Monday, 1 May 2017

#SWEATITOUT WITH PRIMAL PERFORMANCE




Maybe it's seeing people achieving their dreams or how it inspires me to follow my own, but there's something I love about supporting local businesses.  With that in mind and the fact I need to get my motivation back, I thought what better way than to hit up a workout with Primal Performance.

So on a sunny, spring evening (they don't happen often in Edinburgh) I strolled along to Lululemon, George Street ready to get my sweat on!  As I walked into the bright, fresh looking store I was instantly distracted by Lululemon's amazing, stylish collection of activewear; I mean I want it ALL. But no I wasn't there to shop I was there for a workout with Matt; the owner of Primal Performance.

As I wandered downstairs to the studio it's safe to say I was a little apprehensive, as although I train 5 times a week my fitness levels aren't the greatest due to my lack of cardio.  As I reached the bottom of the stairs I was instantly greeted by Matt and after a friendly chat my apprehension soon disappeared as he assured me I'd survive.

The 25 minute short and sharp tabata workout, made up of 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest circuits was sure to get my heart rate up and definitely proved my point of how bad my fitness levels were.  By the end of the workout I was a sweaty mess with extremely bad cramp in my calf.... perfect!
Following the workout whilst trying to compose myself, it was time to get my geek on as Matt delivered a seminar on the Principles of Nutrition.  The seminar provided strategies on building better nutrition plans, how to efficiently track your macros, but most importantly how to enjoy food even when dieting/living a healthy lifestyle.  Matt did well to deliver these in a clear and concise manner which made it easy for attendees to understand and apply to their own regimes.

Although I was personally put to the test, this time efficient, high intensity workout definitely left me feeling amazing afterwards!

Training in the same way day in, day out can often get boring, so if like me you're looking to mix up your workouts and have a little fun at the same time, then I 100% recommend you head along to one of Matt's classes at Lululemon George Street, Edinburgh.  They're running from 6pm on 4th May & 6th May and as Lululemon run a "first come, first sweat" service there is no need to sign up.  All experience/ability levels are welcome and the classes are free.... so if that's not a reason to get yourself along, I don't know what is.

Plus if you love a bit of fitness motivation and you don't already, then I suggest you follow Primal Perfomance on Instagram @primal.perfomance & Facebook @primalperformancept

A.x
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

BE MY VALENTINE...

"LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO WEAR MEDIOCRE UNDERWEAR!"

Valentine's Day is my least favourite time of the year!  No girl needs a giant cuddly teddy bear clutching a heart that says "I love you", however I do love the fabulous lingerie that comes with it.  I mean every girl loves lingerie right?!

I've always been a lover of the stuff, in fact it's probably up there with my love for activewear.  A good matching set has the ability to make you feel confident, sexy and before you know it your alter ego has come alive!
No matter what shop I'm in, I somehow always manage to find myself in the lingerie department and so I see gorgeous lingerie all the time.
With that said, Primark are killing it with their range at the moment.  With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I've put together my top picks so you don't have to splurge on an expensive set only for it to be thrown to the back of the cupboard and never seen again!

Grey Lace Bralet £8 & Grey Lace Pants £3

Pink Lace Bralet & French Pant Set £5

Black Embroidered Rose Bralet £8

Nude & Black Bralet £8, Nude & Black Pants £3

Happy Valentine's Day lovelies!!

A.x

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

BE YOUR NUMBER ONE!

"I WISH YOU COULD SEE YOURSELF THROUGH MY EYES.  THEN YOU WOULD KNOW JUST HOW AMAZING YOU ARE"

As I sit scrolling through Instagram it's apparent to me that self-love is something a lot of girls are planning to work on in 2017 and all I can say to that is FINALLY!!!

Self-love has often been associated with being vain or arrogant but in actual fact it's so much more than that; it comes down to wanting to look after and care for yourself and in my eyes there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

So I want to ask you one question. If you were in a relationship with yourself how would you describe it? Happy? Loving? Sad? A roller coaster of emotions? Destructive? Or abusive?

Social media is a huge part of our lives now-a-days, but when you see photo after photo of the "perfect" girl who looks as if their abs have been chiseled out of wood because they look unbelievable, it can leave you feeling deflated. But rest assure that not everything is as it seems... The girl on Instagram has probably spent about 45 minutes trying to take THAT photo looking their best with the help of great lighting and knows the best angle to show off their muscles, whilst most probably sporting a wedgie just so their pants sit in the correct place.

I'm sure I can speak for most girls here when I say that there's been at least one point in your life when you've felt like you're not good enough and your confidence/self esteem has been knocked. When that happens sometimes you need to remember it's not you!! We are all so good at focusing on our flaws and weaknesses, but very rarely do we focus on our strengths. What you really need is a change of perspective in how you look at yourself and higher self esteem; not a flatter stomach, softer skin, a prettier face or longer hair.

The majority of girls are obsessed with the number on the scales or the clothes size they fit into, but you are more important than that number. It doesn't matter what shape or size you are someone will always have something to say. I've been told "guys don't like muscly girls" and that's great because guess what I'm not doing it for a guy, my family or my friends, I'm doing it for me! Yes I have flaws and areas of my body I would like to improve but after years of training I can finally say I'm happy with the way I look and I'm not ashamed to say it.

The point I'm trying to make is that you don't need validation from anyone to feel good about yourself. There is nothing wrong in wanting to improve how you look but the number one factor is that you're comfortable in your own skin. This is the only body you will have so fall in love with taking care of yourself. Listen to your body and be kind to it. Eat when you're hungry, relax when you're stressed and sleep when you're tired.

Here are my top questions to ask yourself to encourage self pride and a higher self-esteem:

1. What could you do that would impress yourself?
2. Do you really respect that person enough to let their opinion matter?
3. Do you surround yourself with good influences or bad ones?
4. What kind of girl do you look up to and why?
5. Do you shy away from something you want to do because it's seen as different?

My last piece of advice is to just be yourself and let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are!

A.x
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