Tuesday 30 June 2015

5 Snapchatters You Need To Follow

Hey dolls,

If you have been following my blog then you probably already know how completely obsessed I am with snapchat. My stories have been know to reach 1000 seconds. I snap from the moment I get up till the moment I go to bed. I love to keep my followers involved with my day to day life. I wanted to share my top 5 snapchatters and tell you about who I think you should be watching.

First up is my fave blogger and snapchatter RETROFLAME1 I am completely obsessed with Erika on so many levels haha. I feel like I know her already and super excited to meet her when I head to NYC in Nov. Erika is a stunning Kerry girl living it up in the big apple. She snaps daily all the fabulous places, parks and cafes she visits not to mention her killer fashion and all the fancy events she attends. Also another to follow is her gorgeous blogger friend LCSCLOSET. These two girls are living it up and I am super jealous. It's an amazing way to see the other side of the world.

Speaking of the other side of the world, I love Michelle from MICHELLECROSSAN or her blog Beauty.Life.Michelle. This beautiful blonde is living it up in Bondi. I am so jealous and so sad that I didn't know Michelle while I was living in Australia. I love how Michelle shares her beauty faves, not to mention her gorg kitty and the stunning Aussie bloggers I am obsessed with. Michelle is so stunning and so down to earth. You will love her.

Up next is one of my faves Terrie Mc Evoy (TMCEVOY24). This girl is hilarious, crazy and so gorgeous. I am so glad I met Terrie and she has become such a close friend of mine. This girl is so much fun and she is so funny in her snaps. She just annoys the shit out of her BF David and they are so cute together. She also shares her beauty faves and her day to day life as a nurse saving lives. Love this girl you need to follow her.

Next up is another friend and one of my fave bloggers. Rosie Connolly (ROSIECONXXX) is just so perfect and I am so jealous of her beautiful baby boy. I love that Rosie has gotten more into snapchat lately and I love seeing her day to day life with her gorg son. She talks about the ups and downs or life and keeps me hooked with her beautiful face and killer fashion. She is one to watch and is going to be the next big thing in Irish blogging.

Last but by no means least is Ursula from MOMFITNESSDIARY she is a super healthy gorgeous girl. Ursula shares her healthy habits, amazing recipes and motivates you like no other. She also has really long stories so if you are looking for some good cooks and inspiration get following her.

I hope you like my list, there are so many bloggers and girls to follow and these are just some of my faves. Let me know in a comment who I should be following. Oh and if your not already head over and follow my snapchat :)

Love you all

Grace xox


Wednesday 24 June 2015

Down 3lb - My Slimming World Journey

Hey girls,

Today is a good week, not only did I buy a mini and a coffee machine (LIFE MADE) I also lost 3lb and I am feeling so much better. This week has been great so far.

From my last post what you need to take from it is to take every week & every day as it comes. Don't get bogged down on bad days.

I am delighted with my 3lb loss and it is all thanks to healthy eating and I also exercised a lot last week. I had a personal training session with Method Fitness. Follow Damy Here. Did my own at home workout and went spinning and did bums and tums. I also ate a massive amount of speed food.

If you aren't in slimming world and wondering what the hell speed food is. It is food, mostly fruit and veg, that speed up you metabolism and help you lose weight fast. I packed my fridge (well my Mam did haha) with water melon, honey due melon, strawberries and all sorts of berries. I also mad lots of slimming world dishes like spag bal, veg stir fry and a slimming world spice bag.

I find the key to sticking at any kind of weight loss or diet plan is to change things up. Keep meals interesting and have lots of speed food. I just uploaded my health and fitness Q&A video with lots of good tips and advice when it comes to weight loss.

I hope all your journeys are going well and you are sticking to plan. Be active, that weather is beautiful out there so go for a nice evening stroll or get your morning run in. If you are lacking motivation then check out the 7am club I have going on FaceBook. It is amazing for sharing ideas and recipes. It is full of amazing inspiring ladies. Find it here 

Until next time,

Stay happy and healthy

I love you all

Grace xox

Thursday 18 June 2015

Not Every Day's A Good Day

Hey dolls,

For those of you who follow me on snapchat, you will know I haven't been having the best of weeks. I don't know what is wrong with me but I just wanted to touch base with you all and let you know that it's ok to have bad days.

