Operation Renovation - aka The Christmas Countdown

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HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 07:31:00

It's 115 days to Christmas Eve!

You can use this thread exactly like you were using the previous thread to keep track of what you're doing, have lists, ask advice etc. As its about renovation rather than strictly beauty, nothing is off limits so beauty, clothes, exercise, healthy eating.

So here we go!

HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 07:34:23
peggyblackett Sun 01-Sep-13 07:41:02

Count me in!

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 07:45:38

Checking in.

Ooh, a shiny new thread!

Well this morning so far I have been for a run, drunk 2 large glasses of water and eaten fruit and fibre with half a banana on top for breakfast. Oh, and taken a multivitamin.

I am about to have a shower, exfoliate, shave legs, wash and condition hair and moisturise body. Then hot cloth cleanse and moisturise my face.

Today I will be wearing:
Indigo straight leg jeans
Black l/s scoop neck jersey top
Leopard print ballet flats
Small pearl stud earrings

My nails are still neutral on my fingers and very dark red on my toes, although I have had to do a little bit of repair work on my thumbnail after using it to peel stickers off something.

Oh, and I'll be blow drying my hair and wearing a little bit of make up (foundation, eyebrow pencil, mascara, lip tint).

Happy September everyone! grin

GirlsonFilm Sun 01-Sep-13 07:56:50

I'm starting today. I've done my list and am sitting here with my hot water and lemon. My main aims are losing 15kg and improving my general grooming. I'm going to use this board to keep me on track. Wishing you all a good start.

Cristiane Sun 01-Sep-13 08:12:54

Good morning! Just posted on old thread by mistake, asking trucksanddinosaurs about 6 week 6 pack...

Thanks for setting up the new thread! helga

Today I will exercise, do nails, and more sorting of house and bedroom

Eat healthily and make a bit pot of soup to see me through the evenings and save time on cooking. I will also prepare healthy packed lunches for work

I read somewhere that hot water and lemon bad for teeth, has anyone else heard that? I like drinking plain hot water now but preferred it with lemon but I've heard it can strip enamel?

I'm in! Have drunk my lemon and water and now steeling myself to do the Shred.

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 01-Sep-13 08:31:08

Am drinking hot water and lemon while cooking some paleo apple pancakes for the whole family. Have the tail end of a migraine, so haven't shredded, but will go for a brisk walk later and get some dancing in.

Cristiane Sun 01-Sep-13 08:43:20

Please tell me where to find out about paleo stuff yami

Hello all, checking in!

Just having a cup of green tea and feeding baby. Plans today will be to take kids and dog for a brisk country walk.

Really need to invest in wellies for Autumn!

Just about to hop in the shower for washing hair with L'oreal Eversleek. Will post back how I get on with it. It's one of many steps I plan to take to get my hair back to a shiny, healthy, swishy state! Next investement: coconut oil.

Will do exfoliation, shave, and moisturise.

ILikeToClean Sun 01-Sep-13 08:49:01

Well done all of you that have already started, I'm starting tomorrow (have to start new things on a Monday!) but I had my hair cut yesterday and have some clothes in the machine with some navy dye so hopefully that'll work as part of my new colours! I'm set for tomorrow with vitamins and the Shred at the ready...looking forward to it!

bakerofcakes Sun 01-Sep-13 08:50:17

have had a bath and defuzzed. now to sort my hair out. off to a christening so wearing maxi dress and sandals. will be back later with full lisy.

bakerofcakes Sun 01-Sep-13 08:50:53

list not lisy

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 08:52:39

quick placemark before I crawl out of bed and sort the scrapping dd's. Back shortly with an update smile

ILikeToClean Sun 01-Sep-13 08:53:14

Justshabby - I too need dog walking wellies for winter, any recommendations?
Eversleek is good stuff, I definitely notice the difference in my hair when using it. It's 2 for £9 in Boots so I got shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and the heat protection spray!

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 01-Sep-13 08:54:46

<marks place> had warm water and lemon and a cup of tea will be making sure I'm moisturised, hair straightened, make up on and clothes ironed. Got to get in the mood for exercise tonight.

I will be doing a good walk with the DC today and will nip into boots for some hair bits to remove greys and flyaways.

ILiketoClean I really have no clue what to get. I covet a pair of Hunters but they're too far out of budget for me. Anyone else know of a good but budget-friendly wellie brand to look at?

I bought really cheap ones in the past that rubbed my feet and worn out quite quickly so would like to invest in a better quality pair.

Can't wait to try the Eversleek. They didn't have the deep conditioner in stock when I got the shampoo and conditioner! Will keep a look-out. I toyed with buying the heat defence stuff but it only protects up to 180 degrees and I own GHD's. Saying that, I am on a blowdry/straightening ban while trying to improve my frazzled, over-worked hair.

wore out!

bigkidsdidit Sun 01-Sep-13 09:10:43

Morning everyone

No exercise for me today, my toddler was in bed with me last night after a nightmare and he is so wriggly and punchy in his sleep I've woken up with a seriously cricked neck hmm

DH is taking both boys to soft play so I'll have a hot bath and a gentle face pack then. Probably won't even manage body brushing but might devote my day to lookig at magazines and planning my post postnatal weight loss wardrobe smile

Do you have a recipe for he apple pancakes, yami?

ILikeToClean Sun 01-Sep-13 09:15:32

Justshabby - have heard that Hunter wellies aren't great quality these days since their production moved to China. Will keep searching...

Ohhh, good to know! Thanks ILike. I will do a product review on Amazon and see what's what and report back.

HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 09:21:22

cristiane I heard that too about the hot water and lemon but I think if you drink it through a straw then it never hits your teeth and is ok.

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 01-Sep-13 09:25:38

I'm on my phone so will post later, but two places to start for paleo/primal eating are Whole 30 and Mark's Daily Apple. Whole 30 is a bit more hardcore and life-changing.

There are often wellies in TK Maxx, but my favourite boots for walking in muddy fields are my Joules muck boots which are reasonably attractive and have a cosy lining. They are quite expensive for what they are, though.

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 01-Sep-13 09:27:28

On a budget, I would probably go for cheap wellies and a couple if pairs of good welly socks, and maybe sheepskin insoles.

I have Joules wellies and they have lasted really well, I must have had them for at least 4 years. I wear them quite a bit as we live in the country and spend a lot of time at the stables.

Snapespeare Sun 01-Sep-13 09:33:14

Morning thread! Hot water and lemon, vitamins and a nice stretch. & a bacon sandwich, but it's sunday and i only eat bacon on a sunday. start with a treat!

Footnered yesterday and peering at my feet every so often, expecting them to fall off.

Oh wow thanks! I'm definitely going to order some Joules ones. Just browsed their website and they have loads of styles and more in budget.

Snapespeare Sun 01-Sep-13 09:37:48

Hmmmm whole30 looks achievable. I can start that tomorrow....

jumpinghoops Sun 01-Sep-13 09:44:58

Checking in having read the previous thread- hope that's OK. Have had warm water + lemon, shredded and am sitting with a hair mask and face pack on before body brushing and showering. Felt like death when I woke up on account of baby waking 6 times in the night. Feel a lot better for shredding even though it was really hard work!!

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 09:51:54

Right, you have my full attention for 30 seconds before the kids start scrapping again grin

So far I have done nothing! Started with brew for the mo, but have added lemons to my online shop for later in the week. Have taken vitamin with the dd's (grown up ones obviously). Am just off to wash my face (seem to have not taken my mascara off properly last night and have got up with panda eyes hmm )

Then moisturise, minimal make up as it's Sunday and get dressed.

Sewing machine is out ready to take up my new skinnies shortly....they're a 34 leg and I'm only a 28" leg confused . Also got dd's school trousers to stitch. Going to go through my summer stuff too while it's out and see if anything needs repairing. Doubt it'll all get done today but at least I'll have it all ready to do.

PilgrimSoul Sun 01-Sep-13 09:59:25

Marking place. Starting from a low base here, but looking forward to the challenge. I like the idea of being a new groomed, energised, fit me by Christmas.

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 10:01:30


Had my protein drink and done PT, feeling good!

I'm going back onto paleo starting today (hopefully!).

What do you all intend (un frumpy) to wear to walk your dogs?

What's the 30 thing again (dunce of the class!)

Off to have a shower.

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 10:10:52

grin Karbea you'll have to share that dunce's hat with me I'm afraid - I can't remember what the 30 thing was either & I want to start on the house this week....my wardrobe first

SlobAtHome Sun 01-Sep-13 10:16:28

So I'm here with my warm water and lemon... but it's soooo yucky sad

I can't even try a third mouthful. I'm not into lemon (unless on fish or chicken) and I don't like water. <baby>

So I may have to skip this one as well.

My elemis body brush arrived. It's lovely smile

SlobAtHome Sun 01-Sep-13 10:18:21

Basically my list is boiling down to body brushing, body hair, continuing to work on wardrobe (been on going for a while), fish once or twice a week, and continuing with nails.

INeedSomeHelp Sun 01-Sep-13 10:22:40

I am definitely not awake yet. Read through this thread and then managed to post on the old one!
I can't do much about clothes just now as funds are tight for another few weeks. But I will be hot footing it along to Bravissimo to replace my greying and badly fitting underwear. I have lost over a stone recently and some of that has definitely come from my boobs!
Going for a bath and will body brush, deep condition hair and use a face mask.

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 10:22:51

Slobathome I'm not going to do the lemon thing either, I don't mind it, but if I do that I will forget to have breakfast, I can't really drink hot drinks, so by the time it's cool, I be starving and will end up having crisps and chocolate.

lucysmam yes I want to get my house and wardrobe in order, I'm going to try and do some general mucking out tidying/cleaning today and then start on my wardrobe tomorrow I hope think.

bigkidsdidit Sun 01-Sep-13 10:24:57

Karbea what protein drink do you have that's not revolting??

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 10:39:38

I have this hemp powder, handful of frozen blackberries, handful frozen raspberries and 250ml of water, wizzed in the wizzer, it's pretty gross, but you get used to it.

HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 10:43:13

karbea I love the way you have your list set up with the different headings.

I am feeling VERY unprincess like. Baby puked all over me so had to pull off top and throw on a vest top. I do not have vest top arms.

HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 10:43:38

And I probably have puke in my hair.

NumTumDeDum Sun 01-Sep-13 11:01:31

Morning all, just put on my random purchases from Primark this morning. What a revelation! The skinny jeans are amazing, especially for £10. I've gone for a darker denim and bought a jewel green slouch long sleeve top with green vest underneath. I actually feel and look thinner in this outfit and, dare I say it, like I've only just entered my thirties.

Dd has been taken out by dp so I've been able to blow dry my hair with serum at the ends. It has made a big difference. I want to barrel tong the ends but ds (9mo) has voiced objections to any longer in the jumperoo.

I tried the Gibson Tuck last night, quite pleased with the result, so much so that dd is sporting one this morning. It's a lot easier than the fishtail she has been demanding lately!

Off for a walk later with the dc to wear them out collect blackberries. I have cheapo wellies which fit nicely over these skinnies but I am coveting a nice pair by Joules I saw in John Lewis the other day.

Just checking in before I go exercise by geocaching :-)

VestaCurry Sun 01-Sep-13 11:04:51

Joining thread. Might end up just lurking on it a lot grin, but feel I need something like this having joined a health club and not managed to get there in the last 6 weeks [ hmm].

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 11:13:40

Showered, scrubbed, hair treatment, moisturised (all over), plucked eyebrows, blow dried, make up'd. Wearing white primark vest, white zara linen tea, zara light blue ripped jeans, looking a bit scrappy but not tooooo bad. Off to the driving range with DH now.

Maybe baby puke is a good hair treatment ;)

putyourhatonsweetie Sun 01-Sep-13 11:14:59

Hello, checking in.

Love the idea of this thread and have been reading avidly. Love the idea of a Christmas countdown, normally I have a panic around the beginning of dec and its far too late by then!

It's the end of the day here and I have run, had a bath with lavender and Epsom salts, which was nice but not as relaxing as had hoped could still hear dh, also am hairless all over and dyed on top smile

Have been on a diet for six or so weeks and have lost that first chunk, hurray... Scales might be grim tomorrow as had the most incredible lunch, mackerel medallions with lemon and butter, salad and chips, and most of the brownie I bought for dh! Think I am actually making progress on the diet though because in a former life I would have used the blow out as an excuse for booze and a binge at dinner as well, but instead went for a run, did an hours gardening and dinner was chicken salad.

Good luck all

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 12:12:14

Well, this beautifying malarkey must be working.....just nipped to Asda for fruit because we didn't get to market yesterday. Picked up a bottle of wine for dp's mum too & got ID'd!! I'm 31 & no-one usually bats an eyelid at me buying booze grin

I'll tell you what I'm crap at.....

Wearing suncream!

Out in garden with dc's before our walk and wearing dark denim skinnies, new balance trainers, long vest top (to answer earlier poster's question regarding country walk outfit!)
and NO suncream on my shoulders or face.

Need to remedy this ASAP! Anyone rec a good one? I have oily/combo skin so could do with a light coverage one

lucysmam that's brilliant!!

NumTumDeDum Sun 01-Sep-13 12:28:43

Justshabby, I buy a facecream with a 15 spf as I am rubbish at it too. Never forget my facecream though. I'm using No7 Beautiful Skin day cream at the moment. Smells nice, absorbs well. I also use it on my neck and chest.

Lovely Numtum, there's a few No7 things I'd like to try so will wait until I can a voucher or it's 3 for 2. Thanks for the rec!

bakerofcakes Sun 01-Sep-13 13:54:25

Here's my version of the original list. Have stocked up with some hair/nail items as these are the bits that need the most work.

1. 8 glasses of filtered water a day - won't be filtered, but I am trying to drink more, particularly at work.
2. Exfoliate (everything...within reason) - currently using an exfoliating shower gel.
3. Use teeth whitener - have sensitive teeth, so have bought some whitening toothpast.
4. Use anti-aging face cream - already using Nivea Q10
5. Intensive nail care (feet and hands) - bought some Flexitol for hands, need to spend some time on my feet though.
6. Use eyelash growth serum OR eye cream - have eye cream, need to use it regularly.
7. The Shred / other intensive exercise - have a few health issues, thinking of trying yoga, need to walk more.
8. At least 2 extra fruit & veg every day - willl do this.
9. Healthy breakfast daily - have porridge most days, or a cereal bar when I get to work if pushed for time.
10. Use hair oil (moroccan hair oil for eg, or kerastase etc) - have bought some hair oil and some deep treatment conditioner stuff.
11. No alcohol during the week & no boozing it up on weekends - no problem with this as I don't drink much.
12. Take vitamins every day - really need to do this as I get loads of colds.
13. Body brushing - need to get a body brush.
14. At least 2 servings of salmon or other fatty fish per week. - will aim for one to start with and then try to increase it.
15. One early night once a week. Suggest 9PM. - Usually go to bed early as I get up at 5.30 for work. Am always shattered though, so will try going at 8.30 one night.
16. Regular hair removal - already do, but thinking of having eyebrows waxed.
17. Give up one naughty favourite item e.g. chocolate/crisps - have cut down on a lot already as I am doing Slimming World.
18. No more fizzy drinks - don't really drink much fizzy stuff.
19. DAILY body moisturising - my legs in particular are very dry at the moment.
20. Warm water with lemon first thing in the a.m. - not sure about this as I have very sensitive teeth.

I have lost 1/2 stone over the last few months, and would like to lose another 1/2 by Christmas. I also need to concentrate on getting my hair into better condition, and also my nails and feet. When I lose the 1/2 stone, I have promised myself a manicure/pedicure and eyebrow waxing.

I also need to seriously sort out my clothes, I am guilty of saving stuff for best, I need to accept that work is my best as I very rarely go out.

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 13:57:30

Trousers all taken up, have somehow managed to break two nails in the process though confused Found two pairs of wide-leg summer trousers in my drawer too but they need a good foot taking off each pair so I will do those another day when I can concentrate....kids are being asses today.

Have a couple of bits of handsewing to do later on as well but they will definately be waiting for after the kids go to bed

thesaurusgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 14:15:14

Ladies, I'd love to join you please, if I may. Never done a thread like this but could definitely do with the motivation!

The last twelve months have been such a rollercoaster. Split with my long-term partner this time last year - losing all hopes of marriage and children in the process - but bought my first ever home in the Spring, and was promoted.

I have less to spend (my flat is a moneypit, and obviously I'm on my own now) so my social life has shrunk, whilst too much time on the sofa has meant I've grown around the middle. I can spend entire weekends in the same pyjamas.

I want to lose a stone, have shiny hair and glowing skin all over, and sparkling eyes and teeth in time for Christmas, please.

Right now I haven't even brushed my teeth, washed my face or got out of my jammies blush.

Remember the last year's thread - pls can I join this one?

DH & I really need to shape up or ship out! Having one last blow out tonight - roast beef, yorkshires etc, then bread & butter pudding grin.

