Feeling focussed 

I don’t know what on earth has happened to me or how long it will last but I seem to have been injected with some crazy motivation!

This morning I got up WHEN MY ALARM WENT OFF, this is absolutely unheard of. My usual morning routine consists of me getting up half hour before I need to leave, flapping about like a stressed out pigeon and basically running to the station leaving my shins in tatters.

Today was different. Today I glided out of bed, got dressed, washed my face and brushed my teeth then sat and did a 10 minute guided meditation using the headspace app – WHO AM I?!

I feel like this may have stemmed from my weekend in Manchester, where I visited my pal Millie (and went to see Craig David – yes my internal 8 year old was bloody loving life!) Mills are her bf are SO organised with their food prepping and shopping lists and overnight oat breakfasts as well as living hectic lives of work volunteering and exercise. Seeing them go about and discuss this routine sparked something inside of my like YES! I can do this, in fact I have done this in the past and life is just way more smooth and lovely.

I got home on Monday evening had a bath (to wash off 4 hours of travelling) and headed straight to Tesco for a big ole food shop. I had already decided, after discussions with my acupuncturist, that I wanted to cut down on cheese and dairy in general, so I catered my food shop around finding alternatives and planning meals in my head.

Due to a hospital appointment I worked from home on Tuesday which couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only did this help my mental state allowing me to avoid yet more travel after enduring the trip from Manchester to home (which was unpleasant due to delays and me feeling sick the entire way) but it also gave me time to food prep (I basically roasted everything so it wasn’t difficult).

This morning I woke up and I had already decided what I was going to wear, 1 stress down. My breakfast and lunch was prepared for the day. I did my guided meditation which gave me time to just chill and check in with myself and then I could get ready at a reasonable pace. I also managed to fit in my new fave water concoction (superberry powder, ground ginger and fresh lemon shaken, not stirred), put the washing up away AND curl my hair.

Being organised and productive with my morning really makes me feel like I can go out and nail the day! Checking in with myself through meditation also allows me to fully wake up and be alert. It also helps when the sun is shining giving you that instant positivity.

The last couple of days I have also tried to be technology free just before bed. I picked up a copy of Women’s Health with my shopping on Monday and have been reading that in the evening (although I’ve finished it now.) As well as this I’m trying not to scroll through social media as soon as I wake up and instead wait till I’m on the train to work.

I mean it’s been one day so I’m totally getting ahead of myself here but I love this feeling! Please let me keep this motivation universe! I promise I’ll do good things in return. I’m hoping that if I can keep getting up on time and possibly even slightly earlier (I know I’m pushing it here) that I may even be able to fit in a morning yoga sesh!

Pray for my motivation guys and let me know if you have any tips on keeping this up 🙂

Peace and Love xoxo

Self care – all about balance 

I feel like I’m in a whirlwind of emotions over my body at the moment. One minute I’m like screw it and eating all the chocolate and sweets, next I’m shame eating kale. It’s the most frustrating thing.

I know society is brainwashing me into feeling this way but I also know that when I’m healthy and fit and toned I feel SO much better in myself. I mean I can still look in the mirror now and be like damn girl but I just ran up the stairs to catch my train and thought I might die! My ankle issues are creeping back, I’ve got problems with my wrists and my skin has flared up.

I really want need to take some time this year to just focus on me. I focussed on the wedding, I focussed on buying a flat…. now Laura needs some brain space.

I’ve been getting my nails done (by Liv who is an actual star!), I’ve had a facial, I’m getting my hair done more regularly. I know to some people this is the norm but I get super lazy when it comes to taking care of myself and that needs to change.

I’m taking some proper time in the evenings to care for my skin and as well as this nightly routine, Ive introduced two face masks to use once a week (I love doing a face mask in the bath, it turns the most mundane task into a little pamper sesh). I’m also considering trialing a more mineral foundation but they never give me enough coverage so I think I’ll have to pair this with a liquid concealer. I’m going to attempt to make some more healthy choices for what I’m putting into my body as well as onto my body AND I’m getting back into that gym routine! Going to the gym just makes me feel so much better and actually gives me way more energy! I’ve also got a few alternative therapies booked in to help various things and I will document how they go once I’m done.

