Workout Wednesday // One

push up challenge 

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m always impressed by women doing pushups. They’re seen as being a “man” workout, yet for such a simple move they are really effective and very beneficial to women too!

For the past three weeks I’ve been doing pushups every evening in an attempt to build up the strength in my arms and shoulders in preparation for Total Warrior on Saturday. Pushups look simple, yet they are in fact quite difficult to master – but as with everything if you practice them little and often you’ll soon build up your strength. For women, pushups helps create those gorgeous Jennifer Anniston arms and work our abs and chest, which improves posture and lifts boobs.

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I admit I do a mixture of full pushups and modified ones where I use my knees for additional support, as I haven’t yet built up loads of strength. However since I started three weeks ago my strength has come on leaps and bounds, and I’m already noticing a big difference in the tone of my arms and chest. To improve my performance further,  I’m going to give the pushup challenge below a go and complete it doing full pushups!

 

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Do you incorporate pushups into your workout routine? Do you see the effect of them?

52 Lists // Week Thirty

 

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1. Having a smile on my face

2. Making great cupcakes

3. Having a welcoming home

4. Being a shoulder to cry on, advice giver, or just someone to listen

5. Trying my hardest at anything I turn my hand to

6. Being passionate about living life to the full

7. Having a big heart

8. Talking too much – but always having something to say to anyone

9. Creative kitchen concoctions

10. My desire to travel the world

Sweet Treats with go ahead!

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Snacking for me is an important part of a healthy diet. Everyone’s diet is different, but I’ve found that snacks stop me getting too hungry and over eating when it comes to my meal – I’m very much a little and often eater. In fact I have to be careful as I can easily graze all day – which isn’t too healthy! So three small meals and 2 snacks is the way forward.

Now usually my snacks consist of fruit, yoghurt, carrots or smoothies, however every now and again strawberries, grapes and yoghurt just don’t satisfy my incredibly strong sweet tooth, so I head straight for a ‘healthy’ sweet treat – now I’m not saying I don’t eat the odd biscuit or piece of cake – it’s kind of impossible to avoid them in my office, however I always ensure that chocolate, sweets and icecream do not have a home in my cupboards at home! Instead I stock up on “healthy” treats such as go ahead! bars*.

Now I say these are a ‘healthy’ sweet treat with the inverted commas, because if you’re a clean eater, then they aren’t the best – as with ALL bars they do contain sugar which comes from the carbs, fruit and toppings that these bars have. However I’d much rather grab a go ahead! bar than a bar of chocolate. Compared to my favourite chocolate bars go ahead! bars contain a hell of a lot less fat, sugar and calories, so I can have my sweet treat without completely sabotaging my healthy diet and workouts.

The Chocolate Thins bar is definitely a favourite of mine, and is best enjoyed in the evening, relaxing in the garden with a giant mug of tea and a read of my favourite blogs – the perfect end to the day!

What are you favourites ‘healthy’ sweet treats? Have you ever tried go ahead! bars?

52 Lists // Week Twenty-Nine

 

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1. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

2. Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

3. Winnie The Pooh – A.A. Milne

4. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fiztgerald

5. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

6. The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

7. Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding