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Week 2 RESULT – No Junk Food Challenge

It has been surprisingly easy to do this challenge. I haven’t missed anything off the list


Just a side note Chips are Crisps for me not fries because I think this list is American. Also I have added no Alcohol and no Fizzy Drinks. So really I have made it harder for myself.

I feel a lot better in myself, I attend 2 circuit classes a week and also try and run on the treadmill once or twice a week to get me back into cardio slowly.

If you haven’t read my 1st Week result of the challenge then (click here) but over there I explain my experience and what I ate in that week! I mentioned that I experienced my first ever migraine.. and I do believe a extreme change in diet is what caused it.

As I did in my 1st week result post I will show you what I ate during this 2nd week. To be honest I wasn’t so strict on myself. I consumed a lot more carbs this week but haven’t had any junk food, so 2 weeks of no junk food is pretty good.

After my weigh in I went for food to a seafood restaurant and got myself a lovely seafood linguini also had some fries. 


After this I was so full.. I couldn’t move which shows my stomach has shrunk a bit in a space of a week. The next day was back to normal but a lot more carbs this week.


As you can see a lot of carbohydrates. But I feel a lot thinner but I don’t have my hopes up for losing any weight on the scales this week.

I feel like I need some motivation so I went on my instagram to get some before and after pictures and I got this picture which gives me so much determination and motivaion. This picture goes back to my first ever before and after picture back to 3 years ago!! 


I’m writing this post the night before my weigh in.. So I’ll wake up and weigh myself like I did last week.

So here it goes…. WEEK 2 RESULT:

To be honest, I’m suprised I lost 2lb, but I’m not complaining! It’s a loss and thats all that counts! Don’t see much difference in pictures though.

Stay tuned for Week 3 Results next week. I might extend this challenge to do it the whole of January, we shall see.

Disclaimer: I am no nutritionist or personal trainer. All opinions are my own and what I write is what I have experienced through my 3 year weight loss journey. Losing 42lbs in a year, and trying to maintain for a further 2 years has had its ups and downs. I have learned so much and I am only sharing my tips and experiences with you guys.

As always thanks for reading. It means a lot, if you want to read more from me please follow my site if you love weight loss/fitness pages. I also do lifestyle and beauty posts too. Your feedback means a lot also so don’t be shy to comment and give your opinion. I would love to hear your experiences or tips you have learned, thanks.

LifeofRhi x

Week 1 Result- No Junk Food Challenge

It’s been a week since I started the “No Junk Food Challenge”. To be honest I thought it would be much harder.


A week down and already I feel much better in myself and feel thinner too. 

I’m guessing you’re interested in how my first week went. I started Tuesday 3rd of January, the first day is always the easiest in my opinion. I didn’t prepare for the week ahead as I was planning on shopping the following Sunday. 

The only thing I want to discuss with you is my migraine experience. After starting the challenge Tuesday, the next day I started to have a huge headache, so to help control it I would have a cup of black coffee and try and avoid taking pain killers. This headache continued through out the week. By friday my eyesight got a lot worse (I wear glasses anyway) I got a blurry vision in my left eye which I couldn’t see out of. I needed to get home from work so I drove home (really shouldn’t have). I got home, straight to bed lights off took a painkiller and by this time I was in so much pain. Felt like someone was clamping my head, the pressure was unreal. That was the first migraine I ever had, hopefully the last. 

My understanding is that the extreme change in diet is what caused this migraine. So please be careful when going on a diet that you do gradually cut things out rather than going cold turkey like I did. I woke up after that and felt a lot better. My body had gotten used to the change in diet by now and I can carry on with no headache.

My meals for the first week were fairly simple, soups, salads, oats, chicken and basically found stuff in the fridge and cupboards to use.


I wasn’t restricting myself from carbohydrates as I usually do. I knew I would starve if I didn’t include carbs in my diet. As usual I go check out Joe Wicks Lean in 15 books for inspiration and recipies for low carb meals.

For my sweet tooth I have bought a bag of raisins, I would have about 6-8 of these after my lunch, just to curb that sweet craving. And for savoury snacks I have a bag of almonds and I get about 6-7 of them when I’m hungry. I consume about 2-3 litres of water a day and 2-3 cups of black coffee. 