But after a week long birthday celebration (mine) where we seem to have burned the candle at both ends every day, I must address the major issues which are

i) I drink FAR too much wine
ii) No exercise since about May this year
iii) Facial skin is dreadful, body skin is a fright
iv) Hair is sun damaged and frumpy

I would like to lose about 7lbs, have clearer skin and more bounce.

So, booked for the coming week - poodle parlour on Wed (eyelash tint, bikini wax, eyebrow tidy), dentist on Fri morning (scale and polish), hairdresser on Fri afternoon (cut and foils).

I'm starting The Shred again tomorrow, am determined to do every single day this week, along with All-Bran for breakfast, at least 5-a-day fruit and veg and 4 x pints of water. Also - at least 2 early nights this week.

We are away next Sat night with friends, posh dinner & hotel, I want to look at least 25% better than i do right now! wink

HelgatheHairy Sun 01-Sep-13 14:46:17

Well I've showered! DH informed me there was puke in my hair. Used the exfoliating gloves at least.

I could do with eating a bit healthier, breakfast was 2 croissants with jam, have also had nachos and a small bar of chocolate. Dinner is chicken & chips & coleslaw and a caramel cupcake for dessert. I'm a bit better during the week.

petalsandstars Sun 01-Sep-13 14:46:23

Managed 4 glasses of water so far and one coffee, but did have a sneaky chocolate bar in the kitchen during toddler meltdown at lunchtime. Am doing ww and breastfeeding so do have points to spare on chocolate but ought to cut down as it has become a bit of a crutch at stressful points.

Need to take off old polish and redo all nails tonight aswell as dig out moisturiser as my legs are really dry too.

Aiming to sort through some clothes on Monday or Tuesday when DH is at home as I struggle to do anything at home with 2yr old and 3month old without having to stop every 5 minutes

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 15:42:08

I've had omelette for lunch managed to go to the supermarket and get lots of healthy food, so I'm having trout and ratatouille for dinner, DH decided he doesn't want that so I've told him I'll share his portion with the animals and he has now popped off to waitrose to get himself something else!

Im off to clean some of the tip house.

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 15:48:12

My dad's just been round to see the girls before they go back to school and nursery....and gave me £80 so I will be off back to Primarni to see what else I can find when the cheque clears grin

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 16:08:59

Can any of you ladies make use of three little girls' vests in age 2-3?

Hello NotQuite don't know if you saw the thread but there's a nice sized trial sample of Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer in Instyle magazine this month...

...the price for a normal bottle is £25! It's a pre-shampoo if you haven't heard of it that promises to bring back bounce to hair.

I used it once and haven't even used half of the sample yet (my hair is down to my boobs) and have aready noticed a difference! When I do it again next week I'm going to leave it longer I think.

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 17:00:24

Elasticizer is brilliant! I try and fail to sleep in it once a week.

Eating French Fries sad I need some healthy snacks, at this time of day I always end up eating somethings bad sad

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 17:13:57

And a Go Ahead yogurt bar thing. DH asleep, I'm taking a cleaning break, waiting for the washing machine to finish.

Cocochops Sun 01-Sep-13 17:15:50

Marking place. Have been a bit rubbish over the weekend as have had friends to stay. So will officially start tomorrow. Loving this thread!

Feeling quite pleased with myself grin

Exercise - went for a run
Healthy breakfast eaten
Fruit & Veg - 6 portions
Water - 5 large glasses so far (so at least 1.5 litres)
Showered, exfoliated, legs shaved,moisturised.
Face hot cloth cleansed and moisturised.
Hair washed, conditioned and styled
Tidy clothes and a bit of make up
Will have stuck to well within my calorie limit unless the biscuit tin attacks

I did eat an ice cream in the cinema, but that was a special treat ;-)

annielewis Sun 01-Sep-13 17:22:11

oooh checking in - so far today

have body scrubbed
vit e face oil
hair conditioned
shaved legs

Going to

paint toe nails
drink herbal tea
salmon for dinner with steamed veg
try and drink some water

caught sight of self in mirror out shopping today and am appalled - when did I get so fat!!!! This thread is perfect timing for me!

Good luck everyone!

So far today I have had hot water and lemon. I cleansed toned and moisturised. I tried the shred but realised shariah that I needed a sports bra. Will d it properly tomorrow. Tonight ill have a bath, defuzz, exfoliate and moisturise. Oh and I body moisturised this morning. Not bad for a first day but will so better tomorrow.

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 17:47:38

All organised for back to school tomorrow here.

Vitamins and make up on the side ready to be taken/used. Dryer and ghd's are out for when I've been in the shower with the girls. Will defuzz, deep condition hair and pumice stone my feet in there.

Got a couple of bits to hand sew tonight then will give my hands a bit of tlc. Will probably be a bit late to paint my nails by then though....always get sheet marks in them confused (any top tips to avoid that?). If I don't do them tonight, will do tomorrow

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 17:54:31

And an apple...

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 01-Sep-13 18:16:00

Can I join? Perfect timing, I'm over 14 stone blush and have finally realised I need to make some major lifestyle changes, I'm fed up of being fat and unfit. I've let myself go a lot, I rarely wear make-up or nail varnish because I can't be bothered, my skin is awful because I never drink enough and I haven't had a haircut in months, I even realised yesterday I'm starting to look like my mum which is terrifying, I'm 27 and she's 63

I started doing couch to 5k last week, there's a thread in exercise if anyone wants to join us, we still have people on week one. Through that and healthy eating I lost 2.5lbs last week, and I'm hoping this thread will help me find the motivation for everything else.

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 01-Sep-13 18:21:10

I don't live near a decent chemist so I need to order some stuff from boots online. What do I need? So far on my list I have hair oil, vitamins, exfoliator, face masks and possibly some new make up. I already have no.7 face cream and eye cream, I just need to use it!

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 19:03:39

Do you live near a town at all SevenReasons? Only reason I ask is because Savers and Home Bargains (sometimes pound shops too) sell branded beautufying stuff and vitamins much cheaper than Boots or Superdrug smile

JemimaPuddle Sun 01-Sep-13 19:06:09

Well I've had an appalling start today sad
Up at 4.50am with dd2 and having first period after MMC & erpc last month so hair is shocking and I feel awful. I've drunk lots of coffee & eaten biscuits & chocolate today but nothing else.
I cleansed, toned, moisturised this morning but always do so it doesn't really count.

I've promised myself not to just flop in bed once DCs are asleep so plan will be nails, toes, face mask, shower, exfoliate & shave legs as well as cleanse tone & moisturise.

Will be happy if I manage that but will see

LonelyGoatherd Sun 01-Sep-13 19:07:13

hello grin
Not an amazing start by me, but could be worse.
I have: washed and conditioned hair (2 in 1, cheat) and spritzed with L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil.
Shaved legs and showered, used body moisturiser.
REN cleanser and moisturiser on face (a sample, but I really like it.)
taken vitamins
Not eaten bread, pasta or rice.
flossed teeth.
Sent dh out to buy biscuits
Exercise? Did some weeding and the yogo bit on Waybuloo.

I want to keep up grooming routine, try a low carb/paleo WOE, start The Shred again, and follow this weekly routine:
Monday - manicure
Tuesday - pedicure
Wednesday - hair removal mission
Thursday - face mask
Friday - run

What make up do you all wear every day? Am sahm/wahm so don't want to overdo it.

Jemima I think you deserve to give yourself a break today! thanks

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 19:11:40

Jemima that sounds like a day for biscuit and brew to dunk them in followed by a night under the duvet if that's what you feel like thanks

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 19:14:35

Lonely, I'm a sahm too. Tend to do bb cream, benefit highlighter on cheeks (only £££ bit of kit I own), bronzer, eyebrow pencil, bit of eye make up, mascara and liner.

Acutally come to think of it, I do the same for a glam night out (rare) but maybe darker eyes and more mascara.

I always forget lippy/gloss....no matter what I do! confused

Coconutty Sun 01-Sep-13 19:16:58

Not too good today but did put a face and hair mask on and defuzzed.

Am doing well with the hot water and lemon in the mornings but not upto 8 glasses of water a day yet. All systems go tomorrow.

Countdowntess Sun 01-Sep-13 19:31:13

Am delurking and very ready for this challenge. Have done a similar one previously and have kept up alot of good habits but have really dropped off with others.
Will be back later with my list. Great work getting started, I am very excited to get glamourous for Christmas.
Can any-one recommend a good vitamin?

Seven good luck with the weight loss. Fifteen months ago I weighed 15st, I now weigh 9st 10. So it can be done!

Haribojoe Sun 01-Sep-13 19:40:51

Am on day 3 now. Going well so far, have done the shred twice (skipped it yesterday as was sleeping in between 2 night shifts).

Been managing all the other things too, even had homemade pasta tonight when the rest I the family were having Dominoes!!!

Someone at work last night asked me what I'd done to my skin as it looked so good shockgrin

Think it may be working already, hope everyone else is doing well smile

Checks in.
Hot water lemon straw - tick
6 week 6 pack workout - tick (finished Shred last week)
20 lengths of pool - tick
Water - tick
Low carb - tick
Anti age serum - tick
Not done exfoliation, teeth flossing, or put makeup on but hey.

cristiane I answered you re Six pack on tail end of old thread ;)

Starting properly tomorrow as it's back to school in the Blue house (I am a TA).
Just off to look at the 30 thing now

NumTumDeDum Sun 01-Sep-13 20:07:29

Right, am trying a home made face mask this evening when kids in bed. Gram (chickpea) flour, runny honey and water. Will report back later.

Apparently olive oil will also work wonders on feet - just massage in and put socks on overnight for it to soak in.

Paintyourbox Sun 01-Sep-13 20:28:53

Hello hello,

Thanks for the shiny new thread Helga

Today I have:

Applied foot cream and body moisturiser
Applied cellulite cream
Defuzzed my legs
Filed my nails, topcoat on the polish on my toes, clear polish on fingers
Walked 6 miles
Stuck to me low carb diet- my body hates me for it
Taken my vitamins and fish oils

I am doing very very badly with the water thing. I don't know why but I just can't seem to get into it.

Went to zara and bought a nice boyfriend cardigan to replace my manky old cardigan which has been in my wardrobe for waaaay too long. Also saw a coat I liked (but think I only really like it because a very gorgeous, glamourous lady was trying it on and I want to look like her!)

I also have a really horrible patch of eczema on my arm, it's so itchy and unsightly and I can't seem to get rid of it. Anyone know of a miracle cure for eczema that's not steroid related?!

Karbea what sort of high protein foods do you have for snacks? I've been trying some protein bars but they are disgusting! Struggling to find hig protein breakfast at the moments (I can't eat eggs) so have been makin protein powder shakes (yum!)

Hoping to feel more energised as the week goes on, DP has been in hospital and can't do anything round the house for 2 weeks (including lift DD) so I feel knackered being the only one running after her all weeken!

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 20:28:58

Trout and ratatouille was yum, looked better than what DH had!

I need to do a face mask and my night hair mask, although might do it tmr as I did a 20min one this am. Didn't order my extra vits but will do that tmr.

BJR Sun 01-Sep-13 20:43:11

So far today:

Warm water with lemon
Hour at the gym
8 Glasses of water
6 portion fruit and veg

Need to do nails, all the stuff is out ready looking at me.

Engelsemama Sun 01-Sep-13 21:10:06

Marking my place. Will probably be reading rather than posting blush

but I know this'll keep me motivated to "renovate" !

Love the title helga.

MrsFooty Sun 01-Sep-13 21:26:36

Marking my place - I really need this we are at Centre Parcs first week in Dec and I've invited friend who will see me in my cossie for the first time NOOOooooooo!

caramelgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 21:31:13

Checking in!
Managed clarisonic cleansing twice today, wore nice dress and cardi for bumming around and (inspired by pp) did my first day of the Squat Challenge.
Also ordered water kefir grains (also inspired by a pp).
And made up 30(!) party bags/party lunchboxes for DD's 4th birthday without sneaking any fun size bars etc!
DS woke every hour (at least) through the night sob so failed to swim - I stayed in bed instead. But had a nice family blackberrying walk.
Really enjoying reading about everyone else's achievements. And sorry to hear of some troubles too.

caramelgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 21:36:34

squat challenge
kefir info
Realised links might be helpful!

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 21:39:53

Sitting here with an ancient face mask on.

lucysmam Sun 01-Sep-13 21:47:02

thanks for the links caramel, squats might be something to replace the push ups with maybe in the shred?

Anyone a bit more knowledgeable about these things care to comment? I really am clueless! So far have replaced them with planks but L2 had more push ups & they hurt my wrists sad

caramelgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 21:58:22

lucysmam my PT friends reckon squats are best exercise ever pretty much (I'm no expert tho').
Could you do explosive (plyometric) squats where you jump up after squatting? Speaking from experience they hurt ALOT so must be doing something. Meant to be how ballerinas get elongated slim muscles doing plyometrics apparently...< Deliberately doesn't mention own rugby player like thighs...>

thesaurusgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 22:21:27

Well, I've finally managed to shower blush.

Now to brush my teeth and I WILL FLOSS.

I changed the sheets too, so I'll have a fragrant night even if I've had a shockingly lazy woe-is-me day.

I did take a Perfectil tablet, though I needed it as supper was curry and a slice of chocolate fudge cake. I've had the same supper for two nights running (takeaway leftovers). I'm turning feral.

Lucysmam If push ups hurt your wrists do plank on your elbows?

zoelvine Sun 01-Sep-13 22:27:31

I am not ready for wellies yet! They don't go very well with all my lovely dresses from tatyanna.co.uk. I am wearing flip flops and wedges for as long as is possible.

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 22:30:14

theasaurus don't put too much stress on yourself, just pick one thing to achieve tomorrow.

Have flossing as today's achievement, that way you've achieved everything you planned to do. smile

INeedSomeHelp Sun 01-Sep-13 22:42:09

Today wasn't great. Did some grooming work this morning but then went out for lunch with friends and had roast chicken, chips, coleslaw and corn on the cob. No pudding though which is an achievement for me.
I have lost 16 pounds in the last 10 weeks doing boot camp but I was still horrified when I saw a photo taken at lunch today. Still a lot of work to do. Tomorrow is a no boot camp day so planning to do the Shred instead.

Karbea Sun 01-Sep-13 22:52:14

Today's round up

1) protein drink for breakfast
2) PT session
1) properly blow dry and style hair
2) body moisturise/scrub
3) teeth - flossed/mouthwash
4) eve routine
5) face mask
6) overnight 20min hair mask
stuff to order
1) vitamins

Tomorrows objectives

1) protein drink for breakfast
2) no sweets or crisps
3) two eggs a day
1) 30min PTsession
2) 35min walk with pup
1) properly blow dry and style hair
2) body moisturise/scrub
3) teeth - flossed/mouthwash
4) eve routine
5) nair moustache
6) 20min hair treatment
7) teeth whitening
1) work on summer/winter wardrobe.
stuff to order
1) vitamins

Had lovely 1 hour country walk with family, drank about 1 litre of water. Not so great: had bbq in sunshine so ate more than I should have.

It's always harder to start these things on the weekend!

Eversleek'd hair, finger combed, air-dryed, serum applied and plaited for bed time...hoping to wake up to something resembling tousled waves rather than Frizz Ball.

Manuka honey face mask in shower.

Shaped eyebrows, moisturised before bed.

Oh and applied my Lacura Q10 serum. Must get more...I love it.

Cristiane Sun 01-Sep-13 23:18:38

Thank you trucks

Well I exercised.. But drank wine with Sunday roast

But all in all a good day with my DDs and feeling positive

Lovely to have you all on here

Sleep well!

tartiflette Sun 01-Sep-13 23:36:35

Marking place for tomorrow...

Patosshades Mon 02-Sep-13 00:49:09

I'm in. My list of me improvements looks like this at the moment:

Wash and blow dry hair everyday, argan oil added to ends of hair before drying.

Whitening tooth powder bought and used for first time today. Only to be used 2 - 3 times weekly.

Defuzz legs and general fuzzy areas.

Bought botanics BB cream and an organics anti shine mattifying cream in Boots. This will be my daily makeup along with some mascara, eyeliner plus lip balm.

Sugar is OUT. I've done it before but fall off the wagon like a crack addict. The maddening this is I feel 100% better for staying off sugar but I slip and slip until I'm back at square 1 feeling bloated.

Drink 6 pints of water over the day.

Paint and shape nails weekly.

I need to buy a body brush to start the dry body brushing.

Weekly eyebrow maintenance.

Re defrumping, I already had a pair of boots resoled and heeled plus 2 other pairs of shoes reheeled. Amazing the difference that's made to how I put myself together.

Exercise, Ihave no plan as yet. Move a bit more is all I can commit to for now grin

HelgatheHairy Mon 02-Sep-13 03:35:03

114 days to go

My mission for today is to try not to get puked on!

