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[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!

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[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 Week 3

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Now I am getting into the swing of things I won’t be writing something for everyday of the week. I’ll just try and write down all of the interesting things!

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After a lazy, indulgent weekend, I needed to get moving. I missed kick boxing last week so I tried one of Jessica Smith’s workouts. I haven’t sweated that much in ages! So hard, but it felt good. MY heart rate got up and I earned 10 mins cardio – that never happens! I followed this with Rock Your Body.

Wednesday….so glad I got up and did Bikini Kettlebell. I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours 20 minutes! Chaos everywhere due to 1 lorry overturning at 5 in the morning. No other vehicles involved. I did abandon my car and had a quick 20 minute walk to get to work, so needed that! Missed Zumba too 😦

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Love Bodyposipanda!

I have decided that on Thursday’s I will get some extra sleep, so that is what I did this morning. Planning a long walk at lunch and some toning routines this evening.

The rest of the week I kept up with workouts but drank a hell of a lot (it was my birthday after all!) Feeling pretty sluggish now but I am back on it.

[Toni] Bikini Series – Week 2

MONDAY -DAY 8

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!

[Toni] Bikini Series – Week 1

SUNDAY – MEAL PREP

  • Looking at the meal plan, Slimming World meal prep is so much easier! All I need to do is chop mushrooms, maybe grill some chicken, make 3x batches of cous cous with veg and make an extra large risotto for dinner, so I can use leftovers for lunch. I will probably do that with other dinners too.
  • Snacks on the Tone It Up plan are smoothies, nut butters, houmous and celery (yuk). As I have to ‘syn’ most of these things, I’ll have fruit, yoghurt, boiled eggs, ryvita crackers, cottage cheese or chicken for my snacks. Easy peasy.
  • I’ve taken my before pictures and will record my measurements!

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I’m following this plan for workouts:

  • 1x day Legs and Cardio
  • 1x day Arms & Abs
  • 1x day Total Body
  • Plus badminton, Body Pump and Zumba. Oh and bike rides.

MONDAY – DAY 1

Today I woke up quite easily for my morning workout. I suppose this is because I made sure I got an early night (which I will continue to work on). I may or may not have slept through my husband banging on the door, phoning the house phone and throwing things, including a banana, at my bedroom window (which I sleep next to) to let him in….oops! Luckily he could stay at his dads house who lives nearby. I guess my party trick is putting myself into a coma for the night!

This morning I chose to do a quick 15 minute toning routine (I cannot handle cardio in the morning) which was Love Your Legs by Tone It Up. Really good burner!

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Lunchtime is always a walk if it’s not raining, and we did 1.5 miles to cross off my 100 mile tracker today. Kick-boxing will be for when I get home, 20 – 30 mins. I am looking forward to this. I think it’s important to do exercise that you enjoy! Otherwise it just becomes stale and you end up doing nothing.

Food is back on track, including a cake sale at my work where I resisted all the cakes and sausage rolls and samosas and spring rolls RIGHT NEXT TO MY DESK. I ate a banana instead. I did buy a little bit of cake to try later after dinner as it was for charity after all and looked SO GOOD. I ended up eating a giant cookie, a bourbon and a couple of mouthfuls of smarties…yum!

TUESDAY – DAY 2

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Loving all my food at the moment! Lots of eggs in the mornings, yoghurt and fruit, cous cous bowls and a steak stir fry was for dinner this day. Yum!

 

This morning I decided to get some extra sleep and I made it to 8 hours, yay!

Someone in my group chat told us about a girl who is following Tone It Up and actually cried over eating a brownie. Hearing that really winds me up. Just because it’s not in the plan doesn’t mean you will undo all your progress and hard work. Imagine looking back on it in 20 years time – I would feel so silly! If you’re going to eat it, you may as well enjoy it. People strive far too much to be 100% perfect, but there is no such thing. So, I could feel guilty about not doing a workout this morning, but I don’t. I needed the sleep.

I stretched for 30 mins before bed – oh pigeon pose, how I love you!

