Ben Nevis Blog – I’ve never climbed a mountain guide to climbing the tallest mountain in the UK

Planning our trip to the Scottish highlands and climbing Ben Nevis

Ben what? Is what I said when my friend suggested a weekend trip to climb Ben Nevis. Not the cleverest response but I had not actually heard of Ben Nevis as I’m not a very outdoorsy, country kind of girl but I do like to try new things, so of course, I said yes.

Expectation vs Reality – Ben Nevis

I had this idea that we would be going on a nice little walk up the mountain wearing matching crop tops and leggings and do an amazing Instagram photo shoot at the top before returning to the car. How wrong I was.

If you’re planning your trip now, you better stop thinking about the above and concentrate on what’s to come. The Scottish highlands are absolutely breath taking, the views are to die for so it is well worth it and an amazing experience but mountain climbing is not a joke. This is not a hill you are walking up and it can be very dangerous so please pay great attention to what is to follow.

Safety first – climbing Ben Nevis

The mountain summit is only visible 30 days of the year in a cloak of mist that is so dangerous people can quite literally walk off the edge.

The plan – climbing Ben Nevis

We went in a group of three girls and luckily one of us had done it before. I would recommend a group of three or more for safety and if you can, bring someone who has done it before. Even though people kept asking me if I was going as part of a guided group I don’t feel this is necessary at all. Perhaps in strong weathers it would be advisable but I think if we had payed someone to show us how to walk along a path I would feel pretty mugged off, just saying.

What I find quite amusing is people kept asking me if I had been training for this and I can say the answer is no. Not really at all, I just decided in incorporate more and lengthy walks on the stair master. 45 minutes in on the stair master I was absolutely shattered and I was really questioning whether I would be able to do it at this point but it was too late to cancel now. We booked the trip roughly three weeks before so there wasn’t really any time to make any drastic changes anyway, whether I wanted to or not.

My Ben Nevis shopping list:

  • Waterproof trousers – Amazon £14.99
  • Fleece – The North Face £50 reduced to £30
  • Waterproof Jacket – Karrimor, Sports Direct £75 reduced to £35
  • Thermal Socks – Primark £3
  • Walking Socks – Sports Direct £6.99
  • Thermal long sleeved top – Gym Shark £30 reduced to £15
  • Ski Gloves – Amazon £11.99
  • Waterproof back pack cover – Amazon £6.99
  • Back Pack – Nike £25
  • 1 litre water bottle –USN Amazon £4.49
  • Snow boots – Dare2be £115

Other things that I already owned include:

  • T-shirt
  • Fleecy leggings
  • Scarf
  • Snacks – go natural bars
  • Waterproof case for mobile phone
  • OS Locate App
  • OS Maps

Luckily for me there were three of us. I am not the most organised so my friends brought the additional essentials:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Plasters
  • Rehydration tablets
  • Whistle
  • Tiger balm
  • Heat patches
  • compass
  • map

Travelling to Ben Nevis

We booked flights from London to Edinburgh. I don’t believe it makes a huge difference whether you fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow but we found cheaper options to Edinburgh.

Flights cost in the region of £50 return if you’re up for dodgy Ryanair. Left on Friday morning and returned Monday evening. We decided to go for 4 days as this gives us a two day window so we could decide what day to climb – weather dependant.

We stayed at the Premier Inn Fort William, £228 for three nights in a family room – very good price, within walking distance to the station, town, Morrisons and McDonalds.

We hired a car from Edinburgh airport from Hertz. This is great as you don’t need to get a shuttle from the airport. Most car companies are walking distance from the terminal. £104 for one driver, car rental and insurance and then a £200 deposit. It was very quick to both pick up and return the car and that’s coming from the worst driver ever – but that’s another story.

What I had imagined was having a nice relaxing Friday to prepare myself for the walk the next day however this was far from it. I left my house at 9 am and didn’t get to fort William until 9 pm. Please believe the whole journey was TWELVE hours and it was mentally exhausting. Not only did I drive to the airport, the waiting, the flight, the more waiting, the driving for like 4 hours and then the checking in – god help me I was exhausted. Please bear this in mind if you’re travelling from London, or anywhere to be honest.

Climbing Ben Nevis

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It was about 10 degrees and windy in Fort William, for me this is freezing. I wore two socks, boots, leggings, sports bra, gym shark top, Nike t-shirt, fleece, and jacket. I packed my waterproof trousers, scarf, gloves, water, snacks, phone, waterproof backpack cover all in my bag.

