Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Dear gorgeous person, you! 

You know that feeling when you've decided to let go of all your fears and jump right in despite your mind going "Are you sure you wanna do this?' and then you do it anyway and you just can't stop smiling? Well, that's kinda how I feel right now. I've jumped head first into the month of October, making youtube videos like I've never made them before, releasing 5 videos per week (except for the slight hiccup last week haha). I knew it would be difficult for lots of reasons including the fact that editing makes my brain waves go nuts.

To add fuel to fire, I decided to make a big deal of it and film with other bloggers. Mainly people I follow on IG. People that inspire me. Feel free to check out my entire video collection here https://www.youtube.com/joyogude/videos

Today's video features the absolutely beautiful Grainne (IG - @cakesweightsandproteinshakes). In this video, we're talking about our insecurities and how we've come to find support with each other and a network of other fitness enthusiasts online. Before I share the video with you, here are a few stills to give you a bit of an idea what we got up to. Our partner workout was amazing. 

First time I've worked out in my garden since we've had it done and it felt really good to utilise the space actually.

The most amazing thing about making this video with Grainne is that in it, we talk a lot about women supporting each other and in the past week, we've both needed support and reached out to each other. You may have seen this picture on my IG page from last Friday. I was feeling a little down about how much effort I was putting into youtube compared to how much I was getting back and guess who came to cheer me up?! So lovely to know that something as beautiful as a friendship has come out of putting myself out there, even though I was a little scared to do it in the first place. If true friendships is all I gain, then to me, it was all worth it.

Have you done a partner workout recently? Do you feel comfortable discussing your insecurities with other people?Do you have an online or physical network of people who keep you inspired? Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


Dear gorgeous person, you! 

As part of #octOVERit, I am making daily videos to help motivate you for to keep going strong with your food and fitness choices. If you're new to this idea, don't worry, here's a little summary. I first heard of it when two lovely girls on IG I follow posted some pics to say they had eaten so much crap this month and given in to temptation quite a lot however now they would like to be "over it" - get it? OctOVERit throughout the month of October :) clever huh?!

Well I decided to join in and help motivate you some more by releasing daily videos on my youtube channel - all things food, health and fitness and all throughout the month #GodHelpMe!

Today's video is a really lovely, super healthy lunch recipe I rustled up in about 15mins - including preparation. I bought all my ingredients from Sainsbury's and it all came to 6.75GBP. The quantity I made will feed me twice and I still have lots of ingredients left over so this is super cheap and you could easily feed a family of 5 by bulking up with spaghetti (75pence each).


Spiralized buttenut squash
Oyster mushrooms (hand shredded)
Sweet peppers 
Baby leaf spinach
Red chillies (hot)
Extra lean stirfry pork (3% fat) 
Peri peri seasoning
Curry powder
Maggi cubes x2


1. Gently heat a good quality non stick frying pan for 20secs. You don't want it too hot otherwise it'll burn your pork.

2. Add pork, spice with paprika, coriander, salt and peri peri seasoning, add a few sprays of low calorie cal oil, stir gently. Wait two minutes for the pork to brown and release natural water and oils. This also gives the pork some time to digest the spices you've added.

3. Add your mushrooms and chillies. Stir well. Ensure you're cooking on a low heat. It helps avoid burning and ensures that the ingredients cook softly but thoroughly.

4. After 1 minutes, add your bell peppers, stir well. Add the rest of the spices. I always encourage spicing to taste. Some people might want to add more than I've suggested e.g. garlic, mustard - totally up to you. Stir well.

5. Add spiralised butternut squash. How long you want to leave this in for is totally up to you. I will recommend cooking for at least 4 minutes in the stir fry or microwave for 3 minutes and cook for 2. You'll also notice in the video that I added some water. This was to keep my ingredients soft. Some people might prefer everything crunchy so skip that step. 

6. Add spinach. Wilts down in 20secs. Don't leave in for any longer otherwise you'll find it difficult to see it and I think the colour is great to contrast every thing else.

7. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy


The video is live now on my youtube channel so please watch and leave me a comment.

Lots of love,
J xo xo