Why The Whole “New Year, New Me” Is B******t!

As we roll into a new year, it’s a great time to make plans and set goals for the year ahead. Keeping that in mind, get ready for your social media to be blasted with the whole “New Year, New me” saga and DON’T even get me started on those 8 week challenges!

Let’s take a step back here and look at the big picture, why the hell are we wanting to change who we are? Last time I checked I was pretty happy with little old me, warts and all-(I hope you are too!) Without even knowing, people are already putting pressure on themselves because “this is year that it’s going to happen-I’m going to lose a ton of weight in the new year and my life will be perfect!” When the seed is planted it usually starts with the person doing serious damage over the Christmas holidays and then restricting themselves 100% in the new year! “Hello misery!”

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I’m all for people making positive steps to achieve overall mental and physical health but these plans you’re being sold don’t actually help with any of that long term (unless you are working with a qualified professional of course-do your research!). Yes, you will lose weight but is it sustainable? And how happy will it actually make you!

It’s taken me a long time to really be happy in my own skin and I feel it’s my prerogative to help others because that place can be dark. I too used to be that person who said I’ll wait until the new year to lose a few pounds, I too started the new year cutting out all the food groups under the sun trying to achieve that and guess what? It sucked, not only did it suck, a few months later when I started eating all those forbidden fruits, I had failed (or so I thought!).

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I’m not a negative person so don’t see this as a negative post, every year is a new beginning, it’s exciting and fresh. Every new year is a year to better yourself from the previous but please be mindful with your goals. Set realistic goals, year long goals, lifetime goals, it’s not a sprint people! Achieving a healthy body and mind permanently takes times and if you are willing to invest in yourself then changes will happen.

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January can be a daunting time on social media as everyone seems to be shouting about some kind of diet or new training plan, don’t waste your energy trying to mimic someone else’s goals, again bring it back to you and push forward! Social media can be a great place too- those rough days when you need inspiration/motivation to get to the gym or for meeting like minded people who share the same passion, a support group if you will!

Enjoy each day and don’t stress thinking about the finish line. Enjoy the process, learn and grow!

I wasn’t planning on blogging until the new year, but just wanted to throw out a positive message as we close off this chapter! I wish you all magical, positive vibes for 2017 and thanks to everyone who supported me to date, you rock!! I’d love to hear about your goals and plans for the new year so don’t be strangers!

Namaste ❤

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What To Pack For A Crossfit Competition

As I was drafting my own list prior to packing for the Waterford Throwdown, I thought “Why not put it on the blog”? I can use it for future reference and help some of you guys who may be competing for the first time! I know how hard it can be to concentrate when the nerves kick in (I’m experiencing it right now, being 2 days out from my next comp) so hopefully this list will help put you at ease when it comes to packing.  I’ve only done a handful of competitions myself so I’m no expert, but I’ll share some of my essentials.

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Tools/Equipment

  • Headbands
  • Nanos
  • Oly Shoes
  • Wrist Straps/Gloves
  • Knee sleeves
  • Athlete tape
  • Skipping rope
  • Weightlifting belt
  • Mobility Bands/lacrosse ball
  • PVC pipe
  • Foam roller
  • Water bottle
  • Chalk

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Clothing

I usually plan a change for each wod, even if I might only change my top – I always feel it’s good to have spares just in case!

  • Sunglasses
  • Sports bra x 2 (for the ladies)
  • Tank tops/T-shirts x 3
  • Long sleeved top
  • Nike pro shorts
  • Bottoms x 3
  • Shorts
  • Weightlifting socks
  • Regular socks x 2
  • Hoodie
  • Hair bobbins (for lady and man buns!)
  • Flip flops

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Food

I did a previous post in the past over on Boxrox which covered “What to eat when competing?” Which may be useful to you! I found that when I compete, I lose my appetite and can only nibble at things throughout the day. I usually end up drinking a lot of coconut water or electrolytes to help keep me fueled. I also eat things like jellies (shock horror lol) as the glucose helps keeps my sugar levels up. A very important point to remember is not to try anything new on the day. If you have never taken a pre-workout or energy gels before DO NOT decide to sample them the morning of the competition. Only eat and drink what you know your body can tolerate.

  • A bucket load of water
  • Coconut water
  • Coffee
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Nut butter
  • Trail mix/Wyldsson
  • Roasted/Mashed sweet potato (with added turmeric)
  • Chicken/Turkey breast
  • Protein bars
  • Homemade energy balls
  • Jellies

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Supplements

  • Take your fish oils/GLC 2000 with your breakfast
  • Protein 
  • Recovery drinks ( I use the Viper Active by Maxi Fuel)
  • Electrolytes

Extras/Miscellaneous

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic bag for sweaty clothes

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Competing can be pretty scary but be proud of yourself for taking the leap to sign up in the first place! Enjoy the experience & take all the lessons it throws at you….

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

6 natural tips for healthy skin

beautiful-rain-pictures-45-photos-14With the freezing cold and windy weather upon us, it means our skin is having an awful time. Even using the thickest dry skin cream doesn’t seem to work and I get patches of dryness. As a young child I was taught the importance of skincare; most nights I was lathered in Nivea lotion after my bath! This regime has stayed with me my whole life and I have a basic routine that I follow every morning and night that works for me. But there are other points to keep in mind in order to achieve healthy, glowing skin.

1. Remove processed/refined sugar from your diet: When I go sugar free, the biggest change is always in my skin. It becomes brighter, and I get that sought after healthy glow, so much so that I can forget about make up. Refined sugar is a toxin and as the skin is our biggest organ, when the body tries to process these toxins, it leads to breakouts. Sugar also ages the skin and can lead to premature ageing, which is due to the sugars attacking the collagen in the skin and causing dehydration. Try a sugar free plan and see how you get on; after 4 weeks re-introduce some natural sugars and you will definitely notice a difference.

