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Getting the balance right with Diets, Fitness & Health

17 Jan

Reading an article in the Irish Times this morning made me rethink the chats I’ve had with friends and customers over the last few weeks pre and post Christmas about health, fitness and weight loss. Everyone has gone gym-crazy and is back to the grindstone, drinking green tea and not having treats, not drinking for two weeks or three weeks then back on it again in a few days.

Where is the balance though?

I think that when people say they don’t have the time or the energy, it’s all down to lack of motivation, and that lack of motivation isn’t helped by processed foods, which are loaded with salt, sugar and additives and are not exactly mood-boosting. SO in an effort to start on the best foot forward and not detox myself silly, I think I’m going to look at my general health overall and start from there from this year forward.

I did kettlebells and resistance training in Barcelona for a few years and found it great for my overall strength and fitness. It made me not want to eat crap food, sounds like a joke but it’s true, Your body doesn’t want bad food if you treat it properly. Treats yes, but constant sugar and salt fixes just make you look and feel..well…sick. So maybe that’s the trick make yourself feel strong and start there.

I try and do a mix of exercises each morning- setting the clock 30 minutes early- and do a mix of crunches, leg-lifts, gentle arm exercises with dumb bells, lunges, squats with weights and some stretches or basic yoga moves. I didn’t do this last week and can really feel the difference in my motivation levels overall. I find it’s also good to write down what you have done each day or week to see a pattern in mood change and energy levels.

This evening I’ll go for a light run and again once before the weekend, but not for too long and not too high-impact yet. I think if you start too hard, the next step feels like too much of an effort. Build up the resistance slowly and you’ll start to feel like you need to work harder. There’s no point in doing the same class every week if you don’t put yourself into it. You might as well be sitting on the sofa to be honest if you are not pushing yourself a little further each week.

Zumba with my mate Ciara starts next Monday too so I won’t do any morning exercises Monday as I want to save my energy for the class that evening. In the mean time, I’ll try avoid any extra chocolate or sweets or sugar in my food and opt for something with a little more protein and iron and vitamin b which is great for when you need that extra spark. Not going overboard just everything in moderation. Oh and it’s good to grab a buddy when you go exercise as it’s makes it more silly and fun and easier to be motivated.

I’m not saying what I do is right, but it is healthy and I don’t advocate that everyone should look a certain way by any means, but I do know that you can’t cheat your body – it knows you and you know it, and only you really know when you have that ‘I feel great’ feeling in your tummy. To me, that’s healthy.

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New Year- New Resolutions

5 Jan

So it’s now the 5th of January, definitely enough time to seriously consider my New Year’s Resolutions, without legging it to the gym and never using my membership after the end of January. Plus I HATE those resolution gym treadmill stealing newbies who arrive all made-up and matching and take over all the machines for a month all full of swagger and pzazz, and then never come back. Ok rant over.

Here is my carefully-put-together-made-with-love list of New Year’s Resolutions: (in no particular order)

  • Get a job that defies awesomeness in Marketing/PR/Social Media/Event Management-preferably a giant mix of all of the above
  • Get my full Driver’s License and actually use it. I will let you all know when I finally take to the roads so you have the option of not, while I find my feet.
  • Take more photos and make the time to do it slowly like when I was in college.
  • Travel more- Already this year I’ve booked Berlin to see Florence in March, Barcelona this weekend, have to book Manchester with the lovely Ciara for our anti-European Cup trip, and somewhere along the lines I want to make it to Edinburgh to see Shell and Paulie, Southampton to meet baby Leila, Cath and Mike, and London to visit Emma, Mags, Emer, Ruth, Jamie, Paul, Kasia, Amy and more… On this hit list, if someone else is paying I’ll add in a few weeks in Thailand,Vietnam and Laos and a shopping trip to New York when my little brother Ali hits the East Coast with his buddies for the summer. Oh and Galway to see Rosalie and James, Rory, Jonny and Ciara and Gary.
  • Hand in my Post-Grad projects. FINALLY. By the end of January. POW.
  • Get back into Zumba classes at the end of January with Ciara.
  • Start to run again twice a week- I know…When it’s a little less gale-forcey.
  • Get back into music- Feel like my iPod list it about 10 years old. Seriously, any suggestions for playlists welcome 🙂 Also going to more gigs would be delightful. small and cosy. Noel Gallagher and Florence are on the list so far.
  • Go somewhere random in Ireland with the girls for a weekend. Something like Delphi or Killarney back in the day. YUUUUUHUUU!
  • Learn some more yummy recipes like these
  • Get a few facials. Want to try this
  • Be more positive and not so cynical in certain situations.
  • Start an intercambio or get back into my Spanish when Ana comes to live in Dublin yay 🙂
  • Embrace the pale.
  • Learn a new skill. Mosaic classes or pottery anyone? I’ll make you an amazing pot for Christmas.
  • Find new places in Dublin to love it all over again. Open to many suggestions on this one.
  • Cut down my wardrobe and fill it with smaller amounts of more useable lovlieness. Bags and shoes are an exemption to this rule.
  • Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s not always black and white. This is a toughie.

This list is ever changing. Let me know if you have any more suggestions.

zumba – what’s it all about?

4 Oct

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia in the 90’s.

I had my second class last night in Clontarf with Stepping Out and have to say, it really is exercise in disguise!

It involves both dance and aerobic elements and it’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, salsa, samba, merengue, flamenco, mambo, cumbia, reggaeton, martial arts, bellydancing and bollywood. Squats and lunges also play a huge part in the routines so you really ‘feel’ you’ve had a good workout. They say you burn between 500 and 1000 calories per class. I have to say it’s more of the fun element that brings me back as it’s such a laugh and a great way to meet people if you are new to the city or area.

In the 1990s, this Perez guy forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He took the tapes he had in his car—Latin salsa and merengue music—and improvised a class using this non-traditional aerobics music. After this spread across  Colombia, he took the class to the US in ’99.

There are now more than 20,000 Zumba instructors in 35 countries and Zumba fever is spreading…So it’s not only me that’s been bitten by the Zumba bug…

I have 8 more classes to go and am definetely on the look-out for the next program as it really is fun, you do get fit, and it doesn’t even seem like an effort. Give it a try yourself..


Good music to exercise or run to…

21 Aug

Snap – The Power (Original Single/Dub Mix)

Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer (12′ mix)

Benni Benassi – Satisfaction (J Rabbit Dubstep mix)

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

C+C Rhythm Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

Haddaway – What Is Love (regular or Radio Edit)

Black Box – Everybody Everybody

Damien Marley – It was written (Dubstep Remix)

DJ Hype – Ready or Not (Drum n Bass Remix)

Black Box – Strike It Up

The Real McCoy – Another Night

Prodigy – Out of space (Breakbeat Remix)

Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night

Janet Jackson – Together Again

No Mercy – Where Do You Go

Sadie Hawkins Dance- Relient K

Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5

Fighter & Dirty- Christina Aguilera

Just a Girl- No D0ubt

Hey Ya- Outkast

Boys and Girls- Good Charlotte

Going the Distance- Cake

Chemical Brothers- Galvanize(Eskalation DNB Remix)

Grooverider, Bassment Jaxx, DJ Hype, Chemical Brothers-Anything at all