Friday, 24 February 2017

My Slimming World Journey

Last year I joined Slimming world. I've previously, tried Weight Watchers (where I gained weight...) but after a while of losing my mojo I took the plunge.

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My first class
I'll admit walking into a room full of strangers and the unknown is scary. But when you walk in they just know your a newbie and straight away you're greeted and told where to go and what to do. Which is great! Saves the awkward having to find someone and ask.

My first week
I lost 4lbs! I was amazed! How can I eat pasta and potatoe wedges and lose 4lbs in one week! ONE WEEK. So on this high I continued.

The bump in the road.
I took 2-3 weeks off over Christmas last year and that's where it slowed down. When I went back I'd gained, lost my mojo and kept having half or no loss which is really disheartening.

Turning point
I was bouncing around a few classes trying to find the one for me as my shifts changed. But then I sent a message to my old group leader explaining my loss of mojo since leaving her group and she said to come along late to her class and I could weigh at the end. Brilliant! That group for me is so motivating and helpful, really really supportive and just works for me best.

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Where am I now?
Granted, I'm a little naughty. I like a few treats so I don't have the big losses anymore but I'm happy with losing every week even when it's a small loss it's all adding up. Now I've lost 1st 11lbs in total and yes, still eat a lot of pasta. I was nominated for woman of the year which was really nice. Now I'm hoping to get to 2 stone really soon.

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Where next?
I'm not done. I do want to crank it up now that I've lost that much and dropping jean sizes (which feels like weekly), I'd like to up my gym-game more. I found a new snazzy gym which I love so would like to get my fitness up and really hit my targets.

My little remember me advice
Every week is a new week. No matter how naughty or bad you were last week you have a clean slate to work harder and get a good loss for the following week. And it's only 7 days! Instead of restricting yourself like crazy, I normally say to myself, if I have a good loss I'll have this (pizza) but by the time weigh day comes, I don't really want that pizza anymore or to undo my work.

Have you tried Slimming World? If so share some tips!


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Sleek Matte Me lip creams

Since all the matte lip colours came about I've been working my way through quite a few, buttt I found these I just had to share!

I actually started with one, but now have three...

They're pretty cheap too, only £4.99!! (with the second one half price at the moment) - here

They are quite drying but so many are! The thing I love about these is that yes they're drying BUT has super super staying power, so if you need to lick your lips - it stays, eat, drink - stays, I sometimes add some lip Carmex on top to keep them moisturised without the wet/gloss look, I find Carmex to be more matte than other lip balms.

I find these last me soooo long, it's more like a lip stain, I go hours in uni/work and forget it's on until I pass a mirror. They don't smudge or budge! I love love love them! And the colours are so spot on!

Have you tried them? Or other matte lip creams/lipsticks that you love?


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2017 Goals

I'm not one for resolutions. I'm a bit of a non-believer in resolutions. But this year I did want to take the time to write down some goals, so I can see them in writing and stay focused to achieve and cross them off. 

I set mine out in categories. Life, work/uni and blog. Their nothing major just things I want to do. 

If your looking for ideas to add to your list here's a few of mine. 

Save £1,000 (contingency fund) 
Clear out 1/4 of my clothes (less is more)
Get down to a size 12 (at the moment I'm in a 14/16)
Take a trip (UK or abroad)

To get a first (This is a pretty big goal but I'm working hard for it)
To secure an internship

Run a giveaway 
Reach 200 followers (I have 108 at the moment, but if I work hard I'm sure I can do it)

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Do you have set resolutions or goals for 2017?


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas clear out

Christmas is almost here!

So I've been getting ready for a while now, we all know we'll be bringing home a few presents. So in the run up to Christmas I've been working on using up products and getting rid of anything I don't need anymore. Just making some space feels so good!

My tips! 

  • Work category by category. Get everything out from the one category, so you can see how much you have.
  • Aim to fill a bag/box, start small then build up otherwise it'll feel like you'll never fill it. I used to fill empty Glossyboxes with products/things I didn't want anymore, now l've moved on to bigger boxes. 
  • Good quality/brands pop on Ebay, may as well get some money for your efforts.
  • Bath bombs/smellies you know your saving for a special occasion? You can get more. Use them. Shockingly, I had built quite the collection but I feel so happy I'm now down to less than half that and almost out. 
  • Use one shower gel/shampoo/conditioner until it's all gone. Then move on to the next. I pop all my shower gels in a draw, sample size ones too, even the ones from perfume box sets so I actually can pick one out and focus on just that until it's all gone. 
  • Face wash, if you have more than one get using! (one at a time). If you don't want to use it, get it out. I'm saving my favourite till last, so I can just replace that one when I'm all out.
  • I've also picked out one mascara, liner, 2 half empty perfumes and 5 nail polishes to use until their all gone before I use others.
  • Once you've decided to let go of something, unless your popping it on Ebay, get it out (outside, out of the house just out, gone)
  • And DON'T buy more! Use what you have first

Here's my overwhelmingly big handbag collection

These are the ones that left. Not a lot from what I have, but it's a start.

The hardest part 
Is the clothes!! I admit I still haven't got rid of half as many as I should have. I filled 2 big green bags. It never seems to make much of a dent in the wardrobe. Luckily I know I won't get any clothes this Christmas, so the wardrobe is a work in progress for me.

Do you have a pre-Christmas clear out?


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