 79 days and as a result has lost 29lbs. (79 days?? That is just over 2 months) . From the moment I read this I was hooked. I want to lose 29lbs and would be overjoyed if I achieved that in the next 3 months.

So what is this Miracle Morning and what do I have to do??????

Basically you get up a little earlier in the morning and commit to some personal development. No one would argue that personal development is not good for you.

The 6 habits are called SAVERS

S is for SILENCE – Either sitting in silence or meditating. (I’m going to go with meditation).

A is for Affirmations – This is not something I have done before so I checked out affirmations on google about healthy living.

V is for Visualisations – This is an easy one for me, I love my vision boards.

E is for Exercise – I chose to go for a run (that’s my thing, but any exercise is good)

R is for reading – Reading something that will inspire you or teach you something new. I am reading the Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I love this book, it always puts me in a really positive mindset and that is sooo what I need right now)

S is for scribing – AKA writing. This could be writing in a journal, writing a gratitude list or even writing a book, if that is something you want to do. I am going to commit to writing my blog for the next 30 days.

The beauty of the miracle morning is you can do each one for a long or as little time as you want. Even if you only do each practice for one minute a day, that it 6 minutes of personal development you didn’t do yesterday!!! This personal development will then lead you to achieve your goals. Mine being to live a healthier, happier lifestyle and drop 29lbs in the process.

So this is how my morning has looked so far on day one of my Miracle Morning Life Transformation Challenge:

I woke up at 6am, I jumped out of bed as soon as my alarm went off and went straight to the bathroom. I drank a large glass of water and brushed my teeth. (this was to make sure I didn’t go back to bed).

I then went down stairs (away from my bed!!) and did a 10 minute, guided, morning meditation that I found through google. After that I read the Secret for 15 minutes, which reminded me that like attracts like. What does that mean??

Positive thoughts attract positive actions, whereas Negative thoughts attract negative actions!!! I want to live a happy, healthy life…so it will positive thoughts from me from now on.

Next up was Affirmations. I have never done this before and being completely honest I felt really silly talking to myself in the mirror for 5 minutes. However, I went with it and really tried to feel what I was saying. My Affirmation of choice today was:

I am grateful for my healthy body, I love my life and I love myself” I’m not particularly happy with the way my body looks right now, but I am genuinely happy about my health and all that my body can do!! (Remember focus on the positive).

After my affirmations, I moved onto visualisations, I love visualising, it is day dreaming for grown ups. I visualised, getting to my goal weight and how it would feel going and buying myself a new pair of Levis jeans.

Exercising and Scribing (writing) are probably my favourite. I went for a run (6km) and now I am sitting here writing my blog. You only have to look at my recent posts to see I haven’t really been up for blog writing recently. But here I am, back and focused and feeling alive. I love writing my blog, it brings me joy, especially when I get feedback from people saying I have inspired them in someway.

So over the next 30 days I am going to commit to doing my SAVERS everyday including writing my blog. Watch this space for my progress.

I want to wear pretty dresses

For those that follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that since June I haven’t exactly been living the most healthy lifestyle.

Here’s the thing, the summer for me means glasses of ice cold beer or Chardonnay, so every time the sun comes out, I forget I want to be slim and healthy and instead opt out of exercise and opt into sitting in the garden with a drink.

Now if I ate healthy food and did regular exercise, drinking a glass of wine wouldn’t be a problem. However that is not what happens. For starters I don’t drink one glass of wine, I drink the bottle. I then can’t be bothered to cook the healthy meal I had planned, so I resort to take away.

I like to run in the morning, but there is no way I’m getting out of bed at 5am if I’ve drank wine and eaten pizza the night before.

We are now in July and I have gained 8lbs (it was 10lbs, but I lost 2 this week).

I have to ask myself what do I want, do I want to sit in the garden and drink wine. It was lovely sitting there if I am completely honest, but what I want more than that glass of wine is to wear gorgeous pretty dresses!!

Everyone is different, but for me personally, I can not live a healthy lifestyle and have the body I want if I drink alcohol.

