Planned it!

So my holidays and busy weeks and weekends I have really let my fitness go to pot! I feel very uncomfortable in my body and although I know I don’t need to go on a diet and exercise to loose weight, but I would like to get back feeling happy in my body again.

There is a local gym where I live which has a gym and a swimming pool, there are also a few courts that you can hire out for racket sports. So I have decided to join it! It will cost me £30 a month so I have set a plan out to make sure I get the most of my time at the gym. 

I have always loved swimming so will be getting back into it as often as I can, I will also do a mix of cardio and weights. My commute is just over an hour each way, so when I am working in the office I don’t get home until  after 6 and I work at home a few days a week. I think saying I will do a minimum of 3 sessions a week is a reasonable target.  This is my plan:

Session 1: Arms & Abs

Session 2: Legs & Abs

Session 3: Cardio & Abs

I am also going to try to swim and do yoga as often as I can and also would like to do a game of badminton or squash at least twice a week! 

 

I would love to hear what you have on your plan to keep you on target…

Overnight Oats

I do enjoy to mix up my food for lunch and for evening meals, but I have to say I get stuck in a routine with my breakfasts. Every Friday is pancake day, where protein pancakes are on the menu – when I am at home! other than that I alternate between overnight oats and a smoothie! 

I love overnight oats, they have got to be my favourite breakfast, not only do they taste good, you can change them up a little but they actually keep me full well into the afternoon which means I don’t snack in the morning!! Win Win for me!

So for my over night oats I always use oats, chia seeds, peanut butter and almond milk after that I typically put in whatever fruit I have in the fridge or freezer! If I am feeling up for it I will often put a scoop of Protein World Slender Blend into them too! 

Overnight Oats
Serves 1
Yummy and filling breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of oats
  2. 1 tbs chia seeds
  3. 1 tbs peanut butter (or any nut butter you fancy!)
  4. Almond milk to cover the oats
  5. A handful of dried/fresh/frozen fruit
Instructions
  1. I save all my jars and re-use them for my oats, so first thing to do is add the oats, chia seeds and peanut butter into the jar.
  2. Then pour in the almond milk - depending on how thing you like them either just cover the oats or cover them well.
  3. This is where I put the lid back on the jar and shake it really well!
  4. Place the jar back in the fridge overnight and top them up with fruit before you are about to eat them!
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I would love to hear what you add to your overnight oats! Leave a comment below…

Roll On: Triple Dry Nourish Deodorant review

As gross as this post is going to be, but I am going to be honest….I am a sweaty person! If I get warm or exercise a lot I sweat, I don’t think I smell with it, but I do get a bit conscious about it! 

So for those of you who don’t know I work at a sports events company, we specialise in triathlons and half marathons. We have between 10 and 15 events in the year, and for some of those we need to be away all weekend getting the site set up. Now although I don’t do a lot of heavy lifting it can get pretty physical at times. 

We’ve just got back from our second Half Outlaw event this year. This time the event was in Holkham which is in Norfolk – we left the office last Thursday and got back on Monday afternoon. Each day that we were there we get up pretty early and have a full days work and then go to bed roughly around 10 o’clock with a few nights ending gone past midnight. So as you can imagine it’s pretty full on.

So when I received the Triple Dry Nourishing roll on deodorant, I already had in my head that this would be the perfect event to test it out. With the hard and the long days and with fingers crossed the good weather it can become a pretty sweaty time. 

I have to admit I was pretty dubious about the deodorant when it arrived. How can something that you apply once in an evening stop you from sweating for the full next day? In fact, the packaging say “Clinically proven 72 hour wetness protection” I did think that there be a bit of a funky smell with it, and that it would potentially hurt my underarms.

So when I tried it, I was nicely surprised. There was no horrible chemical smell, it dried nice and quick, and if I got any of my clothes it didn’t leave a horrible stain.

