Thursday, April 27, 2017

ROLLER DERBY | THIS GIRL CAN

Dear gorgeous person, you!


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One of the perks of being a blogger is that you get invited to so many lovely events. You meet amazing people you've never met before and experience things you otherwise may not have. Call me silly but I had absolutely no idea that Roller Derby was a thing in England. I genuinely thought only American girls of a certain age took it up as a hobby! I know, shoot me!

This week, I was privileged enough to be invited to participate in Roller Derby by This Girl Can - the campaign that encourages women of all shapes and sizes to just be them. TGC essentially reminds you that you're capable. You may have seen the ads on TV and online showcasing real women playing several kinds of sports and engaging in various physical activities. 

These women aren't airbrushed, stick-thin models who don't even look like themselves after they've been air-brushed. They aren't athletic and obsessed with eating chicken and broccoli in-between doing hundreds of burpees at the gym. These women are real because they simply look like you and I.



Everything about TGC makes me wanna get on a roof top and scream YES YES YES! The message they convey is quite literally everything I stand for as a person and a blogger. It's a message to love the skin you're in. To remember that it's okay to be into fitness. It's okay to not be into fitness. It's okay to jiggle when you workout. It's okay to have a firm ass. Cellulite and stretch marks are cool too. If you didn't 'snap back' after your amazing body did this magical thing of having children (side note - why we as women are not worshipped for this one thing is still beyond me), nothing wrong with that. It's okay to be you. It's okay because you're human. A freaking amazing human woman at that!!!


Roller skating was freaking awesome. My lil cousin Kemi came along with me. We enjoyed it so much, we made a video blog. Please watch the video until the end as we head over to a food market and eat our guts out.

All the info you need:

This Girl Can : Website | Insta | Twitter | Youtube  | Facebook 

Roller Derby : Website | Insta | Twitter | Facebook

I'll leave you with this caption I posted for my Instagram video when I was doing press ups, a few days ago:

"This fitness thing, it's not a race or a competition. We'll all get there in our own time, at our own pace. Feeling pretty smug that I can now do 6 very good press-ups. Soon it'll be 10. Might take 1 week or 1 yr. Doesn't matter at all. I will continue to love my body all the same. Take your time. Do your thing. Eyes on your own work. It's not a competition.
#yougotthis #thisgirlcan #workoutmotivation #fitness #gymgirl #ukfitfam #fitnessmotivation"




If you liked this post, please leave a comment down below to say hi! Have you been roller skating before? What do you think about This Girl Can campaign?

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 


Friday, April 21, 2017

HAPPY TEA DAY!

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


You already know by now how much I LOVE me some tea! So the other day, I was out and about in Chelsea and came across this amazing shop called T2 and I could not help but pop in. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out it was a shop for just teas! They do all sorts of teas - about 150 different kinds. 




Shortly afterwards, I was invited back for a private tea masterclass where the lovely manager Dani kindly brewed me a few cups of amazing teas. I did not know you could make mint macha into a mojito style. It was like summer came super early! 

My personal favourite was the chocolate chai tea - you seriously have to try that. I recommend with all the love in my heart to both tea enthusiasts and not-so-sure tea drinkers. I promise you will not regret it.




A lot of the teas that T2 do have amazing health benefits. The staff are super friendly and will be willing to talk you through them, especially if you're worried about the nutritional contents - you fitness conscious lot haha. I popped into the one on Kings Road but they really are all around. To find the nearest T2 to you, see more info here.  Be sure to follow T2 on IG and Twitter too.




Happy #nationalteaday! Here's to brewing more cuppas with friends, family and strangers this summer!

It also happens to be the Queen's birthday! Happy 91st Elizabeth! I'm sure she loves tea too! :) 

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FITNESS BLASTOFF DANCE PARTY

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


I can't even begin to express my joy in posting this. A little while ago, I received an email from Selena Brown - Donkor, founder of Fitness Blastoff. I had never heard of them before but attached to this lovely email was a video link. By now, you know how much I love working with new people. I get so excited to connect with people and the email was composed in such a lovely way, I couldn't resist. Naturally, I was curious. I clicked on the link and almost immediately started bopping my shoulders and feeling like I was at the event with them. The energy was electric, the music was too good to not dance to. It was right up my street and I couldn't wait to attend.





