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Favourites Of The Month | September.

I swear I say this every single month but HOW is it already the end of September. It seems like just yesterday I was walking around with so much sweat between my thighs I constantly thought I’d weed myself, moaning about the sunshine and waiting for the delights of pumpkin spiced syrup. Nice image for you there, ey. Seriously though, it is mad how quickly this year is going. It is also mad how I have managed to do favourites of the month consistently now since March. Well done me.

By this point you’re probably getting the hang of these, so let’s just get straight into it. 

Fashion

It will probably come as no surprise to you that this month’s fashion favourite is from Gymshark (something tells me that this is going to become a reoccurring theme). A few months back Gymshark released their Slounge Collection and quite literally as soon as I got into the office and saw these sets in the flesh I knew I HAD to get my hands on them. I went for all three components of the set in the grey but can also vouch for the other colours (I was really torn but decided that grey would go with more). They are possibly the comfiest joggers I have ever owned and yet they still manage to have such a flattering, bootylicious fit. The whole collection is an absolute game changer for Gymshark and I cannot rave about them enough. They are perfect for rest days, casual days out and for smashing your gym session now it’s getting a little colder – the perfect all rounder outfit.

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I wear a size S in all three components and they fit perfectly. I am usually a size 10 in bottoms and around an 8-10 in tops.

Make Up 

When I first bought this product I was a little disappointed. Not because it was bad quality because it is definitely not (it has such a silky smooth formula – I cannot fault it) but because it was a little too golden for my skin tone. I am talking about the cult favourite from Laura Geller, the Baker Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey. This glow is one of the best I have ever owned but the colour just wasn’t quite right. HOWEVER, that all changed this month. I have been consistently using my gradual tan and so I have a bit of a glow. Plus, now my make up as transitioned from the dewy, summer, barely there look to a more intense, winter look, it is perfect. It goes so well with deep brown lids and burgundy/berry lips. The product has a little bit of sparkle and a LOT of glow. It makes my make up pop and my skin look super healthy even in the colder weather.

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I would seriously recommend having a look at this product if you haven’t already because I really can see why there is such a hype surrounding it.

Skin Care

As you will know if you’ve read these posts before, I get really dry skin and this only gets worse as the weather starts to get colder. My absolute go to over the past few weeks has been Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentration Cream. It is the most delicious, nourishing formula that smells like melted chocolate. It has a thicker texture than usual moisturisers and feels so silky smooth, which I really like. This product has made it into my daily bag, which is a HUGE achievement for a moisturiser so well done Palmer’s – I tip my wooly bobble hat to you. The collection is HUGE so have a browse and see what floats your boat.

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Exercise

It surprises me to say this but this month my love for the deadlift has returned. I really went off deadlifting when I pulled my lower back due to some dodgy form and seriously overestimating my capabilities (sure I am pull 100kg after 2 weeks off, no worries…). Since then I admit I have avoided it but since starting training in Solihull I have really started to love them again. Rather than going super heavy like I was doing before, I tend to do high reps with a lower weight (50-60kg) and I am really enjoying them.

If you’re not deadlifting here’s why you definitely should be doing:

  • It works your full body.
  • It helps with fat burning
  • It can help improve your posture (as long as the form is correct) 
  • Helps increase grip strength
  • Makes you feel BAD ASS.

Entertainment (Book) 

This one way easy this month. My September favourites when it comes to entertainment has to go to the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The first book in this series is the one that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film was inspired by. They are such fantastic reads – trippy, engaging and totally unpredictable. If you get the chance and enjoy crime fiction then I would seriously recommend giving these books ago. Larsson has such an original writing style that will have you hooked from the first page!

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This has actually been the easiest favourites of the month EVER! I usually find myself really torn but I am loving all of these things so much that they were unrivalled this month. What have you been loving this month? Did you treat yourself to the Gymshark slounge? On the hunt for an intense moisturiser to get you through the winter months? Let me know in the comments below. 

Jamie x

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The Real Neat Blogger Award.

I am honoured (and also a little but shocked) to have been nominated for another blogging award. Since beginning to get more and more involved with the blogging community I have met some online ANGELS and I feel so lucky to be sat writing this post today. I was nominated for The Real Neat Blogger award by the lovely Imogen. She is an excellent blogger and has such a big heart so go and check her out. 

