Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Face spam post

2 Stone down.
I loved my body then, and I absolutely love it now. My confidence and self worth has grown in leaps and bounds. 
It's actually quite scary how much my body has changed:
I have cheekbones.
I have collarbones.
I have an itty bitty tiny waist.
My hips are smaller.
No love handles.
My feet have shrunk.
And yet magically I have stayed the same bra size. Seriously now the hell does that work??!!

Love yourselves girls, big or small, love the body you are in, because its the only one you get! So live life to the full and be happy.

Friday, 24 August 2012

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.” —John Burroughs
Writing tips from John Steinbeck
  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
  2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
  3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
  4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
  5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
  6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
“Arrange whatever pieces come your way” —Virginia Woolfe
"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"-    John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller - Pamphlet

Thursday, 23 August 2012

"How Do I Lose Weight?"

Recently, I have had many people ask me how I lost weight and how they can do the same. So I'm writing  this for people who are interested in losing weight the healthy way. And also for myself as a little motivation for when I get lazy! Firstly, I just want to say that I am on a weight loss journey. It's not a quick fix or fad diet. I believe that if you want to lose weight and to keep the weight off, you need to make daily, permanent changes, as that is the only way to see permanent results. Basically, you have to be in it for the long haul. And secondly, the steps that I took to losing weight, worked for me, but everybody is different and you may find that it does not work for you, so take a different approach and keep trying!

So here are my secrets to healthy weight loss and how I lost 2 stone!

1) Find your motivation. Ask yourself why you want to lose weight and what rewards you will give yourself for achieving your goals. Print out motivational pictures and put them by your bed or your fridge for times when you need inspiration. Look up weight loss blogs, health magazines and bookmark them. Anything that motivates you.

2) Write it down. Keep a notebook of your goals, record your eating habits, meal plans, calorie intake and exercise routines. This is especially useful as you can review and go back to a really healthy day of eating and try to repeat it.

3) Counting calories. Counting calories doesn't have to be hard. Register on, put in your information and it will tell you how many calories you need to eat to lose X amount of weight in X time. Make sure you eat 3 meals a day, and allow yourself healthy snacks in between meals. Do not eat after 8 pm!

4) Portion size. Control your portion size, especially when snacking by measuring. So keep some measuring cups, spoons and plates at hand.

5) Always read nutrition labels. It's important to know what you are eating when you are trying to lose weight. Stay away from anything labeled "DIET!" ie. diet shakes, diet cereal bars and snacks. Most diet or low fat foods, have a high number of artificial additives. Keep it natural!

6) Forget fast food!  Healthy weight loss is combined of 70% diet and 30% exercise. Note: A meal at McDonald's amounts to your whole calorie intake for that day. What you put in your body counts for a lot! You cannot out exercise a bad diet! So eat clean and train dirty. It's hard to stick to healthy foods when out with friends, I can relate to that, but stay strong! Every now and again if you do happen to eat fast food, don't beat yourself up about it. It happens, just enjoy it and make an effort the next day to eat healthily.

7) Dessert, Dessert, Dessert! Don't say no to dessert! If you want to have dessert, treat yourself! If you tell yourself you are not allowed certain foods, then you will crave them more and will be more likely to binge later on. A treat now and again will do no harm!

8) Research! Find out the best foods that help burn fat. Such as: Tomatoes, Almonds, Spinach, Leafy Greens, Citrus Fruits, Oats and Raisins, Lentils, Salmon,Yoghurt and Eggs.

9) Excersie! Cardio is the key to losing weight. Do H.I.I.T: High Intensity Interval Training 3-4 times a week on a treadmill, bike or cross trainer. If you can't get to the gym, swimming, running, or anything that will raise your heart-rate will work a charm!
Strength training! Weight loss is not only achieved by doing cardio. In fact, doing strength workouts and muscle building burns MORE calories post cardio workouts! Ladies: fear not, you will not get manly muscles by doing weight exercises!!! That is a myth! Make those dumbells and kettlebells your best friends!

10) Hydration nudge! Keep up your fluids by drinking 8 glasses of water a day!  If you don't like water, then I suggest drinking flavoured water.  Try drinking tea: herbal or green tea. No fizzy drinks! If you are exercising you must stay hydrated and drink water! This is a must!!!

And Repeat!