We fuelled up with porridge, fruit and crumpets. Lots of carbs to give us lots of energy and then we were ready to go.

Ben Nevis is around a five minute drive from Premier Inn and has a car park and visitor centre. We parked up for about 9 am and were ready to go. There are a couple of different paths up the  mountain but we took the obvious route – the tourist path or alternatively called the pony track.

I have to say we were extremely lucky with the weather. In Scotland it literally rains every day, and it did on our trip apart from the day we decided to climb. We had a clear sunny day – couldn’t believe our luck. Literally on the other days we were there I could barely walk to the shop without blowing away down the road. The weather was so extreme there was a yellow weather warning for heavy rain. I think if we had planned for a different day we wouldn’t have been able to attempt it due to safety.

As you are probably doing now, I read numerous blogs that state that the first quarter of the hike is steep and then it flattens out. This is not true at all. I found that it was very steep just after the half way point, very hard on the legs. The first quarter you are walking on mainly large rocks, you have to keep your eyes to the ground to avoid any slips and trips but it is very beautiful and you find after about 30 minutes you are already reasonably high up with lots of lovely views. We were even lucky enough to see a rainbow.

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I started off at the bottom of the mountain feeling absolutely freezing, with the incline walking I quickly warmed up and was able to remove my raincoat, fleece, and t-shirt so just wearing the thermal long sleeved top.

You get to see all the stunning mountain streams, walk across little bridges and even a waterfall. At about half way you reach a lake, here some walkers can take a different path and then start their decent down the mountain. Many walkers stop here for lunch or snacks and refuel/ recharge for the rest of the trek.

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This ascent to the summit includes a combination of steep rocky pathway and flattish gravel pathway. As you get higher and higher you start to see frost on the floor, we even experienced a bit of snow fall and it was at this point we layered up, t-shirt, fleece, gloves and coat went back on. We also were unable to see the bottom of the mountain due to the mist surrounding Ben Nevis. I think it was now that I was starting to feel the strain on my legs the most. You could neither see the top nor the bottom and it was constantly on my mind, ‘ when are we going to get there’, ‘how much longer’.

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After four hours we reached the top of Ben Nevis, what an achievement. At -11 degrees and actual frozen hair. Yes I said it, the hair on my head was frozen, I had crunchy hair. We took a few pictures on the tallest point and in the little ruins up there and quickly began the decent. It was absolutely freezing at the top, just taking your gloves off to take a quick picture was too much. I think what kept us going was the great sense of achievement and all the other walkers at the top with the same great energy, it really is  quite something.

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It took two hours to reach the bottom. Quite tough on the knees walking down and again you have to keep your eyes on the ground to avoid any accidents. You also don’t warm up as much going down so I kept all my layers on until the bottom minus the gloves. Again I felt absolutely fine on the decent but during the last quarter my feet were aching considerably and I was very focused on sitting down.

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When reaching the bottom we had a little sit down and recover then quickly drove back. Our whole trip there and back took 6 hours which I was very pleased with. After the best shower I’ve ever had in my life, it was time for prosecco and pasta, YAY.

Looking back – climbing Ben Nevis

On reflection, it is so scenic along the route so well worth it just for that. I don’t think it was as challenging as expected if you are of reasonable fitness, and far better than I had anticipated.

Phone coverage up Ben Nevis

Also another point to add, for those concerned about phone coverage I didn’t really experience a signal issue, perhaps it cut out now and again but nothing too concerning. The main issue is the cold, as you go higher and higher the battery drains very quickly. One minute it’s 80% the next it’s switching off or on 1% so I would only take it out if absolutely necessary AKA Instagram picture time.

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My advice would be to make sure you go at your own pace. We saw people running up and down the mountain, sorry not for me. When you think you can’t go on a second longer just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and keep going. For me, I found that when I stopped or sat down for a minute it was 10 times harder to start again.

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Additional facts about Ben Nevis:

  • Tallest mountain in the UK
  • 1344 meters
  • Based in the Scottish highlands – Fort William

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Overcome fitness setbacks like the experts

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Let’s turn a fitness setback into a comeback

It’s impossible to give 100% 100% of the time. Don’t be too demanding on yourself, you need to give your mind and body time to rest and recuperate.

Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiasts suffer from setbacks. This is normal as you cant keep top of your game 24/7. So when you feel like you’re not doing as well as usual, don’t beat yourself up about.

Here are some top tips on preventing a set back before it happens:

  1. Too busy at work

No one loves a nap more than I do. That feeling when you get out of bed in the morning and you think ‘how much longer until I can get back in it’. The truth is you have enough time, you just need to make sure you make the time. Going to the gym is an excellent refresher away from work and boosts your health and immune system. You don’t want to work yourself into the ground as all you’ll end up doing is getting sick. When you’re sick you can’t work or exercise so you’re losing out on everything.

Best advice for this is to keep on top of your priorities and use the gym as ‘me time’. Fitness shouldn’t be considered a chore or some horrible extra job you have to attend to, it should be enjoyable. Try and change your image of maintaining your health and you will find more time for it – trust me.

  1. Lose all motivation to work out

I think this happens to everyone,  no matter how ‘fit an enthusiastic you may be we all have a down time. You can start to try and build up momentum by searching some motivational success stories on the internet or watching a motivational video. There are so many you can search via YouTube and Google. It just takes some time to search inside yourself for what you really want out of life and what you want to achieve in the now. For some people this can take a while and you need to mentally in the right place to start your fitness journey again. Just have faith, you will get there and you will achieve what you want to.

  1. Forgot you gym stuff or headphones

There is nothing worse than getting to the gym without your headphones – especially cardio. I’m not the biggest fan of cardio anyway so a minute on the treadmill feels like an hour anyway even with my music. There are some simple fixes to preventing this happening:

  1. You can pre pack and organise your gym stuff in advance. I prepare my things the evening before. When I go to work I put all my gym stuff in the back so I can go straight after work – nice and easy.
  2. You were in a rush or you pre packed and forgot your headphones – this happened to me once and I just avoided cardio. As there is music in the gym, it may not be as great listening to someone else’s ‘ top hits’ but it’s better than giving up.
  3. You forget all your gym stuff – go home and get it, this should teach you a lesson not to forget next time. NO EXCUSES.

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  1. Bad weather

As mentioned in other categories below, just as you don’t need to go to the gym to work out, you also don’t need to exercise outside. Even if you can’t justify the expense of a gym membership each month you can still exercise effectively at home by using YouTube, work out DVD’s or doing your own thing. Please see my recommended YouTubers below in 7. Travel.

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  1. The gym is too expensive

Everyone has different commitments and what may be affordable to some is not to others. It is great that there are so many gyms and facilities offering a wide range of options to suit all needs. Gyms typically range from £100 per month to £15 per month, personal training sessions around £30 – £65 per hour, classes between £8 to £30 per class and the great outdoors for FREE.

So whether you have a spare £100 a month or nothing at all there really is no excuse. Here are some of my suggestions below:

Top end: £60 – £100 +

Mid range: £20 – £60

Free:

  • Your garden
  • The park
  • Your house
  1. The gym is too busy, all the machines I need are taken

This is one of the most frustrating. You’ve accomplished finding the motivation, you’ve accomplish getting ready and getting to the gym. You’re set on leg day or arm day, you get to the gym and it’s rammed. You get on the running machine to wait for the machine you need but no one’s getting off, you get frustrated and go home. Firstly, whatever you did in the gym in contributing to  your overall health and fitness so don’t feel bad if it wasn’t the same intensity as your normal one. However, you cannot use one bas experience as something to put you off returning. There are many ways round this. Some gyms offer an online system where you can see how many people are in the gym at one time, this allows you to avoid peak times. You can try various different times of day to avoid the peak after work rush. My favourite time to go is weekends, the gym is often fairly empty and I can access all the equipment easily.

Find a pattern that works for you and in no time you won’t be making these excuses any more.

  1. Travel

This is a tricky one as everyone deserves a break. I’m sure you didn’t book your luxury 5 star holiday to be stuck in the gym all day? Well I certainly didn’t but if you do a bit of pre planning you can make sure you don’t miss out completely.

