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 


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 

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