Thursday, 24 November 2016

The First Trimester

For me, it was my first experience of being pregnant. Excitement and nerves overwhelmed me as I contemplated what was about to happen to me and my body over the next nine months. I wanted to tell everybody and share our exciting news, but as the days past, to be honest all I wanted to do was, eat, sleep and puke. Sorry to be blunt.

Bread and my afternoon nap quickly became my new best friend, when I wasn’t eating I felt nauseous and when I wasn’t feeling nauseous I was staring at my pizza face. I know I am making this out to be oh so glamourous… but there are positives too. I am not saying now is the time to start ‘eating for two’ but I have relaxed my strict diet and fitness regime and took some time out for ‘me’. I still eat well, most of the time, but do not deny myself; if I want that piece of cake I will have it.

The hardest thing about the first trimester is that you pretty much have to suffer in silence. Your husband or partner will probably be fed up of your moaning and constant need for odd requests at any time of the day, but let me assure you this is all normal – well that’s what I tell him…

Although the first trimester can be difficult, the moment you see the fluttering of baby’s heartbeat on your first scan, everything will be worth it. Yes the raging hormones, the sickness, the spots, the exhaustion will all seem a distant memory when you realise the amazing baby you have been creating.
Comments, tips and advice appreciated


Thursday, 4 February 2016

How to slim down & get fit for your perfect wedding dress

ME, a runner?
I never thought I would see the day. 
Cross country, actually running in general, was something I fiercely avoided throughout my entire time at school, as well as the rest of my adult life. That was until, January 2015.
I had just under a year, to try to look my best for my wedding day and with dress shopping looming I knew I had to start a fitness and healthy eating regime that would work. So, yes I started running.
At first, I found it really hard, but before I knew it I was running 3k, three times a week, this might not sound a lot; but for me this was a massive achievement and I could see the results. 
I paired this with a healthy balanced diet and before I knew it inches were flying off my waist, bust and hips! 
Did I indulge in some cake every now and again? sure I did, but by being at the gym I knew I could work it off later!
So my first bit of advice is, get active. It doesn't have to be running, walk, take a class at your local gym, skip, hop, even walk to work. I promise in a year you won't only see the results on the scales, but your body shape as well.

Be realistic, I have never been a size 6- I was never going to be. But, I was OK with that! Learn to love your body and get a dress that suits you
Don't let those dress shop ladies put you down! I was determined to purchase and fit into a size smaller than they recommended and I shocked them all by loosing the inches I had set out too !
 I mean don't go crazy and try to fit in a dress four dress sizes smaller, but if you have a realistic goal it will keep you motivated. You can do it.

Towards the last few months of the wedding, I still had a few stubborn lbs I wanted to get rid of. No matter how much cake I refused, or how much I worked out I couldn't shift it. A friend recommended me to slimming world and I have never looked back, within weeks I had lost the last half a stone and fit perfectly into my dress.
 I would never have done a crash or faddy diet for my big day as I wanted this to change my lifestyle forever. Slimming world is a lifestyle change, I eat mountains of healthy food and find I am never hungry! 

In total I lost approximately 1 stone 10 lbs, my body shape and tone has improved massively and I finally feel happy with my body! My dress fit me perfectly and it was worth every bit of sweat in the gym! Get fit, get healthy and make some genuine changes to your lifestyle and you can achieve anything!  

I wish I could do my wedding all over again! I am so proud of myself for getting into my dress and will have the photos to cherish forever! <3



me on the right>>


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Top 10 blogs I love to read

As much as I enjoy writing my blog, I also love to read others blog’s. A nice cup of tea and any of these fab blogs are the perfect way to start my day! Anything home, food or travel related ticks my boxes. 
Here are some of my favourite bloggers! If you want some home, baking or life inspiration; or perhaps even some blog ideas check these lovely blogs out!


Enjoy <3

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Playing with our new camera & New year's resolutions!

We have been after a good camera for quite some time, but we are far from knowledgeable about anything technology-wise. It was between Nikon and Canon, but due to a bargain deal in John Lewis, we went for a Canon 1200D eos ( this means nothing to me ) but we like it and are slowly learning how to use it! 

Any tips and advice welcome!
We need to be pros by our holiday in May!

So now down to New Year's resolutions! I try not to get too caught up in unrealistic goals for the year, but after smashing last years resolution i'm feeling pretty optimistic. 
This year I will continue my healthy eating and fitness routine, as well as my new resolution, which is to get more organised
Now, how to execute this?
From planning my wedding, I have realised I am a visual learner/planner. I like to see things in front of me. Plans, highlighters and colour-coding are my friends! So, my first purchase in my journey to becoming more organised was to buy a monthly planner. I purchased a great planner from Tesco, it even has stick-it notes and a whiteboard pen, along with a monthly planner and delegated sections for 'shifts, food, plans' etc. I'll keep you updated on how I get on with it!

What resolutions do you have!? How are you planning on making them reality?
Happy new year!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

I'm back & Happy new year!

Its been over eight weeks since my last blog post, not because I got bored, or because I lost the love for blogging; but because I was simply too busy having the most amazing time of my life and wanted to enjoy every minute of it.
i got married
To fill you in on the last few weeks, I thought I would share just a few pictures.

Sad to leave 2015 behind, as it has been one of the most amazing years, but so excited for what 2016 has to bring! 
Hope everyone had a very merry christmas and a happy new year!