HOW TO MAKE REAL LASTING CHANGES.

fitness, food, lifestyle

Welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would share a few tips I learnt from watching a YouTube video on how to make real lasting changes. If you want to find out more, please keep on reading!

I love watching health/fitness videos on YouTube; what I eat in a day’s, how I lost *insert weight*, my morning routine etc. So, when I cam across this video on my suggested page, I had to click! ‘How I lost 45lbs’- I was thinking it was going to be all about food/exercise tips, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was actually about genuine tips to make real changes to your life, which included your mental health as well as your physical. The video was by Katie aka lovesweatfitness on YouTube. From the 20 minute video where she told the story of her journey with weight loss and how she has maintained the healthy lifestyle for years, I noted down some key points/tips. This is what I took from the video;

  • Find your ‘why?’- probably the most important point from the video. I have heard of this tip before, but for some reason, this time it really stuck with me. I genuinely believe that her finding/changing her ‘why?’ for loosing weight is what helped her achieve her goals and how she has maintained them. So, you have to find a ‘why’ for doing something, whether it be weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain etc., that is actually important to you and that has longevity too, taking into consideration your mental health and happiness too. For example, instead of the ‘why?’ for losing weight being ‘to be skinny’, change it to ‘to be an all round happier and healthier person- to treat my body the way it deserves to be treated’. Because, once you have achieved your ‘why’ of becoming slim/loosing weight, then what? Where as if you make it more of a lifestyle ‘why’ it will last for a lifetime! I hope that makes sense- it is my interpretation of what Katie said.
  • Microgoals- Instead of setting huge goals set smaller ones more frequently. This is another tip I really liked and will take away from the video. Rather than setting yourself unachievable goals that are set far too ahead in the future- such as ‘loose 20lbs in 2 months’, set smaller ones that will keep your motivation levels up. This can be applied to any area of life not just relating to health. For example, microgoals set each week such as ‘run for 10 mins longer on the treadmill’, or wake up 30mins earlier this week than last week’ etc. will help boost your motivation as they actually are achievable- making you feel better about yourself/more confident, which in turn will help you to keep going. Whereas with big goals set months apart will only make you feel bad when you don’t achieve them, and thus, will make you want to give up and then have to start the process all over again.
  • Get into a habit- Do it everyday and it will become natural. Getting into healthy eating or exercise can be hard, but if you power through the first 2 weeks or so, it will become a habit. You will do it naturally/ want to do it, and actually if you don’t exercise that day, you might feel guilty. Obviously, it is okay to have cheat days or days off etc., and it can be hard to be motivated all the time- no one is! But for example, for me, I have started drinking 2 litres + of water a day- something I never used to do. I never used to drink much water, and in fact, I had to force myself to do so. But now, I have gotten into the habit of drinking it! I fill up my bottle and drink around 4 a day. I take it everywhere I go, and I can’t imagine not drinking as much as I do now! In fact, if I don’t drink much water in a day, I can now really feel the effects on my body- I feel thirsty, dehydrated, I get headaches and feel un-energised!
  • Have a clear plan- Katie said when she first started her health and fitness journey she had no clue hat she was doing! So, she did her research and used her body as her main tool for exercise which has developed into her ‘lovesweatfitness’ programs she does today. But, right at the start she had a clear plan in her head that she developed- she tried lots of exercises and healthy foods etc. until she found what suited her. Then planned exercise routines she liked and could stick to- which then would develop overtime. I think this tip is key. Planning meals and days to work out/what to do on those days really helps you stay focused and motivated. If you know what day you are doing in the gym you can go and smash it without hesitation! And planning what you are going to eat always helps- it stops you from slipping up ( even though slip ups still happen and they are okay- they might just happen less this way!).
  • Consistency is key- exercising doesn’t have to be a 2 hour cardio session 7 days a week- it can be a 20 minute HIIT workout 3/4  times a week- what is key is the consistency. If you are consistent in your healthy eating and your workouts you will see a difference! Consistency is key in everything in life I think- it is a way of seeing improvement in anything you want to be improved! If you do the splits everyday for a month, by the end of the month you will have done it! I will definitely be trying to be more consistent with my health/fitness now.
  • Track it- How do you feel? I love writing stuff down- notes, to do lists, reflections etc. It can help you on your fitness journey by tracking the food you eat in for example ‘myfitnesspal’- you can see your calorie intake and therefore how to adjust it. But Katie also mentioned something I hadn’t thought about before- track how it makes you feel. I often suffer from stomach aches- if I wrote down how I felt after every meal/food I eat then maybe this might help reduce them! For example, if you eat a food that makes you feel particularly sluggish then you will know that that food probably isn’t the best for you and your body. Also, tracking how you feel after exercising- did you get that post workout buzz? Did you feel it working? Were you sore the next da? I not- how can you change /adjust this? You will know because you have tracked it!

