05 April 2019

5 Ways to be a More Put-Together Person | Lippy In The City

I'm a naturally organised person and I usually have lists coming out of my ears! Granted I can cope with being messy, but I can't cope with being dis-organised, its just not me. 

Today I though I'd share 5 tips that help keep me put-together on a daily basis, and on top of my life as a whole...

The first thing I do on a Monday morning when I get into work is plan out my week. I have a daily diary for meetings and appointments, then a notebook where I write everything out that I have to do that week. I like to take a double page spread in my notebook and divide it into four sections; to-do's, social, web amends, and images needed. This can change weekly but it's a typical example (I work in Marketing so bear in mind these will need to be relevant to your individual needs). Seeing everything that I have to do for the week in one go really helps me visualise what needs to get done and releases the pressure of having to get everything done on a specific day.

I can't recommend this step enough. Having 5,868 unread emails in your inbox can definitely cause unnecessary stress, and let's face it, if we can minimise any needless stresses throughout the day I'm all for it. Whilst I'm at work I continually have my email account up and visible, I try to answer as many emails as possible as soon as they come in. I then like to make a note in my diary of any follow ups, or actions I need to take. Likewise with my personal email, I check this around three times a day and I make notes in my phone of any meetings or actions. I also like to delete junk emails as soon as I receive them too. I don't need them clogging up my phone memory, or head space for that matter.

I try and have a 'Life Admin' evening / morning once a week. For me this includes paying any bills that have come in, organising my weekly finances, popping a face mask on, cleaning out my make up bag, cleaning my makeup brushes, painting my nails etc. It's all the little life admin bits that help me feel like I have my 'shizz' together and life on track. This will obviously vary from person to person as everyone's needs differ, find out what makes you feel like you have all your ducks in a row and make time for it one evening or morning a week. You'll thank me later :)

Planning my weekly work outfits really makes me feel more put-together, and it definitely cuts down on the amount of thinking I have to do when I'm still half asleep on a morning. For me, the less decisions I have to make before 7am the better. I plan my outfits on a Sunday night as I do the majority of my laundry over the weekend when I'm off work, that way I have my clothes fresh, clean and ready to go for the week ahead. I like to dress relatively smart for work and typically wear a mixture of Capri trousers with blouses alternated with a few work appropriate dresses. Do you like to plan your weekly outfits too?

I mentioned that I love lists, and I really do, I love them a lot! I keep lists on my phone, diary, notepad that I carry around in my handbag, literally everywhere! Lists are what honestly keep me (somewhat) sane and on track, personally I couldn't function without them. I'm a great believe that once something is out of your head and on paper, it stops going around in your mind and you can focus on the more important things that require immediate attention. Some of my favourite lists include, daily to-do's, weekly to-do's, my cleaning schedule and my uni schedule. I also like to list important dates that I have coming up and things I'd like to achieve within the next month and year. These kind of lists show me what goals I'm working towards and help me stay focused.

I hope you find these tips helpful, I'd love to know what helps you stay organised and feeling like a bawse... xoxo

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29 March 2019

My Weight Watchers Journey | Month One | Lippy In The City

Hi Everyone!! *waves enthusiastically* (long-time-no-blog). Today, I wanted to share my Weight Watchers journey with you, talking about how I started, where I’m at and what I hope to achieve.

I started Weight Watchers about a month ago in an attempt to shed a few pounds before my holiday to Menorca in May. Over the last few years I’ve gradually piled on the pounds and decided, enough is enough, I want to get back to the old me, and my old size. I was by no means massively over weight, but I was over weight for my height and my personal preference, and let’s be honest, everyone has different weight preferences to feel comfortable in their own skin.

My goal is to lose a stone and a half, or 20ish lbs. I won’t be back to my lightest after loosing that, but I will be back to a weight I’m comfortable with which is the main thing.

I knew when starting Weight Watchers that I needed to be realistic in my expectations, something I think is vitally important for anyone starting out on a new weight loss plan. I knew I wanted the lose the 20 lbs, but I knew it wouldn’t magically melted off me by the time my holidays came around, I simply hadn’t left myself a realistic time frame and it would ultimately have been unhealthy of me to try and do.

Instead, I set my sights on making a decent dent in my weight loss before I went away, and my weight loss journey would simply have to continue when I got back until I’d hit my target weight. At four weeks in, I’m 5 lbs down, which I’m so pleased about. I still have a few weeks to go before I go away in which I’m hoping to shift a few more lbs, I’ll keep you updated!

I pay around £10 a month to access the Weight Watchers app, you can pay slightly more to use the app and go to the workshops too, but personally I prefer online only. To get started, you fill in a few details about yourself including your current weight and height, and how much you’d like to lose. You’re then allocated a set number of smart points that you should ideally should stick to each day (I’ve been allocated 23 points per day).

Every food item is calculated into a smart point based on its nutritional value (don’t worry, Weight Watchers does this for you, all you just have to type in what you eat and it gives you the relevant point value). If I keep within 13 – 28 points a day I get a blue dot, and I love to see how many blue dots I can get in a row.

As well as your daily points, you're also allocated additional weekly points. Like the daily points, these are calculated depending on your individual preferences. I have 25 weekly points to play with. Weekly points are used for times when you may have a meal out, or a few cocktails and need to go over your daily points allowance. I try and use around half my weekly points each week. It’s not bad to use them all by any means, I just feel I lose more when I don’t use all of them.

I’m really enjoying my Weight Watchers journey and I haven’t felt deprived at all. I can have a little something of anything, as long as I log it and take account for its points value. I’m a sucker for a McDonald’s (it’s my absolute favourite!) A small portion of McDonald’s Fries are 10 points, 6 Chicken Nuggets come in at 7 points, and a Diet Coke has 0 points. This means that I can have a McDonald's every once in a while, as long as I have breakfast and dinner made up of 0 point foods, so it’s a win win!

I set my weight in day for a Friday, and I weight first thing in the morning then log it in the app. Friday’s are my preferred day but you can set whichever day you fancy when your setting up the app.

I’ve been really enjoying my Weight Watchers journey so far and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. Please let me know if you’d like to see what a typical day of eating on 23 Smart Points looks like and I’d be more than happy to blog it.

Fancy starting WW yourself and getting a month free for both you and me? Click here to find out more... xoxo

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