I’m not 100% sure what this post is about aside from a little update and a brain dump for me to release these thoughts. But I suppose it’s also to show that everyone gets complacent with the self care and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it. You just get back on that wagon when you’re good and ready! Sometimes we need a big blow out to just eat what we want, do what we want and to not worry about the consequences… it’s all about balance!

Speaking of which, if you don’t know already I have launched a new instagram page, inspired by the amazing writer that is Sophie Kinsella. Sophie released a book earlier this year called my not so perfect life and on the back of this started an instagram page with the same name to document all those not so perfect moments in life which rarely get shared on the glittering highlight reel that is social media. I’ve decided to jump on the back of this and start my own page called @notsoperfectlifebyLaura (see what I did there! Got to keep on brand haha). I’m documenting my out takes, my not so perfect, fml, fail moments and if this makes just one person feel less alone, less silly, more worthy then I will be one happy lady!

So how are you guys doing now it’s ALMOST APRIL!!!! What on earth!?

Peace and love xoxo

Feeling fat…

I am not fat. I am a healthy weight for my height, I work out, I eat reasonably well. I’m like a size 10-12 which is below average.

But a lot of the time I feel fat, which is ridiculous! I know what overweight looks like, I know when someone is unhealthy and I know that’s not me but somewhere deep within my brain is a part that tells me I should look different, that I should be tighter, that the lumps and bumps on my thighs and bum are gross and that I should be ashamed.

We see so many pictures on social media and in magazines, on billboards and in films where the average woman is not portrayed and if they are, they’re under the best lighting, posed, edited to still look amazing. It’s not often we get the bloated, rolls and cellulite side of the story that would make us feel like we are normal and not some kind of gross abnormality.

We are also plied with weight loss programmes and get fit quick ads which gives us such an unhealthy relationship with our weight and how to manage it. We need to be taught about good nutrition and decent exercise plans. It needs to be explained that this takes time and is a lifestyle change NOT a quick fix and the sad thing is, there ARE people out there trying to promote this but they get over shadowed by the quick fixers. It’s only when a person tries and fails at all of these fads that they actually look to do it properly.

I compare myself to everyone, even though I preach the opposite. It’s like there’s some annoying bug in our minds that we can’t get rid of and it’s dangerous! Not only does it make us think terrible things about ourself, it also opens a door for others to say these awful things to us, believing that they’re justified cause it’s been brainwashing them too.

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Body shaming ourselves is one thing but when a stranger basically confirms that to you, it can lead to a downward spiral!

I can be a right judgemental bitch in my head sometimes and I get embarrassed by my thoughts. However, I’d like to think I have the decency and compassion to keep that to myself and I am trying to train my brain to get rid of such thoughts completely.

Now whilst I am promoting self love, self acceptance and no judgement I am also promoting self care. So if a person is overweight they should 100% love themselves and accept who they are but they should also practice self care and be given the tools to make healthy changes to give them a better life. This should be available to everyone, not “here drink some shakes and get thin for a week till you start eating again”. It should be “here, eat these food groups in these portions, make small changes and get long term results!” This works the same for someone who is underweight, don’t just tell them to eat. First work on the mind so they learn to love and accept themselves which will in turn make them want to take care of their body. Then teach them how to maintain a healthy weight the right way.

We all know it works, we all know the bodies we are shown aren’t the norm, we just need to train ourselves to truly believe it, to love and accept ourselves, to want the best and to be the best we can.

This is a bit of a ramble post but it’s something that really effects us these days and with a teenage sister I’d like her to grow up in a world where she is not made to feel crap for not being a lean machine 24/7 because that is not real!

