Category Archives: Healthy Living

[Toni] What is wrong with you High Street?

Argh I’m getting so frustrated trying to find new clothes that fit recently! I just don’t understand how some bottoms I can be a size small and it’s still a bit big and then other times a size 12 is digging in or I can’t even do it up!

It’s easy to let this get into your head and you start thinking “oh I need to lose weight then I will fit into it.”

NO.

Clothes shops for some reason have different measurements for the ‘same size’ (huh?) and it’s so confusing. You just have to remember, if you pick up a size 16 it doesn’t mean you will actually look like you are size 16 – not that that is a problem anyway. I’ve known so many people who refuse to try on the bigger size just because of the number. It doesn’t mean you have put on 10 stone all of a sudden!

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Saw this on twitter – love Kat!

H&M are definitely the worst culprits. I’ve tried on some skirts and trousers in a size small and they are too big, yet a size 14 trouser sometimes doesn’t fit (I am 12 by the way).

I’m finding at the moment if I try on size 12 dresses, they are always too big at the top. Designers, please remember that just because people are size 12 it doesn’t mean they have a DD cup size. Some of my tops are size 8!

So girls, don’t worry if you are fitting in a big size or a small size – the number does not matter. As long as you feel good, that is all that counts.

[Toni] Focus on health

I’ve just opened my emails and found my newsletter from Neghar Fonooni. She is so brilliant! Everything she writes about is exactly my views on health and fitness, most importantly it’s about listening to your body.

Since I have finished the Bikini  Series challenge and took a holiday in Spain, I haven’t got back in to a rigid fitness routine. Now I know I definitely needed the rest and was actually pushing it too hard. The only consistent fitness for me is Zumba and badminton, because it is fun…although I think I need a break from badminton soon as I am starting to get frustrated with it.

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Me and my Zumba buddy!

When I do workouts at home, I choose Tone It Up or Jessica Smith. I have done a couple of TIU ones the past couple of weeks and they are so much more challenging since I’ve relaxed a little bit. I find it much more enjoyable because of that.

Because that’s what exercise should be – fun!

I don’t set targets anymore, I just do what I feel like and it’s made me a happier person.

I think I’ve also broken free from the scales! I’m one of those people I see on social media that I always get jealous about. Am I finally free?! Let’s hope so.

I’m definitely swinging towards the more Body Positive side of things. You should try it, it’s awesome!

[Toni] Back to the grind

Scrolling through my Instagram and 1 post just inspired me to finally do another blog entry.

She had captioned it with “3 days with no workouts and I missed the endorphins”….

I don’t know if it is just me but I have not done any exercise in 2 weeks (apart from walking) and I haven’t missed it at all! My friends might be surprised by this as I am always posting the workouts I do, and yes they do make me feel good. But lazing around watching TV is so much more appealing to me!

This reason is why you will never see me running or hear me saying I threw up but carried on anyway…no no no!

Now I am back from holiday my plan is to go with the flow. No more spending hours prepping food (which, by the way, made my back ache). I’ll do a vague plan so I can get a decent shopping list together, but for the most part I will eat what I fancy and note down what makes me feel like crap. If it doesn’t make me feel good, then it’s not going to be a regular meal for me.

So far that consists of cheesy chips and Chinese takeaway, which isn’t regular anyway. I would have much rather eaten baked beans and scrambled eggs for lunch. Now I know though!

The only way I will start tracking again is if I end up bingeing, but fingers crossed I won’t!

[Toni] Bikini Series – finished!

Woah- I actually stuck to a whole challenge! I am feeling gooood.

I got back out on my bike (I will admit going down hi was very scary!), tried new routines and ate loads of yummy food. Combining the Tone It Up workouts with the Slimming World eating plan was definitely a good thing for me.

Week 7 was definitely the hardest – Karena and Katrina amped up the schedule big time and there was so much to fit in. If I wasn’t going on holiday I don’t think I would have stuck to it to be honest. It is hard and I feel good and strong but I have sacrificed a bit of sleep to get the routines done. Not something for everyday life for me.

