Busy Bee

Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted on here! 

I wrote a post about letting life in, and I guess I really did do that. I have been busy with work and buying a house!!! I got the keys the other week so have been spending a lot of time packing up the flat and decorating the house! 

I promise I haven’t fallen off the planet, just been trying to get lots done! I am still practicing yoga daily, trying to run at least twice a week and as always eating clean and healthy. 

I am going away for a week at the end of May, beginning of June so will be putting a fitness and food plan together to get me bikini body ready! I have signed up to the Tone It Up Bikini Series to get some inspiration (I really wish I looked like them!!!) I will be sharing my plans and my progress on here! 🙂

30 Day Challenge – Week 1

Week one started really well, I had planned food for the week and planned out the hits sessions for each day. Even though the meals look pretty small and the workouts look really hard, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into it.

The main aim behind the protein well challenge was to decrease intake of food and increase calorie expenditure by working out – This I can understand however I’m not a big fan of cutting down on food.

With my long work day I’m used to planning out food to the last ingredient. So planning my food for this week was quite exciting. The protein world website and a great range of different recipes for me to try. 

The one thing I really wasn’t too sure about with this challenge, was the tablets I was supposed to take. The first tablet was a fat metaboliser tablet and the second one was a hunger buster. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to taking tablets so was a little upset at the size of these ones and not 100% confident in taking tablets to make me less hungry or to help me lose fat. I am supposed to take the tablets three times a day just before food.

So, Monday come around and the food was great feeling pretty happy I decided to take on the first hit session. I didn’t anticipate just how hard this would be. I hate to admit it but only managed to complete half of the reps. In my head half was better than I right?

Tuesday, I woke up feeling a little sore from the workout but really determined to face the day and snatch the challenge. Again there is a planned out to that part was easy the only difficulty I had was taking the tablets. Again I up for the work out and managed complete the full set.

The rest of the week follow in a pretty similar fashion, really enjoying the food and really give it a good shot at the workouts. The weekends are where I really find it difficult to stick to a plan. I’m always pretty busy at weekends either working events, going home to see the family, or generally just meeting up with people that I haven’t seen in awhile.

Again throughout the whole week I was pretty rubbish at taking the tablets, I would always forget that I needed to take them before I’d eaten and then I remember after and then thought there was no point taking them!

All in all week one done really well, the food was lovely the workouts are hard but fun and I feel pretty happy.

 

** These products were gifted to me by Protein World, but the opinions and pictures are my own. 

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

A few days ago in the office the topic of morning routines came up. I’m not sure how we got onto the conversation but it was a pretty funny one. A few of the people in the office said they like to get up get out the house as quickly as possible and then one of the said that they like to take the time to have a least an hour and a half before they get out the house.

So if you are coming station as though it would be pretty cool to write a blog about what my mid-morning routine is!

6:40

My alarm will go off, I’ll get up so Jasper and Gary out. The next thing I’ll do is put my yoga mat on the floor and find the flow that I’d like to do. Typically these will be kept messing as I have a slight obsession with her.

7:00

Want to finish yoga I’ll head to the shower and depending on whether my hair needs it I will wash it or not.

7:15

When some dried and dressed the final thing to sort is my bag for work. I will always have my food ready for the day so my breakfast and lunch is already packed up. I hate my actual breakfast at work to at this point I will have either apple or a banana to keep me going until I get there. The only thing left to do is make my hot drinks for the journey and pack some snacks.

7:30

This is in a jump in the car and get ready to make my journey to work. First thing I’ll do is plug in my tom-tom much to charge. This is the perfect opportunity to do it as I’m not going to move too much in the car therefore won’t miss any steps. Depending on my mood depends on what I’ll do in the car sometimes I just wanna listen to the radio at the time to listen to a podcast and the other times I will listen to an audiobook.

8:45

Depending on traffic it normally takes me an hour and 10 to an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. Once I get there I will set my laptop up go grab a spoon and took into my overnight oats. I’ve been trying hard to cut down on caffeine so will probably go make myself a hot peppermint tea. 

And there we have it that is my morning routine. Not very exciting I don’t really do them in the morning I like to get everything prepared in the evening to make it as easy as possible to get up and go to work. I love to hear what you do in the morning are you get yourself ready for your day.

Fitting life in

I really do try my hardest to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I tried to be well all day every day I tried exercise as much as I can during the week and the weekends.

But I’m not daft I do understand that life sometimes does have to get in.

I live away from my family, so often go home to see everybody on a Saturday and Sunday – which more than likely will end up with a meal out and a few drinks. As much as I tried to pick the healthy choices that doesn’t always happen, I am a sucker for Chinese food! 

I work in Lincoln but live in Hessle at the moment which takes me over an hour to drive in an hour to drive home. At the start of the day I have every intention of getting home completing a workout, but the reality is that the time I’m back it’s almost 6:30 and I really want to do is have some food and sit down.

I try not to feel too bad when I have little lapses in diet or lifestyle, I have to have a life as well and don’t feel like I should be punished for being human. 

I find it best to work with the time that I have, for example, I have a pretty flexible lunchtime so I’ve decided to start taking my gym kit to work with me and go for a jog. I am fortunate to have an office that has a shower so don’t have to spend the rest of the afternoon stinking!

I have also found that if I do most of my food prep the night before, it works much better for me. With a long day I find a much more tired in the mornings now, so I’m trying to have as much time in bed as possible without missing too much of my days.

I believe that you shouldn’t force yourself to do exercise, you should do what feels right when it feels right. There are too many other pressures and stresses in this world – Why add exercise to that too? I also feel that this is the same rules when it comes to food although it’s great to stick to healthy eating for as long as you can, but some days Chinese takeaway is all that you want! Well that is the case for me! 🙂 

My advice would be to find something you enjoy doing, and do it as often as you are happy to do. I have found that about 10 minutes of yoga a day makes me feel amazing, and getting in a few 15-20 minute runs a week works really well for me. So that is what I will stick with. Its really cool to mix things up every now and then so a will try out a few swim sessions or a few racket ball matches! 

I would love to hear how you let your life in with little tips and tricks that you have.

Protein World – 30 day challenge

Im pretty sure everyone has heard of Chloe Kardashian and everyone has seen her transform herself. She has teamed up with Protein World to create a 30 day challenge to help women do the same! 

The 30 day challenge is simply a healthy eating and fitness plan for 30 days which gets you moving more, eating less food and increasing your intake of protein. it couldn’t be simpler! You can buy the plan a month at a time or subscribe to get a discount – The 30 days is currently £72. 

The pack includes:

  • Slender Blend Protein powder – I chose strawberry flavour
  • Slender Porridge oats with flax seeds and chia seeds
  • Hunger buster tablets
  • Fat metaboliser capsules 
  • Protein shaker
  • Full workout and meal plan

The plan sets out a different HITT session each day, with one days rest and a few really tasty meal ideas for you to try out. 

I will be taking part in the 30 day challenge as best as I can and will be recording the results and letting you know how I find it all.

**These products were gifted to me by Protein World, but the options and comments are my own.