Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts

What’s On My Summer Walking List?

What the hell is a walking list?

 When I go on my lunch time walks or use the treadmill at the gym I like to listen to books on tape (Well technically it’s a book on an iPhone app) as they keep my mind occupied and actually make me look forward to going exercising.

NUTRIBUDDY – The weight loss kit first impressions

Happy Hump Day all
Those who follow me on social media will already know that yesterday I started the Nutribuddy diet from all of my snazzy smoothie posts.
As per the title this is my first impressions of the Nutribuddy weight loss kit. You (Even though I have already started).
Initially I turned my nose up at faddy diets however as I had been so busy with work family and life in general a lot of the good eating and lifestyle practices had gone out of the window and I found myself yearning for some structure that my living situation was not allowing
I had been planning to design some kind of smoothie diet myself when the opportunity to test NUTRIBUDDY and will hopefully take a lot of the leg work out of the process for me.
First of I’m a sucker for packaging, simple and feminine without being too flowery and all of the packaging is reseal able so everything stays nice and fresh.
Included in the weight loss kit you get:
Sculpting whey powder – I was offered the choice of vanilla or chocolate, I went for vanilla.

Multi vitamins capsules
Hunger fix capsules
Shaker bottle – you get a choice of red or black, I chose black.
Recipe book
The little book of weight loss
Depending on your diet goals you can purchase 7 days’ worth, 14 days’ worth and 30 days’ worth.
I have been sent 14 days’ worth of product which would cost £34.99. Which seems reasonable.
I liked the fact that Nutribuddy send you all the information you could need about the products in their ‘little book of weight loss’ and there is even a 5 day meal plan full of meals and smoothie recipes that you can try.  Recently I have been stuck in a bit of a food rut so the mealspration (not sure if that is a thing) was defiantly welcomed..
As I had already been making my smoothies with my nutribullet I decide that my approach to the diet would be to have a shake in the morning, one for lunch and a healthy meal in the evening (I sound like a Slimfast advert)
As I prep my and freeze my fruits in advance so the only extra step I had was adding the powder and making extra to bring with me to work  for lunch.
I also made my evening meals in advance some of which I froze just in case I went out.
My first shake was on Sunday and I mixed the sculpting whey powder with frozen raspberries, blueberries, pineapple and spinach. The vanilla powder is tasty but has a slight after taste to it. This morning I had my first work day on the diet, my smoothie contained blueberries, strawberries, banana, spinach and kiwi which I really enjoyed. I forgot to bring the Hunger fix capsules with me but I dint really start to feel hungry until lunch time. I will try the hunger fix tablets tomorrow and I’ll let you know my opinion on them my follow up post after the 14 days.

Along with the shakes I will be drinking at least two litres and trying to up my daily activities and perhaps going to the gym at least twice a week
I quickly wanted to go over what I planned and have already started doing, to lose weight while using the Nutribuddy products. So that I can compare in 14 days when I finish the diet.
When I can evaluate how it went and then make a decision on what I will realistically continue
Here’s a page telling you a few do’s and do not’s:
In order to be safe I recommend that you read all of the do’s and don’ts in the The little book of weight loss I already don’t do most of the things they advise not to however as I suffer from Lupus and take medications daily I made sure to have a conversation with my GP to make sure that it wold not affect the medications that I was taking.
I had been wanting to plan my meals in advance for some time so this is the perfect opportunity to try this out, if you fail to plan you plan to fail right?
As far as exercise goes following a Lupus flare I had to put going to the gym on hold so I plan to up my daily activities and slowly ease back in to the gym doing very gentle activities taking care not to aggravate my condition so no ‘heavy’ cardio… or weight training.

It is a bit disappointing because I know if I exerted myself more the results would be more drastic but if I push myself too far and have a flair its back on to the steroids and no one wants that.
I will be posting frequently on all social media channels about my progress with these products and how I’m feeling about them using the hashtag


Your encouragement would defiantly go a long was so please like, retweet, comment and all that jazz so I know you have my back.
Here is the link to the Nutribuddy website if you would like to try it out your self

Have a great week every one

Walk Your Way To Weight Loss

 When was the last time you went for a walk?

Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it?
But really when was the last time you went for a walk?

How about you estimate how many steps you do in a day?

I bet whatever numbers you come up with is not even close to the real number.

