Project Become Good at Shit

 

How I prep for ‘Project Become Good at Shit’

If you follow me on Insta you may have seen im currently going through project become good at shit. To put it simply, Im now training to become better at things, that includes speed and strength.

 

Here’s a few things I mean:

 

  • Ran another half marathon, I did this as Penelope Pitstop
  • Learn to do a handstand, pending without a wall
  • Learn to do more calisthenics moves, pending…
  • Increase speed, achieved through plyometric work

 

& I get so many questions asking me how im doing this, so here goes:

 

  • I got a personal trainer, to become good at something you need to learn from someone that’s a master… enter Adonis my new PT

 

  • I’m eating more & focusing more on my nutrition, think increased cals due to an increase demand for my body

 

  • I supplement, im still trying to get my period back so magnesium, Maca & pro-biotics are a must.

 

 

  • I’m using more sports nutrition products – think Whey Box vegan protein, electrolytes & hydro-melon to help me on long distance runs or really intense sessions.

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  • My sleep is more important than ever, below 7 hours and don’t speak to me

 

  • My pip and nut obsession has gotten a bit out of hand, im averaging on 60g a day… is that weird? Have you see their new flavour?

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  • Im attempting to find more balance & listening to my body – I only train max 5 days a week with 2 complete rest days now where I literally do nothing. Probably hungover.

 

lol..

 

How to transform your Tupperware lunches…

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Thanks my little love nuggets… ew cringe lol xxx

 

Healthy Hacks for the Office

arnel-hasanovic-375269-unsplash.jpgOne of my most asked questions is how i’m coping from going from a full time personal trainer to a full time office worker. I’m hoping to film a full vlog for this but I thought i’d share with you some healthy hacks…

/ Get walking on your lunch break

I was used to being on my feet all day everyday and although it’s nice to sit down now I do get itchy feet… so I head out at lunch to help clear my head & get my movement up for the day.

/ Stay hydrated

This is the one hack I’m actually loving – i’ve started using a smaller water bottle and i leave the top off it so i can easily swig at it. From having a smaller bottle it encourages me to get up from my desk to fill it up. The smaller bottle also makes it easier to carry to and from the office and is a lot better for the environment and my health from carrying an Evian or a big 2l one around and then changing it every few days.

I’m loving this BPA free one Ion8 Leak Proof bottle from amazon. This one is designed for your workouts too so ideal if you’re a gym head like me!

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/ Be prepared

When you get in from work it may be tempting to just sit on the sofa, but preparing yourself for the next day will make the next morning so much easier. I pack my gym bag and sort out all of my food so when I get to office i’m not left unprepared and then having to go to the vending machine.

/ Gym in the morning

I dunno about you but my office gets so bloody hot in the afternoon that by 5:30pm im exhausted. I tend to have clients in the evening sometimes so getting my workout done in the morning means it’s out the way and I dont have to worry about it.

/ Pack ya snacks

I’ve become a right snacker at my desk so I opt for lower impact foods (less calories) like making a mix of bran sticks / berries / granola or having things like veggie sticks to snack on.

I hope these help! Will update you when i’ve found some more I can share with you!

 

Chlo xx

 

 

8 Thing I learnt Since I Decided to Live My Best Life

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*ALERT DEEP SHIT ABOUT.TO.GO.DOWN.*

Making changes is bloody hard, I’m waiting to meet someone that genuinely loves change because it can be really scary. In the past few months alone I feel like I’ve learnt so much about myself, my mindset and the energy around me – from reading to visiting my shaman or chats to my step dad or  even situations with friends that I’ve been in and while sat on a plane reflecting on it, I really want to share with you what I’ve learnt and hopefully you can take something from it.

1) I’m the only person that has to live this life.

Every decision I make is mine. I chose whether I go left or right, love or hate, say yes or no and that’s my biggest power. It took me years to realise that I shape my own destiny, my choices are mine and nothing is for definite if I don’t want it to be. I have the right & the opportunity to change anything I’m not happy with. We don’t have to just settle.

2) I create my own opportunities.

I found myself looking at successful people thinking ‘ ah right place, right time’ or ‘how do they do that?’

I was lucky in that I found my industry and what I loved while at uni, I started working and didn’t really have to worry about the money, again very grateful and lucky that I was in that position.

I loved what I did but I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I had no clue where on earth I actually wanted to be either.

I kept going for just under a year and suddenly a job position came to me. It’s only been 2 weeks into my new job as a producer but I swear to god I actually thought someone was pranking me and pinched myself when I realised I got paid to do the work that i’m doing.

I don’t want this to be a post of bragging about how happy I am or a reflection that I haven’t been happy – I’ve always been happy, I’ve just learnt a lot recently.

My aim for this post is be sharing with you what I have learnt and any tips… so,

enjoy the ride and enjoy the journey of grafting even more…

oh & be careful what you say on social media, you never know who’s watching

(it’s more of less how I got my job)

3) I can find an opportunity in every situation.

If something goes wrong, there is always an opportunity lying around there somewhere.

