How to stay motivated

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As the mornings get colder and stay darker for longer the temptation to just stay curled up in bed can be all too much sometimes. Everyone loves to train in summer when it’s lighter and warmer but motivation tends to dip towards to winter months. I’m forever being asked how I stay so motivated so I’ve come up with a few tips to help you stay motivated.

• Set your self SMART goals- Specific, Measurable, Agreeable, Realistic, Time (timeframe to achieve your goal)

• Set one big goal- this will be the bigger picture to always keep in mind

• Set smaller achievable goals along the way. Eg if your main goal is to lose 10kg or fit into your old favourite jeans but you only go to the gym once a week, a smaller achievable goal might be to up your gym attendance to 2-3 times per week to start with. Or say you want to be able to do 3 unassisted pull ups in 12 weeks, you might set yourself a target of being able to do one in six weeks.

• Surround yourself with people who lift you up and motivate you, perhaps these people do it without even realising.

• Give yourself a reward for when you achieve your goal. Preferably not food based…. Nice one you’ve lost 12kg here’s a dominoes and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s well done…. No! Perhaps it’s some new gym kit or a spa break or a new dress or activity tracker. I don’t know, something that’s going to make you work that little bit harder.

• Train in a way that you ENJOY! If Boxfit isn’t for you then don’t force yourself to go because you aren’t going to enjoy it and are less likely to be consistent in going and give it your all. If you LOVE the sweat and burn of the Stairmaster then do that!

• Be prepared- prep your food and your gym kit the night before. This way when you wake up you can just grab your things and go. Especially with your food, if you’re prepared you’re more likely to stay on track

• If you listen to music while you train, create a playlist that really gets you fired up and motivated

Most of all make sure you are doing it for YOU!

These are just a few of my tips to help keep you motivated through your training. If you feel a dip in motivation have a look and see what’s changed around you. It could be the weather, it could be a change in your work hours so you’re having to find new times to train but so long as you’re doing it for you and you truly WANT to be training and ENJOY your training, you can make it work.

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You’ve got this, I believe in you!

Love Char xxx

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Farfetch X Barrecore Event 

A couple of weeks ago Farfetch invited myself and a selection of other blogger down for a Barre and Breakfast event. We were celebrating the launch of new activewear lines to their site. It was instantly a yes from me. Activewear, Barrecore and breakfast yes please!

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We headed to Mayfair to start our morning with a class at Barrecore. At this point I was 11weeks into my prep- so 2 weeks out from my competition. I walked in feeling pretty confident that as a dancer and in comparison to my other weights sessions, the class would be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The class brought about a new stimulus for my muscles and a lot of isolation work for legs and glutes. Having trained legs the day before it is safe to say I found it rather difficult and experienced that really great burning sensation through most of the exercises. I would definitely recommend Barrecore to anyone, whether you’re a serial class pass user or just fancy trying something different, you’re in for a great workout!

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After Barrecore we made our way to NAC for a beautiful breakfast! Luckily for me it was a high carb day and due to being on prep I had to pick something from the menu that was close to what I would usually have in my plan. I opted for an apple Bircher topped with poached quince and a cinnamon and star anise drizzle. It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely something I’m interested in trying to make myself for sure, I washed it down with a strong black Americano- of course!

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It was so lovely around the table talking blogging, fashion, photography and lifestyles with all of the other amazing girls and the Farfetch team. A very inspiring morning full of new experiences and celebrations. I can’t wait to give my new Varley crop top and Nike trainers a test drive.

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If you’ve never tried Barrecore before and it interests you head over to their site here and get yourself booked in! Also make your way over to the Farfetch website and get filling your basket with all of the gorgeous activewear they have up now!

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Thank you Farfetch for an amazing morning! If only every Wednesday started like this!

Love Char x

Images in this post are a combination of images taken by myself and by the official event photographer- not to be used without permission

Looking After Your Own Happiness

I have posted before about ‘choosing happiness‘ but I recently had a conversation with a very good friend of mine about the importance of looking after your own happiness.

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It is so important to look after your own happiness to then be able to be truly selflessly happy for others. It’s a bit like the saying ‘you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else’. When you start looking after your own happiness you can be fully supportive and happy for others without the element of competition. We should be supporting each other and growing together.

When talking to people and catching up with friends/family you haven’t seen in a while it can be so easy to get caught up and compete to prove who is happier. It isn’t a competition and when you realise that, a weight will be lifted and you’ll stop trying to prove and convince everyone that you’re happy and instead you’ll just actually BE happy!

So it’s time to be selfish and focus on you. Find what makes you happy and do it, it may take some time, it won’t happen overnight but one day it will just click and you’ll wonder why you’ve never taken the time to work it out before. People are always going on about Mindfulness and it is easy to go ‘ugh, not for me thats just a fancy word for meditating and I’m not into that’. When you realise that that is not what it’s all about and that trying to live life mindfully is actually really important and a gateway to your own happiness and looking after that, you’ll feel great!

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Here are a few of my tips on trying to live mindfully:

  1. Focus on YOU! What makes you truly happy?
  2. Take time out to relax, away from your phone, away from social media. Whether it’s just chilling with your favourite tea, or diving into your favourite book for 5minutes or 5hours. If it feels good, do it!
  3. Surround yourself with good people and good energy. It’s okay to remove yourself from toxic friendships if they’re taking away your happiness.
  4. Is what you’re doing making you happy? no? Stop doing it!
  5. Get outside. Take a walk in a park, go for a run, sit in the garden for five minutes. It is amazing what some fresh air can do!
  6. Maybe find a new hobby, or get back into something you once loved. An activity that is all about you and doing it makes you happy!

 

I am by no means saying that I am a master of mindfulness or that these things will instantly make you happy. What I am saying is you need to look after your happiness and put yourself first to do so!

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Here is what I am NOT advocating…

  • Do not intentionally ruin someone else’s happiness for the sake of your own
  • Do not spend your life just trying to please other people. You will NEVER please everyone. Once you realise that, you will be able to breathe a little easier and do what makes you happy.

Three things I try to live by:

Inhale the good, exhale the bad. Surround yourself with good people. Try to live each day mindfully.

Namaste.

Char x