Friday, 31 January 2014

A work in progress: getting fit and healthy.

If any of you have read  my earlier post about my new year resolutions you will all know that one of them was to try and become a much healthier person in general. I feel as though so many of us go on short term diets that don't really work out for the long term, and having tried this myself I know it can be the most De-motivating situation ever.

On account of this I decided that I wanted to really work at trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle rather than set myself unrealistic short term goals like losing weight or getting a six pack. I think the reason so many people struggle with this issue is that they don't think about it seriously enough or set themselves goals they can actually achieve. Instead, they worry about eating a chocolate bar while they are supposed to be on a diet, and feel enormously guilty when they don't make time to go to the gym.

As unexpectedly as ever the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year are going well so far and I'm actually finding it easier and easier as time goes on.

Here are some of the things I've been doing:

Eating a healthy balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This sounds like a really easy thing to do yet is something so many of us forget. I'm pretty sure there are many of us who skip breakfast or 'grab something' on their lunch break. I have started to set an alarm on my phone to make sure I eat regular meals, and not only that but I have also been planning my meals the day before, and as a result I actually feel excited and look forward to eating them. Even on the days I have work I will prepare fresh salads or wholemeal sandwiches the night before to help keep up my routine.

Being healthy 80 percent of the time.

Because lets face it, saying no to dessert all the time is depressing. We need to keep some of the foods in our lives that we enjoy and indulge a little now and again. If I am craving a chocolate bar by resisting the urge I am only making myself more likely to over indulge when I eventually do give in to my cravings. So instead I have proposed that instead of denying myself to go for dark chocolate which has more nutrients and try to  eat only a few squares. I want to be in the mindset that its okay to have a little bit of what I fancy every now and then as long as I try to put good food in my body the rest of the time.

Using vegetables to fill my plate.

I'm extremely lucky with this one because I actually really enjoy vegetables, and have been trying to eat as many portions as possible with lunch and dinner. I have found that by substituting the empty carbs with freshly cooked vegetables I feel fuller, less bloated and have bags of energy. And its such an easy way to make sure your body is getting proper nutrients from the food you put into it.
Drinking lots of water.

I always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go, and for the past month I have been swapping fizzy drinks for an icy glass of water with fresh strawberries and lime wedges (delicious!).
Make exercise part of your routine.

 This wasn't too difficult for me as I actually really enjoy exercising, however I lacked motivation. I just found it hard to make an effort to go all the way into town to go to the gym, so instead I signed up to a few Zumba classes a week, bought a few work out DVDs and started going on walks, which I am hoping to turn into runs in the near future. After I got back into it with Zumba I started signing up to different classes which were much more intense. It really is such a good idea to plan to go to something you enjoy every week whether it is yoga or a dance class as you look forward to it and it doesn't even feel like working out. I also found that I am more motivated when I am surrounded by other people trying to get fit, not to mention it is a great way to meet new friends!

Limit your alcohol intake.

Most people love alcohol, and I am certainly no different, however, with alcohol comes calories and hangovers and with hangovers comes cravings for sugary, salty foods. I'm not saying I never drink alcohol, but I have started to enjoy drinking more now that I limit myself to a few gin and sodas. By not over indulging in alcohol I spare myself a hangover (and my dignity!), and find myself fresh as a daisy the next day.

Only buy healthy foods.

If you don't buy it you can't eat it, and although most of us like to have sweets stashed away for a duvet day it is important not to make it a part of your routine. Buying only healthy foods encourages you to eat healthy as you no longer have the temptation of unhealthier foods.

 


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Thursday, 30 January 2014

A lazy beauty product.

I've often found it an absolute chore to moisturize my body regularly. I've bought various body butters hoping to smell like honey or ginger bread, yet I find that when it comes to actually applying these supposedly luxurious products I am as lazy as they come.

I hate the monotonous task of drying myself after a shower and then waiting for a while before applying cream that is so thick it seems to leave a residue on my skin and hands for a whole day. It might smell nice but it is not exactly practical.



I bought the Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil from The Body Shop and  I seem to have gotten a really good deal as I only paid about £3.50 for this in the sale and yet I know for a fact most of the oils in the other fragrances retail at around £8.00.

This little oil has put my body woes to an end as it is really the fastest and least messiest way to moisturize the whole body. I simply rub this into damp skin as soon as I walk out of the shower, dry off with a towel and it leaves me with gorgeous skin that smells as sweet as a nut! (I couldn't resist.)

I also noticed that this can be used on the face and hair and although I have never tried either I am such a fan of multi-use products. I really do feel this is great value for money and although it is a little bottle you only need to use a teeny amount so it is guaranteed to last ages.I should also point out that it is a dry oil formula so it doesn't leave you feeling sticky at all, and it also doesn't sting your legs in the way creams do if you use it straight after shaving.

All in all I'm ecstatic to have added a great new beauty regime to my routine and will definitely be purchasing another Body Shop oil when this one runs out (albeit full price).

