Monday, 4 February 2013

#FebFocus Guest Post: My Fitness Ethos

Hi everyone! Today's post is from the lovely Natalie from The Blonde Ethos! She's written a great post on how she stays fit and healthy - hope it's useful for everyone! :)


Hi beauties! My name is Natalie and I wrote the blog, The Blonde Ethos. The Blonde Ethos is my lifestyle, sharing advice and ideas on beauty, fitness, health and fashion. Rhiannon has kindly asked me to drop by and share some of my thoughts and tips with you!

#FebFocus is about helping to motivate each other to achieve our goals. Most of us welcomed in 2013 with a list of resolutions and of these, the majority are health and fitness related. Maybe you aimed to shed a few pounds, tighten that waist, eat healthier foods or just get more active. Some of you may have even given up on these resolutions already (it’s not uncommon!) and want some help to get back on track. It’s never too late! People that say they can’t find time to look after their bodies will sooner or later have to make time for illness.

So, without further ado, here is my fitness ethos:

Find something that you love
When I was at school, I hated P.E. classes. I was rubbish at sport and couldn't even leapfrog until I was nearly in my teens (seriously!) but I always enjoyed dance. I have been doing Street Dance classes for over ten years and this is undoubtedly my favourite way to keep in shape. The variety of movements works all muscles from all directions and it makes for a great cardio session. Dancing might not be your thing but something will be! Try a variety of classes at your local gym, test out different pieces of workout equipment or invest in a selection of workout DVDs and I guarantee you will find something that works for you. Check out my post on why you should not be put-off by one bad workout experience, here.

Eat clean
Personally, I have never calorie-counted. I have just ensured that I am educated on different foods/food types and their benefits. I have just eaten a clean and varied diet. A good motto to have is that if it didn’t grow, don’t eat it! I try to avoid eating things that are too heavily processed, including everything from Haribo to Ham. This isn’t to say that I don’t eat meat, I just like it in it’s purest form. A chicken breast is great but the packaged sandwich slices pumped with water and preservatives… not so much. A naughty treat is okay every once in a while too but I guarantee that once you start experimenting with all the yummy fruit and veg out there, your cravings will reduce! One of my favourite snacks at the moment is apple slices, dipped in crunchy peanut butter. Yummmm.

Get rid of those scales
Like calorie-counting, I understand that stepping on the scales twice a day works for some people to motivate them but personally, I don’t care what I weigh so long as I am happy with how I look and feel. This is for several reasons. Firstly, I am at one of the heaviest weights I have ever been yet one of the smallest dress sizes. At nearly ten stone, I wear anything between a size 6 and a size 10 (depending on the shop I buy it from… we are all probably all familiar with this issue!) but I am the strongest and most toned that I have ever been and I LOVE it! I would be offended if someone called me skinny. To me, that suggests that I look frail and weak. I want to be considered slim, toned and feminine. If you want to slim-down, don’t count the pounds; count the inches. Secondly, muscle weighs more than fat. Three times more! A lot of people that drastically change their body may think that they are not achieving results because their weight has plateaued but in fact, their body may be changing dramatically; dropping lots of fat and gaining a little bit of lean muscle.

I hope this gives you a bit of motivation ladies! If you want any more tips, fitspiration or just an easy read, check out You can also track me down on Facebook and Twitter – my links are all there!!

Good luck dolls - and happy #FebFocus!

Thanks Natalie for a great post! Don't forget that it's the first #FebFocus chat tonight at 8pm - can't wait to chat to you all! :)


  1. Aww thank you for this motivation Natalie!

    I know exactly what you mean about PE, it's all about finding something you enjoy, thus making it easier and more fun!!

    Equally I've never calorie counted........ There are many better ways to tone up without having to bother with all of those numbers!!

    Good luck with you #febfocus everyone!!


    1. Thanks for the comment!
      Glad to see you have a good idea of who you want to measure what you achieve - calorie-counting isn't for everyone! :)



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