Saying Goodbye to 2016…

The final day of 2016 has arrived and hasn’t the year just flown by?! Some of us may have had the best year yet, while others might be glad to leave it behind. For me, it consisted of a lot of change. I quit my full-time office job to embark on a whole new career, welcomed amazing new people into my life and said some very difficult goodbyes. It’s been quite the emotional roller-coaster, let’s put it that way. But whichever way your year has gone, there’s a brand new one ahead, giving us the perfect chance to set new goals and really make the most of our time in 2017.

I’ll be kicking off the year with the Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge– a whole month of motivational posts full of fitness tips, tricks and news (make sure to hit subscribe in order to receive free email notifications every time a new post is up)! Join me for the first post tomorrow, with my top advice on how to make your New Year’s resolutions last. We can do this!

So, farewell 2016. It’s time to love you and leave you. 2017, let’s make you a good one! x


Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge

It’s back. The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge returns for it’s second debut, meaning that there will be a new blog post on site every single day in January! It’s hard work, I tell you now, but the response last time was phenomenal and I have an inkling that 2017 may top last year’s results.

You may be wondering why I’m telling you this so early on. Mainly so that you can get excited about all of the fitness tips and trends that will be filling your inbox and so that you can spread the word of course. But also because I want to hear what you would like me to feature. Simply pop your requests in the comments below and I’ll go away, do the research and post it right back here. I’m up for a challenge so- dare I say it- anything goes…

I’d love to know what you guys actually want me to write about so please don’t be shy. January, I’m coming for you!

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Go Get It.

Happy Sunday and Happy February! The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness challenge has come to an end and a huge congratulations to anybody who gave it a good go!! You should be super proud!

With January 2015 gone forever, how do you feel? If you were to live the month again what would you change- anything or nothing at all? Did you give January your full efforts? Did you make yourself proud? January has been and gone, very quickly I must say, and there’s absolutely no going back. Did you make the most of the month?
The point that I’m trying to make is that your life is what you make of it. If you put 100% into meeting the goals that you want to achieve and tackling the challenges that you are faced with, then it will come. Be that working flat out in your exercise class to earn that top bod, running that little further than usual to push your fitness to new limits, cutting back on the tasty (and unhealthy) treats to improve your health or giving your all into making your dreams a reality. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough and the only person who can make it happen is you.
Don’t make your life something that you look back on and wish you did differently. Push your limits. Be your best. There’s a new month ahead of us with new challenges to embrace. Hello, February… What have you got in store? xx
All images by the talented Dean Martindale.

Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge: Day 15

It’s 15 days since the Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge began; twenty minutes of exercise each day and a cleaner diet than 2014, all the way through Jan! How many of you have managed to keep it up? If the answer’s no (or if you haven’t even started!!) or you’re starting to feel a little demotivated, here are a few little tips on how to keep on top of your January Challenge goals.

Do your 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. This is for those of you who struggle with the exercise side of things. 20 minutes isn’t an excessive amount of exercise, but it’s enough to give you a good workout and to improve your fitness. Working out in the morning sets you up for the day ahead and means that it’s out of the way, so you can feel good about yourself for the rest of the day and won’t have the excuse of no time or being too tired in the evening. It also encourages you to crave more healthy food throughout the day- who’d have thought!

Schedule a workout. If morning exercise really isn’t for you, then make sure to pencil your daily exercise into the diary. Be realistic. If you have a meeting straight after lunch are you really going to have time to exercise during your break. 20 minutes is only 1.4% of your day- you can make time for it.

Change your phone screensaver. To a motivational image! Be it that girl or guy that you admire, a picture of you looking a god damn mess (this one really does work) or a picture of yourself that you really love, this is one way to constantly remind yourself of what you want to achieve!

Buy some new sportswear or equipment. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the better we feel about ourselves when working out, the harder we train. Get yourself some new gear and you’ll feel a greater urge to exercise! Also, keeping gym equipment such as hand weights, a yoga mat or exercise ball in the house gives you no excuse not to get a quick workout in at home. 20 minutes blasting out some abs drills and you’ll feel amazing- trust me!

Get a gym buddy! Training with somebody can sometimes give your competitive streak a little kick up the bum. Whenever I train with a friend I always want to work just as hard as they are and if I hear that they’ve been to the gym without me, then I have to work out! Nobody wants to feel like they’re getting left behind, so grab a partner and get encouraging each other to get moving!

Stock up on the good stuff. Fill your cupboards with healthiness! Ordering an online food shop is a great idea, as you won’t be tempted to throw in quite as many naughty finds. You’ll find that you’re more likely to eat what’s in, than to pick something potentially spur-of-the-moment at lunch or on the way home! Buying healthy snacks such as bananas, hummus, nuts or frozen fruit is always a good idea too. Unfortunately it’ll mean that cheeky stop off for a chocolate bar won’t be needed quite so often!

Tell people what you’re doing. Ever had that feeling when you’re supposed to be doing something amazing like heading to a big party and people ask how it was only for you to murmur that it fell through? Not a good one right! Tell people about your new fitness, health, lifestyle goals and you’ll feel a greater need to actually carry them out.

Write down your goals and be specific! Writing down your aims is more effective than you might think towards helping you to achieve them. Be specific about what exactly you want to do. For example, ‘I want to add 10 pounds to my bicep curls,’ is much more effective than, ‘I want to get stronger.’ You’ll be able to measure you’re improvements and feel more motivated to push closer towards your goal.

Don’t forget, any kind of exercise is allowed and it will depend on your ability, from power walking to yoga, long runs to sprints, swimming to boxing. Anything. Even walking the dog counts. The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge is all about improving your fitness and health in a realistic way. A lifestyle change to influence the rest of your year and beyond! Stay posted for my daily fitness, health and fashion posts throughout the rest of the month and keep up the great work! xx


Goodbye 2014, Hello January Fitness Challenge

It’s here! The last day of 2014 has arrived and tonight is an evening that always gets me a little emotional. Reminiscing on the ups and the downs of the year that is quickly drawing to an end and wondering what lies ahead for the upcoming 365 days. 2014 may have been a good year or it may have been one to forget, but wouldn’t it be great if this time next year you can look back as a fitter, healthier, more vibrant you? Well, I don’t see why you can’t.

The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge is about shaping your lifestyle to improve your fitness and overall health in the long-term. It’s not just a January fad there to be forgotten, but is designed to encourage progress that can be seen throughout the year and beyond!

All you need to do is participate in 20 minutes of exercise per day and fill your body with nutritious goodness throughout the month. I’ll be posting workout tips, eating guidance and health recommendations everyday for the whole of January, to help keep you motivated and on track.

So tonight, whether you’re partying the night away, spending quality time with loved ones or even having a quiet night in, you can enter 2015 knowing that this will be the year that you can really make a difference to your health and happiness and I’ll be right here to help you along the way.

It’s time to make something of your 2015, starting with the Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge. Yippee! Happy New Year everyone! I look forward to our fitness journey that lies ahead. xx