So, that is what I took from Katie’s video- I think there is some great advice/ key points in there that I will be applying to my life in relation to my own health and fitness journey. But, I also think the tips can be applied to other areas of everyday life! I will leave a link for the video down below if you want to check it out too! Let me know what you think. Katie also does lots of fitness/workout videos that I will be checking out too!

 

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

Advertisements

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY.

food, lifestyle

Welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would do a post of ‘what I eat in a day’. I love these videos on YouTube, partly because I’m nosey, but mainly for food inspiration! After a month of holidays and not so good eating, today I thought I would get back on track with all things health! So what better way to get back into it then by sharing what I eat with everyone! I have also been eating intuitively, so only when I am hungry rather than at regular meal times. This has helped me to not eat just for the sake of it and I think it has been really making a difference! As from today I want to stop snacking and just focus on having healthy filling meals. So, if you want to find out what I ate today, then please keep on reading! P.s. I am a pescatarian but am trying to make more veggie/ vegan choices… today was actually a veggie day!

Meal one:

Porridge with banana and blueberries, topped with a squeeze of honey, cinnamon, sprinkle of cacao crunch superfood mix and chia seeds.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Meal two:

Alpro soya passion fruit yoghurt topped with strawberries and a sprinkle of honey granola.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Meal three:

Two slices of wholemeal toast with smashed avocado, topped with chia seeds, lemon juice and chilli flakes with a side of sautéed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Throughout the day I also drank 1-2 litres of water, one mix of hot water, lemon, honey & apple cider vinegar and of course, a couple cups of normal tea.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day! I am sure I will do more of these in the future!

UPDATE: I have just realised all my meals could be classed as breakfast lol! I am definitely a breakfast at any time of the day kinda girl apparently.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

I’M LOST.

lifestyle

Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is a little different… I just wanted to write down some thoughts on how I have been feeling recently. Which as the title suggests, is lost. Please keep on reading if you want to find out more- I hope you can relate!

Since being back from university (I moved home about a month ago), I just have been feeling lost. I don’t know what to do with myself or with all my time. I recently got back from an amazing holiday with my boyfriend; I had such a good time, but since I have been back I have felt especially ‘meh’. I think it is because before the holiday I had something to look forward to, then I had the best time with my best friend for the week, and I just didn’t want it to end. Now, I have holiday blues, I miss spending all day each day with my boyfriend who is back at work, and I have nothing to look forward to. I have applied for so many jobs and have not been successful yet. This is also getting me down; why doesn’t anyone want to employ me? I am getting fed up of rejection. But I need a job for the summer! That was and still is my plan. Not only would I think that it would boost my energy/drive levels, as I would have something to fill my time with that would hopefully be rewarding and enjoyable, but I need the money for my return to university. So getting a job isn’t just a want, it’s a need. I am going to keep applying and I hope that soon I will be successful, but it is hard to self motivate when applying for the job takes so long, just to get a rejection. I have been waking up late, because I have no reason to wake up early. I had tried to find things in my day to do… obviously there are lots! But it is hard for me to get out of this mind set I am currently in. I wanted to do so many things this summer like take up yoga, cook more, keep up with dance… but I just can’t seem to motivate myself. I struggle a lot with feeling as if I have accomplished something. I don’t want to feel as if I have wasted a day by doing nothing. I need to leave the house once a day, even if it is just to the shop or for a walk. I just feel like I am going insane sat at home all day, everyday. Just waiting for someone to get home or my boyfriend to finish work so we can do something. I know people think they would be jealous of me not doing anything, just chilling watching TV etc.. but I don’t think they realise how boring it is, and how I don’t want to be doing nothing! I love being busy and meeting goals etc. It doesn’t help that all my friends and my twin have jobs so they are always busy so I can’t evening do stuff with them during the day like going for lunch.

