My Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Who is looking forward to the bank holiday on Monday?…

THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE!

Not only do I get a free day off, but I’ve also snuck in two more days off, so a five-day weekend is heading my way (internally screaming).  Does my boss know I’m not in? No…Am I looking forward to his reaction when he realises I’m not at my desk? Hell yes (even though I won’t be there to see it…shh).

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? 


How many of you are always up for trying the latest diet trends?

How many of you feel like you’re constantly on a diet?

How many of you feel like giving up because you’ve tried everything, but nothings working?

Let me ask you this then…are you being completely honest with yourself?

I have been trying to stay healthy and make good lifestyle choices, but in my mind I know I could’ve been that little bit better. I can empathise with how difficult it can be to find foods that are interesting and tasty. No matter how many products are brought out onto our supermarket shelves and make health benefit claims, they always seem a bit too green for me…not very appealing.

What’s the next step?

For some people, the gym is not an option, but if it is, then even by going once or twice a week it 1. is more than you were doing before and 2. is a great starting point to build up from. If you hate the thought of sweating and working out in front of people then I highly recommend connecting your computer to your TV or getting the YouTube app on your TV. Why? The amount of exercise videos on there are insane. There’s no need for you to go out and buy one of these cringe DVD’s made my a ‘celebrity’ that used a PT to get fitter.

What do I recommend?

I personally, from experience find that HIIT work outs are the most effective.

HIIT is a training technique which involves intense bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by varied periods of low-intensity active rest, or complete rest. HIIT can be a great option for staying in shape when time is an issue, as you can get an amazing fat-burning workout in 20 minutes or less.

So, if you want to get great results from only a short work out, then this is the one for you. I have been doing the Joe Wicks (Body Coach) one which is available on YouTube.

Don’t feel bad about having a cheat day!

Everyone needs a balanced diet to function. Depriving yourself of the foods that contain higher fat percentages is actually more likely to make you gain weight when you may have them in the future. Maintenance is key! Having a day where you eat some ‘bad’ foods keeps your body used to digesting them. Remember, calories are your energy source, cutting them low and limiting your intake is damaging.

I have a cheat day every Saturday because it’s the first day I’m not at work so there’s nothing to distract me from snacking…unless I’m shopping. Allowing myself this day then curbs my cravings for sugary, fatty, salty treats. Do I feel better for it? Yes actually, I don’t get that guilt after eating a doughnut, or half a bar of chocolate because of the good work I’ve done all week.


 

Moral: If you feel like there’s no where left to turn, go back a few steps and see what could be changed to alter your path ahead!

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).

Yianna waist trainer

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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My life as a student…so far

Good morning fellow bloggers! 


For those of you who have read some of my other posts, you will know that I am a student currently on a year out work placement. How did I get here?

To be honest I struggled to get here, but I fought my way through and am more determined than ever to get to the top.


My more life changing decisions began when I was in sixth form (I have already written a post about this so I’ll keep it brief). I had to complete two years of study before I could pick my profession for university. In my first year I had chosen Maths, Economics, Government and Politics, and Art & Design. Sounds impressive, but due to health issues I missed almost half a year of study which dramatically affected my grades. In fact, I was close to not being let back in to continue my second year. After fighting my corner, I ended up studying Art & Design, Economics and Film Studies (2 years of work in 1 year). My final year was probably one of the toughest experiences I have faced in life so far (all 21 years of it). Having to come back to what I saw was a place of anxiety and put all my energy into my work without dwelling on the past (a lot of past) is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

Anyway we won’t talk about the grades I received (highly embarrassing), but we will talk about how I resolved what seemed like the end of the world (not getting my desired university place). After going through a such rigorous selection process to secure a potential position at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture only to have it torn away from me, I found myself in a dark ditch I thought I could never dig my way out of. What was I to do? Where do I turn?

Well, there’s always another option which is something I think we all need to remember in life no matter what stage we are at. For me, the best option was to go through clearing…in turn turned out to be the best decision I’ve made so far.


Where am I today?

Today, I sit at a desk with an amazing support system surrounding me. This being my family, work colleagues, friends and tutors. I have gone on a few journeys from a young age, this one has been the most educational and life changing one. I felt like I just floated around and got by in my first a second year at university simply trying my best and learning as much as I could having never studied the subject before.

But what has really made me who I am? The answer is this placement. By putting in 7 months of time and effort to secure it I believe I’ve landed firmly on my feet and they’re not moving anywhere. Not only have I matured as a person, but my skills have grown exponentially, more than I could have imagined before starting here!

They say that taking a placement year is the best thing you can do for yourself and your university studies…I can confirm, they’re right!

I cannot wait to start my third year and put my new skills to the test, I’ll be blogging my journeys all the way through so stick with me because we can do this!


 

Moral: If at first you fail, try and try again, you can do it, I believe in you!

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Join me on my Journey

Berry-smoothie

*sighs*

Another day in the office, staring at the same screen, in the same place once again (yawns dramatically). I’m lucky I’m only here on a year out for experience, I don’t think I could hack this for the rest of my life. I suppose that’s the main reason for my drive and passion to achieve more than one averagely might hope for.

The other thing I’m struggling with at the moment is the fact that McDonald’s have rumoured to be releasing a new 50 chicken nugget box!…any one else? One of my smaller targets this year is to limit my fast food/unhealthy food intake, and being away from University makes it a lot easier to be honest. No dirty chicken shops on every street corner waiting to ruin my insides, no Deliveroo at my beacon call. I needed this year out not only for my work experience, but also for my health. Do you have any weaknesses when it comes to food?

I’m thinking of posting a few of my meals, snacks and substitutes to inspire anyone who is as fussy as me when it comes to eating and trying healthier new foods. Will this be helpful?…maybe, will anyone actually be inspired to do the same?…hopefully. Even if I inspire one person to come on this journey with me to become a healthier, happier, wealthier and more determined member of society then I’ve already achieved one of my many goals.

 

(I’m also yet to buy my own notebook to make all these lists I keep on about!)