Elle About Town: Skate & Dine at Broadgate

At the start of the year I started making a list of things to do in 2017, mainly based on things I said I wanted to do last year and never got around to. Amongst the many experiences in my list was ice skating. I'd spent many a weekend at the Sunday night disco at my local ice rink and many other weekends at Broadgate Ice Rink which was located just a short walk from my Theatre School in Barbican. I knew that the rink had moved from its usual home in Broadgate Circle but I hadn't been in what I guesstimate to be about 6-8 years. I also didn't know that Broadgate Skate rink was the longest standing ice rink in london after 30 consecutive seasons.

I finally got around to going one Sunday earlier this month and then as luck would have it I was invited down for a skate session and dinner - which I couldn't refuse.

They have sessions all through the day and weekend with each one lasting 60 minutes in total. I arrived 15 minutes early to get my skates, meet my friend, Lysianne, and put my stuff away (beware the lockers need a pound coin which is non refundable!). As soon as the gates were open we were off!

...well, kinda! I commandeered one of the seal seats for Lysianne to perch herself on so I could skate her around the rink (she's got a big cycle coming up and doesn't wanna get injured, rightly so!). If I remember rightly the rink used to be circular but now it's rectangular and a little bigger (I think). It wasn't too crowded for our 1745 session although there were a few young and confident skaters on the ice who would make me a little more nervous if I had young children with me. The rink is lit up beautifully in addition to the lights from all the surrounding office blocks made it feel like the perfect little bubble to be in in the heart of the city of london.

Before we knew it, our session was over and we'd worked up quite an appetite. Despite having walked past Rocket maybe a million and one times, I hadn't put two and two together to realise that was where we were headed for dinner so we literally walked around in circles for about ten minutes before we worked out where we were going! Worked out well anyway as we had fifteen minutes to kill to get to our booking so arrived just in time.

Rocket, located on Bishopsgate, describe themselves as a casual city dining restaurant perfect for anything from a business lunch, a fabulous dinner with great wines or a family-style meal. I loved how the restaurant part was separated from the main bar which made it feel a little intimate. We started off our evening meal with a cocktail from what was quite an extensive menu I opted for a 'Tiki Tac Toe' made with Havana Club 7yo, Tuaca, chilli syrup, orange juice & fresh lime topped with ginger beer & Peychaud’s Bitters.

If you read my ramblings regularly, you'll know that I'm currently not eating a lot of meat - I eat what I fancy and on this particular evening I was Pescatarian (we have to have a label when dining out for clarity). On the recommendation of our waiter, I opted for the Garlic & Chilli King Prawns with Avocado along with his wine recommendation of Malbec (Santa Ana, Mendoza, Argentina 2015)  when we shared our preference of a red for the evening.

Starters arrived swiftly followed by mains (I went for the Miso Salmon Fillet with Lotus Root Crisps) when we had finished. For dessert, I had the Pecan & Treacle Tart which was served warm with vanilla ice cream. The menu has a solid mix of dishes made with fresh ingredients and bold flavours; plus the service was super professional on top of a relaxed vibe.

We spent almost 3 hours in the restaurant, catching up, chatting and laughing so although I felt like every course turned up to our table super fast, I think it was more of a matter of time flying because we were having so much fun! So a huge Thank You to both Broadgate and Rocket for hosting us for the evening!

Did you make it to ice skate this winter?! Have you been to Broadskate of Rocket before?! 

Elle :) 

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How to Stay Motivated to Run in Winter

Going out for a long run on a warm day, with a lovely breeze, is a wonderful thing. But, there aren’t that many of these days are there? Sometimes, it’s too hot to run outdoors comfortably, and on other days it’s far too cold to want to go outside, especially the days where it’s dark, grey and wet. It’s exceptionally hard to find the motivation you need to put on your trainers and head out of the front door. In very bad weather, I’d recommend indoors treadmill running, but nothing beats an outdoors run, so here are some tips to help you stay motivated through the winter.

