Friday, 13 March 2015

Changing perspective

For my close friends and family, they new this blog was coming eventually. For those of you that only see me through Vous Lavez, youll have no idea. You see I come across this ultra confident, get up and go, determined girl and although on a good day I am, when I have bad days I find it really hard to only keep them as a bad day. My bad days seem to last quite a while, by that I mean, weeks. 
If I have a rocky day it seems to take a while to pick myself up again to carry on because Im a worrier, a huge worrier. 

I worry about everything, whether Im doing the right exercise, enough exercise, whether my uni work is ok, whether ive done over 10,000 steps a day, whether Im blogging enough good content BLA BLBLA

I know, it bores me too and worries me oh Christ, yes as my dad and step mum say I worry about worrying. 

Anyway, so after a few weeks of being extremely naughty when it came to food and non motivated I sat down with my stepdad, who told me to work out why I do the things I do, to go back to the route of everything. Honestly, some of the best advice I have ever received. I sat down and thought why do I exercise? Why do I blog? Why do I eat healthy? Why am I at uni? The answers:

I exercise because I feel amazing during and after it, I feel powerful and strong and being a huge lover of change, when I see my body change it makes me want to keep going. 

I blog, because when I was first starting out had no one to help. I was all by myself and actually I just wanted someone to give me ideas that A) arent trying to get money out it B) isnt a complete body building machine.

I eat healthy to fuel my body for my workouts and eating healthy makes me feel so much better.

I go to uni to gain a degree in something Im interested in, in hope that will it set me up for a great career.

Simply by working out why I do the things I do, I was suddenly ready to start again, I had put myself back in the position of when I was in my best shape and when was my most motivated.

So, Tuesday morning I got up with the pledge to get back on track so far, so good, diet is good and Im training as much as I can in my circumstances (home late and no gym), which makes me mega excited to get home to crack on with a 6 week challenge (more on this to come). I start to worry (pahaa, ironic) about whether my motivation will drop. So I did a few things to help me:

Made a calendar for when I what I will do each day regarding both fitness and exercise for the rest of the month.

Wrote down everything I wanted to change and achieve (Exeters half marathon being one)

Tried on lovely clothes on Oxford St, being unsatisfied in what I looked in them and how they fitted, simply gave me the motivation to get back. Also, noting what Im going to buy as a treat when Ive achieved my goals.

Progress pictures. EwThe devils.

Write a blog telling you guys about it, studies show if you tell people about your goals youre more likely to do them.

Stay tuned for more on my journey, workouts and recipes.


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Staying healthy in London

I don’t know how those of you that do 8 hour days do it, it's exhausting, I think I might stay a student my whole life. Actually to be fair to me, there isn't many devoner’s (where I live) that have to commute and hour each way just to get to where they need to be! *insert some sarcastic comment from some smart pants*

I was really worrying that I wouldn’t keep up my fitness and healthy eating and turn into a slob - these are the sort of worries I have in life and I feel sorry for those of you that are missing out on this worry, it is one of the better worries to have.

Anyway, yeah, so I was really worried, with the long hours I was sure my body would start craving the crap and just want to sit around and do nothing…


Don’t ask me why, I dont know the real answer but I haven’t craved any crap and apart from a few weekend carbs and choc, my diet has been incredible, the best in a while. Shopping in Itsu or M&S for my lunch which include healthy salads with wholegrains and chicken has been great. BUT...even when i’m that starving and my stomach is eating it’s gut… I just don't want the crap- amazing!

So, I buy my lunch out, but my snacks I take with me my usual diet is:

7:00: Scrambled egg or Oats
10:00: Fruit and Veg smoothie made fresh from the Nutribullet
1:30: Chicken Salad, or some kind of salad
4:00: Nuts/carrots
6:00: Rest of my nuts/carrots
8:00: Light dinner

As per usual exercise has stayed the front of my mind - must.keep.improving.

Although, I wont be toning due to lack of the gym, cardio wise and trying to keep on top of things is relatively easy. Every morning I get up at 6 (normally 6:30) and do a quick fasted jog a small set of circuits, this has ranged from lunges to push ups and crunches to planks. I don't normally get home till 8:15pm so it's normally eat and then bed, however, I have tried to squeeze in some abs before bed.

Instead of the tube, partly because I need to save money, I walk from Victoria to 33 Broadwick Street (the office) and back again every day, 1.8 miles each way - I even ran to the station Wednesday night just to get the earlier train. So, that, plus my exercise Im hoping I'm flying.

Here’s a tip for you office workers (if you work above ground floor that is) - take the stairs not the lift and take two steps at a time, clenching your bootay as you go. - simple glute workout.

Now, I know I said I didn't know why, and to be honest I don't BUT I do have some little tiny inckling on why i'm staying healthy:

A) You can’t really eat a mcdonalds and a dairy milk while working for a health magazine
B) Everyone else in the office is healthy and I'm already the newbie i don't want anymore attention on myself.
C) London is so easy to find places that super healthy, yummy dishes. 
D) Summer's on my mind

If this healthiness lasts is another thing but I'm proud of myself so far.

Check out what i'm wearing on my early morning runs too - the new SS15 Helly Hansen collection is perfect for layering in the cold morning but also lightweight for the summer and in the gym. I've been wearing it all for my 6am runs and then just the vest top and bottoms for my evening circuit training.

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Training trousers

How are you guys getting on?

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