How I am changing my workout plan for the warm weather...

 


Now that the weather is warming up I think I might go back to what I did in the first lockdown in 2020... outdoor workouts. I absolutely loved just heading outside daily and working out the best I could as it meant not only was I getting my daily workout in but I was also getting out in the fresh air and also enjoying the outdoor space we have at home which was great as it was just a bit of different scenery. It would be great to get out after work and get back into the habit of being outdoors a lot more and especially on a weekend when I have no reason to be sat inside all day. So I plan on taking my workouts outdoors and here is what I am hoping to incorporate into my weekly plan...

Online Coach Plan

Of course I am going to be continuing to work with my online coach throughout this period as I am still nowhere near where I want to be on my journey. The workouts in the plans involve weights and body weight exercises so I can very easily take these out into the garden to make the most of the weather and get my full workout done at the same time. I think being outdoors for these could be pretty beneficial too as the house often gets far too warm as I found out during the lockdown's when I started doing the workouts. 

Running 

Part of my plan also includes running so I am really excited to get going properly with that and I know that the warmer weather is going to help me keep up to this and going more often. The warmer weather and lighter evenings always bring me a boost of motivation and productivity so I am planning on capitalising on that and getting on a few runs each week, granted they won't be long ones but it is still better than nothing. 

Walking 

We got really good at walking most weekends the other year and then we just stopped however, now the weather is improving I am determined to get out for one long walk each weekend, if we can add a few on evenings that will be an added bonus but even if we just do every Sunday morning it is better than nothing. 

Skipping

This is something I tried a few times but then I lost my skipping rope, I have found it now though so fingers crossed I can get back into doing this daily as I felt so good when I had skipping in my routine before. I used to just do 15 minutes a day out in the back garden and I absolutely loved it so if I could do that again I think it will definitely help the pounds drop off me and it should help me out a fair bit cardio wise too. 

Football

Fingers crossed we get our side garden sorted out very soon as I am going to be having this as a bit of a football training for myself. I have the equipment ready to go but the garden just needs a good tidy and sort out. It feels great to have a football at my feet so I am aiming for a few hours a week just working on different training drills and I think the nephew could have fun doing this too. In the past the drills have helped me burn a lot of calories so fingers crossed it will do again. I am also hoping to get back to 5 a side which would be a fantastic weekly workout.

Boxing

Obviously this isn't going to be an outdoor workout but during the warm weather I will still be aiming to attend my weekly boxing class as I am still loving attending this. It makes me feel great and the benefits of going have been unbelievable. On top of these classes though we now have a punch bag at home so I will be planning on dragging that into the garden every now and then just to get an extra session in when I can.

Basketball (Added bonus)

I am still working on getting a basket ball hoop in the garden and fingers crossed I can get one this year as it would definitely be an added bonus for me. I think it would be fun just to spend some time outdoors shooting some hoops and enjoying a sport I am really starting to get into plus it could provide some good challenges for me and Liam to compete against each other with. 

I am really hoping that everything goes to plan and I can spend a whole lot more time outdoors this year and that the time I spend outdoors will really help me along with my fitness and weight loss journey as I am hoping to make a really big difference this year in my journey. I definitely need to spend a lot more time outdoors overall and this is workout plan is going to be a big help in that. 

Do you enjoy working out? 

The outfits I have been loving through spring...


This year is flying by and I can't quite believe we are in spring already. I am glad that we are though as this is one of my favourite times of the year, the football season is ending so games get even more interesting, the weather starts to warm up and most importantly it stays lighter on a night so I can do things after work rather than going to work in the dark and going home in the dark. The spring and summer months are much more enjoyable for me and this even carries over into getting ready on a morning. I much prefer dressing for the nicer weather and this year I am even trying to add a bit more colour into my wardrobe which is going to be so fun to experiment with I think. I have more outfit options as the warmer weather approaches thanks to my wardrobe being full of t-shirts, shirts and shorts so I don't feel like I am wearing the same thing all the time either. So far though there are two outfits sticking out to me that I know I am going to be wearing a lot during the spring season due to the ease of the outfits and the quality of the items in them. So here are those two outfits I know I am going to be opting for probably far too many times...



First up we have the perfect outfit for the colder weather which unfortunately still happens far too many times in the spring. No matter what time of year it is though you can't beat wearing a good hoodie and this one that was a bargain price of £3 ticks all the boxes. This is a brilliant way for me to experiment with adding more colour into my wardrobe thanks to the lighter pink colourway and it fits really nicely. The material isn't too thick so it is great for the spring temperatures and the hood is perfect for those April showers. It is pretty plain looking from the front however, once I turn around the big smiley face print on the back looks absolutely fantastic and just adds even more of a pop of colour to the design. I am just in love with the colour of this hoodie though as it works perfectly when paired up with my Jordan 1's as they have a variety of pastel colours in the colourway and the pink is almost a perfect match. I was struggling with what to wear with the sneakers previously however through on this hoodie and you have got a great pairing.  As for bottoms in Spring I tend to stick to my black ripped jeans more than anything although I am hoping to change that as the month progresses but for now these old ripped black skinny jeans help me create what I believe is a great look. 


