So I’ve been a little absent from the whole internet-y social media world as of late. While I’m all too aware that 90% of what you see online is fake or only the absolutely best snippets of someone’s life, I found myself profoundly affected by having a 24/7 view-only access to lifestyles that were completely unachievable for me.
So I opted to take a hiatus from all of it; it was doing nothing for my self-esteem and my 2017 has been hard enough without that shit. Amazingly within the space of week I already felt better, the frighteningly long hours that I would have wasted each day on Facebook etc, I spent doing things I actually enjoy. Hell even just sitting staring into space was a vastly more enjoyable activity that looking at “#blessed” 4 million times over.
It’s been a couple of months without (maybe 3/4ish) and now. I feel like I come back at this world with a plan of what I want out of social media. For me I’ve realised for me the enjoyment is in being useful and relatable and to me that means it’s about blogs and sharing with people who enjoy life while being grounded in reality.
I love to learn and get a bit of a useful hint, tip or solution to get me through life and last year I learned countless useful bits and pieces around FODMAP/IBS on various blogs. On instagram and the like, I’ve enjoyed seeing everyday people just getting on with it. I like people who share all that it takes to achieve a goal and then seeing them achieve it, people that tell you honestly what it takes, proper blood sweat and tears (and food of course). I’ll believe the badass Lifter that eats a balanced diet and treats themselves to a pizza before I’ll believe the person that tells you the only way to be like them is some random companies fat burning supplements. The last thing I want is another year of scrolling through nonsense where “athletes” spew out nothing but motivational quotes and constant product placement (lets be real here, we’d all think your products were great if we got them massively discounted or even for free).
So for 2018 I’m getting really real about shit. Instagram, I’ll follow you if your interesting, if you’re about food and lifting we’ll get along just smashingly! If you’re about showing off wealth and the kind of fitness where all you do is take constant gym selfies or any other posing selfie and post ABSOLUTELY ZERO workout or fitness activity I don’t think we’re meant to be.
Also (my main rant about instagram) No longer will I follow people if they only follow me so that I’ll be polite and follow back and then immediately unfollow me (seriously how shitty is that?!). I want to enjoy Instagram the way I did in the begging and if that means quality not quantity; sure I won’t end up “insta-famous” but I’d rather have 10 awesome followers I can relate to than 10,000 shite ones.
So this year I’m all about me; and here’s what you should know
I’m no ones “ambassador” or “athlete”, though I will constantly share photos of my socks cause I love them (I buy every pair with my own hard earned pennies).
I’ll constantly talk about food, like 99.9% of it will be about food.
I’ll seldom post photos of me posing in the gym, I go to the gym to lift and you should too
Sometimes (rarely) I’ll post a photo of me, the reason will be I feel particularly proud of myself that day and also I suppose it helps to see what all my eating and lifting is achieving. Though said photos will never involve any expected stereotypical female fitness pose (we’re all equal and I show off the guns if I want dammit)
I’ll complain when it gets tough or sometimes (heaven forbid) I’ll skip a workout, cause sometimes I’d rather just sit on my ass.
I’ll give you this one motivational quote (just in case you really need one) “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. If you can appreciate and accept that, you’ll figure out how to achieve your goals.
So for now it’s bring on 2018, hopefully I can stay strong and keep at it (blogging and lifting)! Below is me being fearsome for your enjoyment… hehehe
So here we are on the 1st of May, it’s a bit scary how quickly we got here but instead of freaking out, let’s celebrate with a BRAND NEW TEE!
Yep the my May tee has dropped and it’s pretty dam awesome if I do say so myself!
Paying tribute to one of the most common complaints among lifters, Squat Rack is my way of helping you to save our squats from the plight of bicep curls!
Just Click the Photos to go to their shop page (link opens in a new window) and get yourself one of these little beauties! I’ve got a red tank on order to hopefully wear to BodyPower!
Before you run off to treat yourself to one of these awesome tees (you know you want to), how do you fancy giving your core a bit of a challenge this week? Head over to my Workout Challenge page to have a go at my ‘Hardcore’ Challenge for this week! I’m taking on the experienced level and already dreading the thought of doing almost 1 hours worth of planks this week!
Just like last week, I’ll post my videos to my Facebook/Instagram page to share my pain and give you laugh (or inspiration, but probably more laughing though), so make sure you’re following me to see how it goes!
The first is my new Weekly Workout Challenges! These little challenges are a great way to get more active by adding little workouts into your week! The first is my “You Squat?!” Challenge and it starts tomorrow! Every challenge has 3 levels so there’s something there for everyone!
Check it out here or watch the video on my Facebook page!
Next up is the Prep Plan for my Free Meal and Training Plan – Kickstart Change!
It’s a 2 week Prep task before embarking on the actual plan! Even if you don’t go for the plan, I 110% recommend doing this exercise, it’s a great way to assess where you are now in your eating and training. Like the plan, this is free and you can download the info sheet here!
You can get the full recipe by clicking the text above but make sure you watch Homemade Gains too! I’ve got big plans for the YouTube channel so I need your views to make it awesome and well what’s not to love about seeing some tasty food being made! And of course it’s always a chance to see my tees in person! This weeks episode has got 2 of my current favourites!
Right for now I have to go finish work on my training plan (super excited to share that with you all very soon)! Your homework good people is to go watch Homemade Gains and like, subscribe and share (if you would be so kind please 😉)!
Yep it’s International Circus Day and I’m celebrating with some awesome aerial themed tees! For one week only you can get yourself some super awesome aerial tees! Lots of colours and tank options too but here’s each of the designs! Check out the shop to get yours!
This week I’m experimenting with a new purchase; Rice Flake Porridge and I’ve added the first successful creation in the breakfast section – Honey Cinnamon Rice Porridge! It’s dairy free and it pretty much tastes like you’re having rice pudding for breakfast!
Click the Photo to go to the recipe and give this little wonder a try!
I’ve also just finished the meal plan of my first ever transformation plan! Now I just need to write up the accompanying training plan I should have just the thing for anyone looking to embark on a healthier lifestyle!
I got a small delivery of Tees and tanks today and they are awesome!!! 😍 Check out the E-Shop to get yours!
The first top in the video is a GT&A logo crop tank, I ordered it for myself so it’s not currently available in the shop but if you’d like to see a crop tank option in store let me know and it can be added!