Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hello October

Okay so it's not until tomorrow, but today it definitely feels like it. Walking home from work the other day I noticed all the leafs on the ground and it finally hit me. It's slowly been getting colder and colder, and now I definitely do feel a chill in the air and have finally bought new winter tights!

 As it's getting chillier and chillier I've pulled out all my Jumpers and my Mom's too! This is hers and it's going to be a tug of war over the next few months as we both love it. It's from New Look and is so nice and cosy! I paired it over my pleather skater skirt from Topshop and my Zara studded high-tops. Finishing the look off with a statement necklace and a pink lip to match my pink tips! I love having pink hair, I feel like me, it's also great as I can tie it up in a nice bun to cover it for work which is the  best of both worlds! If anyone's wondering what dye it is, it's this one here from Boots! It lasts about 10 washes on my hair until it starts looking a little bit grubby but at €5 you can't complain too much. I'm dying my hair back Brown soon but I hope to get another few weeks to be fun and frivolous! Next stop is my nose piercing, but I'll leave that topic for another day. Mama won't be too happy, so let's not tell her yet! 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Little Chit Chat

No time like the present to start talking about this, I've debated writing this for awhile now 
Since I've booked my trip to Asia and Australia back at the start of July I've decided to overhaul my life in every way shape and form. I've been in a lull since leaving University. It's scary. It's scary not knowing what you want to do, and when you compare your career journey to other people's then you're left even more scared and feelings of worthlessness creep in. One day I had enough, I decided to take control of my life.
I decided to book my flights, explore the world and come home fresher and ready to go after my career. I feel like I'm been a "wisher" instead of a "doer" for so long and there's really no time like the present. I've been scrimping and saving and working really hard to achieve this dream. With that comes being healthy, both physically and mentally and I decided to get fitter and eat healthier. I want to be able to run 5K with ease and just become fitter in general. With exercise I decide to cut a lot of shit out of my diet. I also made the decision to cut out Alcohol for the most part. I've mentioned before I wasn't a terribly bad eater,and always made room for fruits and vegetables but I wanted to overhaul everything and worked really hard on my nutrition and re-educating myself. After about 5 weeks I'd lost 14.5lbs. Purely be walking 4-7K a day and by using the My Fitness Pal App to monitor what I was eating. 

Fast forward a few weeks, after cutting out a lot of bread, I was sick of Chicken Salad, and I was sick of how mundane my food choices were. I wasn't enjoying it and was feeling deprived. I knew I had to do something and I decided to look into Slimming World. I have heard so many great things about Slimming World and have friends and family who have been successful on the programme. I did a bit of research and was shocked with how much food you can eat on Slimming World. It's not a diet, but a Lifestyle change, which is exactly what I wanted. Loosing motivation to continue on my own, one Tuesday my friend and I attended our local group, and the rest is History.We were welcomed in with open arms and we've both seen great results. I've lost about 30lbs in the last 3 months and couldn't feel better. I can honestly I'm really enjoying it. It's probably the most healthiest "diet" going and you're encouraged to eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible, as well as enjoying your treats. I've been quite reluctant to discuss this, but it's going to become more and more obvious in the next coming weeks when I finally get back to doing OOTD''s - I promise I will!

Anyway I just wanted to bring you all up to speed on where I am. If anyone wants me to do a monthly post let me know. I don't want to do a weekly post as I don't want this space to be about weight loss as I understand it can be quite triggering for some people and I don't think it would be appropriate. I want to reiterate that I'm doing Slimming World and exercising to feel good about myself and to become fitter in preparation for my trip, and of course after. I'm always going to be curvy,as it's my natural shape. I've never thought I'm ugly or unattractive because I'm plus sized and I certainly don't think anyone else is unattractive. I'm as always wholeheartedly behind the Plus Size community and will always be appalled at Body Shaming and Food Nazi's and that will never change. Everyone has the right to look they way the want, wear what they want, eat what they want without any judgement or criticism.

 I hope this made a little bit of sense. I really don't know when this journey will end or where it will lead but I'm happy and proud of myself that I'm on it.