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Monday, 16 April 2018

Protein World Summer Body Challenge




Nutrition is key to making any changes in regards to your body shape. Fat loss relies upon our bodies being in a calorie deficit, consuming less calories than we are burning, only then do those fat cells become used for fuel. However, in order to ensure we hold onto that muscle shape we've just spent months of building we have to consume adequate amounts of protein. Restricting calories can make it difficult for some of us to ensure we're hitting that daily target. But this is where the Protein World 4 week Summer Body Challenge* steps in. The personalised Slender Plan, packed with everything form porridge to protein shakes gives me everything I need to support my 4 week journey to change. 

At first, I was very sceptical. If you follow me closely on social media, you will know how my ethos is based around good relationships with food and completely against FAD diets. But Protein World understood my own goals, they considered my lifestyle and advised me on supplements to support me. They advised me on the products to choose to best suit my goals of fat loss and muscle retention, while maintaining a challenging workout schedule. Of course, if you aren't training regularly and just want the Slender Plan to support your nutrition they can advise on the right products for you too. 

After discussing the products with one of Protein World's friendly and informative Nutritional Advisors, I decided upon a range of products which all taste as incredible as they sound, trust me! One of the first products I tested was the Vegan Blend, hands down the best tasting Vegan Protein I have ever tried. Also packed with 26g of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals and the formula mixes effortlessly. Another protein packed product is the Slender Porridge, 11g of protein, gluten free and this left me feeling full all morning, keeping those cravings at bay. Whilst maintaining high levels of protein, creatine is also vital to providing energy and endurance, helping those muscles perform at their bests throughout my workouts.  The Toner Capsules are packed with creatine to utilise energy supplies and also work to tighten the skin. While tight skin helps improve the appearance of muscle tone, the Collagen Capsules contribute to maintenance of incredible skin and super shiny hair because who doesn't want lovely locks?

Now, a little treat when you are having those cravings comes in the form of their Slender Bars. The Rocky Road is just mouth-wateringly good and has 12g of protein in to hit that goal, even better there's plenty of choices to suit everyone. Being a Yorkshire girl, tea is up there on the priority list. The Slender tea is NOT a laxative tea (thankfully) so you will not be dehydrating your body, instead you'll be drinking tea packed with multi-functional herbs aimed to boost metabolism and banish that dreaded bloat! 

So that's the breakdown of everything included in the pretty incredible Slender Plan. If that wasn't good enough, you can also be in with the chance of winning a trip to Ibiza along with many other prizes including a £500 Missguided voucher. If you wan't to join in with the 4 week Summer Body Challenge, along with the support of a whole Facebook Community follow this link.
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

















International women's Day is a day where the whole world celebrates the brilliant, strong women we have in our lives and celebrating those who made the world what it is today. However it's also a day where we also look at the inequalities still present across the globe. The world Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings tell us that gender parity is still over 200 year away, this is so difficult to comprehend when we live in such a modern day society. But yes gender inequality is still happening. This is why today we need to take the time to celebrate women. To join the campaign to #pressforprogress. To make other's aware, that yes this very much is a huge issue in society. But also a day to love yourself for the strong woman you are!

I have gone from living an incredibly sad life, brought about by insecurity from my wandering other, who made me feel like I was never good enough. To finally having self-confidence and belief that yes I am 100% good enough and I deserve the world. The past year I have worked on myself to be strong not only physically but mentally and emotionally too. Of course, we still all have those days. But I have learnt that nobody will ever let me feel that way again. That I am a strong woman deserving of respect, from both men and women. This is my message. That women should be pushing each other up, not pulling each other down. That men should 100% respect women, just like they would wish for their own child or mother. We, as women, are incredibly complex individuals deserving of anything we desire. If you have the strength inside you can achieve anything. So today, celebrate your own strength but also stand together with other woman to celebrate their strengths too.

Love Laura
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

SNOW DAY MOTIVATION





The Beast From The East has hit hard and most of the country have been covered with a layer or two of snow. Schools are shut, the driving conditions are bad and going to the gym is probably the last thing on your mind. I'm not going to be that Personal Trainer who says 'no excuses you need to get to the gym'. To me safety always comes first and if it's not safe to travel to the gym then please don't! But I've thought of some ideas for you to stay motivated and get moving on these snow days.