I guess I have some things I can do. I need to self motivate. Make lists of little things I can do throughout the day, both for myself as well as to help out my mum with the house. I need to keep applying for jobs and not feel disappointed with rejection. I need to set myself goals that are achievable but give me something to work towards. If anyone has any other tips of how I can feel less lost/ like I have a purpose then please leave comments below. This isn’t me and I need to get out of this mind set ASAP!

As always, thank you reading this stream of consciousness, hopefully the next post will be more positive!

Chloe  x

TREND ALERT: HOLOGRAPHIC BAGS

Fashion, Uncategorized

Welcome back to my blog! Another quick trend post for today… holographic bags! If you have a love for high-end fashion, you may have already seen this trend coming. On June 21st the new creative designer for LV’s menswear, Virgil Abloh, had his first collection debut at Paris Men’s fashion week. One piece that caught my eye were the holographic bags which use the classic LV monogram and duffle shape, but with a new & fresh twist in the form of the colour & material. I personally love them, and it is exactly the innovative direction I expected of the street-wear designer. Since the debut, I have seen the trend pop up in high-street stores and online… they are quick! Below I have included some images. I am sure this will be a big trend, and the bags will take on different forms, shapes and sizes but still all maintain the holographic translucent quality of the LV original. Let me know what you think!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thanks for reading,

Chlöe x

SUMMER GOALS.

lifestyle

Welcome back to my blog! After a week long break I am back! As I have now officially finished university and have 4 months off for summer (a long time, I know), I need something to keep me occupied! So, I decided to make a list of ‘summer goals’ that I want to reach before the end of summer/September. If you are interested in my list, then please keep on reading!