The above outfit is definitely for a more casual/ basic day to day outfit but sometimes I do like to make a bit of an effort with my outfits especially for those longer days out where a few drinks may be involved or if I just want to look a bit smarter than some other outfit choices, plus I am still at work so sometimes I need to piece an outfit together for a long office day where I want to look nice and be comfortable. I try to reserve certain items in my wardrobe for work though so I can feel like I am wearing different items when I am out of the office however, some bits do end up crossing over and becoming both work and out of work clothing, sometimes it just can't be helped. 


 This outfit is by far one of my favourites for days out where I know I am not going to want dress a bit smarter and I know that this year these items either together or with other pieces of my wardrobe are going to be worn far too much as they were last year too. I got this denim short sleeved shirt from Primark and I love it, the fit is perfect and worn open it looks great (I wonder if it will fit even better buttoned up this year) This colour of denim is exactly what I was looking for too as it is nice and light perfect for the warmer days. I just tend to throw on a plain t-shirt under this too and with this outfit I opted for a navy blue one which is a bit different to what I would usually go for but it just helps with the flow of the outfit. On the bottom I team this outfit up with my navy blue chinos which I honestly bought not thinking I would wear them too often but they have become a favourite especially for in the spring/summer due to their material. I absolutely love wearing this outfit as it is so simple but looks so much smarter than some of my other outfits I tend to wear. I am hoping to pick up a nice white pair of Converse to go with this look this year as that is what was unfortunately missing last year. 

I am really looking forward to wearing these two outfits to death this spring and I think with a bit more experimenting I could end up with even more favourite outfits by combining a few of these items with other pieces I own or plan on owning in the very near future. I am looking forward to getting more experimenting with my style done this spring/summer so be sure to check back on here and Instagram as I am sure a lot of those new outfits will end up being posted especially those that I fall in love with far too quickly. 

What is your favourite spring outfit? 

How I will be styling the Vans Old Skools for the warmer weather

I have mentioned in the past how I went off Vans for quite a while and honestly never thought about going back to them. But then I fell in love with the simple black and white Old Skools every time I went into JD but thanks to past experiences I never picked them up. As time went on though I was still getting tempted by them and my parents asked me what I wanted as a gift for Christmas so I bit the bullet and said the Old Skool's, I think this was the only way I was ever going to get a pair as I always talked myself out of them. As soon as I got them and tried them on any worries I had soon left me as I realised just how versatile this choice of footwear was going to be. These are perfect for all weathers as just a quick spray of Crep Protect has kept these looking fresh throughout autumn & winter and now we are in spring heading into summer these still look as good as new with just a few scuffs to show they are worn. They are definitely a sneaker worth the price and here are two ways I am going to be wearing them throughout the rest of spring and into the summer...


Work still gets pretty cold in the warm weather as it is a very old building so there are no shorts worn on office days no matter how nice it is. I try to stay away from jeans though and my go to bottoms are any of my collection of checked pants when the weather warms up, admittedly I have far too many pairs of checked pants but they come in handy all year round as they just look a bit smarter than jeans all the time. I keep the work outfit nice and simple by just throwing on a regular fit black t-shirt and finishing it off with some no show socks and the Old Skools. This outfit is great for work as it is on the smart casual side of my style but it is also great for meals out etc as it is just a different style away from my typical jeans or cargo pants which I wear a lot of these days. If I am wearing this out of work and for a meal or a days shopping I will usually add a nice silver necklace and ring into this outfit just to add another layer to the outfit. 


As soon as it is even close to being warm enough for shorts I am in them as much as possible and I have the perfect outfit option for these sneakers when the weather gets to this point. I still wear dark clothing in the warm weather although I am changing that this year, one outfit I couldn't get rid of though it this one as it is so simple yet so comfortable, I feel myself in it and I don't get paranoid about people looking at me or anything even if it is a bit more fitted than other outfits I wear. Obviously we have the Old Skools and no show socks in this outfit again but this time we have my old faithful black denim shorts which unfortunately I don't think I will be fitting in next year so I need to find a replacement pair if anyone has any recommendations? I then simply finish the outfit with my trusty old Vans t-shirt which again I don't think I will be wearing much longer as it is getting a bit too baggy on me now. If the temperature does drop I usually throw on a black hoodie with this just to keep the colour scheme flowing. I really do love this outfit and I think it is one I am going to try keep in my wardrobe as long as possible so I need to find some new black denim shorts and a new Vans t-shirt. 

So there you go those are the go to outfits with my Old Skools when the weather starts to get warmer. I think this year though they are going to be worn a whole lot more than previous as they will go well with a lot of my new pairs of shorts and cargos. I am pretty excited to be styling them in different ways too as I think it is going to be a fun experience trying new combinations. I just hope I don't end up absolutely wrecking them this year as I have already spent a fair bit on new sneakers this year with more purchases lined up.

What is your favourite way to style the Vans Old Skools in the warmer weather? 

My must have items for Spring...

 


Ah Spring, a time of year I enjoy as it means the football season is getting to the interesting part as teams fight for survival or the title but it is also a time where I get out of the house a bit more too thanks to the weather changing, sometimes for the better as it begins to warm up however, the spring season does bring plenty of rain with it where I live. Something I really do enjoy though in spring is piecing outfits together, I spend a lot more time putting together the best outfits as I can as the change in weather just makes it a bit more enjoyable for me and it works better for what I already have in my wardrobe. Now that I have settled on a style that works the best for me I think this spring is going to be much more enjoyable as I am going to know what style I am aiming for each day rather than spending time just staring into my wardrobe scratching my head wondering what I fancy wearing that day. So now I do know that style I am aiming for here are the items I am going to make sure I have in my wardrobe ready for the spring season...

