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! .

Self Care September- Nutrition

 

Day 3 of our Self Care September challenge and today it’s nutrition 💕.

When we make healthier choices when it comes to our nutrition, we really do feel so much better and have more energy.

Did you know Salmon is a mood boosting food?. So if you are feeling low , and /or struggle with Anxiety and depression it can help to boost your mood! 💕. I’ve served mine here with some Mixed salad leaves , some mini Mozzarella balls and some salsa for an easy , quick healthy tea .

Other mood noosing foods include-

💕 Blueberries

💕Avocado

💕mussels

💕 Dark Chocolate – good quality dark chocolate such as Green and Blacks or Lindt and opt for 85-90% cocoa

💕 Green tea 🍵

💕 leafy greens such as spinach and Kale

💕 Walnuts

💕 chicken and Turkey

💕 eggs

Are any of the above on your menus for today? 😀.
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Self Care September- The importance of Sleep

 

Welcome back to Self Care September and today we focus on Rest.

Getting enough sleep has so many benefits including-

💕 helps our bodies repair and restore themselves

💕 helps boost our mood

💕helps our metabolism function more efficiently.
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💕 helps the mind and body to de stress

💕 boosts our immune system

We are all unique, so as individuals we all require different amounts of sleep to help us function at our very best . For the majority of us it’s around 7-8 hours per night. This next week though just take note how much sleep YOU need in order to feel your best . Obviously new mamma’s need lots of sleep but don’t usually get much at all! In which case try and nap when baby does or at least try and make the sleep you do manage – good quality sleep!.

Here are a few tips though to help us all get a good nights sleep 💤.
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😴 create an evening routine. Try and go to bed and wake up around the same time each day so your body can get in a routine.

😴 Declutter your bedroom and create a calm peaceful environment that makes you feel relaxed just walking into the room. I have of course added Fairy lights and candles in mine – I love being cosy 😂.

😴 put down your phone!!!. I think most of us are guilty with this one – one last scroll of social media before bed 😳. But this next month , let’s try and put down our phones an hour or so before bed and allow our minds to totally switch off and see what difference it makes to your sleep!. Try reading instead and/or a little meditation.

😴 try and write down your to do list for the next day before you switch off so you can get it all out of your head – do a brain dump, so you can empty your mind .

😴 create a little routine for yourself- maybe a relaxing bath or shower , removing your make up , reading a book or listening to some relaxing music – anything that helps you unwind and relax and prepare for sleep and FYI that glass of wine does not count!!! 😂.

Sweet dreams Mis Fitters 💕.
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Welcome to Self Care September!

 

 

The six best doctors – Fresh air , water, nutrition, exercise, sunshine and Rest 💕.

 

Join me throughout September as I share some tips and ideas on how we can include a little bit of self care into our everyday lives. Give me a ❤️ if you would like to join in!. 

Day 1 we are focusing on fresh air and exercise. So today get outside- maybe take a walk, even if it’s just around the block. Just get outside in the fresh air and move your body – be it walking , running , cycling etc. It’s a great way of blowing away the cobwebs, so it’s fantastic for our physical, mental and spiritual health 💕.

September class timetable and Updates

And just like that , September has arrived!. I’m definatly feeling the Autumn Vibes now , what about you guys?. I’m also feeling a trip to TK Maxx /Home sense is in order as I love their Autumn and Festive Home stuff.

This September I think we all could use a little self care time so keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram pages to follow along with our Self Care September . I’ll be sharing Self care tips and ideas to help us all incorporate a little more Self care into our day.

September at Little Mis- Fit 

September class passes are now available

8 session pass – £35

12 session pass – £50

Unlimited Monthly pass – £60

Our September class timetable is below – for next week , we will keep the Thursday night Pilates class mixed and we can see how numbers go and maybe change it back to separate classes if we need to.

Monday evening classes – Barre is back 6.30pm-7pm and Pilates is back to 7pm – 7.45pm .

