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In Which I’m Dressed In Fatshion

25th March 2015

It doesn’t happen often; I’m not a fashion or fatshion blogger, although I’d love to start incorporating it into FATGIRLslim, when I get a job again. But it was my birthday on Sunday, and Mum and Dad gave me money for some new clothes, so we headed up to Braehead Shopping Mall (I am point-blank refusing to call it “Intu/intu Braehead”, because that name both looks and sounds ridiculous, but it was apparently rebranded to that in 2013…) because there is a Yours Clothing store there!

I actually ended up only leaving the store with a pair of these pants, much to my great dispair. I could have happily left with just about every dress instore, but there wasn’t a lot by way of t-shirts that I could have bought. Mostly because I am extremely picky about tops, and for some reason, the two t-shirts that I tried on were separate front/back sections, and then the back had a seam running RIGHT DOWN THE CENTRE OF IT, TOO?!

I cannot abide t-shirts that do that. I have to wear a vest under it, so that the seam doesn’t rub across my neck/spine all day. Seams freak me out, and make me overly tactile all day. I can’t stand seams on my socks across my toes, or seams in my gloves touching my fingertips. It’s a nightmare.

And then, we decided to brave going into Evans. God knows why. The only thing I shop in Evans for right now, really, is lingerie (although, since about 2006, their bras have stopped going above a 44E for pretty styles) and shoes. Their actual clothes seem to have been based firmly in the “fat people have to wear stuff that my mother was forced to wear in the 90s when she was quite overweight” or “oh did you know that I work in an office?! NEITHER DID I BUT THIS IS APPARENTLY ALL I HAVE TO WEAR BECAUSE I’M FAT.”

But there was a saving grace on the sale rail.

THIS SCARLETT & JO DRESS. FOR £18.

FATGIRLslim | In Which I'm Dressed In Fatshion

FATGIRLslim | In Which I'm Dressed In Fatshion
Sory for the bluriness. Mum, for some reason, is notorious for taking shaky/blurry photos…

To say that I fell in love the second that I put it on over my head is an understatement. Once we figured out that it did, indeed, have two arms, and wasn’t a) sleeveless (it’s hung up with a pair of pants’ clothes hanger) or b) one-armed, we got it on and it was just… yes. Yes, good. It was meant for me, clearly.

I spent the rest of my money on a pack of Starbucks coffee and a new coffee mug.

I feel like it was all money well spent.

The question is:

Would a dress like that be suitable for a job interview, in your opinion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Does it depend on the weather on the day? The season?

I’m thinking that if I get a job interview during the summer, the dress is smart enough to wear, with smart shoes, as interview-wear. I feel confident enough in it, and it gives me a good figure, and I’m not worried about showing anything off in it.

The photos are from today. I also got my hair cut today, can you tell?

FATGIRLslim | In Which I'm Dressed In Fatshion

400s, babble, body talk, story of my life

In Which I End Up In Hairmyres Hospital

21st March 2015

Of all the things I’ve ever wanted to do with a Friday night, I’ve never, ever wanted to use the phrase:

“Mum, I think I’m having a heart attack.”

p.s. DID YOU KNOW THAT HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS TEND TO SHOW UP DIFFERENTLY IN MEN THAN IN WOMEN? Watson Clinic and Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Florida and “various other academic and health institutions in the US” ran the study over a number of years. Check it out and make yourself aware of the symptoms!

We’d phoned for Chinese take away. I’d eaten maybe eight bites of chicken (chicken-nugget sized pieces, two bites each; that makes four pieces) and I just… I couldn’t breathe properly. My heart felt like someone was squeezing it tightly. I suddenly felt like I was going to pass out/vomit/lie down and go to sleep/all of the above, all at once.

I should have started with, “Mum, I don’t want you to panic, but-” but I don’t think that would have helped much. When your almost thirty-two year old morbidly obese daughter says she thinks she’s having a heart attack, I’m pretty sure that’s one of the things that’s been on my Mum’s mind for a few years now; one of those kind of deep-rooted fears: Tracy’s going to die of a heart-attack, one of these days if she’s not careful.

