There is no denying that the staying on top of your health and fitness regime is HARD during the festive season. For one thing, it’s cold and dark and who wants to get their bum down the gym in those kind of conditions. Secondly, the number of parties and social events in most people’s calanders tend to step up a gear at this time of year meaning more food, drink and general merriment. Bah humbug say my abs.

Here are my top tips for getting the balance right and managing health and fitness without losing out on having fun:

💗 Indulge in moderation. If you deprive yourself then you’ll only binge later. Plus, there’s no fun in being the only one at the party who won’t indulge in a treat. If you want something; eat it. Just eat one or two (or a slice – don’t eat one or two Christmas puddings!!) and use your common sense as to when enough is enough.

💗 Work it off. I tend to work with my body on a kind of negotiation basis. ‘If you eat that baked Camembert you have to do 50 burpees in the gym tomorrow’ and so on. And then I make sure I follow through on my promises! Setting these kind of guidelines ensure that you work off any extra calories which might cause weight gain. I also love sweating it out in the gym after I feel like I’ve over-indulged – it helps get my body feeling normal again.

💗 Watch those proseccos. Alchohol – the invisible calories. And my enemy. I’m not saying don’t drink – just remember to take those few bottles glasses into account when you’re doing your negotiations for the gym tomorrow. On that note, you may not exactly feel like the gym tomorrow. Do not give in to the hangover. Get up, get out, work it off, start again!

💗 Don’t stuff yourself silly. There’s nothing worse than, when you’ve enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked with love and maximum effort, feeling sick as a dog because you wanted just one more pig in a blanket. Eat by all means. But don’t eat until you feel ill. It’s not good for your health or your waistline.

💗 Be chilled. You might get on the scales on 28th December and shudder a bit. Chill out. It’s normal to put on a few Christmas pounds. You’ll just have to hit the gym even harder in January.

Above all, enjoy yourself and have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. 

Love from,

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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

  Body transformation journeys are extremely personal. I want to put this up, mainly because I am proud of my achievements so far and I want to continue to motivate myself and hold myself accountable for my results, however I am a bit nervous about posting pictures.

First thing to say: this is not a “weight loss” journey, which is why it is not named as such.  Weight loss has been a nice bio-product of me changing my lifestyle, hopefully for good. I have now been on this journey for 4 months, there have been ups, downs, alterations and compromises, but overall I am feeling like a new person.

I just want to point out that this is my journey, these are my views and my choices, I am in no way preaching as to who needs to lose weight or that certain things are good or bad. It’s how you feel that counts and I truly believe that.

Let’s rewind to December 2015. This was when I decided something needed to change. I was gaining weight and struggling to fit into my clothes and therefore struggling with confidence and self esteem. I was suffering with insomnia which has been an ongoing thing and most of all I was just feeling generally unfit and rubbish. Something had to give and I think a looming wedding was enough to push me to really change my lifestyle.

I hit the ground running. January 1st I joined a gym, I cut out carbs (completely) and began a totally “paleo” diet.  Essentially, all I was eating was meat, fish, eggs and nuts.  I started going to the gym 3 times a week for cardio and a bit of weight training. It was tough, but in the first 6 weeks I made a huge amount of progress and I found it motivating.

However, by month two I had plateaued. And I was miserable on the paleo diet! For me, it was just too restrictive. So Paul and I had a chat and decided that we would lax off slightly on the diet front.  We now eat our version of a “healthy” diet, only putting things in our body which are as natural as possible and free from artificial ingredients. We have reintroduced brown rice for example, and rarely a bit of wholemeal pasta. I have found this change really helped me to maintain the diet plan and stopped me from giving up.  I now love what we eat.

At this point I also wanted a shake up in my workout routine. I was getting bored and didn’t really know what I was doing! So Paul and I contacted a friend we used to work with who is a successful personal trainer who develops and sells body transformation work out plans.  Alex Crockford’s “She-Fit” programme costs £50 for an intense, 12 week gym and fitness programme which is sent to you in document form.  The programme requires 4 resistance workouts per week plus cardio and works in cycles so the workout changes every few weeks or so.  I am now 5 weeks into this programme and I can honestly say it’s changed the way I feel about the gym! I now look forward to getting up at 6am and sweating it out for an hour!

 

So this is where I’m at now, 4 months in. I’m really pleased with my achievements and I’m proud of myself. I’ve lost a dress size and 2 stone but it’s more about what I’ve gained that I’m so pleased with. I’ve gained confidence, a low of exercise rather than a dread of it, a healthier and more positive outlook on life. I’d even go as far as to say that I’ve seen a reduction in anxiety and I’m sleeping better.  I know making changes like these won’t solve all problems, but I’ve certainly seen many of mine improve drastically. I would recommend a lifestyle change to anyone, even if it’s just baby steps.

Let’s see where the next 4 months takes me!

xox