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Sometimes it feels like it is not very British to be anything but self-deprecating, and that it is drummed into us to brush off compliments and do down our own achievements.  When I post outfit photos on here I sometimes feel like there are glaringly obvious imperfections that other people are going to immediately notice and so I make jokes about them myself.  I feel like if I point out my wonky eyebrow, podgy arm or uncomfortable pose then none of you will be thinking "OMG I can't believe she posted that, she obviously didn't notice how terrible her hair looks" because I've said it first, I'm like "Yeah, I know my roots make my hair look like a giant bumble bee, whatevs".  But when I looked at these photos on my computer after taking them in Rhodes last week I actually felt quite proud of what I've achieved over the last 18 months.  I wasn't going to mention this in this post because it doesn't feel entirely comfortable doing it, and because, let's face it, I'm still not a size 8 and I never will be, but, over the last 18 months, through blood, sweat and tears (most of the second one but a bit of the others) I have lost a bit of weight and I actually feel pretty good about it.

I'm not going to labour the point too much because I don't really talk about diet or fitness on my blog (I have Where Are My Knees for that) but when I started this blog, and for a long, long time afterwards, I never thought I'd post a photo of myself in a bodycon dress.  At the end of 2011, this was me - unhealthy and unfit.


Over the last 18 months I've just been focussing on eating healthily, and I've fallen in love with running.  I feel healthier, fitter, more awake and happier with my body.  For the first time, on holiday last week I felt o-kay in a bikini. Just o-kay, but not horrified/hideously embarrassed/hiding under clothes, which is a step up.  A few of you have left kind comments about my weight on blog posts and I just thought I'd acknowledge those comments - thankyou.  I have been working really hard and it means a lot that people have noticed.  This post isn't some kind of effort to encourage more of those, I just thought it might be okay to instead of referencing all my imperfections to say that posting this is a big deal for me, for the right reasons this time.  It's nice to give yourself a bit of a break once in a while and be positive about your achievements, I think.

Anyway
, this was supposed to be an outfit post so I will get onto that, finally, I hear you cry (I don't, that would be weird for so many reasons).  I wore this to dinner at the hotel last week.  It was only for dinner in the hotel restaurant but I love getting dressed up in the evenings when I'm away on holiday.  There's just something about sunbathing and lazing around all day and then spending time getting dolled up for the nighttime (I know that sounds mega superficial, I promise when I was lazing around I was also reading high-brow literature and pondering current affairs) 




dress: boohoo £12 | wedges: h&m [old] | necklace: ebay £8


I hope you're all having lovely weeks so far.  We arrived back from Rhodes earlier today - of course it now feels like we never left.  I took a few photos which I'll share over the next couple of days; as I mentioned we had as many cloudy or rainy days as we did sunny ones so it won't be too photo-heavy a post, promise! It was amazing to do lots of relaxing and reading but it's also nice to be home and I can't wait to pick up Bodhi from my parents tomorrow, been missing him loads as always!

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37 comments

  1. Aw you look lovely Rosie! You should definitely be proud - being worried about what you look like seems like the natural state but it really doesn't have to be, and shouldn't be! It sometimes seems like women bond by hating their bodies together, but we should be talking about how ace we are instead - and you are definitely ace! xx

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  2. You have a stunning figure - I'm jealous! I know how great it feels to lose some weight - I lost a stone, but I'm now putting it back on! Hopefully I will soon pick up some of your good habits and get into shape myself. Well done! Also, hope you had a lovely holiday x

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  3. You look so fantastic in that midi dress Rosie! You absolute knock-out you! I really want to go on a health kick once I've finished uni. I think it'll make me feel more motivated as right now I feel like such a slob! So jealous of your holiday, sounds like such a relaxing trip :)

    xx

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  4. You look amazing Rosie - your figure is really lovely, and you should be very proud indeed xxx

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  5. Rosie you are a stunner! You look so different in the first picture. I was similar around two years ago but like you I fell in love with running (and yoga) and stopped eating man-size portions and with time the weight began to trickle off. I'm strongly against crash diets and illogical weight loss 'cures' - they way you've done it is sensible, achievable and far more likely to have a lasting impact on your lifestyle x

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  6. You look fab - I love your dress. Well done for sticking to your fitness regime :) x

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  7. You look brilliant in that grey dress! You should be proud of your achievements, it's definitely a British thing that we don't give ourselves enough credit and shout about our good points but we should!

    Hope you had a lovely time in Rhodes xx

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  8. i've just started reading you blog, you look amazing! Hope you had a good holiday too! x

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  9. You look amazing, I love the dress with the neon necklace. I feel like you read my mind with this post, I've been on a health kick these last 6 months and I feel so much better for it! I actually like exercise for the first time ever and I can now where bodycon too! xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  10. oh i hate the feeling of when you get home and you straight away just feel like you never went, so bad.
    you look AMAZING in a bodycon dress xxx

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  11. You look amazing and it's so great you're doing this for yourself! You should be so proud of your achievements, you look amazing in that dress and so happy!
    Can't wait to see more photos from your holiday
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  12. You look amazing! I'm trying to get into running but I'm such a lazy bum, I'm forever putting it off! Really need to get my arse in gear! x x

    http://angel-in-this-dress.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. you look stunning Rosie, size 8 or not. I don't get this British thing to always decline compliments, so I always insist when someone says "ho, no, it's just this skirt that's so flattering"... NO girl, YOU look awesome! ;)

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  14. we love your look!
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  15. Wow, you look gorgeous in that dress. I love that you're taking more of a positive outlook, you're such an awesome person. You deserve all of the comments you receive.

    Take it easy hun
    Paris x

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  16. Rosie, you look utterly incredible. Fact.

    xx

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  17. You look amazing in this dress, Rosie, you really do! I think you've achieved so much with your running and I certainly think you should be proud of yourself x

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  18. Rosie, you would look awesome in a bin bag.
    And can I just say HELLO BOOBS! So jealous!
    x

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  19. You look brilliant - like a different person! No harm in acknowledging your hard work :) Also, if you can't be a bit superficial on holiday when can you, eh? xx

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  20. To echo most of the other comments on here, you look AMAZING Rosie! xx

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  21. Hey Rosie,
    don't think too much about other people's bad words. No one has the right to talk about someone elses body!
    All the people who say "she is fat" also say "she is too skinny. She looks like a bunch of bones" to other girls and that is kind of the same thing.
    If you feel comfortable, give a fuck on their comments! The most sexy thing is to be yourself and to have a healthy self-esteem.
    So get in your favourite outfit and feel AWESOME!!!!

    Love, Nane

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  22. You look great! Well done you X

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  23. This is a fantastic post for so many reasons! As women we are taught that we must show modesty and timidness, that we should never be overly confident. For some reason body confidence is always seen as cocky or wrong. It's crazy. The fact of the matter is our bodies are the greatest tool we have and we should always appreciate them, ESPECIALLY having just worked so hard to get fit and healthy! You really do look fantastic, and I admire your blogging about your pride around this, even though you felt a bit self conscious about it. So glad to have found your blog and looking forward to seeing more xx

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  24. You look amazing Rosie. Whenever I see how far you've come, it reminds me I need to get off my ass and start running/get on the bike again. It's fantastic. You were beautiful before, and you're beautiful now, but it's how you feel inside that's important :) xx

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  25. Rosie you look amazing, you should be so proud of what you've achieved! xx

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  26. Your figure is incredible lady :) Seriously, so gorgeous! You have the most perfect shape! Hope you're well :)

    www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

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  27. you have an amazing little figure rosie :) very inspiring post x

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  28. You look great! Hope you had a lovely time away.

    Danielle
    danielletc.com

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  29. You have done so well, you should be extremely proud of yourself :)
    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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  30. I can assure you that you look pretty darned awesome here! You have worked so hard for this (amazing) body so I am glad you are starting to feel comfortable in it!

    Maria xxx

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  32. Congrats. Sorry I didn't notice. I guess you just hold yourself so well I always thought you looked great. Now that you mention it though I can see the difference in your face. Way to go. You look super sexy in that dress. Be proud.

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