Starting my journey with The Body Confidence Programme

I’m not a particularly impulsive person, especially since having Isla! When I buy something I like to research & plan to make sure I get exactly what I want & that it’s going to be amazing quality… Well I may have thrown this out the window… and for something pretty important…

I bought my Wedding dress on a whim.

Literally less than 10 minutes discussion with my Mum & it was on the way from Net-a-Porter in it’s beautiful black box!

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But not only did I decide to buy it – way before we’d even put the deposit down on our venue or anything at all… I bought it two sizes too small…

Since having Isla I have not made much progress with shifting the baby weight. My priorities have changed & I feel much more concerned with having energy, feeling good & feeling strong again. I purposely have not put any scales in my home & have been rating how I feel far higher than how I look for the first time in my life.

Now the Wedding is coming, I want to feel amazing in my dress so I knew I would need to make some changes to feel like ‘me’ again. I searched for a programme where I could take control, find my energy & ultimately feel amazing at the end of it.

The Body Confidence Program is the only 8-week fat-loss revolution that doesn’t involve restricting calories or spending hours at the gym. It is NOT about weight-loss. Stop eating for 3 days and you’ll lose weight. But is that sustainable or healthy? No. The Body Confidence Program is about lifelong fat-loss, learning how to live a healthier more confident lifestyle.

Some of the benefits of doing the program are:

  • Dropping 2 jean sizes, guaranteed!
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved moods
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased fitness levels
  • Reduced bloating
  • Reduced body fat
  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • Increased productivity
  • Long-lasting healthier lifestyle
  • Body confidence
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Renewed pride in appearance

So far I am a week into the programme and I’ve already reduced by 6.5inches from all over. I am absolutely thrilled with this as it hasn’t been an easy week. My sugar cravings have given me some awful moods but I think the worst of that is over & it’s all up from here. I’m already learning to make better food choices which is something that will stay with me long term after the plan has finished.

You can follow my progress over on my Instagram where I will be posting food pictures & updates as I go through the 8 week program!

For now I am feeling positive & ready for the challenges to come in the next 7 weeks. I will be posting a full review of the program at the end so keep an eye out!

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Full Disclosure: I have been invited to do the programme for free in exchange for my honest opinion!

Top 10 (ok, 11!) Tips for planning your Wedding & staying on budget!

Well it’s taken us long enough but we have achieved what felt like the impossible… We have booked our Wedding venue!! Not really hard to guess, if you follow me on Instagram  as it’s our favourite place in the world!

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We have just over a year to organise everything and somehow that doesn’t seem like enough while juggling a business, a blog & being Mum! So I thought I’d share my top tips for starting your Wedding planning with minimum stress… (I just laughed out loud even saying that…ok… with maybe a bit less stress…!)

  1. Set a budget!!
    Sit down with your partner & write down what you are happy to spend. This is a list of what the average person in the UK spends and I think it’s a pretty good starting point… Start contacting venues and suppliers that you like to get an idea of costs! Total unashamed plug… If you are looking for a good photographer 😉

    Wedding venue and ceremony fees: £1,500
    Reception venue £2,500
    Catering: £2,500
    Drinks: £750
    Entertainment and venue decorations: £1,000
    Photography: £1,500
    Cake: £500
    Flowers: £550
    Transport: £250
    Stationery: £300
    Favours and gifts: £400
    Wedding rings: £600
    Dress: £2,000
    Bride’s shoes: £150
    Jewellery and veil: £250
    Hair and makeup: £150
    Bridesmaids’ outfits: £250
    Groom’s outfit: £320
    Attendants’ outfits: £250
    W-day insurance: £100
    Honeymoon: £4,000
    Total: £19,820

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  2. STICK TO IT! (No, seriously!!)
    It’s so easy to start spending a little more here & there, but before you know it you’ve added another £5k to your budget and there goes your honeymoon…
  3. Decide what matters most to you…
    Discuss with your partner which parts of the Wedding are most important to you – obviously it’s the photography for me & neither of us were fussed about having a big white cake so we’re going to have a banoffee pie instead and save the £500 or put it towards something else more important to us!

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  4. Make a spreadsheet with everything on it.
    Keep everything in one place… budget, guests contact information, dietary requirements, RSVPs, a list of tasks with a deadline & all your suppliers information. Closer to the time you can make an itinerary that your venue will probably help with & your photographer etc. will need!
  5. Ask friends & family for help.
    Don’t get weighed down by the pressure of creating the perfect day. All the people closest to you are going to be so incredibly excited and more than likely would love to help you plan! Don’t be afraid to dish out some tasks to your maid of honour – that’s what she’s there for! 😉

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  6. Don’t act on impulse. Take your time.
    When you go & visit a venue or supplier it’s very easy to get swept up in the excitement & before you know it you just put a deposit down on their triple gold package with dancing fountains and fireworks… but oh wait… THE BUDGET. Take a moment to chat with your partner to discuss what you actually went there for& reign it in!
  7. Do just one task every day towards the Wedding…
    A great way to not feel overwhelmed is to write a list of tasks & just tick one off each day. Whether thats searching for cake makers or choosing your colours, those are big decisions so don’t try & do it all at once!

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  8. Be realistic…
    We wanted rows of trees with flowers covering every inch of the venue initially, but then came back down to earth with a thump when we realised that would make our flower budget as much as our WHOLE wedding! Haha! Set your sights on something achievable & make it the best it can possibly be!
  9. Do it yourself & get the kids involved!
    A great way to save money is to do things yourself, whether thats the invites or the flowers in jars – it seems to be all the rage right now! And don’t forget to include the kids in any way you can – even if it’s just licking the envelopes it might keep them quiet for a whole 5 minutes… 😉

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  10. Cut costs where you can & spend where it matters.
    Look through your budget & spot where money can be saved – maybe swapping the champagne toast for Prosecco or having smaller bouquets for the bridesmaids? That way you can spend where it really matters – get your dress properly fitted, the rings are going to be on your finger forever (hopefully!) so make sure they are going to last & the photographs are the most important that you will ever have taken in your life – so make sure you find someone that will treasure your day & capture it perfectly for you to remember forever!
  11. Try to have fun & enjoy it!
    Now get yourself on Pinterest and start dreaming of your perfect day! Get a glass of wine (or two!) and share pins with your bridesmaids to your hearts content! You’ll have planned 10 completely different Weddings by the end of the night!! 😉

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