Whether you’re single, taken or at the gym, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse for one thing: chocolate. But if you’re staying strong on those New Year’s resolutions (go you!) and are looking for a healthier alternative to the regular store-bought stuff, this post is for you. It’s a raw chocolate cake, developed by the team at Kamalaya Koh Samui, aka my dream holiday destination. I had them on the blog in 2015, talking meditation and sleep, but now we’re really into the important stuff: chocolate.
Is it just me or is January disappearing frighteningly fast? I swear that it was New Year’s Eve last week, but my calendar tells me that it’s actually January 20th today (ahem, that’s seven days until my birthday if anyone is interested). The good news about this strange speedy-time phenomenon is that it’s time for me to head home and visit my family again, and this time I am bringing the boy along with me for the first time!.
Exercise doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to mean gym memberships and personal trainers or fancy home gyms. What it does require is a little imagination. If you open your eyes to the world around you, you’ll see myriad opportunities to take advantage of your surroundings. It might be the playground at your child’s school, the park down the end of your street or the stairs to your apartment block. Or – as was the case during my trip home over Christmas – it could be the boat ramp and rowing club in town.
Each year on the blog I like to look back on the year that was… the highs, the lows, and the moments and events that really struck a cord with me. This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently though. Instead of focusing on individual events, I want to take stock of a few big lessons I learned, and how I learned them. I’m four days late, but better late than never, right?
It’s Christmas Eve, and I know that exercise is probably the last thing on your mins. BUT you’ve made it this far, and I am positive that you’ve got another seven days in you. It’s only 10 minutes, so think of the Christmas pudding and ham and get in and get it done. My plan is to get up early and sneak in a workout before anyone else is awake, so I can spend the rest of the day relaxing with my family.
Listen, before you say anything, I know; days 13 through 16 were just so darn good you don’t know how you’re going to handle the rest of the month. You will though. You’ll get through it one day at a time my friends, just one day at a time.
Now I don’t want to cause too much alarm, but there are only 10 DAYS left until Christmas. 10 DAYS! So if your Christmas shopping has been less ‘shopping’ and more, ahem, ‘partying’ then it’s probably time to get your game face on. And by that I mean ‘pay very close attention to the following Gift Guide that I’ve put together for you’, complete with links to purchase. It’s for the fit and healthy ladies in your life and you are welcome.
Unless you’ve been living under a really boring rock, you’ll know that the very excellent, very simple and very F-U-N #LGF10aDay Challenge kicked off last week. The concept is pretty simple – 10 minutes a day, every day, throughout December. It’s your (completely free) ticket to a healthy silly season. I’ve put together a workout for every day of the month (yep, including Christmas Day). All bodyweight exercises, all simple enough to do in your own home or backyard.
It’s happening Team – the Lazy Girl Fitness 10 a Day Challenge starts tomorrow! In case you missed my last post, the 10 a Day Challenge is all about committing to a 10-minute workout every day for the month of December – a time when Christmas parties and good times occasionally (ok, often) get in the way of good physical and mental health.
The Christmas period is one of my absolute favourite times of the year. I know plenty of people take issue with the decorations on display and the carols being piped through stores pre-December but if you ask me, November onwards is fair game for anything festive!