Photo Credit: @FabricForward (IG)

Have a Big Goal
The best way to motivate you to keep training is to have something to work towards. Sign up for a big race, perhaps a 10k or a half marathon. Make yourself a training program or download an app. You’re more likely to stick to something if there is a target in sight.

Set Small Targets
Big goals are good, but if you are training towards something a few months, or more, in the future, it can take a while before you start to see results. This can be de-motivating. To give yourself a confidence boost, set smaller, achievable goals.

Remind Yourself of Why You Run
It’s easy to forget. When you are busy and it’s cold outside, you can easily forget why it was you started running. It might have been to lose weight or gain fitness. Or it might have been to get some time away from the kids. You may work a stressful job or be studying an online course such as an online HIM degree from the University of Cincinnati, and have started running as a stress release. These reasons are probably still valid, so remind yourself what they are.

Get Some Layers
You are much more likely to want to go out into the cold if you know you’ve got some appropriate clothes to protect you from the elements. Light, thin layers are the best for winter running. You might also want to get thicker socks, a hat, gloves, and a light waterproof jacket.

Run Early
Get it out of the way. Go for a run as soon as it gets light. This is when you’ll have the most energy and haven’t had time to worry about it. Just tell yourself that once it’s done you’ll feel great and have the rest of the day free for your online HIM program. When it’s cold, remember to warm up with some gentle stretches before you leave the house. Then you can run straight out of your front door. You won’t even get the chance to feel the cold.

Reward Yourself
When you get in, have a treat. This might be your favorite snack or drink, or half an hour in front of the TV. Anything you like, as long as it’s healthy, to reward yourself for making it out for your run. You deserve it.

Running is a brilliant exercise. It helps you build stamina, muscles, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your stress levels. Don’t let bad weather stand in your way.

How do you stay motivated to run in winter?! 


This post was written by Maggie Hammond; She is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.


Elle About Town: Studio Sessions

I wrote a post about Wellness Trends To Watch in 2017 for Felix Magazine and shared my thoughts about the future of boutique fitness and studios...

"We predict a trend of heading back to basics, with more people then ever considering running (which is technically free) as an option, along with no frills gyms or just getting a group of friends together for a workout in your neighbouring park." [Read the full post here]

...but as with most things, I think it's all about balance. We may not choose to spend all our recreation budget on the swish gym membership each month but the landscape allows us to drop in to sessions we fancy, when we fancy. So I've picked a few of my favourite studio based classes that I've added in to my training schedule here and there to keep my workouts fresh and motivation high:

Connect at GymBox

I'm not even a member of Gymbox (but I do teach there) and I was over the moon when I heard they would be installing this software into their new Farringdon Gym. I'd been to a class last year at another gym and absolutely loved it; in fact, it was that class that ignited my passion to teach indoor cycling.

Anyway, on the day of the class I booked the software unfortunately wasn't working but our instructor, Ryan, still made sure that we go a damn good workout. Software or not, the bikes still have lights on the front of the handlebars which colours correspond to how hard you are working. Ranging from white which signals minimal effort, all the way up to red which is maximal! Ryan's playlist and programming meant that he always knew where we should be and he kept a good eye on each and everyone of us. I'm not gonna lie, it made me work a little harder than usual as I only rested in the allotted rest times. For some reason I also felt a little competitive too not wanting to give up when the people around me are smashing it!

Would I go again?! Yes! Would I teach it?! Yes! I'm hoping to get the opportunity to see how Gymbox utilise the full software in class to see if it's my kinda vibe but the premise is that the class can be set challenges and work in teams to achieve them by giving their all on the bike.

Flex15 at Speedflex London

Personally, I've always believed that you can achieve a decent workout in 15 minutes. By all means don't think that's all you should ever do in a day, every day but for the times you're short on time, 15 minutes has to be better than nothing?!

Flex15 is the latest high intensity class from Speedflex, London. Sessions are led by experienced personal trainers, using the unique Speedflex machines which are known to leave you with little to no post exercise soreness. After a 2 minute warm up, we were put through our paces, performing a series of exercises on the Speedflex machines, which automatically respond to and create resistance levels based on each individual’s force. Speedflex exercises were combined with full body exercises and followed by a 1 minute recovery.

