Monday, 12 December 2016

PCOS | My Story

Hi Lovelies
As some of you may remember I had a little bit of a problem with my hormones and I needed a few blood tests to work out what was wrong with me, well it turns out I finally know why my hormones are all over the place and also a reason I have put on so much weight gain over the past two years        (approx 4 stones 👀) I got a phone call off my doctor telling me my results of my blood test and she told me I have PCOS. I must admit I thought it might have been that to begin with but it was still a bit  of shock to actually found out I actually had it myself. 

Now I know everyone who has PCOS is different and symptoms vary for person to person.
I knew something wasn't right with my irregular periods, weight gain and hair loss. The irregular periods they started pretty much after I took out my implant birth control because I thought my body didn't agree with it, after months of waiting for my period to return to normal they never did and my  periods came between 45-55 days which for me was a bit scary and I must admit I took a handful of pregnancy tests all of which were negative. 

The weight gain was a big shock because I have usually always been a size 8 in my late teens/early twenties and as soon as I turned 23-24 the weight kept creeping on quite quickly. I am between size 16-18 now and as much as I love being curvy its quite a bit of weight to have added in a short space of time.

Now the hair loss was another worrying factor for me because all I have to do is put my hands through my hair and lots of my hair comes out in my hands or I could be in the shower and my hair blocks the plug hole, so you can imagine its quite a lot at times. 

Now I know its different for everyone but Il put a list on things that were and are the signs of my PCOS.  They may be more but I am not 100% on them so I will add them to future posts once I know 100%, so keep an eye for them.

My PCOS Symptoms 

  • Irregular periods: Not only are they irregular but once it finally decides to appear my period can be very heavy and only last about 4 days, those days are 3 heavy and 1 light. I usually get them between every 45-55 days at the moment. 
  • Weight Gain: Now this is a one I am struggling to manage at the moment and I know I have to make some changes to make sure I am healthier, it has defiantly been a challenge though so far this year. 
  • Thinning Hair: With my hair being very thick it isn't noticeable but I notice and its something that can be shocking sometimes especially when I brush my hair.
  • Unwanted Hair: This one isn't major for me but it is defiantly their. I have a little bit more hair on my upper lip are and also on my chin.
*Everyone is different with PCOS, these are my main symtoms only*

Things I am going to do to improve symptoms
  • Improve My Diet 
  • Keep a food diary 
  • Exercise More
  • Be positive about it 

This is the first of a series of posts I will be doing about PCOS, I know its not everyones cup of tea but its posts I want to do and I want to document my journey.

*I am not a doctor and these are things I have had and everyone is different, if you have any queries always ask your GP*
If you want to know more about PCOS check out these sites
NHS - PCOS


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Monday, 31 October 2016

Pure Chimp Matcha Green Tea Review

Pure Chimp Matcha green tea review
 Hi Lovelies 
When it comes to green tea, I really have to be in the mood to drink it because I have a love/hate relationship with the taste of it even though I know they are many health benefits of drinking it. I have heard of Matcha Tea over the years and how its like having 10 cups of green in one go, so I have always wanted to see how it tastes and to see if it's actually a better taste than green tea.

Pure Chimp is a Matcha Tea shop and they sell lots of matcha tea products such as Tea, matcha whisk, gift sets and also skincare items too. All the Matcha is 100% natural and the brand itself is vegan society certified. An added bonus with shopping at pure chimp is they have loyalty points so you can save money in the long run.

Pure chimp also donate 5% of there profits to charity and the they also have free delivery on there products too!
pure chimp matcha green tea
How I Enjoy Matcha
There are many ways to enjoy matcha, including baking with it but I enjoyed mine as a warm milky soya matcha tea drink. Firstly I put half a teaspoon of matcha tea in my cup followed by half a cup hot water, I then mix in a teaspoon of honey and once thats melted in I fill the rest of the cup with soya milk and once again I mix it to make sure the matcha tea is dissolved. 

It tastes amazing and I can honestly say it tastes a lot more delicate than green tea bags taste. Matcha tea is very similar to green tea but  specially grown/processed green tea, so instead of being in a tea bag form its in a fine powdered form instead, so you get the full benefit of the matcha when you will only be getting part from the green tea, tea bags.

Benefits of Matcha Tea
  • Skin friendly antioxidants ( 100 times more than green tea)
  • Affordable at only 20p per serving ( half a tea spoon a cup)
  • Low caffeine at 35mg per serving 
  • Can be used in baking
  • Can be stored for up to 18 months

You can see what they have to offer here, they also have a sale on at the moment because its there 3rd birthday.
Matcha Green Tea 30g - £4.95


Have you tried Matcha Tea before? if so how do you like it?

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Fitness Journal Week Seven

Hi Lovelies 
I know its been a few weeks since I last posted but I am back on track with my weekly fitness journal  updates. I don't want to make excuses for myself but I haven't been feeling right the past couple of weeks because my hormones have been a little on the high side so Ive had a couple of trips to the doctors and blood tests which hasn't been pleasant to put into words. I still need to go again for another blood test, so fingers crossed Il have more answers then.

I haven't been giving my goals a 100% as I should of but I did still go to the gym as much as possible and go for long walks. I am still feeling motivated to get to my goals, the journey make take longer but I'm looking forward to the journey.
fitness journal week seven



Food Diary 
In the mornings I have usually had porridge with soy milk or toast if I am in a rush, I know toast isn't always the healthiest option but I do tend to buy wholemeal bread plus I usually have a banana with it. 