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As with the last time I did one of these, there are certain rules. These are as follows:

The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is… wait wrong thing. 

RULES:

  1. Thank & link the blogger who tagged you
  2. Answer the 7 questions they asked you
  3. Nominate 7 bloggers for this award
  4. Ask 7 questions for your nominees

That’s better. 

Now for the questions the lovely Imogen asked me:

Why did you start your blog?

I have always loved writing (cliched blogger opener right there!) and I was looking for a creative outlet to share my ideas and thoughts. It started off as a predominantly fitness blog, which I try and make sure I still write about often, to help others on their journey to a healthy body and mind. When I started I was a complete fitness newbie. The gym had been recommended to me by the Doctor to help deal with anxiety and depression. I guess my blog became a way of making me accountable. As more and more people joined my journey and told me how much it was helping them I became more and more inspired. I grew in confidence in all aspects of my life, conquered my demons and made friends for life along the way.

What is your best tip to newbie bloggers?

Don’t be too harsh on yourself. It is really easy to compare yourself to other bloggers and feel like you HAVE to fit into a certain mould or criteria, which I promise you is not the case. Enjoy it and allow yourself breathing space if you need it. I have always found that when I enjoy my writing other people enjoy it more too!

What has helped you grow and progress the most?

My Mum. When I think about the person I was a little over a year ago to the person I am now I am unrecognisable. For a long time I was a difficult person to be around and pushed people away despite needed them more than ever. My Mum stuck by my side through every single moment and thanks to her I ma the happiest I have ever been.

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If you could have any three course meal what would it consist of?

Ooh this is a good one!

For starter I would have to go for something with prawns. I absolutely LOVE seafood and so if it’s on the menu it’s going to be in my belly.

My main course would probably be something like a surf and turf with sweet potato fries and a delicious, cheesy sauce.

And finally for dessert I am a little torn. I love a cheesecake but I also love brownies and donuts and pretty much every single dessert that has ever existed EVER. Wagamama does an excellent white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, which would certainly be up there BUT if I could guarantee a gooey chocolate brownie that would probably take it. I’ll pick up some Krispy Kremes on the way home…

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What’s your favourite colour and why?

This depends a lot on my mood and what the colour is there for. If it’s clothes it is very different to if it’s decor. If I had to pick just one colour though it would have to be rose gold. I know, I know, it’s about as #basic as you can possibly get but it is so SO PRETTY. If a thing comes in rose gold you can guarantee I’ll have it in rose gold.

If swimming is good for your shape, why do whales look the way they do?

WHALES ARE BEAUTIFUL.

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Have you ever broken any bones?

I broke my little finger once. I was playing netball at school and someone threw me the ball and me, being the athletic child I was, caught it on the tip of my little finger. It puffed up to about 4 times its size but there wasn’t a lot to hospital can do because, well… it’s a little finger.

So that’s enough waffling from me. Now for the bloggers I want to nominate: Ruth, Emily, Sophie, Mia, Clem, Soph, Samantha

MY 7 QUESTIONS:

  1. If you were a biscuit what biscuit would you be and why?
  2. What motivates you to keep blogging?
  3. What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
  4. If you won £1 million what would you do first?
  5. What achievement are you most proud of?
  6. Which one place in the world do you want to visit most and why?
  7. You’re on a night out: what are you drinking and what song are you requesting?

These bloggers are such inspirations to me and I cannot wait to read their answers. Thank you so much for reading this and a huge thank you again to Imogen for nominating me. Until next time guys! 

Jamie x  

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Sunshine Blogger Award.

Hey guys! Something a little bit different for you today (and on a Wednesday! 3 posts in one week? Christmas came early this year, ey?) I am so honoured to have been nominated by the lovely Emily for the Sunshine Blogger Award! She is an incredible blogger who has been such an inspiration to me and I am so glad to have her as one of my blogging friends. I would seriously recommend checking out her blog as she is a fantastic writer with such a big heart. I wish her all of the success in world. 

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This award is all about bringing positivity to the blogging community, and inspiring others to do the same. As it is voted for by other bloggers, there are a few rules that you have to stick to (not being a party pooper guys – they’re fun rules!).

RULES:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

Okay, let’s get started!

