Skin Care Review

As part of my self improvement, turning 40 and just really wanting to look after myself a bit more, I thought I would try out a new regime and in turn, teach the eldest about having a bit of a routine for when she starts (should she choose to), wearing make up.

I was lucky enough to be given two products to try out and I have to say that I really liked them a lot and will be using them in the future,especially after seeing the results and costing isn’t high at all compared to a lot of other high street brands.

I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and apart from the occasional breakout once a month when due my period, water has been my saving grace. That’s it. I don’t buy into the heavy and expensive brands because to be honest, its a load of rubbish and a waste of money. In reality,  we are paying for the advertising costs and a life style that they want us to think we want. I got wise to that a long time ago and as a feminist it isn’t within my belief system.

One thing I do participate in though is a good face mask because I like to soak in the bath with the candles, have some relaxing music on, a book and have some time to myself. It’s one of the few things that I will indulge in because I like how it makes me feel. The coolness of the mask followed by the  softness on my skin thereafter, is a really nice feeling and my face does feel more firm as well. I think it might be something that I’ll be introducing to my clients when doing facial treatments because of how indulgent it is and the one that was sent to me was the Skin Republic Collagen Infusion, Mask which if you purchase in Superdrug, is £4.99

The other product that I was sent, was the really lovely Nouveau Lashes Enhance Mascara. It was so much better than getting fake lashes applied and as its completely natural you don’t look like you have spiders glued to your eyes! Although these come in at a cost of £18.99, it usually costs more than that to have lashes done in your local salon by someone who is very inexperienced and you end up removing them anyway! The great thing about the wand is that there are two sides where one separates for a much more dramatic look and the other side is used to apply the mascara.

These products are perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wear a lot of make up but does like to treat herself now and again, with minimal effort and likes the affordability, and the reliability of the products that I buy.

*disclaimer, these are my own opinions based on personal experience and I was not influenced, nor paid for my review. The only compensation received, were the products.

Comping:#18for2018

I had mentioned in my #18for2018 that I wanted to start comping this year as a hobby for myself and I probably started entering round the end of December, possibly even just the start of January.  Guess what? I WON something today!

What is comping? Well its basically entering as many competitions as you want in order to win the things that you would like to have or do. Well that’s the definition in my mind and for the ones that I entered, it was really just liking or re tweeting on Twitter or filling out simple forms which only took a few minutes of my time when the kids were in bed. It’s really that simple.

I also joined a coupe of sites on Facebook which are fantastic and were recommended by one of THE most high profile competition winners out there and also award winning blogger, Di Coke.  I downloaded her book from amazon for some extra tips on how I could increase my winnings and I was embraced by her community of compers who inspired me to keep on going with entries. Its so amazing to hear of the wonderful gifts that they have all won with many amazing prizes both small and large.

Everyday I wait for the postman or an email to drop through to tel me if I have won any of the various competitions and was delighted to see one appear in my inbox this afternoon. I have won tickets to the NME Award Nominations Party in London, next Wednesday and I can bring someone with me. For a first win, this is pretty darn good although I do need to pay for my accommodation and flights so I’m still deciding if I will be going , not to mention finding someone at short notice to come with me because most folk work 9-5.

So it’s another tick on the #18for2018 list , and I hope to be able to update you all with even more wins this year!

Are you a comper? What have you won this year (and last)?

My Plan Has Arrived

Yaay!!! I was so excited to hear the “ping” of my emails yesterday and the arrival of my BodyCoach Plan… It’s here, it’s here!!!

I couldn’t really get a good look at it when it first came through because I was doing my training for Oncology Massage, in the West End, so I emailed it to my husband and asked him to download and print it out. He actually hole punched it and added it to a folder which made it even easier to look through.

So, I had decided to go for the vegetarian option. I’m not completely veggie but I wanted to keep costs low and get as much nutrients into me as possible and I think that this is a really good way to do it. I will miss chicken most and there’s different types of fish that I wouldn’t normally eat but I knew this before I signed up, so it’s not at all a shock or disappointment. I did have my friend Jo send hers over and some of her meat recipes look great, but I know I made the right decision.

I like that there are a lot of amazing recipes to choose from, and I mean a lot in cycle 1. I was nervous that there wouldn’t be but safe to say that there is no chance that I’ll be lost for ideas. The only thing that I have to say is that there isn’t a lot of snack ideas but as it’s only cycle 1, I’m not going to complain and moan about it!

Now, the whole idea is 3 main meals with two snacks in between and at least 3 litres of water.. on rest days, all meals are low carb and in training days, I have a refuel meal at least 60-90 mins after my HIIT session. This is more than I am used to eating in a day but I think this is also one of the reasons why I have gained weight.

