Little Pickers Wear Bigger Knickers!

Well guys,with the Christmas season upon us I’ve to put together a few of my top tips to stay on track during the festive period.

Tip 1: Step away from the Roses, Celebrations and other nibbles you might find yourself mindless munching on. Just 10 Celebrations rack up to a whopping 450kcals. Now I’m not saying it’s all clean eating, it’s Christmas if you can’t have something nice on Christmas Day when can you. HOWEVER! you can still have your cake and eat it without doing the dog on it. Just think of having a slice of cake with that 450kcals, I most certainly would be much more satisfied having a slice of cake. I don’t think I’ve ever said god that was gorgeous after mindless eating a few roses.

Tip 2: Drinks, be it alcohol based or non alcohol these rack up the calories. Mulled wine for instance just two tipples can mount up to 500kcals. A Starbucks caramel latte can set you back 250 kcals or a Frappuccino a whopping 400kcals. I don’t know about ye but I’d much prefer to eat those calories. Therefore, make smart choices and opt for an americano or flat white when out for coffees.When drinking,wine really is a killer for the kcals,opt for a low kcal drink and be mindful of mixers, I generally opt for diet drinks.

Tip 3: Plan ahead! Annual Christmas dinners/party’s plan for them and account for the calories. Plan what you’re going to drink and allow for the calories, start putting aside extra kcals in the piggy bank in the days coming up to the event. I generally knock 100kcals off my daily eating for a few days leading up to a big night out.That way I can enjoy a guilt free night out .

Finally get out there get those steps in meet friends for walks, a days shopping can rack up an awesome 10,000+ steps happy days right.So get out there and enjoy the festivities.

Happy Christmas.

Love

Marie.

Xxxx

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10 ways to Squeeze into that dress!

Health and fitness is a lifestyle ….ya de ya ya ….. ye all know the crack by now ,your not going to loose 3 pounds of body fat by these few tips but what you can do is loose that bloated tummy for Saturday Night.

We have all been there looking amazing Monday to Friday then bang Saturday night you all of a sudden look like you have a bun in the oven. Trust me lady’s even the fittest of women battle with the digestive system. Here are a few of my favourites 😉

(1).Take a bath with Epsom Salts, with its high content of magnesium it is a favorite amongst many athletes to relieve pain and muscle cramps , eases stress and relaxes the body(the magnesium helps to produce serotonin abit like my endorphins if it elevates my mood I’m on that band wagon. But what you may not be aware a long soak eliminates toxins from the body: by adding the right minerals to your bath and with your skin being a highly porous membrane, a process called osmosis occurs which pulls salt out of your body and harmful toxins along with it.

(2). Avoid certain foods: I bet you ye are all thinking ya like white bread etc , no who would have known but broccoli is my biggest culprit to cause the bloat, white onion, artichokes, cauliflower raw spinach, button mushrooms and dairy have all gotten the rap here. Everyone is different so keep an eye out and coming up to that night out be mindful of your culprits.

(3).Eat Honeydew,pineapple and papayas: Honeydew melon has a natural diuretic property that can aid with water retention, payayas and pineapple contain enzymes that aid digestion and break down proteins that can cause the bloat.

(4).Protein shakes,bars etc: Depending on how sensitive your digestive system is you may find your more prone to bloating and gas,this is due to the protein isolate being derived from soyabeans, like many other beans these contain oligosaccharides, sugar molecules that the body can’t break down fully,they then can linger fermenting causing gas and the dreaded bloat.

(5).Fibre, Fibre, Fibre: keep things moving ladies

(6).Get that “active wear” on and get those steps in ,to avoid getting that sluggish feeling get out for a brisk walk. It will relieve or prevent constipation.If you are not regular; incorporating something so simple into your evening routine will definitely help.

(7). Eat earlier or ensure there is a nice gap in between your last meal of the day and your breakfast ideally 12 hours. Your body fasts every night, this is important it gives your body time for your digestive system to recover which should result in a flatter stomach.

(8).Dandelion: is a firm favourite of mine if I feel I’m retaining extra water , dandelion drops in particular as it has a higher concentrate.

(9). Drink more water: when you experience water retention it’s your body’s way of holding onto water so as to not experience dehydration therefore the more water you drink your body will let go and hey presto. Add some lemon to your water as this is a natural diuretic and will speed up the process.