From Monday 9th September , we also have our Morning Barre class 9.30am-1015am at Taylored Fit Physio, Langley Park. This is a 6 week block of classes – £40 ( please note this class is not included in class passes).

Timetable for this week :-

Please do book for all classes – and please let me know if you can’t make it as some classes do have a waitlist and it may mean someone else can come along.

Monday 02nd September

Barre – 6.30pm-7pm @ North Durham Academy , £4.50

Pilates 6.45-7.30pm @ North Durham Academy £6.00

or do both classes for only £8

Tuesday 03rd September

Mam & Toddler Yoga 1115am-12noon @ Believe and Be £7 pay as you go, or £35 for the 6 week block.

Body Sculpt- 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco Community room, Consett £4.00

Wednesday 04th September

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church £6

Thursday 05th September

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6

Friday 06th September

Post Natal Pilates 1130am-1215noon at Taylored Fit Physio, Langley Park. 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church £6

Saturday 07th September

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

 

Aswell as our regular community  classes , We also have our Online programme which is just £10 per month.  We also offer 1-1 or private Small group training sessions . Get in touch with us for more information!.

Have a great week guys! . Don’t forget 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

Self care is giving the world the best of you, rather than what is left of you.

It’s been a hectic couple months here at Little Mis-Fit . In fact this first part of 2019 has just flown by so fast!!. Do you guys think the same?? .

Between work and  birthday celebrations and various other celebrations it’s definitely been pretty full on since the start of the year. 

So I have loved last  weekend of having nothing in the diary and just being able to hit the pause button , Once I had finished teaching my Saturday morning class . I felt  so much better for it too. .

It’s so important, even more so when you are in a busy season to make sure you are taking time for yourself each day , just to catch your breath and recharge your batteries . We charge our phones daily , so be sure to do the same for yourself! . .

I’ve actually started writing on my daily to do list – my own workout , time for meditation and time to read. These are three things that I find when I incorporate them in to my day, help me find balance and calm. When they are on your list or in your diary , it helps you incorporate them into your day better too.

So this week be sure to add something you love to do on your own list and that you know will go a long way in helping you find some balance and calm in your day – though I’m not talking about that glass of wine or two mind guys!! 🤣, . Maybe make time to catch up with a friend, or do your own workouts. Maybe curl up with your book or take a walk or a long bath . Get your hair/nails etc done . Just something that makes you smile and feel content and peaceful. 

What are you guys going to include in your self care list this week? 💕. Use our checklist below for inspiration!

 

April at Little Mis Fit

 

Hey Mis Fitters!,

Can you believe we are almost into April??? We are a quarter of the way through 2019 already!.  Have you guys been following along with March matness and trying out a few Pilates moves?.

Its been a busy few months here at Little Mis Fit since going Full time which is fantastic.  It really has been a bit of a whirlwind  . I’m heading off for a little break this weekend though , which I am really looking forward to, a chance to catch my breathe and recharge ready for the next quarter. It really is so important to take time out to recharge your batteries.  You really do feel so much better for it.  So make sure you guys are taking some time in your day or week just for you, to enjoy a little time out.  April is actually Stress awareness month so I’ll be sharing some tips and ideas here on the blog and over on my social media pages , so be sure to come follow us – 

Instagram – @ Littlemisfitjojo . 

Facebook – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1

 

April is also Caesarean awareness month , as a Post Natal instructor , I’ll also be sharing some tips and stretches and exercises for new mams. 

Of course this Month we also have Easter.  Does anyone else  think that Easter Eggs are even nicer than regular chocolate?. I mean I’ve always been a Cadburys Chocolate button kind of girl – I have a bit of an addiction to be honest, but Easter eggs are just so yummy and it really does not help when the Supermarkets sell them half price – far too tempting

April happenings at Little Mis Fit 

Kids Yoga camp at Believe and Be. 

On Monday 15th April, I will be running one of my Yoga camps at Believe and Be for kids age 4-7.    We start at 1130am, where they will enjoy 90 minutes play in Believe town, followed by a picnic lunch and then an afternoon of Yoga and crafts until 3.30pm.  £18 per child including lunch. We currently have 3 spots left, so please get in touch if you would like to book one.