By the time the ambulance got to me, the horrid heart-squeezing (Mum put her ear to my chest and said it sounded like my heart was skipping a beat) was almost gone, but I couldn’t really get a proper breath. It felt like this one time I went on the Waltzers, a fairground ride, and I was in high school. Both me and my friend were quite big, and I was on the inside, and I’d managed to leave my arm outside of the ride instead of wedging it in beside me. When the ride spun, she – and the power of gravity – pushed me against the side of the carriage, and I thought my ribs were going to break, and my lungs were going to pop. That’s what that felt like; like my lungs were being squeezed.

But my oxygen was 100% (and remained 100%/99% throughout the whole night) and my blood pressure was fine. The paramedics chose, however, to ignore the reading I’d done with my Ozeri blood pressure cuff WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Whatever, right? It’s not like it’s important.

FATGIRLslim | Ozeri Blood Pressure Reading

It’s not like that reading says, “Irregular heartbeat,” or anything. Nope, it certainly doesn’t.

But they did give me a nummy little lemon-flavoured aspirin, and then ruined it by giving me a tablet to dissolve between my lip and gum, which gave me a headache in the back of the ambulance on the way to Hairmyres Hospital… which felt like being in what I imagine rickshaws feel like when they go over cobblestones.

The night at Hairmyres Hospital felt like the following: pretty male doctor talking to me. Bloods. Blood pressure. Lovely nurses looking after me. Actually being comfortable on a hospital bed and just getting over to sleep. Lovely nurses coming to take bloods and blood pressure. Getting back to sleep. More blood pressure. Lovely nurse (Anne[e]) telling me that it’s definitely not a heart attack because the bloodwork came back negative for a certain enzyme they look for, but now I need to wait for a consultant to talk to.

Consultant thinks it might be gallstones. I’ve got to get an ultrasound. And spend 24 hours with a tape on my body to record my heart, just to see if it catches anything. (Considering how irregularly the arrhythmia happens, I’d be surprised it it did catch anything.)

But I was all right for discharge after the consultant spoke to me, so I’m home now. I sort of didn’t realise that I had to go to the desk (where was the desk? I have no idea. The lady at the desk I passed didn’t know…) to actually discharge myself. The nurses were letting me go, so I figured that was that. I’ve not been in hospital overnight for about 16 years or so – last time was when I tried to kill myself with an overdose. Mum and Dad came to get me then, too, but it was a different hospital.

The good news is that IT WASN’T A HEART ATTACK.

The bad news is that something pretty scary happened to me, and I have no idea what it was.

As I said at the end of the video, “I dun fucked up.”

babble, food, inspiration, mental health, non-scale victory, randomosity, story of my life

In Which I Talk About My Morning Routine – In Conjunction With Aloha | Healthy Happiness

13th March 2015

Disclaimer: The lovely people at Aloha | Healthy Happiness have been stirring up the blogosphere, getting us to write a post about our morning routines, and what we do to boost our positive inspiration, mindfulness and health.  I received no compensation for this, either in the form of products or payment.  It was simply an idea that came at the right time, and I was glad to write the post.  There are no affiliate links in the copy below.

Happiness is paramount to my life right now – I’ve been dealing with clinical depression or bipolar disorder since I was a teenager, but only addressed it as an adult, so trying to recognise the signs and symptoms of that, and keeping it under control, is a huge thing for me.

My morning is extremely structured. I wake up, take care of my business in the bathroom, and this includes drinking one glass of extremely cold water. (Not that the temperature has any particular benefits [that I know of – if it is, please let me know!], but I just prefer my water ice cold!)

FATGIRLslim | The Morning Routine

© Dobric | Dreamstime.comDaily Morning Girls Life Photo

I go back to my bedroom, where I do some stretches that my physiotherapist gave me, including the Cobra yoga pose, to try to help/heal the problems in my back before getting dressed into clothing, unless I’m feeling exceptionally down that day, when I’ll slob myself into pyjamas!  I feel like always dressing straight into clothes means that I’m ready, straight away, for whatever I have to face during the day, and I can’t put anything off because of having to change my clothes.

My breakfast is either a smoothie – I’m on a green smoothie kick at the moment, but something like the Pistachio Cherry Superfood smoothie would suit me to the ground – or a bowl of granola and Greek yoghurt. While the granola isn’t the healthiest option, it’s the healthiest of the granolas available (it uses palm sugar, and coconut oil instead of cane sugar and vegetable oils)! And it keeps me full until lunchtime, which cuts out any snacking and extra calories I’d accrue otherwise.  Aloha also has a lot of easy recipes that keep you full of energy throughout the day.

