The holiday season can be particularly challenging for those of us who have specific goals and are eating to a plan in order to reach them. There’s endless temptation from festive food and beverages. People gravitate to celebrations and often find food that they associate with nostalgic feelings of Christmas moments gone by. There’s also the marketing machine that churns out an array of new treats every year. The struggle is truly real this time of year.
Although there is endless temptation and ways to come off the rails of your eating plan or diet over the holidays there are things you can do to minimise any of the festive fun derailing your plan and stay on track to achieve your goals. Read more
Going to the gym for the first time can be scary, daunting, emotional and challenging all at once. Knowing what to expect before you walk in to a gym can be the difference between deciding to go or not to go. I’ve put together a list of 10 things to expect on your first time at the gym to make it a little less challenging for that initial workout. Read more
Last weekend a friend and I did a juice cleanse. It was a challenging three days of literally only drinking juice and eating nothing. However, although it was challenging I learnt a lot about my habits and gave my body a much needed reset.
A juice cleanse isn’t for everyone and I certainly won’t be attempting another any time soon but I really needed to do something – I’ve been consistently losing weight for a number of months, and then, it just stopped. Boom, plateau. I really wanted to reset my system and change my habits around food. Two of the girls in my office had been juicing so I thought I would try it.
Doing the juice cleanse meant that I did lose some weight but most importantly it gave my body the opportunity to reset and detox. Read more
Instagram can be a great resource for quick workout videos. The nature of posting videos of workouts to Instagram means that the posts need to quickly take you through the exercises and they’re perfect for when you’re in the gym. These are, in my opinion the best instagrams to follow for workouts.
I know instagram isn’t the first place you might think of when looking for great exercise and workout programs. The videos posted can often be from high end personal trainers, just by following their account you get a snippet of what their celebrity clients pay so much for. Instagram is also a great place to find workouts aimed at women, I find this can sometimes be tricky if you’re just googling. Read more
I love Instagram but it can be a challenging place. It’s hard to filter all the people that flood the grid with thinly veiled sales pitches and mis-truths. The best instagrams to follow for diet is a collection of just that, those instagram accounts I really trust to give me information and help me find that sweet spot for fat loss. Read more
I’m on a fit and strong journey to find my strongest self. Although I’ve had a number of missteps, one of the worst so far has been wasting a year of my life because I joined the wrong gym. I really wanted to share my experience and write a post about how to find a gym that’s right for you because it’s so important and makes such a difference to getting results.
I moved to a new city (hello Sydney!) at the end of 2016 and although I knew that I wanted to join a gym straight away I took my time to familiarise myself with my surroundings. When I was ready I had already researched the gyms that were close to home and work and I knew roughly what they provided. Read more
I’m a gym bunny in that I bounce in and out of gym memberships 😂. My motivation for working out hasn’t been the best over the years. I’ve finally found a gym that I feel comfortable going to and I’m seeing results from. However, along my journey I’ve found multiple ways to workout on a budget generally when I haven’t felt like investing in my health and fitness has been a priority. One of the great tools I’ve found is YouTube.
Disclaimer: I am not a fitness professional. You should consult your physician for advice around any fitness decisions you plan to make. This guide is simply tools that I’ve found along my fitness journey in order to workout at home and save money. This blog is only my opinion and you should get professional advice.
Last year I joined a gym that I really didn’t like that much. I would go but just spend my time on the treadmill and other cardio equipment avoiding the weights room. The classes didn’t fit with my lifestyle at the time. I found the people at the gym intimidating. The gym really didn’t do much for me, I was at my doctors one day and he spoke with me about what I was doing in terms of exercise. I told him the story of my gym and how I just didn’t enjoy it. He promptly suggested I start working out at home. He and his wife had stopped going to the gym and were working out three times a week just with the aid of YouTube videos. He made a suggestion of who I should look up on YouTube and off I went.
It took me a few days but I eventually looked into the YouTube channel he had recommended.The YouTube thing really played on my mind – could I actually work out at home just with videos that I would be able to get for FREE?
My honest answer – I did do this, I’m back at the gym now with a totally different mindset and I’ve used four YouTube channels in particular to really kick start my fitness. I feel like finding these videos was part of the turning point for myself and my fitness – after finding them, I just started to get it. I still watch them sometimes and I use a number of the tips and tricks that they pass on in my fitness journey.
What do I need?
There are a few things that you will need to already have in order to workout at home with YouTube.
Importantly you’ll need a way to access YouTube. That might be on your TV, iPad, Laptop or Phone. Any way you can access the videos is great. I recommend a wifi connection so the videos don’t eat your data.
You’ll need a space that you can workout in.
I would recommend having some good shoes to workout in. You’ll need something to support your feet so you can safely complete the exercises.
Ensure you always have adequate water whenever you’re working out (stay hydrated people!).
One of the YouTube channels I’m about to discuss is a meal prep / food based channel. If you have the cooking skills it’s a great channel to watch for some tips and tricks.
Where to workout
The term ‘anywhere’ comes to mind. Let’s be real, unless you’re working out with a friend or in a park by yourself somewhere a little bit of space at home is going to be your best option.
I recommend doing the workouts with the videos in front of you and simply following along however if you know you’re going to go out and do something outside you can write down the exercises on your phone or simply search Pinterest for an outdoor workout (another great budget friendly option!).
