Motivational quotes..

As I seem to be lacking in it a the moment, here are some quotes that I hope will inspire you as much as they inspire me too:

 

 

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing”

-Walt Disney

 

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed the vision pulls you”

– Steve Jobs

 

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated”

-Maya Angelou

 

 

Much love,

 

Natalie xx

Just keep swimming….

Afternoon,

I have been SUPER busy this past week and a bit and have felt that I haven’t really had much time to sit down and take the time to do ANYTHING! I’ve been doing a lot of nightshift lately and I find when I have time to myself I just want to chill and take the time to centre myself. I’ve been feeling really ill lately and I think because I don’t have a normal routine my body is completely gone to whack. I’m so tired, and have been literally sick every day for a week straight (F.Y.I Not pregnant, but thanks for the concern) and have had like a weird cold thing for about 2 months but it’s not really come to anything major, but a runny nose and feeling blergh.

 

Enough about my moaning though as starting from next week it’s back on track, back to a routine, back to feeling normal. Healthy Natalie take like 10 is on it’s way and hopefully because there will be no more nightshift I can have the time to focus on myself a lot more. When I have a second I’m going to plan everything out, like what are my goals? how long am I going to give myself? how am I going to achieve them? and hopefully it’ll be a step by step process to move forward from my little funk.

 

So yeah, essentially I just wanted a moan (what’s new?) and to give everyone a little update. I want to apologise as well if anyone follows me on social media and has noticed I’ve gone a little quiet it’s purely because all I’m doing at the moment is sleeping and working and that seems to be the last thing I can focus on right now.

 

If anyone has any hints or tips on how to plan and progress from here leave them in a comment below.

 

Much love,

 

Natalie xx

My weightloss journey – and it’s struggles

Afternoon!

 

Another glorious day here in the shire and as I sit outside to get use of the rare sunlight we see in Scotland I see myself scrolling through instagram and facebook and looking at all these wonderful, inspiring women sharing their stories and their journeys. It got me thinking of my journey with my weight and was hoping that maybe if someone would read this I would inspire them too.

My weight has always been an issue for me. I have always been the curvy one, the fat one, called tree trunk legs but also celebrated by some for my figure. Lots of boobs and ass but a lovely belly to go with it. When I was younger though I was slim, and over the years I have fluctuated between being a big girl to losing all the weight. I currently sit at my heaviest weight to date, and that purely because I don’t take care of myself as much as I should do. This year however, something made me want to change.

January is always the time for resolutions, promise making, to do lists and plans made. January for me for the past few years has always been the same “I’m not going to bother to make resolutions because I would never stick to them”. Roll on to the end of February and by now everyone I know has started their gym routines, eating healthy and have started guzzling back that water like the seas are going to dry up and there’s nothing left. MY journey started with a bet. ” give up a type of food for the whole of march. Something that you can’t live without” I couldn’t think of anything. I was all ready to ignore the rest of the conversation when someone said “well crisps, you always have a packet with you lunch… why not give them up?” It got me thinking well yeah, I could give them up. It was only one month so why not? So that’s where it started… my love of crisps. I then decided, well if I’m going to give this up in order to start thinking about a healthy lifestyle then what else could I do to give me an incentive to keep going. I signed myself up for the Breast Cancer UK 10,000 step challenge for the whole of March. Basically all I had to do was 10,000 steps everyday and get sponsored to do it. “Win, Win” I thought “I’m going to be raising money for charity plus it would get me in to a routine of getting out and about to get my step count up.” I also bought an aerobic stepper for the days I didn’t really feel like going out but needed to push myself to do those extra steps to push over 10,000. When March was over I was already in the routine of working out, eating right and guzzling down that water too! I managed to loose almost a stone and I was buzzing “look how far I can go” I thought “look at well I’m doing.” And the life got in the way…

I work a lot, and I have been back and forth on to nightshift and working crazy hours. I was eating because it was quick, I had no energy and my mental health started to go down hill. I lost my confidence, I lost that spark I had, I lost my drive. I didn’t see the point in carrying on, why should I? who am I kidding, I’ll never be able to loose the weight.  I was in a spiral of negativity. It wasn’t until the middle of May that I realised just how unhealthy I was being. Not only for what I was putting in my body, but my laziness and lack of motivation was overwhelming. I would have my good days, and I would have so so so many bad days. Take aways, massive portion sizes, no more water! I think the best thing I did for my body through the whole process was drink hot water with a slice of lemon ( and in my head I thought I was doing enough.)

 

Fast forward to the present day and I’ve been evaluating where I’m at and have decided to make a promise to myself that I will get back on track and focus on me and my health, Sometimes it’s not always about looking good but helping your mental health by giving yourself the confidence, and making yourself proud to be you.

