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UNI: YEAR 2

I have had a realisation.

If I were to walk into a mahoosive, gorgeous, packed Poundland – full of stunning stationary, my brain would tell me “No Storm, no. This isn’t the best time or moment in your life for you to purchase any of this stuff. Maybe you will need this stuff at a different stage of your life, but not now.”

But brain, you’re wrong.

When you really think about it, what better time, place, moment in my life could I possibly need stationary more than when in the midst of me studying for a degree in Astrophysics…? If I’m to one day work at an office job? No, I am CERTAIN that these days students use far more stationary than one working in an office job does in a day. Then perhaps it’s more suitable for when I was younger and in compulsory education – or in college? No. University = more difficult = more notes = more work = more studying = more stationary.

I just don’t know why my brain always seems to talk me out of treating myself to certain nice things – even when there will LITERALLY be no better time than now to do so.

This goes for a lot of things when it comes to Uni.

Like, when I went to Fresher’s Fair last year and grabbed all the leaflets and put my name down for almost everything I possibly could, only to go home and my brain to tell me “Meh, if you can’t be bothered to do this stuff now then you can just do it at another stage in your life.”

No, brain.

What better time is there for me to go to socials, join societies, join sporting clubs and go to events than during my first degree at University? After University – when I am holding down a full time job and perhaps have children to take care of? Maybe a better time was in the past and was when I was at school – before I was independent and could choose exactly what I wanted to do with my time?

No.

There literally will not be a better time to do any of those things than whilst studying on this degree.

Again, this goes for a lot of things when it comes to Uni and quite frankly, when it comes to life.

For some bizarre reason, I tend to convince myself out of making changes in my life, even when they are entirely appropriate and simple things to do – like buying a new pen.

I begin my second year at University on the 18th September, and you know what? This year is ACTUALLY going to be different! I’ll remember this realisation and will just allow myself to live my best second-year-of-my-degree life.

– Storm

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New Health Goals.

Hey guys!

I’ve successfully managed to maintain my weight (127.8 lbs) since my diet ended in the Summer, although it has been more difficult than I anticipated it would be! I’m definitely a girl who naturally tends toward gaining weight and it’s something I really have to keep a close eye on to prevent it from happening.

I also have managed to keep my water intake up to a healthy amount every day, which I’m really proud of! I’ve never been somebody who naturally goes to water when thirsty. When I was a kid, I’d only drink squash! I do definitely feel much healthier for it, and am happy to have achieved my second health goal 🙂

So, now I’m onto my third health goal. I’ve been feeling pretty lazy, so deciding what to make my next health goal has been slightly challenging. I feel that every health goal I’ve made so far has been at the right time, if that makes any sense!

I decided to get to my ideal weight at the right time because it is something I had been struggling with for so long, and it was just the right time to finally do something for myself that would make me feel really good, healthy and happy.

I decided to bring my water intake up to my ideal amount at the right time because I had been feeling so fatigued and unwell since starting at Uni, and drinking more water has definitely helped with that side of things.

I think I’m going to be brave, and make my next health goal be fitness. I have become EXTREMELY unfit, and have definitely lost some muscle mass since my weight loss. I’m very weak and get absolutely exhausted from walking up just a single flight of stairs, no joke. Now, because of being so unfit, I’m genuinely terrified for this health goal. I also know that although keeping my water intake up will be easy, maintaining my weight will be even more of a hassle to do alongside trying to stay fit. Whenever I exercise, I get really, really hungry – more hungry than the amount of calories I’ve burned! It is something I really just need to work on.

So, I am going to begin working out. I’m probably just going to jog nearby my home, because it’s free and I don’t know… Jogging just feels like a really healthy thing for people to do! My goal will be 450 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, or rounded up to 1 hour and 4 minutes and 18 seconds… 7 days a week. It sounds like a lot, but I think split up into chunks it will definitely be doable (considering how much time a day I waste just procrastinating on my laptop…) Apparently this is the “sweet spot” in terms of aerobic exercise.