Speedflex training is low impact, offering a wide range of benefits including accelerated fat loss, improved muscle tone, strength and bone density and enhanced power and speed. When incorporated into a healthy lifestyle, regular sessions can also help to improve heart health, decrease blood pressure and lead to long term weight loss.

So there literally is no excuse now; it's time to get back on track and this is the perfect fun filled “quick fix” workout which really packs a punch.

Lift at Frame

Photo Credit: Move Your frame website

I've always been a fan of bodypump but I've never been a member of a gym where they have it on the timetable. So when one of my favourite studios started their own version, I needed in on the action! Since November, I've attended the Lift class at Frame more times that I can count and I've even been signed off to teach it (keep an eye out on my socials where I'll post if I pick up a cover shift). The class utilises a bar and plates and is fully choreographed to tracks chosen by Gede Foster who created the workout. It's a full body workout which is low impact and without a doubt gets your heart racing! The playlist is changed regularly to keep it fresh but at the same time allowing you the chance to pick up the moves and then progress by lifting heavier.

Which studio based classes have you been loving recently?!

Elle :) 

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The Pip & Nut Toast Bar (+ Recipe)

I'm not sure if you're aware or not, but I am a huge fan of nut butters! So when Pip & Nut opened a toast bar in Selfridges this month (January 2017) it kinda had my name written all over it... Now I know I'm not the only one who is fond of the stuff so you have all the way till the 12th february to get yourself down to the Food Hall at Selfridges to check out the selection of what can only be described as gourmet toast and toppers including peanut butter, grated apple and maple syrup to avocado, almond butter and spiced seeds all of course using the all natural Pip & Nut nut butters!

Pip & Nut have only been around for 2 years but they've literally taken the market by storm (they actually launched in Selfridges too so thats a fab connection!). Pippa Murray, who founded the brand, albs launched a cookbook this month - Pip & Nut: The Nut Butter Cookbook - which features a ton of nut butter recipes including the ones you can get in the Toast Bar.

I've even been given permission to share one of the awesome recipes from the book and bar with you here on the blog... so stock up on your nut butters and have a go at this...

Marinated Strawberries and Almond Butter on Sourdough 

The savoury edge from the almond butter, sweet honey, salty sourdough and tart lemon makes this a real crowd pleaser, plus it sounds quite fancy so you'll get lots of praise from friends if you're generous enough to make it for them. It's a win-win situation.

Makes 2 slices 
Takes 10 minutes 

Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 vanilla pod, split on half lengthways and seeds scraped
About 1 tbsp honey
250g / 9oz strawberries, hulled
2 large slices of sourdough bread, halved, or 4 regular slices (thickly sliced)
8 tbsp almond butter
2 tsp pumpkin seeds (optional)

Put the lemon juice, vanilla seed and honey in a bowl and mix well with a fork to combine. Taste and add more honey if it seems too tart.

Slice the strawberries lengthways into heart shaped slices and add to the syrup mixture. Mix well until all the strawberries have a good coating.

Toast the sourdough slices until golden, then immediately spread each slice generously with almond butter. Add the strawberry mixture and top with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, if you like a little extra crunch.

This yummy recipe can be found in the new Pip & Nut cookbook...

...or in the Toast Bar which is open daily between 8am and 1230pm in Selfridges London! 

...So please tell me I'm not the only one who couldn't live without some nut butter?! ...which is your favourite?! 


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Can I Go Sub 60 For A 10km Again?

I think I've written this post in my head a million times over the past few months but subconsciously I knew that if I wrote it down, that would make it more real. It would mean I'd have to actually do it. I'd have to run 10km faster than my usual "comfy" pace (around 6:30 per km).

Image Credit: Fabric Forward

Then an email landed in my inbox from Julie Creffield of Too Fat To Run about her goal to run a sub 30 min 5km and I realised it was time to share what's actually been swirling around in my head. If you've run with me over the past few months, you'll know my goal for the London Winter Run which takes place on Sunday 5th February.

As soon as I signed up I knew I didn't want to do what I normally do... not run, suffer on race day and then wonder why I never bothered to train. So I set a goal to train and started Winter Run Club to make sure I got out at least once a week. Then chatter about times made me realise that if I was gonna train, I might as well set myself a goal time. Cos I know I could run it comfortably in around 1 hour 6 minutes... but what if I pushed myself?!

So I've taken inspiration from Julie and set myself the following three goals:

1. Best Case Scenario
2. Will be Happy with
3. Worst Case Scenario

She says "This is really useful for a 10K or half marathon, as it gives you something to focus on and work towards both in the training and in the race."

...so how have I been getting ready for this challenge?!

Image Credit: Fabric Forward

Firstly, I had a few sessions at The Running School in London. My first session was an assessment of my running style and technique. I was videoed running from the side and also from behind so I could see what I was doing (...think about it, we never see what we look like running!). Then they took me through what it would look like when I run the way they would teach me to. It definitely took a couple sessions to get used to the changes but running felt immediately less effort and I became comfortable running at faster speeds than I would ever choose to run.

I would literally come out of my Running School sessions feeling like superwoman when it comes to running. However, this didn't immediately translate to running on the road but with time, I've learnt to use proprioreception (yeah, you remember this from the Skins post?!) to check if everything is where it should be and get back to the right technique especially when I get tired.

So if I look like I'm thinking a lot when I'm running all that'll be going through my head is:

Arms... Breathe... Heels

Arms... Breathe... Heels

Arms... Breathe... Heels

My biggest take aways from the sessions were that we always started with a thorough warm up including walking (briskly) on the treadmill and a series of exercises to activate the glutes. Both of these are things I never, ever do before a race but will implement for the London Winter Run.

I've also been dipping in and out of Julie's new book - Scream If You Want To Run Faster - which features 7 techniques to help you shave a little time of your running and create some new PB's. The book is specifically aimed at plus sized runners and Julie says " [it] ...helps you to understand that speed is relative and plays no role in defining you as a runner, but it also gives you the mindset tools and practical techniques you need to grow in confidence and improve your 5k times." ...what more could we want?! The book is available as an ebook and in paperback on Amazon (let's help Julie get the book into the top 10, eh?!).

...what else?!

Apparently, I'm the last person in the world to know that the insoles in your trainers are removable in order for you to replace them with more suitable ones. Did you know?! ...so I got myself a pair from Enertor, the insole brand Usain Bolt wears cos if they're good enough for him, they're good enough for me! They are billed as having improved shock absorption, greater energy return whilst being thinner than other brands yet still providing more protection.

Image Credit: Fabric Forward

I've had them in my Brooks Ghost 9 Galaxy since the day I got them and seriously cannot complain. I've run in Ghosts before and never had any real issues but having the insoles have made the shoes more how I like them (I think it's the energy return which I love). So right now, it's looking highly likely that I'll be running in the Ghosts (with said insoles) on race day.

That's it. My running goal confession post! ...and while I have your attention on the subject of running, check out my Race Prep Guide which I recently updated (I pulled together a number of popular posts from the blog into one comprehensive guide!). It's perfect to get yourself ready for any race day and ensure you don't forget anything! ...if you think I've missed anything out, reach out to me and let me know so I can add it!!

Do you run for times?! Or is running your me time?!

Elle :)

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January: New Year Challenge Update

Well, it's like I blinked and all of a sudden we are well on our way to the end of January! Where is the time going?! ...it's been almost two weeks since I shared with you my goals for January so I figure it's time for a little update and also a chance to share what I've learnt!

Lesson No. 1 - Make Plans But Don't Be Afraid To Switch Them Up
One of my goals for the month was to run three times a week in the lead up to the Winter Run 10km. By the time I'd posted my goals I'd already smashed that for week one and all the plans were in place for me to smash it again on week two. I was all set to head to Adidas Runners on the Monday evening when the tube strike was announced and quite frankly I did not want to get stuck in London Town when I had no other reason to be there. Then, as fate would have it, it decided to snow on Winter Run Club day and pretty much every single person signed up contacted me to let me know they wouldn't be attending. Believe me, I know I could've still run as I was still at the venue at the time of Run Club but I chose not to. I did make it to parkrun as planned on the Saturday though which felt super tough but at the end of the day I got it done.

