COMPETITON! LIFESUM & THE NORDIC GUIDE

The lovely team at Lifesum & The Nordic Guide have teamed up with me to offer you lovely readers an amazing prize! You’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer, as well as, a year’s premium membership from Lifesum lifestyle app.

Lifesum is an app which helps you track you eating and exercise habits by offering a number of different plans – one of my favourite parts of the app is the quick plan test! It’s a simple quiz which help you highlight the right plan for you – if your not interested in calories counter or your goal is to gain muscle rather than lose fat Lifesum can help! In summary Lifesum is healthy living, simplified. Lifesum is an app that helps you to get healthy your way, no fuss – here are a few screenshots of my favourite features.

 

Secondly, I have a copy of The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer to give away along with a subscription for the app! If you’ve lived the hygge way, it’s time to take some inspiration from Sweden and find out about lagom – a well-balanced approach to living a healthier and happier life.

Written by Dr Bertil Marklung, a doctor and researcher at Gothenburg University, this essential book makes the most of contemporary research to provide you with pragmatic and realistic advice that will make a difference to your future.

Debunking many myths (it turns out coffee is good for your health, after all!), the compact guide explains how the things we have been told are bad for us can sometimes be quite the opposite.

The book is split into 10 different sections such as time for recovery, be an optimist, eat yourself healthy and choose the right drink.

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To win and get your hands on this book and fabulous app like this post, comment! I’ll be picking a winner on 31st September – good luck!

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY BODY!

Ah, body positivity – the hot topic of recent years! From Tess Holiday, Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence & Rihanna body positivity has been hitting the headlines for the last couple of months, and while a lot of the press are praising women of all sizes for embracing their bodies there is still a lot of issues around body positivity.

As I’ve spoken about openly on this blog at the age of 19 I developed (or first noticed) I had a number of mental health issues which hit my like a tonne of bricks, but what I haven’t really discussed is my relationship with body dysmorphia and eating disorders – my main issues surrounded restricting calories and working out obsessively which at the time I thought was great because I was losing weight! However it was really unhealthy and clearly unsustainable. My weight has yoyo’d over the years but I’m finally starting to develop a healthy relationship my body and food – however, I do have low moments from time to time.

Naturally, I’m a pear shape which people seemed to disagree with sometimes but my hips are bigger than my waist and boobs – making me a pear! It took me a long time to come to terms with that because for so long I considered myself an hourglass shape, like the old school glamour girls with a tiny waist and perfect curves. I’ve internally fought with myself about what I want my body to look like, there are times when I wish I had bigger boobs to complete my curves like the Kardashian clan or Beyoncé, but there are also times when I so desperately want to be slender – like the Gigi Hadids and Kendall Jenners of the world – I wanted the VS look because I personally thought that looked the most appealing to me mainly because I have small boobs. (P.S This is not me saying other body types aren’t appealing or beautiful because they bloody well are! This is just talking about me and my body.)

 

I work out a lot and sometimes I feel like I’ve been on a diet since I was 15 – I think I’m slowly coming to terms with what my body is/isn’t and I know I should appreciate it more. I struggle to remind myself how amazing my body is – it has walked me to the Everest Base Camp, ran for miles, it has danced (not very well), swan, jumped and so much more – sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have this body and how incredible it is – even if I do have a stretch mark or two. My body is more than its measurements and I realise how abusive and ungrateful I have been in past – I use to feel that my body had betrayed me when I put on weight or got stretch marks but then I realised I was putting on weight because I was binge eating and comfort eating and there was nothing wrong with my stretch marks, they are just a part of me (even if I do use bio-oil to lighten them).

It’s hard to admit but I’m still not happy with my body and I suppose they will always be a part of me that wishes for something different – but this is my body and it’s perfect the way it is because it’s mine!

What are you body positivity tips and advice? Do you struggle with anything or do you have a mantra?

 

 

WHY I DECIDED TO JOIN ELITE

Elite Together describes its transform programme as an intensive 6 week programme that is designed to discover your true potential! The goal is to lose 20lbs in 6 weeks and if you do you get your money back!

When I tell people that i’ve joined this programme I’m met with a lot of confused faces, a lot of people telling me I don’t need to lose 20lbs (which is very sweet) and a lot of laughter because I can’t drink alcohol or have sugar for 6 weeks (yes, really). So why did I join? I’m suppose i’m not in desperate need to lose weight and as some-one who can run a decent distances my fitness levels are OK..ish but I still felt like I was missing something within my workouts! Once I’m in a routine I love the gym, especially classes! Being shouted at by an instructor and having people around you to suffer with and inspire you is great – it helps motivate you and keep the atmosphere light, I believe exercising should be challenging but fun – what is the point in doing something you hate? You won’t keep it up or get anything from it long term.

I like to see exercise as therapy and to challenge how far I can push my mind as well as body, I wrote a blog post a little while ago about the benefits exercise on my mental health which you can find here: http://bit.ly/2raXIQ5

I’ve just completed my first week at Elite and it has been amazing, the workouts are killer and the meal plan means that i’m eating better and not stuffing my face full of chocolate or any junk foods, sadly for my boyfriend takeaway Friday is out of the occasion. My first weigh in is on Monday so I will update after that and i’ll keep writing about my experience and how the weight loss/fitness aspect of the training goes.