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WEDNESDAY – DAY 3

I definitely definitely definitely set me Fitbit alarm for 5.30…yet I woke up to my phone alarm at 6.30. Damn! I had 4 workout videos planned. I decided my hair could get away with another day of dry shampoo so I squeezed in one of the Beach Babe 4 workouts (K+K Slay) and an old arm routine (Tone Up Your Arms for Summer). The new one was brilliant! I was worried there would be burpees after a few moves but there wasn’t. Perfect! So 15 minutes of HIIT counts another 1.5 miles on my tracker. Win! I will do the other routines tomorrow.

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Oh and I double checked my Fitbit and I was right! So I must have slept-snoozed it. More sleep doesn’t hurt 🙂

I got lazy at lunch and stayed inside – feeling so lethargic and tired now. Regretting it! Still, Zumba will get my moving later!

Argh all I wanted to do was go home and eat pizza but I made myself just show up to Zumba. I’m glad I went in the end – and I got a motivating comment from Tone It Up on Instagram 🙂 I ate my chickpea burgers with my HexA allowance of cheese for the day and butternut squash chips. So good.

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THURSDAY – DAY 4

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Got up quite easily to catch up with the schedule and did a new routine – Cardio Abs off the Beach Babe 4 DVD. Loved it! Added Bikini Abs 2015 on too – feeling the burn! Had some fun playing badminton in the evening and earned 3 miles for the 100 by Summer challenge. Devoured my chicken fajita for dinner – lovely!

 

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FRIDAY – DAY 5

After a bit of a struggle getting up and scrolling on instagram, I got out of bed to catch up on some more of the toning routines I had missed earlier in the week. They were both off the new Beach Babe DVD – Rock Your Body + Total Body Tone Up.

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Yes that is supposed to say Friday!

Rock Your Body was okay, but I did find myself wondering when it was ending. There was a move where you are resting on your side on one bum cheek, I felt my bum digging in the floor. So I didn’t like that one!

Total Body Tone Up was awesome though and included a lot of my favourite moves. Really felt it in the arms!

Read the members email this afternoon and printed off the quick meal idea. They are nothing ground breaking but it’s there as a reminder if I have a mind blank of what to cook if plans change.

SATURDAY + SUNDAY – DAYs 6 + 7

Had a fab weekend still on track! I only did a quick routine on Saturday as I was so busy before going to Bee’s for a girls night in. I kept the cocktails TIU approved and had Slimming World ‘nachos’ (wedges with spicy beans and cheese on top). Good comfort food without the guilt.

Sunday Bee and I went to Brighton and it was a gorgeous day! We walked over 20,000 steps overall so I counted that towards the 100 By Summer challenge. Treated myself to a Peanut Butter ice-cream on the beach and sat in the sun. So tired now! We managed to find a Mexican restaurant that had a really good SW friendly meal, so I  had that and resisted pudding. I have to go back for cocktails one day – so many tequila ones!

[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!

[Toni] Being good to your bridesmaids

I’ve just been reading a few blog posts on the subject of “I’m a bridesmaid and my friend has asked my to change my appearance for the big day”, ranging from dying their hair to a normal colour to covering tattoos and even losing weight.

These thoughts never, ever, crossed my mind when I was dealing with my 4 bridesmaids. They are all different shapes, sizes and heights! They are all gorgeous and it doesn’t matter if they have a bit of extra weight on them or not. 2 of them are self conscious about it and I knew the same dress wouldn’t suit them all, so we opted for different dresses in the same colour and got them altered if needed. It worked perfectly.

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Finding a dress for the 2 self conscious ones was kind of sad, because they would mention about being “fat” and “massive”, when they looked lovely. Plus what can you say to that when they are convinced they look horrible? (note: when I try and sound enthusiastic I end up sounding sarcastic!). I wanted them to feel pretty and comfortable and I think it worked.

A family member kept turning their nose up at a couple of my bridesmaids tattoos too, which really annoyed me. The tattoos are part of who they are and it’s kind of insulting if you ask them to cover them and turn your nose up at it. Yes, it’s not to everyone’s taste, but who cares? It’s not harming you in any way.

I chose my bridesmaids because they are my closest friends and I love them for who they are, not because I wanted model perfect photos (boring!),. That’s not what a wedding is about.

Bridezillas need to take a step back and really think about what they are saying before they do that – you’re getting married to the love of your life, everyone is there to celebrate that love and all eyes would be on you anyway. All that matters is everyone turns up and you get to sign that certificate!