I’ve seen a couple of posts flying around social media recently of fitness people showing their posed photos against they’re real life relaxed photos and I think this is SO IMPORTANT! Of course everyone wants to post they’re best bits but make sure people know this isn’t an all day every day look cause that is unattainable and an unhealthy goal that so many strive for!

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I follow a few fitness people on Instagram and YouTube but my favourite is Heidi Somers (BuffBunny) who I have mentioned before. Whilst her body is definitely #goals she is also really honest and informative. I’ve recently got really into watching Ashy Bines on Snapchat and YouTube too. These women are promoting healthy lifestyles, balance and self acceptance and I am SO on board.

Promote healthy, promote real, love yourself and don’t put your judgements on other people.

Peace and love xoxo

Getting wedding ready…

17 DAYS TO GO GUYS! Just in case you were wondering 🙂

I’m currently feeling like a shell of my former self, I am a hormonal, emotional, lethargic little bean and I need to get a grip!

Why am I feeling like this? Oh let me see… mother nature has reared her ugly head! My flat is an absolute tip (you know they say clean home, clean mind…. well currently I am the opposite with no real energy to do anything about it) and lastly I HAVEN’T HAD CHEESE FOR 12 DAYS!!

Who even am I?!?

Ok so I know giving up cheese is a bit drastic, and when I say a bit I mean catastrophic disaster leading me to be on the verge of a bitch fit 24/7! BUT I want to be beautiful on my wedding day so swings and roundabouts.

We all know dairy is not kind to the skin so I am trying to cut waaaaaaaaaaaay down in the hopes that I am basically the new gold snapchat filter on the day!

Please #prayforLaura at this difficult time….  although probably more necessary #prayforJon!

But in all seriousness I am truly trying to clean up my diet… It currently consists of a lot of chicken, salmon and spinach! Cutting down on anything processed, dairy or carby.

I did purchase the Nutribuddy 2 week kit but tbh I’m not great with taking things or having to use my brain for anything that is not wedding related right now. I have had the odd protein shake though (sometimes in the space of breakfast when I haven’t had time to get anything).

I’ve also been upping my gym game! My main classes at the moment are, bootybarre, burn 360 and body pump (well I did my first pump class yesterday and nearly died but I plan to carry on!) I’m also partial to a body attack class but my ankle has decided to swell up so that’s fab! Better keep to the lower impact options.

The above classes focus mainly on muscle tone/building with some cardio type sections (which are absolutely killer). Both burn 360 and pump incorporate weights, where bootybarre is about using your body weight and doing all these weird squat moves until you want to scream – sounds great right?! Body attack on the other hand  is running and jumping around like a lunatic, sweating out of places you never knew existed!

Ok I’m not really selling this to you am I?! These classes are actually really fun… well I think so anyway. Maybe I’m weirdly sadistic without realising but we all know that exercise releases endorphins and therefore makes you happy soooooooo there’s that.

I tell you what doesn’t make me happy…. this cute little bloat I’ve got going on the day before my final dress fitting.

Can we all just take a second to appreciate how hard being a girl is?!

Ok so I don’t really know where I’m going with this post?! Basically wedding prep physically is going well, emotionally – well that’s debatable!

All jokes aside I am SO BLOODY EXCITED! Only one full week left at work and then shit gets real! Only 17 more days as Miss Laura Butcher till I start a brand new life as Mrs Grant (which begins with me stuffing all the pizza, cheese and pasta into my face on our trip to Rome – Oh lord I can’t wait.)

Peace and Love xoxo

Boditrax…

Recently I was asked by Fran, from House of Blog, to write about my gym and I basically confessed my undying love for Virgin Active so I won’t repeat myself. (Although if you want to read my love letter then here’s the link for you –  Virgin Active Review)

What I’m bursting to discuss today though, is the Boditrax machine and how it shapes your views on weight. (You may have seen me mention this previously in my Gym Motivation post.)

This magical little babe has got me feeling so much better about myself, my body and my progress and I honestly think that this is an important topic to approach.

