MY CURRENT WORKOUT ROUTINE

Towards the end of last year I made a promise with myself – to get fit again. Why? Because since starting my job I’ve found it hard to stay motivated to go to the gym in the morning / evening when I’m shattered, which has led me to feel generally more stressed out, lethargic and self-conscious again.

The last time I felt really fit and healthy was when I was doing my masters degree – I had all day (apart from the 10 or so hours when I was at uni) to create delicious healthy meals and workout, I had my beloved pooch who required walking and that all made it so easy.

Last year, sure I was still exercising, but this was maybe 2-3 times a week at a medium intensity. I wasn’t happy with where I was – I wanted to get fitter – and I have three versions of beginning progress pictures from throughout the year to prove it! But motivation always seemed to wane after a week or so.

Why do I want to get fitter? Firstly, for my general health and wellbeing – not only is it good for my body physically, but I’ve found that exercise is also really beneficial for me psychologically! Secondly, for my self-confidence – but I’m not doing this for anyone else.. I couldn’t care less what people think of the way I look, but I care. And that’s OK! We’re allowed to care about how we look and getting fit for aesthetic reasons is totally normal!

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I’m still working full time.. so what’s the difference? I’ve given myself a programme. I’m currently exercising 5-6 times a week (and while that may not work for everyone, or even for me for long, I’m keeping it up while my motivation is still high enough!), doing a combination of cardio (cycling / running / spin classes) and HIIT workouts (Kayla BBG workouts, boxing workouts / any classes that appeal to me). If you want to keep up to date with what workouts I’m doing – I always log them in my workout calendar: here!

I’m still eating pretty much the same as before – that was never really a weak point for me. I tend to make my meals for lunch for the week at home and bring them in – this varies from roast veggies to fajitas to curry. We’ll usually have a homemade meal in the evening too – at the moment, this is usually pasta! I’m not cutting anything out – takeaways, chocolate and alcohol still feature fairly regularly, although this is probably much less than before (we tend to constrain these to weekends now).

Something that we think has definitely helped is having fitness trackers – we’ve both got a Fitbit Charge 2. It tracks pretty much everything – steps, sleep, heart rate, exercise, calories etc. You can set goals on there (e.g. exercise 4 days a week / sleep 8hrs a night / do 10,000 steps a day) so that’s definitely helped us continue to push ourselves.

I think my motivation has continued to stay high because I’m already seeing results: if I compare how I felt in December to now, the difference I feel both physically and psychologically is amazing. I feel leaner, happier, less stressed, more in-tune with my body and more energetic. I don’t know how much longer my motivation will stay this high for – but I’m going to keep going while it is!

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ALICE LIVEING x PRIMARK

When I heard that Alice Liveing (aka Clean Eating Alice – the original fitness blogger) was launching her own fitness line, I was excited to see what it looked it. When I heard it was in partnership with Primark (I’m Welsh so it’s pronounced pree-mark just FYI), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

We’ve all seen it before, SO many influencers (yeah I hate that word, too) launch their own line of skincare / clothes / makeup / homeware (select which applies) and then charge £££ for it so I have MASSIVE respect for Alice for teaming up with an affordable brand like Primark.

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Onto the kit – the sports bra? £5. The leggings? £8. Yep – £13 for the whole outfit. I was giddy with excitement. The quality of the clothes? Amazing.

The sports bra came with a little padded bit for your boobies to help cover up nips (I personally don’t like these so quickly discarded). In terms of sizing, the range is true to size (I’m a 10 so wear a size 10), although I would say that the sports bra isn’t the most forgiving so if you’re um-ing and ah-ing I would go a size up.

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The leggings are amazing. The only thing I would add if I could is a pocket (for keys / cards etc) but other than that they’re brilliant. High waisted, long length and a super comfortable waistband. The pattern on both items is also just beaut.

Would I recommend? Yes.

Any final statements? BRB just off to buy the rest of the collection.

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START

Towards the end of last year, we started asking ourselves what our New Years Resolutions would be. We (likely) started the year with a fuzzy head and, sure, that made it harder to stick to those resolutions.

You tell yourself you’ll start “next Monday”, as most people do when trying to commit to something new, but how many days do you waste waiting for the perfect moment to start? Spoiler: there is no perfect moment.

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Just wanted to quickly give a quick shoutout to the Proskins leggings I was sent to feature in this blog post – they are incredible. They are super high waisted, long black leggings that completely smooth your silhouette. Not only are they gorgeous, but they’re great for circulation as they’re compression leggings, PLUS they’re advertised as ‘clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of cellulite’! They contain a range of ingredients such as retinol, aloe vera and caffeine – which all supplement the leggings and your legs.

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As I’m sure you’re sick of hearing, making changes to your diet and fitness is a lifestyle change. There is no quick fix for losing weight or toning up – I wish I could tell you there was.

