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Friday, 3 February 2017

A Fitness Update: New Gym Clothes, Battling With Self Love & Starting Personal Training*

*This post is in collaboration with JD Women.

I've changed up my fitness regime a little, so I thought it was time for an update...

I've written about fitness and healthy living a few times previously on my blog, however in the past few months I've been making a conscious effort to switch up my lifestyle by eating more healthily and working out more. I always want to feel good when I'm working out, so a good gym kit is vital to make me feel motivated and driven to kick butt. So, when I was contacted by JD and asked if I wanted to give some clothing from the new Ellesse range a try, I jumped at the chance. 

I have to say, I absolutely love this outfit. A lot of my existing gym wear is pink so mixing it up with baby blue will be a nice change. Everything is super comfy, the leggings and sports bra are stretchy and feel very comfortable, and the top is a relaxed fit so won't cling to my gross sweaty body (lush) when I'm exercising. And it's all colour coordinated, cute or what?! The leggings are a little long, as I am only 5ft and it's very hard to find leggings short enough for my dinky legs, so I will be getting them adjusted so I don't have to fold them up! So, if you're short like me (my legs are about a 27-28" inside leg if you're wondering) then these might not be for you, but if you're willing to get them taken up then by all means go for it, as they are so on trend and comfy. I cannot wait to wear this to the gym soon and it will be sure to give me some extra motivation. 

If you're interested in investing in some new gym clothing, be sure to check out JD's Women's Fitness range.

Whilst gym clothing does make me feel good, I still want to feel good after taking my clothes off to shower when I arrive home...

Right now, my self love and body confidence is not quite there yet, and I haven't been there in about a year and a half, which really sucks to be honest. My main area of concern is my tummy. Despite losing a bit of weight, which has been noticed by my Mum, boyfriend and a few other people I know, I still haven't really noticed much of a difference myself, and my side-profile bloated belly still remains. I'm impatient, I know.

As I look at myself every day in the mirror, it's hard for me to notice changes in my body as easily as others, so it can be quite upsetting when I put the work in but you just don't feel like you're getting what you want out of it. The main thing to remember is patience. Patience with working out is KEY. Of course, everyone wants to wake up in the morning with their dream body, but that's never going to happen, and accepting that can be demotivating. But, I just have to remember that my body is making tiny little changes that may take a while for me to notice in the mirror.

Even though I cannot see much of a difference in the mirror, my body is definitely on the road to changing, as some of my clothes are starting to fit ever so slightly differently. Some of my skirts don't feel as tight anymore, and some even look too big around the tops of my legs and hips. It's promising to see that I'm making progress, but I'm just not where I want to be just yet, which is fine. When I have a tummy that doesn't stick out further than the rest of my body (my small boobs do not help), then I think I'll feel a lot more body confident when getting dressed in the morning and wearing a bikini.

There's one person to thank for helping me to start seeing results not only in my appearance, but also my physical fitness...

That person is my personal trainer. I started personal training in December and it's literally the most amazing experience. It's hard work, but my PT gives me that extra push I need to really feel motivated in the gym.

My PT has taught me many new exercises that I would never have been able to do alone, so having a PT has widened the variety of things I can do in the gym, which is great. Plus, she's also given me an amazing nutrition plan which I've been following as good as I can - of course every now and again a treat is okay, or a fancy meal with my boyfriend comes up and I treat myself to something. But overall, my meals are healthier and have a better balance of carbs, protein and fat. Plus, I've definitely cut down on unhealthy snacks. I'm also about to try out protein shakes, so I'll have to get back to you on how I get on with those...

My gym technique has improved, definitely when it comes to squats (give me da booty), and I'm feeling a lot better for it. My muscles are getting stronger, which is actually quite a thrilling feeling, as I've always been as weak as a kitten (lol), so I guess the only way is up. If you're thinking of starting personal training, I would definitely recommend it. I am very lucky and have a PT who is a woman and a similar age to myself, so she can relate to me a lot and is always there if I need a confidence boost. 

So, that's it for now. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm hopeful that I'm on the road to becoming a stronger and more confident woman both physically and mentally.

What do you wear to work out? Do you have any fitness goals? Have you ever tried personal training?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January Favourites

How are we in February already? 

January, for me, has literally flown by. From university coursework, to applying for work placements, all whilst squeezing in a precious visit from my boyfriend, it's safe to say I haven't really stopped. With a little break from all of that now, I'm feeling excited about what February will bring. One good thing about January is getting to try out lots of new products and refreshing my makeup bag. So, here are my favourite products from the past month...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light // Ah, this is my new little baby. I still can't get over how gorgeous it is. I just love the luxurious packaging, not to mention the beautiful finely milled formula. It's a gorgeous light peach shade which gives my skin a lovely sunkissed glow, and it certainly doesn't give me a cake face like other powders sometimes do. It does ever so slightly darken my natural complexion, which I personally like, as I do enjoy looking a little sunkissed and glowy. I can tell that this powder will look absolutely stunning during the summer when I have more of a tan.

Morphe M500 Brush // I've been loving this brush to apply the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder with. It's so soft and fluffy and isn't dense at all, which makes sure that I don't apply too much powder and get an even coverage. It's also great for sweeping away any fallout from eyeshadow, but also for applying makeup in a very subtle way if I'm swaying towards a 'no makeup' makeup look.

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser // I've spoken about this before and I still absolutely love it. This stuff really hydrates my skin, evens out my complexion and makes my skin look healthy and glowing. It's great for days when I'm in a rush as it literally takes seconds to apply. A layer of this and a bit of concealer and I'm ready to go!

NYX Lip Liner in Natural // This lip liner is such a versatile shade and goes with pretty much any lipstick over top. It's not too warm and not too cool and is just an all round great everyday nude shade. It's not quite as long lasting and creamy as NYX's Slide On lip liners, however I still love it nonetheless. I also have this lip liner in the shade Mauve which is stunning, however this is the shade I've been reaching for most throughout January.

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light 1 // I received this in a Benefit set I got for Christmas and I've used it pretty much every day since. I can't get over how good this product is at making my brows look fuller and more shapely, yet not looking over the top. This shade is also a perfect match for my natural brow colour, and it's often very hard for me to find an exact match. I'll definitely be picking up a full size version when this little one runs out.

MAC Lipsticks in shades Blankety & Honeylove // I absolutely love MAC lipsticks and am slowly building up a lovely collection. I received these two shades for Christmas and was so excited about them, as I'd been lusting after both of them for months. Blankety is an amplified creme, and is the most beautiful nude pink beige shade, which I've been reaching for time and time again for everyday wear. Honeylove is a gorgeous matte light nude beige lipstick with pinky undertones. Blankety goes amazingly with pretty much any eye look, however Honeylove does go particularly nicely with warm toned eyeshadows.

What products have made it to your January Favourites?
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