The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Cutting Carbs

Dieting is a resolution that all of us make and very few of us actually get around to seeing it through. Now I’m not going to lie, I am a bit smug about this one since I have tried cutting out carbs and it worked great for me.

But also, I’m a really greedy person so it was important to me for me to find a way to keep the weight off without depriving myself of my favorite foods. Here are my tips as a lazy/greedy girl for cutting out carbs from your diet:

  1. Make a commitment and stick to it– For me, I had tried time and time again to cut out carbs and it never stuck until my doctor told me I was at risk for diabetes. Never have I stuck to a diet so quickly and so strictly in my life. Think about why you want to do this and remind yourself often. Is it to look better in your jeans? Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? Find your why and use it as motivation.
  2. Expect the first weeks to be hell– Remember that it is going to be hard but it is going to be worth it. My first two weeks of cutting out carbs gave me stomach cramps, no energy, sleepless nights and I was miserable. At some point the pain was so bad I just curled up in a ball and (no joke) begged for death. Just remember your why and try to stick to it.
  3. If it’s too difficult, try cutting DOWN on carbs instead of cutting them out completely– If the pressure gets too much or if you would prefer a less intense change, try slowly cutting down on your carbs instead of cutting them out completely.
  4. DO treat yourself on occasion– Don’t forget to reward yourself every so often for doing a good job. Make sure it’s a reward that you would enjoy but also make sure that you’re not overdoing it.
  5. Try to make it a lifestyle change and not a quick fix– For a more permanent result, try to make your new healthy lifestyle a part of your everyday life instead of a quick change. While I no longer cut carbs completely, I am used to life without them and have found a happy balance between no carbs and my previously unhealthy lifestyle.

Have you ever tried a diet? What did you think? I’d love to know below about your experience.

Fiction Friday: Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad by Rachel Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amber Holland has the perfect life. Lavish, luxurious and all funded by her father. When a night out goes too far, her father decides to cut her off and ship her off to Beijing.
Amber has to stick it out for a year and make it on her own with the assistance of her former best friend and her father’s current employee and watchdog, Kent James.
As Amber adjusts to her new life abroad she makes friends and a life on her own. But Amber soon discovers an easier although riskier way to make a living.
If she’s successful she can get through the year without a hitch. If not, Kent might drag her back home to face her father.
I bought this immediately after finishing “Awkward in Print” and I loved it immensely. This book is well-written, hilarious and entertaining. It is a quick read that can be read in one sitting and I strongly recommend this book if you want something light and fun.



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Year in Review: 2019

I cannot believe that 2019 is finally ending. For me, personally I feel like this was a hellish year and I CANNOT wait to see it leave.

Here is my year in review of the best and the most brutal moments from 2019:

January– I started the year on a pretty good note by signing up for an online Digital Marketing course that I was convinced was going to change both my life and my career. While I have picked up some great blogging information from the course, I am still sadly in the exact same career field. Oh, well.

February– Had my first ever interview at a magazine which was my dream job. But I blew it which led to this blog post as well as the realization that I place way too much importance on my job.

March– Attended the Ed Sheeran concert and made time for family. Because I was a changed person now…mostly. I also spent R1300 on a discounted Johannesburg bookstore and then put myself on a book ban. It was supposed to last for 3 months but it ended up lasting for most of the year.

April– Watched my father’s company close down. Helped him make arrangements to move out of town for 3 months for a new job with a lesser salary.

May– Watch the company that promised my dad a job, ghost him and then ultimately turn him down. Had a meltdown on the blog about it. Also received a counselling letter at work from the two new managers because I was unable to go to work since we had no water for three days. Was repeatedly victimized by the lower of the two managers because HR decided to speak to her about it. Unfortunately for me she was also my new reporting manager.

June– Got shortlisted for a job that could possibly solve all of our problems. By this time our only source of income was flea markets and it was NOT looking good. Got turned down for the job the Friday before my 24th birthday. Also important to note, said manager made sure to grant me leave for all the days except my birthday. She has a wicked sense of humor that one *rolls eyes*. Gave up shopping

July– Turned 24 while still working at the call center. Cried when my wonderful manager didn’t even let me go home for my half-day for my birthday. Got put on a diet because all I had left going for me was food and now I couldn’t even eat my feelings.

