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Summer Slim Down: Week One!

Hey beautiful people! Today I am doing something different. I have not spoke about exercise yet on my blog, simply because I haven’t been able to do it the past few months due to health issues and having surgery. Now I am one month post op, I have started to ease back in to fitness and next month I will be joining the gym! This summer, my goal is to get fit and healthy and see how far I can go in two months! It is essentially the beginning of my fitness journey.

I believe in living a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition, positive thinking and of course fitness. So I thought it would be quite fun to document my fitness journey! It will help to motivate me to continue and track my progress and perhaps give you some ideas about your own fitness journey.

My Goals

  • Lose Body Fat, Particularly from my stomach and upper arms-  My ultimate goal is that I want to get my body fat percentage down to 20/22%. I will be tracking my progress through this mostly and also by taking other measurements.
  • Tone Up!- Like most people, I want to tone up. Surgery has left my stomach very weak and I would love to build up strength and feel strong. I would love bigger thighs and a nice booty wouldn’t be bad! ;D
  • Eat Better- Diet can always be improved and I have been slacking. I want to really focus on eating as clean as possible with the occasional indulgence. I do not believe in counting calories- instead I will focus on eating colourful, balanced plates of food and drinking plenty of fluid. To get to where I want to be, its going to be 70% diet and 30% exercise.
  • Stretch More- I used to be very flexible after doing cheerleading and dance for most of my life, but since all of my health problems cropped up, I do not stretch much anymore and I want to get back to my old bendy self!

My Starting Stats

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  • Body Fat Percentage- 25%
  • Height- 5’3
  • Weight- 117lbs
  • Waist- 27 inches
  • Upper Arm- 10 inches
  • Thighs- 18.5 inches
  • Calves- 12.5 inches
  • Midsection- 32 inches (below belly button, above hips)

I love my body as it is, but I want to be fit and strong so I can live my healthiest life and function at my best. As a part of my surgical recovery, it will be important to build strength particularly in my stomach as it has faced so much trauma and is very weak right now. I hope you enjoy this new segment for my blog and I will update every week! See you soon!

 

One Month Post Op Update: How Am I Doing?

Hello everyone! It has been one month exactly since my operation in May. That is so crazy to me and the time has flown by. I’m about a third of the way through the recovery process but honestly I am feeling really good, so I thought I would share a few things with you about what it has been like recovering from major surgery.

(For My Health Story- Click Here.  I am writing this post assuming you know why I had surgery, but if not you can follow the link  to find out why I had surgery! )

 

Week One

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Just Before I was Discharged From Hospital!

The first week of recovery was really, really difficult. I felt drained physically and emotionally and my body was not cooperating with me at all. I had real difficulty with gas pain and my chest felt like it was permanently being crushed. I was waking up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t eat much. However, after lots of peppermint tea, healthy eating and forcing myself to walk when possible, this passed after about a week and a half, and I started feeling more human.

Week Two

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The second week, I definitely did not rest enough and I pushed myself quite a bit. Luckily, this did not cause too many issues but my stitches became quite raw and sore which is part normal, but part likely my fault for moving to quickly. I needed a hot water bottle and painkillers quite a lot in the second week.

Week Three

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Out And  About!

The third week was where I was really seeing improvement and I am completely off pain killers at this point. I could walk further than before and stand for longer periods of time- admittedly not a very long time but it was progress. Emotionally, I felt incredible. That has been the biggest success following surgery as it has given me an overwhelming sense of joy, gratefulness and relief. The swelling had massively gone down by this point and I was thoroughly enjoying being over a stone lighter and being able to wear all the clothes I want!

Week Four Up  Until  Today!

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I had a normal healthy period, which was a really good sign as I had my left ovary and fallopian tube fully removed and part of my right ovary removed. I didn’t have that much pain either which was a huge bonus! It came as scheduled which was great because I didn’t get any unexpected surprises…

Physically I feel amazing, but I know I am not fully there yet. I feel a bit weak and my incision still needs more time to heal before I can return to a lot of activities, including work. My checkup is in 10 days and I am going to ask my surgeon if I can go back to the gym. I am desperate to work out and build up strength where I can. My health is so important to me so I am crossing my fingers and toes that I am allowed. Mentally, I feel really good too. I miss work, but I know I can not go back yet due to the nature of my job, and I am looking forward to the future as I have lots of exciting things happening this year. After recovery, I am going to be focusing on my fitness journey as it will be the best possibly time to kick my butt into gear, do my squats, eat more veggies and put my body and health first for good.

