Before I get in to this blog post I want to make sure you know I do not have a fitness or nutrition background so please talk to a professional before changing any type of fitness/diet plan you are currently on. I get a lot of questions about what I do at the gym and what my diet is and I’m just sharing for that reason. 🙂
A couple fitness studios that I would recommend in the London area are:
@fitclubbootcamps I did a few workouts with before my wedding. I found Corey to be very knowledgeable and the workouts were fun! I never really felt like I was working out until the next day. Lol He also runs some pretty intense boot camps!
@and_fit has awesome mom and baby fitness classes that I only wish I got to more often! It’s a relaxed atmosphere where you can feed, change and let the kids play while you get a workout in at the same time. She also runs boot camps without the babes.
Lately, I have been going to the gym at night. I was always against working out at night but it’s the time that works for me that I can get away, and not be rushed or worrying about naps. I stick to what makes me feel like I’m getting the best workout in the quickest amount of time. I almost always do the treadmill and stairs then use some of the weight machines. I’ve never been really consistent in working out until more recently and I have noticed a huge difference in my energy level and my overall health and that’s what keeps me going.
The next part is answering some of your questions about my diet. I have never really been strict about what I eat. I really do enjoy food too much to cut anything out. That being said, I’ve also never really been in to chips and pop… the only guilty pleasure I have around the house is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate almonds and ritter sport dark chocolate hazelnut bars are my go-to and no one is allowed to eat them but me. Lol
For breakfast I’m a whole grain bagel + fruit + coffee type gal and that’s pretty routine for me during the week. On the weekend we spend more time making eggs and bacon. When I was working full time what I found filled me up until lunch was overnight oats! You can make them the night before, its ready for you in the morning, super tasty and it will hold off your hunger until lunch.
How to make overnight oats–à Grab a bowl and mix oats, flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, walnuts and set aside. Mixed desired fruit ( I prefer cherries or strawberries) mix with a little honey. Layer oats between fruit in a large cup or mug until you get to the top. Cover oats and fruit with your choice of milk, cover top with plastic wrap and let it sit over night. In the morning the milk will be soaked up and you can add a little more honey if you’d like.
During the day I snack between meals on fruit such as bananas, apples or oranges… sometimes nuts and cheeses… sometimes charcuterie boards. I’m also really in to smoothie bowls! These are awesome because your kids can see all the yummy ingredients that go in to their smoothies! Pretty basic recipe for the one above, I used cashew milk, lactose free yogurt, and frozen mango and papaya for the base. I then added chia seeds, coconut granola, berries and banana.
At Lunch and Dinner I always find getting protein in is key for keeping my energy up until bedtime. I always try to stick to more protein and veggies in the evenings instead of fruit.
And what reallllllllly works for me and I tell this to everyone is to stop eating after dinner! I find that I have always been able to eat pretty much what I want during the day as long as I stop after dinner. I also find that I get a better nights rest when I haven’t filled my tummy before bed. Try it! The first night is the hardest if you are a late night muncher but it gets easier.
Someone asked me about juicing too and I used to juice all the time and I swear my skin had a natural glow, my hair was shinier and I didn’t need as much coffee. I really need to get back in to it!
Any other questions, you can always shoot me an email Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org and I can try to answer them or send you in the direction of someone who can! 🙂