EMILY’S 11 QUESTIONS:

Why did you pick the blog name that you did?

So my blog is called jamieleejenkins.com (not very imaginative, I know). No surprises here but it’s called that because, well… that’s my name. I toyed with the idea of having a more exciting name but I am the most indecisive person in the entire universe and I couldn’t find something that I thought summed up my little corner of the internet. I decided therefore that the best option was to let my Mum decide and go for my name – what could possibly sum me up better? 

Name a blog that inspires you.

Without a doubt ruthinrevolt.com! She is such a ray of sunshine and I am so inspired by how hard she works. Ruth in a fantastic writer and her content is always so motivational. I would serious recommend checking her out as she deserves all the love and support in the world.

What is your favourite aspect of your blog?

I love having my own little space on the internet that’s mine. Writing has always been an absolute passion of mine but I used to really struggle with technical stuff. With a lot of hard work, I managed to pick up loads of new skills and I am incredible proud of how I have managed to develop my little blog. It’s never been about stats for me, but hearing how my work has helped my readers is so motivational and makes all the hard work worth while. I adore my blog and everyone I have had the pleasure of coming across through it.

Best blogging tip?

Everyone says it but it is so so true – Be authentic and love what you do.

When you love your work it really does shine through in the writing and it is such a great thing to see. I guess from this I would also say give yourself a break if you need it. There is no shame in having down time and no content is better than forced content. 

If you were only able to watch one film for the rest of your life, what film would you choose and why?

I am going to go with Forrest Gump. I think it is such a beautiful film that has me laughing and crying in the same scene. I adore the story line and think the acting is incredible. It has some really important lessons of love, life and loss. As Forrest said, ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’.

Where do you write the majority of your blog posts?

I’d love to say something cool like in a coffee shop in central London but that would be a massive lie. I do love writing out and about as it gives me some great inspiration and makes me feel like a proper little professional but the majority of the time I write sat at my desk at home whilst cuddling my puppies.

What is your favourite item that you own?

This was a really hard one but I am going to go with my MacBook. I honestly could not be without it. It helps so much when it comes to blogging and keeping in touch with the community and it is where I watch most of my TV (I’m a bit of a Netflix addict). I was torn between this and my phone but the MacBook won because, well… it’s rose gold. 

You are stranded on a desert island, but have your three favourite books with you – what are they?

I have recently got back into reading after my degree so this is such a perfect question! I am going to do with Angels and Demons by Dan Brown because I could read this 1000 times and still find something new in it. I think he is such a fantastic author. Next, I would go for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for similar reasons. I have only recently read this book but I think it is fantastic – definitely in my top 3. Finally, I would go for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (one had to be Harry Potter, right?). I chose this one because it is one of my favourite books in the series and has one of my favourite chapters ever written in it – The Prince’s Tale.

Fruits or vegetables?

Fruits! I love fruit and vegetables but I have to give this one to fruit. I make a delicious dark cherry and chocolate protein smoothie for my post-workout that I am truly obsessed with. As good as veggies are I just couldn’t say goodbye…

What is the main aim of your blog?

I want to make people smile. 

The main aim for me was to help others through my writing and make them smile. Life can get pretty tough sometimes and I wanted my little corner of the internet to be a place where readers could gain knowledge, make friends and have a breather.

Any goals for the rest of 2018? List them below, and let us help you reach them. 

Yes, yes, yes! 

  1. I want to smash my first ever job! I start next week (eek!)
  2. I would love to hit 5000 blog views and Twitter follows, which may be optimistic but let’s see.
  3. Continue with my mental and physical health journey and see out 2018 the happiest yet.
  4. Book a holiday for next summer with my savings from my job.
  5. Maybe earn a little bit of money from my blog.

Watch this space guys! 

My 11 Questions:

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in the blogging world?
  2. When you’re feeling down what is one thing that is guaranteed to make you smile?
  3. Summer or Winter? Why?
  4. What are 3 things you have learnt from blogging?
  5. What are your 3 favourite things about yourself?
  6. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  7. What is your best childhood memory?
  8. If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite 5 people, dead or alive, who would you invite?
  9. And what would you cook for them?
  10. What would your top tip be for practising self love?
  11. What are your goals for the rest of 2018 and how can we help you smash them?

