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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!

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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 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 22…

I feel like looking back, week 22 has been a bit of a boring one, I don’t really have very much to update you on!

It has been a good week for me training wise as I have managed to fit in all my sessions. Sometimes it just depends how my days fall in regards to clients as to whether I can get to the gym and workout myself as much as i would like. So I have done 3 lower body focused sessions, 2 upper body focused sessions and 2 higher intensity cardio sessions.

One of the cardio sessions I did with client Annie on Friday evening. It was only about 30 minutes long but a tough one, here is the workout if you fancy giving it a go! week 22 workout

If you want to see it in action, or one of the lower body workouts which I completed, then head on over to my Youtube channel to watch my latest vlog!

I have had quite a productive week business wise, with huge thanks to another local business man who has been helping me out in regards to planning for the future and setting out what I want to achieve in the coming months. I have a couple of new and exciting things in the pipeline, so if you would like to be added to my mailing list then click this link and fill in your details!

A new recipe was uploaded this week on the blog. A salad for breakfast?! I wanted to try something new out for my vlog, who says you can’t have a salad for breakfast. It was a big eye opener for me when I stepped away from what is considered the norm for breakfast. You don’t have to stick to cereals or toast, essentially it is just another meal in the day! Try something outside of your comfort zone this week!

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I think one of the biggest pieces of news this week is that I managed to resist the latest Lululemon sale 🙈

What have a learnt in week 22?

11th: The tradition of the monarch having two birthdays was started more than 250 years ago by King George II in 1748. The official birthday usually happens in summer as there is greater chance of good weather in order to hold celebrations.

12th: It is 200 years since the first bike was invented. The Draisine was the name given to this first type of bike and was made almost entirely of wood!

13th: Ramadan is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which means it falls during a different time in the Western calendar every year. At the end of Ramadan, muslims give a percentage of their income to charities in order to help the less fortunate.

14th: June is Accordian awareness month…

15th: Honeysuckle and Rose are the birth flowers of June

16th: Cats are afraid of cucumbers (Thanks Brookly Beckham for this one!)

17th: 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women suffer from some form of colour blindness.

 

Week 22 is done, what will week 23 bring! Less than 7 weeks now until I go on holiday!

Love Abi xxxx

week 21 : what have I been learning about this week? Plus the trials and tribulations of a Personal Trainer/Entrepreneur in training

Right let’s go…week 21…

Last weekend I was still home alone as my parents were away, so Sunday was just a day of catching up with work at the laptop after a couple of PT sessions and my own workout in the morning. I must have been exhausted as I sat down to just read for a little bit and woke up 30  minutes later, something which I NEVER EVER do. I can’t nap. I would much rather just go to bed earlier! But I obviously needed it, sometimes I forget to take it easy and slow down a little bit.

If I am at home I always feel like I should be at the laptop working, as there is always something which needs to be done. As a business owner I don’t have set hours. I just work until I do everything which needs to be done. This can mean really long days but the upside is that if I want to take days off or time away, then I can. Don’t get me wrong, I am not moaning about the fact I am self employed, but rather just reminding myself that it is important to take care of myself. I am my business and therefore if i am not functioning optimally, everything will start to suffer…

week 21 training

Training sessions have gone well this week. I wrote out a proper plan and have stuck to it. I am forever preaching the importance of going into the gym with a plan of action, you are much more likely to have a good workout, however it is something which I have been guilty of in the past few weeks. I did 2 lower body days and 2 upper body days, plus I jumped in on a couple of sessions with clients doing some treadmill sprints and then a full body conditioning circuit. You can see one of my upper body workouts in full over on my Youtube Channel here!

Like I mentioned last week I have been putting a lot of effort into my Youtube channel. It is an area which I really enjoy and hope that people find beneficial. It is so much easier to explain something on video as opposed to written down. It is a bit of a minefield though and I feel like a duck out of water when it comes to certain things, but with the much appreciated  help of a couple of people I feel like i am beginning to learn and implement a lot more.

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If you watched my latest Youtube video you will have seen that I was a bit down on Saturday. I put so much effort and time into planning sessions, coming up with content, recording videos etc etc, so when I get cancellations or not as much engagement on posts it really does get to me. Am i creating rubbish posts? Do people not enjoy it?

What am I doing wrong?

This self doubt is something which I have struggled with for a long time and know that I need to overcome. It hits me in waves and this is just a bit of a blip at the moment which I need to pull myself out of.

