Lifestyle

Slimming World Update

Monday, December 31, 2018

I did say I wasn’t going to talk about my slimming world journey too much on my main social media channels as I have a separate slimming world Instagram account SeeingSpots_SW if you’re interested in following along.



However, this is my blog, my space and I want to document my life. I’ve hardly blogged this year and it’s not been the best health wise and I have done a separate post about where I’ve been and why I haven’t blogged.

Initially, I was re-joining slimming world on a doctor’s referral but I didn’t meet the criteria for the free 12-week referral, I decided to pay and bought myself a 12-week countdown. I’m about 7 weeks in (6 weigh-ins) and it’s going ok.

I’ve lost 1st 1lbs so far however I’m expecting a gain when I weigh in on Monday but at least I’ve got my 1st award before the end of the year.


As always, my weight loss has been up and down and I need to get fully focused especially because of my health. If you haven’t read my other blog post (If I mentioned it) I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the nurse I spoke to have confused me. He told me no cards, no fruit at all. This is the opposite of the printouts he’s given me and the advice I’ve found online. For now, I’m planning on just following slimming world until I can see the other nurse.

I do wish I’d done a weekly update and maybe just published them monthly, maybe I will do that in the new year.

In the week between being given a doctor’s referral and discovering I couldn’t actually use it I lost 8lbs myself which I was really amazed by. I wish I’d just joined myself the first week but I really didn’t know but never mind.

Week 1 – Joined



Week 2 - -5lbs
I was very pleased about this because knowing I’d lost 8lbs myself the week before I wasn’t expecting much at all. This is also one of my biggest week 1 losses I’ve ever had in all the times I’ve joined slimming world

Week 3 - -2lbs (7lbs total)
Another very happy week, I got my first half stone award and who doesn’t like getting stickers and certificates. My only problem is that I keep arriving late and having to wait until after the class to get weighed so I miss out of the group celebrations. Although a few people waited around outside to see how I’d got on which I thought was really nice of them.



Week 4 - -6.5lbs (13.5lbs)
I made it on time and got weighed with everyone else. I couldn’t believe that I’d lost 6.5lbs when I was only expecting 2lbs maximum and loosing back I really don’t think it was right. If you see then next two weeks are gains when I wasn’t expecting them. I did get slimmer of the week and I also won the raffle!

Week 5 - +1.5lbs (12lbs)
A very unexpected gain, I felt like I’d worked hard this week and I wasn’t expecting a massive loss but I did feel quite bloated but I didn’t expect 1.5lbs on. I’m hoping last weeks massive loss was wrong but all I can do is try.



Week 6 - +0.5lbs (11.5lbs)
This week I was expecting a gain as I’d been out for Xmas meals and just generally allowed more things to creep in. I think I was feeling annoyed about last weeks gain but I think I got away lightly with only half a pound. I always do this when I get close to a milestone.

Week 7 – 3.5lbs (15lbs)

A cheeky morning weigh in a day early due to Christmas, I was hoping for a loss but I didn’t expect 3.5lbs. I also got weighed at the doctors and I really do think the 6.5lbs was wrong. In fact, I got weight twice over 2 weeks at the doctors and this week and last weeks slimming worlds weights match the doctor’s scales and shows I’ve lost 10kg since I first got weighed at the start of November. 

Lifestyle

2019 Plans

Friday, December 28, 2018

I want to go back to doing a panning challenge I didn’t do one in 2018, panning videos are how I got into YouTube and I’m not sure if I will make a panning video series but I want to do at least one blog post a quarter, which means I could do a video quarterly. I think I’m going to do a 19 in 2019 challenge. The preliminary plan is:
  • 1.       Hair – Hair Mask
  • 2.       Hair – Hair Oil – TK Maxx
  • 3.       Hair – Hair Oil – Lee Stafford
  • 4.       Body – Zoella Body Spray
  • 5.       Body – Bath and Body Spray
  • 6.       Body – Body Cream
  • 7.       Body – Body Cream
  • 8.       Body – Hand Scrub
  • 9.       Body – Foot Cream
  • 10.   Body – Foot Masks (count)
  • 11.   Face – Face Mask Blue L’Oréal
  • 12.   Face – Face Mask – All Primark (count)
  • 13.   Face – Face Mask
  • 14.   Nails – Kiko Colour
  • 15.   Nails – Kiko Colour
  • 16.   Makeup – Rimmel Foundation
  • 17.   Makeup – No 7 Intelligent Colour Foundation
  • 18.   Makeup – No 7 Eye Liner
  • 19.   Makeup – Lip Stick

One of the things I need to do is have a massive sort out of my makeup. I did do this at least once if not twice this year, I’m not sure if I filmed it as I can’t find anything specific in my playlists. I know that I did get rid of a lot of lip products and eye pallets, I guess I need to start using what I’ve kept so I feel like I need to do some kind of challenge with myself. I don’t know what if do one month one palette or something but I do know I want to work through my lipsticks and find ones that work for me and be strong and get rid of the ones that I don’t like. The idea I have is to try and use one a day or pull out a few each week and try and use them.

