Tuesday, 30 May 2017

When Being Selfish isn't Being Selfish

It's become so much to my awareness that we are constantly told to do stuff for other people, yet I can't help but feel that although this is lovely that we often forget the most important thing and that's to look after ourselves.

I've been in Spain for a few days, a relaxed culture that although may be slow at completing things, enjoy every moment. They take time for themselves whether thats a long lunch or their siesta, they do really look after themselves and I guess, put themselves first. 

Talking to my parents, successful business owners and successful stress adopters, I'm sure they won't mine me saying either but although I'm always busy and often stressed I couldn't help but find myself relate to the Spainish more than I did them. It could be the selfish Aquarius in me or the fact I don't have as many bills as they do, but I do, when I come to think of it, take a lot of time out for myself - but I don't believe that makes me selfish? Let me explain...

I schedule my day around what needs to be done, just like most people, yet unlike my parents, what needs to be done is also 'me time'. Now I don't mean 'me time' as in to block everyone out and go splash all my boyfriends money shopping or not helping around the house because I'm having precious diva-ish 'me time'. Me time to me is making sure I do what NEEDS to be done, Yano the boring shit, like admin but also what I want to get done, things that are still going to benefit my life but are also needed. I've listed below some things I mean for myself: 

/ Train - whether it's a run or gym, I'll always schedule in my training

/ Good food - Whether that's cooking or grabbing something to eat, eating nourishing foods is essential

/ Coffee - I don't like a day without coffee!

/ Waking up around 7:00am - dunno hun, just like it.

Now you're prob thinking these things aren't actually 'selfish' things but what if my training effected someone else's life, for example a family meal? or my love for meat or fish to accompany every meal when I'm going for lunch with Vegan Kate? Then yeah it's prob selfish right? Or is it? - it's such a subject I toy about in my little brain all the time. I don't want my love for me time to stop but I also don't want it to effect other people's lives? .... so I've found a way to help that! & it's my best tip for those wanting to adopt a healthier and fitter life...

'Make 'Me Time' An Appointment'  (that's not copywrit-ed, so you can use that one if you like)

When we sat eating tostada in the Old Town Javea I literally chuckled and thought how the hell have I got away with having so much me time and so many people struggle to fit it is? After chats with my the 'rents about it, it's because I live my life by appointments. Hourly appointments to be exact. You'd never guess I was obsessed with being organised and having a plan would you....(nervous laugh)

My training is booked in every single day, structured around what NEEDS to be done, I can factor in what I WANT done. If I want to train - that gets filed into my diary like any meeting would. I've found appointments work well with productivity too, sometimes I give myself an appointment to get a particular task done e.g Today, 4:30-5pm, write the blog post 'when selfish isn't being selfish'... I often give myself an hour in the evening to train and I normally ONLY have that slot but it's a way of being able to do what I love to do every single day and those appointments will change daily.

After tostada, we walked 10,000 extra steps and put the world to rights... with my parents getting ready to go back to schedule in their 'me time' just like they do with their meetings too.... 

Successful day all round I'd say... now it's time for my 5pm appointment of running on the beach... cya!

Chlo xxx


Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Obsessed or The Undiagnosed?

It's no secret that i'm into fitness and if it is meant to be a secret then it's the world's worst kept one! You wouldn't be reading this and i'd probably be in a job I hated, but anyway that isn't the point of this post. Fitness has been a huge part of my life for years now and while i've had some amazing results and I could never imagine my life without fitness, it hasn't been easy.

You see, for years I would starve myself, unintentionally of course in a bid to stick to 'clean eating'. Clean eating can be bloody dangerous. I became scared of carbs and a huge cardio bunny, scared everything I ate would turn into fat, scared everything I ate would be one step further away from an ab...I would skip meals with friends or plan my whole week around any social event. I would under eat massively during the week which lead to a binge, behind closed doors so no one knew, at the weekends...but the abs never came, the energy went & the obsession deepened.

I found myself at any given moment looking in a mirror and checking my stomach and body for any changes... why isn't there any abs? Why don't I have any shape? I hated myself and I was completely obsessed with fat loss, even though looking back, there actually wasn't much fat to lose.

I looked in the mirror and saw something that wasn't actually there - an out of shape 'skinny' fat person. I wasn't fat but I didn't like myself - so i'd go to the gym again, or eat even less at dinner. I was in the mind set of the more you train the better you are, the less you eat the better you are. It got to the point if I went to bed hungry, then that was a good thing.....

I thought I knew it all when I was dramatically under eating, I thought I was healthy and a fitness pro. But now, i've got the qualifications now and look after my body in a completely different way and what amazes me the most is the mentality comes with eating well, by giving your body exactly what you need you'll find your mind stops playing so many tricks on you too. Now, i'm a completely different person but that's only been in the past 6 months - which is scary really. You've prob seen it on my other posts, but i'm eating more or less double which means my energy has doubled and my progress trippled.

Fitness and health is the most incredible journey anyone could go on and can change people's lives but my biggest tip for anyone would be to see a professional, have a coach to help you through it because although it is amazing it can also be extremely dangerous.