Not expecting a big loss really. I’ve also attended some circuit classes inbetween. Haven’t got myself to get back into running yet, but will do very soon! I find running to help me lose weight the most. 

The moment of truth.. THE RESULTS OF WEEK 1:

Before picture: 11st 00lb


After picture: 

Follow my site to be updated on my result after the 21 days are over. I’m sure you are as intreagued as I am on how no junk food works. Cross fingers there will be more great results.

Disclaimer: I am no nutritionist or personal trainer. All opinions are my own and what I write is what I have experienced through my 3 year weight loss journey. Losing 42lbs in a year, and trying to maintain for a further 2 years has had its ups and downs. I have learned so much and I am only sharing my tips and experiences with you guys.

As always thanks for reading. It means a lot, if you want to read more from me please follow my site if you love weight loss/fitness pages. I also do lifestyle and beauty posts too. Your feedback means a lot also so don’t be shy to comment and give your opinion. I would love to hear your experiences or tips you have learned, thanks.

LifeofRhi x

Weight Loss Tips for Beginners

Its a New Year and probably a lot of people have some serious motivation to start their own weight loss journey and 2017 will be your year. I though I would do a blog post on how exactly I learned to lose weight and to give you guys a better understanding on stuff, maybe the understanding of stuff I didn’t exactly know of myself when starting my own journey.

I have learned all these important tips and tricks on my weight loss journey. All of the notes below has helped me lose 3st (42lbs) in under a year. The “short term weight loss” diet made me lose 14lbs (1 stone) in 6 weeks. And recently it made me lose 10lbs in 2 weeks.

Short term Weight loss tips:

  • Cut out all carbs or reduce carb intake –For quick weight loss results cut it all out and eat veg, salad, nuts, meats, fish about 4/5 small meals a day. Try an avoid eating a lot of fruit.
  • Eating breakfast – (It is very important to eat breakfast as it kick starts your metabolism, meaning that your body will burn calories and fat quicker throughout the day. If you don’t eat breakfast then your body will store the first thing it consumes. You can eat breakfast at around 10am if you struggle but it is recommended in the first hour of waking up
  • Don’t Starve – This is very important, most people that don’t have an understanding of weight loss or nutrition they assume that to lose weight you must starve. The truth is that starving yourself is a BIG NO NO!! Starving yourself will only cause you to gain weight once you start to eat normal again. It wont happen over night, you need patients on a weight loss journey.
  • Little so often – Having 4/5 small meals a day will help with feeling fuller for longer and not wanting to snack on junk, you will struggle to begin with but your body will get used to it pretty quick and you might not feel like you would want 5 meals a day and go down to only 3. If this does happen then ensure your portions are bigger if you only have 3. If you have 5 meals a day, make sure they aren’t large portions.)
  • Avoid sugars as much as possible, which include fruit. It’s ok to have fruit but try and limit yourself. If you crave something sweet, eat a chewing gum or a mint, or get cracker bread a spread a tiny amount of jam as a snack. Try avoiding cakes and sweets too.
  • Drink 3 litres of water a day – this will help detox your body from bad toxins. Drinking this much water will help reduce bloating and healthier skin.

  • Ensure you consume enough calories for your body type. Recommended 2,000 calories. Try and stay below 1400 as you want to lose weight and do not go over it. You can download “my fitness pal” or “nutra check” apps to keep track of all calories.
  • Stay away from processed foods like microwave meals, coleslaw, salad trays, sandwiches from a shop. These usually have a tone of calories, fat and high sugars. Try and make everything your own so you know what ingredients go into the meal.
  • Prepare all foods beforehand, some do it the night before some do it on a Sunday and freeze their foods. Preferably the fresher it is the better, so the night before. Or if you have time there and then. Keep them in containers and this will help not going off plan and keep you motivated.

Here is a list of the main carbohydrates that you can alternate to no or low carbs while on this short term weight loss diet.

Carbohydrates Alternatives

 

Potatoes Sweet Potatoes
Pasta (spaghetti) Courgette Spirals “Courgetti” or slimpasta from Holland and barrett
Rice/cous cous Grated cauliflower
Bread Cracker bread/rice cakes

I did a blog post on Carbohydrate Alternatives if you’d like to check it out (click here)


Long term weight loss tips:

When losing weight for a long period of time it is important to include the “short term weight loss tips” that are listed above as well. Below I have included tips to maintain or lose weight over a long period of time, while still including some of the “short term weight loss tips” too.

