Reforming My View On Fitness.

In school, I wanted to be skinny; I wanted that Instagram bikini body and I thought the only way to get that was cardio and minimal eating, this is indeed not the case! Focusing on building muscle and strength was not part of my workout routines ever, as I always thought I would bulk out and lose a lean figure.

So in my senior years of school when I began to get more of a routine, I was just doing cardio, and I ate clean. Did I lose weight? Yeah, I did. What I thrilled with how my body looked? No. Why? Because I wasn’t toned and I wasn’t strong at all. I struggled with bad posture, weak knees and a shoulder injury which was in the limbo zone of improvement.

The moment I realised how important strength was for physical health was when I was sitting in a shoulder surgeons office hearing that I would have to get shoulder surgery to fix my right shoulder.

*quick flash back*

In 2015 I was in rehearsals for a show. It was a children’s show, so it was high energy and very physical. When we were doing a warm up, I was distracted, and someone came up and hit my arm upwards (it was part of the game). With the hit, my arm went straight up and around, forcing my shoulder to pull a full 360. And what I found out later was that my shoulder dislocated, pulling my ligaments and then returning to its position. This effects of this incident were worsened by me being double jointed and already having weak joints.

So fast forward to mid-2016, and here I was, being given three months with a Physio to improve my condition or it was under the knife for me. I was determined not to have surgery. It would mean I wouldn’t be able to use my dominant arm for over six months recovery; therefore meaning I’d not be able to work, drive, write or work out. Also, I had an overseas trip planned, in which this surgery would have inhibited me from doing heaps of fun activities while away.

So I began physio, and it was hard and painful, but I slowly got better. And I started to realise that my strength was building and this strength was healing and protecting my weak shoulder. A few months later, I was cleared by the physio for surgery and to this day, by maintaining my strength, my shoulder has gone from 40% to 85% (it’s still not 100% perfect).

But how have I maintained this strength? With Pilates and it has changed my view on fitness and taking care of my body. My mum had been going a local studio for about six months and was enjoying it. So after I graduated high school and had more time on my hands and more money from being able to work more, I thought I’d give it ago. And honestly, after the first session, I was hooked. Within the first few weeks of doing pilates regularly, I noticed I was getting stronger, and I felt great. My shoulder pain was further reduced, and the weight I could handle was increasing.

What I love most about it is that in the 45 minutes you’re in a class for, you get a whole body workout; your legs, abs, arms, back, booty is all taken care of. You honestly will not believe the burn you get and the post workout muscle pain you feel until you try Pilates for yourself. It targets muscles I never knew I had and I leave sweaty after every session; despite their being super cold air conditioning. I have toned up so much since starting pilates, and despite the increase in muscle, I have maintained a lean physique.

Last year, I didn’t enjoy workouts, I did them because I felt obligated to lose weight. But now my mindset has been transformed, and I have fallen in love with being fit, strong and healthy. And I love working out; I look forward to my class. Every session I’m doing a different workout, and I can feel my body getting stronger with every move. I highly recommend trying Pilates for yourself and seeing AND feeling the differences.

Healthy Breakfast Pancake Muffins 

Meet the new perfect edition to your morning routine. Everything amazing about a blueberry and banana pancake; cooked into deliciously moist and filling muffins (easy to take on the go)! Have one for breakfast, or pack as a ‘pick me up’ snack during your busy day. These muffins are so tasty, and by being GF, DF and RSF they are sure to please everyone. img_5181.jpg

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large Banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Chia Seeds
  • ½ cup Almond Meal
  • 1 tbl Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • *optional* Granola (top sprinkle on top)

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Mash banana until smooth in bowl
  3. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix until all combined
  4. Add in almond meal- mix while adding to avoid clumping
  5. Add in chia seeds, protein powder, bicarb and baking powder, combine all ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle in blueberries, avoid mixing too much to avoid colour mixing of the blueberries and mixture.
  7. Evenly distribute into muffin pan
  8. Sprinkle granola on top before cooking
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, watch to avoid top burning.
  10. Allow to completely cool and store in the fridge, in an airtight container.