(10). CHOCOLATE:ye all know I’m not talking about a dairy milk bar here but it’s true dark chocolate that’s cacao content is 70% or higher has an anti-inflammatory compound, when this interacts with your stomachs digestive enzymes a little magic happens 😉.

These are all just little tricks and tips I use on a daily basis or I am mindful of coming up to an event or night out.

Hope it helps

Marie

Xxx

“Fat Club”

“Fat club” a term I’ve heard quite frequently, and as I laugh nervously along with the individuals,I can’t help but feel uncomfortable with not only the phrase but the emotional baggage that comes with it.

As ye are all too well aware health and fitness and wellbeing (mental health)is a massive part of my life . Quite frankly I reckon the grinch would be more pleasure to be around if it wasn’t for it .

But here is my issue , in a society becoming more “health conscious” I use that term quite loosely and find words such as “body conscious ” coming to mind, is our mental health suffering? In our pursuit “to loose weight” ,“ tone up “, “loose the flab” are we jeopardizing our own happiness. It sounds quite bizarre coming from me I know ,but from my observation and before ye all pull out the Doritos and throw on Netflix and say ya Marie your dead right it is lol!

It’s our approach, terminology towards foods that are nutritionally dense but tasty as ….. are now called “sins”, your constantly critiquing yourself because you had a bad night ,you have a weigh in tomorrow night …. will you skip it and wait until next week! Some traits some of ye might emphasize with?

Mental health and happiness is the key, we all have so much stress in our lives in order for successful fat loss we need to stop body shaming,stop being so hard on ourselves,stop depriving ourself . Rome wasn’t built in a day small changes, baby steps .

“You will never speak more to anyone than you speak to yourself ….be kind “

Marie

Xxxx

A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor 

Well ladies, I’m sitting here in my Mrs Browns look alike dressing gown with a cup of tea …. Slightly distracted by my brothers pug (Mac) who is prone to landing me in  the height of shit and doing his business on my mums cream sitting room carpet😂 And well I’m thinking where on earth do I begin … Well for those that know , or have been following me know it hasn’t ever been smooth sailing, from day one as a child ,I had to fight just to get a pass in maths! I guess because of that I’ve taken that right through to adult hood and I’ve worked my ass off (quite literally) some days my ass does have a pulse 😂😂

I qualified as a personal trainer in February and had great ambitions ,I’m going to do X y and z ….. But it hit me like a tone of bricks ,I was completely deflated! I broke even just about in my first set of boot camps,the pts I was doing at home  didn’t even even pay me and I was thinking Marie ugh just go back to what your good at ! So I did I packed it in I’ve a garage full of equipment and I haven’t opened the door since ! 

I said I will take a few weeks out and just focus on me …but what has happened by focusing on myself … I’ve learnt more,my confidence has risen ,I’m feeling better . As selfish as it sounds the biggest project you should ever work on is yourself ! So I’m currently working full time on nights (like a RAT 🙈😂) and I’m getting my mojo back ! I reckon we all from time to time throw the towel in,choose the easier option but one thing we should never give up on is  our dreams !  

Life has a funny way of steering us onto the right roads,and Lord God sometimes u will be on that road in the back Arse of nowhere,with a “Sunday driver” in front of you who just bloody loves to keep tapping that break ! But I guess we just have to take our time and be patient and realise we will get there in the end .

Until next time 

Marie 

 X

Tea or coffee ☕️☕️☕️☕️

Well hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in last.Currently in the midst of my exams whilst also a few days out from my photo shoot.
It’s been one hell of a prep for this shoot 5:40am starts 5 mornings a week, a gruelling diet,whilst also studying to become a personal trainer.
It’s taken serious dedication and a lot of hard work and I’ve loved every min of it pushing myself to see just how far I can reach in the pursuit of ” the perfect bikini body “.

Interestingly enough I’ve learnt so much more than I ever taught I would. Are you ever going to be happy with your body?I taught to myself a few weeks back. I found myself criticing myself oooh I’ve cellulite on my left tigh,my lower abbs have not “poped” .

I had found myself falling into this unhealthy obsession with the pursuit of “perfection”. I initially fell in love with fitness because of the feeling it gave me those wonderful happy endorphins, which ye have so many times heard me rave about .

As true as this is still to this day,I can’t help but be concerned of the unhealthy relationship I almost found myself falling into.As much as I’ve loved the discipline and structured eating, I have found it impeding on my personal and social life.

