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20 PEOPLE ON WHAT THEY LOVE MOST ABOUT THEMSELVES.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

For this months 'ask the readers' question, I wanted to focus it on something positive and I thought this would be a great way to make us all feel a bit better about ourselves in a world where we're constantly being made to feel insecure if we don't look or act a certain way. We're often so caught up on our hang ups and insecurities and when we do broadcast that we're actually 'feeling ourselves' we get judged for being vein or self-obsessed, but the truth is we all could probably do with loving ourselves a little bit more. So here are 20 people sharing with me what they love about themselves. For optimum effect, play Hailee Steinfield's Love Myself in the background whilst reading this.

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MAKING TIME FOR THE THINGS YOU ACTUALLY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Time is a funny thing - you think you have a lot of it and next thing you know you're in a rocking chair knitting in your front porch (I watch too many American movies). Which is why you get to an age where you don't want to be wasting your time on things and people that don't actually add anything of value to your life. Time is precious, therefore we should be making time to do things that we actually want to do and bring us joy. If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading Sarah Knight's book on 'the life-changing magic of not giving a F*ck* who tells you exactly how you can stop giving your time, or 'f*cks' to things you don't really care about and making time for the things you do. But for now, here is my list of things I want to make more time for.


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Myself


I'm usually the type of person who says yes to everything, even though some weekends I just want to lay on the sofa eating Doritos and watching Sky Cinema. I've done a couple of posts about spending time with yourself and enjoying your own company, and I definitely want to make more time to just chill. Maybe write or draw a little, or actually get round to designing my bullet journal which I keep saying I don't have time to do. 

Volunteering 


I'd like to make time to do something selfless in my community, so it's time to get researching. At some point in my life I would like to volunteer for a NGO abroad of some sort. I've found the website Workaway is great for finding projects you can get involved with around the world, and a lot of time in return you can get free accommodation and some meals. So this is a great place for people who are looking to save some money whilst travelling, and doing a good thing. 

Actually catching up with 'old' friends


How many times do you bump into people you haven't seen in a while and say 'we need to go for a drink!' and then just go about your business and it doesn't happen. I'm not talking about reconnecting with everyone you've crossed paths with in the last few years, but I'd definitely like to reach out more to some of my friends from University I haven't spoken to a while and adore, or friends here who's company I actually enjoy. Even though I don't speak to some of my university friends everyday I know I could plan a trip over and visit them and it be like I never left. 

Doing nothing


 I like routine, and often don't like having little pockets of time in the day where I have nothing to do. After work I usually work on my blog/meet a friend for a coffee, then go to the gym, then watch Love Island, and then read my book or go to bed. However, I rarely give myself time or 'allow' myself to do sweet nothing. Being busy all the time is overrated and we could all do with having some more down time.  

Socialising with my family 


I kind of want to introduce family game night, maybe once a month because we're all competitive and stubborn and we'd all end up arguing every weekend if not. Living back at home means I see my family everyday, but want to make time to actually engage in activities - whether its going for walks in Spain, playing Disney Trivia Pursuit with my little brother, taking my grandparents for lunch, or going with mum to the cinema. 

Reading


I've actually been pretty good with making time for reading. I think it's because I've been taking out books from the library so I actually find time to read so that I can return it in the two weeks and not get fined. There's also nothing I like more than sitting on the beach with some cherries and reading a good book. I've actually started a blog post reviewing all the books I'm reading this year incase you're looking for some poolside inspiration. 


Fun 

Being a 'proper adult' is hard work and people have a lot to say about what you should be doing in your 20s - but just because you're working a 9-5 job and have more responsibilities than when you were 18 doesn't mean you can't enjoy life and let your hair down on the weekend.Work hard, play harder right?

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I wrote this post in collaboration with WatchShop and they were nice enough to send me the Michael Kors watch photographed above. The colour is perfect for my summer wardrobe and I'm more into small dainty watches at the moment, and hopefully my tan will come along soon too to compliment it even more!


What stuff/interests do you want to make more time for in your life? 

G






CARB CYCLING: THE KEY TO LOSING FAT BUT MAINTAINING MUSCLE.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Throughout my teenage years and early twenties (and thanks to TOWIE), I was let to believe that carbs were the enemy. I'm not saying that eating a pizza or bowl of pasta every night is good for you, because it's not and you will notice your junk getting bigger progressively. However, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to follow a 'no carbs before Marbs' diet just to get your body looking it's best. The truth is there is not one plan that fits everyone, as everyone's body is different. For me I've found a combination of intermittent fasting and carb cycling work for me, whereas I know others who practice keto (high fat/no carb) and find that works for them. To put it simply, carb cycling is well, cycling your carbs. If you want to find out more about carb cycling, how I do and examples of carb cycling keep reading my bread loving friends.

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What is Carb Cycling?


Carb cycling is essentially 'cycling' the amount of carbs you eat on a particular day. So on certain days you will be getting a higher amount of your macros from carbohydrates than on others. I tend to keep my protein levels at the same amount (130-135g) and raise my fat levels slightly on my lower carb days. It's important to know that you shouldn't be filling yourself with simple carbs and cakes just because you 'can' as you probably won't get the results you're looking for and will be disappointed. 

Why does carb cycling work?


Carb cycling works because it keeps your body guessing and it doesn't get used to pulling energy from one source and more importantly, doesn't stall your metabolism. When on a low carb diet, your insulin sensitivity increases which can help with burning body fat instead of energy. When eating high carb, you produce more of the hormone leptin which keeps you fuller for longer, and therefore you are less likely to binge eat.

