Living the simpElle life: Mollie

Welcome again :) 365 days of 2014, 365+ days of living the simpElle life. The final one in the series.

This fortnightly mini series which started almost one year ago in 2013 - Living the simpElle life - is where I talk to someone who has been empowered to change.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and I hope that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Mollie Millington 

I met Mollie through the blogosphere a couple years back! As well as blogging, Mollie is a London-based personal trainer and wellness coach. She also coordinates RODS Racing social media. 

 ...here's Mollie's story...

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What were your plans / goals?

Mollie: Originally I started running in 2005 for a local RSPCA fundraiser. I played recreational football and thought running would help me play too. I developed Achilles tendinitis which made me turn to indoor cycling. I wanted a new competitive challenge and thought triathlons would satisfy my body's physical needs.  Most recently I have been using exercise as a way to manage stress levels and support RODS Racing (rodsracing.org).

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to work out?

Mollie: Dancing, but I don't get to do it very often.  Second favourite would be indoor cycling with some great tunes.

Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule?

Mollie: I just started marathon training so I have been running 5 days a week. It is a 25 week training program with a slooooow build up.  My work is a mile from my house which means I am lucky enough to cycle commute every day. We adopted a dog 10 weeks ago and I take him on 3-4 twenty minute walks a day. I am amazed how much weight I have lost with walking alone!

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Mollie: This is a tough one.  I go through phases where I am super-motivated and others where I am over-committed and completely disinterested in exercise.  I make vision boards with images of strong women from my old fitness magazines and hang on the wall. I also hang every race bib up to remind me how far I have come.  Of course, the RODS program keeps me going too and my fellow London blogging friends.  Those girls are tough!

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Mollie: When I was preparing for my wedding 4 years ago, I was lifting 3 times/week, eating right, and running.  I toned up and actually had biceps!

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Mollie: I try to drink 2L of water a day when I run and choose 'whole' foods as snacks (anything in its original form- apples, nuts, raisins, hummus).  Unfortunately, I have a Diet Coke dependency problem.

- {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Mollie: I used to use a Nike fuel band but now I rely on Strava as I am mostly running and get more info about my training progress.

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Mollie: My goals are always changing. I register for races to keep me focused. Having a deadline helps me design a training plan that keeps me interested and fit.  Overall I want to be a strong capable woman.

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Mollie: RODs Racing plays a huge part in this.  I know with each mile I run, I am helping raise another dollar (and pound) for an orphan in need.
Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!  

Mollie: Don't ignore injuries. Stretch more. Take proper swim lessons (or spend money on anything you would like to really be good at. You are worth it!)

...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Mollie a comment below please do! 

You can also find her here:

W: www.ptmollie.com
FB: www.facebook.com/happinessPT
T: @PTMollie

If you would like to share your own story please get in touch with me: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


SimpElle Top 3 Healthy Habits

It's almost the end of the year - the time when we get wrapped up in congratulating ourselves on what we achieved over the past twelve months whilst planning what we can do for the twelve to come. So no better time than now to share with you some of my favourite fitness "hacks". The little things that become habits and add up...

As Simply Health have pointed out "healthy habits aren't just for January".

Here are my Top 3:

1. Add 'superfoods' to your meals

Chia seeds, nut butters, cinnamon and cocoa powder are great options for your porridge / smoothie at breakfast packing it with protein, antioxidants as well as keeping you fuller for longer! Half an avocado with your meals or cooking with coconut oil also provide you with healthy fats too!

2. Turn your commute into a workout

No matter your fitness level, there is an option for you! I currently cycle 2-3 days of each week which gives me 60 minutes of activity on each day. If you get the bus you could get off 1 or 2 stops early or even run commute part of or your whole journey?! The options are unlimited!

3. Keep hydrated 

When it gets colder we are less inclined to drink water. But you can trade it in for herbal teas...skipping milk and sugar results in less (if any calories!). When your'e adequately hydrated you'll feel more energised and alert throughout the day. It'll also prevent you from eating when you "think" you are hungry! I keep a bottle of water with me at all times - in my bag, at the gym, at work!

"Being healthy should be a way of life, not a New Year's resolution. Incorporating just a few simple changes can lead to higher energy levels and all round better health. So don't wait for January to kick-start your new outlook; get going immediately. Anybody fancy a walk?" Simply Health 

What are your healthy hacks and habits?! Or any you plan on implementing?! 