Plain T-Shirts

These are an essentials for me for every season as I love them under my hoodies or I can have them under an opened checked shirt or smarter looking shirt which I usually wear for work. The plain t-shirts I buy are from Marks & Spencer's men's department and I love them, they are a bit more expensive than the Primark ones I used to buy however, they are a bit thicker and fit me nicer so that bit extra doesn't matter. I try to always make sure I always have a few black, grey and navy blue t-shirts in my wardrobe so I always have an option

Printed T-Shirts 

I went off printed t-shirts for a while but now I am back to absolutely loving them as they fit my style a whole lot better especially when teamed up with some cargo pants. I don't just stick to short sleeved ones though as I have a fair few long sleeved ones in my wardrobe thanks to Primark & River Island. I don't just buy these for the sake of it now though and I actually consider if the print is going to go with my style or not, that giant Puma logo isn't going to fit my style but the Jordan one will, I have just learnt to make better choices with the prints rather than buying on the cheap. 

Checked Shirts

You will all know by now I absolutely love checked shirts and happily wear them almost all year round and spring is no exception, in fact I probably wear them more in spring than I do in winter. I tend to get the thinner ones from H&M for spring as they are great for wearing open or under a nice jacket in the cooler weather. I also try to go for lighter colours rather than the dark reds and blacks I would opt for in the autumn months. I am not sure how often I will wear them this spring but it is always good to have them as an option. 

Sweatshirts

I used to only ever wear sweatshirt when it was really cold however, I now have a couple of sweatshirts I am very happy to wear all year round so I know that in spring I will be wearing these and also adding a few new ones into my ever growing collection. At the moment it looks like I have a thing for red sweatshirts as that is all I have but I am planning on adding some more soon in a few different colours that will work well with the rest of my wardrobe. I think I might have to look at getting some plain sweatshirts and a few more printed ones. 

Hoodies

We all know by now that hoodies are an all year round thing for me, no matter what the weather I will either have a hoodie on or one by my side just in case I feel like I am getting a bit cold. I like to have a variety of hoodies at all times which vary in thickness and colours as well as either being plain or printed as this just means all choices are covered when it comes to getting ready for the day. I think I definitely know which hoodies will be the most worn during the spring though. 

Denim Jacket

Ah spring the time that the light denim jacket gets dusted off and worn far too often. I actually avoided denim jackets for a fair few years but now I count down to the spring when I can bring my light coloured one out and style it with items of my wardrobe I wouldn't usually reach for daily. The denim jacket is perfect for those warmer days where just need a bit of extra protection against any slight chills. I spent a total of £15 on my denim jacket and it is still going strong 2 days later.

Windbreaker

I stay away from all my thicker coats in the spring as I definitely prefer to layer up rather than just rely on my big coat at least then if I get warm I can just take either the windbreaker or hoodie off and still stay warm rather than being in just a t-shirt. I definitely prefer sporty style windbreakers such as my Nike ones as again they go with a lot of my outfit options and keep the outfit looking good. 

Shorts

Now most people will think I am made for this as it is still pretty cold in spring however, I love lounging around in my jersey shorts even when it is a little colder plus we do sometimes get warmer days especially towards the end of spring and on those days I will usually be in some denim shorts or even jersey ones if I am going for a more relaxed look.

Chinos

I seem to reserve my chinos for spring and summer as I think due to the colours this is when they work the best. I didn't wear them as much as I would have hoped last year which was mainly down to me not going out as much to places where they would have been suitable. I am determined though that this year I am going to make more of an effort to wear my chinos and style them in different ways as I think I could create some great smarter looking outfits with them. 

Cargo Pants

It is no secret that I am absolutely loving cargo pants at the moment, whether they are my green ones or my black ones I am opting to wear them outside of work rather than my jeans. These pants just give my outfits the style I am aiming for and fit me much nicer than most of my jeans do these days. The cuffed bottoms on these pants are one of my favourite parts of them and I am hoping that I can find some more pairs of these when my current ones don't fit me. 

Jeans

When I aren't in my cargo pants I am more than likely to be wearing some form of jeans, previously I would stick to wearing skinny jeans however, these days I tend to be opting for straight leg jeans that just look a little bit baggier as again I think these fit my style a bit better plus I feel a lot more comfortable in these. In spring I tend to move into lighter coloured denim when it comes to jeans as I think it just looks better with the weather changing plus it is just a bit different from the other seasons.

Tracksuit Bottoms 

If I am at home and not in shorts you will find me living in my tracksuit bottoms as comfort is key for me all year round. I have taken to wearing my grey tracksuit bottoms a lot more frequently and I think for more relaxed days in the spring these with a hoodie and a good pair of sneakers could very easily become a common outfit for me as they just make me feel so comfortable. I definitely want to pick up a few more pairs of tracksuit bottoms in time for spring, maybe some black ones and obviously a few more grey pairs. 

Jewellery 

I really need to get back into wearing my jewellery again and to be honest I think spring is going to be when I do so as I find that the jewellery I own goes with my spring outfits a bit better. I am making sure I have plenty of silver jewellery at my disposal this spring to pair up with my outfits and just add a bit more detail. I might even try to add a few new bits too in gold and rose gold just so I have a few more options available. 

