The summer is just round the corner and so far we have had such sunny weeks here in Scotland!! Who needs to travel abroad on days like this! I’m loving it!
Anyways all this fab weather has got me in the mood to start looking for some holiday pieces. And so far I have amassed quite the collection of playsuits and summer dresses from of course the absolute go to online retailer… ASOS.
If you are looking to take up yoga and want to know a little bit more about it, what you’re letting yourself in for down to the nitty-gritty stuff, this is probably not the post for you!
This is the I’m an absolute beginner unexpected happenings of the last 8 weeks/ fun facts…
Yoga is not as easy as I assumed
Basically I went into yoga thinking fab! This will be chilled – meditation – I will leave here feeling so Zen! And yes you do… but to get to that stage for an unbalanced clumsy mess like me is a lot of wobbles and confused looks around the room (Help me – what am I doing).
Breathing is Difficult
This is not just any breathing, Ujjayi breathing is usually the first thing we do in my classes. I might be slightly exaggerating but breathing in and out for someone elses sloooow count of 5 can make you light-headed. I guess this adds to the overall calm and zen vibes.
Don’t practice a shoulder stand alone
So its a few weeks into classes now and people have progressed a lot from day 1. I decided to try up my game and join the shoulder stand club. So instead of the embarrassment of going for it in class I thought why not practice in my flat. Great idea. I managed it! Pretty much straight away might I add! But with the excitement came a backwards flip over my neck annnnd a long flat lie on my floor to stop the pain… Kinda glad this wasn’t a class event witnessed by plenty. But also ouch what I did serious damage?? No help for me!
Your Mental Health will Improve
Yoga is unreal for not only you physical but also your mental health. I can’t explain how much happier it makes me. I feel less stressed out in life. It is literally my happy place. One class a week is not enough but for now will do.
You will gain a core
Before my first ever yoga class my core was non existant. And I struggled. If you havent already got a good core, you will…
I’ve had a crazy, yet unexpected start to this year.
So my blog has ended up neglected. And as this series of Flab to Fab was suppose to track my fitness journey I thought it best to be the first part of my blog to update and let everyone know how things are going.
So this past month I’ve really thrown myself into a proper fitness routine. It wasn’t even planned its just ended up that I now have different fitness classes Monday-Thursday. I tend to have a lazy weekend as they are all fully booked atm, but with four gym days and an okay diet I think this is deserved haha!
I’ve currently managed to get my weight down by almost two stone! Mainly in the last month. And the best part about it is not feeling like I’m trying to loose weight, it’s all just fun!
I was super super pleased when my gym had a class timetable revamp as I’ve been wanting to try both Pilates and Yoga for ages. And I kept looking into classes in Glasgow but never taking the plunge to go. And as of April my gym now offers these classes! So ideal!! So that is my Monday and Tuesday nights after work taken up.
Thursday nights are for Spin class. A girl I work with also goes along to these so we have a nice walk after work to the gym together to catch up on her stories of her previous week with her PT! They are hilarious! He is also the spin instructor and actually wild. Squats on a bike after already being 30 mins in… no problem! Haha.
My Wednesdays are now taken up by a new hobby of mine. Which bruises me like an absolute peach…Pole Fitness. I’ve wanted to try this for ageees! But I’ve never had the guts to turn up to a class as a newbie alone. Lucky one of my friends decided to come along with me, although it doesn’t help that she’s 5″10 and slim and I’m 5″4 and chunky…
I also completed my first ever Munro the first weekend in May! Which is deffo a step in the right direction for me as this time last year if you asked me to go on a hike I would have laughed! Unfortunately the weather was not the best. But the feeling of accomplishment at the top was fab!
Do you have a fitness routine or any classes you love to attended weekly?
So apparently today – February the 9th – is National Pizza Day!
And who needs any more of an excuse for pizza eating??
Since I’m still in the early days of this health kick I thought I would make a post all about the alternative healthier version of Pizza that is super simple and easy to made. And also Joe Wicks – Lean In 15 inspired.
All you need is:
Preheat oven to gas mark 6
Grab your wrap and cover in tomato puree
sprinkle on you all toppings
add the cheese
pop in the oven for 15 mins
Obviously you can swap out any toppings you don’t like and add any others you do. It’s super versatile and a great pizza stand in, definitely fixes those cravings without the guilty feeling.
I’ve been MIA the last few weeks after saying I would start a weekly health kick update/ round up. SO that was a fail. The main reason being, I had an Exam on Thursday afternoon so the last few weeks have been filled with revision, a mock exam and then the actual exam itself. Also a Hen Do, and another boozy weekend filled with food and munchies.
But all in all I would say its been a pretty successful-ish start.
I’m now 8lbs down from my start weight and that’s with only going to the gym once this year.
The only changes I’ve made to my diet so far are:
Cutting down to one coffee a day (My morning Cappuccino on the way into work)
Mainly drinking water throughout the day (At least 2 ltrs)
Swapping to healthier dinners
And only snacking on fruit
I’m still having a cheat day usually on a Saturday. So much easier to stick with this kick if I’ve a day off that I can enjoy.
Below are a few of “Healthier Dinners”
Anyways now that my Exam is out the way I can focus more on my diet and hit the gym more. Starting this Tuesday with my first gym class which I’ve booked in for at 6:45am (leaving the flat for 6 will probably kill me).
Head out for a Saturday lunch to celebrate it. That’s what!
Ciaran and I can finally say we have ticked Babs off our “Places that are a MUST try” list.
We have been so excited all week (the health kick being a contributing factor). And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sat at work on Wednesday lunch time checking out the menu and dreaming of all my maybes and musts haves…
And it was definitely worth the wait!
From the Tzatziki and pitta starter to the side of Doner chips. Everything tasted unreal. And I cannot fault a thing.
I decided to go for the Babs Doner and my other half had the Lamb Iskender both from the Lamb plates. But Babs caters for all ~ from chicken dishes, to seafood, and even dishes for vegetarians or vegans.
I can’t imagine it will be too long until our next visit.
Do you have any suggestions as to where I should try next in Glasgow for food?
I hope everyone’s new year has got off to a great start, unfortunately for me mine has been pretty poor. Starting with a chest infection/ horrendous flu that began on Boxing Day and hasn’t completely cleared yet, but is definitely manageable now.
I have decided that 2018 is my year for sorting my fitness and getting back to a body I feel comfortable in – because let’s face it last year is the most unhappy I’ve ever been in my body – annnnd I’m thinking if I blog about it, I cannot let myself fail. So here goes project Flab to Fab!
I would love you to follow me on my journey. Where we can hopefully motivate and inspire each other- sharing tips on clean eating, gym plans and progress.
Fingers crossed a few months down the line I’ll be feeling happier and notice a difference…