So next year I turn the big three O! And although 30 is far from old it does feel like a big milestone! I also think that becoming a mother and the chronic lack of sleep that came alongside my little bundle of joy has really taken a toll on my face! So now I've... Continue Reading →

Focus T25 BETA: Review

I have actually now completed all three programmes included in Focus T25 (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) and I currently do a different combination of workouts from all three programmes each week as my current training schedule. All three programmes are slightly different; with Alpha you don't require any equipment aside from a mat for ab... Continue Reading →

I’m back….

It's been a long while since I last logged into WordPress and did any blogging. To be completely honest life has just got busy, and I don't really have much in the way of spare time anymore. Rafe turned two back in December, and so far I am finding two both the best, and most... Continue Reading →

A family health kick!

If you have read some of my previous blog posts then you will know that the biggest obstacle that stands in the way of me having the abs of my dreams is my diet. I love food. All food. But I especially love pizza, biscuits and Ben&Jerrys Phish food ice cream! As we all know... Continue Reading →

Review of Focus T25 Alpha

Having just come to the end of week 5 of the focus T25 alpha programme I thought now might be a good time to do a little review and an update on how I am finding the Focus T25 programme as a whole so far. Plus I haven't blogged in so long I thought this... Continue Reading →

Hand, foot and mouth disease…

From Friday evening my 18 month old has been suffering with hand, foot and mouth disease...and it's been worse than the newborn days, the fourth trimester and the four month sleep regression all put together. And he's only had it fairly mildly. In case you have never heard of it hand, foot and mouth disease... Continue Reading →

A new challenge…starting Focus T25

I've been stuck in a fitness rut recently. I gave up BBG a little while ago after I lost my enthusiasm for the programme and I have been doing my own workouts using weights and kettlebells ever since...but I am not really enjoying that either at the moment. I've started to really crave the buzz... Continue Reading →

No more BBG!

That's right I'm officially taking a break from BBG. I still think that the programme, especially BBG 1.0 is very good, but I've lost my enthusiasm for the workouts and the workout style, and I need to mix things up a bit. For me exercise has always been something that I have really enjoyed (even... Continue Reading →

Water…my tips on staying hydrated

Proper hydration is so important for our overall health. Water flushes out toxins from our bodies, prevents fatigue and headaches caused by dehydration, keeps the joints lubricated and can stop us overeating by mistaking thirst for hunger. There are many other benefits to proper hydration aswell but it's not always easy to remember to drink... Continue Reading →

Trying Lentil and Lentil and quinoa pasta

I LOVE pasta and although I usually swap it for something like a baked sweet potato or spiralized courgette, (zucchini) I do feel slightly envious of my other half with his massive plate of spaghetti! Pasta is by no means a terrible thing to eat, the wholemeal variety is probably slightly better in terms of... Continue Reading →

Energy Ball recipe!

So with project 'get lean for summer' in full swing I was on the lookout for some healthy, nutritious snacks that would also satisfy my sweet tooth! I decided to make some energy balls. I have made some similar to these before using the 'Green Goddess' Mum on the Run powder (see earlier post) but... Continue Reading →

Meal prepping for weightloss

Meal prepping my lunches has played a key part in me successfully losing my baby weight. I find that having a baby or a toddler makes it very difficult to find the time to do barely anything for yourself, including making a healthy lunch from scratch. This can lead to reaching for quick, easy convenience... Continue Reading →

A little Rafe update…

Hello! I am back in the land of blogging! I wrote a post a little while back on Rafe and some concerns we had on his health after finding some swollen lymph nodes on the back of his head. I thought I would do a little update as to what's been going on since then.... Continue Reading →

Motherhood and anxiety…

I've found myself struggling recently. Not in terms of fitness, in fact my workouts seem to be the only thing going to plan at the moment. More in terms of motherhood. I generally keep this blog mainly health and fitness orientated, but I thought I should do a sort of explanation post for the lack... Continue Reading →