August– Found out father’s heart is worsening. Laughed hysterically coz nothing goes our way.

September- Accepted that life sucks and whatever. Literally nothing worse can happen so things have to get better, right? Discovered the wonder that is Diwali flea markets and night markets. Finally started making some sort of income with the flea markets.

October– Got a warning at work. Got in trouble at work. Repeatedly. Stuck it out coz last October I had an even worse manager and October is our financial year-end. Watched in disbelief as the staff complained about our new reporting manager who was apparently screaming and demeaning ALL the staff (and here I thought I was special). Watched the department head speak to the reporting manager (and then she cried in a corner of the office which unfortunately everyone saw. I felt bad for her. Don’t worry, she’s back to her normal self now). Watched her hire newer managers for our team- one of whom has been applying for the position for over ten years.

November– Inspired by my new manager who was applying to be a manager for over ten years, I applied for writing jobs and finally got one.

December– Used my bonus to buy large amounts of alcohol. Because IT HAS BEEN A YEAR.

How has your year been? Better or worse than mine? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Awkward in Print by Rachel Rhodes

Awkward in Print

Awkward in Print by Rachel Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hollywood starlet, Jojo Hudson releases a tell-all book about her life. Except that the one thing her “tell-all” focuses on is a complete lie.
Jojo has built her life around this lie so if it gets out, her career and her engagement both go down the drain.
But the only person who knows that Jojo is lying hasn’t been seen for years. Until the day of her book launch when he appears out of thin air.
Ace threatens to reveal everything about him and Jojo unless she breaks up with her billionaire boyfriend and pretends to date him.
Ace wants a way in to Hollywood and he is determined that Jojo be his ticket to stardom.
But as Jojo and Ace spend more time together, Ace seems more interested in her and less interested in networking with the who’s who of the industry.
This was an incredibly well-written book with lots of twists that I did not see coming. I went into this book expecting a cute, chick-lit romance but it delivered SO MUCH MORE.
I can’t say more without giving the entire book away but trust me you do NOT want to miss this.




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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch #3) by Caitlin Crews

The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3)

The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amanda Kittredge has always been seen as the little Kittredge girl.
But when her brothers best friend and her longtime crush, Brady Everett doesn’t even seem to realize she’s graduated from high school, Amanda makes the decision to show him and all of Cold River that she’s an adult capable of making her own decisions. Preferably reckless ones so that she can look back on a life well-lived and full of lessons learned.
No one is more surprised than Amanda when one of those lessons include sleeping with Brady Everett – all in the name of learning about men.
The last thing Brady expected when his best friend asked him to keep an eye on Amanda was that he would find himself involved with her. But she is a temptation he cannot deny.
As Amanda and Brady spend more time together, they forge a connection that becomes difficult to break.
I loved this book and read it in one setting. Amanda and Brady have amazing chemistry and it was great to see Brady go from oblivious to in love.
If you’re looking for a romance I strongly recommend this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Following shortly after “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” follow Peeta and Katniss as they embark on a Victory Tour though the districts.
Katniss soon learns that her actions during the Hunger Games have sparked rebellions and as a result, are costing people their lives.
In a desperate attempt to save the citizens as well as her friends and family, Katniss continues to pretend that she and Peeta are a couple.
But nothing they do can stop the flames of rebellion and President Snow retaliates by hosting another Hunger Games with all of the Victors from the previous games.
Katniss is thrown back into the area and forced to fight for her and Peeta’s life…while still being careful not to do or say anything that could spark another rebellion.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book especially the relationship between Katniss and Peeta.
I could never see Katniss falling for Peeta because he just seemed like a wet sponge but this book really made me ship them.
In fact I was so taken with this book that as soon as I finished, I rushed out to buy the first two movies.
I feel like 2019 is way too late to be a Hunger Games fangirl but here I am and I LOVE THIS SERIES!



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