Do you know anyone who had a complete image overhaul, lost weight, new hair and style etc?

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butterflyby Sat 10-May-14 18:31:54

Because, that's what I want to do myself, but I'm wondering if I might be being a bit ambitious!

I am currently, well, rather frumpy; I appear to have lost my way a little bit from the groomed, slimmer, trendier version of me from a few years ago!

I feel, to be frank, pasty, chunky, and plain. I want a complete overhaul and to start living my life like the woman I want to be, not the woman I am.

But, I'm googling for inspiration and I wondered if anyone knows anyone who also had a complete overhaul. I want to know if it's possible or if I'm being a bit deluded!?

Whoopsiepoopsie Sat 10-May-14 18:33:43

I did it. It started from the losing weight and just snowballed from there really

butterflyby Sat 10-May-14 18:37:41

Sounds good whoopsie! How much did you lose? I think the two go hand in hand really, by taking more care with my appearance, style and grooming, I'll also be encouraged to exercise more and lose weight, and in turn that will make me want to keep on improving the other things!

I'm under no impression it's going to take a fair chunk out of my day, but I've had enough really. I'm not prepared to go on as I have been doing any longer.

elportodelgato Sat 10-May-14 18:37:59

Have a look for some of the old 'princessing' threads from a year or so ago, really good routines and ideas eg, not drinking in the week, exercising every day, teeth whitening, drinking lots of water, removing make up, using eye cream every day etc, I found them quite motivating.

I also sometimes do My Fitness Pal where you log your calories each day which I find really useful and is also more or less the only thing that works for weight loss (for me)

I am saving up at the moment to go and get myself a really great new haircut and colour. That and a mani pedi will make me feel a million dollars for the summer I hope!

myitchybeaver Sat 10-May-14 18:41:57

I've just done it, lost 5 stone since Xmas (too fast I know, I know...), now back to running, have complete new wardrobe in size 10/12 instead of 18/20, gone vegetarian - in the process of going vegan. Gym bunny, have new hairstyle - look and feel bloody amazing!

butterflyby Sat 10-May-14 18:46:33

Those princessing threads sound interesting, I'll keep on reading through! Thanks for the tip smile

Itchy, well done, that is exactly the kind of thing I wanted to hear! A brand new you, well done. grin Do you think you'll ever go back to your old ways? (Meat eating etc?)

Armadale Sat 10-May-14 18:49:40

Itchy, how have you managed to lose 5 stone, that is amazing!

I have to work like a lunatic to lose 7lbs in a month with 10 hours in the gym and sticking to weight watchers perfectly!

Please tell me what you are doing smile

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 10-May-14 18:50:09

I'm half arsed doing it need to read those princessing elport for motivation. I've lost 5 stone and grown my hair really long but I need to sort out skincare routine, hair colour and some new clothes I've drop another dress size since my last shopping spree at Xmas.

IglooisnowinSheffield Sat 10-May-14 19:28:36

Just tagging on for inspiration please, hoping to do the same. Almost 30, 3 young children and have lost my way a bit.

Have 3 stone to lose, frizzy hair and skin that is suffering the effects of tiredness and not a great diet. The children eat loads of fruit and veg, it's just me who fills up on biscuits to keep going grin

butterflyby Sat 10-May-14 19:38:23

I've just been reading through those threads, some good tips in there!

evelynj Sat 10-May-14 22:17:43

Exciting thread-I'm in-lost 2 stone & another 5 probably ideally to go.

Dare I say think about getting your colours & style done-I did it with hoc & found it a great experience tho don't stick v rigidly to it but given me lots of confidence with clothes. I'm doing slimming world but if u can afford alizonne it's v fast!

weatherall Sat 10-May-14 22:27:06

I did it when I left school.
Lost 39lbs.
Discovered frizz ease.
Bought a decent bra.
Switched from jeans to skirts.

I've a a few mini makeovers over the years- dramatic hair colour and cut change- glasses/contacts, different make up (brows make a big change), weight loss, new clothes.

I think I'm a bit of a chameleon.

Rollermum Sat 10-May-14 23:52:20

I'm in need of doing this too - 5st to lose, back to work in 3 months. I'm 32 but look 232. Though the term 'princessing' makes me want to vom, the ideas listed are useful.

I have also done it before - lost 3st, worked out and found it so much easier to by clothes. Also felt more like it was worth doing hair and makeup too.

Mum4Fergus Sun 11-May-14 00:03:51

Lurking for inspiration smile

I have lost 3.5 stone, still got another 4 to go but I feel brilliant. I go out more, have a good haircut regularly and also had botox /fillers.
I had 3dc under 5 and lost my way, tired, fat and frumpy.