For lunch I usually make my own vegetable soup and at the moment my favourite potato and leek soup, its delicious and also warming which is a bonus in this cold and wet weather. For dinner I usually have lots of vegetables with either veggie sausages or a homemade curry. 

Snacks have been a little on the junk food side, I think I've eaten way to many crisps and stuff but il try and reduce that for next week. 

Fitness Diary 
I am actually happy with the amount I have been walking the past few week, I can improve on it but you know I am on a journey not a race.  I haven't been to the gym as much as I would like but the times I have went I have been improving my cardio and planks ( I can do it longer than my partner now haha)

Favourite Motivation Songs
  • Antidote - Swedish House Mafia 
  • We will rock you - Queen
  • Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga


Goals for next week
  • Keep myself motivated 
  • Go to the gym more 
  • Eat better 

Until next week 

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Nutribuddy 14 day weight loss kit

nutribuddy weight loss kit
Hi Lovelies
Seeing as I am on a fitness journey I thought it would be a wonderful idea to try the Nutribuddy weight loss kit, the one I have is the 14 day kit. I am aiming to loose 3 stone eventually and I have high expectations this will help me start my journey to my goals. Over the past couple of years I have gained a bit of weight but recently I've been going to the gym most days and also aiming to do at least my 10,000 daily steps. 


The Nutribuddy weight loss kit comes in 3 different options depending on what you are looking for and they are as follows: 7 days, 14 days and 30 days. Each of the plans include a shaker bottle and sculpting whey in either vanilla or chocolate and also hunger fix and multivitamin tablets.  All the products from Nutribuddy are vegetarian and the hunger fix and multivitamin tablets are vegan. They also contain a very handy weight loss book and delicious recipe book included in each plan. 

nutribuddy sculpting whey
Nutribuddy Sculpting Whey 
This is made out of whey protein which is high in protein which helps you keep fuller for longer to help you steer clear of unhealthy snacks ( I hope this helps me cut down on the biscuits) seeing as it keeps you fuller for longer. This is for a meal replacement or a snack replacement.

This shake is 100% natural which is great  to hear because Ive see some whey products they have so many ingredients in them. It contains green tea and gunrana which help boost the metabolism. This shake is only 115 calories a serving.  
nutribuddy multivitamins
 Nutribuddy Multivitamins 
We all know the benefits of multivitamins  and how they can help with general health and can also aid in weight loss. The thing I love about these is that they are suitable for vegetarians and vegan alike! so many multivitamins I have seen in supermarkets contain gelatine boo!!! So it nice to see these are gelatine free. 

nutribuddy hunger fix

Nutribuddy Hunger Fix 
These capsules are supposed to help stop hunger cravings between meals with their key ingredient glucomannan which is clinically proven to help you lose weight. Nutribuddy says it can help prevent snacking.


Also included 

Little book of weight loss
This book has lot of helpful tips to help you eat better with lots of different advice too.
Recipe Book
This has lots of recipes including: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. 
Nutribuddy Shaker
This is for the sculpting whey, it has a ball in it to help mix it. 

Nutritional info 
Suitable for Vegetarians ( hunger fix and multivitamins are vegan)
Suitable for diabetics 
100% natural ingredients 
side effect free

Prices 
The prices start at £24.99 for 7 days, £34.99 for 14 days and £62.99 30 day supply 

More info at www.nutribuddy.com

For my journey using this product follow me on my social media. I will be updating my results using this in about 2 weeks so keep an eye out for that future post. 


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

My Fitness Journal Week Two

Hi Lovelies 
I am now on week two on my fitness journal and I have learnt so many things this week and I have so many plans for the upcoming week and from then on too. I have had a busy week and I must say now that I had way to many treats last week, I went out for food and maybe ate a little bit to much and some days Ive had way to many biscuits with my tea so I have wrote a meal plan for the upcoming week and hopefully fingers crossed it will help me out a bit to stay motivated.

I know I said I was hiding the scales last week but I think its important to weigh myself now and then again when I am 100% happy with my goals, I won't be going on them weekly as such just more like an every now and after kinda thing.

fitness journal week two
Food Diary
I have started to use sweet potatoes and including more fruit and veg in my diet and reduced the amount of carbs I have been eating. I also get the graze box for treats instead of buying chocolate and other snacks like that.

I love baking so I made some dairy free vegan chocolate orange cupcakes for my partners brothers birthday. I didn't have a full one but I shared one with my lovely partner.

Fitness Diary 
I went to the gym four times this week which I am super proud of! I am aiming to go around five times a week soon. I am lucky as my partner works afternoons and evenings so we like to go to the gym in the morning once we have taken the kids to school. My partner also is training to be a personal trainer so he's motivating me a lot in the gym to push myself and make myself sweat and wow its worked lots, I think its made such a difference.

I loved doing squats this week and it was a lot easier to carry this week and I even managed to put a little bit of weight on the 20 kg bar which I am super proud of.

dairy free cupcakes
Favourite Gym songs this week 
Ricky Martin - La Mordidita     
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Duck Sauce - NRG              
David Guetta - Hey Mama
Maroon 5 - Moves like jagger  
Jennifer Lopez - Papi

 Goals for the coming week 
  • I have made a meal plan for the upcoming week so fingers crossed that it goes well and most of all that I keep up with it and keep motivated.
  • Go to the gym at least three times this week
  • Go on a very long walk

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I have enjoyed posting and I will be keeping regular updates on my other social media so don't forget to follow me on them too. 


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