This post was updated on 26/01/19

Welcome to the final wellbeing write up for this year-what a crazy thought. Not only have I really enjoyed writing these, the process of reflecting on the past month and planning for the month ahead really helps keep me accountable, so I’m definitely going to continue this theme into next year. So last Wednesday I dedicated some time  to this process, using the headings below.

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Health and Fitness

How I designed simple wellbeing for the festive season-Simply Shine

I hadn’t weighed or measured myself for a while, time slipped away that’s all. However I have noticed what I tend to do is have a little treat every now and again, I’m doing well so I little thing is okay. (Not necessarily great logic, I know, but I’m not a Saint). I am so much better having guidelines to follow, which might include say two indulgences a week, but I am monitoring it, rather than a different day and another little something, then a different day and another little something, then a different day another little something etc. So last week, as part of this wellbeing review I decided it had to be done and I stood on the scales. I was pleased to discover I’d lost another kilo! I’m very pleased with that considering I hadn’t been watching what I was eating closely. It makes you think though, what could I achieve if I do?

In my last update, which you can read here, I talked about needing to try something different, to kick start my metabolism and then increase energy levels. I found a three day smoothie detox online and decided to go for it. I had the most energy in those three days than I had in a long time. I felt so good physically and mentally that I wanted to keep it up. I searched for green smoothies for health and energy and found Green Thickies. A green smoothie with added ingredients so that it is a complete meal. These filling nutritious energising green smoothie recipes will help you to naturally reach your ideal weight.

How I designed simple wellbeing for the festive season-Green Thickie-Simply Shine

I feel such a difference since starting on the Green Thickies. It is definitely something I am going to keep up for the foreseeable. For such a long time, I’ve been looking into how to increase energy levels and not found anything that makes a difference. So my current plan is to have a smoothie for breakfast and another for lunch and then a balanced healthy meal in the evening. The only snacking I do during the day is on a small handful of almonds or a piece of fruit but I do find myself not getting hungry in between meals; that’s a first! I’d be a fool not to continue with this method, I will monitor it closely but so far so good, as they say. If you are intrigued to try it yourself, have more energy and lose weight too, follow Green Thickies 7 Day Diet Plan to drop a dress size this week. Click here to find out more

As far as my fitness and exercise, I have taken the pressure off myself for a while. The two forms of exercise I am focusing on are walking and Yoga. I walk most days with my lovely Labrador and I’ve found a great Yoga class at my local gym.  I am going to continue this for December and review at the end of this month.


December is always a busy time for socialising, seeing friends and family this is true for most people, but there are also four family birthdays in that time, mine included! I am still close to a group of friends from school, which is so lovely. There are two of us with birthdays in December so we tend to arrange a joint birthday meal out. We had a yummy Indian meal and lots of giggles!

Looking forward to having friends and neighbours over for pre-Christmas drinks later in the month. I love entertaining and we have held a drinks party just before Christmas for quite a few years running now. Mulled wine and mince pies will feature, as well as a cocktail or two, I’m sure.


I have a book recommendation for you. The book I read last month  Now Is Your Chance: A 30-Day Guide to Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology by Niyc Pidgeon. For so long we have been focusing on external factors instead of relying on ourselves to feel and be happy. Each chapter includes real life lessons, practical tips or a spirit-led mantra presented in a easy to read format.

I am now reading She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur, Carrie Green. I’ve only just started it but I’m really enjoying it so far. One of the aspects that I think must be quite key is that first part of the book is about the person before the business. All I need to do is make sure I schedule in enough time to read it in this busy month!

On audio book I am listening to Step Back In Time. It is fun, but intriguing story of a girl that travels through time and has to work out why in order to get home. If you like audio books, I can recommend this one or any other by Ali McNamara actually, love her books.

So there you have it; an update from me and my plan for this month. Next month’s review is going to take on a different format. I’m really excited by it and can’t wait to share it with you. In the mean time I would love to hear what you are doing for your wellbeing and self care.

There’s still time to join the #3forMe Challenge on Facebook. The details are in my last post including details of the Facebook group. Hope to see you there.

About Tina Russell

Tina Russell is a Mindset and Wellbeing Blogger and Coach who helps busy women to calm the chaos in their mind and life, prioritise themselves and shine in all they choose to do. After years of not valuing herself and being a perfectionist, Tina suffered from anxiety and exhaustion and knew something had to change. She set about retraining her brain and getting her shine back, making self-care and self-development her passions. Now happier in her life, Tina uses her coaching and influencing skills from her corporate HR career, and years of experience in making positive changes to her life, to inspire and motivate other women to do the same.

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