Ladies weights are good for you; and no you will not turn into Arnold Schwazenegger!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

GYM 101...

Since I was a young girl, I have always been into my sports, and with that, I have always been muscular. I am not build to be a ballerina. Even when I was at my skinniest, I was still noticeably muscular, but that isn't a problem and it didn't bother me.

In society, women are judged for being every size and shape. With these judgements comes bad press, especially for women like myself who indulge in a good weights session regularly. 

The idea that a woman will look like a bodybuilder after doing one weights session is absurd!
It takes years of hard work with a strict dedication to the gym and fitness and horrific diet plans to look like a bodybuilder.
I have been approached by many women who are after the 'perfect figure'.
In societies mind, this 'perfect figure' is, big bum, thin toned legs, tiny waist with big boobs. 
Looks great, I agree.. but the photos are often enhanced or the women have had surgery of some sort.

* I am slightly more muscular at the moment than I am in these photos. - these were taken a while ago!

Realistically, as I have found, in order to engage your glutes to the extent that it works your muscles and increases its size, you have to use your hamstrings and often quadriceps. 
In simply terms, to get a bigger rounder bum, you'll have to sacrifice your skinny legs. 
Hamstrings are going to make an appearance if you work your glutes enough.
This isn't a bad thing! - I love my legs when they're defined and toned, but I have never played the sports that would allow me to have skinny legs. 
If like me, you've never had skinny legs, embrace what you do have and work it to your advantage. 

Second of all, when you lose enough weight that enables your abs to show, you'll be at such a low body fat percentage that your breasts will be more like pecks. This is the main reason why female body builders have breast augmentation surgery. Sorry girls, but theres always a price to pay for the body you want.

If you really want to slim down your legs but still build muscle, a well worked out regime of light - heavy weights sessions combined with a strict running routine including up hill sprints works well. 

Motivation is key to achieving your goals. 
You have to eat well, and train hard. 
Take it from me.. its hard work, but the feeling it gives you when you finally reach your goal is unreal.

** I apologise for the poor picture quality!

Blogger Hangout Event, Teaparty!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

04/04/16 - What a wonderful event this was.

If any of you have ever been to a Bloggers Hangout event, you will all know how great they are.
Having unfortunately missed the London Fashion Week event, I thought I just had to go to this one.

Having taken the recent move to adopting a somewhat vegan diet, I was delighted to see that there were vegan friendly brands going! - *I say 'somewhat vegan' because I still eat fish, but no dairy, eggs or meat, so I suppose I'm a pescevegan? (if they even exist, haha!)*

It was being hosted by Popup Patio, about a 2 minute walk from Moorgate underground station so it was super easy to find, which was great! - I'm quite lucky anyway because I grew up within a stone throws reach from London so I find it quite easy to navigate.

ANYWAY, as we entered the delightful little patio space, we were greeted by two lovely ladies and continued in towards the array of food stands. 

We first approached Chickas. This really appealed to me because I love nuts. Not only are these guys ethical but they are also vegan which is fab. They gave us loads of tasters as well as a cute bag of peanuts which we munched on the way home. 

I really enjoyed talking to all of the brands at this event because they all seemed so genuinely passionate about their brand which was just great. They also all took a great interest in us as bloggers which is always gratefully received because it can build fab relationships between bloggers and brands.

The second stall we approached was Jakes Boost. Instantly, I liked it. I LOVE Nut Butters of all sorts, as in actually obsessed and the guy who spoke to us was just lovely. He was super passionate about the health benefits of his Nut Butter as well as supplying Apple Crisps as an alternative to bread which is fab and absolutely delicious! What a great idea. 

Cocoaden was next! Although I couldn't eat any of the chocolate, the designs and craftsmanship of the chocolatier was amazing. My favourite were the skulls.

The one brand that really caught my attention was Just Bee Drinks. Although all of the brands were wonderful and delicious, it was the anterior motives of these drinks that really excited me. 
Bees are so important to our ecosystems and this brand actively incorporated their love for saving the bees with a passion for making healthy drinks. They really were something! As well as tasters and sample drinks, they gave us some wild flower seeds specially for attractive bees to your garden. These have been planted already. I have to say, Im slightly in love and in awe of these guys.
(as you can see, I was so side tracked talking, I forgot to take a photo! - oops)

Mead Ho were another interesting company. Ive never experienced mead before, especially not honey mead. Im not a great drinker myself but I actually really enjoyed this. 
The taste was subtle and sweet with a kick of Ale like flavour, a definite summer drink for anyone wanting a sweet healthier alternative to modern day super sugary ciders.

Pics Peanut Butter was the last stall I visited. This again, was great. I loved the taste as well as finding out all of the healthy information from the lovely lady who spoke on behalf of Pics.
A definite must for all peanut butter lovers out there.

I was really pleased I went to this event and I honestly can't wait for the next one!

Springtime Stress; the best season for coping!

Friday, 1 April 2016


Every one of us at some stage has suffered with or from stress.
Theres no getting around it either, apart from just getting on with it and getting through whatever is stressing you out.

However, its very easy for us to just say "oh, I'll get over it.." but really it is never that easy to just get over it! 
I, like most people, hate being stressed. It does bad things to my skin as well as my head. I can't concentrate, I can't sleep and in general it makes me feel horrid.. like I need to sit in a bath ladened with candles and bubbles or go for an endless run until my legs don't work anymore.

I do find however, that springtime seems to be the easiest season to deal with stress. 
It's simplest of pleasures like the blossoming daffodils and slightly warmer weather with a more welcoming sunshine really helps.
I have my own coping mechanisms for stress in spring and I though I would share these with you.

1. Go for a scenic walk somewhere!
 I always find going a walk somewhere pretty helps clear my mind. If theres a bench along the way I often sit and just don't think. Not thinking when you're constantly over thinking is the best thing ever.
Th embankment in Bedford is my tranquil place.

2. Buy some lavender scented things.
Lavender among having a lovely scent has calming properties. I find it really helps me relax and sleep. I have trouble sleeping when I have a lot on my mind and I find this really helps.

3. Drink coffee!
Coffee calms me on a personal level, it's my happy drink. I understand coffee isn't for everyone but generally hot drinks will make you feel warm inside which helps on colder days. I hate being cold. It also contains caffeine which is great for activating your mind and keeping you awake when you need to concentrate.

4. Get some essential oils great for muscle relaxation and either have a massage or a bath!
Massages are wonderful, but baths are great too so either does the trick. I tense up massively when I'm stress. I recently bought some wonderful eucalyptus oil specially designed to soothe muscles and although its for massage, I put a few drops in my bath and it really did the trick.

5. Talk to someone or just go and give something a cuddle.
Whatever you do, don't be afraid to admit you're stressed and need a little help. I always find calling my best friends or hugging my family/dogs or boyfriend helps. My best friends are great because they know exactly what to say and how to help and well, we all know that family and dogs give the best hugs. My boyfriend is my rock on rainy days, he knows that when I'm really stressed, just sitting with me is key to my sanity. Having someone next to me while i stress my head off helps me to contain myself and gives me the opportunity to talk if I need to.

So there we are.. These are my ways of coping. I hope you've find them helpful.

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