The Perfect Jeans For “Girls That Lift”

You know the deal, you’ve discovered weightlifting and the barbell is now your best friend. The PR’s are flying in and you’re loving life UNTIL you find yourself in Topshop of a Saturday and none of the jeans seem to go past your quads! We’ve all been there and the term “the struggle is real” never felt so apt as your twist and turn in the changing room, praying you don’t come crashing through the door!

To help all you lady beasts out there, I drafted some super strong women to find out what jeans they happily get over their quads and bootay! We all come in different shapes and sizes so it was interesting to see what brands they wear! Strong is sexy, so don’t forget that and don’t be stressed, there’s always jeggings!

Me! Lover of Barbell’s and Blogger

River Island- €50

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I’ve always struggled with jeans! I’m pretty short and mother nature granted me with Beyonce-esque thighs! Most jeans cut off the blood supply to my legs and if I jump up a size, let’s just say it’s more bob the builder than Beyonce!

You have to search until you find the perfect fit for you and while I love the Baxter/Jamie design from Topshop, I find they are always too long for my short legs! River Island is where it’s at for me. I discovered the black Amelie skinny jeans and now I can run in and grab my size without even trying them on! They are cut perfectly with subtle stretchy material and never lose the shape.

I particularly love River Island jeans because they cater for the short arses of Ireland like myself! I just hope they never change the design because I believe they’re the perfect jeans for the girls that lift!

 

Sarah Doyle, Founder of The Better Life Project and Powerlifter

Zara- €50 (€25 on sale)

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I got these jeans from Zara during the Christmas sales. They were reduced from about €50 to €25 so I was pretty happy. I actually laughed when Aimee asked me to take part in this feature, as I’ve always struggled with jeans! James says I have squatters genetics aka “a big arse” but I think it’s my legs that are the part I struggle with the most. If I can get a pair of jeans over my thighs I am winning.

But I never usually can and if I do they are hanging off my waist so when stretchy jeans were invented I was one happy girl. My fave jeans are probably River Island and Dr. Denim. This pair from Zara was a great deal. 

Claire McGrath, Miss Fitness Ireland and All Round Fitness Fanatic

Tommy- €120 (€80 on sale)

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I got these jeans in Tommy in Dundrum, they were €120 but got them on sale for €80. They are just the perfect fit, I love them because they are super stretchy, they fit me when I’m leaner for the on season and even for off-season gains lol!

Lisa Regan, PR Queen and All Round Fitness Fanatic

Topshop-€60

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My top pick for jeans is Topshop Jamie brand– soft and large pockets on the bum. This is key for your bum to look good- the bigger the pocket the nicer the bum! I have these 6 months and they wash and fit great. A little stretch in them and they sit well on the waist and move with your body as opposed to it.

Jeans are my staple but are so hard to come by! A good pair is worth it’s weight in gold! I love an ankle grazer as it elongates the leg giving the illusion of a slimmer leg and also the ankle is a nice area to have exposed as it helps to break up your look of you are doing just one colour. These jeans are perfect for work, day wear or night time.

Michelle Massey, Weightlifting/Crossfit athlete and Blogger at Kettlebelle

Pull and Bear- €29.99

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I get all my jeans from Pull and Bear! They have an amazing selection and they stock these ‘stretch fit’. Basically, that means I can still buy my standard size but they stretch to fit perfectly around my quads and ass which are slightly bigger than what would be classed as a “standard” size 8. I find buying jeans that sit on my hips rather than waist works well too!!!

Kelly Donegan, Author and Health & Fitness Influencer

H&M-€38

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I’ll be honest and say I hate jeans to death…I still haven’t found a brand, style or shape that fits my tree trunk quads. Lately I’m wearing these faux leather pants from H&M because they are super stretchy and comfy!

Jeans are a no go unless they are a huge size then I tend to need a belt because the waist is too big! First world problems I think..

Ursula Macken, PT, Weightlifting Athlete and Blogger

Bershka €29.99

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These are my favorite pair. They’re the first pair I’ve found that fit me perfectly. Tight in the right places but have enough stretch too, basically the next best thing to gym pants (LOL)!

I usually find with skinny trousers that either the ends are too baggy if they fit around the waist, or the legs will be perfect but the waist too high! It’s funny, I live in them but I’ve no decent pictures wearing them!


Freddy Jeans

I haven’t worn them myself but I’ve read multiple reviews from women who can’t wear any other brand! They have a very unique cut that really accentuate your “gains” but all the reviews say they are super comfy and I’m all about that! Do any of you guys have a pair and would you recommend them? If you recommend a brand that’s not mentioned, be are to comment below!

