Is losing weight with a partner better than losing weight alone?

People think that losing weight with a partner is better than doing it alone, and in some ways it can be. For example if your doing it with a spouse it can bring you both closer to one another. It also means when you’re struggling the other one can help you get back into it.  Meal plans will take less time preparing and cooking. You’ve got someone who knows how far you’ve come and appreciate the work you’ve put in.

On the other hand it can be a curse. Especially if one is losing more weight than the other even though you are both doing everything right. This makes one feel guilty and the other feel like a failure.

When one falls off the wagon they might be persuasive enough to talk the other into ordering a take away, or skipping a workout, or having a cheat day or two, leading them down the wrong path.

Sometimes one person can put all their time and energy into losing weight that they unintentionally become less focused on loved ones.

Sometimes one person may assign themselves as the boss/leader and monitor everything the other person eats, how many times they workout  and even time them to specific times of the day for activities.

I believe as long as you and your partner have the same will power and motivation and have a mutual understanding of what they want and what they’ll do to achieve their own goals then I believe a partnership would be a brilliant idea. If someone has terrible will power, it’s not fair on the other to carry themselves and other people through an already difficult journey.

If you think you need a lot of support get yourself a personal trainer. It is best for you and for your partner.

Hope you enjoyed this posts. This is entirely my opinion. Let me know what you think in the comment box below.

🙂 xxxx

My Favourite Animated Movies of All Time

I thought I’d do a post today on my favourite top 10 animated movies ever. This is just something different. It may help you get to know me a little better as well as give you some good movie recommendations.

These are in no particular order. I can’t make one my ultimate favourite because I switch between them all time haha.

Starting from the early years:

1. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs 1937

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A Princess who is loved by all including animals has been mistreated by her stepmother (Queen) for years. Once Snow White comes of age, she is said to be the most beautiful of all. Jealousy kicks in and the stepmother wants her dead and sends someone to kill her. Snow White manages to run into a forest and meets 7 Dwarfs . The Queens is not happy that she is still about and uses her powers to try and silence her forever.

When I was a child this film was my ultimate favourite. I still love it  to this day and could probably act out  every role in this film haha. I used to want to be Snow White, and to be honest if it wasn’t for creepy crawlies I would love to live out in the woods and feed all the animals. I would  be the Crazy Cat Lady 2.0.

What I admire most about the film is that Snow White gets treated like trash in her own home, gets hunted down by her step mothers request and yet still finds it in her heart to be kind to others and always see the good in people and animals.

We all go through our own journeys to find out who we are. We are all go through tragedies and difficult situations. At some point in our lives we think that everything and everyone is against us. We can choose whether that makes us stronger and learn from it without becoming bitter and sour and turning into something ugly.

Sorry rambling on.

2. Alice in Wonderland 1951

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If you don’t like this film then I question your humanity. I’m going to pretend that you have had amnesia.

Alice in Wonderland is about a girl that follows a white rabbit and falls down a whole. She continues to follow said white rabbit, then gives up when she gets lost and the rest of the film is about her journey trying to get home. It’s amazing and creative and mind blowing.

3. The Sword in the Stone 1963

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This is a good movie. The best part for me is the humour. The movie is basically a boy named Arthur who is destined for greater things than being a squire. A wizard, Merlin, tries to make him believe for himself and testis him in different ways to become King Arthur.

4. The Jungle Book 1967

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This movie is about a boy that grows up in the jungle. I’m pretty sure everyone has seen or at least heard of this movie. My favourite parts is the songs. Even as I’m writing this I’m humming a tune from the movie. Definitely a top 10 favourite.

5. Beauty and the Beast 1991

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A woman in her home town feels like an outsider. Seen to be the most beautiful woman in town, which comes with difficulties. Stuck between a beast that kept her captive but is gentle and kind and saved her life. Or a handsome man that is trying to blackmail her into being his wife.

I love this movie. Most times when I can’t sleep I take a couple of pillows down early in the morning (or late at night depending  on how you see it) and watch this. For me, it’s a comforting movie because it takes me back to my early childhood when I stayed at my dad’s house. Those were simpler times. I love the whole love story; loving what’s beneath rather than what’s on the surface. The film puts it in perspective for you – a strapping man with a shit personality compared to a scary beast with a heart of gold (sometimes). A beautiful shell means nothing if you’re rotten inside. Some people need to remember that.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993

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It’s up to yourself if you consider this a Halloween or Christmas film. I personally think it’s a Halloween film.
Basically this movie has it that there are different world’s for each seasonal celebration. The Pumpkin King is finding his world a bit repetitive and wants something more. He discovers doors deep within a forest that allows one to travel between world’s and is amazed by Christmas Town. Not fully understanding Christmas , he kidnaps “Sandy Claws” and tries to run Christmas Town. Obviously there are some difficulties along the way.

I love this movie. Again my favourite parts is the music. It’s just amazing. I watch it every year and never get bored. I will warn you though, you might be humming the songs right up until December when it’s replaced by Christmas songs.

Over all its a brilliant movie. Quality is amazing especially for 1993. Detail is amazing and you can tell that a lot of time and effort went into the film.

7. Scooby-Doo 2002

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I love Scooby-Doo. I don’t care if I’m too old for it. This particular animated movie of Scooby- Doo is one of my favourites.
The movie starts out with all the gang together trying to solve a mystery. They do, of course, but because of Velma’s plan. When a TV crew comes up Fred takes all the credit. An argument starts out and escalates and eventually the gang splits up. A few years later they are brought back together, unknowingly and unwillingly, to solve a mystery in Spooky Island. Then a few things happen and monsters take human bodies and the gang come together to help save the world.

I think it’s one of the best Scooby-Doo movies ever. The plot is good, animation is good, actors are good. There’s not much more I can say. It’s just awesome.

8. Flushed Away 2006

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If you follow my Instagram you would have seen a picture of  this film this morning. I got woken up at 4 then that was me for the rest of the day. So around 5 when I stopped trying to get back to sleep I watched this film.

Quick run down; a house rat gets flushed down the toilet. Ends up in the sewers and finds a whole city and has to adapt to survive. He is trying to get back home and runs into some trouble on the way. It is very funny. A lot of good actors in it (voice over only) such as Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy and plenty more.

9. The Simpsons Movie 2007

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I used to watch the TV show every night but I either grew out of it or lost  interest. Few years later a movie came out. I wasn’t interested, my brother made me watch it and I couldn’t stop laughing  the whole way through it. I still haven’t been hooked on the TV show again, but whenever I see the movie I don’t skip it. It hilarious.

Basically it starts  of as Homer being himself. He causes a catastrophe in Springfield causing it to be quarantined by a big dome. Nobody can enter or leave Springfield and the Simpsons are hated and hunted by all the residents of the town.

It is very entertaining. I’m getting the notion to watch it just now.

10. A Christmas Carol 2009

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This is an animation film, based on the Charles Dicken’s novel of man, Scrooge, being visited by three ghosts to help him change his cruel ways before he has the same fate as his old business partner, Marley.

I’ve seen a few Scrooge films and this one tops them all. I would say it’s target viewers is probably adults. It’s more mature and got a bit more darkness in the film than previous ones. It definitely keeps my eyes glued to the screen. Definitely worth a watch.

Well that is it. I hope this was somewhat interesting for you. Please feel free to leave any comments or opinions about this posts or your own favorite animation films.

🙂 xxxx

Samsung Galaxy S6

I got a new phone yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S6 in platinum gold.

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I’m still trying to figure everything out, but so far I’m loving it.

The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is that the back and front is made of Gorilla Glass, which means it’s toughened glass designed to be damage resistant.

Now to some people knowing it’s damage resistant would ease any concerns they have. However I’m not the most careful of people. I’m that type of person when I try and be quiet I make more noise than I would trying to be loud. When I try and look after something I either hold it to tight that it’s basically squeezed out my hand or I hold it too delicately and it falls through my fingers.

Therefore I bought a case for my phone and as long as it falls on its back  there is a chance it won’t break. And I got insurance, obviously.

The camera on it is amazing! The camera is 16MP with an F-1.9 lens which  let’s in 60% more light than the S5. The front camera is loaded with  5MP and F-1.9 lens meaning when I take a selfie I’m going to have to edit the life out of it as you’ll see all my imperfections haha.

Like I said before I’m still figuring  things out. If you have any tips for how to use certain apps and features  please comment  below. It would be greatly appreciated.

If you’re wanting more information about the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6 check them out here: samsung galaxy S6 specifications

🙂 xxxx

January 2016 – No Promises

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. I certainly did.

I have to apologise for not posting. I made lots of promises about what I’m going to blog about and how many times I would post, and I didn’t deliver.

I don’t want to make excuses. However I had a lot going on mentally. After l left university I got straight into job hunting, which itself is a full time job. I couldn’t get a job in the field I wanted and I didn’t settle for anything less which resulted in being jobless for a year. Coming up empty week after week made me feel lethargic and depressed.

I then started to look elsewhere as my brother is getting married abroad and I needed money to attend for flights etc. Therefore I looked everywhere. I finally got an interview in a care home and got the job. I’ve worked in a care home before and to be honest I didn’t like it. Not because of the job itself but the management. There was a new manager even year. Remember in Harry Potter when the dark arts position was said to be cursed as there was a new teacher every year because something bad always happened. It seemed a bit like that.

This home I’m working in now is amazing. During the interview my boss said that my degree won’t go to waste as I can work my way up the ladder. This was a bonus to an already good opportunity. I absolutely love my job. The atmosphere is positive, management is approachable and efficient. I’m getting along great with all staff. I’ve been there a good few months now and still enjoying it. What’s that saying “what’s for you, won’t go by you.”.

Anyway with this new chapter in my life I want to post about different things. Still on my journey to lose weight. However I want add more variety to my posts. I’m not going to make any promises about what I’ll write about or how often I’ll write. Hopefully  this will make my content more interesting as I don’t feel obligated to write about a specific topic.

I’ll go just now because I’m starting to ramble.

Hope you enjoyed my 2016 introduction. It wasn’t very specific but that’s the way I want it. If you would like me to write a specific post, please use the comment box below.

🙂 xxxx

Update on Weight Loss Journey

Hey!

So during the last few weeks everything has been breaking down on me, my phone broke, my tablet broke and then my laptop broke.  I have no idea what happened with my phone or laptop.  My phone just switched itself off and never turned on again and my laptop just refused to connect with my wifi.  As for my tablet, I stood on it. Oops.

Everything is fine now, my tablet is sent away to be fixed, I’m using my Blackberry just now and my laptop is connecting to the internet again. Phew!

I am still continuing my healthy eating and exercising regularly to lose weight.  As some of you might know I was counting my macros (fats, carbs, proteins) to assist and record my healthy diet.  It was going really good.  However I don’t want to be counting them for the rest of my life.  Therefore, during the last 2 weeks I thought I would test myself.  I stopped counting my macros and stopped recording what I was eating.

I feel in the last two weeks my weight has fluctuated and today I’m the same weight as I was two weeks ago.  However I have been eating healthily and exercising quite a lot.  I am seeing definition on my arms and legs and I’ve got far less back fat.

I’m not too sure why the scales haven’t moved, I feel like I’m eating enough fat and proteins.  Maybe I’m eating too many carbs?  I don’t know.

I’ll see what the rest of the weeks turns out like and if I still haven’t lost weight I will go back to counting macros and see what I’m doing wrong.

I hope you are enjoying my weight loss journey!

Feel free to leave any comments or opinions.

🙂

xxxx

Birthday Goods

Hey guys

I am now 24 years old. It was my Birthday on Monday (3rd of August). Once again my darling boyfriend spoiled me.

I thought I would share some of the things he bought me and later do a post on how I wear them. I hope you like it!

Firstly he bought me this beautiful eye shadow palette:

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It’s the dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. It is amazing. The colours are very pigmented and creamy and last all day. There is a choice of either matt or shimmery eye shadow; therefore you can use it for any occasion.

On Amazon the Naked 2 Palette is £47.30. However the W7 ‘In the buff’ lightly toasted is a whole £4.91!

For that price how can you refuse? I’ve researched quite a lot of information about this dupe and a lot of people, including makeup artists, have agreed that the colours and consistency are nearly identical.

Craig also bought me a few items of jewellery.
This one I got a week before my birthday so I could wear it to Edinburgh:

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This is the most gorgeous necklace I own. I love it so much. It was bought online, and I’m sorry but he’s very hush hush about the website. It’s a beautiful large bulky necklace with lots of different gems attacked. It’s just beautiful.

This one I wore yesterday. It’s beautiful, classy and very feminine. Again he’s hush hush about where he bought it.

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It is a beautiful silver chain with a heart shape pendant with a jewel in the middle which is swarovski.

The next item is also one of my new favourites. It’s a green and gold watch. The straps are big but if it gets too big I can always pierce another hole.

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The next item is from my lovely mother. I actually thought my mother forgot my birthday this year and I just thought to myself ‘okay, I’m 24 years old now, it’s time to grow up’. I tried to not let it get to me. Then on Monday morning at 2 am my mother was the first to text me and turned up the next day with this item:

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It’s a beautiful bracelet from Bea Beads. Loads of different beads in a purple/brown/pink colour.  Just gorgeous.

Including all this Craig took me to Glasgow for the day, bought me lunch and dinner and a few cocktails. I felt better than I should have the following morning.

In conclusion I got lots of presents and had an awesome day!

🙂
xxxx

Week 6 Weigh In: -1lb

Hey!

Sorry for the late post. It was my birthday last Tuesday and for the rest for the week I was being pampered.

Anyway Just because it was my birthday I am happy to say I did not binge out on munchies.

I did only lose 1 pound, although I am beginning to see some definition. My arms are looking leaner and my tummy is looking a little smaller. However the greatest change is to my legs, they’re looking smaller and smoother and my cellulite is reducing.

I have also noticed that for the last few weeks I’ve been more energetic and happier. Even if I don’t get my ‘dream body’ in a few months or so, the changes physically and mentally are well worth it. Like some people say: the time will pass anyway.

Hope you enjoyed my post. Feel free to leave any comments or opinions.

xxxx

🙂

Weigh in Week 5: -2 lbs

Hey!

So last week I was bitten again and took a bad allergic reaction, went to the hospital and bla bla bla. That’s my reason for not posting my ‘Week 4 Weigh in’, because I don’t know it, as I was otherwise occupied.

Anyway I was put back on antibiotics that are high on sodium. So this week I done all the things again to help with water retention and bloating, which I have posted about previously: Flushing Out Sodium

I’m happy to say they worked. I have lost 2 lbs this week. I’m ecstatic with that number. It brings my spirits up and give me the will power to carry on.

I’m definitely back into the right mind set!

🙂

xxxx

Day Trip to Edinburgh

Hey everyone!

The other day (Tuesday) I went on a little day trip to Edinburgh with my boyfriend. I thought I would do a post about it. I went to a few different places. I’m not very good at history so please don’t quote me on anything and excuse my lack of information on some parts. It was just a fun day out for us.

Edinburgh is a big tourist attraction. It is the Capital of Scotland. Many of the buildings in the city centre are listed. It’s supposedly the most haunted place in Britain due to Greyfriars Kirkyard.

I hope you enjoy.

ARTHUR’S SEAT

One of the main tourist attractions is Edinburgh Castle. However it is also said to be the home of Camelot. There is an extinct volcano and the peak is called ‘Arthur’s Seat’.

Arthurs Seat point

We never climbed the volcano because we never had enough time. However it is on our to-do list for next time.

SCOTT’S MONUMENT

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The basic facts are it’s over 200ft high with 287 steps, said to be the largest monument to a writer in the world. Throughout the monument there are 64 statues which are characters from the Sir Walters Scott’s novels.

Craig and I climbed to the top. The higher we went the narrower it got, the last set of staircases was so narrow that everyone had to walk sideways. Craig has got pretty big shoulders therefore he was scraping the wall while walking sideways.

I’m a little iffy about heights so although it was a great experience I was also scared out of my wits. Craig however wasn’t fazed in the slightest. He had his head pocking out the edge and I was squealing at him to get back inside.

Here are a few pictures from our view at the top.

View from the scott monument

Scott's monumnet - me at the top

GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD

Next we went to Greyfriars Kirkyard. It dates back to the 1560’s it’s supposedly the most haunted graveyard in Britain. People have claimed to have seen/felt paranormal activity from hot and cold spots, strange smells/voices/feelings and some people claim to have been physically attacked leaving them with bruises, scratches and broken bones. Apparently the most paranormal activity happens just outside the Black Mausoleum.

Craig and I went to that area and looked inside. It’s gloomy, worn down and there seems to be a tomb/chamber below. Anyway there was no paranormal activity, no scratches or strange noises in the wind. There was only a bad rotten smell, but the graveyard is over 450 years old, so that’s to be expected. However Craig couldn’t smell anything…

Black Mausoleum - Craig

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CALTON HILL

Calton Hill is the location of the National Monument of Scotland. This is easy to spot as it looks like the Athenian acropolis. This monument was built as a Scotland’s memorial for the Scottish soldiers/navy that died in the Napoleonic war.

(Napoleonic Wars were between France and other European countries. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader who declared himself emperor. He built up an army and set out to conquer the European continent, however was defeated. I don’t know the history so forgive my dismissal of the proper facts.)

The monument first started being built in 1823 and was left unfinished in 1829. Here are a few photos.

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National monumnet of scotland B & W

The view from Calton Hill:

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THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

The national museum of Scotland is full of collections relating to Scottish history and cultures. Due to the summer holidays we didn’t get to spend much time there as it was packed and children were left unsupervised, leaving objects sticky, doorways blocked, screeching that nearly burst my eardrums and continuous foot stomps and being banged into from all directions.

I love kids, I have 5 little brothers and a little sister and most of the time I’m a big kid myself. However I must argue that when parents or guardians take their children to these types of places, they should be looking after them, making sure they are not stomping on people’s foot or leaving sticky objects around. It ruined my experience. Therefore I didn’t manage to look around much. Therefore next time I go to Edinburgh I will make sure it’s early and during school term.

Here are some photos from the few areas I did manage to visit.

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Apart from these tourist places, we went to lunch and walked about the streets. Overall it was an amazing day. The sun wasn’t splitting the trees but it was warm and dry, which is a good day for Scotland.

Here are just a few random photos we took through the day.

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ramsay garden

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Hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave any comments or opinions.

🙂

xxxx

Week 3 Weigh in: -1 lbs

This week I’ve only managed to lose 1 pound. I’m quite disappointed at this. However like my partner keeps telling me it may be because my leg is still swollen and I’m still taking the antibiotics.

But hey a -1 lb is better that +1lb yeah?

I am however proud of myself for not giving up. In the past if one bad thing happened I would take it as a sign that I’m just supposed to be fat, I am born to be fat. This time though I’m trying all I can to keep motivated and keep my spirits up.

I only have a few more days left on the antibiotics! Hopefully my weakening motivation can keep up until then.

Wish me luck for next week!

xxxx