Getting Fitter with Lucy Wyndham-Read #LWRHIITIN4

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I first discovered Lucy’s videos through the SacconeJolys channel on youtube and was completely inspired by Anna Saccone’s body transformation.  Much like me, she didn’t want to particularly lose weight but wanted to feel stronger and fitter.  Lucy used to be in the Army and is a qualified personal trainer, among many other things, with over 20 years experience in the Health & Fitness industry.  When I was a teenager I used to run a lot …  Then I grew bigger boobs and started drinking, as you do, and just completely lost interest in it all.  When I was in boarding school I used to go for a 15 minute run … purely for my mental health.  Then college happened, more unhealthy living, and here I am a year after graduating.

As some of you may know I went through a tough breakup last October (Read about it here… ‘A Bit More Personal…’, and shortly after this I decided to try some of Lucy’s videos on top of my daily yoga routine. I really enjoyed the choice of workouts on her channel, how quick they were and how motivated she made me feel.  I did one of these every week.  In January, I followed YogaCamp with YogaWithAdriene and felt fitter physically, but most of the change was mental (Read about this here..‘How Yoga Camp with ‘Yoga With Adriene’ Changed Me).

After January I found a new drive and motivation to do things for myself, things that I enjoy. And I decided I wanted to feel stronger physically, to match some changes I had made mentally. I started doing a few targeted workouts each day, arms, abs, thighs…. My legs were my main focus, they completely lacked strength and any muscle at all really. At this point, I probably did 3 workouts a week.  THEN LWRHIITIN4 HAPPENED!

WEEK 1 LWR

So Lucy decided to upload a video every single day in April to her youtube channel consisting of a 4 minute workout.  I was pleasantly surprised that after the first day I felt I could do so much more that just the 4 minutes, which is probably attributed to using her videos in the previous few months.  They got progressively harder, each week, with one rest day per week. Getting into that daily routine helped me so much and after the first few days, I would do the hiit workout, then an arm workout, and either abs or thighs after that. I couldn’t believe how much fitter I got and how I ACTUALLY ENJOYED being worked to the limit! Something I used to hate! But as she always says ‘When it challenges us, is when it changes/tones us.’ So I felt her words going through my head every time something felt difficult. Now I crave that, I feel odd if I don’t work out for one day. I’m so happy with the outcome.  Physically, I look and feel more toned all over! Arms, abs, thighs, calves… even my chest! These days, I do her daily video workout, 2 arm workouts, 180 rep abs (my favourite – 180 Rep Ab Workout – the five best moves for a curvy waistline) and a thigh routine. I think back to the time when 1 arm workout was all I could handle for the day.  So even though you might not believe it, 4 minutes really is all it takes to get fitter. The picture above, and the 3 below are screenshots of each week of the challenge so you can get a taste of what they look like before you start!  Each exercise is only 20 seconds.

WEEK 2 LWR

WEEK 3 LWR

WEEK 4 LWR

I have a serious amount of love and respect for this woman.  She is strong, and beautiful, and so so caring towards her followers.  We can avail of a personal trainer all for free.  Also beware of some serious fitness wear envy…she always has the best outifts! She wants you to be happy and get fit and strong, and that is apparent in her videos and the amount of effort she puts in.  So much so, that she has a new challenge for May, Lucy’s 100 reps a day…. that I’ve already started! A new challenge is so good for motivation.  Her tagline ’Fall in love with fitness’ could not be a more real description for what she does for people…

I’ll leave a link to her lwrhiitin4 here –4 Minute HIIT Workout Challenge – and no matter what month you’re in, the videos will always be there and you can start from Week 1 Day 1. Also, anyone who is doing lucy’s 100 reps a day challenge tweet me so we can all encourage eachother to be the best version’s of ourselves! LUCY’S SQUAD, OUT! *mic drop*

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

13 Uses for Coconut Oil

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To say that coconut oil has changed my life forever is an understatement! I originally started experimenting with it for my skin to see if it helped with my acne, scarring and redness issues.  I would use it as a makeup remover and an all-over oil and noticed results straight away.  It hasn’t gotten rid of my acne or reduced my scars dramatically, but I have noticed that it feels more nourished and soft, evens my skin tone, and with the anti-bacterial properties it has, it definitely helps with the ‘spread’ of active acne.  Following this,  I was overwhelmed with the amount of other ways it can be used…. And let’s just say, it’s nothing short of AMAZING.  

