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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


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


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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Saturday, 4 November 2017


I've been inundated with messages recently, asking about advice on bulking. The general what do I eat? How much protein? Do I track? So hopefully this post will give you an insight into my eating habits right now. Now let me start by saying this is in no way a representation of what I eat every single day, nor is this what you should eat. This is just what works for me, you should also find what works for yourself.

So first of all, do I track? I track my macros very loosely. Now by loosely I mean some days I will track everything, others I eat intuitively. You have to find what works for yourself. But if you're new to bulking (which is eating in a calorie surplus in order to grow muscle) then you need to have an idea of how many calories you should be eating, then an understanding of the macro breakdown. The most important factors are total calorie input and then protein. I always try my best to meet my calories, then protein, then carbs, fats and micros come last. I also don't find it too healthy for my mindset to be so obsessive over carb intake. When I do track, I use my fitness pal and find it helps so much to input the meals you plan on eating before actually eating. That way you can plan out your calories and you're not binging on protein at the end of the day to hit your total!!

So this is what I ate in this particular day. In the morning it's so helpful to get a good serving of protein, this will set you on a good path to meeting protein intake for the rest of the day. Then mid-morning I usually snack on a grenade carb killa and a banana (micros and all that). For lunch I've been having meals from Lion's Nutrition, this has been so helpful because food is prepped, each meal has a sufficient amount of protein and even has all the macros on the back for ease of tracking. They're also so tasty and easy too. When I'm home from work I usually have something before the gym tuna in a pocket is great - again more protein. Then post gym I'll have my protein shake before eating my evening meal. This is where I usually have either chicken or fish with lots of veggies, this time it was a chicken roast! Then I do have a huge love for crisps, so snack a jacks help my cravings. I also have a number of coffees throughout my day with soy milk, because I don't drink normal milk. This total calorie intake was 2160; Protein: 185g; Carbs: 189g; Fat: 73g.

Currently, my total calorie goal is 2350, but on this particular day I hadn't been to the gym in two days and wasn't hungry enough to continue eating. It's important to try and meet this calorie goal but not to sacrifice your own mentality at the same time. Forcing yourself to eat will probably just make you sick! I exceeded my protein though which usually doesn't happen so I was happy with that one. So what would I advise? First of all, find out what your total calorie intake for a surplus is by using a macro calculator (I've spoken about these before if you need a read). Then if you have no idea of nutritional composition of food, use a tracker until you do. Always make it your priority to meet calories, protein then carbs and fats. As always, any questions do get in touch with me but otherwise happy bulking!

Love Laura

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Why I Started Yoga

If you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen that recently my feed has been scattered with the odd yoga pose. Yoga is something I've recently taken up after being inspired by instagram yogis. But it isn't just the insane poses and urge to get inverted that have encouraged my yogi journey. Infact, the Ancient practice deriving from India over 5000 years ago reaps so many more benefits than just holding a cool pose.

Many of us neglect stretching. I'll be the first to hold up my hands and say yes, after a tough workout sometimes I just want to get out of there and shower. But stretching is so important for releasing lactic acid, lengthening out those muscles you've just spent the last hour shortening and also it's so relaxing to stretch. In yoga, you practise a series of stretches holding these for up to a minute before moving on to another stretch. Yoga allows you to increase your flexibility in your muscles and joints allowing you a greater range of motion through each session. This massively supports lifting and can improve your technique and range of motion too. I fit my yoga around resistance training sessions and have seen increases in my mobility already.

But yoga isn't just about the stretching, it's also incorporative of breathing. It's not a case of a quick hold your leg up and hold your breath at the same time. But feeling and breathing through the stretch and connecting the movements of the body with your pattern of breathing. Now I've really found this to be so relaxing - feeling your breathing and being completely at peace with your body. Of course, there are a number of different styles of yoga including different intensities and flows. But for me, I enjoy practising yoga on my own. Being alone in complete silence, just practising my stretching and breathing. It really is just about being so peaceful and at one with yourself.

There's also the challenge element involved in yoga. It's so much about persistence and continuing to practise a move in order to crack it. I've found I am so determined to overcome my failures and pick myself back up from that fallen headstand and keep trying. That's the beauty of it. Learning new skills and challenging your body in ways you would never have thought. I love to see progress too. Week one I couldn't even kick up to a headstand, now I can hold it for a good 10 seconds.

The good thing about yoga is that it doesn't have to take up an hour of your life everyday. You also don't have to commit to classes or a schedule, it can literally be done anytime or anywhere. On a morning, to stretch and awaken your body or on an evening to relax and have time to reflect upon your day. There's also a number of youtube videos you can access for free to teach you the basic moves and to pick up on a few flows to get you started. Flexibility obviously increases over time, but the feel good vibes from yoga are almost instant.

Love Laura

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Sunday, 15 October 2017


This has been a pretty controversial topic recently, especially on my insta feed anyway. I've come to see far too many individuals becoming obsessed with their analytics, tracking every single follower and getting completely disheartened when a post doesn't blow up. But why are we suddenly becoming so obsessed with numbers?

Ever since instagram released the business account, every non-business account has suddenly turned this feature on. If you're unaware business accounts allow you to add contact details to your account and allow the 'insight' feature. This tracks your number of followers, tells you when activity is highest and even gives you an insight on views and likes for every single post. Of course this is brilliant if you are promoting a product or your own service - having the tools to analyse your posts directly on the app is ideal. But it seems we're losing sight of what instagram is really about.

Instagram doesn't monitor the business account feature and really you don't need an actual business to set this up (a Facebook page is enough). But I remember my instagram came about from my blogging. I created it to run alongside my blog, to promote my posts and to gain traffic through my website this way. Which I am sure were instagram's real intentions when they set up this feature - to help businesses promote their services. But now it seems people aren't really caring about the content their sharing - but just following the numbers.

What really gets to me is that there are so many fantastic businesses and bloggers out there. But their content isn't being seen and their messages and information they share is being overlooked because the algorithms aren't allowing their content to be seen. It's been driven by the number of supposed likes (whether they're from bots or genuine accounts who knows). But when fantastic writers and educated individuals who are specialists in their field are being disregarded because they aren't influencers or 'instafamous' something is definitely wrong.

Don't get me wrong, the business tools are so helpful. But when you become obsessed with tracking numbers, which aren't being driven by success from your business or product then what are you really in it for? Are we forgetting what instagram is really about? If you're becoming obsessed with your numbers it really is time to evaluate your goals. Engage with real people, reply to your messages and when people need help actually be there to support and help them. Don't get caught up in the numbers and be true to yourself - remember exactly why you set up your account. Instagram is a powerful platform and can be used to influence so many in positive ways. Just remember to be true to yourself, don't become obsessed with numbers, remember each number is a real person just like you. Be true to yourself and don't get caught up within the numbers - your worth is not determined by your followers. Your business, your quality of writing is not determined by your numbers. It's just instagram.

Love Laura 
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