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-All views in this article are the individuals own, none are linked to brands mentioned.

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Fit-fam Weekly Specials Part 2

I’ve had my savvy saver hat on this week and found some great products that I think you may like! As I stated before please share any great deals you find on fitness/nutrition products and I’ll add it in next time.

LIDL have a huge selection of fitness wear and gadgets coming in this Monday 2nd March, I picked out a few that may be of interest to you.

Sensiplast® Kinesiology Tape-€9.99

With the Crossfit open started, this will come in handy for any pains or niggles you may have. Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. From the site it looks like you can choose a pack of 4 rolls or 3 with a scissors.

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Crivit® 9L Running Backpack- €8.99

This running backpack is amazing value and even if you don’t run regularly it’s definitely worth buying as it can come in handy for many sports events. It’s lightweight and has large main component with double zipper and integrated compartment for hydration sac (not included)

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Gym Gear €2.99-€21.99

There will be lots of of training gear/accessories on sale next week. Everything from socks, sports bra, compression tops, bottoms etc and as always; cheap aswell! The womens capri pants pictured below are only €6.99! Judging by their website you can get a whole new gym outfit for less than €40!

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3 in 1 interchangeable peeler- €6.56

The Perfect accessory for all your clean- eating recipes, this peeler from “Chef N” comes with three interchangeable blades: straight, serrated and julienne. This can be used for making healthy slaw, jazzing up salads and even “courgetti” (won’t work as well as a Spiralizer)

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Sleek slice mandolin- €24.75

This kitchen accessory is a must for any clean eating diet. You can make perfect vegetable crisps, thick courgette noodles, salads and pickles. The compact folding slicer is perfect for slicing all fruits and vegetables and won’t take up much space in your kitchen.

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Eggspress Heart Boiled Egg Mould-€7
OK, I know this is a total gimmick and realistically you will probably use it once a year! But Heart-shaped eggs?? Come on! A sure way to put a smile on someone faces (or your own) I want!

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Fit-fam Weekly Specials

With so many options and the Fitness market more competitive than ever, there are some decent budget products to be found. I am going to make a regular list of some of the things I have found that may be of interest to all you Health and Fitness addicts. If you see anything you think is amazing and great value be sure to share and I will add them in.

Debenhams-Crepe Maker €26

Hands up who loves crepes/pancakes? Silly questions but how amazing is this crepe maker? Perfect crepes every time! You will become the brunch king or queen with this in your home! (Lidl will have one in from the 12th Feb for €24.99, Click here)

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DEALZ- Mens/Womans Weightlifting Gloves- €1.49

I don’t know about you but my hands are pretty bad these days. In fact Mr PP told be recently my hands are like knuckles lol It maybe time to book in for a manicure!  If you want to save your hands, try out some lifting gloves. These ones are ridicously cheap so even if the quality is terrible and they only last for one day, you have still gotten your monies worth!

424579795LIDL-Kettlebells €4.99-€14.99 (12th February)

When I started weight training it was with a sandbag that weighed 3kg (and that was tough) It amazed me still to this day how the body adapts and you get stronger by the day. Don’t make excuses about why you can’t lift weights or that you have no strength, start somewhere! It could be with the 2.5kg kettlebell here and that could be the best €5 you ever spent. Fast forward a year and you could be hitting workouts with a hell of lot more! Lidl will have a whole range of fitness clothing/equipment from this date.

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That’s all for now, will get searching to bring you more amazing deals!!

Thanks for reading x

Primal Pizza

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Recreating pizza is a fun task – there’s always the doubt that it won’t work out right and all your hard work and ingredients have to go in the bin. But nothing can wipe the smile off your face when it turns out pretty good! This recipe is fun – it looks like a pizza, feels like a pizza and tastes pretty close to your everyday pizza, except this recipe is grain and gluten free! You could say it’s suitable for a paleo diet but I’m pretty sure the cavemen didn’t eat pizza!

The main ingredient in the pizza base is “Tapioca” (I love that word!). This could be a new ingredient to your pantry, and can be used for lots of recipes. It’s pretty cheap and can be bought from most health shops.
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What exactly is Tapioca?

Tapioca is the starch extracted from the cassava root. The cassava plant is native to Brazil and its starch is referred to as “tapioca”. Cassava is naturally gluten free, making it a good substitute for flour as a thickener, as well as a base for a tasty, sweet pudding.

This recipe can be a little tricky, but just have patience with it and it will work out.

Pizza base recipe:

  • 1 cup organic tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 medium or 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt or garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

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Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C, and if you have a pizza stone place that in the oven too.

