Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sure Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant

No woman wants to think about sweating and its a funny thing to talk about really but let's get real, it's summer (technically!) and I have been exercising a lot to lose weight.  I seemed to suddenly become immune to my previous deoderant so I needed something that could cope and my friend recommend the Sure Maximum Protection Anti Perspirant. 


This deoderant is a cream that you're meant to apply at night so it works whilst your resting and should still be effective even after a shower.  I did feel like that was weird at first as I only want to apply it after a shower and I don't always have a shower at night so sometimes I do just apply it in the morning.


The "clean scent" is very pleasant and I really liked it, it's completely non offensive and unisex really.


Onto the effectiveness though, my friend finds it works brilliantly for her but for me, it's not strong enough for when I'm exercising.  It's such a shame and it shows that it clearly works for some people but not for me so for that reason,I won't be repurchasing it and my search continues! 

Monday, 27 July 2015

CND Shellac in Poison Plum

I feel like at the moment, the colour that's being the most talked about is CND Shellac in Poison Plum.  Those of us who love it when CND bring out glitter Shellac shades were bursting with excitement at the release of a new glitter however to some nail techs this shades appears to have disappointed them and I can see why. 


 If you thought that this was going to be a deep plum version of something like Ice Vapor then you were always going to be disappointed.  To me, Poison Plum is a deep dark plum shade with a little bit of a texture in it.  Although technically it contains a little glitter, if you look at the pieces up close you'll realise that they almost have a matte finish and not the super high shine finish that a typical glitter piece would have.  

I have to say that personally, I was extremely excited for the release of this shade and it's exactly what I thought it was going to be so I don't feel that sense of disappointment.  You may think "oh she would say that" and I wouldn't - there's various shades that aren't for me from CND such as Cocoa, Burnt Romance and the majority of the nudes.  To me Poison Plum is a relative of Dark Lava which is probably my all time favourite shade.  


For those of you who are mourning the fact it's not a full on glitter shade, I have a solution.  I did a couple of colour pops that are photographed above.

The far left is two coats of Plum Poison, nothing else.  Next to that is one coat of Plum Poison over two coats of Fedora.  To the right of that is two coats of Dark Lava with a coat of Plum Poison.  Personally I would wear any of them, particularly the Dark Lava combination of course.  


Finally I decided to paint one layer of Poison Plum, cure it and then I patted a layer of Lecente Garnet Glitter into it.  I then applied another layer of Poison Plum over it.  The consistency of Plum Poison is slightly sheer which of course it would have to be so that it shows the pieces in it but also this means that you can see all of the glitter through it as well. 

I actually can't wait to wear this shade.  I'm not someone who strictly sticks to certain shades for certain seasons but I will probably start wearing it when Autumn officially hits.  I do love both the regular shade and the glitter option so I just thought I'd share my thoughts with you!

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 11

As I hadn't been well last week I was keen to get my head back into it all and see if I could lose more this week than I did in my last weigh in.  I went food shopping and bought a load of different types of food in preparation as I'm constantly trying to find different meals so that I'm never bored.

As time goes on I am finding so many changes in my life it's unbelievable.  There used to be a little walk that my husband and I would do a couple of years ago.  It's not massively long but about a third of it is on an incline and when I got to that section of it I always struggled.  I would even have to stop a couple of times as my back was sore and the muscles in my thighs would be so tight that it was like I was virtually ceasing up.  After walking to my parents every day this past fortnight and various other places, I decided to see how far I'd come and try the walk I could never manage without stopping.  I was dubious but I did it without a struggle, I didn't shake to sit down at the end either and I was still breathing calm enough to hold a conversation, the difference is unreal!


Since these Meringue Nests are only 50 calories I teamed it up with some strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and a blob of yogurt for a nice summer dessert.  I smashed the meringue nest over the top, in actual fact one nest did two desserts so it was only 25 calories on top of the berries and yogurt calories.


I've continued to make sure that I have vegetables with everything, typically broccoli.  This is a big step for me in itself because although it's not too difficult to throw it at the side of a meal, the truth be known I would rather not however I want this weight loss so badly that I will make sure I do include it.



