Monday, 22 June 2015

This weather though...

How incredible is this weather? How nice is it to sit in the sun all day now I've finished uni? I wouldn't know. I have been non-stop working just to try and make up for the ridiculous amounts of money I spent on my mad few weeks. Do you know what's worse? On my mad few weeks, I brought a £40 shirt dress. I shouldn't have done and to make myself feel better I blame Kate [] for telling me she likes it. You see I actually think this is my problem I'm so easily influenced when it comes to things like going out or buying clothes.

'Chlo, shall we go out?'
'Naa I'm staying in'
'Oh come on, let's go out'
'Okay, see you in 10'

I just can't say no. Anyway, I tend to avoid Urban Outfitters simply because if I go in I will buy something and 90% of the time I'm trying to save, but this once, being the silly fool I am, I went in and brought something and do I regret it? NOPE. It's amazing and so bloody functional... I love an item I can wear with so many things - night out, on the beach, with jeans, winter/summer this shirt dress will remain in my wardrobe all year round that's for sure.

Pairing with my vans and a simple jacket to keep it casual and cool but I would not hesitate to squeeze on a pair of massive heels and jewellery for a night out.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Is Juicing Really All That Great?

Shoot me, go ahead because I'm one of the 1000s guilty of trying every diet out there and yes, I have given the whole 'juicing' craze ago. For me, it was a recipe for disaster, being a massive foody I rebelled and ate everything in my sight within 6 hours of starting and the thing is, it seems I'm not alone. When it comes to juicing it appears there are three types of us around... the detoxer, the snacker and the meal replacer.
We've all jumped onto a bandwagon for a health kick at some point or another and if you haven't then tell me you're secret because I'm a sucker for an advert. The thing is though with all this detox juicing around is it really all that good? I've done some research so you don't have too... thank me later.

It's not a secret that fruit and veggies are packed full with vitamins, minerals and whole bunch of fibre but the problem that has been found with juicing is that simply sucks the juice out of the fruit and veg and leaves the majority of the goodness behind. Say whaaaat? So that juice we all thought was full of vitamins and minerals... erm, well probably isn't. Soz about that.

What's more is that people tend to be scared of a 'veg juice' the thought of glugging down something bright green or even worse, brown, makes many of us gag so why would we put ourselves through it? Well, it's because veggies have a lot fewer calories/carbs/sugar and more protein so all in all are actually better for you and more likely to help you lose weight... if that's your aim of course.
Honestly, that brown stuff isn't all that bad - the more you try something the more your taste buds get used to it. My body has got so used to me trying weird foods, it took a while but now it's now kind of like ' oh christ here she goes, brace yourselves guys' and my tastebuds just deal with it but...if you're throwing up, it's probably best to try a new blend. Try my everyday smoothie here.

The idea that juicing is a great detox is actually flawed. There is no scientific evidence that suggest that juices help with eliminating toxins from the body []. In addition, yes, juicing will help you lose weight fast but how long can you keep that going for? What about your protein intake? What about the minerals you get from eating the whole fruit and veggies instead of just sucking the juice out of them? The sad thing as well is that, if you don't have enough of the stuff and you're constantly hungry,  you could put yourself into starvation mode - the fat storing mode. Damn it.

I'm certainly not trying to tell you no to juices, they are great way to hydrate and a 1000x better alternative to fizzy drinks and squashes but what I am saying is maybe swapped your juicer for a blender. My Nutri bullet is my love, using it every day and the blades blend all the veggies and fruits together keep all the vitamins and minerals you need and is great for a quick snack not necessarily as a meal replacement. Keep an eye out for my Food diary that I will be posting next week to see where smoothies, not juices fit into my diet.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Where's Hodge Gone?

Or more to the point who is she? I'd be lying if I said to you I don't constantly question myself about how and why I've changed in such a short time. This morning, while on my run I was trying to work out how to even start this blog and nothing seemed to fit right. I don't want this post to be the same crap we always hear like 'Oh my god I'm a new person' because I'm not new, I'm still the same girl, but I guess, I am different? Oh, I don't know but hopefully after reading this maybe you could find the answer for me?

Let me take you back 5 weeks ago. Uni deadlines in the horizon, gym constantly in the front of my mind, home from the buzz of London, blogging becoming a chore, my friends at home lurking in the distance and my uni friends more or less nonexistent with my dreams only remaining that of a dream. I guess you could kind of say I felt slightly lost. I wasn't unhappy, but I got caught up in what I felt like I should be doing and trying to carry on life like it was before. I didn't know I could do things alone and I certainly didn't know I could be on my own and for a 19-year-old girl I hated that about myself.

So if I felt like that just a few weeks back how do I explain how I feel now? I'm content, wanting to work hard, wanting to blog, wanting to see friends, wanting to get in the gym and eat well instead of feeling like I had to. Maybe it's the great friends I've made at uni or the fact my old friends and family constantly have my back? Who know's all I can say is in such a short amount of time I'm a lot happier with myself.

So much has changed and I'm still not sure I've thought every decision through properly whether that's going out most nights and destroying my kidneys or eating as much crap food as I can until my body is crying for the gym, but I had fun! What's more, I'm finally leaving mummy and moving in with my favourite Bristolian to the land of Jenners (yes I will be singing the Wurzels every time they speak for a good 2 years and yes, it will still be funny every time I do it). When I move out there are certainly a few things I'll be taking with me all from what I've learnt from my saint of a Stepdad that 100% has played a huge part in who I am today.

Always find the reason WHY you do something and work out how much that means to you.

Be thankful every day for your past - It shaped you now let it motivate you. 

Forgive those that have ever done you wrong - I still struggle with this because I'm stubborn.

You will learn something from every person you speak to - Are they boring when telling a story? Well you've learnt not to tell a story in that way then.

Go it alone. Find things out for yourself - Let Mum and Dad go.

Maybe it's the things I've learnt from him that have got me to be in such a good place? All these questions I'm trying to answer, but maybe I need to stop trying to work it out and keep chasing my dreams instead of sitting on them to find the answer.

But one thing is for certain... The girl that relied on someone's company, a boyfriend and perfection, doesn't need that anymore.

I've got this, all on my own - have you?

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