My Weight Loss Journey

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This is a highly requested post and I’ve put off doing it for a while as I wanted to see how things panned out.  As most of you who have met me in real life or follow me on Instagram (here), I have been dieting and have lost a considerable amount of weight in the last year. WARNING – THIS IS TEXT HEAVY!

Stats
Weight Before: 17st 8lbs
Weight After: 11st 11lbs

Clothing Size Before: 22
Clothing Size After: 14

I started on my weight loss journey on 1st January 2017, I had made it my new years resolution to become fitter and healthier, with this also came the realisation that I had a lot of weight to lose.  Following lots of people on Instagram who were super fit and healthy made me realise (not that I didn’t already know) that my lifestyle wasn’t great, I was very overweight and I had already started to see signs that it was affecting my long-term health.  My back has always been a problem, being a veterinary nurse means that I am stupid and lift things that are far too heavy for me, it means that I’m far too stubborn to accept help with lifting things and often there aren’t many people around that can help.  This became more of a problem at the end of 2016 where it suddenly got a lot worse, I found out that I had herniated a disk in my lower spine (lumbar region) and had to be put on a massive dose of painkillers just to get through the day.

(This is when we climbed Ben Nevis in September – 1st picture almost all the way up, 2nd at the summit)

The more I thought about it the more I realised (along with the gentle guidance of the doctors) that I needed to lose weight.  I got offered to take prescription medications to help me lose weight as my BMI was very high however I felt that it was a journey that I needed to take on my own and didn’t take these.

Initially, I started off at the typical place – Slimming World, this was an excellent starting place for me as I wanted something that could keep me motivated whilst losing weight and the groups were very helpful, I had a fantastic consultant who praised my weight loss and kept me on track.  I lost 3 stone within four months with Slimming World.

Before I had an understanding of nutrition I thought that if I didn’t eat exactly what I’d planned, I’d undo all of the hard work that I’d done.

(First picture August 2016)

The more I went to Slimming World the more I realised how backwards it was, therefore I decided to research and teach myself a bit of nutrition!  I read articles online, medical journals, scoured the internet for information, I even watched Youtube videos on meal preparing and nutrition.  The body isn’t meant to lose weight so fast and as a result, I have suffered, I have developed gallstones which are an exceptionally painful condition which can be brought on by a super low-fat diet and sudden weight loss.

After all my research I decided that the diet IIFYM (If it fits your macros) would suit my lifestyle perfectly.  It meant that I could eat whatever I liked, as long as it fit my macronutrient requirements for the day.  I used the app MyFitnessPal to track my macros and still do log them every day.

Along with the diet change, I started exercising in February, I started doing the couch to 5k program from the NHS which teaches you to run 5k gradually over 8 weeks.  I have to admit I was so unfit that I had to do the week one for three weeks in a row (running 3 times a week) as I couldn’t get past that stage.  After I’d mastered running (well… sort of) I started being more adventurous with my exercise, I now lift weights and go to spin class along with running.

Something that I never thought I’d be able to do was Tough Mudder, I was conned into (thanks, daddy dearest) signing up to do Tough Mudder earlier in the year.  I decided that if I was going to do it, I’d raise some money for charity at the same time.  I managed to raise almost £150 for the Blue Cross Animal Charity as well as completing Tough Mudder!  I’ve already signed up for next year as it was a great laugh and although I was covered in bruises for weeks, I’ve not had so much fun in a long time.

(first picture post Tough Mudder, Second picture before the Subway 5k)

I’d like to extend a special thank you to my dad, he has supported me, pushed me – both physically with a stick whilst running and mentally with encouragement, and he’s brought me my running kit even when I was feeling demotivated!  Another thank you to my mum who always encourages me to eat right and also my work colleagues for being the best support even though you all tempt me with tasty foods.

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So far I’ve lost just under 6 stone and the change in my life has been amazing, I’ve got more energy, better skin, and I feel generally happier!

I hope this post has given you some insight into my weight loss and I haven’t bored you too much!

Love

Rhia xo

 

 

 

The Roxy Ball Room Nottingham

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Last week I was invited along to the Roxy Ball Room Nottingham opening event, Roxy Ball Room is located above MOJO in Hockley and is really easy to find.

Upon arriving at Roxy, I was pleasantly surprised with the interior designing, it had an upbeat and retro vibe to the place – whilst still feeling laid back, somewhere that you could have a good time with friends.

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Around the room were games tables of all different varieties – from ping pong to beer pong!  There were also booths to sit down and have a drink and chat with your friends.  This gets me onto the music – THE MUSIC! From Blink-182 to Eminem, the sound track to the evening was perfect and filled with such nostalgia from an amazing time of my life – think coloured skinny jeans and studded belts era!

