Fitness: A Ramble, Recipes, Tips and Tricks

Despite the barrage of sweet treats showcased on my Instagram or the three-day pasta fest that you saw in my last Weekly Vlog, the contents of my kitchen cupboards are surprisingly Whole Foods-like – man I love that place. Exercise too has been making its way up my agenda and all round I’m feeling like right now I’ve as good a hold on my fitness than I have, well….since P.E classes were mandatory fixture in my life. Let’s not get too carried away though; I still can’t touch my toes, feel abs, run around the block without a five minute retching session after and sometimes I just like/want/need to sit on my arse and gobble down a bag of toffee popcorn – but that’s what moderation is about right? My journey into the world of fitness may still be in the early stages, but this weekend I thought I’d share with you some nuggets of wisdom that I’ve picked up thus far:

1. All The Cliches. Plan your meals as far ahead as you can. Don’t go to the supermarket when you’re hungry. Clear all the naughty stuff out of your cupboards if you can etc, etc.

2. Be an Early Riser. My number one excuse for not exercising is not having enough time. There’s no excuse though if you get up 30 minutes earlier. For the past week I’ve been rising at 6am and dragging Mark out with me for a quick jog. I have to admit you do feel kind of amazing after and when you’ve already made a decent dent in your to-do list by 9am it’s well worth the painful wake-up call.

3. Recipe Rambling. There are so many amazing online resources when it comes to food that I think it may deserve a whole post of it’s own, though Hanna’s blog is probably my favourite of them all. In terms of books if you’ve never read the Clean and Lean Diet by  James Duigan then get on Amazon now and Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett makes eating well look so darn appealing.

4. Get The Gear. Before working out became a more regular thing, I didn’t even own a pair of trainers. If I ever felt in the mood to get moving I had to do it in my pants, a vest top and on a towel. It just didn’t feel good. Now I’ve got my own little workout gear section in my wardrobe and my neighbours don’t have to witness me in my knick knacks doing star jumps.

5. Inspiration Nation. If ever I’m feeling sluggish in the morning (a.k.a most mornings) a quick browse through my Instagram feed is sure to put a rocket up my ass. A quick scroll reveals amazingly healthy, but tasty looking breakfasts, gym-selfies and women looking seriously strong and kick-ass. Take a look at my favourites by having a gander through my following list

6. Curb that sweet tooth. This bit makes me sad, but we all know by now that sugar really ain’t the best thing to be feeding our bodies. Boo. When I’m craving something sweet I try and stuff some nuts in my mouth (I’m sure there’s a more elegant way of putting that), grabbing some fruit or even a spoonful of peanut butter does the trick sometimes. Medjool dates also dreamy if you’re fighting a proper craving.

7. The Internet Rocks. A quick surf of the web will serve up some amazingly comprehensive and mostly free exercise resources. Some may charge a little for an e-book download but it’s nowhere near the monthly gym membership card that will get dusty in purse. Blogilates and Fitness Blender are my favourites and both of their workout calendars are fab.

8. Do something BIG. Commit yourself. Take on some responsibility. For me I’ve signed up for next year’s Brighton Half Marathon along with my sister, our boyfriends and our Dad. The whole family affair thing did it for me, but the fact that I’m unable to even run a mile at the moment without feeling dizzy is both terrifying and extremely motivating. Just like the X Factor, it’s all about the journey.

9. Water, water, water. It’s been said time and time again, but keeping topped up with water is good for your body, mind and soul. I find having a pint of the stuff nearby at all times when I’m sitting at my desk or taking a mini water bottle out with me is the best method to get me glugging. It also means that I now have a constant radar on for where the nearest public toilet is.

10. Find your thang. What I enjoy most is HIIT or Pilates played out in YouTube form and carried out in the comfort of my own front room where I can curse, sweat and grunt until my heart is content. Give all sorts of sweat-inducing things ago before you settle on what you find most bearable…and fun.

Any to add? Right now I’m getting back to my bowl of mini eggs…


  • Anna Blush

    I’ve also been ramping up my healthy eating and exercise regime lately. It really is so important to plan food ahead of time, it’s always at times when I’m unorganised that I cave and eat something naughty! Good luck training for the half marathon! x

  • Jangsty

    Hi Vivianna, thank you for this article! It totally sums up everything I am feeling at the moment, re-discovering fitness for myself.