April Online classes 

Our Online programme is just £10 for the month and you will get access to a variety of classes via a private Facebook group that you can do at home at a time that works for you.  New workouts are added weekly.  Please get in touch if you would like more information or would like to sign up for April. 

Post Natal Pilates 

Our next round of Post natal Pilates starts Friday 5th April for 6 weeks ( we do miss Good Friday -19th April, and finish Friday 17th May so we get the 6 sessions in. £35 for the 6 weeks. Sessions will be 1130am-1215pm at Taylored Fit Physio , Langley Park. This is a class for mam and baby and suitable from 6 weeks Post natal provided you have had your 6 week check from Midwife or Dr. This can be up to 12 weeks if you have had a C section. 

Small Group Training – 

Our Next rounds of Small group training for April are full for both Pilates and Fat Burning.  They are already filling up for May/June too so if you would like a space , please drop me a message. 

Easter Weekend.

No classes Good Friday – 19th April or Easter Monday – 22nd April.  However Easter Saturday – classes will be on as normal. 

April Class Timetable 

Monday 

Barre Burn 6.30-7pm @ North Durham Academy 

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy 

Tuesday 

Body Sculpt 7.pm-7.30pm @ Tesco, Consett * currently sold out with wait list available **

Wednesday 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church 

Pilates for mam and toddler 1030am-1115am @ Annfield Plain Church

Thursday 

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Village Hall 

Men on Mats Pilates 7.30pm-8.15pm @ Delves Village Hall 

Friday 

Post Natal Pilates 1130am-1215pm @ Taylored Fit Physio, Langley Park

Pilates 6.30pm-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church

Saturday 

Body Sculpt 9am-9.30am at Delves Village Hall 

Family yoga 1015am-11am @ Delves Village Hall – please note this class will run in April subject to numbers. 

April is also my last month in my 30’s!. In May I will be turning 40 eeeeeekkkkkk!.  

Wishing you all a fabulous April aand please do come say hi over on Instagram or Facebook .  You can see what I get up to behind the scenes over on Instagram stories 😂. 

See you in classes! 

Joanne x

I’m loving getting out in the spring sunshine for walks 😄. 

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day Mis Fitters!,

I’m currently rocking my new Micky and Minnie T shirt, which I picked up last week from George at Asda!. Its soooooo darn  cute, I love it! . 

Regardless of if you are  coupled up  or single, I hope you spend today doing something you LOVE.  It can be as simple as taking the time to curl up with a good book, or to watch your favourite movie or Netflix show. It could be taking a lovely long bubble bath after a day at work.  Maybe meeting a friend for a catch up over lunch or a cup of tea.   Get moving  your body too  –  get outside to take a walk  or take a class . Exercise is such a brilliant mood booster and will help strengthen our hearts!. 

Taking the time to look after our mind, body and soul is so, so  important.  When we take the time to look after ourselves , we are reminding ourselves we matter too. It also helps us give our best self to others around us, instead of  burning ourselves out trying to juggle  so many things and finding our own self care dropping further and further down our priority list – hands up if you have also been there!   . So Start treating yourself like your own best friend – after all we spend 24/7 with ourselves so we need to be happy in our own company.  Take note this week too as to how you talk to yourself – would you talk to a friend the  way, you talk to yourself?.  Become your own little cheerleader. 

“Think positive Thoughts and they will shine out of your face like moonbeams and you will always look lovely”  Roald Dhal.

So on this day of Love – show all your loved ones how much you care and also include yourself on that list too!.  Love yourself enough to move your body, nourish it with healthier food choices and believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. 

 

Use our self care check list as a reminder to take care of yourself too!

