Thursday, 17 April 2014

Vype E-Cigarettes

Whoever knows me know's I like to smoke. I tried to quit a while ago but it didn't really work. I'm now back to smoking packs of 20 like they're going out of fashion. I "enjoy" the ritual of smoking but not the smelly side effects.
My friend suggested I try a vapor cigarette and pointed me in the direction of Vype e-cigarettes

Vype are created with one aim "to be the truly satisfying alternative to smoking". 

What makes these cigarettes better and more suitable for people who actually enjoy the ritual of smoking is, in my opinion, that they're styled just like a real cigarette. I've used the strange shaped plastic contraptions supplied by the NHS and quite frankly they don't cut it. 

How the Vype works is quite simple - you draw air through the Vype cigarette and then an electronic heating element is activated which vaporises the liquid ready for inhalation. 
There's no nasty chemicals like there is in cigarettes but there is the nicotine you crave. 

Something I love is that, from both the rechargeable and disposable, you can choose from different flavours'Classic' which is a regular taste, 'Bold' which is a full bodied taste and my favourite - 'Menthol'. 

There's rechargeable and disposable to choose from, with about 130 puffs in a disposable and 250 in the rechargeable. What's even better is that if you save up 10 disposable cartridges and send them back to Vype for recycling they will send you out a new disposable for free. Sounds like a bargain to me! 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Natural Balance TREK Protein Bars

I've been a vegetarian for just over 4 months now and have been racking my brain for a quick and easy snack to enjoy when I need an energy boost. Then I remembered Natural Balance Foods. They produce a range of snack bars that are gluten, wheat and dairy free and are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, contain no added sugar or artificial additives. 

I love Natural Balance NAKD Bars as they have a nice filling texture which doesn't leave you wanting more. Perhaps it's due to the 100% pure ingredients - non of this added rubbish we're all so used to.

Natural Balance don't just supply us hungry folk with NAKD Bars. They also give us TREK protein bars. Containing fruit, oats, nuts and 11 - 12 grams of protein per bar they're a tasty refuel and perfect for a post workout snack! 

I found the texture a little dry which isn't a bad thing as I have a strange love for the dryer foods. I love the Mixed Berry Bar as you can really taste the berries; they're sweet and fruity - perfect! 

What's your favouite post workout snack? 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

John Lewis Autumn Wishlist

Autumn is finally here! The nights are darker earlier, the mornings are getting colder and my coat really isn't cutting it in the cosy stakes anymore. By the time I get to work I have sore shoulders from hunching up trying to get warm! It may look sunny outside but the air is bitter. This isn't such a bad thing as I LOVE Autumn! It's an amazing, beautiful and comforting season. Provided I have the right Personal Protective Equipment!

I've become a fan of John Lewis since finding some workout clothes at bargain prices. This is why I decided to check out what they had to offer me for the coming colder months. I came across the new Reiss AW13 Collection and have decided to compile a small wish list of items I'd like. 

I love this 'Reiss Chianti Belted Jacket'. The belt would hug my figure in the right places giving me a more flattering waistline. Who could resist that?  

Chianti Belted Jacket
I just love the warm, bold colour to this snug looking jumper. I think it would team up perfectly with a figure hugging pair of black jeans or even the pretty 'Carrie 1971 Denim Leggings' pictured below. 

Lewes Rib Jumper in Scarlet

I love how versatile these leggings are. I can imagine them dressed up with a colourful top like the 'Lewes Rib Jumper' pictured above and sexy black boots. 
Carrie 1971 Denim Leggings 
This is my John Lewis Autumn wish list so if my lovely fiancee is reading, please keep this in mind. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Skinny Bitch

A month or so ago I read a book called 'Skinny Bitch' by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
They called it 'A no-nonsense tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fab'.
I took this to mean it was a diet book; I couldn't have been more wrong! 

Focusing on the stories the government fill your head with it's a shocking read that changed my eating habits for the better. We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is better than packaged processed food but who knew that the staples you're brought up to believe were healthy are in fact just a massive government lead ploy. Take milk and chicken; they're not as healthy as we're told they are.

I wont go deep into detail as I know many people will call me crazy but lets just say I am now a vegetarian who doesn't enjoy egg, milk or yogurt like I used to. The information provided isn't just their views - it's scientifically correct. The no-nonsense tough love really works. It gets in your head and makes a lot of sense.   

If you're looking to shake up your eating habits for the better have a read of 'Skinny Bitch'. Since reading that book I changed - it really was that easy.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

To Mac or Quo; That is the Question!