I'm still obsessed with crackers right now.  I do try to go for brands that are low in fat and salt where possible.  Laughing Cow have brought out a cheddar version which I've been liking and I tried their Emmental version too which is okay, all 25 calories.  I still feel more confident using things that are already in a portion where possible, I honestly think I'm not ready to be trusted to stick a knife in a big pot or something yet.
 


My beautiful friend Jade treated me to her local tearooms in Stockport on Friday.  I'm adamant that I will never be that annoying friend that won't go anywhere or do anything "because I'm on a diet."  I don't have cheat days like I know most people losing weight do so I know I can have meals out and just pick what I want on the odd occasion.  
 


I have a few reasons why I don't have cheat days, first because if I did that on a regular occurrence like I used to it will just take me longer to reach my goal.  I don't want to be doing this for years and years,  I would rather go the harder route and get there.  Also, as I'm calorie counting I do have treats every single day and because I do, I don't feel that urge to go on a mad binge once a week or anything.
 


We actually split the cakes we ordered in half so we could try both of them!  It's odd but the fact that I tried two cakes made me feel like I'd had two full slices and for that reason I was really overthinking it later on that the calories would have been crazy for them but in reality, it's only the equivalent of one normal slice.

 
If you've ever been seriously overweight you'll know how different it feels having lost a decent amount.  My posture is good anyway but I feel better, I stand taller and I feel prouder.  There's certain odd little things that don't occur to me now, for example, my friend bought some scales whilst I was out with her and I carried them to the car without a bag around them.  Previously the old me would be conscious that people would look at me and think "woah look at that fat bird carrying scales!  Doesn't need them to work out she's huge!" or something like that.  If my husband and I had been to McDonalds I would even get him to carry my drink from the car as I didn't want anyone knowing I'd eaten it as I clearly should be opting for a salad.  I'm getting more and more proud of myself that I will happily carry those scales or whatever without a second thought.
 
So... The weigh in.  I have been scale hopping this week just to see where I've been up to.  I did know quite happily all week that I definitely had a weight loss this week.  It's odd but when I step on the scales I can actually feel I'm lighter and I don't really know why.  So in total this week I lost 3lb bring me to a total loss of 2 stone 3lbs (or 31lbs) in 11 weeks.  Of course I am pleased and honestly, I'm proud of myself as I go further and further down the scales.  This next week will hopefully bring me into the next stone bracket (I'm 2lbs away from it now) and I have a treat for myself from Jo Malone ready and waiting for that weigh in when I hit that goal. 

Things to remember: 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
     
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Fit Bit Flex

If you'd have said to me this time last year I would be talking about fitness and even gone out to buy a fitness band I would have laughed at you.  I would secretly eye roll when the notifications came up on Facebook that someone had  had been for a run on RunKeeper, it was just so far away from my lifestyle and what I'm used to.  When I joined My Fitness Pal I entered a world that people starting talking about all of these things I'd heard about but knew nothing of such as calories, protein, saturated fats and another that kept being mentioned was Fit Bits.  It was only when a client started talking about hers and raving about how good it was that it made me listen.  She's not extreme athlete so she was someone I could relate to and she explained that it makes her do more which I knew was what I needed.


There's all different versions of Fit Bits, depending on what you actually want from it.  I chose the Flex as I wanted the sleep function but if you don't then a Zip is the next model down.

It's really simple to set up and it's used in conjunction with their app on my phone so that I can view all kinds of information such as my steps, the calories I've burned, the distance ive walked and how much I've slept.  I can also do challenges with my friends to see if I can beat them with the amount of steps I've done as well.  

Friday, 24 July 2015

Sketchers Go Walk 2

Now let's put it out there now, I'm not a walking kind of person.  Well I say that, since losing weight I've been given these massive bursts of energy and as I can now move a lot easier it's given me the boost I need to exercise regularly to the point where as everyone jokes with me asking "where Karen has gone?!"

