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1 June 2017

Get Lean This Summer | 8 Tips That Actually Work!

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The countdown has begun & I have only a couple of months before my holiday! We've all been there & all tried quick fix diets, drinks & summer body plans, but how many have actually worked? I've definitely been fooled once too often. But in fact there's no secret to it, hard work & commitment is what achieves the most results. And the best results are achieved with time - some of the Instagram fitness stars we see have spent years building their physiques - I particularly like Sophie Guidolin, who's very honest about how long her progress has taken. I admire that honesty.

25 May 2017

Master Your Macros | 7 Things That Have Changed Since Tracking My Macros

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I personally find tracking my macros to be a huge help towards eating a balanced diet & progressing with my fitness, even though I only track my macros once a week, when writing my meal plan & shopping list! Since it is such a large part in my fitness journey, I wanted to share with all of you my experience. So to follow last week's post, The Ultimate Stress Free Guide to Counting Your Macros, on how to, this week I wanted to share with you why I track my macros & the real benefits I have noticed since doing so.

18 May 2017

Master Your Macros | The Ultimate Stress Free Guide to Counting Your Macros

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Now please don't panic! Before I begin, I promise you it is a lot easier than you think & is something I swear by for helping me really push for my goals. It is much like meal prep, a concept that may seem daunting & mystifying at first, but since reading my Ultimate Guide to Meal Prep, you now see how easy & attainable it can be. Well this is the goal for today - Master Your Macros Part One aims to clear up any confusing surrounding macro counting & show you just how easy it can be. Plus next week, in Part Two, I will be sharing with you the benefits I've seen since counting macros.

4 May 2017

Beauty & the Gym | How I Keep My Skin Healthy When I Workout

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Now let me clear up one thing, I am no beauty guru! My beauty regime is quite simple compared to others, but I do what works for me. Since going to the gym quite frequently, I have found my skin has developed different requirements. I am now more aware of keeping my skin fresh & pores clean, especially when I sweat, my nails are naturally being put through their paces & my hair is in a ponytail a lot more these days. So I have decided to compile a list of my favourite products & tips that help keep my hair, skin & nails in top condition, even after my hardest of workouts.

20 April 2017

9 Surprisingly Unhealthy Snacks | And Their Healthier Alternatives

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I don't know about you, but I am tired of trying to navigate through a minefield of 'low fat', 'low cal', '0 sugar' labels on what is supposed to be 'healthy' food products. Even down to the high protein cereal, that only has 1g of protein more than the original, yet charges twice the price... I am tired of being sold a load of over hyper, over priced so called health food, that is actually less beneficial than the natural, cheaper, raw ingredients. So I have decided to bring you a list of my top 9 unhealthy 'healthy' snacks & some great alternatives to try to help you navigate through the minefield of labels & discover why certain foods are not all they claim to be.
Before I begin, here are a couple of big warning signs to look out for...

13 April 2017

I Gave Up Cheat Meals for 40 Days | Here's What I Learnt

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THE DECISION TO EAT CLEAN
We all have peaks & troughs in our fitness journeys, but recently my weekend cheat meal had evolved into a cheat weekend... And although I hate those sayings - 'Don't let the weekend undo the progress of the week' - it couldn't be more true for me. Now when I say cheat weekend, I wasn't eating junk food all day every day, I was still eating quite healthy, but I would be having a lot of little treats, trying to sample a bit of everything before the weekend was over. A little here & there can quickly mount up to surpassing your calories for the day. So I decided - since I liked a challenge - to go cold turkey for lent. This would mean 40 days without any cheat meals & on top of that I wanted to eat within my macros - IIFYM - & eat cleaner in general. So instead of my weekend cheat meal, I might treat myself to honey on my porridge & make a healthy, clean version of my favourite meals - such as sausage & mash or burritos, cooked from scratch.