Am I giving up blogging?

I’ve just returned home (quite literally) after a week away in Portugal.

I had such a nice relaxing week with no plans or agenda. Before I left I had a planned to blog whilst I was away and create as much content as I could.

When I got here it was the last thing that I wanted to do. I wanted to sit out in the sun and listen to podcasts and music, I didn’t want to blog.

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Why I hate Women’s Health magazine

Have you ever picked up women’s health magazine because they have a catchy front cover? Well this month is no different.

Women’s health magazine front covers is something that has always bugged me. Not only because they don’t use varies sized models but also because of their captions. This month women’s health started their social media campaign #inshapeyourshape, helping to promote being confident and healthy in your own skin. So when I saw the front cover of their magazine I was shocked.

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What does fit & healthy mean to you / the benefits of walking

We all know that exercise has so many benefits for keeping our bodies fit and healthy, but what does this mean to you?
Does being fit and healthy mean striving for an aesthetic appearance? Does it mean striving to be the best you can be?

I think being fit and healthy has lost a lot of it’s meaning.

For me it doesn’t mean having a thigh gap or wash board abs, because that is not sustainable.

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The world of Instagram

I started blogging and Instagram almost over a year ago now and I’m astonished at how much it has changed.

For me when I started my Instgram page it was for myself and to gain knowledge from those on the 90 Day SSS Plan. It was never something I thought would become such a huge part of my life.

In the short space of a year I feel that Instagram has changed so much, and the reason why people are using the platform.

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Should active wear brands use more varied sized models?

The more and more I scroll through Instagram and online for active wear brands the more I get annoyed.

Very few brands use a variation of model sizes. I have only ever seen a few brands use different shape and size models.

This is so frustrating sitting on the outside and seeing this. Why do brands only use one ‘physique’ type that seems perfect to all of us? Why do they not use more varied sized women?

I really struggle to comprehend this. In all honesty it shocks me and frustrates me at the same time.

Brands such as NIKE are huge culprits of doing this. Even within their shops their mannequins are a small.

As a curvy girl between a size 12-14 it angers me, does it mean that because I am curvy I’m not allowed to be wearing this brands?

I am so passionate about promoting self-love and confidence in your own skin and this is why I have such strong opinions about this topic. I believe that brands are limiting themselves and others around them by doing this. There are a number of extremely talented women who are curvy and larger than your average ‘fitness models’.

Of course brands want beautiful stunning girls on the front covers of their shops, but does this really relate to the every day you and me?

Surely being more connected with their consumers would benefit both society and their business?

I think the fitness industry has a lot to learn, especially where active wear is concerned.

Although I’ve never felt like I couldn’t wear these brands I wonder how plus sized women feel when they go into shops.

I also think about young women growing up – we all know that growing up is hard enough but having all of these ‘fitness models’ placed in front of them by these brands doesn’t help. Society is so fixated on being a certain size and shape.

I don’t think it helps young women with understanding that it doesn’t matter how much you weigh or what size you are, as long as you are healthy and happy. I believe that these brands promote aesthetics over health. 

There is a huge issue within society something I will cover in a separate blog post.

I know Fablectics have started to use curvy models and I do hope to see more bigger and well known brands using them in the future. I’m a true believe that this will help change the way young girls see themselves growing up.

Let’s make it acceptable and the norm for women to love themselves in whatever active wear they choose.

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Instagram: @healthier_leila

Why you should ditch negative people..

I’m a true believer that you should surround yourself around those that care, love and support you in whatever you want to do. Along with those who are positive and ditch those who are negative influence in your life.

I am lucky that all my friends and family have such a positivie influence on me and my life, however there are may be some instances where you can’t escape those who have a negative mindset.

This can be a hard situation to be in because surrounding yourself with negativity can make you feel worse. It can be difficult at times as this person could be a family member that you can’t detach yourself from or even someone you work with.

I have realised in the last few weeks that it’s hard to have everyone around you who has a positive influence and mind around you. That encourages you and supports you but also congratulates you in the appropriate way.

I try my best to surround myself around those who have a positive impact on  my life and I believe 90% of the time we all have the option to do this. Being around someone who is negative can be difficult for many reasons, it can be challenging to try and change their mindset. It’s even harder if you have to be around those people i.e work and you can’t ‘ditch’ them and remove them from your life.

How can you adapt? I think adapt is a very good word to use. Try and adapt around them, try and stay positive in your mind, don’t let what they are saying or doing impact you – this is much easier said than done. Adapting is something that most of us are very used to – so don’t be afraid to try.

Remember you are not going to change them. You are not going to change this person – so don’t even try. You can of course influence them to look at things differently and tell them your opinions, but don’t waste your time if that doesn’t work. You remain positive and remember your mind set don’t let them bring you down to their level of negative thinking and ways.

Control it from your side not theirs. You are in control of how you feel and how you react around them, remember that.

Whilst having them around you try and remember this quote:

“Positive Vibes, Positive Mind = Positive Life”

Blogging, Vlogging, Instagram, Career & Life

The last couple of weeks have been manic to say the least. Work is full on and I am not sure how I’m quite managing to juggle everything. To be completely honest I’m finding it pretty hard. I’ve had to take a step back and leave the YouTube scene for a while. It’s one of the areas I’ll pick up when I have less constraints but my career has to come first at the moment.

So that leaves me with my blog right here and continuing to work on my Instagram.

I started my Instagram almost a year ago and I can’t quite believe how much it has grown. It was never my intention for it to grow but helping, supporting and networking has been incredible. It’s a brilliant platform and I really do love it.

Not long after my Instagram I started this blog, initially it was just to write about my journey on the 90 day SSS Plan. Well how things have changed and I’m working harder to develop my passion for writing and build this blog for you all.

For me my blog is a place I can express myself further than my Instagram. It’s a place where I also want to inspire others.

At the moment I am finding it hard to juggle even my gym workouts have taken a back step which I have hated. I’ve been doing home HIIT workouts but it’s definitely not the same as going to the gym.

I guess we all go through different times in our lives when we have to multitask. Sometimes things have to give and I’ve learnt that although it’s hard that I’ve not been able to go to the gym, thats one of the things that has to give when life gets busy. It is my stress reliever but I’ve adapted so I do my HIIT workouts instead.

I have to remind myself that adapting my workouts and not to put too much pressure on myself. I think that’s important for everyone to remember, whatever you’re trying to juggle release something that can be adaptable.

Remember that you’re not alone and that sometimes we all go through these times. Try and not apply additional pressure on yourself and just focus on what needs to be done and whats a priority.