Guest Post – Waist Trainer UK

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Today I present to you my first guest post. I have been going back and forth with Gemma who is a mum to two children and has recently changed career from accountancy to internet marketing. She runs Waist Trainer UK and writes a blog as ‘Mummy’s Waisted’, which features family life and small business hacks.

If you didn’t know, I have been on my own path to becoming healthier, fitter, slimmer, toned…and the rest. When I train I like to wear a waist trainer to enhance my work outs and give me the shape I desire. However, mine is coming to the end of its life and I don’t have a clue how to go about finding a new one. Gemma has kindly written a post for us all to help anyone who is in the same boat as me.


How To Choose a Waist Trainer

If you’re new to waist training, or looking for a new product to try, the range of options can seem intimidating. Here’s our tips to help you pick the right one for you:

Body Shape

Waist trainer brands do vary in terms of sizing, and the body length of the garment. So it’s really important that you measure yourself properly, and honestly, and check out the individual manufacturer sizing guidelines. Measure over and under your bust, around your waist and at the top of your hips, and record your measurements in both centimetres and inches.

If you are under 5’4 then Ann Chery is a good brand to try as they do come out shorter. If you are very petite, it may be more comfortable to get a waist trimmer belt as these are much narrower. Check for one which has integrated boning so that you get a similar effect to a waist trainer.

If you are tall, most brands do offer a ‘longer torso’ option (try BVOO). If you have a full bust, it may be more comfortable to choose a waist training vest with adjustable straps, as this will provide more support. Look for ‘wear your own bra’ styles though, so that you’re not too squashed in (check out FeelinGirl).

Goals

Think about what you are trying to achieve with your waist trainer. If you want to lose more than a couple of inches from your waist, choose a style that has three rows of hook and eye fastenings, rather than two rows. This means that you can cinch in more and more.

If you are looking for comfort rather than inch loss, a cincher may be a better option as they don’t have the steel boning. A waist trimmer without boning is another one to try if you’re looking for inch loss; these create a ‘stomach sauna’ as you exercise to increase perspiration.

Lifestyle

The standard number of steel bones in a waist trainer is nine, although there are some brands which offer a 25 bone option for maximum compression and inch loss (the Yianna black latex waist trainer for example).

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If you are going to wear your waist trainer mostly to boost your exercise plan, there are plenty of sporty workout styles available in bold colours. Alternatively, you can find waist trainers in bright or patterned fabrics such as the Ann Chery animal print version. If you want to be discreet, there are plenty of plain options available.

Be prepared to have to hand wash your waist trainer, and dry it away from a direct heat source – on an airer rather than a radiator.


Gemma’s links:

Waist Trainer UK

Facebook – @trainingyourwaist or https://www.facebook.com/trainingyourwaist/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/waisttrainer_uk


I want to say a big thank you to Gemma for writing this post for me and I hope it has been of use to those who are looking for something to make their training more effective.


If you would like to write a collaboration post with me and think we have similar interests, then please get in contact! Either leave a comment in this post, message me, or email me!

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Plan Ahead

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday. We’ve nearly made it another week and can almost cross off another day with that red pen above our calendar. Related image


Now, I don’t know about you, but I always like to have something to look forward to so I have a little goal between my working weeks keeping me sane. Whether that be small or big, it really helps me get through the days.

What kind of goals do I look forward to?

  1. My boyfriend coming down to visit me: 

Every two weeks, my boyfriend who lives over 100 miles away gets on a train and starts his 4 hour journey over to my house. I do sometimes feel bad that he does it more than I do, but I would probably have a breakdown if I attempted to drive over there more than once a month (I get tired easily).

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This may seem like a small thing to look forward to, but when you jump into working full-time and hardly being able to see each other, it becomes something of a luxury. Since being at university together where you’re only down the road, we realise how long distance is definitely not the way forward for us.

  2. Holiday days off work:

We are all entitled to a certain number of days holiday when employed. For me I started with 25 to use however I want across my year working. As it stands, I have 10 left, which is actually pretty good. My aim was to save as many as I could without having a break down so that I can have a big blow out towards the end of my term.

