Workout Wear

So as well as not finding the time to write blog posts for you all, I also haven’t been finding the time to eat right or exercise and it’s left me feeling really self conscious and uncomfortable. I’m not afraid to share that I currently weigh more than I would like and have lost all tone due to not working out, but it’s not going to put me off. Sometimes when you feel this way it’s easy to get into a bad cycle of not wanting to do anything about it, but I am going to go the other way. It’s spurred me on to nip it in the bud and change my routines to make sure I’m making time for my health and happiness. And after signing up to charity row for Cancer Research next May, I’m going to need to be the fittest I’ve ever been! No time like the present after all…

One way that I motivate myself to go to the gym is to pick a super cute workout outfit. I’m a big fan of patterned leggings as they add some fun to what could otherwise be a very functional outfit. And I think they are flattering for all body types too! I have pretty muscly legs from years and years of gymnastics and yet I love the way they show off the good bits and hide the bad all whilst showing off my personality 🙂

I would always say that if you are going tight with the bottoms though,  that a loose top works best (which is also great for covering my tummy which I’m not such a big fan of) so I usually pick either a plain black tee of if I’m wearing plainer bottoms, then a nice bright colour again to match my personality and motivate me to train harder (although some days I do love a good monochrome outfit like the one below, which looks good to be dressed up if you have to pop into town first!)

Take a look at some of the outfits I love best that I already own, as well as some inspiration  and soon to be additions to my wardrobe from Adore Me’s new workout range! Adore Me’s new workout range! I mean how cute is the promo shot!!!

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And when I get home from a workout, there is nothing I love better than a snuggly autumn outfit! Autumnal clothes can be oversized and sometimes shapeless, but that is no need to feel frumpy. A cute choker necklace, statement shoes and a bold lip always help bring a femininity back to an oversize outfit and cute undies also help to help put a feminine spring back in your step!

Stay tuned to find out how I style myself when I want to be comfy and cute in Autumn very soon!

Lots of love, Leanne xxx

Slimming World – weightloss update

Hey everyone, check me out posting on the regs again! It feels nice to be getting back to some routine, but I still have a long way to go to get ahead of myself! I probably shouldn’t feel too proud as this is just the kicking off of my weekly Slimming World post but it is better than nothing right? 🙂

So quick update for you all! I have lost 7lbs in total since beginning Slimming World. I feel like it should have been way more by now, but being ill and going away set me back a few lbs so here I am! I’m getting close to my interim target though so a bit of focus is required to do all I can to get down to my ideal weight. I’ve also made steps to move to a new gym and get back into a good fitness routine as everything I have been doing recently has been a bit adhoc which I am actually super excited for!

My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs so actually so far so good I guess!

Meal of the week:

This one is a bit tricky as to be honest I haven’t really been eating many proper dinners due to being so busy, however this has been a great opportunity to try out the Iceland Slimming World ready meals. I was sceptical but actually they are delicious, convenient and way healthier than any other ready meal I have ever eaten! And even better they are great portion sizes so I definitely don’t feel hungry after eating one 🙂

Don’t forget to share with me your favourite healthy recipes in the comments below as I always need new kitchen inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed this post and dont forget to look out for more over the next few weeks 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

My Slimming World Journey – Getting started

Hey everyone,

I feel like rather than getting more free time like I was planning on at the end of last year, I now have less which is causing me major posting issues so I apologise for the lack of posts as well as the lack of variety. I need to work my new commitments into my schedule and then be very strict with myself to ensure I am writing (and posting regularly) and making sure what I am writing is interesting for you!

I have so many ideas lined up of what I want to do for you too so I have decided that this Sunday I am locking myself in my office and writing loads of exciting pieces for you 🙂

One of the reasons which I now have less free time is because I have rejoined Slimming World! My group takes place on a Wednesday evening (the same night I am supposed to post) and by the time I am home if I have already written something to go out, it just isn’t going to happen. I will change, I promise!!!!

