The 30 Day Challenge: It’s the end!

So, it’s come to the end of April and my attempt at the 30 Day Challenge – at the halfway point I’d (somehow) seen an actual difference in my measurements, and now that the 30 days are up, it’s time to see the final result.

Now, I haven’t exactly played by the rules (shown below) – it was more of my own adaption, but I took the shopping list and adopted a healthier, green tea-based lifestyle.

30 day challengeThere were obstacles to overcome, such as my great dislike of fruit (which is a Challenge staple, dammit), my birthday celebrations (green tea was swiftly swapped for prosecco), and then Easter (chocolate. Lots of chocolate).

I did, however, stick to my adaption (and I’m fairly certain a bout of tonsillitis may have helped), but here are my measurements:

Before                           Halfway                              After                      Difference

Bust: 35 inches                  Bust: 34 inches                        Bust: 34 inches                     Bust: – 1 inch

Waist: 27 inches                Waist: 26 inches                      Waist: 25 inches                   Waist: – 2 inches

Hips: 38 inches                  Hips: 36 inches                       Hips: 35.5 inches                  Hips: – 2.5 inches

 

I have to say I’m surprised, chuffed and slightly baffled – I wouldn’t say I have a terrible diet (doughnuts for breakfast is allowed, right?) but somehow, just adopting certain healthier choices has made a difference.

I’m not overly fussed about inch loss, but I would like to be healthier, and I have to say I do feel better inside and out. I would definitely recommend the 30 Day Challenge and I think I’ll stick to some of the rules – I’m a changed woman!

– love Stef x

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Mani Monday #17

After all of the Easter chocolate (which really didn’t last the week), I wanted to do something refreshing with my nails and if you haven’t already noticed… I love blue like Kel loves orange soda!

I’m trying my hardest to mix it up for you guys but I’m afraid this time it’s blue (da ba dee da ba die). Actually two shades of blue and a little white thrown in for good measure.

My go-to tool for this week is the make-up sponge. I love the sponge because of the ombré effect – it’s a great way to create amazing looking nails, especially when you are limited for time. Also it allows so many different colour combinations so you can literally go crazy!

To start, I used a classic white nail colour as my base. Then I painted my chosen colours directly on to the sponge in two stripes side by side. I simply applied the paint by dabbing the sponge on the nail. I tend to do one big dab then build on it. My tip is to keep the polish lids open so you can quickly apply more to the sponge if needed.

Top off with a clear top coat after it has dried, although sometimes I do the top coat earlier as it can help to blend the colours.

Et viola! Quick and effective nail paint that is guaranteed to turn heads in the office – obviously the more contrasting the colours, the more striking the nails will be.

What colours will you be trying? We would love to hear from you!

– love Clare x

Mani Monday #16

Happy Easter from everyone at the SWHH Team! We hope you have all enjoyed the long weekend and of course the Easter eggs.

So for this Mani Monday, I have been holding out on my Models Own collection specifically for this week!

I don’t know what or who inspired their Speckled Egg collection but to me, it’s the black glitter and pastel colours that create the perfect reminder of Mini Eggs and therefore Easter!

I have already raved about Models Own and once again nothing’s changed! I love this collection and the only downside is it needs a few coats and it (like all other glitter polishes) is a pain to remove!

If only I had Mini Eggs for a photo comparison but I’m afraid chocolate and I have a contract that goes way back: it acknowledges that if there is chocolate within my presence it will be eaten and I will enjoy every bite! Clearly after this weekend, I need to find a gym – never going to happen.

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– love Clare x

The Juice Diet #3: Well, this is awkward…

So, I’m just going to say it, the juice diet and I parted ways about two weeks ago – not intentionally though.

I could list all of my reasons/excuses (moving house and being unable to find my juicer being just one factor) but I won’t, there is no real excuse if you’re dedicated.

Although I would like to start it up again, (I am currently on my week of  ‘eating clean’ before I go right back to just juice), I do have to tell you what I did learn from coming off the extreme diet.

1. Eating real food hurts

Big time. On day one of moving day, having not eaten a thing, we opted for a takeaway. Eyes being bigger than my belly, and the fact I am greedy (hence the multiple diets) I had a huge plate full. By the time I had finished I actually felt like I was dying. Moral of the story: don’t eat a plate of chips when you have practically starved yourself for three weeks.