I normally pack one or two exercise outfits and a resistance band. If possible pre plan by booking a hotel that has a gym within the vicinity. Try and make use of the outdoor facilities if you don’t have a gym. If you’re on a beach holiday go for an early morning job along the beach. Nothing like sand to tone those legs. Alternately, go for a swim in the pool or the sea. If you’re in the countryside go for a long hike or a run. If you’re in the snow mountains, ski, snow board or go for a long walk. Now if none of these options appeal, you still have no excuse as you can get onto YouTube and search – Hotel Room Workout. Some of my favourites are:

Now no one is suggesting you go every day of your holiday as I don’t think you would be able to call it a holiday then. It’s just good to go now and again to keep your body active and healthy. Then once you get back into the swing of things on your return, it won’t be such a shock to your body.

I hope at least on of these hints and tips gives you the inspiration you need to get back into focus and achieve your goal. Don’t give up.

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Sweaty Betty Live – SB LIVE 08/09/2018

Last year I attended Sweat Life – you can view my blog post here: www.keziafitco.co.uk/sweatlife-festival-2017/  so this year I thought I would go for something different and see what SB Live is all about.

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It is advertised as the wellness event of the year, with the best of fashion, fitness and food all under one roof. Not to mention his was the 20th birthday so expectations were high.

They were offering:

  • Talks
  • Workouts
  • Healthy food
  • Beauty area
  • 25% off Sweaty Betty clothing
  • 20% off everything else
  • Goody bag worth £70

There were 3 ticket options:

  • £35 – one class, talks and £70 goody bag
  • £40 – two classes, talks and £70 goody bag
  • £60 – unlimited classes, queue jump, talks and £200 goody bag

And three time slots:

  • Morning (8:30 – 12:30)
  • Afternoon (12:30 – 16:30)
  • Evening (16:30 – 20:30)

We went for the 2nd option – 2 classes included, and we opted to get there at the crazy time of 8:30am on a Saturday. Please believe this meant to getting up at 6am on Saturday morning – dedication.

Pre purchase you are unable to view the class availability so we were initially very disappointed. After spending £40 we logged into the class booking site to find most of the classes were full and there were few with ‘limited spaces’ remaining. I can’t really say we had much of a choice but we were able to pick one yoga session and one sweat session.

The event took place in the city in a very large warehouse type building. The Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

The first class we opted in for was:

Another Space Yoga

This class worked on strength and flexibility in equal measures. It combined traditional yoga movement with a dynamin flow to raise your heart rate. Not as relaxing as the yoga that I’m used to but was a new experience.

And the final class was:

Third Space Metaburn

This high-intensity metabolic conditioning workout using a mix of weighted upper body and lower body exercises combined with cardio intervals for a super-toned body. Building up to 7 exercises or eliminating back down to build a lean and strong physique.

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Unfortunately there wasn’t the time to attend any talks.

We took advantage of the photo opportunities around the venue, had a browse in the shops and bought some healthy food to refuel.

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Due to a mix up on the door I was actually given a VIP wrist band so was able to access the exclusive VIP area. In all honesty it was nothing special – there was a nice relaxed chill out area to sit down and eat your food away from all the crowds. They handed out free drinks and Duck and Rye were available to do your hair I believe free of charge.

Hair dressing doesn’t interest me as no one there would be able to do my hair. I don’t think I would have the energy to do more than 2 classes so for me it wouldn’t be worth the extra £20.

As my friend had the standard pass and I had the VIP I was a able to compare the goody bags. In the picture below you can see the contents of mine – pretty good freebies. I think the contents to come up to over £200 as well. The Murad cream is £51 and the top is worth £40 so that’s £91 already.

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Contents:

  • Tea Pigs
  • Eyeko Yoga Mascara
  • Murad nutrient charged gel water
  • Urban Veda soothing day cream sample
  • Sweaty Betty top
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Tangle Teezer
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Milk
  • Primroses Kitchen Museli
  • Brave roasted peas
  • Bounce protein bite
  • Pulsin bar
  • Oskia eye cream
  • Emily veg crisps
  • Ape coconut puffs
  • Fresh Vitamin Nectar
  • Sukin foaming facial cleanser
  • Pretty Athletic workout glow
  • 20% off Sweaty Betty voucher
  • Psycle free class

My friend had the same goody bag but smaller. Had the same contents minus the dry shampoo, Murad cream, tangle teezer and tea pigs. So I would say about £80 worth of content less.

It was a really fun and active day out. Great change for a weekend activity as it keeps you healthy and active and differs from the normal drinks on a night out.

