Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Healthy Pizza

Yes, you read it right. Becoming healthy has a major flaw. My love for pizza. My Lean in 15 book came to the rescue though with a great idea for a healthy alternative. The base is substituted with a tortilla wrap, and it actually works! 
Here is my version - 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Camp America - My Experience

My Twitter feed is currently full of excited posts retweeted by Camp America, of this years intake of staff.

From a young age when I saw all the photos of my aunties trip to do the Camp America programme, I knew it was something I wanted to do too.

Believing it was something that would never happen to me, I put off applying for far too long.

Finally in my final year of uni, when I realised it was time to enter the real world, I decided to ignore the real world for a bit longer and I applied.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Body Revamp - Week One

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I am currently attempting to get healthy. At the grand old age of 24, I have come to the realisation that now is a good time to try and kick some of my bad habits. I used the New Year as a starting point for this.

Some of my goals for becoming a healthier person include -
  • Sticking to the recommended calorie intake 
  • Eating healthy food
  • Only drinking alcohol on special occasions
  • Taking my make up off before I go to bed - I know, I should have been doing that already 
  • Trying to cut out sugary drinks - I'm failing this. 
  • Exercising more - walking, zumba, yoga

I have downloaded a great app called My Fitness Pal. I saw it mentioned in a blog recently and thought it sounded fantastic and kept telling people about it. Awkward moment when everyone already knew about it and told me I was a bit behind there. 
But anyway, if there is anyone else that like me, is not down with the kids, I recommend this app. 
If you are looking to improve your eating habits, I have found it is very helpful to keep a record of what you are eating. With this app you record each meal, plus snacks and water intake. It also keeps track of the distance you walk - obviously when you are holding your phone, its not THAT magic. My favourite feature is that you can scan barcodes on food packaging to record it.

One of my main aims is to control my eating. I love food. Pizza and curry are my weakness, and my portion sizes are ridiculous. I envy people that actually enjoy eating healthy food. My goal is to discover how to cook and enjoy healthy food. I'm not going to completely cut out bad food, because I would just fail. 
This week so far, I have been focusing on my calorie intake and making sure I have a good breakfast. Breakfast is so important and I often find myself skipping. I have found eggs to be a quick and healthy breakfast and also you can have them in a variety of ways. Scrambled, poached and boiled are my favourites. Mix with spinach, smoked salmon or mushrooms and you are creating a yummy and nutritious breakfast. 
My biggest challenge yet is lunch. I work in an office and do not have the facilities to cook. Sandwiches are an option, however I am trying to avoid too much bread. Yesterday I had a salad, but it didn't travel well and it wasn't enjoyable. However my day did improve, as I made the most delicious Thai Green Curry. I used Chicken and lots of vegetables, as well as brown rice for that extra healthy kick! And to be completely honest, I could not taste the difference with the rice, compared to normal rice. I also added some hot curry powder to give it a kick. I had initially intended to make my own sauce, following a recipe from one of my new books. However that goes into another story that resolves around stock cubes and Sainsburys stupid store layout!!

This is going to be my biggest challenge. I'm not the most active person in the world. I have joined and quit the gym too many times to count.  For Christmas I asked for a Zumba DVD and I previously purchased Charlotte Crosby's Belly Blitz. These will be my starting points for exercise. I also am aiming to go on at least one long walk a week (weather dependant of course). This week I have chosen to go to Kilve Beach at the weekend. Kilve is a pebble beach and can be great for finding fossils. I felt this would make it more fun and less like exercise.

My first big change of the year is that I have got myself a new job. I had been job hunting for a while, as my current job was bringing unnecessary negativity not my life.The job is based in my hometown and is more relevant to what I like doing (its still admin based). I will also have less of a commute which will be much more convenient. I'm still not really sure what it is I want to do with my life, as I don't think the all expenses paid travel bloggers are hiring at the moment, but if I'm in a happier environment, I will be closer to finding out. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Happy New Year

Its the beginning of January and we are all a little depressed that Christmas is over. January is the month everyone claims will be the start of a 'new person', but really we are all exactly the same as before.

