University? Completed it mate.

I DID IT! 

I graduated! 2.1 in Business and Management from Aberystwyth.

(It definitely didn’t take me three years to be able to spell Aberystwyth correctly first time)

I loved every second of university. It’s made me the person I am now and have connected me to the most fantastic group of friends I could ever wish for.

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10 minutes before this photo was taken, Henry’s mum came up to us and said

“Please make sure you get a photo of him with the certificate, just so when he loses it, there is proof he received it” – Glorious.

It was unbelievably hot day, those gowns are a LOT warmer than they look so all of us were melting before we even walked into the ceremony (Thank god I had my professional photos done beforehand). A 2 hour long ceremony in a great hall in those gowns was not fun, but worth it in the end.

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^^ This photo took so long to capture. 4 cameras and 4 attempts and here we are :’)

About 3 seconds after this was captured. Henry’s cap was making a bee line for my face.

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The fear was real.

 

But on a more serious note. This was the best day of my life. It put the last three years of hard work, tears and a possibly unhealthy amount of alcohol into perspective.

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^She’s my best friend. She’s super clever^

 

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Thanks guys. It’s been the greatest.

 

**Que the Song ‘The Greatest Show’ from the Greatest Showman **

 

 

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I’m lost

 

I’m completely and utterly lost. Not geographically. Just where I am in life and what I want to do. In less than a week I will have finished my degree. This will be the first time since I was 3 that I won’t be in some form of education.

I have no idea what it’s like, being out side of the education system, not having summers off and preparing for the following September to start over again. Not spending every Christmas and Easter revising hard to pass whichever exams I have coming up next.

I’m the youngest of three children in my family and both of my siblings had a plan for their life after university, one wanted to qualify as a solicitor and the other knew they wanted to be in a marketing job. I have no idea what I want to do. Should I? Is that expected of me? To finish my degree and instantly know what I want to do?

I’ll find a job or career that I will want to do eventually but I think it’s just gonna take some time to work that out. For now, I’m just gonna  roll with the punches and see what happens.

Tequila Mockingbird!

SUPERTEAMS 2017

A crazy stupid drunk weekend but so much fun! A couple weekends back 28 teams of 10 girls from the uni competed against each other in loads of sports over a 3 day period.

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MY team were created all through one friend of ours, so we were a mix of swimmers, sprinters, cross country champions and broken humans (myself). And we were perfectly named.. TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD!

Yes.. we did win best team name. We won a massive bottle of champagne. Was glorious.

The final event was the Mystery Event, which is running around the Uni field doing an obstacle course. But its a slightly disgusting obstacle course.You start by eating what was referred to as a ‘Trifle’ but it was vile and caused us all (myself especially) to vomit. A lot. At least it wasn’t in my system! Then there was a lot of carrying team members around, carrying boiled eggs in bras and being covered in questionable substances by officer training guys. It was grim. Yet so much fun.

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There were so many mudslides and crawling in mud and stupid challenges. 16991770_1752745298374584_204360266189544183_o

This was the final mudslide to finish the event, it was a 15m mudslide and as we were one of the last teams to go, it was SUPER muddy as it had been churned up loads already.

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Somehow, our mismatched team managed to tank the challenge and came 2nd in the Mystery event! Beating all the incredibly competitive teams, only losing to one team (who won overall). At the aftermath that evening, all the rugby girls cheered for our team as we were doing so well! Especially as we had started the final day of competition as 25th out of 28th and finished the weekend in 8th position!

It was such an amazing weekend and I don’t think I could’ve spent it with better people! SO thank you so much girls!

 

 

So many things.

So I’m a little bit late with these blogs posts.. I’ve had a pretty busy month, a family funeral a month ago today, then 2 weeks of ‘Superteams’ (blog post to follow on that) then i’ve had multiple essays, so all the stress and all the problems!

I’ve been slumping again, I’ve barely swam and drank a LOT recently.. soo I have little expectations for weight loss,.. although my jeans are a bit baggy now.. happy times!

AIMS!

  • Swim more!
  • Walk more!
  • Eat better!
  • (Put recipe ideas online?)

L xxx

 

The Second hump of the Camel

This is a day late.. oops

Weigh in was really good last week! Lost a few pounds and had both my boyfriend and my mum (who I don’t see face to face very often) said they could see that it is coming off of my face! Woohooo! Obviously something is going right!

11th of Feb was Jacks birthday and the 6 nations England Wales match. The most important game of the 6 nations. AND ENGLAND WON! Que lots of beer to be drunk and cake to be eaten! Wasn’t too healthy but ah well, i’m not gonna stop enjoying myself just because i’m on a diet!

Im super behind on the Ab Challenge 😦 But i’m swimming at least twice a week now which is fun! Got back into some of my old synchronised swimming moves the other day, i can’t believe quite how fit I used to be to do these figures!! Damn past Lucy you were strooong!

I am having some minor problems with my knee at the moment, worse pain than usual going through it unfortunately, but the pain is becoming more localised, which might be a good thing?!? But also maaaaaybe not. Let’s see how it goes!

Surprise Valentines Dinner tonight! Lets see what Jack has created!

Ta

L Xxx

 

Made it over the first Hurdle

The first week is always the hardest, its the new routine, getting rid of the classic go to snacks, adjusting meals, allocating the time for exercise and so on.

It has been hard, but not as difficult as believed, I used to eat a lot of bread, like a LOT. I could easily have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and then have a pizza or burgers for tea. So that has been my nemesis for the week, it was by far my biggest change in diet, and it made me so tired! But I’ve got over it happily, like hump day, difficult at the time but worth it once its over.

I have been for a swim 3 times too! So i’m sticking to that one well! I had forgotten what it felt like to be in the pool! I used to live in it as a kid! I just have to battle with the general public nowadays for space -_-

This year also marked my year anniversary with my boyfriend, so we went out for dinner for that, and I treated myself to a little bit of halloumi (fried as well.. really naughty) when we were out for dinner. Also as it is his birthday next weekend his parents were down for the weekend so we went out for a couple meals with them.. I did still avoid cheese and all bread but it still wasn’t the healthiest weekend ever!

 

Weigh in is tomorrow morning.. Let’s see how it goes…

 

LRB Xxx

 

 

The Beginning of the Loss

So I got fat. I didn’t notice what I was eating, and I’m still not used to not doing exercise regularly (I hate knee injuries). Exams caused me to snack (A LOT). So many factors, so little exercise.

I am a tall human as well. I’m about 6ft tall (182cm?) but I have crept up to over 15 stone (98kg?). Both fortunately and unfortunately because of my height, I didn’t notice the weight gain as its spread over a larger area.

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This is me as of the 29th of January 2016. I am not pleased. (Look at that snazzy split mirror thing that my flatmate put up)

 

BUT I HAVE A PLAN

As of the 30th of January 2016 I have started

  • 30 day Ab Challenge
  • Walking more
  • Going Vegetarian 3 days a week
  • Swimming 3 times a week

Alongside this, I have given up

  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Crisps
  • Takeaway (limited to once every two weeks max this INCLUDES drunk food)
  • Bread (My love for bread is strong, who doesn’t love a sandwich??)
  • Cheese (This is the hard one, I love cheese, all cheese, every cheese. CHEESE!)

 

The idea of all this in theory will push me to reduce my snacking, which got out of control during exams, and become the slightly slimmer human that I used to be.

I aim to put up weekly photos with a list of what I’ve done, in an attempt to encourage myself.. So hopefully there will be progress!