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2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: This is the one we all know! Water is so important for healthy skin, so start your morning with some lemon and hot water instead of coffee and this will help to flush out toxins as well as hydrating the skin. Drink water throughout the day, and keep in mind that if you are training regularly you will require more than the average person, aiming for 3 litres.
3. Eat more fats: Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be anti-inflammatory. The high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our modern diet likely plays a role in common inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Omega-3s heal the skin from the inside out, repairing damaged cell membranes which helps to make the skin more resilient to both internal and external threats.

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4. Focus on your skincare: The obvious one here is to ALWAYS make sure to remove any make up you are wearing before going to bed and that even means before you crawl into bed at 4am after a wild night out! Leaving make up on overnight clogs the pores and leads to breakouts. Introduce more organic natural products into your regime, and treat your skin like you treat your diet, looking the ingredients of your products. Look at what suits your skin type (dry, normal, combination, oily, or sensitive). Some of the health shops do great products that work really well, (I’ll include some recommendations at the bottom). Bring coconut oil out of the kitchen and into the bathroom; you can you it as a face-mask, moisturiser, body moisturiser, scrub, hand cream – the list is endless! Avoid sun damage and always use a SPF 30+, even in winter.

5. Cut your shower time: Believe me – there’s nothing I love more than a long, hot shower, but cutting your shower time and cooling the temperature of the water will do wonders for your body. It’s an easy step to incorporate into your regime and will make a lot of difference.

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6. Eat gelatin: Not the Haribo kind unfortunately, I’m talking about grass-fed Gelatin! Gelatin is essentially cooked and powdered collagen. People pay serious money for creams that claim to packed full of collagen to reduce wrinkles. The thing is, it doesn’t work very well, collagen should be consumed internally. Taking gelatin daily will help build great hair, nails and skin from the inside out, helping to reduce wrinkles and scars or stretch marks. I use a brand called Great Lakes and this can be added to smoothies but my favourite way to consume is by making jellies.

If you have any natural beauty tips, please share in the comments below!

Products I love and recommend:

Rosehip Oil: I love this stuff, I use it before bed every night and because it’s light it won’t clog up the skin like some night creams. The oil’s potent natural actives make it highly effective for scars and stretch marks and other skin concerns including dehydrated and ageing skin. You only need a tiny drop so a bottle will go a long way.

My choice: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil-€35 or Kinvara Rosehip Face Serum-€28 (Kinvara is an Irish brand and smells divine) Available in Nourish Health Store.

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Rose Water: Toner can be pretty harsh on the skin and lead to dryness. I suffer with dry skin and always find that my skin feels really tight after using it. I haven’t used toner in a very long time because of this, I have a good quality eye make up remover for nights out but a few times a week I use rose water in place of toner. Rose water is filled with antioxidants and vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin. It’s really cheap and can be purchased in most pharmacy or Boots store. Be sure you don’t buy the Rosewater for cooking as that is NOT suitable for skincare.

My choice: Organic Rosewater Spray €7.89 (Healthshop.ie) Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater €3.49 (Boots)

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Thanks for reading xx

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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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

 

Merry Fit-mas: 8 Fitness gift ideas for men.

So the list for the Gym Bunnies is done, we’re now onto the list for the super-fit men in your life. I went through the web with a fine-tooth comb to bring you some unique (last minute) pressies for the lads, they can be very tough to buy for so I hope this list brings you some inspiration.

lineup-gorilla1. Gorilla Kettlebell €35-€136: For the Crossfitter-You don’t get more bad-ass than this! The Primal kettle bell collection from Onnit is so awesome, this is the very top end one so there are cheaper options available. This is sure to make any man feel like he’s king of the jungle!

Hulk2. Dont Make Me Angry Hulk Mug €15: Great (comical) present for that friend who has a bit of a fiery temper. This mug holds 32 ounces so would be great for Bulletproof coffee drinkers.

Sony3. Sony Waterproof All-in-One MP3 Player €63: Perfect for the runner- This a pretty snazzy & affordable gift-The built-in MP3 player can hold up to 1000 songs and not only is it wireless it is waterproof up to two metres.

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4. Thug Kitchen Cookbook  €14: For the chef- A Vegan cookbook with a difference and lots of colourful..Em..Language! This is a book where you don’t have to be strictly vegan, you can adapt the recipes to your diet requirements. It’s worth buying for the health conscious friend in your life as you can be sure they won’t have read anything like this before.

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5. Trigger Point Foam Roller €40: Mobility is one of the most important parts of fitness and this brand is the best available. The unique patterns make the experience more like an actual massage (Extra brownie points). The camo print is pretty awesome as-well!

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6. Vehement Boxing/MMA Gloves €60: For the Martial Artist-Vehement is the world’s first brand for sustainable fight gear. This new German brand brings these striking wolf print gloves to the market. They are made of 100% Battleskin (durable artificial leather) so are vegan friendly and produced sweatshop free.

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7. Indo Board €145-€176: For the Surfers: This Balance Trainer is the most versatile balance board product available in the market today. It was first designed for surf balance training in the 1970’s  but has since become a multifunctional fitness tool. Benefits include increased core strength, leg strength and balance coordination.

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8. The GORUCK Bag €156-€300: For the Outdoorsman- On first glance these bags seem very expensive but you will not get a better and more durable bag than the Goruck. Made with special forces- grade materials it comes with a “bombproof” (yep, you read that right!) compartment that holds up to a 15” MacBook Pro or a 1.5 litre hydration bladder. Warning: If purchased you may encourage your man to go on more adventures, now that could be a good or bad thing!!

 

**Listed prices don’t include P+P