Fitness & Nutrition have always been my weakest points. I have never been in love with the gym and working out nor have I ever really watched what I ate regularly to be honest (beside those crash diets before holidays). So when I turned 30 and I realized I wasn’t taking very good care of myself I made a vow to make some changes in my life. I want to be here long into my children’s adult life, strong and able to play with my children’s children someday. At 31, I haven’t done a very good job at it the past year and if I am honest I probably have gone the complete other way and have been worse than I ever have been before.
There are no excuses to gaining excess weight for me or eating the tenth pizza and fries for that month. There are no excuses why I haven’t stepped foot in a gym in so many months I can’t count, it might be a year now. *oh the shame There are no excuses for be waiting to start this new healthier lifestyle I just plain and simple got lazy. Once you get lazy it’s hard to recover from that. It’s hard to find the motivation. The want and desire is there to do it I just haven’t picked myself up to start. I know once I start I will get into a routine and it will happen.
I was ever so excited that a friend gifting me her Phillips juicer and a few juicing books before she moved away. I thought this could be the kick start I need but I didn’t know much about juicing. As fate would have it not after two weeks of receiving my juicer I was invited to an event in Leeds that Currys was sponsoring “An Intro to Juicing” along side some Rocket Yoga. It was a perfect match for me.
So on Sunday I attended the event with open mind and a motivated ass! My lovely blogger friend Lisa from Hollybobbs and I carpooled together to find out what all this juicing was about. You probably would have seen the flow of Instagram photos I was spamming all day with beautiful colors of fruit and vegetables that I would eventually be consuming that day.
I do love yoga because it always makes you feel refreshed and at ease afterwards and I have done my fair share of yoga classes too. It’s less strenuous on the body than running or hard core working out. My kind of workouts, to relax the body and mind.
We started the day off with a lovely lady named Amanda leading us into various poses and stretches. It was a great way to kick off a fitness and nutrition event for sure. Yes, that is my butt in the air which actually won Lisa a free juicer for her crude “Namaste” photo on her Instagram. Yes, that is also me doing downward dog in jeans and hair full of curls. It didn’t stop me from giving it my all. Ok, maybe just my ‘blogger’s all’ since the third picture I am ignoring the resting position and tweeting about the event. True bloggers style: multitasking.
Photo credit of the second and third yoga photo from the lovely Colette at We’re Going On An Adventure. Who couldn’t stop laughing at me doing yoga in my jeans! Thanks hun.
It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones too. That’s another reason I love blogging events so much, the networking and making new friends is such a big part of it. It’s always great to meet like minded people and who understand what you are doing as blogging and why you are doing it.
We got our energy up and calmness within now it was time to play around with some juicers. They had fruit and vegetables galore upon the tables for us to choose and pick from to taste. The juicers were so easy to just throw everything in and in seconds you had a lovely cup of healthiness. I was surprised that so many vegetables and fruits that I don’t like to eat actually tasted so delicious in a juice. It was great to watch what other combinations I could put together and use at home now with my own juicer.
Lunch time was delicious with this Chicken & Lemon Soup and bread. We sat chatting with other bloggers and admiring the amazing lighting the building had to offer. Whilst it’s uniqueness flooded twitter and Instagram from all us bloggers it was really yellow lighting for photos. Almost every blogging event I have ever been to has pour lighting which never helps the blogger to take great event photos or just challenges us to our highest. I would have loved to stay there and style all the vibrant colored fruits and vegetables and juicing that was going on with more natural light. But I still made the most of it and gave it my best shot at capturing what looked like a fitness and nutrition heaven.
The last station we went to was the “boosting your juicing” station. We were shown and told about numerous juicing enhancements and natural additives that we could put in our juices to take them to the next boosting level! The lovely lady answered so many of my questions about how much to put in of certain boosters and what to use together. It was really interesting.
Classy juicing 101 right here. You can’t just drink your beetroot and spinach in a glass go with style and drink it from a flute. I may have volunteered to make a group of bloggers the most disgusting juice ever but they all took it in stride and I quite liked it. Ginger is always a winner to cover up other harsh flavors.
I am hoping a little yoga and some insight into juicing and the benefits of leading a healthier life will kick start me to accomplish what I set out to do a year ago. No more saying I need to do this or I need to do that. It’s mission time and I need to quit being so lazy and prioritize my health into my daily routine.
Thank you Currys Pc World for hosting such a great inspiring event. Click the link to see more Detox in Leeds!