Rosemary's Blog - 16th January 2017

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Fantastic Facial Flex and Rosemary's top ten tips for recovery after illness.

Last week was an interesting one. The world seemed to be getting back to normal and on the Thursday, there was a major interview in The Times which I had done before Christmas.

The writer, Carol Midgley, was very kind to me and she mentioned that I had told her about the Facial Flex Ultra facial exercise gadget which I use every day in an effort to hold my face together with my advancing years.

It would seem that a vast number of women read the article and we are taking more orders for this product, which we sell in our online shop, than ever before. This is exciting because I know how effective this little bit of kit is and I am evangelical about its effectiveness.

It was originally created by a plastic/cosmetic surgeon who, after reconstructing the faces of burns victims, designed a gadget that would help to develop their facial muscles again. The therapists who were demonstrating the gadget to the patients realised that day by day they were toning up their own faces and looking younger. Wonderfully, the product was then marketed for that very purpose.

I was sent a sample to try several years ago and I became an avid disciple of the product. It really does work. And it’s not surprising. If we exercise our arms and legs, they become stronger and more toned. Why not for our face? And it was learning from teaching exercise and using light weights and toning bands to make our muscles stronger that made me realise that if I increased the strength of the band used with my Facial Flex, I could speed up the process and increase the effect on my facial muscles. And that is exactly what I have done.

If you are of a certain age and decide to treat yourself to a Facial Flex, or already have one, you will want to start off with the No 1 strength of band, changing the band every week to maintain the strength. As soon as you run out of your No 1 bands, use the No. 2 bands. (both 1 and 2 bands are supplied with your Facial Flex). When you feel ready, progress to the No. 3 band, which is what I use. You can order these through our shop.

Your Facial Flex will tone up 30 different muscles down from your cheek bones to your chest. It will help to tone up you jowls, your double chin, your neck and your upper chest area. I absolutely swear by it – and it is significantly cheaper than a face lift!

We’re now in the middle of January and life is very much back to normal after all the festivities. Or is it?

So many people have been struck down with the horrific chest and cough virus and the NHS is creaking under the strain of demand for help. Coughing our way through the night is exhausting and recovery is slow. Our New Year Resolutions to get fit and lose weight don’t feel very appealing yet the need to look after ourselves is in fact more urgent than ever. And we will get better!

Whether you are feeling poorly now or well on the way to recovery, it is really important to know how to care for yourself. Here are my top ten tips:
  1. Drink plenty of fluids – water, tea, coffee, low-cal squashes. It is vital to keep well hydrated whenever we have a cold or bad chest. It significantly aids our recovery.
  2. Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrating and is seen by the body as a toxin or poison. Your body will work overtime to get rid of the alcohol when it should be working to get you back to full health. Drinking too much alcohol will seriously impede your recovery.
  3. Eat regularly. Whilst you may not feel very interested in food, ensure the food you do eat is nutritious. Cereal for breakfast is easy, soup for lunch provides fluid and nourishment, and a small tasty meal for the evening is ideal. I always keep a few ‘left over’ meals in the freezer for times like this.
  4. Avoid high-fat snacks. Biscuits, cakes, chocolate and crisps are not helpful. They add few nutrients and will make you thirsty because of the high salt content in some products.
  5. Don’t exercise. When we have a virus or chest infection it is important that we don’t undertake aerobic exercise. This doesn’t mean you can’t walk round the garden if you are well wrapped up and it’s a sunny day but give aerobics, running or jogging a miss until you are back to almost normal fitness.
  6. Keep warm and chat to friends on the phone. We can get pretty fed up and depressed if we are off from work and not getting the normal stimulation of our friends and colleagues. Sometimes such stimulation can really boost our recovery.
  7. Keep your germs to yourself. If you do go down with the lurgy then try not to mix with others face-to-face.
  8. Doctor’s surgeries vary hugely but if you have trouble getting an appointment and you feel really ill, some doctors will chat to you on the phone at home. It is worth enquiring.
  9. Accept help. If someone is kind enough to offer to go shopping for you, accept. There is no point in being a martyr and feeling you don’t want to bother them. They wouldn’t have offered if they didn’t want to help you.
  10. Don’t rush your recovery. How many people have you seen who begin to feel better and then do too much and have a re-lapse. Be sensible and stay within your limits.
When you feel back to normal health, get cracking with your eating plan and your exercise so you can re-start your diet and fitness regime. We are here to help and support you on your weight-loss journey.
Enjoy it.

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