A couple of times a season, I set aside some time for me to go shopping in Hinckley, Leicestershire and flit through their many charity shops for a whole new wardrobe. I do have a few investment pieces from previous high street splurges, but as my weight has always yo-yo-ed, I don’t rush out to spend my hard earned cash on full price outfits for a new body. I prefer putting that money in to the food I eat – and more recently I’ve had fun sharing the recipes I create.
So yesterday I found some awesome purchases that would have set someone back at least £500; yet I probably spend £20 max and I got to try new styles.
I found several trousers – 2 x Zara tapered navy blue trousers; one with turned up ankles, one straight – perfect for flats and sandals, some everyday distressed style River Island jeans & French Connection white crops (featured with black dress).
I also found tons of vest style camis and tees that I can throw on in a rush and still look like i’ve made an effort.
If you’re a target member, or anyone who’s lost weight knows it’s always exciting to dress up a new figure you’ve achieved and I endeavour to keep it that way.
A lot of my clothes are either too big, wintery things or have paint of them as we are renovating and will be for a couple of years so these take up a lot of wardrobe space so it can feel a bit depressing.
And after yesterday shopping in the bit of sun we have and a new sunny conservatory, I got super excited and am really looking forward to the summer and focusing on maintaining my health. I have done a 10 minute intense Erin Motz Yoga Challenge 4 times this week each morning and as the weather picked up, I did a 5k run, getting ready to finish my final week of the NHS c25k program (2 sessions to go!) I wanted to run more but decided against it as I surpassed my Fitbit’s 10,000 step daily target – this tells me I’ve had a very active (and unplanned) week so don’t want to burn myself out.
I also could not resist these 4 charity shop healthy cookbooks for recipe research and some recipe adaptations – they were 25p each: Delia Smith’s How to Cook (One) to hopefully learn something new, Healthy Indian Recipes (my favourite takeaway), an Ultimate Fat Free Cookbook which screamed out versatile for a Slimming World plan and Great Recipes for Good Health. I have been really inspired lately about nutritional benefits of what I am eating, not just about losing weight. I want to start seeing changes to my, energy levels, skin, immune system etc so my body can function on an optimum level. Already this week I have started to introduce some little changes which are wholewheat pasta and brown pasta but my long term place is to cut out processed foods – particularly some meats but understand it is overwhelming to change dramatically.
I do favour the masses of recipes on the internet, but sometimes it’s great to discover them in a forgotten book and flick through the pages while I relax.
Also, don’t forget charity shops are inundated with books so they are usually selling for pennies and you can spend on the real things – the ingredients! And you are donating to a cause & not lining the pockets of big companies. I think it’s a win win situation.
These purchases will be featured in my vlog on my other Youtube channel, Vikkie’s Vlogs where you will find the other purchases by brands like H&M, Topshop, Forever21, Gap, F&F and more – there are just too many to photograph!
I hope this has been encouraging to help you save money and stay focused.
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