Week one complete!!!



Sunday is here and that means I have lasted the first week of my 28 day challenge with Blogilates and Tone it Up. It had its up and downs, for example there was a day when I came down with a stomach bug which meant that had to use it as a rest day.

Starting this challenge was an insight to how much I've let myself go. It showed in my measurements, before photos and my attempt at day one. At the end of the workout there was sweat covering my body but I was left with a sense of pride at pulling through. 

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I was looking forward to starting this challenge. So much that I went ahead and created a written plan to keep me on track. After a lot of debating I went and bought a cheap food journal which has been helping me not go crazy on my food intake (the fact that I have to write it down, makes me less likely to binge eat).

With my first week is over I've set goals as to what I would like to accomplish in the following week.

What I would like to change for week two:
  • At the moment my food diary shows that I haven't been eating enough vegetables. More ages need to be added to one meal a day.
  • Cut down on the gluten. I'm gluten intolerant as is, but this week I've had no choice but to eat foods like pasta as I can't bring myself to just throw it all away.
  • Treats cut down to once a week, save it as a YOLO meal
  • Complete a week of Flat Abs 1.0
  • Stick to my LCHF diet.
Week one was an overall success in not having missed a day of working out (on purpose at least) and a mid success when it came to eating. Next week I hope to see my endurance gone up and my food journal to be more clean.

My fitness challange, intense is the way to go!

April, I decided to take the plunge. I saw it, bought it and followed it till the end. Not once did I regret my choice of buying that fitness program. Okay so maybe when I was doing the regime did I more than once think 'I'm going to die' but it never came to that in the end. Doubts did float through my mind on more than one occasion. This was probably going to be something that I wasted money on. Halfway through I'll lose interest.

Motivation was what pushed me to buy PIIT 28. While on holiday, all I do is sit. I don't move just sit in front of the TV. Or keep myself glued to the laptop screen. Instead of that and while I had all the space around I thought to go ahead and purchase this talked about program.

I took my measurements, took my before photos and then for the next 28 days I pushed myself to complete every day, every routine to the best of my ability.

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Yeah...that's all real, no Photoshop used.  All of that was done by pushing myself each day to get my workout in. I didn't eat very healthy thought I tried to make the best choices (I mean, I was on holiday...) Still with all of that put aside, I got results that make me look back and think 'I did it!' Inches were lost and I was feeling so much better than I ever had.

College got in the way. Stress got in the way. Motivation...became depleted. Now looking back at the photo, I feel annoyed and sad. I can't believe all that work went to waste. I pushed myself harder than I usually do, I achieved something that I thought was impossible. At that point of time, I felt better about being in my own skin. I was energised, rearing to go and take on the day. Now it's like 'pfft, lets go eat that box of chocolates that's in the fridge and sit on our bum all day'. NO!!! Do you hear me brain and body?! NO MORE!!!

Starting on Monday, for the next 28 days I'm committing myself to doing PIIT 28 1.0 round 2 and the Tone It UP Fit, Fierce, Fabulous challenge! I'm committing myself to making better food choices and looking after my body from within.



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So get ready body, cause your in for a serious sweat session!!!

If you fancy giving PIIT28 a try or finding out what it's all about then head on over:

(Full PIIT28 program and 28 Day nutrition guide)

(Full PIIT28 program, instant download)

(Nutrition Plan and Guide)

There's a world to discover!

I like to think that travelling is in my blood. With family spread out in various cities and countries, travelling is inevitable. Quite frankly, I would love to do more travelling before I decide it's time to settle down a bit.



A reunion with a friend that I hadn't seen in years brought about thoughts and yearning to go and see what's out there. She was able to go to Amsterdam and her stories left me dreaming over adventures in new countries. That's when she said we should go someplace together.

She knows how much I love an adventure and how much I love to travel. It makes me an ideal travel buddy, she stated. So with a nod of approval, I left it down to her to choose where we should go. So where am I off to this time....



BUDAPEST AND CROATIA!!! 

Two countries that I've never been to or thought that I would get the chance to visit. What will I see? What will I experience? The sounds, tastes, views...just the thought of how close I am to travelling sets my heart aflutter. 

My mind is filled with ideas of what to pack, on the amazing photos I'll be able to take and the new memories I'll be able to create. One week of holidays and one week of beauty.

Have you even been to these countries? What would you recommend doing?

HeyWorkout time to get my yoga on!!!



At the start of April I committed myself to getting into the practice of working out 6 out my 7 days. I went and bought myself a workout program that took me through 28 days of transformation. The end result left me stronger in mind and happier with my body image.

Then things got a bit tighter with college. Whilst my workout routine was thrown out of the window, I still made the time and effort to get a run or workout in somewhere. Through my fitness journey I've found that mind is the overall factor that gets me up and running. It's what pushes me to keep going on no matter what. 

Lately though I've found myself lacking in time and motivation. My minds been overwhelmed with stress and the inability to focus. Healthy eating was thrown out the window and my workouts were swept under the carpet. 

Being stressed, I thought to myself 'I could really go for some energising workouts from the comfort of my home' and hey presto my thought was answered. HeyWorkout have invited me to give their website a whirl and view fitness from a whole different light. Best part, all from the comfort of my home.

Their site contains live classes Monday to Friday along with recorded classes for you to use at your own time. So what do I plan to do?


