My top 5 tips for being home during Lockdown

 

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More and more of  us  are having to move to home working or might even be on extended leave from work as we battle  Covid 19.   We are finding ourselves having to create a new normal for ourselves during this time . I hoped these 5 tips might help even a couple of you , if you are struggling being out of your normal routine , and/or working from home for the first time ,  these are things that have helped me so much , I worked from home the past 6 years of doing my Travel job and I remember those first few weeks were a little weird as I got used to it.  I then had to create a whole new routine for myself at the end of 2018, when I left my Travel job to focus on Mis-Fit full time!,. 

  1. Create a Routine for yourself 
  • create a morning routine you can stick with – don’t overwhelm yourself and make it too complex,  keep it simple  . Maybe it’s getting up, putting your workout clothes on and doing a workout straight away . Maybe it’s starting your day with a meditation.   Maybe it’s as simple as hopping straight in the shower and getting dressed for the day , sitting down to have breakfast . Maybe it’s listening to an uplifting, positive podcast to get you ready for the day ahead.  Create your own routine and stick with it – Especially Monday – Friday .  Often there is a commute to work , or a whole family to get ready to head out the door. At the moment you probably don’t have that, so use that extra time productively- don’t just lounge about! Set yourself a purpose to get up and greet the day ahead like  Pollyanna would  – with positivity  – also who else LOVED that film? 😄.  
  1. Move your body 
  • do an at home workout,  go for a walk/Run , take the dog for a walk , maybe do some stretches. , maybe stick the radio on in the kitchen or play some music through your phone and have a little bop about – just  move your body  daily.  You’ll feel so much better physically and mentally.
  1. Get ready!

 

Now we all love a pyjama day and let’s face it , every once in a while it is like therapy . However living in your pyjamas every day during Covid 19 is NOT  going to help you feel motivated.  So get up and get dressed , even if it is into comfy clothes if you are working out or doing jobs around the house .   Just get out of your pyjamas and get ready for the day.  It will put you in productive mode . Doing your hair and Makeup will also help you feel more in work mode. Plus we have extra time , to practice playing around with our makeup 😄. Makeup goal – perfect that winged liner!!! Or is that just mine?? 😂.  I can spend many a happy hour watching makeup videos on YouTube 

  1. Create an inspiring Working Space 

 If you are working from home , create a workspace for yourself that in the vibe of Marie Kondo Sparks the joy, don’t have it all cluttered and messy , I use my 3rd bedroom as an office and I’ve made it pretty  . I know its not always possible to have an actual room dedicated to being just an office space but even if you are working from the kitchen table ,  maybe light a favourite candle as you work, just create a little ambiance 💕.  I also find it useful to set the timer on my phone to tackle certain tasks – sometimes I’ll set it for an hour , I call it my power hour and I will see how much I can get done in that hour if I put my head (and phone down 😂) .  I even use this method for housework chores too , I just find once I get started , I get in the zone – it’s just sometimes motivating myself  to make that initial start , especially if you have a long to do list, it can feel overwhelming, but setting myself that hour , often has me continuing longer, but even if not or I have to go do something else, I got more done then if I sat procrastinating over it! .  

For something like planning class sessions, I might set my timer for 45 mins and focus on that and then give myself 10 minutes to clear my head. Just find something what works for you . 

  1. keep a Positive Mindset 

Surround yourself with Positivity and lessen the amount of negativity you allow around you.  Unfollow those drama Llamas on Social Media – we all know at least one 😂.   Up until these past few weeks, I rarely had the news on,   I would keep up to date with the headlines on the radio so I could keep up to date with what was going on in the world without getting caught up in it all.  The past few weeks of course, we need to know what is going on .  I tune into the daily press conference every afternoon and I might check the headlines on BBC on my phone on the morning, but that is it as far as news is concerned. The rest of the time I prefer to stick with listening to my favourite podcasts  and country hits radio. – don’t judge,  I really love it! 😂,  and reading  or listening to things that inspire and motivate me and obviously watching my favourite YouTubers talking makeup, style and home decor . Just immerse yourself in the things that bring you joy. 

Of course we are going to have moments in the coming days and weeks ahead and indeed throughout life where we feel scared, overwhelmed, anxious and that is absolutely ok , sit with those feelings, acknowledge them , but don’t allow yourself to stay there for long . Find what cheers you up and makes you feel better – a chat with someone who lifts you up , or a favourite movie/TV show – I mean even if it’s a Christmas film, stick it on – total feel good right there. Read books – one of my absolute favourites I read at the end of last year was girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis, I highly recommend it!.   