Eat well, train well…

So if you have read my blog for a while you will know I am an incredibly inconsistent person (when it comes to most things in my life to be honest...) but mainly my eating habits. I flit from trying to eat super clean and healthy/restricting devouring an entire Dominos takeaway on a Saturday... Continue Reading →

My week of workouts…

It's been an eventful week. All three of us have been struck down with illness, Rafe and I quite mildly...poor Richard has been suffering! I genuinely don't think it's just a case of 'manflu' either on this occasion! Then Thursday we encountered the most snow we have seen here (in the U.K.) for a long... Continue Reading →

The vaccination debate

So recently I found myself in the middle of a bit of a vaccination debate...okay I am exaggerating slightly when I say 'debate'. Basically I put a post on my Instagram account regarding Rafes 12 month vaccinations and the concerns that I had and it attracted a bit of attention from some people who are... Continue Reading →

Rafes swimming lessons with Puddleducks!

Okay sightly embarrassing confession coming up..I can't swim. Well I can probably doggy paddle a width whilst resembling a drowning Spaniel, but that's the extent of my abilities. It's not through lack of trying either, not only did I have the compulsory swimming lessons you get as a kid at school, I also tried one... Continue Reading →

New year…New me?!

'New year, new me' a statement we hear over and over again in January. This year I'm not about creating a 'new me', I'm pretty happy with the old me, although admittedly there are a few things that could do with some gentle tweaking! So instead I have come up with a few fitness and... Continue Reading →

Pre-Christmas Detox

I use the term 'detox' lightly. This isn't a pre-Christmas crash diet or crazily restrictive juice plan or anything like that. It's just some of the things I like to do to make sure my body looks and feels it's best before big occasions. Christmas can be a time of excess, and most of us... Continue Reading →

Bribed to Breastfeed?

After reading online today about a new trial that is being carried out in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire that involves new mothers being given £200 worth of vouchers if they breastfeed their babies I felt compelled to get the laptop fired up and blog. The trial that involves 10,000 women offers women £120 in vouchers... Continue Reading →

Working out with a toddler…

So Rafe recently turned a year old which means he is officially now considered a toddler!!! Which is crazy to me. Now he isn't actually 'toddling' yet, he's still currently crawling (at a rather impressive speed) and 'furniture surfing' at a slightly slower and more wobbly speed! Everyone said that once he started moving I... Continue Reading →

The accidental attachment parent

Attachment parenting was never something that I intended to do. In fact if somebody had asked me about it when I was pregnant I wouldn't have had a clue what it involved, and if I had googled what it was, it certainly wouldn't have been something that appealed to me. But here we are, Rafe has... Continue Reading →

My post baby body one year on…part one

On the 7th December Rafe turns one!! One! Where has my baby gone?! And more importantly, why doesn't he sleep through the night yet?!! Alongside all the predictable thoughts that start running through your head as your baby approaches their first birthday, I started thinking about how amazing the female body is terms of its... Continue Reading →

The Potato eating Paleo!

So after being stuck in an unhealthy eating rut for some time now I have made the decision to start following a Paleo diet in an attempt to get back on track, and in the hope that it will allow me to start seeing better results from my training. I have also found that since I... Continue Reading →

Surviving life with a ‘nocturnal’ baby!

My baby isn't actually 'nocturnal' in fact his sleep habits are actually pretty consistent with those of many, many babies, especially breastfed babies. Basically he wakes up every two hours-ish at night, most nights. Occasionally he will do three hours and some nights it's every 45 minutes. But none less it has now been almost... Continue Reading →

Mum on the Run Energy Balls!

Recently Green Goddess health and wellness contacted me asking if I would like to try one of their products 'Mum on the Run' superfood, energy boosting powder. They sent the powder with a recipe for a 'Mum on the Run' energy balls and after trying it out I can confirm they are delicious so I... Continue Reading →

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