  • Jessica Thoma

    I’m also trying to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle, food that is good for me and regular exercise.. if only it were a little easier. I did sign up for a colour run in may so I’ll stay motivated it’s nothing compared to a half marathon though.. only 5 km haha.. well it’s the small steps right? 🙂 x

  • Emma West

    I loved this post thanks! I have a seven week old baby & it’s time to start exercising again & get back to being fit & normal! The first time I was on mat leave I would never have even imagined using YouTube but it’s better than all those celebrity DVDs (well Davina aside!)

  • I am so done with wasting multiple gym memberships month after month and not being able to do much for my health! Will look into fitness blender!

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  • Definitely sign up for something – I signed up for a 10km at the end of winter to encourage me to keep running throughout and it really worked. May have to sign up to a half next! Great tips 🙂

  • alittlebitofjenn

    Great advice! Ah good luck for the Brighton marathon next year!

  • Oumi Djoumoi

    Great advice.. ♡

  • Great tips!! I definitely love the last one! I’ve been going to classes at the gym and otherwise I wouldnt have done any exercise at all!!

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  • Thanks for sharing this!
    I really have to do this…:D

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    Great tips! What works for me is actually instagram. There are so many fitness profiles to follow and if you’re a insta-holic like myself you will find that every time you open instagram there will be healthy recipes, workout tips, inspiration and so on. And it helped me to get into a routine of working out every single day and I have lost about 10 kg in 6 months 🙂


    The NHS choices ‘couch to 5k’ app is a good one for absolute beginners, and the lean machines on YouTube have some good exercises for beginners right up to advanced fitness freaks.

  • Great helpful post. I love wholefoods too, its amazing.

    Jess x

  • Guest

    Really enjoyed the read! I do the same thing with my instagram-such a good kick up the butt!! There are loads of 10 minute classes on youtube or smart telly’s you can use for when time is precious. I use my smart telly for 10 minute yoga classes – A calming one to get you ready for bed and a wake up call one, which gets your blood pumping to start your day right! 🙂 TOP TIP: If anyone suffers with anxiety like me I have found introducing these small exercises to your day can make a huge different!! 🙂

  • Levi

    Really enjoyed the read! I do the same thing with my instagram-such a good kick up the butt!! There are loads of 10 minute classes on youtube or smart telly’s you can use for when time is precious. I use my smart telly for 10 minute yoga classes – A calming one to get you ready for bed and a wake up call one, which gets your blood pumping to start your day right! 🙂 TOP TIP: If anyone suffers with anxiety like me I have found introducing these small exercises to your day can make a huge different!! 🙂

  • Kate Rooney

    Loved this post! Fitness is such a personal thing and you’re so right, you really do have to ‘find your thing’ – I’m obsessed with yoga/pilates classes, they’re a bundle of giggles and great for motivation/team spirit. Theres a 76 year old in my pilates class and she’s a more than just a little bit major. Re getting the gear, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve recently invested in a new pair of neon yellow kicks, so I can hardly neglect them! My go-to gym kit essential is Avene’s thermal water. I’m totally *that* girl spraying whilst en route home. Moderation is everything, and cheat days are mandatory to avoid going totally insane. Go get those mini eggs down you Anna!

  • this is such a great post! I’m all about doing everything in moderation, though I do fully believe in being healthy – not to diet, but to make yourself feel good. I’m slowly becoming that person that can’t eat a whole pizza without feeling slightly ill afterwards. A shocker, I know, haha. Keep up the good work xx


  • Sophie

    I love your photography. Hmm, we’re all on the health kick!

    Sophie x

  • Eleri Roberts

    Amazing tips VDM 🙂

    Eleri Roberts x

  • Nikky

    Amazing post! I can relate to so many things that you wrote. In particular about feeling amazing after exercise. I always feel like excuses coming on before a workout but once it’s done it feels amazing! Keep up the good work… would love to know what things you do to train for the half marathon

    Nikky x

  • I really appreciate your honesty in this post. You are doing the right thing and taking things slowly. I was once the girl who could only walk on the treadmill at the gym and got out of breath if I even attempted to run. However after lots of training and dedication I have completed a half marathon with another one on the horizon and can successfully say that I am fit and healthy. It takes dedication and (something women think they don’t have but do) patience but in the end it is worth it for feeling healthier and stronger.

    Loving your posts as always, Claire x

  • Haha I’ve just started drinking a whole lot more water, and your toilet radar is spot on! Won’t be going anywhere that doesn’t have facilities! Xx

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  • Lauren S

    I love whole foods, my meals are 90% veg it’s amazing ! i love blogilates too, the beginners calender really puts your fitness into perspective and moves you up at a safe pace

    Lauren x

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  • I’m with you on this one. Just started making healthier choices and taking advantage of the warmer weather to jog outside. Great post!

  • Great post!! I’ve been trying to get healthy over the past 6 months or so, and while I haven’t exactly jumped on the exercise bandwagon yet (I like to take long walks, but I’m not the jogging sort), I’ve made quite a few changes in my diet. I’ve cut out meat almost entirely, fried foods, and I rarely drink alcohol. I just think of how I feel after eating a whole bunch of french fries or one drink too many and I realize that it’s not worth it for me personally. The more time I can spend of my life waking up, feeling good, the better! As for the sweets…..I don’t think I can ever stop eating them. Oh well, one thing at a time!
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  • Hayley

    loved this anna, i have been working out at home doing yoga and amongst other things and i have noticed a difference! i have been using two robinsons dilute bottles filled with water for weights so it shows you can use whats around you until you get in the swing of things! 🙂 x

  • Ooft! A half marathon is a big commitment – sure you’ll do it though!! Good luck!!

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  • Thanks for the inspiration! I need to start taking care of myself so changes are on the horizon. Thanks for the great post!


  • Rebekah Fenwick

    I love this post! So inspirational, not only too me but i’m sure many others too, thank you so much x

  • Beth McGee

    Love this! About a year and a half ago I felt just like you with the running. I signed up for a beginners 5k running program and now I just ran my second half marathon. You can definitely do it! Training with a group helped me a lot, so if you’re into that kind of thing I recommend it 🙂 keep us posted! Good luck!

  • These are great tips, Anna! I loved that you have a goal you are working toward, but what solidifies it more is the fact that you have your family and friends on board for a common goal. That really helps. My problem too is getting out of bed and having a full day of accomplishing my To-do list and often time the gym time gets whacked off. I’m definitely going to try and get better before Medical School this fall – I don’t know how I’ll be able to start then if I don’t now.

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  • Chloe Tanner

    Awesome! Great ideas, I’m trying to get fit and eat healthy so loved this post! 🙂

  • The Fingal Foodie

    Thanks for the links to the youtube fitness channels. I’ve been looking for something to do after the kids go to bed, so they’re perfect.

  • Vanessa

    Agreed Anna! I started getting up at 5 am to work out and it has now become routine for me. Plus the signing up for something big, definitely helps. I just registered for my first marathon (I have done a few half marathons). I love seeing a bit of fitness in w/ your beauty posts!

  • Amy

    Great tips! I need to plan my meals every single day or I find myself eating rubbish… Organisation is key!

  • kylie

    love this post a lot. I preach all of this. We all need strong health! 🙂 great topic to hit
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  • I loved your tips, Anna! You, your sister, Dad, and boyfriends all signing up for the marathon together put a giant smile on my face – soooo adorable. The not eating sweets part is the hardest for me. I just finished eating leftover birthday cake every day for the past week (oops) but made a promise to turn things around this week… here’s hoping!
    XO Camey

  • Ahhhh, as a health freak I love this post… (check out my last post on a really yummy and healthy recipe of oat bars…seriously tasty).

    Great tips 🙂

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  • PeonyandPeach

    Great tips, I really need to get exercising again! Easter has not been kind to me!

  • Elle

    I loved this post! Great down to earth and manageable tips! xoxo

  • Fitness Blender is fab ! Although I have stopped squatting as I’ve ended up with THUNDER THIGHS that look like I could be in the next olympics !!

  • Great tips. I’ve just ordered a balance ball to help me get motivated and back into shape.

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  • Great tips! The getting up 30 minutes early tip works good for me as well as emptying the cupboards of sweets and chips 🙂 I also love Cassey from Blogilates. xo, Alexandra

  • Such good advice! For me, I find that I have to distract myself or multi-task to actually finish a work out that lasts longer than five minutes. Thankfully my apartment complex has a nice fitness center that very few people go to, so I just put my iPad on the elliptical or stationary bike and have a YouTube or Netflix binge session. It may not be the best workout but I’ve already lost a couple of pounds and I feel a lot better so that must count for something!

    Lovely post as usual!

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