Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

Next in our Inspiring People interviews we have the Lovely Eszter who is a self described reformed lazy fat person. Eszter speaks to us about her journey from being over 100kg to discovering a love for fitness and creating a life where she is happier than she has ever been.
1559535 10151919233152843 1549255064 o 1024x476 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter
Hi, I’m Eszter, a 28 year old reformed lazy fat person. I have struggled with my weight and body image all of my life. I made some drastic lifestyle changes 16 months ago, fell in love with fitness and I’ve not looked back!

Tell me about your lifestyle prior to taking on a healthy lifestyle…
Since the age of 14 I have yo-yo dieted, tried many different weight loss & diet plans, none of which were sustainable. I was a takeaways/sugary foods/fizzy drinks addict.

I have always been an emotional eater and having gone through a lot of stress in my late teens and early twenties, the weight piled on in the last 10 years. My heaviest measured weight was 106.5kgs..but I think I was more than that at one point.

I hated exercising, and the heavier I got, the less I wanted to do anything. I would get puffed walking for short periods or just going up a flight of stairs. I was depressed, had very low self-esteem, no confidence and hated what I saw in the mirror.

What was it that made you make a change?
In May 2013 I found out I had insulin resistance (huge diabetes risk) and a bunch of other health problems to due to being obese.

Someone suggested to me I start logging my food every day, and use Myfitnesspal (tracking calorie intake), as part of this, I sat down one night and looked up all of my favourite foods to work out how many calories I was consuming with all of the Mcdonalds/Pizzas/Lollies etc.. all I can say is that it was a rude shock.

I felt sick to my stomach to realise that sometimes I would eat a whole days worth of calories in one meal. At that point my eyes were officially “opened” and I decided to make some much overdue changes to my lifestyle.

What is your lifestyle like now…
I switched to a healthier type of eating and cut out my “weaknesses” of takeaways, sugary drinks, pastries, lollies etc, and started religiously logging my food on Myfitnesspal. Once I knew how many calories I was supposed to be eating…and how much was in my old favourites, it actually wasn’t that hard because in my eyes, they weren’t worth it any more!

At first my exercise was just walking everyday. By being accountable for my calories in vs. calories out, I actually felt guilty for not doing something, so if for no other reason, that’s what made me get off the couch and get out there every single day.

As I got lighter, walking wasn’t enough any more so I joined a boot camp, and this is where my love for fitness and working out started! My personal trainer there changed my way of thinking around exercise and it was no longer a chore, it was something to challenge me so I could prove to myself that Yes, I could do it, and I could get through.

That snowballed again, and I joined a gym in February, and I now workout 5-6 days a week and absolutely love it! 

10506806 489867221150889 5679378241678727448 o Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter
What’s your approach to balance & moderation in life and food?
To be able to get where I am today, I had to make my health and fitness a priority (something I obviously I never used to do!). I generally spend around 1hr at the gym/running or some other form of exercise per day.

Thankfully it’s something I enjoy and I am also lucky to have a normal 40 hour work week, and no major commitments like children, so it has been pretty easy to make time for all of my activities. My husband has been very supportive and he actually does shift work for a living so it’s quite handy to work my exercise schedule around that.

In terms of food, because diets that cut out food groups never worked for me, I basically eat everything still but in smaller and controlled portions (I weigh everything). This means I still eat chocolate and ice cream (yay!), I just make it fit into my daily allowance.

I do try to stick to non processed foods and eat as healthy as possible, but I if I feel like ice cream..I will have it, and not feel guilty! If I exercise more, I can also eat more… so it’s win-win. One of the reasons why I feel like I have been successful is because I’ve never felt deprived or hungry. I found something that works for me!

What is your favourite form of exercise to do?
There are too many options…but if I had to choose one would be Body Attack, which is a high intensity cardio class with sports-inspired moves, combined with strength and stabilization exercises (Les Mills).

This is a class where I have gone from only being able to do the lowest intensity/difficulty options, to being able to do most of the high intensity ones in 6 months! It’s challenging and fun, and it has been great for improving my fitness!

I also love running. It’s a great stress relief and relaxing form of exercise because I get to listen to some great music and enjoy some cool scenery.

Fotor0718201337 1 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter
What is your most memorable moment on this journey?
There are a couple of stand-out moments, one was finishing my first ever run at Round the Bays Wellington in February. I ran the whole 6.5km course in just over 45 minutes (no stopping). This was a huge achievement for me as I had only started running in November 2013, and at that point I could only manage 30 seconds before I felt like I was going to pass out!!

