Top/Shoes: Primark | Skirt: New Look*
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
Bracelet: Alexander McQueen
This skirt is made from 3 things I’m loving at the moment, pleats, mid length and neon. During our little heat wave last week I realised just how much my wardrobe was lacking summer clothes and how I needed to include more maxi/mid skirts/dresses in to my daily life. New Look is one of my favourite stores so when I had the chance to pick a couple of items from the lovely guys at Voucher Codes I added the skirt to my basket straight away along with this beauty. New Look have some fab deals on at the moment so certainly check them out if you're looking to stock up on summer essentials!
I hope you're all enjoying your bank holiday and your plans aren't being ruined by the weather! I'm not doing anything which suits me fine, I’ve hardly seen Matt over the past few weeks due to his final year deadlines so it's been lovely just spending with him. I'm making the most of this weekend as Wednesday I finally start my new job and I know I’ll be thrown in to madness but I’m excited none the less. I'm actually thinking about wearing this outfit for my first day, but knowing me I'll change a million times because nothing will be 'right'.
I have always been curvy, even at my smallest (size 10) I still had big hips, chest and bum. But over the years the weight has piled on (totally my own fault) but I have learnt to embrace it and I’ve actually liked my figure and was happy. But since last year, since I finished uni and began working from home I’ve seen a dramatic change in my appearance and it's one I’m not happy with. I am all about being happy the size you are, whether that's a 0 or 28 and believe me when I say I was 100% happy with my body at 12-14 but I am now a size/have the weight I’ve never had before and I don't like it. I just don't feel like myself. Now I know what I need to do, I need to include a lot of exercise in my daily routine and eat so much better. I know what I’m doing wrong and I know what I need to change. But when you're stuck in a routine and habit, it's very hard to get out of. So last month when I was contacted by Jenny Craig about joining their weight loss programme I knew the time to change was now.
It took me a few weeks to be able to start it 100% as I had birthdays, trips home and events to attend and I just knew I wouldn't be able to stick to it. But I’ve been on it for about a week and a half now so I thought it was a good time to introduce it. For those who follow me on Twitter & Instagram (@VIPXO) you'll already know I’m doing it and what food I’ve been eating. I'm on a 1200 calorie diet for 28 days and I have all my meals planned for me. Breakfasts consist of porridge, muesli and wheat flakes, lunches are noodles or soup and then dinner are meals like bolognese pasta, chicken with rice, hot pots etc. I have chocolate snacks too which are incredible! So far I am loving the breakfast and lunches, they are just so yummy and I don't feel like I’m being limited at all. But I do have a slight issue with the dinners, to me they are just so unappetising and I’m not enjoying them at all, in fact they make it really hard to stick to it.
Like I said in the week I’ve been doing it I have deviated a couple of times for the meals which I know isn't good because you're meant to stick to it 100% for it to work but the circumstances meant I wasn't able to eat the meal and I did feel really guilty. But I’m determined to stick 100% to it right up until the end. I am a little disappointed to say I haven't lost any lbs yet and I certainly haven't seen a change in my appearance but my energy levels have increased which I’m really happy about so at least that's something. I know diets are very personal, what might work so well for someone might not work at all for someone else but I’m giving it a go. Even if I don't loose anything doing this, I know that I’m on the track to be able to eventually and get my body used to low cal meals and to finally get myself back to place I’m happy with.
I'll be updating again next Monday. If you have any questions please feel free to tweet/email/formspring.
Disclaimer: I have been given these meals for free but it in no way changes my opinion on this programme. This is a personal choice. I am not doing this for anyone but myself and I am certainly not saying the size I am now is 'wrong' it's just not a size I’m not comfortable with on myself.