Then I take an hour out of the morning to sit and read. Last year, I realised that I was complaining that I had no time to read – while wasting my day doing precisely nothing! So now I take an hour to read whichever book’s on my list at the time (I read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, last year into this year, and now I’m re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice), before I get started on some actual work, whether it be a blog post, some Etsy work, getting my laundry put in, or even just watching a movie while knitting or crocheting… and remembering to get up every hour, to have a little walk around so that my body doesn’t wither away and die on me!

I’ve found that my morning routine has led to me getting more done, whereas before, I was complaining that I never had any time to do anything. I’d be sitting on my computer, putzing around on the internet looking at anything and nothing while eating my breakfast. Now I eat my breakfast mindfully before I start reading my book; I read my book and I enjoy every word. I get a little bit of work done, and then I have my afternoon free to either continue working, or to play a video game, to try to write, or to do whatever I’d like.

Without my structured morning, I’d be back to my mess of trying to get everything done in the four hours between lunchtime (2pm) and dinner time (6pm). Somehow, I feel as though I get more done, despite actually doing less, and it’s a wonderful feeling. :)

What about you?  What do you do in the mornings – or even during the day! – to make sure your health is looked after?  Do you have a set routine in the afternoons or evenings?  Before you go to bed?  Tell me about it!  I’d love to hear how you look after yourselves.  :)

Other posts

There are also other posts from other bloggers, all talking about their morning routines. Check them out!

Commit To Fitness: ALOHAppiness
Don’t Feed My Monkeys: Healthy Mornings
Blog 889/889 Yoga: My Morning Ritual

If you find any more, or if you’re written one and want to be included in the list, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to include you. :)

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[Product Review] Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

12th March 2015

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Late in January, I was approached and asked if I’d like to try out a new premium water enhancer.

(I’ll admit something right now: I keep on typoing it as, “enchanter”, because it kind of is.)

She included a press release, which I’ll include before the actual review, right below:

Stur Drinks

Love Water Naturally

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Stur Drinks is an all natural water enhancer offering a premium, healthy and delicious alternative to sugary drinks. We are a passionate family business on a mission to encourage everyone to love water naturally. Our delightfully refreshing flavours can be used in so many things, including mineral water, ice cream, yoghurt, smoothies and even baking.

Stur is made solely with natural fruit and tea flavours and lightly sweetened with the highest quality, natural stevia leaf extract. It has zero calories, zero sugar and in addition, every squeeze of Stur contains 100% RDA of Vitamin C which may help to maintain a healthy immune system and helps to avoid tiredness and fatigue. Created by Neel Premkumar for his wife when she was pregnant as a healthy way of staying hydrated, Stur is the perfect way to incorporate more water into your diet in a natural way.

This year we’ve launched six premium natural tea and fruit flavours that have been specifically designed for the UK – Peach Tea, Lemon Tea, Cranberry Pomegranate, Orange Mango, Green Apple and Blackcurrant Apple.

Stur’s aim is to help people drink more water. Water is truly essential to better health, it helps to maintain the balance of body fluids, control calories, energize muscles, helps your kidneys and helps keep skin looking good. We support the principal of access to safe water for all. Stur is a proud member of the 1% For The Planet network and contributes 1% of profits to selected non-profit organisations who are trying to help address and solve the global drinking water crisis.

Stur is perfect for a low-calorie, healthy diet and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It’s just the right size to pop in your handbag and can be enjoyed on the go, at your desk or in the gym. It’s the ideal alternative to other high-sugar, high-calorie juices and won’t damage your teeth.

 To find out more information on Stur and diabetes, pregnancy, weight management and dental health you can visit us online at www.sturdrinks.eu/uk, follow us on Twitter (@SturDrinksUK) and like on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sturdrinksuk) for regular updates, product information and news. Stur is available from the website and independent health shops nationwide.

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer: The Review

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

It’s probably no secret that I have a problem getting myself to stop drinking soda.  I had it down to two 2 litre bottles every fortnight.  Then it went to two 2 litre bottles a week.  Now it’s two 2 litre bottles at the start of one week, two 2 litre bottles at the end of the week, and then I need to wait until the end of the next week until Mum gets paid again, or until I pay her to buy me a bottle or until I’m out in town.

