We all know the story: kids playing up, house is a mess, late back from work and you didn't achieve half the things you planned to achieve. And suddenly it's tea or dinner time. The last thing you feel like doing is cooking.
So here are my top 3 cheat meals... Cheat as in limited work is required. But they can still be considered healthy.....
Allow me, if you will, a self-indulgent post. Today is gonna be all about me!
As many of you will know, for the last 9 months or so I have been getting back to an old passion - athletics. Sprints and Jumps specifically.
And it is now officially the end of the athletics season and my 90+ year old coach (yes, really) has given us 3 weeks off.
So it's a good time to reflect. So it will be a self-indulgent post but many of you have told me that you enjoy hearing about this aspect of my fitness (OK maybe it was just one person!)
Just as a quick background, I used to train athletics in my teens and twenties. And I was pretty good at it - national champion, national records and so on. A back injury forced me to stop and then, while I was thinking what to do about it, life happened. And so I never went back. This was one of my big regrets!
Well hello there
So, time to fess up.
I'm writing this on the plane back from a 11 day holiday in Minorca. Fully inclusive.
Last year I wrote THIS article about how to survive the fully inclusive holiday, without damaging your health and fitness too much.
Well, wasn't I smug then...
You’ve nearly made it. Summer is nearly over and you’ve survived the holidays!
Whether it’s been joyous blissful time spent with your cherubs. Or stressful, exhausting time spent with your brats… (…and I’m guessing it was a combination of both!) Give yourself a pat on the back!
Because one thing is for sure.
It’s exhausting. From thinking what to do for the day, and what to eat, and never ending re-stocking of the fridge… To negotiations over EVER SINGLE THING. And piles and piles of washing!
It’s exhausting and takes up all of the time.
How often do you work out?
Now, go back over your diary for the last 4-5 weeks and actually count the sessions you've completed.
Bet ya the numbers are not the same.
I was having a conversation with a friend recently. She's recently had a baby and is keen to "get her old body back".
Hands up if you've been there. I certainly have.
It took a long time for me to wrap my head around the fact that my "old body" was gone and indeed irrelevant.
Say hello to your new body: your post-baby body. This new body does not look or feel the same as the old one, but it is marvellous and amazing. It has grown life!
And I promise you, not particularly weird. Just try and add a few of these into your daily diet and I promise you; you’ll see a difference.
So I’m writing this on the last day of an 11 day all-inclusive break in Lanzarote…
Last year we did a similar break. After which I went back home with a top sun tan, super relaxed but carrying an additional 4kgs. If you know me personally you’ll know I’m quite little. 4kgs is about 8% of my total body weight.
So, this year I was determined that I would not let the same thing happen.
Many of you will have met our new trainer Julia. In today’s blog, she tells us a bit more about herself and her journey into the fitness industry! Brace yourselves – it’s a riveting read!
Hi. I’m Julia, I’m 34 and a busy working mum to 4 children. I have 3 boys and a girl aged between 11 and 9. I have been working in the fitness industry for 18 months and love working with people helping them to meet their goals and feel better in themselves.
I started my career 10 years ago in policing! Running round the streets of Reading where I am from! I loved it. Not quite the fitness industry but there was always the expectation that you will remain fit and healthy.
I hear about will power and motivation all the time... Often in the form of:
But what I'd like to be hearing, is more about habits.