Ujjayi Mon 02-Sep-13 06:56:13

I need to join this thread.....if I may smile

I need motivation to exercise. Last year I loved the Tracey Anderson Mat Workout but I am bored of it now. So after reading this thread I went onto Amazon and ordered 2 DVDs - Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and Exhale Core Fusion Body Sculpt. I intend to alternate them paid build in some running & cycling to keep the boredom at bay. I have 7lbs or so to lose. My clothes just feel uncomfortable and I know I am not looking good in them.

In other respects, my diet is pretty good but I have a tendency to snack most evenings which is exacerbated when accompanied by a glass of wine. So am fully on board with "no wine Monday - Thursday". Definitely need to drink more water too.

Manicures I do every week and have several tubes of handcream dotted around to ensure regular application. I keep a pot of Boots Deep Moisturising Footcream by the bed and slather that on every night.

Just started using Ever Riche for fine/dry hair and it is working wonders. Last night I didn't even bother blow drying it (usually essential to get volume) just left to dry naturally and working through it with my fingers. Was stunned how good it looks this morning!

Wardrobe-wise I need to cut down on volume. I have so many clothes and I think I am something of a shopaholic....and I can't resist a bargain. I do have regular decluttering sessions but inevitably stuff creeps back in or I convince myself I will wear something eventually!

Eyebrows are a disaster area. They look great when freshly waxed but grow unevenly due to hypothyroidism and I am quite lazy with plucking so need to get into a routine with this.

Everyone on the thread seems so motivated so I am relying on you lot to keep me going and kick my ass when needed!

Ta da done list

Legs shaved
Eye make up applied

healthy chicken kebabs ready for dinner tonight with salad-might give paleo a bit of a go

Goinggreytoosoon Mon 02-Sep-13 08:14:16

Ok so todays the day i start properly (i have to start things on a monday) i really need to do this im fed up of feeling and looking rubbish

Ta Da
Showered, moisturised.
Washed, conditioned and styled hair
Hot cloth cleansed and moisturised face
Cleaned teeth with whitening toothpaste
Plucked stray eyebrow hairs
Got dressed (straight leg jeans, black jersey top, butterfly print scarf, small pearl stud earrings)
Applied hand cream
Ate healthy breakfast incl 2 portions of fruit & veg
Took multivitamin tablet
Drank a large glass of water

To Do
Put make up on
Drink more water
Tuna salad for lunch (oily fish plus veg)
More veg at dinner, plus fruit as snacks
Re-do fingernails
Sort out clothes for work tomorrow (back to work after the summer hols)
Evening routine removing make up etc.

I probably won't do any exercise today as I run every other day and have a rest day in between.

thesaurusgirl Mon 02-Sep-13 08:39:55

Karbea Thank you for the kind encouragement. I do need it. I've lost so much confidence since the split, and it becomes a vicious circle as I let myself go, then feel worse about myself etc etc etc.


I'm working at home today writing a presentation. I'd normally stay in my dressing gown but I'm off to get myself clean and dressed as I would for the office.

bigkidsdidit Mon 02-Sep-13 09:15:40

I've had to keep my toddler home from playgroup as e has croup for the millionth time and with him and the baby having a bad night my plans for exercise have gone out the window!

But I have: body brushed, showered, taken imedeen, exfoliated, dressed in a nice outfit. I've had a lot of coffee too but that's it for the day.

To do: re do nails, go on holland and Barrett online to buy more rosehip oil for my face, flax seeds and protein powder

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 09:20:20

Good morning ladies smile

Well, I'm having a skinny disaster here! I tried them on before taking up but now they're taken up, the legs don't fit in the right places sad so will have to work something out later or crop for next spring.

Other than that, vitamin taken, old skinnies on with floaty leopard print top and handbag swapped for pretty red one since I don't need to cart the kids stuff round any more. Have cleansed, toned and moisturised and full face of make up on too. Must remember to think about accessories too in future

Didn't get round to painting my nails last night but did mini mani so will paint tonight assuming I finish my hand sewing.

Trucks planks on elbows is what I've been doing. will they be enough of a sub for level 2 of shred?

Who was it who'd been shopping in Primark? And bought a jewel green top....can you describe it again please, so I can go have a look later on smile

Right, off to town with dd2 for a wander for something to do. then home to make a start on the house....starting with a thorough sort in dd1's room.

smile Hops on board thread:
Once the DC are back at school and I'm back at work (I do 3 days) I'm going to start swimming on my days off.
My legs/armpits/bikini need a post-holiday wax/epilate

I bought some after-swim shampoo to remove chlorine.

I'm getting loads of recyclables out of the wardrobe and holiday clothes that I won't wear next year.

My lovely nails need to be short and naked for work <<boohoo>>

I don't drink/smoke and I'm vegetarian. I don't want to cut out coffee but I am cutting down chocolate

And since I stopped sitting on the saggy armchair to do computer work and am now not having as much back pain (usually in the morning but it eases off).

I need to look for some A/W clothes. DD got me into Converse Hi-Tops but I need some wet weather shoes (and wellies)

Dentist appointment needs booked
Hair appointment also.

Goinggreytoosoon Mon 02-Sep-13 09:32:48

lucysmam primark do short leg lengths (did you get a 34" leg?) if your primarks anything like my local ones you will need to rummage and probably look near the towels or shoes grin

I have thought the same about accesories (sp)

Paintyourbox Mon 02-Sep-13 10:44:54

This mornings Ta Da list:

Face mask done
Cellulite cream applied
Body moisturiser applied
Foot cream applied
Make up done
Defuzzed as necessary

Things to do today:

8 glasses of water
Book hairdresser appointment
Take vitamins and fish oils

I think I may actually look worse today than when I started as DD was awake from 3am to 5am. I need matchsticks for my eyes now!

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 11:02:27

Goinggrey, they only had the ones I got in a 34leg sad half wish I hadn't taken them up now! Another month or so & they would have been hidden under boots anyway.

Has anyone ever tried dylon dyes? I was going to maybe get some to dye my old indigo that aren't indigo anymore jeans confused

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 02-Sep-13 11:07:27

Ok here's my list:
1. Take multivitamins and cod liver oil daily
2. 8 glasses of water a day
3. No alcohol Friday-Monday
4. Keep within daily calorie limits
5. No late night snacking
6. Regular hair removal including eyebrow shaping
7. Whitening toothpaste 2x daily
8. Daily facial cleansing and moisturising
9. Daily body moisturising, plus foot and hand cream
10. 3 runs a week, plus flex and tone on non-run days
11. Dye hair as necessary
12. Use hair oil/intensive conditioner and face mask weekly
13. Apply serum, eye cream, BB cream and mascara daily
14. Keep nails neat and polished
15. Limit to 2 cups of coffee per day

What's the benefit of body brushing btw?

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 11:35:04

Good news....the other pair of skinnies fit but the size sticker (you know the long one they stick on the leg) is stuck to the leg confused so when dd1's bedding is done going round I'm going to pop them in the washer and see if that loosens it. Not entirely sure what to do with the others tbh.

SevenReasons what else did you add to your boots order? Or do you live close enough to a town to go mooch?

Goinggreytoosoon Mon 02-Sep-13 11:38:59

lucysmam if they have still got the tags on you could try taking them back grin

PiratesLifeForMe Mon 02-Sep-13 11:49:47

Hot lemon & water drunk, healthy breakfast done, second glass of water on the go - day 1 going well! smile

Have my list pinned up at home and kick-starting slimming world today too, day 1 on every level - I'm quite psyched! smile

Tesco delivery due tonight with lots of healthy goodies & some multivitamins. Doing a Boots list next for pampering bits, much more fun!

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 12:01:04

grin I'd feel guilty doing that! The ones I had a strop with this morning have gone in the wash basket out of the way for the mo & will probably go for a spin tomorrow. If nothing else I'll wear them on days in the house & look reasonably smart.

Dp wants to save up the money my dad gave me last night.....I wouldn't mind some more new clothes and NEED boots so we have agreed we will take a tenner each on a Friday to put towards whatever we want. Mine will go towards clothes/beautifying products grin

Goinggreytoosoon Mon 02-Sep-13 12:20:30

Im in need of all clothes autumny apart from a coat going to wear last years. I did a big superdrug shop last week so dont realy need anything else

Cocochops Mon 02-Sep-13 12:34:11

Ds has refused to nap this morning so has been hard to get too much done but have managed

Exfoliate and shave
Hot towel cleanser
Basic make up
Hot water lemon

For the rest of the day need to:
Remove chipped polish
Dentist appt later
Long brisk walk - putting off running and shred for a few days as really bashed my knee at the weekend and still hurts

Might have a mooch round boots later to get a few nail varnishes.

Right few questions on skin care
1) I am in my early 30s and bought eye cream a few months ago because I think at my age I should start using it. It's Nivea q10 I don't really know if it works or what they should be doing I just want something to minimise ageing signs so what is everyone else using?

2) similarly for moisturising I use Olay Total effects which is nice but quite pricy and is it actually doing anything? Again any skin gurus with recommendations? (normal skin type maybe slightly on the dry side)

3) SPF currently in my moisturiser but thinking want to use a separate product as I have a little bit of melasma. If you use a separate SPF do you use moisturiser too? Which goes on first? Do you then put make up on over the top?
Any good recommendations for separate face SPF? Don't mind splashing out a bit a I really hate the pigmentation on my face.

Ooh my TaDa for today:

I used SuperDrug Hot Cloth Cleanser (I used to use Liz Earle C&P a while back) it's not so 'clay' like, nice floral smell but lighter and creamier.

I need some intensive conditioner post-holiday later (I've got some henna wax somewhere) smile.

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 13:03:32


I've had my protein drink and pt'd, did have a pple for my morning snack.I did have a cup of tea (with milk, and obviously caffeine), I'm still in my gym kit, haven't showered yet.
But! I have busy catching up on my washing, finally unpacked and nearly finished the house, just the kitchen and utility to do.
Going to have lunch now, omelette with leftover veggies from yesterday.

I'm thinking of starting sorting out my clothes, but don't know where to start, any ideas?

knowler Mon 02-Sep-13 13:13:46

Only just found this thread and it's great! Started yesterday with the main aim of losing a stone by Christmas and generally improving my health (thus having knock-on effects on skin, hair, nails etc). I'm not too bad with grooming generally but have booked myself a lovely facial as a treat this Saturday smile

My exercise is The Shred DVD which i have read an awful lot about on here - I am assuming you have to do it every day for the 30 days. Has anyone on here done this (or close to) and what results did you get?

NumTumDeDum Mon 02-Sep-13 14:47:53

Karbea, with the clothes you need to be ruthless. Try everything on in front of a full length mirror. Try and arrange another mirror so you can see the back. Be honest with yourself. What fits? What looks nice and fits? Have you worn it in the last 12 months? If not, why not? Is there any reason to keep it?

Organise into piles:
1. Keep.
2. Ebay/sell/swap/swish
3. Charity shop

Only keep if it (a) fits + (b) looks good + (c) you like it.

Don't keep something purely because it fits. If you don't like it and it doesn't suit you then you will not feel good in it.

If it's a decent label or good high street item consider ebaying it. Alternatively you could swap it for sonething else by using a swishing site. You could car boot/table top sale but people generally won't spend more than a couple of quid regardless of label - seems to be a mind set thing.

Anything you can't sell or swap give to charity. They will recycle clothes they can't sell by selling the rags for industrial use.

Next - the hard part and the bit I haven't mastered yet. Try and work out your colours (I'm on my phone so linking is a pita but I'll try and cone back with some when I've finished this post). Once you've worked those out you are better equipped to look at what you've kept and decide what you need.

On the defrumping thread we decided if we were trying to lose weight that a kind of basics uniform was necessary - so jeans that suit (skinnies seem to work for most people - try uniglo for different fits), goid quality vests or t-shirts again in a style that suits your body shape and a cardigan or blazer. I'm in the cardi camp as I have large norks and look boxy in a blazer. A good comfy pair of flats and you're good for every day. Can dress up with statement necklaces, scarves heels etc.

Some very kind person recommended Dressipi to me which involves answering a questionnaire about your body type and then makes recommendations for you. It is brilliant and I only regret that I do bot have a very big budget and can't buy them all!

Right off to find links for you. It's a painful process on the iphone. grin

Paintyourbox Mon 02-Sep-13 14:49:36

Hi Knowler I am half way through the 30 day shred, it hard work but I don't think you can beat it in terms of losing inches. It's also great for those who are short of time as its a 20 minute workout.

I feel much stronger since I started, I am aiming to do her Six Week Six Pack DVD soon as my stomach is my main problem area.

NumTumDeDum Mon 02-Sep-13 14:51:28
NumTumDeDum Mon 02-Sep-13 14:55:34

And here is Swishing.co.uk which is one where you can obtain credits to use instead of just swapping.

NumTumDeDum Mon 02-Sep-13 14:57:32
Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 14:58:15

Cleaning finished! I feel so much happier when my house is tidy and cleanish. I'm going to try and do an hour maybe two a day, to try and keep it under.

numtumdetum omg! That's amazing advise! I am trying to lose weight so not buying anything apart from a dress I need to get for a wedding
Going to go and have a shower and then attack the wardrobe!

Still haven't eaten anything bad yet but going to TgIs for my brothers birthday later, so may end in tears sad

Right shower!

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 15:02:27

Looks like I'm a soft autumn.

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 15:04:53

I'm mean summer.

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 15:07:35

Actually I'm really confused haha!
I know bright colours look better on me, I'm naturally dirty blond, pretty yellowy skin, blue eyes.

OOh can I join? I found this thread this morning and have been totally inspired. I have just nipped to boots with DD2 in tow and picked up most of the bits I need. I desperately need to lose a stone at least. It will also be nice to look a bit smarter and more put together!

ControlGeek Mon 02-Sep-13 15:16:34

Could I join please? I've got a mahoooosive list, all leading up to doing IVF in January. I need to drop my last 10lb (already lost 3 stone on WW but have no motivation to continue with that plan right now) - started 5:2 today (first fasting day today, not coping well!). I'll probably lurk more than I post as work is really busy at the moment.

My list is:

8 glasses of filtered water a day
At least 2 fruit & veg every day
Healthy breakfast daily
No alcohol for 5 days each week, no boozing it up on ‘allowed’ days
Take vitamins every day
Start taking fish oil capsules again
One early night once a week (10pm)
Give up one naughty favourite item: crisps (boy this is going to be hard)
No more fizzy drinks (unless mixed with alcohol on ‘allowed’ nights)
Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning

The Shred
5:2 diet
C25K (veeeeery tentatively added in here)

Face, Body & Hair
Use exfoliating body scrub in shower – every time!
Use teeth whitener (need to buy some)
Weekly use of full range of Anew face and eye products
Use hair oil (need to buy some)
Body brushing (need to find out what this is!)
Regular hair removal – every shower!
Body moisturising after at least two showers a week
Use hair dryer/straighteners/heated brush at least twice a week

Dress for the job I want, not the job I have – every day
Use clear nail varnish each day (need to buy some)
Try out different hairstyles, not just alternate between ponytail/down
Try at least one new ‘thing’ a week

I have just ordered new winter boots grin

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 15:29:02

Arr controlgeek I think I'm doing ivf again in October.

ControlGeek Mon 02-Sep-13 15:34:36

Oh good luck karbea, will that be your second? I did my first two months ago but am delaying my next round to better juggle work stuff (that, and I've got to down reg for 2 months this time sad )

bigkidsdidit Mon 02-Sep-13 15:35:54

Just ordered more rosehip oil and a new French cleanser online. Managed to paint my nails in the midst of baby and toddler chaos here today smile and have eaten lots of veg. Just realising how terrible I am at drinking water though!

knowler I have done Shred over 6 weeks while low carbing and doing IF and lost 16 pounds and six inches off waist so recommend it.
paintyourbox I have just started 6 week 6 pack - do you want to join when you've finished Shred? I've a thread in exercise forum....
lucysmam I'd watch level 2 and 3 before starting as lots of planks which you can adapt to elbow planks and work in leg raises and alternate arm raises whilst in elbow plank position if normal plank and sit up too hard? You can nick some level 3 moves and do during level 2?

Morning here. About to do 6 week 6pk and exfoliate with salt scrub then run errands and laundry while Ds at playgroup. Today will be a semi- fast day meaning skip breakfast and just small salad for lunch, low carb dinner in evening.

INeedSomeHelp Mon 02-Sep-13 16:26:43

At my Mum's today and she told me how well I am looking. Must be because I actually bothered putting make up on for a change.
Unfortunately her scales say that I've put on 2 pounds since last week which isn't good. Will need to work a bit harder at boot camp tomorrow.
Need to try and devote a bit more time to this but also looking for new job which takes a bit of time.