  • Do NOT cut out all carbs. Only reduce them… For example. If you were to go to the gym or workout or do any sport, you would need to introduce carbs into your day. I would eat reduced carb meals so breakfast, snack, dinner, snack all low carb and then after any sport or exercise you would then need a carb for energy and for your body to restore itself. The only reason I say you need carbs for long term is that if you cut them all out then once you get a sandwich or pasta you’re going to gain weight fast, so you need to still consume them but only when you are keeping active.
  • Exercise is important while trying to lose weight. Any carbohydrate or sugar consumed if it isn’t burned off then your body will store it and it will turn into fat. I find jogging or running the best way to lose weight quicker. You can easily do homework outs while studying. Ab workouts, arm workouts, and go for a walk as often as you can. Keep active and you will see results. I would work 3/4 times a week 3 circuit classes and running once or twice a week, I really saw the benefit of it.

  • Motivation for long term weight loss solution: Take pictures, log everything:  Progress pictures is what’s going to help you keep on going.. Seeing improvement in before and after pictures is a great thing, you might not see a difference on the scale but a visual progress is what it going to motivate you to carry on. Finding the confidence to stand in the mirror in shorts and a sport bra to take a picture is tough, but you will need to think that next time you do it there will be a difference. You just need to believe in yourself. There’s nothing more satisfying than working hard and someone to comment that you’ve lost weight. Also keeping track of what you consume is great motivation as you can see at the end of the day what you have had, how many calories, fat and sugar. This will want you to keep to your plan and not exceed your nutritional daily intakes. You can do this through “my fitness pal” or “nutra check” app on your phone. Or do it the good old fashioned way and write everything down (I’ve posted a table below that I use to keep me in check with what I consume )

As an example I have included one of my diet plans (bare in mind I don’t like certain foods so the diet is made to what I like to eat and what I can eat to help me lose weight) this table is an example of what I would eat while I’m trying to lose weight fast. It is a very basic example I would take some recipes from Joe wicks lean in 15 some days and have that for dinner and lunch the day after.  It all depends.

Week 1 Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack (mid morning or mid afternoon)
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Oats

Black coffee

Salad wrap w/ham or chicken

Or soup

Jacket potato w/tuna or

Meat w/sweet potato fries

Almonds &raisins
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(no carb days)

Almonds

Black coffee

Salad w/ ham or chicken meat / fish with sweetcorn, peas Cucumber sticks or tomatoes
Wed

(Work out day)

Black coffee

Oats

Salad wrap w/ham or chicken

Or soup

Jacket potato/ rice or pasta or

Meat w/sweet potato fries

Almonds & raisins
Thur

(Work out day)

Oats

Black coffee

Salad wrap w/ham or chicken

Or soup

Jacket potato/rice  or pasta

Meat w/sweet potato fries

Almonds & raisins
Fri

(no carb days)

Almonds

Black coffee

Salad w/ ham or chicken meat / fish with sweetcorn, peas e.g Cucumber sticks or tomatoes
Sat

(cheat days)

Sun

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As I am doing a no junk food challenge (check out my previous blog post “WEEK 1 RESULT” for the update on that, I have 2 weeks left on the challenge and super exited to share my results). The weekends aren’t so much cheat days anymore. I tend to stick to my diet well, having breakfast either oats or eggs with brown bread, then having lunch and dinner as usual. I won’t go out and have a takeaway, then a dessert then have the same the next day and spoil my diet. I have learnt to control my willpower and would avoid thinking of any junk food, which is great. I am very keen on doing this challenge as it’s only 21 days of my life.

Feel free to use the chart if you feel up for it. You can obviously add veg and make it to your own tastes, or if you are vegetarian you can change the meats to Quorn maybe?

