This still is from the video for '1 Thing' by Amerie
You will have received my '50 Steps to a Fitter You' by signing up for my mailing list - thanks, btw! However, life in 2016 is a busy old thing, and seeing my amazing sister today, she mentioned how she reviews it every now and then, looking at just five tips at a time. And it struck me that I had fallen into the main trap I wanted to avoid in writing these emails: I was potentially adding to the feelings of being overwhelmed by information overload. While I wanted to o
You need more protein!
Meaning, meat, fish, eggs, good quality dairy, protein shakes, nuts, pulses, all are good, and whatever you think, you're not eating enough. You just aren't. There are loads of studies that show that starting the day with a good dose of protein helps with weight regulation, for lots of fairly boring reasons (fills you up so you don't snack, regulates blood sugar - wait! come back!). With that in mind, this recipe for mini frattatas - frittatinis (cute!) is ace. You can
10 reasons not to use a PT
What if my body shape changes and I have to buy some new clothes? I don't like the idea of being complimented on my body I prefer the idea of over-eating then starving myself to keep my weight in check I like the thought of not being able to get out of the bath unassisted at the age of 60 I don't mind that I can't keep up with my kids any more ... But if I exercise I might sweat, and someone might see me I like people standing up for me on the tube My Diabetes UK card gets me
This quote is apparently from famous cameraperson*, Annie Leibovitz
And it's great. An easy way to digest and understand that there's no need to let someone else ruin your day/week/life. And now I'm going to rip it off for fitness, and more specifically, your health! In the same way (kind of - go with me) that if you've been eating well, exercising regularly and generally looking after yourself, should you end up eating something bad, don't worry about, or let it get to you. The next bit's a touch patronising, so be warned, but here goe
It's time to stop giving power to inanimate objects
No this isn't about virtual reality and your Teasmade stealing your partner and killing you in your sleep. So many of us (me included) are slaves to the numbers that scales, a tape measure or other measuring device say, to the point where it can make or break your mood for the day. "If I'm under 11 stone today I'll be happy" "Why don't I have 16" guns yet?" (me) And so on. But while measuring and keeping track is important while on your 'fitness journey' (sorry), doing
How to go out and not drink
Welcome to Fitter You. Now, time for a helpful, and hopefully unpatronising first blog post. Picture the scene. You've been working really hard with your fitness - hitting the gym, doing home workouts, whatever works for you - and cracking on with better nutrition than ever before. Then one night, you meet up with some friends in a bar. "What do you want?" They ask "Oh I'll just have a soda and fresh lime" Cue: "Oh I can't believe you're not drinking. Why aren't you drinking?