Countdowntess Mon 02-Sep-13 16:53:51

Some great progress today it is really motivating.
I have got my own version of the list because I am limited in what I can manage. DH works away from home 5 days a week and I work full time and have the 4 DC's on my own so no gym time for me. I have also had 2 lots of surgery in the last 12 months so am still building up strength and very jealous of those of you who can shread. It would shred my new pelvic floor if I attempted it hmm
8 glasses fo water a day - have new water bottle to keep filled at work
Exfoliate and moisturise face and body - I use derma flannel on face
2 extra fruit and veg
Hair oil
No alcohol or coffee during the week (eek to the no coffee)
Vitamins and iron
Body brushing
Epilate under arms - best thing that I discovered on previous thread!
No crisps and chocolate
Moisturise hands and feet
20 minutes on cross trainer
at least 20 minutes Hula Hooping
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Manicure nails, just tidy and buff and polish
Hair mask, deep conditioner or coconut oil
Face mask
Epilate legs
Steam face
Serving of salmon
Early night
Camomile tea bag eye mask (this is amazing if you have not tried it)
Note weight and measurements
As required
Colour hair
Teeth whitening
Pore Strips

Phew that is some list and it makes me realise that I really need to make time for me again. Have been good today and also prepared lunches/meals for the next week so that I don't get tempted to just make do.

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 17:09:55

I will be back to update shortly....just an apology in advance....we are possibly moving Weds so I might not be around for a few days after tomorrow! But I will keep up being as glam as I can possibly be to move house confused

thesaurusgirl Mon 02-Sep-13 17:12:47

I'm overwhelmed by some of your lists! I'm hoping they'll inspire me, it's baby steps for me and so far today I haven't done much.

Brushed teeth
Flossed (again! - have dentist appointment later in the week and trying to compensate for weeks of neglect)
Drank 2 pints of water (an improvement)
Drank only one cup of tea (an improvement)
Perfectil, plus additional vitamins B and D (an improvement, often forget)
Healthy brunch - toast with butter, two boiled eggs, and an orange

But far from dressing for work, the sun came out so I'm in shorts and a vest. And my brother dropped round and brought an ice cream for me which I promptly devoured blush.

But I am going to yoga tonight for the first time in months.

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 17:18:29

PS. FAB boots jemima grin

Karbea Mon 02-Sep-13 17:58:49

Don't think I achieved much of my list today, and I didn't wash the dog either which was also on the list. And Im currently eating quavers but sharing with the dog... Anyway!

I have been very busy with mine and dhs wardrobes, I have found lots of my clothes that were hidden in his wardrobe (his shirts are now colour coded, he'll think I've flipped!), I haven't actually thrown anything away but I've organised everything and I'm going to attempt to wear everything in my wardrobe, if I try it on and don't like it/doesn't fit I'll get rid. I have quite a few clothes in under bed storage and I need to sort out my dresses, so will attempt to do those tomorrow. After that shoes!

controlgeek no this'll be my third attempt!

small ta da

Have been after a Joe Browns dress/tunic for ages (can't afford the real prices), remembered at 3.15 pm one was ending, logged on with 21 seconds to spare and won it for £11 including postage Very happy :-)
Am trying to modernise my wardrobe to be a bit more trendy!

Love the boots, Jemima. Well done, Blue and good luck for the move, lucysmam.

Will do proper update tonight!

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 02-Sep-13 18:24:44

controlgeek I started a C25K thread last week in exercise. We still have people on week 1, you'd be welcome to join us. Let me know if you want me to link to it.

lucysmam no chance of mooching, only 2 independent pharmacies here, both of which are ill-equipped and over-priced. I ordered hair dye, body moisturiser, exfoliator, hair oil, face mask, nail base coat I have a fingernail missing from shutting it in the door so keeping nails clear to avoid drawing attention to it until I have the full set, stain-removing whitening toothpaste, hand and nail cream, hard skin removing foot cream and vitamins. Thankfully most of it came out of my boots points.

Ta da
Done the MN haircut last night
6 glasses of water
Morning face routine and mascara

To do
Go running
Find my colours
2 more glasses of water

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 18:54:00

Right, I am back with an update....nails will not be painted tonight as I need to faff around with fish tank to move and don't want to risk poisoning them confused ....toenails will be re-done though.

Got super stuck sticker off new skinnies with nail polish remover with acetone in....works a treat! they're currently drying to wear tomorrow.

Am not spending £ the rest of the week so will be sharing dp's apple shampoo instead of replacing my highlights one tonight....hope it's not bad as the last Asda one I used! Himself has no hair so isn't too fussed what he gets.

Will be jumping in shower soon so will exfoliate, defuzz, (make sure I take mascara off properly this time so I don't look like a panda hmm ), pumice my feet, and check my eyebrows....there are a few hairs that aren't quite long enough to tweeze and are doing my nut in.....moisturise body/feet/flexitol toe cuticles before painting nails. Will dry & straighten hair too.

Clothes all out for tomorrow. Have gone for a fine knit in cream to go with black skinnies and pumps. Red handbag and possibly red amethyst (maybe something else confused ) studs for a bit of colour. Will use a line of purple shadow too instead of eyeliner on top lashes. Hopefully will look glam and not clown-like hmm

Hopefully if we move I can look at c25k....only reason I don't atm is because we're in an absolutely shitty area & I daren't leave the house on an evening. It's all locked up as soon as we get back from school & curtains etc done before 6pm!

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 18:55:54

SevenReasons, that's a kick ass Boots list there! Did you get heat protect spray for hair if you straighten?

How's everyone doing with water intake? I've been managing at least 1.5L which is not too shabby smile

Today, I've had got lemon water, showered, exfoliated, cleansed,toned,moisturiser (face and body), teeth with blanx, I've drunk water and took the dog for a 45 minute walk. Tonight should be shred but will be ironing labels on school uniforms instead.

HelgatheHairy Mon 02-Sep-13 19:46:59

Well I haven't been puked on yet so today is a success so far. Have showered, used exfoliating gloves, in-shower moisturised, washed face, eye cream & moisturiser. Used micro pedi & flexitol.

My diet is really bad though. DD doesn't like being put down so I'm eating one handed and lots of sugar.

ILikeToClean Mon 02-Sep-13 19:51:38

Busy day as took poor pup to be neutered?! But meant I could clean the house and get my eyebrows threaded in town, also bought a nice raspberry jumper which is one of my colours! Took vitamins, fasted and had pasta and veggies for dinner, did the shred for the first time (omg shaking now) and drunk about 6 glasses of water with only 2 cups of tea today (I normally have about 6!). So will floss at bedtime and put my mascara serum on then, as well as my hand and foot cream. All good so far.

ControlGeek Mon 02-Sep-13 20:03:20

karbea third time's the charm, I really hope this will be the one for you.

Thank you sevenreasons, a link would be good though I don't think I'll be brave enough to join in just yet - with luck it will help my motivation!

lucysmam your outfit sounds gorgeous. Do you have a move planned or are you still at the looking/thinking stage?

First day of fasting went ok, but was ready to cave in to a pork pie with my name written all over it when I got home from work. Went for a 1.5mile walk instead, and am now proudly cooking tea. Luckily DP is doing the 5:2 with me so I don't need to feel jealous watching him eat.

Paintyourbox Mon 02-Sep-13 20:31:16

Oooh yes please do a six pack thread trucks I will admit to feeling apprehensive about it! But everytime I look at my stomach I want to cry so I need to take some action.

Exercise fail today- didn't do any, at all. Bit yoga class tomorrow which I love so I will make up for it then.

About to lay out my clothes for tomorrow and then paint my nails a neutral colour for work.

bakerofcakes Mon 02-Sep-13 20:34:30

Here's my list of renovations for today.

Hair washed, conditioned, styled nicely and finished off with hair oil to add shine. Eye cream and moisturiser. Whitening toothpaste.
Make up applied and wore nice dress to work instead of usual trousers/tshirt.
Loads of vitamins, lots of water and three pieces of fruit. Breakfast when I got to work. Applied cuticle cream at break and lunchtime and went for a lunchtime walk.
Healthy tea - spag bol with loads of veg - onions, peppers, aubergine, tomatoes.
Off for a nice soak in the bath, exfoliating bath stuff, cleanse, tone and night cream followed by body lotion and foot cream and an early night.

lucysmam Mon 02-Sep-13 20:39:04

ILikeToClean, what's the mascara serum like? That's one of the things I still haven't looked for.

Control...move has literally been half sorted today...we were starting properly saving this week but dp rang a landlord to arrange a viewing, they got chatting and LL said that he'd be willing to let us move in for the £250 agent fee tomorrow and then pay off bond/first month rent over the next 6weeks! Going to have a proper look tomorrow then literally pack up overnight. Agent for this place is none too fussed about notice so if all goes well we can move Weds! It's literally round the corner from school and has a secure garden and decent bathroom which are the main things this place is missing (and this one is falling down around us).

Just waiting for my toes to dry. Have gone for a very deep red. Fingers were going to be "I have a herring problem" I think it's called from OPI but they can wait until the weekend.

Paintyourbox Mon 02-Sep-13 20:47:18

Sorry to clog up the thread, just weighed myself and I've put 3 of the 5 lbs I lost in the past two weeks back on.

I could cry! I've been trying really hard but had a bad weekend with DP being ill etc that I've ended up grabbing takeaway and sweets to keep going. So mad at myself now!

That all sounds very exciting lucysmam!

Have re-done my nails and am typing cautiously while they dry...

Sorted my clothes out for going back to work tomorrow. Have set my alarm for 6am so that I can go for a run and get showered etc before the DC get up. Will be taking a piece of fruit for break time to avoid the staff room biscuit tin.

Managed 5 servings of fruit and veg today, and one oily fish. Lots of water.

Going for an early night now with my book grin


Six week Six pack thread for paintyourbox

Sounds like everyone v motivated to make themselves fabulous!

ELR Mon 02-Sep-13 21:18:43

Can I join? Tried to read through most of the thread but keep getting distracted by kids! Anyway sounds like a good idea, not sure what I'm supposed to be doing but seems like lads of preening and eating well, so I've done:
Brisk walk this morning and healthy breakfast.
Shower and body scrub followed by moisturiser then I've plucked eyebrows and done base coat, 2 coats of colour and top coat on nails and toe nails with a new chanel nail polish I bought a few weeks ago.
Wore a nice summer dress too and had salmon for tea, I did treat myself to a small slice of cake this afternoon in the coffee shop but only a tinzy piece!!
Will do a face mask tonight.

bakerofcakes Mon 02-Sep-13 21:23:29

Paint your box - just draw a line under it and start again. If someone is ill you grab what you can and healthy eating goes out of the window. start again tomorrow. I am off to slimming world tomorrow after a break so am back on a healthy eating plan.

LonelyGoatherd Mon 02-Sep-13 21:25:37

liketoclean have you got a link to the raspberry jumper? <waves from hoc summer thread :D>
helga do you rate the micro pedi?

<drumroll> I shredded! With the assistance of baby chucking wooden blocks and toddler dancing around to the exercises. Am idiot though as it made me hungry and I ate half a chocolate tart! I guess I would have done that anyway, so at least I exercised!!

I have also cleansed and moisturised, washed and hair oiled hair, had vits, removed old nail varnish (today is manicure day but can't quite be bothered) and defuzzed.

ILikeToClean Mon 02-Sep-13 21:51:22

Lucysmam the serum is L'oreal, only tried it for past 2 days so no change yet but will keep you posted!

ILikeToClean Mon 02-Sep-13 21:56:25

Lonely goatherd I can't link on my phone but it was a Red Herring from Debenhams jumper with burgundy trim, about £18.

The shred is intense, I'm fairly fit and when it started I thought it was fine, by the end I was shaking walking downstairs!

Paintyourbox Mon 02-Sep-13 22:04:12

Thanks trucks

You are totally right Baker tomorrow is a new day. When DP is recovered he is going on a diet (he hasn't been able to exercise for a while but now his op is done he is good to go in about 4 week time) so hopefully we can motivate each other.

I have painted my nails, moisturised everywhere and set out all my work clothes for the week along with accessories and shoes.

Hoping for good weather tomorrow so I can bike to the train station.

caramelgirl Mon 02-Sep-13 22:04:25

ta da did bootcamp, ate three meals only, drank plenty of water, wore an okay dress for play date, shaved ready for beach trip tomorrow (am mostly lasered so can be guilty of ignoring few strays). Admired my skin alot- clarisonic has upgraded it from 4/10 to 6/10 in a month,am v pleased.
to do need to log what I eat in mfp as I eat it, not at end of busy day, squat challenge 60 tomorrow I think (must check!).
Mud mask planned for Weds night.
Well done everyone- v impressed by all the defrumping going on. Do occasionally stare into depths of my wardrobe to consider decluttering but is intimidating!!

What hair oil do you all use? Is there a really good one out there I don't know about?! <needs to know>

Are clarasonics worth it? I get blackheads and have quite big pores. I don't mind splashing out if it means noticeable results.

Ta da's:
Woke up with wavy hair, slightly frizzy still though so I need some sort of "hair-do finisher" which will smooth it all down, hence my enquiry regarding hair oil.

Took vitamins, drank warm lemon water, washed, exfoliated, and moisturised face.

Took dog and baby for a walk.

Did mini pedi, used a bright pink No7 polish.

Met DP at the door this eve wearing a frock. First time I've put one on since before DD was born (she's 6 months! shock). He promptly declared me "lovely."

Posted too soon!

To do's

Work on diet and water intake!

Eyebrow pluckage needs doing asap.

I'm starting to feel really good about taking some time for myself. Feels nice!

Goinggreytoosoon Mon 02-Sep-13 22:59:20

Skin care going great, took my vitamin, clothes laid out for tomorrow, will also be booking hair and eyebrows also broke a nail tip so hands look crap now so ive got to get that done. Strugglin with the water only managed a litre today.

Im going to aldi tomorrow are there any potions and lotions you would recommend?

And my hairdresser does me a wag style blowdry i can blow dry my hair and get the volume but i cant curl with straightners so i need to buy some tongs or would a big hair be better?

Kezztrel Mon 02-Sep-13 23:09:52

Hope no one minds if I pop in to ask a question. I can't have citrus so can't do morning lemon water - does anyone know of a similar cleansing concoction I could do?

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 02-Sep-13 23:40:13

Couch to 5k thread here for ControlGeek.

Karbea Tue 03-Sep-13 00:28:01

justshabby I use the bumble and bumble hairdressers oil, I prefer it to Moroccan oil, it's less gloopy and in a pump dispenser.

HelgatheHairy Tue 03-Sep-13 04:03:14

113 days to go

goatherd I do like the micro peti. I have the "original" one, Scholl have one now as well. I'm using mine every second day and covering my feet in flexitol every day.

Please excuse spelling - it's 4am and I have a baby lying on me.

HelgatheHairy Tue 03-Sep-13 04:12:28

justshabby I use L'Oreal Extraordinary oil. It's lightweight and doesn't make hair look oily just calms frizz and fly always.

I had a clarisonic and loved it but it died recently and I haven't replaced it

HelgatheHairy Tue 03-Sep-13 04:26:09

kezztrel could you have organic apple cider vinegar? Lots of benefits but it tastes horrible. You could have a tablespoon of it or mix it with water.

NumTumDeDum Tue 03-Sep-13 05:09:51

Goinggreytoosoon, the Lacura q10 has good reviews, you could try that. I've tried the Lacura facial wash, not bad, easily comparable to Olay and also the shimmering day cream which smells gorgeous and gives a dewy finish.

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 03-Sep-13 06:14:58

Yesterday was not great. Had very little sleep (somehow I ended up spending most if the night sharing a cot mattress with an almost 4 year old), didn't shred, ate lots of cheese and dark chocolate and failed to dye my hair. Will shred and dye this morning,though.

Morning all .

I've had a good look at the colours site , and I've self diagnosed myself as a cool winter .
Wardrobe is not too bad , as we moved just over a year ago , and I was ruthless getting rid of unworn clothes .
Quick question to the style and beauty experts , I'm 53 years old , I need to lose about a stone , which style jeans / trousers would be best ? I have boot cut per una at the moment . I'm a bit scared of skinnies .

Resolved that September is going to be completely alcohol free .

Need to get in the shower now , will moisturise skin , condition hair and blow dry .
Tonight I will do my nails
Must remember to take my vitamins ( check the sell by date , they're the ones I bought last year on the 100 days thread . Oops ! )

Working today , ( in a cafe , will get my lunch at about 3-30 ) if not too busy I will fast today , lots of water for breakfast , leafy salad for lunch , white chicken meat and veg for dinner .

I have a note book , and will keep a written record of how I'm getting on

Morning all! Back to work and school this morning sad

Ta Da
Been for a run
Had a shower and moisturised
Washed and conditioned hair
Hot cloth cleansed and moisturised
Drank 2 glasses of water
Took vitamin
Eating healthy breakfast as I type...

To Do
Style hair
Put make up on

I'll be cycling to work, so that is a bit more exercise.

Hope you all have a good day!

Paintyourbox Tue 03-Sep-13 07:29:55

Just a pre- work check in.

This mornings Ta dah's

Cellulite cream applied
Foot cream applied
Body cream applied
Makeup done
Hair blow dried
Cycled to train station (fast pace to keep my heart rate up)

Going to have fruit and yoghurt at work for breakfast then start on the water.

