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Sit ups

So I’ve never been a fan of situps, in fact out of all the exercises I do it’s my least favourite, that & press ups ๐Ÿ˜ซ

This machine is my God send, so straight forward, easier & works the stomach just the same ๐Ÿ˜

Sometimes I do situps the harder way with my hands behind my head pushing myself to the point my stomach hurts then other times I just use this, I call it my cheat machine ๐Ÿ˜‹

If defo helps when you’ve never done sit ups before & just starting out or your having a lazy day but still want to exercise with ease, this is me today, yh it’s only Tuesday but I think the morning run took it out of me ๐Ÿ™„

Anyway i initally started with 30 a day now at 50 with & without this little tool, but I love it because it give a you that extra push ๐Ÿ’ช

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Arm workouts

Working those arms with a variety of moves with my weights ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

Before I even had weights I used to use tins of beans & any other tins I could find in the cuboards, it’s still heavy & works the same ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

The weights I use now are from good old eBay ๐Ÿ˜

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Staying motivated

We all have moments in our fitness journey of feeling tired, drained and even sometimes a little bored of exercising even being a fitness freak which I have become. You have bad days where you can be stressed with money, work, relationships, family or just in general having too much going on in life that you just haven’t had a break in so long that life gets too much for you.

This has been the case for me, since leaving my last role where I was for 5 years it was almost like a wake up call go sort my life out, being 30 and not where I want to be I finally realised that in life I can’t wait for things to happen I have to make them happen which is why I initially got back into fitness and then I thought why not do this for a living and inspiring others which is what I am now doing as a coach, it’s very motivating because I’m helping people daily through sharing my journey on social media, through signging people up to my fitness programme and helping them lose weight and most importantly it means that I myself have to keep a healthy and lifestyle if I am the one that’s helping others to do the same.

But with doing that whilst juggling work through good and bad days how does one stay motivated, because let’s face it we have all had those days where we don’t exercise more at least 2 days and it’s a slippery slope to your old ways. It’s been 3 days since I have worked out due to be tired, stressed and super busy but again excuses are not going to get results, rest days are good an all but just like it’s easy to get into fitness it’s easier to get back out of it so here are some tips to stay as motivated as possible:

1. Music – music is life, it gets you through very bad days and definitely motivates you through exercising whether you’re in the gym or going for a run. I have a few playlists I have in Spotify and I have created my own as shown below:

2. Old pictures – look at old pictures and see how far you’ve come. Just started your journey? Look at pics of you now and ask yourself what your not happy with, use that to get you started.

3. Inspo – Obviously social media is so powerful for getting motivated, the hashtags on Instagram from #fitness #running #exercise #weightlossjourney can all provide you with so many people on the same journey as you, #weightlossresults is my fav before you can see so many posts of people that have had a drastic weightloss result which is so motivating and inspiring. If they can do if what’s stopping you?

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself, so okay it’s not your cheat day and you cheat, enjoy what you’ve had and carry on, my biggest mistakes back in the day was eating something I shouldn’t of an I’d thought I’ve cheated so I may as well binge on crap all day and start again next week, no that’s not the answer. Carry on eating healthy straight away, not tomorrow and not next week, one cheat is not going to kill you.

5. Have a journal, I bought two this week, one for my business and one for my fitness and weightloss journey do not includes daily calories, weight each week, all measurements and thoughts of the day, cheats and feelings almost like a diary. Most people use apps like my fitness pal but I think having a pen and pad is better because when your craving something naughty you can get your pad and write down how you feel, it’s therapeutic and it’s something better to do then being on your phone all the time, plus by the time you’ve added anything in your pad your cravings will be gone.

5. Healthy breakfast – this starts your day off nicley, it means your most likely to eat well all day.

6. Exercise first thing in the morning. I get that some people are just not morning people, I wasn’t either, everything is about routine, do something so often if becomes like second nature, just like a healthy breakfast it kick starts your day in a positive way and at least it’s out the way so when you finish work you can put your feet up. Also if your a runner like me or want to start out or join a gym you have the pleasure of knowing it’s quiet in the morning so you can pretty much have the gym or park to yourself and whislt it’s summer you can enjoy those bright mornings before those dark winter nights come around.