I have been feeling very deflated this week, with zero energy and zero motivation when it comes to work. I don't know what is it and can't really put on finger on it. I just keep wanting to nap and not really do much. I really can't narrow it down to anything in particular, just that some days are not great days.

I feel guilty when I don't do much work but I have to listen to my body and my mood. I can't force  myself to be bubbly and happy all the time on camera because it will come across fake.

Basically this post is just to let you know what's going on and that it's perfectly fine to feel this way. Sometimes there are no answers to bad moods, we just have to go with it and know that not every day will be this way.

When I am feeling low I just really listen to my body and look after myself. If I don't and I force it I tend to get very agitated and annoyed with people. I tend to take it out on Chris or the people closest to me. When I'm low like this week I've been sleeping a lot and not getting much work done. Well, three videos this week and a couple of blog posts is still work but I just don't feel motivated to do it.

The best advice I can give you all when you aren't  feeling 100% is to take some YOU time, chill out, read a book, have a nap or go for a walk. And remember its ok not to feel ok. And some days are bad days and they can't always be explained. If you are feeling down today know that tomorrow is a new day and you might be back to normal and happy again.

Today is just one of those days.

Mind yourself

I love you all

Grace xox

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Yet Another Gain 4lb Up

Hey lovelies,

With yet another gain this week (That is now 7lb in 3 weeks) I am determined to get back on the health buzz. It really shows can't go off track as my body instantly gains weight. I was on holidays and took a break from the plan and really enjoyed myself. It isn't the end of the world and today is a fresh start. I could have gained a lot more if I wanted too but I ate so much speed food which really helped.

As you all know if you read my 4 week fitness challenge blog post I am giving myself a 4 week goal to get to target. That means I have to loose 2 lb a week to get there. To me that isn't too difficult. We will see next week.

I am going to be extremely strict on myself and I don't have anything planned this week that will sabotage my weight loss. I plan to exercise daily and eat lots of fruit and veg and cook lots of lovely new recipes.

I hope everyone is doing ok and sticking to plan better then me. Try not be to hard on yourself if you have a gain. All you can do is draw a line under it and start fresh. That is what I am doing today and will continue to do all week.

Just a quick post to check in and let you know where my head is.

Hope you all well.

Stay Happy and Healthy

Love Grace xox

Sunday 14 June 2015

Getting Started - 4 Week Fitness Challenge

Hey girls,

If you are new to my blog or new to weigh loss and fitness then todays blog post might help.

I wanted to share some tips when getting started. The thing that got me started on my weight loss was wanting to look and feel good for summer. Now that summer is here I am so happy I started in January. If you have decided that tomorrow is the start for you then please stick at it.

The three things you need to remember when starting to lose weight is, organisation & preparation is key, stick with the plan, and it will all be worth it in the end.

The first couple of weeks of my Slimming World journey where not always plan sailing. I had craving, I was fed up with salad and I was ALWAYS hungry! The more the weeks went on my stomach got smaller and I very rarely felt hungry. I keep full on free food and I changed my meals around so I wasn't always having salad. I find now that being more adventurous and trying new dishes really helps and excites me when cooking.

Tomorrow is the start of my 4 week challenge and I am starting off with a 5k run. If you are new to this start out light. I always run and walk as I haven't built up my running ability just yet. Rome wasn't built in a day and remember fitness takes time. I am then going to do a quick ab and squat session before getting ready for work.

I am going to change up my morning exercises and will be doing some personal training with Damy and spin classes too.

Remember you have to start somewhere and you have to really want it. You need to work hard, stay focused and have self discipline. And of course you need to treat yourself every now and again. Just not every day like you usually would.

I hope this helps and I cant wait to see the #FacesByGrace4WeekChallenge pictures.

Also check out the Sunday World magazine today as there is a 4 page spread with myself and Joanne Larby all about our weight loss journeys :)

Stay Happy and Healthy

Love Grace xox

Friday 12 June 2015

4 Week Challenge

Hey dolls

 Please excuse the mess of the blog post but my Mac still thinks I can speak Arabic
After a holiday of over indulging and not being very active.... More like falling asleep at every given
opportunity haha, I have decided I want to set myself a mini fitness goal

Starting Monday I want to exercise on a daily basis, whether it be going for a run, a walk or doing some squats and ab work in my front room. I want to start incorporating excise into my daily routine. One question I get asked so often is, if exercise is necessary to help with weight loss. For me, the first month and a half was down to my diet 100% I ate properly and avoided all junk food. In the last few months I have tried to be more active and go for regular runs/walks.

