30 things at 30

It might come as a huge shock (stick tongue out emoji) but yes, earlier this year I turned the ripe old young age of 30. It took a while to come to terms with it but after multiple internal battles, a few tears over my (partly) wasted youth and finding too many grey hairs to count (seriously, it’s as if I turned 30 and my hairs just turned white) I am finally at peace with my new age.

Now here’s where I should say that you shouldn’t have regrets and age is just a number but, lets keep it real, I feel like I missed the boat with a few things. I regret not travelling more, not working harder at my acting career and having spent far too many hours of my 20’s worrying about my imperfect body and what other people thought about me. Don’t get me wrong, I realise that all is not lost and I can still achieve many of these things (I’m all for going travelling in my 30’s, 40’s or even 50’s) but lets face it, some things are much easier in your 20’s before the responsibilities of real ‘adult’ life set in – career, marriage, home, pets, children.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, it’s in thinking about the things I missed out on in my 20’s that I thought about all of the things I’ve achieved. And in thinking of all the things I have achieved, I thought about all of the things I’ve learnt over the years and how these things have helped to shape me into the person I am today – a person who I hope is loving, caring, fun and talented.

So, without further adieu, I give you my top 30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years…

  1. Comparison is the thief of joy
  2. I’ll never have a perfect body (and I’m okay with that)
  3. Make sure you laugh everyday
  4. Anxiety is a bitch!
  5. Work hard, play even harder
  6. Find something you love and do it
  7. Find a workout you enjoy and keep doing it
  8. Be kind
  9. Love all animals (and don’t eat them!)
  10. Complimenting others is both uplifting for you and them
  11. Make sure you see the good in others
  12. Carbs are not the enemy
  13. Don’t drink too much Prosecco (it sends me loopy)
  14. Don’t take people for granted – especially those closest to you
  15. Try not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet
  16. Sleep is your best friend
  17. Find a good skincare regime (and stick to it)
  18. Take you make up off every night
  19. A wasted day enjoyed is not a day wasted
  20. Tell your partner you love them everyday
  21. And don’t go to sleep angry
  22. There’s nothing a face mask, a glass of red, a lush bath bomb can’t fix (well, most things)
  23. You don’t have to drink to have fun
  24. Join in the conversation (and make your voice heard)
  25. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  26. Smile more (it makes you feel happier and makes you more approachable)
  27. Drink more water (I swear I say this every blog post)
  28. Appreciate your surroundings (the world is a beautiful place)
  29. Unsubscribe (to junk emails and to social accounts that don’t bring you joy!)
  30. Slow down

Now here’s to another 30 years of learning.

What have you learnt over your time here on earth? No matter how big or small, I’d love to know in the comments below.

Skincare has always been important to me especially since I became all about the sweatlife, and even more so since turning 30 earlier this year.  

If you’re a bit of a gym bunny too (which, if you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure you are) then it’s important that you pay special attention to your skin as it can get particularly clogged up.

Personally, I’ve always struggled with my skin. It’s combination with an oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks, whilst still finding the time to be dry in patches. I’m also massively prone to breakouts, even at the ripe old age of 30!

I’ve learnt quite a bit over the years though with lots of trial and error (and lots of wasted money!) which I’m sharing with you below. So read on to discover my top tips for your skin and the gym…

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I have a love hate relationship with running. I love running at my leisure, with no set pace and length in mind, but I hate despise running during a Crossfit WOD or race. I love running when the sun is shining (and even in the summer rain) but I hate running in the cold and the dark. I love running outside but I hate running on the treadmill. 

At the start of 2017, I set the goal to mix up my workouts a bit more and try something new every month. Now running isn’t new to me but it is something I don’t work on enough, so when John Lewis got in touch to send me some trainers for their website I jumped at the chance.

What better motivation right?

 

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I’m in no way a beginner runner and can easily run 5K, but I’m not a seasoned runner either – so I thought I would bring you my top running tips for beginners and things that have helped me in the past.

Set yourself a goal

Goal setting is important in everything we do, especially fitness. 

