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Do the Chloe Ting challenges really work?

Image from Chloe Ting at chloeting.com

A little over a month ago whilst watching YouTube videos I stumbled upon the Chloe Ting phenomenon, I watched countless results videos from girls who seemed just as unfit/lazy as myself and was stunned by their incredible results. If you don't know who Chole Ting is, she's a fitness influencer who creates various programs and challenges on YouTube for free and her videos have millions of views. After watching these videos I was feeling inspired to give it a go myself, I've tried different ways of working out over the years but nothing has ever stuck and I inevitably end up sat back in front of the tv as lazy and unfit as ever so this was definitely going to be a challenge but I felt there was no better time to commit than in lockdown.

Okay, so I initially gave some of the videos from the 2 Week Shred Challenge a try but I didn't strictly follow the program day by day so eventually, I decided to give the 2019 Hourglass: Booty and Abs Program a try. This program runs for 26 days and you'll complete 2-4 videos (25-50mins) each day with a few active rest days thrown in throughout the program. 

I have suffered for years with a bad back and have been told that it's because my core is so weak that my muscles aren't supporting my back properly so it did take a bit of time for me to get used to engaging my core and this was definitely my weak spot so as you can imagine the ab focused videos were the most difficult for me.

Here's a rundown of the challenge day by day

Day 1 - 2 Videos (25mins) - Today wasn't too difficult but my main issue is trying to ensure I'm engaging my core correctly which I struggle with.
Day 2 - 2 Videos (25mis) - Completed both videos without too much issue, again I'm trying to focus on correctly engaging my core.
Day 3 - 3 Videos (30mins) - I would say this was a moderately difficult workout, less intense than the 2 Week Shred Challenge, I'm trying to make sure I've got good form and doing the moves correctly.
Day 4 - Active Rest Day - I did a quick workout using some weights and cycled for about 15mins.
Day 5 - 4 Videos (50mins) - Had a good workout with not much more to report.
Day 6 - 4 Videos (45mins) - This was a tough workout but I felt I was starting to engage my core more, at this point the videos were still quite mixed each day between the ab videos and the leg/bum videos.
Day 7 - Active Rest Day - I did some light yoga to stretch out my muscles and release any tension.
Day 8 - 4 Videos (45mins) - Even though yesterday was a rest day my muscles were still feeling a little sore and tight making this a tough workout to get through. Things were made worse by the warm weather we were experiencing so I stuck an electric fan on to help make things bearable.
Day 9 - 3 Videos - (35mins) - Today was hard, I definitely had sore muscles both before and after this workout but I got through all the videos.
Day 10 - 4 Videos (50mins) - I didn't make any notes on this day so can't remember if I struggled or not but I completed all the videos and there was still a good mix between ab, butt and leg exercises.
Day 11 - Active Rest Day - Did a light workout using some weights and tested out my new resistance bands.
Day 12 - 4 Videos (45mins) - There was more focus on the leg/butt videos today and I started to incorporate my resistance bands during some of the videos to give me more of a boost.
Day 13 - 3 Videos (35mins) - Not much to report, had a good workout which was focused more on the abs.
Day 14 - Active Rest Day
Day 15 -  4 Videos (one of which was optional) (50mins) - I completed all 4 videos, my workout was disrupted slightly so I had to come back to complete the final video a little later than the others.
Day 16 - 2 Videos (20mins) - Nothing to report, completed both ab workouts.
Day 17 - 3 Videos (35mins) - Again there's not a lot to report, I completed all workouts which targeted the butt and legs. I think my body was starting to feel a little stronger hence the reason I don't have as much to say about the workouts.
Day 18 - 2 Videos (25mins) - Good workout, could feel the effects from the previous day.
Day 19 - 4 Videos (50mins) - Another leg/butt day, I completed 2 videos twice so you really worked those muscles.
Day 20 - 3 Videos (35mins) - All ab focused videos, nothing much to report, completed all 3 videos.
Day 21 - Active Rest Day
Day 22 - 4 Videos (50mins) - Another day working the booty and legs, at this point each day tends to focus on one or the other, either the booty or the abs so you do feel like you get a more intense workout.
Day 23 - 2 Videos (25mins) - Ab workout, nothing much to report.
Day 24 - 4 Videos (45mins) - I had been drinking the night before so this was a little bit of a struggle, I also had to repeat one of the videos 3 times making it even tougher to get through.
Day 25 - 3 Videos (35mins) - Another day of abs, I'm engaging my core much better and feeling more of a burn during these routines which is great as this is my weak spot.
Day 26 - The final day was a tough one but I got through it and felt so accomplished, I can't quite believe I actually completed something and I'm excited to keep going and try out some new routines.

I think it's important to mention that Chloe Ting does create very attention-grabbing titles and thumbnails for her videos to increase the chances of her videos being seen and clicked on so please try to manage your expectations. I understand the reason why Chloe does this but it can be misleading however considering she's creating full programs for people to follow all for free I can't be mad at her. 

It's also important to mention that your diet will also play a large part in the results you achieve, I wasn't perfect, I had cheat days, I ate snacks but I did try to have as many healthy meals as possible I just didn't restrict myself in any way.

The program is made up of 4-5 videos that are repeated in different combinations each day so it can get a little repetitive but there's a good amount of different challenges to follow so after you've completed one you could move on to another and you'll get a different set of videos and as I've already mentioned these are all free so you really can't complain.

