Tuesday, 1 July 2014

31 Pounds Lighter (So Far) and How I did it

My Fitness Pal Blog

Sooooo, I have been on the missing list since March, but I am easing myself back into blogging with a quick weightloss update post. Let me start off by telling you why I decided to lose weight and what eventually spurred me on and kept me on track. Last November our little family (that's actually quite big) was dealt a blow, I won't go into details but since then it seems life put on a pair of boxing gloves is punching me in the face repeatedly, one thing after the other going wrong, I felt like I had no control over my life and my self esteem hit an all time low. I'm not yet prepared to make public how much I weighed at my heaviest but it reached sky high, and I thought "Fuck it, losing weight may be the only thing I can control in my life" so I gave it a go. 

Giving Up Sugar 

Last February I started off by cutting sugar from my diet, not completely though, I still indulge on my cheat day which is normally at the weekend.Giving up sugar and carbs is the easiest way for me to control my diet. I find if I eat carbs or anything like that early in the day then I spend the rest of the day STARVING, UNFILLABLE and CRAVING all the bad things. It was hard at first but I soon got used to clean eating. 

What I Do Eat

I am often asked If I don't eat bread, or potatoes, rice or pasta, then what is it that I do eat. Well, I eat a lot of protein and healthy fats and I really go to town on the veg and salad. I eat a very small amount of fruit as I find the sugar in fruits sometimes inhibits my weight loss, I had to do some experimenting with fruit and I found berries every now and again didn't do any harm. 


At the start I didn't really go overboard with the exercise, If you follow me on Instagram (Not_Just_Inside) you'll see I love walking along the coast, I measured it to be 5k long and I would go 2 or 3 times a week. Now on top of that I have joined a gym. I really love it and I find it quite addictive. I normally do around 45 mins cardio and I'm getting to grips with free weights as well as weight machines. Overall I am way more active and go out regularly with the kids playing and exploring, before I would rarely leave my house and if I did I would hide in my car at the school gates. 

What Now? 

Well I reckon I will be writing a bit more about my weight loss journey, I hope to go a bit more in depth, sharing recipes and other discovery's that have been working for me. I still have a lot of weight to lose and I am hoping the blog will keep me on track. 

That's it for now. 
Stay tuned for further updates. 
as well as beauty and 
lifestyle news. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Garnier "Start Afresh" Refreshing Toner: An Excellent Dupe........For BATTERY ACID

A lot of people skin the toner step when they are looking after there skin, thinking that toners are harsh and drying, but toners have changed in recent years, they have adapted to our new cleansers that don't leave greasy residues on the skin. Now a days toners a light, refreshing and prime the skin for moistuiser. OR SO I THOUGHT. 

I have been using toners for years now and I  rarely come across one that I didn't like. I picked up Garnier newly packaged Refreshing Toner a couple of weeks ago from Boots. It only cost around €3.50 but I would never normally spend too much on a toner anyway. 

I applied this toner with a cotton pad after cleansing my face and it stung the actual Effff out of my face. I don't have sensitive skin, and I have never had a bad reaction to a product, but this made me feel like my skin was on fire. For hours after my face was roaring red and tender to touch. The next day I had what looked like little red spots under my skin. I tried it one more time after that using a different cleanser but it did the exact same thing. This has gone straight in the bin. 

Have you tried Garnier Refreshing Toner? 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Irish Rain Natural Skincare Essential Deep Cleansing Oil

Irish rain essential deep cleansing oil review

We all have our little night time cleansing routines. There is nothing quite like removing your make up at the end of the day, its almost ritualistic. Many use just a face wash, but I prefer to go that step further and use a cleansing oil as a pre-cleanse. Cleansing oils need not be reserved for those with dry skin, Nope. My skin is on the oily side and I have been using oils on my face for years. There have been some cleansing oils that I've loved (review HERE) and some that have been just plain MEH!! (review HERE

My latest product of choice is Essential Deep Cleansing Oil  from an Irish company called Irish Rain Natural Skincare. This oil is just a dream. It has a distinctive herby scent which is down to the Lavender, Frankincence and Tea Tree essential oil. These tree essential oils are in a Sweet Almond Oil base oil, and the mixture is a powerhouse of skincare goodness. 

To use I apply onto dry skin and massage slowly over my face (even the eyes, its a great eye makeup remover) you can see the make up dissolving. I then remove the oil with a damp face cloth. There is no residue left on the skin which is great, thats a little bugbear of mine. I followthis up then with a nice face wash, and skin is squeaky clean. 

I was very kindly sent my Cleansing Oil by Irish natural skincare website Tantrum Natural Skincare. They specialize is products that are free from chemicals and are Natural and Organic. They have everything from skincare, suncare, first aid and kids products. Give them a visit on their website www.tantrum.ie  where you can pick up the Essential Deep Cleansing Oil for €19.99.

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