I started this blog, not only as a way to document my own fitness journey, but as a way to inspire others to start their journey too. I wanted to create a space full of tips and tricks on how to survive the fitness industry; not from a fitness professional, model or online superstar, but from your average twenty-something (now 30 and counting) who’s trying to plough her own ‘fitness’ furrow, and survive it too.

But with my own fitness (& blogging) motivation waning due to a hectic work and social life, I’ve found myself struggling to put pen to paper – or should I say fingers to keyboard. I’ve written as little as two blog posts in as many months recently and, although I’m desperate to get back in the blogging game, I’m simply stuck for ideas.

So after weeks of contemplation, procrastination and sheer laziness, I’m finally getting my laptop open – not just to while away the hours on Your Tube – but to do some blogging.

If, like me, you’ve been struggling to blog lately too then I’ve listed some of the ways that I deal with writers block. And don’t worry if you’re reading this and you’re not a blogger, because the essence of each of my tips can be translated into most areas where you’ve been lacking motivation… so lets get started.

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A couple of months ago I went to support my friend Greg in his first full Ironman competition and I was completely blown away. The sheer guts and dedication it takes to endure such a challenge is outstanding. Watching him was so inspirational and I was instantly motivated – which was great timing as my own fitness journey had been somewhat stagnant lately.
I instantly wanted to interview Greg to find out more about his journey & training and was pleasantly surprised to find out he had even completed this challenge whilst reducing his meat intake – a big thumbs up from me!!
So make yourself a cup of tea, get comfy and discover what goes in to becoming an Ironman below…

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Nearly two years ago now I made the decision to turn my back on the paleo lifestyle and swap my life of bacon, steak and grass fed beef, for a life without meat. A new life which started as a conscious effort to reduce my carbon footprint, and evolved into a life to do my bit to save animals.

This new chapter also made me look a little bit deeper and totally re-address my beauty routine – from whatever products I fancied, to whatever products were cruelty free (or as much as I can for now). I stopped purchasing Loreal and most drugstore labels (they may not test on animals in the UK but if they sell in China, they do) and started to buy more Lush, Hourglass and Becca – my bank account didn’t thank me for it but my conscience did.

So when the lovely people from wellness webshop Nutrimarket offered me the chance to try one of the products on their site – I jumped at the chance to test one of their natural skincare brands – Zk’in.

Zk’in is a skincare brand from Australia who believe in honest beauty. They use certified organic ingredients in their products, with a focus on creating naturally enriched, hydrated and naturally replenished skin. There are no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals or unnatural ingredients in any zk’in products.

What product did I try?

I personally have extremely sensitive skin and even the most sensitive products can irritate my face, especially under the eye area, so I was keen to try the Calming Cream Cleanser with Natural Skin Hydrating Actives. It’s a non lathering, alcohol-free gentle cleansing cream, which turns from oil to milk upon contact with the water. The anti-inflammatory Colloidal Oatmeal is abundant in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Whilst the Aloe Vera helps to rehydrate skin – great for heading into the winter months. Sounds like a dream right?

How to use…

I use a different product to remove my eye make up as this says to avoid the eye area. Once my eye make up is removed, I apply some product to the skin and work in for a moment before removing with a cotton pad. This step effectively gets rid of make-up. Then I go in again with some more product to give my face a deeper cleanse, this time washing off the product before patting my skin dry with a clean towel.

So how did I get on?

The product itself feels super creamy and soft on the skin. It’s easy to work with and removes easily – without leaving your skin feeling oily or as if you have product residue left on your face. The one downside of the product is that it doesn’t smell great – although I always hope that bad smelling products mean that they work better (does anyone else think that?).

You wouldn’t believe it from the texture but it’s actually super effective at removing foundation and other make up. Just make sure you use a dedicated eye make-up remover and avoid contact with the area when using.

I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and feel like it’s given me a great glow. My skin feels hydrated and plump after each use as the second cleanse works deep into my pores. I’m definitely going to be trying out a few more of their products soon to support my routine – I’ve especially got my eye on the Smoothing Skin Serum!!

Have you tried any Zk’in products before? If not, nows your chance! Use the code FITDIARY17 to save 15% off your entire order.

The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of this review. However, as always, all views and opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know I’m a big advocate of the importance of sleep. And whilst I’m not going to share my ‘evening routine’ on here (because lets be honest what normal, working woman has time on her hands for the ‘perfect’ routine), I did want to share some of my night-time essentials – and by essentials I mean they come everywhere with me, even on holiday! 

Generally, my evening routine goes a bit like this…

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My big fit podcasts

Lately I’ve become obsessed with Podcasts. 

I’m subscribed to so many that my phone rarely has any free space. They’re just perfect if I need a bit of me time; am on a short walk or my daily commute. I simply stick in my headphones and switch on my favourites. And what’s more, they’re totally FREE!

If you’re new to the world of podcasts or are looking for some new ones then I’ve got some crackers for you to get addicted to. And since I’m all about balance, they’re not just fitness focused; there’s some fun & feminism too. 

So let’s get started

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