Sunglasses

In previous years I have been caught out in spring thanks to the sun and I wont be making that mistake again this year. A new essential for me is sunglasses, I am making sure I have plenty to hand so that my eyes are protected from the sun. I have picked up a few pairs recently in different styles so I will always have an option that looks great with the outfit I am wearing. My go to pair though are my prescription Ray Bans as they look great and doubly protect my eyes. 

Hats

You can't beat a hat no matter what the weather. I tend to stick to beanies especially on the colder days but every now and then I will throw a snap back or trucker hat into the mix. I never used to like wearing snap backs or trucker hats out in public but last year I really started to enjoy it so I think I will be adding a few more to my collection soon. I love my beanies but it is time to mix it up a little bit, my go to hats are a plain beanie, my Nike snap back or my Ralph Lauren hat but I think I am going to add some more Nike / Jordan ones this year. 

Socks

Spring is the time when I start to bring back the trainer socks and no show socks back into rotation as these just work a lot better with my outfits. In the winter I tend to go for higher topped sneakers whereas in spring I go for lower ones so I need it so my socks aren't on show as this can spoil the outfit I have found lately. I also tend to opt for white sport socks in the spring too as they are more comfortable in some of my sneakers and also good with some of the outfits I will be wearing as they kind of fit the style a bit better. 

So there you go those are my essentials for the spring and I will definitely be making sure that I have all these items filling up my wardrobe so that I have everything I need for the full season to create the best outfits I can. I am really looking forward to getting ready on a morning as I really think that these essentials are going to make getting ready a whole lot of fun. Remember the essential sneakers are in their own post as there were a few too many for me to add onto this one. 

Keep an eye on social media to see what outfits I do come up with as I play around with what I have in my wardrobe. 

How I am trying to change my diet as a fussy eater

 


For as long as I can remember I have been a very fussy eater, some foods I refuse to eat what so ever, some it would take a lot to get me to try and other I used to love but for some reason I will no longer go near them. Compared to other members of my family though I aren't too bad as them and we can go anywhere and I will find a handful of items that I will eat even if some bits need removing from my plate. 

I am not sure where it all stems from but I just tend to stay in my comfort zone when it comes to food and opt to have what I know I will like rather than trying new foods, it is why most weeks our meals are more or less identical there is not really much variation and my plate looks pretty plain and lacking in colour which I know isn't good for me. 

When it comes to fruit I stick to what I know I will like and very rarely try anything different but even then I tend not to eat a right lot of fruit as I have never been fully keen on any of the items I do have. If I do buy fruit it is apples, grapes, strawberries and blueberries but those are all I go for and as I said I don't necessarily like them. Similarly I aren't a fan of veg either and I will have brocolli, cauliflower and carrots if I really have to but I won't go out of my way to add them to my diet. Now that I am on this weight loss journey though I know I need to start adding a lot more fruit and veg into my diet and it is going to be one of the things I try to change most over the coming months, I want to try more fruit & veg and incorporate it into my meals so maybe if I am having a burger I can add a bit of lettuce etc just to give it a go plus the burger might mask the taste of the the salad bits I am trying... I can hope right? 

As I say if I go out and order anything I will remove any traces of salad especially if it is a burger, just as I know it would go to waste but I want to try push myself more and try new things. It is textures that I really aren't a fan of but if I can push myself and get used to this then maybe menu options would be expanded for me and I can finally try things I have always avoided. I always seem to order the same things when I go out for food too so I want to change that and finally try different items on the menu rather than only ever having hunters chicken, a burger or gammon. I know there is so much I am missing out on and if I could just start trying new foods I could actually switch up what I eat when I go places and would probably end up finding new favourite meals at home. 

Obviously trying different foods whilst eating out could prove to be quite costly especially if I don't think I am going to like the items I am getting so I think the perfect place for me to start experimenting will be at home. This way it is just the cost for ingredients that would be wasted and I can make the recipes as cost effective as possible to stop this occurring. I always leave poor Liam in charge of the cooking but I want to try cook more meals different to our usual at home as it will help me try more new things but maybe me cooking it might make me appreciate it a bit more and also help me be happier to try it. I really do think me being more involved in the kitchen could make a big difference overall and it also means I can take inspiration from the cook books we own and rarely touch. Maybe 2 new meals a week could be a good thing to aim for and might help add new things into my diet. 

It is time for me to get out of the comfort zone and try new things to improve my health and help me along with my weight loss journey. Fingers crossed slow and steady changes are going to help my diet progress and I can finally try some meals I have previously been weary about.

I Have Found The Perfect Sneakers For Me


You will all know by now that I love buying sneakers however, I usually stick to buying them in the sales so I save some money on my purchases, some sneakers though you just can't wait for them dropping in price and these Nike Dunks were that pair for me. Just before Christmas my mum sent me an image of them in our local Footlocker and jokingly said she needed them as they are our football teams colours, what she didn't realise though is that in that same week I would be going to the store and purchasing them for myself... there was no way I was missing out on these. 

I have wanted a pair of Dunks for a long time now but they always sell out so quickly and the resale price for the ones I want is always ridiculously high so I have been put off but the fact this colourway is my first pair and at retail cost just makes everything better, it is almost like it was meant to be. 