A better understanding on how much nutrition you should have daily

The graph below is based on myself – weight 150lbs and 5ft 6in

Normal daily intake:

Calories 2251
Fat 70g
Sugar 90g
Carbs 230g

Losing Weight Daily Intake:

Calories 1350
Fat 50g or less
Sugar 60g or less
Carbs 190g or less

1g of Fat = 9 calories                       1 egg = 100 cals                 1 tsp of Sugar = 5g

Other alternatives  
Milk Almond milk
Sugar Honey
Chocolate Dark chocolate
Yogurts 0% fat add own fruits

Motivation chart: Use this chart to write down how much you intake a day. To keep on track (use the to lose weight chart above to estimate how much you should intake to help lose weight)

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I think I have covered the basics now, down below I will leave other useful links for my blog posts on losing weight and how I did it with tips and experiences.

If you are reading this and you are starting on your weight loss journey then I wish you the best of luck. You will do great and you will look amazing. Please don’t let the scales get you down. Think of yourself and how far you have come. The scales might not say much but the inches on your body may. If you have one bad day or a cheat day, don’t turn it into 2.. start another day fresh and start again. You can do this and I believe in you. I hope my tips and experiences help you on your journey. If it worked for me it should do for you too. Keep going, do the best you can and don’t let anyone get you down.

Disclaimer: I am no nutritionist or personal trainer. All opinions are my own and what I write is what I have experienced through my 3 year weight loss journey. Losing 42lbs in a year, and trying to maintain for a further 2 years has had its ups and downs. I have learned so much and I am only sharing my tips and experiences with you guys.

As always thanks for reading. It means a lot, if you want to read more from me please follow my site if you love weight loss/fitness pages. I also do lifestyle and beauty posts too. Your feedback means a lot also so don’t be shy to comment and give your opinion. I would love to hear your experiences or tips you have learned, thanks.

Lifeofrhi

I’M BACK WITH A WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

It’s been a year since I’ve started my blog. 

I’ve been away so long.. I even have my Thailand blog post which was back at the beginning of October to finish and post 🙈

I’m back because, guess what… I had a massive break over the last 3 months of 2016 and ate what I wanted and was out drinking and really wasn’t inspired to write as I didn’t feel right in doing so.

If I’m not in the right mind set then I can’t write my true opinions and experiences with you guys.

But here I am… 2017! New year. Last year at the beginning of January I managed to lose 10lbs in 2 weeks… that’s right 2 weeks!!


Why don’t you go follow my instagram.. I’ll be updating everyone on there on my NEW CHALLENGE OF JANUARY 2017!!!

Looking at that picture makes me so sad because I just took a picture for my “before” for this challenge and I got to say I haven’t felt this big in so long.

So it’s a new challenge I found on facebook and I took a screen shot and I knew I wanted to try my best and do it.


Yes, the No Junk Food Challenge.. sounds pretty horrifying to me! As you know from previous posts I am just a very big foodie! So food and junk is just something I love. 

For 21 days I am going to do the challenge and also include No Alcohol and No Fizzy Drinks. So I’ll be documenting it on my instagram most often, I will post on here to keep you guys updated too. But for now I will leave my before picture and weight so you guys can see how much I have gained.

I’m trying to be as real with you guys and telling you everything that I have gained weight and that I’m ashamed! I hope you appreciate that and that you’re exited for a new year and more posts from me.

And I would like to take a minute to thank you guys for supporting me on this journey. It’s been a year since I started my blog it was before my YouTube channel. Both are growing slowly! So I thank you all..

Now for the dreaded before pic and weight… bare in mind as I’m writing this I weighed myself.. and I want to cry! I’m 11st… the last time I weighed myself I was 10st 9lb and I’m not sure when that was but Jan last year I weighed 9st 11lb.. 2016 wasn’t a good year for me guys..


I’m also inserting my diet plan for the next few weeks for you to see what I’ll be following. I wont be this strict I will alternate stuff and add some more things..

I am very fussy with healthy food that’s why this diet plan looks very strict.. but it’s all I will eat.


Again.. thanks very much for my first year on my blog. Looking forward to be posting regularly and keeping you updated.

Disclaimer: I am no nutritionist or personal trainer. All opinions are my own and what I write is what I have experienced through my 3 year weight loss journey. Losing 42lbs in a year, and trying to maintain for a further 2 years has had its ups and downs. I have learned so much and I am only sharing my tips and experiences with you guys.

