About me · Diary · healthy eating

We Got Married!

Four weeks ago I married my best friend in the whole world. We've been together since we were young, we've been engaged for 18 years, and we have two daughters together so it was finally time to say I do! I didn't expect to feel so emotional during the wedding, but I felt so happy… Continue reading We Got Married!

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8 Weeks To Feel Amazing!

It's 8 weeks until my wedding, and although I've previously written a post about how I wasn't putting myself under any pressure to look a certain way for my big day, it was a different story a few weeks back when I hit the 3 month mark. It suddenly dawned on me that I only… Continue reading 8 Weeks To Feel Amazing!

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My Review Of The Bikini Body Guide (BBG)

You may have heard of Kayla Itsines, with over 9 million followers on Instagram and the creator of the Bikini Body Guide she's responsible for helping millions of women get into shape and gain confidence. I was swept up in the whole BBG world when it just started to explode 3 years ago and I… Continue reading My Review Of The Bikini Body Guide (BBG)

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BBG 12 week challenge results

Hi guys! After almost 5 weeks of going AWOL I've finally got round to writing this post to show you my BBG 12 week challenge results. So....I went through 12 weeks of doing endless burpees, hundreds of commandos and I sweated so much I started to wonder if there was any point in washing my… Continue reading BBG 12 week challenge results

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The Pressure Of Getting Wedding Ready

So, I don't think I've mentioned it on here yet, but I'm getting married later on this year. I've been engaged to Richard for eighteen years and we have two kids so it was about time we finally made it official! Somehow it's gone from an intimate wedding for 20 guests to a huge family… Continue reading The Pressure Of Getting Wedding Ready

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12 Workout Guides To Help You Get Fitter This Year

Bloated? Sluggish? Still eating those Christmas advent calendar chocolates because they were only 12 pence in the sale? ...Okay just me then. It's January, everyone's on a health kick and looking for motivation, including me, but before you go on some crazy cereal-only diet or start with the skinny teas (tip: don't even think about… Continue reading 12 Workout Guides To Help You Get Fitter This Year

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How To Stay Fit And Healthy In The Holidays

Christmas is a time for indulging and spending time with loved ones, but being invited to parties, work functions, celebrating with friends as well as a huge feast on the big day itself can leave me feeling bloated and sluggish to start the new year. Last year I used Christmas as an excuse to eat… Continue reading How To Stay Fit And Healthy In The Holidays

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Why I Stopped Doing BBG

I've been doing the bikini body guide for around two and a half years now. I started with the eBook guides doing BBG for a few rounds then moved on to BBG 2 when I felt I was getting stronger and needed something different. I saw incredible results, honestly looking back I don't think my… Continue reading Why I Stopped Doing BBG

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10 Ways To Stop Social Media Stressing You Out

Social media is great for so many things, catching up with friends, finding out about events and for gaining tips on so many things, but less face it - it can also be a drain on our time, it can be addictive and it's also been said that it isn't very good for our mental… Continue reading 10 Ways To Stop Social Media Stressing You Out

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My updated workout routine

I was looking through my old posts and I came across my workout routine from 18 months ago and I couldn't believe how much exercise I was doing! I didn't want to leave that post on here as it was a high level of exercise and really not sustainable for long term so I've updated… Continue reading My updated workout routine

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How to get fit for less at home

I've been into fitness for over 8 years now and in all that time I've never set foot into a gym and I can count on one hand the number of times I've been to a fitness class. I had a young family and finding time to get to the gym was tough and I… Continue reading How to get fit for less at home

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My Top 10 Tips For BBG Beginners

I've been doing BBG for over two years, using the BBG guides and also the sweat with kayla app. I've learned a lot in those years and there are some things I wish I could go back and tell myself or do differently to make my life a lot easier and sometimes a little less… Continue reading My Top 10 Tips For BBG Beginners

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My favourite quick healthy snacks

As somebody who is constantly hungry I usually make sure I have a supply of healthy snacks to stop me reaching for the sugary processed stuff. The worst times for snacking for me are when I come home from work and in the evening after dinner - that's when I'm raiding the cupboards looking for… Continue reading My favourite quick healthy snacks

healthy eating · Recipes

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

I don't need to tell you how much I love cookies (clue...it's a lot) so a healthier version of cookie dough bites is the dream for me. I was in the mood for some baking this bank holiday weekend so I spent the morning experimenting in the kitchen. Usually when this happens I end up… Continue reading Raw Cookie Dough Bites

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Everything you need to know about the Sweat with Kayla app

I've been doing the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) using the e-books for over 2 years now. I've completed the BBG guide around five times and BBG 2 around three times and at the end of that last round I felt like I needed a new challenge. BBG has given me great results so I knew… Continue reading Everything you need to know about the Sweat with Kayla app

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How I tone up without dieting

For the past few months I've loosened my grip on the whole healthy eating thing. I went out for food with my family, some coffee-and-cake dates with my girlfriends and I went away for my birthday....basically I've been enjoying my life and living by the mantra 'treat yo'self' full force! I have no regrets about… Continue reading How I tone up without dieting

