What I REALLY listen to at the gym

What I REALLY listen to at the gym

I listen to an odd selection of music at the gym and I thought it would be funny to share it with you guys! From musicals to rock to pop, I have a real mix of genres and tastes when I'm working out and will often be in HMV looking for new tracks to add to my collection. I hope you guys are ready for this - don't judge!!

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Am I disabled?

Am I disabled?

I remember seeing a clip of Ricky Gervais using M.E as part of his stand up comedy act... "Oh no, M.E, that's the one where 'I don't feel like going to work today'", he says, miming calling in sick and pretending to go back to sleep. How can I identify as disabled, when many people still don't recognise the seriousness of my condition as they do others?

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Starting a new exercise routine with New Look

Starting a new exercise routine with New Look

I'm now out of my brace (and into some hot-pink tape!) and able to exercise again. What's more motivating than new gym gear? Nothing! So when New Look got in touch with the chance to try out some of their new sportswear collection, I jumped at the chance! (At least, I would have if I could jump right now!)

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Self care starts with a good night's sleep

Self care starts with a good night's sleep

It's so important not to underestimate the power of a long and deep sleep on your body - both mentally and physically. Inspired by Georgia Knight's post 'Too Scared To Sleep | My Struggle With Night Terrors', I thought I'd share with you all some new products I've discovered, and some old favourites too, which contribute towards getting a good night's sleep

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Celeb style: summer swimwear wishlist

Celeb style: summer swimwear wishlist

If you're looking to really make a splash this summer, perhaps you'd like to join the celebrities by wearing Melissa Odabash designer swimwear. The former swimsuit model definitely knows her stuff when it comes to creating gorgeous pieces, so I thought I'd put together a little wishlist! Everything shown is available on SimplyBeach.com! 

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How chronic illness has shaped my fashion identity

How chronic illness has shaped my fashion identity

As my confidence grows, I feel more comfortable trying different trends to find my own unique style. The amount of time I’ve spent housebound due to chronic illness over the past 6 and a half years has left me with a lot of anxiety - especially when it comes to what I’m wearing.

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Gift guide: for the people you don't really know but NEED to impress

Gift guide: for the people you don't really know but NEED to impress

Rather than the typical 'for him' or 'for your mum' gift guides, I've decided to write one to help you find the perfect gifts for the people that you NEED to impress, but don't really know. This could be your new partner's family,  the new manager at work who you desperately need to wow, or your neighbour who feeds your cats whilst you're on holiday. I've prepared a range of gifts which aren't too intimate or expensive, but are sure to excite!

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Pizza Express does vegan pizza parties!

Pizza Express does vegan pizza parties!

Launched at the beginning of summer, Pizza Express's Vegan Giardiniera pizza has been eaten over 200,000 times and has won the title of 'Best Vegan Pizza' in PETA's 2017 Vegan Food Awards. To celebrate this, and World Vegan Day, I was one of the lucky bloggers invited to Pizza Express' first ever Vegan Pizza party!

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Ali says YES to: Quad Biking & Axe Throwing

Ali says YES to: Quad Biking & Axe Throwing

Southern Pursuits, located at Tulley's Farm in Crawley, offered me a fun day out and - of course, I jumped at the chance! Southern Pursuits has a whole range of activities, including clay pigeon shooting, archery and hovercrafts. I chose to do quad biking and axe throwing - an activity quickly growing in popularity due to Game of Thrones.

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Are you ready for a new challenge?

I've been a bit ill recently (Who, me? What a shock!) and have fallen out of love with the gym. So, I've been looking for a new challenge to get myself motivated. I really hate the rigid and unrealistic diet plans that come alongside many exercise plans though... So when GymCube contacted me and offered me their #GCLifestyle Guide and one of their exercise plans I was all over it.

GymCube Diet and Exercise Plans

There are 3 plans available: Extreme Weight Loss (lose up to 1 stone in 30 days), Slim & Tone (drop a dress size in 6 weeks), and Strengthen & Define (for those wanting the take their body to the next level). Because I'm wanting to really push myself and my results - I've chosen to do the Strengthen & Define plan.

The lifestyle guide is the perfect thing for gym newbies, or those wanting to refresh their knowledge, and is full of simple but effective explanations of the importance of different food groups, different exercise methods and how you can live a balanced life! This makes the plan so easy to fit into your life... Also, it comes with loads of healthy meal recipes, which had me seriously salivating. I can't wait to try some of them!

But, the best thing about the GymCube plans is the amount of support you get. Since signing up last week, I've already received an email from Coach Kev to check on how I'm finding things so far! Kev is the founder of GymCube and has been a fitness instructor for over 10 years and a Reebok Master Trainer since 2013 - so he really knows his stuff. As well as being available via email, Kev is also available at certain times via live chat... If you don't feel that's enough support, then there's also a whole online community, live online classes and over 600 exercise videos.  I've been on the site a week and don't think I've even scratched the surface.

I'm going to be documenting my journey via Instagram Stories, Twitter and of course a couple posts on here so make sure you follow me on social media: @alihemsley - and let me know in the comments if there's anything in particular you want to see!

I'd love you to join me on the #GCLifestyle - so please do click here and you can receive £30 off and 12 months free access to the website and online coaching! (And, there's even a 30 day money back guarantee!)

 

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