Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Beach Body Diet - 6 days to a flat stomach

So I read this article in Zest Magazine about how to get a flat stomach in 6 days, both me and my house mate have decided its not really a diet more a 'fast' which will hopefully reduce your bodies 'excessive' water weight and any bloating.

They suggest that for 6 days you following these steps:
  1. Easy on the salt
  2. Ditch spicy herbs
  3. Drink only water (and green tea)
  4. Be totally fat free - except fish oil
  5. Eat lean white meat - chicken, turkey and white fish
  6. Steam it, grill it or bake it - with no added oil
  7. Fill up on fibre-rich food
Sounds terrible I know...

I started yesterday Monday 30th May 11, and will (try) and continue through to Sunday 5th June 11.

My starting weight is 9 st, stomach measures (at widest part) 30 in and waist is 26 in (relaxed)!  I am also doing a 20 min work out focusing mainly on my waist, stomach, bum and thigh 3 to 4 times a week.

I think the easiest part will be step 1, 2 and 3 plus not using oil in my cooking... but eating mostly veg and steaming them will kill me.  I am already missing, meat and pasta!

Look out for my updates during the week.

Quick last minute wedding day or honeymoon 'diet'!

PROGRESS UPDATES
So I am on day 3 of my diet... Fruit and green tea for breakfast, plenty of water through out the day (mostly in the evening).  Yogurt and berries for lunch (surprisingly filling) and stewed veggies for dinner, with beans and a tinned tomatoes!  Tonight I might go for some white fish with steamed veggies!

Day 4 - must say my stomach is looking a little flatter... but maybe that is a placebo effect?  Last night I had roast veg, including a few slices of sweet potato and some baked cod, I even eat it of a small plate so I had less!  I felt  really full afterward and only needed a natural yogurt later in the evening.

I think I'll wait until Saturday morning to weight and measure myself to see if there have been any changes!

FINAL RESULTS - so I finished my diet on Saturday, I lost 2 lbs and 1/2 an inch from the widest part of my stomach... I believe it is most likely just water weight and I'll put it all back on again over the next two weeks, but I least I know now that if I need a quick way to lose weight quickly I can do this diet.

Plus I think I will carry on limiting the salt I add to my dinner, and try to eat less meat and more veg and fish!

GET THE LOOK - Elvis Themed Wedding

Do you love the rock n roll, are you the King?  Elvis themed weddings are not only for Las Vegas.. here's are few ideas to achieve the look back home!






http://www.hoptiludrop.co.uk/ - Rock n Roll Wedding Bands

Blue Suede Shoes!


Sunday, 29 May 2011

GET THE LOOK - Bicycle Themed Wedding

Bicycles are apparently the next big theme for weddings, specially vintage bikes... maybe because of the Eco friendly push, and the 'cool' image given by the bicycle riders in East London?! 

Tandem bicycles are also a great representative of two as one!






Friday, 27 May 2011

Best London Busker!

On my way back home a couple of Sunday's ago as I was descending to the east bound central line platform at Liverpool Street when I heard the beautiful voice of this female busker... but when I got nearer the bottom I saw her male dancers!!

Even she couldn't contain her laughter...

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GET THE LOOK - Herb Themed Wedding

Herbs, because they smell good and look good - simple, elegant - easy to do, cheap, home made wedding theme!

http://www.winerose.com/ - Herb head dress



http://www.bloomsforbusiness.com/ - Herb button holes

Let's Elope!

As with everything I like to get Wiki's view on things and here is what they have to say about eloping! 

To elope, most literally, merely means to run away, and to not come back to the point of origination.[1] More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married.

In England, a legal prerequisite of marriage is the "reading of the banns" — for the three Sundays prior to the intended date of the ceremony, the names of every couple intending marriage has to be read aloud by the priest(s) of their parish(es) of residence, or the posting of a 'Notice of Intent to Marry' in the registry office for Civil ceremonies. The intention of this is to prevent bigamy or other unlawful marriages by giving fair warning to anybody who might have a legal right to object.[2] In practice, however, it also gives warning to the couples' parents, who sometimes objected on purely personal grounds. To contravene this law, it is necessary to get a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury — or to flee somewhere the law did not apply, across the border to Gretna Green, Scotland, for instance.