My week ended up being full of indoor cycling and a little workout at the Run For Your Buns cafe!
As for week three, I'm on target for two runs but have also spent some time on the bike and even made it to a candlelit yoga session (which felt like a workout seen as I barely do yoga these days!).

Lesson No. 2 - You Choose Your Priorities
This one also kinda ties in with learning to say no, if I'm honest. It's something I've banged on about a fair few times especially in relation to blogging itself and the opportunities that are presented. But this month I've realised that if I set myself a goal, if I want to achieve it, I need to make the steps towards that goal a priority. It's only a month so surely I can make a few sacrifices; and quite frankly, are they even sacrifices if they are helping me to achieve a goal I've set for myself?!

Lesson No. 3 - Believe In Yourself
...then others will too! This one relates to both my indoor cycling goal and my running goal. As I get closer to race day, I seem to be losing confidence in myself to run this race under 60 minutes. I'm well aware that you can't predict how you will feel or perform on any given day and that leaves me feeling just a little uneasy. At my Running School sessions, Nick and Joe suggested the best strategy to run the race would be negative splits (increasing pace for each kilometre); but I just wasn't sure I could do it mentally. So I decided to try it out in Winter Run Club and programmed an out and back route for our week 12 session. Leaving at 630pm, we'd run as far as we could until the clock reached 7pm at which point we would turn around and aim to run back to our starting point faster than it's taken us to reach the halfway mark. I felt like I pushed myself a little and tried to push even more as I got closer to the end of our distance but was a little disheartened when I uploaded my tomtom data which looked like I'd run as slow as ever. When the data uploaded to Strava though, it removed all the stationary time (from traffic lights) and it seemed I hadn't run as bad as I thought I did and had in fact managed to pick up my pace for the second half of the run! ...there is hope after all!

In terms of indoor cycling, I went away after the training with mixed feelings. I felt like I could give what was being asked however it's really difficult to practice when you don't have access to a indoor bike at your disposal anytime you wish. With a busy week, and limited studio access it mean I only got to practice my audition tracks about 10 minutes before the auditions started. It was a great experience to get to teach (for the first time ever) but I do realise that my confidence will come with more experience of teaching. Currently, I need to finish planning the rest of my session and practice it. My feedback / advice from other instructors is to not over complicate the routine as that makes you overthink it, to practice cueing the moves for those in the class and to know my music. Pretty sound advice if you ask me!

Lesson No. 4 - What You Wear Can Affect How You Feel
During the month, I've been treated with a new workout outfit every ten days and have been loving it. I'm use to kit that is 100% functional rather than being particularly fashionable but I opted for some pieces which looked like they would be both. Donning a new outfit even if it's just a new sports bra or pair of leggings alone has literally made me feel like superwoman at some points! This month I loving blues, especially navy along with muted tones (grey, black) with pops of colour (like yellow), different textures (like mesh) or the monochrome look. My current favourites are this hooded mesh sweater, this black high neck sports bra (which is also now on sale!) and these black leggings all available from the women's activewear range at Debenhams.

The only thing I haven't covered now is swimming. That wasn't a massive goal anyway; more of a way to keep it on my radar and I still have a little time to hit the pool. I'll be looking to make sure I still feel comfortable now in the water, practice my drills to work on front crawl and then work on building up my endurance in order to create some more specific swimming related goals in the year.

What have you been focusing for January?! ...have you had to be flexible with the goals you set yourself?!

Elle :)

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How To Get A Good Nights Sleep

Somehow, I thought that sleep was a topic I covered often on the blog but when I looked back, I realised my last post about tips for getting a good nights sleep was in May 2015! ...That's how time flies when you get a good nights sleep!