Another memorable part has been being able to buy smaller sized clothing, not from the maternity or plus sized sections! Buying and fitting into my first ever pair of skinny jeans was a pretty great moment icon smile Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

The whole journey to date has been filled with amazing moments though, and I am happier than I have ever been.

What is your favourite healthy food/recipe?
I like everything haha. One of my favourite foods is perfectly poached eggs on toast with spinach and ham…as boring as that sounds.

I’ve found some awesome healthy recipes along the way but the ones I gravitate towards are sweet treats. Some of my faves would be protein mug cakes, or bliss balls..particularly the snickers bliss balls. (The lovely Emma shared her recipe in a past Inspiring People interview here!)

There is also a “skinny chicken korma‘ which is only 250 cals per portion (excl rice)…it tastes like the real thing, nothing artificial in it or anything, but doesn’t use a lot of the traditional ingredients like cream/coconut cream etc. It is delicious and super easy to make icon smile Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter
Jan 2011 vs 2014 1024x581 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter
You have found it harder to lose the weight as you get closer to your goal, tell us what you have done to keep yourself going?
I’ve hit several plateaus throughout my journey, and the weight loss has definitely slowed down the further along I get. My first 10kg basically fell off me, but since then I’ve had to work hard for every single kilo. I am at the point now that I am lucky to lose max 1kg per month!

What have I done to keep myself going in hard times?…The simple answer is that I’ve literally just kept going and by staying as positive as possible and keeping my goals in mind. I surround myself with positivity and inspiring people who help keep me going.

I have so many goals to achieve and I will not stop until I achieve them. As frustrated as I have been at times, I will not give up, because the alternative is much worse. I never want to go back to being the miserable unhealthy person I used to be.

workpants Feb vs Aug Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

What is one piece of workout equipment or tool that you swear by?
My body. Our bodies are incredible and capable of so much. My body frequently amazes me at the things it can achieve, doing things I’ve never been able to do. You don’t need any fancy equipment to workout…just your body and a good attitude icon smile Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

Other than that..I do love my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor, which helps keep me on track during my workouts.

What are your favourite healthy living blogs/websites or tools? 

Yours (Aww thanks ;))

And the following Facebook pages:
beautifullyraw 300x129 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

eat well nz 300x131 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

embracingit 300x130 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

fitmiss nz 300x131 Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

The myfitnesspal community and it’s blogs are also great icon smile Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

Thank you so much for sharing your journey Eszter! It’s been an amazing journey and transformation and I love that you are a much happier and healthier person these days! 

You can find Eszter On her Blog – Shrinking Eszter
On her Facebook Page
On Twitter

While you’re here check out some of our other Inspiring People interview’s by clicking Hereicon smile Inspiring People: Eszter from Shrinking Eszter

Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips

Given that I’m a qualified Chartered Accountant and we are all known to be tight (which has varying degrees of truth depending on which accountant you are talking too and what in particular they are tight about as I know some accountants who are rather frivolous but I digress!). I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the Healthy Eating on a Budget tips.

Healthy eating does not need to be big and scary, nor does it need to be expensive. You just need to have some basic guidelines such as a weekly healthy shopping list and some tips on how to keep costs down. So let’s get into my healthy eating on a budget tips! 

HEALTHY EATING on a budget Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips

One of the first things you will learn when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is to shop the peripheries of the supermarket. Shopping the peripheries of the supermarket means that you will be less likely to be temped by the three bags of chips for $5 hype and more likely to buy real food! Remember that bargains that get wasted or are bad for your health are not in fact bargains! 

Generally meat and nuts are two of the biggest expenses when it comes to the weekly grocery shop so what I like to do is to have a quick look at meat prices at our local supermarkets and butcher. If you have a mad butcher near you then sign up too their mailing list and you’ll get an email at the start of every week with their specials which you can keep in mind when you go to your supermarket. Even better if you have a local butcher then try to go to them as you will generally get better quality meat and you can pick up some bargains as well.

If chicken breast is $8.99 at Mad Butcher and $19.99 at your local supermarket then you clearly need to be making a trip to the butcher! (Within reason clearly it depends on how far away your butcher is, similarly if Pak n Save has a meat week on then it may be a good idea to shop their this week if it’s not too far away for you). These are times when it pays to shop around! Obviously it’s not worth it if there is a .10c per kilo difference in the price of banana’s or other such items where you don’t buy a lot but both meat and nuts I find it can make a substantial difference! 

