Friday, 30 September 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
In keeping with a similar theme of last week's post when I confessed my reasons why I'll never be the fitness blogger I want to be, I thought today I'd reveal even more home truths, my 'cheat' days!
Friday, 16 September 2016
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Friday, 9 September 2016
I’ve always wanted to be a yogi, you know the type I mean, long toned limbs, hair that falls in natural loose waves, a golden tan from mornings spent on Balinese beaches doing inversions and balances in their colour co-ordinated crop tops and leggings.
I’m never going to be that person, my limbs are all too chunky, my hair is too straight, I spend my days in cloudy Cumbria and my lycra never matches. But, a girl can dream, and in the last 3 months I’ve really started to dedicate some time to yoga, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll be doing it on a beach somewhere.
Over the years of dabbled, I’ve always been a relatively flexible person, and every now and then, I’d find a local class, go along, and would leave feeling pretty smug as the teacher and commented on my bendiness. I’d wake up the next day, barely able to walk, and would inevitably find excuses not to go back… it’s too expensive, it’s on a busy day of the week, I finished work too late, etc etc. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the class, but previously, I’ve never wanted to find the time to fit exercise into my week.
Since I started my fitness journey last year, things have changed quite a lot, and now it’s a priority in my life. I wanted to get back to yoga and make it my routine. So I joined the local studio (approximately 2 minutes from my office, so really no excuses) and signed up to their unlimited membership. And do you know what? I am loving it! I try to get along 2 or 3 times a week, I’d like to go more, but I need to keep up my cardio fitness so have to make priorities. I’ve actually started to plan my week around when the classes are, and I feel really disappointed if I can’t get there for a few days.
I’m not one for the meditative side of yoga, and don’t like to ‘om’ and I’m not very good at getting my breathing inline with my movements. I go because I enjoy the flow, I like pushing my body (it’s surprisingly hard) and I’m enjoying seeing my flexibility come along. But what I have been surprised by, is the relaxation of it. Life for me is a little stressful at the moment, my dad is really ill, my work is a little rocky and I feel as though my weekends are booked from now until eternity. Within 5 minutes of starting a yoga class I’ve forgotten all that, I really focus on what I’m doing, and Shavasana at the end? Well, on several occasions I’ve been pretty close to nodding off.
So it’s fair to say, I’m definitely not going to be finding excuses to avoid these classes anymore, in fact, I might even try and squeeze in some practices at home. I’m never going to be the yogi I’d like to be (read this post about Steffy – my biggest yoga crush) but I can almost hold a headstand, my chunky limbs are getting leaner, there’s no hope for my hair, and as for a matching outfit, we’ll see…
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
So I definitely don’t need any new workout clothes, my drawer that currently holds them is already crammed full, and I’m genuinely contemplating getting rid of some normal clothes to make room for more workout clothing… who and what have I become?
It doesn't help that Active In Style keep sending me emails and tickling my taste buds, and my basket on the site is almost as full as my actual real life drawer, so I thought I’d put together a wishlist of my favourite items, you know, to help enable you guys, and it’s been so long since I did a wishlist I thought it was time I rectified that, any excuse to go window shopping hey!
So onto the goods...
1. Varley Alta Crop - I love Varley, and I think I’ve mentioned them one or two times on this blog before (it doesn't help that one of my fave bloggers Anna is often sporting their kit!), but despite that I have yet to buy anything from their collection, it’s just that little bit out of my comfort zone in terms of price, but maybe it’s time to re-consider for this beautiful sports bra? I loves it!
2. Adidas Three Quarter Graphic Tights - What to say about these? Err, they are effing amazing! My workout wardrobe currently consists mainly of black, grey and purple items, (which is actually accidental, I don't tend to try and co-ordinate my gym gear, I'm just not that organised) so just think how easily these would slot in, it's like its meant to be...
3. Lorna Jane Seamless G String - This might be too much information, but I’m not really a g-string wearer, but I suffer with serious paranoia that I’ve got a bad VPL going on when I’m wearing lycra, particularly when I’m downward dogging… so I feel like these would be the answer to my knicker line worries.
4. LilyBod Piper Legging- I mean if you’re a fitness fan, then you probably have an affinity with leggings, I think it’s just something that comes with the job, err, the exercise. However these beauties are worth making an exception for, plus I keep seeing fitness fanatics popping up on Instagram wearing these which just makes me want them even more.
5. Adidas Pure Boost X - I couldn’t really do a wishlist without mentioning these Adidas trainers, they are all over my Instagram feed at the moment, and to be honest, I don’t need another pair of kicks but I just want to get involved, I’m also fairly convinced they’ll make me run faster cos’ that’s how it works right? I'm also a big Zanna Van Dijk fan (read this fan girl post) and she's currently promoting them so that's another perfectly reasonable reason to buy them, isn't it?
6. Onzie Elastic Back Tank - Despite having an overflowing drawer of gym kit, I am somehow lacking in tops, given these get the sweatiest (tmi?) I could do with more of an endless supply so, well, so I can avoid doing washing even more. I love the simplicity of this top, and I like the fact it’s lose fitting, definitely one that would improve my collection.
Now, I happen to work in a job which allows me to wear whatever I want, but I am starting to worry though that soon the lines will become blurred and I no longer differentiate between gym wear and normal clothes, so if any local readers spot me heading to my office in attire that looks suspiciously lycra-like, then please bring me back to my senses!