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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Summer Euro Trip Packing Guide.

Summer Euro Trip Packing List

I made this packing guide on Polyvore to help me remember what I need to bring on my trip. This consists of:

  • Black tanks x 2 
  • White tanks x 2 
  • Blue tank
  • Blue tee 
  • Striped tee 
  • Printed short sleeved shirt 
  • Red short sleeved shirt 
  • White long sleeved shirt 
  • Denim shirt 
  • LBD 
  • Maxi dress 
  • Black skinny jeans 
  • Blue skinny jeans 
  • Black midi, maxi and mini skirts
  • Coloured skirt 
  • White, Black and Denim shorts 
  • Blazer
  • Trench Coat (purchasing in Florence at The Mall) 
  • Bikini's x 2
  • Sandals
  • Jandals
  • Chucks
  • Flats 
  • Black bag
  • Brown cross-shoulder bag 
  • Scarves x 3 
  • Hat
  • Belt
  • Statement jewellery
The combination of outfits I can make out of this list is endless! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Health and Fitness Update.

In health/fitness news: this April I'm going to push myself into doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30 for the month. I've done it 5 times already in conjunction with my other workouts (BodyPump, BodyAttack, incline walks). Doing it every day for a month will be a challenge but I want to see what I can do and how my body can change.

Over the last year I've actually gained weight on a 1500 calorie diet. It doesn't make sense. I've now looked into it and believe I've lowered my metabolism (my Basal Metabolic Rate) so low from 2 years of dieting, that when I have one day of high calories/a week here and there of normal eating (usually my Friday nights of nibbles and drinks with the guys at work and over Christmas and New Years and the summer holiday in Totaranui) my body has held onto these extra calories as fat for when I go back into the 1500 calorie diet. Subsequently, I've gained 5kg since this time last year, when I was in the best shape of my life.

So, in order to get my metabolism ticking again, I've been eating at my TDEE (AMR) of around 2000-2200 calories per day. And maintaining. And having so much more energy and alertness. I've been doing this for about 4 weeks now while exercising and haven't lost at all, but I haven't gained either. I guess this amplifies the fact that losing weight is a very fine line between under eating, over exercising and over eating. I'm re-evaluating the way I think about food.

this first week of April I'm eating at my BMR or slightly higher depending on my activity levels. next week I will take it up 200 calories and do similar, then back down - yo-yoing my calories to keep my body guessing. This should technically bring my metabolism back up.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Parisian Shopping Sprees.

I think I'm a little bit addicted to browsing Zara online and figuring out what I'm going to buy the first day I'm in Europe (Paris for one day - I will shop, I will eat a macaron from Laduree, and I will wander Parisian streets). Since I'm only taking over the basic essentials - think 2 x skinny jeans (my Lee's in Black and light blue), 4 tank tops, 3 t-shirts, 1 black skirt suitable for churches, sandals or flats - I'm going to need to stock up on some fashionable outfits to fit in with the locals. I'm planning on looking suitably Parisian-chic in Paris, Romanesque in Rome, etc. You get the idea. Thankfully I have European features! 

Of course I will be heading to Galeries Lafayette - a mall in Paris that I've heard is absolutely stunning inside (think huge, glass dome ceiling and amazing architecture with miles of designer clothing stores). 

Galeries Lafayette - Source

I purchased this bag from the above Etsy store in February - It's the perfect size and I absolutely love it. The leather is super thick and durable and I think it's going to last me a while! Bonus - it was only $150 NZD including postage. It has a place perfect for my ipad mini, two internal compartments (great for lipsticks and compacts) and is big enough for me to carry a small water bottle, and my DSLR and wallet. I've had so many comments on it already. 

It's now less than four months until I leave on my big adventure and I'm so super-duper excited! New experiences, new people, new places and all these amazing things to try in just a few, short months!