Progress not Perfection

Evening all

I know I’ve already posted once today but I wanted to give a little update to where I am at the moment.

Past few weeks I’ve been pretty hard on myself.

I’ve not been completely on my diet plan and I’ve hardly had anytime to exercise.

I’ve actually not been eating my full calorie deficit.

And Im a nightmare for remembering to drink enough water.

I used to do 30 minutes on my exercise bike and some toning exercises but I’ve not been doing it due to just having hardly any energy.

I haven’t even been taking my supplements.

Which really throws my motivation off course.

I try really hard but my body has now gone into weight plateau.

It’s proving very hard to push past this part of my weightloss journey.

It’s all about time with me I’m very inpatient and I’m quite critical of myself.

I keep getting told its not a race but it’s the journey that matters and what I learn about myself along the way.

I’m a lot stronger mentally and more focused on where I’m heading in my future, but I know the future can change in a instant so I’m trying to remain positive.

This week I’m coming completely out of my comfort zone and recording a few videos to run alongside my blog.

I feel I need to do this to advance my career within blogging.

I’m really focused on my own little family and myself.

It’s all about making myself happier and not thinking about others and how they perceive me anymore.

I had started to slip into a black hole In my mind again after a few issues but I felt I just couldn’t put myself through that again and I sure as hell wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

So I pulled up my big girl pants and got on with it..

My confidence is back I know where I’m heading and to have that clarity is amazing after so long of wandering around in the dark.

I would just like to point out I’m not always glamorous, sometimes I look like a sack of spuds but no one’s perfect its whats on the inside that matters.

So from this week I hope you may see a different side to me.

I’m focusing more on my fitness my wellbeing and connecting with people who actually want to get to know me better.

I just have to learn to believe in myself more and not be so hard on myself.

So please keep an eye out on my social media for updates ❀️

Love to you all

Stacie xx

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I never thought I had the motivation to make a change to my lifestyle and eating habits but after a few rough months and lots of heartache.

I decided it was time to make drastic changes.

I didn’t want to just lose the weight that was holding me back but I wanted to work on my self-worth and learn to love myself again.
Over the past ten years, as I’ve gradually yoyo dieted and lost and gained weight.

I’ve been aware of so many changes – not just in my body but life in general.

But this time round I’ve worked my hardest.

Here are 10 things that you don’t expect to happen when you lose weight…

1.Your skin will loosen and head to your feet.

I know, gross. Once you start dropping the pounds, everyone experiences this and its not always exercise that helps with excess skin in fact it doesn’t hardly help at all.

This has to be one of my main issues at the moment it’s been getting to me that bad I’ve actually consulted two private medical practices to ask about paid surgery to remove excess skin.

It’s unbearable at times.

2. Itchy skin and sore stretch marks.

If you have lost weight and have stretch marks from either having children or rapid weight gain.

The healing process of shrinking stretch marks is terrible if you have this problem too then you feel my pain.

3.Your boobs will shrink.

I miss the fullness of my boobs.

Don’t get me wrong, they are still a good handful but not quite what they were.

I’ve reversed two cup sizes which is good for me due to less back pain and better fitting underwear.

4.You feel guilty for even looking at a freddo

I’m more relaxed with my eating now but in the first few months I would feel so guilty if I ate something ‘naughty’. Do allow yourself treats (weekends are a good time for this) but in moderation, of course!

5.You become a boring .

I’m sure I’ve bored friends and family with my nutritional advice as they bite into a sandwich. Sorry.

It’s just because you feel so passionate about your own body and taking care of it you just try and help others.

That can sometimes come across as being over boring with annoying weight loss information.

6. Constantly having to be careful when buying new items of clothing.

This should be enjoyable and a happier side of weightloss infact the whole thing just stresses me out, down to remembering you don’t need your past bigger sizes.

To not wanting to spend a small fortune on clothes that may not fit you after more increased weightloss.

7. The true understanding that being thin doesn’t make you happier.

True statement there, just because being thin changes your body and mental attitude it doesn’t mean that all your problems will disappear.

Remember that your weight doesn’t define you as a person.

8. Maintaining the weight loss.

Maintenance can be even harder than losing the weight itself. When I began my journey, I was fueled by success, non-scale victories, and a newfound confidence I gained from becoming a healthier and happier me. But once I began to reach that weight range I’d been gunning for, I started to think, β€œWell, I’ve already lost a ton of weight.

So adapting my future healthy eating plan for long term process wasn’t going to be easy.

9. My relationships with friends and family have changed; some have grown stronger, and some have become more distant.

When you embark on a big lifestyle change like this, you aren’t just adjusting your eating habits and physical activity. Your interests, hobbies, and thought processes change, too. Even my relationships have changed.
Some friendships have grown apart, because our relationships were so heavily fueled by social drinking and eating.

I think the hardest part about this lifestyle change is that I never anticipated my friendships would shift.

10. I am still scared that I will spiral out of control and gain everything back.

This is an irrational thought, but it is also a very real one. It is especially heightened when I’m traveling or enjoying life and I go in the β€œfuck it, I’m on vacation” mode, and I binge to the point where I’m not sure I can come back from it.

Like going hard on sweets or alcohol hiding it from friends out of guilt, or overeating in general.

I’m aware that this is a problem for me, and it terrifies me when I lose control that way.

While I would be upset if I reversed my hard work, I think there’s a deeper fear there of disappointing everyone else and having my failure displayed on a very public level.

So there you have it the truth that no one tells you during the process of losing weight…

I hope I’ve helped 😊

Love to you all

Stacie xx

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Hiya Everyone

I hope you have had a great day I would like to say I have but that hasn’t been the case.

Do you know when you roll out of bed in the morning and you know its not going to be a great day both emotionally and physically, most the time these days I have my shit together.

But today I felt like the whole world was against me, my anxiety attacks are less and less these days since I’ve found my confidence back but still one slips through the cracks of that barrier that ive built so high around my soul and every now and again the old Stacie tries to remerge from the shadows and i have to rain her back into the darkness because that jush isn’t me anymore.

This blog post I’ve wanted to post for along time now and I’ve been putting it off for a while but i think its time to share it with you all.

To the people who know me in person who read my blog will understand exactly how I’ve been feeling and hopefully you will understand why I’ve needed to do what I have done to simply keep my head above water and to stop myself from drowning.

Up until the last six months Ive been at war with myself , my mind and my heart trying to align all three has been a battle and half.

I’ve always put others first and always put myself last just to make other people happy.

Ive loved and not always been loved back the old unrequited love is an arsehole.

I’ve sat there and listened and let someone pull me apart piece by piece for simply being me.

Ive kept calm when the fire inside me had raged.

I’ve been battered and bruised by my own self confidence.

Until that day comes and you think you know enough is enough I’m not taking this anymore.

I got up that morning in February and thought this is the last time i will allow my life and the people around me to control me..

It started with some external changes I was so determined to loose weight as that held my confidence back massively and I knew I had to drastically do something to achieve what i wanted so that was the first step for me.

So then the hair changed you always know when a women means business she changes her hair said coco channel , so that’s when my transformation really started when the red hair came along , that in itself gave me a lot of confidence.

Over the past 7 months i have worked on my surroundings and the company i kept.

I had taken a step back from anyone who brings drama to my life, I’m not about the drama, I just want a peaceful life.

One thing I realised when your going through a glow up is that some people will support you others will completely turn on you.

Ive been called nasty and evil plus lot more but i know that’s not me at all.

That’s the kind of people I haven’t got time for anymore.

We all go through bad times i know but its how we choose to evolve from it.

You see some people don’t like other people evolving due to their own insecurities, that’s when you realise that your energies are not meant to combine.

Your eyes open and you truly see people and situations that you once where involved with and think what the hell was i doing.

Transformation does that to you.

So what are my plans for the near future I’m sure that people will have something to say but you know what its my life my body I will do what makes me happy.

I don’t go into things blind I do my research..

so I’m fast approaching 33 and its time to start taking proper care of myself as vain as that sounds but again my choice, so i have been in touch with the Harley medical group to see if they will sort my loose skin from weight loss, that for me is a massive step in the mean time i will just have to put up with it.

Its ok people saying you look fine but its my choice i have to do what makes me happy and i would never go to the extreme.

So the glow up after such a rubbish time is amazing and I’m in this bubble at the moment where I feel untouchable from anything or anyone who caused me heartache and upset in the past.

If you like the new me then cool if you don’t then tough I’m never going back.

And I’m so proud of myself, I still have bad days and I know that one day someone will get me and will love me completely for just being me if given half the chance all I want to do is be happy but until then I’m like a elastic band I will always ping back ….

Love to you all

Stacie xxx

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Todays Article highlights the health benefits when applying Apple Cider Vinegar to you’re daily diet routine.

I must make you aware that this post is strictly from a non professional view I’m not a doctor its my own views on the product alone.

I decided to add Apple Cider Vinegar to my diet when I first started my exante diet program.

Ive seen remarkable changes in my health and wellbeing just from applying this wonderful product to my daily diet.

So lets get straight to it.

What is the consistency of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. Like apple juice, apple cider vinegar may contain various vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fibre.

Apple cider vinegar may also contain acetic acid and citric acid. But it can be hard to know exactly what’s in some apple cider vinegar products.

When purchasing Apple Cider Vinegar must have the mother still present.

Raw vinegar with the mother contains probiotics, enzymes and nutrients. These things are removed through filtering and heating.

This is why its important to purchase a raw product in order to receive full health benifits from it

Lets us now move on to the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar shown below πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

I have definitely noticed its help my bloating stomach after eating.

I also feel fuller after each meal.

It’s helped my skin and my hair growth and I now have a lot more energy.

It’s definitely helped with my blood sugar levels.

Now on to the method of actually consuming apple cider vinegar.

Never consume straight from the bottle always dilute in water I normally fill a half pint glass half way up with water then add the apple cider vinegar
A typical dose is 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) mixed with water and taken before or after meals.

I sometimes use it on my salads too.

I feel its definitely helped me loose weight alongside my diet plan it just works well together and it’s only three calories so not bad in all.

The taste isn’t fantastic but nothing that’s good for you ever is I normally just take a shot and it’s over with.

Then I’m ready to go about my day.

You can purchase apple cider with the mother at any health food store or local supermarket.

I normally get mine from aldi supermarket.

It’s relatively cheap so apple cider gets a…..

From me give it a go but there is plenty of more scientific resources available online you can research before you buy.

Please check out side effects before use.

I hope I’ve enlightened you all to give it a go you will see amazing results.

Love Stacie xx

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Afternoon everyone.

I wanted to share a blog with you all this afternoon about my mental issues and my weight loss.

I know quite a few people that would benefit from this blog post so I decided to share my thoughts and experiences surrounding the Mental affects of loosing weight and how I’ve been dealing with it.

I hope whoever reads my blog will find it helpful.

Isn’t it just fabulous when you loose weight.

In just over seven months I’ve managed to loose three and a half stone on the exante diet.

I couldn’t be any happier I’ve actually achieved something and most importantly have actually stuck to a diet by the third week I’ve normally given up but no I was determined to do it so I have.

I’ve had the odd blip along the way but that’s normally when I’m under stress and I have to say won’t give my Sunday dinners or the odd gin up for no one that’s my weekly treat.

One thing I’ve had issues with is clothes and my mental health.

I haven’t had a problem purchasing clothes at times I’ve thought oh lord somebody take my bank card off me.

But what I’ve have had issues with is the mental side of loosing weight.

My whole style has changed because I no longer feel that I need to cover up every part of my body.

Or look in the mirror and hate the way I see myself.

One of the issues I’ve had is when I’ve been shopping online I’ve been automatically looking at my original pre weightloss size it happens everytime I still forget even now.

It’s so nice to to say I can’t purchase that as its not in a plus size range.

Not that I’m being biased about other ranges.

But after so long of liking clothing that I would feel silly in due to my size.

I can now shop anywhere and know I will find something I will like in my new size and feel amazing in the style and colours of my choice.

Instead of looking like a member of the adams family.

Now I don’t have to feel that way any more but again your mind can have a negative impact on your desired outcome if you let it.

I popped out today to a bit of essential and non essential shopping.

Its been a while since I’ve set foot in a proper clothing store other than primark.

So I decided to go into newlook my local store in town hasn’t got a plus size range but I’ve always gone for the biggest size they stock.

Looking through the clothing racks not touching anything was hard expecially when you’re trying to work out sizes.

But needs must my brain was saying to me you need biggest size they have.

I actually stood their for a while thinking what the hell am I doing I don’t need the biggest size anymore.

Put my normal size back and picked up my new clothing size.

I’m not sure if I will get used to being a small size its been a very long time since I’ve been in a smaller size.

I cannot express how emotional I am to be able to get my whole bottom half of Me in a size 14 trousers from a store like new look and know I’ve achieved that outcome from my own determination.

Normally i wouldn’t of been able to get my ankles in a size 14 never mind my whole bottom half of my body.

It’s so difficult to train your own mind after years of negative thoughts about your own body.

It’s affected me both mentally and physically and its also affected my relationships with past partners.

Really knocked my confidence.

But In time I hope I can change my shopping mindset still i can’t believe I’m a completely different person and with the transformation still ongoing I just suppose it will take some getting used to and a whole lot of Selflove.

Today’s purchase #newlook

Love to you all.

Stacie xxxx

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Good afternoon all.

I hope your all OK

Today’s post is in relation to my pretty little thing Haul so it’s strictly fashion.

I have three main online retailers that I purchase from one is boohoo, nasty girl and pretty little thing.

My favourite online retailer at the moment is pretty little thing.

One of the most rewarding thing about losing weight is you get to purchase from a normal collection rather than plus size collection.

I find clothes fit me so much better.

I literally get lots of emails regarding discounts, free delivery and online sales.

I have to admit I’m a bit weak when it comes to spending.


To be honest I’ve got a bit of an addiction.

Today’s Haul was another impulse buy.

First item was the Black Strappy Jersey Wrap Tie Waist Jumpsuit

I have a big collection of black clothing it has to be my favourite colour.

It can be dressed down or worn with heels for a night on the town.

And its on sale for… Β£9
Link is below.

https://www.prettylittlething.com/black-strappy-jersey-wrap-tie-waist-jumpsuit.html

My second Haul item is an comfortable lounge set i purchased just for around the home I have to be honest the bottoms fit perfectly but because I really haven’t lost much chest side the top was slightly more reveling that I would of liked but I’m at home so who cares….


This item came with cropped bottoms and top surprisingly they’re both comfortable.

Both retailing at…Β£13

Link below.

https://www.prettylittlething.com/prettylittlething-grey-marl-bralet-and-crop-legging-set.html


Overall I’m happy with my Haul thanks to pretty little thing for great items and quick delivery.

Lots of love.

Stacie πŸ’•β™₯οΈπŸ’•

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Afternoon all.

Here is a little five month update on my exante diet i hope you enjoy ❀️
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Happy Saturday All ❀️

I hope you’re all well.

I really want to share my recent boohoo haul with you.

I get lots of promotion discounts codes from boohoo.

So i decide to treat myself to a new outfit firstly ive ordered alot from boohoo over the past few years ive never been dissatisfied with my order its always turned up on time and perfectly packaged.

I get asked alot about the quality of the clothing and do i ever have any issues regarding sizing.

After loosing nearly three stone on the exante diet and being in lockdown ive found it hard to find clothes that i like and ive not got many clothes that fit me anymore due to weightloss and at the moment im living in my work clothes and pj’s.

I love to give myself a pick me up so I’ve ordered two skirts and two new summer tops over the past few weeks both hauls from boohoo.

At the moment im really into my prints before when i was larger in size.

I would never wear prints only ever black or plain clothing.

Loosing weight has definitely made more confident.

Both outfits cost under Β£25 gbp.

My first outfit was a black crop top with flowing animal print wrap skirt..

I’ve had a lot of comments on this outfit shoes where previously purchased from newlook.

The skirt was very comfortable and suited my curvy body shape.

I ordered size 14 in skirt and top.

The top wasn’t a short crop top but i felt it made the skirt stand out better again it even suited larger bust ladies.

Both items come to Β£24.99 including postage.

My second outfit i absolutely love and I can’t wait to wear it on a night out πŸ˜‰

This outfit i had ordered a size 14 for both skirt and top again great fit skirt is so comfy would either look fabulous with heels or boots for a night time look or pair of converse or vans for day time look.

I can’t wait to wear it soon.

Being able to buy nice clothing and being able to feel great in them has made me want to reach weightloss goal even more.

Sounds silly really but coming from somone who’s always battled with weight issues i can’t discribe how i feel.

And thanks to boohoo for their amazing clothing range and fantastic affordable prices alongside quality and vaule for money again i would be happy to recommend them to you all.

If you have spare time have a look on their website link is below. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ”—

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At the moment they have 50% off with an extra 20% off when using this discount code.. πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ EXTRA

Enjoy β™₯️

Lots of love stacie ❀️ ❀️ ❀️ ❀️

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Hey everyone ❀️

This is my long awaited product review for St Tropez Bronzing Gel.

I have to say i absolutely love a fake tan i just feel more confident and happy when i feel good and look good.

Im not vain or anything but i do like to make an effort.

I felt a bit rubbish monday and i thought needed to kind of get myself in order.

All ive been doing is going to work coming home showers and pjs living like an actual couch potato.

If i don’t do something about it i will end up in a downward spiral so thats where the pampering comes into it.

I was sent the product to review #gifted

I am very keen to try new fake tans and omg how have they evolved over the years.

Back in school i would cover myself in dove gradual tan every night I’d end up smelling like a bag of beef monster munch.

But hey girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

Ive tried loads of fake tan products from cheap alternatives to expensive ones.

So i was a little bit excited when i was sent this product along with one of their tanning mits.

Here’s a little bit about the product..

St tropez 1 hour tan in a new hydrating gel texture.

Their most advanced 3-in1 Express tanning gel allows you to control the depth of your fake tan, for a natural-looking sunkissed tan in just 1 hour, or a deep dark bronze in up to 3 hours. Giving you a ultra-hydrating and streak-free fast tan that suits your skin tone and lasts for up to 10 days.

Features

– Choose from a Light, Medium or Dark Tan. Simply rinse off after 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium golden bronze or 3 hours for a deep, dark tan
– Up to 72hrs hydration & 10 days wear with even fade
– Lightweight, streak-free, non-sticky and easy-to-blend
– 100% clean, vegan-friendly & naturally derived tanning active.

My verdict…

I would give it..

Only reason i haven’t gave it a five stars is because i found it didn’t dry as quickly as it says and it did transfer to my clothing a little but apart from that it didn’t have a bad smell colour turned out quite well.

I didn’t leave it on so long as i normally do beacuse i didn’t want it too dark but i worked out and it didnt run after it had been absorbed into my skin.

I would recommend this product to family freinds and followers.

Im really hope it last as long as it says beacuse that would make my life lot easier than keep topping my tan up every few days but honestly i feel 80% better in myself by just using this little miracle in a bottle.

It also shows my new body shape which i absolutely love.

So thank you so St tropez for your amazing products and my chance to review it on my blog πŸ™πŸ»

Sending love to you all ❀️

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