Sending you all lots of Valentines love and hugs 

Joanne x

 

 

 

My Self Care Pact

 

Hello guys,

Well its been quite a week here at Little Mis-Fit HQ .  Last week my boiler was condemned – they actually stuck a danger – do not use sticker on it! . To be fair the fact I had to give it a whack every time I wanted it on , did give me a small clue that it was on its way out.  But still a new boiler eek! The up side is I don’t have to whack this one, its much quieter than my old one , which used to sound like it was taking off and also my house is once more nice and toasty – hurrah!. 

Last weekend I took a trip to Busy Bee studios in Durham https://busybeestudio.co.uk with my friend Erin – it was so pretty! . she had some gorgeous things. I got some gorgeous smelling Orange Cinnamon candles  – they smell divine and  very festive!. 

I did have a little trip up in the loft this week aswell to get some of my autumn/Halloween things down so I could start decorating in the house  .  I’ve also been using my halloween mugs from Tk Maxx – loving those!. 

What with boilers , dental check ups – does anyone else get Dentist dread?? 😳.  I had meetings ,  aswell as trying to keep on top of housework , and still juggling the  two jobs  alongside doing a business mentor programme  , it is so easy to get a little overwhelmed –  and I know a lot of you guys are the same – juggling Work/kids/looking after elderly parents –  our own self care does seem to go out the window at times.  So I am making a huge effort  to make sure I am prepping and organising food and eating healthy meals , aiming to get enough sleep ( a work in progress) and fitting in my own workouts aswell as taking a little time out in my week to just be.  I do find though that when I do take time out – my creativity increases and the ideas flow so I know – when I think I am too busy to stop and take a breath and get some time out , that is actually when I need it more than ever!. 

Some of my favourite ways to get some self care time are below. I would love to hears yours too!.  Add them in the comments!

💕 Getting outside – I think fresh air is a brilliant tonic for the mind and soul. going for a run or walk or just taking my book in the garden instantly soothes my spirit. 

 

💕 Take time to relax before bed – I am terrible sometimes for working late into the night , but I am trying to cut off by 9pm and doing something other than work related – watch some youtube videos  – loving Grace Denny’s channel – if you love makeup, clothes and TK Maxx and drinking tea – her videos are brilliant! . plus She loves Halloween and Christmas so combined with her love of makeup – I love her ha.  I also love to listen to podcasts too.

💕 Curling up with a book  – I love to read and have done since I was a little girl . So taking time out to curl up and lose myself in a book is heaven – especially if we add a large cup of Lemon and ginger or peppermint tea and a bag of chocolate buttons (shh).  

💕 Meeting up with friends –  This is a big one, I think all of you fellow Girl bosses running their own business’s will agree that it can be a lonely journey at times and sometimes  you do get so caught up in work and getting overwhelmed with your to do list and sometimes just talking things through with someone on a similar journey can help you feel much better. 

💕 A good Netflix binge –  Or a boxset or Movies 24  – especially when it becomes Christmas 24 (can you tell I’m a bit of a Christmas elf)  . We are currently watching Making a murderer on Netflix  – It is so good!.  if it is just me watching though, I love Good girls – amazing!!!! and Cheasepeake Shores.  

💕 Working out – something that often slips down the To Do list when we get busy . I promise though taking even 15 / 20 minutes in your day to get moving – doing a workout – hiit, yoga/pilates,  Dance around your living room, taking a walk – I promise you will feel so much better for it! . exercise really is a brilliant mood booster, it will also help boost your energy levels so you can tackle that to do list more efficiently .  It also helps boost your immune system – something that lowers if we run ourselves down too much.

💕 sleep!.  Making sure we get enough sleep.  Aiming for a good 7-8 hours a night.  It’s when we sleep , that our bodies repair themselves , our cortisol (stress hormone ) levels lower and our energy levels replenish.  

So I am making my Self care Pact here – to make sure I look after myself so I can continue to make sure you guys are all looking after yourselves too. Especially as we head into this last quarter and probably the busiest few months of the year!  Comment below with what you are going to aim to do for your own self care pacts! 

Joanne x

Self Care Summer!