Get Moving
The best thing you can do is to keep moving. Make the most of going out in your wellies for a lovely Winter walk or even a sledge! If walking isn't your thing or you don't want to steal somebodies dog then get clearing the snow instead. Wrap yourself up warm and get a shovel and clear the snow outside your house. Or you can go one better and help out your neighbours too. I'm sure they'll appreciate your help and your body will appreciate the extra calories burned.

Home Workouts
If you can't make it to the gym, then make use of what you have at home. A workout is very easily adaptable by using resistance bands and bottles/tins to workout too. You can make it even simpler by doing a little circuit workout on the kitchen floor (or even outside) using bodyweight exercises, like jump squats, lunges, push ups and even using the stairs to run up and down. There are hundreds of ideas on youtube too to give you a bit of inspiration.

Yoga 
Stretching is such an important part of keeping fit and healthy which many of us are guilty of neglecting. But stretching is so beneficial for mobility, strength and to help with prevention of injuries and recovery. Every now and again I like to find a quick 20 minute Youtube Yoga workout and spend time feeling that stretch in my muscles, loosening them off after the heavy weight session. This is the perfect thing to do on a snow day and oh it will work up a sweat too. Set yourself up on a beginners yoga session and you'll be good to go. Your body will thank you for it!

Of course, snow days are also a good opportunity to rest up and give your muscles time to recover. But if like me, you love getting out and about make the most of the beautiful scenery and fresh brisk air and get yourselves out and about. I hope you all enjoy your snow days. Let me know if you'll be using any of these tips to help motivate you!

Love Laura
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Meal Prepping Made Easy





Meal prepping is really important when trying to meet your goals. Whether you're trying to gain muscle/weight or lose fat, planning your meals is the first step. You can go hell to leather in the gym as much as you like but if you're not aware of what's going  into your body then it's very hard to make any changes. For me, Sunday nights always used to be spent slogging over cutting up chicken pieces and dividing them equally between lunch boxes ready for the week ahead. I only prepare lunches for work as dinner is easy enough to prepare. However, there are now companies out there who will prepare and cook those meals for you and deliver them directly to your door.

This is like a dream service right? No messing about with tupperware, or missing out on Sunday night TV anymore. Eat Zest* have a range of meals which are freshly prepared and they even cater to your own goals. There's a bulk, balance or burn range, which means you won't have to worry about the meals fitting into your own calorie goals. All the nutritional information is included on the back too and also the website, to make it even easier to track. All you have to do is refrigerate and pop in the microwave for a couple of minutes when you're ready.

I'm also super impressed by the meal selections and flavours. Usually, meal prep companies follow the typical broccoli, rice and chicken meals which really do bore me. However Eat Zest have so much choice, from Jamaican Jerk Chicken to Chicken Katsu Curry with Sticky Rice. I also let them know that I only eat chicken, turkey and fish and they covered that for me too. You can rest assured that the ingredients used are only the best of British and they're packed with flavour and taste too! I haven't looked back since I've tried meals from Eat Zest! If you want to try the tasty, flavoursome meals use LAURA10 for discount off your whole order!

Love Laura 
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Competing For SELF-LOVE



If self-love had an ambassador I’d like to think I’d be a pretty strong contender. I have never really sat down and explained my own issues with self-love. It’s an incredibly hard subject to address and to sit-down and relay the emotions over the past few years. But in order to move on and to learn to love yourself, first you have to accept the pain and take ownership and responsibility for your feelings. This isn’t going to be a blog about me explaining my past, more explaining and hopefully helping others in similar situations, to learn how to move on.

Learning and accepting the issues is the key to moving on. I was blasé about most things. A hopeless romantic following the beliefs of ‘it’ll be ok in the end’ and ‘everything happens for a reason’. Only I couldn’t yet work out what the reasons were. Emotionally and physically I have been through quite a lot. But somehow I always managed to withhold the belief that the relationship would be ok. That each time the cheating or the abuse happened, that it was the last time. But it was never the last time, until I made it the last time. You have to be the one to accept what is happening is not what you deserve. You have to call truths on your own self-worth, to stand up and say I just can’t do it anymore. Maybe I feared being a weak person. Or maybe I just didn’t want to let go of the hopes and dreams of things getting better. But now I look back and realise how much of an incredibly strong person I was for walking away. 


