Saturday, 15 October 2016

Top Tips / Starting your Day Healthy

You're laying in bed & you're thinking 'RIGHT TOMORROW I'M GOING TO START BEING HEALTHY'. We've all been there & the 'diet starts tomorrow' is a very common phrase in most households. Now summer is over & the LBD dress season is here I want to share you with my tips on setting yourself up your health journey & how to ensure you day starts off healthy.

'If you start the day healthy you're more likely to finish the day healthy'

Drink a pint of water as soon as you wake up / 

Flush out those toxins with a pint of water. As you sleep you'll become dehydrated & by drinking water will not only wake you up but help get everything moving again. 

Exercise in the morning / 

Endorphins 1st thing is the morn means you're feeling good by the time you hit your desk. Exercising in the morning will help set you up for the day & those evening soaps will feel be completely guilt-free because your workout is done.

Drink hot water & lemon / 

The ultimate natural detox & feel good drink. Try it & i'm 90% sure you'll feel healthier after one cup.

Start with a good breakfast / 

Breakie kicks starts your metabolism for the day. It actually concerns me when people say they don't enjoy breakfast because it's the first thing I think of when I wake up & certainly the last thing I think of when I go to sleep. Fuel up with some protein & slow releasing carbs.

Take 10 / 

Take 10 minutes to reflect on how you're feeling, what you've achieved and what you want to achieve. Knowing what you need to do & giving yourself a focus for the day will keep off those nasty cravings.

Think what you want & why you want it / 

I feel like im always going to talk about this because it really all does come down to what you want & why you want it. Knowing the answers to those questions is the key to success. Give it a go & never forget it.

Prepare your lunch / 

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Cook up extra dinner for your lunch tomorrow - it will stop your trip to the coffee shop being joined by a big slab of cake.

Carry water all day / 

Hydration is key to health & burning fat. If you're dehydrated you're body may trick you into thinking your hungry... have a drink, take 2 & then see if you're still hungry.

love Chlo xxx

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Top Tips / Reaching Your Fitness Goals

Goals are a funny thing, aren't they? Us brits love a final ending, whether it's the end to the crime drama we watch or finding out who's won the GBBO, isn't interesting how we tend to never bother about their after story? Who even won GBBO last year?

It seems that this approach has been adopted by us a culture, we always want a final result & if we don't get the result we want then fudge it! Just give up altogether.
Another one tends to be in the form of excuses,

'oh, it's summer if I can't enjoy myself now when can I?'

Of course, enjoy yourself, we all need too! But try not to let it become a way of quitting altogether. For me, I used to be a serial 'quitter', admittedly the quitting wouldn't last forever but I was ALWAYS stopping & starting. I've battled with being a weekend warrior, read the post about it here! Now, I feel like I'm learning about balance (more to come on this subject) & since learning to have a better balance I'm achieving more results than ever, so here are my top tips for reaching your fitness goals.

Give yourself time / 

Time is probably the most important thing when it comes to your Fitness goals. Give yourself time to develop your fitness levels & slowly increase workouts & intensity. Trying to do things quickly could cause you to over train leading to crash & burning [not literally, well I guess it could be literally] Anyway, take your time & set goals with a long enough time frame.

Variety is key /

Training to run a marathon? Great! but would run 26 miles every week make you excited to run your race? I doubt it. Mix up your workouts to help build strength & challenge your body. Variety keeps the body guessing while keeping things entertaining for your mind. Ever tried circuits before, if not read this about why you should.

Get Foodie / 

Get your nutrition right & you'll be flyyyyyyinggg soarrrring [na stop] but you will be flying towards your fitness goals. Your body using fats & carbs as energy [carbs as the most preferred but fats as the most effective] & then uses protein to help build and repair. Therefore, all three are vital in achieving your fitness goals. If you haven't got the right nutrition, you won't be achieving those goals.

Make decisions / 

As mentioned in my August Thoughts, decisions are key to every success. If you want to get fitter, make the decision to get fitter. If you want to get stronger, make the decision to get stronger. Once you've cemented a decision in your brain & associated all the pleasures you will get from making that decision [& identifying the pains you'll receive if you don't stick to the decision] you're going to be more likely to achieve the end result. 