All the while maintaining my water intake and my weight!

I’m not going to begin this health goal straight away – I need to obtain some work-out clothing, recover from the gross cold I have and finish up at Uni for the Christmas holidays first! I’ll probably be starting around Friday 15th December.

Wish me luck guys, this lazy ass girl is going to need all the luck she can get!

– Storm

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Health and Maintaining Weight Loss

Hey guys!

Just wanted to write a post to update you all on how maintaining my weight loss has been going, and how I’m going to proceed from here in terms of health goals.

If any of you didn’t know, last year I began my own little weight loss journey, and completed it a few months ago. I say little weight loss journey because I only wanted to lose 15 lbs (from 142.8 to 127.8 lbs,) so the visual transformation in my body isn’t super noticeable! Regardless, I feel much happier and healthier now 🙂

I have successfully kept the weight off (exactly 127.8 lbs when I weighed myself this morning!) Below I will give 5 tips on how to lose weight based on how I managed it (I’m not a health professional by any means,) and then 5 tips on how to maintain weight.

Here are some quick before and after photos. All the before ones will be on the left and are from August 30th – September 6th 2016. All the after pictures will be on the right and are from June 17th – September 6th 2017. (Sorry they’re not clear, I can’t be bothered to edit them right now…)

I at least can see the changes! Before I looked a lot less happy and my body looked disproportionately large in comparison to my head! After I look more happy, much more shapely, healthier, everything looks proportionate and I look a hell of a lot younger in my opinion!


Tips on how to lose weight through diet:

  • Try to only eat until you feel content, do your BEST to not eat until you feel FULL!
  • Drink plenty of water – 2-3 litres a day. This is a perfectly healthy amount to drink in a day, and doing so really helps with weight loss. When we are dehydrated, we easily put on water weight because our body is scared to let any water go! Also, often when we feel hungry we are actually just thirsty or bored. Drinking water gives you something to do without causing you to gain weight, and keeps you hydrated. You’ll also feel a lot more hungry if you’re not drinking enough because your stomach will be more empty than it should be. On top of all of that, water helps a LOT with digestion, which in turn helps with weight loss and bloating. Water helps you to feel more energetic. Having the energy to move around helps with weight loss! Basically, water is amazing. Drink lots of it!
  • Try to avoid unhealthy, carby foods with low nutrient-density. Try to limit your intake of sweets, cakes, chocolate, crisps, noodles, pasta, bread, biscuits etc, and find lower calorie options where able to. Since I began my diet, I only drank unsweetened almond milk because of how low in calories it is, and now that’s the only milk I actually enjoy drinking! This change reduced my calories from 39 per 100ml of milk to 13 per 100ml of milk – that’s a third of the calories! I also really try to go for healthier options when I eat, and tend to steer toward vegetable based meals with tons of greens like kale in them. Use low calorie carbohydrates like couscous and cereal. The more nutrient dense your food is, the more satisfying and filling it will be.
  • DON’T GIVE UP! It took me a REALLY long time to lose 15lbs, and I became disheartened a lot during the process. It’s really easy to give up, but just pick yourself back up and keep going. You’ll get there in the end and trust me, it will be 100% worth it once you do 🙂
  • This might be a really obvious one, but count your calories! This is real stressful but, honestly, if you REALLY want to lose that weight then the most direct route to doing that is by counting your calories. Use a calorie calculator to see how many calories you should be eating a day to lose a maximum of 2lbs a week and do your best to stick to your chosen amount of calories everyday. This is how I lost weight and the only times I didn’t lose weight consistently was when I got lazy with my calorie counting. This method isn’t fun, but it does work!

