Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

I am a generally happy girl who loves running, going to the gym and eating food!! Though my life has been very different.
I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia & purging tendencies & over exercising. I was depressed and self harmed. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
After alot of struggles, lots of ups and downs, suicide attempts, tears, anxiety, panic and never thinking i would be healthy.
I am now declared healthy from anorexia nervosia.

I have been blogging for 4 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I am happy and healthy and living my life. Going to school, meeting friends and trying to find myself in this world.

I write about my daily life, but also try to write posts about how it was when i was sick, advice and tips.
I am open and friendly, so dont be scared about writing a post or sending me an email at:


How to get a bikini body

Some thoughts

As i mentioned this morning today i was going to look at an apartment with my family which we are thinking about moving to.

I was open going there... thinking, no negative thoughts. Be open for change. However, dissappointment overcame me (though i tried to keep it from my face).
   The area where the apartment is is far from school and town. Theres not much of a forest or walking place either, just sort of many apartment buildings. The apartment was bigger than the one we have now, though it felt smaller, the bedrooms were definitely smaller than what we have here (though there were 3 bedrooms, not 2).
   Walking around in the apartment, i just had all these feelings overcome me. I dont want to move. And having to move there gives me fear, panic and anxiety. Its like this bubble in my stomach, my apetite gone completly. All i can think about is that we could be moving there and i just dont want to. My mum can tell that i dont want to move there, that it wasnt the place for me... but i dont think shes taking that into consideration.
Changes can be good, but i feel this isnt a change i am willing to make. My sister wasnt happy either... both of us like living close to town. I have early and long school days, if i were to begin at 8am and finish at 4pm (which is most of my school days) i would have to leave at 6.30am and wouldnt come home until maybe 6pm, and if i were to workout aftre school - most likely, i wouldnt come home until even later.
  The reason i can make my school life, personal life, online life and my workouts work is because i live so close to everything. I can walk to school or the gym (20 minutes). And c.a 10-15 minutes with the bus. Meaning that i have more time for study as i dont need to spend 2+ hours on public transport to and from places. This makes it easier for me to workout often during school time.
I like knowing i live close to town but also that when i feel i need a break i can go for a walk and there are lots of different routes, anything from 2km to 20km i can just walk and get away. And that makes me feel happy, being close to nature but also close to town.¨

I have so many mixed feelings and i dont even know what to think or what to do with myself anymore. I dont have much say in this decision, but i am starting to feel panic and thinking that i better start signing myself up on apartment lists soon if i want to move out. Maybe this is the kick in the butt i need to start doing these things on my to-do list such as applying for loans and apartment looking, im old enough for it now.

Im sorry for the negative post, but my blog is still my outlet for these types of thoughts and feelings.

Fat phobia

Something more and more noticable in todays society is the fat phobia rising in both girls and guys. Being fat has become a fear for many, something even worse than death. They would rather starve themselves, harm their body physically and put their mental state at risk to avoid becoming so called 'fat'.
  Ive been there, that emense fear of becoming fat. Thinking that eating even a little would suddenly make me fat.. it was like i thought the food i ate would sit as a clump on my belly... Thats not the case.
 In my journals from the kids psychiatric ward in Ireland i was 14 and i said I would rather die than be fat.

That was how i thought all the years i was sick... dying was better than having any fat on my body. But now when im healthier and happier i can think what is so wrong with fat on my body? The body needs fat to function properly.... i get tummy rolls when i bend over, i have a layer of fat all over my body some places it jiggles more than others. But whats so wrong with that?
  Does it make me not pretty? Un smart? Un happy? un-anything? No, it simply means I have a healthy, happy and properly functioning body. I dont need to change anything about my body.

Those models you see in magazies, they also have fat however thers has been photoshopped away  because society doesnt seem to want to accept or acknowledge the fact that the body needs fat to function properly. Its especially important for girls, and if you dont have a high enough fat procent you might not have your period.

Now dont get me wrong, im not saying being obese is healthy. Because that ISNT either. But having a healthy body fat procent is needed. Whats the point of being super skinny if you become infertile and cant have kids in the future (or your own biological kids anyway)

Is having fat on your body really the worst thing out there? Is it worse to have fat on your body than to get hit by a car and become paralyzed? Worse than having your parents die? Worse than living an unhappy life just because of your fear of gaining a bit of weight and fat?