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My favourite part of the challenge of course was meeting up with all my TIU UK Mermaids – well, Unicorns now actually. We had a great weekend away, bonded a lot more all while eating healthily and exercising together. So fun!

Week 8 was the Slimdown….I had good intentions but then ended up being at risk of redundancy so treated myself to a brownie or some chocolate some days. Nothing major though – everything in moderation!

I submitted my Transformation story to enter the competition so hopefully I will win some prizes. All in all I loved the challenge and I feel great! I don’t care about looks anymore, just want to feel strong and healthy 🙂

 

[Toni] Bikini Series – Week 2

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My favourite month is here! Full of birthdays and meet ups with friends, I can’t wait.

This morning I tried the new HIIT workout on Beach Babe 4. It is deceitful! The moves look easy but then halfway through doing them, it. Is. Hard. Felt good for doing it after though.

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All I can think is that I want all of their workout outfits.

It was nice having the extra day off for Bank Holiday – managed to get a lot of meal prep done. 4 batches of cous cous, slow cooker five bean chilli, rice and boiled eggs. I’m switching my breakfasts to porridge this week and no fruit for snacks. Gotta keep your body guessing!

The cinnamon french toast from the Bikini Programme is lovely!

 TUESDAY – DAY 9

I didn’t get a very good sleep last night – feeling really groggy. Definitely no cardio for me today. I tried the Kettleflow routine. I do prefer Kettlebells to be less gentle (this routine is Yoga combined with Kettlebells) but it was a good one for the morning.

I was really wanting to do Kickboxing all afternoon, but by the time I got home I was beginning to get a headache (the thought of jumping around made it worse!) so I just did the new Tush It Good routine. LOVED IT! The style was like K&K’s old videos and they made it so fun. Definitely going to do that routine again.

WEDNESDAY – DAY 10

Another broken sleep! My alarm went off and I wanted to sleep but I made myself get up anyway. Rock Your Body was on the schedule again so I did that – liked it a lot more this time round. I tried an old routine too – Surfers Paradise. It was quite challenging! If I had more time and energy I would have done it 3 times through. Gets me quite breathless!

Zumba was sooo busy this evening but it was good fun. That adds another 4 miles for my 100 By Summer challenge!

I caught up with some blogs and saw this post from Body Posi Panda – I really really agree with her here. Yea I have taken some before and after pictures in the past but it was out of curiosity to see my exercise was changing my figure, but that wasn’t why I was exercising. I didn’t even realise people are tagging her in pictures like that. No one has a clue! Idiots.

I also caught up with Bear Grylls – The Island. They had been practically starving the whole month and the doctors decided to check everyone’s weight. The men were horrified by how much they had lost (1 guy had lost 20cms round his waist and looked so so thin), then the girls got weighed. Perfect example of Western culture and how society has controlled everyone’s views without us realising…they were all happy with their weight loss. Um, this is from starvation for christ sake. Our culture needs to change big time!

THURSDAY – DAY 11

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I did set my alarm to get up and do the scheduled workouts, but Zumba always knackers me out! S I had an extra hour in bed and got over 8 hours sleep yay!

No time for exercise as I stayed over my friends house straight after work. I did do some walking so will track another mile!

FRIDAY – DAY 12

Had a beautiful lunchtime walk in the sun and earned 3 miles. There were some baby geese and some other baby duck type things that were so cute! I don’t know what sort of bird it is but I think they look really cool.

SATURDAY + SUNDAY – DAYS 13 + 14

There is not much to say about these days apart from that it was such a write off. 30th birthday party + free food + free alcohol = lazing about in the sun. So fun!

Ranting and disputing and disagreeing, oh my.