First the logistics… to use the Boditrax machine you log into your account, stand on the scales and pick up the hand sensors, as directed on the screen. The machine then scans your body and produces a report. Probably one of the best features is that you can log into your account on any device from their website and take a look at your stats (Not guna lie I do this on the regs!)

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You’re probably thinking OH BORE ME LATER but if you are still reading then cheers for being a trooper! Cause the real reason I’m writing about this isn’t to promote the machine or the gym, it’s to ensure that you don’t base your progress purely on weight!

My favourite tool on the report is the “track” part. It’s basically a line graph showing your progress. Every time you have a reading it is logged on your account and your stats are updated.

On those days where I get on and my weight has gone up, I instantly get annoyed at myself (I mean who doesn’t beat themselves up over their weight?!) BUT when I check the other sections such as fat mass, muscle mass and water mass, it paints a completely different picture and I suddenly come to realise that maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself – especially when you don’t know all the facts.

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I’m sure you’ve all heard a million times that muscle weighs more than fat but this machine really puts that into perspective. Take today for example, I got on the machine and my weight had gone up, but when I looked into it further I had actually lost fat mass and increased my muscle (and water) mass. If I had just stepped on your average scale I would have been disheartened, thinking that all my efforts were in vain. When in reality I am bang on track!

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Fitness, in my opinion, should never be about weight. Although it is difficult to ignore the numbers on the scales it’s really not the be all and end all. If you feel great, you’re clothes fit better and you can notice a change in yourself… that’s what’s really important.

Now I’m a sucker for a spreadsheet and some stats, especially when they’re all about me (soz not soz.) But seriously tracking your progress in a way that is healthier and more positive can get seriously addictive, so approach with caution! 😉

Obviously not everyone has a gym membership but I highly encourage you to ditch the scales and invest in something a little more scientific. A fellow blogger, Lauren of Blonde Vision, once wrote an article on the weight watchers scales which do just that, here’s the link if you’re interested – Lauren’s scale review.

So there we go, my final thoughts are just to be kind to yourself people cause you might be doing better than you realise!!

 How do you measure your fitness progress?! Do you rely purely on weight or do you consider other factors?

Peace and Love xoxo

Hula hoop fun….

I’m sure we’ve all hula hooped at one point in our lives, probably at school with those primary coloured babes. I know I would get super excited when they came out… Except they would usually get put on the floor and we’d be made to jump from one circle to another!? Errrrm that’s not what they’re for, stop neglecting their purpose!

And then there was that time I got my own hoop. I absolutely loved it and wanted to take it everywhere with me, so I took it to my aunties and accidentally left it there. My mum then generously decided to gift it to my cousin cause, after playing with it herself, she loved it too. I was devo …. Still not forgiven her! (That and for the Daisy outfit she gave to another cousin of mine!… I sense a theme here.)

Anyway, hula hoops…. If you follow me on insta you may have seen various videos and pics of me and my hoopy love. Circles are so much fun 🙂

 After visiting the London health show, and meeting a lovely lady from hula fit I decided I needed to give this a go. I’d also just become part of the social committee at work so it was perfect timing! I ended up arranging for hula fit classes to take place on Tuesday lunchtimes at my office and the response has been amazing!!!

So how does hula hooping become a fitness trend?? Well you try swinging a 1.2kg circle from your waist for 45 mins and tell me how you feel…. The answer will probably be bruised!

But the classes aren’t just hooping round your waist, that would be way too easy (for some) instead try hooping round your waist whilst doing squats, lunges, jumping, twerking, limboing. Swing the hoop above your head for burning arms and switch to lighter hoops for some fun tricks.

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This class really is a full body work out but it’s also super fun! Don’t take my word for it though, here are some comments I received from my colleagues who attended the class….

“This was an absolutely wonderful course in all respects – please may it continue!  It is a great fitness course, especially for someone like me who commutes nearly 4 hrs every day and has no time for exercise at home.  It was also so much fun – I really enjoyed it!  Please please please can we bring it back!

