Health and fitness goals for 2016

You may be thinking to yourself 'um, Steph, 2016 started nearly a month ago, why are you only making fitness resolutions now?' and in response to that, all I have to say is that I'M WEAK! I can never let go (physically) of all the brie and bread over Christmas, and then by the time I've said farewell to said cheese we get to my birthday. And for this birthday, I ate multiple cakes - all by myself. And then the uni deadlines come about, which means very little sleep, very little little time and a whole lot of fast food.

So anyway, now that I'm starting to feel like more of a human being as opposed to an essay writing mule, I've finally set up a few goals to get me actually looking like more of a human being, again, as opposed to some form of mule. I mean sure, I may be eating literally (and I do mean literally) every single fried/carb-heavy food in my kitchen right now, but hey, my mama told me never to waste food. I don't want to eat a whole bag of mini kievs, eight hash browns, a can of macaroni cheese and two pieces of battered cod - really, I don't - it's just something that has to be done. A public service, if you will. So alas, here I am kitted out in my new Boohoo FIT fitness gear, ready to take over the world. Or at least, you know, do a sit up or two..
 

I'm going back on keto!

If you've been following my blog right from the beginning you may remember that I was doing this thing called the ketogenic diet (read more about it in my blog post all about the keto diet). Well, judging by everything I've said in the past few paragraphs I think it's pretty safe to say it didn't work out well for me. I mean, that diet is great, really great. You feel like a million bucks and I lost my little tummy pouch within about three weeks of doing it. But it means you don't get to eat any carbs. Any. Including fruit. I mean sure, you get to eat all the cheese and meat you like (sorry to all you vegans out there) but this girl needs sugar, whether it comes in the form of a Haribo fried egg or a handful of blueberries. So instead of traditional keto, I'll be switching up some of my high fats in favour of a few fruits each day. Which leads me onto the next goal..
 

I'm going to get juicing

I'm crap when it comes to having breakfast. I either wake up too late, rush out of the house or just slurp on 500 gallons of coffee instead of anything actually edible. So every morning I've made it a goal of mine to pack all of my nutrients into a Nutribullet juice. Or - failing that - at least have one of those bad boys during the day. I don't know about you guys but I definitely don't get enough of the good stuff in this body of mine, so - even if i have to hold my nose and chug it back sometimes - at least I'll be good for the rest of the day.
 

I'm going back to the gym

I love going to the gym - honestly, I do - but somewhere during the past few months I fell off the fitness bus and swapped dead lifting for deadlines. See what I did there? Anyway. Now that the latter is out of the way, I'm finally feeling motivated to get my fitness gear on and renew that gym membership that I've been neglecting for so long. I may even nab myself a personal trainer for a few sessions! Whatever it takes. It's official, 2016 is the year of the abs (or at least, the year of less flab). I hope.

Let me know your health and fitness goals for 2016, and whether or not you'd like me to include more food and fitness style post on the blog! 
 

What I'm Wearing

boohoo FIT Maisy Sports Joggers
boohoo FIT Sophia Muscle Back Vest
boohoo Black Bomber Jacket

 


The health benefits of lemon water

Benefits of lemon water

I hate water. There, I said it. Don't judge me! But I have to drink it because, you know, I heard it's important to be all hydrated and stuff - technical terms, people. I started drinking lemon water a few years ago before I knew there was any sort of benefit from doing so (basically I did it way before it was cool, such a trend setter) quite simply because I liked the taste of it. Anyway, you get where I'm coming from here - you don't need my back story on why I drink water (if you do, I'll be coming out with a best-selling novel next month all about my love hate relationship with h2o). If you don't like water, but still want to drink it, lemon water is your friend, here's why:

It tastes good

First and foremost, lemon water tastes good - way better than that non-tasting water crap. So if something tastes good you're probably going to want to drink it a a lot more. Do I need to talk you through the importance of water?

It helps your skin

Lemons contain antioxidants that help stop environmental damages to the skin, as well as an abundance of vitamin that helps maintain the skins elasticity. Since the water is helping to detoxify your blood it'll also give your skin a more radiant look, too.

It reduces inflammation

If you're a regular guzzler of lemon water over time you'll end up decreasing the acidity in your body. After a while this will help remove uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation. Perfect if you're a gym-goer!

It helps fight illnesses

Lemons contain vitamin C, which is one of the best ways to fight off illnesses and infections and generally boost your immune system. If you're already ill, swap the cold water for warm water for a perfect sore-throat saviour. Add a bit of honey to help soon the throat at the same time.

It freshens breathe

Whilst citric acid has a tendency to erode the enamel on your teeth, drinking lemon water can actually help your teeth and breathe. It helps get rid of any bacteria in your mouth that can make your breathe a little funkay..

It gives you an energy boost

So it might not be quite the same as a shot of coffee in the morning, but lemons are pretty good at giving you a natural energy boost. They're also great at reducing anxiety and depression. Who needs a councillor when you can talk to a lemon about all your problems?

It (can) help you lose weight

Okay, so lemon water alone won't make you lose weight, but lemons themselves actually contain pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings. 

It aids digestion

Lemons are the bomb when it comes to helping digestion. How? Let's get science-y. Basically, lemon juice helps to loosen toxins i your digestive tract, which helps get rid of things such as heartburn and bloating. Booya.

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Brita Fill&Go water bottle  *