This week I have commenced the second 12 week programme written and designed by personal trainer Alex Crockford, creator of Crockfit. The SheFit2 programme, designed specifically for women, follows on from SheFit1 and repeats a similar format but with more challenging exercising and the scope to push a bit harder.

It is possible to just stick with SheFit1 of course, Alex does explain how to continue the programme after the initially 12 weeks but since I had such great results from the first plan I really wanted to see what I could achieve from the second one. Plus I get bored easily in the gym and I fancied some new ideas!

I’ve done 2 days so far (the plan continues along the 4 days per week commitment) and I’m really enjoying it! It’s great to have some new challenges and new goals to work towards.

In the next 12 weeks I’m not really looking to gain additional muscle or lose any more weight. My main goals are little things now: tone up the last bit of tummy fat, get more definition in my abs and just increase general fitness and stamina.  Overall I’m just looking to maintain what I’ve already achieved and continue to love my workouts and feel fit and healthy every day.

If you are interested in any of Alex’s plans you can check out his website.

xox

My personal fitness, health and wellbeing journey is ongoing and I am by no means perfect. It’s impossible to change a lifetime of habits in one go and some small changes can make a big difference to how you feel. These are five changes I have made which I do each and everyday which have made a real difference to my wellness.

  1. GREEN TEA TABLET. I know that everyone loves green tea and it’s so hipster right now but shhhhh I hate it. But it does have amazing health benefits – so I take it in a tablet form! Same benefits, less gross taste. I’ve noticed a decrease in bloating and an increase in energy since I’ve been taking it.
  2. GET MOVING. No I don’t go to the gym everyday. But on the days I don’t go I’m so careful to do some sort of gentle exercise even if it’s a 30 min walk in the park – which doesn’t feel like exercise at all. It’s a leisure activity! I love walking and it’s a great way to get moving on a rest day. I find if I don’t do anything at all I feel tired all day and then can’t sleep when it’s bed time (you can see my tips for a good nights sleep here).
  3. GET OUTSIDE. This kind of ties in with number 2, if I’ve been for a walk I’ve already been outside! But I like to spend as much time outside as possible. On my lunch break I sit outside, after work I go for a short walk or a run or just sit in the garden. It’s so important to me to have fresh air and be around nature. It makes me happy and feel at peace.
  4. PUT THE SCREENS DOWN. I feel like most people’s lives (including my own) in the 21st century goes a little something like this: wake up to phone alarm clock, go to work listening to music or looking at phone, work on a computer, get home put tv on, watch tv with intermittent phone checks, bedtime. Dinner is a good time to put it all down, turn the TV off and actually have a conversation. I love hearing about funny things that happened to my other half that day that I would never know about otherwise.
  5. REMEMBER YOUR GRATS. This is a big one for me because I’m a very forward thinking person and at risk of spending my entire life looking forward to the next thing. I have so many goals in my head; where I want to travel next, what I’ll buy when I get paid, where I want to live in the future, that I sometimes forget how much I have to Be grateful for right now. Sometimes just reminding yourself how lucky you are with what you’ve got can be the key to happiness for the whole day.

xox

Porridge is the breakfast of champions.

We all know it, everyone says it, Jessica Ennis-Hill the Olympic athlete swears by it.. but you know what? It’s boring.

I eat porridge every single morning after I have been to the gym on an empty stomach and get back absoluteness starving. I have it with almond milk (as I’m non dairy) and a tiny bit of raw honey but recently Paul and I have been trying some more interesting combinations to spice it up a bit. Not literally. Chilli in porridge would be gross.

SO here’s some ideas (other than chilli) of how to jazz up your morning porridge.

FRUIT: Obvious one, but fruit adds yummy natural sweetness and they are so good for you too. Try and get a real mix of colours in your bowl to get a full spectrum of nutrients and good stuff. My favourites are raspberries and blueberries.

CHIA SEEDS: a supposed ‘superfood’ which has burst onto the scene recently. Personally, I like them because they add texture to the porridge and can help thicken it up but they are also a whole grain packed with Omega 3, fiber, protein and goodness.