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It’s around now that I have started to plan some more days off and making the most of my time. Having these to look forward to makes a huge difference to me. Not having to wake up to my alarm, not having to make the same commute in I do most days of the week and most of all, not having to sit at my desk ruining my eyes in front of a computer screen…bliss.

 3. Returning to University:

This is one of the bigger goals I very much look forward to. I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait to get back into the lifestyle of an independent student, but I really CANNOT WAIT! If you’ve attended University at any point in your life, you will understand how it feels to be plunged into your own little world and be responsible for everything you do. That may sound scary, but I very much enjoy it.

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Living with your friends, being around thousands of other people your own age, seeing something or someone new every day…at no other point in your life do you experience anything like this. With my end of work placement looming I will be able to relax for a month or so before actually returning which in itself will be amazing.


I have some bigger life goals I am working towards, but for me, right now, the short-term things are what I’m focusing on. Keeping a level-head and not over boiling my mind is so important. Being on top of my work recently has given me an extra boost and I think to myself ‘I can do it’, despite previously thinking that I really couldn’t.


If you feel like your plate is about to over spill then have a think about how you can line up some of your own goals to keep yourself going….it really helps!

Time for Your Interests

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I don’t know about you, but this grey weather is making me feel a bit low. It is truly living up to the stereotype that Britain gets for rain and foggy days. Fingers crossed for some sunshine over the weekend, I’m in much need of some vitamin D!


Today I’m going to let you all in on a little hobby of mine. I have briefly mentioned it before, but I want to explain it in a little more depth.

So, since I was in nursery (4/5 years old) I have always had a passion and interest in drawing and colouring in. Since then I’ve pretty much self-taught myself how to draw and gained my own techniques over time. I did study art at GCSE and A-Level stage, but a lot of it was out of my comfort zone and I felt forced to use materials such as water colour paints in my work when that was one of my weakest tools. Something people don’t realise when choosing to study this is that there’s also a heck of a lot of writing involved. I remember writing endlessly about artists I didn’t have a clue existed and making up some bull**** about how the colours represented some emotion. No offence to anyone who actually gets quite into their art, but for me I don’t buy it.

My favourite style of drawing is photo realism…here’s a few of my A-level sketches:

This obviously takes quite a while to do so I haven’t really found the time to draw anything recently. However, when I finish my placement and have more time I want to finish a few pieces I started a while ago. Making time for your hobbies is so important. For me, it really clears and opens my mind which is actually really relaxing. The stress and pressure of work can take its toll in many ways and will affect us differently, even if you may not realise it.


If you don’t have a hobby and want to take up one then why not start or look into it today?

Birthday Surprise!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


A quick round-up of my weekend for you…I mostly sat around eating the rest of my Easter eggs (bare with me), apart from one event which has now made my life a little bit more painful. SO….In my bedroom stands a floor to ceiling mirror. Being so big the frame of said mirror has to be quite sturdy which in turn makes it rather wide and made of metal. Being the clumsy person I am, I was walking back into my room when I caught the side of my left foot on the base of my mirror. I carried on walking only to leave two of my toes wrapped around the frame where I then heard *crack*…yes my two toes are now black and blue and incredibly painful. YAY ME!


ANYWAAAAAY…I am finally going to let you all in on the birthday surprise I planned for my boyfriends 21st birthday just over a week ago. So he is a massive fan of travelling and loves exploring new places. After mentioning a few places he really wants to visit with me I thought I’d make one of them a reality.

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PARIS! Yes I took him (and myself) to Paris. The only downside was that it was raining pretty much most of the day and my nice white shoes became a new shade of grey. Being students we are limited on our spending and I did splurge on the trip itself, but when we arrived we decided to walk or use the metro instead of taxi’s for most of the day. If you’ve ever tried to use the underground in a foreign country and managed to get around without making any mistakes, then I applaud you. Not only did we not know where we were half the time, but we can’t read or speak French which meant trying to find the correct line and area to go to was a bit of a task.

Eventually we managed to find the Eiffel tower which everyone has to see when they go to Paris of course. I’m not the most patient person so after a lot of moaning and 25,000 steps we finally arrived to see the amazing site. For me to say something was impressive is quite a feat because I’m not easily pleased. If you’re looking for a new travel destination and haven’t visited before I would recommend it highly.

The amount of patisseries is overwhelming and if you’re anything like me and love looking at all the innovative creations then you’ll be in heaven. As we went around Easter time, the main bulk of the food we saw was egg related, not that I’m complaining, although the prices weren’t anything to shout about (other than WOOAH because it’s expensive).


So yeah, that was the main highlight of my time off work as well as visiting friends and family. Who else can say they went to Paris for the day on their 21st birthday? (I know I’m the best girlfriend) 🙂

Shout Outs!

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


It’s finally Friday and I’m buzzing for the weekend! So lets kick off with my first shout out post. Following my previous post I set out to find 10 blogs within my comments that I enjoyed reading and discovering to link within this post (Find it here…). Rather than nominating people for meaningless (in my opinion) awards I have decided that focusing on a more personal level is much more my kind of thing. Here we go:

Avesha Empower – This is a new blogger for me. I LOVE their posts and if you’re looking for a new, interesting read then head over to her page. You’ll find some inspiring, eye opening and all round awesome content.

Dabble – This is a blogger who has been very active within my posts which I LOVE…loyalty is everything people! If you’re an avid reader and enjoy a great read then head over to their blog! Some very inspiring posts on there.

Kelsey Writess – This is a blogger I very much enjoy engaging with. Her posts are bright, bubbly and uplifting. Everyone needs a bit of excitement in their life so if you’re feeling a bit grey, I advise you to give this one a read!

Cole Camp Fire – This is an all rounder blog. Whatever you’re looking for, however you’re feeling, there’s something for everyone on here. Another uplifting blog from a family is always welcome in my mind!

Walk the Goats – This is a blogger I have recently discovered and engaged with. They find a way to manipulate our words into a thoughtful process. Something I have not come across before, but have very much enjoyed reading!

Curiosity – This is a blog I very much loved delving into. Thought provoking and inspiring for those who enjoy quotes and travelling.

Ardor’s Garden – This is a blog I have not seen before, but has opened my mind to something new. With some lovely poetry and heartfelt posts this is one everyone can enjoy!

Today’s Agenda – With such a range of topics that not only inspire, but also educate, how can you not find something that will interest your mind? Check out this blog and see if you can relate!

Kittyd8 – This bloggers page caught my eye from the bright and pleasing home page they have designed. I always find this kind of imagery so calming and inviting. Their posts flow nicely and are so easy to read, worth checking out!

Reverse Science – Another one for those avid readers out there. If you’re looking to challenge your mind and discover something new then head over to this blog. I’ve opened my eyes to a new intelligence!


 

So…congrats to all that have been quoted on this post, that doesn’t mean that the others who commented, but were not chosen are not good blogs. I will be doing another post like this soon so please keep a look out and hopefully I can shout you out too! Thank you to all that participated I really enjoyed reading some new blogs and seeing the diversity within the blogging world!

Wind Down

Good morning fellow bloggers!


We’ve reached the end of the week, I’m proud of us!

The other day I made a post about the importance of relaxing and taking time off work to keep our heads in tact…if you didn’t read it and would like to, then you can find it here.

After this week I think I need to take a page out of my own book, without realising it I am so close to a burnout it’s ridiculous. I haven’t had a day off for over a month now, in my industry, if you don’t take time to clear your head, you will probably go insane. So this morning I have made the executive decision to take a half day so I can gather my thoughts and have a bit of down time. It’s been a stressful one I can’t lie. From my boss throwing a heap load of things to do at me, to taking on new responsibilities. A little overwhelming…

Considering I’m a student I still have a lot to learn and whilst I am flattered to be trusted with some bigger responsibility I feel that a line has been crossed and it’s all a bit too much. Unfortunately the partners who own the company I’m working for do not realise that hiring another employee will solve their stress and work load problems. It’s all well and good having lots of jobs coming in, but if you’re accepting them at the expense of your workers well-being, is it really fair and worth it?