Thank you for organising the Hula Fit! I would love to carry it on if possible 🙂 Shakira was a great instructor and made it really fun

A big Thank you from me too.  I’m really surprised how quickly we have all improved and it would be great to continue. I suspect there are not too many sports where you can get fit and laugh at the same time. It has been terrific.

Was utterly inspired by the one class I did, so much so I bought my own hula hoop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks, it was good fun and there are not many exercise classes you can work out and have a good laugh at the same time!!  I do not exercise at all but have bought my own hoop now and would love to continue these classes if at all possible.

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My advice to you is find one of these classes and give it a go! I’m not being sponsored to say this, I’ve genuinely enjoyed the classes myself and the responses I’ve had speak for themselves!

http://hulafit.com/

http://www.hulafitwithshakira.co.uk/

If you can’t find a class near you or can’t afford another outgoing expense I totally recommend buying yourself a hoop! I prefer the light polypro kind so you can learn all sorts of fun tricks (YouTube is your friend) or if you’re more into the fitness element you can pick up a weighted hoop from Argos! (Although I have to say even the non weighted hoops can give you an amazing workout!)

Let me know if you try out a class or just a hoopy session in general! Maybe you could organise some sessions for your workplace too! Or if you’ve been to a class before , let me know what you thought!?

For those of you local to Chelmsford, a group of us usually meet in Central Park at the weekends to hoop and do other fun circus style skills including slack lining and poi’s, come say hi and maybe learn something new 🙂

 

Peace and love xoxo

Your health is no game!

Last week was seriously the week from hell! And I don’t mean broken nail, spilled a drink over yourself week from hell I mean the real stuff!
While the events of last week are not technically my story to tell I feel that it can only serve to prevent such things happening to other people and hope therefore that my family don’t mind me sharing our story.

Let’s skip Monday cause nobody likes Monday!

Tuesday morning I was sitting at my desk like any other day and my phone started ringing, it was my mum, my mum was at work, she never has her phone on her at work… I already started to panic before I’d even answered and rightly so. My mum was calling to tell me that my step dad was having a suspected heart attack! I instantly arranged to leave work and go be with my mum as neither of us knew what exactly was going on. we got to the hospital around 1 and he had already had a stent fitted. We were told by a doctor that this was one of the worst heart attacks you can have and basically he was lucky to be with us. The whole thing still doesn’t seem real, someone who is usually such a strong figure in your family being bought down with a tremendous crash!! It’s unnerving, it turns your whole world upside down.

 

Now to me this had all come out of nowhere! However for my step dad, he had been having signs for weeks. His arms had been going numb, he had chest pain and other various symptoms but you never think something that bad is happening to you! And an especially male trait is to brush over your ailments, don’t show any weakness.

He had basically been having mini heart attacks all week, if he hadn’t got to the hospital when he did… He would not be here anymore.

What I’m trying to get across to you by telling this story is to PLEASE not leave things! Get checked out! You aren’t being weak, you aren’t being a wimp or a pussy or whatever else. You are being a responsible adult, you are ensuring that you will still be here tomorrow for your family, for your friends and for yourself!!

 

Starting Tuesday morning I’d been having major dizzy spells, like my whole room was spinning! Another one who doesn’t like to go to the doctors I just left it, until Wednesday, well and truly shaken up by what had gone on I called the NHS 111 number, they insisted I come to the hospital (at 11.20pm!) not gunna lie, this scared the absolute crap out of me! After everything that had happened over the last day my family could not take anymore bad news. Luckily(?) I’ve been diagnosed with vertigo and not like a brain tumour or something. I mean still absolutely horrendous to deal with but at least I’m not dying!

I think I just wanted to steal my step dads thunder tbh lol but in all seriousness you can never be too careful with your health so please don’t treat life like its infinite.

Another thing I have taken from this experience is not to take anything for granted! Me and my step dad have not always seen eye to eye (understatement of the century) but over recent years we’ve come to tolerate and dare I say even like each other haha! He’s been there for me when I’ve needed help and the thought of him in such trouble, knocked me for six (much to some people’s surprise.)