Just embrace this time though as long as we all come through this healthy that is what matters and use this time to reflect, recharge , to learn new skills, have a good declutter, keep fit and healthy, and work on that positive mindset  💕🌈

10 years from now, you’ll surely arrive – but where?

“ 10 years from now , you’ll surely arrive. The question is where?.” – Tony Robbins 

10 years ago , I was working a 9-5 job in the travel industry.  During my Travel career . I got to travel and work in some pretty amazing places around the world and I will always be grateful for that experience and the friends I made a long the way.  I just always felt like something was missing 

 

I hated being stuck behind a desk all day , attached to a headset – week in, week out , counting down to the weekend or my next holiday –  I just did not want that to be my life .  

So 10 years ago this week – I sent off a Cheque ( ha remember those?? 🤣) and I signed up to do my Group fitness instructor qualification and  I began a new journey 💕

I have come to recognise that I  have this sense  of being Home when it comes to people, situations and places when everything feels aligned and when I have that feeling , I know it’s my gut instinct telling me I’m on the right path  💕. 

As soon as I started teaching , I had that feeling of coming home and ten years on, I look back at this incredible journey I have been on and where it has brought me to, today.

  It’s definitely been a rollercoaster of a ride , there have been highs and lows , it has been such a huge learning curve and one of my greatest adventures to date. I have learned to never ignore my gut feeling and to never ever  settle for something – be it a relationship, job , or situation that is just ok – you absolutely deserve to live a life that you love. We get just one shot at it. And know  you can achieve anything you set your mind to with plenty of hard work,  keeping the faith and i’ve Found a killer lipstick helps too when you need that little extra boost 😘. Ooh and always have a bottle of Prosecco chilling in the fridge 🥂 . 

 

Happy New Year and our January Class updates and Timetable

Hey Mis Fitters, 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! and I hope you are enjoying some time out. 

I’m enjoying time off but also getting some prep done ready for our January Classes!. I can’t believe it is going to be 2020! and in September Little Mis-Fit will be 10 years old!!!.  10 years ago I was just starting out on my Fitness instructor training journey – one of the best things I have ever done!. 

Classes start back Saturday 4th January.

Small Group Training programmes  will also  be back from Saturday 4th January – both Small Group training Bootcamp and Small Group Pilates. Message me if you would be interested in a space on either.

Small group Pilates

Saturdays 8.15am-9am @ Delves Lane Village Hall
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Tuesday 6.15pm-7pm @ Tesco, Consett

Small Group Bootcamp 

Saturday 9.30am-10am @ Delves Lane Village Hall
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Tuesday 7.30-8pm @ Tesco, Consett

January Class Timetable

– Pilates classes will increase to £7 per class from January .

Class Passes

8 Session pass – £40

12 session pass – £55

unlimited Monthly pas – £65

Passes valid for 1 calender month – ie 1st-31st January and are non transferable

Monday

Barre and Scuplt 9.30am-1015am @ Annfield Plain Church £7

Body Sculpt Barre 6.30-7pm @ North Durham Academy £4.50

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy £7

Tuesday

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco, Consett

Wednesday

Pilates 9.30am-1015am @ Annfield Plain Church

Thursday

Pilates 6.45-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall

Friday

Barre Bootcamp  1130am-1215noon  at Taylored Fit Physio , Langley Park. A 4 week course starting 10th January x 4 weeks . £35. 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church £7

Saturday

Body Sculpt 9am-9.30am @ Delves Village Hall £4

Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy 2020 !

. You can follow along with my week over on insta Stories and don’t forget you can follow us on facebook – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1 and Instagram @littlemisfitjojo

Joanne x

Festive Friends date

Time and good friends are two things that become more valuable the older you get.
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Instead of buying Christmas gifts for each other, my friend Claire and I opt to have a festive friend date instead. So we can actually spend time together catching up – usually food is involved 😂. Yesterday we headed to one of our local coffee shops Sweethart, Bistro, Bakery & coffee shop
in Consett . Hands down the best Mint hot chocolate I have ever tasted and seeing as it is one of my favourite festive drinks, I have tasted a few! .
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So be sure to get some festive dates in the diary catching up with friends and family 💕🎄.

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Day 2 – A morning stretch

Happy 2nd December,

If you follow me over on Instagram- @littlemisfitjojo 

or our Facebook page  lilmisfit1 

you can check a 5 minute Stretch workout I have shared. It’s a great wake up for the body, or could even be used as a wind down at the end of the day. 💕

for some reason it won’t let me share it on here! So I need to speak to my Tech wizard friend! . 

