Saturday, 21 September 2013

Weight loss diary | Week 1

Now, before you carry on reading this post, I want to tell you that it's inspired by Hannh Lucy's blog. So, make sure you check hers out first!

Now, I've been an off and on member at slimming world for quite some time now, about 2 or 3 years probably. And I've never gotten to my goal as I never stuck to it long enough to lose more than 2 stone.

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently got back from my holiday. And when I go on holiday, I definitely let my diet go out the window.

Before I went on holiday, I managed to lose around a stone in about 8 weeks, which I was pretty impressed with. But my holiday definitely didn't do any good to that. So this was my first week back at Slimming World.

Honestly, I haven't been 100% on it this week at all. I find it hard to get back into the swing of the diet stuff when I've been eating what I want for 11 days!

I've had a few sweets (strawberry laces and bonbons.... maybe a couple of oreos) that were laying around, left over from my birthday, but to be honest, I haven't eating as much as I was on holiday so it must have been a shock to my system because I managed to lose 5 and a half pound this week! I was absolutely shocked! I've had a pork sandwich from the butchers, a 6inch subway, everything I shouldn't have and that's happened! I honestly have no idea how. It must be magic.

But, as I didn't do very well this week, and I think my weight loss was a fluke, I'm going to start making a little diary of what I eat on here and hopefully, that will make me a stay a little focused and more on track with stuff :) And maybe even help some of you who follow my blog! It's going to be even harder for me now though, as I've just started college and therefore, no time for exercise. But, I'll just have to be extra good!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Health benefits: Cold showers

Now, I don't know if many of you know this but cold showers actually have a lot of health benefits! It's a bit strange for me to write this post in the middle of September when Winter is just around the corner, but I thought I'd let you guys know about it as a lot of people grimace and are horrified at the thought of showering in cold water! But if, like me, you enjoy a nice warm shower, just turn the temperature down for the last 5 or so minutes of your shower. It's not as bad as you'd think!

Hair & Skin

Hot water is quite drying for our skin and hair, whereas cold water tightens cuticles and pores which makes our skin and hair appear shiny and healthy.
As you probably know, a hot steamy shower opens up all your pores and lets you get all that crap out of your skin! But, it also leaves your pores open when you step out, allowing all the dirt to make it's way back into your skin once you're out of the shower. If you use cold water, your pores close which prevents them from getting clogged. This can be a drastic help for people who suffer with acne.
Cold showers can also make your hair stronger as it closes the cuticle, which prevents it from falling out.
Also, if you happen to have brightly coloured hair, washing your hair with cold water will also help maintain the colour!

Improves blood circulation

Alternating between hot and cold water during showers is a quick and easy way to improve your blood circulation. This is because of vasoconstriction and vasodilation. These are just fancy words for our arteries and veins constricting and relaxing due to temperatures.
Good circulation can prevent things like hardening of the arteries and the appearance of varicose veins.

Strengthening immune system

Some research and tests have made the discovery that cold showers increase your white blood cell count, meaning a strong immune system. A bit strange how a chilly shower can help prevent you getting a cold! Oh, the irony.

Increased metabolism

Exposure to cold temperatures stimulates the production of cells that burn glucose. This can overall promote weight loss.

Mental health

Some research has discovered that cold water can stimulate the brains main source of noradrenaline. Noradrenaline is the bodies response to stressful situations. This could mean that cold showers could help and prevent depression and anxiety.

All that just for standing under a rush of cold water for a few minutes? Yes please!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Oh my gosh, I haven't done a blog post in over a month! I feel so guilty that I've abandoned my blog for so long! 

I recently went on holiday to Tunisia with my parents to celebrate my 16th birthday, so that's one reason for my absence. I absolutely loved it, the staff at the hotel were so lovely and friendly and the weather was amazing. Thunder storms at night and 40 degrees during the day! Perfect! I also got a MacBook Pro for my birthday so, I'm in the process of getting used to it after using PC for 16 years!

Also, I've started college now. This is my second week into to and to be honest, I'm quite enjoying it. It's a lot easier to get into than I thought it would be. I think I'm settling into my routine pretty nicely :)

Those are the only excuses I have for leaving you guys for this long. Them and pure laziness and bloggers block! But sometimes, I think having a bit of time to yourself is all you need and I'm ready to get back on track with my blog and try to balance it with my college work. I have quite a few posts in mind for you guys so, everything should start running normally again :)

In other news, I'm currently ill. I have the worst sore throat ever, I sound like a man that smokes 50 a day. Not pretty. Doesn't feel too good either, I must say :/

This is just a quicky to let you guys know that I'm back on the blogging scene :) 

If there's anything you'd like to see, please do tell me and I'll be more than happy to make it happen! :)

It's good to be back.