Whether it’s something I’ve learnt or something I’ve got to do, it’s still an opportunity. In a shit situation, I now TRY looking for the lesson that could be learned from it, trying to take something from every situation – every cloud & all that.

I’m trying to use it to learn something more about myself.

e.g you ate an olive when ordering a mediterranean platter, hated it – lesson? Ask for it without olives next time.

Ok na that’s a silly example but do you see my point? I hope so – I’m trying not to give too many examples because I’ll end up making them way to personal….lololololol. Must.remember.anyone.can.read.this. lol. FYI I love olives. & I’ll eat yours too.

4) Sometimes I’ve got to take a step back before I go forward.

Some would say I actually had it all, relationship, very good job, money, family and friends yet when you spoke to me I was exhausted, not that interested in anything outside of my bubble, miserable and not because of anything in particular.

In the past few months I’ve made some huge changes, and as much as I’ve always loved my life, it’s clear now that making the changes was right for me. It took me a long time to take a step back and look at it from the outside.

Personal Training wasn’t my initial career choice, I knew I wanted to help people but one to one training limits how many people I can reach. I need more, I just wasn’t entirely sure what the more was.

I felt trapped and ‘ordinary’ on a path some would say ‘i should be on’ and for someone like me that lives a little dream in their heads most of the time, often, to move forward you have to let go of the past…

then my new job opportunity came around.

5) Your vibe attracts your tribe, but you still have to be careful who you let pass the initiation.

If you’re a regular watcher/reader of me you’d know I’m massively into energy whether it’s chakras or simply mindset. I am a huge believer that your vibe does attract your tribe as well as your opportunities (see para above if you’re a skimmer).

I try to Give off good energy by working on myself and my own mindset and  I’ve found that better energy comes with it….

But I’d still assess any situation, sometimes I confuse people with having good energy when actually they are energy demons (suck your energy out of you).

Your good energy may attract people but try to make sure you’re investing your time in people with similar or better energy than you – stay mindful of who you let in your energy circles… oh my god y am I such a hippie.

6) Kill them with kindness

When things get tough or our egos bruised it’s often a lot easier to turn the hurt into hatred.

I’ve actually found that forgiveness works a whole lot better

– it’s nothing to do with them but more for ourselves. When I am able to forgive those that had maybe done wrong suddenly my whole mindset shifts and it’s a bit like nothing is holding me down anymore.

At times where I’ve put people down just to make myself feel better it learnt that it doesn’t actually work, it tends to weigh me down more as I’m focused on what I don’t like rather than what I love.

So if you’re reading this and you’ve ever upset me or done wrong, I honestly forgive you, wish you all the best & I hope if I’ve ever done you wrong, you can forgive me too.

7) Gratitude is key

Jesus sweet Mary. This is something my stepdad over the years has tried to cover with me but I ‘hadn’t been ready’. I never knew what he meant by this until I was in fact ready. He told me to say things I was grateful for, I tried it – didn’t get it, left it.

What I’ve found is if we can be truly truly grateful you can’t help but smile.

It doesn’t have to be massive, it could be something like right now ‘im grateful for the fact I’m have my fingers to type away to share what’ve learnt’ or it could be bigger like ‘im so grateful that I have the most supportive friends and family I could ever imagine’.

I get it, this sounds so pretentious and lardy farty but please just try to say 3 things you’re grateful for each day, just to yourself or write them down – keep going and then try not to smile.

Here’s mine today:

1) I’m grateful to my family and friends for supporting me in every opportunity and crazy idea, thought or thing I’ve ever had – shout out to Chloe United (if you know, you know, you know?)

2) I’m grateful to Pro:Direct for taking a chance on me to be their producer for their new launch – I feel stupidly honoured – especially to Jonny for approaching me about it, ya ledge, I owe ya a pint. Or 5.

3) I’m grateful to social media for giving me the opportunities I have been given recently – special shout out to Instagram ma main boy, peace n love.

8) Not everyone is out to prank you

Ha lol. This comes down to the mindset part that still needs a bit of work. If you haven’t read into it before then I strongly recommend looking into ‘Growth and Fixed mindset’.

(my stepdad will probably ask me to tell you to please don’t confuse this with positivity and negativity, it’s actually ok not feel positive while having a growth mindset.)

  – or just contact mark and get him to give you a brief.

To sum up quickly a growth mindset is where you believe your talents are not fixed, you can grow as a person e.g ‘No one in my family has made it in football, but I will graft and believe I can’… A fixed mindset is ‘No one in my family has ever been good at football, so I’m not.’ *apologies for the football references, please go with it).

The past few months I can honestly say have been amazing, I feel like I’m in a bubble of happiness and growth yet I still regularly have moments where I think it could all come crashing down or someone is in fact pranking me and I’ll wake up from this dream in a moment

Mark spoke to me saying that this is signs of a fixed mindset where I’m not believing I deserve these opportunities. I’ll let you know on any developments for this one.

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This blog post was 1000% not intentional to be bragging about how happy I am right now or implying I used to be unhappy – I certainly wasn’t unhappy, I just had grown. I feel in the past few months my head space and myself as a person has grown so much and I started all this social media shiz to share with you guys everything I learn on my way and this is something I just had to share.

