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Motivation

Motivation. That’s a tough one isn’t it? You start the new year with good intentions and it’s easy because it’s new and it’s exciting and everyone else is doing it, but what happens to your motivation when February begins and it becomes a bit more mundane and the reality of everything kicks in and you start to feel the pressures of everyday life creeping back in and the first thing you want to quit is your healthy eating and exercising because you can’t quit work or being a parent, spouse or any of the other daily commitments you have. Well on Friday 29th January I had an interview with Jack Miles at BBC Radio Gloucestershire to talk about motivation. How to keep it, and what is the not so secret way to keep motivated!

Take a listen and then I will explain further! It was my first ever radio interview and with any interview you always come out kicking yourself wishing you said this, that and the other! Click on the link below and head to 1:14:30 to listen.

Motivation

My Interview with Jack Miles about Motivation

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healthy breakfast alternative of egg and pepper

healthy breakfast egg and pepper

healthy breakfast egg and pepper

Quite frequently people will say that their downfall when trying to eat healthy is having breakfast alternatives that will replace toast; enter the healthy breakfast alternative of egg and pepper combo that will blow your mind!

This one is super easy, adds some colour and excitement to your plate and looks a little bit like a flower to entice your little ones into joining in!

All you need to do is a take a pepper, deseed it and then slice it in rings. Heat a pan on the hob and then put your pepper into the pan, crack your egg into the pepper and then flip as normal.

Adding pepper to your healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day because they’re low in calories, and full of good nutrients such as vitamin A, and your egg will give you lots of protein and good fat 🙂 So start adding egg and pepper to your plate for a healthy breakfast choice!

Love Roo xx

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My Vitamins Total Acai Berry

My Vitamins Total Acai BerryI am the first to admit that I don’t really like fruit and berries but it’s mainly because of their texture, I fully appreciate the benefits that these foods can bring to your health so I have to take supplements to receive the nutrients that I otherwise wouldn’t get from other foods; My Vitamins Total Acai Berry supplements are helping me to do just that! As a teenager I didn’t really suffer from acne but as my hormones changed in my early twenties and again as I turned 30 I have suffered with adult acne 🙁 My diet is healthier than it has ever been but there are still a few things missing from it such as fruits and berries, so the My Vitamins Total Acai Berry supplements are providing me with some key antioxidants that help to improve skin health and also improves the immune system. Read on to hear all about the benefits of My Vitamins Total Acai Berry supplements and how they can help with weight loss and improve the skin …….

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My Vitamins Carb Blocker

My Vitamins Total Carb BlockerA life without carbs is not a life worth living and they are essential to a well balanced diet and are a source of energy for exercisers, but they also have their flaws in that you can risk storing carbs as fat rather than using it as energy and that’s where these handy My Vitamin Carb Blockers come in to play!

I’ve started using the My Vitamins Total Carb Blockers as part of my regime.

Quite simply the benefits of the Carb Blockers is that they are made up of white kidney bean extract. White kidney extract quite simply prevents the breakdown of carbs into glucose i.e. it turns less into fat. So this will help aid anyone looking to lose weight where a high carb diet is consumed. And it also helps to maintain lean muscle mass. Read more to see how to use them and the benefits they can have………

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My Vitamins Complete Sleep

My Vitamins complete sleepGetting enough sleep is absolutely paramount when it comes to making exercise and weight loss a success and as someone who struggles with getting the right amount of beauty sleep I decided to try out My Vitamins Complete Sleep.

Sleep is really important as it enables your body to rest and repair itself. Without getting the right amount of sleep you may find that your weight loss plateaus and you quite simply don’t have the energy to exercise. My Vitamins Complete Sleep will help provide the nutrients that you may not get from your diet to help you to get a good nights rest and be ready to face the day ahead of you! As daft as it sounds after only taking them for a couple of days I have really noticed a big difference and I am looking forward to seeing what other benefits it brings my way! Read on to find out more……

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Oatty Yoghurt Breakfast Pots

Oat breakfast pots meal prepI’ve recently started building nutrition plans for people and one of the most common things I hear from my clients is that they find breakfast is the hardest meal of the day and I definitely agree. The morning’s are always a rush no matter what your job and routine is. So the key to eating a healthy breakfast is prep prep and more prep! That is the only way to stop myself from having a breakfast that is bad for me. Quite often there are recipes that need an oven or a hob to cook on and quite a lot of people eat their breakfast when they get to work and not surprisingly your work doesn’t offer a fully operational kitchen complete with a cooker! I was watching a few colleagues who would pop to a nearby Soho Coffee and would buy a tiny yoghurt pot for a couple of pounds and whilst it looked amazing all I could think was I don’t know what’s in it and how expensive it was, and that led me to decide that I could make it for less money and I could make it 10 times more delicious!!! So I’ve bought myself 5 small kilner jars so I can make my own breakfast pots!

