#30B430

#30B430 is a hashtag which I have created in order to document  my quest to achieve 30 different things before I am 30 in February 2018.

I will use this category to house any blog posts which I write in relation to any of the things which I hope to achieve this year so that it is easy for you to find and follow my journey!

week 22 : what have I been learning about this week? Plus the trials and tribulations of a Personal Trainer/Entrepreneur in training

Right let me update you on what has been going on in Abi’s world…week 23…

I am going to one of those really annoying people and say that I have been doing a few things this week which I need to keep secret! All will be revealed soon enough…

I can tell you about one of the projects which I have been working on though! I sent out my very first newsletter this morning! This is something which has been in the pipeline for a while. I wanted another way of connecting with you and collating my best pieces of content in one place. There will be recipes, workouts, tips, and a few other things included every week. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list then please let me know! Leave a comment or send me a message. If there is anything which you would like me to include on these weekly emails then I would love to hear from you also!

Abi Durrant Newsletter

Training has gone really well this week. I have incorporated a couple of HIIT sessions, and actually put my all into them! On Friday I did 5 sets of 10kcals on the rower…I hate the rower, but I will admit that I felt great after doing them! Then on Saturday I finished up an upper body session with some battle rope slams, 10 sets of 15-20seconds max output. I was pooped for the rest of the day!

week 23 rower sprints

My weight finally dropped a bit towards the back end of the week, as well as my measurements. I also feel better when looking in the mirror which is really my main focus. It is now less than 6 weeks until I go away. This has happened despite finding a new favourite flavour of Ben and Jerry’s….and eating a Lotus Krispy Kreme donut… #flexibledieting

I have uploaded two Youtube videos this week. The first one was my favourite exercises using a resistance band in order to get a better bum! You can check this out down below! There is also a new daily vlog on the channel.

My to do list today is as long as my arm so I best get on with finishing up week 23 strong!

Here is what I have learnt this past week!

18th: Hay Fever effects around 13 million people in the UK. (Including me now apparently!)

19th: Apple’s co-founder sold all his shares for $800.Today, they would have been worth US$35 billion.

20th: 8.7% of Facebook users ate fake!

21st: The whole of Liechtenstein can be rented for US$70,000 a night, for a minimum of two nights. It sleeps 900.

22nd: Tennis balls were white until 1972, when they were changed to yellow to make them easier to see on tv.

23rd: In the U.S., as much as 40% of produce grown is never sold or eaten because it is too ugly.

24th: A group of bears is called a sloth.

Until next week…

Love Abi xxxx

Week 18 update and what I have learnt this week!

I will throwback to last weekend (I mentioned a little bit in my Week 17 update but I was tired and probably should expand more!!) when I went to Birmingham for the Bodypower expo at the NEC. This was the fourth year which we have visited and it is something which I really enjoy. I usually come back really motivated after being around other people in the industry and speaking to them; this year was no exception. I was able to network with and speak to people who I had previously only followed on social media which was great. The most beneficial chat was probably with Jamie Alderton, I follow a lot of his work on multiple platforms but it was so interesting getting to actually speak to him, bounce ideas and get a lot of invaluable information to help my business going forwards.

Week 18 - Jamie Alderton Bodypower 2017

I personally don’t think the expo was as good overall as previous years, and in fact think it may start to decline in coming years as number of big companies decide against going, including GymShark. But who knows, I may be proved wrong and I would hazard a guess that I will still be there next year!

I went with my sister and we stayed over Friday night and had the day in Birmingham on Saturday with the intention of going shopping, however it always happens that when you want to spend money you can never find anything!! We ate out at an Indian on Friday which wasn’t great, but then had a couple of good meals on the Saturday. In the last blog post I mentioned that we would hopefully be visiting Emporium Gym for a training session, and we did do just that. It was one of the best training sessions I have had in ages, there is something about a new gym with different people in it which I love! If you want to check out my full vlog from the weekend then head on over to my Youtube channel!  Abi Durrant Fitness.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were so busy I barely had chance to catch my breath, let alone speak to anybody! But one of the key things which I have been told by my mentors is to not neglect working ‘on’ your business, rather than just ‘in’ it. Therefore I am going to be making a concerted effort to try and take half a day each week in order to try and do just that. This week it was Wednesday afternoon, unfortunately all I managed to do was catch up on client plans, youtube edits, social media posts, emails, and didn’t get chance to do anything else! I know I need to develop a better system but it is just finding the time!

It was National Vegetarian week this week and I made an effort to choose more plant based meals. I made another youtube video with a full day of eating vegetarian which I would love you to check out too!

