DITL Of A Serial Dieter

I think I’ve always had an unhealthy relationship with food. As far back as I can remember I have always been an over-eater. It’s strange, the level of sheer satisfaction you get from indulging your sweet tooth. It’s more than just gratifying hunger pangs.

For me its an overwhelming sense of calm and utter relaxation. A warm and glorious feeling in my tummy that can’t be beaten… As I said, I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food…

So, because of this I’ve spent the biggest part of my life on a diet. I’ve done them all. Slimming World, Slim Fast, Cambridge, Juice Plus, Atkins… and so on and so forth. But the only one that’s ever worked for me is Weight Watchers, and so here I am again… back on a diet plan.

I thought there may be those of you like me, who are following WW too, so I’ve decided to share my typical day of eating on this plan.

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Zero hero breakfast of grapes and strawberries.

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A “fakeaway” version of a Caesar Salad – chicken, lettuce, cucumber, low cal cheese & caesar dressing – 2SP

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Weight Watchers Sausage & Root Veg Mash with mini fritters – 16SP

And for snacking…

The best thing about this diet is that you can still have all of your treats, as long as you stay within your daily points allowance. It’s definitely the only way I can lose weight effectively whilst maintaining my sanity and satisfying my overzealous sweet tooth.

If i’m being honest though, all I really want from life is to be skinny and eat cake… Not asking for much eh?

D x

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De-stress and Unwind

I am a highly strung person. I am not, by nature, laid back and chill. It takes a lot to get me there and by a lot I mean medication and alcohol mostly, lol.

However, I’ve really been working on my self-care since the start of this year and I have come up with some basic ideas/ practices that I try to incorporate into my life when things are getting too much to handle.

I thought I’d share these, in case like me, there are those of you out there who find it difficult to turn your brain off. These are simple little things I choose to do to relax my body and my mind, and despite being simple, they are also effective.

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Simple as that. 🙂 It’s not rocket science and the most important thing to remember is that you cannot control everything. Once you learn to accept this, everything else will become much easier to handle.

As ever, take care lovelies.

D x


Self Care – Hair Care

I recently wrote that 2018 would be the year I focused on Self-Care.

So in a bid to continue on this quest, I’ve decided to branch out and show you in a bit more detail, the products (old & new) that I use to achieve my inner zen.

This week I’m focusing on ‘Hair Care‘.

I’m not in any way loyal to any particular brands when it comes to looking after my locks, and I actually quite enjoy experimenting with different shampoos, conditioners, treatments & styling products. There are a few brands I’ve used that were underwhelming, but I’m yet to find something that knocks my socks off. It was therefore a lovely surprise when I was approached by a super sweet lady in the US to try some products from a brand I’d never heard of. She is a Market Partner of a company called MONAT (short for Modern Nature).

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So after speaking to her about their products, I did a bit of research myself. There is lots of information on their site, as well as plenty of reviews and opinions elsewhere on the internet, but I’ll break it down to the basics of what they promise to deliver:

MONAT’s ingredients are naturally-based, and combine the best of nature with cutting-edge science to provide effective solutions for all your hair concerns.

  • NO Gluten
  • NO Harmful Colours
  • NO Harmful Fragrances
  • NO Animal Testing
  • NO Animal Origin Ingredients

The particular products that I’ve been sent to try out are the MONAT Black 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner RRP £32 as well as the Restore Leave-In Conditioner RRP £35.

The 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner is:

A complete 2-in-1 system that cleanses and conditions while maintaining essential moisture and balance for youthful, healthy-looking hair. Nourishes the scalp whilst helping boost natural hair growth and improve follicle strength to help reduce hair thinning. Safe to use on coloured and/or chemically treated hair.

The Restore Leave-In Conditioner is:

A nourishing leave-in conditioner designed to revive each hair strand using the same proven ingredients and technologies as MONAT’s Renew Hydrating Shampoo and Replenish Masque. Helps restore essential nutrients to the scalp, boosting natural hair growth and improving follicle strength to reduce hair thinning. Leaves fragile hair silky, youthful and supple. Safe to use on coloured and/or chemically treated hair.

Along with trying these new products for the first time, I also have a few other older staple items I’ve been returning to recently. These are the Schwarzkopf GOT2B 2 Sexy Volumizing HairSpray RRP £4.19 and the Mark Hill Medium Radial Brush RRP £11.99.

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This plumping hairspray gives you that push up you need to flaunt that sexy, show-stopping big volume!

It is nothing short of miraculous for people with fine, lifeless hair like mine.

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The Medium Radial Brush will add volume and body. PLUS, the brush allows for even air-flow which makes for a super-fast and effective blow dry. The medium brush is perfect for those with medium to long hair.

I’ve found that since using both these items for the last few weeks, that I’ve been able to control my fine hair with much more ease. The brush has made blow-drying a much more pleasant task, despite it still being a lengthy process. While the hairspray has done a Grade A job in boosting the volume of my fine (but lots of it), damaged hair.

I can only hope that the MONAT hair system does what it says on the tin, so to speak, and restores my long locks to their natural state. First impressions so far are good, it smells utterly divine… like an expensive Spa.

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I shall report back soon but in the meantime, please feel free to leave some of your “can’t live without” hair products below in the comments, as well as any reviews from those of you who have tried the MONAT range.

