Friday, 26 April 2013

Eat Clean and Ditch the Dirt!

For the last 12 days I have been trying to eat 'clean' foods. By this I mean I've been cutting all the junk out from my diet (i.e. crisps, chocolate, fried foods etc) and eating more fruit, vegetables and protein.

In just 12 days I have felt a massive difference, I feel more energised, my skin feels great and I don't feel lethargic like I used to. Being at a desk all day really didn't help my energy levels and changing my diet has improved that hugely in such a short space of time.

I decided to record everything I am eating in a photo diary and created a new profile on Instagram to do so. I have found so many inspiring profiles to follow which have motivated me and given me new ideas for meal recipes. If you want to take a look at my photo diary just click here and if you'd like to follow me to join me on my clean eating journey search for @foodfotodiary on Instagram.

I invested in a pair of running trainers and have started running! I am seriously unfit and out of shape but on the first day I did a 25 minute run (intermittent 5 minutes jog/pace walk with running) and I felt absolutely amazing after (albeit seriously knackered). I plan on getting a workout in 4 days a week, whether that be running, weights at the gym or swimming. 

I also began the 30 day squat challenge. Day 1 of the challenge included me doing 50 squats. After about 25 I could feel some serious burning up my thighs (told you I was super unfit) but I pushed through to 50. Day 2 was 55 squats and day 3 was 60 etc. My legs currently feel totally destroyed but it's a good feeling and it means I will be getting results. 

I will say one thing, if you choose to start something like this 'cold turkey' like I did, be prepared to feel a little shock in your body. You will feel pretty tired and bloated at first (a lot of fibre in fruits will do that to you) but it will pay off I promise you! If you combine a good diet with regular exercise you will get results and you will feel amazing. I'm not trying to lose weight per se. I am trying to get in shape, lead a healthier lifestyle and tone up. Let's see how it goes.

If you have an Instagram profile related to fitness and food leave me your Instagram name in the comments below!

Don't forget to follow me here on Instagram to keep up with my progress!

Numera x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Link Love

Although I haven't been blogging much recently I have been trying to keep up reading my favourite blogs. I find myself inspired by other blogs all the time and so it's important for me to continue reading so that I don't lose motivation for my own blog!

Here are a few of my current favourites:


 

Now I've featured these blogs before but I wanted to share them with you again as I love each one and I read them all on a regular basis. Make sure you click on the link above each photo so you can take a look for yourself!


 


 


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Now if you aren't already following these blogs, then WHY NOT?! Go do it now!

I'm always looking for new blogs to read, so leave your link below in the comments for me :)

Numera x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Zinio Giveaway!

Ok ok, I know I have been a VERY bad blogger as of late. I'm so sorry - I have big news and a super giveaway to make up for it though!!

So my news is.. I GOT MARRIED!!! This sort of explains the lack of posting before and after the wedding, but I am back and I have lots and lots of posts lined up for you all.

So to kick off, I have a fantastic giveaway for my lovely readers. I love flicking through a good magazine. I can catch up on a little bit of celeb gossip (guilty pleasure), check out upcoming trends and take inspiration for myself and for my blog. I am also a huge blog reader and what could be better than being able to read your favourite blogs and favourite magazine both from your smartphone or tablet?

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Now if you haven't heard of Zinio before, they are the world's largest online newstand and they offer a massive range of magazine titles including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Men's Health (for my undercover male readers). Zinio showcase over 5,000 digital magazines on its digital newsstand with readers in more than 200 countries. They provide a service which is easy, convenient and paper free (no trees being cut down here!) You can access thousands of articles via your android phone, iPad, iPhone and laptops.

Zinio have some great offers available currently (click here):



And until 30 April save an extra 50% off over 100 participating titles (click here) :

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Here is where it really gets exciting. Zinio have kindly offered me and NINE of my lovely readers subscription to the magazine of your choice! You can have a look at the list of titles available here and you can choose absolutely any of them!

All you have to do to enter this fabulous giveaway is to be a follower of my blog - it's that simple! No card details required, just your name and an email address :)



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Numera x