Accepting the issues is the biggest step. When you’ve done this, self-love will become so much easier. It made me realise that nobody deserves to treat me with disrespect. That I deserve to be loved just as much as I can love. I started to take time out to reflect on what happened and to speak to other people who had been through similar things. I realised I would give them advice that I wasn’t following myself. I’d tell them they are so so worthy of love and feeling good enough. But was I following suit? This is where I realised I had to appreciate myself. That I couldn’t put my whole worth on a single person. Their actions to treat me in such a way were not a representation of my worth. Taking time to appreciate yourself, to feel yourself getting stronger emotionally and physically is massively undervalued. Because how can someone truly love you if you don’t show that same love for yourself.


For a while I didn’t have any relationships, I didn’t allow anyone else in my life. The thought of being hurt again was too much, the thought of trusting someone else just as hard. But we have to believe that not everybody is the same. There are so many good people out there, it’s just finding someone who is worthy of your feelings. But what I can enter a new relationship with, is the security of understanding my own feelings and self-worth. Knowing that I will never compete with somebody else for acceptance or love, I am enough. You are enough!

Love Laura
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

THE SPORTS EDIT


As an avid gym goer and recently qualified personal trainer, I spend a lot of time trailing the internet and searching through social media for the hottest gym wear. For me, it's not just about looking the part but actually having functional and practical clothing too. This is where I found 'The Sport's Edit', with all the top brands in one online store!

Beyond Yoga - Take Me Higher Legging*
Alo Yoga - Sunny Strappy Bra*

Alo Yoga - Goddess Leggings*








Alo Yoga - Interlace Bra*
Most recently I've decided to take up yoga so choosing brands which specialise in clothing for avid yogi's was the obvious choice. Now I follow a lot of yogi's on instagram so I had seen pieces from Alo Yoga and Beyond Yoga before but was never too certain of any online stockist. Yoga clothing isn't the only option though, infact you can search by training, running and leisurewear too.  But I would also wear the items I received for lifting too, they're so thick and comfy and squat proof too.

The grey Beyond Yoga leggings are the softest leggings I have ever felt and so comfy, I had to part with them for a wash though but we will soon be re-united. Then the two-tone Alo Yoga Goddess Leggings literally made me feel just that, a Yogi Goddess! So comfortable, perfect for yoga as they can be rolled up like leg warmers or worn like this to keep those feet warm. They both fit like a glove and have just enough stretch to go over my bum but still nip me in at the waist. Both of the sports bra's I chose were all Alo Yoga pieces, again so comfortable yet offered good support without worrying about any slip ups. Also, how cute are the backs on both! I love it when brands don't just think of aesthetics but actually make good quality clothing using the softest of fabrics and focus on proper fit, both of these brands have done just that.

I'm definitely a happy Yogi in my new gym wear and it's so nice to try brands that I wouldn't usually think of. The Sport's Edit is definitely a website I will be adding to my favourites. Their product range is exceptional and they even stock menswear, to keep those men in your life happy too.

 Love Laura
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Sunday, 12 November 2017

KEEPING HYDRATED WITH THIRSTI



We all know the importance of good hydration, right? Your body uses water in all of it's cells, to help with bodily functions and regulating temperature. But water also helps to improve physical performance, improves your skin and complexion and reducing fatiguing. Water is especially important for us exercisers, as your body loses water through perspiration. But I know more than any of us how difficult it is to remember to drink and how do you keep track of what you're drinking anyway?

This is where the Thirsti Puck* comes in! As featured on Dragon's den, Thirsti have designed the puck to be your personal hydration reminder, alerting you when it's time to drink and tracking your water intake throughout the day. All you have to do is pop the puck into your water bottle, fill your bottle up, input the size of the bottle into the app and drink away. The puck works away to monitor your hydration levels, assigned to your own personal target per day. If it's time to drink, the puck will flash red to alert you. The app also sends cheeky alerts direct to your phone like 'hurry the puck up', which I love. 

It's such a great little device to keep track of hydration and remind you when it's time to drink. I love watching the little bar rise as I drink throughout the day, also my friends on my PT course were equally as fascinated. The downside is you can't use it in the pressurised gym bottles, like the ones you have to suck for the water to come out but never fear they're working on this. But you can register as many bottles as you like. I highly recommend this for anyone like me, who doesn't drink enough water (it also works with other liquids too!) But also for those of us who love to track, calories, steps and now you can track hydration too! You can buy yours here £34.95 with free delivery too!

Love Laura 
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