Maybe I’m putting too much on myself and I know I don’t need to do it all at once, that’s why I’ve got repeat products on my list of 19 in 2019 to make sure I’m using products.


The original plan for 2018 was to do favourite videos but I think I only managed one month, in 2019 I’m planning on combining favourites into my Empties videos – If I can plan in Empties and I can add in a favourite towards the end of the video.  

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Where have a been? Why haven’t I blogged for months? What’s been going on?

Monday, December 24, 2018

I guess time ran away from me, I’ve still been around on social media and I’ve been posting on YouTube so if you want a full update it’s worth checking out my weekend vlogs and or my Vlogmas videos.

In the early hours of this morning, I published my final Vlogmas 2018 video and it seems a bit strange not having anything to edit. I thought I’d do a blog post instead and it seems strange to be typing rather than cutting out my swears and sneezes.

2018 has been a bit of a year, social media wise (is it weird to talk about this first as if it’s a big thing?) I think I’ve lost followers on every single social media account I have this year and it seemed the more I tried to share and “promote” myself the more followers I lost. I really don’t care if 10 or 100 people follow but it does feel sad to see numbers drop, especially when you open something like Instagram and see 5 new followers pop up but the overall numbers have gone down by 10. Silly really but while I see people grow and I mean GROW. I can’t help feeling a bit crap. My photo quality is bad, I don’t have a theme but I don’t really want to do all of that.

I realise a lot of apps have had mass clear-outs and have taken measures to get rid of bots but 2019 I might not even make a note of my start figures (that’s a lie) I haven’t recorded a stat in months. I’m going to have a look now (covers eyes while excel loads)


January
December
Twitter
3779
3739
-40
Facebook
770
739
-31
Instagram
2158
2092
-66
YouTube
369
379
10
Pinterest
1253
1306
53
Bloglovin
642
667
25
Google+
423
431
8

It’s not too bad but look at 2017 figures and it’s not what I’d like to have seen

December
December
YouTube
236
326
90
Google+
384
424
40
Bloglovin
457
637
180
Pinterest
591
1241
650
Facebook
599
768
169
IG SW
675
1267
592
Instagram
1579
2133
554
Twitter
3046
3720
674

This isn’t what stopped me blogging, I’m not totally shallow but it’s part of being a blogger, vlogger whatever terms I’m going by these days.

Life has been busy, I’ve not felt well for about 2 years maybe a bit longer and I finally found a medical professional that has listened. Listened mostly, still not totally but we’re working on it. I’ve been tested for everything and I’ve got diabetes, something wrong with my liver. A referral for my ovaries and looking into sorting my head out as well as my high cholesterol.

As with everything it starts with weight loss, and with fear of being excommunicated from my plus size friends I’ve re-joined slimming world. I’ve lost about a stone and half so far and my blood test have shown improvement on the diabetes scale so that’s good. I’m not going to talk about slimming world too much but I do have a dedicated Instagram account so come and follow me over there for updates.

Work, well let say it makes me cry on a daily basis, I’ve got time off over Christmas and I’ve had to bring my laptop home I’ve got that much to do. I’m kind of hoping I haven’t got a charger for it but I do have stuff that needs to be done urgently so hmmm in a dilemma but the thought of work makes me cry let alone actually working. At the start of this year I said my aim was to get a new job and I did nothing about it. 2019 might have to change and I might have to start looking.
Other things that I haven’t done, I still haven’t been to London (to see the Queen or buy a Heat magazine) I didn’t get my trip to Disney Land Paris (I’m thinking of a Solo trip in February but not sure I’m brave enough)

Things haven’t been all bad, I did go on holiday to Mexico and Lanzarote which were both excellent holidays, if not very different.

I did get an Odeon Unlimited card and I have seen lots of films, I still haven’t got my moneys worth yet as I keep upgrading to premium seating and buying my mm tickets. I think when it expires, I might pay for her to have an unlimited card as well. The next film we’ll see if Mary Poppins Returns and I can’t wait.

I’m hoping for a good 2019 and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year


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