Health

Weight Loss Journey 2019 April Update

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, you will have seen that I recently posted a body update video. I was super nervous to post it but I want to be real with my viewers and readers so you guys know what a struggle my weight loss journey has been so far.

So, if you didn’t know, during 2018, I managed to lose a total of three stone. That’s 42 pounds for anyone who wanted to know. I was so disheartened with that result as I watched people in the gym lose so much more than I did. People like Simon for example. He lost seven stone so he did amazing!

I was there to watch his weight loss journey so I witnessed all the hard work he put in. I feel like I put in a lot of hard work too but I didn’t manage to lose as much. It was frustrating but there’s reasons.

You see, I’m on medication for my mental health and a side effect of said medication is weight gain. On top of that, I have polycystic ovary syndrome. Both of these things make it harder to lose weight.

But moving on from 2018, this is 2019 where we have new goals to smash!

So far this year, all I have managed to do is maintain. That is annoying but I have been on holidays and I haven’t been eating good quality foods.

This is something that will be changing from now on though. I will be eating more fruit, veg and protein. I will be heading to the gym at least three times a week. I want to start reaching my goals.

If you didn’t already know, this year, I am heading to Walt Disney World and I am so excited but also so nervous as I am still overweight. I don’t have too long now before we go so I need to start working harder.

I’m more focused on who I want to be now instead of who I am now. I don’t like who I am now so I’m going to change it.

Turn yourself into the best version of yourself!

Fashion · Lifestyle

Top Tips For Buying Second-Hand Clothes

There are plenty of reasons that someone would want to shop second hand. Maybe you are buying things for yourself or maybe you are buying to sell on and make a profit?! Either way, there’s a few things that you should consider buying spending your pretty pennies on those items.

If you’re looking to start shopping second-hand then check out your local charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and even Facebook marketplace. So, if you plan on hitting those places then here’s my top tips for you so you can grab yourself a hidden gem.

Perseverance

This is probably my number one tip. Sometimes, clothing items can be put back in the wrong place in charity shops which means that it’s worth checking every single rail in the shop if you’re looking for a complete bargain. You’ll find men’s in the women’s section and kid’s in the men’s section. It just happens in charity shops. That is why you really need to search through every item on every rail.

I often find that when a customer uses the changing room in a charity shop, they just dump everything on the nearest rail when they are done. This is where you’ll find those hidden gems. Of course, people don’t want to buy horrible, over-used items so if you look through things that someone else has already tried on, you’ll find some good stuff.

Check for imperfections

If you’re looking around a shop and find the perfect item, you’re not going to notice that little hole at the bottom. Charity shop staff and volunteers try to go through all the clothing and get rid of the not-so-good stuff but sometimes, they miss things. Snags, tears and holes in the fabric are big things to look out for as these may not be obvious straight away.

Other things to look out for are broken zippers, stains, missing buttons and alterations (which are sometimes good and sometimes not). If you’re looking to resell then you want your clothing item to be in pristine condition.

If you are buying clothing for yourself and you are handy with a needle and thread, take into consideration that you could repair an item yourself if there is an imperfection. Small tears in fabrics such as cotton, linen and denim can easily be repaired with a few quick stitches and means that you don’t have to leave that item you fall in love with on the rail.C

Keep going back into the shops

To get the absolute best of what your local charity shops have to offer then keep on heading back. New clothes will always be coming into the shop as they receive donations and stock rotate. Popping into the shops regularly will also mean that you’ll get to know people and they might even offer your further discount or let you see items that haven’t even reached the shop floor yet.

Have fun!

The most important thing about second-hand clothes shopping is that you have fun. It’s not meant to be tedious, it’s meant to be fun. You’re getting a bargain and also supporting a great cause. What’s not to love?!

Lifestyle

A-Z Of Me

I realised recently that since starting this new blog, I haven’t properly introduced myself yet. So, I thought, what better than an A-Z of me post!

Autumn. My favourite season.

Blogging. A hobby and hopefully my future career.

Coca-cola. I was once addicted to the stuff.

Disneyland Paris. I am a huge fan of Disney and have been to DLP twice now with my third trip booked already.

Eleanor. This is my name for those of you who didn’t know.

Friends. I don’t have any real life friends but I do have plenty of internet friends who are completely fabulous.

Geek. Just me.

Home. My favourite place.

Inpatient. I am rubbish at waiting for things. I love everything to happen straight away as I hate waiting.

Japan. My dream travel destination.

Kawaii. I love anything cute.

Llamas. Aren’t they adorable?!

Mental illness. A thing that I struggle with daily.

Naps. Something that I wish I had more time for.

Organisation. I love planner and storage boxes and anything that you can use to keep things organised.

Pastels. My favourite kind of colours.

Quiet. You probably wouldn’t know this but when you first meet me, I’m very quiet and shy.