The sneakers are super comfortable and the fit is perfect for me so they are definitely worth the £110 I paid for them. I even picked up some crease defenders just to try keep them crease free for a lot longer and fingers crossed I can keep them in great condition for years to come as they are by far my favourite pair of sneakers at the moment. I was honestly a bit worried when buying them that they wouldn't go with a right lot in my wardrobe but here are the two outfits I have created with them so far... 


First up we have my favourite outfit and honestly the reason I bough the sneakers. I love our football clubs colours and I wear them quite often whether it is game day or not so I knew these sneakers would work well with them. Through this seasons away shirt into the mix you have a near perfect match that looks great on top and bottom. The shirt compliments the sneakers really well and just keeps the colour way flowing. Team these up with my cargos or even some black slim fitting tracksuit bottoms and you are onto a winner in my eyes. 


The second outfit is pretty similar as I will wear either my black cargos or my Nike tracksuit bottoms which are black and fit a lot better than baggier ones and this time I team them up with a nice Nike track jacket. I love this jacket as it is nice and fitting whilst keeping it simple with the colours as there is only some small white detailing on the jacket. I really do believe Nike are putting out some great pieces at the moment and a lot more Nike is going to be going into my wardrobe over the next few months and possibly throughout the rest of the year. 

It is safe to say these sneakers add a brilliant pop of colour to the outfits they are paired with and I am really looking forward to creating more outfits with these sneakers in the near future and I think they could become most worn in the summer months as I have quite a few ideas in mind for them but we will have to see if those come together or not. Fingers crossed this isn't my only pair of Dunks either as there are so many others I would love to get my hands on. 

How would you style these Nike Dunks? 

April 2022 Favourites

Seriously where has April gone? This year is going by far too fast for my liking and surprisingly what I thought would be a quiet start to the year has turned into a really busy one. Fingers crossed though it is going to be slowing down a bit in May and June though because it is already looking crazy from July on wards. April has been a strange month as I have been constantly busy but haven't got much to show for it. The month was packed with football, birthdays and bank holidays though so I guess that is where all the chaos started, I am just hoping for a few more free nights now though so I can actually get working on some other things. April was a month of new and old favourites so let's have a look at what made the cut...

Fashion




Shorts Season

Finally after what feels like forever the weather has started to change and I can finally get back to wearing shorts all the time. I love wearing shorts whether it is whilst out and about or whilst lounging around the house or garden so as the temperatures have got a bit better the shorts have been brought out of storage and a lot more pairs have been purchased. If I am at home in anything other than shorts from now on then something is seriously wrong. even the workout shorts have been brought out of retirement. 

Lifestyle


Football season coming to an end

This is a bit strange to be writing but one of my favourites of the month has to be the football season coming to an end, not because of the games ending although I will have a lot more free time once the seasons are done, but for the fact that the leagues are getting interesting a lot of the leagues I watch are closer than ever before and some teams are also battling for survival. I don't know if it is because it is the first season us fans are back or if it is due to another reason but it is so good to watch. Plus we have all the finals coming up and all the off season transfer sagas. 

Home


Office area coming together

 Finally after a few more tweaks the office area in the spare room is finally coming together and it has been so useful so far. This area has been great for working on things with no distractions but it has also been great for taking blog images as the new overhead camera mount has come in so handy. I have even started making reels for Instagram in this area and it has been great and I look forward to making a whole lot more very soon.   

Health & fitness


Being able to do things again

I had my surgery in March and honestly it was a nightmare not been able to do anything however, towards the end of April I finally got cleared for working out again. It has been great slowly getting back into doing things that are going to help my health and fitness journey and seeing my steps starting to increase and clothes starting to get bigger is brilliant. Now I am all healed I am really hoping I can push on to make a big difference in myself this year.

So there you have it those are my favourites from April. What are your favourites from April 2022? 

April 2022 Fitness Update



April seems to have just disappeared in the blink of an eye and to be honest I am quite glad as it was a super busy month, too busy in fact but the end of it means life is going to be a bit more relaxed for a few months so I can try get everything in order in terms of setting up a good workout routine and getting my nutrition on track. April wasn't all bad though as I did manage to achieve a fair few things I set out to. So here is how my goals went for the month of April...

Lose 3lb 

As you will see I was just a little bit short on this one but to be honest it was always going to be a hard one to reach with the amount of stuff I had going on. I am still happy with the small amount I lost though as a loss is a loss and I know that I can really push in May to get a bigger loss. 

Increase my daily steps 

With how busy I was I definitely hit this with my steps increasing. My post surgery recovery has gone really well and in April I managed to move a whole lot more and I have seen those steps go up day by day. I ma hitting my goal most days and I know that I can do even better in May thanks to how my recovery has gone and the progress I am making week in week out. 

Use the punch bag or exercise bike daily 

This started off quite well but then life got in the way as it got much busier and I was just struggling to find a spare half hour to do this. I was getting home far too late on an evening and leaving the house too early in a morning so it was a struggle. As you will see though I am aiming to redo this one in May as things quieten down and I think this time I can achieve it. 

Only two takeaways throughout the month

This was always a very unrealistic goal looking back on it now as I was not at home, didn't do food shops for half the month and just struggled to get the chance to stand and cook a meal. We definitely had far too many takeaways in April but that won't be happening again in May. 

