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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

My Weight Loss "gain??" Update

Hello lovelies

So,,, I didn't find last month to be easy at all. I didn't stick fully to my plan but I was very close. the one thing that was out of control was my late night snacking. No matter how hard I try I'd be overwhelmed with an  urge to eat anything, it doesn't have to be sweet it just has to be food.

Photo by Rohit Mattoo

I knew the reason behind my weird, unusual appetite: My stupid birth control pills. I used to take this particular kind "Marvelon" before and I experienced the same wet appetite for food all day but that was back when I wasn't trying to lose weight so it didn't matter that much. Now it matters a lot and its weakening my will to eat less and in strict hours.

I'm on the look out for different pills, If you know from experience something that will not make me eat uncontrollably then please tell me in a comment below,, Thanks in advance <3 <3

Today is the 2nd of Oct 2013
My weight today is 83.6 Kg 
I've gained 3.6 Kg in the past month

My plan is still  pretty much the same, I'll be changing my pills and hope the next month becomes a little easier  >_<

Thanks for reading till this point and I'll be seeing you next month, Hopefully with some good news,, Take care.. xx

Friday, 16 August 2013

A Personal Update,,

Hello lovelies,,

Most of you don't know this about me: I am a BIG girl.... the biggest girl in my father's family >_< 
I can easily admit to that because its very obvious that there is no point lying about it.
But this is not how I want to be for the rest of my life, and I thought someone in the same place I'm in might find some inspiration in my ongoing story.

Before I talk about my plan and what I will be doing to fix this situation, let me tell you my story with obesity (if you're not interested in this part you can just skip to the paragraph after the line of stars) :) : 



I've always struggled with my weight - ever since i was 9 years old - and I never really thought about the reason why. I didn't listen to anyone who tried to talk to me about my eating habits or about exercise, I almost always reacted to that by eating more junk food and hating exercise even more.

But then life went on, I got married, got pregnant and my weight went through the roof.
I gained 23 kilos (50 pounds) during my pregnancy and I didn't lose any of it after my baby was born..... I tried crash dieting - which is an intense diet that makes you lose a lot of weight in a short time - but like everyone else who tried these, I regained every kilo back faster than I lost it and that really depressed me,, and I just gave up!!

I thought I'm never losing this weight for good, I'll starve  myself and get nowhere because I'll always regain any weight I lose. I honestly believed that,, until My little family went to live in london for a while.

Public transportation was excellent so we decided we're not getting a car, which meant I started walking a lot more than I used to back home. What really surprised me was - even though I was pregnant with my second baby- I didn't gain any weight at all, not a single ounce during my pregnancy in london.

 I was eating "healthy" compared to my usual diet, I stopped drinking fruit juice even the unsweetened kind, I drank a lot more water and stopped the caffeine. And what surprised me the most was that I had the will to do it all. 

I gave birth to my second baby during november 2010, what was considered the coldest winter london had to go through for the past 10 years or so. So I barely left the house and started eating more junk food and I lost all interest in my weight loss process. 

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Until the beginning of this year 2013, 
I stood on a scale one day to find out that my weight has gone up again, I weighed 89 kilos (196 pounds) and I'm only 5' tall >_<
I've decided I had ENOUGH of my own laziness and my non-existing will, and my lack of trying to do anything about it. So I took matters seriously this time, I Promised myself that I Will lose all my extra weight the right way and I'll keep it off.

My starting date was 3rd of January 2013
My starting weight was 89 kilos (196 pounds)
My frame size is medium
I'm 5' tall
My goal is to lose 36 kilos (80 pounds)

Disclaimer: I have to say that I'm not an expert of any kind when it comes to nutrition and dieting but what I'm doing is some tips that I got from a nutritionist who evaluated my case and gave me some pointers.
However, I've read about this a lot so some of the things I'm doing are my own twist on the tips she gave me, just to make everything doable as a lifestyle and not just a temporary diet.