My friend told me repeatedly that I needed good shoes to walk in and I ignored her advice and carried on wearing my ballet flats on my walks up to my parents house.  Let me tell you, that was a huge mistake that I soon regretted after several days when the soles of my feet were virtually bruised.  I then bought a pair of Sketchers Go Walk on her recommendation.  




Now to be frank, I don't think that they're the prettiest footwear ever but I was willing to comprise style for comfort and boy are they comfy!  They're ridiculously lightweight considering that they're a full shoe.  I love that my feet feel like they're gripping the floor with each step giving me far more stability.

I think you would be best to try a pair on before you buy as I don't think the sizes are too accurate however, I did find the best price to be on Amazon so it's worth bearing in mind.

Overall, I absolutely adore these shoes and would recommend them to anyone needing a good pair of true comfort as they work out.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Intraceutical Facial at Tracey Bell Dental & Aesthetic Medical Clinic

I was invited to visit Tracey Bell to experience their Intraceutical Facial that they had introduced last year, for myself.  Since hitting 30 in March it's really made me look at the way I treat my skin and given me more focus on ensuring that the moisture that we naturally lose with age is replenished in every way possible.  


Though I am trained to offer facials, I was extremely excited to try a Intraceutical Facial as it promised to hydrate, lift and tighten.  It is also meant to soften the visible signs of sagging and loss of contour, fine lines and premature ageing.


Having not visited Tracy Bell previously, I was excited to see the clinic and learn more about their procedures.  As I entered the reception area I immediately appreciated the quiet and calmness of their vast waiting area which is all tucked away below street level in a huge luxurious underground space, away from the hussle of the city centre.


After filling out my client consultation sheet I was greeted by my therapist, Jenny who ran through the treatment, the process and the end results with along with what to expect.

Jenny applied various products initially to my skin to clean and exfoliate, containing fruit extracts and they smelt absolutely divine.  She then advised me that this is a pain-free, relaxing treatment where as she would be using oxygen under light pressure with a lightweight version of Hyaluronic Acid contained within the Rejuvenate Serum that sits within a tiny chamber within the machine she used.  It is a combination of this along with vitamins A, C and E and also green tea that aim to give the appearance of a smoother complexion.


In extremely small but precise sections Jenny preceded to glide the nozzle across my skin.  It's difficult to describe if I could feel the air blowing on my skin more or whether it was an ever so slight vacuum effect but it felt cool but not cold and calming.  At no point was there any discomfort thorough the entire treatment.


My Intraceutical took approximately an hour to complete and at the end Jenny propped the bed up and handed me the mirror.  I almost had to do a double take because if you're a regular read of this blog you'll know that I'm currently losing weight and therefore, my face is slimming down but the area around my jaw in particular seemed to have definitely slimmed and lifted.  My skin was brighter, noticeably a lot fresher too and extremely soft.


Jenny advised me of the various treatment kits that you can purchase to continue the results at home which include the same serum that was used on me.  I think that this is a fantastic way to extend the results, inbetween appointments.


I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tracey Bell and I found myself enquiring about various other services they offer, in particular the laser hair removal and their Coolsculpting which is a non surgical fat removal.  I highly recommend the Intraceutical Facial and would definitely return back there for another session.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

NOTD: Bright Blue & Purple

Since I have removed my Minx Coat that was protecting my ripped nail, I figured it was time to switch things up and do myself some new nails.  For some reason I'm still bizarrely drawn to oranges but since my last set had orange as one of the main colours, I resisted the urge and went for something completely different.


I finally settled for CND Shellac in Cerulean Sea and Grape Gum.  I applied Lecente She Devil glitter to the ring finger along with blue and lilac foil to the index finger.  I wanted all nails to have something on them so I added various sizes of dots in Grape Gum to my Cerulean Sea nails.


I adore purple and blue together.  I still wanted to keep it summery but nothing like what I had last time so this was perfect!
 
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

My Work: Summer Chevrons

Rachael came in with no idea of what she wanted.  Eventually she focused on CND Shellac in Cerulean Sea and I put a few Colour suggestions together for her.  

