LIEBSTER AWARD #2!

 

Hey all,

 

I do apologise for my lengthy disappearance. I’ve just started university again so things have been pretty hectic.

 

However, I have some good news! I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Yay! I love doing tags like this! Thank you Alluring Alaska Beauty  for nominating me! Go check them out how lovely she is! So let’s get started!

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What ‘fit’ and ‘healthy’ really means…

We are all so conditioned to “know” what fit is supposed to look like. According tot the dictionary fit is being ‘in good physical condition; in good health’, yet we often mistake what this actually is. Instead of focusing on the health of someone we somehow automatically assume that someone with shredded abs, popping’ biceps, and a huge, lifted booty is ‘fit’. This is accentuated with what Instagram tells us as we see millions of fitness models who seem to display this attributes and we assume that they are healthy.

And I don’t doubt that people with those physiques are lean and fit, but you shouldn’t feel weaker if you don’t look that way. Fitness cannot always be displayed in such ways so you have your own story and may actually be fitter than these models.

This is because having abs doesn’t automatically make you fit. In fact you may be the opposite. Having abs may be due to genetics meaning that you can eat crap yet still have abs but does that mean you’re fit? NO. Also certain fitness models take steroids (which I am totally against) making themselves look big and muscly yet they neglect their cardio and are also visually strong but not in real terms.

So I want to challenge you to think about what being ‘fit’ really means for a second and I’d like to hear your own definition.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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Why I will never diet ever again

Hi readers,

Summer has been great so far but I have to admit to you something crazy that I did before going on my holiday to Turkey.

As I was counting down the days to my holiday I decided I would have to get fit super quick to get that ‘summer body ‘ and the only way would be to diet and do intense exercise everyday.   I went about this firstly by cutting down my food intake insanely by simply eating soup and bread for lunch and dinner. Then exercising intensely one part of my body then twenty minutes of cardio.

The soup diet only lasted two days as I quickly realised that, although the food wasn’t bloating me,  eating soup wasn’t giving me enough energy for my day.  Especially since I was working out intensely. Therefore I decided to change my soup diet to a balanced diet. This meant eating carbs again with meat but in small quantities. With this change I felt much better and didn’t feel hungry all the time and could workout effectively. I actually found some nice recipes and will incorporate these in my day to day diet regardless of whether I want to prepare for a summer body or not. Here are some pictures of my meals :

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In regards to exercise,  it’s intensity wasn’t healthy for me even if it seemed in theory it was. This was because after 3 days of intense exercise,  even if I was focusing on different body parts,  just wasn’t effective when I was getting extremely tired from it.  The one rest day a week wasn’t enough and actually I needed two to be able to keep up to the level that I wanted to work out at. I then decided to workout 3/4 times a week and felt much better as well as feeling my workouts were more effective.

In conclusion,  I figured out that sometimes the best theoretical plans are not the best. Yes eating less and exercising more are key components to getting fitter or loosing weight for that summer body but it must be done in moderation.  Look after your body in the best way you can.  Being healthy doesn’t have to be yucky, you can actually have fun during workouts and eat tasty dishes.

Lots of love,
Charlotte xoxo

Packing checklist

 

Hey readers,

I hope you’re having a fabulous summer so far. I myself have been enjoying the varying sunniness of the British weather.

I’ve been a bit quiet lately because I am preparing for my first ever holiday without my parents. With this comes the freedom but also a lot of responsibility as I have to ensure that I bring everything I need. In order to ensure I do this, I have created a packing list for myself but I am sure that it may be useful for some of you so I’ve decided to share it here. Enjoy!

Official documents

Passport

Visas

Boarding passes

Holiday booking details

Monies

Clothes

Sandals

Platforms/high heels

Walking shoes

Underwear/bras

Nightie

Dresses

Shorts & tops

Bikini

Toiletries/Hygiene

Period pads/tampons

Contact lenses & solution

Deodorant

Make-up & remover

Floss

Lip Balm

Body lotion

Toothbrush & paste

 

First aid/ health

Plasters

Neurofen

Birth control

Travel pillow

 

Sun care

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Sunhat

 

Entertainment

Game

Books

Headphones and iPod

Snacks

So there you have it, hope it helps. Where are you going on holiday?

 

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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