If you've read my blog before you may remember a post about my fiancee and I going to London for the day. Sadly due to work commitments that plan of action has been pushed back. As we now have longer to plan our day away we've decided to check out what the o2 arena has to offer. Personally I want to go to a festival but that would cost a huge wedge of money that I really couldn't justify spending. 
Whilst scanning the o2 website I spotted a Fleetwood Mac tour! Fleetwood Mac remind me of when I was about 19 and had moved back to my parents from my flat. It reminds me of a happy time where my mom was healthy and happy looking after me. It was the middle of winter so the house was warm and cosy, it actually makes me emotional thinking about it. 
As it's a day away for myself and my fiancee I think I have to take into account what he wants to do as well. I know he loves Status Quo so we will have to choose from Fleetwood Mac or the status quo tour. I have a feeling my fiancee will choose Status Quo as he's seen Fleetwood Mac before. Either way I'm excited about our day out away from Birmingham. It will definitely be a nice change from what we usually do! 

What live bands have you seen before? 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Frank Snack Bar - Review

Over the past few weeks I've cut meat out of my diet and have slowly been cutting out other animal products such as dairy and eggs. As I'm still learning this has made it a little difficult to find a tasty snack to curb my sweet cravings. It was like the people at Frank Food Co knew my situation when I was asked to review some of their Snack Bars. 
When I was looking at the website I found lots of information such as the low down on fast food as well as a list of events that could be of interest to people with different food requirements.

Frank Snack Bars are made with 100% natural ingredients such as wholegrain oats and fruit. They are gluten free, dairy free and contain no nuts! Now this is definitely something for everyone!

To keep the chocolate lovers happy they have a smooth layer of chocolate on the top which is superbly made with blended Coconut Cream and Cocoa Butter. The fact that these bars aren't made with 'real' chocolate doesn't compromise the taste of it. The chocolate tastes a little like dark chocolate but with a creaminess that I love.

Orange and Chocolate: I've always been a fan of chocolate and orange mixed together. These bars haven't changed my mind. They had a fresh, zingy and moreish taste to them.  

Double Chocolate: I have to say I was surprised of how much I liked this flavour. I expected it to be overly heavy which it wasn't at all. Considering these bars are made with hearty and whole ingredients they are quite light but filling at the same time. 

Strawberry and Chocolate: I didn't even get the chance to try this flavour as my fiancee swiped it from under me. He's a fully fledged eater of everything and even he was impressed. He said they were sweet and you couldn't tell they didn't have 'proper ingredients' in them. 

I have to say I've found my new go to treat and as an added bonus each bar contain 4g of protein so they're the perfect after workout snack to. 

You can follow Frank bars on Twitter and 'like' them on Facebook! 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Workout Wear to Wear out my Excuses

I have just about got my eating habits sorted but there's still a long way to go on my quest to become fitter. 
It's been that long since I've taken part in any classes I haven't even got a work out kit never mind suitable trainers. When I finally get the last of my wages I will have to treat myself - that will stop any and all 'I don't have the right trainers' excuses that my lazy mind may try and come up with. 

Keeping in mind that money is an issue these trainers are a steal. At only £35 how could I resist? I love the pink and silver colour. They boast multi-direction flex nodes which provide a natural motion to the foot. I love the sound of this as when I've trained in my usual trainers the arch of my foot pulls and it hurts a lot. The high abrasion rubber out-soles will be perfect for running outside as I wont have to worry about slipping. I will have no excuse! You can purchase these from John Lewis - leave me a pair though please! 
Reebok RealFlex Fusion Cross Trainers

Next I need some comfortable trousers or shorts. I made the mistake of walking in a pair of tracksuit bottoms and the inside of my leg has been chaffed like I've never seen before. I now know it's a good idea to wear skintight workout wear. 
Nike Capri Pants
I love these Capri Pants. You have the band at the top which should in theory push my belly bulge in a bit. Since I started watching what I eat my belly is so much flatter but the skin is so very jiggly. It's not a good look at all so knowing my muffin top wont flop out mid stretch is a bonus. 

One thing I hate about going to the gym and taking part in classes is the shared exercise mats. Who wants to roll around on a mat that has had someone else sliding over it; I don't think they clean them every time either! This is why I've decided to splash out on a mat that I can carry around with me. At £25 from John Lewis I can buy this when I buy my trainers and trousers. 

I have no excuses left now!