Monday, 9 September 2013

August through Instagram

So I did this once before, posted up some instagram photos, it's nice to have them all together in one place on my blog! August was an amazing month, as you will see from a post a year ago I was really into this guy called Will, well August was the month Will and I decided to make it official as boyfriend and girlfriend :) I just realised I kept calling him "the boyfriend" so I decided as he gets featured a lot to give him a name haha!  So here we go!

Stole the boyfriend's t-shirt || Will on date night, I love my man in a suit <3 || My favourite Monster: Rehab Green Tea || Tomb Raider Chronicles, downloaded it on PS3! One of my favourite games

Will and I  || Starting my new uni module! || My arm in a bandage after falling during a run || Just after the run, and my bloody elbow.

My first run after a month of no running || Cooked breakfast. So good!! || Treated myself, new skincare goodies and Soap and Glory || New dress from New Look 

Reading while Will works || Flowers from Will, he surprised me after work one night || My keys to the Will's flat! || I fell in love with this Green Tea drink in the States and found it in a shop near me! I love Green Tea flavoured things 

Boyfriend being lovely || DS time, gotta love Animal Crossing: New Leaf || My sister came home for a few weeks :D || Lunch by the river with Will.

Hope you guys all had a good August and enjoyed the sunshine!

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Current workout routine.

Left: Myself at my heaviest a few years ago| Right: My current

In order to help me with my motivation I thought I would post this here. In the last couple of months things
got really bad for me, it is all good now, perfect really. But throughout that time my working out suffered. In the past 2 years I have lost 60 pounds in weight! I am so proud of myself and I definitely do not want to go backwards. So the past week I have been working hard to get back into a working out routine. The boyfriend has been an amazing help! Motivating me and suggesting to me when I perhaps am doing too much exercise (which is something I did before and is why I had to stop).

So my main exercise is running. This is something I really got into last November.  I did Zombies! Run!'s version of couch to 5k and never looked back. If you want to get into running and love zombies I seriously suggest their apps! Check out their website here. They motivate you because you want to hear the rest of the story. I don't use Zombies Run! as much anymore, my main app now is Nike+ Running. I love this app because it is so social and I am currently having a competition between myself, my sister and my boyfriend- which is definitely motivating. Today I did my first over 10km run in about two months and I was so happy!

I love the interface for this app as well, you get to pick your mood during your run and it tells you the temperature and just breaks down your run really well. Plus you can look at it in more detail on their website! You can also do challenges and compete with yourself each month. I am hoping to be half marathon ready by next summer!

Also for toning the boyfriend and I are doing 30 day challenges, Squats and Abs. I am currently 3 days behind on the squats because I don't know why but my legs are not making it easy- better to let those muscles rest than to push them too hard! But I am on it with the ab workouts. I also want to get back into using my kettle bell, that creates some serious ab definition! We've even got little charts stuck up on our whiteboard as a constant reminder. It's certainly hard work but in 30 days it will be worth it! This is the 30 day squat challenge we are doing and this is the ab challenge, if you fancy joining in :)

Finally, I am also doing a bit of yoga, a few months ago I really wanted to be able to do a head stand, and I was far far away from being able to do that then, even more so now haha. So I am easing myself back into a bit of yoga, I am trying to do it every day. This is my favourite video! It's only 10 mins so it is perfect if you are in a rush. But I plan to build this up eventually.

My overall goal for this is to be fit, toned, healthy and most importantly happy! I do not wish to lose weight but to lose fat.I don't wish to be overly muscular but have some nice muscle definition. My diet still needs a bit more work, but I am getting there and I will do a post on that once I have gotten back into the swing of clean eating.

So do you exercise at all? If you do, do you have any tips for me? Also any yoga video suggestion I would be grateful for :)

Monday, 2 September 2013

Maybelline: Baby Lips

I have wanted to try this product for some time now, and when doing a shop of shopping on the bank holiday I decided to go for it. I got it in Pink Punch.
I love the bright pink packaging! Definitely summery, typical me for buying it at the end of summer! Haha. It also has a lovely fruity scent to it, it is pretty much a lip balm with a hint of colour.  It is really moisturising which is why I think it would be a good winter product, especially for me. As my lips get seriously dry in winter and can't wear lipstick on them as that usually dries them out even more! So this is perfect.

The colour is such a nice bright pink, which if this had been a matte lipstick then it may have been too much for me, well as an everyday lip product anyway. But it's a balm so it adds a nice pink tint to my lips, which brightens my face and matches my current blush quite well.

And here is me just before going to work wearing it :) It's a really easy product to wear and comes in quite a few colours! Which I might look into buying.  What do you think of the Maybelline Baby Lip products?