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Rachael wanted chevron accents so I applied Cream Puff with a layer of CND Additive in Sizzling Sands over it along with a coat of Bicycle Yellow to complete it.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Update On Minx Coat

If you've been following me for a while you'll know that last year I did a demo and a review video of the new Minx Coat.  Many nail technicians have since taken it on board and loved it but I just thought I'd tell you my thoughts on it since then, particularly because I used it to fix a broken nail recently until it was healed enough to be able to cut and shape properly again.  If you missed that review explaining what it is and how it works, click here to watch it (link will open a separate window)
 

Anyway if you're following me on Facebook you'll know I ripped my nail extremely short.  I will mention this on there and I know it's dramatic and ridiculous but it hurts like no other and if you're a nail tech, you'll know that there's no other feeling when your nail is ruined and you know that it's not the best advert then to your clients if they're not on point at all times. 
I knew when it happened that I had a couple of options:
  • I could apply a layer of liquid and powder over it and it would be perfect until it grew out.  This is an absolute last resort for me because for starters, the ripped nail was on my dominant hand so I would struggle to file it.  I also really don't like infilling the other hand and it's just an all around faff that I personally don't enjoy doing.
  • If the rip had of been smaller I may have gotten away with a few layers of CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel which I have done in the past and just ensure I'm ultra careful with it but this rip was virtually half way across my nail bed.
  • Of course if I was in a pinch for supplies I could try to old kitchen towel/coffee filter/ tea bag trick but the reality is that would only last for a very short amount of time. 
  • I could cover it with a plaster but that's never going to happen. 
     
  • Finally, there is Minx Coat and boy am I glad that this little invention exists!  The rip was so severe that even the vapours from acetone that was not even near my nail was actually making it sting so I knew that I had to be extra careful with products near it.  I applied the Minx Coat over the entire nail.  I did also apply a layer of Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel over it as well just to make the shield slightly thicker and more protecting although this is optional and then finished with the same pattern as my other nails.  
 
A week or so later it's time to change my nails and I'm so glad that I have Minx Coat in my kit as its so handy.  I was able to just peel it away, removal the nail that was ripped as at this point it had grown out enough and was no longer painful and I can slightly shape it as well.  Whilst I was wearing it instantly felt protected and secure, particularly the ripped section that was literally too short to cut so I just needed to keep it all together.  Minx Coat is a truly fantastic product to have in every nail tech's kit, particularly if you're a natural nail tech and don't have the options of applying an overlay.
 
Another excellent use has been for those that have, for whatever reason, has problems with using acetone or nourishing remover near their skin as it completely eliminates the usual removal process and allows them to wear CND Shellac or other brands. 
 
Anyway, I'm starting to sound like an advert which is hilarious because it genuinely isn't but I truly believe that every nail tech should a pack of Minx Coat in their kit, particularly as it's actually a really low price (check prices with your local stockist.)

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 10

After two 3lb losses in the past fortnight, I knew that body wouldn't be able to keep that level of weight loss up every week (although I'd be delighted if it did of course!) but I started this week with the mindset that I would up my game in terms of exercise.  When I was little I was a really fast runner and it was something I enjoyed but obviously when I started putting weight on in my teens I was equally moving less to the point where as walking would hurt my back.  Now I don't experience anything like that which is fantastic and I don't have any urges to stop at all meaning that I ended up doing 45 minutes on the treadmill the other day which is unheard of for me! 
 

In terms of food there has been a few discoveries that I've been enjoying.  One of them is the Tesco Fish Pie which is 408 calories for half of the pack.  It's really creamy and cheesy which really fills you up and not bad for the calories at all.  I just add my beloved broccoli and mushrooms to it.


Another meal that I've been loving is the Tesco Finest Lemon Chicken Pasta.  It's often 2 for £6 so it's not a cheap meal but it was recommended by a client as a lovely low calorie meal as its only 385 calories and delicious.  


On Wednesday I met with lovely Jacqueline at Bents for lunch after our CND Summer 2015 Trends class.  I ended up ordering this beast of a sandwich.  I find it very difficult to work out the calories on meals like this but as I know I eat below my calorie limit most of the time then I know that if I can roughly work this one out and forget about it.  Let me tell you that this sandwich was so packed that it was literally heavy to pick up and by half of it I would have happily called it quits but I ate it all - it was too delicious not to!