If you are unfortunate enough to date me you will have discovered airplane mode this in lay man terms is when I am an unsociable little shit after 10pm.To me fitness and over all health and well being is a lifestyle and with lifestyle there must be balance.

So with that being said Sunday I will be going into my shoot not criticing my thighs, not criticing my tummy ,but instead looking in the mirror and smiling.

Because no matter what …you will always find someone or something to smile about.

Until next time amigos

Marie

Xxx

Rule your mind or it will rule you ! 

Your strongest muscle and worst enemy is your mind so train it well. 

I always say to my girls your training never gets easier you just get better. I guess this is a moto I often remind myself of,whilst training and in life. The older you get  the more life throws at you and I guess tests you . I have learnt to try , and yes I say try ,it’s not easy but try and look for the positive in each of these situations. In the last few weeks someone very close to my heart got some bad news.Although it has hit me hard, I can’t help but feel it has pulled us closer together. We have shed our tears but there has been more laughter than anything else.

Being healthy isn’t just about eating clean ,every aspect of your life plays a role. And for  me right now a healthy mind and positive thinking is the area I’m focusing  on . I have been working hard on keeping that stress hormone down ,going for runs,keeping up my training,practicing mindfulness ……and I found it in thee most unlikeliest of places …….TINDER .😂

I must admit I did absolutely cringe and taught look try it for 24hours , and sure isn’t nearly every second person on that yoke now  anyhow 😂.Soooo once I got the basics right off I went swipe right if u likey,swipe left if you don’t likely !Sounds simple enough but no1 told me about the super like button 🙈🙈🙈🙈😂 needless to say I learnt very fast 😂. 

I have been hiking , rock climbing to name a few, who knew the single life could be so much fun 😂 I have stuck to my training and clean eating with my photo shoot booked for the 20th  of November 🙈  So I’m constantly perving  on Pinterest trying to get some inspiration 😂

Course is going well , it’s all so new to me coming from a social care and Montessori teaching background ,I’m more used to personal care plans than nutritional plans but nothing worth while is ever easy I guess .

So there ye have it the canvas has a few more splashes of paint and we are on step closer to living that life I love ❤️

Until next time 

Marie 

Goosebumps !!!

Hello 😉 Soooo  from the last time I have chatted to ye a lot  has happened.

 I finished up my job Sunday morning just having done my last ever night shift.Doing my reports it still had not hit me,this is it …you’ve done it Marie ….left your comfort zone,you know this inside out  ,am I mad ? ….Jesus Marie  you are actually doing this. It wasn’t until the girls gave a beautiful bunch of flowers and a going away gift as I hugged them all goodbye did it actually hit me ! Sitting in my car driving out the gate,I look back to see an amazing lady,mentor  and friend  standing in the doorway.I took a deep breath and smiled,time to start this journey little lady so I put on the radio ,rolled the windows down and gave the horn a few blasts for my girls in Castleviewhouse.

So that brings me to my training still training with the 3 musketeers and the conversation is no longer filtered for the “lady” in the room. Also it’s a good thing I grew up with boys,I  walk into gym after getting spray tan for brothers wedding  when one of the mighty 3 greets me with “Jesus your orange”!!!!! Now I’d say I went home and had 4 showers that day ,paranoid to fuck I’d look like one of Charlie in the factory’s umpalumpas !Needless to say I’ve grown very fond of the lads and actually  hate training alone now.

I’ve started training a few girls at home now ,going really well and loving mixing up my training too! I think the girls never want to hear the song “bring Sally up” ever again 🙈😂 Might be fair to say there was a few sore bums the following day 🙈😂  My poor dad is being an absolute god send, but I do think his thinking what in the name of god she is doing now, when he sees me running up and down the drive way pulling a tire 🙈😂😂😂😂

Last but not least I started my course today. Had my clothes laid out the night before ,my meals prepped and my bag all ready to go.Literally had butterfly’s in my tummy walking through the doors today . Said come on Marie now play it cool so I did….that’s until we where walking through the gym which is Massive to get to our classroom…..Marie turns to a girl she only just meet and Squels yes Squels “omg this is really happening …. Omg I actually have to pinch myself ” the girl turns to me slightly confused at my excitement and goes “ya it’s great ” in a mellow tone 🙈   So I bite my lip and try and retain my excitement for the rest of the day 🙈😂.

So ya ,there  ye have it ,I am quite possibly the most enthusiastic ,happiest, little lady right now ! 

Living the life I love and by God am I loving the life I live.

Until next time.

Marie 

Xxx