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fitbit Ionic: Instantly Iconic

“For that price I’d hope it walks 10,000 steps a day for me!” – Christa Kaizer, Jan 2018  (pre-Ionic)

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What Came First: The Chicken or the IBS?

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. A warm welcome back to regular readers and a huge hello to new ones! I hope you got more for Christmas than just a few extra pounds on the scale… T’is the season to be Jolly, after all, and it happens to the best of us.
It’s time to kick start the new year the best way I know how and I’m taking you with me – so let’s get right into it!

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Ciao, Adios, I’m Done! 

Heartbreak: Hollywood glamorises it and singers make millions from it. I always thought there was something romantic about fighting for someone, winning them back. But there is no romance in trying to convince someone to love you, or the struggle to get out of bed in the morning, fighting back the tears in the middle of a busy shop, or avoiding eye contact with the person sat opposite you on the train to work.

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note to self: things change 

To Christa,
You’re celebrating your 18th birthday in a room full of people you love, yet most of whom you will never speak to once the following 6 months have passed. The next 7 years will see your life flip and turn, and you will surprise yourself at how you deal with every bend in the road you face on your journey. Everything is going to change, but at the end of it, you will be more you than you’ve ever been.
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Working out a Routine to Avoid Gym Fear

To say the last 2 months have been a whirlwind for me would be an understatement. I tried, but admittedly failed miserably,  to maintain a routine while spending 3 days a week out of the country, and as a result my anxiety and confidence took a huge knock.

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The Buda-Best Way to Spend Time in Hungary

An hour-by-hour itinerary, meticulously planned outfits and matching pyjamas could only mean one thing: a 5 day city break with my best friend.

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When did ‘being healthy’ stop ‘being enough’?

I am a fit and healthy 25 year old woman. Standing at 5 foot 3 inches tall, I wear a size 10 (sometimes an 8) and exercise regularly. I eat an extremely balanced diet, never depriving my body of nutrients while having treats in moderation. I have a good social life, enjoy meals out with fiends and boyfriend with the occasional takeaway with my family. I can out-sprint male colleagues on the rowing machine, am lifting heavier weights than I have ever managed before, completing crazy fitness challenges and have overcome my 3pm slumps at work. I am living a healthy and happy life.
So why isn’t this enough?

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False Advertising; Fun Mudder 2017

I spent 6 months anticipating an 11 mile run broken up with 24 obstacles with nerves and anxiety, but as the day drew closer I felt an overwhelming feeling of excitement. I had spent months preparing for an event that previous Mudders have described as ‘painful yet enjoyable’ and I couldn’t wait to witness the world famous obstacles.

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Weighting around for bed time: How exercise affects sleep

As a 25 year old, self-confessed lover – nay, admirer – of sleep, I’ve never really had any major problems with paying the land of nod a visit, be it at 3 in the morning, or briefly at 4 in the afternoon.

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