Category Archives: Happiness

The Best Self Help Books


Cut the Clutter by Cynthia Ewer  How to create domestic bliss

Be Your Own Life Coach by Fiona Harrold

Change Your Life in 7 Days by Paul McKenna

The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck

Goddess by Elisabeth Wilson

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My 30th Birthday and Britney Spears & Tracy Anderson Workout Days 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

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Day 26 I did JLO The Thread, Daily Candy Upper Arms, The Hollywood Workout and my own legs routine. I couldn’t really be bothered to do the Tracy Anderson Bootcamp as it involves a lot of starting and stopping as the video demonstrates lots of different bits of loads of exercises. I think I left it too late to do any cardio.

Day 27 We went into town until quite late and I was completely shattered and went to sleep as soon as we got in, so no exercise for me!

Day 28 I always wake up pretty late in the day and as we had to go to the shopping centre and to a friends house so I didn’t get in as much as exercise as I would’ve liked but this is what I did: Tracy Anderson Bootcamp, Daily Candy Upper Arms, JLO The Thread and The Hollywood Workout. I would’ve liked to have done the Britney Workout but as we didn’t have any of the ingredients in to make the recovery juice (The Britney Workout involves a couple of chest exercises with 5KG weights and I find if I don’t have the recovery juice I’ll ache for days afterwards) I decided to do it the next day instead.

Day 29 It was a lovely sunny day so we sunbathed by the pool for a bit, big mistake as I had an awful splitting headache afterwards (dehydration?) and I could feel the low mood creeping up on me again because I had made the mistake of not listening to my Paul McKenna CD for a couple of days so really the last thing I wanted to do was exercise but if I didn’t exercise it would’ve been over a week since I had last done my Britney Exercise Routine and I really did not have to start from day 1 again. So I forced myself to exercise and although I really did not want to do it with the headache and feeling miserable I actually felt a lot better while I was doing it and felt so much better afterwards, so I think from now on if I don’t fancy exercising I’ll just try and then see how I feel. So I managed The Britney Workout, Daily Candy Upper Arms, TA JLO Thread and The Hollywood Workout (yet again I couldn’t face the stopping and starting of the Tracy Anderson Bootcamp).

Day 30 Today is Day 30 and I thought I would post my exercise for today as I may not get a chance to do it for a while as tomorrow I’m going away for a few days for my birthday! It’s also fitting that this ends on Day 30 as that’s how old I shall be. I’m really not happy about this, I know logically I shouldn’t be upset for managing to exist for 30 years on the earth, but I think all the associations with turning 30 are getting to me- I’m not engaged/married/pregnant/a mother/employed and when you’re younger and you imagine what you’d be like when you’re 30 you kind of think of being really ‘together”. Thankfully I don’t look like some crumpled frumpy woman- as the media would have us believe most 30 year olds would look like, so I suppose at least my appearance deceives my age. Although I may have to start doing some facial exercises just in case!! My boyfriend has lovingly booked some stuff for my birthday week, we’re going away tomorrow and I’m assuming we’re coming back on Thursday although I don’t actually know and where we are going and what we’re doing is also a surprise.

I listened to my Paul McKenna cd last night and it’s definitely made a difference, I was feeling really down in the dumps yesterday but I’ve woken up in a much better mood and feeling very motivated, this is what my exercise for today looked like:

18 minutes full on cardio and then the rest of the hour was made up of step touching, I really do lose my endurance quickly, must try and build myself up to it again and stick to it. I also did the rest of workout B and I feel amazing now afterwards, I think the cardio really does make a difference and I swear regular exercise stops you getting ill, I felt like I was getting a cold last night but now I feel like I’ve sweated the whole thing out.

Britney Spears and Tracy Anderson workout days 24 and 25

Britney Spears and Tracy Anderson Workout Days 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36

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My descent into madness and how I pulled myself out of it and Tracy Anderson and Britney Spears Days 24 and 25

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Day 24 Today was the start of my descent into madness. I basically had a bit of a shock which spiralled into a fastly-approaching-30-year-old life crisis into a “what am I doing with life” “my life is crap” and so on, it wasn’t pretty. I ended up not feeling like myself out all, was pretty all over the place and just felt mentally out of control.

Despite my circumstances (I live in a country which I don’t really like, I don’t know many people here, I don’t have many distractions and I’m unable to get a job and frustratingly I have no idea what to do with my life or how to figure out what I want to do) I’m a pretty positive and happy go lucky person, although I have the occasional annoyances I don’t ever get really down or upset.