The not so Ta Dah bit:

Ended up with a slightly broken bike and very broken handbag (strap on bag broke, wedged itself on back wheel of bike knocking light flying across a rather busy bridge!)

Bit scary at the time but I imagine to anyone watching it looked like the scene in Open All Hours when Granville ' fixes' a bike and subsequently loses control down a big hill.

JemimaPuddle Tue 03-Sep-13 08:10:21

Morning all! Some very inspiring lists, everyone is doing so well.
The PP who asked about hair oil I use Naissance organic argan oil, much cheaper than the branded stuff and no silicone or other stuff.

Ta da for yesterday
Did week3, day 1 of couch to 5k
Shaved legs & moisturised body
Oil on hair after washing
Cleanse, toned, serum, oil, moisturised am & pm
Managed to only have 3 coffees, had 3 peppermint teas but no other water so really need to work on that.

To do for today
Exfoliate body
Start day 1 of 6 week kettlebell plan
Drink more water
Face mask tonight
Early night - aim for 8.30pm

Kezztrel Tue 03-Sep-13 08:26:02

Sounds disgusting Helga but will look into it, thanks!

vvviola Tue 03-Sep-13 08:52:52

Is there room for one more? One who needs an awful lot of help??

I've never been particularly polished or groomed, and now it's just turning into looking frumpy (part time SAHM, part time student so no 'need' to dress up). Am also on a pretty strict budget - although I have quite a few bottles of various things around the place from previous bouts of good intentions.

And also, Christmas = summer here (and the end of my dissertation, and start of job hunt) so lots of reasons to get myself sorted.

So, what do I need to do?

Starting with:
- hot water & lemon in morning
- moisturise daily
- hand & foot cream
- defuzz & do eyebrows (weekly? Daily?)
- gym 2x week
- some other exercise other days.

I have to sort out my diet too, but it has to be something that can work for the family too as I haven't time to cook more than one meal (and family meals need to be egg & dairy free)

I'm not really going to do much about clothes until I lose weight and by then I'll be hopefully putting some of the winter stuff away anyway.

Does that sound like a good plan?

LonelyGoatherd Tue 03-Sep-13 08:58:24

Can anyone recommend a good night cream or serum? My skin has open pores and feels greasy quickly, mid-30s, lines already. I've been using a sample of the REN frankincense one, but ideally would like a cheaper replacement!

I use L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil too - the mist version designed for fine hair It smells gorgeous.
Have added clarisonic to my wishlist.

to do - mini mani and pedi, vits, shred, try to eat fewer carbs, keep up general cleansing/flossing/moisturising routine.

bigkidsdidit Tue 03-Sep-13 09:06:25

I love advanced night repair serum. You can't really go wrong with it, but it is expensive.

As a night cream I use rosehip oil from holland and Barrett, it has improved my early 30s slightly dry and lined skin hugely.

knowler Tue 03-Sep-13 09:10:53

Thanks to those who reported back on their Shred experiences. i will keep going with it!

Also lots of impressive ta-dah lists: but (and don't want to spoil the thread here) I can't believe how much some of you seem to get done! When I had a tiny baby i hardly showered let alone did the stuff you lot are doing!! Not criticising, it's impressive, just make sure you have a bit of cake occasionally if it all gets too much smile

justshabbynochic - thanks so much for that tip! Didn't check in yesterday so only just seen. Will grab a copy today, sounds brilliant.

Well I've just finished shredding - 2nd time, level one - it's agony yet energising at the same time.

Ate really healthily yesterday - All-Bran & fruit, 2 x poached eggs on tiny weeny slices of hovis toast no butter, cold beef with green salad & avocado for supper ....... but then spotted the left over b&b pudding in fridge. Oh dear blush

At least it's gone now. And no alcohol AND an early night. Hope I can be as good today ( without the pudding ) !

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 09:14:26

Good morning all smile

Well I nearly checked in at 4am too! Last night was one of those where you see every hour on the clock confused Think I spent half the night making.mental lists for today hmm

So far...

vitamin taken
make up inc. eyes a bit more glam than usual.
earrings remembered

Just on way to get parcel tape and a marker so will get a 500ml bottle water in town.

Typical I went for a knit for today & weather here is scorchio!!

Exercise for the next few days will be a fair bit of walking and lugging boxes/buckets so will re-start shred next week when house sorted. Also plan to look at doing c25k once sorted.

HelgatheHairy Tue 03-Sep-13 09:15:21

I didn't realise the extraordinary oil came as a mist!

Haribojoe Tue 03-Sep-13 09:19:09

Am still doing well, been managing to do the shred every morning even with the kids around. On day 4 and already noticing an improvement in my stamina grin

Struggling a bit with water, been managing 6 glasses a day but am going to work on it.

Skin is feeling great from all the pampering.

Thank you fellow MNers for this thread it's given me the kick I needed smile

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 10:35:33

vvviola....your list sounds about right....jump on in & pamper away.

It's nice to have the motivation to do it instead of sort of "I'll do" attitude smile

Karbea Tue 03-Sep-13 11:50:56

Morning team,

Protein juiced, morning vits taken, pt'd, showered/scrub'd/moisturised, just about to blow dry hair.

What are we doing about boot cut jeans? Bin? Or will victoria beckham make them fashionable again?

Today I'm wearing a breton T from river island and zara blue skinnies (worried I might be too hot later).
I've acupuncture today, still need to order the rest of my vitamins and continuing wardrobe sort out later, and still need to wash the dog!

karbea sorry - Iphone changed it up karbes!

Karbea Tue 03-Sep-13 12:10:52

Happy to be called karbes smile

Goinggreytoosoon Tue 03-Sep-13 12:32:21


Goinggreytoosoon Tue 03-Sep-13 12:34:46

Try again [blush[

Afternoon all
This morning went well we all left the house on time!! I did my morning routine make up and a cordinatined outfit plus earings and blingy watch. Vitamins have been taken and im halfway with my water. Br

Goinggreytoosoon Tue 03-Sep-13 12:39:01

Sorry!!! Broke another nail today so they will all be coming off tonite so will mani and polish them. Back to afternoon clubs but i will be avoiding the vending machines!!!

On the lifestyle side bills have been paid and food shop and meal plans done. Bought a small peice of salmon but dont know what to have with it! Any ideas? And i bought lacure moisturiser from aldi £1.49 for a big bottle so wil report back as to what its like. Does any recommened there eye cream or q10 cream?

NumTumDeDum Tue 03-Sep-13 12:55:48

Having a crap day. Put on a maxi dress and felt quit good until dd said I looked pregnant. I am quite bloated, dp has been off all week and seems to have a carb fetish so that's all we've eaten. Have eaten ryvita topped with cottage cheese and home made salsa for lunch. 4 days til the wedding, I have two spots, tan strap marks in the wrong place and I look pregnant. Would quite like to cry at this point. Trying to busy myself packing (wedding in my parents home town). hmm

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 12:56:42

grin Goinggrey you posting on a phone by any chance?

I have just been up and got semi scruffs out for tomorrow. Light pink fine ish jumper and knackered skinnies. Will still wear full face of make up but going to avoid accessories so I don't snag or break anything. I don't appear to own a single tee shirt apart from those I have pinched from dp confused ....

Just been for buckets to transport fish water and fishes in (quid shop jobbies) .....my dad is going to pay for van. Everything we don't need is boxed just in case. Hopefully it won't need to come back out again until we are in new house tomorrow <crosses everything>

I was going to mud mask my face tonight but think I will save it for tomorrow and use it as an excuse to hide for a bit if we move grin

JemimaPuddle Tue 03-Sep-13 13:02:31

Right Dd1 at nursery for the afternoon & dd2 sleeping. I should be doing my kettle workout. Instead I'm am MNing & eating toffee yoghurt.
Must go get changed now!

ControlGeek Tue 03-Sep-13 13:15:44

lucysmam you really don't hang about! Well done on the speed-move, I take it the area you are going to is far nicer in the evenings?

sevenreasons thank you, I will lurk there whilst getting a few shreds under my belt and hopefully that will motivate me enough along with the darker evenings to get going on C25K.

goinggrey loving the multi posts grin

I was so relieved not to be fasting this morning that I completely forgot to have hot water with lemon blush On the plus side, Superdrug are doing a promo on the extraordinary oil so I bought a good sized pump bottle, but couldn't see any mist - think it must have sold out. Also got some clear nail varnish - couldn't find OPI so went for Max Factor Seven Day Gloss.

Ta da (so far)
Early night last night - 9.30
Fruit n fibre for breakfast, brocolli (with gammon, yum!) for lunch.
Vits are all lined up in a little box for the next four days, including yucky fish oil
Wearing high(ish) heels as my contribution for 'dress for the job I want not what I have'. Can't go major clothes shopping until after pay day.
Tried something new - hair straighteners and the gibson tuck. Oh lordy, how did I get to be nearly 37 without knowing about the wonders of these two things? They have changed my life!

To do
Put clear nail varnish on - can't guarantee to do it tonight, I have lots of knitting to do.
Need to shred this evening if I'm not too hot and knackered by the time I get home

Can anyone recommend a good tooth whitener for a snaggletooth? I've tried Beverley Hills Smile (or some similarly named thing) but you put it on with something resembling a bingo dabber, and it doesn't get into all my nooks and crannies confused

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 13:46:17

grin speed move. Yeah it's a much nicer area! Kids will actually be able to play out without me needing to stand over them so none of the little *&!@$/^)'s around here start on them.

And.....dd's school is just over the road. I've run out of boxes to finish kitchen not needed stuff confused And, I have no clue how to transport all our clothes so am going to have five on here then wash the few pots on the side.

Could do with getting a wash on too but erm....cba so it can wait

JemimaPuddle Tue 03-Sep-13 13:53:49

Ah kettlebell workout done! smile

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 14:43:37

Pots done.....they didn't give me a flash of inspiration as to what to do with the clothes at such short notice so am stood here fixing makeup for school run....
feel a tad dragged through a hedge backwards now confused One hour & we know for definate!

Paintyourbox Eek! Glad it was only the bike and handbag and not you that was damaged, it could have been a lot worse.

knowler Remember that not all of us have newborns, my DC are 7, 9 and almost 11. When they were newborns I looked like Wurzel Gummidge grin

Well, am back from work. Very pleased at the compliments I got from colleagues and parents who haven't seen me since the end of last term, mainly about my haircut (I went from a long bob to a pixie cut mid summer) but also saying that I look like I've lost more weight. I've only lost another 3-4lbs over the summer so I am quite pleased that I am looking slimmer!

Ta Da
Been for a run
Had a shower and moisturised
Washed conditioned and styled hair
Hot cloth cleansed and moisturised
Make up (pretty full face as going to work)
Clothes: slim fit jeans, black fitted top, black longline cardi, grey and black scarf, black wedge boots, pearl stud earrings.
Cycled to work and back
Drank 5 glasses of water
Took vitamin
Ate healthy breakfast, fruit at breaktime and a fairly healthy lunch

Off to do school run now

Littlepumpkinpie Tue 03-Sep-13 15:45:36

Went for a run @6.30am plus gym for an hour
clothes erm was in gym/running clothes all morning then jeans for school run
water 1liter so far the other will be dran while I am at work.
vitamins taken first thing
healthy food eggs for breakfast tomatoe homemade soup for lunch spag bol for tea

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 16:38:55

Just in from seeing house...not at all keen but it's better than where we are. hopefully it'll just be a stepping stone.to something nicer!

Dp has gone to sort paperwork so just doing salmon & broccoli fishcakes for me and the kids then showers. Got a cracking headache brewing & nothing to pack anything in & no paracetamol.....tomorrow's going to be interesting confused

On a better note....I've drunk almost 1.5l of water today so far

SevenReasonsToSmile Tue 03-Sep-13 16:52:01

Failing today, I've hardly drank anything and haven't done my face because DCs were misbehaving and I didn't have time this morning.

Off out for dinner tonight so I'll try to wear something nice at least and put some make up on.

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 17:15:54

hmm, well something's gone wrong but dp not sharing hmm

Mud mask tonight as planned for me and maybe a wine (for stress relief purposes).

Pompbear Tue 03-Sep-13 17:43:02

I'm in - made a few adapations because I'll be on the ca,bridge diet for the first 2 months. Then planning to follow a primal diet and start doing the shred to lose the last stone/maintain.

below is my list. haven't 'officially' started yet.... need to get on top of the house first:

1. 8 glasses of filtered water a day –I’m on the Cambridge Diet so drink GALLONS of sparkling
2. Exfoliate (everything...within reason) – will do at the weekends when I have more time
3. Use teeth whitener – have crest strips and toothpaste to use
4. Use anti-aging face cream – I’m using a rosehip oil – seems to make my skin nice
5. Intensive nail care (feet and hands) – using cuticle oil/soap and glory file and foot butter.
6. Use eyelash growth serum OR eye cream – waiting for my lash stuff to arrive!
7. The Shred / other intensive exercise – will be doing lunch time walks, weekly yoga and ex bike at home (can only do light-ish exercise at the moment because of CD – will step it up when I come off it and move to primal eating)
8. At least 2 extra fruit & veg every day – CD so can’t do this
9. Healthy breakfast daily – CD so can’t do this
10. Use hair oil (moroccan hair oil for eg, or kerastase etc) – need to buy something
11. No alcohol during the week & no boozing it up on weekends – Doing 2 months on Cambridge Diet so should be able to stick to this
12. Take vitamins every day – just bought some new ones and fibre (for CD)
13. Body brushing – I hate the sensation so might exclude this
14. At least 2 servings of salmon or other fatty fish per week – bought fish oil supplement
15. One early night once a week. Suggest 9PM. – am a night owl but always shattered so will try
16. Regular hair removal – need to get brows threaded again
17. Give up one naughty favourite item e.g. chocolate/crisps – on CD
18. No more fizzy drinks – I need the odd can of coke zero to keep me going on CD. Will give up when I’m done
19. DAILY body moisturising – weekends
20. Warm water with lemon first thing in the a.m. – will get some lemon tea (CD)
I am adding:
21. Colour hair, lashes and brows every 3-4 weeks – just started brows/lashes – it’s fab
22. Get up earlier so days don’t start in a frantic rush – 6.30 on weekdays
23. Plan cinema visits so I can easily go out and be social but avoiding food/drink
24. facemask once per week/paint nails
25. Get some contact lenses
26. learn to sew (books/youtube) so I can take up the mountain of clothes I need to shorten.

I feel tired reading that list!

Karbea Tue 03-Sep-13 18:06:35

Argh just ate a go ahead and a packet of quavers, luckily last in both packs, so as long as DH doesn't buy more i should be ok tomorrow.

Dog bathed!

HelgatheHairy Tue 03-Sep-13 18:20:06

knowler I have a newborn and am managing to shower every day and that's about it. I knew I wasn't going to be doing a huge long list - just enough to make me feel human. I have buffed my nails today and they need a file.

And I'm having too much cake

It's my first proper day today. Had my lemon and hot water first thing and took my vitamin. Have eaten loads of fruit and been for a brisk walk. Did my nails and exfoliated last night and will do the same tonight while watching and drooling at GBBO.
All in all not a bad first day!

I think it is only during the past 12 months or so that I have really got myself together again after having the DC. I wasn't too bad after having DS1 as I went back to work FT very quickly (he was 4 months old) and the job I worked in then involved wearing a suit and looking presentable. I was overweight though, around a size 16. 2 years later I had DS2 , packed in the FT job, retrained and went PT to a job that didn't involve looking so presentable. By now I was a size 18. 2 years later I had DD, and was a size 20. And exhausted grin I was still working PT and didn't have time to worry about looking good. The best word to describe my look was "mumsy".

Eventually they all went to school and I felt like I got the occasional 5 minutes to myself. Last year I decided that I didn't want to stay fat and frumpy and that I was going to do something about it before I turned 35. So I lost 5 stone, started exercising, started looking after my skin, got a decent haircut, started trying to dress nicely. But I still need reminders to keep me on track, which is why this thread is great for me.

When I had 3 DC under 4 I used to completely avoid the Style and Beauty boards through fear. But I was also suffering from PND. Maybe if I had found the time to worry more about how I looked I would have ft better about myself. Who knows.

eye makeup
hair straightened
rather fab trendy top on
chicken skewer salad with spinach and a jacket potato for tea
strawberries and melon for snacks
even took my own raw veg and aubergine dip for lunch despite a buffet being provided
early night tonight as children are back in school with us tomorrow!

Dilidali Tue 03-Sep-13 20:08:35

Marking place and reporting smile
I won't start till the 15th for various reasons, but I have been 'gathering' stuff to set me off in the 100 day mission.
First, I weighed myself. I have put on half a stone in two weeks. I need to lose a whole stone now.
I bought a big pot of eye cream and a body lotion.
Still to do is buy lemons, vitamins and a notebook.
Well done to you ladies who already started, I am following you soon.

Karbea Tue 03-Sep-13 20:22:06

Just had a quinoa chicken salad was very yummy!
Didn't manage to do very much today. Going to try much harder tomorrow!