Anyway, as you all know I frequently document my weightloss and fitness journey and what I have noticed from writing about it for you all, is that actually I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle exercising regularly and eating pretty well, but can often lack focus or willpower (unsurprisingly!)

I did Slimming World for the first time a few years ago after getting to my biggest ever size and weight (which don’t get me wrong probably wasn’t big by many people’s standards) but it certainly was by mine! I naively thought it would be really easy and I’d get to target really quickly, but after recently moving house and getting a new job doing Slimming World on my own meant I wasn’t really sticking 100% to plan and ended up just wasting money to never make it to target despite losing almost a stone!

After being off plan for a couple of years I was really happy with the weight I had kept off (about 10lbs) but definitely noticed that after being off of training for so long with my foot injury, I was struggling to get my healthy lifestyle mojo back and after gaining a couple of Christmas lbs and with a couple of holidays looming, I decided not to let it slide and to join up again to kick off where I left my journey but this time I wasn’t alone! A few of my friends had started going to group again and I managed to convince Andy to come along for the ride too.

And I have to say I am loving it. My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs and in my first week I managed to get a great start on this and lose 4lbs, the most I have ever lost in one week – I haven’t even been able to get to the gym!

This week really wasn’t as good, as I had my works annual awards ceremony which resulted in consuming rather too much alcohol and indulging in hangover food the next day and then I struggled to get back on with healthy eating following this blip, however I managed to claw it back for the end of the week to see a small loss of half a pound 🙂

So why I am telling you all this? Well as a lifestyle blog I thought I would do a weekly update on how I was getting on each Wednesday and maybe also share with you some of my favourite recipes/meals from the week for some inspiration as well as helping you find the best bargains to get you on track!

Meal of the week:

This week my favourite meal (all cooked from scratch I want to add) was my Quorn Chicken and Bacon Medallion with Egg Fried Rice.

 Info:

Serves 4 People easily!

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Syns per serving: FREE

Ingredients:

♥ 8tbsp light soy sauce

♥ 4 garlic cloves (crushed) or dried garlic seasoning

♥ 1tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder

♥ 3 skinless chicken breasts (sliced) or Quorn Chicken Pieces

♥ 3 bacon medallions

♥ 397g dried egg noodles (I use a dried noodle square per person)

♥ large bag of mixed stir fry veg

♥ 4 spring onions (sliced diagonally)

♥ 10 diced mushrooms

♥ 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

♥ Microwave Basmati Rice

♥ Vegetable Stock

♥ 3 eggs

♥ FryLight

How to cook Chicken Chow Mein:

  • Mix the light soy sauce, garlic and 5 spice, add your chicken or Quorn, toss to coat evenly and then set aside to marinate for 20minutes.
  • Grill your bacon medallions
  • Fry off your chicken or Quorn until cooked through using Fry Light in a large wok or pan
  • Once chicken is almost cooked, cook the noodles according to the packets instructions and leave to simmer until required.
  • Add the mushrooms, stir fry veg and spring onion to the chicken and stir fry together for another 4 – 5minutes. I add more soy sauce and also vegetable stock at this point for some moisture.
  • Drain the noodles and add to your chicken and vegetables, add some more chicken stock and stir together for several more minutes.
  • Microwave your rice as the noodles are soaking up the chow mein flavour and quickly scramble your eggs using fry light.
  • Once finished stir rice and egg together, serve both dishes and enjoy!

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Have any of you tried this before? If you have let me know in the comments below how you found it, or if you have any of your own favourite recipes you recommend I try!

I hope you enjoy my Slimming World updates over the coming weeks and months J Make sure you let me know how you are getting on if you are on plan too 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No Shit November Update

Hey everyone,

Sorry that I havent posted for the past week, I’ve been so busy with gymnastics that I just havent had a chance to sit down and write for you all! On the plus side my team were second in the champs, so it was all worth it 🙂

It’s also pretty late right now, so this isnt going to be a long post I’m afraid, but don’t worry as I have an amazing post planned for Sunday which totally makes up for this crappy one right now!