Hi Guys,

Happy June! , so Summer is just about here. Who else is excited??.   Mind as I write this currently , its chucking it down and I definitely heard thunder just now!! – so yep its British summer time alright lol.  Though we have had some glorious sunshine of late so I can handle a little rain, and hey my little garden plants will be happy anyways – silver linings!. 

I love Summer, I mean you guys know I absolutely  love Christmas but I also love summer (and Autumn too ) .  We always think of Christmas as been a really busy time of year, but honestly I find Summer is just as hectic – there is so much  always going on – holidays to take, nights out, impromtu afternoon drinks , Day trips out,  lovely long summer days to enjoy, 

Juggling work plus  taking care of our loved ones  and balancing a social life though can feel so overwhelming at times. I speak to so many of you who feel like they are juggling so many plates and its exhausting and can really have an effect our mental health and  well being  , This can often manifest itself in our physical bodies . For example when I get run down , a lot of you know I suffer sore throats and can lose my voice. For one friend she gets really bad ear ache. others it might manifest as  back pain  , or maybe migranes/tension headaches.    It may be that you just feel so drained and don’t really have the energy to do anything . My friend Marita bought me  the Fearne Cotton book – Happy for my Birthday and its really good!. full of lots of useful tips and tricks for finding the Joy in  everyday life. if you haven’t read it, definitely check it out.  

So this month lets find  time in our days and/or week to focus on showing ourselves  a little self love and care! . Its only when we do this, that we then have the energy and patience to take care of those around us too.  I’ll be posting up tips and challenges on my Facebook (www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1)  and Instagram  @littlemisfijojo  throughout the month so be sure to come follow along!.  

This month we have also launched our virtual classes , We have a private Facebook group, where we have at home workouts. At least two new workouts will be posted each week, building up a little library of classes for you to access and workout as and when you can, especially if you are struggling to get to our live classes due to work , and/or childcare issues. . We will also be sharing healthy recipes in the group    and  I’ll be adding in some  meditation practices too.  just £10 per month. Its not too late if you want to sign up for June, just ping me a message – info@littlemis-fit.co.uk. or see me at class. 

Our  Kids after School Yoga programme is back this week too at Believe and Be. For kids age 4-9. 

we have twice weekly sessions as follows :- 

Monday afternoons  4.15pm-5pm 
and
Wednesday afternoons  4.15pm-5pm 

£25 per child for the 4 week block for June or  pay as you go
£6.50  

We also Have our Pilates for Mam and Baby  starting this Monday 4th June x 4 weeks.  £30 for the 4 weeks.  Suitable from 6 weeks plus. 

Mondays 1030am-1115am @ Dance Max, Consett .  

 

Taking the time to fit in a workout is a brilliant way of getting some time in for yourself that will benefit your body, mind and spirit!  Check out our class Timetable for this week :-   Please do remember to book for all classes, if you can’t make it please let me know as soon as possible, as it may mean someone else can come in your place.

So our classes this week are as follows:- 

Monday 04th June

10/10/10  6.30-7 pm @ North Durham Academy £4.00

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy £6.00

or do both evening sessions for £8.00

Tuesday 05th June 

PIIT –   7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco Community room, Consett £4.00 

** Sold out, waitlist available  **  

Wednesday 06th June 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church £6 
and
Pilates for mams and Toddlers 1030am-1115am @ Annfield Plain Church  £7

Thursday 07th June 

PIIT    6.45pm-7.15pm  @ Delves Lane Village Hall 
   £4.00
and
Stretch & Relax  7.15-7.45  @ Delves Lane Village Hall £4.00

or do both classes for £6.50

Friday 08th June 

PIIT  6.30pm-7pm @ Annfield Plain Church £4 
and
Pilates 7pm-7.30pm @ Annfield Plain Church £4

or do both classes for £6.50

Saturday 09th June 

10/10/10   9am-9.30am  @ Delves Lane Village Hall £4

and

Family Yoga 1015am-11am @ Delves Lane Village Hall £7 for 1 adult and 1 child 

Have a great week guys and lets get focusing on our own self care this week as well as looking after those around us!

Joanne xoxo