What is drinking in moderation

When you tell people you no longer drink, they usually assume you have quit because you had an alcohol problem, otherwise why would you quit????? Alcohol is so good Right????

More often than not, when I go into more detail about my personal reasons for quitting, people will ask things like “but you will have a glass of champagne at a wedding?” or “‘you can still have a glass of wine with dinner?”.

The most common line I have heard since giving up the booze is:

Everything in moderation’

(This is normally said by someone who doesn’t actually drink in moderation, which makes me smile.)

So what exactly is drinking in moderation????

I live in the United Kingdom and our National Health Service (NHS) drinking guidelines are as follows:

“Men and women should not exceed 14 units of alcohol a week, this is the equivalent of 6 pints of average strength beer (4% ABV) or 7 medium glasses of wine (175ml, 12% ABV)”.

They also say “if you drink less than 14 units a week, this is considered low risk drinking. it’s called ‘low risk’ rather than ‘safe’ because there is no safe drinking level.

MAYO CLINIC defines moderate drinking as:

“Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults is up to one drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men.

They go onto say “even moderate drinking isn’t risk free. Light drinkers have a tiny but real, increased risk of some cancer”.

I know loads of people who don’t drink every day and they rarely go over the 14 units a week, so they are moderate drinkers right????

WRONG!!!!!!

Drinking 14 units of alcohol all in one day or over a weekend is binge drinking and binge drinking is classed as heavy drinking…like it or not!!!!

So with that information, I can honestly say, I don’t know a single person who is a moderate drinker. However, I know a lot of people who believe they drink in moderation.

When the risks of heavy drinking (including weekend binge drinkers) includes cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, stroke, heart disease, liver disease and brain damage not to mention a higher risk to poor mental health and personal injury.

I have to ask the question:

WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO DRINK????

The reason is we are all addicted to alcohol whether we choose to believe it or not!!!

Do we drink alcohol because it is in our genes??

I was having a conversation the other day with a very good friend of mine about
alcohol and moderate drinking. The call was prompted by the fact that my ‘100 day sobriety’ challenge finishes the day we go on holiday, which she found funny and prompted the question.


“Does that mean you are drinking on holiday?”

The truth is, I don’t want to drink!!! Not on holiday, not ever!! I am so much happier now I don’t drink anymore, unfortunately that doesn’t mean I won’t drink on holiday.

I have a huge battle going on in my head at the moment about whether or not drinking in moderation is a good or bad thing. For me personally, I know deep down that what would start as moderate drinking would soon turn into regular drinking (every weekend), which would set me right back to the beginning.


I feel amazing having given up the booze, so I don’t want to go back there!!!

My friend suggested perhaps I could try drinking at her pace. She is one of those women who can open a bottle of wine, pour themselves one glass and then put the rest of the bottle back in the fridge for another day. Me on other hand, when I opened a bottle of wine, I was drinking a bottle of wine.

I discussed this current battle in my head in depth with her, after all I am going to need her support when we are on holiday, It won’t help me abstain if she is saying “go on, one won’t do you any harm” She listened to what I was saying, but she can’t really understand how I feel as she doesn’t have the same relationship with alcohol that I do.

So, What is my relationship with alcohol these days. I’ve been pretty much alcohol free for the last 7 months?


I don’t consider myself to be an alcoholic, but I do think I am addicted to alcohol. I tried for years to give up drinking and failed. When I read sobriety books which are written by people who refer to themselves as alcoholics I can see I have many of the same traits as them. for example: I begrudge sharing a bottle of wine with my husband, “it’s my bottle, get your own” or I go out for lunch with friends but I stop listening to what they are saying because I have just seen them pour more wine into their glass than mine.

My friend then suggested that perhaps it is just in my genes. I absolutely hated the idea that I was born with a defect that made me drink alcohol!!!!


So, I researched the concept and was pleased to find that alcoholism, no matter what degree it effects you (alcoholic or weekend binge drinker). It’s not in anyway shape or form related to your genes.