The event was held at 229 The Venue, Great Portland Street (London) on the 1st of April. I walked in and was guided down to the basement and although it was daylight outside, it was like a night club in there. It was dark-ish and there was a DJ! Whaaattt? Yars, an actual DJ. Shaaaaap! Seriously, the vibe was absolutely amazing. It gave me so much pleasure to see soooo many women, of all body shapes and sizes, simply dancing the night/day away. Everyone was so happy and within only seconds of being there, I caught their infectious vibe too. I couldn't help it. Not a worry or care in the world. Everyone simply came to dance and have a great time.






Selena could not have chosen a better selection of "presenters" who were really fitness instructors with all of their different styles including Afrobeats, old school hiphop, garage, bashment, dancehall, and house. I missed the beautiful Faye Edwards, unfortunately but had the opportunity to meet Kwaku Agyemang (who's getting very popular on IG - '@AzontoFitness') - you must definitely check him out. I've been meaning to attend one of his Afrobeats classes. Soooooon! 






Gotta love what Selena is doing with this and where she's going. So pleased to see a fellow Londoner put such a successful event together. I'm sure so many friendships were made on the day and many more will be at future event. Fitness Blastoff have an upcoming event in Oval (London) on the 27th of May - 2 hours of Afrobeats and Dancehall danceoff. You'll get to learn all the moves. Kwaku will also be there! It's only £10/head and you can purchase tickets here.

Keep up with Fitness Blastoff on their website, Facebook pageIG and Twitter.

Have you been to a Fitness Blastoff event before? What did you think of it? Were you there for the 1st of April event? Perhaps you can spot yourself in one of the pics above? Say hello in the comments section below.

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

Monday, March 13, 2017

SAUCONY FREEDOM ISO SS17

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


What better way to kick off the week than with knowing you could totally own one of these! I'm extremely delighted to share my newest find with you. As it is Monday, I'm hoping this gives you some motivation to start your week with a bit of activity and perhaps even end the same. 

If you watch my youtube channel or follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that I'm totally like the review queen. I don't buy anything without an Amazon review or go anywhere for food or holidays without Trip Advisor assuring me I'm gonna have the experience of my life - sad right? LOL.  It's the same when it comes to everyday items of clothing or shoes. I genuinely think every bit of your dollar has to be very well spent and so I need to know that someone else more brave than me has taken the risk to try and test it out for me. 

I love reading reviews from my favourite bloggers and so, naturally, I get very excited to trial and review things to share with you. Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of being gifted these gorgeous Saucony UK Freedom ISO trainers and this is my honest review.



I've practically lived in these trainers for the past two weeks. I wear them to work and as you know already, I'm a Chartered Physiotherapist currently working with people in their own homes. This means having to walk a lot in between clients and so I total somewhere between 12 -18k steps a day. That's a whole lotta walking for my little body. I'm also trying to run 5k at least once a week so it definitely helps having pretty practical footwear that match my activity. 


The freedom ISO is the centre piece of Saucony's new SS17 'Life on the run' collection, more of which you can see here. It's their first shoe to offer a full length midsole of Everun continuous cushioning. This is believed to give you enhanced energy return and more responsiveness. 

For me, the very special thing about these lovely trainers is the magic in the stunning looking soles. They really are soles like I've never had before.  Other than the fact that they obviously look amazing, there's a certain spring to my walk or run that I don't quite get from any other pair of trainers. I feel a bit 'bouncy' - kinda like I have these things under my feel, springing me up with every lift and assuring me I can run an extra 1km. Not sure if my words quite do it justice to be honest but if you're a runner, you might just get it.


The top of the trainers is pretty stretchy for a dynamic fit system. I've realised that when I wear them for the first time in the morning, because the fit is so snug on me, it initially feels a little too close for comfort but in less than half an hour of moving around and for the rest of the day, the feeling completely changes. It gives me room where I need it but still feels very supportive.