2. In a large bowl, mix the tapioca flour, about a 1/3 cup of the coconut flour and seasoning. Slowly add the oil in a little at a time,  stirring as you pour. Then add the water and give it a good mix. Next, pour in the egg and again mix well. 

3. To create the dough, add a couple of tablespoons of coconut flour until it reaches a dough-like consistency.

4. Spinkle your surface with some tapioca flour and turn out the dough, and knead it gently into a ball. If it is too sticky, sprinkle more of tapioca flour.

5. Roll out some parchment paper and sprinkle with tapioca flour. Transfer the dough to the paper, and using a rolling pin covered in the flour, roll the dough out to a thin base. Sprinkle a small with of flour on the base, and using your hand smooth it out.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then remove from the heat. Add whatever toppings you choose, and pop back in the oven to bake for about 5 mins.

Hope you enjoy x
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Primal Piggy: Highlights and Memories of 2014

2014 was a year of many ups and downs. Early in the year I was recovering from a shoulder injury and it was around April when I started to feel better. This threw me a lot as I was out of action for about 6 months, you can read the full story in my previous blog post here: Learning the Importance of Patience It was a tough road but I came out eager and more determined than ever.

  • The Waterford Throwdown: Doing a competition was always at the forefront of my mind and when the applications opened for the Waterford Throwdown in May, I signed up straight away. On the day of the competition I was so scared, probably not 100% prepared for such a big event but I pushed through. This was one of the biggest learning curves in my Crossfit Journey to date. I wrote a blog post about the experience here: The Journey to my First Competition.

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  • Sunrise WOD with the Ronin Family: One of my favourite memories of Ronin Crossfit this year was our 5.00am WOD on Dollymount beach. It was freezing cold, but that was all forgotten about with the laughter and excitement of doing something so crazy! For more highlights of all the great stuff we did in 2014, check out this video from their VBlog: Ronin Crossfit 2014 Review.

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  • My first Interview: I used to be in a band so you would think that public speaking comes easily to me, It doesn’t! I could sing on front of a million people but ask me to speak and I’ll run a mile. When my Ronin coaches asked me to do an interview for their VBlog, I was flattered and terrified! It was great fun chatting away about my journey to date and I think I could definitely get used to this, so watch out for some VBlogs from myself in 2015! Here’s the interview: Ronin VBlog Member Spotlight-PrimalPiggy10665159_750408855029700_1932079034334665916_n
  • Yogainz: Yoga doesn’t just make my body feel great, it does amazing things to my mind aswell! My teacher and good friend Claire McGrath is an incredible mentor. In a short space of time, my flexibility has increased more than I have ever imagined. I look forward to this class every week as it’s time where I completely switch off and focus on my body and achieving the movements.

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  • The Filthy 150: After the Waterford Throwdown I got working on my weaknesses. I wanted to be prepared for this next competition and as it was a team competition, there was the worry of letting your team members down. We worked super hard together to get ready for this and I really noticed the difference in my performance from the competition in July. That in itself was an achievement for me! We competed in the RX event against some serious crossfit athletes from around the country, it was pretty surreal! But, I couldn’t have been happier with our performance!

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  • Intern for The Health Bloggers Community: Blogging has been a wealth of education to me, I have learned so much on this journey to date. When the HBC advertised an intern position, I applied not really thinking I had a chance. When I received the email to say I got it, I literally danced around the house with excitement. It was a sign that I am on the right track. Since I started the internship in October, I have grown so much! There are some very exciting projects launching in the New Year, I can’t wait to share with you!1544444_712785725458680_4194957825723378598_n
  • Kicking Sugars Butt: I am a self confessed chocoholic (there, I said it!) No seriously, I have an ongoing battle with all things sweet! Even when I turned my back on the refined crap, it was replaced with the natural kind! After 4 failed attempts in the past, in August something clicked and I managed a full sugar detox for 5 weeks! Not a huge amount of time on paper but it was the first time in my life I was able to stick with a plan. Bad habits have creeped back in and enough chocolate has been consumed to last me until next year! This Monday I will be cutting the hard stuff out again and I’m aiming for 12 weeks this time.10712781_739163882820864_6250108656314653181_n

Weightlifting PR’s: I think everyone at this stage knows how much I love lifting!! It’s all I ever talk about (sorry to those to have to listen to my never-ending rants) As someone who started out lifting 3/5KG sandbags I am amazed by how your body can adapt to heavier loads and I surprise myself some days! This year has taught me that I definitely want to compete in some lifting competitions in the new year, so watch this space! Some Pr’s this year: Front Squat 90KG, Backsquat 100KG (This was in August,so defo more there) Clean 75KG, Clean and Jerk 67.5KG, Deadlift 130KG, Snatch 40KG, Backsquat x3 90KG, Deadlift x3 115KG.