How well I sleep is something that's always on my radar (along with how much water I drink each day) so I thought I would share what I've been up to over the past couple of months. At the start of January, I started my New Year, New You Challenge, which I've been tracking using a FitBit Blaze. As with most fitness trackers these days, the Blaze automatically tracks your sleep (so I can't lie about the afternoon naps I sometimes need! haha!) and allows me to set a goal of how much sleep I want to get each night (currently set at 8 hours 45 minutes).

Photo Credit: @FabricForward (IG)
I've decided to share 3 (short lists of) tips with you here today, one for before bed, one for the night itself, and one for the morning!

What To Do Before Bed
* Fresh bedclothes sprinkled with lavender oil can work a treat
* Avoid caffeine too close to your bedtime (my DNA results suggested a minimum of 6 hours)
* Gentle exercise such as Yoga, or a short meditation
* Remove technology (iPhones, TV's etc) from the bedroom
* Keep a notebook by your bed to write down anything which may keep you up / be on your mind
* Read a chapter of your book

What To Do In Bed
I watched an Adjustamatic video that each of us spend a total of  25 years in bed so it should really be a priority to make sure we are comfortable! Some things to think about are:
* How many pillows do you sleep with?
* Do you fall asleep cuddling a pillow?
* Do you ever put a pillow between your knees?
* When did you last change your mattress? Is it comfortable?

You can check out the video [ here ]

What To Do In The Morning
* Use a wake up light to gently rise; they help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day.
* Get up at the same time each day (or at least within 30 minutes)
* Try not to snooze your alarm
* Create a morning routine for yourself

Do you have any other tips for ensuring you get a good nights sleep?! 

Elle :) 

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p.s this post was written by me, in collaboration with Adjustable Beds. All per usual, all opinions and thoughts are my very own ;) 


The #KProChallenge with Skins

Image Credit: @FabricForward (IG)
February sees the launch of what might possibly be the ultimate tights - the KProprium Compression tights from Skins. I was lucky enough to be one of the very first people to get to try out these tights so have literally been living in them for the past six or so weeks.

I've run in them, cycled in them, squatted in them, trained in them... I think I proved that this product is definitely for me!

What makes these tights different to any others? ...I can hear you asking! It's all about proprioreception. Proprioception is the unconscious perception of motion and spatial awareness. It’s the body’s ability to sense movement in the joints, so you’re aware of where your limbs are without having to look. It’s important for everyday activities like standing and walking, but it’s even more important during physical activity where dynamic movements and co-ordination are vital for optimal performance. When you’re active for long periods of time, the body’s ability to perform at a sustained intensity drops as the muscles become fatigued. This reduces the joint support that controls normal motion effectively, and can lead to poor form and increased risk of injury.

And this is where enhanced proprioception can help in that the KProprium tights comes in with strategically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands (PPB’s) to fight fatigue, reduce the risk of injury and improve performance by enhancing proprioception. The bands are embedded in the tights and wrap the body’s prime movers – the lower body muscle groups used most for running, jumping and rotating – giving them the support they need to stay activated and able to control motion for longer periods of time. This helps to delay the rate of fatigue so you’re able to work for longer at a higher intensity.

Added to that are the regular benefits of compression gear which helps improve your performance by getting more oxygen to your active muscles and removing waste products from the body faster.

Image Credit: @FabricForward (IG)

I absolutely love the fit of the tights, especially the waistband which is ergonomically shaped to provide additional lower back stability and core support. Other features include reflectivity, factor 50+ UV protection, moisture management and technology to optimise body temperature.

All this means that the KProprium tights are made to be the ultimate long tights for endurance training and high load, high intensity workouts... and I think I might agree.

Depending on the weather (as long as it's not freezing temperatures) these tights should make the cut for my London Winter Run race day kit. I'm counting on them to keep my legs in check for the 10km event and help me to perform as best I can on the day... they are after all now tried and tested in my book...

Image Credit: @FabricForward (IG)

If you wanna find out more about these tights, or compression gear in general, then check out the KPro page on Skins.net ...

Check out my post on The Benefits of Compression Wear  

Do you use compression wear when you workout?! Have you tried any SKINS products before?!