Take care lovelies!

D x


The Importance of Positivity

The aim of this is not to be preachy or to proclaim that this is how I live my life. It is definitely not. I am what you’d call a “glass is half-empty” kind of gal – but in the most constructive of ways. I’m not a ‘Debbie Downer’ or an overly negative person, but I definitely see myself as being realistic in terms of what I consider to be the outcome of certain situations.

It’s only recently, since I’ve started to work on myself and my “self-care” that I’ve realised, this might not be the best way to look at life, and here’s why.

Not allowing yourself that inner hope and excitement for what may come, is just plain cruel. Yes, its good to be realistic as then your less likely to be disappointed, but letting yourself think that the impossible is sometimes “possible” isn’t a bad thing. It builds confidence. It tells your inner self that “you know what, you can do this… you are worthy of this”.

Just some thoughts I’ve been having recently that I wanted to share. I hope that anybody reading this, if you’re like me and always trying to be level headed and not get carried away, that you cut yourself some slack. Let that dream you have, seem even a little bit more possible. It might encourage you to work a little harder to achieve it, and more importantly it will let you believe that you are worthy of achieving it.


Practising “Self-Care”

This one is for all the exhausted mums and dads out there who are on your 4th day of not washing or brushing your teeth. Who don’t know for sure how many hours of sleep you’ve had in the last 48 hours, simply because your brain isn’t functioning enough to work out the calculation.

This is for those of you can’t remember the last time you were able to sit and read a book, or watch a movie, without either being interrupted by the tiny humans in your life or simply falling asleep from sheer exhaustion.

Being a parent is HARD. I’ll say that again… BEING A PARENT IS HARD!!!

Every now and again it’s ok… in fact its necessary to give yourself some well deserved time off. Be that an hour or a full day. Whatever you need.

This (i’ve learned only recently) is the thing that keeps us sane. Of course we love our children but burning the candle at both ends is not healthy for anyone.

Last Friday was the first time I willingly passed over the reigns to Granda (my dad) to take on the toddler entertainment duties in order to give me some time to myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t use that time to relax or for some well earned pamper time. No, I used it to steam clean my livingroom floor and fill one of my photo albums.

Why I hear you ask??? Because these were tasks that were important to me that I couldn’t find the time to do. Every time I looked at my germ-ridden floor my anxiety levels rose, and every time my son emptied the basket of loose photographs onto said floor I seriously considered handing him into the Post Office with a RETURN TO SENDER note attached.

So getting to do that, for me, was absolute bliss… Especially due to the fact that instead of the incessant, obnoxious, downright abhorrent Peppa Pig theme music in the background, I was actually able to listen to my own music.

However, this is just one example of my kind of “Self Care”, which i’m sure most of you wouldn’t be too keen on repeating, so I’ll share some other ideas that might be a bit more appealing to a wider audience.

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Be selfish. Do something that makes YOU happy… Only you. Whether that’s catching up on your fave TV show or reading a few chapters of a new book. Just do it!

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I understand the irony of this one, with me obviously typing this on my laptop (as well as having my iPhone within reach) but SWITCH OFF! Take an hour… just one hour every other night, or even once a week to switch off ALL of the technology off in the house. Disconnect the WiFi, turn off the TV, put your phone in a drawer and just enjoy the silence. You’ve no idea how much this one little thing can de-clutter your brain. You have to try it!

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How many times have you browsed through your Facebook feed to find that same person airing their dirty laundry or just spouting their usual negative nonsense? Get rid of them. Click “Unfriend” and all of that doom and gloom will be gone forever. In the same breath, you can do this in real life. If you have negative people around you bringing you down and not offering any goodness to your life, then you don’t need them to be in it. Cut ties and your little world will be a much more positive one.

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Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, stop whatever it is you’re doing and put on your favourite upbeat song. Have a 5 minute boogie, whether it’s just you or the whole family, and dance your troubles away. It might not fix whatever’s got you stressed but it’ll definitely ease your worries even if it’s just a little bit. 

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This is a no-brainer. When you eat well, you feel better. It’s just a fact of life. As much as I would like to say eating half a chocolate cake is good for you, it’s just not. I’m not saying you have to start any crazy diets but eating a healthy diet will definitely make a difference to the way you feel. 

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Buy yourself a new lippy, pair of shoes or if you’re a gamer, a new PS4 game. If there’s something you really want then buy yourself it. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-indulgence every now and again. It’s a nice way to show that you value yourself.  

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Do something good for someone else. Help a neighbour in the house with their shopping or donate some of your unused clothes to charity. Go out of your way to make someone else’s day better. You feel better and so do they… it’s a win win. 

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Lastly and probably my favourite idea of them all… Have a pamper night. When the kids are all tucked up in bed (even if it’s just for an hour before they wake back up again) light some candles, run a bath, use one of your expensive bath bombs, pour a glass of wine, put on a face-mask and just relax. Unwind. Drift away to your happy place. And remember to lock the bathroom door.

I hope these were useful and that they have given you some ideas for those moments when you’ve reached breaking point and are in dire need of some serious “Self-Care”. Looking after yourself is key to surviving the parenting game. Take it from this extremely over-tired mama… It’s a necessity!