Reaching larger goals can seem pretty daunting. A marathon may feel impossible right now but after 6months of setting and achieving smaller goals it will seem a lot more doable. You may start with the goal to just getting your trainers on and getting outside – even if it’s just a run around the block, it’s much less overwhelming and much more achievable that a marathon, right?

You may want to tackle a 5k next, then a 10k etc. etc. before eventually you’ll be at that starting line looking your marathon goals square in the face!

Run with friends

Everything is better with a friend – even running. For a start you’re less likely to cancel on a friend than you are on yourself, you’ll be able to motivate each other through those tough runs and you’ll have much more fun. Plus, there’s nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry!

Or better still join a club. You’ll get all the benefits of running with a friend and more. There’ll be more conversation to help pass the time on longer runs; they’ll be different pacesetters with both faster, and even slower, members of the club and it’s much safer on the streets especially in the dark winter months.

Treat yourself to some new gear

I was kindly sent some new trainers from John Lewis and it reminded me of the importance of keeping your gear fresh, not only for the feel good factor but to ensure your feet are being well looked after too. 

Whether you’re pounding the payments or tearing up the treadmill, you’ll be putting your feet under a lot of pressure – so investing in a good pair of shoes is a must (Be prepared to spend a little bit more on a good pair of trainers, around £80-100).

Just as a running shoe should be these Nike trainers are super comfortable, light and flexible on the feet, great for absorbing the shock of your foot striking the pavement. John Lewis even offer a gait analysis service in their Peter Jones, High Wycombe, Cheadle and Birmingham shops

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Make running a habit 

Studies show it takes 66 days to form a habit, so get our your diary and mark the days you’ll go running over the next 10 weeks and DON’T GIVE UP. If you’re a morning runner prep your kit the night before and set a recurring alarm, and if you’re an evening runner, put your kit by the front door so it’s the first thing you see (and do) after work. 

Get a plan and stick to it

It’s not as simple as sticking on a pair of trainings and heading out the door. If you’ve been pretty inactive until now, it’s worth finding a good plan. Not only will it help keep you accountable, it’s also paramount in building up your activity levels. You’ll want to be mixing up longer and shorter runs, sprints and jogs and everything in between.

There are some great plans out there such as the Couch to 5K. You can also find a plan on most running websites (this Asics one is great) or from your local run club.

Switch it up

Pounding the pavements every night can get boring and is definitely the number one motivation killer for me. So switch it up and find somewhere new to run, it may be local park or further afield out in the country side. I love finding a run with an obstacle course in the middle for a bit of mid-run fun, or a nice country pub at the end for the ultimate weekend motivation.

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Rest 

Remember – rest is just as important as training.

I know you want to hit that 5k as soon as possible but trust me, you’ll get there quicker if you rest. As with all types of training, when you run you create tiny tears in your muscle tissue; your body will then try to repair these tears which will help to build muscle. So if you don’t get adequate rest then the body won’t get time to repair itself properly.

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Are you a runner or planning on getting started? I’d love to hear if my tips have helped you below or if you have any to add to the pot…

 

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent the trainers featured in this post but as always I only work with brands I believe in and all views and opinions are my own.

Just Bee Drinks Review - Blueberry - My Big Fit Diary

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Now I’m not big on reviewing products for my blog, especially dedicating a whole post to them, but sometimes I just have to make an exception. 

I was first introduced to Just Bee at a LuluLemon event in Manchester and got to try out one of the flavours post workout. I was instantly intrigued by the brand firstly on the packaging, secondly on the simplistic, natural product inside the packaging and thirdly on the people behind the product.


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Who are Just Bee?

Just Bee grew out of a family’s love for Bee’s and honey. With a beekeeper in the family for at least the last two generations it was no wonder that Just Bee was born. And not only do Just Bee sell their bee-utiful drinks, they also have a passion for saving the bees too. 

A very wise man once said,

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth then man would only have 4 years left to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man!”

– Albert Einstein

(and for those of you who are fans of Black Mirror – then you know what could happen if the bees die out!!)

