Confessions of a Fitness Blogger / #8

WHAT A FITNESS BLOGGER DOESN’T LIKE AVOCADO?! The ever so stereotypical food just doesn’t do it for me. I mean, I would eat it if I had too, I don’t hate it but the texture of it being soft and smooth makes me cringe a little bit. The taste is fine but if something is going to be creamy, let’s just leave it to the real stuff [cream I mean].

In all honestly though, you know those pictures bloggers put up of like avocado on toast in some fancy deli? I actually really want to try that… but for now, avocado can stay away out of my food [esp salad, VOM]

Any health foods you hate?
Chlo xxx

Summer Fashion / Hunted Vintage

A trip to Brick Lane for the vintage shops is a must do a couple times of the year for me, I like different clothes that you can tend to find on the high street. So when the opportunity came to work with Hunted Vintage, I was buzzing.
Hunted Vintage, [let us do the hunting for you], is exactly what it says on the tin. They hunt down the best of  the vintage & if there is something you’re really into but can’t find, they’ll do their best to find it for you.
I chose this sweater dress because i’m a big fan of casual clothes, I tend to chose comfort over anything else. This dress isn’t like what i’ve had before & it will be defo joining me in Spain on my hols and at Bestival this year… weather permitted of course!
You can check out hunted vintage & their range here….

The Thoughts / March



It’s finally spring! The weather may not show it but the countdown to summer has begun and it’s time to up our game…


Quitting smoking/

A study found that if you’re trying to quit smoking the it turns out going cold turkey is the best. So chuck ’em out and spend your money on something healthier this spring. Source

Long Working Hours & Heart Disease/

University of Texas Health Science Centre’s study team analysed health records for 1,900 individuals during a long-term study about the work environment and conditions. They found those who worked 55 hours a week had a 16% high risk of Cardiovascular disease than those who worked 45 hours, with 35% higher risk for those working 60 hours a week. So, with the days getting longer, it’s time to relax a little a longer too. source


Crank up the Music/


The Journal of Positive Psychology found that listening to music “can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent,” according to Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education. So, sack off the pre workout and get listening to a decent playlist… My favourite workout playlist at the moment is ‘Rage Radio’ on Spotify. source


Say Bye to Sugar/ 

Single mum of 3, Janey Holiday, set up ‘making things easy.com’ to help ladies live a healthier and happier life, offering motivational podcast’s to keep you on track as well as nutritional facts, this lady keeps you inspired and motivated through out the whole course. You can quit sugar and get fit using my favourite cardio! High-intensity interval training with this SUGAR HIIT programme, is sure to torch fat, increase your fitness and stable your mind. Start your sugar HIIT journey here.

HIIT it with NetWod/ 

Online workout’s are no longer a thing of the past, however, have you ever done a live HIIT class from the comfort of your own home? Now you can, Netwod.com offers professional coaching via a two-way video. You can grab a 7-day free trial which is even better, everyone loves a free trial. Join me & start your Network journey…

My Life / Healthy Intentions

The weeks of disappearing off to London & the illness has finally vanished, I’ve now got time to really focus on earning some money, working hard in the gym & saying no to those galaxy golden eggs. I mean, that’s when you’ve realised you’ve eaten too much, like when you actually go off creme eggs & ‘have’ to move onto something else…

So last week was my first week back, eating clean and training dirty & this week I’m determined to keep the fit train moving. Being someone that’s obsessed with organisation, setting goals have always been something that helps me stay focused… here is this week:

MONDAY/ 

Ab-solutely ab attack
I ‘train’ abs quite a bit, I like the pain when I laugh the next day and I love the burn, it always makes me feel like I’m one step closer to that 6 pack. However, recently ab training has been half-hearted. This week I’m going to follow the HIIT max ab workout 1 – you can buy yours here.

TUESDAY/

Smooth up a smoothie
I’m such a bore when it comes to smoothies, I find one I can tolerate and that’s it, I stick to it. I’m going to try to be more adventurous… this is what i’m trying today 

WEDNESDAY/

Fasted cardio
‘Tomorrow I’ll get up and do fasted cardio early’ *turns the alarm on snooze*… if I’m not at uni, getting up for fasted cardio seems to be fine… sometimes. Recently, however, I’ve had a mare, I really enjoy fasted cardio (cardio before eating in the morning) but I just can’t seem to get myself out of bed on my day off! This week I will…

THURSDAY/

Get to bed early
I’m a sleeper, I can sleep anywhere and at any time. I can be catching flies within 10 minutes of the train leaving the station & on car journeys to London would be asleep before we even hit Exeter [15min drive from my house]. Although I can sleep anywhere, I need to still get to bed early, if I don’t  I can be miserable, honestly horrible [more than usual] & also crave food… 10:30 lights out. The Early bird catches the worm and all that…  women’s health gave us some sleep facts here

FRIDAY/

Stop bingeing
The end of the week, I’ve trained hard and eaten well & now uni is out for the weekend, sugar tends to be on the front of my mind. Not one chocolate bar will do, I tend to have 3 plus a bag of chocolate too. I’m a serial binge & although nearly kicked my habit of weekend bingeing, now my bingeing sometimes happens on a Friday, instead. Well, not this week….

SATURDAY/ 

Make it 3 weeks without drinking
Work have started putting me in for a Sunday shift, 10am-5pm. The perfect excuse for me not to go out on a Saturday night because no way will I get up and ready to work for 10. That feeling of waking up on a Sunday with no hangover & actually doing something with your day, is a feeling of pure bliss… it’s also a bit of a money saver.

SUNDAY/

Rest & Relax
I hate rest days, they are boring &, by the evening I feel fat. However, rest days stops me over training, which I do all the time, I then crash & crave crap. This week, I’m going to try and enjoy my rest day….

Follow me on Insta @chlohodgkinson & on twitter @chloehodgkinson to see if I complete my intentions.