Monthly Archives: January 2015

Time to get back on track

The first week of January is over – are you struggling to stick to your new years resolutions? With the summer being only six months away, its time for some post Christmas damage control. We all broke our health and fitness routine over the festive period but if you are struggling to find the strength to say hello to the gym again (although there seem to be plenty of turkeys who have joined my gym) or break through your 2014 plateau, here is how to get back on track.

In With The New

Take advantage of the January sales and revamp your gym wardrobe to help to motivate you to make an appearance in the gym. Whenever I wear new clothes to the gym, I feel like how I used to feel in school when I had the latest Jane Norman carrier bag and no one else did. Treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or a running jacket to help get your foot through the door. I generally buy gym gear all year round but they are still considered purchases as I love nike and they are not the cheapest. Having said that, their clothes are worth it, thats why I don’t mind paying a little extra. You are paying for the comfort, style and durability. These are a few things on my nike gym wish list. These reflective leggings, even though I barely run these days and definitely no longer run outside, these are just tres cool. Also lusting after this hoody. If you spent the past year doing the same workouts week in and week out, its time for you to switch it up a little bit. Why don’t you try a new exercise class or take up a sport? This year I will be signing up to Pilates and yoga classes and planning my own circuit training sessions.

Detox your Cupboards and Fridge

If you haven’t managed to plough your way through your never ending stack of Christmas treats, then it is tough luck as it’s time to say goodbye to the Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s and the Quality Street tins. By now your Quality Street tin is probably just full of greens and blues which no one eats unless they are desperate, so let it go! It would be wrong to throw away food so off load your treats on to someone else, or take them in to work and you will soon be crowned employee of the week. Stock your fridge with lots of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit and plan your meals in advance to help prevent spontaneous binging sessions. The cupboards in my house have always been stacked high with chocolate, biscuits and other sweet meats but we learnt from a very young age the art of self-control and knowing what we are/are not allowed to eat. So having ‘bad’ things in my house, doesn’t really tempt me.

Find new Friends

Make friends with people who have the same health and fitness goals as you. Getting to know people who want to achieve the same things as you do will help you to stay on track and learn more about health and fitness. Matheus Galante and Rajiv Mehta are my go to boys and I have really hit the jackpot with these two. Matheus Galante is an amazing PT and can definitely recommend him (though he is moving to Australia to follow his dream of becoming a footballer). He has put me through my paces, pushed me till breaking point and taught me how to push my boundaries.  Rajiv Mehta introduced me to weight lifting, nutritious eating and creating a training plan to target specific muscles each day of the week. I am in the best shape I have ever been and would never go back to my old life of a) eating junk and b) running for endless miles. I can talk to them about the days where I have smashed my gym session and the days where I have smashed through a box of Jaffa cakes. We may have different individual goals but we are always there to support and encourage each other in working towards having a healthy body and a happy mind! If you don’t have anyone to train with in the gym, follow fitness accounts on Instagram and Twitter and get to know the personalities behind the food that they post. Social media is a great way to communicate with people so use it to find new fitness friends and E gym buddies, to help you get back on track and stay on track.

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City and Colour

A while ago, Rajiv and I had a mini holiday in London and have finally managed to put this blog together about everything we got up to

We began by venturing into town and seeing an amazing building I had never seen before – the British Museum. We saw lots of interesting old Egyptian artefacts (rosetta stone, tombs and hyroglyphics) and some boring naked Greek people. We saw Africa too and I was drawn by the throwing knives – so lethal and sharp.

rosetta stone, a scarab (boy didnt know what this was?!), the amount of pills an average person would take in their lifetime and african throwing knives

rosetta stone, a scarab (boy didnt know what this was?!), the amount of pills an average person would take in their lifetime and african throwing knives

We toured on the Greenwich cable cars. This was exciting and the views of London were amazing. We were lucky enough to get a private car (these usually cost around £80). Sharing our own car was quite special and romantic – I got excited about what I could recognise from the London skyline, while Rajiv took some photos. Would definitely recommend this, even as a cute date idea. North Greenwich (jubilee line) is the closest tube station and its open 7 days a week. We also had a mooch around The Tate Modern and looked at some Picasso et al. We had some time to spare before dinner so we popped into Ice Bar.  We were given these large blue jackets with some thermal gloves attached. It really is ICE cold in here and we were not going to last long so we downed our drinks before we turned into ice and left before our 40min slot was over. Another couple left immediately after us so we didn’t feel like the only pansies.

cold as ice!

cold as ice!

American diner for dinner – Bodeans. If you havent been before and you like your meat check it out. Be warned they do not take bookings and are always very busy so rock up early, around 6pm, if you want to be seated for 7.30! We arrived at 7.20pm and the waiting time for a table was 1.5 – 2 hours! They have two sections – 1. a proper restaurant downstairs and 2. a quick, self service, pay and eat (similar to nandos) situated upstairs. We had a tasty BBQ chicken with ribs, slaw and chips served on a roasting tray. Great American feel to the restaurant with frozen meat you can buy and cook at home. The Basketball game was on tv and there was lots of memorabilia. Next time, we will be sitting in the booths downstairs.

Doing touristy type stuff in our own country felt a little strange but it was super fun. A proper holiday with sun and water is looming but you can easily make alternative plans. So if my pictures are making you feel like that, then…Call the person you love. Choose a date. Go online and book a holiday. Its never the right time. There are always important things to do at home. At some point you just have to go. I can tell you right now, you will never regret it. As my wise friend Nick once said to me “you’re not going to lie on your deathbed wishing you spent less time with the man you love”.