Long walk every weekend

Oh look another goal that I set before I realised just how busy April was going to be. I was very hopeful that we would be able to achieve this but then the month came around and there was no chance. We managed a few quick walks before the football on a Sunday but that was it. We really need to block some time out in a routine to make this a non-negotiable as we actually enjoy the walks we go on. 

Go on 4 runs throughout the month

Unfortunately this was another goal we were unable to achieve and again it is just due to the lack of time we actually had in the month. If things were a little bit quieter I think we could have absolutely smashed this one but that lack of time really derailed everything when I look back on the month. I am putting in another running goal for the month of May though so lets hope I can smash this new one.

So here is how April looked on the scales...

Beginning of April weight: 15 stone 9 lb 

End of April weight : 15 stone 7 lb

Total loss for the month : - 2 lb

So here are the goals I am making for myself to hopefully smash in May ...

- Get into the 14 stone bracket 
- Wake up at 5.30am on a weekday to do a workout
- Go on two runs a week
- Cook twice a week 
- Drink 2 ltrs of water minimum a day
- Use bike or punch bag daily

So there you go that is how April went and to be honest I aren't mad as a small loss is still a loss plus with how the month went I wasn't expecting a loss at all. I am really hoping to push on this month though as I think if all goes to plan I can make a really big difference in my journey and really see some progress especially now I am also back to boxing weekly. I am looking forward to seeing what changes I can make over the month of May so lets hope it all goes to plan and we have another loss to report on and a much bigger scale. 

Total loss for 2022 : - 6 lb

Total loss since start of journey : - 9 lb

April 2022 New In

Well April certainly turned into a busy one with days out and birthdays filling up most of the month plus trips to watch the football. Honestly there wasn't much time for shopping but when I did go I tried to be good and only purchase the things that I really needed rather than spending money on items I really didn't need. I am enjoying this whole thinking about things before buying items as it is definitely helping me cut out those purchases that are not needed, granted a few items on this list weren't 100% required but sometimes you just have to treat yourself especially if you know it wont be a waste in the long run. 



My mum bought and customized this budget envelope folder for me as she knows I am trying my best to get saving. At the moment it only has a few envelopes in it but I am trying my best to think of other ideas so let me know if you have any. I am hoping that really does help me stay on track and not go overboard like I previously have as I know now over the years I have spent for the sake of it.


I didn't plan on going to the comic book shop in April as when I do I never leave empty handed. I took my nephew in though to pass a bit of time and of course it was another Spider-Man graphic novel I purchased. I love these ones and they are pretty inexpensive so I love adding a new one to the collection every time I visit the shop. The collection of these is definitely growing and I am sure that wont change anytime soon. 


As soon as Camila Cabello announced her new album I knew I would be buying a physical copy just like I did with Demi Lovato's. I am glad I bought this version as the CD comes with some art cards plus the cassette is the perfect addition to my very small collection so far. Plus the added bonus is the album is absolutely fantastic. 



Liam treated me to Kirby and the Forgotten Land on the Switch. I had my eye on this game since it was announced so to finally get it and have the chance to play it is fantastic and I am really looking forward to finally jumping into this game. The free notebook we got with the game is a nice added bonus too and will come in very handy. 


I finally treated myself to a new knee support and I am glad I can finally move away from my other one which is starting to feel a bit old and worn out as the velcro is slightly less sticky than before. I am looking forward to trying this one and seeing what sort of support it gives me when running, boxing and doing weighted workouts.


One of my new workouts on my plan includes an exercise where I need to gradually slide one leg at a time and honestly I don't have much space in the house to do this so I picked up these core sliders to hopefully help me out a bit when it comes to the exercise in question. These weren't too bad at £10 and I am looking forward to seeing if they actually help me. 


Another treat from Liam was this CK One Summer perfume, my original bottle of CK One had run out and it is one of my absolute favourites so when I mentioned it had run out he asked if I wanted a new bottle. When looking though I cam across this version of the perfume and I am so glad I did as it is gorgeous and is going to be perfect for the warmer months. Plus it came with a free wash bag which always comes in handy and I am sure I will be using it very soon. 


Now this was the only random purchase of the month and I didn't plan on actually buying them but as soon as I saw them there was no way I was leaving Primark without them. Growing up I absolutely loved the Powerpuff girls and I am loving seeing them on more products in stores although it does make me want to go back and watch the show from the beginning again.


I wanted to treat myself to some new sunglasses ready for the nicer weather and I found some perfect pairs in Primark (one pair is not pictured) I got two round pairs just as something different and I absolutely love them and how they fit my style. For to pairs I pair around £5 and hopefully they will last me a while. Now I just need the sun to start coming back out.


I noticed a while back that I only seem to own snap backs when it comes to summer head wear so I wanted to try change that a bit this year and starting adding more dad/trucker style caps into my rotation. When I was in Primark I came across this navy blue Chicago Bulls one and seen as I already own a lot of that range I thought I would make the purchase. It actually fits really well and I am sure I will get plenty of wear out of it. 


Most of the t-shirts in my wardrobe no longer fit me and it is driving me mad so now when I am out and about I am just looking for some cheaper ones that will look nice in the summer and into the cooler months. I have a black long sleeved version of this t-shirt and I love the blue short sleeve version so there was no way I was leaving it behind. I already have so many styles in mind for this outfit. 