Last year I made a resolution to 'say yes' more often. And I was successful. I ate food I had never tried before, and went to places I had never been before.

This year I haven't set myself a resolution, but I have set myself tasks.

  • To learn how to poach an egg
  • To master the eyeliner flick on myself
  • To go on at least two holidays abroad
  • To move out of my parents house
  • To progress my career
If I can at least complete three items on my list I will be happy. 

A goal I have also set for 2016, is to educate myself on nutrition and how to look after the body. As someone that is always ill/tired/grumpy. I feel its about time I tried to do something about it. 
In December, I made the decision to cut out alcohol from my life (excluding special occasions).  I am also avoiding coffee (sometimes) and aiming for at least 8 hours sleep a night. 
For Christmas I received a good selection of books to help me with my goal. Hopefully I will actually use them. 
  • Lean in 15 
  • Made by Millie Macintosh
  • Khloe Kardashian
  • Jamie Oliver Superfood 

As I get to use the books more I will review them and let you know whether they are worth the buy. 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

2015 Top 10

1. Justin Beiber - When did Justin become so cool? How did I become a Belieber? As someone that has also had a strong dislike for Beiber, I was a little ashamed to grow to love him in 2015. Now I'm an open and honest fan. I even got his CD (yes, old school) for Christmas! Sorry and Love Yourself are my current faves and I even follow him on Insta - the shame!

2. Byron Burger - I think I'm a little behind with the times here. But this year I discovered Byron Burger! I had seen it about in London but never visited, but then we got one in Exeter which is a lot more local to me, and now I'm hooked. When my boyfriend took me to London for my birthday I even chose Byron as my birthday dinner! The Byron Burger, the milkshakes, the mac and cheese!! I wish they delivered!

3. Post Office Gift Card - My new favourite type of gift card. I hate the restrictions of store gift cards. You can guarantee, if you get a Topshop gift card, you're probably going to want something in River Island. And if you get cash, it is spent on food or petrol - boring! This gift card can be used in all the big high street stores so you can get exactly what you want! I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a gift!

4. Hannah Gale - My favourite blogger of the year. I love all her posts and her writing style never fails to make me laugh. Hannah is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger and if you're not following her already, I suggest you check out her blog! She also just released a sweater range, and yes I did ask for one for Christmas. And she did tell me I looked cute in it *fangirl moment*.

5. Lidl - I think there used to be a bit of a bad stigma about Lidl and Aldi but suddenly we are all realising its greatness. We don't have an Aldi where I live but we do have two Lidls - lucky us. Its amazing how cheap their items are and they have some different things to the main supermarkets. You queue a little longer at the checkouts, but who cares! I love Lidl.

6. Pandora Rings  - I have never really been a fan of Pandora until this year when I discovered their rings. After being dragged in their for like the 5th time by my friend in one week, I decided to browse, and I instantly fell in love with the rings. This year I have gained too. The tiara ring - because I'm a princess - duh. And the bow ring, just because its pretty.

7. Christmas - The first year I haven't had to work at Christmas. Now I work in education, I got 2 weeks off and it was amazing. Okay, so I was ill for a week of it, but it was still nice to relax and actually enjoy Christmas to its full potential. Also this year was the first year I was able to buy proper gifts as I have previously been a student (last year I was in debt still from travelling so that doesn't count). This year it was amazing to be able to put more thought into my gifts and actually be able to buy things people want.

8. Iphone 6s Plus - My new toy. I was initially worried it would be too big, but its not. As someone that never puts a phone in a pocket, and always in a bag, the sae doesn't bother me at all. Its got a great screen, a great camera, and it just looks pretty.

9. Kylie Jenner - A controversial choice I'm sure, but I wish I was Kylie Jenner. I'm just gunna leave it at that.

10. GHD Styling Wand - I'm a huge fan of curling my hair, so when my hairdresser showed me this wand, I was instantly obsessed. I got this wand for Christmas and I love it already. They heat up so quickly, the curl so well and they even look cool. GHD are up there with packaging winners. Pictures coming soon.