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Wearing Pretty Little Thing

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Health Benefits of Turmeric

Why is everyone so obsessed with turmeric? People are raving about it, all the big coffee chains are adding it to their lattes and there are even cooking books dedicated to turmeric. To find out why keep reading.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric:

  1. Anti-Inflammatory properties
  2. Pain relief – studies have shown it to work as well as ibuprofen
  3. Improve liver functions – due to its antioxidant abilities
  4. Digestion – can even be used to treat IBS
  5. Reduce the risk of cancer
  6. Natural Medicine
  7. Reduces depression
  8. Reduces period pains
  9. Reduces Acne – add to your face mask to have clear smooth and healthy skin
  10. Fights age related diseases.

Health Brands and stores are going crazy for this everyday spice. Shop shelves are over flowing with turmeric tablets, teas and snacks. Restaurants and coffee shops are adding to it everything they can from juices, coffees, shots and cakes.

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Thinking you might find it hard to add this magical ingredient into your daily routine? Here is an easy way to kill your evening snacking and add this magic spice to your daily diet:

Recipe

Turmeric Latte

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serving size: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 Teaspoons of agave syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon of nut butter
  • 1 Cup full of soya milk
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a pan apart from the cinnamon and soya milk. Put on a low heat and mix until runny. Add in the soya milk and stir until boiling. Pour into a mug and add cinnamon. Serve straight away.

Best enjoyed as a late evening treat. If you feel something sweet or craving one more snack before bed try this. Not only is it filling but it’s healthy as well.

Here is the finished product:

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BEWARE: Turmeric stains very badly so try not to spill it, especially on anything white. Also clean your teeth straight after consuming to avoid a yellow smile.

Enjoy 🙂

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Meditation

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Meditation helps you to progress in having a healthy mind. People always focus on a healthy body but we often neglect our minds and this is without question the most important part of us to care for. How can we be healthy if our mind is not? How can we be successful and happy with a mistreated mind? Meditation encourages our minds to slow down to benefit the body and soul. Meditation is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts, just as you would retrain your body to look a certain way or to perform a certain activity.

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Many people practice meditation in order to increase awareness of yourself and surroundings and one of the most popular reasons is to reduce stress. We live such busy and stressful lives sometimes we forget to stop and take a moment of peace. Rather than being tangled up in the speed of life and all the negatives that come with it, take some time for yourself. Work on generating a positive mood and outlook, increase your self-discipline, become healthier, improve your sleep pattern and increase your pain tolerance.

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Meditation is very popular and many celebrities regularly practise. Big fans are:

  • Madonna
  • Katy Perry
  • Russell Brand
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Paul McCartney
  • Nicole Kidman

The list above shows a few big stars who regularly practice meditation and regularly promote the benefits.

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My first experience of meditation – Gong Meditation:

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You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. I wore jeans and a top but most people wore sweatpants. To be honest I think next time I would choose something a bit more comfortable and you are supposed to feel relaxed. I suppose wear whatever you put on when you get home from work and want to chill out.

On arrival, you remove your shoes and enter the studio. The instructor had laid out all the pads, pillows and eye masks out and you were able to help yourself to blankets. As I had never been before I did not bring any additional blankets and pillows but you had the option to. I was surprised to see an older woman next to me had literally brought her whole bed with her – portable mattress included. Next time I may consider an additional pillow but nothing more was necessary as the mats were thick and blankets were available. I suggest checking with the class organiser to see what they provide prior to arrival.

I went to a gong meditation so this consists of someone playing a gong in the background as you meditate. It was very relaxing, you lie down, the instructor says a few words, and then you let your thoughts pass through your mind. In order to relax I started to think of positive things. It is hard, as you are not supposed to actively think but then I found myself thinking about not thinking. I guess this is something that takes time and much practise. On this occasion, I actually fell asleep and woke up 10 minutes before the class ended. I do not think you are supposed to do that and thank god, no one noticed. I was obviously able to relax due to falling asleep and after an hour, when the class came to an end I did feel very relaxed and rejuvenated.

I was quite close to the front as I got there early – I recommend doing this to receive the most benefit if you attend a gong meditation. It was very soothing listening to the sounds of the gong and the other instruments (not sure what else was there as my eyes were closed). I definitely heard a singing bowl as well. On occasion, I could hear the instructor walking around the room with the instruments, which created a nice effect. This provided the people at the back of the room a nice opportunity to hear the sounds clearer.  They could then receive the same experience as those at the front.