 

NUTS: Not my favourite thing in the world but they are so good for you and (in moderation) can give your body important natural fats and protein. Almonds are the nicest for breakfast in my opinion.

RAISINS: I love raisins in my porridge but you have to be careful because they are sugary but as a special treat they make it so yummy 🙂

Paul has tried some even more crazy combinations for his bowl including flavoured protein powders, cocoa powder, peanut butter and coffee! The possibilities are endless.

So no more using the excuse ‘porridge is boring’!

xox

Since I got married and I have lost my fixed ‘goal’ in terms of something to work towards I have struggled with motivation slightly. In the last few weeks since we got back from Portugal and work has been really full on I have noticed my gym routine start to slip slightly.

SO this week, I am back with a vengeance. I have pledged to attend the gym 5 mornings before work at 6.30am and adding extra cardio after work too. I pretty much despise cardio but by committing to a very short blast of running outside (20 mins max) after work every day I can seem to cope with it.

I am feeling really inspired at the moment by the Olympics and the likes of Laura Trott and Jess Ennis. Their abs!! Seriously – goals.

My abs are getting there and you can juuuust about see them in the right light (!!!) but take a lot of work and dedication to maintain.

I’m feeling motivated and ready to get back on it and embrace those early morning gym sessions again and boss it!

xox

So the last time I posted I was 4 months into my ‘get fit for the wedding’ mission and had lost 2 stone and a dress size. Although I was happy with my progress, I still wanted to tighten up and improve my strength and fitness. I can now happily say that just in time for the wedding I achieved my target of shedding 2 1/2 stone and am now a size 8/10 UK. We had our beautiful wedding and I can look back on the pictures with confidence and pride dammit because I am so proud of myself!

How I did it.

TEAMWORK. I could not have done it without my now husband Paul getting me up in the morning and forcing me to go for runs! Whether it’s a partner, family or a friend, having someone to support you and achieve results with you is so helpful.

NUTRITION. It’s 80% of results blah blah I used to shudder when I heard things like that because I LOVE FOOD and I cannot survive on celery. But me and Paul but real effort into cooking meals that were balanced, healthy and tasted good. I’m lucky because he’s an excellent cook but to give you an idea, there is such thing as healthy; pancakes, pizza base and even bread. It’s about balance. We cut out refined sugar completely and focused on whole gain carbs, upped our vegetables and ate more protein than anything else. The rest was easy.

CROCKFIT PLAN. This was the biggie. This is what I can put down to me achieving my results this time when I failed so many times before. Alex Crockford is a personal trainer and fitness model (we both worked with him back in the day) and he has recently released his own ‘Crockfit Fitness Plans’ for Men & Women.  The plans are 12 weeks long, but can be continued after, and aim to shock the body and get the results that everyone wants. It takes commitment, but we followed the workouts religiously 4 times a week and the rest is history really. You can check out his plans here.

BECOMING AN EARLY BIRD. I cannot workout after a full days work and I never have been able to, that’s where I have always fallen down. I just can’t bring myself to go when I’m tired. So, we started going at 6.30am 4 days per week. At the beginning, it was hard, but now I love it and the feeling of going into work at 9am having already bossed a gym session is super addictive.

CUT OUT DAIRY. I know I said we eat a balance but that is one thing we have cut out completely, firstly because of it’s fat content and secondly because of some of the negative effects of lactose. We have swapped to almond milk and plant based products and have got on really well with that.

COFFEE. Black coffee is allowed so we swapped tea, juice, squash, pretty much everything we cut out for a bad boy black coffee. It gets easier the more you drink it.

Results.

STRONGER.

SLEEPING BETTER.

FEELING HAPPIER AND MORE ALERT.

CONFIDENCE & WELLBEING.

LOVING EXERCISE AND FITNESS.

HOWEVER.

Now comes the tricky part. The wedding is done. I’m back to full time work. It’s summer, there are parties and gatherings and dinners everywhere I look. Temptation is everywhere and maintenance is so key to fitness! I am always growing, trying to improve and get better. So my journey has only just begun!

xox