I’m not sure where to start and I don’t even know how to name this blog entry. It’s the first one of this year and I had a different expectation of what I would be wanting to write about.Continue reading “The FAT Girl Strikes Back”
I remember all those moments of frustration in dressing rooms trying hard to find something that would fit and also look good regardless of my body shape or size. Often whenever I would find something that I liked it wouldn’t fit and when it did fit it would be probably something that I didn’t really like to see myself on and that I would find terribly horrible.
In those moments, frustration would grow and eventually endure until I give up and end picking up more casual clothes like a blouse and a pair of dark jeans. And even though a blouse and a pair of jeans can make a great success in several occasions, I think women in general will always have that secret desire of looking a little bit more classy, a little bit more chique and a little bit more sexy in special occasions such as Christmas and New Year’s eve.
I personally did spend the last two months looking for something special to wear during Christmas and the New Year’s eve. Now it’s fairly easier to find clothes that fit me but most of the time there is still the problem of find something that is not only attractive to our eyes but also flattering. So thinking about this and to celebrate the fact that I am now Poppy Apparel Ambassador I picked a dress that I know for sure that can and will flatter every woman. And how do I know that? I will explain it to you, but first let me show you ‘the’ dress.
Gorgeous, ins’t it?
Now I will explain why this exact dress can flatter every woman. This is usually a great dress shape for women whose body shape is an hourglass, which means that the top and bottom of the body are proportional to each other. If you don’t have such body type though don’t start panicking, because that’s where the dress makes its wonders. Here is why:
The dress is designed to create volume at the top and bottom while accentuating or creating a waist line. Therefore it enhances or creates body curves naturally. But this is not the only reason why this dress is a must have. Take a closer look:
Besides accentuating your feminine body shape, the lace motifs give you a romantic look, while the V-neck grants you a sexy twist without the danger of looking “trashy”. Plus, the bottom of the dress goes just a little bit beyond the knee which makes you look classy and confident.
Another great thing about this Poppy Apparel’s dress is that you can find it up to XXXL size. Yes, that’s right. You read perfectly fine, it’s available in bigger sizes, and now you can also have it with a 10% discount, on top of the website’s sale price. Just go to http://www.poppyapparel.com, search for “Saoirse bodycon dress”, add it to your cart and enter the promotional code “worklifefitness10”. This way you will be able to purchase this exact same dress for only $18 (£13.3).
And you want to know another thing that I love about this dress too? You can use it in several occasions, including at work when paired up with a plain a blazer or at a party when paired up with a black leather jacket.
Let me see your New Year’s look or how this dress looks on you – tag me on instagram (@work.life.fitness) and I will surely like and comment your look.
In October 2017, I committed myself to start a fitness journey. I tried many times to have an active lifestyle in the past but I gave up on it too often and thus I never endured enough to see the benefits of being active. However, this time I made serious resolutions and I committed to the process, having in mind that I would be better equipped to deal with stress at work and happier with my own life in general.
The results have been far better than I ever expected. I have more energy and I am much more motivated to deal with issues whenever they arise. My mind and body have been speaking for themselves, and I am no longer massively depressed. But this journey has been greatly facilitated due to some excellent mobile apps and that’s what I am bringing you in this post. If becoming more active and healthy is part of your New Year’s resolutions, go grab your phone and search for the following apps:
My Fitness Pal
This app is absolutely great to track the nutritional quality of what you eat. It allows you to register your meals daily and keep track of your progress. But do not worry, because it’s super easy, you just need to scan the bar code of the ingredients you use in your meals and select the portion you’re having. I really believe that My Fitness Pal is a must have if you want to gain more insight on what you eat (e.g. calories per meal) and the impact of food portions in our daily intake. You can even set nutritional goals and then whenever you go beyond them you will be notified. Another great feature of this app is that you can upload photos of your body as you progress and maintain a record of your weight that can be shown weekly, monthly or yearly.
So far I only use one of the features of this app which is “light warmup”. I use this feature before I start any workout. The app guides you through a series of exercises that are meant to prepare you for your main workout session. You can also configure how many minutes you want to spend on the warmup. I find this feature really useful and handy. Usually I can be listening to music in my smartphone and still hear the instructions clearly.
Zen Labs Fitness – 10K
Whether you love running or you would like to start running, I strongly recommend this app. It basically breaks the big challenge of running 10K in small steps and it instructs you to run three times a week for 14 weeks. I have to be honest and say that I never went beyond the 5th week but that’s because I am not really focused on running 10K. I always go back to this app whenever I choose running as my cardio workout. With this app, you can also be listening to music while running and listening to your instructor’s alerts.
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The end of a year and the beginning of another is a very inspiring time for me. It’s a time in which you dream about all the things you want to change in your life and career. And it’s a time to grab pen and paper to write down such resolutions.
But this is the easiest part, right? We have no difficulty in naming what we want to change, but we do struggle with how to make change happen and most of all how to make it last. This is because we are usually too abstract in what regards making resolutions.
We are able to say that we want to lose weight but we don’t form a clear vision of what that would mean according to our own reality. We are surely ready to get that gym subscription but we are not fully aware of what actions and attitudes need to be developed in order to transform that subscription in fitness results. Therefore is not enough to desire change; we need to see the bigger picture. Here are three steps to help you generate new year’s resolutions and make them come true.
1. Do Grab Pen And Paper
Mental notes are certainly easier but the chance of forgetting about them is huge. Grab a pen and paper and write down the change or changes you wish to see in your life and/or career in the upcoming year. Use bullet points and make it short for now.
2. Find Your Why
For each bullet point, think and make a note of why you want that change to happen. Why do you want it badly? Seek inside of yourself first, because internal motivation is a greater success indicator than external motivation. Plus, your why is the fuel of your change; your why is what will make it last.
3. Make A Plan
Now that you have your list and your whys, it’s time to choose the most important resolution and make a plan. How will you go from A, your current situation, to B, the place you want to see yourself in? What do you need to make it happen and get results? Let your mind flow, use your creativity and don’t forget to write down all the solutions you find.
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