When you do find bargains such as the $8.99 chicken breast (it doesn’t happen often but oh boy it’s a good shopping week when it does!) you need to Stock up! Of course for perishable items such as meat you need to make sure you will eat it or have the space to store it and freeze it. If you see three tins of crushed tomatoes for $3 then buy them! So long as the food is actually good for you, will get used and not wasted and you have the space then definitely stock up.

There is nothing worse than needing an ingredient and finding out that it’s three times the price it would have been if you had purchased it the week before when it was on special. Buying items when they are on special or in bulk is a great way of getting savings! It requires a little bit of forethought but once you are in the rhythm of doing it, it will become second nature. 

One tip that gets thrown around a lot is to Shop in season, there is a reason why it is thrown around a lot – it’s a great tip! Strawberries are ridiculously expensive when they are out of season (and often not as tasty as well!), but come summer they are super cheap so buy them then! Even if you’re a fussy eater like myself you can still shop in season. You won’t see me adding asparagus to the shopping trolley no matter what season we are in, but come summer you will find fresh pineapple and strawberries along with avocados in the shopping trolley. 

tips for healthy eating on a budget buy frozen or dried ingredients Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips

Don’t be afraid to use frozen or dried ingredients if the fresh options are pricey or you find you will waste them. Whilst I would prefer to eat fresh herbs and vegetables at all our meals the realities of modern day life and our current lifestyle is that we just do not have the time to prepare everything from scratch and often buying a whole cauliflower and broccoli for the two of us would go wasted as we couldn’t physically get through it before it went bad.  Obviously fresh is best, but be aware that sometimes frozen or dried is fine!

We always have a bag or two of frozen vegetables in the freezer to add to our meals and have a large selection of dried herbs. I often find that when broccoli and cauliflower are crazy expensive that the frozen bags of them mixed are still relatively cheap! Having a bag of frozen spinach in the freezer is also great as you can use it in smoothies or slow cooker recipes to add more vegetables to your diet. 

I pretty much never buy our nuts from the supermarket because they are too damn expensive! The same goes for coconut oil. This is where my next tip comes in handy – make use of speciality stores If you can get items cheaper somewhere else then do it! A decent chunk of the rest of the world does this best! Europeans and Asians often don’t head to supermarkets to buy all their goods – in fact we only ever saw one supermarket the whole time we were in Vietnam! Europeans are known for buying their bread at the bakers, meat at the butchers and fruit and vegetables from vendors who sell precisely just that! Take a look around any market in Asia and you will find the same thing, stall holders sell one main item, ie. meat or fruit or vegetables and the purchasers walk around and find what they need from each vendor.

While supermarkets are convenient I’d much prefer (from a health and wallet standpoint) to get my groceries from the different vendors when possible. We head to a bulk food store to buy our nuts and coconut oil because it works out cheaper overall, we also do this to stock up on larger quantities and then we don’t have to visit as often either. 

Unless it is a special occasion don’t be dead set on certain ingredients for your dishes, buy being smart and making swaps to some foods you can save a decent chunk of change! If a recipe calls for medjool dates I replace them with dried dates as I can buy a bag of dried dates for under $2 whereas medjool dates are over $30 per kilo! If a stir fry calls for beef but lamb was on special this week then make the switch, you may find that you create a new favourite!

I do this with nuts sometimes, sunflower seeds are less than half the price of cashews at the bulk food store we go to, so I created a nut free bliss ball recipe so that I don’t use as many nuts which consequently reduces our grocery bill. I also only purchase cashew pieces and walnut pieces as buying whole cashews and walnut halves are substantially more expensive! An easy way to compare is to look at the handy per 100g price that is generally written underneath the main price for all goods in supermarkets in New Zealand. 

Another great tip is to have a meal or two a week that is meat free. Given that meat is one of the biggest expenses when it comes to the grocery bill it makes sense to have a meat free meal (or two) during the week to help reduce the bill. A super easy quick meat free meal is scrambled eggs or an omelette – it’s hard to go past eggs for cheap meals, this is also a great way to use up some of the vegetables hanging around the fridge that are on their last legs. Other great options for meat free meals include using beans or lentils in place of meat or to make a big batch of soup – my pumpkin soup recipe is pretty good if I do say so myself. 

tips for healthy eating on a budget make friends with your crock pot Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips

Last but not least please make friends with your slow cooker, seriously I never understood what the big deal with slow cookers was until a couple of years ago. There is nothing better than coming home to a meal cooked for you! This saves you costs in more than one way – for one if you dinner is cooked for you when you get home your less likely to think ‘to hell with it, let’s get takeaways’ which is better for both your waistline and your wallet. Secondly making friends with your slow cooker means you can cook in bulk which helps to save money as well as you can get away with using cheaper cuts of meat in the slow cooker and it still tastes amazing.