Anyway…rant over, lets move onto enjoying the weekend and making the most of the time we have to ourselves. How do you like to wind down? 

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Having a Large Following

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Now don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t some quick fix to getting a load of followers like some people promise, nor is it about me being the most popular blog on WordPress…because I’m most definitely not.


I want to talk about something that has been cropping up quite a lot in various comments I see on both mine and other bloggers posts. This is the somewhat desperation/want to increase ones following, likes and traffic. I understand that some people write their posts purely to see those numbers increase and to make money, but is that the most important thing? In my opinion…no, but others would disagree and I appreciate that.

My main point that may make you feel a bit better about your blog if you fall into this category looks at the real stats. The stats you should be taking notice of are the percentages of your followers who are actually engaging with you and your posts. It’s all well and good having thousands and thousands of followers, but if they don’t actually FOLLOW you then is it really worth it?

I personally follow a few blogs with multiple thousands of followers and there’s two in particular that I see a disparity between. One has close to 6000 and one has close to 8000. The blogger with 6000 has a very loyal, consistent and eager audience where they receive more than 30% of their following interacting, however, I often see the blogger with 8000 receiving less than 5% of their total. Now, this is just from my own observation and I follow blogs because I enjoy reading their content and have made some amazing friends.

When it comes to my own blog, I quite often see more than 20% of my following interacting with my posts which is amazing. Obviously not everyone will be there to comment, like or whatever else, but the fact that as many of you actually do makes me very warm inside!

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What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blogging or how many followers, visitors, likes, comments and love you receive on your posts. What matters is the people who support you, the content you write is the best you can make it and you enjoy blogging!


Moral: Make decisions for the right reasons, not just to see those figures rise!

The Depths of my Mind

Good morning fellow bloggers!


It’s already Wednesday, I don’t even know where the week has gone, but I’m glad its coming to an end and did I mention I have next week off? Because I have next week off and I’m still buzzing! Check out my latest post where I tell you again here.

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Here’s another clue as to what I’m up to next week

I’m going to prepare you for this post now so that you don’t judge me, think I’m too weird or an alien or something. So when I was younger I used to come up with some strange conspiracy theories, just in my head, I never told anyone. As none of us know what comes next after life, I would think deeply about some crazy ideas as to what could or would be cool to happen.


To start with, I would think about many different things that might happen to use when we die. I don’t know if this was to make me feel better about the thought or what, but I always felt like my mind works in a very unique way. I felt as if I was in touch with something of a fictional dream. Now I would say that I sound like a nutter, but I’m actually quite sane I promise…bare with me!

I’m going to let you in on one of my many many thought processes. I’m not sure how to even start this sentence, so here it goes, what if when we pass, you can see all the statistics of your life. So for example, how many times you said certain words, what job you were meant to do, who you were meant to marry etc. This is something I used to hope for because how cool would that be? Obviously no one really knows, if you believe in that kind of thing…so maybe I’m right?

Another little thing I used to think about was plumbed into my head by my grandmother. Ever since my granddad passed away she always felt his presence and said that when we need him, he will be there. I somewhat thought she was a nutter as well, until one day, this exotic looking bug attached itself to my bedroom window (there’s not a lot of things that are exotic in Britain). You’re probably thinking, that’s so random what has that got to do with anything?! Now, don’t judge me for this because it’s going to sound a little strange and I don’t know if I even believe it myself. HOWEVER, this bug remained on my window for the next 3 months during my exams. I obviously wasn’t in my room constantly so it probably went away at points for food and stuff, but every time I checked, it was there. In the back of my head, I felt like it was either a watchful eye, or had stepped in some superglue before landing on my window.

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(Not the actual bug I saw so you know)

To me…it doesn’t matter, I will believe what I want to believe and I will continue to over think this world and life.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the depths of my imagination, I’ve never told anyone these things so think yourself lucky!


Moral: Maybe I’ve sussed everything out and the government will come looking for me!