 
I've been enjoying a home cooked Nandos chicken which is from Tesco.  They're 3 for £10 and they're two Peri Peri chicken breasts which are 200 calories each and I will then put potatoes and some vegetables with it, finished with a cheeky little blob of Nandos Perinaise. 


Treat wise I've been keeping myself sane with a couple of things this week, one being Mini Twister lolly ices which are under 50 calories and amazing.  Sometimes I'll go mad and have two because I know how to live(!)


I accidentally picked these mint chocolate desserts up from Aldi (no really!)  They're huge and I misread the calorie count as being around 125 calories but turned out to be for half of the pot so I've been sharing the pot with my husband.


So returning back to my exercise, I have really been going for it this week.  I'm able to run up the stairs easily, I feel like I can virtually fly up them.  Unfortunately what threw a spanner in the works is that on Thursday I started to be unwell and I couldn't keep up with the amount I was doing.  I've not been well for the remainder of the week and only starting to pick up properly today as I write this post.  The good news is that I managed to virtually stick to my calorie limit every day and stay under it to compensate for the less exercise at the latter part of the week.


Sickness aside, I did still manage to make my friend's daughter's naming day yesterday and stayed for a while for the buffet afterwards.  I haven't had buffet food during all of this and it was delicious but I just tried to limit my intake just incase.  I know it's really boring to be in company and calorie counting but I wont always do it.  If I go for a proper full on meal then I will just have what I fancy as I know that I have more than one meal off in 10 weeks.  The baby's name is Robin an she had these beautiful cupcakes at her party which were adorable (and delicious.)

 
I literally no idea what the scales were going to say at the weigh in today.  I knew I had been really good with my calories, even with my treats and all of the exercise I had done but I also knew that me being unwell was not going to go in my favour.  Anyway, I lost a pound and a half this week which I think was what I expected from how I've been feeling but I am certain that I have a bigger loss coming over these next few days so that's all good.  This brings me now, officially to a two stone loss in ten weeks.
 
 
I've just put on my favourite pyjamas to have a lazy day and they're literally falling down on me which is a bit of a shock!  This photo is showing my hip by the way!  They're well loved and slightly battered pyjamas but I think I will keep them as a measurement of my progress.  I have to say that although Slimming World is fantastic, I am still loving the theory behind calorie counting and the freedom it gives me so I will definitely be continuing with it for however long I still feel this way.  I'm keen to get this next week in the bag and hopefully see a slightly bigger loss then. 
 
Things to remember: 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
     
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
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If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

CND Summer 2015 Trends Class

I was invited up to Creative Academy+ Manchester for their Summer 2015 Trends Class yesterday.  Whenever there's an option to go and do some nail play I'm all over it like a rash.  Attendees paid a £10 plus VAT deposit for this class which I think is complete bargain for a three hour session with a CND Education Ambassador.  They were then given that money back in the form of a voucher to spend in store.  The way I see it is that if you head up to the academy, you're going to spend more that on supplies anyway, there's always something you're running low on so it's basically a completely free course.


The lovely Kirsty Walker taught this class which was based around the Garden Muse Collection.  From now on I believe one of these classes shall be held for each new collection.  We did designs in both CND Shellac and Vinylux, even learning how to incorporate CND Additives into Vinylux.


If you have the opportunity to go to one of these classes I highly recommend it.  It's an excuse to set some time aside to practice your skills and gain some fresh ideas to bring back to your clients.

At the end of it we all got a certificate for attending - who doesn't want another certificate to add to the collection?! 
 