This weekend I have another exciting one planned as I head to Stockholm on Saturday for the night to see Bruno Mars in concert! Another new country to tick off my list as I work towards my #30B430. goals.

What have I learnt in Week 18?

13th: In America, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Noah and Emma.

14th: Sellotape was developed by the merging of glue and cellophane.

15th: It took 5,127 prototypes before James Dyson believed the technology was ready to go in the vacuum cleaner using the ‘new’ dual cyclone concept.

16th: KitKats used to be called the Chocolate Crisp.

17th: The UK’s biggest export commodity is Gold (9.8%), followed by cars (9.6%).

18th: Nootropics are substances that enhance or stimulate certain mental abilities such as cognition, memory, attention, concentration, motivation, learning and generally many of the functions related to intelligence. This word, derived from the Greek word “nous” means mind and “tropes” address refers, first, to natural components found in foods and plants.

19th: The most popular names over the last 500 years are Mary and John. Most popular names in 2016 were Oliver and Olivia.

Hope you have all had a good week!

Love Abi xxxx

 

Week 17 Update and what I have learnt this week!

I know every week I seem to be saying it has been a really busy one for me, but week 17 has been no different! Last weekend I put on my second round of group sessions at the gym which were a huge success. I had 3 groups of highly motivated and encouraging ladies all giving their absolute best for a 45 minute workout. I am really enjoying delivering these sessions and really hope to be able to put on more of them in the future. I have received some really great feedback as well which is always lovely to hear. Need to finalise the next round of dates this week with the gym to keep the momentum going!

week 17 group session

I had 4 jam packed days of clients as I was taking Friday off to go to Birmingham for the Bodypower Fitness Expo. All clients did AMAZING this week, and we hit a few of incredible PRs.

Annie Hex Bar Deadlift 8 reps at 100kg

Lauren Hex Bar Deadlift 8 reps at 75kg

Hannah Bench Press PR 47.5kg

I am so chuffed with all of the above. I try and get my girls to focus on mini goals like these rather than just aesthetic ones. The looks on their faces after achieving something like this is priceless.

As mentioned, I went to Bodypower on Friday, this was the 4th year which I have been now. I really enjoy the day. It is a chance to wander round, try out new products, listen to talks and network with like minded individuals. This year I really wanted to focus on networking and speaking to different people in the industry. I had a good chat with Jamie Alderton, who I look up to immensely and follow all of his work. Some of the information he was able to share with me I bottled up and will be implementing in the next few weeks as I look to progress myself and my business. (There is also a lot of beautiful people walking around as well 🙈)

I mentioned my sister Hannah got a Bench Press PR, she achieved this whilst we were training at Emporium Gym in Birmingham on Saturday Morning. We went here for the first time last year and loved it so had to return this weekend. It is an old school bodybuilding style gym, the machines and weights are old and well used, but the atmosphere is amazing. A lot of the athletes who come over for Bodypower train here, last year we met Dana Lynne Bailey and this year had the pleasure of training next to Calum Von Moger. This was the best training session I had had in a really long time, it reminded me why i got into this industry.

‘I love lifting weights, I love the process, I love the feeling of making myself better.’

I needed this session more than I realised.

I am now home, up early and planning for the week ahead, week 17 flew by. Week 18 will culminate in me flying to Stockholm (#30B430 ticklist!) for the night to see Bruno Mars…

What have I learnt this week?

7th: The Queen has two birthdays because it would be too chilly in April to have major celebrations! The tradition started in 1748 with King George II, who had the misfortune of being born in chilly November.

8th: Gelato and ice cream are different. Gelato uses a higher quantity of milk in comparison to cream which means it contains less fat, it is churned at a slower rate which introduces less air making it less dense (ie creamier!) and it is also served at a warmer temperature than Ice cream.

9th: If you earn over £75k per year, you are in the top 5% of UK earners.

10th: Olericulture is the science of vegetable growing

11th: There are 576 billionaires in the USA, the highest of any country in the world. The UK currently has 134.

12th: May 12th is International Nurses Day and is celebrated around the world. It is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

13th: In America, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Noah and Emma.

Have a fab week everyone!

Love Abi xxxx

 

Week 16 Update | What have I learnt this week

Once again week 16 has been a strange one, I lost all knowledge of what day it was with having football on a Sunday and then the Bank Holiday. No time off for me though and it has been a super busy week with clients! I have felt like I have been trying to catch my tail all week and get caught up but to no avail. Next week looks like it will be similar as I am taking a couple of days off to go to Bodypower in Birmingham, but I have promised myself that the week after I will try and sort my time management out a little better.

