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Lets talk personal trainers | Lifestyle

Since the year new I've been attempting to loose weight, I joined the gym and for a while was eating better. But if you know me you'll know I am awful at sticking to anything especially when it comes to diets and regimes unless somebody is constantly on my back. For a while now I've been considering joining slimming world as well as getting my own personal trainer, and I've seen many people during their sessions in the gym and although it seems intense, I know they are getting the best work out as they are being told what to do by a professional. The idea of a personal workout which is tailored to your needs and goals seems a lot better than working on it by yourself (unless you know what you are doing, unlike me who does not). I have recently been speaking to a personal trainer called Keith who is the owner of Right Path Fitness about what a personal trainer does and what the benefits are having a PT instead of going it alone. Keith states that having a personal trainer is beneficial for many reasons including learning new exercises and skills, extra motivation (yep, I need that.) As well as quicker access to reaching your goals as you have someone tracking your progress and keeping you going.

Whilst looking into the idea of getting my own personal trainer I found that you can also get them online, which I suppose would make sense in a day and age where you can just about get everything online. I love the idea of having that support and still having the independence to go it alone whilst at the gym and not having that extra pressure on your back, although I am sure that is the point right? I love the idea of having someone monitoring my progress and keeping me on track when I want to give up. BUT as being someone who lacks motivation I am wondering if I need a personal trainer to keep going with my fitness journey? The only thing stopping me at the moment is the money side of things because as a student it can be hard to find the money for things like gym memberships and personal trainers, but maybe one day it will happen.

 I would love to know your opinions on personal trainers and whether you've had one before or if you currently do. 

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Weight Loss Made 'Fun' | Lifestyle

Weight loss are those two words which most people dread, the loss of junk food,  the banning of snacking and it means actually doing exercise *groans*. Me being me, hated doing all form of exercise until I joined the gym and I am constantly trying to find new fun ways to make weight loss interesting and keep me motivated with it at the same time. I thought I'd share with you a few tips with how I keep weight loss fun for me and I hope it helps you too.

New Shoes:
This is one of my biggest motivations, every time I lose a significant amount of weight e.g. drop a dress size, or lose a stone I treat myself to some new gym related clothes/shoes. My latest one was this beautiful pair of trainers which are from JD Sports and keep me motivated to go to the gym as I love to wear them! I also like to treat myself to some new work out clothes when I am feeling out of love with the gym as it instantly makes me fall back in love.

There are so many different apps there which help with weight loss whether it be a calorie counting ones like My Fitness Pal or an exercise app like Fitstar which helps plan workouts in the comfort of your own home and is perfect for those who don't have the money/time/accessibility of a gym. Dependant on what you are looking to do there is most probably an app which suits that.

Recently I was speaking to my friend Chantel on twitter about my portion sizes and she pointed me in the direction of these cool measuring tools for spaghetti, spaghetti is one I always struggle to get the portion sizes right, from unicorns to a horse it gives you portion sizes for your gender and for a 'extra large portion' if you are interested in getting one of these in your life you can do from Amazon.

Keeping track:
It sounds really lame, but keeping track of the weight loss on your wall with bright colours keeps people going, seeing a reminder of how much you've lost and using pics to show yourself how far you've come, with weekly size reminders of places where you've lost weight and where you need to work on always keeps me on track as well using pics of people who I find inspiring and it reminds you, you can do it!

Why I started Slimming World | Weightloss

If you follow me on twitter you may be aware that I recently started doing Slimming World, after trying to do lots of other 'diets' and failing, I am awful when it comes to eating the bad stuff and often forget to eat the good stuff. I am forever tucking into pizza and chocolate and not so much my five a day. I could of sat around forever waiting for all of my weight to fall off of me, but lets face it as much as I wish I could without hard work and determination I am not going to get anywhere. So this is where Slimming World comes in, in the past my family members have used it and recommended it as well following a lot of Instagram accounts who use it and it seems to work. Now the reason I went for SW over any other is because of the way it works, let me explain for those who haven't used it.

You are allowed an unlimited amount of certain foods, like veggies, fruit and even PASTA which most people then turn around and say that won't work, but it is actually okay. Filling up on these foods and cutting down on others helps, then you are allowed two 'healthy extras' a day which is from two lists one containing calcium related things such as milk and cheese and the other includes bread and other wheat items like cereal the healthy extras allow you to eat them in a measured amount once a day. My usual go to choice is cheese and two pieces of wholemeal bread and those are just what works for me, I know other people prefer to have milk and cereal but those are personal choices. Finally the more confusing part, the syns- these are things you are allowed to eat but in moderation, the way this works is you are allowed between 5-15 syns a day obviously the less you eat the quicker you tend to loose it, but this is great for those who love a bit of snack such as a cheeky pack of crisps every now and again or even the odd chocolate bar, it works as long as you are within your syn amount for the day. So far I've noticed my syns go on light butter on my toast, sometimes dips and of course the odd dairy milk.

The reason I think Slimming World will work for me is because I am never hungry, whereas with previous diets I would always get hungry and end up eating something wrong because I was in the mood to snack- whereas with SW you can snack on syn free foods and stay within your daily allowance. I think it is a lot easier to keep up even when you've lost the weight too, as you don't feel like you're on a diet and you can more easy on the syns and give yourself a few more treats.

Have you ever tried Slimming World?