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Lisa Kernoghan. Expert of the month.

October 21, 2017
I met Lisa through a mutual friend and have been following her amazing venture, Vibe Academy. I will let her tell you all and I cannot wait to show you the dance workout she has choreographed for us. Hip hop vibes are always going to be a winner in my world!
Name: Lisa Kernoghan
Age: 38
Occupation: Choreographer and Business Owner
Location: Belfast based with campuses and mobile workshops across the country

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What is Fintan’s fund? Cancer awareness month.

October 10, 2017

In case you missed it, for the month of October I am raising funds and awareness through sales of my art work (you can purchase the linked prints here) and here on the blog for two main charities – Fintan’s fund and Cancer focus NI.

The blogposts will showcase stories and you can learn about why these local charities do what they do. Rachael’s story is incredible!

Rachael thanks for joining us on the blog. In a few lines can you tell us your story and the motivation behind Fintan’s fund. Continue Reading…

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Help me fight against cancer. Art+Awareness.

September 29, 2017

For the month of October I will be giving 20% of sales from four of my art prints (priced between £10 and £30) to four charities related to tackling cancer. Will you join me?

I kind of hate using the word ‘ cancer’ because of what it means and how it sounds to so many of us who have been affected either directly or through a family member or friend. My good friend Laura changed cancer to ” the melt” for the months following her diagnosis and I think that sums up the sinking feeling as those words resonate.

So, with tears rolling down my cheeks and my hand firmly on my heart, I am going to use my little corner of the internet to promote the fight against all things cancer here on my blog and across my social media during October. Continue Reading…

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Nathalia Melo – Expert of the month

August 10, 2017

I started David Lloyd gym when I was pregnant with our third boy. I figured the money I would save on not drinking  prosecco for nine months would be better spent on something I would use and love!!

I have had gym memberships in the past but this was a big move for me and one I am so glad I made.

Due to hyperemesies (read about my experience with it in this post) and a number of other pregnancy complications I had to stall my membership for a few months.

When I was seven months pregnant walking with an established waddle I returned to David Lloyd and Nathalia was one of the many smiling faces I met on my morning visits. She and her bump (now called Nico featured in the image below) were on the cross trainer. We exchanged words and pleasantries about our pregnancies and that was that.

I was blissfully unaware at this stage about what a star Nathalia is in the fitness world and how close all the gym girls would become. We have a great little network now and I am so excited to have Nat on here. Continue Reading…

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Coffee scrub – recipe, benefits + make up.

July 31, 2017

You would be forgiven for thinking I have gone all beauty based on here. This post is more a response to the many e mails and private messages asking about my skin routine.

To be honest these enquiries baffle me as I don’t view my skin as anything special and I am pretty basic when it comes to make up or, in fact, cleanliness!! Continue Reading…

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Kettle bell + band workout – Mike McComish

July 1, 2017

 

Having worked out a few times at David Lloyd with Mike it has reminded me, once again, that small significant movements in personal fitness can make all the difference when wanting to get results.

In case you are new to the site head over here to read all about Mike. The blogpost includes his back ground as a professional rugby player as well as his love for family time and all about his personal training.

The resistant band routine above is all about making deliberate moves and executing them well. No fancy jumping around just straight forward movements performed well.

I have added in another workout below with kettle bells that Mike showed me and we did after the band session. It was such a hit on my instagram and I know you will love it too. Continue Reading…

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Expert of the month – Mike McComish

June 10, 2017

I played hockey (briefly) in School with Mike’s sister Kerry but I had never met Mike until his wife Rebecca and I got chatting at the School gates and over on Instagram.

Many of you will recognise him from his days as a professional rugby player. He has a wealth of knowledge because of his background in fitness and I trust him when he gives advice on nutrition and workouts.

As I say so much on the blog, I enjoy meeting professionals in the field of sport and wellbeing because they have an insight into a world I only know a glimpse of. I love to learn and you can learn a great deal about moving forward in your own fitness journey after reading what Mike has to say.   Continue Reading…

Travel, Wellbeing

36 hours in Alicante, Spain. Aer Lingus

June 5, 2017

If you spend more than five minutes on my blog you will know that travel is a huge part of what makes me tick, that along with my family life, prosecco,  coffee, fake tan and box sets.

When you break down my happy places into little parts they will, when put back together, resemble a puzzle packed with stories about experiences which have shaped my life and my career.

So, when the chance to add to my travelling experiences came along I was delighted to be spending some time in Alicante Spain. Continue Reading…

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Spotlight of the month – Ian McKeown

May 2, 2017

I have been hunting Ian and his expertise down since the blog started over two years ago!

Ian and I played hockey for the same University and when I met my husband a few years after Uni it turned out he also knew Ian from playing Ulster U21 hockey together. Continue Reading…

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What I learned from my 15 day detox – free recipe ebook

April 18, 2017

Photographs by Jayne Lindsay photography at Pineapple studios Belfast

This detox was set as a challenge (my husband’s idea, not mine) for personal reasons not related to weight or to body image.

If you want to see before and after shots of me then see my postpartum posts here and here.

Basically I wanted to feel better and to give my body a chance to cleanse after what feels like a year of drinking wine whenever I want, consuming a bag of fruit gums or sports mixture every other day. Or at least that’s what it felt like.

I just wanted a change and with most things in my life, I tend to go all in or not at all.

I wanted discipline and I wanted to see how it felt waking up on a Monday morning not having had even one glass of red wine the night before while watching Luther .
Side note – have you watched Luther? It is the scariest darkest programme I have possibly ever watched. The main character is played by Idris Elba who is just gorgeous. Perhaps that is what keeps me watching rather than the intense storyline that I tell my husband keeps me addicted!?! (I have a boxset blogpost here if you are like us and watch them from start to finish then have NOTHING left to give but a gapping black hole where your box set once lay). Continue Reading…