  1. Keep blogging- Despite the fact that I have finished University for the year and so, I do not need to blog anymore (as a requirement for my course grade), I still want to blog. Blogging is something that I started long before University; it is something that I like to do ad enjoy! I also think that writing will help keep my academic skills up over the summer, so I am still able to string a cohesive sentence together by the time I get back to uni lol. The posts might not be as frequent as they were, or as fashion based, but I promise I will still blog!
  2. Photography- I want to learn how to use my camera properly! I have had it since Christmas and my knowledge is still pretty basic. I plan on taking lots of photos over the summer to help improve my photography (check out my blog post ‘Becoming a photographer pt 2 for more information).
  3. Yoga- This is something I have wanted to get into for such a long time! Today I started a 30 day yoga challenge that will hopefully get me into the swing of things. I really want to work on my flexibility, strength and also help reduce stress by taking time out of my day to focus on myself. I really enjoyed my first session so I hope I keep it up! BTW I simply YouTubed ‘yoga for beginners’ and ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ came up as suggested- the videos are about half an hour long, with the instructor doing the moves with you. She has a very calming voice, is positive and supportive; there is a really clear focus the journey that you are going on- which is what I was looking for.
  4. Vegan- I have wanted to make the transition from pescetarian to vegan for a while- for a personal challenge, health reasons and the obvious moral reasons. Rather than jumping straight in and completely turning vegan overnight (like I did with becoming pescetarian), I thought I would use summer to make the changes. For example, swapping dairy milk to almond milk and making vegan choices when going out for food etc.. I think that this will make it more sustainable then going cold turkey- I did find it easy to give up meat but I am aware that becoming vegan seems a lot harder as there is a lot more to cut out of your diet. I would still like to make sure I am healthy and I want to do it properly without pressure but with research backing my decisions. If you have any tips for me on becoming vegan, please let me know in the comments!
  5. Health, fitness & stretching- Over the summer I want to restart my fitness journey- over the last few weeks I have let my healthy diet go especially and also haven’t been as active as I would like (for understandable reasons such as my birthday and my work). Instead of beating myself up for this I accept that I had some time off to enjoy food without guilt and didn’t exercise as much as usual and this is fine…as long as I get back into it now. Today was the first day back and it went well! I did a workout & ate healthily and I feel good about it! I am determined to keep this up for the next 2 weeks…until my holiday! Then back on it after that. I believe that balance is good when it comes to health and fitness, allowing yourself to enjoy food guilt free is important. I do want to set some fitness goals for summer like improving my fitness levels, lose some fat and develop my muscle strength. I have signed up for a gym membership with my boyfriend which should hopefully help with motivation levels and keeping me on track! I do enjoy going to the gym- I just need to get over the first few sessions back. It is hard to get back into working out after time off- it feels like you have gone backwards- but if you set goals and can see where you want to be and get into a routine where you see exercise as an enjoyable activity rather than a chore, you can easily get back into it. That is what I have to tell myself! In regards to stretching I want to make this a daily activity as when I go back to University and the dance team at the end of summer, I want to still be able to at least touch my toes! I don’t want all the hard work and progress I have made over the past year to be reversed over summer. I think the yoga will help with my flexibility, but I still want to keep up with my stretches as a separate goal. I really hope that I keep up with this goal!

Those are my main goals for summer! I will do a review of these goals at the end of summer before I go back to University! Another goal of mine I didn’t mention is to find a job- a temporary summer one or a more permanent one I can continue when back at University (which would be ideal). I have been applying since before I broke up from uni with no luck so far. I hope that I do get one soon- the unemployed student life needs to change ASAP! I am determined to reach my goals and have a great 2018 summer! Let me know if you have any goals for summer!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

 

BECOMING A GRAPHIC DESIGNER?

FCP, Graphic Design, Uncategorized

Welcome back to my blog! The title above is one I never thought I would be typing, but after this past week or so my mind has changed. To find out why, please keep on reading.

For our final project this year on my university course, we were set to write a 2000 word visual report on InDesign. Now, for most people the ‘2000’ words might have been the scary part of that sentence, but not for me. As someone who enjoys writing I rather liked the fact that I get to sink my teeth into a chunk of text! The word ‘InDesign’ on the other hand, was enough to send shivers down my spine. For those of you who don’t know what InDesign is, it’s an application on the Adobe Creative Suite, like Photoshop or Illustrator. Apart from it was created by the devil. Or that is what I once thought.

The first time I used InDesign was for our first summative project back in January (which feels like years ago). I was rubbish at it. It completely overwhelmed me, and I basically gave up with it before I started. I just had such a negative mind set about it. I thought, ‘I’m not a graphic designer, so how can I do this?’

This time round, I tried a different approach. I used YouTube + a site called Lynda to watch tutorial videos on the basics of InDesign. Nothing fancy, just what you need to know to manoeuvre your way around. These were really helpful + I felt a lot more confident then I did last time. I kept the layout simple; a lot of white space, but that’s not always a bad thing. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to pull off an amazing piece of InDesign work first time, so I went with something a little more clean + simple. I stuck with a colour scheme + tried to maintain consistent. I also went to the library + looked at graphic design books for layout inspiration, this was another helpful tip. After putting all the necessary information + images into the document, I went back through it to see where I could improve parts, rather than making it fancy from the start. If I got stuck, I would search for help online- there are so many YouTube videos out there for basically every problem you could have!