So why not start today? Sure, it’s a Saturday, but that gives you free time to do a food shop to get you off on the right foot. Maybe get yourself a recipe book? Fill your basket with fresh produce and whole grains. Re-evaluate your gym membership – do you even need one? Is there a better gym closer to work? Can you workout at home? Would you like a personal trainer or to download an exercise guide that tells you what to do?

I’m currently doing Kayla Itsines Sweat app – an online version of her incredible ebook. You get workouts, recipes and access to the community, to name some of the benefits. I’m paying £15 a month for it and absolutely loving it (even if I am a bit sore while writing this).

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Me? One of my personal New Years Resolutions is to lose weight and tone up, so if it’s yours too, I’m right here with you! We’re in the same boat. I woke up on New Year’s Day with a fuzzy head like most people. But just get going when you can. You won’t regret starting now, you may regret waiting for the perfect moment and ending up with the same resolution next year…


 

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GIVE YOURSELF A BITTA LOVE

The last couple of weeks (well, months) have all been go, go, go. Since well before the run up to Christmas (I’m talking late September), I have had something booked pretty much every weekend. Now I’m not saying I’ve not been enjoying myself, because I sure have, but sometimes we just need a day to ourselves to gather our thoughts, do a bit of life min and practice self love and care. These are my favourite kind of days.

This is my typical relaxing Sunday at the moment – or I’ll occasionally book an annual leave day just for myself – because yes, I do that.

I’ll usually start with some form of activity – if I’m not feeling like a high intensity workout or run, then that’ll usually mean a walk or some yoga. As the weather was pretty grim, I decided to stay in and work on my bendy-ness in this super soft YOGINI print top from Blossom Yoga Wear.

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The top is short sleeved, really ridiculously soft and loose-fitting. I did also wear it to a spin class and confirm that the sweat definitely shows up on the grey top – not that that was a shock, but it’s definitely more suited for low impact workouts. Enter a caption

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I love yoga – not only does it allow me to physically look after my muscles and joints (and after this pretty full on week of workouts, it’s definitely needed today!) but also psychologically – it allows me to switch off and just focus on being in the moment. Focus on my breath, balance and how the stretch feels… nothing else.

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I’ll then treat myself to a nice relaxing bubble bath – using a muscle soak bubble foam and usually a bath bomb too! I’ll have my spotify playing in the background and read (carefully) or just sit there and relax.

Before getting back into my PJs – because, why not? – I spend some time on my skin (which I never usually have time to do – during the week I’m more of a water and soap kind of girl!). I like to get my best products out and really treat myself to a pamper – simply cleansing and moisturising until I’m satisfied. I’m naturally very pale, so if I’m feeling a bit translucent / vampire-ish then I’ll coat myself in a layer of tan to feel more human.

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Then, I get back into my PJs, put the radio or TV on and just relaxxxx (big thanks to Mumma for the bear jumper – the most comfy jumper I own).

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Products featured in this post:

Side note: I’ve left out a lot of the life admin / housework here – things like emails, blog post writing, cooking, washing and hoovering. They definitely happen first thing – but they didn’t quite fit the feel I was going for here!

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WINTER TRAINING TIPS

I love winter… up until Christmas! From the New Year I always find it hard to motivate myself to keep going – now it’s just cold and wet with nothing to look forward to!!

These are the things that motivate me to keep going in the winter months:

1. Find the time that works for you

Everyone is different – and I even change depending on the time of year! In the summer I prefer to get it over and down with in the morning, but in the winter I’m an evening exerciser! It’s important to figure out what works best for you so you don’t end up skipping the session every time!

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2. Set your goals

Why are you doing this? There are plenty of reasons – to get fit? To run a marathon? For your mental health and wellbeing? Get this cracked and it makes things easier. I also like to pin up my goal and cross off my workouts on a calendar to hold me accountable.

3. Kit up

Make sure you’ve got the right gear to be heading out in the cold if you’re going for a walk or run – make sure you get yourself some good socks and gloves, I personally can’t run in the cold without my headband because my ears get so cold! It’s also a good idea to layer up with long sleeves and thermal leggings

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4. Make it social

I’ve found myself some cracking girls at work who share my passion for fitness and working out – we run home together, or schedule classes for after work. Not only does this do wonders for your work-life balance as it forces you out of the office, but it also makes it harder to cancel – especially if you’ve paid for a class!

5. Reward yourself

Give yourself something to dream of while you’re working your socks off! I love to come home to a hot bubble bath, a cheeky glass of wine or a nice comfort food like a warming risotto!

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As a side note – I just wanted to say thank you to Regatta who very kindly sent me these pieces for feature on my blog. I have literally worn this jacket every day since I received it – I’m in LOVE and could not recommend it highly enough!!! Links below to the kit I’m wearing:

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