Football last Sunday was amazing to see us crowned champions at Bramall Lane, plus witnessing all the celebrations afterwards. It may not seem like much to some people, but after witnessing all the lows over the past few seasons (in fact the whole time i have been a supporter!) it was finally nice to have something to cheer and celebrate. I thought my weekends would now become a bit more free but doesn’t look like it for the foreseeable future!

My sister came home for the game, which meant we went out to lunch in Malton as a family. Afterwards did mean a trip to Groovy Moos ice cream, and my willpower was in full force as I managed to only order a single scoop in a tub whilst everyone else got whopping 3 scoop cones! I tried Black Forest which was another new flavour for me to add to my list.

Considering it is now week 16, i probably need to revisit my #30B430 list and see how I am getting on. Feel like time is slipping by really quickly so much get some more plans in place!

Diet has been going really well, no late night binges or feeling hungry. I am putting this down to simply being so busy. Clients all seemed to have stepped up their game this week as well and my Facebook group has seen plenty of meal sharing ideas and photos, some of which look amazing!

Training has been enjoyable and I have been able to fit in all of my sessions this week which I am chuffed about. Next week may not be quite the same, but we will be training at a gym in Birmingham which I am looking forward to!

Right what have I learnt in week 16?

30th: Only 10 teams have achieved 100 points in an English football season

May.

1st: May Day was introduced as a bank holiday by then employment secretary Michael Foot in 1978. In other parts of Europe it is also celebrated as the start of spring.

2nd: The busiest lifeboat station in the UK is Waterloo Bridge in London.

3rd: Asparagus contains a sulphurous compound called mercaptan (which is also found in rotten eggs, onions and garlic). When your digestive system breaks down mercaptan, by-products are released that cause the strange smell when you wee.

4th: Investment in UK ‘fintech’ companies has fallen by a third since the announcement of Brexit.

5th: L’Oreal was founded in 1907 by a scientist named Eugene Schueller.

6th: Chris Brown owns 14 Burger King franchises in the US.

Week 16 down, week 17 looks like another busy one….

Love Abi xxxx

 

WEEK 15 UPDATE AND QUEST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

This week I feel like I have just been chasing my tail as I try to recover after a weekend away in Dublin! Late nights are not something I make a habit of, so 3 in a row has left me trying to catch up on sleep all week!

I have had a really busy week of clients, including a couple of new ones which has been great! I am always so nervous on these first meetings, however need to remember that the chances are the new clients are much more nervous than myself. I am getting better and think it is probably only natural as I want to do my best and give a good impression from the off!

Dublin was amazing. I really loved the city. We had a great time, seeing new things, eating and drinking. I was able to tick off one of my #30B430 tasks as we dined at a celebrity restaurant whilst there, Fade Street Social is Dylan McGrath’s restaurant who is a presenter on Irish Masterchef as well as frequenting many cooking programmes her in the UK. It was amazing food, really lived up to expectations! If you want to check out my full trip vlog then click this link! 

In terms of progress, I feel like I have really had my head back in the game this week. After a few weeks of overindulging and sneaking extra bites here and there, this week my food and macros have been pretty much 95% on point! I feel TONS better for it, both mentally and physically.

Gym has also been great as I have been able to fit in 5 full sessions this week. I scaled the cardio back and this doesn’t seem to have affected progress. I can get into the mindset that I need to do more and more cardio, when in fact, if I just get my food under control I am able to track and see progress.

I tried to tick another thing off my #30B430 list midweek when I attempted to give blood….note the word ‘attempted.’ It turns out that my veins are actually too small for the needles so I won’t be able to do it 🙁 Instead I decided to join the organ donor register which literally took less than a minute to do and I highly encourage you to do so. https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Right, week 15 catch up done, so what have I learnt?

23rd: Annual sales of washing powders are over $3billion in the USA alone.

24th: Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national emblem.

25th: 10% of American companies go bankrupt every year

26th: The bank used by the Queen, Coutts, receives the most number of banking complaints every year. 1 in every 100 account holders files a complaint against the company.

27th: In Jan 2001, Calcutta was changed to Kolkatta. It is believed that the name Kolkata fairly sounded like Kalikata, one of three villages in this area where today kolkata is present, before the arrival of British.

28th: Sales of cauliflower have declined by 10% in the past decade!

29th: One in every seven people in the UK is now a member of a gym, which is now at an all time high of 14.3% of the population! The fitness industry continues to grow year on year as people are releasing the importance and benefits of being active.

Next blog post will be my April favourites so stay tuned for that one!

Week 15 done, let’s hope week 16 is a successful one!

Love Abi xxxx