Two things you must do in London!

 

 

 

I have been to London four times, and it is one place that I don’t think I will ever get bored of. There is just so much to do in London. The transport is great, the shopping is amazing and you can get some great deals on flights which makes it ideal for a cheap but brilliant weekend trip. I did two things on my latest trip to London that I have to share with you so that they can be top of your to-do list if you are visiting soon! Enjoy, Samantha x

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Fitness Journey – Through the years

Happy Sunday,

Warning: This is going to be a long one!!

I decided to write something today that I feel is quite personal for me about weightless and what is working for me right now. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to get fit and have always wanted to loose weight – I am by no means fat, but there are a lot of clothes in my wardrobe that don’t fit me anymore and I up until a month ago, I hadn’t exercised in about 4 months. I am very self conscious and I overall just want to feel confident and fit, in time for summer when I will have to get the legs out (DREADING IT).

Summer 2014 – England.
I moved to England after my final year exams in summer 2014. I was really looking forward to experiencing life outside of Ireland and living away from home. I was starting my internship in marketing and felt so good, even though I had to leave friends and family behind. The first few weeks were great, it was summer and everything was new. Unfortunately it didn’t last. I had to work and live with someone that made me feel more alone than I had ever felt before, nervous and anxious – I wanted to move home. To deal with that sense of loneliness and sadness I turned to food and I ate comfort food every day for months (microwave meals, pastas, chips, multiple chocolate bars and packets of biscuits a day), I was binge eating almost everyday to deal with how I was feeling. I decided to join a gym which I went to probably 4 times whilst I was there, I felt so self conscious that I couldn’t even bring myself to go on walks or try running even around a nearby park. The gym in England just didn’t work for me – and that made me feel even worse.

Late Spring, Early Summer 2015
I made the decision to move home early, 3 months before my internship was due to end as I couldn’t deal with how unhappy I was anymore. I moved home but continued to work full time remotely to finish my internship and got a part time job on the weekends – absolute madness. I spent so much time at home during the week that I continued to eat how I did in England as I formed a habit, and then on the weekends I would go out and drink a lot. and eat badly each day on lunch – My boyfriend and I at the time also broke up which didn’t help with the eating situation either. I finished my internship in June I believe and then started working full time in admin until October when I got a full time job in recruitment.

2016.
From late 2015 into 2016, my eating habits were up and down. I still carried the same weight weight gain if not more from England and the vending machine in work became my best friend on stressful days. I then went through a bit of a career change in July which made me even more stressed about starting a new role, but this was the first time that I decided to do something about it. I was so sick of waking up and craving bad food that I entered a competition on Facebook to win membership at a near by gym which has classes Monday to Saturday and personal training options, and ended up winning! My first day at work at my new job, I got up that morning and went to the 6am class – I felt great. I continued with classes from July – October and had managed to loose a good bit off weight. I then decided to join a nearby gym because of a deal they had on at the time – with a work gym scheme it worked out a lot cheaper and I thought that I could take what I learnt at Lorna Flood Fitness (click here to see more) to the gym and train myself. I joined the gym in November, didn’t go for the first time until January – they did me up a fitness plan, advised me on classes to attend and did everything to ensure that I would feel comfortable, but again I felt way too self conscious to go alone – I hated how I looked and would feel so anxious before and even after going. In the 4 months that I was a member I went 5 times.

2017.
In late February, I decided that I couldn’t stand feeling self conscious anymore or the fact that my clothes were getting tighter. I had reached the heaviest weight that I had ever been,  so decided to go back to Lorna Flood Fitness, the only place where I lost weight and actually enjoyed working out. The classes are tough, don’t get me wrong and I still get so anxious and nervous sometimes before classes. At the start I had such fear that on some drives to and from I cried because of how bad and unfit I felt. I was devastated at how I let myself get so unfit but knew deep down what I was doing was going to make a difference. I have been back at the classes now just over a month and can already see a difference. I have signed up for personal training sessions every 2 weeks to keep my momentum up as I feel that I am not in the regime of health and fitness yet so need an extra push!!

I sometimes think why on earth did I stop going to the fitness classes and join the gym, because I am now 5 months behind where I could have been. You can see how happy I was about starting Lorna’s classes here in August in my previous blog post (click here). I tried a gym when I lived in England, so why didn’t I know that it wasn’t for me – but to be honest it doesn’t really matter now does it? What’s more important is that I know now what works and I know that I won’t quit again.

I am not sure why I decided to write this post, I just sometimes people feel that the gym is the only way to go and that fitness classes are seen to be the “easy way”. I think it’s just about what works for you. Fair play to people who can go to a gym and get what they need to done, but I am not and probably won’t ever be that person! Lorna pushes me when I need it and knowing how good I feel after a class motivates me to go.

I am going to be posting more often about recipes, home workout ideas and anything to help anybody get motivated to get fit and healthy on my different social media platforms, but mainly snapchat (samanthalovesxo). Feel free to send me on any tips you may have too – I definitely need them!!