Rain. I love watching the rain from inside my nice, warm home.

Simon. My favourite person!

Traveling. My favourite thing to do.

Underwater. I love being underwater. Swimming is one of my favourite things to do. I just love how quiet and relaxing it is.

Vlogger. I love documenting my life on YouTube.

Witchcraft. I find witchcraft so interesting.

X-Rays. I’ve had way too many of these in my life since I always seem to have something wrong with me.

Yellow. Pastel yellow is one of my favourite colours.

Zoo. I am a member of Chester Zoo and really enjoy going.

Lifestyle

How To Plan For A Road Trip To The Beach

The items mentioned in this post were gifted to me in return for a review but this in no way influences my opinion.

The warmer weather is approaching which means one thing; trips to the beach!

For some people, the beach can be just a walk down the street but for others, it can be a huge day trip. Personally, for me, a trip to the beach is at least at hour in the car if not more. But with warmer weather on it’s way, we should all be getting ready for our beach trips.

First of all, grab a blanket. You’re probably wondering why you need a blanket. Allow me to explain. The blanket is for the car journey. It might be a warm day but you still want to be comfortable on your long journey.

My choice of blanket is this lovely blanket from Character World. If you didn’t know yet, then I absolutely adore My Little Pony. So this adorable My Little Pony blanket is absolutely amazing. It isn’t too heavy and is soft enough to keep you warm but cool at the same time.

Next to grab is the obvious; a beach towel. If you’re going to be sitting on the beach, you’ll want a towel to sit on so that your clothing doesn’t get absolutely covered in sand (unless you’re into that).

Once again, mine is My Little Pony themed. It;s a super cute beach towel and captures the warm vibes perfectly.

Don’t forgot snacks. You’re going on a road trip to the beach so snacks are super important. You’ll want snacks for in the car and snacks for on the beach. Don’t get sand in your food though because that does not taste good, trust me.

If you’re after a beach towel, blanket or anything of the kind, head on over to Character World to pick yourself up some great quality beach trip supplies. They have everything from My Little Pony, Pusheen, Pokemon and Disney!

Health

The #100DaysOfFitness Challenge: 25 Days Later

I embarked on a journey. A journey of fitness to be exact.

They say that it takes 21 days to create a new habit but I don’t think that’s the case for me. Personally, I struggle to stick to things so I need to really reinforce my new habits.

That is why I started the #100DaysOfFitness challenge!

If you’ve been following me online for a while, you’ll know that I’m trying to lose some weight. Last year, I lost three stone which just isn’t enough for me. I wish I lost more and thinking about it now, I could have been at my goal already if I’d just worked harder.

But that’s all in the past now. All I can do now is work harder and keep going.

So, how did my first 25 days of the challenge go?

Day 1

I went to the gym. I did some tummy exercises and a lot of cardio. I think cardio is my favourite type of workout. Oh, and I walked over 13,000 steps which isn’t the best but I’ll take it.

Day 2

I skipped the gym to walk around the shops with Simon. I did reach my daily step goal though so I’m happy and content. I also did 10 minutes of yoga which I haven’t done in months!

Day 3

I walked to town and back instead of having a lazy Sunday like I usually do. It’s about a 40 minute round trip. I didn’t quite hit my daily step goal but I was close.

Day 4

I went to the gym and DEMOLISHED a programme that was designed by Simon. I’ve never sweated so much at the gym before! Oh, and I did 15,000 steps to make up for the lazy day the day before. I did some yoga before bed!

Day 5

I absolutely killed my workout at the gym. Finished up super sweaty but it was all worth it. Also, I demolished my daily step goal..

Day 6

It snowed so I couldn’t walk outside much because I’m super clumsy. It meant that I didn’t reached my daily step goal. I did do some beginner’s yoga though!

Day 7

I walked 13,000 steps. That’s the only fitness thing that I did.

Day 8

I went to the gym even though I really didn’t want to. I had tummy pain all day but still managed to do over 15,000 steps..

Day 9

I only just hit my daily step goal. I didn’t go to the gym but I did do some stretches in the evening.

Day 10

I did a lot of walking. 21,000 steps to be exact. That is definitely more than I usually do on a Sunday. I did take some measurements though so I can compare my results to the end of the 100 days.

Day 11

I had the ultimate lazy day. No exercise was done at all.

Day 12

I went to the gym and mostly did stretches and yoga as my back hurt. I also walked 24,800 steps!

Day 13

It was another snow day so I stayed in. I did some stretches though as I keep getting aches in my legs.

Day 14

Another day of snow (it was turning into ice) so we walked to town and walked around a little (very slowly). I did record some weight loss goals for my YouTube channel though. You can check that out here.

Day 15

I walked 26,200 steps. I was super tired and slept well that night!

