January 2018 | That Fashion Bambi



Thursday, 18 January 2018

Fitness, goals and the journey so far

I've become addicted to the gym...thats something I never thought I would say, but well a lot has changed and I thought why not do a blog post on it. Just to start off, I am no fitness pro with the body of a goddess but I've come a long way and want to share my journey and knowledge of fitness so far. 

So lets go back to the beginning I started going to the gym in May 2017 and thats when the buzz of the gym really kicked in. I feel like people have so many reasons for starting the gym or exercising, something hits you then boom. Mine came from two places, the first one was yes my body, I wasn't happy with how I looked. I have never been over weight and always been a size 8 however I always hated my legs. I felt out of proportion to the top half of my body. My legs was where I put all of my weight and my ass of course (which is why the name peachy seems to stick). But I guess the worse time for me was summer, I dreaded it! The shorts,dresses and skirts...I hated summer clothes so much and going on holiday was always my most insecure regarding my body. Sad yet funny story...I would wake up every day on holiday put my bikini bottoms on turn to my boyfriend and cry, I felt so self conscious of my legs and always thought they were huge. So yes I had the usual, I hate my body lets go to the gym and get a bikini body.

 But the main reason that actually pushed me to go to the gym I mentioned in my last post. My anxiety. At university I use to shake a lot, and get really bad anxiety and I needed something to release all of the stress and make me feel better, so I started the gym. I can't tell you how much this helped, how much better I felt. It was a complete turnaround and after I saw the improvements in my anxiety and my fitness I got hooked.

So from the anxiety improving and basically going away I started to focus on my fitness and what my body could get out of the gym. I was so unfit when I started back in May, I could hardly do any cardio without being out of breath. Then trying weights really was hard work, I had such weak arms I could barely lift a weight without doing damage. This took months for me to get stronger, fitter and healthier. It feels impossible when you start, so much effort and you feel like your not getting anywhere. But then you do, those little changes turn into big changes. I was seeing a difference in my shape, my size and my muscle. Then so did everyone else, my boyfriend noticed first the changes in my legs, my hips and my overall shape. Then its family, friends etc who notice the weight loss or the definition and it feels amazing. 

My legs, that was my target area but it was the longest process and still is. Like I said at the start of this post, my body isn't where I want it yet but theres a big difference. The first place I noticed was my hips, thats been the place that always stuck out and bugged me. They have reduced massively and I feel much more confident now. To then the legs, I finally started to loose weight and gain muscle. I had legs that didn't have any shape, they literally looked like sausages, no curves, no knees, no ankles. Now I have ankles(woooo). Cardio, thats my step 1. I do cardio for 20-30 mins every gym session, this can be interval training on the treadmill, or spin bike, cross trainer or high incline walking. This made a huge difference to my body, especially the weight loss off my legs and hips.

Then step 2, I then introduced weights and weight machines, this was to build muscle and create stronger arms and legs, as I want an overall more toned and sculpted look. I can now lift so much more on my arms and I finally have shape there too. I got stronger through weight lifting and began to research and watch videos on the types of things I could do. I spend about 30 mins on either weights or weight machines, this also includes squats with weighted bags or kettle bells. I like to mix it up, then I don't get bored, but weights have now become my favourite thing. I am becoming much more toned, the weight I lost has meant that I am building muscle on areas to create more shape. Then step 3, the last thing I introduced was mats, I now spend about 20 mins maybe longer on the mats focusing on core exercises. This has made my overall body so much stronger, I like to use TRX ropes or to just focus on my core through exercises with no added weights. I couldn't do a press up and I couldn't do a plank for longer than 10 seconds, I now do push ups as part of my routine and I do over a minute of the plank exercise every day. So in total I go to the gym 4-5 times a week for 1 hour, and I love it. 



Food for me wasn't an issue, I always ate healthy I just needed to work out and when I did have a naughty night unfortunately me the fat went onto my hips and legs. So I haven't gone into detail of what I eat or what you should eat because I am no expert. I make sure I have my protein in take through adding protein powders after a workout (I use the cute nutrition shakes). But yes I have my intake of protein, I have a lot of eggs, chicken, rice, veg, fruit as well. Balance is everything, I don't deprive myself ever and if I am craving some chocolate or something sweet I have replacements like ricecakes and peanut butter or strawberries and melted dark chocolate. Then when I do have a takeaway or go out for a meal I don't feel half as guilty because I know I am working out and looking after myself. Your diet is key, but one of the main things I have learnt is DO NOT WEIGHT YOURSELF. While you are going to the gym or working out there is no point weighing yourself. I weigh more than I did at the start of 2017 yet I look and feel so much better. This is because muscle weighs more than fat, so don't rely on the scales rely on the proof.

My goals for 2018 is to continue to work out, get stronger, fitter and become more toned(maybe even get abs). I will continue to have a balanced diet and lifestyle. Going to the gym and working out isn't just a body change its a mind change too, so if your thinking about it. Do it, you have nothing to loose. Everyone has a way in which suits them or what they like to do, stick with that and find your way. Once you have, you won't go back.

Fashion Bambi

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Reflecting on 2017

Firstly Happy New Year, I can't believe we are now in 2018!
2017 seemed to just slip away and the year began and ended rather quickly, well thats what it felt like for me. As always the year was full of up's and down's for us all, but for me I had some great achievements like getting my BA Honours degree in Fashion styling and image making and I also turned 21. However 2017 was also a really tough year for me career wise. So I'm just going to jump right in...

The final year of my degree was beyond intense, deadline after deadline and more work than ever before. Stress of getting models, dissertation, getting books made, researching, styling, personalising and so much more. I have to admit I handle pressure quite well and seem to thrive and want to push myself further, but my anxiety not so much. Lets just say my degree welcomed anxiety into my life and it hasn't really left since. Don't get me wrong, I rarely get panic attacks now and the anxiety is calm. But lets face it you can't go to uni and not feel some sort of overwhelming sensation, then lucky you. It really was tough, lots of crying moments, happy moments, angry moments, name it all I felt it. But my final project I ever did at university was my strongest work yet and I am so proud of the final outcome, I made memories and got to shoot with some beautiful friends. 

But then the day came, I graduated. I did it. That was an amazing feeling to stand on that stage and receive my certificate! It was such a beautiful day (not weather wise, it was awful) but the whole day with my family and boyfriend, celebrating with the girls I did the course with and of course having lots of pictures and procesco. It was incredible and I am so proud to say I did it, I got my degree. Nothings worth having if its easy and this degree really wasn't. I was pushed to my limits and made to question everything I am about, but getting through was my biggest achievement.


But I guess the tough part for me last year has to be getting a job. I am still looking, applying and determined to get there. But last year wasn't easy, I guess I thought having a degree means finding a job more easily but that wasn't the case at all. You either don't have enough experience or you are over qualified and right now I am still stuck in that rut. I know that getting a job after university in something so specific isn't easy, but I guess I thought I would be working by now. I have worked since the age of 16 and I have continued to do this job while I am on the hunt for the right job to start off my career in fashion. 

The emotions I have gone through has been up and down. One day I am watching netflix all day and eating lots of food. The next I am crying, lonely and sad. To then having to join the gym as my anxiety got bad again and not working or having my mind focusing on something creative caused me to have shakes and feel down. So I did something about it, don't read this and think well she hasn't said she's been applying. Because trust me, I have, a lot. So I didn't want to feel this way any more, it was getting me down and getting people around me down. So I joined the gym and within a few weeks, the shakes stopped and my anxiety died down. This is something I still do 4-5 times a week and it really does help. I also took on extra hours at my part time job to earn more money and get active again. 

But the best thing I did was this. I started to blog and do social media as a full time thing, it became my hobbie turned to my job. I put more time and effort into this, because it makes me happy and its something I have become so passionate about. Don't get me wrong I am not earning a living from this, but I am getting to work with amazing brands and connect with different people from all over the world. I also discovered my style and what I want to do, thats a blog post I will save for another time. But there you go if last year was tough in different ways from mine or similar ways there is always something you can do. I did this, I started the gym. I did things which I am still doing now, which I am taking into the new year to add to my new goals. Getting a job isn't gonna be easy but least in the meantime I am doing stuff I love and I am also bettering myself. 

I also turned 21 last year, that was a great highlight of 2017. I got to spend the day drinking pims, eating afternoon tea and dancing like an idiot with all of my favourite people. Having a alice and wonderland themed afternoon tea was so cute and beyond special, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday. I've also been to to Salcombe, graduate fashion week, stayed at hotel football, watched dirty dancing, wicked and alice in wonderland at theatres and watched harry potter at an outdoor cinema to name some of the fun things I did this year. I couldn't afford to go on holiday abroad so trying to make the most of the UK's summer is never easy, but I made the best out of a dull summer and still created some great memories.

I feel like I have so much to write down from experiences last year or thoughts and feelings I am having, so be sure to see a weekly blog post from  me where I babble on about all sorts of stuff. More than what I have written has happened this year, I've lost friends, gained new ones, received sad news, received great news become poorly, got better, things changed, stuff happened. But I don't want this to be a sad post I want my writing to always see a positive and to see the good in situations. More writing to come and its all from my heart, this is my honest reflection, outlook and take on my world. 

I wanted to write this post to highlight the fact that when people go through ups and downs you've always got to try and pull out a positive or do something to better your current position. I don't believe in everything happens for a reason in all aspects, but I do believe that everyone has a path and the ups and downs are all part of your journey and they make you, you. So heres to 2018, putting 2017 behind us and looking to the future. I have so many goals for this year and I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me. Wishing you all the best year!!

Fashion Bambi 
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