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Green Fingers ...





So last week I decided I was going to start a little project, I decided I was going to attempt to grow my own salad vegetables. I decided if I could manage to grow a small patch of vegetables then anyone can, and I cant think of anything more rewarding than being able to plate up my own home grown salad at the end of this. Once I get an idea in my head I have to act on it instantly, so as soon as I got paid I took a trip to B&Q, it ended up being a pretty successful trip because pretty much everything I needed was on sale. BONUS! 




I came out with the cutest bright purple planters, and everything I else I needed to start my own little allotment.
I decided I was going to plant some Baby Leaf Lettuce, Salad Onions, variety of Peppers and a variety of Chillies.




So this morning I planted all my little vegetables and popped them up on a stone shelf we have in the garden, its the perfect place for them to get some sun and fingers crossed they will grow! I just need to keep on top of watering them, no doubt in a couple of weeks they will all have names and I'll be sat talking to them on a regular basis, im sad like that! 



















I'll keep you all up to date on their growth and I'm looking forward to eating them soon :)

Roo xx

Coca Cola ...

                               
                                             
This post may upset a few people but it explains exactly why I stopped drinking Coca Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero about a year ago. I read some posts similar to this one and I've never touched the stuff since. The fact that Coca-Cola started off back in 1831 using cocaine as one of its ingredients never really gave any suggestion that it was ever going to be healthy for us, but nowadays the ingredients are probably just as bad for us. 



When somebody drinks a Coke this is what happens..
- In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. You don't immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.
-20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hand on into fat.
-40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
-45 minutes: Your body's ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
-60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary exertion of calcium.
-60 minutes onwards: The caffeine's diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you'll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes and water. As the rave inside dies down you'll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and sluggish. You've also now, literally pissed away all the water that was in the coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.




So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in each single can, knowing that one can of coke did this much damage to my body in one sitting, really made me question how much damage I had down by drinking at least about 5 cans of this a week.

As much as I count down the days until the Coca-Cola Christmas advert comes on to our screens, you won't see a drop of this touch my lips again.


Roo xx

Clean Eating ...



             

                 Clean Eating ... 






I have tried so many different fad diets over the last year and a half,so many diets that promise you that you will drop 10lbs in a week, and all that rubbish. And unfortunately I was one of those daft people who believed they would work. I spent hundreds of pounds on different products and supplements, and workout routines. The thing is some of them did work, or so I thought, but I was trying that many products at the same time that I wasn't sure which ones were working and which ones weren't. So after a few months of spending a fortune and being not sure what worked I decided to try something completely different. No supplements, no weight loss shakes and none of the other crap that I was buying off the internet, god knows what ingredients these things used to include.

I decided to go Clean, Clean eating sometime known as Paleo. From the start I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I did my research and read so many stories of other peoples results and it pushed me to try.

So with a few ups and downs and a few treat meals now and then, I have tried my best to stick to this for well over a year. And it feels good. If I have a bad day or a treat meal I end up craving clean food afterwards. I've always thought I ate reasonably healthy, but now I know some of the food groups I was eating weren't actually as healthy as I originally thought, but now I ensure I eat the right food groups on a daily basis.

Foods & Drinks I Avoid ...

Alcohol- alcohol is a toxin. As such your body has to work extremely hard to detoxify your system placing stress upon your liver, kidneys and adrenal glands. On a molecular level, alcohol is a potent sugar that triggers insulin secretion, blood sugar imbalance and increased body fat storage. Its understandable that you may have a drink now and then but try and avoid drinks like Lager, Wine, Alco-pops, and Champagne.

Caffeine- Caffeine first overexcites and then later 'wears out' the body's energy producing glands. This leads to massive energy fluctuations and the subsequent need for sugary foods. If you feel the need for caffeine try and limit it to one cup a day, if you really must. Try avoid Tea, Coffee, Fizzy Drinks. Try and drink water and green tea.

Wheat And Gluten- For many people, wheat and gluten products are simply indigestible or place stress on the digestive system leading to a sluggish metabolism and intolerance. In addition, modern wheat, especially after processing is barely distinguishable from simple sugar, leading to all of the same problems. I would advise to try and avoid Breads, Pastas, Cakes and some thick sauces, as gluten is sometimes used as a thickener. If there is a need eat wholewheat pasta instead.

Processed Foods- Anything containing an E number, unpronouncable name, pre-cooked, pre-packed or long life, AVOID! These products flood the body with toxins it simply cant cope with. Try and keep away from anything in a packet.