No Shit November has somewhat derailed mostly because I have been pretty ill this week, which I think may be down to a dairy intolerance, which has left me eating whatever I can whenever I’m feeling well enough and has meant I’ve lost weight without even trying which is totally not the idea of No Shit November! However, now I am a little bit more aware of what seems to be making me ill, hopefully I can move forwards properly with my detox and really get to my end goal quickly and healthily 🙂

So where am I at right now? Well like I said I have lost a bit of weight just from being ill and am actually feeling slimmer and more toned that I have in a while. My current weight is at 9 stone 10lbs which I’m pretty happy with as the further away I am from 10stone and the closer to 9 makes me happy!

Here is a pic of where I am at right now (ignore the huge jogging bottoms they are way too big but also so stupidly comfortable!):

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I hope your detoxes are all going well and that everyone is feeling happier and healthier! Like I said stay tuned on Sunday for a really fun haul post and over the coming weeks for detox updates 🙂 Don’t forget to keep an eye on my Instagram account for daily pictures chronicling everything from my makeup, to my fitness here!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Welcome to No Shit November!

Hey everyone, can you believe it’s November already? October went by in a blur full of birthdays, parties and just general fun but that obviously came at a cost, most of which have been burdened by my body, especially because when I wasn’t having loads of fun I couldnt go to the gym because of my foot which is believed to be fractured!

I feel out of shape, heavier than I have in a while, self conscious about my skin and more lethargic which along with the clocks changing leads to just general misery. Instead of just complaining about it though like I would have done previously I have decided to suck it up and make some changes. Obviously too much fun takes a toll, but I believe it is probably pretty easy to undo the damage with a little bit of hard work, which is why I have decided to start “No Shit November!”

A month of being good as a post Birthday, pre Christmas detox to keep me feeling confident and healthy!

I’ll be partaking in this regardless, but obviously if any of you also want to get involved that would be great! We can share our stories and keep each other motivated every step of the way and hopefully also develop some long lasting habits too 🙂

So what does No Shit November actually involve? For me it’s all about trying to be better. Whether that is clean eating, more exercise or just generally cutting the nonsense which I convince myself is okay:

  • Reduce intake of processed meats and stick to lean meats and fish
  • Minimal carbs at dinner time (try to eat carbs only at breakfast and lunch)
  • Only drink water or sugar free squash. No fruit juices, fizzy drinks or alcohol!
  • Increase activity levels and aim to get back to the gym regularly
  • Proper skin care including cleansing, toning and moisturising (which I haven’t been doing as much recently!)
  • Making time to chill either with activity which requires less brainpower such as drawing, reading or yoga
  • Try new things be it activity, food etc to make sure mental wellbeing is as important as physical
  • Get into a regular sleep/wake pattern and stop snoozing my alarm!

I’ll post my updates, measurements etc as regularly as possible and also aim to take a daily selfie of face and body to try to put together a before and after vid for the month 🙂

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Yup, this is where I’m at right now :/

So even if you don’t want to take part, stay tuned for all my updates (good and bad as I’m not afraid to hold my hands up when things don’t go to plan) and send me your positive thoughts!

Lots of daily updates will be coming mostly through my Twitter and Instagram feeds so make sure you follow me there if you don’t already 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Fitness and Weightloss Journey Update

Hey all!

I know it has been a while since I have done one of these, so I thought I would post for you how my weightloss and fitness journey had been going and I have to say that recently it’s been more downs than ups!

So since we last updated on this I have been on holiday, got ill and had quite a long to drink! However, surprisingly my weight and inches have stayed pretty much the same although I definitely feel like I have lost a little bit of muscle definition and am feeling flabbier than normal.