I am still trying to add colour into my wardrobe and I am loving this £6 Primark t-shirt as it is definitely a step out of my comfort zone. The print and tie dye on this is fantastic and I am really looking forward to styling this as the weather warms up even more. I am hoping to find a few more like this as I think for the price they will be good to keep me going until I get another t-shirt size down.  


I wasn't originally going to get these as I thought that they looked a bit like school shorts but I tried them on and I love them. They are smarter than the other shorts I go for so will be better for the smarter days but at the same time they don't look too smart so will go with most of my wardrobe. They are a bit thicker too and a good length so lets hope they last me the whole of the summer.


I ended up getting some similar shorts to the ones above as I loved them that much. These ones are in a stone/khaki colour though that is a bit different to what I would usually wear but again it is time to get out of that comfort zone and try new things. These are the perfect length and fit for me and I have a feeling I may only get one summer out of them so fingers crossed I get to wear them plenty of times and they do them again next year.


I restocked my essential jersey shorts too as my others were getting a bit too big and for £4.50 a pair you can't go wrong. I ended up with a black pair and a grey pair but honestly I could have got many more and who knows I might end up opting for more as the warmer months progress. These seem a bit shorter than my previous ones but they still feel and look perfect for me. 


You will see from now on in the post that cargos have taken over massively in my wardrobe and I can't see that changing anytime soon. These utility shorts were an instant purchase as soon as I found them and they are just what I wanted for the summer granted they are swim shorts but I will be wearing these as much as possible. I got them in an XL as I thought they might be tight fitting however, I am now on the look out for these in a large as I think by the height of summer a large might be better fitting. 


Oh look another pair of cargos. I got these a few month back in black and absolutely love them so I have hunted high and low and finally found a pair in grey in my size. I absolutely love the colour of these and the fit is fantastic. They have quickly become a staple piece in my wardrobe and honestly I am tempted to buy them in every size so as I lose weight I can always have a pair that fits. 


Finally we have a nice pair of black cargo joggers. I wasn't originally going to get these as I didn't think I needed them but after thinking about it I knew they would come in handy all year round for me as you can't beat a comfy pair of joggers. These are a bit more fitted then other pairs I own especially around the calves but I love them and again I was tempted to get them in a medium just in case so that I always had a pair to hand. I would love a pair similar to these in grey so let me know any suggestions of where I might find them.

I am quite proud of how I managed my money through April and I think I can do even better throughout May as other than maybe a few bits for my holiday in June I really don't need anything, there might be a few treats here and there but I won't be going overboard like I have in the past. If I wasn't losing this weight I would probably end up saving an absolute fortune as at the moment I just seem to be buying clothes that actually fit me but I guess it will all be worth it in the long run. Let's see if we can make May a month of saving. 

What was your favourite pick up from the month? 

The hoodies I am absolutely loving at the moment

For as long as I can remember one of my wardrobe staple pieces has been a hoodie. I own far too many of them and to be honest I can't see myself stopping buying them any time soon. Each hoodie I own adds something different to my outfits and I love layering up with them or having them as a focus piece especially in the warmer weather. I am happy to wear hoodies all year round so I own different thickness ones and different colours to suit each season, often my hardest decision whilst getting ready is what hoodie will suit this look the best and does the fit of the hoodie still look acceptable. Recently looking through all the hoodies I own it got me thinking which would make it onto a favourites list due to being worn the most & fit my style the best. So here are the hoodies that made the cut after quite a lot of debating... 


First up we have this Champion hoodie that I absolutely love and have done for all the years I have owned it. This was originally a risky purchase as the colour isn't one I would have usually picked however, I am so glad I picked it up as the blue is the perfect for more than half of the other items in my wardrobe. The blue is definitely a bold choice for me and honestly this kicked off me adding more colour into other aspects of my wardrobe too which I am grateful for as the change has been great. This is still going strong a few years down the line and hasn't lost its shape or colour yet which is a big bonus. 


Next up we have one of my favourite hoodies from Primark, this grey hoodies is nice and simple whilst also looking great whilst being layered up. Thanks to the small central positioning of the Space Jam logo on this hoodie when it is layered with an open jacket you can still see the detail of the hoodie and nothing is hiding like with some of the other hoodies I own. The very little colour on this hoodie also means it goes with nearly everything in my wardrobe and I can honestly say that this could be one of my most worn throughout spring especially with my denim jackets as I think the combination could end up looking really good. 


Now this is definitely in the top 2 favourites from this post as it is Chicago Bulls and cost a fraction of the price of some of the other Bulls hoodies I had previously seen online. I am absolutely in love with this hoodie and the colour of it as the red fits in with a lot more of my wardrobe than I expected and to be honest I just feel like it suits me a bit more than other colours I have experimented with. The print on this is definitely a bold one and again I love the fact it is central as it makes it perfect for layering. The hoodie definitely works well with my street style looks and I think in the summer this is going to be worn a fair bit especially for those more casual and lounging summer days where it is a bit cooler.


 Finally we have the hoodie of dreams and one I am so glad I managed to pick up. This WNBA Nike hoodie is absolutely perfect with its over sized fit and central logo but what I love the most is the bright orange colour of it. This hoodies stands out for all the right reasons and I absolutely love how it makes the outfit it is paired with pop. You are going to be seeing a whole lot more of this hoodie in the future because I am finding myself reaching for it a lot, teamed up with some Jordan's or Air Force & cargo pants it just creates a fantastic outfit. This hoodie is a bit thicker than other I own too and it definitely keeps me nice and warm but it wont just be saved for cold weather, it will be used for the warm weather too as it is so good. 

I might be losing weight at the moment but these hoodies are ones I am always going to keep hold of as they are my absolute favourites and even over sized they should look pretty good. I really do need to try stop buying hoodies but there are currently 4 new ones that I would like to add to my wardrobe in the near future so I don't think I will be stopping anytime soon. You are definitely going to be seeing a lot more of these hoodies on the blog and social media in the near future though as I don't think I will stop wearing them any time soon. 

Which would be your favourite hoodie from in this post? 

How Am I Just Realising The Importance Of Self Care?

 

I don't know why it has taken me so long to start doing this but I have realised this past year just how important self care actually is and why I really need to start practicing it in so many aspects of life. For far too long I wasn't taking care of myself I was constantly 100mph either working, working on the blogs or just doing anything to stay productive I was getting burnt out and ill, something needed to change so as I told Liam just a few weeks ago it is time I start investing in myself. 

Now when I told him he looked confused but once I explained it to him he seemed to grasp what I actually meant. This year I am determined to become the best version of me and to do that I need to step aside and put me first more often than I already am. For years now I haven't felt relaxed, got enough sleep and haven't prioritized a lot of areas of my life, even with Liam we don't do things together which we need to change. 

Part of investing in myself is going to involve a bit of shopping for better quality items that are treats that will last me a while and help me get my perfect clothing style at long last but the biggest chunk of investing in myself is going to be taking time out to practice self care. 

I don't need to be going out shopping every week to stay busy and feel happy there are other things that I can do that are going to be a lot more beneficial in the long run and also help me achieve other goals I have set myself too without stressing me. So here are the little bits of self care I am going to try adding into my daily life to just switch off... 

Set a routine 

Routine has always been a big thing for me but the pandemic totally through me off so I am now going to try get into an all new routine where I can perform at my best daily and get things done without having to sacrifice sleep or other things. I won't go too into the routine on this post as I will have one in the future when I have nailed the routine but it is going to look a little like this... 

Week days : Wake up early, workout, shower, work. Then on an evening it will be 2-3 nights a week working on the blogs, 2 a week will be fitness classes then one will be simply doing nothing. Followed by minimum of 1 hour relaxing time before bed. 

Weekends : Wake up early, workout, shower, football (if it is on that week), 2 hours on blog if needed, housework, switch off time.

Sundays will also include a bit of a reset which will be a case of planning for the week ahead and getting outfits/workout clothes sorted for the week ahead so I aren't messing around. 

I am hoping a routine like this that I can easily stick to will help clear up time and just help me feel a bit more relaxed as I will know exactly what I am doing and when rather than panicking and leaving things until the last minute. 


1 hour a day phone free

This is going to be a big one as it is something I haven't done before but know I could benefit from massively. I want to go a minimum of 1 hour per day without my phone, it is certainly a big distraction and I spend a lot of time scrolling endlessly through social media which I could easily cut out. This hour phone free will be either getting lost in a video game or getting lost in a book. Although I do want to have 30 mins to 1 hour pre bedtime to read anyway as I think it will help me sleep much better. 

Get outdoors more 

We did this during the pandemic and I felt great so I am adding this into my self care routine. Whether it is a walk, a run, an outdoor workout or even a camping trip I just want to embrace the outdoors a lot more than I already do as that fresh air does me the world of good. We are already planning on weekly walks and running a few times a week but I am sure now the weather is improving we can increase that even more. 

Workout daily 

Working out makes me feel so good and surprisingly if I workout in a morning I feel much more energized during the day. When I am working out that is all I am focusing on at that moment and I have noticed my mental health massively improving when I work out too so I am adding daily workouts to the schedule, even if  I can only do 30 minutes some days it is better than nothing and there is currently nothing better than moving my body. I will be sticking to my training plan but I might add in a few bonus workouts too with some stretching etc as that is something I will certainly benefit from.  

Monthly date night 

As I said earlier me and Liam don't do much just the two of us so I want to make sure at least once a month we have a night just us two to watch a film, go to the cinema, play a game anything really just so we have no phones and just enjoy each others company. We used to be really good at this then life got busy, we moved in together and just started doing our own things but fingers crossed we can change that. 

Monthly / Bi-Monthly Massage 

This is a bit of a bonus one but I think this will just be a nice treat where again I can just switch of whilst my body is getting looked after. With the amount of working out I plan on doing and the types of working out I will be doing I think this will be good for me in the long run and ensure that my body isn't aching too much. Plus I have wanted a sports massage for so long but keep putting it off for various reasons, maybe adding it into my routine monthly or even every few months will be a good thing. 

It is funny how looking at this now I am realising that by doing these things other areas of my life are going to benefit so much and I can't believe I am only just going to start doing these things. By doing these things I should make good progress towards my goals for the year but I should also end up feeling much more relaxed and calm compared to how I am currently and who knows it could also help me become more productive in the long run. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out for me and keep checking my social media as I will be posting more about this on there. 

What sort of self care do you add into your life?