I'm in love with the feel of the material on top, the overall look of them - very pleasing to the eye... trendy and so on point but without being in your face. The all round quality is fantastic and I've got some lovely compliments already. I also love that I have the black - sounds really silly but I've been wanting a pair of black trainers for sooooo long! I got the package first thing in the morning and you should have seen how quickly I sprung out of bed when I saw the colour! It was like Christmas came early! haha 


SPECS for you geeky runners :)

- Pronation: none
- Cushion: Plush 
- Construction type: Neutral
-Surface: Road Track
-Arch: High, Normal (mid)
-Water Resistant: No
-Water Proof: No
-Offset: 4mm
-Heel: 19mm/Forefoot: 15mm
-Weight: 8.1 oz i.e 230g

The weight is definitely a big thing for me as I'm now obsessed with casual wear and feeling comfortable. On days when I need to be dressed up for whatever reason, I need to know that if I'm off to the gym later or just need comfy shoes to come home in and have to carry my trainers around all day, they wouldn't weigh my bag down! They are SUPER light!

Another advantage that's such a massive plus for me is the arch support from the Freedom ISO. As a physio, I'm constantly on my patients' cases about footwear with arch support. I myself have suffered from plantar fasciitis and it's not pretty! In fact, it's horrible! A lot of people are getting into the idea of keeping fit which is amazing but they sometimes forget to take care of themselves where it really matters. 

My only slight (and this is a very slight) disappointment is that it isn't water resistant or proof. However, I generally don't run on a wet day as such and if I somehow happened to be caught out in the rain on a rainy day, a bit of water never hurt nobaaadyyy :) 


Overall, I can legit say these cuties have not disappointed in the slightest. I genuinely love training in them and so pleased to add them to my collection. A good pair of trainers should do everything. They should support you while you walk, run and weight train and this is definitely no exception. 

Special thanks to Rae at BrandNation for reaching out. I'm forever grateful xo xo 

A range of ISO colours are available for both men and women. Men have the black you see me wearing above or can choose from white gold, orange citron (love this) or blue, black citron. You can see all the men's collection here. Women are equally spoilt with options and could wear the black I have above or choose from berry pink and blue citron. You could also see the women's options here.



One final thought to bear in mind is that if you're anything like me and have weird feet - in my case, one very slightly bigger than the other. I'm usually a UK size 41 in shoes but realised that I'm a 42 in most trainers although in some brands, I'm a UK 39 (yes, honestly don't ask)! The size I'm wearing above is a 42 and as mentioned above, it fits mega snug with a thin pair of socks. So if you're someone who loves to train with thick socks because you love the extra-extra cushioning - then go bigger (although I promise you, they are very well cushioned already!). However, if you love snug and protective, stay in your natural size. 


The Freedom ISOs retail at £140 but are totes worth every single penny! Promise. You can follow Saucony on Instagram or Twitter and join in the fun by using #LifeOnTheRun. Do you own these trainers? What's the best thing about it for you? What do you feel could be improved? Let me know in the comments below

Lots of love,
Joy
xo xo 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

OVEREATING.

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


And gorgeous you are too! In this video, I simply wanted to share some of my top tips for over-eating. This is certainly my speciality in terms of personal experience seeing as I LOVE eating! LOL.
Hope you like the video and if you haven't subscribed to me on youtube yet, please do! I will love you forever - plus it's free! Enjoy x



Wishing you the best for the rest of the week. Hope your week begins with great joy.

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

Monday, February 27, 2017

WHAT MOTIVATES ME?

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


You may have seen my youtube video  Why does my body itch every time I walk?? | First World Problems? This was at the beginning of my mental walking challenge, feeling determined to conquer walking... back in August 2016. It was shortly after E & I got back from Canada. We spent 3 of the most amazing weeks of our lives there. Other than the people and food, I couldn't be more grateful to Canada for inspiring me to be more outdoorsy! The weather was sooo good, we simply had to! Bikes, walks, boat rides, the lot!




Regardless of how well I'm doing however, I somehow feel I could feel fitter and there is so much more to achieve. I've never been a big fan of the outdoors and it all started when I was a kid. I used to love playing outside in muddy water and one day, I got an infection which resulted in very itchy feet. I was taken to the hospital and the doctor advised my parents that I had to be out of school for 3days! That's where the craze started. I developed some form of OCD that involved not wanting to be anywhere near water - especially if it's mixed with dirt. Because of this, I missed out on some very important things like learning to swim - I hated seeing water and things like hair in shower lockers etc simply because they made me itch so bad. Yes, sure most of it was in my head! 