Many email and write to me wondering how to gain muscle without gaining fat...But it doesnt work that way? Why are you so scared of gaining a little fat. Its extra protection for your body and organs.

I recently read a post by a Swedish blogger who wrote "I wonder how some girls dare to wear a bikini on the beach." "I compare myself with others so that i feel better about my body" "It must be nice for some girls to not care how they look and let thier stomach stick out".
   After reading that, i had a real rage to my sister.... its those types of comments that lead to this type of thinking and fat phobia. Its those types of comments that lead to people feeling insecure about thier bodies, thinking they have to look a certain way to be happy or confident.

That isnt the case.

I am just glad that i am free from all those thoughts, all the fat phobia and fears i had. Now i can truly be happy in my body, not care how it looks or panic because im bloated on camera. Thats how my body is.
 For many, that is not the case. However with my blog i want to promote body love, loving your body at all shapes, sizes and weights. And remind you all that a HEALTHY body is a HAPPY body. No extremes!!! And YES, your body does have scars, marks, spots, bits that jiggle and a stomach that sticks out.. thats OK!!

You are confined by the walls you build yourself

I saw this photo and i think its something very important to remember... you feel trapped or stuck in the same routine. Or you dont dare to do new things... this is not somebody elses fault or causing (though of course it can be someone elses fault why you built the walls aroudn you) but in the've put up these walls around you.
   Most people have something stopping them from doing certain things... i mean not everyone lets go so easily, lets go of their fears or does things that scare them. But actually... doing those things is nothing bad.
Sometimes you need to just break down the walls around you.

You feel you cant go out to a cafe with friends?Why? Whats stopping you... its just the voice in your head stopping you. Why not fight against that voice instead of listening to it?

You're scared of heights...Why not face the fear... climb up somewhere high and just sit there, take deep breaths. Climb to the top of a hill or moutain and face your fear of heights.

You're scared of travelling because there is a change in routine... well you wont overcome that fear by just sitting in your room/house all day. Instead book that weekend away somewhere, enjoy it. Dontn worry about routines or habits. Break free from all of those.

And ok, its easier to sit here and write this... tell everyone to break down the walls around them. Because i still have walls around me, stopping me from doing certain things. Im scared of heights and walking over bridges. But i face these fears.. i put myself in situations, no matter how horrible they feel, or the anxiety and panic bubbling up in my throat. I walk over the bridge... (or more, speed run over it due to panic) but thats one step closer to one day being fully comfortable walking over bridges. Or being up high places.

Its easier said than done, but its not impossible to do either.

New breakfast addiction

When i was out in the summer cottage i had to be creative with what and how i ate. And i created a sweet egg cake and since then... ive fallen inlove with it!! Its my new favourite thing to eat...
   I mix egg whites & 2 whole eggs, stevia & cinnamon & milk. Into the microwave for around 10 minutes so it becomes 'solid'. And then i mix in quark & apple sauce. & top with strawberries, coconut and coconutmilk!! Its like a dream in my mouth!!!
   Super delicious!! Though the downfall is that its a warm breakfast and its so warm outside so afterwards i sit there and am just heating up from both the inside and outside ;) hahah

(And yes i know this is a low carb breakfast... i eat enough carbs the rest of the day!!! Or maybe not... i dont know how ill eat today ;))

Today i have no plans, so ill see what i do!!
But this evening i am going to an apartment showing.... My family and I are looking to move house/apartment. I have mixed feelings about this, i feel i dont want to. I like where i live... but at the same time i am gplanning to move out as soon as i have the money for it (and of course an apartment to move into ;);))
So i mean the move is mostly for my parents sake.
But atleast ill get to see the apartment today and then see whether i like it or not.. though its not my decision to make anyway ;) hahah
In my life i have moved around 8-10+ times (you lose count after a while)... which is a hell of a lot according to me.
You would think i am used to moving house by now, but not really... infact it just seems to get harder each time.