Sugar- White, Brown, Beet, Molasses, Honey, Processed fructose, Maltose, Dextrose and Corn sugar. All sugar creates an insulin response. The simpler the makeup of the sugar, the more rapid and aggressive the insulin response. Unfortunately again, so much of our diet contains sugar that this response becomes too frequent and excessively high or low depending on the type of dysfunction and leads to energy fluctuations and fat storage. I substitute honey for agarve nectar.

Sugar Substitute- Sweeteners are also really bad, I would recommend avoiding them entirely as they are linked to conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, spasms, shooting pains, numbness, cramps, headaches, joint pain, dizziness and numerous other medical problems.

Dairy- Other than eggs, butter and full fat live yoghurt you should try and avoid dairy. This is because most dairy produce is heavily processed and uses pasteurisation and homogenisation in order to maintain its 'shelf life'. Unfortunately, these processes kill off all of the enzymes required to properly digest them meaning that your body has to work overtime to digest them. This can be a major cause of food intolerance.

Corn and Corn Products- 25 different toxin producing fungi have been found in these.

Peanuts and Peanut Products- 26 different toxin producing fungi have been found in these. I choose to use cashew nut butter instead.

Tap Water- If you want to get healthy and lean, you must avoid tap water. Over 350 chemicals have been found in UK tap water. Tap water will displace iodine from your thyroid, causing lots of problems both with health and body fat levels. Its worth buying a water filter jug or used bottled water like Evian or Volvic.


What To Eat and Drink...

Meat- Beef, Heart, Kidney, Liver, Rabbit, Venison, Lamb, Chicken, Duck, Pheasant, Turkey..

Fish- Mackeral, Salmon, Sardine, Anchovy, Bass, Cat Fish, Cod, Crayfish, Halibut, Herring, Octopus, Perch, Prawns, Shrimps, Scallop, Snapper, Trout, Clams, Crab, Lobster, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna...

Vegetables- Kale, Lettuce, Rocket, Spinach, Sprouts, Bean sprouts, Watercress, Asparagus, Onion, Radish, Aubergine, Artichoke, Loives, Leek, Peas, Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Parsnip, Peppers, Shallot, Tomato, Water Chestnuts, Pumpkin, Fennel, Garlic, Beans...

Fruit- Avocado, Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Coconut, Papaya, Pear, Mango, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Melon, Peach, Pineapple, Orange, Satsumas, Watermelon, Bananas, Grapes ...

Oils & Fats- Sesame Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Primrose Oil, Fish Oil, Olive Oil...

Butter- Almond Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter...

Seasonings- Basil, Bay Leaf, Chilli Powder, Chive, Cinnamon, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Paprika, Oregano, Wasabi, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Saffron, Sea Salt, Thyme, Nutmeg, Cumin, Tumeric, Black Pepper...

Dairy- Chicken Eggs (white&yolk), Duck Eggs (white&yolk), Feta Cheese, Goats Cheese, Halloumi Cheese, Full Fat Greek Yoghurt ...

Nuts & Seeds- Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pistachios, Poppy Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Flax Seeds...

Grains- Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Brown Rice, Wild Rice, spelt, Rice Noodles, Lentils, Pulses, Rice Cakes...

Drinks- Filtered Water, Homemade Fruit Water, Green Tea, Herbal Teas, Vegetable Juices, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk ...


You can eat freely from anything on the can eat or drink list, I know it looks abit crazy but once it becomes part of your day to day life it gets alot easier to understand.

One other thing, try and always avoid microwaves, they completely change the chemical composition of the foods you eat, rendering them nutritionless and placing a strain to your system.

Roo xx








Bubble Base Review ...



Bubble Base Tea.
Finally after wanting to try these for ages, I finally got to visit Cardiff's BubbleBase stall. Since I have wanted to try these for so long I decided to purchase two. I got passionfruit tea with strawberry bubbles and peach tea with passionfruit bubbles. The tea itself is so tasty and refreshing, a lot like most flavoured green teas I've tried, your chosen flavour is mixed with fresh black or green tea, green tea is always good if your trying to follow healthy eating,but these are so different because they have little tapioca bubbles in the bottom filled with an additional flavour, in this case strawberry and passionfruit! Your tea comes with a super thick straw, so when you drink them the bubbles come up the straw and burst in your mouth, super cool and if you have the right combinations, a really good flavour. 



Both of the ones I bought were really tasty, I would definitely try them again, not sure I would be as keen on the creamier ones, but that's just due to my preferences. I can't remember the exact price but they were roughly about £3, which is pretty much what you pay for any take out drink these days so I didn't mind paying that.
Would definitely recommend anyone visiting Wales to try one!