One of the best meals I have found is to get the cheapest cut of beef (chuck steak, or stewing steak works well, as does rump when it’s on sale), throw a couple of carrots and potatoes or kumara into the crockpot with a tin of crushed tomato’s and whatever herbs and spices you feel like at the time. Instant cheap meal, you could also bulk the meal up by adding lentils or beans, or even frozen spinach which is something we often do. It’s a great way to use vegetables that are on their last legs and to get extra vegetables into your diet as well. We always try to make extra when we do a slow cooker meal which also helps save you money as you have lunch to take to work for the next day or so which will mean you’re less likely to go buy a sandwich! 

Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips 682x1024 Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips

So there we have it, some of my top tips for healthy eating on a budget! As a quick reminder:

  • Shop the peripheries of the supermarket. 
  • Bargains that are wasted or junk food are not bargains!
  • Shop around
  • Use frozen and dried ingredients
  • Stock up
  • Shop in Season
  • Use speciality stores
  • Make Swaps
  • Have a meat free meal (or two)
  • Make friends with your slow cooker

What is your favourite tip for healthy eating on a budget?

Weekly Healthy Shopping List

I’m always interested (and sometimes appalled) in what others put in their shopping trolleys so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a post showcasing our weekly healthy shopping list! Eating well does not need to be hard, nor expensive (that is a post for another day).  Keep things nice and simple and generally shop around the peripheries (outside aisles) of the supermarket and you will be on your way to having a weekly healthy shopping list! Learning to ignore the specials on the junky processed food is a bit of an art however once you have had some practice you won’t even notice them any more. 

Our Weekly Healthy Shopping List

WEEKLY HEALTHY SHOPPING LIST 2 Weekly Healthy Shopping List

Okay, so some of these items we don’t purchase every week as they last a lot longer than that, however I thought I’d include them in my weekly healthy shopping list so that you can see the things we try to have on hand at all times.I’ve only included food items so have not included toiletries or cleaning products and the like.  I’ve split the weekly healthy shopping list up into sections and of course there are some miscellaneous items which don’t really fall in to any of those categories, these are listed below:

  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Rolled or Quick Oats 
  • Flour (for the rare occasion we make our own bread – definitely not a weekly purchase)

produce weekly healthy shopping list Weekly Healthy Shopping List

  • Kumara
  • Carrots
  • 2KG of Frozen Vegetables (Generally a broccoli, cauliflower, bean and carrot mix)
  • Avocado’s (When not horrendously expensive)
  • Dried dates.
  • Shredded coconut or coconut chips
  • Coconut cream or milk
  • Crushed Garlic
  • Crushed Ginger
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Tinned Crushed Tomato’s
  • Onion & Garlic powder. 
  • Other various herbs and spices. 

That is seriously about the gist of it, with the exception of a little bit of fruit on occasion (both our work’s supply fruit hence not really purchasing a lot), generally a few apples and sometimes whatever yummy fruit is in season like pineapple, feijoas and mangos. I would recommend that you have banana’s on your list as well as they are so versatile – I can’t stand the texture of a plain banana but they can be turned into some yummy creations – 1 ingredient healthy ice cream anyone? We do also purchase different vegetables occasionally when they are on sale, sometimes some cabbage, leeks or pumpkin. We do also sometimes purchase potato’s however kumara (sweet potato) have been reasonably priced the past few months and we both prefer kumara over potato. Generally whenever I see a cool sounding recipe that has a different herb or spice in it we will pick that herb or spice up from the supermarket as well, we have a rather large collection of them now! 

Dairy weekly healthy shopping list Weekly Healthy Shopping List

I’m not a huge dairy fan and we don’t eat a lot of dairy so the list is pretty short! 

  • Milk Powder
  • Yoghurt Sachet

Yep, that’s it in the dairy department! We don’t drink enough milk to warrant buying a litre or more at a time and powdered milk is a whole lot more convenient for our lifestyle at the moment. We also use the milk powder to make our own yoghurt with every second yoghurt batch. We keep a little bit of the made up yoghurt and then add milk powder and water and pop back into the easiyo maker to make our own batch. Very occasionally we will buy a made up tub of yoghurt for a treat (we did this past weekend!), and even more occasionally we will purchase a little bit of cheese but this is not very often at all, maybe once or twice a year. 