Elle :)

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Free Desktop Calendars January 2017

Over the past few months, I've become a little addicted to updating my desktop wallpaper with a calendar which I've downloaded each time Charlotte of Berice Baby has shared them!

This month, I've branched out and done all the work myself (Charlotte is a little busy - go check out her blog and see what she is up to!) ...I did this mostly for myself but then it made sense to share it seen as I had already done all the work! I've only created desktop versions, but if they're popular (or requested) I'll be happy to sort some iPhone / iPad versions for February! Let me know!

Happy January peeps! Please pin and share them too so everyone can save themselves a little extra admin this month! 

Download: Desktop

Download: Desktop

Download: Desktop

Let me know if you use any of them or have any particular requests for February!

Until next month, 

Elle :) 

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JANUARY: New Year New You 30-day Challenge

Dear 2017, I've been thinking about 2016 a lot in order to make it work between us, right here right now; cos just because it's 2017, doesn't mean that 2016 doesn't matter anymore. Just like when we get our tomorrow, our yesterday still exists. What I learnt from the last year didn't change much from that of the one before - being in your thirties is a whole new ball game, my body goals are not the same as they used to be, comparison is the theif of joy, the mind is a powerful tool, no doesn't mean a thing and don't waste your precious time on things and people that don't deserve it! ...look forward to hanging out with you 2017 😉 #2016bestnine #keepitsimpElle #personaltrainer #fitnessprofessional #fitnessblogger #fitfamuk #befitfam #fitpackfam #runhappy #london #londonbloggers #sweatpink #fitfluential #30plusblogs #sweat
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Now don't worry peeps, I have not sold out to the whole New Year, New You BS. But I do need a little motivation to get back into the swing of things now that January is here, because, unlike most (or am I wrong?!) when Christmas came, I decided it was time to well and truly wind down while many were focusing on how to stay active over the period, 'FITmas' and all that jazz. Don't get me wrong, I didn't let myself go, but my eating habits and activity levels were on the lower side of moderate and I'm not sorry.

So now it's January, there are less than 4 weeks until the only race currently in my 2017 race calendar and it's time to buckle down. Therefore, I've set myself a few goals, a challenge per se to get me through the month and technically it kinda is a new me as I'm not known to be good at committing to training for races I enter.

To help me make it through the month, I've got myself a FitBit Blaze, a new pair of trainers and a new fit kit outfit every 10 days from the women's sports & leisure range at Debenhams to keep me on track. Cos, lets be honest, we all love some new tech, new trainers and shiny new kit right?!

Shock Absorber Bra, Loran Jane Tights, Sketchers Trainers

Let me get down to business and share with you my plans for January: 

1. Run 3x per week 
Of course I will be running each week at Winter Run Club but if I want to make my goal time for the London Winter Run then I need to put in a little more effort! In week 1 of January I managed to hit up parkrun on NYD, then Winter Run Club and parkrun again to end the week. So far, so good. The plan for week two is Adidas Runners, Winter Run Club and the newest parkrun on the block... specifically just one mile from my front door (finally!!) .

2. Start my journey back in the pool, ready for my 2017 goal...
Now I can't be super specific about this one but I'll be able to reveal all soon! At the end of 2016, I got back into the pool and it reminded me how much of a challenge it is, but how much I enjoy it. Therefore it's defo on my list for 2017 and I'm planning to make a start this January by getting reacquainted with the water ready to take on swimming again and make some more progress...

3. Add Indoor Cycling to my repertoire... 
I think I mentioned last November that I'm keen to put my Indoor Cycling qualification to good use as soon as possible so in January, I'm keen to get some practice in on the bike. I'm booked in the new Connect class at Gymbox this month (review will be on the blog after) and will also be attending a training session for a new indoor cycling concept at a brand new studio coming to London town... so watch this pace! ...and if you have any epic tracks to recommend for a indoor cycling playlist then please leave them in the comments / tweet me / email... just lemme know!


There you have it. Nothing major, right?! ...well, January is only one month, and these are all crucial to making a great start to my year. Keep an eye out this month to see how I get on with these goals...

What's your plan for January?! 

Elle :) 

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