Saturday, 24 May 2014

P'S TOP PICKS: CLEAN BANDIT . . .

Last summer I posted a random music video I'd fallen in love with, thanks to appearances of the song on such highbrow entertainment as "Made in Chelsea" and "Hollyoaks". This was the song:



After my first introduction to Clean Bandit, I went searching for their other tunes on youtube and was so impressed with their sound, a bit of a fusion of dance music and classical music. I hadn't really heard anything like this before and became a bit obsessed with a lot of their other songs too.

Thankfully, since then they have hit the big time since their single "Rather Be" hit number one earlier this year. So, when I found out in February that they would be coming to Glasgow earlier this month I immediately jumped online to grab some tickets for it. Considering I had bought them back in February, I was a bit stressed out by early May when I still hadn't received them - the gig was on the 8th and I was already stressing enough about the fact we had a very early morning wake-up to catch our flight to Corfu the following day! When I contacted the ticket company they said the tickets hadn't been printed yet (this was on Tuesday and the gig was on the Thursday, so this was extra worrying) but they'd arrange for them to be left at the door. (I was wondering how this would be possible if they hadn't yet been printed two days before!) I had actually convinced myself we would get to the venue and the tickets wouldn't be there - I would have been absolutely GUTTED! - but luckily it all worked out and the tickets were there as planned. Phew. Anyway, if you ever get the chance to see Clean Bandit live, I would thoroughly recommend you do so. The performance was electric and full of so much energy, and even the songs I didn't already know I already loved on first listen. As the encore performance, before the inevitable "Rather Be" was played, they even did a cover of the old dance classic "Show Me Love" by Robyn S. AMAZING! I'm so looking forward to seeing what else the band have up their sleeve for future releases!








PS I'm no music critic, but I just love this band so much I can't help but rave about them! Apologies for gushing. ;-)

Anyone else a fan?

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

DIET CONFUSION . . .

I'm back on the diet wagon... again. I know I sound like a broken record. I seem to have been starting some sort of diet or detox every other week for the past five thousand years or so, don't I? Yet I never seem to be able to stick to them. The lure of pizza, chocolate and wine is just too strong.

To be honest, it's definitely the wine that has contributed in the main to putting the weight on me. I mean, you're talking about 600 calories in a not-too-calorific bottle of wine, so if you end up indulging in two bottles on a Saturday night after a shitty week, then that's a day's worth of calories there alone, and that's not including the chips and cheese you have at the end of the night, or the junk food you consume the next day to soak up your hangover. Alcohol HAS calories and CAUSES additional calories elsewhere as a side effect.

I was on holiday in Corfu last week with my boyfriend and the only reason I was looking forward to coming back was that I could get my diet back in check and start to not feel completely awful all the time. But it's so hard to know what diet to go on... there are soooo bloody many!

At the moment I'm trying to stick to 1200 calories or thereabouts, exercise regularly, not eat too many carbs and generally try to eat well. I always have to allow myself a treat; I cannot get through a day without the promise of a bit of chocolate or cheese or a packet of crisps. I figure though as long as I a) don't overdo it and b) am within my calorie allowance then that's not too bad.

But then I have ended up feeling like people judging me for not eating enough (some people say 1200 is not enough), or not "eating clean" enough (surely as long as I'm MAINLY eating clean, unprocessed foods then that's the most important thing?). It seems from my "research" (which mainly consists of Instagram and various health blogs, admittedly, and is not based in any scientific investigation upon my own part) that no one agrees on the best way to lose weight or tone up. And, it seems that different ways work for different people. No carbs, high carbs, low fat, high fat, low calories, high calories, certain types of food cut out, all types of food embraced . . . there doesn't seem to be an exact science to it.

So why am I becoming so obsessed in finding the perfect diet? I'm sorry... lifestyle change. I agree that diets are only a short-term fix and you have to see it as a long-term thing. But if I'm going to change my lifestyle, I want to make sure I'm doing it in the right way. The right way for ME.

I just need to work out what the fuck that is.

What has worked for you in terms of losing weight? Please feel free to share in the comments.