A simple way to help save the bee’s is by planting more ‘bee friendly’ wildflower seeds, and Just Bee are helping you do just that. All you have to do is head to their website, fill in a short form and they will send you a packet of seeds to sow in your very own garden (or a neighbours if you’re terrified at the prospect of inviting bees into your garden!!!).

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It’s funny, I’ve always been pretty calm when around bee’s (despite being scared of just about everything else!). I remember sitting in a classroom at primary school during snack time when a bee flew into the room, whilst everyone ran round like nutters I sat still, and when the bee landed on my hand I continued to sit still and eventually it flew away. Remember, bees are our friends and only sting when they feel threatened. So if one lands on your arm don’t run around waving them in the air, just stay calm and still and eventually the bee will leave you alone.

Now to the drinks

A Just Bee Drinks review wouldn’t be a review now without a cheeky taste test, so Just Bee kindly sent me one of each flavour to try! At first glance I was drawn to the Apple & Ginger flavour and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely love ginger and although it didn’t knock my socks off (I like my ginger strong) it was super refreshing and I downed the carton in 10 seconds flat (note to Just Bee, make big bottles please so I can drink even more!).

Just Bee drinks are best served chilled and when poured over ice make the perfect alcohol free alternative when all your friends around you are getting drunk… great for anyone giving up alcohol for lent, and beyond!

After trying all three my favourite has to be the Lemon and Green tea, closely followed by the Blueberry.

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Again the flavours aren’t very strong but are still tasty and if you struggle to drink enough water in your day then consider trying Just Bee as an alternative. At less than 50 calories per carton, more than 90% spring water and just a touch of honey and fruit juice they’re much more diet friendly than your shop bought cordial!

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So if I’ve got your ears pricked and your tastebuds tingling then head over to the Just Bee site now. Or you can pick one up for yourself from Selfridges, Boots, Holland & Barrett and Waitrose to name just a few.

As always let me know in the comments below if you try Just Bee and what you think? And we’d love to see your pics too! 

Dairy Free Spiced Rice Pudding - Mid - My Big Fit Diary

I’ve always been the biggest foodie, ever since I was little I loved trying new things and always ate a rainbow of foods; from broccoli to strawberries, and fish to salad. But I’ve also always been a bit of a junkie (food junkie that is!). I remember that I’d often get obsessed with the same types of foods, wanting to eat them over and over and over again – especially when it came to ‘naughty’ foods! 

Two of these things, and the ones that remind me of growing up the most, are Jaffa cakes (which I mentioned here) and rice pudding.

I must have eaten rice pudding at least twice a week in my early years, eating it hot with jam or melted chocolate, always leaving a little bit in the tin to eat cold whilst the rest was cooking… yum! Although, I was a tad obsessed with rice pudding I only ever thought that it came in a tin (or at least that I could never make a version as delicious). But as I got older and my taste buds changed I realised this was definitely doable… if a little different.

Now this isn’t to say that I don’t (occasionally) eat rice pudding out of a tin still (I definitely do!), but I also love a good homemade, less creamy yet still just as satisfying version. However now instead of the chocolate or the jam I like it packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and raisins… how very adult of me!

The version I’m sharing with you today is my dairy free spiced rice pudding recipes and it’s not only super delicious, it’s also healthy enough to enjoy at any time of the day – even for a post workout breakfast. It’s also dairy free for anyone who can’t have the pleasure of experiencing ambrosia rice pudding (I feel for you, I really do) or is looking to cut down on dairy like myself, and just a small bowl will satisfy you no end.

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So what are we waiting for.

How to make my Dairy Free Spiced Rice Pudding 

Ingredients:

  • 125g Arborio rice
  • 700ml Almond Milk (or other dairy free)
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Pinch Pink Salt

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 140°C
  2. Grease baking dish with some coconut oil
  3. Mix all ingredients above except for the nutmeg & raisins
  4. Add to the baking dish and sprinkle with the nutmeg
  5. Put in the oven and cook for 30mins
  6. After 30mins, stir and add the raisins
  7. Pop back in the oven for another hour
  8. Remove, top with more raisins and pumpkin seeds
  9. Enjoy!

 

As always if you make this, or any of my recipes, then let me know below or tag me in the pics on Instagram or Twitter.