HOORAH!!!

In fact, my research shows that the catalyst that leads to alcohol abuse is almost always from environmental factors like work, stress and relationships. The simple fact is, alcohol is an addictive substance and the more of an addictive substance you have the more you want!! This is the case for all addictive substances not just alcohol, but cigarettes, drugs and even sugar too.

Parenting is not easier with wine!!!

Last night after a productive day in the office, I left work and made my way to school, to pick up my children. I’d had a good day and I was feel pretty blooming happy. I was looking forward to my seeing my two babies and finding out what they had been up to all day.

The school pick up went smoothly. I got two lovely cuddles and bonus for me they approved of my plans for dinner that evening (chicken fajitas). They didn’t even fight about who was going to sit in the front seat of the car. WINNER!

What could possibly go wrong???

We enter the house and Elliott runs out into the back garden to get his bike, he then proceeds through the house with his bike, making his way towards the front door. “Where are you going?” I ask, “out to play” replied Elliott. “You have a swimming lesson in half an hour, go and get your swimming kit ready“. (His brother at this time is up stairs getting his swimming kit ready as we had been discussing swimming lessons in the car journey home from school, so it wasn’t as if he wasn’t aware).

I can literally see the anger rise up from Elliott’s feet to his face as he turns bright red and lets out a god awful scream. A scene I see all to often and always reminds me of the incredible hulk, when he rips through his clothes and turns green. Elliott drops his bike to floor and starts jumping up and down on the wheel, like something you would see in a cartoon. He is screaming at me “I want to go out and play, I don’t want to go swimming” .

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear our pet name for Elliott is ‘Wreck it Ralph’!!!

I calmly tell him I will phone the pool and check his swimming lesson is still going on. While I am on the phone, Elliott is still throwing a tantrum, kicking his bike, the door the walls. Turns out his lesson has actually been double booked.

HOORAHHH!!!! End up tantrum right?……….WRONG!!!!

I try to tell him his lesson has been cancelled, so he can go out, but he can’t hear me because he is screaming to loud. I lose my temper and send him up to his room to get changed and to calm down.

Big mistake sending him up stairs!!! Innocently getting his swimming gear together, Bradley (Elliott’t brother) has now become Elliott’s new target.

3, 2, 1

MMMMUUUUUMMMMM!!!!! ARRRRRRGGGGHHHH Elliott’s just…….. I can’t hear what he is saying because he is crying, but I am betting Elliott has just done to Bradley what he was just doing to his bike.

I march up stairs and send them both to their rooms, telling them they are grounded. Bradley screams “I didn’t do anything” and slams his door on me. Elliott just screams!!!!

Now, this is the part where I rejoice at the fact I no longer drink, because since giving up the booze, I no longer turn into an angry Mummy who shouts and screams because she has lost control of the situation. I don’t scream at the kids to stay out of my sight because I have had enough. I don’t march back downstairs in need of a glass of wine so I can calm down.

Instead I stop, I breath and think about how I can turn this situation around. I walk into Bradley’s room and tell him he is not grounded and that I made mistake. Bradley is happy!!!

I now just need to control Elliott!!

Elliott at this point is in his room trashing the place, or at least that’s what it sounds like. I sit and wait for him to come out. He has worked himself into such a state he can’t even talk. I tell him to come and have a cuddle and calm down. He tries to talk but he is crying to hard, I tell him to be quiet, just to give mummy a cuddle and calm down. I give him a huge hug and tell him I love him, but his behaviour has been unacceptable. I tell him he is grounded so he is not going out to play, but he can come and help me with dinner if he likes. (Elliott loves helping me in the kitchen). Elliott is now happy!!

5 minutes later, we are in the kitchen cutting up vegetables for dinner and talking about our days. As I stand there, I suddenly become very proud of myself. Situations like this one, happen a lot in my house. I have two children who fight like cat and dog daily. I used to drink wine to cope with the stress of being a parent, but the fact is I cope so much better without it!!!!