It may be cliché but Forgive and forget. Never go to sleep angry. Tell them you love them. Keep everyone you hold dear as close as you can, cause there’s no time for games… Life is too short!

Peace and love xoxo

14 things that cross your mind during your first spin class…

 

1. Can’t wait for this class I’m going to be so toned and sexy – watch out summer!!

2. Ok it’s almost time, actually I’m a little nervous…. Can I back out?? No, think of that bikini body COME ON WE CAN DO THIS!

3. Ok this isn’t so bad……

4. You want me to do what now? Turn it up? Are you mad????

 

5. Why is everyone so much faster than me, come on legs!

6. Oh god I’m done, is it over??? 5 mins!!! What???? That was just the warm up – kill me now

7. Do you think I could sneak out without anyone noticing??

8.What have I done to deserve this? I promise I’ll never eat another carb again if you just make it stop!

9. Omg I’m going to throw up, I’m going to throw up right here in front of everyone…. Brilliant this is how I’m going die

10. Actually I think I’ve got the hang of this now….

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11. NOPE oh god why isn’t this over yet?? Who knew one person could sweat so much? Why is nobody else looking like they might keel over?

12. My legs are literally on fire!! Someone grab a fire extinguisher, I think they might actually explode

13. THANK GOD it’s finally fished, I almost fell down the stairs with my jelly legs, that was horrendous …. Never again!

14. “Soooo same time next week?” Yeah sure why not!

 

Peace and love xoxo

KL Aerial Studio Taster Day 

   

Those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning (or who know me) may have seen a post I did a while ago on pole fitness. This was a class that I took part in regularly and I absolutely loved it!! However there were three reasons that contributed to me turning my back on the class:

1.The cost.

2.My ankle was getting worse.

3.I found it extremely difficult to summon up motivation to drag myself up a pole on a Wednesday evening!

In a couple of the classes I attended towards the end, our instructor bought her aerial hoop along and I instantly fell in love!! Ever since then I’ve been wanted to give it another go so when I saw the advert for KL Studio’s aerial taster day I just couldn’t resist!

The taster day was going to be showcasing 5 different aerial skills in 30 minute classes, these were:

1.Pole (my friend Emily and I have both attended numerous pole sessions so decided to give this one a miss)

2.Aerial Hoop

3.Silks and slings

4.Trapeze

5.Acro Balance

We tried 4 out of 5 which looking back was a little adventurous and probably why I still feel like I’ve been hit by a bus two days later (but don’t let this put you off!)

 

Hoop, silk and trapeze were all pretty similar, despite being totally different (does that make any sense?!) I actually really enjoyed them all but the silks were maybe a little easier to master and you could do this with slightly more grace than the others. The hoop and trapeze were particularly dominant on the backs of your legs and I am now sporting some fantastic bruising but I would still do it again!

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The instructors at the studio seemed really lovely, very calm and helpful but also let you get on with it if you didn’t require much help.

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Last but not least was acro balance and I wont lie to you, I had absolutely NO idea what this was when we signed up. Turns out it’s basically climbing on each other which is a terrifying concept when your 5ft 10 and about 11 and a half stone – sorry you want me to what? stand on her shoulders?! I’ll crush her!

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BUT despite being utterly petrified, it was actually really fun! Great for team building, bonding and trust – I would highly recommend. The first rule was, you’re not allowed to tell each other your sorry… being British and used to saying sorry a zillion times a day for no reason, this was more challenging that the actual moves!

If you’ve been considering attending an aerial class, fancy running away to join the circus or just looking for something a little different do not hesitate in going! As long as you aren’t scared of a little bruising or you know heights, you’ll be absolutely fine.

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You’ll be surprised at what you can actually do and will come away feeling a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small!

