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Life lessons, rambles and muses on the world around us. Look out for #MondayMotivation,

GET FIT WITH F45 TRAINING

Get-fit-fast super class gyms are fast becoming all the rage, and there’s a new player in town. Lunge forward, F45 Training. An Australian-born phenomenon, F45 Training, as the name suggests, focuses on intense 45 minute HIIT workouts that hit the body hard. Classes alternate each day from cardio to resistance-based training, but each follow a HIIT format. Now F45 Training is popping up all over London, with the first opening on Tottenham Court Road. I couldn’t resist trying it out, so I signed up for a week’s trial. 7 days of HIIT, EEK! I was nervous as hell on my first day; would I make it? Would I vomit? What if I couldn’t do something?
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Just Keep Running

I’ve never been ‘sporty’ or overly athletic. As many of you know, I’ve had a 10-year saga with my body, seeing me half my body size and weight. As I’ve done this, a new love for exercise and sport has become part of my life. I’m still working on my fitness and body goals, and it’s been pretty tough. After busting my ankle in last October I was out of training for months and lost a lot of muscle tone in my right leg. After months of physio I was back in the gym but something was missing; I’d lost the love of being there. The weight I’d put back on left me downtrodden and unmotivated and I was struggling to get back on it.

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Freedom to Donate

Today’s Monday Motivation is a little bit different to usual. Instead of discussing something to help you, I aim to encourage you to stand up and take action on something that could help others, including saving lives. I’m talking about blood donation.

When I was 18 I went to my local British Legion to donate blood for the first time. As far back as I can remember my mother was a regular blood donor, and has been for several decades. So I was oddly over excited as I had wanted to give blood for a long time as I have always believed it to be something everyone should do; it’s one of the best and easiest ways to help others.… Read the rest.

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Knowing Your Own Self-worth

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Monday Motivation piece – not because I have been unmotivated myself, but because anytime I write one I want it to be as truly organic as possible. I don’t want to sit thinking, “What should I do this week?” and write whatever comes to mind. I want it to be a reflection of things actually happening.

The other day, a friend an I were swapping stories on how we both used to be ex-fatties – losing weight, losing chins and bingo wins, you know the story – and we began talking about how even though we are both in much better positions, physically and mentally, we can’t help but criticise ourselves so strongly, in relation to who we used to be. It’s amazing how much this has a knock on effect to the rest of you life; the low self-esteem you had as a youngster infects your adults life, work and relationships. The devil on your shoulder saying, “You’re not worth it, you’re not good enough”, and we let it alter our decision making and how we approach the world around us.

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