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


A quick update carrying on from yesterday’s post. So to sum up what’s been going on since one of my family members was diagnosed with cancer… Yesterday she went in for life changing surgery and so far we have heard positive news from the nurses. To be honest my stomach made its way back up to the normal position after it dropped hearing the news last week so it’s looking good at the moment. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it here.


Onto some more uplifting topics…(slightly) 

If you didn’t already know, I’ve got a week off work next week and I’m absolutely buzzing…yes I’m going to say it everyday until it happens so you’ll just have to deal with it….here’s a clue though….

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I find that when I plan to book a day or a few days off work I need to make the most of it as I’m limited on how many I have left to take. However, even if I just fancy a day off I will do it because having that down time where you don’t have to set your alarm, you don’t have to rush in and get bored with your journey every day and most of all you can do whatever you want (within reason) is soooo important

My older brother hasn’t taken a day off in the last four months which, to me is absolutely crazy and I don’t know how he’s still functioning. What I have noticed however, is how his stress levels are now slowly increasing day by day. Sometimes, even if you feel like you’re on top of everything, others will realise the changes before you do. Being stressed at work quite often results in snapping at the small things at home which obviously creates unnecessary tensions between you and your family…not ideal let’s be honest.

How do you deal with the stresses of work life? 

As I said before, taking the days off that you are entitled to are a great start to relieving that pressure so you don’t burn out. I know how it feels to have your boss/bosses looking over you, expecting you to perform above and beyond your job description. Even when you love your job, things can become overwhelming and you must remember, you’re only one person and you know your limits.

It’s completely normal to be a bit stressed after a hard day in the office, but is it fair to take it out on those around you at home? Not really.

Keep your energy levels high! Quite often we can find ourselves in a rut when it comes to diet and exercise. With such little time to prepare a healthy meal, relax, sleep and get back to work it can be so easy to just get a McDonald’s or order in a takeaway. I understand how hard it can be to fit it all in, but I have managed to personally persevere and get into a routine of preparing double the amount for dinner so I have enough for lunch at work the next day. Not only does this take off the pressure and time you would have spent making something in the morning, but you also benefit from that healthy boost midday.

Making sure you get enough sleep is something a lot of people overlook these days. It’s just as important as a healthy diet. Sleep allows your body to regenerate and enable you to start again the next day. Get rid of those shopping bags under your eyes, and YES it does also help with weight loss so I want all of you to go to sleep and shed those pounds!


Moral: Healthy body, healthy mind…It works both ways people! Be smart and go to sleep!

Surprises and…Surprises?

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I’m going to set the mood with a few things that have been going on in my life recently.

To begin, last week I was given some of the worst news I think I’ve ever heard in my life so far…One of my family members has been diagnosed with cancer. I have never really been faced with hearing this word before, but I can tell you it is one of the most cutting. For a few days I obviously had to let my emotions out and come to terms with what is actually happening and going to happen.

I felt like all hope was lost and I didn’t know how I was going to cope with this. However, I’ve gathered my thoughts and tried to keep calm so I can maintain a positive attitude. One of the easiest things to do in this situation is to shut yourself away, but it’s also one of the worst. Having people around to support you, people who are sometimes going through or have experienced the same thing are more than willing to help you through such a tough time.

Today my said family member is going in for an operation to hopefully improve their quality of life, extend their life and get them back on track again. Every inch of me is crossed for them and I remain positive, yet realistic.


Anyway, I had to let that out so now onto some good news…

Next week I have 7 days off work for my boyfriends 21st birthday which I am buzzing for. The best thing is that I’ve booked a surprise for him which he has no clue as to what it may be. He’s one of these people who is so easily pleased you could give him a lemon and he’d be thankful for it. To be honest, he may even pass out when he finds out what we’re doing.

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If you want to know what it is too then you’ll just have to wait until April for me to talk about it…sorry not sorry.

Not only do I get a break, but it’s also pay day for me next week which takes us to the end of March already…where has 2018 gone already?! This week needs to fly by so I can take my mind off work and focus on eating and drinking nice things (within my diet). 

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Moral: When things in life don’t go to plan, the best thing to do is to take a step back and make a new plan!