I’m 100% considering starting up a class once the wedding is out the way and I have some spare pennies 🙂

If you have been to one of these before or end up attending a class after reading this post please let me know! I’d love to hear what your experience was like!!

The studio I attended was in Witham, details below:

Unit 9 Wheatear Industrial Estate

Perry Road

Witham, Essex

CM8 3YY

http://www.klaerialfitness.co.uk

Peace and Love xoxo

*Apologies at the quality of some of the photos, it’s difficult to get good pics when you’re constantly spinning / moving around!

Gym motivation…

Personally the biggest thing that stops me going to the gym is motivation, whose with me on this? Like once you’re there it’s fine, you enter beast mode and smash your work out, but getting to the gym in the first place, that’s the tough part!

Luckily for me I’ve recently had enough motivation for a small family and am currently waiting to burn out and not go again for like a month LOL joke (I hope!) I know it’s not good to push yourself too much but I’m all for using the motivation while it’s there!

So what is my motivation at the moment I hear you ask? This is a two fold answer:

1. Fitting into my wedding dress!

When I originally tried my dress on in May last year it fit perfectly and by that I mean, there was no room for error!! A couple of weeks ago I tried it on again and there was only one word to describe it…. TIGHT!!! The dress lady looked at me and was basically like don’t worry you have time but get a grip … Fab!

Turns out sitting around eating copious amount of cheese and chocolate WILL make you pile on the pounds, who knew? So in a bid to be that beautiful bride who actually fits into her dress I’m going all in!

This kind of motivation is great cause you have a goal and a time frame. I had something similar on the run up to my engagement party which was in February last year, I basically spent the entire January in the gym and I did not have one single snack – but it worked! I looked great (if I do say so myself).

This time around I’m not looking to loose tonnes of weight, mainly just tone up (a lot) which brings me to my next motivation…

2. Heidi Somers (buff bunny)

I stumbled across Heidi on Instagram like a week ago and have become a little obsessed (not in a weird way!!) but I can’t stop watching her YouTube videos, they motivate me to get to the gym and reach my goals. I struggle a lot at the weekends and this Saturday I was laying in bed watching one of her videos and was suddenly like what am I doing?? Get up and go to the gym! So I did!

Not only does she motivate me to get to the gym she’s also teaching me a lot, how best to get things done, what work outs to do, what to eat etc and it’s been really helpful. It’s like having a free personal trainer!

At the moment Heidi is the background on my phone (mainly because I can’t put a picture of my dress there in case people see it). When I see the picture it reminds me of my goals and gives me the determination to carry on! (I highly recommend checking out her videos if you haven’t already)

Ok I know I said my answer was two fold but I have one more …. Results!

Nothing motivates you more than seeing and feeling a difference in yourself. You finally fit nicely into that skirt that’s been too tight, abs are slowly starting to form, you feel more energised throughout the day. All of these things will give you a massive boost and help you to carry on.

I personally like to record my results, I keep a food and exercise spreadsheet so I know exactly what I’ve been doing, I also take before and after pics and use the bodytrax machine at my gym (Virgin active). This machine measures your weight, fat mass, muscle mass, water mass, it tells you your bmi and your metabolic age… It’s a really great way to track your progress. While a scale may tell you that you’ve put on a few pounds the bodytrax will tell you whether that was fat or muscle! It gives you a much healthier outlook on your weight in general.

While I do track my weight etc my main motivation is how I feel and how my clothes fit. At the moment I have way more energy and my clothes are fitting nicely and that’s all I can ask for right now.

Also make sure you work out at a time that suits you! Find out when you have the most energy and are more up for it. No point trying to drag yourself to the gym in the morning when you’re better in the evening because your likely to fail and stay in bed. I like to go to the gym on my lunch break, it gives me some time out of the office, without my phone, without any responsibilities to concentrate on me, how I’m feeling and what I want.

Remember to set sustainable, achievable goals so as not to set yourself up for failure. Don’t judge yourself against anyone else, be in competition with yourself only… Always try and beat your own personal best.

 

Peace and Love xoxo