Coconut oil is a stable substance, and is solid at room temperature meaning it doesn’t react with the air and can last in a jar on your shelf forever and not get mouldy. It’s antibacterial as I said before, antimicrobial, an antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-everything-nasty. It’s also not made from any animal products meaning it’s vegan and you can feel good about using and buying as much of it as you can! So below is a breakdown of some of the things you can use coconut oil for…

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1. After-Shave Oil

I have very sensitive skin that does not normally react well to shaving, but for the moment, it’s my chosen method for hair removal.  Even with a brand-new razor, three blades, and all that fancy good stuff, my skin still hates it.  So covering those shaved areas with coconut oil after I get out of the bath significantly helps with irritation, bumps, razor burns, cuts etc.  I also use it as a shaving oil when in the bath too, because I know my skin likes it and won’t react badly. :

2. Sunburn/Heat Rash

When I was on holiday in Turkey a few months ago I was very careful with my skin in terms of getting burnt. I had a high factor on for the whole two weeks but every now and again I’d get a little patch of burnt skin, to which I applied coconut oil. The irritation, for one, was reduced so quickly, and it healed faster than it normally would. After leaving it on all night, it would be pretty much gone the next morning. The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil meant my skin never got dry and flaky.  It also helped with heat rash I got sometimes, reducing redness and itchiness, and I find it helps with any other sort of rash as well.

3. Oil Pulling

This is  something I never fully got into, but I want to be persistent and keep it up.  Oil pulling is where you take a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning, put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes, then spit it out.  It’s supposed to pull all toxins out of your mouth, including bad bacteria, and not only improve your dental health, but also your health overall.  Be sure not to swallow the oil afterwards, because that kinda defeats the purpose of the whole process!

4. Moisturiser/Lip Balm

It’s incredible moisturising properties help with chapped lips, which I am prone to all year round, but especially in winter.  The vitamins C and E present in coconut oil are great for regeneration and renewing your skin cells. I also apply it all over my body after I get out of the shower, and once it’s all soaked in your skin feels delicious!

5. Exfoliator

When you mix some coconut oil with some salt it makes a fantastic exfoliator.  I use it all over my body just before I get into the shower.  The salt has enough grit to get rid of the dead skin cells but it also dissolves as you go, so it’s not too harsh, and is great for sensitive skin.

6. Leave-in Conditioner/Hair Mask

If your hair is feeling a bit on the dry side, maybe after getting it dyed, coconut oil can be used as a great hair mask or leave-in conditioner for dry ends.  Naturally your hair will look like an oil slick so I do this once a month at night, leave it to soak in and then wash it out in the morning.  It leaves my hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy.

7. Natural Sweetener

One great tip, if you want to start cutting down on refined sugar or unnatural sweeteners, is to substitute it for coconut oil.  One teaspoon in coffee or any hot drink adds a sweet taste and a guilt-free, sweet kick, although it’s not for everyone, it’s worth a try!

8. Cooking oil

I’ve been completely converted to using coconut oil instead of butter or olive oil when cooking.  You can barely notice the taste and can assure that the type of fat you’re ingesting is in fact a healthy one!

9. Stretch marks/Lady Parts

If it’s that time of the month the boobies can become sensitive and sore, and sometimes a bit dry.  Coconut oil is a great treatment for this uncomfortable problem. On top of this, everyone gets stretch marks, and I find it really helps with moisturising the skin in those areas to make it tactile and less prone to this problem because the skin isn’t dehydrated.  Because my skin is so sensitive, and I have a lot of allergies, using pads at that time of the month it can get very sore and irritated down there for me as well.  I’ve never found something that has reduced the irritation so fast and so easily. A must have solution for an awkward problem!

10. Skincare treatment

About 4 days a week, after my skincare routine, I’ll cover my face in coconut oil and leave it to soak in overnight.  The next morning my skin tone is more even, redness reduced, and my acne isn’t as dry and sore.  I don’t do this every night simply because I want my skin to breathe a bit and as great as coconut oil is, I think anyone’s skin can use a break from any products so it can reboot and restore itself – trust your body’s natural process!

11. Nails

THE single best oil for your nails. Hands down! After polish or just every morning and night, coconut oil does wonders for your nails.  No more dry hang nails or splitting nails…you have to try this!

12. Makeup Remover

The best makeup remover I have ever tried.  At the end of the day I lather my face in coconut oil and rub gently all around.  It doesn’t irritate my eyes, and it breaks down all makeup so easily, so it also makes it a very fast process, which we all hate doing when it’s the end of the day and all you want to do is lie in bed and watch Netflix.  It even dissolves waterproof mascara, which most other makeup removers have a lot of trouble with, in my experience!

13. Massage oil

If you’re lucky enough to have someone to give you a massage at home it works as a great massage oil.  And better yet, at the end, your skin is so thankful for how nourishing it is!

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This is a rather long post, I could literally go on and on about coconut oil and its endless benefits! I think you get the idea 😉 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this, and I hope you learned something new!

Love and Light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx