Be Off with You!

This week I have started yet another crazy diet in my bid to eat better and rid myself of my horrible tummy issues and also of those excess pounds I seem to have gained over the last few months. (I am currently tipping the scales at over 9st 7lbs which is insane given that my target weight is 8st 7lbs!)

The thing I have found challenging in the past is that “normal” diets are not extreme enough for me to really register that I’m on a diet and therefore I just eat normally. The main problem with this is that it hurts my gut. However more extreme healthy diets are too extreme and I just can’t stick  to them so I end up over compensating by bingeing which undoes all of my good work!

This time, I may have come up with a solution. It starts off with a week of following this diet and then I will see how I feel. It should allow for a more gentle candida die off as well (see my Candida blog).  I am eating raw for breakfast and lunch and then having a normal dinner. I have included fruit, herbal tea infusions and humous in the “raw” in order to make this bearable and so far, so good. It is Monday and I am not starving at work! I will update you about the weight loss on here and about the candida effects on the other blog.

Recently I’ve been lacking energy so I have also added probiotics, Vitamin B complex and Korean Ginseng supplements to this and already I am feeling slightly more alert than usual. However, I do expect the candida die off to kick in soon which will not be fun.

Anyone just looking to lose some weight, this might be a great, healthy way for you to diet as you can eat as much as you like so long as it’s good stuff. Oh and you HAVE to include veggies, just fruit will not make for a healthy balance!

Let me know your thoughts people! x

It’s Getting Hot in Here!

My latest adventure happened on Wednesday night when some brave girlfriends and I decided that we would take up the challenge of Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga as it is otherwise called. I’d not heard of this until a friend suggested it and upon taking her up, I discovered another friend of mine had been there and done it before. Essentially it’s yoga in a hot room – doesn’t sound too challenging but the alarm bells did start ringing when my more experienced friend said that the challenge in the first session is just to stay in the room, even if you have to give up on the exercises!

Our venue is, I believe the only venue in Reading, Studio 42 which is very centrally located and actually part of the complex of apartments I want to move to so first impressions were good. As I walked in to the reception I started to worry as even in there I was very warm but once I’d got my outdoor gear off I was fine. Then we had to stand in line as the previous class left the room. One girl was literally beetroot colour and from that point I knew I was doomed!

As you can imagine, the room itself was rather stuffy and had a delightful smell of BO but actually wasn’t too hot…until the tutor put the heat on ridiculously high. From thereon in, it was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life – aside from blood tests and having teeth pulled that is. My friends didn’t look like they suffered as much as I did but I was literally covered in sweat from top to toe and had sweat dripping from my chest into my face as I positioned myself in Downward Facing Dog – eugh!

The last time I took a yoga class my only criticism was that it was too relaxing for me to want to take it on a Saturday morning. This time, I could not relax at all because of the sweat situation. It was just so vile and so distracting. Apparently most people leave the class feeling cleansed and like they only want to drink water and eat fruit. I left feeling sticky and starving. The class was at 8pm and you can’t eat 3 hours beforehand so I didn’t get dinner until 9.45pm…not good for a foodie like me! I promptly gorged on toast and kettle chips…oops!

However, my friends did enjoy the class and are heading back so if you like sweating or don’t sweat like a man, maybe it’s for you. Me, I much preferred boot camp and felt far more cleansed after running around in the great outdoors!

Until my next adventure…  x

If the Shoe Fits…Buy It!

Yesterday was one of those days when I went out on a mission to find myself some new shoes and I was determined not to settle for a pair which squished my toes so I spent a long time in town. I tried my usual suspects and spent an age in Dune but the only pair that fitted were far too high with a very skinny heel  so I just know I wouldn’t wear them much as they’re not easy to walk in so I did the sensible thing and walked away – actually walked away!

Bear in mind that I was looking for a stylish shoe, not just any old shoe that fits but something I want to wear as well, my challenge became much greater. I went to Schuh, Next, River Island, Debenhams, John Lewis, Office, New Look, Clarks, Jones the Bootmaker, House of Fraser – all after my Dune visit and I failed over and over again! I was getting super depressed, to the point that I had decided I could definitely look a bit wider than entirely practical and that just being able to walk in the damn things would do. Then I went to a shop I normally overlook as the one in Reading is a bit shite…Topshop.

Look what I found:

For once they are the shoes I really wanted, I went in, saw them, wanted them and got them! Even better, all of this for £68!

Now, let’s not get carried away, they’re not perfect. The main flaw is at the front, the shoes are rather deep so there is a gap between shoe and toes but even my normal footed friends are finding this atm. I’m solving this by adding in party feet and also tights tend to bridge that gap quite a bit. There is also a tiny bit of a gap behind my heels but my feet stay still because of the laced bit in the middle so I can deal with that no problem – maybe some heel grip things in there! Oh, and the laces are massively long but that’s easily fixable.

To a normal person I appreciate this seems extreme and a normal person would probably rule these out as poorly fitting but as a narrow footed freak, this to me is a small price to pay for a fit pair of shoes, especially as they don’t squash my toes!

This small victory has made my week and I just had to share with my fellow foot freaks! x

Feet Glorious Feet!

I’ve noticed that one thing that is rarely blogged about is feet. There seem to be blogs about every other part of the body and about shoes, but very few talk about actual feet! So…I have decided to dedicate this post to feet, purely to raise awareness that they deserve some love too!

Awkward as my feet are when it comes to buying shoes, I still appreciate the hard work they do for me and the pain they take from poorly fitting shoes without complaining. Just the other day I finally invested in some of that Barry M crackling nail polish and layered it over my favourite China Glaze bright pink to give my toes a treat. It may look a little bit emo teenager for a 25 year old professional but it’s fun and nobody really sees it! What do you think?

Now send me your feet people! I wanna have a look, especially if they have pretty painted nails (boys too) or anything weird – like my tiny baby toes!!!


When the Shoe Fits…Or Not!

My latest beef is with all shoe manufacturers…all of them! What has happened to shoes? I swear to god they get wider by the day – probably because most people’s waistlines get wider by the day and it’s spreading to the feet but this does not help me!

Ever since I was a kid and my mum used to have to drag me to every shoe store to find school shoes, I’ve known my feet are weird. They look normal but in the words of a Clarks shop assistant when I was younger “we don’t do that width, in that size”. My feet are way narrower than they should be for their length.

As I grew up they widened out a bit and I found that the solution was to always buy shoes with straps and then I was all good. Now however, size 7 shoes seem to be a smidgen shorter in length and loads wider whereas I used to even taken a size 6 quite often! Even Dune, my narrow shoe go to shop is letting me down. I literally cannot find any narrow shoes! I strap up the shoes but the heels are so wide and the toe area so deep that I still have gaps everywhere. HUMPH!

Does anyone know of anywhere that sells good narrow shoes to the UK? I’ve checked out James Inglis, etc. but they are all granny shoes and I am 25 and love fashion…this is not good enough! Any hints or tips would be much appreciated. I can budget up to about £150 per pair to get what I want but what I want is to love the shoes and for them to be comfy. Currently this is an either, or situation.

Help me please! Alternatively, if you know anything about heel implants (do they exist?) I’d pretty much consider surgery too right now!