A Little Compliment Goes A Long Way

Since leaning towards a more vegetarian diet I realised I was struggling with getting enough protein into my diet. I’d always relied on meat as my main source. Having to think outside the box was starting to get me down a bit. I always struggle if I don’t have a plan or I can’t reach for an old trustee. It sounds silly but it’s the reason I wobbled off the veggie bandwagon a couple of times. Especially as it’s not just me that I have to feed.

Little wobbles like this will often throw me entirely off course and usually cause me to bail on goals completely. (Currently, my willpower isn’t the strongest it’s ever been!) It happens quite a lot when I tend to set myself health, fitness or weight loss goals. I know I can’t keep doing the same old things and getting the results I want, but it’s just easier sometimes, isn’t it? And when the days are dark, dingy and dreary I pretty much just want to hibernate!

Trying again

I’ve been trying to be much better with my choices again this week. Trying to get my head right back into the right space to make sensible choices and not just shout “fuck it!” and reach for the doughnuts.

I’ve been lucky to be able to try a few bits from the Superdrug Some Body range* recently though. Their protein pancake mix has been a welcome addition to weekend breakfasts and the popcorn is so good to throw in my bag for an afternoon snack. I prefer snack like this, rather than fruit because they don’t get battered in my handbag.

I did plan to show you a photo here of my pancakes but I ate them before I remembered to take the picture!

Compliments = goals

New research from Superdrug has revealed that for 6 out of 10 Brits a simple compliment in January is the way to stay motivated with New Year goals, with 88% believing more compliments need to be given in January than any other month to encourage, inspire and motivate during the bleak cold winter.

Dr Becky Spelman, Registered Practitioner Psychologist & member of BABCP backs the findings, saying, “When it comes to getting fit, losing weight, or focusing on our health, positive acknowledgement is very useful. Hearing that we are looking good from people and that the time and effort we have invested in our health are bearing fruit, actually spurs us on to do even more.”

Spread a little love

I think this stands all year round, not just in January too. I know that when anyone has ever muttered a nice word in my ear it has perked me up, not just for the day but given me the motivation to keep doing whatever it is I’m doing.

In fact, 1st March is World Compliment Day and I am planning to throw those things around like confetti. I’m not going to force it or say any that aren’t genuine but I’m going to have the confidence to tell that girl at the bus stop I like her shoes or that her lipstick is a nice colour. Whatever it is that passes through my head that I usually dismiss I’m going to say out loud.

I implore you to do the same. Maybe not to strangers, if you’re not that way inclined, but to those around you that you know and love.


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I'm Lojo, Laura or Mother Ruin depending on how you know me. I'm a 30-something, mum of two girls, from Liverpool living in London. I write about the things that interest me which usually involves food, travel, having fun and gin!

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