We had the opportunity to sample the menus, there were several different cocktails available – my favourite being the Ballzee Move which was their take on the strawberry daiquiri which was perfect alongside their wonderful food, from deliciously gooey pizza to excellently seasoned chicken burgers they had something to suit everyone – those garlic dough balls were on a totally different level of awesome.

My favourite part of the evening, however, was the photobooth which really made me laugh! After a few drinks (Oops!) we clambered into the TINY photobooth and took some very squashed – but fully photos!

I’d recommend going to the Roxy Ball Room to any of my friends and would love to even go back with my work colleagues for a team night out!

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Love

Rhia xo

Intu Jazz and Gin Event!

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This post should have been up by now, however, due to getting bitten by a cat at work and ending up in the hospital with a load of medication it’s been delayed!

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This is a post about what has to be my favourite event that the lovely ladies at Intu Victoria Centre has thrown for us bloggers (they really do spoil us rotten!)  We were met at the Nottingham Street Food Club by the fantastic Sammy and her wonderful team (situated in the upper mall) and lead inside.  I’ve been to the venue before a few times and absolutely love the vast variety of food available!

I have to admit, before the event, I had stalked the facebook and Instagram page to see which vendors were going to be available.  I was immediately drawn to the Clean Cut Kitchen as being on a strict IIFYM diet it was fantastic to have the breakdown available.

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We had our own bar and bartender, as well as a large table reserved for the evening!  The gin menu featured a vast variety of different Gins, and controversially against all the popular opinions at the moment – I don’t like Gin!

The food from the Clean Cut Kitchen offered a healthy alternative to fast food, they had “clean” cheat meals which were completely customisable with all different options for different dietary requirements from vegan to gluten free!

The Jazz musicians were a fantastic background to the evening and really rounded the evening off.  I’d like to say a massive thank you to both Intu Victoria Centre for the fantastic goodie bags filled with amazing goodies and the Nottingham Street Food Club for the wonderful food and hospitality!  I had such an amazing evening with unbeatable company.

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Love

Rhia xo

May Favourites 2017

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I haven’t done a favourites post in a long time and thought it was about time that I did one.  There has been a lot of products that I have switched around in the past few months – my skin care routine being the main one (a whole post coming soon on this!)

20170603_175124First is the Vaseline intensive care spray moisturiser – this suits my lifestyle perfectly, I didn’t use to moisturise my body until I found this as I hate the greasy feeling after.  I take this everywhere with me, especially to the gym where I want to get changed quite rapidly after showering.  Literally just spray it on, rub it in quickly and it’s done!

20170603_175147Next is the Wet Brush, I know they’ve been around for a long time now, however, I wasn’t ready to give up my tangle teaser (it was leopard print), however, when I found this marble pink version at a local shop, I HAD to have it!  Having naturally curly/wavy hair this brush is perfect as it doesn’t pull and detangles effortlessly.

20170603_175334Another moisturising product is this papaya gold paw paw balm, this is a MASSIVE product and is amazing for moisturising sore and chapped lips.  It’s far superior to any other product like vaseline as it can be used on other dry patches (it’s not sticky or slimy like vaseline) such as sore hands (other nurses you know what I mean).

20170603_175219.jpgThis is one of the new products that I’ve been using on my face recently that has completely changed my skin routine and has been the reason I’ve stopped wearing foundation completely!  I won’t say too much about it apart from that they’re easy on the wallet and amazing quality.

Two beauty products are the NYX Ultimate vivid brights palette – the most pigmented and vibrant drugstore palette I’ve EVER come across, I’ve been hooked on using it ever since I got it.  Secondly is a gloss from Colourpop in the shade Finders Keepers – a lovely pinky nude which is not too opaque but not too sheer.  It’s a gorgeous finish and looks great with numerous eye looks.

20170603_175736Another NYX product (or two) are these two illuminating powders, they’re truly stunning as they both reflect different colours. I’ve been using these solely as highlighters for the past month (totally neglecting my other highlighters) and I am going to be picking up the other colours.

20170603_175430My final favourite for the month is this candle from Charismatic Cat Candles.  I was sent this candle to test out and I LOVE it.  The scent is wonderful and fills the whole house, it burns very evenly and has lasted the whole month.

What are your favourite products for the month?

Love

Rhia xo

 

Intu Victoria Centre SS17 Style

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Saturday I was fortunate enough to be invited to the spring/summer 2017 fashion event at Intu Victoria Centre as part of the Nottingham Fashion Week.  We met up at Cafe Rizzoli where we were greeted by the owner of the chain who as last time, gave us impeccable service.  We enjoyed a Bellini and truffles in the sunshine and had a good natter before heading down to where the main event was being held (outside boots).

