Friday, 18 April 2014

Counting Calories and My Fitness Pal

Back in January I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app, used it for a few days and promptly gave up because I eat largely meals I cook from scratch - so the amount of items I was having to input just wasn't sustainable alongside a full time job and part time masters. That's also the reason my blog posts have suddenly stopped recently, I ran out of time. 

Then over my Easter holidays one of my colleagues invited me to join her back on it. So I decided to give it another chance. When you're spending your holiday studying you need something to procrastinate with right? So, I got right back into it and started logging every little thing I ate. I didn't bother with the water tracking as I'm fully aware that I drink enough water each day - if you aren't it's quite a useful feature just to check up on yourself. 

The kind of meals I regularly cook for my dinner

On the whole, I would say I eat pretty healthily. Sure, I occasionally snack like a crazy fool and go and buy every single type of sweet, plus popcorn, plus *shock horror* standard coke... The meals I cook for dinner tend to be crammed full of veg, as is my lunch and my breakfast is pretty darn healthy; consisting of shredded wheat, yoghurt and fruit. What I learnt is that yes, I had pretty much assessed my diet correctly. When I don't leave the house and buy rubbish - I do amazingly. When I head out and eat ice cream and fast food, things become a little different.


You can quite clearly see the days when I went mad on the food front. Wednesday I ate everything and anything that I thought looked tasty, it was entirely worth it. Tuesday was going amazingly till I ate almost a whole tub of Ben and Jerry's - again entirely worth it - Blondie Brownie get in my face again already. Then Sunday and Friday I barely seem to have eaten anything. It then all averaged out to 451 calories below my 'target'. 

Below are examples of the basic nutritional breakdown of the meals I was eating, which for me is by far the most fascinating part of the whole exercise. The reason I'd keep coming back and logging my food. The first is quite a typical breakdown and as you can see I'm a bit low on the protein, this doesn't mean I didn't get enough, I'm just aiming for a higher percentage of my intake to come from protein - quite difficult as a veggie. 




What I do think is that counting calories makes me a bore. Logging all my food is a lot of effort, it takes time and frankly its a bloody boring conversation to be having with anyone. No-one cares and frankly I think they're right not to. If I do continue with it past this holiday I will be doing so quietly in the background.

Having said that, it is a great tool if you are prone to just eating. It makes you stop and think before you take that second packet of crisps, especially if you are connected to friends via the app and know that they'll see if you are under or over your calorie limit. It's certainly working excellently for my mum who is successfully losing weight using it. It is pretty quick, definitely easy and gives you so much information to utilise.

One last negative before I close, being under your calorie limit doesn't mean you've eaten well. Being at your target weight doesn't make you healthy. Being a little overweight doesn't make you unhealthy. More than counting calories, making sure that the calories are ones that are worth putting into your body is important. Using this app, or any other form of calorie counting it appears to be all to easy to 'save' calories so that you can eat some junk. The end result tends to be hangry people who may be eating less but are eating badly. My mum has definitely done that and were I actually trying to lose weight, I could see myself doing that too.

On that note, I'm off for a bike ride. Exercise is the better way to create more calories for yourself to eat :P not deprivation. 

Have you tried counting calories? Used My Fitness Pal?

Fleur xoxo

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

FOTD: Red, Green and Gold.


For my cousins 70th birthday party I needed a look that was both daytime and party appropriate. Yet, it also had to be a look that accentuated my new hair colour, the outfit I was wearing and my personality. It is altogether too easy in a formal environment to lose your personality I fear. This is something which happened all through my younger years and therefore I really don't want it to happen any more!

Having dyed my hair red, it only seemed appropriate to wear green and gold eyeshadow. This also worked well with the fact my dress was largely red and black, with roses. I do think wearing red roses with no hint of green to be seen is an abomination :P

Filtered to hell but I love it. If only my hair was actually that colour hey?




Base

Monu Illuminating Primer
Benefit The Porefessionals
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in True Ivory 
Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Highlighting Concealer in Ivory
Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Bronzer in Tanorexic - as blush
Boots Natural Collection SunTint Bronzing Powder in Sun Shine
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Stardust
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

Eyebrows
Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Blond

Eyes
Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer 
MUFE e/s in 155
MUFE e/s in 310
Zukreat Artist of Makeup e/s in San Tropez
MaxFactor Clump Defy Mascara in Black/Brown 

Lips 
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight

I have to say that this look is one of my favourites that I've created in a long time. Who knew I could love green eyeshadow so much? I'm definitely about to get out all of my greens and give them a whirl. It would be rude not to right? Especially with the red hair, I have to make the most of it.

Fleur xoxo

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

FOTD: A Theatre Trip Requires Drama

My first attempt at a cut crease!

I created this look for a trip to see the school play (so perhaps not quite a theatre trip but it was spine tinglingly good, such talented pupils). It ended up perhaps a little over the top but ah well! I don't think I managed to scare any children and they've seen me with more makeup on when I've dressed up for Children in Need the past two years! 

I'm quite happy with how this turned out, you can't see quite how beautiful the inner corner was in the photos but I can tell you that it was glorious. I cannot recommend the Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static enough. 


Base 

Monu Illuminating Primer
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 103 True Ivory
Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Highlighting Concealer in 01 Ivory
Smashbox Photo OP Under Eye Brightener
Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry
Boots Natural Collection SunTint Bronzing Powder in Sun Shine
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Stardust
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent 

Eyes

Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer
MUFE Flash Colour Stick in White
NARS Bysance Eyeshadow Duo - Purple Shade
MAC e/s in Aquadisiac 
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static 
Kiko Cosmetics Wet + Dry e/s in 225
Sleek iDivine in Storm - matte black shade
MaxFactor Clump Defy Mascara in Black/Brown

Eyebrows

Smashbox Brow Tech in Blonde 
Collection Clear Macara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude
Kiko Cosmetics Smart Eye Pencil in 800

Lips

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

I really enjoyed wearing this makeup, it was a bit less bright than my usual colourful makeup - yet still colourful. Plus it felt so light, like I was wearing no makeup. Which was crazy and amazing all at the same time, thank you base of NARS eyeshadow. I think wearing the MUFE Flash Colour Stick in White really helped bring out the shades without requiring me to absolutely pack them on. 

Fleur xoxo