I am proud of my body

I know i post alot of photos of myself where i am in a sportsbra and shorts, or in a bikini or crop tops etc And that might be seen as attentionseeking or even seen as 'wrong'. I know that i should be careful with the type of photos i post online... but the fact is i DO wear crop tops outside, i am comfortable walking in a bikini top and shorts, or wearing a bikini on the beach. I am comfortable in walking outside or training at the gym in sports bra and shorts. Not because i want attention but because i am comfortable in my body. I have people tell me i have a perfect body. But what exactly is a perfect body, because i can tell you mine isnt!!
   I have stretchmarks and cellulite on the back of my legs. My stomach sticks out at times. My hands, arms, stomach and lgs have scars. But this is what makes ME. I have MANY spots and i have freckles. But thats just part of me... thats how my body is.

Back to the topic... i know some people think its weird that i post these types of pictures but the fact is, i dont care what people think... If people think im too skinny, too big, too muscular or anything. I am comfortable in my body, i am happy with the way i look. So i dont need anybody elses approval.
  Now i dont post pictures for comments, appraisal or approval, thats not why i do it. I do it to show that you can also be comfortable to be in a bikini on the beach. You DONT have to cover up...

The reason i post pictures is also because i spent so many years never daring to wear a bikini on the beach or feeling extremely self conscious. No photos of me were allowed to be taken. But now thats different... The more photos the better ;) hahaha Need to document this confidence ;) When im 50 and looking different i want to look back on these years and smile at all the photos i took of myself ;)

Now of course i could get into lots of things such as feminism and sexism with this post, how really i KNOW i should cover up as girls are often so sexulised, and i often do get weird remarks or weird guys thinking its ok to wolf whistle at me... but im going to skip writing about all of that - though i could. Hahha.

But this post is just about being comfortable in your own skin and being OK wearing whatever, that you DONT have to wear jumpers and sweat pants because you dont feel comfortable.
I know there are many things like you have to be a certain size to wear crop tops or bikinis but i think that as long as you are confident and happy you can wear whatever you want!!
   Who cares what shape you are or what your weight is!!! Just be happy and confident in your own body ;)

Beach day

This morning my sister and I both headed to our seperate gyms where we did our workouts and both came home within 10 minutes of each other and ate lunch together before we decided we should head out to spend some time in the sun.

My hormones are everywhere at the moment so 1) all i can think about is food. And i kept opening and closing the fridge & 2) i couldnt make up my mind if i wanted to go or not... i felt too warm and the heat was making me tired, but im glad i went!

We first had to walk 30 minutes to the bus station and then walk another while until we came to the beach. We lay our blanket down and the first thing i did was begin to eat, haha!!!, Fruit, nuts and eggs :) Perfect snacks to bring with you!

As we got to the beach we didnt stay so long but it was enough to get a bit of colour anyway :)

Now its time to refill with lots of water and take a cold shower ;)

How have you spent your day? :)

Anorexia to bulimia

Going from anorexia to bulimia is something slightly Taboo to talk about... you pretend it doesnt happen. The person who is sick doesnt want to admit that they went from full control, barely eating anything to suddenly not being able to stop their binges. People around you pretend it doesnt happen, or they dont know... they are just happy that you are eating again. But not knowing what happens behind closed doors.

However this is something i want to bring up, that going from anorexia to bulimia is NOT uncommon. It happen and with more people than 1.

When you are so restrictive, and starve your body all it does is scream for energy... it wants food but you deny it that. Food is one of the basic things we need to survive and without it or minimal food we dont last long.
  Eventually there comes a point when you feel you cant be so restrictive, you are just too hungry and so you eat something and suddenly you cant stop. It goes from 2 slices of bread to 6 cheese sandiwches & 3 bowls of cereal with milk followed by 2 handfuls of dried fruit.
   The anxiety over this overwhelming binge, this uncontrollable thing gives you so much anxiety that you purge to get rid of the guilt and the food..
   and then you might begin restricting the next day, to keep from binging. But restriction just leads to more binging and purging and the cycle continues.
 Ive been there, ive been through that phase. The restriction, uncontrollable binging due to hunger and then purging from the guilt. Only to restrict the next day.