Overall, I think this challenge was great, it's perfect if you're just looking to get started and want to build fitness into your daily routine, I recommend doing the workouts at the same time each day to increase your odds of actually doing it, personally, I like to workout in the morning so I can get it out of the way and continue with my day as normal. As far as results go I didn't notice a big change, I'm maybe getting slightly more toned but it's not something you can really notice in pictures/measurements, however, I do feel stronger and I'm excited to try out some other plans/challenges.


Femme Luxe Clothing Haul

Okay, so I've done a couple of these posts already so I'll keep the intro short, Femme Luxe gift me some items and I write up a review and post some content for them but as always all opinions are my own, so now that we've got that out the way let's chat about what I picked up!

I love this jumper, it's a beautiful shade of lilac/pink and the cropped style makes it perfect for changing seasons and different kinds of weather, it has that light springtime colour but it's also got that high neck to keep you warm so you could wear this in all kinds of weather which I love especially living in Scotland. I have noticed that most of the cropped items from Femme Luxe are very cropped this item isn't too bad but it's just something worth noting, some will love that, I personally like things to be that little bit longer so they meet up with my high waisted jeans and don't expose too much skin. I picked this up in a size L (10/12) and it fit perfectly.

Iris - White Knitted Crop Jumper
This little jumper is really cute, I like to wear it off one shoulder for that slouchy casual look. This is another item you could wear in different weather depending on how you style and layer it. It is very cropped and I would recommend wearing it with a strapless bra if you prefer to have nothing showing. I picked this up in a size M/L (10/12), I would say it is pretty true to size and fits great but if you prefer a more oversized fit like myself then you could probably go up a size, I was just hesitant to do this because of that off the shoulder style.

This is another really pretty coloured jumper which you can also pick up in black, grey, nude and green. I ordered a size L (10/12) and I'm not 100% sold on the fit of this jumper, one of the arms is tighter around the wrist than the other which is a little annoying and it is quite oversized so I think it would perhaps look better pulled in around the waist with a belt or sized down but I would be worried it would be too small around the wrists if sized down. 

I hope you enjoyed this little mini-review and I'll have another one for you in the next few weeks. As I've mentioned in previous posts Femme Luxe is an affordable brand offering you all of the latest trends so the quality isn't always the greatest but of course, you get what you pay for and Femme Luxe is all about bringing you on trend pieces at affordable prices.

7 Things to do Each Morning to Start your Day off Right

I've always wanted to be one of those people who wake up super early and get loads done in the morning but unfortunately, my love for my bed and sleep usually takes over and I end up hitting snooze way too many times before eventually dragging myself out of bed. At least that's how I had been living for many years until 2020 hit and the Covid-19 virus forced the world into lockdown and I decided this was as good a time as any to finally make some changes in my life, I read The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod and it really helped motivate me and change my mindset and for the last 18 days I've woken up without issue at 6:30am! I'm still surprised that this is something I've actually been able to do and stick to, so I thought I would share some habits that I highly recommend implementing in the mornings to start your day off right.

1. Wake up earlier 
Most of us have something (or a list of things) that we wish we could do if we just had more time in the day, well there's a simple solution, wake up earlier and you will have more time in the day. How much earlier you wake up is totally up to yourself, maybe you just want an extra ten minutes to enjoy a cup of tea in peace before the rest of your household wakes up or maybe you want to start creating your own business and need at least an hour. Just remember that waking up in the morning shouldn't be a chore when you're telling yourself every morning that you're tired or you don't want to get up yet or you just need another five minutes in bed you're telling your subconscious that you aren't excited about living your life, it's all about mindset.

2. Stop hitting the snooze button 
It can be difficult but try to stop hitting snooze every morning you just make things more difficult on yourself and will feel sluggish when you finally do get up. When your alarm goes off, get up, you can make this easier by placing your phone/alarm away from your bed so you physically need to get out of bed to switch it off. Another good idea is to try and wake naturally with the sun by leaving your curtains or blinds slightly open or buy an alarm clock with a wake-up light (I'm definitely going to invest in one of these for the winter).

3. Make your bed
This one may seem silly but if you make your bed straight away when you wake up in the morning it makes you instantly feel like you've achieved something, it's that first tick on your daily to-do list and as a bonus, it makes it less tempting to crawl back into bed.

4. Drink a glass of water
During the night as we're sleeping, we become slightly dehydrated so it's recommended you drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning before you reach for your usual tea or coffee. It's also great if, like myself, you struggle to drink enough water in general, this way you've got that first glass out of the way before you've even started your day.

5. Meditate/Read/Exercise
Do something every morning that lets you work on self-development or better yet do all of the above. This is going to be personal to yourself and your lifestyle but I highly recommend picking at least one thing that you really want to start doing and set aside 5-10 mins each morning for it. This is when you can really start to see some changes not only to your morning but your life in general, I've finally started working out every morning and I'm feeling so much better about myself and it leaves me feeling much more motivated for the rest of the day.

6. Avoid your phone/social media 
I think we're all aware that we spend too much time on our phones/social media and it can feel like an almost impossible habit to give up but I find it's easiest to do so in the morning when you're focusing on other tasks. Try even if just for 20-30 mins in the morning to set your phone aside and have that break, I also recommend that you avoid going straight on to social media as soon as you wake up, it's just not good for your mental health to instantly be scrolling through Instagram pictures the second you open your eyes.

7. Have breakfast
This is one that I always struggled with, I don't like to eat first thing in the morning but of course, it's so important if you want to start your day off right. Ideally, you want to have something healthy but making sure you at least eat something will stop you having an energy crash and loss of motivation before you hit lunchtime.

So there you have it seven simple habits to implement now to start your day off right, I hope that you enjoyed this post and consider trying out a few of these tips tomorrow to have a more enjoyable and productive morning.

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