According to the NHS A person can burn around 400 calories by walking 10,000 steps briskly (3-5mph) and I figured I couldn’t be too far froom that number boy was I wrong…

the average Briton walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day but I have to admit some days I do way less than that (Hey I’m a driver).
As the weather is finally getting nicer why not try going our side and stretching your legs even if you do not achieve 10,000 steps a day the added movement is only going to help and unlike costly gym memberships walking will only cost you your time.

Plus walking can also be therapeutic giving you the opportunity to download your thoughts and feelings or you could come up with your next great idea. 

I know we are all so busy and fitting a walk into you day can seem impossible but believe me there are ways to sneak some extra steps into your daily your routine
    Get off the bus early and walk the rest of the way home or to work
    Walk to the station instead of taking the car or bus
    Take the stairs instead of the lift, or walk up escalators
    Invest in a shopping trolley and shop locally if you can
    Walk the children to school instead of driving

Tips for getting the most from you walk 
Find a walking partner, so you have someone to chat to as you walk or join a walking group
Get an MP3 player and listen to your favorite music or podcasts as you go Or even a book on tape I recently finished the Game of Thrones and have just started A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin which makes me look forward to going on my walks.
    Plan interesting walks or alternate your route so you don't get bored Invest in good shoes. Since these are the only expense and equipment you'll need, pay attention to the fit and quality of your shoes. 

 Always warm up by walking at a slow or normal walking pace for five minutes before picking up the tempo of your workout. 
 Pay attention to your heart rate and breathing. 

Walk at a pace that challenges you and elevates your heart rate, but don't overdo. You should be able to talk and carry on a conversation while you are exercising; if you can't, you may be working too hard. 
 Use good walking posture. maintaining the following posture when exercise walking: Swing your arms. Keep your head up, back straight, and abdomen flat. Point your toes straight ahead. Take long strides, but don't strain. 

 Consider getting a pedometer or a smart phone app to track the distance you've walked or the number of steps you've taken. Watching your improvement over time is a terrific source of motivation. 

 Be sure to carry water if you're walking long distances or are exercising in hot weather and if it is especially hot don't forget to wear a hat with a brim and to apply sunscreen to exposed areas.

How many steps do you estimate you walk a day?

Get fit with BE:FIT London

They say that summer bodies are built in the winter but just because you start a little late don’t mean you shouldn’t start at all right?

Be:Fit London is the perfect place to get you excited for working out and feeling good about yourself with an amazing range of range of pop-up fitness classes including Barry’s Bootcamp, FRAME, Core Collective, Les Mills and GymBox.

Foodies gather round! Throughout the weekend there will be cooking classes with Dale Pinnock, Tess Ward and Amelia Freer, not to mention the food free samples some of which taste so good you would not believe they are healthy.

There will also be inspirational talks from health and beauty gurus Natasha Corrett, Zanna van Dijk, Madeleine Shaw and many others.

Grab a friend in fact grab a group of friends and head down to the Business Design Center, Islington from 29 April – 1 May for a girlie outing with a healthy twist.

Be:fit London aims to empower women and provide visitors with the long-term tools they need to increase their confidence and happiness, by removing the intimidation and competition from the health and fitness world, and bringing back the fun.

An All Inclusive Day or Weekend Pass to Be:Fit London 2016 includes unlimited entry to classes in the Reebok Fitness Studio, cooking sessions in the Oatly Kitchen and talks on the Main Stage. You will also have full access to the shopping village, with over 100 health, fitness and nutrition brands.

All Inclusive Day Pass: £25

All Inclusive Weekend Pass (3 days): £55

All Inclusive Student/Concession Day Pass: £20

(Must have a valid NUS card with you for entry)

Child Pass: £10

Why not spoil yourself and go for the VIP Experience Pass
In addition to all the benefits of a Be:Fit London Day Pass, you can also enjoy:

All day entry into the exclusive VIP lounge
Free hair styling
Free beauty treatments from top brands
Free healthy food and drinks
Fastrack entry to all classes, kitchen sessions and talks
Free pre-booking of one class, kitchen session and talk
VIP surprise giveaways

All for only £75
A bespoke Be:Fit London and Hey Holla tote bag, filled with goodies, worth over £50!

