Month: March 2014

Bringing It Back With S Club

All my childhood dreams came true last night when S Club reunited to perform at Halo, a nightclub near my uni. I’ll admit, there was only three of them (Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole) but that was enough for me. I could barely contain my excitement as I danced around to the likes of ‘Don’t Stop Moving’ and ‘Bring It All Back‘.

S Club 3 performing

S Club 3 on stage performing

S Club 3 so the former pop stars call themselves now, reformed when they realised their classic songs are still stuck in everyones head and sure enough, they are right! They embarked on a tour around universities and nightclubs to bring students back to their childhood for a night and I’m bloody glad they did.

The trio opened with their classic hit ‘Reach’ and were thankfully still pretty good at singing. Unsurprisingly they have aged and their appearance has changed, with Jo opting for bright red hair and both Bradley and Paul have gained weight so they didn’t look like the fresh, young stars that we remember. I’ll hand it to them though, they danced around the stage with as much enthusiasm as they used to and I honestly had one of the best nights I’ve had so far at uni. I sang (or was shrieking if you will) along to every song like a 10 year old girl at a Bieber concert.

Their set list included:

  • Reach
  • Bring It All Back
  • Never Had a Dream Come True
  • Don’t Stop Movin’
  • Natural
  • S Club Party

My friends and I even managed to blag our way up to VIP to meet them – the best part being that I got a selfie with Bradley and he even asked for my friends number but she politely declined – mainly because he is 32 now *gasps*. The young me would have been so proud.

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

So all in all, the night was as good (if not better) as I expected it to be and brought me right back to my 7 year old self.

Can S Club still throw an S Club party? They certainly can.

Do You Have ‘Fat Fresher Syndrome’?

Before you answer that, let me tell you a few facts…

According to a study conducted by Slimming World an average a fresher gains two stone in their first year of Uni and 59 % of students blame stress for this weight gain. Another one of the main culprits is (unsurprisingly) alcohol (56%) and post-partying grub (59%) – so yes, that Subway you demolished in the early hours of the morning does count, even if you don’t remember it.

The results are shocking, aren’t they?

I happen to be a fresher and with the summer season fast approaching I’m starting to panic. If you are anything like me, in January you planned to look something like Kendall Jenner by March and at this moment in time that is definitely not the case. So I’m now on a quest to get a my dream bikini body by the summer.

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I have found that staying healthy at Uni is not always possible, and the convenience of the corner shop up the road is too tempting to buy copious amounts of chocolate and crisps. Before I left for University in September, I told myself I wouldn’t be one of those people who come back home for the holidays twice the size they were before they left. However, when you are caught up in a whirlwind of leaving home, making new friends and spending the majority of your time clubbing this nightmare does become a reality.

Like a lot of freshers, I struggle to find a balance between being healthy and still having fun (e.g. drinking lots of alcohol followed by chips, carbs and more carbs the next day) but I want change my ways slightly so I don’t return home a ‘fat fresher’. But where do I even start?

I aim to make a few changes, the first one is to actually get out of bed at a normal time. I always find getting out of bed early sets me up for the day as I am able to fit in a nutritious breakfast so I don’t reach for the biscuits mid morning instead. When it comes to going out, opting for a lower calorie alcoholic drink such as vodka and diet coke over wine will help save calories and I also hope to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Despite not being able to afford a gym membership, a quick workout video from YouTube or a walk into town and back will do the job!

I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know how being a ‘healthier’ fresher is working for me. Until then, do let me know if you have tips of your own! I will also be posting cheap and healthy recipes so keep an eye out for them.