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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Ultimate Wishlist

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If you are anything like me then I’m sure you have been counting down to payday for the last week or two as well. Although I’m pretty good with money, by the time payday arrives, I already have my budget planned for the month ahead and know how much I have left to play with and… It’s okay to treat yourself every now and again!

Right now I’m starting to look for pieces to see me through the upcoming months and in to summer. In particular I’m looking at t-shirts and a pair of shorts or two as I have a trip away next month. I’ve just put a order in for ASOS for a couple of bits- I love this Nirvana band shirt. However, If I’m looking for items to last beyond a couple of months, I don’t mind paying more for good quality pieces.

So, as always, I have put together another unrealistic wishlist of things I would love to add to my wardrobe. The chances of it becoming reality are slim but a boy can dream! It’s always good to have things to work towards and coincidently, it’s also my Birthday next month too…

I think I’ve found some great pieces in the selection above. I have had my eyes on the Gucci  Washed T-shirt with Gucci print and Valentino Camouflage Slide Sandal for some time now. You can find all the links below if you happen to find something you like also.

What’s on your Wishlist?

Louis Vuitton Pochette Voyage MM | Valentino Camouflage Slide Sandal Off-White Off Zip Hoody | Gucci  Washed T-shirt with Gucci print | Nike Air Max 95 | Nike Tech Fleece Jogger | Aesop Redemption Body Scrub

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Mankind Grooming Box Review

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Have you seen the latest Grooming Box from Mankind? The Summer Edit box* features 7 male grooming products from some of the best brands all packed into one handy box. The latest collection not only features items from Hanz de Fuko, Jack Black and Men-U, but also includes 2 colourful pairs of Levi’s socks as an added bonus. At £25 it’s the perfect gift for the man in your life, or if you just fancy treating yourself, it’s also a great way to try some new products from new and established brands.

So what does the box contain?

For your hair there is the Daily Refresh Shampoo (100ml) & Moisturising Conditioner (100ml) from Men-U which are designed to nourish hair and retain moisture which may be lost during washing. Although I haven’t had time to try these properly yet, I haven’t tried a single Men-U product I haven’t liked. At 100ml they are a handy travel size so they will be coming away with me on my upcoming travels.

One product that has been getting a fair bit of use is the Hanz de Fuko Gravity Paste (50ml). Having just ran out of my usual product, I was kinda glad to see a styling product included in the box!  At £16 for the Gravity Paste alone, you really get to see what your money gets you with this product. The ‘super-grip’ technology activates as soon as it touches your hair keeping your style all day with a natural finish.

Moving on to the body, there is a Mr Natty Shipwrecked Shower Wash (100ml). I’ve had this before so although it’s not something new to me, it’s good all the same. The woody patchouli, vetiver and cocoa scent is refreshing yet comforting and is perfect for the  upcoming Autumn months and with added caffeine it really puts you in good shape for the day ahead.

The final two products which make up this box are the Jack Black Mint Lip Balm (4.25g) which you can’t go wrong with and the Imedeen Man Age Tablets (60 tablets).  I haven’t tried these tablets yet, as it is recommended to take the product for 12-24 weeks to notice results so I couldn’t give a fair opinion, but the idea is good. Anything that is designed to improve your skin quality and prevent ageing is a win in my book.

If you want to read more about any of these products before you try them there is a handy leaflet included inside the box featuring tips on how to use the products as well as all the information you need on them.

You can buy the Mankind Grooming Box here, but be quick as there sure to sell out soon and let me know your thoughts!

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Have you tried any of the products featured?

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Wishlist 006 | adidas NMD, Consortium x Hypebeast ‘Uncaged’

It’s no secret 2015 has been a great year for adidas. New models such as the Ultra Boost – the self proclaimed ‘greatest running shoe of all time’, and a revival of classics have boosted sales and pushed adidas to the forefront of fashion. We’ve seen the Stan Smith take to the catwalk and the Superstar given a colourful makeover thanks to Pharrell Williams. Not to mention the huge success of the collaboration with Kanye West’s ‘Yeezy’ line – an entire entity of it’s own now.

With 2015 coming to a close adidas are back to remind us why they are the brand of the moment and why we all should be wearing those famous three stripes going in to 2016.

Over the next week or so we are being treated to these three beauties:

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This weekend sees the release of the NMD Runner – the newest member to the Boost family. Featuring a Boost sole and a Primeknit sock liner, the NMD takes inspiration from the adidas archives and includes red and blue colour blocks to the midsole.

The first release will be accompanied by a limited edition Consortium version, in a tonal grey colour way with reflective detailing which is sure to sell out fast. We can also expect to see numerous colour options drop throughout 2016.

Another first for adidas is the Consortium x HYPEBEAST Ultra Boost “Uncaged” which is due for the release on the 18th.

The shoe, is much like the original Ultra Boost however as the name suggests, the ‘three stripes’ cage on the upper has been removed. Other features include adidas and HYPEBEAST branding to a leather insole and a NFC chip on the tongue that will give access to an accompanying microsite.

While 2015 has been a great year for adidas, 2016 looks like its going to be just as successful. You can keep up to date with the latest information and stockists for all these releases at The Drop Date.

What are your thoughts on these new models from adidas? 

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LPU | H&M ‘Long Sweatshirt’

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It’s no secret how much I have been loving H&Ms Divided line over these past few months. I won’t say much more except it doesn’t seem like it will change anytime soon.

My latest pick up (LPU) is another H&M purchase in the form of this Long Sweatshirt. Featuring a slightly dropped back, a pocket to the front, raw edges around the hem and cuffs and splits to the side, this sweater is a perfect alternative to the traditional sweater. I purchased this in a small as it has a slightly oversized fit to it and it fits me perfectly, I think the medium would have been too long. It’s not the thickest or warmest jumper you will own, however it will be ideal for layering and at £20 you can’t really go wrong.

I’m wearing it here with my ADYN essential top, ASOS skinny ripped jeans, and two of this months other pick ups – the Adidas Ultra Boost and Form&Thread Knit socks.

What do you think of my LPUs?

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