So going to university probably means, more drinking, take outs and a messed up sleeping pattern, coupled with no spare time. Hence, it is natural to put on weight in your first year and I would say that your happiness and social life should be your priority in your first year! However, I know for me that I let my ‘healthy lifestyle’ relax for the first few months but when I started to feel sluggish and unfit I struggled to feel confident when I went out. I managed to turn it around relatively quickly so that now I am fitter and stronger than ever and I am very happy with my lifestyle and it is still easy and student friendly to maintain. Hope these tips help you.
- Online workouts.
If like me you can not afford a gym, everyday I do some YouTube workouts. I do one for arms, abs and butt. Then for cardio, I either do a circuit consisting of jumping jacks, skipping and burpees or I go for a run. I love blogalaties personally and emi wong.
2. Ditch Fizzy Drinks Every Other Week.
Let water be your new best friend.
3. Choose Your Alcohol Wisely.
Perhaps mix your drinks with juice instead of fizzy drinks and avoid wine and beer and stick to spirits.
4. Walk Everywhere.
5. Sports Societies
6. Don’t buy junk food in multipacks.
By this I mean, when you do your weekly shop, don’t buy junk foods that will take you a while too get through because then you will be having say one of those chocolate bars or packets of crisps everyday. If you are desperate for junk food you will have to walk to a shop and only buy one packet to curb your craving then and there.
7. Add A Fruit Or Vegetable To Every Meal.
Bananas and apples will last longer then berries.
Hope this helped!
I know how it feels too scroll through Instagram and look at beautiful girls who seem to have their life together and you end up feeling like a piece of shit! So I decided to change my lifestyle so that no matter how late/ lazy I am that day I still feel good and confident in myself, for myself.
I always think the Olsen Twins look effortlessly put together and I hope to be able to achieve that look one day.
- Low Maintenance Haircut.
- Teeth whitening kits.
- Get your eyebrows done professionally.
- Eyelash extensions.
- Lip balm.
- Clean nails or freshly painted (no chipped nails)
- Nice simple jewellery that is not tarnished.
- Statement items in your wardrobe, eg, shoes, belts, coats.
- If you don’t have anything to wear- go to your gym wear.
- Chewing gum.
- Have an emergency kit in your bag.
- Don’t wear shoes you can not walk in.
- Don’t wear an outfit that you don’t feel confident in or else you will constantly fidget.
- Matching socks.
- Underwear that doesn’t have holes in it and actually fits.
This was just a short post but these tips do make me feel so much more confident and put together! Hope they help you.
Eleanor Elizabeth xx
When I went into my first year at university last year I did not have a clue what clothes I should take or how much. Now, everything depends on individual factors for your university, shuch as the amount of storage you have in your room and the weather conditions. If you are moving North, especially Manchester, it will rain so bring waterproofs. If you are going further North, it will snow so bring thermals and boots that have grip.
These are a few clothing items I found myself buying before Christmas which cut into my money for the week so might be helpful for you to take before hand.
1. Freshers week especially!
Fancy dress will become so useful and most societies and parties will involve you wearing some form. Maybe arrive will two outfits, the sillier and more over the top the better.
2. Socially Expectable Workout Clothes.
This might be surprising at uni but if you join a sports society this will be needed. At home I workout in pyjamas in my room so when I went to uni I had to invest in the whole outfits. Plus if you buy nice matching ones you can wear it all day and go straight to your activity.
3. Formal dresses.
At my uni we have a few formals every term so it was annoying to have to buy nice dresses every time. Next year I’m going to arrive with formal dresses to save the hassle.
4. Night Out Clothes.
This all depends on your uni nightlife but most probably for uni nights out you probably won’t have to get very dressed up. I just wear trainers will jeans or a skirt and a t-shirt. This is something you will find out when you get there but take some nice tops and maybe one outfit you could dress up if other people do.
5. Weather Appropriate Clothing.
Again, I moved further north and did not take into account just how cold (-6) and how much snow I would get. I had to invest in snow boots, thermals etc.
6. Everyday Clothes.
Honestly you don’t need to invest in this section. To lectures and everyday outings everyone just wears hoodies to be honest. If you went to a college, the clothes you wore there are perfectly fine. I took some more jumpers and coats because I knew it would be colder but apart from that at 9am lectures nobody is looking their best.