 

 

Day 3 – Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Day 3 of December and today I’m sharing one of my current favourite breakfasts – Baked Oatmeal 💕.
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I got the recipe after watching @gracedenny make it on her YouTube channel . There are so many differences variations of this on Pinterest so check them out .
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It’s so easy to make and you can make it in advance to have over a few mornings!. Perfect for those busy days .
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Now guys I really do just chuck it all in 😂. I don’t really measure things out . I use a cup and a half of porridge oats and put in some baking powder – I use the sachets so I just use one of those . Then in another bowl , I have an egg , then add in a couple tea spoons of coconut oil , a couple spoonfuls of almond butter , a teaspoon of Vanilla extract then either drizzle in honey or maple syrup- which ever I happen to have in and then mix all those together and then add in the Oats and baking powder.
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I then pop it in the oven on about 180 and bake did around 18 minutes.
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It can be served warm or cold and I add natural yogurt and berries to mine . It’s so yummy !.
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Let me know if you make it too and how you make yours – you really can make it your own . I did add in chocolate buttons once whe I had some left over Halloween treats and that was nice though not quite so healthy 😂.

A Festive Christmas bucket list

Happy 1st December Mis Fitters 🎄. So have the Advent calendars been opened yet?.

You guys know I absolutely Love Christmas but it can feel a little (or indeed a lot) like being caught up in a total whirlwind of shopping, wrapping , social events etc. We forget to hit the pause button and slow down, put down our phones and just enjoy the magic of the season 🎄. And workouts and nutrition can just fall so far down the list , but it’s during busy times like this , it’s more important than ever to take time out of your day to Take care of yourself. That way you have the energy and let’s face it the patience 😂 and motivation to tackle everything and everyone else!.
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So throughout December, I’ll be sharing ideas and inspiration for us all to take time to move our bodies but also take time out to rest too and of course enjoy some festive fun.
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So today why not write a bucket list of the fun festive adventures you would love to do – maybe have a Christmas Movie marathon or take a festive walk – just a list of all the things you love and have fun ticking them off throughout December! 🎄.

Do let me know what is on your festive bucket list , comment below and we can share some festive fun ideas and inspiration! 

Our Train advent calendar is from @shopmatalan though I did get it last year, I’ve filled it with red, mint and white LIndors 💕.
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1 year anniversary of being Self Employed

 

Friday 16th November 2018 I hung up my little headset and turned off my Travel work computer for the final time. After 24 years in the travel industry including the 1o  years I had been with HRG , and 8 years of building My fitness business  up along side working Part time as a senior Business travel consultant ,  I was finally going to take the leap of faith and take Little Mis Fit full time. 

That day I wrote a letter to myself that I popped in an envelope and i popped it in my 2019  planner , for me to read on 16th November 2019.  So I shall be pouring a glass of prosecco and reading that this weekend to look back on the past year to see just how far I have come.

Its certainly been an adventure!. Leaving behind a steady pay check, health care benefits, paid holidays and sick pay  There have been definitely some sleepless nights thinking yikes will it al be ok???.  You just make it work though,   Like any journey in life , its never a smooth path.  I am still so glad that I was brave enough to try and I’ve learned so much in this past year that I can take into my second year and continue to keep growing .  It really was both the scariest, yet one of the best decisions I have made. 

The business has evolved so much since I started it back in 2010.  I’m so so grateful to all of you for your support over these past 9 years.  I can’t believe we will be 10 years old next year!!!!!.   I really do appreciate all of you who come to class and who support me by liking and Sharing my social media posts , it really does mean the world 😘. 

As we approach a New Year and in fact a new Decade , take time to think what goals YOU have for the coming year ahead.  Christmas always seem to have that magical feel to it and anything can be possible so Believe in yourself and go after your dreams 💕. 

 

Cheers to the next 12 months 🍸

 

Joanne x

 

What to look for on Food Labels

When it comes to eating healthy – it’s  not about being extreme, it’s about being consistent. It also helps to know exactly what is in the foods you are eating to help you make better choices.  Of course there is room  in a healthy balanced diet for those treats we all love.  It’s just aiming for a more 80/20 balance in favour of the healthier options. 

However when it comes to knowing what is in the foods we eat – Food labels can be soooooo confusing!.

So what exactly do we need to look for in our foods ? . Hopefully this little guide will help you –

1. Read the ingredients
When it comes to pre packed food , the ingredients listing will be attached. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, from biggest to lowest. If Sugar, salt or saturated fats such as cream or butter are one of the first five ingredients listed – these will make up a large proportion of the food.