So thankfully this occurrence isn’t a regular thing for me, but was a bit of a shock. I had the shock in the morning so after sharing it with a nice online group I underwent the mission of trying to snap myself out of this and functioning like a normal human being again. My first instinct was to dye my hair (I’m such a girl) I thought the change would give me a boost and make me feel more positive about everything, so I planned to go the following day as I had washed my hair already that day and they say it’s best to get your hair dyed on day old hair.

I already needed to go into town so I decided I would use it as opportunity to try and cheer myself up. On the way in I listened to Lady Gaga’s Marry the Night and anything else spirit lifting that I could find; I think when you’re feeling low all you really want is someone who understands or to listen to someone who has been through the whole thing and got through the other side of it, there’s nothing worse then feeling alone in your sadness.

As a treat I bought myself a second hand book for £1.45- I’m on a budget! It was great to get a book that I wanted for so cheap but this didn’t really have the snap-myself-out-of-wallowing-self-reflection which I wanted. So I had a look around and ended up treating myself to some nice food at my favourite cafe. On public transport on the way home I repeatedly thought about how unhappy I am and how much I hate my current situation and constantly had to try and distract myself to hold back the tears.

When I got home my wonderful supportive loving boyfriend had had a really long tiring day at work so unfortunately he wasn’t in the mindset to be a shoulder to lean on so I tried everything I could think of to pull myself out of this- I spoke to a good friend on skype, watched some comedy, very naughtily looked up spoilers for what was happening in the following week for Neighbours (my favourite TV programme) and I NEVER do this- so I must be desperate! None of this worked.

As on day 23 I still had excess energy but wasn’t really in the mood to do a full workout so once again I did Tracy Anderson Connect Arms to try and get rid of the energy.

So after my bf went to bed I had a really big cry and wallowed and dwelled on everything that I’m unhappy with and probably blew everything into a much worse proportion, so needless to say that just made matters much worse.

I crawled into bed armed with Paul McKenna Change Your Life in 7 Days CD ready to play on my iPod to listen to as I went to sleep. I would recommend this CD to EVERYONE! It’s a hypnosis CD which after you listen to you feel motivated, positive, happy and productive actually something you should probably listen to every day.

Day 25 I woke up feeling quite a bit better, definitely due to the “Mind Programming CD” but still a bit teary and low so my mission continued. I got out every single self help book that I own and as it was a sunny day I loaded them in my bag and took them to the pool. I skimmed through the chapters reading anything relevant and after reading various motivating pieces of advice I finally managed to stop feeling like a miserable zombie and more of an enthusiastic person that’s happy to be alive.

Exercise wise I did Tracy Anderson Jennifer Lopez The Thread and Tracy Anderson Daily Candy Upper Arms. Lying in bed, still feeling physically drained from being emotionally all over the place I decided to do a nice nourishing loving yoga dvd to try and repair myself. I did Rodney Yee’s Hip Opening Routine and felt pretty great afterwards and stayed up watching Ellen Hidden Camera Videos and Ellen interviews with Lady Gaga.

Today I still feel better, but I’m not going to ignore the lessons that I’ve taken in since my 2 day mentalness. I’m definitely not content or fulfilled and really need to work on changing that, rather then brushing it under the carpet because I feel better at the moment. I have decided that to start with I’m going to go to at least one class/social event a week where I get to meet new people and I’m going to start doing some charity work to give me more of a purpose.
My days are generally made up of doing my exercise and sitting around on the internet, or occasionally going out to pick something up from town. I think exercise is really important because it definitely lifts your mood and gives you more energy, plus I feel guilty if I haven’t done any for ages, so I’m still going to keep this up but I think I need to have much more structured/productive days to try and make myself happier.

The job situation is definitely a big problem, I’ve applied for countless jobs over here but am yet to get anything and I constantly hear about how it’ll be really difficult for me to get a job because I’m a foreigner so I feel like the odds are stacked against me. I’m going back to England in December until the end of January so I’m going to try and get some work while I’m back to try and make myself feel better.

I think I’m going to do some regular posts on this blog about finding contentment/happiness/fulfilment because although a lot of us may not be concentrating on this because they lead such a busy lives- lives which are full of distractions, ultimately this is probably the most important thing to focus on because deep down the majority of us really aren’t content.

Britney Spears and Tracy Anderson Workout Day 23

Tracy Anderson and Britney Spears Workout Days 26. 27, 28, 29 and 30


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