Tips on how to maintain weight through diet:

  • Don’t go absolutely nuts with junk food just because you reached your weight loss goal! It’s really easy to feel like you are allowed to reward yourself with a good old binge on your favourite snacks and food items, but really, don’t. I mean, it’s okay to overeat every now and then but you just have to remember that for every day you over-eat during the week, a day will need to be spend under-eating in order to balance your calorie intake and outake and to maintain your weight. It’s all about balance guys!
  • Don’t get lazy and stop drinking so much water when you finish your weight loss journey. Just because you feel more full because you’re able to eat more food now, it doesn’t mean water becomes any less important! You’ll gain weight pretty quickly if you slack on your water intake!
  • Don’t change the good, nutrient dense food that you’re eating. I still eat loads of kale, tomatoes, broccoli etc, it’s just that I’m more able to also eat other foods like carby noodles, rice and bread with my meals too now. If you switch over to less healthy foods once your diet ends then again, you’ll gain the weight back very quickly.
  • Don’t stop checking your weight! It’s scary how quickly you can gain / lose weight when you’re not keeping an eye on it. I’d make sure to quickly weigh myself at least every 2 weeks or so (preferably once a day) just to keep an eye on the direction that things are going. It’s much easier to nip a weight gain of 2lbs in the bud than it is to have to lose 7lbs all over again!
  • If you do notice you’ve gained a little weight, don’t feel disheartened – weight fluctuations are normal! 1-2 lbs of weight gain will only take 1-7 days of drinking lots of water and eating nutrient dense, low calorie meals for your weight to spring back to normal.

Now that i weigh a healthy amount, it’s time to move onto a different health goal. Being the best weight you can be for your height does generally improve your health, but it definitely isn’t the only important aspect of being healthy! I’m still incredibly unfit, have a high fat to muscle ratio, have pretty poor waist to height measurements, still eat somewhat crappy foods, still don’t drink enough water and so on and so fourth. There’s an infinite amount of ways that you can improve your health, and it’s something I intend to keep trying to do until I can’t any longer.

I chose becoming my ideal weight (ideal BMI of 21.75)  to be my first health goal because I was just so sick of not being a healthy weight. Absolutely everything about it made me miserable, and it was a no-brainer for it to be the first health goal I try to achieve.

I’m going to make my second health goal to be to bring my water intake up to my ideal amount everyday. Hopefully this should be a very quick health goal to complete, and is fairly crucial in order for me to achieve other future health goals (such as fitness!) I’ll begin working on this tomorrow! The idea is to put my full focus into whatever health goal I’m currently working on, meaning I won’t be putting any focus on maintaining my weight while I try to get my water intake up. Instead, I’ll make sure that my weight has been maintained once I have finished my current goal, and if it hasn’t then I’ll quickly sort it out! I find it much easier to work on one thing at a time!

You can work out how much water you should be drinking based on your weight. A good guide for a healthy adult is 35ml of water per kg of weight, which is around 2 litres for me (2028.91868ml apparently,) or around 680ml (24oz) of water with every meal. With water, it is important to remember that too much isn’t healthy – it’s important to be getting in the right amount of fluids for your body and your levels of fitness!

That’s all from me for today 🙂

Love you all!

– Storm x

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Minimalism – Decluttering Wardrobe

I’m someone who is very, very sentimental toward my belongings. I even find it difficult to get rid of my nasty, cheap, old, stained, discoloured, holey T-shirt that does not fit me anymore, isn’t my style and that definitely does not make me feel confident when I wear it! Why? Because maybe I’ll find myself neglecting doing my laundry for a couple of weeks and find myself in need of an emergency back-up T-shirt. I mean, it’s not THAT nasty, and it’s still a functional T-shirt at the end of the day. Surely getting rid of that T-shirt would bring me sadness, regret and worry, right?

Do you relate to any degree… (Or is this just me?!?)

Well, consider yourself mind-blown, because getting rid of that T-shirt / (insert sentimental unneeded item here) will not make you sad. It will lighten a load off of your mind, and  make you feel a WHOLE lot better.