Brand new for 2016, the Platinum Pass entitles you to all the features of a VIP Day Pass, across all three days for £150! That’s an extra day of VIP treatment, totally free.

Tickets can be purchased from the BE:FIT London Website 

Not sure if you want to go why not check out my review of the first ever Be:Fit London event 

and my Instagram posts from BE:FIT London 2015

and 2014

Be:fit London 2015 Review

Still on my healthy living kick I wanted to do something constrictive over the bank holiday weekend so I headed down Be:fit London which is now being held at the Design and Business Center in Islington which in my opinion is a much better fit then the Old Billingsgate, London which was a much smaller venue.
For those who don’t know Be:Fit is a re branding and imagination of The Vitality Show, the focus now is on women’s fitness, health and nutrition.
Now in its 2nd year Be:fit defiantly fulfilled its promise of being bigger and better than last year.
I know the event would be popular when I tried to book one of the classes online to find that they were all fully booked!
Normally when I go to events like this I try to be somewhat organised however with so much products that were new to the market there was no way to plan in advance what stands I wanted to go to because I didn't know what they were but there was lots of amazing products and foods to try out as cooking demos and health and fitness seminars that I found the time whizzed by and before I knew it was time to leave.
Despite me being unable to book any of the classed on line there was the opportunity walking and take part however my wedge trainers were not the best footwear for the task darn it!!
Did you attend Be:Fit London what did you think?

I'm sorry for my lack of pictures on this post i had so much to see and so little time 

Be:fit London Back,Bigger and Better

It’s been a year since my Be:fit London adventures which I thoroughly enjoyed and I couldn’t wait to return this year.
I’m not going to lie I kind of sort of fell of my fitness routine so hopefully this will be the kick up the bum I need to get me back on track.

For those who don’t know Be:Fit used to be called the Vitality show but the health, beauty, fitness and well-being event was re branded to have more of a focus on health, fitness and wellbeing. Starting out in Old Billingsgate and I’m guessing due to its popularity Be:fit will now be taking place at the Design and Business Center in Islington which I believe is a bigger venue.
Click to check out my Be:fit London review to get an over view of my experiences from last year 

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or someone who wants to live a healthier life style I promise you there is something for you at Be:fit London for you.

Promising everything needed to upgrade your lifestyle under one roof top nutrition there will also be a number of seminars Throughout the three days to equip women with the tools to ditch the fads and ‘become healthier and happier; Health experts will be on hand to give advice and there will be the opportunity to meet Olympians Becky Adlington and Denise Lewis (Talks schedule below)


Friday 1st May
11:30 Newby Hands
12:30 Madeleine Shaw
13:30 Becky Adlington
14:30 - Calgary Avansino
16:30 Taylor Anderson

Saturday 2nd May
10:30 Zana Morris
11:30 Reward Yourself For Health

Sunday 3rd May
13:30 Denise Lewis
Oh and let’s not forget about the 125 brands which include Vitamix, Quest Nutrition, Vita Coco that will be exhibiting their newest products.

One of the things I regretted last year was not taking part in the fitness classes that were hosted in the Reebok FitHub!  so this year I’m going to make sure I get involved.
Below is the schedule for the classes


Friday 1st May
11am - House Of VOGA workshop
12.45pm - Body by Frame

Saturday 2nd May
11.45am - Sleek Technique
12.30pm - Uptown Funk Workshop
1.15pm - The Podium Effect - Louise Hazel

Sunday 3rd May
11am - Leah Kim - Workshop
2.45pm - Contemporary Yoga
3.30pm - Barry’s Bootcamp

Tickets for Be:Fit London are £18 with £9 fees for concessions and children aged 11-16.

Further details of Be:Fit London at
Hopefully I will see you guys there 

Health & Beauty Benefits of Epsom Salts

I was turned on to Epson salts by Newby Hands the Health and Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar Q&A session she gave at BE:fit London during which she mentioned that it was good to sooth aching muscles celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow  I have not looked back since then.

