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new year, new new year’s resolutions

30 Dec

so it’s that time of year again peoples…

let it go

putting together a to-do list is one of my all-time favourite things to do- yes, i’m a total and absolute loser but i do love a good list as much as the next OCD female…

girl on beach

here are a few things i have learned this year, some quite very recently and some things i need to mull over and change or take on for this coming year too!

  • people will talk about you no matter what you do and you can do nothing about it. prove yourself to yourself 🙂
  • nobody is in charge of my happiness except me. not one other person.
  • feeling healthy feels better than anything else in the world. i don’t want this to change.

fitspo

  • eat clean, train like an animal and feel 110% on the beach next summer!
  • you can’t change people but you can help them grow, likewise for me 🙂
  • i need to stop over-thinking as a wandering mind is a dangerous mind for little me.
  • i need to save a little more. last year i started off quite good but didn’t end up so good- oopsie!
  • 2014 is the year of the hobbies- getting fitter, healthier, stronger and taking lots of time for me- taking photos, playing (trying to play) my guitar and learning learning learning.
  • hand in my final digital marketing assignment and get stuck into my certificate in nutrition 🙂 wuhu back to school again 🙂
  • get my website up and running and put 500% into it- woooohuuu!
  • start my new job and give it everything 🙂
  • everything doesn’t need to be perfect all the time. this one is rotten.
  • go somewhere totally different- fun, new and beautiful!

beach time

  • push myself- stop the silly procrastination that can happen with our species more often than not. be more decisive.
  • stop being such a scary driver!
  • learn to relax a little more- i’m reaaaaaally bad at doing nothing- it kills me!!!
  • get a bike and hope for a very sunny summer 🙂

 

to be continued…

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quick and easy exercises to do at home

22 Jan

A lot of people tell me they are stuck for time when it comes to exercise so below you will find a quick and effective way to get strong and healthy fast.

If you live on a middle floor apartment you might want to wait until the neighbours are out – there will be jumping and there will be ‘effort noises’, trust me I tried it for the first time last night…

30 jumping jacks

7 pushups

25 knee highs

7 burpees

10 crunches

7 squats

7 pushups

10 crunches

7 pushups

7 squats

30 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

7  pushups

25 kneehighs

 

 

Note: I am used to doing squats and crunches so I ‘upped’ my numbers accordingly starting with day 1, but if it is your first time, just one rep of this whole session should be enough for the first week or second week of your training.

Next week try 2 reps of the whole workout and keep that for two weeks and so on…Between 3-5 reps 3 days a week and you will be seeing some amazing results in your energy levels and general look and fitness.

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.