I’m still not feeling quite right because I had a horrible cold which I havent been able to shift so I havent been back to the gym yet, plus after attempting a 10 mile run at the weekend I injured my ankle pretty badly meaning I am now out of action for a minimum of 6 weeks thanks to a nasty sprain 😦 I have some clear goals in my head now though as to what I would like to achieve and some body images in my mind I’d like to attain (think Khloe Kardashian or Kylie Jenner!)

Anyway, things are going pretty well in most cases, my eating is definitely better on a whole from before (although it has definitely been pretty bad recently due to laziness) so there isnt too much further to go! So keep your fingers crossed for me and stay posted for my further updates! I’ll post some food diaries and workout plans soon 🙂

Oh and here is what I am looking like at the moment just in case you were wondering…

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Lots of love, Leanne xx

Health and Fitness Update – Clear goals and complete focus

So it has been a while since I have done one of these posts, but I thought it was about time that I bit the bullet and basically started again with updates on my diet and fitness 🙂
It’s no secret that when I was on holiday I didn’t think too much about what to eat and what not to eat and then following my wisdom tooth removal a week after being back I was out of sorts at the gym and with healthy eating. But with 5 weeks left to go before I next need to be in a bikini, I figured it was time to stop messing around and get back on with living a clean lifestyle.
This time I have a clear nutrition plan from my gym and I would strongly recommend you get one personalised for you and your goals if you haven’t already! I’m eating more than I ever have before in a day, but I have to say even after such a short time following the plan I am noticing huge differences!
It’s been a really big change though, so it isn’t worth taking on if your heart isn’t in it. I would like to think I am a fairly organised person, but being healthy and clean eating all the time requires a lot of forward planning and effort, but then they do say that 70% of a change is made in the kitchen!
My Saturday evenings are now dedicated to a much different looking food shop and my Sundays are spent prepping and boxing food for the week, which is actually quite satisfying to see when it all comes together. I’m keeping daily food diaries, increasing my protein intake and decreasing intake of salt, sugar, carbs and processed fat. I’ve been recording my workouts at the gym to make myself do better each time I go and I have to say even though it sounds like a lot of effort, I weirdly like it. Don’t get me wrong it has been a hard adjustment getting used to eating different and more food, but it quickly becomes normal and the results should come quicker too.
I’ve come to terms with the fact I will never be modelesque – that is just not what I was made to be, however I have set clearer goals now, looking to inspiration from Khloe Kardashian and her amazing transformation through clean eating and exercise, as well as naturally curvier women who still look incredible! Like I said in a post I did recently, we are bombarded with images of women who look nothing like us, and that we will never be able to emulate as that is just not in our makeup (or it’s been photoshopped beyond real life recognition!) so finding suitable role models and being able to clearly define what I want to achieve and having it be confirmed as realistic is actually really helpful! Do you really think you are going to keep slogging away at the gym running miles at a time if your end goal is to look like Kendall Jenner, but you are actually a Kim Kardashian? I doubt it! Even someone with the patience of a saint would be disheartened to not see the results they so desperately hope for, so definitely keep your goals realistic, but ever present 🙂
In regards to training, I’ve really changed that up too! I’ve started to train with someone which I’m finding is really pushing my boundaries, but I am also introducing different exercises into my routine to keep myself interested and to make sure I am working different muscles! I’m beginning to rock climb once a month and now spilt my weekly routine into 3 sessions at the gym, a run and a Polenastics class along with my lunchtime yoga and pilates sessions! Doing such a variant makes me train many different areas and use loads of different areas of my brain too so it definitely helps me feel more on the ball and alert as well as helping me relax.
And that is something else I said I’d add in! How am I feeling about it all? Add in how I am feeling – still not confident as definitely not where I want to be, but happy with all the positive changes I have made!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Ooh and ps. I’ll upload some beginning pics and measurements soon but I don’t have time today as I’m about to go to an exercise class!