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I know there are many different types of meditation and I look forward to exploring them all in the future. I will share my experiences with you as and when I attend each class.

 

You can find classes local to you via meetup – https://www.meetup.com/

I went to a lovely class is Chesham local to me.

 

Now I have a couple of questions for you guys:

Can you recommend a specific type of meditation that I can explore next?

Can you recommend any meditation classes that are in the London are?

Appreciate your help 🙂

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Weekly Commitment

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We all have dreams of what we want to achieve – let’s make them a reality.

You can get one step closer to achieving your dream by making a weekly/ daily commitment to yourself. This can be applied in all walks of life, not only health and fitness – be it your career, studies, wealth or health. To be honest they all tie into each other some way or another.

My focus at the moment is getting beach ready. I have 14 days until I’ll be by the pool in France, Singapore and Thailand and I really can’t wait. I just want to push myself the extra mile before I get there so I can be proud of the changes in my body and take some AMAZING pictures. I also want to reduce the guilt I feel when I’m pigging out on all the lush exotic foods.

Tip 2

I’m sure I speak for many people when I say, when I booked the holiday 2-3 months ago the initial excitement wore off and you fall back into normal life and routine. There’s no initial burst of motivation as you simply think – ‘I’ve got ages’ and ‘I’ll deal with that closer to the time’, but how many of us think when the time comes ‘why didn’t I start earlier’ or ‘I wish I did this’. Anyway not saying I’m fantastic as here I am with 22 days to go but better late than never.

 

My 10 point commitment this week:

 

  1. Go to the gym 5 times
  2. Do something active each day
  3. 4 litres of water per day
  4. 3 meat free days
  5. Burn at least 1600 calories in cardio alone
  6. No naughty food (natural sugars only)
  7. Stretch for 15 minutes at the end of each fitness session
  8. Meal prep
  9. Add three new exercises to my workout routines for each body area
  10. 3 lower body work out sessions

Tip 3

These may seem obvious and they are but with life getting in the way we forget or make excuses. It’s hard to stick to the ideal so my commitment to myself is to stick to my ideal for the next 7 days. This is my genuine plan but life can get in the way and things are missed. If this plan is stuck to for a significant amount of time you will see the positive changes and difference you want.

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Today is your day

To start fresh

To eat right

To train hard

To live healthy

To be proud

 

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Mildred’s Vegan Restaurant

This is the first truly vegan and vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to in London and I have to say I was very impressed. They have four Locations across London – Camden, Soho, Kings Cross, Dalston. I went to the Kings Cross restaurant.

When you arrive they ask you if you’ve been there before and if not they check that you know that it is a vegetarian restaurant to avoid disappointment. I assume most people who attend would know in advance, as this is why they are here but you never know.

When we were seated we were asked if we had any allergies or intolerances and handed the menu. For a change almost everything was vegan and the few options that were not were clearly marked. It’s nice to go to a place where they assume the opposite to the norm. They assume you are vegan.

There is quite a large menu to choose from and the mains are all very large and filling. I didn’t get a starter and I don’t think I would have managed one if I had. I was very full by the end of the meal which is unusual for London.

I went for the chicken katsu curry as this is my favourite dish at Wagamama. I can’t say it tasted much like the one in Wagamama but it was very tasty. The texture and taste of the mock chicken was really good and it even looked the same as meat. As a meat eater it is an excellent alternative and I could quite easily eat this on a daily basis instead of chicken.

It is very reasonably priced at under £25 for main and alcoholic drink.

The only downside is that you cannot book in advance. When we arrived we were notified there would be a 20 minute wait so we decided to have a drink at the bar. This was not an issue for us but if in a rush this situation would not be ideal.

I very much like the idea of becoming vegan and I have read so much about the health benefits and understand the value it has on the planet but I honestly don’t know if I could do it on a permanent basis. I know it sounds lazy but I feel like it would involve a lot of reading ingredient labels and be quite inconvenient when socialising – restaurants and dinner parties. I would love it if I could eat like I did in Mildred’s every day but somehow I feel that wouldn’t be practical as I would have to spend hours in the kitchen ever evening. I am very interested in perhaps doing a 7 day trial, if you’ve done one or you are vegan let me know and drop me some advice.