While 2014 had some great moments, as you know I lost my Na-Na on the 7th December and the last few weeks have been filled with great memories of her and all the great lessons she taught me. These lessons mean so much more when the person is no longer with us. My Na-Na told me I can achieve anything I want and to aways believe in myself. This will be my mantra for 2015 and I dedicate all my future achievements to her xx

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Guilt-Free: Ferrero Rocher Style Ice-cream

IMG_7954Ok, I lied, there is no Ferraro Rocher in this ice-cream (oops) But…it’s even better, this recipe is so clean that you could have it for breakfast (I did!) Its the best remedy for a bad day!

When I learned that you can make ice-cream with frozen bananas, I have been messing around with different flavours. I decided on this flavour after making some homemade hazelnut butter. If you just want a simple combination, the frozen bananas and hazelnut butter will work just as well, just add 1-2 tbs of maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbs hazelnut butter
  • 1 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs cocoa nibs
  • Scoop vanilla protein of your choice (Optional)
  • Handful crushed hazelnuts
  • 1-2 tbs almond milk (optional, depending on consistency)

Method:

1. Add the bananas and hazelnut butter to your food processor, blend for a couple of seconds. While it’s running add the cacao powder, maple syrup, protein and almond milk. Blend until it reaches an ice-cream consistency.

2. Mix in the cacao nibs and crushed hazelnuts using a spoon. Sprinkle a few extras on top and serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Happy Christmas!!

Happy Christmas!!

8 Gift Ideas for the Foodie

I now bring you my final gift guide and this one is for the foodies in your life. We all know them and they have such particular tastes that it can be difficult to source a unique gift. I always think the best presents are items you really love but wouldn’t buy yourself. Would you agree?

As we’re only a week away from Christmas this last minute gift guide will include items only available in Ireland. ( I swear this isn’t my list for Santa..wink,wink)

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1. Kenwood Ice-Cream maker Arnotts €40: Think about it, buy someone an ice-cream maker and you get thanked with delicious frozen treats (win-win) Movie nights will never be the same again with (clean) ice-cream on tap. This is a great price for an ice cream maker, there are more top-end ones available such as the Magimix. But the Kenwood is a perfect option without breaking the bank.

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2. Coffee Subscription 3FE €110 for the year: Every month the guys at 3FE pick a different coffee and post it directly. The subscription will come with a newsletter of information that highlights the coffee and its origin. This is a perfect gift for the Coffee Connoisseur in your life.

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3. Falcon Enamelware Bake Set Industry €75: A five-piece enamelware bake set in traditional Ice White with Dark Blue edge. This set is timeless and elegant with a rustic feel. Any foodie would be delighted with this addition to their kitchenware. (Hint, Hint)

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4. Cooking Guide Apron Designist €22 There is nothing worse than being in the middle of your cooking/baking and realising you don’t have the instructions for your recipe. This apron will have all the information you need, so you won’t need to run to Google.  Guide includes: numeric conversions, cooking times for vegetables, roasting times for birds, freezing instructions, defrosting times, a cooking glossary and more!

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5. Spiralizer Juicers.ie €47: These guys are taking orders up to midday on 22nd December.  Every health foodie/ gym bunny needs one of these in the kitchen. All you got to do is place the fruit or vegetable on the spikes, wind the handle while pushing sideways and instantly get beautiful spaghetti, spirals or ribbons-Magic!

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7. Gluten Free Cooking Course Cooks Academy €150: I actually did this course myself in February and loved it. It’s a full day 10.00am-4.00pm and it’s very hands on. We made everything from gluten free bread to pizza to chocolate cake. I would recommend it to anyone. If the Gluten Free isn’t the right option there are lots to choose from and the day courses cost from €70-€150.

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8. Slated Cheese/Presentation Board Slated.ie €45: These handmade pieces are simply stunning. Hand crafted in Dalkey, Co.Dublin each piece is completely unique, perfect for the foodie friend who loves their cheese. The gift box comes with a Slated Cheeseboard and Stainless Steel Cheese Knife.

So there we have 8 lovely gifts that can be purchased in Ireland. I didn’t include any books as it was hard to choose one, but here are a few I can recommend:

  • The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit  (A wonderful resource for any foodie)
  • The Extra Virgin Kitchen by Susan Jane White
  • The Happy Pear by David & Stephen Flynn
  • Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo (My bible when I started eating clean)
  • I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
  • Against All Grain by Danielle Walker
  • Hemsley Hemsley by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
  • Save with Jamie/Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver

Happy Christmas Shopping xx