ControlGeek Tue 03-Sep-13 20:28:35

Quick update - showered, actually used a hair drier and straighteners, and used L'Oreal extraordinary oil. Instead of getting into my slobs or dressing gown afterwards, I put on black leggings and a pretty top. Realised the top is now too big for me; need to go shopping.

lucysmam Hope all is still good with your move, sorry it's not the perfect place you were hoping for, but hopefully the area and convenience will make up for it until you can find somewhere better with the same benefits. Fingers crossed DH is just picking up on your reservations.

Bumped into the president of my WI branch while I was waiting for the train this morning - was sooooo grateful for having put in the effort the last couple of days, because she always looks so perfect.

petalsandstars Tue 03-Sep-13 21:00:15

Managed 5 fruit and veg today and only one coffee, not broken the seal on the shred yet but will do soon.

Have also sorted through some tops that I can fit into again after losing the first bit of baby weight.

Not much else to report today but will aim to do better tomorrow

lucysmam Tue 03-Sep-13 21:30:22

Have mud masked, it actually seems to have helped lessen a big spot I had brewing over my right eyebrow so that's good.

Almost 2L of water drunk but dd2 pinched the last of my bottle so not quite. Am off to bed soon though so will probably drink another bottle through the night (seem to drink loads at night confused )

Have blow dried and straightened too but can't get my hair to hang quite right hmm so will probably run straighteners over it again in the morning. Also exfoliated, defuzzed and moisturised all over.

Need to pluck annoying eyebrow hairs tomorrow but still not sure they are long enough to catch.

Gave up on everything else today. shared a bottle of wine with dp...just eaten a family sized bag of wotsit type crisps and shared a bar of galaxy blush

We're not moving tomorrow. Agent sprung a load of undiscussed charges on dp and refused to even consider the work I had pointed out needed to be done (damp in bathroom, replaster the underneath of stairs that was dropping off and front gates for security with dd2 who is hotheaded and a bolter when in the mood). We'll put the cash aside and keep looking....something is bound to come up eventually hmm

Paintyourbox Wed 04-Sep-13 06:19:49

Managed to stay strong at work despite a departmental curry, only had some pakoras and salad so I am under my calorie goal for the day.

I have done 5 miles of cycling and 90 minutes of yoga.

Drank 2 litres of water and now away to take my vitamins. Then it's apply body moisturiser then bed time!

BJR Wed 04-Sep-13 06:38:45

Had a good day yesterday. Went to the gym, stuck to healthy food and drunk 2l of water. Also body brushed, did a hair treatment, hot cloth cleanser and did new evening skin care regime. By that point I forgot to body moisturise so will have to remember today.

This week need to make appointment to get eyebrows done and hair cut. Oh and if I can convince DS to let me get some beauty sleep that may help too!

HelgatheHairy Wed 04-Sep-13 06:44:32

112 days to go

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 08:23:41

Morning all smile

Just on way to breakfast club. Morning routine all done, forgot accessories though confused (I have five or six cases of costume jewellery too hmm ).

Went for my new black skinnies with pink floaty top and red bag. Have brought my little denim jacket out too but doubt I'll need to wear it after it was so warm yesterday.

Meeting a friend for brew in town....and probably cake when I've done nursery drop off for dd2. Will pick up a 19p bottle of water though too. Might treat myself to something small....feeling a bit meh after yesterday confused

vvviola Wed 04-Sep-13 08:43:51

Last night ended up being a pretty good start - did my eyebrows & a hot cloth cleanser before bed, and then ended up having an unintentional early night: I'd planned to go to bed with my book, but when I came out of the bathroom DH had come to bed & turned out the light - so I was in bed asleep by 10:30! smile

This morning started ok - hot water with orange (because I had no lemon) and a very cursory defuzz as I was taking DD2 swimming. I even remembered moisturiser after the swim.

And then I got a sinus headache so the rest of the day went to pot. Chocolate, coffee and lemon cake kept me just on the right side of cranky for the day. --although my children may dispute which side of cranky I was on--blush

I may manage to redeem things this evening with a bit of a beauty routine... blush

ControlGeek Wed 04-Sep-13 08:47:17

Managed to remember my lemon water this morning - had a fasting day sprung on me unexpectedly today, which probably helped. Wearing a dress to work for the second time in two weeks, people will start to talk grin

Cocochops Wed 04-Sep-13 09:15:21

Sorry to hear about the move lucy

Right yesterday was good ish broke my make up rule as I was taking ds swimming and didn't think panda eyes would be the best!

Ended up spending £30 in super drug oops.

So far today
Stray hairs tweezed
Body moisturised
Make up on
Hot water lemon
2 portions fruit veg

To do
8 water
Paint nails
Long walk
May start shred?
More fruit and veg

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 10:14:18

Morning ladies!

Ended the day having garlic bread :/

Need to order vits today and make a hairdressers appointment and beauty appointments. I also need to go and get some more shampoo as DH as been using it and its nearly empty!

I've thrown away two tops this morning, one silk one that had holes in and deodorant marks and one that just looked scrappy and old. I'm wearing a very short denim skirt, which at nearly 40 I wouldn't buy, I think is ok for this weather and mainly hanging around the house.

My morning and eve beauty routines are going well smile

vvviola Wed 04-Sep-13 10:18:29

Oh dear. Evening got worse. Healthy eating evening plan ruined as I was baking to take stuff away with us tomorrow (DD2 has food allergies, so if we're going away we have to bring supplies - and I bake a lot of them so that they are just a little healthier). I may have had a few samples.... blush

But I did get to my 1.5l water target & put on hand cream...

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 10:33:37

I am going in Sainsbury's to buy a lemon!!

(if I type it here I have to do it wink )

Am going to pootle round Savers too and see what's to be had in there.....bored hanging round town now.....but by the time I get home it'll be time to leave for dd2 from nursery.

Had brew with my mate but resisted the cake and will buy water in Savers because they have a fridge and Home Bargains don't

JemimaPuddle Wed 04-Sep-13 10:42:46

Ta da for yesterday
Morning & eve cleansing, tone moisturise
Body moisturised
Painted nails (over my gels)
Did kettlebell workout day 1
Took vits
Early night - 9pm
Drank 2 mint teas & 2 glasses of water

To do for today
Kettlebell day 2, can't run as running partner has blobbed & her eldest did childcare while we ran
Exfoliate body
Shave legs
Body moisturise
Drink more water- really struggling with this

Shred - done
Elasticiser on hair & up in pony tail - done
Face exfoliated & Clarins 365 facial tanner application - done
Clear varnish on nails - done
Litre of water - drunk
All-Bran, banana & natural yog - eaten

Morning routines & DS delivered to work (college starts next week here), put loads of stuff in car to take to charity shop when in town later, wiped down kitchen units & now m-netting with coffee.

Need to go & dry body brush, shower, hair wash, shave legs (seeing beautician later for bikini wax), apply Dove gradual tanner to entire body, blow dry & straighten hair (admire after elasticizer treatment, hopefully wink) thn off to town for lunch with girlfriend. Which will be healthy, naturally hmm

No alcohol again last night. Will be tougher tonight. Masterchef is on and DH & I do like a glass or two while watching!

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 11:36:06

Who was it who had the £11 quid No.7 serum? Can you link it for me?...just been for a mooch but couldn't see it and there was a lack of staff around to ask confused

Get your pompoms out....I remembered lemons! So will do hot water/lemon/straw in morning when someone tells me how much lemon they have been using, please smile

I feel slightly guilty buying all these beautifying bits for me so have pre ordered fifa 14 for dp and will pay that off weekly.

Still mooching....bit more bored now and no-one's in who lives near nursery.

ELR Wed 04-Sep-13 11:46:50

Hi all, I'm loving this thread, not posted again since the first day but have been reading and its really good for remembering to do stuff ect.
Applied an overnight hydrating face mask last night so skin feels lovely this morning.
Showered, shaved and moisturised and put on nice dress and heels which then resulted in a quicky with DH! All this before 7.15am on a school morning!
Blow dried and straightened hair, full make up, earrings and bracelet.
Lots of water drank so far as its a fast day, school run, walked there and back so 2 miles. Then coffee with a friend and a bit of shopping now back home and am sitting with ipad.
Have promised DH I will get rid of all the bags of clothes from de cluttering our wardrobes so best do that!

What is this elasti stuff people are applying to their hair?

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 12:04:44

Just done an hour of cleaning, and texted beautician with appointment requests.

Loving this thread!

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 12:09:14

shock ELR a quicky before school run....that'd be novel.....might wear a frock one day next week when dp is here on a morning.

I went and bought some pore strips....will try out this evening.

Meant to post the other day too.....DO NOT BUY WILKO OWN EYE MAKE UP REMOVER!! I was desperate and only had a few quid so bought it for 98p...
made under my eyes sting sad ....back to Garnier for me

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 12:12:44

Off to tackle the spare room where I keep half my clothes,wish me luck!
might have a cup of tea first

ControlGeek Wed 04-Sep-13 13:17:58

ELR I'm very impressed and more than a little jealous at your quicky!

lucysmam sorry about the house non-move, so frustrating. I was about to say I wish estate agents would just be a bit more honest about things, then realised that is never going to happen! Hot lemon water - I don't use real lemons, I have a little bottle of juice in the fridge cheat and add about half a teaspoon, max, to a mug of hot water.

I'm so impressed with all of these beauty appointments being made. Sadly my budget won't stretch beyond my three-weekly bikini wax. I have a dentist appointment coming up, but can't see it in my calendar - need to hunt down the last receipt when I get home, I think.

Today's ta das are: water with lemon, dress for the job I want, 2nd fasting day of the week, gallons of water, used hair oil on the ends, tried out a new hairstyle (hairband - hate it, won't be doing it again, it's given me a headache), clear varnish on nails. Will be working late tonight, so no shred or other exercise planned.

Afternoon grin

My Ta Da list so far today:
No run this morning, but by the end of the day I will have walked and cycled 5 miles.
Shower, shave, moisturise
Wash, condition and style hair, tried some John Frieda Shine Shock stuff on my hair that was always too heavy when it was long but has worked a treat now it is short
Hot cloth cleansed and moisturised face
Cleaned teeth with whitening toothpaste
Dressed - long navy and while asymmetric stripe skirt, navy jersey top, metallic sandals, pearl stud earrings, beaded bangle.
Make up and perfume.
Healthy breakfast, with 2 portions of fruit and veg.
Drank water and took vitamin.
Fruit for snack at breaktime in work
Healthy lunch, with 2 portions of fruit and veg.

Dinner tonight is a veg fest, I am making fajitas which will contain peppers and mushrooms in with the (lean) beef, then have corn on the cob and a salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber on the side. Eat-a-rainbow-tastic! grin

bigkidsdidit Wed 04-Sep-13 13:42:35

Lol at quickie before school run, good for you grin

I'm proving hopeless at updating every day, but I'm getting in the swing. Hot water and lemon plus imedeen every morning, body brushing, exfoliating and body lotion, full face routine morning and evening, keeping nails nice, all routine now for me smile just went to baby group with nice makeup on and a nice outfit, it was even my pre-pregnancy jeans (but with a long shirt to hide the muffin top!)

I need to drink more water, and still haven't plucked up the courage to make the dentist appt. I'm not doing much with diet either as low carb boot camp starts on Monday and I'm doing that.

I saw my face in the light this morning too and omg my crows feet! I went straight online and splurged on clarins hydra quench serum and 'first signs of ageing' moisturiser. I'm meant to be saving to buy a house blush

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 14:03:41

Omg Ive got so many clothes! Most of which are really old, I don't think I ever throw anything away! I've been squirrelling things away in under bed storage things for years. I've unpacked them all and got everything out, I've no idea how I'm going to sort it all out, so much of it is utter cr@p, or looked good when I was much younger.
I'm going to have to be strict and methodical. I kind of wish I hadn't started now sad
I must wear 1/100th of my wardrobe sad

LonelyGoatherd Wed 04-Sep-13 14:08:34

karbea Well done for making a start! First of all bag up anything that is stained or has holes in it for recycling.
Then clothes that don't fit you - they can go to the charity shop.
Then clothes that you haven't worn for 2 years.

That should keep you busy for a bit grin and should make the mountain more manageable.

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 15:08:24

Karbea that sounds like my wardrobe a few years ago! Mind you....I do randomly hang onto stuff even though I have never worn it...have a beautiful evening dress stashed in a bag just in case....must have had it ten years and not worn it once yet shock

I plan to start properly organising the house Monday morning when the kids are back in proper routine. My starting point will be deep clean dd1's bedroom and a list of things needed in there (storage mainly). Plus a clear out and try on of her wardrobe.

Have just checked my make up before coming out to collect dd1 & noticed my eyebrows are looking a tad unruly confused . Not sure whether to get my tweezers out or wait for Monday when both kids will be at school and nursery in the morning and go get them threaded.

Do any of you want 3 little girls vests in age 2-3? They're waaaaay too small on dd2 now

Ta da
thrown away old teeshirt/top just because I have so many lovely ones that I keep for 'best'. I am going to wear them.
Showered and straightened hair
Eye make up
Chicken skewer salad, jacket potato and spinach salad for tea

to do
must remember to wear earrings
feet-they are horrid

(If anyone is old like me and menopausal/premenopausal please check out menopause forum and help me with an embarrassing problem)

ELR Wed 04-Sep-13 18:53:30

lucy the best eye make up remover I've used is Avon £4 think its called conditioning eye make up remover it's a see through bottle but looks white with a blue top.

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 19:09:59

ELR I'll check out their website for that, thanks smile

I'm just out of the shower. Have washed and conditioned hair, taken off make up, defuzzed, pumiced feet. Body moisturiser and spot stick done....pore strip on nose....moisturise after that does its thing.

Then blow dry and straighten hair. Broke a nail againconfused so will sort that when I get sat

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 19:16:41

Well ladies! I've had a really good afternoon, Ive filled a black bag for the charity shop, and a bag for the bin!
I'm pretty sure that there is more to go, but I'm in a much better position now. I'm slightly worried that I'm at that time of the month when you don't want to wear short clothes because looking in the mirror I look dreadful in most of what I have lol! But I really think I need to grow up my wardrobe a bit, but I can't afford to do much at the mo, and tbh I could probably never shop again due to the sheer volume of stuff I have! The little denim skirt I was wearing earlier needs to go to the charity shop as, as I was just about to walk the dog I noticed you could actually see my bum haha! Must have been a lovely treat for the builder this morning blush and I don't like the shorts I changed into, the darts and the front make me look wide, so they also can go to the charity shop!
Anyway knackered now!
Salmon for dinner!

Dilidali Wed 04-Sep-13 20:33:33

Notebook bought, ladies, it is a bit vomit inducing, it says 'be gorgeous' or something on the cover, but it is a very good quality paper and the ideal shape.. and the cover is leather. TK maxx, all of £3.
Must check vitamins expiry date and replace what I need, will do on Saturday.

The thought for the day was: grateful for the chance and the ability to work hard- I passed a bunch of eye watering painful and tiring exams. I am glad I sat them, glad I passed them, but I was going down the route of: OMG, never again! I made peace with myself and my crazy ambition.

Glad to see people are culling wardrobes, here's to us!

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 20:38:41

Finally sat down! Broken nail sorted. Hair dried and straightened. Pore strip took a load of gunk out of my nose confused ....think I could do with something similar for other areas too.

Karbea sounds like a busy day! I ought to do mine really....will get round to it eventually. Had to grin at you inadvertently flashing the builder your bum...I have a skirt like that, no idea why I keep it though, it's survived sooooo many wardrobe clear outs its unreal.

What was the No.7 serum that was £11!?!?!

How long do eyebrows need to be to be threaded?

Anyone using real lemons/hot water....how much lemon are you using?

Dilidali Wed 04-Sep-13 21:02:28

lucysmum the eyebrows don't have to be long at all. I would go anyway, they will reshape them beautifully, my department store charges £5 for it, so not very expensive at all.
When I'll do the lemon thingy in the morning I intend to use a very thin slice and crush it good and proper, skin and all.
I did the one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar at one point, but the acidity didn't agree with me, so I'll adjust the lemon quantity accordingly.
I am on the hunt for a pretty small tray, to keep my glass and vitamins on. The idea is I can hide it in the cupboard and get it out when I need itsmile

lucysmam Wed 04-Sep-13 21:12:54

I was thinking just a slice, wasn't sure though. Will give it a whirl in the morning.

Threading Monday it is then, be nice not to have to arse around with them myself.

Is there a Wilko near to you? They sometimes have pretty trays in store. Or debenhams maybe.

INeedSomeHelp Wed 04-Sep-13 21:26:14

I'm really not doing very well at this. I keep falling into bed and then realising that I haven't taken my make-up off. Or I'll be in the shower in the morning before I remember about body brushing.
These are the things I should be focusing on just now because there is no cost involved but I'm just not on top of it.
Must do better!

Dilidali Wed 04-Sep-13 21:31:20

lucysmum ta for the tips.