Easter Fudge Brownies – DF & GF

This recipe makes quite a large brownie, comfortably filling a 23x33cm baking pan. But feel free to half all the ingredients for a smaller batch.

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Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
4 eggs
300g Nuttalex (if you don’t require DF, you can use butter)
1 cup cacao powder
¾ Lindt dessert 70% chocolate melted
¼ (remaining) Lindt dessert 70% chocolate roughly chopped
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup honey

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Prepare double boiler for melting chocolate. Break up Lindt dessert chocolate and melt until runny consistently is formed, continually mix and watch
3. Combine all dry ingredients, sifting flour and cacao if needed. Don’t add chopped chocolate yet
4. Melt Nuttelex and add into dry ingredients, mix thoroughly
5. Add remaining wet ingredients, mix melted chocolate through BEFORE adding eggs
6. Mix in chopped chocolate, leaving enough to sprinkle on top of brownie
7. Mix ingredients thoroughly together
8. Line baking tray with baking paper and pour in mixture
9. Sprinkle remaining chocolate over the top of brownie
10. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on the amount of ‘fudgyness’ you like. Allow to completely cool before cutting. Serve with whipped coconut cream.

Enjoy and I hope you have an amazing Easter.

Love, Jess xx

Chill Out Vibes

Hello Everybody,

My favourite type of fashion and home ‘feel’ is ‘chill’. Just really comfy and cool. So, I have put together some outfits and a home set to show you guys what I like and look for in the home and in my outfits. ‘Chill’ can be either everyday outfits or be a chill dressy outfit; meaning its cool colouring (etc). Head to my Polyvore to see where all the items below are from and check out older outfits http://www.missjessamy.polyvore.com

Enjoy!

Chilled Out Festival Feels:

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Cool Toned Dressy Dinner Date:

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Chill Out Lounge Room:

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Cozy and Chill Winter Time:

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Jess 🙂

Haircut Horror!

Hello Everybody,

For a long time now, I have had long hair and I have always sort of kept it the same style; minimal layers and to chin length pieces at the front, but recently I have been getting very bored with my hair. I feel it is just a extremely long brown mop. I love it for school because when I pull it back in a high ponytail, it is very long but other then that I feel it is kinda useless.

After much deliberation I have decided on a new style. Why the deliberation you may ask? Well, I sort of have a fear of hairdressers. I have my fair share of hairdresser stories including the time a certain hairdresser cut my hair crooked and way to short; literally about 3 inches shorter then I asked (a big deal for me). Since this incident, my haircuts have been extremely far and few which for my hair anxiety it’s good, but for my poor long brown hair the split ends can tend to take over paired with the frizz :/

So, I’ve booked an appointment and I’m going. I’m going to get it trimmed so all the dead ends can be banished from my head and I am going to get a lot more layers put in and my hair thinned a bit because it is super thick at the moment. Meaning my hair will be a lot more voluminous and it will bring out my natural curl more (yay!).

I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts on my new do when I get it all done.

I’m sort of excited for such a change 🙂

Jess x

Moisturising Matters

Hello Everyone,

Hydrating and moisturising your whole body is so important. It makes your skin soft, look healthy and can help with the healing and fading of cuts and scars. It has also been discovered that people who use moisturiser are less likely to form wrinkles then those who don’t and let their skin be dry. Moisturiser can do all of the following and more, prime, plump, protect, repair, and help circulation.

So, I have gone through my daily moisturising routine and picked out my favourite moisturising products. You should try them too!

Hair:

Now the phrase of moisturising your hair sounds weird, but it is super important to give your hair something to help it grow healthily and make it look healthy. I absolutely swear by the ‘Silk Oil Of Morocco Hair and Skin Treatment’. I really only use this for my hair (not my skin), but it is a miracle serum (for both skin and hair btw). I put this on/in my hair whenever; when it’s dry or wet. It really helps with (it pretty much gets rid of) frizz and helps delay haircuts as it assists in sealing and preventing split ends.

