The Lazy Girls Guide To Fitness

Not gonna lie, I'm one lazy little shit. Like a lot of women, I tell myself I'm going to make more of an effort to look after myself, exercise and eat right but very quickly (usually before a week has gone by) I surrender, give up and go back to complaining how bad I feel about my body. I'm not as body conscious as I used to be, but I know for a fact I could be a lot fitter as I'm the type who can't even run up the stairs without becoming breathless. So behold, some of my favourite mini exercises to break you in gently. These have been great for keeping me motivated as they don't take up much time but you certainly feel the benefit.

I've seen fitness skipping ropes for just £1.99 in places like Decathlon and you can definitely find them in other sports shops for a similar price. Skipping is fun and it also gets your heart pumping that blood around your body. It's also quite good for balance, you can do it at home and just 10 minutes is better than nothing. You could try mixing things up a bit by doing one legged skipping...a little tricky but with practice it'll come. I still can't manage more than 5 one legged skips but I'm getting there! I usually get a right sweat on when I'm skipping and I really feel it in my legs the next day.

Squats in the shower
This one is great for those of us who don't feel like we have much spare time on our hands. I like to try and do between 10 & 20 good quality squats before each product I pick up in the shower and if I'm feeling a bit more adventurous, I'll do some more whilst lathering the shampoo into my hair. It's also a good one for doing whilst brushing your teeth! Squats are really good for those bum cheeks and leg muscles and if you're doing them right, it won't take too long to start noticing a firmer botty and stronger legs.

Push ups against a table
This one is so underrated and people used to laugh at me for doing this literally whenever I could. It's particularly useful when you're waiting for the kettle to boil (do it against the worktop) and it certainly helped me to achieve a full on push up in no time. I couldn't even do one push up before I started doing these, no joke. Also try lady push ups on the floor; you just stay on your knees rather than extend your legs all the way out and it'll help you gain some strength in your arms ready for the real push ups.

The plank is one of the best things you can do to improve your core strength and is another good one for abs, leg muscles, posture and balance. If you struggle with the timing, try doing 30 seconds worth and increase it by 30 everyday. I like to set myself realistic goals - increasing by a minute for example may seem like too much and off putting so 30 seconds is still increasing it, just a little at a time. Of course, if you find your timing too easy, up it to suit you!

I'm trying to get into the habit of setting myself some little circuits up around the house and with a fitness obsessed husband, he often gets involved and most of the time way too excited to exercise together but I'm grateful for the help he gives me. Having a buddy to do these things with certainly helps! Something that really motivates me is wanting to gain strength rather than loose weight. The likes of Wonder Woman and Brienne of Tarth (from Game of Thrones!) illustrate to me such a huge inspiration for fitness and for me this is kind of a big deal because until this year, all I'd ever want to do is focus on loosing weight and going about it in all the wrong ways. My goal by the end of the year is to be able to do a pull up on a bar we have attached to one of our bedroom door frames and along with my new vegan-in-training diet, I'm aiming to be lot fitter and healthier at the end of the year than I was at the start.

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June Wishlist

I have found wishlists to be extremely helpful when it comes to curbing the urge to go on a big spending spree. After all, collecting pretty pictures and writing about them is quite fun and I've also found a huge love for making these mood boards. Here are a few beauties I've been lusting after this month!

1. Vegan Protein Shake - Cute Nutrition
I've wanted to try this shake for a while now and I'm just waiting to use up all of my current shake before I buy a tub, but one of the biggest reasons I'd like to give this a go is because Cute Nutrition have a vegan shake available as well as their regular ones. I'm not a vegan yet, but I'm trying to convert myself and trying to switch as much as I can food wise to animal free. It's a little more expensive than the standard shakes from Cute Nutrition but I'm willing to give it a go and will at some point, be grabbing myself a tub!

2. Unicorn Necklace - Paperchase
How pretty is this necklace? I spotted it on the Paperchase website and for obvious reasons, I'm now in love with it. The fact the pendant is made of porcelain makes it even more cute and dainty!

3. Bath Bomb - Bomb Cosmetics
This little delight is just one of many products I'm dying to try from Bomb Cosmetics for many reasons. The main one being their bath bombs are so beautiful to look at and they're quite a big cheaper than bath bombs from Lush. The bombs are a tad smaller than ones from Lush but the stunning decorating more than makes up for it and I'm going to bear these guys in mind for Christmas prezzies too!

4. Wallet - Disaster Designs
It is rather unfortunate that the zip inside of my current purse has broken and it's the compartment that holds coins so it's not ideal that right now they just fly around all over the place. In typical female style though, I already have my eye on a new one and I'm waiting to treat myself. I have a bag from Disaster Designs which is one of my absolute favourites and their products never fail to make me smile. 

5. Tanning Lotion - Superdrug
I've heard a lot about this tan from other bloggers and have been thinking of trying it out for myself. The only reason I haven't bought any is because I already have two bottles of another brands gradual tan which I have made my mission to use up a long with a load of other products that have accumulated in my house over the past few years. If I haven't by the end of summer, then I really hope Superdrug are still selling this next year so I can finally test it out.