Samantha x

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Black Friday Deals 2016

 

Happy Thursday!! With tomorrow being Black Friday, I have combined a list of discounts for you all to use on some of my favourite websites – how exciting – take deep breathes.
Before the list of codes, here are some tips for shopping on Black Friday so that you don’t overspend and regret it for the rest of the month when you can’t afford bread and butter:

1. Write a list of what you want and need to buy for presents
2. Know your spending limit – you are only saving if you are buying things you need to buy…..says the shopaholic
3.Look at the returns policy, especially on clothes/shoes – the horror if you couldn’t return something that didn’t fit you
4. Enjoy]& don’t blame me when you buy unnecessary items!

All Saints: 30%
off (Code: CYBER)
Abercrombie &
Fitch:
50% online only
Amazon: Sales has
already started, adding new deals every 10 minutes on Friday
Argos: half price
savings on electronics
Arnotts: 20% off
almost everything
ASOS: 50% off
winter gear
ASOS: 20% off
almost everything else (code: GOGOGO)
Boohoo: up to 50%
off – sale has started already
Blank Canvas: 30%
off everything (starts 9pm Thursday)
Brown Thomas: Up
to 20% instore and online
Cari’s Closet:
20% off instore and online (Code: BLACK)
Cloud10Beauty:
20% off everything (Code: Black20)
Crown Brush: 25%
off online (Code: Makeup25)
Debenhams: 15%
off fragrances
French Connection:
Up to 50% off selected lines (has already started)
Harvey Norman: Up
to 40% off TVs, 25% on Laptops and 40% off sofas
House of Fraser:
up to 50% off (has started already)
Lifestyle Sports:
15% off everything in store and online
Marks and Spencers: 25%
off 6 bottles of wine or Champagne, up to 20-50% off almost all stock
Meaghers Pharmacy: Offering discounts on popular products
Missguided: 30%
off selected dresses (Code: HOTAF)
Pretty Little Thing:
Up to 50% off – ends Thursday at 11pm
Public Desire:
30% off online
River Island: 20%
off from Thursday 8pm until Friday 8am (Code: BFRIDAY16)
River Island:
some items have up to 50% off
The Body Shop:
40%off (Code: 19805)
Topshop: up to
50% off selected items
Urban Outfitters:
Up to 50% off selected lines (has already started)

Zara Home: 20%
off everything

Laser Hair Removal


River Laser & Beauty in Blanchardstown are offering amazing discounts: (click here)

Heaven Salon – Ashbourne & O’Connell St. is also offering great deals along with vouchers for Black Friday: (click here)

 

Enjoy 🙂
Samantha x

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Overcoming the Fear of Snapchat

Good Evening!

Something I wanted to talk about today on the blog was about Snapchat (@samanthalovesxo) and the fear of speaking to your camera. Before Sunday, I had never spoken on camera and I was so petrified of doing so because I thought that people would judge me – I think this is something everyone faces before they do something a bit out there and out of their comfort zone.

I follow so many bloggers on Snapchat and LOVE listening to what they have to say, see what they’re doing and looking at new products that they are using at the moment or outfits they are wearing – it gives me a bit of inspiration for what I want to buy and try out. I have thought for the past year or so that I would love to be able to speak on Snapchat like those I follow, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Before I got up the courage to speak, I wrote to a few of my favourite bloggers & Snapchatters such as Sinead from “Sinead De Blogger” (SC: sindebutleir) and Niamh from “Behind the Braids” (SC: niamhyxo) and asked for their advice on how they got the courage and confidence to do it. They both came back with such lovely comments, to say that if it is something I want to do, I should go for it. If your friends are true friends they won’t judge you and will encourage you and be happy for you. I also put a tweet out on twitter and so many lovely people such as the girls from Meaghers Pharmacy got back to me to encourage me – it definitely helped me!!

 

Before Posting a video of me speaking, I wanted to let my followers. mainly my friends, know that I was about to talk on camera. Then I decided to start with something simple, something that I could talk about rather than purely talking to the camera about whatever came into my head. I started with the amazing gift box that I got from Meaghers Pharmacy at BloggerConf. Firstly, I introduced myself, then went through each product that I got in my gift box. Although it was nerve wrecking, it really helped to have had the support from fellow bloggers beforehand.

After I spoke, I didn’t look at who had seen my story for ages! I rang one of my best friends as I was shaking with nerves and she reassured me to the point where I actually felt emotional!! haha It may sound crazy to some, but I wanted to do this for so long and the relief and sense of achievement I felt, over managing to do it was incredible. I then started receiving so many lovely messages from friends and followers to say well done, and that they were glad I had started – the feeling was amazing!!

I want to thank every single one of you who contacted me, it honestly made me smile harder than I had smiled in months!! I would encourage anyone who is reading this to do one thing that you have been meaning to do for the last while but have put it off because you are scared or worried about what others think. People will always judge you, they will always comment but in reality there are always going to be more people who think what you do is great, and the people closest to you will always support you if they are true friends!!

So please do one thing today or this week that you have been meaning to, you will feel so good after it I promise.

Samantha x

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