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End FOMO and start GOMO with Eventbrite

Lesson #1

FOMO (abbrv.) Fear Of Missing Out

GOMO (abbrv.) = Going Out More Often

So many abbreviations to remember!

YOLO… GOMO… FOMO… MOFO…🙂 But GOMO (Going Out More Often) is a new one that I really like.

Last month was the summer holidays and that’s when most people are out and about with their kids and just enjoying life but it’s not really a time to go out for me. Since I started my fitness journey, I have had loads more energy and have come across so many health events last month and for the months ahead on my Eventbrite app.

If you’ve never used Eventbrite before or don’t know what it is, it’s an online events planning platform and app (available on iphones and androids) – a bit like Wahanda, now known as Treatwell, but is for anything related to events. You can find everything from gigs to Knitting workshop to health retreats and business expos. You can even host your own events and post it online which can be seen on their website and app.

In August, I came across HealthFest London 2016 on Eventbrite which was a real eye-opener for me. At HealthFest I was able to get my body fat percentage measured as well as my BMI calculated, my blood glucose level and blood pressure checked and more. It was the start of my GOMO quest. Continue reading

The Yoga InstaChallenge: #TheHeartofPractice

In August I joined in on a yoga challenge called #TheHeartofPractice – it was hosted by yogi instagrammer, Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl). Kerri uploaded a post with 23 yoga poses that she had set for the challenge and each day participants would need to carry out that pose, a variation of it or if it was too challenging then something similar would be fine.

Fortunately I was able to carry out all of the poses with some variations of poses along the way. It was fun but also really challenging especially where I am only a beginner. Luckily, I still have some flexibility left in me and can perform a few of the advanced poses which I practiced more when I was younger. Here are the photos for each day of the yoga challenge.

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Yoga challenge set by Kerri Verna @beachyogagirl

You can learn how to safely do these moves on the YogaJournal website.

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Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Vegan Coconut Matcha Tart Recipe

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It’s now under two weeks away until the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning! I love baking but since changing my diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle I have pretty much given up on scoffing cakes and pastries. Don’t get me wrong I will still indulge every now and then but it would be a very small treat as I am cutting down on sugars and carbs. This is because I have had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies meaning that my chances of getting Type II diabetes later on is very high.

Last week I was invited to attend an exclusive baking masterclass held by the Macmillan Cancer Support. I was so excited to attend but unfortunately, when it came to the actual day of the masterclass my childcare fell through and I wasn’t able to find anyone else at the last minute and had to forfeit my attendance. Continue reading

The Finnish Box

This post was first featured on MeetOtherMums.com

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Photo Credit: Baby London

It was announced in August that a London hospital decided to pilot a scheme that has been a part of the Finnish maternity scheme for over eighty years. I first came across the post on the Baby London website and thought it was such an interesting topic. Upon digging deeper into the article, I came to realise that the Finnish have been supplying new mums with a ‘baby box’ that is filled with mum and baby products. The baby box is used as a sleeping place for the newborn replacing the need for a cot, crib or moses basket.

Apparently, the baby box has been proven to be a really safe place for newborns to sleep as they cannot roll in the box. It’s something that the Finnish have been doing for over 80 years so it’s a big surprise that the UK has only decided to start implementing something like this now. The baby box is also filled with many things a new mum may need from nappies to baby bodysuits to money-off coupons and vouchers for all things baby.

If the pilot is announced as a success, we may see this new maternity scheme rolled out across the UK.

Read the full story here on MeetOtherMums.com

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Snappy Happy Sundays #14

Okay, so I didn’t take this photo but really wanted to share this quote from my new mindfulness app, Calm:

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Photo Credit: Calm App #DailyCalm

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Snappy Happy Sundays #13

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An example brick made by the guys at The People’s Brick Co.

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One month on: My fitness journey so far…

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I started my journey to a fitter, stronger and leaner me.🙂 I joined the gym at the end of July and a couple of weeks before that I took up mother and baby pilates. I started off going to the gym for the fitness classes. I was taking up yoga and tried total body conditioning, ballet fit and functional classes and decided functional and yoga were my favourites.

So now my typical week of fitness classes looks like this:

  • Monday – yoga / gym (strength training or light cardio) / functional
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – mum & baby pilates or yoga or functional and gym (strength training or light cardio)
  • Thursday – total body conditioning or rest day if I’m too tired
  • Friday – general pilates
  • Saturday and Sunday – rest

It’s been pretty much trial and error with the classes I choose but I have come up with a fitness class plan for myself now and will be changing this routine pretty soon to incorporate a water workout class. Continue reading