If you go through this phase or go from anorexia to bulimia DONT feel ashamed. I know its tough, its tough mentally as its going from complete control (or what you feel is contrl√≥l, though not really) to absaloutly no control and huge binges.
 Talk to someone. This is my best advice... thigns CAN get better, but going form one ED to another isnt good. Just like going from anorexia to orthorexia, its just changing weird eating habits.

The binging happens because your body is so starved of energy. It just wants food. You can find yourself binging on high carb or high energy foods... i binged on cheese sandwiches, cereal and dry fruit as i had begun restricting and cutting carbs from my diet. Which WASNT good.

Returning to a meal plan can really help you, as it structurres up your eating habits. You eat several times a day and you know when and what to eat. And to keep away from binging.
   For me, i had to get rid of the foods i binged on for a while and then slowly return them into my diet. But i felt i couldnt eat them in a normal amount.
   For some, they prefer to have those types of foods as more staple items in  their diet so that they DONT binge on them later, and others need to cut their binging foods fomro their diet completely. So find what works for you.

Also finding distractions wehn you feel you will binge... go out for a walk, talk to someone, do something with your hands or soemthing to get you using your brain such as maths or sudoku? :)

TALK to someone. Eat regularly and DONT restrict certain food groups, that wont helop you, Also making sure you eat enough. These things will help to stop the binging.

Dont feel ashamed or embarrassed, this is in your head, but also binging is physical if you have gone from restrictive eating. Your body and mind are starving, and then it goes from being starving to just not being able to control the binges, that you binge just because.

Dont get trapped in different eating disorders, instead fight to break free. I broke free from anorexia, my binging & purging phase and even from my exercise addiction. (and of course self harm and depression as well). I am free from all of that, it took years of struggle and years of recovery but now i am healthy, happy and free. And YOU can do it as well.
Just ask for help and support and fight the voice in your head!!!!

My favourite films

I got asked about my favourite films so i thought i would give you a little list :)

I am not a huge film fan - though i once was. I could spend my whole day watching films, which i often did as i could spend weeks at home sick due to my CF. I actually thought being a movie critique would be a good job for me... i mean, eating popcorn and watching movies and then writing your critique/review...What a great job :)
    But now i feel i am too restless to watch films... on my own anyway. Sometimes during the evenings i watch films but usually its just series which are 40 minuts - and they still take me anywhere from  60-90 minutes to watch because i always end up doing other things. Whether i go up to do the dishwasher, or sit and write a blog post or even go out with the dog (in the middle of the series ;))!!
Here are some of my favourite films (though basically i love all Johnny Depp films... so i'm not goiing to bother mentioning them all :))

Pirates of the Caribbean - The black Pearl (I was not a huge fan of the 2nd,3rd and 4th? i think there is a 4th)

Wildchild - hahaha, i just love this film no matter how many times ive seen it!

The holiday

Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind

Shutter Island

Forrest Gump

Bridget Jones Diary (1&2)

Memoirs of a Geisha




^^These are films which i know the story line and how they go perfectly because ive watched them all a minimum of 5 times each :)
  But i can still watch them again and again and still enjoy them :)

The Holiday (2006) PosterShutter Island (2010) PosterWild Child (2008) Poster
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) PosterEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) PosterForrest Gump (1994) Poster

Taking a day for myself

I am sorry for the awful blogging yesterday i felt i needed  to shut down and take a break from everything for just a day. I didnt do much other than eat and lie in bed.. i felt that that was what i needed, so copious amounts of food were eaten yesterday ;);) haha

This morning i woke up at 10am (even though i fell asleep around 10.30pm!!). This is the longest ive slept and the latest i have woken up in a few months!!! I naturally wake up at 7 or 8 am, thats just my natural bodies clock. But lately ive been feeling more tired but still havent been able to sleep longer, so it was a relief to finally be able to sleep so long.
  Though i did wake feeling a little disorientated.. i thought it was 8am or something so was shocked when i saw it was 10!!!
  Today i am filled with energy so hopefully i will be up and doing things all day!!! :)

^^For being someone who cant watch films as i get too restless, i feel that this is exactly what i need at the moment!
So watched Divergent with some snacks(&another questbar and some quark ;)) all by myself!!'