I really am living my best life & hope these things I’ve learnt can help you live yours too.

Life iz gd.

Chlo x

5 Things I learnt in Jan

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Im not invincible /

Ha this is a funny one, but it’s true. During Jan my gut flared up & my central nervious system kinda gave up in the first few weeks. I quickly jumped straight back into work and was working long hours & opting for quick easy foods which weren’t welcomed by my gut! I had to actively take some time to myself to work out exactly what I wanted.

My health means more to be than I first realised /

Jan I spent a lot of the time trying to juggle with being a ‘fun 21 year old’ & with what’s important to me. I drank over my birthday & ate some foods that irritated me but I can hand on heart tell you guys now there is nothing better than when you feel good in yourself and for me, I feel good when i’m at my healthiest. We think because 90% of the time I am so healthy that when I give myself something not-so-healthy that my body struggles to cope with it – feb goal? Health first, social expectations last.

Self Care is tough but important /

It’s actually really tough to put self care as a front priority especially when life is so busy. I sometimes found myself stressing about fitting in my bath for christ sake! haha.

I absorb other peoples energy /

My biggest one is that I often let how other people feel dictate how I feel. To reduce this I am starting to practise more mindfulness and working on my chakras – lol im turning all hippie. My biggest chakra blockage tends to be my heart and that’s for a variety of reasons but it means I find it difficult to let people in… so this feb i’ll be working on keeping love.

I’ve achieved so much while I was 21 /

Jan alone I had so many opportunities and while some were extremely overwhelming, it did mean I was able to reflect on what I have achieved the past year. On my birthday at the end of the month I looked back over the year & suddenly had an overwhelming shock and gratitude flood through me… here are just some:

  • I became stronger as a person than ever before
  • I was able to stick to promises I had made myself
  • I graduated with 1st class degree while training to be a person trainer
  • I’ve booked to see the world
  • I’ve started my own business & it’s growing…

 

What did you learn in jan?

Chlo xxx

Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Fat

Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Fat

 

Feel like your constantly trying to shift fat? You’re probably not alone but i’ve been doing some research for you guys & here are the top reasons you might not be losing the fat that you’re wanting….

  • Estimating portions wrong

This is a huge one because although you may not be eating loads and loads. So many of us are really unaware about the portion sizes and calories can creep up without us realising. For example a table spoon of nut butter may not seem a lot but it could be 200 cals+, same with the amount of olive oil you drizzle on your salad to increase healthy fats. I would never ever say to cut out these foods or to opt for lower cal foods as they have so many benefits for the body but I really would recommend weighing out your foods & investing in some scales to keep portions reasonable.

Try this as a guideline:

Meat & protein: Palm Size

Starchy Carbs : Size of clenched fist

Green Veggies: 2 hand cups

Fats: Thumb

  • More common – not eating enough!

This is actually one that so many ladies come to me with. Serial dieters suffer from this because we are constantly told from the media to eat less & move more. However, the issue is that this often leads to us undereating drastically what our body needs so instead of losing fat our body with stop losing the fat to survive & stop cell growth from this like hair, nails and giving us lovely skin. I recommend getting a professional to help you work out the amount of food you should be eating – holla if you need some help!

  • You’re Way too stressed

Increased levels of cortisol (stress hormone) is said to lead to weight gain while more research suggests that those who have less than 6 hours sleep at have higher levels of grehlin the hormone that stimulates hunger! If you’re feeling quite stressed I recommend a bath, turning your phone off & getting some early shut eye – not possible? Try practising some yoga or going for a walk instead of your usual weights/HIIT session.

  • Don’t Eat Enough protein

Protein is not only the building blocks of our muscles but can help speed up metabolism and keep us fuller for longer. Try going for 1-1.3g of protein per kg of body weight & if you’re really active increase it more. Guidelines suggest 30% of your diet to become from protein.

  • Relying on Gym sessions

Staying active through out the day is so important to help calorie burn, it will be less strain on your body & will go nicely with your high intensity workouts. Don’t rely just on that hour in the gym, get up from your desk as much as you can to get some steps in. I recommend investing in a Fitbit or similar to keep your steps up![amazon_link asins=’B019VM3CPW,B06X9K4V7Y,B01LW2TH3Y’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’hlohodgkinson-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’0d68e437-f9ee-11e7-aa3b-a5be7356686b’]

 

 

Do you have any tips?

Love Chlo xxx

Top Picks: Trainers for every occasion

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 10.08.26.pngWith active wear booming, i’m going to make it easier for you to understand… Ok, so if you follow me on insta ( @chlohodgkinson ) you may have seen me sorting out active wear wardrobe and the amount of messages I got about how many trainers I have was hilarious. I also get a lot of questions about which ones are best for what, so i’ve broken it down you guys and here are my top picks:

For Weightlifting:

For running:

For Gym Training sessions:

For Beyond The Gym:

What are your go to trainers? Are you as obsessed as me?
 Love Chlo xxxx