Monday Motivation – Thank Yourself

On Saturday I broke my #Dry100 and had a drink (or five) and woke up yesterday with a very sore head! 31 days dry and my alcohol tolerance was definitely depleted, and given the fact that I hadn’t eaten anything it wasn’t surprising I’d feel a bit under the weather.

Today I decided I needed to kick it up a notch and went for a run. Well not ‘really’ a run, more a wog (walk/jog), and only 3kms, but it was something – better than nothing, and I ran along the walkway and listened to the waves. It was good, even though it was bloody freezing!

I’m also going to try and get some of my ‘100’ items going too, will try and get out of bed early tomoro but it’s not easy when it’s so cold in the house!

Found the below on Pinterest and thought it was perfect for today’s MM

3 months from now

I Am 100 Update 1

A week in, and I am down 3kgs #kapow

Haven’t thought about drinking in terms of really wanting a drink. I’ve had the old ‘A glass of wine would be nice right now’ thought, but that’s quickly gone with someone flight of fancy #oohshinythings

Macros have been killing me smalls! My sugar has been out of control, even though my calories are sitting at an average of 620 calories per day – my sugar was 77 grams on Monday! Gah!

Managed to pull it back in the last couple of days, but clearly have to be more vigilant – so easy to let those things slip even when calories are in control.

Tomorrow night will be my first real test with a visit to a pub with work. Will have to avoid food and booze. Not an easy ask but it’ll be so worth it at the end of the day (well 92 days now) 😉

Happy thirsty Thursday to y’all, don’t forget those of you who are Dry Julying this is your last weekend before it starts.

cheers

 

Fashionista Friday – Royal Ascot 2014

It’s Royal Ascot time again and that means tradition, pagentry, and over the top hats. Oh sure, there are also horses racing, and don’t get me wrong I love the ‘racing’ aspect of Ascot, but the fashion demands just as much attention, if not more, than the horses!

Here are some my picks from this year’s event. There are plenty more online and very hard to choose just a few.

Royal Ascot 2014

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You’ll see that I’ve actually chosen a pant suit as my feature outfit. If you dissect all the pieces there are so many ‘wrongs’ and get together the whole outfit works, even the rather odd headwear.

Of course I had to add my favourite quirky hat and I love the moss and horse, esepcially teamed with the horse neckalce.

The asymetric hat with the negative detail is so simple and yet very effective.

The red and white outfit just cute, lots of personality without being outrageously attention seeking.

The cream dress is again an example of simple and elegant and whole ensemble just works beautifully.

The style of the black hat is my current favourite, with an angled hat and flower detailing under the brim.

Finally, it’s not Royal Ascot, with a royal, and although I’m no fan of Camilla I simply love her hat! Well her outfit really, beautifuly tailored (of course), and the hat is stylish with a bit of fun.

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I Am One Hundred

So this weight thing has been all over this year. Mostly up. Some down. And it’s now time to set some serious goals.

On Thursday the 19th of June it will be 100 days until Ladies Day and on that day last year I was a mere 700gms from my goal weight. Some 260 odd days since then I am more than 10kgs from that weight and knowing the second half of the year is going to go as fast as the first I’m laying it out. So here goes!

100 x 100 – a loss of 100gms a day for 100 days is 10kgs #kaboom

100 days alcohol free – no way I can lose that weight if I drink so that’s out

100 kilometres – As I’m not running at all at the moment I’m starting this from scratch. Might not seem like a great distance but it’s about 90kms more than I’ve done in the past six months.

100 x 100 x 100 squats, push ups, planks – again not that many but more than I’ve been doing!

Let’s do this!

 

it's not easy but it's worth it

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Where Have You Gone?

I’ve been back in New Plymouth for just over 9 years now – the only reason I know how many years it is is because of Hartleigh – honestly if you asked me I’d say 4-5 years at the most – the time as flown! Hart is going to be NINE on Saturday. the last of the single digits for my June 2005 baby.

I thought it might be a good time to do a bit of a review of the past nine years.

I moved home (to Taranaki)

I had a baby

I got divorced

I bought a house

I put on weight (a lot as it turns out)

I sold the house (and lost more money than I can deal)

I lost the weight

I fell in love

I fell out of love

I got a tattoo (after 19 years of deliberation!)

I found some fantastic new friends

I’ve said goodbye to some who should still be here

I fell in love again

I resigned myself to the fact that insomnia is now my friend

 

I still fail at most parts of my life

I have succeeded in places I never thought I would

I know I’m not the person I want to be but I’m going to keep trying to get there because it’s the least I can do for Hart. Protect him from making my mistakes. If only!

 

There’s An App For That – Covet Fashion

OK, so it’s no secret I’m a fan of fashion, but lets face it, my wardrobe is very “St Lukes” and not a lot of “Newmarket”. For one I don’t have the budget for high end designer threads, and for the most part I’m so used to wearing stuff that ‘fits’ that I haven’t been fashion conscious for myself – just others.

My Second Life wardrobe is AMAZING! In a world where EVERYTHING fits, and you can change your shape, skin tone, make up, hair, shape, and even your eye colour with just a few clicks of the mouse it’s very very easy to live a fantasy life of clothing you would never wear, or mostly could never afford to wear, in real life.

But Second Life is hard, it’s time consuming – incredibly time consuming, and well ‘who got time for dat’, so I guess I’ve been looking for a surrogate, that whilst no where near the calibre of SL, this app does lend itself to fantasy wardrobes, instant transformations, and the opportunity to own items you never could in the real world. Introducing Covet Fashion.

Thanks to Donna, I know have a new app addiction, and it’s right up my alley.

The website declares

Shop. Style. Win.

Covet Fashion gives users the freedom to shop and style with over 80 designers’ collections & build complete head-to-toe looks. Covet Fashion is the best way for brands to connect to their target audiences on mobile and tablet.

Covet Fashion is a personalized styling experience that allows you to pick pieces from the best virtual closet. I think it has the potential to change the way people discover and interact with fashion. – Rachel Zoe

Let’s face it, most of use would love a bigger wardrobe and having this virtual closet is the closest most of us are going to get to owning the designer labels on the site – given that, if you  have the $$$ you can buy directly from the game and have the item delivered right to your door. I have a feeling this game is just the beginning of our future online shopping experience. We’ll eventually be able to dial in our digits, put on an outfit and get a digital impression of what it would look like on us. Add to that the ability to mix and match what is already in your RL wardrobe and BOOM! A whole new way to online shop.

Covet gives you the opportunity to express your fashion styling with a series of Events to style your client for. Some have very flexible criteria, and others what seems like ridiculously strict criteria. Event themes range from Navy Seal to Ingenue. 1920’s photographer to CEO. Then you are judged by your fellow Coveters. In order to enter events you vote of the looks entered by other app users. Herein lies my only issue with the game. We each have our own interpretation of the theme, and whilst some of them are WTF were you thinking (and I include myself in that group on occasion), some of the looks entered are determined by the budget you have, what you have in your closet, who you can borrow from (one item her event), but a lot of it comes down to what you think the look is. That being said, the hair, skin, and make up are all FREE so why would you enter a 1920’s photographer using a 1980’s Farrah hair do? Yep, none of those looks got my vote!

So there it is, my current, There’s An App For That!

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