I’ve managed to give up a lot of my binge-eating habits, but soda?  Has a serious hold on me.

So the idea of something that’s quite healthy and natural, that’ll have me drinking more water, is good.  Of course I said yes.

(I also gushed over green apple flavour, and my personal favourite fruit flavour, mango.)

The Flavours

The six flavours are:

  • only Orange Mango flavour:  Overwhelmingly mango-y.  It’s not a problem for me, because, as I said above, mango is my favourite fruit.  I really couldn’t taste any orange!  But as it didn’t taste entirely like mango, that might have been the orange mingling in with the mango.
  • boldly Blackcurrant Apple flavour: I’m hoping that, if you’re British in any way, shape or form, that you’ve had Apple & Blackcurrant juice.  It’s just like that, except more delicious.  The taste of the blackcurrant is really, really crisp!  And there’s just this really mild red apple flavour in the background.  Beautiful.  It reminded me of days in my childhood, running in from the hot summer sun to grab a glass of cold juice.  :)
  • goodness Green Apple flavour: I was actually really surprised by this, because it wasn’t the kind of green apple that I was expecting!  I was expecting the bite of Granny Smiths, and if you smell it, that’s exactly what it smells like.  But the sweetness of the stevia’s really made it mild and sweet and it’s lovely, but I was hoping for that zing, so it was a little disappointing.  :(
  • clearly Cranberry Pomegranate flavour:  Actually gorgeous.  I have this thing about pomegranates where sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them.  I think they smell like cat pee in drinks and things, but luckily that’s not the case here, or everybody’d run a mile!  This one’s so smooth and sweet, it’s delicious.  If you’ve ever tried cranberry sauce, just imagine it with the little zing that pomegranate has, and you’re right there.
  • real, brewed Tea + Lemon flavour: This is what I imagine New Orleans tastes like.  I am not a tea lover.  I am a coffee drinker.  But I have said for years and years that I’m a “Southern girl” at heart (a.k.a. I belong in Louisiana, USA) and this is perfect.  It tastes like sweet tea with a slice of lemon floating in it, and it’s just like heaven.
  • real, brewed Tea + Peach flavour: Like the above, only tastes like peach, and it’s so, SO much better, I can’t even begin to explain it.

But!… And therein lies the rub…

The only problem, and it’s kind of a major one that ruins everything a little, is that I have a weird tongue, and I apparently cannot stand Stevia.  It has a horrid, chemical aftertaste that ruined all of the water enhancers/juices for me.  The initial flavours were glorious, and then, when I was done, I was left with an icky aftertaste.

To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement.  Because the actual flavours are beautiful, and I’m wondering if they’d work without the sweetener.

It might have something to do with how I mix it.  “One squeeze”?

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer: goodness Green Apple Flavour
1 litre = five squeezes.  It left me with half a bottle.  I’m pretty sure I should have had 25 more squeezes left…

Maybe I squeeze too much in, and therefore there’s too much flavour/sweetener?  It’s the second problem: “one squeeze” per 200ml is too vague a definition of how much to use.  “x drops” would work better.  It might take longer, but… it would definitely work better.

Again: possibly a problem with me.  But what does constitute a “squeeze”?  (And it’s not only Stur who uses a “squeeze” as a measurement!  Other water enhancers do, too – I’ve tried some of them, and even have one or two sitting next to me as I type.)

Overall

Overall, I’m… I’m sighing as I type.  I really, really want to give Stur a high mark.  But my taste buds are winning out, unfortunately.

It’s a really good idea.  100% Vitamin C, which a lot of us are lacking, through poor diet, in every drink.  All-natural.  Even the Stevia’s natural.

The flavours are BEAUTIFUL, and I could drink those two brewed tea flavours until the cows came home.  And then I’d yell at the cows, and ask them why they were interrupting me.

But the Stevia is, unfortunately, a huge annoyance to my taste-buds.

So.

It is, with a heavy heart that I mark Stur Liquid Water Enhancer as a:

★★★☆☆/★★★★★

Now, don’t let this put you off!  If you don’t have a problem with Stevia or other natural sweeteners, it might not bother you.  But I haven’t used sugar or sweeteners in my coffee or on my cereal or anything since 2010.  (Obviously my store-bought food and my soda still has it.)

