Wednesday, 21 June 2017

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Health & Fitness Journey





Whether you're just starting your journey or you've made some changes to your life and seeing some results, I found myself sitting back onto my bed after I tried on my bikini for my holiday with my boyfriend that's in just under a weeks time. I'm finally the happiest, sometimes most stressed, but the happiest I've ever been. Thing's are good and this is going to be first week holiday that I go away feeling completely happy in my own skin and in a bikini - that's mad when I think about it, considering I've been on this fitness journey since I was about 17 (4 years). I started reflecting and I'm so proud of what I've achieved especially this year with sorting my food and qualifications and I laughed a little at my old self, the one that thought she knew it all. The one that thought being skinny was the answer.... Here's what I wish I knew before I started...

  • Skinny Doesn't Always Mean Happiness
This is the one that killed me the most. I remember it like yesterday, I was the smallest I've ever been at a tiny size 6, I'd just finished my A levels yet I wasn't happy. I'd split from my boyfriend and my mentality and mindset was awful. Why the hell wasn't I happy now I was skinny? ... 
It's because I didn't love the person who I was before the journey. Your weight changes, but you don't. You're weight changes but that doesn't mean everything else will. I hated who I was and just because I now had a smaller frame, it didn't change that mindset. 
Love yourself and who are you, be proud of who you are and work hard in other aspects of your life. You're more than your body size, a whole lot more. 
  • You Will Fluctuate and It Is Completely Normal
Ahh Fluctuation, one minute I've got a glimpse of abs, the next I'm bloating. I'm 2kg smaller in the mornings that the evening... what?! It's normal. With hormones, what you eat or drink and your emotions all playing a part in how your body is seen by the eye, please remember it's normal to fluctuate. Furthermore than those daily fluctuations, it's also normal for your body to change over time. Whether it's at Christmas after eating a bit too many mince pies (cor I could do with one of those now).. or whether it's because you've spent the summer partying... enjoying life means fluctuations and that's completely normal & OK!
  • You Won't Always Make Progress 
Your body adapts, life happens, holidays / friends / family blah blah, even illness happens. Not every day you're going to wake up feeling better than yesterday, not every month you're going to get stronger. Relax and enjoy your journey, not everything is about winning constantly. 
Sometimes you have to lose to win bigger.
  • It Will Change Your Life in More Ways Than One 
Wow, and it's this true. I never ever thought back when I was 17 running to shift my soft tummy would it be my career sharing my knowledge and journey with other females with my main purpose in life to change lives through health and fitness. NEVER! However, it's not just my career it's changed or my body. I feel I appreciate everything so much more, good quality food, local and fresh produce, the environment and all aspects of health. My mindset has changed and is a huge part of my life thanks to health and fitness. 
If you're just starting out, please don't think exercising and eating better will just change your body.
It can change a whole variety of things, you just wait and see. 
  • Your Diet Plays a Bigger Part Than Exercise
Running 5k and then coming home to a huge bowl of carbonara following with 3 kitkats (stolen from the kitchen) and 2 yoghurts (who only wants one right?) and there I was wondering why my running won't help me shift some fat? ... Or I would be running 5k and living off salads and wondering why I had no energy to get out running? ...Since my qualifications and since Jan this year my whole life has been changed via sorting out my diet. I enjoy ice cream (2 tubs of Oppo in 3 days just saying), I enjoy meals out, I understand the good foods and the better foods and I know how to fuel my body for the day ahead - but that's only now. I really wish I knew diet played such a huge part early on because since getting that sorted, my lifestyle, my mindset, energy and relationships as well as my body fat % has improved so so much. 


What would you tell your previous self?
Love Chlo xxxx




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Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Foods I Would Choose When Eating Out




I'm always being asked what food I eat when I eat out or asked what food I would recommend for people not wanting to ruin their progress... so I've searched some menus. I didn't actually need to check the Nando's menu or the Pret as I'm a regular attendee at both places... but the other I checked out their menus and have shared with you guys what I would likely choose if I was 'being on it'....



NANDOS

On a blow out ...
- Butterly Chicken medium / Mediterranean salad / bottomless drink

On a budget...
- Quarter Chicken medium / Salad / Supergrains / water

ZIZZI's

- Chianti Shoulder of lamb (or any under 600 cals)

PREZZO 

- chargrilled chicken breast with mushrooms & mixed salad

BILLS

- The Naked Burger

PRET

- Tuna Salad & kale crisps

LAS IGUANAS

- Blazing Bird

FRANKIE & BENNY'S

- Salmon Al'forno

BEEFEATER

On a blow out ...
- 80z Fillet steak 

On a budget...
- 8oz Sirloin steak


All this looking at menu's has got me starrrrvingggg... I'm off to the kitchen..