Day 16

I reached my step goal by walking 21,600 steps. We only walked so much because we went shopping.

Day 17

Only walked 7,800 steps but that’s okay because not all days can be great!

Day 18

I went to the gym on my own and although my anxiety was high, I enjoyed myself in the end. I will go on my own more often from now on.

Day 19

I went to the gym. Didn’t do much because my back was still sore but I did do some stretches. I created a fitness Instagram account though.

Day 20

I went to the gym again. Still had a sore back so just stretches for me.

Day 21

I had a morning doctors appointment so couldn’t make it to the gym. The doctor said I have asthma (again) which could be why I’m getting back pain.

Day 22

I did a heck of a lot of walking. I did two days worth of steps. I didn’t make it to the gym though.

Day 23

Once again, there was no gym but I did reach my daily step going by doing 15,100 steps.

Day 24

I felt ill so I didn’t reach my step goal nor did I go to the gym.

Day 25

Once again, there was no gym but I did reach my daily step goal which is good.

So, I started off doing really well but then it went downhill. Hopefully the next 25 days will be better!

Lifestyle

A Little Q&A

I love Q&As as they are a great way to find out more about people. So, I asked on Twitter for people to send me some questions and they lovely Twitter people did.

Aside from your phone/laptop, what’s one object you couldn’t live without and why? – What Abigail Says

I would say my laptop but since I can’t say that, I’m going to do with my favourite teddy called Rosy. I have had her since I was very young and she is my most favourite possession. I also have another teddy bear called Honey who is also super precious so really, I can’t live without either of them.

Rosy (left) and Honey (right)

Who is your favourite book character(s) & why? – Raiin Monkey

Okay… so… I thought about this for a while and I think that my favourite character is Eleanor from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. She is quirky and she isn’t afraid to be different. A few other characters that I love are:

  1. Cath from Fangirl.
  2. Callum from Noughts and Crosses.
  3. Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

What’s your ultimate favourite Disney film and why?! – Coffee & Corfu

Oh my gosh, this is such a difficult question to answer! After a lot of thought, I think I’m going to have to go with Monsters Inc. It’s the film that I remember most from my childhood and probably the film that made me love Disney most of all. I also love Mulan and anything with Chip n Dale in.

Do you play video games if so what is your favourite? – The Smurfy Gamers Blog

I do play video games. Not too long ago, I bought a Nintendo Switch so I have been playing some Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee but my all time favourite game is Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS. I’m kind of a Nintendo Nerd!

How did you start your booktube channel? – The Mum Who Read

So… I started a booktube channel about one year ago. I filmed the booktube newbie tag and it got over 100 views which was a huge shock to me. I figured that people wanted to see more bookish content from me so I went with it. I started watching booktubers and seeing what tag videos were out there.

Over time, I got bored of talking about books all the time. So, I started vlogging. I pretty much daily vlogged for a while but my vlogs got boring as my depression got worse and I didn’t have the motivation to do anything.

When a bit of my motivation came back, I got into fitness. So of course, I started vlogging again and talking about fitness.

Now, I film fitness related videos at least once a month and it’s great for me because it’s not too much pressure and it’s also really fun.

What’s a song that you can’t help but jam out/sing along to when it comes on?! – Inspired By Tor

I always tell people that I don’t like Motionless In White but whenever Simon plays one of there songs, I catch myself headbanging and singing/screaming along.

How did you meet Simon? – Estellosaurus

We actually met on Tinder. I had only just downloaded the app and didn’t take it too seriously but Simon and I got talking and we ended up really enjoying chatting to each other. Over time, we decided to meet up and it all went from there…

If you enjoyed the Q&A feel free to leave a question in the comments for my next Q&A or I will answer in the comment section..

Lifestyle

Buying A New Guitar And Setting Goals

Sometimes, I get something in my mind and I just can’t stop thinking about it. That was the case with wanting to learn the play the electric guitar.

So… what did I do? I bought one!

I’m a compulsive spender, I know. But, in my defense, I even had a dream about owning an electric guitar. But isn’t my guitar just beautiful?!

I chose a sunshine yellow, Les Paul guitar. I bought it from Dawson’s which is great because the staff were super helpful and even answered all my dumb questions.

But anyway, buying the guitar seemed to release a new person who was trapped inside of me. I now have way more motivation and energy. I wake up easier in the morning and I am actually excited to play my guitar.

I haven’t been excited for something in a while because of my depression but it’s like I have changed now!

So, I was setting myself some goals while I’m feeling better…

  1. Learn to play the guitar. It doesn’t have to be perfect but I would at least like to sound decent.
  2. Hit my goal weight of 10 stone by the end of the year. I haven’t given myself much time to lose 5 stone but I think I can do it if I really try.
  3. Stop buying pointless stuff hahahahaha like that will happen….

What goals have you set for yourself recently?