The following plan is what I've been doing from the beginning of 2013 and I've lost 9 kilos (19.8 pounds) so far :)
  1. No deadlines except for the goal weight which for me is 53 kilos (116 pounds)
  2. Stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime
  3. Drink 8 cups of water everyday
  4. Walk for a minimum of 30 minutes everyday
  5. Snack on fruits and vegetables - my personal  favorites are baby carrots and green apples and kiwi
  6. Switch Ice cream for frozen yogurt - and eat in moderation
  7. Stop all soft drinks - all carbonated sugary drinks
  8. Switch fruit juice for actual fruits - you can use the fibers that the full fruit contains
  9. don't walk through the sweets, candy and chocolate isles of the supermarket - this will cut down the amount of unhealthy snacks you buy.
  10. Eat 1200-1300 calories everyday - cut back to 1200 calories when you don't workout and reward yourself when you do with 1300 calories.
  11. Use the MyFitnessPal App to help track your calorie intake and your exercise. 

So, What do you think???
 if you like my plan and think that you can do it or any part of it for the next month then please let me know in the comment section below and we can be weightloss buddies :)

If you are -by any chance- an expert reading this post and you disagree with me on some points then please set me straight, professional advice is always welcome.

I will be doing monthly updates on this topic,, But it won't be as long as this post, just my current weight and any changes I might have on my plan.

Thanks for staying with me till the end of this super long post, Take care Lovelies and I'll talk to you soon, xx



Sunday, 16 June 2013

Revlon ColorBurst™ Lip Butters: Review and Swatches

Hello lovelies,,,

Long time no see ^_^ I've honestly missed you guys, and I'm working on a blogging schedule, I promise <3

Today I'm here with a review, but I'd like to ask you some Q's first,

Are you struggling with dry, flaky, chapped or even bleeding lips?
Does wearing lipstick make your lips drier than usual?

a while back my answer to these questions was: YES !!

I even started hating lipstick altogether.

And then, a new product showed up at the horizon,

 Revlon ColorBurst™ Lip Butters

It was a marriage between a lipstick and a lip balm, and it was Amazing 

This product has changed the way my lips feel, For ever.

Let me show you how cute the packaging is:


I loved the idea of making the color very obvious, no need to flip the tube or open the lid.



They just look delicious <3

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lets start by stating the company's description of the product, the claim the following:

1- Hydrating mango, Shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
2- Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth
3- Sheer to medium color with buttery shine

About the percentage they're giving in the first claim, there is no way I can calculate that ,, ha ha
but I did notice a big difference about the amount of moisture in my lips and I was really satisfied with that.

The formula is indeed very smooth and buttery and quit pleasant, I might add. It felt light and creamy and comfortable to talk, eat and drink while wearing it.

The color intensity is just the right amount for daily use, it is work appropriate and perfect if i'm going for a laid-back evening look. Some of the colors are sheer and some are build-able to medium

The original line consists of 20 colors but I only got 8 and that's because that's all I could find in the market.

Overall:

I really Loved these lip butters and I've been recommending them for everyone I know and I've been giving them away as gifts. They are moderately prices but the amount of product is less then I would like, I ran out of my (cotton Candy) twice that I had to buy extra as back up. The staying power for these lipsticks/lip balms is kinda poor but then again, they are mostly lip balms with extra pigments in them so cut them some slack ^_^

That's all I had to say about these guys, I took a ton of photos and did some swatches so I'll leave you with that. Let me know what you thought of the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters in the comments section bellow,
and til I talk to you again, Take Care xx

Strawberry Shortcake / Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy: A light cool-pink with a golden sheen
Strawberry Shortcake: A light warm-pink
Pink Truffle / Peach Parfait
Peach Parfait: a peachy nude with a little bit of glitter
Pink Truffle: a pinkish-brown nude
Candy Apple / Tutti Frutti
Tutti Frutti: a bright coral-y orange 
Candy Apple: a bright orange-y red
Raspberry Pie / Lollipop
Lollipop: A bright cool-pink
Raspberry Pie: a deep cool-red

The center picture is my bare lips with nothing on them.