Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My #ReebokChallenge: Final Results


Friday night saw the end of a six week challenge for me in collaboration with Reebok!

It has been hard going watching everyone around me tuck into the various Christmas treats, being pretty ill during that time and feeling like a huge borelord with not drinking, but I am very pleased with what I have achieved in that time!

I have lost 8 inches off my total body measurements and 6.5lbs in weight :)

My weight doesn't tend to fluctuate a huge amount so I am pretty chuffed with that!

I will loosen the reins ever so slightly over Christmas but as I have my upcoming 30th Birthday to think about so it will be right back to it in January!

Big thank you to Chris for his hard work on my exercise regime and diet (and neverending patience)!!!

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Reebok Website
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Chris Main/Unique Physique Facebook Page
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

My #ReebokChallenge: The Food

Whenever I see someone (celebs in particularly) who has shifted some weight, I am always intrigued as to how they have done it. It's ruddy hard work, especially when you have been trying for a while, so like most things, you have to adapt your diet and change things up in order to get the results you want.

As I have been training with Chris for about 18 months now, my body is used to certain things, so to see a change I have to change the levels of protein, carbs and fats that I eat quite regularly. Using My Fitness Pal, Chris can set me daily goals so that I have a general guideline as to what my meals should contain and how much of everything I should be having in a day.

This is very scientific and all a bit over my head in all honesty but as a general rule, if you are looking to lose fat, LOTS of vegetables and white meat and fish will help you drop it. How much you should be having will be different from person to person so that's why it's hard to judge what will work, other than the process of trial and error.

In terms of my #ReebokChallenge, this is what Chris has to say about his nutrition guidelines for me;

'Sally's nutrition is tied in with her bi-weekly and monthly re-measurement sessions.  Based on the results of those sessions (weight taken, along with caliper measurements and circumference measurements with a tape measure), her daily calorie intake (along with Protein, Fat & Carbohydrate split) is amended if necessary to ensure continuing reductions in weight and measurements.
'

On a general day my food will look something like this;

Breakfast: 2 x medium eggs + extra egg white scrambled, half a bag of spinach and some turkey or lean bacon.

Lunch: 1 and a half chicken breasts, half a sachet of microwave wholegrain rice and green veg, total 0% yogurt topped with raspberries and milled linseed or flaxseed.

Dinner: 2 x cod fillets, sliced leek and cabbage, sweet potato.

Depending on what the goals are looking like in My Fitness Pal, I will add more protein, vegetables or carbs in as required!

This probably looks like a really boring day of food but it demonstrates the quantity that I am eating and shows that I am certainly not starving myself to lose weight! If you wanted food that was slightly less bland then I can highly recommend Chris' Recipe eBook, which could be the perfect Christmas Gift to yourself or a friend/family member! You can purchase this via Amazon here.

For anyone wanting to embark on a healthy eating plan without the help of a PT, my tip for you would be to take pictures of yourself so that you can gauge progress. Not everyone has a tape measure to hand but you will know from how your clothes feel and what the scales say. You just have to stick at it!

Just over a week to go now until I have to slip on my first party dress, so it's game on and a week of saintly eating and drinking for me!

Media Links

Reebok Website
Reebok Facebook Page
Reebok Twitter

Chris Main/Unique Physique Facebook Page
Chris Main Twitter

Kevin Foster Wiltshire Website/GymCube
GymCube Facebook Page
GymCube Twitter

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My #ReebokChallenge: The Training



Goood Afternoon!

So as you may know, 4 weeks ago I embarked on a little shake up to my fitness regime and started a case study with Reebok, with an aim to shift some weight before Christmas and look my best for my Christmas Parties in December.

I've changed my diet, amped up my training and generally really making an effort to see some results. My first Christmas Party is on 12th December so that's my deadline!

My training has consisted of, two personal training sessions and a circuit class per week with Chris, a class with Kevin once a week for the past four weeks and if possible, an at home workout on Gymcube.

