Thursday, 29 January 2015

Getting Healthy - Week One.

As promised, here is a blogpost about how I found my first week of my online health and fitness programme with Timmo, and of course any progress made - sorry this post is a little later than intended due to crap internet and being unwell, but better late than never right.

If you don't know what I am talking about, I have been completing an online health and fitness programme for just over a week now which I spoke about in my last blogpost which you can find here, you can also find out more about Timmo and his personalised fitness plans on his website which is here or facebook pages which you can find here.

I have never followed such a strict diet and fitness plan before, so it was quite challenging, however not in the ways which I expected. When I think of diet plans, often expect to feel hungry and to crave unhealthy foods, however I found this to be quite the opposite. I found myself to constantly feel full. I did however struggle to eat all of the food on my diet plan as I do have quite a small appetite. 

I took a some quick iphone snaps of two of my meals to give you an idea of what kind of things I was eating, I meant to take more, but I always found myself tucking into my food before I remembered. 

Omelette with spinach, tomatoes and onion 

Salmon Fillets with courgette and spinach

My food plan cater specifically to my pescetarian diet, meaning my meals including a lot of veg, egg and fish, which was I actually found really enjoyable, none of my meals were boring, which I think a lot of the reason people don't always eat healthy is because they perceive healthy food as being boring - this is not the case. I also found myself trying out some food I'd never thought to try before, and enjoying them, such a quinoa and almond milk. My favourite meal of the week was a seafood paella which I will definitely be eating more from now on.

I would say a diet plan like this would not be great for the girl (or guy) who is always in a rush, I found myself spending a lot more time than usual cooking and preparing food. I also found myself spending a lot more money on food, which I did expect.

If you intend to complete one of these diet plans, one thing I would advise is to write a shopping list as soon as you get the plan and buy everything in one go - I didn't do this, I bought bits in dribs and drabs and found it to be a lot more hassle than it needed to be. This however is nobody fault but my own. 

As for the fitness side of things - I had four works out per the week, 2 strength and 2 cardio with a rest day between each. The work out plan was much more sustainable than I had expected.  It's nice to know I can concentrate on getting fit without it taking over my life.

I did find the workouts difficult, (but isn't that the point of them?!) of course I'm not the fittest, and the harder you work the more results you'll see. Timmo sent me instructions on how to complete all of the work outs and stretches correctly - however with some of the strength exercise I did find myself looking them up on youtube and I am quite a visual person I sometimes struggle with simply reading instructions, so maybe Timmo should considering creating some instructional videos, as I think it would be a great way to improve the plan, as I still found myself not feeling completely sure I was completing all the exercises entirely correctly. After my first work out, although I stretched, I don't think I stretched enough or properly which meant I ached quite a lot the next day, so if you're going to complete one of these plans understand the importance of your stretching.

Now the part I'm sure you've all be waiting to read about... did I see results?!
The answer is yes I did, in just a week my stomach began to feel flatter, and I noticed my bras have also got a little big on me. Unfortunately I am an absolute idiot and forgot to take a before picture - I will however take on now, so I will be able to post a before and after picture in my next post update. I was pleasantly surprised when I measured myself to find my all of my measurements had gone down - I didn't expect to see results quite so quickly. I lost 4cm on my thigh, 3cm on my chest, 6cm on my waist, and 2cm on my hips which I am finding hard to believe - goes to show the strict diet and working out was worth it. I have also noticed I have been sleeping better since doing the plan which could be completely unrelated, but I thought I throw that in there too.

This programme is prefect for people like me, who want to get healthier and fitter but don't know where to start, or know very little about nutrition and fitness. However you have got to be willing to put in the work, be committed and spend the extra money on the healthier options. Something I did find frustrating was getting into a routine with eating so that I ate often enough, while working that around my work hours, as well as doing things with friends, having to say no to having a meal or a hot chocolate, whilst everyone around me enjoyed them.

I will update you more the plan in the next week or so. 

If you want to check on Timmo I left his links at the start of the blogpost.

I hope you're all having a lovely day.

Love Chloe


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Getting Healthy

If you regularly read my blog, or watch my videos you might remember that I have mentioned how this year I intend to become a fitter and healthier person so I feel better, look better and hopefully live longer.

I have said a million times before that I am going to get fit and eat healthier, but if I am honest it never really lasts as long as I intend. However this time I'd quite like to make some lifestyle changes and keep up something which is sustainable too, rather than going on a fad diet for a few weeks.

As the new year was approaching I began considering how I was going to go about getting fitter, healthier and losing weight when a friend of mine Timmo who is a personal trainer posted on his facebook page (here)  that he looking for bloggers to review his online personal training programme which I thought seemed like a great opportunity as I don't have much knowledge on this stuff I felt I could do with a hand, so I got in contact with him, and here I am writing this blog post.

I am yet to begin the programme, I will be starting tomorrow but I thought it would be a good idea to write a little blog post on the process so far and how I have prepared to start the programme, along with what Timmo has done for me.

First of all Timmo gave me questionnaire to fill out, the questions were simple enough to answer, including details such as my goals so we have something to aim for, my dietary requirement and my occupation. The questions didn't take long but it still gave Tim a good idea of what fitness and diet plans would be suitable to me.

Something I really like about this programme, is that it does feel very tailored to myself personally, unlike many of diets, and work out plans which become popular, where everybody is doing the exact same things. I think it makes more sense to have a plan for just me because, my requirements and aims could be very different to the next persons.

Once I had got back to Timmo my answers, he made my personal nutrition and fitness plans and sent them to me (pretty swift too, I didn't have to wait at all long to receive them). These plans are very specific and fit nicely around my pescetarian diet and lack of gym access! Along with these plans he also included instructions on how to complete all of the work outs correctly, as well as stretching instructions, and some tips were included in my diet plan too (which I think is super handy because I always worry I am doing that stuff wrong).

I'm looking forward to starting tomorrow, I've been to do a lot of healthy grocery shopping (a few of the bits are included in the pictures). The only problem I had was so certain healthy foods are a bit harder to get hold of, however Holland & Barrett had a good selection of healthy food which is easy enough for me to get to, it's just a shame that all shops aren't the same. Also healthy food is slightly more expensive, which I think is pretty ridiculous but also worth paying for, and it's good for you!

I have to say I can't wait my trainers back on and trying out some different food which are good for me, although I must admit there is small nervous part of me too!

You can find Timmo's website here, and facebook page here if you want to find out more!

I'll do some blogs when I begin to keep you all updated on my progress and the programme. Wish me luck,

Love Chloe


Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Naked Palette.

I am sure most of the blogging world have The Urban Decay Naked Palette. There is so much hype surrounding this product I can't believe I have only just got my hands on one.

I got this product as a christmas present from my Mum (thank you very much!), and completely forgot to include it when I filmed my 'what I got for Christmas video' which should go up on my youtube channel Monday (here).

I had been itching to get my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Palette for the longest time, but put off purchases it due to the steep price tag, so when I opened it on Christmas day I was pretty pleased, and couldn't wait to try it out. I have been using this palette almost constantly since Christmas day, although I have to be honest, I haven't been quite as experimental as I could have been, and have been mainly sticking to the lighter colours.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this palette (is there anyone?!), it is a neutral toned eyeshadow palette with both matt and shimmer colours. I like having a mix of both matt and shimmer colours in one palette, as I often wear both a matt and neutral shade on my eyelids together. Having said this, although I like all of the colours in this pallets, I'm sure you get some drugstore dupes with similar colours for a fraction of the price.

The eyeshadows are all very creamy, meaning they apply smoothly, and blend easily. The colours are fairly long lasting, however I've used to cheaper eyeshadow pallets with the same, if not longer staying power, and I do find the colour crease ever so slightly when wore for a while. However with a primer I'm sure they wouldn't budge at all.

I was actually really impressed by the brush in the palette, which I didn't expect at all - it's double ended and very soft, unlike brushes which usually come with palettes, this one won't be completely abandoned, although I won't use it everyday, I will get some use out of it, and it will be very useful especially when it comes to travelling.

I really like the packaging this palette comes in, it's nice and slim, has a mirror, and as I said a brush which is great if you want to take it on the go at all. I also love that there is a name for each shade on the packaging which you don't get on all palettes - it just makes things easier than having to describe any colours. The only part of the packaging I'm not too keen on is the velvet outside, I find it tends to pick up dust ever so slightly.

So far I have got the most use out of the shades Sin, Toasted, Virgin and Naked - as you can see I have been playing it safe with the most light neutral colours, however I am looking forward to my next night out so I can experiment with a more dramatic smokey eye using Creep and Gunmetal.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with the product and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it, having said that I think there are some pretty good dupes out there such as the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. It's a great pallet, but I think it was never going to completely live up to the hype, I'm still very happy with the product (... and I still may treat myself to the Naked 2 and Naked 3 palettes).


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Girl Online Review

I said in my recent New Year resolution blog post and video (blogpost here and video here) that this year I would like to read more. I have got to say, so far it is going pretty well, I have already read one new book this year! 

Yesterday I finished reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I know there has been a lot of talk about this book, especially in the blogging world. Rather than discuss about the writer, whether that may have been Zoe or anyone else, I want to talk about the writing,story and the book.

Being 23, I am obviously slightly outside of the demographics this book was aimed at - I am no longer the young teenage girl, although I once was. However I feel that's safe enough grounds to review this book as although it may not be written for me as I am not, it is aimed at the girl I was years back.

I despite being a little old for the story, I wanted to read it, mainly out of curiosity - having watched Zoe's videos for ages, I was interested to see what book she could bring. I have to say, I was pretty impressed, I found the story more intriguing than I imagined.

I finished the book in just a few days so, I clearly I was enjoying picking it up and reading it every night. The book was such an easy read, I think mainly because it is written aimed at teenagers - however I liked that it was such a easy casual read, it didn't take too much thinking to read - the perfect book to read when you want to switch off and relax.

What I love about this book is how many issue that occur in modern day society are covered, such as online bullying, homosexuality and anxiety. Problems which teenagers face a lot more regularly than I feel a lot of people realise, of course these issues are subtly placed in a cute little love story with a pretty relatable main character (although I feel some of the other character weren't quite so realistic).

The book was funny, sweet and relatable, I can understand why any teen girls would love it. Although aspects were quite unrealistic, is that really a problem when we read to escape reality?

I think you need to get through the first few chapters until the book becomes really enjoyable, but isn't that the case with most books?

All of the chapters are quite short, which I think makes it much more manageable if you're slow reader or don't read often.

I have got to say I found the book pretty enjoyable on casual level, although the book isn't quite so thought provoking as others, it is a great story for teenager girls - the story reminds me a little of Notting Hill which is one of my favourite films!

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on the book.

Love Chloe

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Harry Potter Studio Tour

I had the most lovely day not so long ago. me and my friend Jess went to the Harry Potter studio tour.  I'm a massive Harry Potter fan,  I love the books, love the films, love the characters (little shout out to Ron and Luna here - the best fictional characters ever!). I had the tour booked for quite a while, so by the time it finally came around I was pretty excited, and it's safe to say, besides the butterbeer, it didn't disappoint. Everything there was so incredibly thought out and impressive down to every last detail. 
I could spend ages telling you about how amazing it all but I'd rather show some of the photo's I took so you can see for yourself - just a warning, there are quite a few... 

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