Working out with free work outs on YouTube
There is A LOT of content on YouTube. And I’ve often searched high and low for some great videos. I recommend three channels for workouts, one for yoga and one for meal prep.
I love Blogilates! There’s a HUGE library of free Blogilates workout videos on YouTube. Started by Cassey Ho who has this particular way of making you feel really happy whilst you’re working out to her videos. Cassey has started her own form of pilates called PopPilates. I fully recommend you check out blogilates.com as well as the YouTube channel. There you can find printables and calendars to help you with your workouts and fitness journey. Fair warning though: these workouts look easy but they can be tough! Good luck!
“This workout is complete” are the words you’ll be longing to hear during one of Fitness Blender’s HIIT workouts. This was the channel that my doctor recommended to me. This fitness couple will have you in shape in no time with their huge library of free YouTube video workouts. Most of them are perfect for home. I recommend checking out their website fitnessblender.com where you will find some comprehensive information about their videos. They also have some programs you can purchase for a small fee.
Tone It Up
The Tone it up girls have built a huge empire and even had their own reality show. They have several workout videos available on YouTube and have some great at home workouts!
Yoga With Adrienne
Having a session at least once a week to properly stretch everything out and reset is a great addition to your fitness routine. Yoga with Adrienne is a great channel that takes you through yoga slowly and really teaches you how to do things.
I don’t generally turn to YouTube for food and recipe ideas. There’s plenty available on the internet as it is. Until one day I stumbled across Fit Couple Cooks and I found some amazing meal prep recipes. My personal favourite is their Healthy Pad Thai. They’ve recently released a book with their recipes and meal plans.
I really think finding these YouTube channels and starting to work out at home was a turning point for me. If this is the next step for you – I think you should take that step today.
I love blogging. I’ve been a blogger for a long time in various different blogs. I’m blogging here now. I’d love to teach you how to blog!
Starting a new blog
Starting a new blog is like buying a new pair of shoes. Running shoes, not the Manolo Blahnik’s you’ve had your eye on for months and have saved every last cent for. No my friend, starting a new blog is more like going to the Nike store and picking out the shoes that you know will keep you comfortable for many miles on the road. A blog is great when it’s shiny and new but it needs work and there’s always room for improvement. As you evolve your blog does too – that’s what I love about blogging.
What I’ll be blogging about
My life has changed a lot since my older blogs. I used to blog secretly – my friends and family knew very little of my blogging and I used it as an outlet to discuss things happening in my life.
Life is so different now – I’ve changed my lifestyle and incorporated a lot of fitness and have some great goals I’m working toward. It’s very much a journey and I’m looking forward to sharing that on my blog.
I now live in Sydney, Australia which is a city begging to be explored. I love Sunday afternoon coastal walks and all of the great festivals and attractions that are around the city. It’s worth the flip side of expensive rents and long commutes.
I also love to travel. We go to Walt Disney World; a lot. I’m a huge Disney fan but I also love travelling in general. This year we’re going to New York and Las Vegas as well – I’m so excited! We’re also planning a trip back to Europe in 2019.
How can you start a blog?
I feel like if I’m blogging just for me – it’s a lifestyle blog but not much more than a diary and no one wants to read about my choice of Lululemon tights to pass their time – let’s be honest. One of my goals for this blog is to include something that helps others in every single post. As I’m now a bit of a veteran in setting up a blog and getting blogging I wanted to share how you can do this (it’s so easy!).
Choose a name for your blog. This is important as you’ll need to set everything up so it reflects your blog name. From social media accounts, email and the web address where people can find you.
Once you have a name you’ll need to decide where you’re going to host your blog.There are two options here, you can use a free website to host your blog like Blogspot or wordpress.com . These websites will host you on their platform and you can set up a blog for free. They have a number of great templates to choose from so you can customise the look and feel of your blog a little.
If you want something more than what the free blog has to offer I recommend setting your blog up as self-hosted from the beginning. Self-hosted simply means that you own your domain name (www. address) and have purchased hosting or where your blog lives that is connected to your chosen domain name. I recommend this because as your blog grows you will control your own platform and have maximum flexibility. You’ll also be able to install wordpress.org which is powerful blog software that will give you ample flexibility.There are many places to purchase self hosted blogs and domain names. I recommend you look around and decide what works best for you, some sites will have specials on hosting and many will even give you a free domain name. Some of the most popular are Go Daddy, Bluehost and Squarespace. I personally use Go Daddy and purchased their wordpress hosting, they installed the software for me and within a matter of minutes I was ready to start setting things up.
Now you’ll get to choose your theme which is basically the look and feel of your blog. I have purchased my themes in the past. I would recommend having a look at ETSY to find a theme that suits you this could be a reflection of your personality or simply how you want your blog to feel. Ensure you check your blog software and buy the correct template for whatever you choose to use. I use WordPress self-hosted on my domain name with the theme Irony by Hipster Themes.
Finally, you’ll need to decide what plugins you want to use on your blog; these are little programs which help you with the look and feel. I suggest googling what is recommended for this as I could write about it but it would be a whole other post worth of content.
When you’re happy with how you’ve set your blog up, which takes longer than expected if you want to play around a bit. You’re ready to blog!The only thing you really have to be set on is your blog name so you can set everything up how you want it from the beginning. Everything else can be changed later on.