We decided last night that I could have a last take away and a bottle of fizz! Here’s what we had… chicken fried rice, chick balls, chips and egg rolls! Oh, and a bottle of prosecco.

Tonight I will go shopping and pick up the things that I will need for the next 4 days recipes. I’ll do my first HIIT in the morning and I’ll probably head on over to Instagram and YouTube for my very first impressions.

I have done a lot of HIIT in the past with @Gymguymark so it won’t be a shocker for me although I’m really not all that fit at the moment! I’m also used to having 1 hr sessions so 30 mins is going to seem really odd and almost incomplete for me. I do love exercise, but I just got so busy studying and caught up with starting my own business as well as having two young kids, that I lost myself.

I’ll post my “before” pics, and measurements, tomorrow… well maybe not the pics but my weight reading. I hope to achieve a lot in the next 4 weeks… it’s almost 4 weeks to the day that I turn 40!

Yikes!

Have you tried The Body Coach?

Count Down To BodyCoach

I’m planning and plotting… hoping and wishing… that things will be different this time…

What am I talking about? Fitness and weight loss! I know that they will be because I am ready to take on the challenge with the help of my friend Jo over at Mummy’sKnee (who will already be a week ahead by the time I receive my plan). We have discussed and supported one another a lot this week, positivity seeping from our pores and building a camaraderie that even Spider-Man could not penetrate!

In the picture above, you’ll see my “Fit Book”, which my husband bought for me last year and I have yet to use. I plan on using this to plan my weekly meals and chart my exercise that I will do over and above the HIT given by my BodyCoach Plan.

I did a practice run of meal prepping last wk, using some vegan recipes from one of my favourite cook books, made by “The Happy Pear“. I LOVE this cook book and I love how they started their business and healthier lifestyle. I would highly recommend it and watching their YouTube videos because some recipes are so quick and easy, not to mention nutritious!

Here are some of the meals that I made;

They helped me to balance my macros and make sure that I was getting everything that I needed nutrition wise. I didn’t find myself dipping in sugar levels and therefore I no longer needed to have the cup of coffee or chocolate biscuit in the afternoon which has been my norm for longer than I care to admit.

I am also finding that food prep makes me less inclined to crave other foods, like take aways as a treat and I don’t feel the need to say “ach, I’ll just have 1 treat night “. I don’t need to because no take away is going to measure up to homemade “fakeaways”. I don’t have that bloated feeling and I know exactly what’s going into my body, plus saving money at the same time.

So I go to bed now and eagerly await my emails coming through tomorrow… I shall dream of weights, vegetables and all things healthy! Actually, no.. I’m not that bad… yet! I just can’t wait to get the plan through!

BodyCoach

Well… the time has come and I have researched and looked into it for a few months now. I’ve decided to go with Joe Wicks and do his 90 day 90 day sss plan

I turn 40 on the 16th of November and since qualifying and studying to become a Complimentary Therapist and losing my Dad, I’ve let my body go. I’ve turned into a tired hot mess with very little motivation and I’ve packed on the pounds.

I signed up after a fellow blogger did the same and we are going to motivate one another! I’ve added a YouTube channel but not sure if I’ll publish that on the blog just now… maybe when I start seeing results?

I plan on utilising the superb personal trainer known by most on twitter, as @gymguymark who will keep me on my toes with the HIIT stuff. This is possibly the best trainer in Glasgow, and he works from @WesternTennisClub in Hyndland. He trains some pretty high profile folks and with his agreement he may even allow me to film one of our sessions!

So why The Body Coach? Well…. he’s motivational, knows his shit and let’s people eat and not restrict themselves. We all know what restriction does to our bodies and I’m living proof of that! I think some of my difficulties might be bread and wine. I generally have toast every morning so I think I might need to get myself into the habit of trying oats because it’s quick, easy and nutritious.

Also, the thing I like about Joe is that he really does encourage people. You have a bad day? That’s ok and normal! Just start again. He understands that people have real life to deal with and he allows for that. I have a lot of time for someone who “gets it”.

Could I do this on my own without the help from BodyCoach and their supporters? At this point in my life, not very well. We can all do these things but I’m of the mindset just now of needing more encouragement and support. I’ve already had that the minute I signed up. I received emails and a tweet from Joe himself, congratulating me on being in board and seeing my progress.

I’m going to do this, I’m going to achieve and I’m going to encourage others who feel similar about themselves, to grab their fitness and eating by the balls!

I’ve started prep….

I will get into his hall of fame and maybe even meet the fella!

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