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My Workout Essentials

Nothing makes me feel better than a great workout, whether it's outdoors or in my corner of the bedroom that I call my gym. Exercise lifts my mood and gives me the energy and motivation I need to get on with the rest of my day. I can workout anywhere, but there are a few… Continue reading My Workout Essentials

healthy eating · Recipes · Recipes

Raw chocolate bites

  It's not a secret that I love chocolate, I love it so much I eat it every single day. But you can have too much of a good thing so I wanted to find a healthier way to get my chocolate fix, something I could just grab when I'm too tired to do anything… Continue reading Raw chocolate bites

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BBG Frequently Asked Questions

I've been doing the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines for around 18 months now and since then it's grown in popularity, bringing more girls into the community and leading to BBG meet ups all over the world. It's now an app called Sweat With Kayla (SWK) and there's also a new 28 day healthy… Continue reading BBG Frequently Asked Questions

healthy eating · Recipes

Simple Chia Pudding Recipe 

Usually I love a bowl of oats in the morning, whether it's a warming bowl of porridge in the Winter or overnight oats in the Summer I start the day with a humongous bowl of carbs. I'm a carbs sort of girl - oats, bread, pasta, more bread - you get the picture, all my… Continue reading Simple Chia Pudding Recipe 

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Protein Supplements Vs Real Food experiment 

For the past year I've been eating Protein bars nearly every day. They give me a boost before my workout and I feel like they help me recover quicker afterwards. I'm pretty new to Protein shakes, I started drinking them around 6 months ago and for me that's when I noticed my muscles were becoming… Continue reading Protein Supplements Vs Real Food experiment 

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Leg Shaping and booty building plan 

My legs have always been a bit of a problem area for me. Luckily they are easy to hide away under jeans and tights for most of the year - but even in Summer I wore leggings under my dresses and I would be horrified at the thought of wearing shorts. This year was going to… Continue reading Leg Shaping and booty building plan 

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Raw Almond Butter Energy Balls Recipe

This week I've been getting used to my new braces and I've missed out on eating all my favourite meals like tacos and curry, even my protein bars are too chewy. I've been more than a little grumpy about it, I NEED treats! I really wanted something to pick me up so that's why I… Continue reading Raw Almond Butter Energy Balls Recipe

Diary · healthy eating

What I eat in a week

I haven't made a food diary in a long time: I don't count calories, I usually eat the same meals every week and I'm not putting on weight so I haven't felt the need to. I used to count macros but after months of inputting the same sorts of food I pretty much know what… Continue reading What I eat in a week

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One (Almost) Perfect Week

Setting health goals without setting yourself up to fail

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Ways to fit in exercise

Fitting in workouts around busy lives

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12 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise

It's easy to be motivated when you're just starting a new workout or just committed to something new, but after all that excitement fades and the reality of the hard work ahead kicks in, it can be hard to get the same sort of motivation that you started out with. I've been working out at… Continue reading 12 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise

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My Tips On How To Stop Snacking On Junk Food

Some lucky people can eat whatever they want and as long as they exercise they won't put on weight. I am definitely NOT one of the lucky ones! A few weeks ago I relaxed the hold I had on my diet and subconsciously I decided to eat whatever I wanted again. I was getting fed up… Continue reading My Tips On How To Stop Snacking On Junk Food

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Everything you need to know about the Bikini Body Guide

All about BBG

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The One When We Went To FriendsFest Cardiff

I've been a huge fan of Friends ever since I was about twelve, my best friend started raving about it in school and even though I wasn't allowed to stay up that late I just had to watch it - even if that meant sitting in my bedroom in semi darkness with my face pressed… Continue reading The One When We Went To FriendsFest Cardiff

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Lifeguard Trial

Just a quick post from me today! Earlier today I went with my husband for his Lifeguard Trial before he signs up for a Lifeguard course. The trial was in Pontypridd Lido which was originally built in 1927 but has recently been refurbished to it's former glory after a regeneration project. It was a wet… Continue reading Lifeguard Trial

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Tips For When You Don’t Feel Motivated To Exercise

I used to be one of those really annoying people who enjoyed exercise and never found it a chore. It was something I did to relax and I saw it as my time to make myself feel good. I used to get asked all the time how to stay motivated or get in the mood… Continue reading Tips For When You Don’t Feel Motivated To Exercise

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Hot Chocolate And Cold Cardio

It's a month after the wedding and it's still a few days until payday yet so our pockets are looking pretty empty right now! The kids are up their grans house, so instead of mooching around the house we decided to get our weatherproof coats on and go for ride in the car to Bryn… Continue reading Hot Chocolate And Cold Cardio

Diary · healthy mind · negative thinking · Positive thinking

Reasons To Be Happy

Hey hey hey, it's Saturday! So...taking part in blogtober and writing everyday has made me realise how negative my thoughts are lately, the word failure is coming up a lot and you know what? I'm not a failure, I know that, so brain would you please kindly shut the fudge up. Okay? Thank you so… Continue reading Reasons To Be Happy

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Feeling Like I’m Not Part Of The Fitness Community Anymore

For two years I've been so motivated, my whole life revolved around my workouts and I even made excuses not to go if the invite fell on a workout day. My workout was my hobby and I loved nothing more than documenting every workout on social media. Now I wonder who that person was....Obsessed and… Continue reading Feeling Like I’m Not Part Of The Fitness Community Anymore

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I Woke Up Like This

In theory today I should have woke up in a great mood as I had the day off work which meant I could have a much needed lie in - but in reality it seems like I got out of the wrong side of bed. Going downstairs feeling groggy with a dull headache and a… Continue reading I Woke Up Like This