Why?

 

When you remove the crappy pieces from your wardrobe, you allow your amazing items to shine and in turn, allow yourself to shine. You deserve to always be wearing clothes that make you feel confident.

I’ve decided to practice what I preach, and take my first step to decluttering. I find that out of everything I own, old clothing items bring me the most stress and take away the most from my overall happiness, confidence and peace of mind – so I’ll be decluttering my clothes first. This will be an EXTREMELY difficult, stressful and time-consuming mission. I’ve hoarded so many clothing items just in case. But, you know what? I’m going to feel much more amazing, happy and peaceful afterwards, I just know it 🙂


5 STEPS TO DECLUTTER WARDROBE:

1. Begin by getting all clothing items and putting them in a pile. I just included items I’d try on in a changing room for this step, and will go through my jackets/shoes etc another time. I also have a lot of clothes in my dirty laundry pile, hanging up outside, some in the washing machine, new clothes bagged up that I haven’t blogged about yet etc that I have not included in this pile .

2. Next, separate everthing by its function. (E.g. bottoms, bras, swimming bottoms, dresses/playsuits, tops etc.)

3. Tackle each pile, one at a time. Sort each pile into 2 further piles – things you want / things you don’t want. If you’re having difficulty letting go, ask yourself “How does this item make me unhappy?” Doing that helped me to realize that a lot of my clothes cause me stress! Put all the “want” piles back in your closet.

4. Combine your ‘don’t want’ piles together – or you’ll end up with about 20 different piles! Sort your new ‘don’t want’ pile into clothes to chuck, clothes to sell and clothes to take to your local charity shop. If you have a textiles recycling bank nearby, replace your ‘clothes to chuck’ pile with a ‘clothes to recycle’ pile.

5. Bin anything that isn’t in good enough condition to take to the charity shop (or bag up to take to a textiles recycling bank.) Bag the stuff to be taken to the charity shop and be sure to take everything down there in the morning. Set the ‘clothes to be sold’ to the side so that they can be listed on ebay for people to purchase in the morning, when photos can be taken with natural daylight!


I personally have 52 items in my ‘clothes to be sold’ pile after decluttering!:

– 8 bras (1 sports bra, 2 bikini tops 5 bras)
– 1 swimwear bottoms (swimming trunks)
– 13 one-pieces (12 dresses, one playsuit)
– 12 tops (2 sweatshirts, 1 pajama top, 2 button-ups, 3 crop tops, 1 T-shirt, 3 tank tops)
– 18 bottoms (5 shorts, 1 skirt, 5 jeans, 4 leggings, 2 trousers, 1 dungaree shorts)

I know a lot of this stuff is more suitable to be sold during the summer but honestly, I just want them gone. If they don’t sell then I’ll keep relisting them at lower prices until they do!

Here’s how much I’d make from these items if sold for an average of…:

– £1 per item = £52
– £2 per item = £104
– £3 per item = £156
– £4 per item= £208
– £5 per item = £260

Not bad for just getting rid of some clutter if you ask me! I think I’ll probably try to sell everything on ebay as one bundle, and list it as ‘Collection Only’. Anyway, that’s to be done tomorrow!

I already feel a bit less stressed now from going through my clothes, and I’m sure after I’ve taken some bits to the charity shop and have listed everything on ebay tomorrow I’ll feel even happier 🙂


Are you in need of decluttering or have you decluttered recently? Feel free to leave any tips you have for hoarders like myself below! 

– Storm 

 

 

 

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Completing My Weight Loss Journey!

15 lbs

Hey guys!

So, as some of you know, I have been trying to lose weight! This started on the 20th December 2016, and my mission was to go from an “overweight” BMI to the most ideal BMI (21.75.) For me (a 163cm girl,) that meant going from 142.8lbs to 127.8lbs – which I have just achieved! 🙂 I didn’t exactly achieve this weight loss quickly, but it’s finished now which is all that matters (and in time for my trip to Mallorca!) That’s a total weight loss of 15lbs!