I don't regret all the mistakes I made as the experience now allows me to not only be compassionate to other clients but I can see the early signs of any dangerous routes that clients could be taking. I still wonder where I would be without these qualifications, would I have carried on? Could it have spiralled out of control? Was I just a bit obsessed or was I actually undiagnosed?

Education truly is everything.

Love Chlo xxx


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

5 Reasons Carbs Aren't the Devil

No carbs before marbs, low carb diets and carbs make you fat. We've heard it all about how bad carbs are, but they really aren't. Let me try convince you in 5 reasons....

- The Simple vs the Complex

'Not all carbs are made equal'. At the end of the day a carb is a carb, however, certain carbs do have better properties in than others. For example, wholegrains are higher in fibre and goodness than 'white' carbs (wholegrain pasta vs white pasta). Opting for complex carbs such at sweet potato, quinoa, whole grains offer a slower release of energy rather than a quick spike like white rice or fruit.

- They help make things flow

Carbs often come with a larger amount of fibre, things like whole grains and dates are packed with fibre to help move things along... you may often find those on low carb diets are often blocked up!

- They give us energy

Carbs are your bodies most desired energy source, whether it's from fruit and gives us a quick spike of energy or oats and giving us a slow release they are a must for energy. Sugar is a quick release carb which is why you'll find runners eating jelly babies or similar while running, they are after that quick hit as they will use that energy. For the every day person, we are wanting to go for slow release energy so we don't get the spike, why? because are less likely to use that energy quickly, especially those of us with office jobs. 

- Carbs make us feel good

It is said that carbs contain ''contain tryptophan, which helps produce the feel-good hormone serotonin in your brain.'' - womenshealthmag.com 
This again will help explain why those who are on low carb diets are often never the party animals! 

- They taste bloody good

I'm yet to meet someone that doesn't love the taste of carbs, whether thats whole grains or sugar, they are bloody yummy. The thing with carbs is they are still seen as the enemy so when people chuck them out of their diet for good they deprive themselves which tends to lead to a binge sooner rather than later (speaking on experience). If something tastes good and can be good for us why deprive ourself? 

Don't chuck out any vital macronutrient, there is always time for carbs. I tend to eat my carbs post workout or first thing in the morning to help refuel my body - try that out to avoid eating excess carbs!

Love Chlo xxxx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

5 Ways You Can Be More Active

If your goal is to be more active keep that in the centre of your mind when you're doing your everyday activities. Being mindful about your goals and your lifestyle is a great way of keeping on track, here are 5 ways you can be more active...

- Walk where you can

It's so easy to get into the habit of using our cars, whether it's to pop to the corner shop or nip to see your gran the car is so much easier. Walking is great cardio and helps not only cardiovascular health but also helps burn calories! In a rush? Pick up datttt pace!

- Move your body every hour on the hour

This is my fave to do if im sat at home working all day! I'm a procrastinator unless I have a plan, so I tell myself every hour on the hour I can take a break and either walk up the stairs or do something that moves my body... BUT I have to get up out my seat!

- Meet Your Friends While Doing an Activity

Most of us tend to grab food or head on a night out, but a great way of being active is actually meeting your mates while doing something that gets us moving. A long walk to catch up or even a gym session togethers hits 2 goals of mine, to stay active & to be more social (I like my own company way too much)

- Take the stairs

Now, if you're in company this may take some persuasion to get the other person to take the stairs with you but it's such a simple hack you can do without even thinking!

- Do it for someone else

This is prob my fave. We actually tend to be rubbish at doing things for ourselves, we will talk ourselves out of running because we are 'tired'. If you start being active for someone else it takes the need for motivation away, signing up to a charity event is the perfect example of this.

Summer is starting, so let's be more active together!

See ya walking to Costa sistaaaa 

Chlo xxx


Monday, 1 May 2017

Recipe / Chocolate Crunch

Oi Oi! It's not often I do a recipe because I simply don't have the time or can be bothered... but I have to share this one with my fave gang (you lol).

Make 10 -
Per serving - Cal 134 / Carbs: 5g / Protein: 2g / Fat: 12g

30g butter
60g coconut oil
30g cacao powder
4 tbsp sweetener

20g linseeds
30g desiccated coconut
50g raisins
Large squirt of sugar free syrup (you should know by now that I guess a lot!)
half scoop of protein

Start by melting the butter and coconut oil slowly in a pan. While that is melting down together you can chuck everything else in a whole together and mix all together.

Once the butter and oil has melted slowly, take it off the heat and add the cacao powder and sweetener to the wet mixture. Once mixed, slowing add the chocolate to the dry mix and the syrup, adding a little at a time and mixing as you go, this allows all the mixture to form together.

Evenly spread across a tin that has grease proof paper in it and leave in the fridge for a few hours to set.

Once set, take out the fridge and either scoff in one sitting 
(if you're one of my clients please do not do this, I repeat do not do this!)
or cut into 10 equal parts and enjoy!

Let me know if you love them as much as I do, 

love Chlo xx

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