 

Has anyone else and struggles on their journey? or has anyone been super successful and have some hints and tips? please comment below and let’s help each other out!

 

 

Much love,

 

 

Natalie xx

Top 10 songs w/c 27.05.2018

Afternoon!

 

Last week I posted my top songs for a summer playlist i decided to make it a weekly thing as so many people were interested in it! Once a week I’ll posts 10 songs that I am jamming to at the moment.  I have such a wide range in music it would quite literally be anything. This week we have:

 



  1. Paradise – George Ezra (I know that song was featured in my last list but it’s just SO GOOD!) 

  2. Familiar – Liam Payne & J Balvin
  3. Youngblood – 5 seconds of summer (such a surprising one for me but LOVE it)
  4. This is America – Childish Gambino
  5. Nice for what – Drake 
  6. These Days – Rudimental ft Jess Glynne , Macklemore and Dan Caplen 
  7. God’s Plan – Drake 
  8. In my blood- Shawn Mendes 
  9. Never be the same – Camila Cabello
  10. Psycho – Post Malone ft Ty Dolla $ign 

 

Do you have any songs that you would like to see added to my top list? What is your favourite song from the list? Leave your answers in a comments below.

 

Much Love,

 

Natalie xx

SOME TIPS WHEN YOU NEED A LITTLE R&R

AFTERNOON! 

I’VE BEEN FEELING SUPER STRESSED LATELY WITH WORK AND LIFE AND FEEL LIKE I NEVER HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO MYSELF. TODAY HAS BEEN BLISS AS I’VE HAD NO ONE AND NOTHING TO DISTRACT ME, IT’S BEEN NICE A PEACEFUL AND I’VE HAD NOTHING THAT I NEEDED TO REALLY DO. THERE ARE THINGS THAT I HAD PLANNED TO DO BUT MY BODY WAS SCREAMING FOR A LITTLE BIT OF REST. UNFORTUNATELY AT THE MOMENT EVERYONE LEADS SUCH BUSY LIVES THAT PEOPLE FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FIND TIME FOR THEMSELVES.

I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE LITTLE THNGS THAT I DO FOR MYSELF WHEN I FEEL I’M STRESSED OUT OR JUST NEEDING I LITTLE R&R:

1: NEW HAIR DO-

SO ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS I GENERALLY CUT AND COLOUR MY OWN HAIR. I HAVE DONE FOR YEARS, IT SAVES ME SO MUCH MONEY AND SOMETIMES JUST TAKING THE TIME TO DO THAT FOR MYSELF GIVES ME THAT LITTLE EXTRA BIT OF CONFIDENCE THAT I NEEDED TO GO ON WITH THE DAY. I’M NOT SAYING YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE EXTREMES AS I DO BUT EVEN TRYING A NEW HAIRSTYLE AND TAKING THE TIME OUT TO EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR HAIR MIGHT GIVE YOU THAT CONFIDENCE BOOST. IF YOU HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR CURL IT, IF YOU HAVE CURLY HAIR, STRAIGHTEN IT. SHORT HAIR? GET EXTENSIONS, LONG HAIR WHY NOT SHAVE IT OFF? EVERYONE HAS THAT ONE HAIRSTYLE THAT THEY WANT TO TRY, AND EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT TO DO GO ON YOUTUBE AND SEE IF THERE’S ANY TIPS YOU CAN FOLLOW. YOU MAY LOVE THE OUTCOME OR, HATE IT. SOMETIMES YOU DON’T GET IT RIGHT AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT’S OKAY TOO! LIFE IS NOT PERFECT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EITHER!

2: HAVE A BATH-

I LOOOVE HAVING A BATH! ESPECIALLY IF MY BODY IS FEELING REALLY SORE OR I JUST NEED TO STOP FOR A BIT AND THINK. I NORMALLY LISTEN TO AN AUDIO BOOK OR A PODCAST AND JUST LISTEN TO THE WORDS AND LAY THERE, I CLOSE MY EYES AND IMAGINE I AM SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT. IT’S PROBABLY THE ONLY TIME I CAN FULLY SAY THAT I CAN SHUT EVERYTHING OUT AND JUST REST. I ALWAYS HAVE A BIT OF BUBBLE BATH AND FULL THE TUB UP AND MAKE SURE IT’S NICE AND TOASTY WARM.

