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Hello all!

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Moving back home and personal goals!

Hey guys how have you all been?

I’m finally finished all the chaos in my life. I’ve moved back home, completed my exams and assignments and finally falling back into the swing of a non-student life. Have to say that so far I am loving it because I have had time to catch up with all the friends that I never had time to see. For the first time in maybe a year I went out with friends on a Saturday night and it was fantastic (if not a little blurry!). And yesterday I had a lovely surprise visit from my friend Sarah who I hadn’t been able to see in months (once again a bit drunk). Also I have more time to spend with the boyfriend and the family which is always a thumbs up in my book.

But relationships aside, what has been the biggest change (apart from leaving Dublin) has been my lifestyle. I can honestly say that living up in Dublin hasn’t done my body any favors. So, with a heavy heart I jumped on the scales and seen what I believed to be true. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been. And I knew that. I was always a 10-12 trousers size but my 12s have been feeling a bit tight so for the first time I bought a pair of size 14s to work in. I’d rather be comfortable then squished into jeans that I shouldn’t kid myself still fit me. So, with this new knowledge I decided to start a new exercise routing and healthy eating lifestyle. NOT A DIET! Seriously I hate that word so much, it just makes me want to give it all up. 

So my routine has so far been as follows 🙂 

Depending on my work hours I either

a) go for a 4km walk/jog and do weights exercises when I go home from work/before work starts or..

b) drive 20 minutes to the gym and do similar there.

I decided to join the gym at a student deal after my Dad game me a 5 day free pass to try it out. Have to say that the more I go the more I love it 😀 The membership fee includes all classes and the pool too so if I wanted I could switch it up a bit! Have to say the harsh reality of this new exercise routine is blisters and cuts on my feet and aching muscles. But hey no pain no gain right? I began on Sunday the 1st of June and then weighed myself again on the Friday because I want Friday to be my weigh day. But regardless of it being just 5 days last week I lost 1lb 10oz which made me extremely happy! And it was THAT week to ladies, so you understand how hard it can be to lose weight as the majority of us women soldier on through weight gain and bloating that week.

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Diet wise, I wake up at around 9am every morning and make sure that I get a good and big healthy breakfast to get my through the day. This has been the first change because I would always sleep in and just have a big brunch. I have either Fruit and Fiber cereal with blueberries on top or a boiled egg with this new beautiful low GI and Gluten Free bread that you can buy fresh from Lidl. It is a life changer people and anyone who suffers from IBS like myself and bloats like crazy after eating gluten, than this bread is the one for you 🙂 I feel a lot more energetic and less heavy after eating this bread. It’s like eating air as crazy as it sounds and has a lovely flavor which makes me feel like I’m not missing anything 🙂 .. I make sure that I get a small healthy lunch and eat dinner by 5-6 pm. I still eat generally what I would have done anyway but with less pasta and treats. I’m not too strict as I am a foodie at heart and cutting out everything made me fail last year. I just make sure to keep exercising as that’s more than what I was doing anyway 🙂 Drinks wise I’ve cut out all soda except 7up free because soda is my one weakness. I am addicted to it. And apparently 7up free is one of the better ones to go for so when I’m craving fizz then that’s what I go for. When I go to work I make sure to bring my own lunch because I work in a fast food place as when you’re starving than the smells are super tempting (trust me I know). So that’s another new habit I’m trying to adapt into my life. Finally after I weigh myself on Fridays, then Friday is my cheat day and I will probably get an Indian/Chinese takeaway because I love my food! Plus it tastes better to me because I earned it 🙂

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So fingers crossed that this Friday I will be finally starting to see proper results after my full week. I’ll keep you guys posted.

p.s super happy to have more time on my hands because now more blogs will be coming your way.

Stay beautiful guys xoxoxox

Crunch time!

Hey guys! I want to take this time to thank all my new followers! It means a lot 🙂

Also this week is crunch time in college with so many exams and assignments, so if I’m swamped I won’t be writing much. However, I want to stick to my goal of AT LEAST one blog a week so here it is 🙂 just letting you all know this space will be more than likely blog free until next Monday. However, summer vacation is just around the corner, so lots of blogging and vlogging heading your way very soon 😛

until then though I would SUPER DUPER appreciate it if you could check out my new YouTube channel @ https://www.youtube.com/user/IamCiarasVideos 🙂 

Also I’m on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_IamCiara_

Until then, Happy Tuesday everyone! 

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Hot Hot Hot!

So I figured I’d respond to the “Daily prompt” of the day from “The Daily Post” which is “The Ring of Fire!”. Which I find a hilarious title really about if you love/hate spicy food! 🙂 (2 blog posts in one day, what’s happening to me :P)

Spicy food is huge love of mine. It’s even in my “About Me” section. I could even go as far as to say that I’m addicted to spice. There’s just something so therapeutic and yummy about Indian food to me. To really go into it I have to go back to when I was a very small child. My earliest memories are of being brought to the Balti Houses and restaurants in Birmingham/Coventry/Kenilworth depending on where we lived at the time. My parents were huge believers in making sure I was involved in the food they ate and they always made me try something to see if I liked/disliked it. It was an exciting social event and I always looked forward to it. I believe when I was 4 I started eating Indian food and my go-to dish was a Chicken Korma with rice and Pineapple Juice. This is a very sweet curry made from coconuts. Perfect to train your child slowly into exotic foods 😛 I still remember the aromas when I walked in hand-in-hand with my parents, the smiling faces from the waiters, the colorful walls and pictures, the small burning flame of the candles. It was the start of my love affair with Indian food. The smell of spices sizzling in the kitchen now brings me straight back to my childhood and that’s something I’ll always take comfort in 🙂 

And now I have an extremely high toleration for spice. I think my favorite would have to Lamb Madras. Beautiful. And my boyfriend shares the same passion in food and for me this is perfection! This means we love to waste our Sundays cooking food all day, having some bottles of beer and listening to music in the sun. It’s a huge bonding experience, something you can be proud over and share. Just last week we made this! Onion Bhaji’s, Chicken Bhuna, Cardamom Rice and Naan.

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Unfortunately disaster struck this year. I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) so if I eat too much spicy foods, I pay the consequences. But god damn it, it’s hard to resist! I think Indian food has the social concept done exactly right. It’s not fancy, served up for you and expecting to be gawked and looked it. It’s pure soul and comfort food. It warms you from your toes up and makes you happy inside. Also, everyone helps themselves and a lot of people (myself included) like to eat with my hands with the Naan/Parathas. So in that sense, it’s perfect for family/friend dinner time and making it a social celebration of food. God I’m making myself hungry now just writing this. Taa-raa people! 🙂 

Stay spicy and beautiful! ❤