To make matters worse, I also hated exercising. Anything that involved an increase in circulation, breathing or blood pressure made me go nuts. I would itch so much that you could see red blotches on my skin and my pores would visibly get bigger, simply from uncontrolled scratching. I never ran for the bus or took the stairs. I used to simply drive everywhere... Funny all this, considering I'm now a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Without conquering all of these, you can probably see why I am in the constant mindset of feeling I could do better, especially when it comes to exercise. To some people, it might be nothing but to those who understand the feeling of being overwhelmed by something so little, yet so big, YOU GET IT!!!! The struggle is so real!

   



Fast forward to meeting E who loves to bike ride and keep fit, I sorta feel like I gotta keep up with him. He loves traveling and doing all the outdoorsy things I used to hate. Since returning from Canada, I realised things needed to change! I knew I did not want to dread another summer! I wanted to make the most of whatever warm weather we got in 2017! One way I've been slowly but surely conquering this issue is by learning to walk. Yes, yes, it sounds petty I know. However, for someone who loves driving everywhere, it's such a big achievement. 

I purposely took on a Physiotherapy job right in the heart of town - Kensington & Chelsea, where I walk all day every day. Well, really I walk to my patient's houses, get the tubes and buses etc and it feels amazing! I love that in my own teeny likkle head, I feel like I'm conquering my fears... one step at a time (I know, clever)! I have braved the cold and the rain on several occasions and I kinda secretly enjoy dumping myself into these situations and then thinking 'Sh*t, why?' but still managing to overcome them - quite frankly because I have no choice. I now walk 10-18,000 steps a day. I also cycle as much as I can too, instead of driving. So far, here's the result.


My progress has also given me lots of confidence about how I approach other things too! Excited to see where this leads me! Make sure you're following me on Instagram so you can keep up to date with all my fitness tings yarsss! I go to lots of classpass classes now so constantly posting away! Ps the next time you look at someone else's IG page and think how much of a fitness guru they are, think again! They're probably just in the process of conquering their fears. So can you!



What are you scared of? I dare you to share below. Are you working on conquering it or is it simply too overwhelming? Perhaps you've already overcome your fears? Do you have any tips for peeople like me who are still working on theirs? Leave me comments below.

Lots of love, 
Joy 
xo xo 

Monday, February 06, 2017

CHATTY FEET SOCKS

Dear gorgeous person you! 


By now, you know how much I absolutely looooovvvve my comfort. I have made no secret of how much I would happily be a professional couch potato, snuggled up on the sofa wearing comfy socks, watching endless movies and eating ice cream if I din't have to worry about being responsible, gaining weight and paying bills! Nevertheless, I still manage to do this every time I get an opportunity and I tell ya, having a lovely pair of socks to slip on, that keeps you warm but does not over-heat you is the cherry on the cake.



Today's post is a little different to my usual. I wanted to share this cute little find with you. A few weeks ago, Gil, one of the founders of Chatty feet reached out to me to ask if I would like some socks sent in the post. I was pretty excited - not just because I could picture me on the sofa in my socks, eating ice cream but also because that feeling you get when someone somewhere thinks of you and decides to get in touch with a lovely email... I suppose it's an overwhelming feeling of gratitude - the novelty of which I doubt will ever wear off, so thanks Gil for putting a smile on my face that day.




All their lovely socks have characters, names and funny faces and so E and I wanted to have matching cute faces, hence we went for Danny and Sandy! One of my fav films of all time! #Classic #70sFilmsfor80sKids #JustSlottingThatInThere. Omg though - aren't they just super cute? This was us on Sunday evening sat in front of the telly - no ice cream though - my PT is not about that life! He has banned me from this as per all my IG gym posts :(


I got the medium (UK 5-8) as I'm a 7 and E went for the large (9-12)! Both fit absolutely perfectly. I have also worn this to work as I walk around a lot for work (the joys of being a community physiotherapist in the heart of London). I love the fact that it's so light weight but still keeps my shins warm. The one thing you want when you're walking around in the cold is to keep warm but the last thing you want is to have very heavy, thick socks that weigh you down and make your shoes super tight! 



Have you seen the range on Chatty Feet's website? You can get so many different ones. Check them out here. They have all sorts and they are super cute! They even have some for kids too so if you're wanting to twin with your kids, partners or siblings - go on, spoil yourself! You could even get these as a Valentine's present to someone special. Let me know if you do and what you think! If I were you, I'll check their IG too. You can really see realistic pics of various people wearing the different characters. Plus the pics are simply hilarious!!!

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

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