I really want to be able to run long distance. I find running releases so much stress and I always feel a million times better after it. It releases happy endorphins and over all has an amazing impact on your fitness. I will also be doing a mini workout at home and will try do 30 minutes a day. Once I have come up with my exercise plan I will share it with you. On top of all this I will be still doing my personal training session with Damy from Method Fitness. The pain of my muscles after a workout with Damy is nothing I could ever achieve on my own. He really pushes me and makes me do things I never thought I could. I will also share mine and Damy's workout plan so that you too can do the exercises from the comfort of you own home or in you local park.

I would love for you all to get involved and if you need more motivation you should join the group I set up on Facebook called The7amClub. It is such an amazing environment where everyone shares ideas, tips recipes and inspiration. I would love if you tagged me on Instagram or FaceBook in your fitness pictures and use the hashtag #FacesByGrace4WeekChallenge.

Starting Monday fresh and active

I hope to see you all join in

Stay healthy & happy

Love Grace xox

Monday 8 June 2015

Tunisia - The first few days!

Hi Dolls

I have no idea how this post will turn out because my internet has decided that I can read Arabic and it is all backwards haha

I wanted to check in with you all and let you know how the holiday is going so far. I am currently in Tunisia in Port El Kantaoui. We are staying in the 5 start Palm Marina and it is all inclusive. You  would think that was a great package but not when you are on slimming world and the cocktails 
It is flowing all day. not to mention the desserts after lunch and dinner

I wanted to share some snaps with you and let you know you can keep up with my holiday over on my snapchat. My username is Facesbygrace23

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I am having the nicest time, enjoying all the food and the 33 degree heat

Don't forget to follow for snaps and I will catch yas in a few 

Lots of Love

Grace xox


Tuesday 2 June 2015

I Gained 3 Pounds - Slimming World Week 19

Hey ladies,

After a lovely bank holiday weekend down in Wexford with my family I was very nervous to step on the scales this morning. I wasn't as good as I could have been and I did drink a lot of alcohol and eat a lot of junk. It was a tad disappointed but not surprised when I was up 3 pounds this morning. The first thing I said to myself was I enjoy the weekend and enjoyed all the food. I didn't over indulge for no reason or emotionally binge eat, it was a great weekend and I treated myself! Maybe a bit more than I should have.

I did cook slimming world meals and go for runs but I think the main reason I gained this week was due to the Bulmers I drank and only discovered that each can contains 9.5 Syns each!!!! I don't think the chipper chips and two slices of pizza helped either haha. OH or the Eddie Rockets last night!!! I am hanging my head in shame now haha!!!

What I can take from my gain this week is a clearer mind that I can't over indulge like that. I can have one day of it maybe but certainly not a full weekend. I am starting fresh today and with only 3 days until I fly to Tunisia I need to be very good because we have a week of all inclusive food and drink ahead of us. I don't want to be too strict on myself and I want to enjoy my holidays but I also need to be aware of what I am eating and make the best possible food choices.

At the end of the day a gain is not the end of the world. I makes you realise that you can't go on eating crap and expect a loss. Today is a new day and a fresh start. There is no point beating myself up about it or feeling guilty about it. I need to rethink and get organised. I want to try and do the SP plan for the next few days. This is just eating speed and protein foods. Weight loss isn't a short term thing, it's a lifestyle. You need to make permanent changes to your life and diet to maintain a healthy life. Yes, treats are allowed but everything in moderation.

To be honest, I don't feel great today. I had Eddie Rockets last night while catching up with friends and I just feel a bit bloated today. It isn't really worth it. It may taste amazing at the time but an hour or two later, when your body is trying to digest the junk food, it doesn't thank you for it.

What I want you to take away from todays post is, it's ok to have treats but in moderation, if you have a gain don't judge yourself and make yourself feel guilty, just learn from your mistakes.

I have set up a Facebook page where you all can join and share ideas and inspiration. I see so many amazing pictures of your meals on snapchat I thought it was a great idea if you could all help and inspire others too. You can search "The7amClub" on Facebook and you should find us all there.

Have a great week and stay happy and healthy.

Love you all

Grace xox
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