How I Learned To Focus: Stop Multi-tasking


Do you ever have that feeling that the world just moves too fast?

Don’t get me wrong, I think that Technology is great but there are days when I feel that I am surgically attached to my phone and am a constantly relapsing Facebook addict. Do you know what I mean?

I was talking to a friend of mine a little while back via Skype. She had her laptop on the kitchen bench while she was cooking. She was also answering text messages every now and then on her phone and shouting out help to her 7 year old who was doing homework at the kitchen table …. and this seemed perfectly normal to me until I really stopped to think about it.

What’s going on?

When did our lives become this mass multi-tasking operation? Who says that we have to be a master of all things and available for action 24/7?

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Bye Bye Bat Wings: Seven Great Arm Toning Exercises


I need to clear something up.

It’s about something that really annoys me.

I was minding my own business in a very well known coffee shop enjoying a seasonal pumpkin beverage, when two ladies came in who had obviously just finished some sort of exercise class. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation and they started to discuss using weights. ‘I know Crossfit is so popular, but I just don’t want to get into that whole weight-lifting thing’ one lady said as her companion nodded vigorously, ‘I mean, who wants to look all veiny like Arnold Schwarzenegger?’

And that right there is my problem.

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New Mindset: New You. How Fight Club Can Change Your Life.


I used to hate Mondays. No, I mean, REALLY hate Mondays. Actually it wasn’t just Mondays, I used to get that sinking feeling during Sunday evenings too. I just couldn’t seem to get my start-of-the-week sparkle on. Do you know what I’m talking about? It is a truly miserable feeling and a terrible way to start your week.

Then something changed.

I watched the movie Fight Club.

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The Ultimate Core Workout


So you’ve heard it all before. Core strength is the new ‘in thing’. Unless you can hold your stomach muscles tight for 48 hours while balancing a pineapple on your head, you just don’t have ‘core stability’. But what is this elusive ‘core stability’ and how do you get it?

Let me tell you a little secret. I’ve spent years looking for the right exercise class. I’ve done some pretty wild and weird stuff in my time. I think Zumba was probably the most terrifying for those around me (sorry classmates) closely followed by aerobic streetdance (eek!) but there is one form of exercise that I have returned to time and time again. A tried and tested friend, if you would.

I’m always looking for something to tighten my core muscles. I honestly think that my abs can smell weakness and it’s like I’m just one Chinese take-away from a pouch a momma kangaroo would be proud of. I get slightly irritated though, by the hype for core workouts.

It seems to me that all of the core workouts come out of the closet big time around May. ‘Get a beach body’, “get bikini-ready’, ‘tone-up for Summer’; I’m sure you’ve read similar headlines countless times. But what if you want a toned body all year round? Looking good and wearing the clothes you want to wear isn’t seasonal. This brings me back to my favorite form of exercise. You can do it at home, you don’t need special equipment and if done correctly, it has an incredible success rate.

Intrigued? Want to know my secret weapon? I thought so, here it is:

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Learn How To Set Goals And Stick To Them


Goals are tricky little suckers aren’t they?

Somewhere between the household chores and driving the kids around and work and visiting family and friends; somewhere in there, you have hopes and dreams but they always seem a little out of reach. You can’t quite focus on them and so instead they sit in your peripheral vision, disappearing like cloud castles in the air.

I was having dinner at a friend’s house a while ago and it was the point in the evening when everyone has had too much wine and too much dessert. You know what I’m talking about. That time when a relaxed, winey stillness comes over the conversation and you finally get past the small talk and into the good stuff.

‘I always wanted to travel’ my friend said (to no-one in particular.) This got my attention as I have lived in 6 different countries since the age of twenty one.

‘Why haven’t you?’ I asked.

And then it came. The golden reply I could see from a mile away: 

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How To Make The Perfect Healthy Smoothie


At first glance, the smoothie seems like the perfect alternative to a high calorie snack doesn’t it? It’s packed with fruit or veggies, it’s a drink rather than solid food and it’s sometimes green. Even the word smoothie sounds good when you say it. It just rolls off the tongue in a velvety way. Try it. Smooooooothie. See. I told you!

Well before you get all over-excited , I have a word of caution my little healthster. Smoothies are only healthy if the ingredients they are made with are healthy.  It might sound obvious, but believe it or not, people often miss that point.

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Primal or Paleo? How To Choose Your Nutrition


This guest post is brought to you by the wonderful Anya Perry of The Primal Force.

Anya Perry is a Certified nutrition and Health coach, CrossFitter since 2015, and a long distance runner. Her passion for healthy living led her to open The Primal Force, a community for people willing to improve their health, achieve better fitness, and live happier. She loves seeing others progress, and accomplish their goals. It’s her mission to help others to do so. You can learn more about what she does and ask questions here:


Paleo, Primal, Atkins, Keto… Are you confused about these yet? Do your health-conscious friends keep bringing up words “low carb”, ”ketosis”, and “ancestral health”? Have you seen articles recently saying that ancestral diets are a fad?  Are you interested in trying this new way of eating and living, but not sure what to choose, Primal or Paleo, and how to start? Let’s look at the basics of both nutrition outlooks first.

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Three Fabulous Breast Lifting Exercises

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Saggy boobs. It happens to the best of us and there’s no denying that it’s a problem.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that age and gravity defy us all eventually. What once was tight and perky has a tendency to become loose and, dare we say it, droopy. Breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, age and hormonal changes all contribute to changes in our breast tissue. It can be both embarrassing and annoying when these changes occur and your shape may prevent you from doing activities you enjoy or from wearing certain clothes.

To make matters worse, breast shape is not something that we really talk about is it? You might ask your friend how their sick cat is doing, or how little Robbie is getting on in Kindergarten but generally speaking you won’t find yourself casually asking, ‘So, are your boobs drooping worse than a dehydrated petunia?’ 

Well Auntie Stick Insectz is here to help you, I’ve been doing some digging and I’ve got just what you need.

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Eight Practical Weight Loss Hacks


We all seem to have a problem.

When I tell people that I blog about health and fitness, I usually get asked lots of questions. Sometimes it’s just people wanting to know where the nearest bathroom is, but most of the time, the questions are about weight loss and maintaining a fitness regime.

Boy is it something we struggle with!

It suddenly hit me that what we need are some serious weight loss hacks. Top tips in one handy place that will give us lots of different strategies we can use every day.

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