Ingredients:

  1. Oats
  2. Greek Yoghurt
  3. Honey
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Cacao nibs
  6. Linwoods flaxseed, pumpkin seed, goji berries

Method:

  • Pour a layer of oats in to the base of the kilner jar
  • Spoon on a layer of greek yoghurt
  • Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top of the yoghurt
  • Drizzle a small amount of honey on top of the cinnamon
  • Repeat all of the above.
  • Add a pinch of cacao nibs
  • And finish with 1/4 tsp of flaxseed mix on top

Love roo xx

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Free Nutrition Plan for 3 People!

Healthy Life wooden sign with a beach on background

To further the offering of my blog I have recently studied a Nutrition in Fitness course so that I can start providing 12 week nutrition plans to those that need that extra helping hand to get them started on their healthy living journey. To start this off I am looking for 3 lovely individuals who want to help me build my portfolio to go alongside my own weight loss success of losing 2.5 stone over the course of 12 months! So I am offering the opportunity for 3 people to receive this nutrition plan free of charge and all I ask in return is that you send me your progress photographs and measurements at the beginning, during and at the end of the 12 weeks and that you are happy for me to use these images and stats on my website, social media sites and within my portfolio. Easy peasy!

As part of the 12 week plan I will provide a list of recipes, meal plans, foods you should be eating or eliminating, important information about nutrition and eating a healthy diet as well as weekly updates (or more frequently if required) to provide support via email, facebook messenger and I would also recommend using the My Fitness Pal app and I will monitor your daily intake and advise on where you are doing well and where you can improve.

If you would be interested in this please email me at roo@rooderennes.com with the following information.

  • Current weight
  • Current measurement of thigh, hips, waist, chest and arms
  • Goal weight and goal measurements
  • What diets / weight loss techniques have you tried previously?
  • What did you like about it?
  • What didn’t you like, or what made you stop?
  • Dietary requirements (please note that if you have any serious dietary issues it is best to consult your GP prior to making any major changes to your diet)
  • Are you currently training / working out?
  • If yes, please supply further details; what training are you doing, how often and how long do you work out for?
  • Please send 3 photos of yourself in tight fitting clothing (front view, side view and back view)

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2015. I will contact the successful individuals by 9th March. All other applicants will be offered a 10% discount off the nutrition plan fee once it is fully launched later this year as my way to say thank you for showing interest 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you!

Love Roo xx

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Myth Buster – Muscle won’t turn into Fat or vice versa

muscle and fat

Roo Boy and I were having a big discussion about this the other day and it triggered me to write this post because it is definitely one of the biggest myths out there and it’s a phrase I often use but the meaning isn’t literal; “Let’s turn that fat into muscle”. This scientifically cannot happen.

When this is said you are not chemically and magically changing your fat into muscle, you are replacing it, in that you are burning and losing fat whilst building muscle and tone so that you are replacing what you see when you look at yourself. Let’s set the record straight; fat is fat and muscle is muscle. They cannot become one another just as much as I can’t turn my finger into a toe!

In the reverse of this if you stop working out your muscle will not convert in to fat. In fact the more muscle you have the more it will help you to burn fat. When “muscle turns into fat” what is actually happening is that you are not working out and therefore not working your muscles so they can start to slowly reduce in size, you might start consuming more calories than you are burning and therefore not burning the fat, and the fat is going to start getting stored around your body. This is just fat being fat by nature and not your muscle turning into fat!

Hopefully that’s cleared that one up and Roo Boy and I will be able to sleep at night knowing that I’ve spread the word and helped people to understand what is fact and what is fiction.

Love Roo xx

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How to Keep Active At Work

Woo hoo! over 53000 steps in one weekend, what can you do?!

Woo hoo! over 53000 steps in one weekend, what can you do?!

I had the idea to write this post about a week ago because I see and hear so many people using the fact that they work in an office or work long hours as an excuse for putting on weight or struggling to lose it. This absolutely DOES NOT have to be the case. And as if to prove my point my work has decided to do a health and fitness awareness week to help all it’s staff to realise the importance of staying healthy at work. As part of this awareness week my employers are running a pedometer challenge where 10 teams of 5 people have to walk a total of 2500 miles over the course of a week. Thankfully all of my team members are just as fitness crazy as I am so we decided to put ourselves forward for this challenge and there was a prize for the team that walked the furthest – challenge accepted! My lovely colleagues nominated me as their team leader and we will be taking part in the pedometer challenge and I felt this tied in nicely with the post I was planning to write!

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