Try to eat as natural foods as possible and limit processed foods as much as you can – a great tip when looking at food is asking yourself – “does it grow in the ground, fly in the sky, run across land or swim in the sea”? . look for food where there are as few ingredients as possible – and if there are any ingredients listed that you can not pronounce or you have no idea what it is – leave it on the shelf!.

2. Use the per 100g column on the Nutrition information is the easiest way to compare foods. The main ones to look for are sugar, salt , fat and saturated fat levels .

3. Detecting Sugar on food labels – Sugar can come disguised as one of the below –
• Anything ending in ose – fructose, glucose, dextrose,maltose
• Syrup
• Honey
• Molasses
• Fruit juice concentrate
• Brown sugar
• Agave
• Barley malt
• Dextrin
• Lactose
• Maple syrup
• Malt / Malt extract

So knowing exactly what you ae looking for, can help you detect any hidden sugars. Yogurts are a prime example of foods that can contain a lot of sugar whilst appearing on the surface healthy. When it comes to Yogurts – usually natural or greek yoghurt is the best choice

A guide to what to aim for –

Low in sugar – 7g or less per 100g
High in sugar – 22.5g per 100g

also Beware of anything that states no added sugar – just because no sugar has been added, does not mean that it is free of any sugars! And don’t get me started on diet pop/soda – the sugar has been removed and instead replaced with nasty chemicals that are actually worse for you then if you drank the regular pop/soda!.

4. Types of fat
• Polyunsaturated fats – a healthy type of fat, that can help lower cholesterol , Omega 3 and Omega 6 are polyunsaturated fats and can be found in fatty fish such as salmon , atlantic mackeral, sardines, trout , and nuts and seeds and eggs.
• Monounsaturated fats – are plant based fats and are also healthy fats . These can be found in Nuts, nut butter , oils , seeds, avocados and Dark chocolate – again beware not all dark chocolate is made equal!
• Saturated fats with the exception of coconut oil are not healthy fats and can increase your cholesterol and increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These are often found in dairy products , fatty meats and pastry.
• Trans fats – the worst of all! . These are the fats that lurk in processed and junk food and pre packaged cakes/biscuits.

Too much Saturated and Trans fats can increase your cholesterol which increases your risk of coronary heart disease.

High in saturated fat – more than 5g of saturates per 100g
Low in saturated fat – 1.5g or less per 100g or 0.75g per 100ml for liquids.

Beware of anything labelled Low fat , reduced fat , Light – people often mistake these as being “healthier” options especially if you have ever followed a Weight watchers, slimming world plan . However what often happens is the fat is removed or reduced , but in order to make it still palatable , sugar can often be added instead so be sure to check the ingredients listing and nutrition info!. These can also often have a higher salt content too!.

5. Lets talk Salt!

Salt is regularly added to processed foods – even things like bread, cake and biscuits!

On labels it can appear as either salt or sodium so watch out

Low salt – 0.3g or less per 100g or 01.g sodium or 100mg sodium

High salt – 1.5g or more per 100g or 0.6g sodium or 600mg sodium.

We often add salt to flavour our food f you are going to use salt for flavouring – try Pink Himalayan salt as this has some amazing health benefits such as acting as a natural detoxifier, promotes healthy blood sugar, promotes better sleep. Contains essential minerals, boosts bone strength and can help prevent muscle cramps and can aid digestion.

6. Fruit and Veg.

Fruit obviously does contain sugar – albeit natural sugars which is better for you and also contains fibre . However it is still a form of sugar so aim for more veg than fruit in your 5-7 day!. Aim for a rainbow plate – the more colours from your fruit and veg, the more Vitamins and Minerals you will be consuming.

So hopefully this will help you understand those labels a little better next time you are shopping x

Self Care September- Switching off

 

Day 4 of Self Care September .

Bank holiday weekend I totally unplugged for 4 days – I put my phone away and only checked it for calls/texts a couple times a day and actually didn’t go on any social media at all for the whole 4 days. Instead I just enjoyed the glorious sunshine, read books and was just fully present in my own life. It’s been such a busy year with both work and celebrations and so to be able to fully switch off for a few days felt amazing. I really did feel so much better for it and as a result I have been more mindful of how much time I spend just idle scrolling social media ever since which in turn has made me much more productive. We all do it, don’t we – just have a “5 minute scroll” and before you know it at least half an hour has passed!.

So this week I am challenging you to unplug for one whole day – are you up for the challenge?? Give me a 💕or comment below if you are! .