A friend mentioned today that they hadn’t seen me post much on my Instagram this week, and in light of the very recent social media controversy about online life versus reality I thought I would share my current reality with you all to prove that I too am an honest, real person not trying to sugar coat my perfect life, perfect meals and perfect abs (and can I just say for the record I don’t believe I have any of the aforementioned!)
Happy #transformationtuesday with love from the Wildcat! Facebook memories over the past few weeks have been a great way to reminisce over holidays, parties, happy times with friends…. But every now and again they serve me a little reminder of the life I left behind. This came up yesterday – the photo of the left – which is 6 years old (and yes Chelsea FC fans I am posing with Stamford the Lion!)
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September 27th will always be a special day for me as it marks my wedding anniversary….. and this year marked not only my first year of marriage, but also the third Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, “a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life” to quote Lorna herself. Lorna’s vision was to encourage women all over the world to make a commitment to a life of Active Living by taking part in some sort of activity on 27th September, and making a personal pledge to a fitter and healthier future. As this is something I believe in and support so strongly, I was more than happy to wear an Active Living promise bracelet, as given to me by the fantastic Lorna Jane Europe (you can buy one for yourself too via this link!)
So what is my personal pledge to the Lorna Jane Active Living movement and what do I personally commit to by wearing the sporty sisterhood bracelet?
Earlier this year, ahead of my catwalk debut at London Fashion Week for Charli Cohen I undertook my first ever juice cleanse with Plenish – it was hard but I loved the results (click the link to see full details of my experience on that cleanse). Generally speaking I eat well – I aim to eat clean 80% of the time (at least) and try to both track my macros and be aware of my calorie expenditure and therefore allowance every day. However, I also LOVE food, and over the past few weeks there have been many occasions (such as holidays, weddings, family dinners) where my 80% clean rule has had to fall by the wayside, so I decided to embark on another cleanse to reset my digestive system. After seeing social media posts about their #Wednesdaycleanseday and #Teamcleanse for July, this time I decided to try Imbibery London and their two day ID2 cleanse.
It seems you can’t open a health and fitness magazine now without seeing a mention of the spice of the moment – turmeric. It has long been a staple in Indian cooking and ayurvedic medicine, and little wonder with it boasting properties such as being an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, as well as being reported to aid in warding off diabetes, strokes and even cancer. I therefore wanted to create a recipe that used the power of this mighty spice (that wasn’t a curry) so I therefore present to you my chickpea pancakes stuffed with spinach and feta.
I have recently returned from a fabulous few days holiday in Portugal – sunshine, sleep, seafood and plenty of other things I love mean I am back in London refreshed and recharged. I know many say fitness is a passion, but it truly is for me, which is why I don’t see a holiday as a reason to stop working out. But what do you do if like me, you arrive at the hotel gym to find it is little bigger than the pool cleaning cupboard? Well why not try one of these three small gym/hotel gym/small space workouts?