On a more positive note…

Laura visited and we booked our summer trip!! Finally!! This is something which we have been talking about for ages but just haven’t had the time to get together and actually sort. So on Friday night, armed with laptop, pen and paper and credit card, we got everything planned and booked! Can’t wait to share with you all where we are going and what we are hoping to get up to. It will also  mean I can tick off at least one of my #30B430 checklist! Travelling is a huge part of my life. I cannot imagine not being able to go and explore far flung places, experience new cultures, try different foods. It is certainly one of my major passions and I have a countdown calendar on the go ready!

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Hope everyone has had an amazing week 21 of 52. It maybe wasn’t the best for me mentally, but i am in charge of my thoughts and feelings so it is my choice to change them which i intend to do this week!

So what have I learn in week 21? You may be able to guess where I am going in summer from some of the facts…

4th: Approximately 10% of the world population is left handed, including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.

5th: almost 10 % of Croatia is made up of 11 Nature Parks, 8 National Parks and 2 nature reserves.

6th: In 1987 Dianne Abbott became the first black woman to be elected as a member of Parliament.

7th: The Pallof Press core exercise was introduced in 2006, and named after the Boston-based physical therapist, John Pallof.

8th: The capital of Montenegro is Podgorico. Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia on June 3, 2006

9th: Nike didn’t go public until 1980, its founder Phil Knight is now worth $25.1 billion. Nike means greek goddess of victory.

10th: Stari Grad means Old Town.

 

Love Abi xxxx

 

5 INVESTMENTS YOU SHOULD BE MAKING IN YOURSELF RIGHT NOW

When was the last time you were selfish and thought about yourself? When was the last time you invested time or money in yourself?

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> You ate your favourite dinner?

> Poured yourself your favourite drink?

> Watched your favourite tv show in peace?

> Went out for a long walk just by yourself?

> Sat down and read a book for 20 minutes?

Treated yourself to a spa day?

I bet it was some time ago. I bet any sort of investments in yourself are pretty few and far between.

I am guilty too. Forever in the cycle of work, work, work and never just stopping, and chilling out. Taking just 20minutes out and thinking about me and what makes me happy.

But we should invest in ourselves if we want to be the best version of ourselves. I hate the analogy and phrase which I seem to have read or heard so much recently ‘Put your own life jacket on first before helping others,’ but it is so true. How can you help and serve others if your own house isn’t in order?

So here are my recommendations for 5 investments which you can make in yourself right now in order to become a happier and healthier version of you! Choose just one or all five!

1) Revamp your workout routine

From personal experience I know that I feel so much better when I have a good workout. All those post workout endorphins flowing through my body usually can put me on a high for the rest of the day. But if you are stuck in the same routine, or going to the same mundane classes every week, then it might be time to switch it up and try something different. 

Try a new class. Go for a run. Join a sports club. Get a Personal Trainer. 


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2) Go to bed 30 minutes earlier

How many of us complain that we are tired at least once a week? If not every day?! Go to bed 30 minutes earlier and get yourself 3 and a half extra hours of sleep per week! Just think how much more refreshed you will feel!

3) Plan the week out ahead and reflect on the one just gone.

I usually take Sunday mornings to do this. I wake up, make myself a coffee and sit down with my passion planner. Firstly I look on the week just gone and reflect on what I did well, and what I did not so well. Did I do everything which I wanted to, if not then why not? I then know what to focus on the following week and what areas I can improve on. 

I then schedule in all my major appointments such as PT sessions or client meetings for that week and then I write down when I want to work out as I know how important that is for me. I tend to leave the rest of the time blank and then fill in each morning as I don’t know what is going to come up each day. I make a list of 3 personal things I want t achieve over the week, and then 3 business things which I want to tick off. 

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The above is all in an ideal world, but when I don’t do it I feel unsettled so know that I am a better person when I take the time to plan and reflect.

Every night before I get into bed I have a diary in which I write down 3 things which I am grateful for each day. It only takes a couple of minutes, but even on what I may have thought was a rubbish day I make myself find something positive which has happened.

4) Take at least 20 minutes out of the day for you. Read, go for a walk, watch your favourite tv show, sit in silence. Just take 20 minutes away from the noise and focus on yourself.

I got into the habit of scheduling 30minutes to read every afternoon but if I am honest that has slipped recently and is something I need to start up again. I love going for walks and plugging in a podcast and that is something which I need to do more of now that the sun is making more of an appearance. 

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One of my new years resolutions was to take more care of myself and schedule in regular nail appointments, facials and massages. I have been doing quite well at this but I am definitely due a massage!


5) Drink more water aka the elixir of life!

This one is self explanatory, more water is one of the best investments in your health which you can make! Read about the many benefits of water here.  

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I promise you that you will feel refreshed and ready to go again. Don’t neglect yourself, it is your life, so make sure you are living it to the full. You are in charge of every decision you make and every thought you have, so do what you want to do.

What investments do you like to make in yourself?

Love Abi xxxx