Roo xx






Blogger Tag ...





1. WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

i started blogging 10 months ago, however i kept it very private and actually ended up deleting my first blog, and decided to start this one up instead. I found it very difficult to make my blog public, as i was really scared what people would think at first. but luckily i got over that fear and decided i should be proud of what ive achieved.

2. WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO START? 

It was my best friend that encouraged me to start my blog, we had a big chat about her Fashion blog. She told me how it helped her express herself and how it was a great way of using her spare time. Over the months ive seen how well she's done and how far she's progressed. Not only did she encourage me by being a blogger herself, but she always made the effort to make me feel great about myself, she would go out of her way to compliment me when we went out and would also share my story with other people. I couldn't be more grateful, that she believed in me from the start.

3. WHAT WAS THE FIRST BLOG YOU EVER ACTIVELY FOLLOWED?

Fitness blog wise the first site i started to actively follow would have been http://www.Emilyskye.com, this woman is a true inspiration, i completely agree with all of her views regarding diet and exercise. I also thoroughly enjoy her home workout videos, and use them myself when i cant be bothered to face the gym. She posts very regularly which makes it alot more enjoyable to follow her.


4. WHAT TYPE OF THINGS DO YOU BLOG ABOUT?

As im still really quite new to blogging, all ive managed to do so far is introduce myself and my views. I have a long list of posts for the future, including my workouts, recipes, supplements, role models, family and friends. i may have a dip into some make up posts but i dont think ill be going to the fashion side of things. 

5. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST REVELATION SINCE BLOGGING?

My biggest revelation so far is probably how many people that are actually interested in my story, so far i only have a small amount of followers and things like that, but out of that small amount i have been overwhelmed with the messages of support and encouragement, not only that but the amount of people who have asked for my help. I will help anybody who asks me.

6. WHAT DO YOU FIND TOUGHEST ABOUT BLOGGING? 

The toughest thing for me is sharing my photos, my photos are amazing and disgusting at the same time. To make a transformation photo you have to find a photo that pretty much grosses you out, some of my photos actually make me sick to the stomach, i find it so hard to accept that i actually looked that bad. And when i compare them the difference is just phenomenal. Not only that but i know some people will also have views on my newer pictures, ive never claimed to have the perfect body, the flattest tummy, perky boobs or perfect skin. but im in a good place right now! i also feel like someone is always going to have a negative opinion about everything, i need to come to terms with the fact that you cant please everyone.

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

My Favourite Thing About Blogging that i can express myself, i have always loved food and sport, nowadays my life revolves around them. i used to post on facebook and my personal instagram but i used to hear comments from people saying it was boring, and that it wasnt interesting. I even found out i had been blocked by a couple of people. so i decided to start blogging so people had a choice whether to read what i was saying or not. so i think it feel at ease now that i can say what i want about what i want and just hope people dont have too much to say about it.

8. WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR 2015?

my ambitions are to carry on my journey, hopefully gradually lose another stone over the next 6 months, and continue to share the process with you all. I also want to be more confident in what i post on my blog, im sure it will become more natural to me as time goes on.

9. RECOMMEND 5 BLOGS FOR PEOPLE TO READ. 

Emily Skye, this woman is my role model,i love her way of thinking about food and exercise-
http://www.emilyskye.com
Carly Rowena Super cute and super fit-
http://www.carlyrowena.com/
Abit of couple Inspiration-
http://www.HeAndSheEatClean.com
Lauren shows how to keep on trend even with a busy work life, and great make up reviews -
http://www.whatlaurenlovess.blogspot.co.uk
Ashleigh shows just how to wear vintage clothes, and sells the most beautiful shweeties -http://www.shweesstyle.blogspot.co.uk 

10. WHO DO YOU TAG?
Ive decided to tag people like myself, who starting up and settling in to blogging. I find it great that so many people find interest in the same things as me.
I Will Tag 'elrbx', 'burpeesandBarbells', 'dahlia_fromheadtotoe', 'charlotofstyle' And 'elliebellxo' 
I Will Tag All The Above Bloggers Over On Instagram. 

My 5 steps to getting started with your journey ...




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"Nothing Great Ever Came Easy."
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My 5 steps to getting started with your journey, what ever it is you want to achieve, you can do it.
These may seem like quite basic steps to start your journey, but these are the 5 things I did to start my journey. Following these 5 simple steps will start to get you on the right track to achieve your goals. For this you will need a blank notebook, just a small one where you can record things.