Are you someone who watches films on your own or with others?

17 effects of Bulimia on the body

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person creates a destructive pattern of eating in order to control their weight. People with bulimia tend to go on eating binges, consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. This is usually followed by an attempt to rid the food from their body using laxatives or self-induced vomiting. This behavior is usually carried out in secret, taking a tremendous emotional toll.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, up to 3 percent of the population has bulimia. Roughly 9 out of 10 people with bulimia are female.
In addition to mental stress, continued bingeing and purging also puts great strain the body. Unlike the eating disorder anorexia, people with bulimia may not appear to have significant weight loss. However, complications due to bulimia are serious and can put your life at risk.

Digestive System

A sore throat or stomach pain may be the first obvious physical side effects of bulimia.
Chronic self-induced vomiting can cause a variety of symptoms in the digestive tract, beginning at the mouth. The high acid content of vomit can damage teeth, causing enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease. Puffy cheeks or jaws come from swollen salivary glands. Excessive vomiting may cause a sore or swollen throat.
Acid can irritate or tear the esophagus. Blood in vomit may be a sign of a ruptured esophagus. The stomach also becomes irritated. Stomachaches, heartburn, and acid reflux are common.
Putting your finger down your own throat is one way that people with bulimia induce vomiting. Doing this over and over can scar the skin on your fingers and hands, due to exposure to acidity.
Another way to rid the body of food is to use diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives. Overuse of these products can make it difficult to have a bowel movement without them. Misdirected use of diuretics may also damage the kidneys. Damage to the intestines can cause bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. Straining to move your bowels can result in hemorrhoids.
Recurrent bingeing and purging is physically demanding and can bring on general weakness and fatigue.

If you want to read more and more details of the effcts then go here:

Anxiety: Self help post


Raw till 4

Ive been asked to write about the new Raw till 4 diet and Freelee the banana girl.

If im honest, im not following this whole new diet and raw food diet thing... i dont really care about it. I mean there will ALWAYS be new diets, new trends which 20% of the population start with and finish within a month. They come and go, some devote themselves to that type of eating, whilst others jump on and off the bandwagon.

As i understand it, you eat fruits and vegetables - an abundance of them up until 4 where you can eat a cooked meal? But still only things like fluten free pasta, potatoe, raw sushi etc?
   According to the diet you arent supposed to undereat, you are still supposed to get your calolrie intake but all from fruit and veggies, i.e eating 10 bananas at a time?

In my opinion this diet is just absurd, is it even a long term diet? Sounds more like a 2 week detox type thing. Because lets be honest... if you are on holiday or staying at a friends house or dont have access to buy your own food, i dont think you wuill be able to eat 500kcal in just fruit for one meal? But also fruit rots so easily, especially summer time.
  But the amount of gases and bloatedness you will have from eating so much fruit and veggies? I know that fruit is alot easier to digest than meat, but it still takes its time. And because its so much fiber your stomach works hard and can bloat alot.

Also with this diet, you lack protein and healthy fats which are essential for your body. Your brain needs healthy fats, thats why they are so important. And your muscles & cells need protein, especially if you are working out.

I think the diet is just absurd, its not anything you can do for more than a week or two, mauybe a month. But i can imagine many undereat on this diet as it can be hard to eat 500kcal of veggies... unless maybe you want to eat 5 bananas at once... but how much fun is that?

I think its better to focus on eating carbs, protein and healthy fats. Have balance between the macronutrients... dont restrict one of the food groups. Eat enough food, exercise, rest, drink plenty of water. DONT jump into some diet... whether its paleo, iifym, lchf etc etc
  Veganism and vegertarianism is different.. thats not just a 6 week diet thing. But its a lifestyle change.

So Freelee the banana girl? If im honest, i dont know much about her and i dont have the energy to google her either. Because i dont care about her... if she wants to start telling everyone to eat 10 bananas a day and stop eating certain foods, well i cant stop her. But im not going to listen to her either.
   I saw her video where she was critisizing Jenna Marble and saying she had gained weight... and well after that i felt i dont have the energy for this girl. I think its wrong to sit behind a camera and critisize someone elses body.
  She has the right to eat whatever way she wants, and sure she can give advice and preach that her diet is the best diet but its not something for me.

