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Fit Not Thin

Hi there!

In the midst of my revision I stumbled upon this article (it’s in Spanish) which talks about the editor of de Revistas de El Mercurio (Mercury Magazines). She has decided that they will no longer photoshop any photographs featured in their publications, only use models who are 18 or older and not use any model with a BMI below 18.5. BRILLIANT.

I understand there’s this constant pressure for people to be thin or incredibly muscular, I’ve felt it and it’s horrible. What this magazine is doing is perfect and something that needs to be done by all of them. People have been saying for ages it’s time to change the way the media represents what’s socially accepted as ‘beautiful’.

If you’re looking to be slim, this blog is not for you. Healthy? Then I’d like to think some of my experiences, posts and insights can help you. It’s so easy to make small changes to start you on your path to becoming FIT AND HEALTHY;

  • Reduce saturated fat intake; swap semi-skimmed/whole milk for skimmed milk, for example.
  • Reduce refined sugar intake; as simple as having an apple instead of a chocolate bar as a snack.
  • Fit in exercise; it can be a 7-minute HIIT session or a 30-minute walk. Check out my post on HIITLIIT  (lower intensity interval training) or have a look at strength workouts (one example linked for a bodyweight workout) for more information.
  • Make smart swaps; wholewheat pasta/rice/bread instead of white, refined bread/pasta/rice, for example.
  • Do a bit of trial and error; there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ plan for leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, try things out, do some research.
  • Do it with friends/family; it’s added motivation, you don’t want to stop until they do and chances are they feel the same so you won’t stop until you’re done.
  • Don’t give up; you will slip up, you’re allowed, just make sure it doen’t completel demotivate you and stop you from reaching your end goal.
  • Set a goal; fit into that pair of jeans, get to a healthier weight, tone up a bit. Whatever it is, set it and tell people what it is, that way you’ll find more motivation to stick with it and avoid being a ‘quitter’. Setting challenges such as a marathon, 10k, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race etc are also great motivators (you don’t really want to be photographed as a pile on the floor, you want to be photographed holding that medal or tackling that obstacle).
It doesn’t have to be a huge mountain, small steps can make big changes.
Gym Bug

Keeping your healthy body beautiful

Hi there!

Not about exercise, food or fitness this time! It’s about keeping that body your working hard to keep in tip-top shape nice and sexy looking. My go-to products are always Soap & Glory. At the moment my favourites are;

Hand Food-This is brilliant. If you lift weights and use machines that involves holding on (elliptical, rowing machine, spinning etc) then you might notice your hands get a bit sore and dry. This is excellent for sorting that out, it leaves your hands feeling nice and soft without making them so soft it makes it impossible to use weights. The smell is also gorgeous.

Heel Genius– Again, feet constantly being in sweaty gym shoes can make your heels rather unsightly! Slip this on your feet in the evenings, throw on some socks and let the magic happen! I have real problems with my heels and this has sorted them right out! Feels a bit weird wearing socks with slippy toes but it works wonders on problem feet!

Sugar Crush Body Scrub–  This smells AMAZING. Brilliantly fresh and citrusy. It also does wonders on little lumpy/scaly bits of skin. Just watch after using that the shower basin is clean! A good scrubbing feels amazing and the nice, silky smooth feeling is great and makes you feel wonderful after a hard gym session.

Smoothie Star Body Milk– Everyday I use this. Helps keep my skin nice and smooth and smells delicious. Wandering around after putting this on is great, so much better than gym smell! It gets stuck to your clothes as well, my jammies smell awesome!

I also use their mascara and lip gloss but that’s more aesthetics rather than healthy related, so not pertinent just now (however, I thoroughly recommend them both).

Taking care of your skin and your overall body is a great motivator because you’re creating a whole healthy package. Why have gorgeous abs if the skin is all flakey and itchy? Likewise, why have gorgeous skin if you don’t feel comfortable with your weight? Always look to be healthy but make sure you’re looking at everything, not just your weight. Feeling great on the outside helps you feel excellent on the inside (which is most important).

All these products and more are available at Boots, which is my go to place. Check Soap & Glory’s website.

It’s your body, treat it right!

Gym Bug

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