One of the biggest excuses I hear when it comes to people making poor dietary choices is time – “I’m too busy to eat well/cook/meal prep/follow a recipe/grab healthy snacks”….. sound familiar? I must hear this several times a week, which is a shame because for the most part it isn’t true. Healthy eating is not impossible on the go, and the Grab and Go and Power Packs of Acti-Snack combinations are a perfect example of this. So when Acti-Snack asked me if I could create a healthy recipe using their additive and sugar-free mixes I couldn’t wait to get experimenting in the kitchen…. and the result are these Fit Food Muffins!
If you’re a regular Wildcat Fitness Blog reader or social media follower you’ll know I don’t shy away from a physical challenge. Over the past few years I’ve gone from not being able to support my own body weight to push ups and heavy deadlifts, and from barely being able to run for the bus to hill sprints and tuck jumps. So this year I thought it was time for a new way to push myself, which is why I am taking on the not only physically but hugely mental challenge of Abseil for the Animals – the UK’s highest freefall abseil in aid of an amazing charity – The Mayhew Animal Home. Why a mental challenge? Because I’m not great with heights and even the thought of being at the top of that 300ft sculpture (the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Olympic Park) and looking down, knowing I have to jump off makes my palms sweat just sitting here, so goodness knows how I’ll do it on the day – but – one thing is for sure – I will do it – because I am determined to raise as much money as possible for these incredible animals and this incredible cause, and here’s why.
Not a single week seems to go by these days without me getting at least a couple of emails or Direct Messages from people who are thinking about studying to become, or who are in the process of qualifying as a Personal Trainer asking my advice about starting in the industry. Firstly, I am flattered that anyone would want to ask my advice and am always happy to offer it, and secondly, it is amazing that so many people are now interested in careers in the fitness industry. I’m well aware I post often about how much I love my job and my clients and how I genuinely feel blessed to live the life I do, but as with any job, not everything in the life of a Personal Trainer is shiny new Nikes and super happy clients. Whilst I believe it is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, it can also be hugely demanding at times, so in the interest of balance and honesty I wanted to share with you the Secrets of a Personal Trainer that no one else will tell you….
As you will have seen me boldly state on the Wildcat Fitness Personal Training website – fitness IS my number one passion in life. But do you know what comes a close second? Make up and beauty products, as my overflowing bathroom cupboards and bedroom shelves will testify. You might think make up and the gym are not a match made in heaven, and for many people they aren’t, but personally I still like to look good even when I sweat, and I certainly like to appear groomed when I train my clients or go to meetings, so it’s very rare that you’ll see me bare faced. However, I also like to look after my skin and hair and also not feel like I am caked in products and my skin can’t breathe – so over the years I’ve honed down the contents of my make up and toiletry bag and have a handful of products I now swear by. And I’m about to share them with you!
And whilst I love to pretend that this is my routine every day before working out, sadly this is a flash back to a photoshoot with Tom Miles and my amazing make up artist Lauren Ross!
This post originally appeared as a #transformationtuesday on my Instagram, and was spurred on by a couple of things. Firstly, this photo on the left flashing up on Facebook memories last weekend, and secondly having conversations with a couple of clients over the past week who have been feeling frustrated they’re not seeing weight loss results as quickly as they would like.
There is 6 years difference between these two photos. I may have transformed my body (and my health) but it most certainly didn’t happen in a matter of weeks. Nor was it a journey of constant and consistent progress – I’ve lost weight, gained weight, felt great, felt awful, felt in control and felt utterly lost – all in the space of these 6 years.