1. Set yourself a goal. 


This could be to lose a certain amount of weight, to fit into a certain item of clothing or just to look good for a certain event. Make it as realistic as possible. My goal back in February 2014 was to lose 2 stone.

I also want you to take two photos, in your underwear, simply because this is where you get the best view of your body. Take a photo of you stood straight forward, and one to the side in the mirror. And save these somewhere private where only you know about them.
And then I want you to take some measurement, get a family member to do it for you, then you know there will be no cheating.
 With a tape measure, in inches measure:
- Your upper arm circumference.
- Your chest circumference (measure around the largest part of your chest.
- Your waist circumference (again from the widest part)
- The circumference around your bum, measured from the height of your pubic bone
-and the circumference of your thigh.
Note these down in your notebook, You should remeasure yourself every two weeks.
Also make a note of your weight in Lbs.
These measurements arent there to make you obsessed on your weight and size, these are for you to look back every fortnight and see how far you've come.
You'll see a change in yourself before others see it.
















2.Download Apps. 


Download MyFitnessPal App, by logging your daily intake of food, you can see how many calories you are consuming on a day to day basis. Alot of people are initially really shocked at how many they consume each day. I would ideally suggest on non-exercising days 1,900kcal for men and 1,400kcal for women is roughly the amount of calories that should be consumed. If exercising I would allow an extra 200-300kcal. This is just at the inital stage, things become a little bit more complicated as you begin to advance through. MyFitnessPal app will let you see how macros (carbs,proteins and fats) you are consuming each day, by seeing this it helps you to try and balance it out. Always try to plan your meal in advance, I find this helps me stay on track, if your in a situation where you don't know what to eat and don't have much time, you find yourself grabbing the quickest and easiest thing, and that isn't always the healthiest option.







3. Liquids! 

I swear by consuming 3 litres of water and 3-4 cups of green tea everyday, water flushes waste from your system, its crazy the amount of toxins we have in our system, and I honestly do believe drinking water does help you flush them out. Water also fills you up, I find drinking a large glass of water before a meal, helps me consume less, I probably consume 2/3 of what I would normally if I fill myself with water. Water also helps the condition of my skin, I find if I have a couple of days where I dont drink enough water, I have an awful breakout. And nobody needs that. Its also really important to stay hydrated during the beginning because you can suffer detox headaches while your body is getting used to its new pattern, water helps relieve these. Always drink a pint of water before you do anything on a morning, nasty as it sounds, but it flushes your bowel. I know some people hate water, make it abit more interesting by adding fresh fruit, it gives it a very refreshing taste. Please only use bottled or filtered water, tap water is filled with so much crap!
Green tea is a great source of antioxidants, it also contains vitamins, minerals and compounds that help encourage weight loss. It also helps boost your metabolism, which helps your burn fat off quicker. Ideally 3-4 cups a day, if you hate the taste try flavoured green tea. The peach one if my favourite!!




4. Clean eating! This was the best thing I was ever taught. If you cant kill it or pick it from the ground, dont eat it! This is a great way of cancelling out all the processed crap we eat. Try and eat fresh food instead of packaged. And brown carbs instead of white. Swap your white pasta for wholemeal, and the same with your rice. Try and cut out bread, its a huge waste of your daily carbs. You need slow releasing carbs that will last you all day. Fill yourself up with as much fresh fruit and veg as you can. And snack on nuts, rice cakes and high protein foods like cottage cheese. Search for 'Paleo' recipes online, there is so much choice.



5. Cardio.


My final step for beginning your weightloss journey is to start incorporating cardio workouts into you weekly routine. Try and start with 3-4 x 30 minute cardio sessions per week. Speed walking, jogging, cycling or rowing are great ways to start introducing exercise. As you start to find it easier start making things harder for yourself, workout more often or for long durations.




If you follow these 5 simple steps, you can begin on your weightloss journey. And as soon as you start seeing results you will be more motivated to continue, and start advancing. When you at this stage you can then decide what aspects you want introduce into your workouts, weights, circuits, classes etc.


Good Luck and keep me posted on your results.


Roo xx

Social Networking ...


Social Networking ...


So as most of you can tell I'm pretty new to all of this blogging malarkey. As much as I have owned a blog for nearly 10 months, it's only recently that I've started to focus a lot of attention on it. In all honesty I deleted my first blog because I was embarrassed people I knew might see it. Luckily I'm passed that now and I'm looking to expand my blog, so other people can use my hints and tips to help them on their health and fitness journeys.

