week 20 : what have I been learning about this week? Plus the trials and tribulations of a Personal Trainer/Entrepreneur in training

Here goes… week 20 began with more group training sessions last Sunday followed by a lovely day out at Malton Food Festival with my sister. It was the second year which I have been and it is a great way to spend a few hours, especially seeing as though the weather was so brilliant still last weekend. We sampled quite a lot of different offerings, from cheese to chutney, from brownies to ciders. It is made up of lots of different local sellers, food trucks and a large drinks tent. There are also demonstrations and talks on over the course of the weekend.

Malton Food Lovers festival 2017

For lunch we had a mexican tortilla bowl with pulled pork and chicken, it was delicious. Then of course we had to make a visit to Groovy Moos for an ice cream! This is simply the best ice cream which you will taste, and i should know as somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur. I had to use the opportunity to try out a couple of new flavours, rhubarb and custard as well as coconut and white chocolate. Beautifully indulgent!

Groovy Moos ice cream Malton

Bank holiday Monday was just a usual day for me, full of clients at the gym, although it was an earlier finish which meant that Laura could come over for tea and to discuss holiday plans! We were hoping to be able  to get away this week for a last minute sunshine break, but unfortunately couldn’t find anything. It is only 8 weeks until August when we are hoping to get something booked for Croatia and Montenegro. Has anyone been? If so, any recommendations?

After a few cancellations last week, this week has been the complete  opposite! Not one person has text to rearrange or postpone, which has meant another crazy week for me! The past couple of weeks I have blocked out Wednesday evenings from the gym. I was finding that after Monday and Tuesday, i was snowballing into the weekend without any time to get on with client plans, and business in general. Just by taking this evening away from the gym, I am able to set up at the laptop and just get on a roll and get stuff done! It has certainly helped not only my organisation, planning and business, but also my mind by giving me that mental break.

Speaking of business, I was able to speak to somebody who is much cleverer and more experienced than me in regards to my Youtube channel. It is something which I have been working on for a while but growth has been slow, and if I have struggled to get to grips with some parts of it. It was so kind of this person to give up their time in order to help me on some things and I now feel much better about certain things and how to create better videos in the future which people will find more enjoyable and useful (fingers crossed anyways!) Speaking of which, I vlogged the whole weekend last weekend and would love you to head on over to my Youtube channel and check out the full video! Link here. Any comments, i would love to hear from you!

I was writing a Facebook post about reasons why I became a Personal Trainer, and it ended up turning into a full blog post which  I published. Check it out here. 

abi durrant fitness

I have had some really good training sessions this week, whether it is the realisation that it is only 8 weeks until I put on a bikini or whether I have found some internal motivation from somewhere else, I don’t know but I am not complaining! I also found a photo on my phone from July 2015, this is the look which I am going to try and reach once again this year….well we shall see! Diet wise, it has been a bit up and down, a mini binge episode on Tuesday evening followed by 4 pretty good days. I know what I need to do, just sometimes the ice cream and chocolate scream at me from behind their respective doors. If this is something which you suffer from, I have a video on my top tips for getting over a binge here. 

Right, what have been learning in week 20?

28th: Peas are actually a fruit as they grow from a seed and picked above ground.

29th: A captain can deliver a baby or marry people.

30th: A group of parrots is called a Pandemonium.

31st: By the end of this century, 70% of all known cold water corals in the entire ocean will be surrounded by sea water which is so acidic that it will be dissolving their coral structure.

June 1st: Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the Danube river with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank in 1873.

2nd: Today was National Fish and Chip Day. There are around 10,500 fish and chips shops in the UK. Ninety years ago there were 35,000.

3rd: The Champions League was introduced in 1992 and replaced the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, or simply European Cup. The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country

I can’t believe we are up to week 20 already, I have just updated my photo a day for the year and that is now over 100! Crazy!

Love Abi xxxx

 

What have I been loving this month? My May 2017 favourites.

I love doing these posts as it always forces me to try and find new things to try in order to share with everyone! I try and include a few food items, usually a mix of macro and non macro friendly, books, podcasts, clothing and just random bits in general which have come into my life!

Mixed Berries Frozen Yoghurt – Morrisons
I am always on the look out for new macro friendly frozen treats as it is no secret that I love my ice cream! Morrisons have released two new frozen yoghurts for summer. I have tried them both and have to say that the mixed berry one is my favourite! The fruity ripple which runs through it is so lovely. Per serving it is only 106 calories and there are 4 servings per tub, so technically you could eat the whole thing for just over 400 calories, not that I am recommending that you do! Priced at £2.

morrisons mixed berries frozen yoghurt

Liberté Greek Style yoghurt with a layer of kiwi and apple/strawberry.
I am not a fan of greek yoghurt by itself, i find it way to thick and even a little bit sour. But i spotted these pots in Sainsbury’s with a shiny ‘new’ sticker on them and couldn’t resist picking up to try. They are really good. My favourite is definitely the kiwi and apple flavoured one, perhaps because it is a flavour combination which you don’t find too often. The fruit compote at the bottom makes the yoghurt not quite as claggy in your mouth when eating it. per 100g it is 85 calories, a bit higher in carbohydrates then a regular greek yoghurt due to the fruit but it is worth it! I got mine for £1 from Sainsbury’s.

liberté greek style yoghurt kiwi and apple

Salted Caramel – Fibre One Bars
I didn’t like these the first time I had them, much preferring the chocolate version, but for some reason picked them up again and I have changed my mind! (I featured the chocolate version back in my June favourites last year!)They have been my go to mid morning snack the past couple of weeks with a cup of tea! No, they don’t taste quite as good as a regular brownie, and yes they are expensive for a pack of 5 if they aren’t on offer somewhere, but they taste good! 83 calories per brownie, they taste good straight from the packet or warmed up in the microwave. If you just want something small but sweet then they are perfect to throw in your bag or packed lunch, or have after dinner with a small scoop of ice cream!