Elle :)  


Elle About Town, November & December 2014

As ever, it's been a busy couple of months especially with everyone and everywhere gearing up for the Holidays! This is what's been going on in and around my simpElle bubble...

Events: lululemon Pub Run 

With the new store opening soon in Chelsea, they arranged for an extra special Run Club. We started from the Covent Garden Store as usual but ran to Chelsea with our final destination being the Pub where drinks, nibbles and christmas spirit were provided. It was a short 4-5km run on a chilly evening but worth it to be warmed up with spiced cider at the other end. I couldn't stay long at the pub as I was off to the Pure Taste Launch.

Events: Sweaty Betty #SS15 Press Day

A morning for us bloggers / media types to get a sneak peek of whats to come. Everything from running, yoga, gym and their exclusive collections were available for our perusal. I fell in love with quite a few pieces including a swimsuit and some cycling specific kit! Here are a few snaps I took...

Social: Swingers Crazy Golf 

Then, it was time for some play! Can't be all work! I went along (again) to Swingers to review for the GymBox blog. Check out my guest post <here>.

Lifestyle: Meeting my life coach  

I signed up for the Windsor Triathlon in June 2015 as my BHAG. Organised by Human Race, they've organised me a whole heap of support. First up on the list was Jeff from www.the-tonic.com. His job is to support me in keeping a work life balance with my training. This was when sh*t got real. Saying everything out loud both got me a little scared as well as excited! He put a few stakes ini the ground of where he expects me to be and when which will help me to break down my bigger goal into smaller steps. He's also someone else I have to be accountable to! I mean, I could blog about all the prep for this triathlon then not mention it again after March...not now though eh?!

Classes: End of Nike Training Club Teaching 

The end of an era! Check out the blog post I wrote <here> with some of my favourite memories from the classes I have taught over the years!

Coming Up....

Physiotherapy Appointment 
As part of my Windsor Tri support, I have a physio appointment booked in for the first week of January. I've never really been to a physio before so I'm intrigued to see what I learn. I believe we'll be doing gait analysis and all that jazz so keep an eye out on the blog to see what I get from the experience...

London Winter Run 
Final chance to get a few quid off your entry and join us at the start line of this 10km on 1st February 2015! Motivation for those training for events in the spring and summer!

Join our Facebook event page too to be kept up to date with all that is going on!

What's coming up for you in the next month?! 

Elle :) x


#OfficeSpaceRace Results

Just under a couple of months ago, I took up a challenge set by Flexioffices - the UK's leading office space providers...

The Challenge -  Run a designated route (past several Flexioffice's offices on the way as fast as I can)

There was a prize up for grabs for this challenge but I just went out to enjoy some fresh air in my downtime between my activities for the day. So when I found out that I WON after competing with four other amazing bloggers, you can imagine how ecstatic I was, right?! 

The Prize?! A Nike GPS watch worth £149!!! 

It couldn't have come at a more perfect time - I've officially started my Half Marathon training this week for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on 22nd February 2015. My first training session was a SPEED session - 4x400m. My next session is outdoors with the lululemon Run Club, so I'll be taking the watch for it's first test run then! No doubt I'll have lots to share with you about my training and the watch so stayed tuned! 

For this challenge, I ran a route around Shoreditch on one of the most beautiful days in October! Flexioffices have spaces all across London <<check them out here>> from which you can create your own route! 

What's your favourite run route?! What gadget(s) can't you run without?! 

Elle :)


Review: Ozeri Rev Digital Bath Scale with Electro-Mechanical Dial

You'll know by now that I'm not a huge advocate of weighing myself. Once every two or three months on average is how much I do and usually it's half dressed as I run through the changing rooms of the gym when I teach.

When I was offered the chance to review these scales, I thought why not? They could live in the bathroom where I could weigh myself more accurately pre/post shower every now and again.

I had a quick flick through the instruction book - I like things to be simple to use. It takes 3 aaa batteries (supplied) which I slipped into the unit at the back of the scales. It calibrates by standing on it, letting it do its thing, then stepping off. The next measurement you then take will be the accurate one. The display flashes up the result and when it holds still thats the final weight.

The display is huge. Can't miss it. Huge and bright. It displays your weight in both a digital format and using the old school dial (which is actually "electric") and you can choose between kg and lbs (via a little button on the bottom you press).

It also has a 24hr alarm to remind you to weigh yourself at the same time each day. This is one setting I won't be using but for those on a weight loss journey this may come in useful.

Currently on Amazon for £19.99 you can't really go wrong!  <<Check it out here>>

Elle :) 
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