As always thanks for reading. It means a lot, if you want to read more from me please follow my site if you love weight loss/fitness pages. I also do lifestyle and beauty posts too. Your feedback means a lot also so don’t be shy to comment and give your opinion. I would love to hear your experiences or tips you have learned, thanks.

lifeofrhi 

Porefessional, That Gal & It’s Potent Review

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I have been looking for a face primer for a long time. I saw that this “Porefect” package by Benefit was the same price as the Porefessional alone. £24.50 for the Porefessional, and £24.50 for this package which includes Porefessional, That Gal and It’s Potent.

I have tried all three, and I’m wanting to give reviews on them. I use the “porefessional” and “it’s potent” everyday and “that gal” only when I go out for a night out.

Porefessional (pore corrector):

I find this very good if you only have small blemishes or red marks. Even though I use it everyday I don’t think it suits my skin type. I have very dry skin so I have to moisturise it a lot, but they do advise to moisturise before applying the product. I have a really bad blemish and spots on my chin so it doesnt really cover it up, but I guess that isnt their fault! Even if I have moisturised my skin, later that day my skin would just dry up quicker and more when using this product. I am still using it as I am looking for another product the same, so if any suggestions on a new product I could try, please comment. But for problem areas which arent so bad as my chin such as my nose or between my brows, it works very well.

I would moisturise with Clinique, then apply the porefessional on my chin, nose and between my brows. Then after leaving to dry I would then apply my Benefits Erase Paste concealer 02, on top of the porefessional in downwards motions and it gives a much better coverage tha  without the porefessional. The only problem for me is the quick drying of my skin.

It’s Potent (eye cream):

I use this everyday and I find that it works. But I also have a Clinique eye cream which works the same. It is mostly a dark circle corrector. I would apply it after I moisturise, it takes a long time to dry completely, so I would do my hair after applying to wait for it to dry. I dont see a huge difference with clearing the dark circles, but that might just be because I have just woken up? I have never tried to apply before going out, so it might work better than after waking up.

After moisturising I would then apply the porefessional and then the It’s Potent under my eyes and on my eyelids. I would then go and do my hair to wait for the cream to dry on it’s own, it does take a while for it to dry. After drying I would then put the concealer under my eyes in a downwards motion to cover the rest of the dark circles.

That Gal (Face primer):

This has a very pinky finish to it and it is shiny. But with this my make up stays on all day and all night with it, as for example I wore it under my make up this weekend while I was away and my Make up stayed on. Which is what you would want in a face primer.

I would apply this after moisturising, eye cream and porefessional on my cheeks, chin and forehead, concentrating on the larger areas on my face. Then you can instantly see that it is a pinky colour and has a shiny tint. After applying I would then apply my concealer and the my foundation.

I do recommend all 3 products, but It does depend on your skin type. If you have dry skin then I wouldnt recommend the porefessional, and both of the other products are great for my skin type but the face primer might be too shiny for oily skin.

I hope I have helped with the review on these products. Please like or comment with what you think of the products. Check out my other blogs on my page: /https://lifeofrhi.wordpress.com/blog/

 

31 Picture Challenge

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1. You

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2. Breakfast

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3. Something you adore

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4. Letterbox (holder)

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5. Something you wore

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6. Makes you smile – food

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7. Favourite – handbag

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8. Your sky

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9. Daily routine

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10. Childhood

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11. Where you sleep

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12. Close Up

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13. In your bag

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14. Something you’re reading

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15. Happiness

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16. Morning

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17. Water

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18. Something you bought

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19. Sweet

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20. Someone you love

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21. Reflection

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2. Your shoes

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23. Something old

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24. Guilty pleasure – eating like this on a diet

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25. Something you made

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26. Colour

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27. Lunch – prepped meals

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28. Light

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29. Inside your fridge – always salad and prawns

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30. Nature

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31. You, again
 

 

Weight Loss Journey Short Video

New video uploaded.. If you have seen my original weight loss video on youtube, you would know it is 22 minutes long and it’s just me explaining my journey from thw beginning, giving my motivational and weight loss tips as well.

This video is a shorter video containing pictures of my journey and captions and it lasts 8 minutes. So please if you would like to see my journey then please watch this video.

Please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, www.youtube.com/c/RhiannonMair3x