6. Leggings - Pink Soda
I'm a huge fan of Pink Soda after discovering their brand in Ireland last year. They sell it over here too in JD Sports store and I'd really like to get my hands on some more of their gear. I have found them to be very comfy and size I've started to exercise more, gym clothes are something I look around for quite a bit.

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Moo Moo & Bear - An Etsy Shop

I keep seeing dogs with neckerchiefs on at the moment and me being me thought...wouldn't my two look flippin' awesome with a little bandana each? I started wondering around the internet and decided I would try my damned hardest to support an Etsy shop for what I wanted and I came across Nadia's shop, Moo Moo & Bear.

These two beautiful little numbers have a matching print and were an absolute steal at £4.50 each which I think is amazing for handmade gifts. The quality is very impressive and Nadia's sewing skills have blown me away - it's all so neat! Nadia also makes dicky bows and collars for your fur babies which are just as cute and I'm dying to treat Vespa in particular to a dicky bow for the festive season.
Here are Custard and Vespa each modelling their new accessories and I think they look the dogs pun intended!

I'm not a huge fan of dogs in clothes but a little accessory around the collar like this I think looks very sweet and better yet, both my dogs seemed to think it was great! I did feel slightly anxious that they might try and get them off with it being a new strange object attached to them but surprisingly they were very comfortable with it and the small size was perfect for both of them. Postage was also very reasonable at £2.50 and I also believe that was signed for mail so my order was guaranteed to be delivered to me. There is a tiny wait because everything is made to order but I'm so impressed with Moo Moo & Bear that I'll most definitely be back for more doggy pressies at Christmas!

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St. Moriz Tan Review

I'm no stranger to pale girl problems and whilst sorting through a load of beauty products which I'm trying to use up, I found a couple of bottles of St. Moriz tan which I remember opening at least two years ago and not having the balls to actually go through with using. I rarely bare my skin no matter how hot it is outside and therefore it's a vicious cycle; no skin showing = no tan attempted and because of my lack of confidence, I'd rather swelter in the heat than expose any part of my body.

This year, I thought a big firm 'sod that' and cracked these bottles open again with no shits given. I've been working out and had a burst of confidence so I thought I'd give it a go. One of them is an instant tan and the other a build up, but I used an old sock to apply them as I didn't have a proper tanning mitt and it worked just as well. Over the June 17th/18th weekend, the UK had a brilliant heat wave and whilst I normally take refuge in a cool, dark place like some kind of salamander, but I got myself in the shower, body scrubbed, moisturised, let that sink in and then I set to work applying some instant fake tan. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about turning out a disgusting orangey tango-d mess and I'd be lying even more if I said I wasn't worried that the St. Moriz statement about the tan washing straight off if you make a mistake was a huge fib...

So I applied it, all over my legs, arms and a bit around my neck and shoulders where my skin was on show. I was delighted. No streaks, no awful colour, just a lovely soft bronze now covering my once transparent skin. I felt pretty damn chuffed with myself and looked dare I say it, healthier. I went about my day as usual and even lay in the sun for 15 minutes which in Ellis land NEVER happens and I semi enjoyed it. I usually have a shower at night but this time, I purposefully wanted to sleep in the tan to see if it would transfer to the sheets. Let's establish our surroundings - it was the sticky kind of hot that night, the kind where you feel as though you're dripping and all you're doing is lying there. Again, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about ruining my lovely white sheets...

The next morning, not a stain in sight and I got back into the shower to see how well it would rinse off. I didn't even need any soon as the water hit my skin I noticed it started turning brown and within 2 minutes I'd got it all off. I washed with soap afterwards of course, but purely for experimental reasons I wanted to see how well this stuff came off on it's own. Once I'd buffed my skin and moisturised again, I applied more fake tan and this time got James to do the top half of my back so I could wear a strapless dress - something I've never had the confidence to wear since buying this lovely thing a couple of years ago. I felt fabulous and again, I didn't need to worry about the tan transferring to my clothes and that night it washed straight off again. Another huge bonus is the instant tan doesn't have that horrible biscuit scent to it like a lot of tans do so I was really quite impressed with the whole process.

I repeated everything else for the gradual tan the week prior to this and although I still like it, I much prefer the instant tan. I found the gradual one a bit streaky and orange in places, strange considering I applied it in exactly the same way using the same technique. This one also had a bit of a funky smell a few hours after applying but the product itself when you first sniff it is rather pleasant. I have the instant tan in the 'Medium Matte' shade and I found it to be perfect for me.

One thing I will mention is I'm not sure whether St. Moriz test on animals or not - I have done some research and can't seem to find a a definite answer, although I have spotted this brand on some vegan websites who have stated they don't and equally on others that say they do. Either way, I bought these products over two years ago when I wasn't as mindful as I am now, so as much as I loved this instant tan, I won't be repurchasing unless I find out for definite they're a cruelty free brand. I have tweeted them directly for an answer but still await a response. I also loved the fact I didn't need to sacrifice my health in order to achieve a bit of a tan and I'll also add this in here - don't forget your sun cream in this ridiculous heat!

Thanks for reading and if you have any cruelty free tan recommendations please feel free to throw them my way!

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