Ahhh protein, this is where a decent chunk of our bill goes! Some weeks our trolley is literally meat, a tray or two of eggs and a few vegetables and that is seriously about it! We are both meat eaters and eat meat at every meal (generally – although we don’t have a lot at breakfast) so it does take up the most space in our shopping trolley. We have been trying to vary the meat we have been eating lately as we went through a phase of having a lot of chicken breast and not a lot else. Now we shop depending on what is cheap that week. 

  • Chicken Breast 
  • Prime Mince
  • Bolar Roast Beef
  • Salmon
  • Eggs

We do vary greatly depending on what meat is on sale but the above are quiet often in our trolley. We always get at least one small pack of Salmon and always a tray or two of chicken breast and the rest is just made up of whatever is on sale. The past few weeks rump steak was on sale so we had that – both as steak and as slow cooks and this week prime mince was on sale as well as trim pork so we grabbed some of that. We always end up buying a lot of eggs, some weeks one try and more often than not we will get two trays. Eggs are staples for breakfasts most days and Kyle also takes boiled eggs to work. 

We don’t eat a lot of non-meat protein other than the eggs and the protein from the yoghurt/milk but this is where you could stock up on things like lentils and beans if you were a non-meat eater. 


  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Coconut Oil
  • Nut Butters
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I’ve mentioned avocado’s, coconut cream and eggs in the above different sections so I didn’t mention them again but they are a great way to get some healthy fats into your diet. Other than those we really only stock up on various nuts and seeds and generally we go to a bulk food store to get the Almonds and Cashews as they are not cheap in the supermarket (well they are not cheap anywhere really!). I buy the small packs of walnuts and hazelnuts you find in the baking section of the supermarket as they are the perfect size to make my homemade no grain-ola

So there we have it, our weekly healthy shopping list! I’ve no doubt forgot something, if I remember anything I’ll update the list. 

What am I missing that you always have on hand??

Things you can do at home before going to a gym

I know how intimidating it can be when you decide to go to a gym for the first time, heck it wasn’t that long ago that I had never stepped foot in a gym! The intimidation factor can be even more overwhelming when you are a newbie to the exercise scene. Never fear, I’m here to give you some tips and advice on things you can do at home before going to a gym. 

Things you can do at home before going to a gym

BEFORE YOU JOIN A GYM Things you can do at home before going to a gym
First and foremost if you currently don’t do any exercise at all then you will need to make a plan to fit some exercise in to your schedule. Don’t freak out, you don’t need a lot of time, just set some regular time aside. Decide on something that is realistic – don’t set out to do an hour a day 5 days per week if you really can’t commit to it, start out small and get a routine in place. 

Start out with 20-30 minutes a couple of days a week and once you’ve got into that routine then look at adding another day or two or an extra 10 minutes until you have a balance of a routine that works in with your lifestyle,something that you can stick to and still challenge yourself. 

Next you should start to get acquainted with some of the basic exercises so that they won’t seem so foreign when you get into a gym. This will also help increase your confidence with performing the exercises. If you know roughly what you’re doing and know some exercises you can perform then it won’t feel completely foreign when you enter the gym for the first few times.

Trying doing a basic circuit at home with body weight exercises, or use household items for weight if bodyweight becomes too easy. Some of the exercises I would recommend getting a handle on are:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Bicep Curls
  • Tricep Dip’s
  • Lateral Raises
  • Pushups (start on your knees)
  • Abdominal Crunches

Try doing a little circuit of performing each exercise 10-20 times and do the whole lot 2-3 times. I will do a post at some point including a quick at home circuit that will include some of these basic movements. For now take a look on youtube for tutorials on how to perform these exercises if you are not comfortable with them.

Don’t write off exercises straight away based on past experiences or one attempt. Too often I hear that people will never be runners and they hate running, or will never lift weights as they had one bad experience. Doing something new for the first few times may be uncomfortable and there may be a little pain if you’re not used to exercising. This is one of the reasons why I recommend starting out slow, you are more likely to stick with something if you don’t feel like you’re going to die the day after the exercise!

Give an exercise a few attempts before you give up and decide that you will never do it again. I did my first spin class about 5-6 years ago and could barely walk for a week afterwards and swore I would never go to another one again! About 18 months ago I reluctantly gave spin class another go and really enjoyed it! 

