January, the month when gyms are at their busiest and everyone is full of good intentions with thoughts of a killer bikini body in their mind.
The shops are full of workout equipment, and by this stage in January most people have given up. Now, I know that sounds very negative, but statistically people ditch their new years resolutions after 3 weeks. So if that resolution was to get fit and stick to the gym it is probably out the window already.
When it comes to fitness I think most people give up due to lack of knowledge and not seeing results quickly enough. I fall into this category, I want results, like yesterday and if I work hard on my abs I can’t understand why I don’t have a six pack already! Many people fall into the trap of going to the gym and following the same routine and not seeing any changes. And when it comes to gym instructors I generally don’t have much time for them, I don’t think they listen to what you want and for women anyway seem to follow the same cardio based routine.
Last year I decided to bite the bullet and use personal trainer. Despite dropping over two stone through Slimming World I still didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be so thought that maybe this could help. I decided to go with Matt Wilson, a PT that worked in the same building as me and trained out of the gym next to our work.
I was nervous. Nervous about having my weight and measurements taken. I was also nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do all the exercises or be really unfit and embarrass myself.
My first session with Matt was really a consultation. He asked me to keep a food diary for three days before which he looked over and we talked about my goals, then came the weigh in and measurements. I didn’t feel as embarrassed as I thought I would, mainly because I was there for a reason and Matt’s friendly personality puts you at ease. I was given my programme which consisted of two workouts, meaning I would workout two times a week by myself and have one PT session.
The first programme I was got was strength training and I admit I was a bit nervous that I would ‘bulk up’ but (thankfully) I didn’t and there was also a nice benefit to my running that I hadn’t anticipated. Last year I signed up for two 10k runs and a 5k run, despite not being able to train as much as I would have liked due to injury I still managed to run them in roughly the same time as I would have after following a twelve week training plan. I also shaved about five minutes off my 5k time last year.
I had three blocks of sessions with Matt last year. Each time I lost inches and I reduced my body fat percentage. The third lot of sessions I lost 3kg in weight (about 8lbs) after saying I wanted to focus on weight loss.
Getting a PT was a great idea. It has changed the way I now plan my workouts and it gave me the kick up the butt I felt I needed. If you’re based in or around Edinburgh and are looking for a personal trainer then you should definitely check out Relentless Fitness. Matt provides a friendly, relaxed environment and he has a genuine desire to see his clients succeed. He will work you hard, but the results are worth it. You’ll thank yourself.
For the month of January Matt has an offer for 20% off and there are still a few days to take advantage of this.
You can also check out Matt’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Image taken from Relentless Fitness Facebook page
Yesterday I met some of my favourite bloggers for afternoon tea at Snuggle Muffin in Glasgow. I have been keen to try it out since the #ditchthediet night in January which I couldn’t make. I was not disappointed – sandwiches, chocolate brownies, cupcakes and of course scones with cream and jam, plus unlimited refills on tea. I was in heaven!
Along with the delicious food, the afternoon was filled with great chat and of course photographing the food we were eating.
It was a beautiful day in Glasgow, the sun was out and it was actually warm! After we finished our afternoon tea Jennifer showed us a great spot that would be good for photographs. I love when you find hidden gems in a busy city.
My outfit for the day was a Primark dress that I bought a couple of months ago. It seems when it comes to dresses with collars I am unable to resist them. I was instantly drawn to this frock because of the great bright, summery print, and of course the collar! Haha. It is also the perfect cake eating dress as it is a shift style so can hide a food baby.
I teamed my dress with a pair of pale blue ankle socks and my silver brogues, I even braved it and had bare legs for the first time this year. My silver brogues are about 6 years old and I think this was maybe the third time I have worn them. I loved them when I got them but didn’t have the guts to wear such look at me shoes.
Dress – Primark
Brogues – Office (old, similar ones here
I hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready to get back to it tomorrow, aren’t Monday’s the best!?
Last weekend we went to Cupcakes for You for a spot of afternoon tea. I bought a voucher from itison in January and finally got around to calling and booking in a few weeks ago. I am trying to watch what I eat, but I am pretty sure everything I ate was calorie free!
Cupcakes for You on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow is a cute wee tea room that would be easy to walk past if you didn’t know the area. That would be a great shame as they do one of the best afternoon teas I have had.
The tea room consists of three tables and vintage furniture. It felt a bit like you were sitting in someone’s house. When we arrived there was a table for two reserved by the window, set with table cloth and vintage crockery. We were given a list of all the different teas on offer, you can have unlimited tea and can choose to try as many as you like. I was very tempted by some of the flavoured tea but settled for (slightly boring in comparison) Earl Grey, my boy opted for chai and cardamom.
A cake stand with the most amazing delights was brought to our table. The selection of savouries was lovely – sandwiches, quiche and sausage roll. As delicious as they were I was really desperate to get onto the cakes! This is my favourite thing about afternoon tea, the fact that it is ok to fill up on sweet things for a meal. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, but when it comes to cake I do, honestly I would live on cake if it wouldn’t make me fat.
The cakes were so moist and the buttercream to die for, I started with lemon cake and Richard had the coffee cake. There was one slice of each and since we are not keen on the other it worked out quite well and I got the lemon cake all to myself. After tasting the strawberry cupcake I really didn’t want to share! Sharing the food is a nice touch because it means there is more to sample.
Once we had finished what was on the cake stand our scones were heated up in the oven. I loaded mine with jam and cream, but after just half the scone and a few bites out the other half I was completely defeated!
Cupcakes for You is definitely worth taking a trip to, maybe skip breakfast before though, you need to have a good appetite to try and tackle all the cake.