UPDATE: I’m on day 6 of my vegan diet – check out the new blog post here:

https://keziafitco.co.uk/2019/01/10/veganuary-living-6-days-on-a-vegan-diet/

Thanks!

 

Wood Roasted Mushroom and Ale Pie, Minted Mushy Peas & Fries:

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Chicken Katsu Curry:

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8 Habits Of Highly Healthy People

  1. Routine:

I cannot stress how important having a routine is. It can seem boring when looking in from the outside but this structure is set up for success and reduces the chances of failure. Eventually this will become habit and you won’t need to think about what’s next. Having a routine makes a healthy and fit lifestyle easy to accomplish.

When starting out, you may have lots of plans for you new lifestyle. I would recommend that you don’t completely change your life over night but instead incorporate little changes day by day or week by week.

As I always say, if you stick to something for a month, day in day out, you won’t ever have to think about it again. It will become normal and a habit – GOALS.

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2. Go outside

Sometime we have lazy days, we are all guilty of it. Make sure you always spend at least 30 minutes actively walking outside. When possible always walk, take the stairs etc to try and get in those recommended 10,000 steps. Pop to the shops, walk instead of drive, walk that extra bus stop down, offer to take the dog for a walk or even better – go for a run, just do whatever it takes.

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3. Drink Water

This is my biggest struggle. Unless I’m working out and actually REALLY thirsty I tend to forget all about water. Try and drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Remember if you add this to your routine it should be easy in a few weeks.

Drinking water helps you to increase energy to keep you on top form throughout the day. This will help you to maintain your focus on your daily goals.

It gets rid of all those toxins that we come in to contact with giving you clear, fresh beautiful skin and boosts your immune system.

There are so many other benefits as well including;

  • weightloss
  • Mood boost
  • Headache cure
  • Save money (water is free)

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4. Balanced Diet (but don’t believe in dieting)

Never start a diet that isn’t sustainable. You will need to change your diet but this is a change you have to make that will last forever. This eliminates all fad diets, short term low calorie diets or anything of the sort. You need to find a diet that incorporates all the healthy food groups so you don’t loose out on any key nutrients.

You need to limit the sugar and the carbohydrates and increase the protein to promote muscle and decrease body fat.

Please don’t cut out any food groups as this is not sustainable for the future.

If people ask me what diet I’m on or what I do the answer is is that I’m not on a diet I just eat healthily. I still eat naughty food now and again, no ones perfect and it tastes good 😉

Remember diet is DIE with a T.

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5.  Get enough sleep

Going back to point one, routine, you really should have a regular bedtime. Your body craves consistency so schedule bedtime like you would other important things you do.

When you are sleep deprived you are unable to focus and this prevents you from performing your daily duties well. This also affects your mood and can make your day a worse than it should be.

With enough sleep you will look so much better, your skin can clear up, your happy and a delight to be around.

Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same area of the brain. Those of you who are starting your weight-loss journey should ensure that they up their rest as well. This will help speed up results.

For adults the recommend amount of sleep you should get is between 7 – 9 hours daily. Saying that, science has shown that more than 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even death so don’t get carried away.

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6. Look on the bright side

When you are positive it attracts positive things. Meditate, drink water, be happy. Only you are in control of how you think and feel, no one else. When you think positively about things you reduce stress and are more likely to achieve your goals – a healthy fit life.

If your feeling really down make a gratitude list. List 10 things you are truly grateful for each day. This can change on how you reflect on your day/ life.

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7.  Meal Prep

I am a big supporter of meal prep as it makes keeping on track and saying healthy a lot easily. Its quite tricky finding something healthy to eat out and about on the go and when you get really hungry its easy to fall in to the trap of buying something unhealthy. We’ve all been there and done it but if you have a tasty prepared meal to hand its much harder to get tempted.

When you eat regularly and often this cuts cravings and keeps you full and satisfied for longer. Not to mention the amount of money you can save. Eating out every day at work can rack up a serious bill at the end of the month.

Joe Wicks Lean in 15 books are a good source for finding easy meal prep options – I’m a big fan. You can find them on Amazon.

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8. No Excuses

If I can do it, you can do it. No excuses, be strong and stay motivated.

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Why do People Jump on the Bandwagon Instead of Thinking for Themselves?

There are so many fitness trends out there at the moment, ranging from clothing, classes, diets, you name it and most of them cost ridiculous amounts of money and offer you no actual benefits.