Everyday is a Monday /

Sack off the 'start on Monday', every day is a Monday. & by that, I mean everyday is a new day. A fresh Start and new day to kick some asss! Having a bad day shouldn't result in a bad week, you'll still see results if you start on a Tuesday. 

Balance / 

This will be spoken about deeper in another post. However, what I've realised recently is the importance of balance. Don't deprive yourself of treats and nights out, it will lead to potentially being socially isolated & cravings that could kill. Give yourself treat days or be good Monday - Friday & slightly more relaxed on the weekends. Whatever works for you, allow yourself your treats. If you want a treat but a slightly healthier treat, see my holland & Barrett haul on youtube.

Feel good, does good / 

Working out can sometimes be a chore & it never helps if you're feeling rubbish. 
If you love to make up & don't feel great without it, go for Bare Minerals. The minerals are too large to go into the pores.
Invest in good active wear. With such a fast moving industry, we're really lucky now that cool activewear in available, so you can look good in the gym now too!

love chlo xxx

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Life / Finding your Balance

Finding balance tends to be something us brits tend to struggle with, whether we are workaholics or not-so workaholics or whether we eat to much or too little. Balance tends to challenge us all but I feel as though i'm particularly a nightmare when it comes to finding it. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl & that tends to apply to most things, i'm either really motivated or just not at all. I don't tend to have one cheat meal, i'll have a cheat weekend - & dat nat good.

So, if you don't know already but I have started a 6 week challenge, i'm currently week 2 into it & feeling a lot better about myself. Please head over to my youtube channel if you want to know more about that or read my blog post all about it . Today's post is pre written as by the time you read this i'll either be making my way around the 12km Royal Military Major or would have finished or failed it - it is then the plan to go for some 'celebratory drinks' & if that isn't balance then I don't know what is!

But seriously... balance is something I really struggle with, it's only recently that i've actively focused on this word called balance. Balance in relationships, food, mind & everything else you can balance out. So since Monday 19th September when my 6 week challenge started I have actively been practising balance & here's how...

Head Space app /

Never being a huge meditation fan, taking 10 minutes out of your day to focus on your mindset I've found really helps. Morning, evening, on the train or walking taking time to practise mindfulness really helps. The app gives you 10 free days & then is a subscription fee after that, they often have deals going on so i'd recommend keeping an eye out for those!

Calorie Deficit / 

Trained hard & diet been on point all week? You're likely to be in a calorie deficit, which is exactly what you want if you're looking to loose weight / fat. Therefore having a cheat meal won't do to much damage, some look it as a refeed for your body as it keeps your metabolism guessing... my moto now? You're allowed to cheat if you've earnt it.

You're only human / 

Even in my 6 week challenge, it's at the front of my mind that im not competiting for a competition but i;m trying to find balance. Part of that will include to accept myself or who I am & the body I have. I am lucky in that my body can build muscle and shape quickly & I have taken the time to understand the importance of nutrition BUT I am human. As humans we LOVE fatty & sugary things so if I want something it's completely normal & something little won't damage progress or make me a bad person.

A Cake or a Workout doesn't define you / 

This is something I really think is key. I'm into fitness, yes, but I also bloody cake. If I eat cake or miss a workout it doesn't mean i'm any less into fitness or that i'm still not working towards my goals. A single action doesn't define me but my repeated ones do.

Carbs / 

If you've followed me for a while you'll know I often have a bad relationship with carbs. BUTTTT i've actually been eating them! This is not a drill, but it is in fact true & you know what? I feel bloody great for eating them! I tend to refuel with carbs after a workout.

Plan / 

Planning my days ahead & even months ahead really ground me. I love to be organised and knowing what's coming up and what I need to do allows stress levels to stay reduced.

Managing Emotions / 

I don't like upsetting people. I'm sure that's normal for a lot of people however, for me, even when people do me wrong I really struggle to fight my corner. It's always been the case, even back in school. Instead of thinking of a situation logically to find the best answer I inhale all the stress and then find it really difficult to let go. I've acknowledged this & am now finding my trigger points while using the head space app to accept the thoughts & then let them go.

I feel that finding balance is still going to be a challenge for me but in the 2 weeks i've focused on I feel I have definitely managed certain situations in a better way. If you have any tips on how you find balance & how you practise it please please do let me know, i'm really interested in learning new ideas!

Love Chlo xx

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