Fitness Rockstar Spotlight Interview

A few weeks ago a fabulous and very exciting opportunity came up to work with Julia Buckley and her online gym so I had to participate – I love working with people who share the same ethos and outlook on life as me. Julia offers an incredible online workout programme which you can do in the comfort of your own home – for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership or personal training, you can achieve amazing results!

To spread the word of her online gym and newly published eBook “Ignite” to accompany the online workouts, Julia has set up a group of Fitness Rockstars – and I’m lucky enough to be one of them 🙂 What is a Fitness Rockstar?!

The Fitness Rockstars are a collective of people with a mission to make the world a healthier, happier place.

We’re not professional athletes, or even what many would consider typical “fitness people”, but we all appreciate the privilege of having the ability to move our bodies and we’ve all experienced having our worlds rocked by the astounding difference fitness and health has made to our lives.

Neither are we celebrities, or in a position to spread our message to millions of people, but if something we post can help light the fuse that helps anyone to discover myriad of amazing benefits of doing what takes to be fit and strong which ripple out into all areas of life, then we’ll feel like stars for sure.

To help us Fitness Rockstars get to know one other, Julia conducted a small interview…

  1. For me, fitness is all about: Feeling great! There’s nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of blood pumping through your veins, pushing your body to the limit and achieving those fitness goals 🙂 I love the feeling of motivation, determination and productivity which I get when exercising – it makes my whole day feel more positive, active and worthwhile. It also helps my body confidence and makes me more time efficient in other tasks.
  2. I get most excited to do my workout when: I’ve had a bad day… If I’m feeling down in the dumps then the best way to clear my thoughts is to have a good workout session; it helps to channel my frustration/ anger/ negativity into adrenaline and motivation to do that extra rep, run that extra kilometre, or to hold the plank an extra 10 seconds.
  3. When a workout really pushes me to my limit, I think to myself: Wow, great work! I’m always positive when working out as I love the feeling of progressing, seeing results and achieving the goals I’ve set out for myself.
  4. I’m most likely to skip my workout if: It’s raining outside. I suffer quite badly from SAD and the weather/ seasons really affect my mood (which is quite volatile anyway) so the rain outside will dampen my spirits and tempt me to just stay warm inside with a cuppa!
  5. In a group fitness session I’ll be the one who: Puts the tunes on – you can’t have a good workout in silence, it’s all about the motivational bangers to take your mind off the strain/ pain!
  6. The item of exercise equipment I’d most hate to go without is: My yoga mat! I can’t be doing sit ups (or any ab work for that matter) on the cold hard floor – or even worse, the other day, on the wet grass 😥
  7. The last thing I usually do before starting my workout is: Take a selfie at the gym… (Shamefully I will admit to it!!) Yes I’m one of those people who snapchat when they’re at the gym; I mean, I’m going to get hot and sweaty so I’ll be out of snapchat action for the next hour or so…
  8. My top 5 workout music tracks are: 1. Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas; 2.Run the World – Beyonce; 3. Just Like Fire – P!nk; 4. Light It Up – Major Lazer; 5. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  9. If I start feeling ‘meh’ about fitness I give myself a boost by: Putting on one of my favourite workout tracks! I love music, dancing and all things related so nothing will give me more of an energy boost than a heartfelt song by P!nk!
  10. The most important thing I’ve learned about fitness in the last year is: Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s easier said than done of course, but there’s nothing worse than comparing yourself to that ultra lean, super fit, uber defined muscleman lifting the equivalent of five times your body weight or that skinny yet toned girl in the gym – it helps no one and will just get you down! Everyone has their own diets, workout regimes; and it’s discovering what’s best for YOU (in terms of lifestyle choices, daily routine, work schedule etc.) which is the important thing.

Let me know in the comments about your fitness regime – What motivates you? Are you working towards a particular goal or just want to maintain a good level of fitness? Do you workout in the gym or at home?

Check out the other rockstars’ interviews by searching for the hashtags #JuliaBFit and #FitnessRockstars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Mindfully, Moni x

Mindful Eating

I just thought that as my brand identity is ‘Mindfully Moni’, I should actually explain (or try to at least) what eating ‘mindfully’ is. 

In our modern, 21st-century lives which are based around technology and the Internet, we all experience mindless eating to some degree (even if we don’t realise we’re doing it – I used to be a severe culprit before). Whether it’s munching on-the-go snacks whilst commuting, or checking our emails/ social media accounts whilst we eat lunch. Increasingly, our fast-paced and non-stop lives are reflected in our relationships with food. We’re always striving to get more done, and the result is that a lot of people nowadays are completely disconnected from what they’re eating, and how much they’re eating it. 

Through my blog and social media platforms, I’d like to promote an alternative. It’s important that we try our best to slow down and change the way we interact with our food! The effects which mindful and nutritious eating have on every aspect of our lives is incredible – so let’s make a gradual shift towards paying attention to what we’re putting into our bodies. 

Good tip from B Fresh Juice

Reasons to Eat Mindfully

1. Enhanced taste

Ever since I started eating more mindfully, I now enjoy subtle flavours in foods that hit my taste palette with a zing. These flavours, such as fruit essences, would have previously been lost to me amongst all the other tastes. If I eat something high in salt, fat, oil, or artificial flavourings, I can now feel the texture/ flavour of these very strongly (so much so that’s it’s overpowering). This just highlights that if you really listen to your body, you’re more likely to make healthier choices.

2. Improved digestion

The digestive process starts in the mouth as a mechanical mechanism, but when eating in a rush, the enzymes in our saliva don’t get the chance to start the breakdown of food properly. This means the stomach and rest of the digestive system has a harder job to do. When more mindful of food, everything runs much more smoothly.

3. Satisfaction

When I eat more slowly and chew my food properly (about 20 chews per bite), I tend to be satisfied with having less. This could particularly benefit you if you’re prone to overeating. You’re brain registers how long you’ve been eating and how many chews you’ve taken, making you more satisfied after more chews but less actual food.

How to get started…

1. Start small

Trying to alter everything at once rarely leads to long-term success, but instead will develop a craving your your previous habits and routine. Start with one meal each day to focus on eating mindfully (I would suggest dinner as its the least rushed meal but it’s totally up to you), then build gradually when you’re comfortable.

2. Embrace preparation

Enjoy the process of preparing your own food – I find cooking so relaxing and the perfect way to relax after a stressful day. If you really focus on what you’re doing, it can be a relaxing, almost meditative experience. Plus, you will be more aware of exactly what’s going into your meal.

3. Remove distractions

Because we’re always trying to save time, so many of us multitask when we’re eating. Instead, put the laptop lid/ phone/ tablet down and switch off the TV. Perhaps make it a rule that you can only eat at the kitchen table (and not the living room or your bedroom). This really forces you to pay attention to what you’re putting into your body. I find that eating with my family helps me to stay mindful as there’s no chance that I’ll bring out my phone and get submerged in something on the Internet instead of focusing on my food.

4. Eat slowly

I used to scoff my food down as quickly as possible, but I now try to slow down. Using smaller cutlery can help with this. Take small mouthfuls and chew your food thoroughly, 15 to 20 times – even count in your mind to get used to the feeling of chewing for longer. Really try to savour the flavour and textures with each bite, enjoying each taste as it hits your taste receptors.

5. Share with others

I mentioned this briefly in no. 3 but make a real effort to get the family involved whenever possible, in both the preparation of the meal, and eating it. Share with each other what you think of the food and how it makes you feel. Not only will this help you be more mindful of your eating but also establishing the tradition of family mealtimes can help strengthen relationships.

Mindfully, Moni x

Inspired by Thrive Magazine.