Chlo xxx



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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

3 Way's I Changed My Health




I've tried a variety of health and fitness tests or fads over the years but the 3 this year that have really helped me are what I want to share with you guys....

- Tracking my Macros

I'm not going to keep boring you with how much this has changed my life (a lot btw) but simply understanding the amount of calories my body needs and the macros it needs has not only changed by body but also my skin, energy and over all health. 
It's so common to be under or over eating that actually when I'm eating the foods my body needs exactly I am a completely different person - a better and stronger person. 
I track my calories and macros to make sure I eat enough through the day using My Fitness Pal (available on the App Store)

- Intolerance Test

I've suffered from bloating and dodgy skin and when I came across an intolerance test that didn't break the bank I thought why the hell not. It came back with a variety of foods that I'm sensitive too with dairy being the biggest culpri along with things like tuna, peanuts and cashews. It's been two weeks now that I've given up dairy, my skin has cleared and I've had no bloating (apart from I ate some tuna and I bloated) and I feel so so much better in myself. I no longer have a mini pregnancy bump due to all the dairy.
I used nutritiontogo.com for my intolerance test (£30-£60)*

- Metabolic Typing 

This is a questionnaire that asked you questions and puts you into a metabolic type, either protein & fats, carbs or mixed. I'm always wanting to try new things on my body and after seeing through tracking that I don't eat a lot of carbs I tried to increase them. However, it lead to be sleeping in the day and feeling exhausted, puffy and crashing. After doing a variety of tests on the internet it came back that was very fat & protein metabolisms and adapted and therefore my body work's best on those. Since going back to my old habits of higher fat and protein diet there has been no day time napping and not huge amount of puffiness! Win!
I didn't just do one questionnaire, I did a variety to get a large response... I simply typed in 'metabolic typing questionnaire' online.*




* I am fully aware the intolerance test and metabolic typing are not the most specific and scientific tests you can do out there but as someone who likes to try and challenge myself I was open to them to see if they would help the issues I was facing. They helped me and that's why I wanted to share them with you guys because I feel this blog is a great platform for me to tell you guys about what works best for my body and if it works for you too then win win ey!

Let me know if you try any of these! 

Chlo xxx


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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Going Dairy Free



You can probably guess from the title what this post is about, if you can't then basically I've given up dairy. Why? Well you can see in the video below: 



It's been a week now since I gave up the creamy delights and as someone with a new understanding of my intolerance I was so excited to share with you the changes I've seen in myself since the stop. It is important to know that I don't sweat the small stuff about it, I'll eat a biscuit and will never ever opt for the dairy free desert, however the main bulk of my diet which used to consist of Greek yoghurt 2x a day and whey protein has changed.

Anyway... a week on here's what's change


  • skin has cleared up
  • Bloating gone
  • Leanness has stayed 
  • Finding high protein alternatives hasn't been that hard - I use alpro GO ON yoghurt & now have vegan protein (see details below) 
  • Open to more and more vegan cooking 

I've seen all these benefits in just under a week so the dairy free is defo a keeper. I get asked a lot about protein, how to hit protein goals or increase protein in general etc so I wasn't surprised when the first question I got asked was 'how you going to get your protein?' 

The guys at USN must have heard there was some changes going on because they kindly sent me some of their vegetarian protein & their sexy shaker ... it's stainless steel and boasts sass if you ask me 🀷‍♀️

I'm always sceptical of trying vegan proteins because there are some dodgey ones out there and when the chocolate flavour came through the door my stomach got nervous, praying this was going to be nice.

Looking at the back of the box, per serving has roughly 25g of protein which made me excited, however I then looked closer and noticed that was two scoops (50g) so roughly 200 cals, which is more cals than the whey proteins out there and some of the nastier vegan ones. 

Personally I didn't want the 200 cals in one shake so I opted for one scoop which still has a respectable 12.5g of protein... added water (always try the potential most disgusting option first as milk always tastes better) ... and I loved it!! It blended well, tasted great and my little mind started ticking about what sweet treats I could add this too. 

The 25g scoop holds 4g carbs which I'm happy with too, I can deal with that as I understand I'm going to have to compromise some added carbs compared to the whey if I'm going to want a great taste. 

So overall, the taste was one of the best I've had of the vegan proteins. Yes, the protein isn't as high as whey but 200 cals isn't a bad amount to be having 25g of protein. It's defo a keeper for my stomach. 

You can head to their website: to grab yours and view the rest of their range:


However, because I was so pleasantly surprised with this protein from USN, I've got a little treat for you guys to try some of your own .... Keep an eye out on my Instagram for your chance to win a pink stainless steal shaker & your own pot of their veggie protein! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼 


These cows better thank me 🀷‍♀️πŸ˜‚

Chlo xxx
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