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Turning 34 – Still (The) Ordinary

In the run up to my birthday (34 yesterday!) I had the sinking dual realisation that (i) I have still have spots and (ii) I now have wrinkles to accompany them (argh!). My skincare routine is, at best, intermittent and with my wedding at the end of the year I know I haven’t got a lot of time to sort it out and there are no miracle cures for this sort of thing (if there are, please let me know!) . As I am really trying to refine and streamline everything I have, the bathroom cabinet is going to be one of my main focusses this year for having fewer, better quality, hard working products (as an aside I am going to use up everything else as I just can’t bring myself to waste them by throwing them out but when they’re gone, they’re gone! A few people had mentioned The Ordinary to me, so I did some research. It took quite a while to figure out which products to use and in what order …

DIARY OF A LEAN IN 15 CONVERT

After: 1. almost a year of doing no exercise bar the sporadic (read three) 5km run; 2. three years of being on the (ahem slightly older) side of 30; 3. too much indulgence (mostly Marks and Spencer chocolate covered popcorn and chilli oil covered pizza both of which are my Achilles heel); and 4. a recent summer holiday that involved a little too much bon viveur (copious amounts of… deep breath… G&Ts, allioli, white baguette, chorizo, cheese, pizza (aargh pizza again)…), I tried to fit into a work dress I hadn’t worn for a while. And then another. Then another. But none of them fitted me. I was baffled. What happened to make them all shrink? I wondered puzzled. Maybe I have a wardrobe that shrinks clothes? Despite them being dry clean only, I wondered if they had ALL have shrunk in the wash? It was time to get my head out of the sand. I knew it was time for action. I took a deep breath and my slightly girthier stomach sank. I very, …

E IS FOR EFFORT & EXERCISE AND NOT FOR EXCUSES

I don’t have a gym membership. It’s too cold to run outside. I don’t have time to exercise. I’m too tired…. Four excuses none of which I can actually justify because in 2015 I managed to find time to train for six months and run a marathon whilst working full time and doing a three hour round-trip commute, so I know this is a lot of old poppycock. You don’t need a gym membership. Put a jumper on. Stop reading celebrity gossip columns on the sofa. You might be tired but, come on wuss, ¬†you’re not that tired. *** Post marathon I’ve hardly done any exercise but this month, it being my month dedicated to effort, I am shunning excuses in favour of action. This should theoretically be easy as exercise has never been more accessible. You don’t even need to leave your house, have any fancy equipment or even have that much time. The choice is so varied and it is only a few clicks away. You can have a personal trainer in your …