Ta da list
Washed , conditioned , moussed and styled hair
Moisturiseld legs , elbows and décolletage

Wore a floral cotton skirt , nice deep pink smart t shirt and pink ballet flats

Make up on , including deep pink lipstick ( looks much better than the neutral I normally use )

Dangly earrings and gold bangle

Bought some rough skin remover for my home pedicure tomorrow

No alcohol , have not eaten terribly well though , that needs to improve

Sorted out airing cupboard . Does that count ?

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 21:42:40

I really need to get on top of my diet tomorrow!

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 21:44:18

doilooklikeatourist yes definitely, my airing cupboard is one of the tidiest places in my house, it makes me smile every time I open the cupboard door!

Bought a swimsuit today (a proper swimming one not a posing bikini) and goggles.
Planning to start swimming on my non-work days once the DC are at school.

Karbea Wed 04-Sep-13 22:56:29

70isa that's brilliant, I found 3 proper swimsuits today, they are now nicely folded in a drawer, I don't even remember buying them hmm

HelgatheHairy Thu 05-Sep-13 04:34:29

111 days to go

I didn't check in at all yesterday. I had people visiting most of the day and then DD had a VERY fussy evening which reduced both of us to tears. Does anyone else cry more when they're tired? DD actually had a few good naps during the day yesterday but due to people constantly around I got no sleep (and had very little sleep the night before).

Diet/healthy eating seriously needs to improve. Lunch was a tea cake and 2 iced fairy cakes.

LetMeAtTheWine Thu 05-Sep-13 06:00:08

I would like to join too if I may? Have totally let myself go since I moved away from my home town to somewhere I have never really settled. My husband is away working for another 8 weeks so hoping I can sort myself out ready for his return wink

scarlet76 Thu 05-Sep-13 06:28:25

Ooh can I join?!
I exercise regularly but fell off the waggon completely over the school holidays. Need to seriously get back to it as am running a half marathon in October. My aim is to run 3x weekly and do 1 kettlercise class weekly.
I am very slim so no need to lose weight. If anything, after the half marathon, I am would like to put a couple of pounds on. Need to cut the crap and eating on the go. Current aim is to eat 5 light meals per day as I don't cope well with big meals. I feel full quickly.
Wardrobe not too bad. After 36 years I think I've finally found my style. Pencil skirts and skinny trousers for work with fitted shirts and cashmere. Jeans and fitted jumpers and heeled ankle boots at the weekend. Blouses, cigarette pants and heels for going out.
Beauty routines need a bit of work. Have started colouring hair myself as I have so many greys. Need to get eyebrows threaded. Must take makeup off at

tartiflette Thu 05-Sep-13 06:41:59

Am doing shockingly with diet - life is so chaotic at the moment with workmen coming and going and the dc still at home all day every day... Will aim to get on track by end of next week.

Have made dentist and opticians appointments as part of the overhaul.

Been keeping up with the basics, grooming-wise, at least.

HelgatheHairy Thu 05-Sep-13 07:08:55

Welcome * LetMe* and Scarlet

Bleugh, slept really badly due to horrible earache. Gave up just before 6am and got up and went for a run.

Still sitting in my sweaty running gear struggling to chew my breakfast (fruit and fibre with half a banana on top). Need to go and have a shower and get ready for work but my get up and go seems to have got up and gone sad

lucysmam Thu 05-Sep-13 08:38:00

Morning smile

Just on nursery drop off. Morning routine done (inc. hot water and lemon)! Remembered accessories too shock Am wearing black skinnies with a blue floaty top and white flip flops. Swapped red bag for blue with a big silver butterfly (sounds awful written down, is lovely irl) and plain sunglasses for blue ones. Silver sparkly teardrop earrings, bracelet and watch.

Didn't think about brekky this morning....have dd1 to take to hospital after dropping dd2 off so brekky will be on the go and probably not healthy!

Brought a litre of water for the two of us, will get more when they're gone smile

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 08:56:21

Working from home today, so this is a real test. Would normally slob out but this morning have put on black leggings (the ones without the holes!) and a long top and sparkly belt. Hair done, makeup on, perfume sprayed, drinking warm lemon water whilst I m-net for 5 minutes until the other computer has finished booting up. Got a couple of guys coming to take down some trees today, so I've given the downstairs a lick and a polish and humped a load of cardboard around to the front for taking away.

karbea I always cry when I'm over-tired, it's inevitable with me. Hope today is better for you.

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 09:43:59

Holy nail polish, Batman - the tree guy has turned up, and brought his drop dead gorgeous son along to help <swoon> this thread has saved my life!

HelgatheHairy Thu 05-Sep-13 10:11:05

controlgeek the over-tired crying woman was me! Thankfully DD had a good night and I actually got some sleep so feeling better today. And PIL are bringing me fish&chips for lunch and provided DD cooperates I might get to bed for an hour while they're here.

HelgatheHairy Thu 05-Sep-13 10:11:54

controlgeek and horay for feeling prepared!

ELR Thu 05-Sep-13 10:16:09

control wish I was at your house!
Hair and make up done, wearing chill out clothes today as its so hot.
High waisted demin shorts and a funky fitted electric blue t-shirt and birkinstocks but still wearing earrings and bangles to glam it up a bit!
Have ordered some argon hair stuff from Avon they have a special on shampoo, conditioner and oil spray for £5.
Am also remembering to wear rubber gloves when washing up to avoid nails chipping, so far so good only a few minor chips that are hardly visibly.

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 10:19:15

Sorry helga, I even scrolled back to double check who had said what blush I can't even blame it on a bad night's sleep, I had the best one in weeks last night!

Gracie990 Thu 05-Sep-13 10:36:57

Just found thread :-)

I'm in, I'm out of the baby fog and ready to be me again.

I showered and put make up on every day this week for the school run. I've just been for a run and I'm feeling good. grin

Need to dye my hair this evening.

lucysmam Thu 05-Sep-13 10:48:34

Just been to see dd1's consultant....won't make it back to school in time for dinner using the buses so going for a pub lunch...I may have a small wine

control...thank goodness you dressed smart! am envy of fit tree son....we never get fit anything to do work at ours hmm

Can anyone recommend a make up brand similar in prices to superdrug Make Up Academy? I need mascara and some other bits but the stand is incredibly empty lately confused

HelgatheHairy Thu 05-Sep-13 13:55:38

Just had fish & chips delivered by PIL and MIL held baby while I ate so I could use both hands! No grooming done but a good day all the same.

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 14:02:22

That definitely counts as treating yourself, lucysmam No advice on the mascara front here I'm afraid, I just get cheap stuff every two or three years when my old one dries up blush

helga sounds bliss!

Fit son is leaning against industrial shredder, shirtless <fans self>

lucysmam Thu 05-Sep-13 15:50:24

shock Control iirc you are supposed to replace mascara every six months ish because of the bacteria that can breed in it. will look for a link later on when I put laptop on to sort my shopping.

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 16:52:44

Hi gracie - sorry, I completely missed your post earlier! What colour dye are you putting on?

lucysmam shock say it ain't so! I suppose it is also Not A Good Thing to re-use disposable razors until the moisturising strip falls off either blushblush I can only blame it on old habits from when we didn't have two pennies to rub together. Mascara (and razors) have been added to my shopping list for the week.

ControlGeek Thu 05-Sep-13 16:56:20

This is not good, I'm losing the plot. I came on to post today's ta-da and got completely distracted. So - dressed up, done hair and make up (phew!), perfume, showered, hair washed and intensively conditioned, about to go hair-dry it, then use straighteners and extraordinary oil. More makeup and perfume to make up for what I have just washed off. Hot lemon this morning, but completely forgot to drink water. Had a few decaf coffees though. Breakfast was toast and marmalade, lunch was beans and ham on toast. Could only eat half though, and this is supposed to be a non-fasting day! Tom soup for tea, then off out to WI meeting <feeling like a lady wot does things>

Still have agonising earache. Not Ta Das today as I am so sleep deprived that I don't really care how I look. At least my calorie count will be low as it is so painful to chew sad

Karbea Thu 05-Sep-13 17:39:30

lucy I think Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara, £5.99 at Boots is pretty good.

Gracie990 Thu 05-Sep-13 18:08:31

control brown, as per usual, just want to be a bit more frequent from now on.

So today I did three workout videos ( short ones) and I'm just wanting for Dh so I can do another run.

I've been doing the mini workout from tone up Tuesday, the workout are ok, the girls are so toned and definately motivate me to do them. Plus they are about ten mins so quick.

Gracie990 Thu 05-Sep-13 18:08:53


lucysmam Thu 05-Sep-13 19:00:17

make up lifespans for Control

Apparently I was wrong, it's three months...will brush up myself and be back to update later when kids in bed smile

Paintyourbox Thu 05-Sep-13 21:23:15

Evening all,

I have had a few Ta Dahs today but my inlaws are here for dinner so I'm necking wine!

Today I have:

Moisturised body and feet
Makeup done
Hair blow dried
Reprinted nails as chipped one yesterday

All in all, not that great but tomorrow is another day (am I have a hair appointment so that's one good thing at least!)

vvviola Thu 05-Sep-13 21:25:11

Ouch Jemina. Poor you confused

I'm really liking my little routines now - it's been so long since I've even had the headspace to consider them (non-sleeping baby combined with Masters at Uni. Masters is still going but now toddler is sleeping slightly better).

On the subject of the hot lemon - the first morning I squeeze a whole lemon, not thinking... I won't be doing that again!! One big slice this morning was much better.

bigkidsdidit Thu 05-Sep-13 21:32:11

I just did the first day of couch to 5k and I didn't wet myself! Post babies road to fitness has begun smile

cazakstan Thu 05-Sep-13 21:58:13

Just marking my place...

What a wonderfully inspirational thread.

Have been thinking of starting the c25k...but that's as far as I have got...just thinking about it.

Did the whole hair & make-up thingy this morning...AND...to end the day I AM going to take my make-up off before going to bed instead of rubbing it off onto my pillow!!!

Lemon & hot water in the morning for me.

Dilidali Thu 05-Sep-13 22:24:55

Off to bed I go with my new notebooksmile I am going to compel my 20 things to do list.
So far been really good with my water. Drank two bottles at work, no idea what it amonts to. But had shed loads of biscuits today!!!!
Also, I have been using my eye cream mornings and evenings.
And the oil every time I wash my hair.

All good smile

LetMeAtTheWine Thu 05-Sep-13 22:30:01

Well, I have made a list and so far (two days) have achieved very little on it. Have done no exercise, not stuck to Weight Watchers points and still being a scruff bag by not removing make up on a night. In addition, failed to drink much water or eat any fruit or veg today hmm. Have not got off to a good start.
At least everyone else seems to be doing well, hopefully this will be enough to inspire me!

Day off exercise for first time in a fortnight as meeting with DS autism clinic when I normally do 6wk6pk.

Wore a fab skirt I got from a second hand designer shop; managed to pick it up along with 3 pairs shorts, 4 tops and a bag. All for less than I'd have to pay in the woefully overpriced hideous local shops selling nylon tat.

Am now a genuine designer size 10/12 not a vanity 12 or a 14/16 which I was in June!

To do -Need to book new pedi: dark red.
And a haircut - back to wearing scarves as its 90% humidity here where I live (Caribbean)

Worrying about a hurricane (possibly) brewing next week: hard to low carb and exercise when no electricity and shops empty. Although I have lots of tinned fish and bottles of water in my hurricane cupboard.


cazakstan Fri 06-Sep-13 06:19:12

Mmmm...lemon & hot water...delish...not. Where's my coffee ???

HelgatheHairy Fri 06-Sep-13 07:25:35

110 days to go

darlingdaffodils Fri 06-Sep-13 07:27:12

Need to get started with something!

Going to have a plan for work lunches so I don't end up snacking and then buying some high fat sandwich.

Maybe one of the bento type boxes .....

Was thinking of sorting through my wardrobe and trying everything on. Then sorting the stuff that I like and that fits into outfits and then photographing them. Then I can figure out new ways to wear things, what really goes with nothing, and what gaps there are.

Not waiting until I lose weight to get sorted .... that has been my excuse forever.

Well I've lost 1 and a half pounds since Monday - hardly thrilling but going in the right direction. No shred yesterday as I cricked my back on Wednesday, but I'm back on it today.

Vits, water, skin care all going well. Had 2 x glasses of wine last night blush - need to have more alcohol-free days & early nights next week.

Off for scale & polish, cut & foils today, and need to plan careful packing for weekend away so not just throwing random clothing items into a bag & hoping for the best (then weeping when I get to hotel).

Hate, hate, hate trying on clothes/outfit making. I don't know how you girls do it sad. Nothing ever fits properly, nothing ever looks 'right'. I loathe any kind of formal evening wear, I walk like Dick Emery in heels, I never look 'pulled together' or 'done'. I feel scruffy, mutton, not very feminine.

I shop at White Stuff, Phase Eight, Next, Boden, Whistles, have bits from Dotty P, Hush ..... where am I going wrong?

(first world problems, I know ..... )

ControlGeek Fri 06-Sep-13 08:19:40

Well, last night's alcohol consumption puts notquiteperfect in the shade last night - two pints of beer, a glass of wine and about a third(ish) of bottle of pimms. Went to bed out of my tree at about half three in the morning. Paying for it now in every way, but have cleared the air with DP about a lot of issues that I hadn't even realised were bothering me. Feeling a lot better for that, but a lot worse for the alcohol.

Have decided that Saturday and Monday will be next week's fast days. Hair done, makeup on, normal (but smart) work clothes on.

Good work Contol glad some good came of your binge at least!

ELR Fri 06-Sep-13 09:21:58

control seeing the tree cutters fit son must have sent you into an alcohol frenzy! Well done in clearing the air with dp there's nothing worse than underlying issues. Now you can start afresh and enjoy your weekend.

Snapespeare Fri 06-Sep-13 09:29:51

Footner is amazing, it is so oo oo satisfying picking thick dead skin off of ones feet. grin

Paintyourbox Fri 06-Sep-13 09:43:00

A successful morning!

Ta dahs:

1. Exfoliated
2. Defuzzed
3. Moisturised
4. Makeup done
5. Hair cut and blow dried
6. Cellulite cream applied.
7. Feet filed and foot cream applied.

Now drinking hot water with a slice of lemon and eating a healthy breakfast of fruit and yoghurt whilst DP and BIL munch pastries (that I got from the baker for them!)

LetMeAtTheWine don't be so hard on yourself! If it feels too much just focus on doing one thing off the list every day and gradually build up! Doing something is better than doing nothing!

Paintyourbox Fri 06-Sep-13 09:46:10

Haha notquite and control a surprise dinner visit from my PILS (they literally turned up whilst I was making dinner and invited themselves to stay!) meant that I necked several gin and tonics and also half a bottle of wine last night.

Had a mouth like a badgers bottom this morning!

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 10:10:37

good morning all smile

Morning routine all done here. Full face of make up AND I remembered earrings!shock again. Am wearing a heather ish coloured fine knit today (same eight quid jumper as cream one from Tuesday...they're lovely for 8quid!) with some faded indigo skinnies....bare feet atm because my shoes got soaked in the rain confused but plan to get out my beautiful embroidered boots to pick up dd1 (because they seem to be the only boots I have hmm ).

Going to do some repairs to a couple of other tops shortly since me and my smallest are staying in avoiding the rain. It's bloody horrible today after a week of glorious sunshine. Will catch up on the washing too.

Am just having a brew to warm up because it's bloody cold then switch to water for the day.

I need boots if anyone has seen any nice ones around? I have spied a pair but £100 is causing dp's face to do hmm confused grin all together at me!

Todays plan is to fix clothes shortly, start deep cleaning dd2's bedroom apart from washing curtains. Then this evening I'm going to change toe nail polish and paint finger nails since they didn't get done Tuesday or any other day yet.

HelgatheHairy Fri 06-Sep-13 10:55:58

I'm starting to feel like a hobbit! I have breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses etc. Can people suggest healthy, filling food that ideally I can eat one handed?

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 11:16:43


I am currently eyeing up the jar of nutella for elevenses confused ....have no bread in and forgot to put it on shopping so it would be just the nutella blush

bigkidsdidit Fri 06-Sep-13 11:19:22

Today for me is Callanetics DVD then body brush and Epsom salts bath. Also doing the online shop for low carb bootcamp. I read Red magazine this morning too to get ideas of what clothes I want to buy once I'm thin again!

bigkidsdidit Fri 06-Sep-13 11:20:29

I just had a tablespoon of nutella lucy'smam grin and hid it from my toddler! It was lovely.

lucidlady Fri 06-Sep-13 11:23:05

Helga, this may feel a step too far at the moment but what about bananas, carrots etc? Fruit is great for snacking if you can get some stocks in, like grapes etc. how old is your little one? I remember the early days. I think I survived solely on toast when DD was tiny! They do pass though. You WILL ey your hands back!

lucidlady Fri 06-Sep-13 11:23:49

Ey = get

bigkidsdidit Fri 06-Sep-13 11:24:21

Do you have a sling Helga? My baby's been asleep for 2 hours in my sling (a close wrap) so far, I've been for a walk with the toddler but also made sandwiches and had a coffee and things. And nutella, obviously. Out of the sling he'd nap 30 mins max and want held all the time!