The problem with following a low or no carb diet for a long period is that a. your body starts to get used to this and stops burning fat, your metabolism slows down, and eventually you're going to be so deprived of carbs that you're going to walk past a cake shop and run for everything and then need to run for the Gaviscon after. 

Creating your carb cycling plan


There are different approaches to creating your carb cycling plan. Some people change the amount of calories they consume in the day and may also change their fat/protein levels accordingly. Some people strictly do high carb days and days where they consume 0 net carbs. I try and keep things as simple as possible. 

The first thing you want to do is calculate your normal macros to either lose, maintain or gain weight/muscle. This calculator does a pretty good job of working it out for you. 

My protein levels always remain at 1g of protein per lb of body weight so I try to aim for 132g of protein daily. 

According to the IIFYM calculator, my daily fat intake should be 56g of fat

The rest of my calories I will get from carbs which tends to be around 129g of carbs

In terms of calories, I will try and aim for 1400kal. 

How my macros/calories change on lower/high carb days. 


I split my cycle in to 3 amounts - low, medium and high carb days. My macros for my medium carb days usually look like the above, or I try to aim for 100g of carbs. I plan my high carb days (twice a week) when I'm going to be lifting heavier weights and working on the booty (because we want that to keep growing) and on those days I will slightly increase my carbs and lower my fat so my macros look like this:

Protein: 132g
Fats: 25g
Carbs: 150g - 175g 

On my lower carb days, I aim for upper body workouts and cardio. I actually feel more lethargic when I eat larger amounts of carbohydrates so find I have higher endurance levels with these macros. My macros for these usually look like this:

Protein: 132g
Fats: 65g
Carbs: 50g 

In a week my typical week split may look something like this:

MONDAY: HIGH CARB | GLUTES & LEGS
TUESDAY: MED CARB | UPPER BODY
WEDNESDAY: LOW CARB | CARDIO & CORE
THURSDAY: HIGH CARB | GLUTES & LEGS
FRIDAYLOW CARB | REST
SATURDAY: MED CARB | REST
SUNDAY: MED CARB | FULL BODY CIRCUIT

My experience with carb cycling

I know what you're probably thinking, this seems like a lot of work and calculations G. Which is why I don't follow it religiously and there are weeks where I don't follow it at all. I just try and plan ahead roughly whether I'll be having a H/M/L carb day and factor in foods that fit those macros. For example if I know I'm going out for pizza with my friends on Saturday, I'll make that my high carb day & leg day, because I'm deffo gonna be consuming over 150g of carbs ya get me?

I found this has been a good system for fat loss and curving cravings as I know I don't have to say goodbye to pasta, toast / mayo and cheese and such for good. I do find it's a good plan that fits with my fitness regime and will allow me to maximise my results. I am hoping to do this for a month continuously and cut down on the cardio just to see what my 'gainz' are.

As always, this is just a guide from my findings and experience, but it isn't something for everyone! To show my appreciation for carbs in the comments, I'd love to know what your guilty carbalicious pleasures are - for me it's always pizza and cheesy garlic bread. 

G


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INTRODUCING DAFNI GO: THE PERFECT HAIR TOOL FOR BUSY (AND LAZY) GALS.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

If you've had the unfortunate experience of having to straighten or curl my hair (Zoe, Grace, Angelica, Kirsty, Gabby) then you know that I have a lot of it - layer upon layer of thick red Hermoine Granger-esqueness. Right now my hair is in pretty good condition, but flashback to when I was 18 I had hair down to my waist and a knot on the back of my head that just kept coming back no matter how many times my friend/me/the scissors tried to get rid of it. Most of the time, I'm too lazy to style my hair because it takes time and I do kind of like the natural wave my hair has. Although, my Friday night routine has changed forever thanks to the Dafni Go hair straightening brush.

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BTW: The white patch in my hair is my dry shampoo which I hadn't rubbed in yet, and this photo was taken prior to straightening my whole head with the brush.

So what is Dafni Go? 


In essence, it is a hairbrush and straightener merged in to one. You simply plug it in, press the on button and wait for it to heat up, and then brush and watch your hair straighten. There is no heat setting and the brush remains heated at 18'C which is safer and also less damaging to your hair, whilst giving optimal results from root to tip. The product itself costs £99.99 and can be purchased direct from the Dafni website. It includes the travel case and detachable cord. 

My thoughts on Daphne Go 


As I mentioned, my hair is pretty thick so I was intrigued to see if this was going to work on me or not. I straightened my hair in two layers, and it did leave my hair smoother but because I was also brushing out all the tangles my hair looked quite 'puffy' and thick at first. I left it to settle whilst I carried on getting ready for our party and then I was good to go. It actually worked a lot quicker than when I use a GHD as I usually do it in thinner layers and have to use an additional hairbrush to comb through the hair as I go along. 

My only worry was that because it's a 'stiff' brush, I wouldn't be able to curl in the bottom of my hair in so my layers wouldn't flick out. I did notice it looked a bit Farrah Fawcett along the tips, but I just held on to my hair as I curved the brush in and the problem was fixed. I love the practicality of it, especially for travelling. It comes in a compact case with space for the brush and cable (and you could add your clips and bobby bins too if you wanted), and it also means you don't have to pack a hairbrush either.

I tried the product on my sister who's hair is longer and thinner than mine and it worked excellently for her. I think it's a product that wouldn't work great on people who don't have really thick curls, but does the job for other hair types.  Whether you're looking for a tool you can take travelling with you or something that you can work into your morning routine before work, the Dafni Go does the job.


What is your hair routine like? Do you like to go natural or do you often straighten or curl it? 

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