On a random side note, I realise that there were people in the class that follow me, some of which recognised my voice whilst I was there but didn't say anything!  If I'm around and you realise it's me - come and say hello but be warned - I'm a hugger! 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

NOTD: Wild Neon Nails

If you follow me on Facebook you'll know I ripped a nail crazy short, basically straight across the nail bed.  I know that this isn't a life or death situation so I do say it with a certain amount of jest but let me tell you, the raw skin made itself known when it went inches away from the Scrubfresh / D Sperse or nail polish remover, if you're in the north west you may have heard my yelps around 3.30pm today.
 
liverpoollashes cnd shellac lecente neon nail shadows

Anyway, my nails are CND Shellac in Bicycle Yellow and then I used the Lecente Nail Shadows in Snake Bite, Graffiti and Day Glo to pat randomly into the sticky layer.  I then applied a top coat and cured and used MoYou London Sailor Collection Plate 06 with Konad Special Polish in Black to print this wave print which I think it also looks a little animal print as well.

liverpoollashes cnd shellac lecente neon nail shadows
 
 
These nails aren't typically 'me' and my usual style but it's summer, its a time to go a bit mad, go bright and try something different!

Monday, 13 July 2015

La Roche Posay Ultra Fine Scrub

Now we all know that we need to scrub away dead skin cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath but I have to admit that I am often reluctant to scrub my face because I get concerned that the beads won't remove easily or that it will be too harsh for my skin.

I did go through a stage of really loving La Roche-Posay so I decided to purchase their facial scrub and try out for myself.


I wouldn't say that at 50ml, you get much for your money but then you do only need a small amount of the scrub as it does have a lot of the little clear scrubby beads in it.


I actually find this product fairly easy to remove which is great with a minimal scent to it.  I do think it does a fantastic job, it's pretty gentle to my delicate skin and I would probably even go as far as  to say it's possibly the best face scrub I've tried!  I highly recommend it!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 9

I feel like I'm starting to see a pattern with how my week goes during my weight loss and this week has certainly not been  any exception.
 
  

As usual I started with a huge amount of excitement.  If I haven't already said my personal goal each week is to lose 2 pounds.  Of course if it is less than that I do need to accept it and appreciate that I'm still going in the direction that I want to.  I do have my fit bit set so that I eat 1000 calories less than what I am burning which in theory will give me a 2 pound loss every week.


I have been eating well this week, as I'm still counting calories I decided to slowly incorporate things out of my freezer because most of it has been sat there on used for quite a while.  This is one of the things that I do love about calorie counting because if I was doing slimming world I wouldn't be able to have half of the things that I have in the freezer and they would've gone to waste.


On Tuesday I met up with a friend and we'd decided ages ago that we would go to a lovely garden centre and have cake. I haven't had cake in a long time so this was an exciting idea for me.  I chose the chocolate fudge cake which was absolutely delicious and what I did was I just worked out my calories for the day to include it and had a very very low calorie snack for lunch to balance it.  


I must admit that adverts like the one below do still tempt me.  If I focus on a food for too long I was fixate on it a little so I try to push forward and put it to the back of my mind.


I do like to see changes in my body, it just spurs me on to carry on going and achieve my goals.  This week it was my old coat.  I haven't gone this in a really long time as I generally don't really wear coats but since I've been walking a lot more under the weather wasn't good one day, I put his coat on and realized how big it was on me - what a buzz!

 
So, it brings me onto the weigh in.  Now I'm not going to lie, I have been hopping on and off the scales every few days to see if there's progress which I tend to do most weeks.  This is a buzz if it's going in the right direction but kills me if it's not which unfortunately was the case for most of the week, resulting in a bit of a downer on Friday.  The good thing was however, I didn't just binge eat.  Normally I would have thrown in the towel for the week but oddly, I didn't and kept within my guidelines.  This was a new mind set for me and I didn't realise it at the time but I'm definitely proud of it. 
 
Anyway, this week I lost another 3lbs!  That's 6lbs in this past fortnight since I changed to calorie counting.  So this brings me to a single pound away from two stone in 9 weeks which I have to say, I'm pretty chuffed with.  I realise I can't possibly lost 3lbs every week but I would rather like it if I could manage it some weeks!  I'm looking forward to hitting my 2 stone goal and then I will be a few pounds away from the next weight bracket down which is ridiculously exciting - I can't wait!
 
 
Things to remember: 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
     
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.