So this post is basically just to show you the different social media sites I use, and the addresses, so you can all follow the different aspects of my journey.


Other than my blog the main place I post blog related things is my Instagram.. @prettylittlegymaddict




On Instagram I tend to share a lot of gym selfies, healthy recipes, motivational quotes, exercises and product reviews.










I also share posts on Twitter, you can find me at @plgymaddict, feel free to send me a tweet.
















I get alittle carried away with my snaps, but if you want to see my daily selfies, my daily meals and abit of extra random banter. Add me on snapchat.        rooeyb











  


And for all you other bloggers out there who have bloglovin, add my profile, so you can also view my posts on there. prettylittlegymaddict.blogspot.co.uk

And if anybody has any other questions, anyone wants any advice or anything like that, feel free to email me at prettylittlegymaddict@outlook.com



So basically im asking you all to follow, tweet, snap, and message me.
Roo xx

What's in my gym bag ...




             What's in my gym bag?

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I know its quite popular for bloggers to post about what's in their handbags or what's in their make-up bags, but since I spend half my life at work and the other half of my life at the gym I thought I would show you the contents of my gym bag.
So my gym bag isn't anything special, but it does what it needs to, had to choose a pink one just to add a bit of a feminine touch. An over the shoulder strap is essential, as this bag can get bloody heavy at times.






Without my gym membership card I wouldn't get through the front door of the gym. I workout in Glaxo Gym in Barnard Castle, its one of the best gyms i've been to. Its open from 7am till 10:30pm. The membership fees are really reasonable, and can be paid weekly, monthly or yearly. The gym is unmanned which is why the fees are cheaper than most other places. It has a great range of cardio and resistance machines and plenty of floor space for static stretching and circuits. 







WATER is essential! I choose a large water bottle to stop me from having to fill it up all the time during my workout. This Nike water bottle is perfect for the gym as it has a spill proof top, and has a small handle to hook it on the gym machines. Staying hydrated during a workout is essential, and I find water a lot better than isotonic sports drinks. I can quite easily refill this bottle twice throughout my workout. And yes my bottles pink, another girly touch!









As much as water is essential, so is music.I always find working out with music is alot more enjoyable than without. And these dre beat headphones are perfect for in the gym and running out on the road. They are so much better than in-ear headphones because they don't fall out all the time, they've got a good grip, and they sound out the background noise. I get annoyed listening to the radio in the gym because there is more chatting than there is music, and I feel if I have my headphones on I can zone out of the surroundings. On a weekly basis I update my music selection, so that it doesn't get repetitive and boring. And I always make sure I have upbeat songs in my playlists, I seem to loose motivation if a sad slow song comes on.





In the gym I participate in cardio and weight training, I would be lost lifting weights without my gloves! There is nothing worse than dry scabby skin on your hands. Not only do gloves protect your hands from rough bars and weight, they also help your grip. I seem to be able to lift weights with better form when I wear my gloves, there is less slip, which makes things more accurate. Gloves are the perfect match for hanging ab crunches and pull ups, having a better grip helps me achieve more reps. I have tried numerous makes of gloves from Nike to Elle Sport but I have found these dunlop ones the comfiest so far.







 I always carry with me a skipping rope and my ankle weights, unfortunately these are the that they gym don't provide. I love skipping as a warm up, its a great way to get your heart rate up and its a great fat burning exercise. I normally warm up with 3 x 3 minute rounds with 60 seconds rest inbetween.
I use my ankle weight to add a little extra to simple exercises. By adding the extra weight it gives an extra burn. Its so important that when an exercise becomes easy to you, that you find a way of making it a little more difficult. If you don't feel it working, that's because its probably not. I use these as an add on to kick backs, its a great workout for the butt.





My gym bag is always with me, whether its in my car or in the gym. Which is why I keep my shaker in my gym bag. I use this for my protein shakes that I get from www.myprotein.com and for my pre-workout, my personal favourite is Conquer.Conquer gives you the perfect kickstart to your workout, I can always hit my personal bests when I use this stuff. 







And I always have a quest bar or two hidden in my bag, I use these preworkout and post workout. I use these to top up my protein intake for the day. I also just use them when i'm peckish between meals, if my body tells me i'm hungry, I eat. Its so important to never let your body go hungry. These come in so many tasty flavours, I've found quite a few that I like.






So these are the things I keep in my gym bag, what do you keep in yours??

And if anybody could recommend a good gym bag please do, im due a new one!

Roo xx
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