salted caramel fibre one bars

Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream – Molton Brown
I used the hand wash in this scent for the first time at my beauticians, and knew I had to get some for myself. My hands get so dry from constantly washing them throughout the day, as well as having some very attractive calluses from lifting all the weights, so I was in desperate need of a hand cream to make them nice and soft and girly once again! If you haven’t smelt this scent yet then you are missing out, it is absolutely beautiful. I treated myself to some whilst I was in Birmingham, and then my lovely client Natalie also gave me some as a gift. Link to purchase here.

rhubarb and rose molton brown hand cream

Unbalanced Single Arm Row – Favourite Exercise
I first saw this exercise being performed by Amanda Bucci whilst training with PJ Nestler, thought to myself; ‘That doesn’t look too hard, i’ll give it a go.’ Boy was I wrong. The idea behind having one leg in the air and doing this exercise on a bench is to really make you engage the muscles which you are working. You back, arms and core will all be contributing to this exercise. The single arm row has been a staple in my programme as well as with clients, so I have been loving incorporating this version as well.

If I could tell you just one thing – Richard Reed
Richard Reed is the owner of Innocent drinks, he started selling his smoothies on a market stall and has built it up into one of the biggest and most well known brands in the UK. Every time he comes into contact with an influential person, he asks them for one piece of advice, just the one thing which they would share with people. He has spoken to the likes of entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson and Simon Cowell, TV stars like James Cordon, current and former politicians including Bill Clinton, top sports stars such as Andy Murray, basically ‘some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world – in business, tech, philanthropy, politics, sport, art, spirituality, medicine, film, and design.’ It has been such a good listen, not only to hear what advice people would give, but to actually hear the background stories, albeit briefly, to some of these people, many of which I am ashamed to say I had never heard of. I think the idea of the book is wonderful and have been telling everybody about it! Purchase from amazon here.

if i could tell you just one thing review - may 2017 favourites

So those are my May 2017 favourites, a good mix of things I think this month. I already have a list of a couple of things to share with you next month! But as always if you have anything which you think I would love, tell me! I would love to know, be it a food product, a book, something for the gym, leave a comment down below and let me know!

Love Abi xxxx

> May 2017 Favourites : what have I been loving.

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

Week 14 : Learn something new everyday

Week 14 of 2017 has been a funny one for me! I have felt all out of sync with it being bank holiday last weekend and then heading of to Dublin at the end of the week for a couple of days. It did mean a super busy few days at work though as I tried to fit in all my clients in the space of 3 days! Long days and not much sleep! But I love what I do (most of the time!!) which means I have finished the week smiling!

I took on my first big group sessions last weekend which went extremely well. Although I was so nervous beforehand, the positive feedback which I have received since has meant that I will certainly try and put on more of these in the future!

I didnt overindulge in Easter chocolate, but I did have a bit of a blowout on Wednesday  night for no reason at all. These things happen. I go myself right back on track the next day and filmed my top tips for doing so for my Youtube channel, I would love it if you headed on over and checked it out! Youtube Channel HERE!!

I went for a lovely long walk on Easter Sunday from Cayton Bay to Scarborough which is where the cover photo for this blog was taken. It took me just under 2 hours and well over 10,000 steps. I have never done that walk before and it really made me appreciate living by the sea!

Training has been going well once again, really think I am benefiting from just mixing it up that little bit these past couple of weeks. I will be having a few days off this weekend though and no doubt overindulging a tad whilst away, so will be ready to hit it once again when I am back!

I have discovered a new favourite Youtube – Sarah’s Day. She is from Sydney and is another health and fitness vlogger, basically I want to be her! Her vlogs are so entertaining and I now want to move to Australia ASAP!

Right that is week 14 rounded up for you! Now onto what I have learnt…

16th: The most watched video on Youtube is Psy performing Gangnam style in Sydney in 2013! Currently it has 2.81 billion views!

17th: Only 4 football teams have been champions of England’s top 4 divisions – Sheffield United, Burnley, Preston and Wolves.

18th: Britain has changed Prime Minister 24 times in the past century, half of those without a general election.

19th: Serena Williams won the Australian Open whilst pregnant! Such an inspiration.

20th: There are 417 bridges in Venice. They usually don’t have steps on them since as up until the 16th century many people were actually moving on horseback.

21st: Dublin (or Dubh Linn) is an old Irish Gaelic phrase which translates to Black Pool.

22nd: Africa accounts for 40% of Guiness sales worldwide!!

Love Abi xxxx

Everyday I try and learn something new which I think is interesting and improves my knowledge! This is what I have been learning and reading about this week!

2nd: An estimated 3000 euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome every day. It is illegal to try and steal the coins from the fountain.

3rd: There are over 8.7million different species in the world. Who says that humans are the most important?

4th: There is 5 times more Vitamin C in a Kiwi than an orange. (Kiwi is my current favourite fruit!)

5th: Emus and Kangeroos cannot walk backwards

6th: In air travel, there is a rate of one accident per 2.4million flights. (Taken from the book ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed)

 7th: The first Grand National Horse race was held in 1839 and it is now the most valuable jump race in Europe. An estimated 500-600million people watch the race in over 140 countries. It is estimated that 25% of British adults will bet on the race!

8th: Easter is one of the festivals which tries to harmonise the solar and lunar calendars. As a general rule, Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first full moon after 21 March. The latest it can be is 25th April but that hasn’t happened since 1943 and won’t again until 2038. The most common date is 19 April.

Have you been joining in on this quest to find out more about the world we live in? Would love to know your fact of the day!

Love Abi xxx