3: TALK TO A FRIEND-

I LOVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS YOU HAVE WITH YOUR BESTIE ABOUT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. WHERE YOU TALK ABOUT THE OLD TIMES, CATCH UP WITH WHATS GOING ON WITH EACH OTHERS LIVES, CHAT ABOUT CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND JUST GOSSIP IN GENERAL. THERE’S NOTHING THAT A GOOD CHAT WITH YOUR BESTIE CAN’T FIX. EVEN IF SOMETIMES YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON, JUST HAVING THAT MOMENT WITH YOUR FRIEND IS THE BEST, MOST HEART WARMING FEELING AND TO BE HONEST THERE’S NOTHING THAT COLOUR COMPARE TO THAT.

4: LISTEN TO MUSIC-

THIS IS A BIT OF A GIVEN BUT I THINK MUSIC CAN FIX ANYTHING! THERE IS LITERALLY A SONG FOR ANY MOOD OR SITUATION. MY NUMBER ONE THING THAT I DO IF I WANT TO LET GO IS PICK A SONG THAT I LOVE, PUT IT ON AT FULL CRANK AND DANCE AROUND LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING. THERE’S A SENSE OF FREEDOM THAT IS SO UPLIFTING. YOU FEEL ALL YOU STRESSES GO, AND YOU CAN JUST SMILE AND LAUGH AT JUST HOW RIDICULOUS YOU CAN BE.

5: MEDITATION-

I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO NEVER USED TO BELIEVE IN MEDITATION. MY DAD STARTED DOING IT AND I WOULD LAUGH AT HIM BECAUSE I DIDN’T THINK THAT IT WOULD WORK. I CAN NOW SAY HOWEVER HOW WRONG I WAS. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A BIG THING THAT TAKES FOREVER. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO HAVE ANYTHING SPECIAL. JUST SIT ON A CHAIR, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND JUST SIT THERE FOR HOW EVER LONG YOU FEEL THE NEED TO AND JUST BRETHE IN AND OUT, IN AND OUT AND FOCUS ON NOTHING BUT YOUR BREATH. YOU FEEL SO MUCH BETTER AND RELAXED AFTERWARDS. I DOWNLOADED THE CALM APP ON MY PHONE WHICH HELPS ME AND I COULDN’T RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH!

WELL THAT’S ALL FROM ME TODAY. IF ANYONE EVER NEEDS ANY HELP WITH STRESS OR JUST WANTS ANYONE TO TALK TO, I AM HERE JUST DROP ME A LINE.

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY.

NATALIE

XX

MY SUMMER PLAYLIST:

Morning! 

It’s that time of year when the sun comes out and everyone gathers in the garden for fine food, fine booze and fine company! I decided to put together a list of all the songs that NEED to be part of your playlist this summer! These songs are my staple summer songs and always get added in! There’s a total mix of sounds and vibes so they can fit in with anyones playlist or can come together as one epic list of music. 

1. GEORGE EZRA- PARADISE

2. TILLY AND THE WALL – BEAT CONTROL

3. FRIENDLY FIRES- JUMP IN THE POOL 

4.MYSTERY JETS – TWO DOORS DOWN

5. MYSTERY JETS- YOUNG LOVE (FT. LAURA MARLING( <— AMAZING SINGER/SONGWRITER- DEFS WORTH A LISTEN) 

6. NOAH AND THE WHALE – 5 YEARS TIMES

7. RUDIMENTAL – THESE DAYS (FT. JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE AND DAN CAPLAN)

8. PARAMORE- AIN’T IT FUN

9. MUMFORD AND SONS – I WILL WAIT

10. THE WONDER YEARS – SUMMERS IN PA

11. JACK PENATE- MATINEE

12.TILLY AND THE WALL – DUST ME OFF

13. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – SAY SOMETHING (FT. CHRIS STAPLETON) 

14. CHRIS STAPLETON – PARACHUTE

15. LUCERO – SWEET LITTLE THING

16. LUCERO – SLOW DANCING

17. LUCERO – SIXTNEE

18. MAN OVERBOARD – WHERE I LEFT YOU

19. BEN HOWARD – THE FEAR 

20. FLEETWOOD  MAC- GO YOUR OWN WAY

Can anyone else think of some bands or songs that could be added to the list? 

What is your songs of summer? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Much Love, 

Natalie xx

I’ve moved!!

Good Afternoon!

 

How exciting is this?! Thisisyourlastchance__ has moved up in the world. Now you can keep up to date with me a lot easier and I think view my content so much better. Still a lot of work to be done but I’ll get there. Look forward to more updates, exciting new ventures and a whole lot more of me!

Some of my blog posts will probably move over from my blogspot account but other than that TIYLC is fresh faced, updated and away on it’s own!

 

More updates will be coming soon so hold tight, and follow me on my journey.

 

 

Much Love,

 

 

Natalie xx