TIP: Moroccan Oil can tend to be expensive but it is definitely worth investing in it because it will transform your hair.

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Lips:

‘Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve’ and ‘Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E’ are my two holy grail lip products. They both pretty much immediately heal my dry lips and both smell amazing. If anyone ever asks me what the best lip balms are, I immediately suggest these. I highly recommend picking theses products up 🙂

TIP: Use a lip scrub (I use the Lush ones) before applying these in the morning and night for extra soft lips.

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Body:

‘Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days- Rich Repairing Cream’ I love this moisturiser. OMG. I am not going to say much about this cream I’ll just say, It is amazing. Overnight Hydration. Soft Skin. Super Cheap. Must Have. Does’t Leave You Feeling Greasy.

TIP: Apply this as much as possible but always apply after having a shower. This is because your pores open in the shower, so applying the cream straight after the shower means extra hydration and softer skin because the cream absorbs deeper.

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Hands:

I love this product and brand. ‘SKINN Dimitri James Hand Restore Cream’ smells amazing and softens my hands immediately. It is a heavily moisturising product and amazingly doesn’t leave your hands greasy. I highly recommend this product, it smells like roses and leaves your hands feeling amazing.

TIP: When applying hand cream, always rubs some cream into your elbows as well. This area gets super dry and when you get into the routine of rubbing cream into your elbows when you put on hand cream, your elbows with be really soft and not get cracked.

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Face:

‘Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Water’, ‘Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater’. Both of these are super calming and refreshing but hydrating none the less. Mario Badescu smells absolutely amazing (it smells really similar to the Rosebud Lip Salve lip balm). The Tea Tree spray also treats blemishes (YAY).

TIP: Spray these after having a shower so they can get into your pores and “treat” them. Also then continue to spray them whenever you want and/or need. Put them in the fridge for an extra refreshing feel.

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‘Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil’, I love any Rosehip Oil. It is super hydrating, helps reduce redness and blemishes and makes my skin glow. Rosehip Oil is a must have in any beauty routine. And, there is not much else to say. Buy some and you won’t regret it.

TIP: Never worry about how much of this oil you put on your skin; even if you have oily skin. If you have oily skin, this oil will give your skin the oil it needs and therefore reduce natural and annoying oil production.

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‘SKINN Dimitri James Wrinkle Balm (Replenishing Night Treatment)’ I love this stuff. I had a crazy rash on my face a few months back and needed a moisturiser ASAP and my mum had this unopened in her draw and she gave it to me. I am now on my second tub and it has amazing moisturising qualities and it is a highly recommended product from me.

TIP: Apply this to your skin after your shower and after spraying your face with the Tea Tree Water (Lush) because that’s when your pores will be open and the moisturiser with go deep into your pores and nourish your skin.

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There you go guys, hope you learnt some stuff about hydration and moisturising and maybe now you can go and get some of these products or similar products. Or, I hope this post has motivated you to be more committed to moisturising.

Jess xx

THIS IS NOT A SPONDERED BLOG POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. ALL PHOTOS ARE TAKEN BY MYSELF.

Wind In My Hair And Sun At My Feet

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Hello,

I’ve spent the past (almost) week up at the coast and despite a rainy start, it has been absolutely fabulous. My days have been filled with strolls and swims on the beach, shopping, drinking ice tea, reading (Love, Rosie), watching TV whilst being able to look to my left and see the waves rolling in (etc).

I have had makeup free days and the sea salt has performed miracles for my skin and hair. I can say and I quote from my friend Ains “I’m just letting the sea do it’s thing.”

Despite the melting heat here in Oz on the coast; some days have been uncomfortably sweaty and humid, but I still do enjoy having the literal wind in my hair and sun at my feet.

I really think everyone needs to just get away and chill every once in a while. Now this is hard for me because I like going to places where everyday I am doing something new, I am not a big fan of just purely relaxing around so, typically I can’t stay at the coast longer then a week, but a week is a perfect amount of time from some R&R.

Whats your favourite ways to relax?

Love Jess xx