The August Round-Up

I feel as though I’ve blinked and August has gone. In fact, that kind of applies to the rest of 2016 as well. Where has this year gone? Really? So, what did I get up to in August?

Firstly, I spent a lot of time watching Netflix (thank god for Netflix!) because my Sky box decided to break and it took two weeks for an engineer to come out to fix it. Just in time for the football season to start, I might add. What wonderful timing….!

Line of Duty was the first thing we watched and boy are we now addicted to the story line. WHY didn’t I watch it before?! We also have been enjoying Impractical Jokers. Love those two shows!

The August Round-Up

Slimming World wise I’ve been really enjoying overnight oats with raspberries or strawberries chopped up. I particularly like raspberries, I end up with pink overnight oats. They are honestly the best breakfast and I often eat them at my desk when I get to work rather than having them at home. They keep me fuller for longer. 

My boyfriend and I also sat down to sort out our New York planning, we spent a couple of hours looking at the map and highlighting where we want to go and as you can imagine there were a lot of places. I honestly can’t believe I’m going to New York in two weeks. TWO WEEKS!

This also means that I’m nearly 30 which to me is crazy. I’m so excited to be spending my 30th birthday in the place I’ve always wanted to go. I also chose the handbag I’ll be buying over there for my birthday. I can’t wait to explore a city I’ve never been to in a country I’ve never been to and enjoy myself fully making memories I’ll never forget.

The August Round-Up

I also went on a trip to London with one of my best friends, we had such a nice girly weekend and had fun being tourists which isn’t something I do often. We’ve started planning our trip for next year already – there’s talk of going to a show and having afternoon tea as well. 

The August Round-Up

Now, we’re at the end of August *gulp* and I’m spending the bank holiday weekend in Scotland visiting my parents. I try and go to see them before I go away for my birthday but this weekend is even more special as it’s my Dad’s birthday so it will be nice to spend it with him. 

For the next week or so my blog posts may be a little sporadic so bear with me and normal service will resume shortly. Yes, I am aware that I sound like some kind of train announcement.

A Girly Touristy Weekend In London

This weekend was one I have been looking forward to for a long time now. One of my best friends and I were talking for a good few months about having a weekend in London. She hadn’t been in a long time and I’d never really done much in the way of touristy stuff when I’ve been down. So, in May we booked our train tickets and decided to stay overnight and this weekend we headed down. We booked the Hilton at London Bridge which is really easy to get to from the London Bridge tube in a fantastic location with a couple of minutes walk to Tower Bridge.

A Girly Touristy Weekend In London  We decided quite early on that we were going to be a bit touristy in this trip so we booked to go on the London Eye which neither of us have ever been on before. I was hoping it would be a nice day so we would get some lovely views and luckily it was. 

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When we got off we decided to have a walk across the bridge to see Big Ben and Westminster. By this point it was really warm so we decided to make the most of the day.

A Girly Touristy Weekend In London   We spent a lot of time walking and went to Buckingham Palace to see if the Queen was in, as you do. We also went to Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and then headed back to the hotel because by that point our feet were getting a little tired and we wanted to be back in time to go for dinner.

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We had booked a table at Browns in Covent Garden which was lovely. I’d never been there before, we were sat in a booth and had some lovely food (none of which I took photos of as we were chatting away and I was really hungry). We also had cocktails of course! 

A Girly Touristy Weekend In London

On Sunday we spent the morning getting ready, checking out of the hotel and having breakfast. We headed to Covent Garden not really knowing that most of the shops didn’t open until 12pm – rookie error. We did make the most of the day again and did quite a lot of walking across Waterloo Bridge and around Covent Garden as well. I love Covent Garden for a little bit of shopping and luckily I managed to go into Kate Spade to pick the bag I want to get in New York – so excited! We had such a lovely girly weekend and we’ve already started talking and planning what we will do next year. It was nice to be a bit of a tourist in London for the day and if you haven’t been on the London Eye, I would definitely recommend it.

A Girly Touristy Weekend In London

The Benefits From Weight Loss

I should probably preface this post by stating that I don’t think that weight loss equals instant happiness but losing weight has done a hell of a lot for me both mentally and psychically.

When I started this journey I was 28, turning 29 and I weighed over 15 stone and it wasn’t pretty. I felt fat, I was wearing baggy clothes in the hope that people wouldn’t notice how big I actually was and now I’m on the road back to the weight I was happy at (when I was 18, I might add!) and I feel great. I wanted to tell you all what I’ve found the benefits are to losing weight so far because I have realised that being so overweight did me good mentally or psychically.

Confidence – This is the biggest thing I would say losing weight has benefited me. I have much more confidence now, in myself, my ability, what I wear and how I act. I feel like a different person, it’s a strange way to describe the sensation I do, but I do. Friends, colleagues and family are noticing my loss now which is a big thing for me. They can see how well I’m doing and are always saying how well I look. I even have noticed that I’m wearing my hair up more which may seem a bit daft but I didn’t before, I felt self conscious with my round face but now I love to wear my hair up in different styles.

Healthier Mind – I used to be an emotional eater and I haven’t felt the need to if I’ve been stressed over recent months. I went through redundancy at work for the second time in a year and I didn’t binge whereas last year, I would have. My mind feels a lot less clouded which is good and in the back of my head there’s a voice telling me how far I’ve got and how far I want to go and that I won’t sabotage myself any longer. I also feel more relaxed and happier in general,  I don’t feel anxious all the time and I don’t feel self conscious around friends.

Exercise – I find that I can walk quicker, and I actually enjoy going for walks now even if I go on my own which I quite often do. I can also walk up flights of stairs without getting ridiculously out of breath which I might not have been able to do before. I am ready for my long walks in New York and I even have some Sketchers to wear while I do my thousands of steps each day.

Losing inches – Sometimes I get on the scale and it says I’ve maintained or gained weight and initially I get a feeling that I’ve not done well but then I remember, I’m losing inches. I’ve gone down 2 dress sizes, my clothes fit a hell of a lot better and I feel so much better. These days I am more focussed on how my clothes feel than how the scale is going and hey, even my pants are now big. Who would have thought it?

If you’ve lost weight, what benefits have you found?