Saturday, 31 January 2015

Gym Bag Beauty.

Feeling nosey? Great, because today I'm opening up my gym bag to share the beauty and skincare items that are squirrelled away in there. I train 3-4 times a week, in all honesty I probably shower at the gym more than I do at home (plus the waters free, winner!), hence why this is a little more than just some shampoo and shower gel.

My General Life - Gym Bag Beauty

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

How I Track My Training.

A few weeks ago I was having discussions on Twitter about training diaries. The Daily Greatness Training Journal and Lorna Jane MNB Diary seemed to be two popular choices, the thing is, as lovely and pretty and inspiring as they are I just couldn't justify the price tags. Spending £30 on a training journal just seemed a little excessive to me, although I'm sure that these journals are more than JUST training journals, but I was looking for something a little on a the cheaper side of life.

So, I started scouring the web and various shops whilst out and about, looking for something that I could create a training diary from. Low and behold, whilst doing my weekly shop in good ol' Tesco, I came across this cutie in the stationary aisle.

Training Diary - Tesco

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Inspiring Wall Art #2.

Ever since my first 'Inspiring Wall Art' post, I've been on the looked out for more inspirational pieces that I could hang around my home in order to inspire and motivate me on a day-to-day basis. I feel like I've neglected the addition of wall art in my home up to now (aside from the 3D Star Wars picture we have in our hallway!!) but this year I'd like that  to change.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

#strongspiration.

Today I thought I'd share with you the some 'strongspiration'. My goal in relation to my health, lifestyle and training is to be strong. Not just physically, but mentally too. I wanted to talk about a few people that continually inspire me to put hard work in at the gym, eat better and just generally take better care of myself.

I recently discovered Chelsea's Youtube channel and I'm really into her training videos/vlogs. She is training to compete in Powerlifting and produces really informative and enjoyable content documenting her training and also offering advice on training techniques and diet too. Watching her videos really makes me want to go to the gym and squat my booty off! You can follow Chelsea on twitter and instagram too!


Photo Credit: ChelseaLifts

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Instagram Round Up #1.

I love Instagram, along with twitter it has to be my favourite social media tool. It's my little space to share cute photos of Obi, food, the gym and other general life stuff. So here's a little round up of what's been going on lately on my Instagram feed.

baked oats a la spamellab | snoozy obi | failed brown rice protein mug cake
week 2 session 3 workout | pork casserole | scrambled eggs
star wars vans | veg overload | more snoozy obi
week 2 session 2  workout | soy, garlic & chilli veg | yoga with adriene

If you would like to follow me, then head on over to instagram.com/generallifeblog for more general life-ness! Please leave your Instagram usernames in the comments below so I can follow you all!

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Training Focus - Pull Ups.

Don't forget to follow My General Life on Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin too! They're great ways to stay up to date

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Training Focus: Pull Ups.

Today we're talking pull ups. What are they, why we should be doing them and how do we go about implementing them into our routines.

Training Focus: Pull Ups
Rockin' the blue band!

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Training Diaries: DOMS for Days.

Hello there lovely people.

Well, another week has gone and I have managed to get through the first week of my programme relatively unscathed. Aside from the DOMS that is! Delayed onset muscle soreness is a massive cowbag. Call me a wimp, but that's just how I feel.

Leg Stretch
I have that post-workout beetroot glow!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Review: Powerlift 2.0.

Hello there lovely people.

If you saw my 'What's On My Gym Bag' post, you may have noted these beauties just hanging out in there. These being the Adidas Powerlift 2.0. I actually bought these about a year and half ago as a little graduation present to myself, I'd been wanting some for quite a while so I just threw caution to the wind and thought 'why the heck not!'. I thought I'd give you a little run down of my thoughts, just in case any of you are in the market for some lifters.

Powerlift 2.0
Here they are - ready for action!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Realash - Update 1.

Hello there lovely people.

A few weeks ago I posted about being offered the opportunity to try out Realash, you can check out my original post here. Anyway today I'm back to give you a quick update on how things are looking after 6 weeks of use.

left - before, right - after 6 weeks.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Inspiring Wall Art.

Hello there lovely people.

I was mooching around Next Home at the weekend and noticed that they had so much lovely, inspirational wall art in their new collections. I love inspirational and motivational quotes and love the idea of having them hung in my home to give me a boost whenever I walk past. I think I definitely need to purchase one or two, but the question is, which ones?! I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you guys in the hope that they inspire you too!
Next - Think Happy Be Happy
Think Happy Be Happy - £30

Sunday, 4 January 2015

My Five Tips for Making Diet Changes.

Hello there lovely people.

If you've seen my 2015 goals post, you may have noted that one of my goals was to take my health into my own hands and work on my diet. I started following a low FODMAP (ish) diet towards the end of of last year in order to help control my IBS symptoms, which I found really helpful, but I fell right off the wagon in December. However, having already done it once, I knew what worked for me in terms of implementing it again. So today, my little chums, I thought I'd share with you my five tips for implementing diet changes and setting yourself up for success rather than failure! (I sound like a really bad TV saleswoman haha). Also, just a little disclaimer here, I'm certainly not a nutritionist/dietician/food expert, these are just things that I found, in my experience, worked for me.

Top Five Tips for Making Diet Changes

Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Training Diaries: Back On The Wagon.

Hello there lovely people.

Today is the 1st of January, the day that myself (and probably most of the population) have decided to climb back on the wagon. After neglecting my diet and exercise routine for pretty much the entirety of December (I last trained on my birthday, which was the 1st), I did my first workout of 2015 today, one word, INSTADOMS!!

to your glutes
Oh, thank you very kindly, Leo! We can all dream! (Link)