I strongly believe that if I think I look good when I’m working out, I will feel better about myself. And if I feel better about myself then it will be less of a struggle getting out of bed at 5:39am and braving the cold. I will also feel much more comfortable lunging in front of other people. For me, looking good is about wearing colour and bold prints, so I’m sharing my top colourful sportswear picks for those who are bored of plain old black.
It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s probably raining (or snowing!) as you read this. It might even be lunchtime and I bet eating that stale sandwich at your desk is looking a lot more appealing than heading out into the bleak midwinter to stretch your legs. This is the time of year when we are missing out on vitamin D and feeling lethargic. And when we feel like that, it’s more important than ever to keep your body moving, keep the blood pumping and get flexing those muscles. So when I was sent some suggestions for yoga poses that I could do at my desk, with no equipment or gym membership required, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. The perfect way to beat the winter blues! CONTINUE READING
Have you ever heard of suspension pilates? No, me neither. That was until I got sent a very interesting email inviting me to try Bodhi at Precision Fitness in Newcastle. Apparently this is the exercise that all the supermodels have used to hone their long, lean bodies. And given I am forever in the pursuit of looking like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, I thought I’d better give it a go!
In case you hadn’t noticed (and I wouldn’t blame you for not) then it’s currently the Great British Summertime. And occasionally, the sun emerges from behind the clouds and blesses us with its presence. When it does, I feel like I need to take on even more water and I find hitting the gym even harder than usual. I turn into a big, hot sweaty mess and find myself chugging back more and more council pop. But hydration isn’t all about H2O, as I learnt when I tried electrolytes from elete Holistic Hydrate.
In my plight for a lithe wedding body, I’ve been hitting the fitness and nutrition hard this year. I signed up with a personal trainer and I completely changed my approach to nutrition. Now, I mainly eat a low carb diet and include protein with every meal. But it’s really easy to get bored with lightly steamed veg and white fish. There’s only so much tasteless mush you can shovel in your mouth before the novelty wears off! So I have to get pretty creative in the kitchen.
Sometimes it can be really hard to stay motivated when you’re on an exercise and nutrition regime. There are days when I would do anything (even the washing up) to get out of Metafit but in four months I have only cancelled one gym session because I just couldn’t face it and my week was already crazy busy. So how do I stay motivated? How do I drag myself out of bed and along to the gym on cold April mornings when it’s raining and still dark outside?
BACNE – the dreaded word. Acne isn’t a nice thing and I’ve been really really lucky enough to never have it on my face. Sure I get spots from time to time, but that’s more about my laziness when it comes to brush washing, monthly hormones and my tendency to pick and squeeze than anything that has more of a serious effect. One of the things I have struggled with, however, is acne on my back. Or bacne as it is also known. I recently had another flare up, so thought I’d share my top tips on how to prevent it and how to get rid of it once it is there.
Quite a few people have been asking me the kind of things I eat in a typical day to maintain my weight loss. So I thought I’d share what I might eat on a typical low carb day. It’s probably worth mentioning that this diet has been recommended to me by my personal trainer based on my personal requirements and therefore might not be right for everyone! It’s always worth consulting a professional before you change your diet or try to lose weight.
RIGHT, disclaimer over. So what do I eat on a typical low carb day?
As you know (because I keep banging on about it), I’m on somewhat of a health kick this year. I’m eating clean and lean so my body is clean and lean. I’ve just this week hit my goal weight so it must be working, but it’s not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, particularly when you’re busy and you need to grab something and go. This is clearly where Clean Shakes have got their business idea from. In line with companies like The Naked Deli (which I LOVE), it’s clear local businesses in the North East are getting more on track with the fact that not everyone wants to snack on sausage rolls and stotties. Luckily, I was given the chance to check out the latest Clean Shakes and jumped at the chance.
I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since I started this crazy plan. Six weeks since I ate chocolate. Six weeks since I munched on toast and peanut butter without a care in the world. Six weeks without ice cream. Six weeks without grande decaf soy lattes from Starbucks. How have I survived? How have I coped without carbs in my life? Is it even bloody worth the effort? Have I even lost any weight?! Fear not, I’ve included some stats, because that is totes the juiciest bit.