Instructions on the bottle tell you to roll on each arm pit in the evening before you go to bed, allow it to dry and then wash like normal in the morning. The only difference is it your normal routine would be not to re-apply deodorant in the morning. Others to take me a few days to get used to as it fell completely wrong nothing modelling on in the morning. 

The first day was really conscious that not work and I smell a bit sweaty. I don’t think I did in reality I was just panicking about it. Over the course of the week it started to get used to only apply and usually at night time and not again in the morning and it was really working for me true test will be the event weekend.

With over 20,000 steps a day, a bit heavy lifting, and a whole lot of sunshine this past weekend it could’ve been a really smelly one. I was so happy that deodorant had worked perfectly and not left me a sweaty smelly mess.

If you are a person who sweats and is worried about the smell that you’re letting off I would thoroughly recommend this deodorant. It doesn’t smell funky is nice on your skin and is pretty cheap for how good it is. This 50ml bottle is £6.45 from any boots store or online.

** This products was gifted to me by Triple Dry but the opinions are my own. 

Vegging Out

Veggie Time

A few weeks back it was National Vegetarian Week and it was the perfect opportunity to reduce the amount of meat in my diet. My mum is veggie and has been for a long time, and I work with a girlie who has a plant based diet, and the more I think about meat the more it makes me feel a little uncomfortable – But I guess not so uncomfortable to give up meat forever. 

For just over two weeks there was no meat in my diet, I did eat dairy and I think I might have slipped up on a few things, like sweets and desserts but overall there was no real meat.

I have to admit I really enjoyed it, it was really nice to find some new recipes and try out different meals without having to have meat in. I did find my intake of bread and halloumi went up a lot! 

Although there has been a few meals with meat in since National Vegetarian Week I would say that maybe 1 in 5 meals at home have had meat in. I have created a board on Pinterest to make sure I am trying new things and got getting stuck eating the same things each week. 

I think my favourite veggie meal so far has got to be the courgette lasagne! It takes a while to make as you need to slice the courgettes really thin – I did manage to slice my finger whilst making it!! I would suggest a clever slicer thing if you can get hold of one! Check out my Veggie Board here

What is your favourite vegetarian meal?

Making it H”App”en

Staying fit and healthy would be so much hard without a little bit of help – I don’t pay for a trainer or a nutritional advisor but I do use a lot of Apps to keep me motivated and on track. 

So I thought I would write a little post about the main ones I really couldn’t without:

TomTom My Sport

I have a fitness tracker watch, which I wear all day everyday, except when I need to charge it! and this has an app on my phone which allows me to see everything from the watch. It tracks my daily steps, my heart rate, how many calories I have burnt and things like that. When I go for a run, bike ride or a swim the watch will also track that and log distance, pace, elevations and a map of the route. 

The watch connects straight to my phone so I can see exactly how things are progressing. 

Calm/Headspace

I am pretty new to the meditation world, but I am really starting to enjoy it. I started using the Calm app which I would simple breath with. It encouraged you to take a big breath in and hold it for a second and then let it out. It is so simple but it really does make you feel so much better if you are having a moment. 

The Calm app also has a few other features which include stories to help you sleep, sounds to help you relax and a meditation course where you are talked through different sessions. The free version allows you access to quite a few sessions, but you can pay to gain access to all of them. I only have the free version and think it is really good and more than adequate. 

I have also just started to use the Headspace app, this app is helping me learn to mediate. So far I am on session 7 of the take 10 series. This is a series which encourages you to take a little time each day to stop, breathe and allow your mind to accept thoughts, sounds and distractions but to bring your focus back to the breath, This is an app that you have to pay for but if you have a premium Spotify account, you get one year free.  

YouTube

I know this isn’t just an app, but I love YouTube and I really do use it all the time for workouts and watching my favourite foodie and fitness vloggers. 

Clue

This is a bit of a weird one, typically people use a cycle app when they are trying to get pregnant – and that is certainly not what I use it for!! I really like being able to see how I am feeling on in the run up to my period. 

What apps do you use to keep you motivated and on target?