MY FITNESS JOURNEY

When it comes to health and fitness I have always considered myself to be average. I wouldn’t say I have ever been overweight or underweight but just somewhere in the middle. I have always lived a reasonably healthy lifestyle, make the effort to eat well and have always considered myself to be fairly active.

I had never considered myself as unhealthy and had no real urge to ‘better’ myself because of this. I have never obsessed about weight and until recently never weighed myself – I still believe it’s more important about how you feel then what the scales say but in terms of stats and setting goals, having the data there in black and white is a real motivator.

Over the last couple of years I’ve found it harder to keep the weight off certain areas and have become far more aware of how my body looks- and it hasn’t made me feel that great!

When I hit 30 I knew it was now or never so I joined a gym for the first time in my life. I had a holiday booked so had something to work towards and enjoyed going. However once I returned I found it hard to get motivated to go back and would go every so often. Then I moved house. Then Christmas happened. There was always something stopping me from going or that I would use as an excuse not to go, to the point I cancelled my gym membership all together.

Early January I rejoined the gym and decided this year is the year. Since then I have been going 2-3 times a week and finally feel like I’m getting back into it. On top of the gym I also have a outdoor PT class once a week which really encourages me to push myself and keeps me focused.

As well as getting back into fitness, I have been trying to eat much healthier too. Don’t get me wrong I’m not going to deny myself the odd treat but just be more conscious about what I put in my body. The two biggest downfalls for me is not planning meals and just grabbing something quick and portion control. Being on the go a lot means I don’t really make time to eat so I just grab something when I can (or not at all) so the plan is to eat more often and try sticking to set meal times so I have a bit more of a routine.

I was contacted by Herbalife to see if I had any fitness or nutrition posts planned for the New Year and thought this would fit perfectly with what I want to achieve in 2018 so over the next couple of months I will be putting there products to the test alongside my new found motivation.

I will be using products from both their core range and ‘H24’ range – a sports nutrition range to fit in with my everyday life to see if they help me get to where I want to be. The products range from meal replacement shakes to protein bars and electrolyte drinks to keep hydrated during workouts – I’ll do a full post on how I have fit these into my everyday routine soon so stay tuned!

So what do I want to achieve?

Ideally I’m looking to loose a stone of ‘fat’ but gain lean muscle and just generally tone up everywhere through exercise and healthy eating habits. I’m feeling really motivated at the moment and feel like the goals I have set myself are realistic and achievable so I’m excited to see how the next couple of months go and share this journey with you.

Have you set yourself any health and fitness goals this year?

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Exante Diet Weight Management Review

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When Exante Diet first contacted me about testing some of their range a couple of weeks ago, I was slightly sceptical. I’m not really one for diets and wasn’t looking to drop a few pounds in time for the summer. After a further look into the product, I could see that not only can Exante Diet help you lose weight but also help you manage it. With so many fad diets around, it’s easy to become obsessed with your weight, and 9 times out of 10 whatever weight you lose you will gain back twice as fast once you stop.

Whilst I’m not necessarily looking to lose weight, Exante Diet can help manage your ideal weight through it’s range of different plans and selection of nutritionally balanced pre-prepared meals and snacks delivered to your door.

Exante Diet offer a huge range of meal-replacement products including prepared meals, soups, shakes, bars and more. Unlike typical low calorie diets, Exante Diet puts an emphasis on weight control and management offering a wide range of high-protein low-carb options to fit nicely alongside a healthy lifestyle. Having recently introduced a new wholesome range of pancakes, granola, crisps and even a chip shop chicken curry, your everyday favourites have just been given the Exante treatment allowing you to have a little bit of what you fancy without the associated guilt.

With a number of plans to choose from, there’s something for everyone. The Man Plan is designed especially for men or for those with a higher metabolism. The idea itself is really simple; once you have selected the correct plan, you simply login and choose which products you want online and they get delivered to your door.

With every product expertly portioned and packed with over 22 vitamins and minerals, I was eager to give them a try for myself to see if they are actually as good as they sound. So what did I think? :


Exante Diet Mushroom Pasta

Firstly, I love carbs, so anything pasta based is already a win. This microwavable pasta meal is made with wholewheat pasta, button mushrooms and chicken-style pieces for that extra boost of protein. The sauce is creamy and makes for a nice quick meal. Served with a side salad this makes a decent sized evening meal. [4/5]

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Exante Diet Protein Porridge

I’m already a huge fan of porridge so I was looking forward to swapping my usual oats for the Protein Porridge from Exante. Unfortunately it didn’t match my expectations. I found it quite watery, where as I prefer it to be more smooth and creamy. Maybe I made it wrong or maybe it’s a bit of trial and error on this one. Either way I added a handful of berries as per the serving suggestion on the back and ate it. [2/5]

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Exact Diet Chocolate Orange / Toffee Nut & Raisin Bar

Cereal bars are a great idea for when you don’t have enough time to prepare a meal. The Meal Replacement bars  from Exante come in a variety of flavours and are great for when you are on the go. With the right amount of sweetness and soy protein goodness these are just as good (or even better) then many shop bought alternatives. I could definitely see myself keeping a a few in the car with me, especially the Chocolate Orange ones! [5/5]

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Exante Diet Protein Chips Salt & Vinegar

A packet of chips/crisps that count as part of your plan? yes you heard right. These protein chips were one of my favourite items I sampled. The size of the bag is over generous and the seasoning is just right. They have a light, crispy texture to them and are perfect for an afternoon snack. [5/5]

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Exante Diet Strawberry Jam & Yoghurt Crunch Bar / Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

I was excited to try both of these as they sounded so good. Part of the Deliciously Different range, the Strawberry Jam & Yoghurt Crunch bar is another great alternative to the typical cereal bar. High in protein, fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, the bar has all the goodness you need to get your day off to a good start without all the sugar.  [4/5]

The Double Chocolate Chip Cookie on the other hand was a bit disappointing if I’m being honest. I don’t know if it’s because cookies are my downfall, but something just doesn’t work here. I found the cookie quite hard to eat as it’s so dense and packed full of protein. You can really tell that it is a ‘diet’ product. Furthermore I’d describe it as a savoury snack rather than sweet as I found it quite salty. If you’re after that sweet fix, Exante have much better alternatives to this. On the plus side, the cookie is a good size and it is very filling so I guess it’s doing it’s job. [2/5]

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These were only a selection of the samples I received. If you want my opinion on any of the other items I was sent, please leave me a comment down below.

Whether you’re looking to lose some weight or just have a better control and understanding over what you are eating Exante have your back. With no subscription required and free next day delivery you can start Exante Diet as soon as tomorrow.

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