I have felt overwhelmed at times because although my recovery is going extremely well,  I feel a little impatient because I want to do so much when I can not, but I know that If I carry on how I am going, I will be back to normality in no time. My boyfriend, best friends and family have constantly been supporting me, and it is not all bad because my being at home all the time means spending lots of time with my kitty, Gustavo. I truly and very happy and glad that this will all be over soon.

Thats it for my little update! Thank you for reading and make sure to follow so you never miss a post!

Lots of love,

Elizabeth xox

 

 

 

 

June Goals- Blogging And Personal

Something you may not know about me, is that every month I set myself a list of goals in my private journal. However, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what my blogging goals are for this month along with a few personal goals also! So, here we go!

Blogging Goals

Get Organised

I do not have set dates that I post here on my blog, but I do roughly 3 posts a week. I think it would be really great if I whipped out one of my personal planners and dedicated it just to blogging so that I can plan posts and content and have set days that it will be going up. Not only will this help me, but I think it would be great for you guys as you will know when to expect a post and be able to choose which ones you want to read!

Create Better Content

Okay, so this is my goal continuously, as i always want to better myself and my blog, but I am finally getting used to blogging so I feel now that I know the basics, I can work on it more, improve and maybe even push myself a little bit? Let’s see what happens!

Personal Goals 

Stop Being So Hard On Myself

I have found myself getting really frustrated and upset with myself because physically I struggle at the moment. Surgery was just under 3 weeks ago now, but the recovery process takes much longer and not being able to exercise and have as much energy makes me feel a little bit deflated and useless. I need to stop beating myself up over something that is not in my control and just continue to work on my recovery. I have been doing really well, but I just need some patience and self assurance.

Slowly Cut Out Dairy

I find being a vegetarian easy. However, if it wasn’t for dairy, I would be on a full blown plant based diet, but although I really limit my dairy intake to milk in my tea, the odd bit of cheese and chocolate, I do not actually have that much. I use almond milk and coconut milk as a replacement but i have always struggled to cut milk out of my English Breakfast tea and choose products with dairy free alternatives. I really feel like it is holding me back and slowing down my health journey and I want to wave goodbye to dairy for good. I need to give myself a kick up the butt and stick to it.

That is it for my goals! What are your goals? Thank you for reading! Please do not forget to follow my blog and give this post a cheeky like! It let’s me know that I am doing something right and I really do appreciate it, plus it helps me discover all of your wonderful blogs! See you next time… xox

May Blogging Recap And Highlights- Thank You So Much

Hey darlings!

This is a new segment I am adding to my blog because it is a great way for me to track my progress and see what I have achieved each month! I feel like this would be a great thing for bloggers to do, especially fairly newish ones like me so we can see how we are growing, how we can improve and how we can celebrate our blogging successes!

In the spirit of helping new blogs grow, for the first week of June, I will be following every single account who follows me. Let’s show each other some support!

In the month of May I welcomed 98 new followers to my blog and I am not far off hitting 200 followers now!! This may not sound like very much to some, but for me this is pretty cool and very flattering as the majority of what I posted about in May was to do with my personal health problems and surgery that I had. I have been overwhelmed by the support that this wonderful community has given me through a time where I needed it most. Whilst I love blogging about health/beauty/vintage fashion/lifestyle/travel and nail art, it is very lovely to know that the majority of my followers have actually come to my blog at a time where I was not well enough to even be doing those kind of posts and was simply talking about my personal life. To know people actually care is such a lovely thing and something I feel is so unique to the WordPress community. You guys are really quite special and I am so grateful to every single one of you who takes the time to leave me comments, like my posts, contact me and follow my blog. It motivates me to keep my little blog going.

 

Blogging Highlights!

Plans For June

Work On My Youtube Channel

I enjoy making videos as much as I do writing. It is footage I can look back on and enjoy for when I want to remember things and see how I felt and what I was doing in a particular moment. I am doing lots of exciting things this month which I will 110% be videoing for my channel! I really want to learn to edit and learn more about making content as I really do enjoy it and find it really satisfying.

Make More Vintage Beauty Posts

I have recently been teaching myself lots of makeup looks and hair looks in the 40s and 50s style so that I can recreate them here on my blog for you guys! I also want to do more fashion posts so that I can become more comfortable in front of the camera and also just more confident in general! I adore vintage beauty and I want to make it a core part of my blog as it is a core part of who I am,

Find More Blogs To Follow!

I am definitely not following enough blogs and I really want to find some more that I will enjoy! Feel free to link your blog in the comments below, as I would love to check it out! I have a lot of free time right now and I really want to work on getting more involved with other bloggers and supporting one another!