In the end, I produced a cohesive visual report that I am proud of. Is it the best report ever produced? No. Is it better than my last one? 100% yes. Do I feel like I have made improvements + that I am more confident with using InDesign now? Yes. Which to me, is all that matters!

I aim to keep improving my InDesign skills + I hope that by third year I have mastered it! Wish me luck.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN NOTTS.

FCP, lifestyle

Welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would share with you my favourite place in Nottingham. A big statement I know, but I am obsessed with this place (it’s becoming an addiction). So what is this place I hear you say, and why is it my favourite? Well, if you want to find out, then please keep on reading!

Within the first week in the city of Nottingham, I visited a cute, independent café that I liked the look of + that was close to the university. Ever since that first visit I have been hooked! Within this first year at university, I have lost count of how many times I have been! It’s called ‘The Pudding Pantry’.

The inside is quaint as you would expect. It is decorated so well, and has a really homely feel to it. There is cakes/desserts on display, an ice cream cart, and little painted wooden tables + chairs. I love it in there. It is rather cosy, but I think the effect would be lost if it were any bigger. The pale blue + white colour scheme suits the theme of café so well.

The menu. Yum. Despite the name ‘The Pudding Pantry’, there is a range of food on the menu. Of course, the puddings are a big part of it… and when they are that good who can blame them! However, I prefer (surprisingly) the brunch options. I normally have the ‘Vegetarian Pantry’… is it sad I know the name off by heart? Everything is homemade. Not a Heinz baked bean in sight! Right down to the tomato ketchup! It is so good  + definitely has a rustic feel to it. The pancakes are another favourite of mine. They have a good range of toppings + even a make your own option. I have tried a few different ones + can confirm they have all been amazing. They are fresh, fluffy + fabulous! Pancakes + ice cream are the perfect pairing. But, just don’t  do what I did on my last visit; I had a banana milkshake with cream + homemade marshmallows as well as the pancakes. Now I have a sweet tooth, but that was even too much for me! On my list of things still yet to try are their ‘freakshakes’, which are basically milkshakes with extra toppings + they look incredible. Also, they open at night for pudding + Prosecco nights, what a good idea right? I need to go!

Not only do I LOVE to go, but I have 100% started a trend. My parents, boyfriend, siblings + friends all now love ‘The Pudding Pantry’! I should be getting commission or something. I even took my mum for Mother’s Day, which was really lovely.

Writing this post is making me crave a pancake even more! Luckily, I am going tomorrow… not joking! A birthday / 1st year celebratory trip to ‘The Pudding Pantry’ is a MUST.

Below I have included some of the pictures I have taken over the past months (yes, I am one of those people who take pictures of their food.. but when it looks this good, can you blame me?).

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I highly recommend going to check it out if you’re ever in Notts!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

BECOMING A PHOTOGRAPHER? PT2.

FCP, photography

Welcome back to my blog! So, a few weeks ago one of my University lecturers mentioned an idea to us; take a photo everyday for a year. This is something I have always thought about doing… imagine looking back at your whole year through photos! But now I have my own camera & I am more interested in photography, I think it would be a good way to improve my camera skills & see not only memories from throughout a year, but progression too! My plan ( if I write it here I’ll have to stick to it!) is to take a photo every day this summer starting from when I have finished University. This way I will get to test my dedication & see if I can last the rest of the year! Plus there is going to be so much to photograph in the summer! I will document my results in a few months! Let’s see if I can do this!

Thanks for reading & look out for the pics !

P.S The image is my own from my holiday in April!

Chloe x

INFLUENCERS & THEIR CONTRADICTING VIEWS.

Fashion, FCP

Welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone is having a good week so far! Today, I thought I would do a post on contradictory views regarding social media influencers. I will be analysing their actions that I believe contradict their views/what they promote. No naming and shaming will be done, more of a generalisation of influencers/bloggers as a whole, that can be applied to everyone. I hope you enjoy reading!

