Monthly Archives: August 2014

Motivational Monday #2

4 August 2014


It’s Monday again and time for another motivational boost. I was at my good friend’s wedding over the weekend which turned out to be three days of celebratory eating and drinking (although I’m sure I burnt off the weight of a small child on the dancefloor). So perhaps stepping on the scales this morning for the first time in three months wasn’t the best idea. The numbers weren’t great but at least I have a reference point and it’s given me a suitable shock to kick my ass into gear.

It’s funny, it’s only been a week since my first Motivational Monday post but I can already feel the benefits of documenting my progress publicly. Apart from Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s dietary shenanigans and exercise drought, I feel like I’m back in the health zone.

There have been a few things helping me along the way, including the My Fitness Pal app. I tend to plan my day’s food in advance alongside the app to make sure I’m fitting in the right foods. Sounds anal but by having a checklist of things to eat spaced out throughout the day means I’m less likely to be tempted by the constant supply of biscuits and Haribo at the office. Ice, lemon and sparkling water have also been extremely handy at staving off the snack attacks. When it comes to working out, having a clean set of gym gear laid out the night before means I can get straight into them either first thing in the morning or when I come home from work, rather than frantically turning my wardrobe upside down trying to find a bloody sports bra. They say (or, could be just me) that if you put on your workout clothes, you are 70% more likely to actually do some exercise.

I’m not usually one for inspirational quotes but the one above has really hit home and it’s kept me going when I haven’t felt like going to the gym. So, once again:

“It’s easier to wake up early and work out than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.”

Anyway, here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve been doing.

Last week…

  • I finally cracked open my 30 Day Shred DVD and did the first session which absolutely annihilated me
  • I joined the gym and have been twice this week, doing a 20 minute run and 20 minutes of weights
  • Filled the fridge with good food and planned each meal, tracking calories and keeping a close eye on carbs (I aim for around 50-70 grams per day)

This week…

  • I’ll do 3 sessions of 30 Day Shred
  • Check out a class or two at the gym
  • Continue planning and prepping meals

I’m feeling optimistic this week. My social calendar is looking pretty scanty for the first time in weeks so I shouldn’t be riddled with crippling hangovers for once.

Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Cream

3 August 2014

garnier miracle skin cream before after
If you’re in the UK you’ll probably know how sweltering it’s been recently. Other than lying on the floor in my pants and being surgically attached to any ice-based foodstuff, there’s not been a lot I’ve felt like doing. Trowelling on layers of heavy foundation certainly isn’t on my list of priorities right now so I’ve been opting for lighter bases, and last week I bought the Miracle Skin Cream from Garnier as I’d heard good things.
garnier miracle skin cream
Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is supposed to be an instant skin transformer, making it look more even and firmer, etc etc. It’s also meant to be full of anti-ageing properties, although that remains to be seen. It also comes with SPF20 which is just as well as I almost always forget to put sunscreen on until it’s too late.

It comes out of the tube as a thick-ish yellow toned cream with little beads that burst with a slight tint when you rub it onto the skin – you know the ones. It’s meant to be self adjusting to every skin colour which is usually a pretty tall order. I found that the colour was fine for me, although it did make my face look a tiny, tiny bit lighter but that could just be the brightening effect. It’s super easy to put on and blends in quickly. I must say, that I absolutely love the results. It doesn’t drastically change my skin but it does even things out a little bit, especially around my somewhat ruddy cheeks. It feels fresh and light, and I just feel like it makes my skin look glowing and natural. I usually wear this on its own but it works well under makeup as it makes my skin SO smooth and soft. You can see from the before and after photos what I mean, the results are subtle but pleasant.
garnier miracle skin cream review
The only issue someone might have with Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is the colour. I’m guessing anyone much darker than me won’t like this, it might make your skin look a bit odd. Similarly, anyone with very pale skin might find it’s too dark or orange.

All in all, this is a great one for summer and has replaced my Benefit Big Easy (review here) and Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser this past week. If you’ve got good skin to begin with, you will love Garnier Miracle Skin Cream as a base, it’s so effortless!

Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is available at Boots for £12.99 but is currently on sale for a much more enticing £8.99!

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