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!

I Want my Mummy!

Good evening fellow bloggers!


I’m a bit later than usual today, but I had a day off work and obviously had to make the most of it!


 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends and haven’t struggled to get through the Monday blues! Good thing is…we’re nearly half way through the month and because it’s February we get a shorter one so that’s kind of a positive (you have to dig for them sometimes).

I had an early Valentines celebration this weekend and being the good girlfriend I am I cooked the boy an indulgent breakfast which consisted of four Nutella filled crepes with a dusting of icing sugar and a side of bacon…here it is (one half eaten).

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I’m no professional, but if I do say so myself they looked and tasted like my diet was watching over me! Sometimes you just need a bit of Nutella on a sugary carb blanket!


Anyway…..I’ve been thinking about my future yet again, something that will be happening to me and is fast approaching. I have to decide the exact profession I go into for the rest on my life (screams internally).

Haven’t I already decided that by being at university for two years?

Well yes sort of. See I study Architectural Technology, however I want to do straight Architecture. You may be thinking that there isn’t really a difference between the two. Unfortunately for me there is and if I carry on with my course I cannot call myself an Architect and may be limiting my salary in the far future. However if I decide to do the Architecture course then I am setting myself up for a whole lot more debt and study time.

WHO SAID BEING AN ADULT WAS FUN!

Decision making scares me and I don’t feel adult enough to make them yet. You know when you lose your mum in the supermarket and you have a little panic attack then have to contemplate asking one of the workers to call her over to the reception desk on the tanoy (however you spell it)? That’s the best way I can describe becoming an adult!

I don’t know if I just had a breakdown or helped myself, but if you’ve made it to here I hope you didn’t judge me too much.


Moral: You will always land on your feet and your mum will always find you if you get lost in the fruit section (they have some sort of child radar I think).

Results

Good morning peoples! How was your weekend? …I may have caved to having a creme egg, but I felt bad about it and I won’t do it again…(that means it’s okay, right?)

Anyway, I’m coming to the end of my first month trialling my new healthier lifestyle. What is keeping me going? Mainly the pair of really expensive leggings I couldn’t fit into four months ago that I tried on again yesterday which now fit! RESULTS!

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Physically seeing results is one of the best feelings knowing all your hard work is actually paying off and you’re doing something right! Not only do you see results in a healthier you, but in anything…a business’ turnover, studying for your exams, building new relationships…anything you’ve worked hard for will give you the results you’re hoping for.

 

I suppose the main thing is perseverance. Without it, how would you achieve anything? At first obviously you may not see any changes straight away, and I think this is where a lot of us go wrong. I always struggled to stay on track with eating better, and this is the first time I have seen any real changes in myself. My motivation is sky high at the moment.

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How have I managed it? Why is this time different? ….Well taking it slow is a key factor in this. I haven’t been able to go to the gym because I had two operations on both of my feet about a month ago and am still recovering, however I have been doing what I can. Easing yourself into something is the best way to achieve goals you want to be long term. Once my feet have fully healed I will then go back to the gym and give myself that boost to really start showing my hard work. Typically in weight loss your rate of losing slows down as your body becomes used to routine. This is why when dieting you must make it a lifestyle change that you can uphold rather than a temporary boost. So..once I see my body getting used to my new eating plan, I will push myself in the gym to keep it going.

 

Moral: Slow and steady achieves results!

Be Your Own Boss

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We’re so close to Friday! We can do this!

Another day in the office, another boost to my motivation. Are you fed up of someone always being ‘above’ you ? Someone always watching over you to make sure you’re performing well FOR THEM? …me too.

Now is the time for you to change that. You know how it feels to be just an employee. You know how it feels to me metaphorically Sh** on. What’s the resolution?…Be your own boss! Choose your working hours, employ people to be part of a supportive team, do what you love and most of all be successful in life. Sounds like a perfect world right? Well let’s go and grab it!

I have heard some of the people I work with saying ‘I can’t leave this place, I’ve got a child and it’s just comfortable income’. Does that sound like someone with any motivation for greater success? Not to me it doesn’t. I understand the uncertainty of having another job lined up if you’re looking to leave the one you’re already in…but sometimes these risks can change your lives for the better. Do you want to regret something that could’ve been a turning point for you and/or your family?

After working at the very bottom of the chain I have quickly realised, this is not where I want to spend my working life. I want to be different, I want to stand out, I want to have something no one else has…I want to be my own boss!

What’s stopping me from having all of that? Well…nothing really, maybe a bit of funding, which is quite common I assume. However, I am more than willing to stick at something for a year or so to raise what I need for my goals. It’s quite simple, just takes a little bit of time.

This week I have written out all of my start up ideas in my lovely new notebook ready to be built. At the back of my notebook however, I have a list with boxes that need to be ticked. What does this list consist of? All of my goals, short and long term. If I’m ever feeling a bit low, or have lost some of my motivation, I turn to those pages and look straight at the words of my future!

Moral: It’s never to late to follow your dreams, don’t make your goal a regret, make it reality!