Today the term "elopement" is colloquially used for any marriage performed in haste or in private or without a public period of engagement. Some couples elope because they dislike or cannot afford an expensive wedding ceremony, or wish to avoid objections from parents.

As it looks like I'll be eloping (yay) at some point, here are a few options for those also choosing a private ceremony!

http://www.marryabroad.co.uk/elope-abroad.shtml

http://www.letsrunoff.com/

http://www.wikihow.com/Elope-in-Las-Vegas

http://www.talktalk.co.uk/lifestyle/weddings/features/unusual-places-to-marry.html

http://www.weddingguideuk.com/articles/legal/scotland.asp

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Wedding Guest Book

Wedding guest books not so necessary today (in my view), but definately a great way for all your guests who you may not get to spend much time with at the ceremony to tell you how they enjoyed the day... and how amazing you looked : )

According to Wiki a guest book is a paper or electronic means for a visitor to acknowledge their visitation to a site, physical or web-based, and leave their name, postal or electronic address (if desired), and a comment or note, if desired. Such paper-based ledgers or books are traditional in churches, at weddings, funerals, B&Bs, museums and other private facilities open to the public. Many private homes also maintain guestbooks.

Here are a few great modern ideas for a wedding guest book!


http://www.boutiquetoyou.co.uk/ - Guest Book Plate

http://www.mareeyah.com/ - Finger print Guest Book

http://www.weddingchaos.co.uk/ - Photo album Guest Book (I want this for ours, but we wont be having any guests hehe)

http://www.weddingchaos.co.uk/ - Type writter Guest Book

The 'Other' Wedding

So this weekend H2B's cousin and W2B get hitched back home in the three counties of Worcestershire!  They have been together about 6 months less than H2B and me, they got engaged 3 months after we did on a weekend away.. one evening tucked up in bed in their caravan she was reading the cross word puzzle when he pulled out a vintage ring and asked for her hand in marriage!!

She set the date immediately May 29th 2011 (giving them 9 months to plan) - she had bough the dress within a week of being engaged, with only 4 months to go they had no venue, and guest list of exceeding 300!

Since H2B and I felt out over Christmas and had sometime apart I was removed from the guest list... so I wont be going back home this weekend for the wedding.  But to be honest, I'm not to bothered.  I was really p*ssed off when they set their date for when we had been considering... then we I wanted to talk about our wedding and set the date for 6 months later all I got was an ear full from H2B about 'was that to close to their date, am I trying to steal their thunder'!?  (He needed a punch in the chops at that moment I tell you).

Is this something all brides to be feel... annoyance, jealousy and thunder stealing when another family member or close friend get engaged or sets the date to close to your own?

There is a great episode of Friends when Monika and Chandler get engaged and Rachel makes out with Ross... this is a classic case of bridal envy!

Second Hand Wedding Dresses

Vintage wedding dresses are the dress of choices right now, lovingly restored vintage pieces, then resold at market prices (plus a bit more since they are all the range)!!

Here's a couple of DIY vintage dresses... as always a cheap option.


Jasper Conran - size 14 Oxfam online £200.00 - if this was smaller I would have bought this!!  What a bargain?



Ebay also has LOADS of second hand wedding dresses, modern and vintage - and you can get a great deal for under £150.00!!

There are several websites dedicated to second hand wedding dresses... you are only going to wear it once, yes its nice to keep but why not help someone else out with the gift of a wedding dress they can't afford!!

http://www.barnardos.org.uk/shop/shops/brides_by_appointment.htm

http://www.sellmyweddingdress.co.uk/

http://www.almostnewweddingdresses.co.uk/

http://www.dreamsecondhandweddingdress.co.uk/

http://www.savvycinderella.co.uk/bridalblog/?p=1317

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Something a little different! Wedding cakes

These can be used for two alternatives at your wedding - as the wedding cake, or as the bouquet... or both if you are a cupcake lover!

Alternative Wedding Cake



Table Decorations





Bouquet



Other


How to make your own cupcake bouquet... for the DIY bride!


GET THE LOOK - Sprinkle Themed Wedding

Who doesn't love sprinkles... or hundreds and thousands as I know them.  Sweet and sugary, multi colour girls dream.  Here's how to incorporate them into your wedding theme!





http://www.hairygrowler.co.uk/ (not what I'd name my website)


Kate Spade - Charm

By StudioJellyFish