GAINING WEIGHT

I’ll start off by saying I’ve always been slim. Genetics have ‘blessed me’ with a fast metabolism meaning no matter how much I eat, I really struggle to gain weight. To some people, this may sound like heaven but it’s something that I’ve always reeeeaaally hated about myself. Being relatively tall (5ft9) and lacking any real body fat or muscle gives me a lanky pole type figure (see pic below); fine when you’re a child but as you grow into a young woman you start to crave the curves and feminine bodies all your friends seem to have. I was told constantly by doctors that I needed to eat more but no matter how much I tried, I remained super slim. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to research how to seriously gain weight and really committed to it. Looking back, I realised I’ve learnt so much and it’s kind of become a lifestyle more than an empty goal. Since moving into my own place, I’ve been able to control everything I buy and eat (which has helped a lot) as well as taking over the entire apartment with my workout routines.  It’s only been a couple of months so of course I won’t see any proper results yet but I feel so much stronger which gives me the motivation to carry on. I’ve also managed to gain (and maintain) around 6lbs which is a pretty big deal for me. Putting effort into changing my lifestyle and improving my health has also made me a lot more confident and although people feel the need to make rude comments about my size (apparently I only eat once a day???) I am learning to channel negativity into motivation to achieve my own personal goals.  

Anyway that was a loooot of rambling but it would be great to hear from people on the same kind of journey trying to gain weight/curves/muscle so please get in touch and share any wisdom you have. Hopefully this will be the start of documenting my road to a stronger and healthier me so I will try and post an update once a month or something. Get in touch! Soph x
 

Ps In case you’re interested, here’s a pic of me looking sassy from about 3 years ago. I’ve gained some shape since then but this is very much the beginning 🙂

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I COOKED SOMETHING EDIBLE

I love to try new recipes and I love it even more when they end up tasting good. As Edward and I continue on our journey to health and prepare for freedom in our very own home, we’re building up a stack of meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Tonight we tried out Joe Wicks’ (Lean in 15) breakfast pizza recipe. This was actually a video recipe I came across on his Facebook page and I’m so glad I did. When you get out of work, the last thing you want to do is stand in the kitchen all night preparing food so the fact that this took around 20 minutes in total is a definite bonus (that and it was super tasty). Take a look at how it turned out and be sure to share you fav recipes in the comments below! 

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MONEY MONEY MONEY

With the joys of Christmas slowly coming to an end, it’s time to face the reality of a dwindling bank balance and the extra long stretch til pay day. With a new year on the horizon, I make it my top priority to get organised and get in control of my money (for however long it may last). Here are some ways I like to stay on top of my finances without that FOMO feeling…

Set a budget: Honestly, I feel boring and clichè writing it but it really is the very best place to start. Work out your actual income and outgoings every month and then you can see what you’ve got to play with. Once you know what you have left over, calculate how much realistically you can put into savings (it’s always good to have a backup) balanced with how much you will be spending on actually enjoying life (v important)

Shop around: I’ve never been all that good at shopping around for a bargain…when I see it, I want it and if it’s right there, the effort of searching stores and the internet for a cheaper price is all too much. This, however was in my teenage years when the money was coming in and I didn’t really have any financial commitments. Now I’m a little older, the familiar saying “saving the pennies so the pounds will save themselves”  is one I often find echoing in the depths of my mind as I dive into the shops. The prices of products vary massively between stores, so it’s always worth doing a quick check online as you never know when a fab deal will suddenly appear. (Plus you get that smug feeling of saving £3 which never gets old).

Banks: They’re pretty useful. Whichever bank you’re with, they’re likely to have a few benefits you can make use of which will help you save those all important pennies. I’m a little late to the game, I’m sure, but I recently discovered the joys of cash back with my bank. They have 30 participating stores and restaurants to choose from which you load to your card. Participating companies change regularly and offer from around 3% to 15% cash back for simply using your card to pay. This is in no way a massive money maker, but seeing a few extra £££s entering your account every month (for spending money as you would normally) is always welcomed. 

Food glorious food: Saving money is important but so is food. Need I say anymore? A great way of spending time with friends and family or rekindling the spark with a loved one is going out to eat, (and even better), it doesn’t need to be expensive. Always check out what deals restaurants have before you decide on where to go as you may be surprised. The best thing is, it doesn’t even mean compromising on going to a different restaurant over your fav; visiting on a weekday evening instead of a weekend can save you a whole heap of money. Oh, and don’t forget those good old lunch menu deals!

What are your top tips for saving that all important moolah? Get in touch in the comments below x
 

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