The best thing is not to feel guilty about cherishing yourself.

sotiredfornow Sun 11-May-14 06:57:36

Would somebody please link to the princessing threads - I can't find them! Thank you grin

Mumelie Sun 11-May-14 07:50:13

I did this a few years ago for a big birthday (it had a 4 in it)! Lost 2 stone, grew my hair longer and changed it from light blonde to medium Brown (my natural colour). Got my colours and style day done at HoC. Started to buy more expensive make up and skin care (and got my adult acne sorted out). This all took about 18 months and a lot of effort!
Since then I've maintained the weight loss and have started to exercise. I also just look after myself more and pay attention to what I wear. Spent most of my 30s in that young child bubble plus other family issues. This is now time for me and I feel the best I ever have.
Go for it. You've nothing to lose. grin

butterflyby Sun 11-May-14 07:51:39

sotired I found the latest thread here Countdown to summer so I am going to join it later today!

I've been really inspired by everyone's storied so happy to know it is possible! smile

Coconutty Sun 11-May-14 07:58:02

I did this too, dyed my hair blonde, wear little clips and nice accessories in it now and left it to grow longer.

I swapped my m&s mum jeans for funky dresses and wear necklaces and beads to liven them up even more.

I wear heels on the rare occasion I go out at night and get lots of compliments although it took a while to learn to walk in them, having always worn flats.

Still have some weight to lose, about a stone I reckon but I feel great.

foxdongle Sun 11-May-14 08:12:21

hi just around my late 30s (my dcs were young too) I found myself in size 12-14, getting frumpier by the minute clothes to hide the growing flab, edging up to 16 and I just thought no way!
I hardly seemed to bother with my hair/make-up - too busy sorting dcs out.
btw I'm 5 feet 5.

I am now a size 8-10 and I only wear things I love and suit.

I walk my ddog for at least an hour every morning and don't always have the car so walk loads to other places.

I cut down food portions slightly (I bought some smaller plates),
gave up drinks with sugar in except for weekends/holidays (that was about 200+ calories a day! This was the only calorie counting I did, I also never weighed myself and the weight has stayed off.

As I lost weight I was able to get rid of most of my clothes.
I only replaced these with things I love/non frumpy items.
I now only try to buy what I need=hardly anything.

I started getting up 10 minutes earlier to do hair/makeup without dcs zapping all my time (they're 12 and 14 now so not an issue)

I have my hair cut and coloured more regularly. and do a treatment once a week.

I did the bra measuring thing off here- I was in 38dd when I started now in 32e/f.

I do my nails. eyebrows moisturise all over daily, always wear make-up and take it off at night, do a facial, use sun cream/spf moisutriser etc,.

It takes a bit of effort I suppose and time and is on going but worth it.
I've had loads of compliments.
you are definitely not deluded!

butterflyby Sun 11-May-14 08:35:35

Coconutty, that is exactly what I want to do with my hair!

Fox, I've just started to realise too that my portions are waaaaay off. I basically serve myself the same meal that I serve DH, so wrong! And I'm forever snacking on chocolate and biscuits.

I have really dry skin so need to moisturise all over and want to start wearing a gradual tanner, I look so much better with a bit of colour but only manage it once a year!

I bite my nails when I'm anxious, which seems to be weekly here. I've got too big for most of my clothes so have been living in jeans and jumpers. My hair is fine so I don't bother doing anything with it but if I spent ten minutes on it, it'd look acceptable.

And I never, ever exercise. It's silly all round really. I only have one body but am basically abusing it and not taking good care of it and that needs to change!

Littlebigcat Tue 13-May-14 22:33:28

You have pretty much summed up exactly how I feel.

I've just posted a thread about feeling frumpy in all my clothes in the hope that if I had clothes I liked I'd feel more confident. I am trying to loose weight but feeling so negative about myself all the time can't be helping, I need to make more effort now rather than wait till I've lost 3 stone.

So much inspiration on this thread.

frankie80 Wed 14-May-14 11:08:30

I'm going to follow this thread. I lost 2 stone but it's creeping back on and I've lost my motivation. I also want to pay more attention to my clothes, hair and makeup.

butterflyby Thu 15-May-14 16:30:45

Well, I have posted on the Operation Renovation thread but only the once this week as life suddenly got rather hectic and now we have friends to stay this weekend, yikes! That said I have been doing well with my diet although not so well with the rest of it. blush So I'm thinking of this week as a soft start and will post again over the weekend with how I'm getting on! Determined to start doing some exercise soon though smile

IglooisnowinSheffield Fri 16-May-14 20:17:23

I started on Cambridge diet on Tuesday, have stuck to it 100% so hoping to lose a few pounds at Mondays weigh in! All the water has brightened up my skin loads, even my cellulite seems reduced, I don't have a lot but the wee bumpy bits look better smile

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