Thank you for everyone who joined my blog last month, I look forward to seeing where June takes me. See you all soon, bye! xox

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My Surgery Experience Video!

I have finally been feeling well enough to make the video that I promised about my surgery experience. I hope you like it and find it helpful.

I Just Had Surgery!

Hello every one! This is my first blog post following my operation that I had on Tuesday this week, so I am going to make it short and snappy with a quick update as most of you are already aware of why I had surgery. If you do not know, follow this link as it will make a lot more sense! (Click Me!)

My surgery went extremely well. I will be posting a video of my experience when I am a bit better as there is no way I can describe it in depth in a blog post but in short; they discovered a second ovarian cyst during surgery and managed to remove both cysts whilst, miraculously, saving part of my right ovary, so I am still fertile and still receive all the hormones that I need. Luckily, I did not have to have stents in my kidneys. My surgeon opted to use catheters that were removed whilst I was still asleep so I do not have to go back for a second surgery! My surgeon said that he has never seen an ovarian cyst as big as mine in someone of my age in his very long career. I lost over a stone in weight overnight after surgery from the removal of the cysts and I was discharged from hospital on Friday the 19th which is earlier than expected. I am doing very well. I am a bit sore and I tire very easily, but I am overwhelmed with relief and happiness and am glad to be on the road to recovery. This week has been hard physically and mentally, purely from the trauma of surgery. The first few days were of course the most challenging, but today I am feeling 100% more like my old self and I am very motivated to get better.

I am so excited to be back on here blogging and doing what I love. The next few months are looking amazing and I have lots of exciting things planned for you guys. (We’re talking Vlogs/more blog-posts/fashion posts/giveaways/the whole shebang). I want to give something back to you all following the immense amount of support you have given me through what has been one of the most challenging few months of my life. No words are enough to say thank you and how grateful I am, so I am going to leave it here until I find a better way to phrase it. I love you all and I am so excited for the future. Here are a few pictures before and after surgery!

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See you again soon! Make sure to follow/subscribe so you do not miss a post! ❤ xxx

I Am Having Surgery Tomorrow- Update

Tomorrow, I am finally having my operation. This means that I wont be very active on here for a little while and I am not sure exactly how long. I will be in hospital for approximately four days but it could obviously be longer depending on how I recover but I hope to be out in the estimated time my surgeon suggested. I will blog as soon as I feel able to with updates (AND PHOTOS) of my journey. I have never posted photos of this before so it may be quite interesting.

I am not feeling nervous right now and I am not sure if its normal or not. I actually feel very calm and peaceful. I am ready to start the next chapter in my life and this health problem has been burdening for me so long that I am very ready for it to be gone. I do not know what the outcome of tomorrow will be. Maybe my surgeon will save one of my ovaries, maybe he will not… I just hope it goes well, whatever happens. I am looking forward to starting my recovery, even if I will be in pain. Pain is only temporary though and the positive outcomes are enough to get me through the difficult times.

I truly can not believe it is tomorrow. It does not feel real to me and I feel like it is not actually happening. I have never had surgery before, let alone such a major one. I have never even broken a bone in my 21 years on this planet. I rarely get ill, I do not have any allergies or any other health issues and this genuinely is so, so weird to me. I have never stayed in hospital before so that will be interesting. They took very good care of my best friend when she stayed there so I am confident that I am in good hands, but the unknown is always a little bit intimidating and I am sure the nerves will kick in when I am waiting to go under tomorrow.

I am a huge control freak. I like to be in control of what I am doing and I am very concerned by the little details in life. Everything needs to be “just so” and to have that control completely taken away and out of my hands is truly the only thing that makes me nervous. I have zero control once I am at hospital. Being put to sleep is such a weird thing to me. I know so, so many people who have been put under and they say its just like falling asleep for a few minutes, even though hours have passed. I really hope that is the case.

I am not particularly looking forward to the amount of drugs that are going to be pumped in to me. Im wary of taking paracetamol so whatever they are pumping in to me will be rather interesting. I rarely take the Co-Codomol my doctor gave me to manage the pain I get because drugs freak me out so much. I don’t know why, I guess it is paranoia but I keep telling myself that I am in good hands and I will be okay.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me through this journey. To my family, friends and of course, you lot here on the internet. It has made my life a whole lot easier and less stressful and I am so grateful for all the kind words and comments I receive, wishing me well and asking for updates. It has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, struggling to get a surgery date and being drip-fed information, having to do a lot of chasing and phone-calling and of course, dealing with this health issue in the first place but I can not say thank you enough.

I will update you all as soon as I can! But for now, this is my final surgery update until recovery! I hope to see you all soon. Love Elizabeth xox

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