Do i think that she has an eating disordereed (i got asked this) ? No i dont... or i dont know her/watch her videos so i dont know. If she is undereating say only eating 500kcal a day and saying its just because she eats fruit and veggies, then maybe something is wrong. But an eating disorder is a metnal illness, you cant just diagnose someone because they dont eat the same way you do. Its like saying all vegans have an ED, which isnt true, Of course, its very restrictive, but that doesnt maen you have an ED.
  However there are some people who have been vegan but then they eat fish again or something non vegan and suddenly realise that veganism isnt for them, that actually they were just a vegan because they were scared of food. And that can be classified as disordered eating, as you are scared of eating certain food. But its not a moral or ethical choice, but a fear.

If you are recovering, or even just a healthy person or even someone who wants to lose weight. I suggest avoiding these types of diets, they arennt helpful. Just like tea toxes, drinking diets, fasting diets, cleanses etc they aren't long term diets or something you can do forever. 

^^Whoever thinks 5 mangos for lunch is an ok lunch is just crazy in my opinion.

And finally i got around to doing the thing ive been meaning to do for the past few months... Bought a domain name.
    When i  was out for a walk this morning i was like, I cant keep blogging on my old URL:
   Thats long gone and well, i needed an update!!! Of course, i would have liked to completely let go of the 'anorexia' bit of my URL, but the fact is that so many people search 'life without anorexia' and find my blog, so i feel that i needed to keep it. But also because i do write about my past and how to recover!!!

My old URL redirects you to my new URL, however, if you follow my on Bloglovin you might have to change that... i.e search for my new URL :)

And if you search for me or put the URL into your browser put in: :)

I am very happy with this new change, i felt it was needed ;) Even if it costs, its worth it!!!

Maybe sometime i'll move my blog from Blogger and create my own website, but i feel i dont quite have the skills for it yet ;) But small progress is better than no progress, it just took me almost 2 years to change my URL!! haah

Ohhh, and also if you want to Share my blog on Google Plus!!! :) Those shares are gone now as ive changed URL ;) haha

Emailing and commenting

I just want to tell everyone that I'm not ignoring your comments (i know there are loads i havent replied to :(). But u can't seem to reply from my phone app which i usually do, so now its harder to reply. I me it might take a day or two... or maybe just 5 minutes, depending if I'm on the computer or not.
   And same goes with emailing, i havent really had time either. I do try my best however,  but as i want to make the most of these lest few weeks before school begins again. I'd rather be outside and doing things with friends and family than at my computer. But ill try my best :) But just so you all know, I'm not ignoring you!!! :)

Just a little reminder

I found this online and thought it was a good reminder and to put things in to perspective. Treat your body lile it's your child... would you really tell your child to not eat because she/he is too fat?

Movie time and snacks

If you know me well, then you know that i cant watch a movie without snacks!! Serisouly, it doesnt work. Ive tried!!! Its like drilled into my body and mind that when i watch a movie i want to chew (and swallow!) something. (chewing gum doesnt work!).

When i went to the shop for snacks i was hungry, so i went a little overboard!! haha

^^Serisouly, story of my life!!!

When in the shop, i wanted to buy everything..... i was going to buy 4 different types of chocolate  (XD) but limited myself to 2! I wanted to buy crisps & popcorn & ricecake snacks. Ice cream and soda... ohh, and to be healthy some vegetables of course ;) Got to have balance!!!

I came out of the shop with soda, 2 chocolates, popcorn & ricecake snacks & vegetables :)

I tried the new creamy biscuit chocolate and MY GOSH, super delicious. I managed to eat 75% of the package & 25% of the other chocolate. & ofcourse 80% of the rice cake crisps and half of the popcorn ;) ;) No stopping me!!!