We were lead down to the main foyer, where we treated to a fashion show.  I appreciated the thought behind the show as they showed different body types, ways to dress up/down outfits to save money, and different styles.  The trends this season are right up my alley with embroidery, denim, ruffles, and chokers all key pieces this season!

There were “paparazzi” around the centre taking snaps of everyone in the centre who were dressed up (very stylishly may I add!).  I managed to snap these couple of picture of them!

After the fashion show, we were set a challenge to find items that matched a theme we were given, my theme was seeing red.  I picked up a lovely red choker style t-shirt in Topshop by the brand Tea and Cake which is super cool!  I also picked up some sparkly Toms which were amazing as my feet were suffering a bit after wearing heels all day.

After our style challenge we were taken out for food at Handmade Burger Co, this is the only part of the event I was a little disappointed in.  The food took a long time to come out and was cold when it arrived, the drink orders kept being messed up, and the servers didn’t seem to know what was going on.

 I appreciate the generosity from the Intu Victoria Centre staff as they again pulled out all the stops for us bloggers.  I’d like to say special thanks to media team and cartwright communications for holding such wonderful events for us bloggers.

Love

Rhia xo

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Gray and Bull Blogging Event // March 2017

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On Thursday, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to an event held by Gray & Bull Opticians.  When I received the invite to the event, I was very excited as I had always admired the Tiffany glasses in the window when passing.

Gray and Bull Opticians is based on Pelham Street in Nottingham and is at the entrance to the fashionable quarter of the town.

I had never been inside before and was pleasantly surprised by the interior.  We were greeted by the staff members of the practice and heard some history about the place.  Gray & Bull was originally established in 1806 and was situated further up the road, they moved to the current address in 1939 and have remained there ever since.  This makes them the oldest independent opticians in Nottingham.  They spoke about the practice and how they strive for the most personal and thorough service involving tailor-making each pair of glasses to include even the most minute detail.

We had the opportunity to have a talk to the Barton Perreira representative who was very lovely and even gave us the chance to try on some of the new range before they were stocked!  We spoke about the extensive and laborious process of making the glasses, and about the different types of acetate (plastic).  Barton Perreira makes all of their frames in Japan using a Japanese Acetate called Zyl, this is slow cured to increase the strength of the material.  Even as someone novice in this area, I could tell the difference between the two and feel the quality of the Zyl.

As well as stocking Barton Perreria, Gray and Bulls stock a massive range of niche and specialist eyewear including all of the favourites: Tom Ford, Moscot, Face a Face, Ray Bans, and Oliver Peoples are some of the more commonly known.  As an independent optician, they have the ability to fine pick their stock to their target audiences.

They have a wide variety of lenses and coatings which are all chosen in a consultation with the optometrist, from standard lenses to the highest quality of Nikon lenses, there is something for everyone.

I tried on lots of pairs of glasses and in the end, these are my two favourite pairs!

The final experience was to try out virtual reality of difference lenses, this isn’t something I have come across before but it showed me that there was a massive difference between standard and specialist lenses.

Thank you to Gray and Bulls Opticians for having me at the event, I’m definitely going to be cashing in the free eye test voucher and I am excited to hear the suggestions towards my current eye care.  It was lovely meeting you all and especially thank you to Amy for setting up this event.

I would also like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the companies that helped out with the event: Ugly Bread Bakery, Six Barrels, Alcon, Nkd, 200 degrees, Zeiss, Cheese Shop Nottingham, Thea Pharmaceutical, Hoya, Nikon, and all their contributions towards the very generous goody bags!

Two final pictures of me feeling like a movie star in lovely but expensive sunglasses!

Love

Rhia xo

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation // Review

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This post is going to be a review of the new Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  As most of you know, I’m ghostly pale which means finding foundations that go pale enough for me is a mission in itself.  I wanted to try this foundation ever since it came out and finally got around to trying a sample (and then purchasing it for myself).  For reference, I’m shade Shell in Estee Lauder Double Wear and I wear 0.5 in UD.

The foundation itself is FULL coverage and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone wanting a natural finish to their look.  It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation without the cakey-ness and flash back that comes with it (as UD All Nighter contains no SPF).

I found the best way to apply the foundation was with a flat topped kabuki brush to apply most of the product and then perfect the look with a damp beauty blender.  I love the finish of this foundation and I find that it sits really nicely on my skin.  Due to it being full coverage I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin – especially if it’s odd patches as it will cling to it without perfect moisturisation.

To conclude I have fallen in love with this foundation and it is my new go to!  What foundations have you tried recently (especially if you’re pale like me!)

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Lots of love

Rhia xo