On our university course we get taught about the importance of branding, which includes branding yourself. This is why it confuses me when influencers ( bloggers, YouTubers, celebs etc.), portray such clear and contradictory content/views. A big example of this is in relation to animal cruelty. So, when influencers use products by brands such as Mac, who do test on animals, they are actively supporting the harming of animals surely? Especially when they tag Mac in a post or even worse, when they come out with their own collection with them. They know full well that Mac test on animals, it’s a big talking point in the world of beauty. The same influencers who use these non- cruelty free brands also claim to be against animal cruelty… this doesn’t add up in my mind! How can you claim to love animals, be against hurting them and animal cruelty, but still be buying products that have been tested on animals?

Another issue I have found is when vegan influencers, who proudly promote their veganism online, then go and buy/promote/use brands like Mac who test on animals. It confuses me! To me, it seems like the influencers morals don’t quite align. But if you asked any of them straight up ‘Do you support cruelty against animals?’, I bet non of them would say yes. Yet, that is what they are doing. I have also noticed that vegan influencers buy products that are leather, such as trainers. This baffles me. I want to ask influencers who do this what exactly that morals are; not as an attack, but from a point of view of someone who is genuinely confused.

Another contradictory point that influencers make is their views on feminism. Of course if you asked any female influencer they would say they believe in boosting + supporting other women… But how can they when they are still buying clothes from places such as H&M? Do they not know the conditions that the women who make the clothes they buy are forced to work in? Or how little they get paid? So every time they make a post (sponsored or not) including a brand that is known for  making their clothes in factories in Bangladesh (for example), I can’t help but think that they are contradicting themselves! Unless they genuinely don’t realise what happens, but to me, this seems unlikely. And if that is true, it is not hard to become educated on the matter, for example their are many documentaries such as ‘The True Cost’, that explain the issue around factories in great detail.

The contradictions that influencers portray to their followers/viewers/the public are damaging. They are promoting things that shouldn’t be promoted, and making statements (verbal or not) that are conflicting to their claimed views. This makes it confusing for the followers; what should they believe? But is also damaging for the influencers themselves in terms of branding… I have noticed it, so who else has too? In today’s media we all have to be so careful to portray ourselves in the correct light. One slip up, and that could be it. Career gone. I do think there is a lot of pressure on influencers, but at the same time I am not sure how hard it is to simply stick to one belief or another. Either you support animal cruelty + buy products from Mac, or you don’t support it + instead don’t buy products from Mac. Easy really if you ask me.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you for reading another post where I fall into a stream of consciousness… I can’t seem to help myself!

Chloe x

IS THERE STILL A PLACE FOR REAL FUR IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY?

Fashion, FCP, Uncategorized

NO.

So, I was going to leave the blog post there because really, is there a need for an explanation? In today’s fashion industry there are still so many brands that use real fur in their collections, and why? When there are so many other alternatives where animals DO NOT have to die to make them. Surely in this day and age using synthetics is the only option. In the past year there has been some improvements yes, such as Gucci deciding to stop using fur. This was a big step for a brand as established as Gucci who are so renowned for their use of fur (like their fur loafers). But not a big enough change has been made to the fashion industry as a whole. I would have thought that Gucci banning fur would of starting the ball rolling in terms of other big brands following in their footsteps, no matter how late in the game they were to do so. But this hasn’t happened. It hasn’t damaged their reputation or their financial state so dramatically that others would be put off, so I don’t understand why brands such as Burberry, LV and YSL STILL use fur. I believe there should be a ban on fur in the fashion industry for all brands. No expectations. The cost of an animals life is not worth a fur coat, surely no one can disagree with that? It amazing me that we still see so many celebrities & influencers wearing real fur (especially big names at the minute like the Kardashians… do they not know how big of an impact they make on other people’s views? How much of an impact it would make if they decided never to wear or buy fur again?). Why? Because they look good, because they are a luxurious item to own? Is showing your wealth by wearing a dead animal on your body really worth it? I don’t think so.

Thanks or reading,

Chloe x