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 11:36:26

We used a sling with dd2....I agree they are a godsend for non-put-down-able babies!

grin at you hiding the nutella from your tiddler bigkids...mine has her gogogadget ears on today....literally the second I open a drawer or cupboard she is here!

Elastic done in one pair of trousers, jacket to sort shortly. am being pestered for lunch though and haven't got much in to replace a sarny confused

Cocochops Fri 06-Sep-13 11:51:39

Morning all

Just checking in

paint that is very restrained I definitely wouldn't have been able to resist the pastries
caz I have hot water lemon first thing don't mind it too much then have a coffee about 10 which I really look forward to!

The following have now become routine and much easier to remember now

Hot lemon water daily
Hot cloth cleanser eye cream foot moisturise hand moisturise nightly
Basic make up daily
Fruit and veg am trying for 7 which means I normally at least manage 5 so happy with that
Water normally manage 8 this is a bit of an effort and have to force myself. Hot water lemon helps though as that counts as 1!

Have also painted nails this week may find this hard to do weekly but will try and removed chipped polish straight away. Have had no alcohol this week so looking forward to wine tonight.

Have been absolutely rubbish at
DIY facial
Early night
Doing anything with my hair

HelgatheHairy Fri 06-Sep-13 11:56:05

I have a sling but forget about it sometimes! I'm thinking bananas and apples ( I've been eating apples and chocolate together, yum!) Carrots are a step too far smile

DD is 4 weeks tomorrow! Can't believe she's a month already.

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 12:15:09

Flies doesn't it Helga! My smallest is four in December...feels like five mins since she was a teeny tot smile

Well, my asda delivery has just been cancelled...due to broken down van confused Surely they have spares hmm . So now I'm trying to either get MIL to come play with small while I walk up or trekking both girls up after school

Ha. I work 3 days, Wednesday I got the DC to school and ready for school (DD Yr 7 DS Yr9)
So today, got DC to school, tidied, sorted house stuff.
No make-up , shower, teeth, L'Occitane cream (blue jar)
Then went swimming.

Flipping heck, I think I've maimed myself.
Did 10 (very feeble) lengths then a shower and now I'm rats tail hair (still no make-up)

Coffee and shopping now.
I'm going to weigh myself and measure hips, waist, boobs but that's not for public knowledge.

Ooh, Ooh. I ordered some Sketchers shoes from QVC (for work) I can wear black lace-ups as long as they are sensible. Don't have to be glam. And these aren't

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 14:18:08

hmmmm...MIL isn't feeling well & dp not answering phone....will be lucky dip for tea then grin

Asda now coming tomorrow....offered free delivery but am using fiver delivery pass for the month so not really much use confused

Had a brew on the sofa with a mag a bit ago. dd2 fell asleep in dp's side of the bed...was veeeeery peaceful!

CMP69 Fri 06-Sep-13 14:54:53

Parsnipcake Fri 06-Sep-13 14:58:02

I have been making an effort for a week and have been asked out by 3 men and propositioned by a taxi driver. I am 42, and have a 3 month old baby with me, i'm definitely not giving off 'available' vibes It felt quite flattering but it's beginning to put me off.

CMP69 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:00:47

Been lurking for a while, but got weighed today and have gained 2kg in a month shock and I am a dietitian blush
DH birthday today, so will have to start tomorrow.
Will do a proper list on the PC tomorrow if i'm not too hungover from dinner out tonight grin

Helga if I don't snack I get really hungry and then make bad food choices. So snacking works for me.

On a normal day I will eat:
Breakfast: bowl of fruit and fibre with sliced banana on top and semi skimmed milk, a glass of OJ.
Mid morning: an apple and a fruit tea
Lunch: Soup (today it was carrot and coriander), a small wholemeal roll and a small piece of reduced fat cheese, a tangerine
Mid afternoon: some dried fruit (I like the little snack packs of prunes)
Supper: Cooked meal eg chicken with wholemeal pasta and salad
Evening: yoghurt and fruit

As long as your snacks are fairly healthy it works fine. I also have been getting graze boxes, purely because they help with portion control. I know it is cheaper to buy big bags of dried fruit etc, but I can't trust myself not to munch my way through the lot blush

HelgatheHairy Fri 06-Sep-13 15:46:54

Thanks all. All the 'bad' food has been finished off so will put healthy stuff on the shopping list. I find the more sugar I have the more I want so its better not to have any in the house.

Day 7 of six week six pack done.
Off out in my second hand tan RL shorts, new bra, brown strappy vest and cream low wedges and bag.
Going to treat myself to brunch from deli that does lovely paleo food: had blackened shrimp with zucchini noodles last time which was immense.

CMP69 Fri 06-Sep-13 16:48:48

Ok here is my version of the list

1. 8 glasses of filtered water a day - pretty good at this most days
2. Exfoliate - body brush in shower most days and facial scrub at night
3. Use teeth whitener - always use whitening toothpaste
4. Use anti-aging face cream - Origins plantscription
5. Intensive nail care (feet and hands) - not good at this one, need podiatry appt asap!!
6. Use eye cream -use eye cream twice daily
7. The Shred / other intensive exercise -crap with exercise, pilates once a week, going to try to swim twice a week now DS back at school
8. At least 2 extra fruit & veg every day - could do better!
9. Healthy breakfast daily - granola/museli toast and butter at weekends
10. Use hair oil- never heard of it until this thread blush can somneone enlighten me??
11. No alcohol during the week & no boozing it up on weekends - no chance will try harder
12. Take vitamins every day -have a pot by the kettle, rarely take them
13. Body brushing - yy as above
14. At least 2 servings of salmon or other fatty fish per week. -just bought some salmon, DH will strggle with this
15. One early night once a week. Suggest 9PM. - Usually go to bed at 10:30 ish will aim for 10pm
16. Regular hair removal - already epilate legs and pits, everything else rainforest. Will try harder
17. Give up one naughty favourite item e.g. chocolate/crisps - crisps gone as of today
18. No more fizzy drinks - dont drink pop
19. DAILY body moisturising - do most days
20. Warm water with lemon first thing in the a.m. - no going to bother it has no proven benefit

Will update tomorrow when i start properly, the birthday cake and Champagne are waiting for DH to come home and dinner is booked wine cake grin

Karbea Fri 06-Sep-13 18:14:18


I've been shopping, I got, a jumper from h&m, a clarins exfoliating toner, an urban decay and mac eyeshadow, Dior lash plumping stuff and some more muji storage for my makeup.

I wasn't going to buy anymore clothes for awhile oops!

Diet still dreadful although did have salmon and salad for lunch and leftovers prawn crackers from last nights take away for breakfast

Not much good today, had to take Mum for heart appointment. Did wear smart trousers and top for that though. As it involved a 70 mile round trip I am tired now That is probably because I hardly slept last night.
Have resolved to use up coffee in the house and then switch to decaf.
Weekend off, small amount of school work to do but then a bit of pamper time I think.

lucysmam Fri 06-Sep-13 20:44:58

Well ...after the asda cock up today got worse confused

Landlord's ass of an agent came round because we asked for an electrician to check out what we suspect is some dodgy wiring ......of course washer/dryer/bathroom light/hall light were all off at 4pm so wasn't about to start arsing about just to prove that they're dodgy...he says it's my fault for using washer and dryer together confused

Anyway, had a lovely shower on my own, dp was snuggled under a blanket with the girls when I got out so managed to complete my evening routine in peace! Have applied one coat of silvery polish to fingers but not sure I like it so leaving like that until the morning.

Hair dried but not straightened, will do in the morning since I don't have to rush off out. Was maybe going to attempt rag rolling it tomorrow using baby wipes ....Sunday is day off day so doesn't matter if it's not brill.

Just enjoying a wine with dp before he goes to bed (although he poured it in a half pint pot so taking it steady confused ).

Off to market in the morning to stock up on fruit and salad (won't need veg for weeks with the size of the stuff MIL keeps fetching up from FILs allottment).

Going to have a look for boots tomorrow but can't afford to buy this week sad unless I get cheapies for now

HelgatheHairy Sat 07-Sep-13 04:20:34

109 days to go

Ta da! Bought new bras which inspired me to reorganise all my lingerie and swimwear. Laboriously tried it all on. Kept a few nice sets that are too big, binned greyish whites and bobbly swimwear and grim shapeless nursing bras even though still BF. Put all bras with their matching pants (I don't always wear matching sets but at least if I want to I can).

Weird how I fit all sorts of different sized bras depending on straps and clasp setting. Also amazed at my bra size changes over the years.

Anyway, now everything I wear under my clothes looks nice and with my reorganised wardrobe and post-shred exercise regime I am feeling like a totally new woman!

cazakstan Sat 07-Sep-13 07:24:02

Ta Da...

Filed & painted toes and fingers yesterday...Will learn that it's not just a holiday thing and do them regularly.
Exfoliated and oiled every inch of my body.
Drank one litre of water but that was just to wash the three mars bars down...which I don't usually eat but they were there and calling my name. Think it was just because I was home alone.
Today...I have had my hot water and lemon...not too bad.
Am starving...will make bercher muesli with fresh blueberries, nuts and raisins...what a start to the day.
Since it's the weekend and there's only me and my partner at home...dd1 and dd2 are both away in different parts of the world..so no having to entertain then or run around after them...and no phone calls from either of them...We'll be getting wrapped up and going for a long walk. Mmm...just the two of us and no interruptions..what will we do ???Definitely no shopping.

lucysmam Sat 07-Sep-13 09:58:12

Morning all smile

How's everyone today? Anyone up to anything interesting?

Morning routine was all done here by 8am...just kids hair to sort to head to market shortly (when I find something not broken or soaking from yesterday to put on my feet).

Pizza dough made for later...just have to decide what fairly healthy toppings to pile on hmm

Must get back on the exercise after the weekend...am going to risk doing Shred when kids are at school/nursery and hope I don't smell too bad picking them up confused ...cba with daytime showers! Like my shower last off to wash away the day.

Well we are now on Day 7 and I am quite proud of my first week grin

Ta Da
Showered and moisturised every day
Exfoliated and shaved legs three times
Washed, conditioned and styled hair every day
Hot cloth cleansed and moisturised incl eye cream twice every day
Brushed teeth with whitening toothpaste twice every day
Wore make up every day AND took it off properly every night
Planned and wore nice outfits every day (ironed them too!), and accessorised approriately
Painted fingernails properly on Sunday and didn't use my nails as tools so they lasted all week
Go up and went for a run before breakfast three times
Cycled to work every day
Took a multivitamin every day
Ate at least 5 portions of fruit & veg every day
Drank 2l of water every day
Ate 3 portions of oily fish
Only had one alcoholic drink all week - a G&T last night.

How long does it take for this stuff to become a habit that you don't have to think about anymore?

Off to town this afternoon, need to pop to Boots and get some more body lotion. Am thinking of trying that Nivea in shower one, has anyone tried? I might have a mooch around Dorothy Perkins and Next too and see if hey have anything nice in their new autumn stuff.

nightcircus Sat 07-Sep-13 10:35:10

Can I join with a very basic list for myself! Baby steps!

1. Wash hair and style every Saturday (truly only needs weekly!)
2. Keep toe nails painted.
3. Keep fingernails short and uniform length.
4. Shave legs x2 per week
5. Daily use of foot file and flexitol cream (feet transformed)
6. Pluck eyebrows weekly.
7. Floss teeth daily.
8. Light make up daily.
9. Moisturise body daily as head into Autumn.
10. Early nights.

lucysmam Sat 07-Sep-13 15:36:46

We're just in from town. Stocked up on loads of bargainous fruit (apples, bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawbs, raspberries and donut peaches) and salad for just over six quid. Probably won't last the week but is better for snacking than treat cupboard.

I got some lurvely brown boots too from Primark for £25! They've got a plaited bit and what looks like it should be a stirrup round the back in gold. Shocking description confused but they are smart and will keep my feet from getting soaked like yesterday.

(My dad treated the kids to a onesie each too...dd1 is a leopard and 2 a stripey tiger - only trouble is onesies were on my Xmas list so will probably swap for pj's)

Am just about to make pizzas....salami, mushrooms, peppers, olives (for me), onion, and tomato....yum. Might chuck some jalepenos on my half too grin yum!

HelgatheHairy Sat 07-Sep-13 17:35:01

Did a Penny's shop (primark to most of you but it's called Penny's here in Ireland). I just was desperate for clothes that I can breastfeed in. So got 2 basic v-neck jumpers, one grey, one green, one loose fit jumper in a black/white knit, 2 vest tops for layering, one nightshirt, one pair pjs, one grey long cardigan, few vests for DD and one pair dark green jodhpur style leggings (which are too tight but hoping they'll loosen after a few wears and they feel quite warm) all for €77.

I know it's not great quality but hopefully won't stay this size for long

INeedSomeHelp Sat 07-Sep-13 18:28:45

The only thing I can honestly say I'm on top of is exercise. I go to an outdoor boot camp three times per week and am far too knackered to do anything on the other days. It's 90 minutes on a Saturday and I thought I was going to die by the end this morning!

lucysmam Sat 07-Sep-13 20:26:22

Helga I love a good rummage in Primark! & the fact that it's cheap enough that if the kids smear something random on me, I don't have to worry about it being pricey to replace if wrecked!

I've just sat down. Healthier pizzas were a hit, even with dd2 who is a bit fussy!

Nearly 2l water drunk through the day, evening routine done except straightening hair as we'll not be going anywhere tomorrow so I can do it in the morning. Finger and toe nail polish about to be removed so I can replace with something I like better tomorrow evening (I have many to choose from grin ).

Tomorrow would usually be eyebrow day but am going to try and get to town on Monday to have them threaded depending on several things that might hold me up confused

Am feeling a bit meh this evening because of crossed words with dp and the kids being ungrateful after my dad treated them in town.....so I have a bag of mini matchmakers sat next to me! But I will try very hard not to eat them all hmm ...

Paintyourbox Sat 07-Sep-13 20:45:27

Hi everyone,

I've been working all day today so haven't done any exercise. I slept in this morning as I was feeling quite poorly last night. Still feeling crappy today- sat with a hot water bottle for my stomach pains

Paintyourbox Sat 07-Sep-13 20:50:48


Tomorrow I am going to start Shredding again and I've ordered a weekly shop with a week of healthy meal plans. Also going to get my brows threaded as they are a tad bushy.

Got a bargain on eBay, a Mint Velvet dress for £18. Going to wear it to a wedding later this month- so excited!

Hope everyone is getting on well!

ControlGeek Sat 07-Sep-13 21:06:57

Sorry for lack of check-ins, I'm only just starting to feel myself again after the excesses of Thursday night. On the plus side, have eaten relatively healthily yesterday (the crisps don't count - they didn't stay down long enough!) and have fasted today. Both DP and I found today's fasting pretty easy compared to the other days, so we'll aim for Saturday and Monday from now on, and eat normally the rest of the week. The salters ultra accurate scales arrived today. I am 1.5lb above the 5 permitted lb above my weight watchers goal weight, so have a bit of work to do before I can do my final two weigh-ins of the year. No make-up today - I completely forgot! Dressed smarter than I would normally to go out shopping, and used hair oil again this morning. Nails are painted.

lucysmam I am in complete and utter denial about make-up lifespans after reading that website. You really do not want to know how old some of my makeup is. Thankfully, I have never had an eye infection from it.

helga that sounds like a great shopping spree, Primark is the bees knees for cheap, cheerful and looking good.

Ineedsomehelp I am the complete opposite of you, my promises to start shredding again have all fallen by the wayside.

lucysmam Sat 07-Sep-13 21:22:07

grin Control, I can't say anything...I have make up well past its best upstairs. Urban Decay eyeshadows mainly! Can't see me spending £11 on a single eyeshadow for the foreseeable future sad

I do need to update my eyeshadows a bit though, think I've used more in the past week than ever before shock

I did some A/W shopping in Matalan.
I really wanted a short sleeved crew jumper but they were either acrylic that bobbles (I've had them before) or very low necked (so not flattering on me)

But I picked some purple, grey, navy and a pink jumper (because I'm not going to invest in a pink coat)

Any ideas where I can buy a short sleeved crew neck jumper? Preferably wool blend (I've got a cashmere one ) in pastel/nude shades

LetMeAtTheWine Sat 07-Sep-13 23:23:07

Paint, I know I should I focus on just one or two things at a time but i am very much an 'all or nothing' kinda gal! I then fail at one ting, give up on the ret and berate myself for screwing up shock
I really need to focus on exercise I think. Was just getting a routine going and now I am staying with family for a few weeks and it has all gone pear-shaped. Really need to start toning up at the very least.
Keep up the good work everyone!

LetMeAtTheWine Sat 07-Sep-13 23:24:19

Must start reading before posting. Multiple typo's in my last post!