7. Buy some clothes in the size you want to go down to. I have loads that I never threw away and I will be wearing them soon. They are hanging in my wardrobe ready to be worn, I try them on every few weeks and there is no feeling then seeing that they are slowly starting to fit.

8. Set yourself competitions, with me as a runner I try and beat my time with every run, with routines such as the wall sit again I try and beat my time, knowing your getting better and stronger is fab motivation.

9. Sign up for something. I did the Birmingham marathon a few years ago and I’m thinking of doing something like that again. It’s something amazing to look forward to and it’s a reason to keep healthy and train and also a holiday, I really want to go away this year and a holiday is the perfect motivation.

10. Finally reward yourself every week, fortnight or month with a treat for all your hard work, new jeans, bag, trainers, whatever you fancy, again it’s something to look forward to and it motivation to keep going.

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21 day challenge in June

We all have them โ€ฆ insecurities about our bodies:

Iโ€™m too fat
I have bingo wings
Why canโ€™t I have abs like herโ€™s?

Throw that self-doubt out the door & stop comparing yourself to others. LOVE YOURSELF for who you are because thatโ€™s what makes you unique!

Loving yourself means treating yourself right, so if thereโ€™s something you want to improve about your health & fitness, do it โ€“ but do it for YOU โ€“ not for anyone else.

Iโ€™m starting a 21 day challenge for June which combines fitness, nutrition, meal plans, a workout plan & loads of support/advice, all aimed at getting you into the best shape of your life!

Message me for details!

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Hungry or bored?

What’s the one thing we always do when were bored?

EAT ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿซ

You’re not hungry, you just need something to fill the boredom, so how do we do that?

I have created a list of things that I find helps & things I enjoy snacking on if I am actually hungry & not bored.

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Results so far

I must say my results so far from my fitness & weightloss journey is pretty shocking๐Ÿ˜ฎ looking back & seeing how unfit/unhealthy I was before๐Ÿ˜ž seeing how far I’m come, how much weight I’ve lost (around a stone ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ’ƒ) & actually keeping it up, I’m so proud of me ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

Its never too late to start something new for the better.

If you want to start a new & exciting health & fitness journey to lose weight/get in shape or become a coach with full training & support given were you can also lose weight/get in shspe as well as inspire others & earn an income then click the link below or message me.

https://linktr.ee/mayapalmerfitness

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10 exercises, 10 minutes

Gotta love Fabulous magazine when they have a section on exercises ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ

10 minutes & 10 exercises, theres a few I already do such as the squats, lunges and pressups but I can’t say I’ve ever done hip bridges, superwoman or the raise and curl ๐Ÿ™„

Will be adding these into my routine from tomorrow, I always love adding new exercise moves into my routine ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ

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So far I am defo seeing results within my body, I properly started this whole weightloss and fitness journey in March/April and I remember when I was younger, like in my 20s I could easily lose like 5 pounds a week, through hard core exercising and healthy eating, it’s defo true what they say about getting older and if being harder to lose weight, I’m 31 in a few months and I feel I’ve worked so much harder then I did 10 years ago and it’s like I am waiting a lifetime for results for patience is the key, one thing I noticed straight away was my attitude and confidence, I am constantly more happier and positive, I am less stressed and I am more confident with posting images of myself working out or after a run with no make up on because I have found something I love and no one or nothing else matters, no opinions or the fear of what people will think because I started doing what I love and cared about everything else around that less.

Every morning I wake up in excited to go on my morning runs, I’m excited to so some home workouts and when people ask “how do you get up at 5am and run” erm the same way you get up every morning and brush your teeth or make a coffee of smoke, it’s a routine that I have got into and it’s just now part of my life.

One thing is for sure this is the longest in years I have kept if going for with the exercising and healthy eating, so far I have dropped a dress size, lost once a off my waste and arms and as I said before I just always happy, if only mode doctors would suggest exercising when people are depressed rather then giving them a subscription of pills like they did with me in the hope of getting better when really I just needed to work my butt off.

Anyway I hope you find those images useful, because as it says, just 10 minutes of 10 exercises everyday can go a long way ๐Ÿ˜Š