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Words To Live By: Audrey Hepburnism


The past 2 weeks and a half have been so stressful. I'm tired all the time and I can't stop thinking/ have trouble sleeping. Jeremy is going back home for two weeks and I'm going to miss him so much. He's been there for me this whole time and not being able to see him is going to be hard! Meh. :(

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

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Words To Live By: Get Motivated!


So... Tired!
I'm not sleeping well... There has been so many things on my mind that I can hardly get to sleep.
My granddad passed away, and the funeral is going to be held in Cyprus... and I can't afford to go. I said goodbye to my granddad and watched him slipping away. I think that that is enough for me. I wish they were holding a service here though. It's sad that I won't be able go, but to be honest I've heard alot about how they deal with burials over there and it's not nice. It's inhumane and with all the wailing and shouting they do at the funeral, I think that would be too much to handle.
So that and the fact that I started Jury service for 2 weeks... it's stressful and I'm feeling the pressure!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Need a new wardrobe!

I need a new wardrobe urgently! I've gone down a size, and now I'm a 10-12. But everything in my wardrobe is a size too big and I look silly in baggy clothes. Plus I want to show off my new figure! So this weekend I'm going shopping. To buy essentials for my wardrobe. So far I only have work clothes in my now smaller size as I'm doing jury service next week and needed some smart clothes for that.
It's just so annoying as I'm trying to save money, yet need to buy a whole new wardrobe full of clothes... And shoes! I'm down a shoe size too! My feet must have been chubby! Haha
And what should I do with my old clothes?...I don't want to sell them, in case my weight starts to go up again... I'm having my dresses altered... Arghh I don't know what to do!
Eugh I should stop complaining! Ok I'm shutting up now!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

5 Lovely Things Through Instagram

Hey! So I've been pretty bad at keeping up the '5 Lovely Things' posts on a daily basis, so I'm just going to to write about recent events! 
1) Exploring London, feeling like a tourist going to museums, art galleries, flower gardens, lush cafes... and so on.. this summer has been so lovely!
2) Back on eating healthily, 1200 cal a day....and the results are great!
3) I won a QCumber Jumper through! It's a little big for me....but I love it!
4) Exercising more, weights and cardio....I feel good and healthy again!
5) Seeing Jeremy before he goes back home! EEP :))

A review of Daljit Nagra’s poem collection, ‘Look We Have Coming To Dover!’

Daljit Nagra’s debut poetry collection ‘Look We Have Coming To Dover!’, published in 2007 by Faber, is a series of poems written in a mixture of languages such as English, Punjabi and Punjabi-accented English which includes many different voices, following the themes of alienation, conformity, racism and love. His collections of poems shows a humourus and witty insight into the diversity of Britain and also reveal a formally inventive sense of craft through the formatting of his poems as they lie on the page. Many pages of his collection include blank pages, showing how the emptyness is just as significant as words, which makes it seem as though his poems are created on a blank canvas, so that the reader can be opened up to the language and hear its voice. This can be shown in the poem, ‘Look We Have Coming To Dover!’ where each stanza contains five lines, contains a capital letter and goes down in steps to give the poem form. This could be done to mimic the tide of the sea, as the poem is set in Dover. The use of enjambment and free verse gives the poem an individual pattern.

  In the first poem of his collection, ‘Darling & Me!’, Nagra gives reference to the Indian culture and traditions such as Bollywood. For example, when Nagra writes, “Downing drink, I giddily home for Pakeezah record” and “Like Hilda Ogden,” revealing the cultural identity of the poem. Nagra’s poems are extremely dramatised, as they read best when read out loud. This is because of the phonetic spellings Nagra gives to his poems which can be seen within the poem ‘Darling & Me!’ as the reader has to form the Indian voice. However, in the poem, ‘Bibi and the Streetcar Wife’, phonetic language is not used. The narrator has a heavy Indian accent, so that the audience can be absorbed into the culture, and this is shown through the chaotic structure of the poem and the mistaken words. This is shown when Nagra writes, “We no needing this car- park house you share, in your name, clamping us to back-seat of your cinema.” This is cleverly done by Nagra as the Indian accent has often been used mockingly, and has been racialised, and Nagra turns this on its head, and fights back with his poetry to show how the language can be beautiful.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Shakespeare Insult Kit

So awesome!

Words To Live By: To The Procrastinators

Haiku Poetry

Dancing butterfly,
Playing with the sweet flowers,
The start of summer.


Wild and free horses,
Grazing by the grass and trees,
In the cool soft breeze.


The rising full moon,
Alongside the setting sun,
Day becomes the night.


