Thought it was about time I posted about my AMAZING Labyrinth tee! I am a huge Labyrinth geek and am not ashamed. I’ve had it for a couple of months now (thanks to Sam) and always wear it, mainly lounging around the house or to the gym (as worn above). I’m pretty sure I get some weird looks when I’m bobbing around on the cross trainer donning this little caterpillar number but to me it’s perfect, and very me! :D
So, whilst I’m all dressed for the gym I figured I’d share some of what I do to keep healthy!
I LOVE to eat. But, at the same time, I keep my diet balanced. I always like to call my ‘diet’ my lifestyle, because calling something a ‘diet’ instantly makes it seem a chore. Instead, I eat three healthy meals a day (which on average would consist of: 2 Weetabix with semi skimmed milk for breakfast (no specifics on the ML of the milk, I can’t be doing with all that), a sandwich with brown bread for dinner, and a jacket spud or something for tea) and a couple of snacks such as fruit, nuts or yoghurt in between. HOWEVER, I do not believe in cutting things out of your diet completely! If you want it, have it, but in moderation. I won’t forbid myself a couple of sausage rolls, biscuits or ice cream when they’re in the fridge and if I feel like them, and Haribo is my biggest love; I just make sure I don’t go overboard, unless it’s a special occasion of course! :)
I tend to go to the gym 3 times a week, 4 if I’m feeling particularly sporty! I only do 30 minutes cardio and alternate sessions of legs and abs toning for about 20 mins, so it’s nothing extreme at all! I class the gym as one of my hobbies and I actually enjoy going so it’s not a chore at all! Going with a buddy is always helpful too. My sister and I often go together and it just makes it more fun; in-jokes at the gym are the best ;)
- Get yourself a gym buddy – it’ll motivate you to move and you’ll feel obligated not to let them down if you arrange a meeting time.
- Don’t skip meals! Always eat 3 meals a day and snack healthily – but allow yourself those treats once a week – you can’t eat leaves forever.
- Wear something chic to the gym. Forget that oversized hoody and leggings (aka. my old gym kit). Why not dress it up a bit to make yourself feel better! Try a long vest top with a slouchy off the shoulder crop top paired with some flexible knee length training pants, and a chic top knot! OR keep it simple like I do with a favourite logo t-shirt. It’s mainly about comfort but don’t forget you can still make your gym kit a little more stylish.
- A-list playlist! It’s a known fact that listening to your favourite songs whilst working out boosts your energy and leaves you feeling positive; which in turn, connects those positive feelings to the act of exercising. So make sure to have Rihanna blasting whilst you’re on that treadmill, it’ll keep you moving!
- Don’t compare yourself negatively against others. Easier said than done, because we all do it. What’s important though is that you accept the body shape you have and work with what’s achievable and attainable for you. I know I’ll never have the streamlined body of Rosie Huntington-Whitely or Adriana Lima, because I know what’s attainable for me! Instead, I can look positively at people such as Kelly Brook (curvy hips) or Lily Allen (pear shape like me) and know that everyone’s different!
- Drink plenty of water. It may be boring and tasteless but it genuinely is the best thing for you. Your body and brain need water to function on a daily basis, and it’s important to keep them hydrated in order to do your best. Honestly, try drinking water every day for the next two weeks and you’ll feel the difference. (Also, drinking water is beneficial to weight loss if this is what you’re aiming for. When you start peeing every 30 mins, this is actually a good sign! We lose fat through passing water and I have to say, this is when I noticed my weight loss the most – water is everything!)
- Have fun with it! Like I said, it shouldn’t be a chore. Give yourself a loose schedule and don’t get stressed if you miss a day or have one too many biscuits at lunch. The main thing is to have fun with your food and exercise routine; don’t let it get you down. I promise you’ll hit the point where it becomes a healthy hobby :)
If you want to see how much my lifestyle change helped me, click here!
Until next time!