PS I would also like to apologize for the poor quality photograph (I blame the scottish weather!), but this product is pretty self-explanatory.


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Got2b Texturising Salt Spray...

Salt sprays seem to be hot stuff about now and despite having seen umpteen reviews on different brands I found that I actually didn't have a clue what they were for up until a few weeks ago. I spotted this spray on offer in Superdrug and letting curiosity get the better of me, popped it instantly in my basket.


I envisioned myself sporting beautiful mermaid style waves once I sprayed this through my towel dried hair but when my hair dried it just looked like a frizzy mess. I was so disappointed that I shoved it away thinking it would never be used again.



However, I was straightening my hair in preparation for a night out last week when i noticed it looked a little flat and lacked volume or texture; two of my pet hates. I remembered this product and sprayed it through the lengths and ends of my hair which seemed to give it an instant boost of volume and really enhanced my layers!

I'm pretty sure this product is aimed for those of us who have fine hair with little texture and I imagine that this would be a wonder product for them, but for now its a nice little hair spray that gives my hair a boost for a night out, and I'm just grateful I didn't splurge on a more expensive one!
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Monday, 6 January 2014

They are not resolutions; they are lifestyle changes.

It would seem that every year at the beginning of January I sit down and make crazy lists titled 'new year resolutions'. These lists contain things I want to do or accomplish, and basically anything that pops into my head (marry Ryan Gosling was on last years list). However, having never been able to stick to these vast lists I decided that this year would be different and that instead of writing down crazy things i want to do (re climb kilimanjaro) I would make just a few simple changes to my life that will hopefully stick by me for the forseeable future.

1. Spend more quality time with friends. This year I definitely deserve the bad friend award. whether it is replying to texts or actually following through with plans I really need to make more of an effort to see and speak to my friends and not just when it is convenient but actually make the effort to spend quality time with them. As I have gotten older I have found I desire less crazy nights out and more naps, but that doesn't mean to say I need my friends any less and sometimes a coffee and a gossip is more than enough from the ladies (or gentlemen) in your life.

2. Find a skincare routine I can actually stick to. I am the worst beauty blogger on the planet when it comes to skincare. I don't even know what suits my skin or even what my skin type actually is. No matter how many expensive skincare products I go out and buy I never seem to be able to incorporate them into my routine and things often get quite chaotic (By chaotic I mean forgetting to take my make up off or using 5 different products in one day not actual chaos which would be entirely overwhelming and just plain frightening.). I have therefore decided that I will be speaking to a lot more *deep breath* consultants this year to find out what I actually need to be using on my skin rather that buying whatever is on offer. I am also going to start using masks once a week as my skin can get a little dull this time of year. I just hope it will all be worth it.

3. Save a little money every month. Okay, this one is probably going to be the hardest for me as I'm a self confessed shopaholic obsessed with high end make up and handbags, but after the financial struggle that was 2013 and of course the fact I am once again a student I have learned the importance of the phrase 'saving for a rainy day'. I have decided to only indulge once a month on things I can justify spending the money on, instead of spending what I have on things I don't need which has pretty much always been the case for me.

4. Eat clean. Get lean. Not as bad as it sounds. I will most definitely not be dieting or going to the gym 7 days a week, but I want to start putting things into my body which I know are actually doing my body good. I think I am going to start by drinking plenty of water and trying to stay as hydrated as possible as well as eat balanced meals. Instead of dieting, which never really works for anyone (does it?!) I want to try to be as healthy as possible 80 percent of the time and if I slip up and have the occasional takeaway then I'm not going to be too hard on myself. I also think that rather than putting pressure on myself to go to the gym I am going to go on lots of long walks and try to do an exercise class a couple of times a week.

5. Blog more. Yup you all know what I am talking about. Life can sometimes get in the way of blogging and make it hard to sit down and write, but I have decided that 2014 will be the year of scheduled posts. If I can get just one free day from work or uni to sit down and write then I will do my posts for the whole week. Blogging is extremely important to me and I want anyone who reads or follows my blog to know that while they are reading, which is why I will never make a half-hearted attempt.

So those are the main things I want to work on in 2014. If anyone has any interesting resolutions or a similiar post please let me know? :)
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Friday, 3 January 2014

Christmas beauty haul!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a magical Christmas and a brilliant new year! I've been meaning to get a little post up showing you guys some of the beauty related things I got for Christmas, but as I am most likely going to do a review for some of these this post will just mostly be photography based!


I would also like to add that I am in no way bragging and know that I am extremely lucky to have been given such amazing presents this year and that people have spent a great deal of time choosing beautiful gifts that they knew I would enjoy so I am very grateful!


I hope you enjoy looking at all the beautiful, beauty related gifts I received from family, friends and my boyfriend. Could not have did better this year! I also hope you will all enjoy some of the reviews scheduled next week on some of these things!


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