If you’re looking for something that’s all-naturalgluten-freecaffeine-freedairy-free, and free from nuts, then give it a shot.

Availability

It’s currently on sale at http://www.sturdrinks.eu at £19.98 for 6 bottles, and you can also get free delivery.

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[Product Review] Simply Supplements’ SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement

7th March 2015

FATGIRLslim | Simply Supplements SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™

SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement

Disclaimer

I was provided with a month’s worth (60 capsules) of the SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement in return for an honest, unbiased review. I received no monetary compensation. Any/all of the links included in the review may be affiliate links, and if you purchase anything after clicking on one of these links, I will be given a small affiliate’s payment for it. This in no way reflects upon you, or your decision to choose to buy after clicking through from FATGIRLslim.

Introduction

Simply SupplementsSimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement includes an ingredient called “sinetrol”, which is a 100% natural citrus fruit extract. It’s supposed to help increase reduction of abdominal fat, hip size and waist size, according to the Burnoff page, which states its findings from “a recent study”, but doesn’t link the study.

FATGIRLslim | Simply Supplements SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™

It’s aimed specifically at those of us with a sedentary lifestyle, which is why I chose this one to try out – I was given a choice, of which supplement I wanted to try out, and given that this one is marketed towards people with sedentary lifestyles, I figured it’d be the best idea for me.

Experience

While using the SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement, I didn’t feel any side effects. I took my two tablets per day (one in the morning with breakfast; one before lunchtime) and that was that. I didn’t notice any weird drymouth, I didn’t get extra-hungry, and I didn’t notice myself feeling any extra energy (although there was no ingredients listed other than the sinetrol, so I’m assuming there was no caffeine, etc, so that’s not so strange).

Before / After

I started using SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement just after Christmas, and finished halfway through January (and then couldn’t find out where the heck I’d put my photographs, which is why the review is so bloomin’ late – my sincerest apologies to Cassandra and the good people at Simply Supplements! – and during this time I didn’t actually weigh myself.

FATGIRLslim | Simply Supplements SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™

I was, however, taking note of my measurements specifically for the results of the review.

Before

  • Neck: 16″
  • Upper arm: 18.5″
  • Bust: 60.5″
  • Bra band: 54.5″
  • Waist: 65″
  • Hips: 70.5″
  • Upper thigh: 34.5″

After

  • Neck: 15.5″ (-0.5″)
  • Upper arm: 18.5″
  • Bust: 60″ (-0.5″)
  • Bra band: 54.5″
  • Waist: 64.5″ (-0.5″)
  • Hips: 70″ (-0.5″)
  • Upper thigh: 35″ (+0.5″)

I’m going to go ahead and discard the +0.5″ for the upper thigh, and assume that I didn’t measure that correctly, or that it was, in fact, a +0.5″ month, but I’ve still got an overall minus elsewhere, which is what matters.

Now, just so we’re clear: I was not “dieting” this month. Since December, I’ve been “mindfully eating”, which means that I’ve been eating whatever I want, when my body’s hungry. I’ve been paying attention to food when I’m eating it, and I’m stopping eating when I’m full.

It hasn’t been doing me a lot of good so far, but what it has been doing is stopping binge-eating, which is a huge step up in my eyes.

But what I mean to say is that I didn’t change my diet. I didn’t suddenly go and start a crazy exercise routine. Hell, I didn’t even manage to get started on going my little walks like I’d planned.

And my body still managed to shrink by 1.5″ or 2″?

Awesome.

Overall

Overall, I’d have to say I wasn’t extremely impressed with SimplyBest ™ Burnoff ™ Weight Loss Supplement, but I was impressed enough that I’d consider including it in a supplement intake in future, if I had the money to do so. It seemed to do something – I’m not sure what! – to help me lose an inch or two.

There were no icky side effects; no ups and downs of moods. No dry mouth and no tiredness. I didn’t have any side effects when I stopped taking them, either, which is also a really good thing.

I’d be more than happy to have been able to continue taking them, to see if maybe long-term use would have improved the results any. (Alas, I am unemployed and poor.)

A well-deserved ★★★★☆/★★★★★

Availability

Available exclusively through Simply Supplements for £16.99 for 60 capsules (1 month), or £44.39 for 180 capsules (3 months) [prices correct at time of publishing, March 7, 2015].