Sunday, 2 June 2013

The #FitFam Tag!


The lovely Cantara from Gymbags & Gladrags tagged me in her #fitfam blog post, so I thought that I might as well give it a go myself to tell you a little bit more about my blog and myself! :) The tag itself was created by Chrissy from ChrissyLilly and is something a little bit different from all of the beauty and fashion tags which seem to be floating around the blogosphere at the moment. I'm so lucky to have found such lovely, like-minded people through blogging and I've really enjoyed reading everyone's answers to the questions, so without further ado, here's the answers that I gave! :)
If you want to do this tag then here are the rules: 1) State that it was made by ChrissyLilly and link back to her. 2) Answer all of the questions. 3) Tag 5 of your favourite fitness bloggers and let them know they've been tagged. 4) Share the tag on Twitter using the #fitfam hashtag! So, here are my answers...

1. Why and when did you start your blog?

I started my blog almost a year ago with the aim of sharing my journey to a healthy lifestyle as well as hoping to be able to inspire others to ditch the dieting and make food choices which are more sustainable over the long term!

2. Do you feel like having a blog has helped you stay accountable and motivated?

Definitely! It's really pushed me to find new recipes to try and given me that extra incentive when I don't feel in the mood to go to the gym/workout. I love writing posts when I've succeeded in hitting a particular milestone, or when I find a recipe that I love!

3. What are your overall goals when it comes to health and fitness?

Originally it was to get stronger and more flexible for cheerleading, however because I'm going to be on a placement year I've decided to give up the sport and move onto something new. This means that my goals for my workouts are going to change quite a bit and I haven't decided quite what direction to go in with my exercise yet!
I  do really want to complete a Tough Mudder or The Wolf Run at some point over the next year or so I guess my goals will probably be centred around that! :)
My general health goals are really simple in that I just want to be the healthiest and fittest that I can possibly be! I'm a big lover of clean eating and have cooking meals and nutrition is definitely becoming a passion of mine.

4. Who are your "fitspirations", if any?

I don't have any specific 'fitspirations' if I'm honest - they tend to come from all aspects of health and fitness. For example I'll really admire the amount of weight a female powerlifter might be able to squat or deadlift which will spur me on with my weight-training, but I'll be in awe of a long distance runners stamina and endurance in completing a marathon which will make me want to push harder with my cardio.

5. How often do you work out?

Probably about 5 times a week although it depends how busy I am that week as no matter how hard I try, life can definitely get in the way at times! I do try to be active in some way, shape or form every day though, even if it's walking to the shops instead of driving. :)

6. Do you take supplements?

I currently use protein powder as well as taking multivitamins and cod liver oil capsules. Depending on what I have coming up (holidays etc) I also take Thermopure and BCAAs, reviews of which you can find here.

7. What would be your advice for someone who wants to lose weight but is lacking motivation?

Find something that you love! Whether it's trying out new recipes or finding a sport or fitness activity that you really enjoy doing, it really does make all the difference! Cheerleading was what started it all off for me, but even now that I've stopped training I've still got the good habits to keep me motivated to keep my healthy lifestyle!

8. What's your favourite part of #fitfam?

The community within the #fitfam is absolutely amazing! Everyone is so supportive of each other and I've gotten to know some lovely people. It's nice to know that even if you're having a bad day there'll be someone who can push you through it, and there's always great tips floating around to take on board! :)

9. Do you set little goals for yourself and give yourself rewards when you reach them?

Haha I have to admit that I do! I'm a simple mind and the thought of something pretty or shiny at the end of the road is a great motivator for me to push myself that little bit further. I haven't quite decided what I want to treat myself with when I do finally fit my 50 miles in a month goal but I'm sure you'll be the first to know when I do!

10. What has been the hardest part of your weightloss journey so far?

Consistency! Sometimes I can let life get in the way far to easily and can end up not going to the gym or going for a run when I really should have. I'm trying really hard to treat it more like a job/something that is an appointment that I have to go to, but I haven't had much success so far! Luckily I have an amazing boyfriend who is also really into fitness who keeps me on the straight and narrow when I'm feeling lazy. :P

11. Do you prefer to do set workouts like Insanity, 30 Day Shred, TurboFire, Tone it Up etc. or do you like making up your own workouts?

I'd love to be able to get into workouts that I could do at home (it would save so much money in gym membership!) but I just can't get the motivation that I need to do them! I've tried doing the Blongilates workout calendar but doing exercise in my living room or bedroom really doesn't put me in the mindset that I need to do exercise. It's a shame because I'd love to be able to do something like Tone It Up but I need to remvoe myself from all distractions and put myself in that exercise-orientated atmosphere.
Thanks again to Cantara for tagging me, it's actually been really useful for me to answer all the questions and think about why I do what I do etc. There isn't actually anyone I can tag who hasn't already done this tag if I'm honest, so I'm opening it up and tagging everyone (cop out I know). If you do decide to do the #fitfam tag, post a link to it in the comments below and I'll check it out! :)

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