Anti-Ageing | The Forgotten About Areas

Monday, 27 February 2017

Anti-Ageing | The Forgotten About Areas

Today's post is all about anti-ageing and the forgotten about areas that we're all neglectful of! Little areas like elbows, shoulders, knees, etc, are always forgotten about and I myself am forgetful of them at the best of times so today I wanted to touch on those areas and talk about how you combat the wrinkle!


Baggy knees are a common problem and many women resort to longer hemlines to cover them up! Diminishing collagen levels throughout the body can lead to sagging skin and can be the cause of sagging keens, but using a firming body lotion can help to firm and smooth the area!


The eye and brow area are one of the first places people notice change with age, floppier eyelids and thinning hair can be two very main concerns for anyone so using an eye cream around the under eye / lid / brow area will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tinting your brows can help to give the illusion of thicker brows.


Many people neglect their feet, and unkempt toes can be a huge one in the summer time! Making sure your hard skin is removed and feet are kept supple with foot cream will go a long way in the long run! Slather on the foot cream in the evening and pop some fluffy socks on to wake up to nourished toes. 


A wobbly jaw line can be unattractive too and this is caused by an excess of soft tissue on the chin which can then affect the whole jaw line, this area can be very hard to treat but ensuring your gentle around your neck/chest area and using an anti-ageing moisturiser will help you to combat the earliest signs!

What are your top tips for anti-ageing?

Emma x

Inspirational Quotes I Live By | Life Lessons

Monday, 20 February 2017

Inspirational Quotes I Live By | Life Lessons  

Since becoming unemployed I've found coping with my mental health is very very hard and I have a lot of down days more so than up days. So today I wanted to keep it easy and light and show you my top quotes for when I'm feeling down or just need a little phrase to pick myself up again with. 
"Get knocked down seven times, stand back up eight." 

"Never regret anything because at the time it was exactly what you wanted." 

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”

"Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone."

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” 

“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”  




So remember, no matter what happens in life it happens for a reason and it will work out.

Emma x




  

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Keeping Healthy On The Go | GymstopUK

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Keeping Healthy On The Go | GymstopUK 

Keeping healthy on the go is so hard nowadays especially when there's so many 'bad for you' foods surrounding you, and even some 'healthy' options are crammed full of rubbish so having healthy options in your bag will help to keep you on track! In todays post I want to show you some of my favourite healthier on the go options thanks too Gymstop UK. 



Now, my favourite newly discovered protein shake blend is from USN, the Diet Whey Isolean in Cookies & Cream. Now this blend of shake satisfies any sweet cravings I have but also tastes so clean and not like your usual powdery shake blends. Having a sandwich bag full of a scoop of this blend makes it so much easier to travel with, especially when you know you can grab a bottle of water at the nearest shop, shake and go! 




For those days when I literally need to grab and go, these PHD Diet Whey Shakes are perfect! Keeping a few of these in my fridge is fab for convince and days where I'm literally back to back running around everywhere. Plus the CNP Pro Flapjacks are super convenient for handbag days, small and travel friendly they have a high protein content with a low fat and low sugar, which makes an on the go treat a healthier option apposed too that super sugary chocolate bar or sweet.






5 Tips for Waking Up Early

Monday, 13 February 2017

5 Tips for Waking Up Early 

Since being unemployed waking up early is a real struggle for me, not having a consistent routine down knowing I need to get up at X time and be dressed by X time or be finished in the gym by X time, has really thrown me and for the first week yeah it was fun but now it's annoying. So today I'm going to share with you my 5 tips for getting back into a routine and getting the most of your day!


Set Alarms

Obvious yes but setting your alarms is the first step to waking yourself up! My body clock tends to wake me up between 7-8am but if it doesn't I know I have the alarms as a back up!


Moving Your Alarm 

Putting your alarm across the room will make you physically get up out of bed and stop you hitting snooze! Were all guilty of doing it so doing what we can do to prevent it will help you to get into a routine of getting up early no matter the time. 



No Technology 

That means no laptop, no tablets, no phones, no iPad, no TV before going to sleep! All of these pieces of technology will simply stimulate your brain and keep it from unwinding, which in turn will not give you the best sleep state. 



Get Your Metabolism Flowing

Having a large glass of water first thing in the morning will not only help to wake your body up but also kick start your metabolism. This will in turn help you to burn fat quicker through out the day! 


Stretch 

The minute you wake up, get up and out of bed and start to stretch! Yoga / Stretching / Flowing movements will help to slowly start to wake your body up and doing this every morning will help your body get into a routine and keep your body supple. 



What are your top tips for waking up early?


Emma x

My New Healthy Breakfast | Gymstop UK *

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

My New Healthy Breakfast | Gymstop UK *


I was recently sent a whole host of goodies curtsey of Gymstop UK, ranging from a whole host of products available on the site. So today I wanted to give you a little insight into the brand and my current favourite - macro friendly - breakfast! How do you like your eggs in the morning? 



Starting your morning off with water is such an amazing way to start kick start your body and your metabolism and keeping hydrated throughout the day will aid your mental and physical health so much! It's also one of the biggest keys to weight loss as you don't tend to feel hungry when your hydrated, so having my PHD Nutrition 2.2 Ltr Water Jug on me throughout the day enables me to keep hydrated and track my progress. Just one of these jugs daily will really help you start to see a difference in your body. 