I now find that I am buying 3kg bag of Epsom salts  bags on a weekly basis
As I suffer with Lupus I regularly get swollen joints and muscle inflammation and soaking in Epsom salts defiantly helps with the pain and the swelling and relaxes me.
I love the fact that it softens the water and  leaves my skin feeling super silky every now and then I will add a pinch to my facial wash or body wash for a bit of exfoliation action. I have also found that if I have any bites rashers or cuts it speeds up the healing process. 
I have recently started to use a  body brush to stimulate the skin and open the pores prior to having a soak which gives me an all over tingly and leaves me feeling super soft
Of course there will always be people who dispute the health claims of bathing in Epsom salts, but I personally notice real results from using it.

Benefits of Epsom Salts

Relax Your Body
Epsom salts dissolved in warm water are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline which helps to relieve stress. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, which can help us to us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.

Relieve Pain and Cramping
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Soaking in a a warm Epsom salt bath does wonders to alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.

Battle Water Retention
Epson salts can help to , helps to regulate fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.

Relieves Constipation
One of Epsom salts more popular uses is as a saline laxative. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water and drink. Note, this remedy should not be used more than once per day. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it is always recommended to consult with a physician.
Remove Splinters
To dislodge a stubborn splinter, simply soak the affected body part in warm water and Epsom salts for a few minutes. Magnesium sulfate will reduce the inflammation around the wound and soften up the splinter, making it much easier to remove.

Soothe Sprains and Bruises
Anti-inflammatory Epsom salts can be used to alleviate the soreness from sprains and bruises. Just add two cups of salts to your warm bath water and soak away the ache.

Keep Feet Healthy
It’s pretty common knowledge that soaking your feet in Epsom salts is good for soothing away aches and pains. But did you know that it can also help to treat athlete’s foot and toe nail fungal infections? Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for as long as you want (or until the water gets cold) to alleviate the itching and burning and help heal feet faster. You can also use as a scrub to keep your tootsies super soft

Hangover Cure
Epsom salts bath are an excellent pick me up after a night of over-indulgence as hangovers are caused by the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in the body this + dehyratation can trigger a throbbing headache, fatigue and nausea. The sulphates in Epsoms salt ar hreat at helping to help flush out toxins and ease muscle pain.

Jet-Lag Remedy
Soaking in an Epsom salts bath after a long-haul flight has a sedative effect on the body.
The minerals help muscles and joints to relax and this leads to a more restful sleep, giving the body a chance to re-energiseBeat the Bloat

Bathing in Epsom salts helps to reduce water retention and tummy bloating drawing out toxins.

Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Epsom Salt 4.99 for 1 Kg

Holland and Barrett
The Eco Bath Epsom Salt Bath Soak for Muscle & Joint Pain £8.49 for 1kg

You should also be able to purchase Epsom salts from your local pharmacy however they tend to keep it under the counter so you will have to ask for it.

Have you tried Epsom salts?
What are your thoughts?

Be:Fit London Event Review

With my recent interest in my health and we'll being I was super excited to come down to Befit London which has just recently changed from being called the Vitality show.
I attended the Vitality show last year and enjoyed myself so I was very excited.
Be:Fit London basically gets health and fitness experts, brands ect in one place which is great because I have lots of questions to ask over the free days there is a line up of seminars hosted by Health and beauty experts as well as fitness classes hosted In the Reebok fitness studio.
I turned up not so bright and early in my fitness gear (ok I was trying to be cute in my wedge trainers but I'm going to be serious when I come back on Sunday).
Since the name change it seem that Befit London is lot more serious about fitness than the Vitality show was. 

Nuffield Health had have a stand where you can come and have a fitness check up 
Which was so popular all of the appointments were taken by the time I got there :( 
And there was lots of health food companies offering up guilt free yummy treats.

There wasn't so many cosmetic company's but oh well. 
I had come down with the intention of not spending any money but of course I did
However I can justify my purchases dammit 

Harpers Bazaar Subscription 
I have been wanting to take out a subscription and I got a free massage, just what I needed after all the walking up and down and hello I live a very stressful life so I deserve it lol!

Women's Health 
subscription which came with a Dermalogica gift set 

Your buds iPod nano arm band 
I've wanted one of these for the gym for ages!
I actually wasn't too bad today spending wise but I will be leaving my purse at home when I go back on Sunday. 

Overall I had a good day however I was hoping to learn more about nutrition and how to prepare foods myself instead of purchasing prepackaged foods however this could have been touched on in in seminar as I only went to the Q&A session with Newby Hands the Health and Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar which was quite good.

Did you go down to Be:fit London?