Again, especially if your uni is a city uni and not a campus, I can ensure you heals just do not exist. I am only taking one pair of black heals next year for formals and balls. Trainers and flats will become your best friend.
There we have my uni outfit essentials! Thanks for reading.
If you have any other advice please let me know in the comments!
Eleanor Elizabeth xx
Hopefully these posts will reassure others that what they eat in a day is perfectly okay. No I am not a vegan or vegetarian, no I don’t drink enough water and I probably don’t get enough nutrients and I probably have too much sugar but you know what if Keith Richards is still alive, I’m pretty sure some ice cream is not going to kill me.
I have struggled with bad eating habits for a while and recently I have started to let myself eat what I want and when. I hope this list will reassure you that you don’t have to eat three very healthy and small meals in a day to have a healthy lifestyle. It is all about moderation.
I always wake up hungry so I after a cup of tea I had some porridge, peanut butter and banana with another cup of tea.
Orange juice, crumpet with butter.
Toasted bagel with butter and a cup of tea with two biscuits.
I also had some Greek yogurt with some fruit.
Roast dinner but I don’t actually like beef so I had cabbage, swede and carrot, broccoli, three roast potatoes, one Yorkshire pudding with loads of gravy obviously!
Chocolate ice cream and a cup of tea,
After some exercise, I was hungry so I had a bowl of cereal and an apple with a cup of tea.
That was my day of eating, like I said I am trying not to restrict or count what I eat and on days where I don’t I often find I eat when I’m actually hungry and finish when I am satisfied.
It doesn’t matter if you eat more or less, as long as you are eating enough to fuel your lifestyle.
Eleanor Elizabeth x
I am sure we have all had those days where you literally feel like you look rubbish. Yesterday was one of those days for me and I started off the evening almost crying about how low I felt about myself. I had a day of binge eating (I didn’t know I could consume that much food), I didn’t do any exercise, my hair was unwashed, my skin was bad and in general I just felt like a lump.
Naturally, I decided to get into bed with food because by this point I had given up trying not to binge eat and I let myself watch a sad movie to cry and called it a day.
Today however, I started afresh. Here are some of my glow up tips.
1. Start the day with healthy food.
Even if you slip up on healthy food later on in the day at least your breakfast was healthy. Also you are more likely to carry on eating healthily. I went for porridge and a banana.
2. Have a heavy duty shower.
For me this involved washing my hair (what a difference that makes!). I exfoliated my patchy tan off, shaved and moisturized.
3. Paint your nails.
I went for red just because I wanted to feel badass.
Every body is different but every body needs exercise. Whether that is too lose weight for yourself, gaining weight, toning up etc moving your body will make you feel happier and you will look amazing doing it.
5. Change your hair.
For me, I’m going to dye my hair blonder and grow it out. Changing your hair will make you feel like a new person and can be the perfect start to a new you.
Go to a salon and get a wax (legs, upper lip, underarms, bikini etc). Body hair is a personal choice of course but for me, when I have just waxed my legs for example I always feel better and want to wear more dresses and skirts.
Go get your eyebrows done professionally, this will make your makeup a lot easier or will allow you to go makeup free. It can really do wonders. I either go to benefit of Superdrug.
8. Werk, werk, werk.
Whether that is focusing more at school, work, or at your hobby. Do what you have to do to get what you want. Grind hard and be an Elle Woods.
9. Change your wardrobe.
Order the clothes that have been in the shopping basket for months. Go out of your comfort zone, find fashion inspiration and wear what you want. Most importantly though remember to include clothes that flatten your shape.
10. Invest in lingerie.
A few weeks ago I ordered myself some Victoria’s Secret underwear and it has been life changing. Get measured and make sure you feel sexy, just for yourself.
11. Whiten your teeth.
12. Fake tan.
I love Bondi Sands in ultra dark.
13. Clean your room.
Update your bedroom, house, office, car etc. Make sure the environments you are spending your time in are allowing you to be creative and happy. You change as a person, consequently the environments around you should allow you to grow.
14. Revaluate your personality.
Be the person you want to be, if people around you are holding you back they need to be removed from your life. Your future self will thank you.
I hope this helped. It’s okay not to feel happy with yourself as long as you use that to change. It would be useless to say that you shouldn’t feel that way because every one does and that doesn’t make you weak or mentally unstable, it makes you a human in the 21st century. Improving your appearance can make you feel better, it may sound self centred but that is reality. If it will help you, do it.
Eleanor Elizabeth xx