GYM LINGO for non gym goers1 Things you can do at home before going to a gym

Next I want you to get acquainted with some of the terms you will hear thrown around the gym – if you know what people are talking about, you will be less likely to freak out in the gym. 

There is nothing worse than feeling stupid when you are already in an unfamiliar place, if people are spurting the words reps / sets / super sets etc at you when you get into the gym you may not want to come back! (This was me the first time I walked in to a gym, I just nodded a long pretending I knew what the heck they were on about and to be completely honest it freaked me out and I almost didn’t go back!).

Basic Gym Lingo

Repetitions (Reps) – are how many of a particular exercise you will do. For example if I do 10 squats, I have done 10 Reps.

Sets - How many lots of an exercise you are doing.  For example if I do 10 Squats, 3  times I have done three sets. 

Super Sets - This is when you do more than one exercise in a row without a break. For example if I super set Squats and Lunges I will do my 10 Reps of Squats and then without a break move in to doing my 10 Lunges. 

Barbell – A barbell is the long bar – generally with weight at each end, these weights can sometimes be fixed and sometimes you can add more weight to the bar. 

Dumbbell – The dumbbell is the very short weight – generally in gyms the dumbbells have a fixed weight on them.  

barbell and dumbbell 300x300 Things you can do at home before going to a gym

Once you’ve got some basic exercises down pat and know a bit of the gym lingo you should then try a class at the gym, go with a friend so you can laugh and look confused together. I suggest trying a class first because it gets you in to the gym and you often get to walk past some of the weights and machines in the gym so you know what it looks like. You will also often use some basic weights and do a lot of the basic movements such as squats and lunges in gym classes so it will reinforce the movements that you will need when you get out onto the gym floor.

If you aren’t quite ready for classes then I recommend that you find something that you can do with a friend that you enjoy, be it going for a long walk, short run, trying yoga in your lounge, going for a swim or joining a social netball team. Perhaps you played netball or soccer at school, why don’t you grab a friend and try get back into it by joining a social team.

Once you are comfortable with the classes and know what you like and dislike you can make a decision as to whether or not you want to try a gym or if you are happy to continue doing your workouts at home and attending classes. 

The gym isn’t for everyone for varying reasons and if it’s not for you then that’s perfectly fine. Just find out what you do and don’t enjoy and PLEASE don’t fall solely into the cardio trap, get some weights circuits going even if they are at home using bodyweight and household items. Doing endless cardio is soul crushing unless it is something you really enjoy, and it also can take up a lot of time so don’t do it just for the sake of it! Be smart about your exercise and make every minute of your workout count so you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or working out.  

Is there any Gym Lingo that you have no idea (or had no idea) what it was?

It’s our Birthday!

Wow! It’s our Birthday!! I can’t believe that it has been a whole year since I officially converted my old blog that no-one ever read to this domain name! And I even have some regular readers now too! It has been a crazy ride of a year and I’m pleased to say that I have managed to post at least a couple of times pretty much every week! I’m pleased with the direction the blog has taken to a more focused place where I share what I know and learn about health, fitness and other bits and bobs that I find in life along with my travels when I a lucky enough to head off on adventures. 

I have BIG plans for the coming years for the blog and website which has begun with the new logo development that I had done a couple of months earlier (let’s take a second to admire the logo again, ohhh isn’t it pretty!). I am going to have a bit of extra time to attend to all the things I want to change and update on the blog as well as getting more blog posts done and out there for your reading pleasure. 

Birthday 2 1 Its our Birthday!

It wouldn’t really be a blog birthday without a bit of a celebration of sorts! Of course it’s our birthday so YOU get the benefits since this blog would be nothing without the lovely people who stop by and read it. Whether you have only been here once, you visit and read every post or just those posts that speak to you I am very grateful that out of all the blogs in the big world wide web you have used some of your precious time to visit mine. 

I have some AMAZING prizes from a few companies I have tried over the past year and really enjoyed the products and the awesome people who create the products. I have enjoyed them so much that I’m putting my hands in my pockets and buying a lot of these products as prizes for you lovely readers! 

Make sure you’re following our social media accounts to be in to win prizes from the following companies over the next few weeks:

  • The Honest Food Co
  • Snackpack
  • Red Seal
  • Forage and Graze
  • Kelloggs
  • Clairol

Our social Media Accounts are:


Which prize are you most looking forward to seeing? – Please do scroll down and leave a comment, I love reading them!


pixel Its our Birthday!

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Twitter