Yoga! I've done my research and I've thought long and hard. Yoga will help me to get the mentality and flexibility (maybe even finally be able to pull of a pose like the one in the photo) I've been yearning for. Now that's not to say that I won't try one of the recorded classes because I am pretty curious to see how they work.

This will be another journey that will help me to discover the potential I have within and be another footstep into the right direction of health and self awareness. I'll be posting updates on all my social media (InstagramTwitterFacebook) and of course keeping all of you updated on my progress.

So then...onto getting my sweat on!!!

Future Disney event, time to plan!

There aren't many events that I take a part in but this year I discovered there was something other there for me to enjoy. Disney and I go hand in hand! I can't pass by a Disney store without running in and I've started to rebuild my DVD collection.

So what is Disneybound? It's sharing your love of disney by wearing clothes that represent a character. This doesn't mean costumes! Just normal every day clothes. 

While this event is months away I'm still looking forward to it and am spending time planning out what outfit to wear. My top choice of character is Belle (I'm a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast). She's simple but elegant in her own way. 


Disney, Belle casual outfit

Disney, Belle casual outfit by me

Of course, there's a list of backup characters. Mulan, R2D2 and other not listed on here like Merida, Stitch, Pocahontas...the list goes on and on!!! Thankfully there's a lot time between now and then to get my outfit planned and ready to go.   

Warrior Mulan

Dumbo Casual Outfit - Disney's Dumbo

Star Wars

Star Wars: R2-D2

Star Wars: R2-D2 by paula008 

Do you have any Disneybound outfits? Who's your favourite disney character?

Don't forget to check out the links below!
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No, I'm not one of those sorts!



There are numerous horror stories of bloggers being bothered by representatives of various companies and it saddens me to hear that Younique is one of them! First things first, to get it off my chest...I'M A YOUNIQUE REPRESENTATIVE!!! No way do I represent those ladies out there that are haressing the blogging community in fact, you could say that I'm one of the more quiet ladies.

I love Younique! Not had a problem with it and maybe that's the because of the way that I handle my business. I'm not the sort to go out and hound people while shoving products in their faces and following with 'this is good! you should buy it!'. That's not I'm all about. My reasons for joining Younique were out of a whim and desperation to make a profit on the side because lets face it, as a college student with a casual job I've not got a lot of time on my hands.

My clients are mostly close friends and family with the occasional new person and for me, that works. I don't go out looking for others because I know what it feels like to be harassed by such companies. I invite people to like my page or to join my group. If they're not interested then that's fine (defiantly not going to turn around and continue to pester them about having to join).

What irritates me is that there are rules to being part of such companies. Knowing that still there are those who are out there not following them and in a way cheating to make profits! I worked hard to get to where I was. It meant getting out of my comfort zone, putting in my own funds and the payback for it is has been worthwhile. There are those of us who work hard to get to where we are on the ladder! To those out there who have turned a blind eye to the structure of the company shame on you!!!

So to those of you who might think that representatives of such companies are mean, horrible, time wasters; please think again! Some of us really aren't bad people! We're just doing something that interests and makes us happy.


Tiger World, expectations vs. reality

Easter Holidays left me with three weeks of nothing to do...so I flew off to North Carolina to spend my 26th birthday with dad and the dogs. Though that means that I would have three weeks of chilling in a nice warm climate with loads of free time. A friend of his bought us two tickets to Tiger World and I thought 'hey why not?' So before I give you my overall thoughts for the day let me tell you a little about the place.

Tiger World is an Endangered Wildlife Preserve located in North Carolina that's dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and preserving exotic species. Their goal is to provide the best environment for captive animals whilst offering visitors a learning experience. Being non-profit public charity, they depend on public support.

Now let me tell you first off that (for those who might not know) that I'm an animal care student. That means that my brain is full of welfare, zoology and other information that makes visiting such places a challenge. I was willing to visit Tiger World as I'd get to see big cats, wolves and possibly other animals that I might not have seen. 



We arrived, handed our ticket and in we went. Boy was I in for a shock! While the area was huge, the enclosures weren't. The big cats had roam to prowl, a den to hide in and a centre piece with platforms to climb and hide under. Now taking into consideration that this was a charity based place, I believe that not a lot of thought went into taking in all those animals. 

The worst I had to see was a baboon that was highly irritated and a load of animals showing stereotypical behaviours (a repetitive or ritualistic movement, posture, or utterance). Now I don't know the history behind any of those animals but I knew that there was a lot more that could have been done to help drive those behaviours away. Enclosures weren't utilised to the best of their abilities (not enough stimulation such as things to climb, mimicking natural environment). I've yet to do further research to determine whether America hold freedom acts for animals but from what I observed not a lot of the animals had access to water.  

Whilst the place provided visitors with a close encounter, through my eyes there wasn't anything amazing about being there. I was filled with emotions ranging from anger to sorrow. Parents weren't paying attention to their children who were mindlessly yelling, shouting and stressing out the animals. Care takers were hardly anywhere to be seen. 

Maybe I'd set my expectations too high, thinking this would be a well organised and thought out place. Maybe if I was a child who didn't understand that that was their life from there on out, I could have enjoyed it a bit more. Maybe I was letting the student side of me take over too much which didn't allow me to truly see what Tiger World was trying to do. Either way, I didn't enjoy my time spent there. As quick as I was inside I wanted to be back out and on my way home. Each to their own opinion in the end but I wouldn't recommend Tiger World to any of my close friends or relatives.