The sad truth is, marketing campaigns feed off the laziness of the population. They know you want to loose weight, get fit and feel fantastic, whether its fitting into that amazing dress, getting married or a pregnancy snap back, they are feeding off your desperation to achieve your goal with minimum effort in the quickest amount of time.

If its too easy, its not going to work. I believe this applies to most things in life. DONT get scammed!

Top 5 diet scams:

l. Weight loss cigarettes

Banned in 1958 – claimed they would help you loose 20 pounds in 8 weeks if you smoked one 3 times a day.

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2. Sensa

This is a powder you sprinkle on your food. This enhances the smell and the taste so makes consumers eat less and loose weight without dieting. This powder is supposed to make you feel fuller for longer so no diet required. Celebrity endorsed crap.

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3. Any kind of skinny wraps and creams

L’occitane ‘Almond Beautiful Shape’ cream promised that you would loose 1.3 inches off your thighs in 4 weeks, was a complete scam. People who bought into it remained as fat as ever, just well moisturized.

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4. Slimming pills

A lot of people should now know the risks due to the recent deaths of individuals documented in the news. Most of these pills are just very dodgy, and we have no real way of identifying what it is that is in them as they often purchased from unregulated websites. Stay well away as they can damage your body and could even result in weight gain.

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5. Caffeine-infused underwear

Yes, you read correctly. Caffeine-infused underwear that promises to destroy fat cells. For $55 you can own a pair and be reshaped in no time – not.

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This is just looking at the extreme end of the spectrum but many of my friends have fallen into similar traps. This is due to seeking that quick fix but the main issue is lack of education. When starting something new, the first step should be to educate yourself on the topic. Read!

If you want to succeed in anything in life you must find experts and talented real people and learn from them. Read books, watch documentaries and listen to podcasts. This will help you learn the skills you need to be great and achieve your goal.

Day after day I hear people talking about how they are going to the gym whilst munching on a bag of crisps or eating  chips for lunch. Some even order very expensive juice cleanses and give up half way, body wraps shipped in from America, waist trainers suffocating you all day, is this really life? Why don’t you pay your gym membership, get some sexy outfits and crack on.

Every successful gym goer will say, there is no quick fix, it is a LIFESTYLE change so anything less than this will NOT help you. Trust me.

On many occasions people ask for my advice, I always offer it but ultimately you can only help yourself. We are our own worst enemy. I am a strong believer in that you can only achieve what you really want. Mind over matter.

This may seem harsh but it is reality. If I sat on my sofa all day and never went to work whilst complaining that I’m not rich I’m sure I would be told to get off my ass and do something about it. Its very unlikely you will get anything in this life with no effort, you have to get out there and earn it. Simple.

Keep Motivated

 

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Guilt free pancake day

Pancake day is a great excuse to binge out and stuff our faces with sweet and savoury treats. No need to feel guilty as its pancake day right? It’s cheat day come early but x1000, and who even needs to think about calories or how many? We’ve all been there and done that, and who says you shouldn’t? I’m all for enjoying myself and food really is my idea of enjoyment, but what if there is a slightly guilt free alternative?

When I’m really hungry on a normal day, and I mean really hungry, I will make myself protein pancakes. I find them quite heavy and a lot more filling than most dinners to be honest so you really have to be Starving!

The recipe below is very quick and easy and your pancakes will be with you within 10-15 minutes. I’m quite unusual as I hate the thin, crepe style pancakes, I only do the thick American style ones.

American Style Protein Pancakes:

Ingredients:

  • 100g oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • water (just enough to mix)
  • Toppings of choice

Blend everything together apart from the toppings. Add enough for a pancake, to the heated pan containing coconut oil. Fry each side until done. When you have enough and are ready to eat you can decorate with toppings.

My favourite toppings are:

  • Lemon
  • Maple syrup
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Blue berries
  • Fruit coolie
  • Grenade chocolate spreads
  • Melted My Protein chocolate
  • Pecans

The results should look similar to this:

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Even though this recipe is super easy there is also a cheat method. You can buy MET-Rx Supreme Protein Pancake Mix 300 g for £3.74. It’s on sale at the moment (usually £4.99). It comes with a scoop already so all you need is one scoop and 100ml of almond milk and your good to go. Easy peasy.

Each scoop contains 35 g of protein and its suitable for vegetarians.

Happy pancake day, you deserve it!

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