My personal training sessions consist of a number of different things such as lunges, step-ups, lifting weights and cardio, here's Chris' rationale behind his programme of exercise;

'Sally's training is being split between 'bootcamp' style workouts, low repetition-high weight 'strength' training and high repetition-moderate weight 'strength' training.  The reason for this is to be able to provide alternating stimuli, meaning that her body has to work in multiple ways in order to burn body fat.'

It's hard work and my god it BURNS. I normally whinge a lot so Chris deserves an award for putting up with me! This, paired with my stripped down diet should hopefully mean on the 12th December I feel great in my party dress!

I have mentioned it a couple of times now so you maybe wondering what GymCube is! GymCube is a website where you can access timetabled and on demand workout videos that you can do in the comfort of your own home. With everything ranging from rave workouts to ten minute tones, ab blasts and all sorts, there is a video to cater for all abilities and also all time available. There are a few different membership options, the free membership enables members to participate in scheduled classes which take place throughout the day, however the anytime membership is just £9.99* per month and grants access to all of the on demand content.

If you want to shape up in the comfort of your own home then I would highly recommend GymCube. There is something for everyone and you don't have to have loads of equipment either, so no excuses not to get fit!

Stay tuned for more posts on what I am getting up to on my #ReebokChallenge!

Media Links

Reebok Website
Reebok Facebook Page
Reebok Twitter

Chris Main/Unique Physique Facebook Page
Chris Main Twitter

Kevin Foster Wiltshire Website/GymCube
GymCube Facebook Page
GymCube Twitter

Monday, 1 December 2014

Manchester Arndale After Dark

Monsoon Ember Sequin Backless Dress £99*
Thursday night saw 25 Bloggers head to the Manchester Arndale for the #MAAfterDark event!

We had all been paired with a retailer within the Manchester Arndale to select a party dress and a panel of judges, including Victoria from In The Frow, selected the top ten to be presented to Manchester Arndale Shoppers!

As you know, I was paired with Monsoon and I selected the gorgeous Ember Sequin Backless Dress from the Fusion range. My dress was hung waiting for me on Thursday and after some mingling with my blogger pals we all got our hair and makeup done and slipped into our dresses.

There were some absolutely amazing festive frocks selected by all of the bloggers so I don't envy the judging panel on having to narrow it down to the final ten! I was absolutely delighted when Victoria announced that my dress was one of the final ten best party dresses. (Apologies for me being in my regular clothes in the above picture but I had to dash off and changed so that I didn't have to make my way home in my special dress!)

If you visit the Manchester Arndale After Dark page you can vote for your favourite dress and one lucky voter will win themselves an £100 gift card!

Huge thanks to the guys over at Manchester Arndale for asking me to take part and also to Monsoon for my beautiful dress. I can't wait to wear it for my work Christmas Party!

Hopefully for those of you who have still yet to purchase your Christmas Party dress, our dresses will give you some inspiration for what's on offer at the Arndale :)

Sunday, 30 November 2014

If you like Pina Colada.. in Winter

Pina Colada Fragrance: The Library of Fragrance £15*
There is nothing more depressing than when the nights draw in, the weather is cold and grey and summer just seems like a life time ago.

So when The Library of Fragrance got in touch a few months back, I was intrigued to have a look through the list of scents! I had heard of The Library of Fragrance and laughed at some of the smells on offer, (pizza anyone?) so in the spirit of market research I helped them out with my opinions on a couple of questionnaires.

In return for this I was allowed to select a fragrance to try. I love sweet summer scents, so the obvious choice for me was Pina Colada! As you may have read, I have committed to not drinking for six weeks and I am currently at the end of week four with another two to go! I have not missed alcohol really so it was quite funny to smell this as it literally smells EXACTLY like Pina Colada!!

Pina Colada is my ultimate fave from the cocktail menu so this is literally a dream smell for me! If you want to pick up a gift with a difference then I definitely can recommend The Library of Fragrance scents. You can purchase them direct from the Library of Fragrance Website where the full range is on offer, or, you can purchase them via Boots where a select few are on offer and you can buy two for £25!

I want more now! Coconut, Almond and Vanilla Ice Cream are calling my name... :)
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