I am getting so tired of mainstream media and their constant abuse of photoshop editing. I am getting tired of the notion that if I have stretch marks or cellulite or for god’s sake, even dark circles under my eyes that I am not beautiful. I have something to say to you, IT’S CALLED LIFE. Want to sell me your new BB cream or moisturiser, then use a human being that doesn’t deserve to have his/her dignity in question and their body smoothed and flattered to pander to the magazine or advert executives. We are creating a distorted view to the younger generations who are going to grow up in a world believing that they are not worthy because they have a blemish or they are ‘’overweight’’ 

We are already in a world where a young woman is being heckled and chastised because she decided to have her model photographs unedited. Can you believe this, she is a size 10 and these people called her fat. I’m trying not to be preachy, I understand that we are biology and we are all different shapes and sizes, but what happened to decency? What happened to acceptance? I know we have come to accept that photoshop is a part of the fashion and media world, but why should it have to be? There is nothing more beautiful and graceful than a person who is their true genuine self. It is raw, it is powerful and compelling. Show me a model that has life in her face and body, a face that shows experience and a story.

 I am going off on a tangent here, but the point I think I’m trying to convey is that as human beings we are flawed, and it’s okay. Perfection is dull, dry and unstimulating. Be proud of who you are and give two fingers to the establishment that is trying to sell you amelioration and improvement.

 You are all beautiful just as you are.

[Toni] Spring warm-up for the Bikini Series!

Hey guys!

So last week I got myself in the habit of morning workouts everyday again in preparation for the Bikini Series. I’m feeling pretty good!

I’ve definitely been pushing myself a lot more and have started doing kick-boxing workouts. They are so fun! I am definitely feeling sore in places that I wasn’t before.

Bodyposipanda is one of the many Body Positive bloggers that I have been following, to make sure I stay in reality and not get too carried away with “clean eating” and fitness. You’ve got to remember that life is too short to be too strict, and getting obsessed with it all is far less healthy than eating some ice-cream or a pizza every now and then.

Talking about ‘bopo’, Shape Magazine are doing a new campaign called #LoveMyShape – it is awesome. We need more stuff like this in the media, fo’ sho’. Definitely one to have a look at!

This week I will be trying to stick with morning workouts again, although this morning I couldn’t as my legs were so tight from my bike ride. The soreness has eased and I shall be doing a workout later!

[Toni] Bikini Series 2016

Oh wow, there is so much hype for the next Tone It Up Bikini Series! It’s all strangely exciting.

I’ve received my starter pack so I can start prepping. I am determined to stick to the whole 8 weeks this time as it leads right up to my holiday in June. I’ve already started getting back into morning workouts. TIU are releasing another 8 week meal plan for members but I’ll decide when I see it whether I want to follow it or not. I’m doing pretty well using Slimming World recipes, so I can see myself just using the meal plan as a guide.

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The little group of friends I have made through TIU has helped hype the challenge up for sure. We are so on it this year!

I’m pretty happy with my abs this time! It’s my hips and back that I would love to tone, so maybe I will have some good results to share with you in 8 weeks time!

GOALS:

  1. Complete the 100 mile challenge on my bike
  2. Body Pump once a week
  3. Keep up with kick-boxing videos
  4. Stick to the schedule as much as I can

Bee, will you be joining me?!

[Toni] 5 Weeks of BBG

Hey!

Just realised we haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would just give a quick update of my Bikini Body Guide progress.

During weeks 3 and 4 I was getting really bored of the repetitive moves, but week 5 changed it up a little so I felt happier with that one. Love doing squats so I was enjoying the legs and cardio for once! I can just about cope with burpees now.

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2 days later and I’m editing this draft. Arms and Abs this morning sucked! I actually said out loud “this is so shiiit” haha. So this morning has been spent debating whether to continue or not. I did say to my friends “why do I want to spend time in my life doing something I hate?”

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Oh and I also just read this on Wonderful You’s blog “Don’t get me wrong, we need to push ourselves, but do what’s right for you – what’s working for someone else might just not be your bag and that’s totally fine..”

So here I am declaring NO MORE KAYLA! I did a Tone It Up workout the other morning and loved it, so I’m going back to those.

I don’t think the “clean eating” thing is working for me either. So mayybbeee I will try out some Slimming World recipes for a month, see how that makes me feel.

I’ll keep you posted!