Gymstop UK started back in 2016 when their eBay store opened up and started to evolve into the huge business they are today. They started selling basic stringers and now cater for huge brands like PHD Nutrition, 6 Pack Fitness, USN, Quest Nutrition, Walden Farms to name but a few! The brand was created to bring the best of these brands at affordable prices to the customers and this also makes having a healthy lifestyle much more affordable and sustainable! 


Lets get into the good stuff, breakfast! The most important meal of the day (in my humble opinion) and it can also be the most healthy when you make the right choices! And if your tracking your macros but are like me and don't want to miss the good things in life this recipe tastes amazing! I use 1 Cup of Dr Zak's Barn Fed Liquid Egg Whites to one whole egg, yes this does include the yolk, and mix it all up in a frying pan with a little bit of butter or coconut oil to make the lightest but most filling scrambled eggs. Adding a side of asparagus and some Slender Chef Ketchup to the eggs make the taste incredible! Plus with the Ketchup having 0g Sugar & 0g Fat and being only 1 KCAL per serving, you don't have too worry about indulging! 




Next up is coffee, and I'm weird with this ... I only like cold iced coffee. So grabbing 1 cup of ice or ice cubes, add one cup of freshly brewed coffee and to get the taste going on I've really enjoyed using the Walden Farms Coffee Creamer in Hazelnut. And as with all products from Walden Farm this little creamer is Sugar/Carb/Fat/Gluten Free which makes it ridicously macro friendly to those of you tracking and also more enjoyable for a wider audience with health complications! 



How do you like your coffee in the morning? 

Emma x

My First Surgery | Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Monday, 6 February 2017

My First Surgery | Wisdom Teeth Extraction 

At the ripe old age of 22 I've never had a surgery, I've never been admitted to hospital and had someone put me to sleep to perform a surgery until 25th January 2017. As I was researching my operation, although routine, I discovered there's nothing really out there for people who haven't had surgery before, no information, no discussion of feelings, nothing. There's also nothing on the after effects of wisdom teeth surgery, or what works for the swelling etc, so today I wanted to share my experience with you and hopefully put into perspective what it's really like. 


Pre-Surgery 

From midnight Tuesday I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything, and could only have black tea/black coffee/water up until 6:00am on the morning of my surgery. My surgery was a day surgery and thankfully was scheduled for 7:30am, this way I got it over and done with and also if you speak to your surgeon and tell them that your anxious you can get moved up the list a bit. Upon my surgery I was given a local anaesthetic to put me to sleep and this way you don't feel or know anything that's happening, this was injected into the back of my hand. 


Day 1 - Post Surgery 
Post-Surgery 

Oh my goodness anaesthetic what a cruel thing you are. Most people are 100% fine with a general anaesthetic and can recover straight away with no side effects but oh no, not me my body decided to reject it completely and I felt all kinds of sickness, headaches, and diziness. To be discharged from day surgery the general rule is to be able to walk to and go to the toilet this just gives the nurses a general idea and trying to do so made me violently ill, but this did make me feel much much better coincidentally. 


Friday - Bruising Began 
Friday - Bruising Began
Following Days

To be perfectly honest, I don't really remember Wednesday (post operation) / Thursday as I slept 99% of the day and Friday I was asleep 50% of the day. On the Wednesday I managed luke warm soup in the evening and it tasted amazing! Thursday I didn't eat all day apart from some mash and cheesy beans in the evening for dinner and Friday following on I managed to eat relatively okay. But fast forward too Sunday/Monday the pain has returned and I'm struggling to eat again due to the aching feeling in my jaw. 


Saturday / Sunday - Bruising Developed 
Saturday / Sunday - Bruising Developed 
Swelling & Bruising 

Swelling started immediately after surgery and did get worse the following day but to be honest it wasn't as bad as expected! The swelling was more frontal and profile on the jaw but oddly the swelling was more painful than the inside of the mouth where the stitches are. Skip ahead to Friday/Saturday and the bruising started ... I look like I've had a round with Mike Tyson and failed. Bruising started out very green and turned into a purple/bloodshot mixture and has now migrated back into the green colour ... lush! 

So, my first EVER surgery was a success but I wouldn't go rushing back into it any time soon! If your having your wisdom teeth out don't threat, your nurses will be amazing to you and it WILL go as expected. 


What was your first surgery? 

Emma x

My Reverse Bucket List

Thursday, 2 February 2017

My Reverse Bucket List 

So everyone has a bucket list and yeah that's pretty cool but today I wanted to show you my reverse bucket list, a list of all the pretty cool things I've done already and the things I thought I would never have been able to do. 


I'm overcoming Anxiety / PTSD / Depression every single day, not something you have on your bucket list but it's a fear and I'm overcoming it and that's pretty cool. 

I've changed a life, for the better. 

When I was 7 I climbed a mountain (FACT). 

I've weathered a severe thunderstorm in a tent at the bottom of a hill, not the wisest idea. 
I've passed my driving test .... pure fluke. 

I've driven a speed boat around the greek islands of Zante. 

I've swam with wild turtles on the greek coast. 

I've fed a wild deer by hand ... and my fingers lived to tell the tale. 
I've road a horse on the Kalamaki / Laganas beach. 

I've survived a horrid crime that involved my partner, and it's made us stronger than ever. 

I am visiting all of the cities in England/Scotland, slowly but surely wins the race!


What's on your reverse bucket list? 

Emma x