Found my motivation

Hi everyone!

Since making my new year’s resolution to get healthier/fitter and lose weight, I had been struggling. I think with the general lack of motivation and the fact that I was constantly feeling very low didn’t help me one little bit. What I desperately needed was *cough* a kick up the arse! *cough* – or in other words, to find my motivation, get my mind in the right place to stick with my plans.

Well I am glad to say, I seem to have found it! Rejoice!!! I decided to buy an outfit in the size I would ultimately like to get down to and now have this hanging on my wall in my room. I never thought something so simple would work, but it seems to be doing the job of stopping me from bingeing on junk food or having a lazy day. When I look at that outfit now, my mind keeps telling me “you will fit into those!” It’s not even a “special” outfit, we’re talking a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. But just to see the size of my target outfit compared to my current clothes is really spurring me on 🙂

As I am a very organised person, I made a spreadsheet (come on, who doesn’t love a good old spreadsheet??) where I have all my stats listed and I can really keep track of what I’m losing/what I still have to lose. I’ve also planned all of my meals for the week. I was never keen to plan a whole week’s worth of meals before, because I’m the type of person that can change my mind at the last minute of what I actually want for my meals. I will admit I have switched a few meals around, but otherwise I have stuck to the plan perfectly. I’ve also reduced my portion sizes, going to the extreme of marking one of our dinner plates into sections to help me keep my portion sizes right! Also, I live with my parents at the moment, so if I’m lucky enough to have my mum make my dinner, she can use the plate as a guide too 🙂

I’ve also made sure that I have been out walking every day, and have managed at least 45 minute walks, with my mum and our dogs tagging along too. I am starting slowly with the exercise, and hope to build up to using our cross trainer and I’m also going to invest in a kettlebell to use regularly.

I haven’t had any fizzy juice or chocolate for a few days now, and I can’t even say I’m missing them right now. I mainly drink water throughout the day, but usually have a small glass or fresh orange juice with my lunch or dinner. I am a sucker for Bacon Tasty’s from Asda, so I bought some small freezer bags and have managed to get 10 small portions of these set aside as a snack if I am craving something sweet! If I’m honest, I could easily get through 3/4 of a bag of those before, so this is huge progress for me! I am also going to allow myself a day at the weekend where I can be less strict about my food and treat myself, for example if I fancy a takeaway, I will do this then. After all, everyone has to allow themselves a foodie treat every now and again right?

So things are definitely looking up on that front 🙂 I will be weighing myself once a week (each Saturday), and will update this blog every so often with my progress – it’s not going to turn into a weight loss blog though!

I am hoping to blog again next week with an update on the never ending job hunt!! There may be some good news on that front soon, but I don’t want to jinx anything, so I will leave it until I hear news 🙂

For now though, I will say goodnight, enjoy the rest of your weeks, and have a fantastic weekend!!! 🙂 xoxo

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Job Hunting Frustration

Hi everyone!

I promised a blog post today, and it may be a little bit late, but here it is!

As you can see from the title of this post, I am having a very frustrating time when it comes to job hunting. I have applied for soooooo many jobs now, and I can’t even begin to describe how soul destroying it is when you hear nothing back from these places. I know that most companies have too many applications to deal with, but it really would be nice to at least have a final yes or no. I’ve never really found it difficult to get a job before, and I do have a lot of skills and experience which have always gone in my favour, but this time it is becoming a bit of a chore! But, I am trying to keep positive, and I’m carrying out job searches and applying for several jobs every single day, so something will come up soon I am sure of it 🙂

Speaking of positive thinking, I have noticed that so many people have been suffering in January from the winter blues. My family have seemed so miserable, and the negative thinking I am around every day can get quite hard to bare at times. I try to be a positive person, and keep myself upbeat, but when you are surrounded so much by negativity from family and friends (and an anxiety disorder on top of that), it really does rub off on you! I try to do what I can to help, whether it’s just helping out around the house, or treating my parents to a little something – literally a “little” something, as I’m out of work right now! 🙂 I also try to keep my own space, my bedroom looking as nice as I can, keeping it colourful and happy. I feel like this makes me relax a lot more when I’m in my room and can actually help with my anxiety a bit too.

On another rather random topic, I have to comment on a show I watched tonight for the first time – Cheapskates. I am very much a believer in saving money where you can – times are hard right now and I totally understand that… however, that show took being a cheapskate to a whole new level! I sometimes comment on the fact that my dad and granddad are cheapskates – they don’t like to fork out a lot of money to get better quality items, and in return they end up with something cheap that will not last. But that is like talking to a brick wall! But this show, involved a woman who had one lightbulb in her home….1 bulb! Which she would carry from room to room, to save on electricity. She would turn the TV off during commercials, used the dishwasher to “cook” a lasagne…words fail me. I think the thing that got to me most was that none of these people were broke – they all had decent jobs with a good wage coming in – one woman was in fact a millionaire! Yet they all went to these extreme measures to avoid spending money. Each to their own and all that, but surely there comes a point where you just can’t be enjoying life to the fullest when you are worrying so much about money. Sometimes you just have to say “life is too short” and stop worrying about the little things! (Yeah, makes total sense coming from the girl who would worry about every little thing she can think of!!!)

But hey, that’s just my opinion, and if these people are enjoying their lives and are happy, then who am I to say anything about it 🙂

Oh, before I end this blog post, I just want to do a little mention of someone who I admire so much!! If you haven’t heard of her, her name is Tanya Burr – she is a fantastic YouTuber/beauty guru/person in general. Anyway, the lovely Tanya has just launched a range of nail polishes and lip glosses which are available on Feel Unique.com – I was so excited for these products to be released, and knew they were going to be fantastic because Tanya is just so passionate about everything she does! The colours are just stunning, and I cannot wait for my purchases to come!! So if you haven’t already seen her videos, please YouTube Tanya Burr and have a browse – she’s such a lovely, cheery person, and will surely put a smile on your face if nothing else 🙂

So with that, I am going to end this post, this very random post! I will try to be more organised next week, and not leave a longer spell in between my blog posts again 🙂

Goodnight all 🙂 xox