Now I know, I know. BMI isn’t the most accurate way to measure one’s health, is more of a guideline, and that studies have shown that an overweight BMI is actually healthier etc. My goal was simply to be the healthiest I could be according to ONE method of measuring one’s health, and to purely follow their official methods of measuring health. I would find it impossible to work on maintaining an ideal weight as well as work on building up muscle for example, so I decided to become healthy one step at a time and to just focus on my weight first. I just used the BMI healthy weight calculator on the NHS site!

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I feel a LOT better after losing this weight, so it definitely has proven a helpful thing to do! I feel smaller, and like my body fits me better. I feel more comfortable and more confident, and am not self conscious anymore if my partner wants to pick me up! Now that I’m done I’m going to do my best to not eat more or less than I need to, so that I can maintain this weight for as long as possible.

I can proudly say that I am healthy according to that BMI calculator, and if anyone (including myself) ever tries to put me down about my weight, well, I shouldn’t listen to them because being healthy is most important!

– Storm

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Bucket List!

  1. Work in an animal shelter of some kind.
  2. Try every single vegan mainline Lush product.
  3. Obtain a Bachelor Degree (at least!) in Astrophysics.
  4. Take the first step and get my first tattoo, and to keep getting tattoos until I am fully content.
  5. Experience travelling the world through backpacking.
  6. Visit EVERY COUNTRY in the world in general.
  7. Get married and have a family.
  8. Learn programming.
  9. Be more active on social media (start an Instagram account, start a YouTube channel, Twitter etc.)
  10. Go to a doctor and begin receiving help for my anxiety and any other mental health problems.
  11. Live in Australia.
  12. Expand my plant collection greatly and have an animal family!
  13. Obtain the healthiest weight for my height according to BMI.
  14. Build a healthy amount of muscle tone.
  15. Be physically fit and exercise regularly.
  16. Face my fears and swim with sharks!
  17. Teach.
  18. Go skydiving.
  19. Learn to play as many instruments as I can.
  20. Learn to speak as many languages as I can.
  21. Experience having an income of £60,000, even if only temporarily!
  22. Obtain a PhD.
  23. Get perfect teeth.
  24. Get all the piercings I want to get.
  25. Have all my family together, under the same roof for Christmas.
  26. Learn how to dance.
  27. Be alive to hold my grandchildren.
  28. Own my own home.
  29. Work abroad.
  30. Volunteer abroad.
  31. Get into a daily routine (hair care, skincare etc) and STICK to it!
  32. Go to a professional photo-shoot and get pictures taken with my partner.
  33. Go to a professional photo shoot and get pictures taken of myself.

I can’t think of anything else I’d like to add, so for now that’s it! I just did this for fun and it isn’t a list I’m going to hyper-focus on achieving. I already give myself yearly goals to achieve by each birthday, which is enough goals to work on as it is!

Do you have a lifetime bucket list? Have you made a bucket list blog post? If so, I’d love for you to link it down below so I can give it a read, and if not, why not write one yourself? 🙂

– Storm

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Weight Diary 9!

 


Weight Diary Day 9:

Starting weight: 142.8 lbs

Current weight today in morning: 124.2 lbs

Goal weights: 129.8 lbs, 128.8 lbs, 127.8 lbs, 126.8 lbs, 125.8 lbs, 124.8 lbs, 123.8 lbs,
122.8 lbs, 122.4 lbs.

Why I weigh this much: I haven’t had my lunch yet and am a bit thirsty, so I should probably weigh a bit more than I do! I have also been unwell, which could be causing some extra weight loss. I have been staying hydrated in general though – I have already had 1.2 litres of water so far today, and had my breakfast! I have definitely been keeping hydrated in general for the past 4 days or so, and have been eating a healthy amount of food consistently! So excited that I’m getting close to my weight goal!