Remember His  smile,
Full of laughter, full of joy,
My heart grows warmer.


Lingering glances,
On the night of Halloween,
First time I kissed you.


To love and be loved,
In return, is what the heart,
Sincerely desires.

Monday, 6 August 2012

End of One Tree Hill

I just re-watched the One Tree Hill series finale.... :( Boo I'm sad all over again! I was a huge fan of the show and keep watching old episodes that are on early in the morning on E4. I'm considering buying the complete series boxset...when I have money that is!

I love One Tree Hill now more than ever. I did a lot of growing up while watching the seasons unfold. The characters, their stories and the powerful messages all helped me deal with a lot of the tough things happening in my life at the time. I learned that even when at times it felt like the ground had shifted beneath my feet and it felt like i was falling, I would always be grounded. There are always people I can trust and who love me who I can turn to for guidance and support. Foremost it taught me the importance of living, and making mistakes but learning from them too. One Tree Hill is more than just a show for me, it is so much larger than that. It gave me hope and it made me dream. It taught me to have aspirations and hope for the future, that things would get better. One Tree Hill has come to an end, but I will continue to dream and have hope and this will not end. This will last. Always and forever...

“Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from. The next smile, the next wish come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and you open up your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it, you just might get the thing you’re wishing for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it, with all of your heart."

Sunday, 5 August 2012

August Goals

Keeping it simple...
  • H2O. Drink more water. AM chilled
  • 1200 Cal a day
  • Eat clean, train dirty: 
  • 5 a day
  • Moderation
  • Work out. 4/7 days AM Cardio, PM KB sesh
  • Stay active
  • Sleep early
  • Reduce stress
  • Reward: Buy new clothes! 

I want!

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Camden market purchase

Camden is my favourite place on earth! Seriously, it is! I recently went with Jeremy and we came across a cute little shop selling vintage, shabby chic accesories, artwork, crafts and decorations. I immediately went in and spent a good half an hour in there! I wanted to buy the whole shop! But since I didn't have enough money, I decided to buy this decoration for my room at Uni. I love it and hopefully I will go back and by some more!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

V&A museum day


My favourite section

awesome chairs!

Hanging cross

Having lunch in the park by the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

Thursday, 2 August 2012

5 Lovely Things Thursday!

So I've just downloaded the blogger app so I can blog on the move! Which means you'll be hearing a lot more from
me! ... Here are my 5 lovely things from today:

1) Spent the day at the V&A with Jeremy. Had an amazing time! My favourite part was the Medieval Renaissance section. It looked as if we were in The Mummy! Was truly awesome! We had a lovely lunch in the park and then we went back to his flat in Roehampton. I'm back home now and missing him and being in roe. Will post some pictures soon!

2) Helped a woman who was feeling faint on the tube. Good deed done for the day!

3) I did so much walking today. Mission to walk more is going well.

4) Got the loveliest message from my friend today! N'aw I love her!

5) Reading in bed. 'Nuff said!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Weigh in: Almost reached my UGW!!!

Before: August 2010- After: August 2012

I started trying to lose weight a year ago and my total weight loss is 27 lbs! (Almost) 2 stone! A year on and I feel healthy and happy!
HW and SW: 163 lbs
1st GW: 150 lbs
2nd GW: 140 lbs
UGW: 135 lbs
CW: 136 lbs

New weigh in: 136 lbs! I lost 4 lbs last week! But to be honest, I don't feel that I have lost weight. I feel bigger, which is weird since I am at my new lowest weight ever! That's something for me to work on and begin to feel comfortable with my weight loss. My new measurements are: 34, 29, 38.  So looking at my new measurements and the before and after picture, I can see that I have lost weight. It's a lot to get used to mentally and every time I look in the mirror I don't recognize myself! But this is a huge achievement and I do feel proud of myself. Seeing friends and family's reactions and positive comments to my new figure is great and it really spurs me on to do better! My target was to get into the 9 stones and I did it! It feels fab! I feel unstoppable! I did this for myself and nobody else! And I have proved that I can achieve anything I set my mind on! I honestly don't know how I lost the 4 lbs, as I haven't been working out every day, or been strict with my eating habits. But once you start losing the weight it does get easier to shift the pounds! My UGW is 135 lbs and I want to see how I feel at that weight. It's only 1 pound and I am determined now more than ever to reach my goal.. If I feel comfortable then I will try and maintain this weight- which is probably the hardest thing to do!

So so happy with myself!