2. You will gain back the weight you lost

I didn’t sit and gorge on take out, and I have had some very healthy meals, but every single pound and inch I managed to lose has crept back on. Makes sense though really, what I lost in two weeks I put back on in two weeks. #depressed.

3. Motivation is hard when you’re hungry

When I am laying in bed watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager, (don’t judge – Daren Kagasoff is a BABE), I have every intention of starting the next day a lot better – none of this waiting for Monday nonsense. But then lunch time comes, and I’m hungry and well, I just want a big-dirty-white-bread-sandwich loaded with mayo.

4. Planning ahead is the key to a diet/life change

Seriously. Due to the above, you really should plan your meals and then you can really get your head in the game.

5. The nutrients really didn’t make me feel any better

I was loaded with all sorts of vitamins which I had read were supposed to make me full of beans and feel like a goddess. I didn’t. I was cold, tired and short-tempered to name but a few. I barely had the energy to do anything other than sit and I quite honestly felt miserable. The only joy I felt was hopping onto the scales and seeing the numbers drop – this was literally my only motivation and is enough to make me do it again to kick-start the weight loss.

I am generally quite unhappy with my weight, so if any of you out there have any tips, recommendations or indeed magic pills, please send them my way. I don’t want to die of heart disease.

– love Carla x

The 30 Day Challenge: The halfway point

We’re halfway through April and that means I’ve somehow gotten halfway through the 30 Day Challenge.

Well, to be completely honest, I’ve probably done about four days of it properly – I had three days off entirely for the birthday weekend (prosecco and cake aren’t listed oddly enough), and for the remaining nine days I’ve ‘adapted’ the challenge.

Granola was pretty hard going, so I switched to Cheerios (same thing, ish) and for lunch I may have opted for soup over salads. Dinner-wise I have stuck to the idea of fish, rice and veg, with plenty of water and green tea in between.

And do you know what? It has worked.

I feel better for it and I’ve lost inches – actual weight loss I have no idea about as scales are forbidden in the Keeling household, but here are my before and after measurements thus far:

Before                              After                           Difference

Bust: 35 inches                  Bust: 34 inches                         Bust: – 1 inch

Waist: 27 inches                Waist: 26 inches                       Waist: – 1 inch

Hips: 38 inches                  Hips: 36 inches                         Hips: – 2 inches

I’m rather impressed, especially considering I haven’t exactly followed the rules, but I will endeavor to maintain this healthier approach to food. For now, it’s a big woop to me and a celebratory green tea (rock ‘n’ roll)…

Have you tried the 30 Day Challenge? How did you find it?

– love Stef x

Spratt Says: Wife Material

Spratt SaysAs I reach my mid-twenties it was inevitable that some of my closest friends would eventually grow up long before me; buy a house, have a baby, get married etc. and while I’m over the moon for these friends – despite cutting the best years of their lives short – on a personal level I could never take such a big leap so soon.

I have no intention, at least for the time being, to ever get married but due to the actions of some of the aforementioned friends it got me thinking about what sort of woman it would take to change my mind.

What would I consider the perfect wife material?

As easy as it would be to make a typically sexist “whoever makes a good sandwich” joke right now, I’d like to think I’m better than that, so I’ve put some thought in to it.

Back in 2010 scientists claimed to have found a mathematical formula for the perfect wife, which in a nutshell concluded that a bride should be five years younger than the groom, share the same cultural background and be the more the intelligent of the pair if a marriage is to succeed.

Now with the exception of intelligence, I’ve seen all of the above most mornings on Jeremy Kyle and it’s hard to believe they’re destined to live happily ever after despite the best efforts of Jezza and Graham, so I came to my own conclusion and that is that this survey is utter trollop.

The perfect wife I’d assume should be no different to what a woman would regard as the perfect husband. Marriage is essentially teamwork and therefore both man and wife should have a similar level of intelligence, same interests, equally domesticated and so on.

I don’t think it’s that complicated but it’s not something that is likely to ever interest me, although I understand why some do but who knows, maybe one day I’ll make a woman very happy… and probably miserable the rest of the time.