Have you ever tried the combination chocolate and popcorn? It is sooo good. Try it. Its one of my favourite combinations :) :)

I watched the film The other woman with my sister... and all i can say is that Its a cheesey Rom Com. Laughed a few times, but i would give it a 4/10... maybe even just a 3/10. It was a good way to pass the time, but its not a film i would necessarily watch again ;);)

Iate so much that i now have a food coma (surprisingly, no food baby? O_O Where is it?!!) and just want to lie down, but at the same time i have so much energy that i want to run 10km!!! hahaah #problems
   Sugar kick ;);)

A newbies guide at the gym

I got asked if I could write a little guide for someone new at the gym... (this is towards strength training, not cardio ;))

My first bit of advice is to Do your research!! Google and YouTube exercises so you know how to do them. Also you can practise doing the movement in your room, just so you feel confident.

Write up a plan: How are you going to workout? What are you going to do? Reps and sets? Do you have a time limit?
   Write up your workout plan and exercises on your phone or on paper so you know what you are going to do.
   I always have a plan before I go to the gym, otherwise I'll just buzz around in the gym and do 2 sets on one machine then stand there and try tO figure out what my next exercise will be etc
  If you don't have time to make a plan before hand. Then step on the treadmill or sit on the bike and think out a plan. Then you can feel more confident.

Have a back up: Having a back up plan of different exercises can be good if the machines you want to use are taken or there are lots of people.

Watch what others are doing: Subtly!!! I've had before where newbies are very obvious they are new because they stand there and just stare while you do the exercise. This creeps me out and i feel nervous!! But say you are having your rest in between sets then subtly look over at others to get inspiration and see how exercises are Done! I do this all the time... Whether it's because I think the guy doing the exercise is cute or because I am really impressed by the exercises the girl behind me is doing or because it'd a new exercise i want to try!!!

Don't be scared to ask for help! This is important! It's better to do right than hurt yourself. Infact the last day when I did a chest workout (only my second one because I don't like training chest) i asked one of the older guys working out if he could look at my technique and he said it look good. And that helped alot, i had done my research and looked at videos on how to preform the exercise beforehand. So that helped me.
   Don't let your ego get in the way, ask for help if you need it!!
Create a good workout playlist! If you have good music it will motivate you even more and get you pushing that bit harder!!!

Onto actual strength training bit....
Begin with getting the technique. Exercises such as squats, deadlifts, push ups, chins etc you want to make sure you do correctly before you add weight (squats and deadlifts) It can be good to ask someone to look at your technique.

Focus on contact and technique before weight: I prefer to focus on contact rather than weight, sometimes I need to lower the weight and do more reps to feel the burn. Sometimes when you add too much weight you lose technique and then don't feel the contact in the right muscles.
Don't be scared to increase weight: When you feel that yiu have the technique don't be scared to increase your weight.... don't just stick to 3&;4kg... but go higher.
Depending on what your goal is between 8-15 reps and anywhere from 3-12 sets. (I can do up to 10 sets on one exercise sometimes.)
Begin with maybe 3 strength training workout a week and then increase if you want. Aim for 40-90 minutes. ( mine are usually 45-60 minutes).
  The amount of exercises i do depends.... sometimes 4 exercise sometimes 12.

For warm up, make sure the muscle you ate working is warmed up before. Whether you run, do the cross trainer or use a light weight and do some exercises for that muscle group is recommended!!
Remember to rest and eat properly when you strength train!!! When working your muscles, you break them down. And it's when you eat and rest that they grow back stronger!!!

Feel confident, motivated and ready to go when you enter the gym!

Also, good workout clothes can really help you!!! For me, when i have a good workout outfit i feel 100% more motivated!!! :)

THIS post can help you make a strength training plan :)

Banana recipes

I feel like i miss out on alot not being able to eat banana :( Below are some simple recipes which include banana :) So go ahead and try some!

Egg & banana pancake (can add in cottage cheese&berries/cinnamon/stevia etc to the mixture!)

Banana ice cream:

Banana and peanut butter/dipped in chocolate

Banana chocolate popsicle!

Bananan split

Grilled banana boats

Banana bread/muffins/cakes

Bananan smoothie or milkshake

Banana chips

Now ive just made myself feel sad... hahah!!!  I can eat a little banana, its just then that i need to take the consequences... but maybe its worth it? A grilled banana with chocolate sounds yummy right now!!! :)