I AM NOMINATING: Charlene, Cara, Vikki, Britt, Lupe, Samantha, Dalindcy, Rachael, Jade, Daniela, Alys

I have chosen then 11 bloggers because I adore their content and have had the pleasure of meeting them either online or in the big wide world and I think they are absolute rays of sunshine. I cannot wait to see the nominee’s responses!

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time. 

Jamie x 

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Fitting Fitness In.

Essays are approaching. The end of Term 2 is coming closer and closer, which can only mean one thing. Exam season is approaching. It might seem a bit premature to be chatting about exam season but ‘fitting fitness in’ is something that a lot of us probably struggle with all the time. Exams, deadlines, new jobs, new relationships… there’s always something to make you say ‘I’ll start later.’ Even those who already love and enjoy fitness might find fitting it in to busy times tough (I get it, I’ve been there) but keeping yourself healthy is super important and should be part of your weekly regime. I thought I would share some of my top tips that I have picked up when you’re pushed for time and life gets a little crazy to still be able to fit fitness in. 

Make it part of your to-do list

Nothing revolutionary here! Pretty much every fitness blogger, personal trainer, YouTuber, you name it, have probably talked about making fitness part of your to-do list – I even think I have talked about this a few times across the different platforms. I say it again because it’s important. If you schedule something in you’re a lot more likely to stick to it. There’s probably some super fancy psychology behind it but, for me, it comes down to the fact that if I see ‘Gym 9:00-10:00’ and I am anywhere other than the gym during this time, I’m going to feel a little bit guilty. Maybe guilty tripping yourself to go to the gym isn’t ideal but it certainly works for me. I wouldn’t cancel my coffee date and I’m not going to cancel a gym session. I even write it in pen for god sake – if it’s written in my diary in pen you know its serious. 

Find yourself some HIIT circuits

HIIT circuits are fab if you’re pushed for time. Basically, they’re short and super intense which means you can be in and out in under half an hour if you really have to be. Instagram is the place to go if you’re looking for fast but effective HIIT sessions. I am a huge fan of Whittney Simmons for these (I use a lot of her stuff for inspiration when I’m making HIIT programmes for my clients) so I would definitely recommend checking her out. HIIT is also great for fat loss, maintain lean muscle mass and keeping up your cardiovascular health so you don’t have to feel bad for having a bit of a shorter session because this bad boy has got your back. Just remember that when you’re sweating like a pig, cussing your way through your last burpee… 

Book onto a class

This is kind of similar to ‘make it part of your to-do list’. If you’ve booked your space on a class, you’re more likely to feel some sense of duty to actually turn up and do it. If you don’t, you’ve not only let yourself down but you’ve let the instructor down. You really haven’t but believe me, it doesn’t feel that way when you’re walking past them the next day avoiding eye contact just incase they knew it was you that didn’t turn up to 7:00-8:00 Zumba… 

Do something you enjoy 

It’s easy to think to get anything from your training you’ve got to be slogging on the daily, lifting weights and on the verge of throwing up. Sometimes there is nothing I fancy more than lifting some heavy weights and feeling strong, but sometimes I want to go for a walk and do some pilates. Fitness is as much about your mind as it is your body and if you’re hating your work out then mix things up. It happens to us all. Currently I’m in need of a bit of a shake up. I’ve signed up for some new classes and I’m going to try some different things. Enjoying your training is one of the most important things.

Investing in yourself 

Last but not least, invest in yourself. Making yourself a programme for training and nutrition AND motivating yourself to reach your full potential is hard and time consuming. Personal trainers and online coaches are a great way to help you work out what is best for you and how to achieve your goals whilst fitting fitness around your lifestyle. I work with people who train twice a week and I work with people who train 5-6 times a week. Fitness CAN fit in the any lifestyle. This is not a paragraph for shameless promotion, but investing in yourself can be really useful. If you are interested in online coaching then get in touch (jamieleejenkinsfitness@gmail.com) and we can have a chat. Or pop into your local gym and see what they might have to offer. Invest. It’ll be worth it!

So there are some of my top tips to fit fitness in. I’m not going to tell you it’s easy because I know it isn’t but I promise you can do it. Find something you love and remember why you started. 

Jamie x 

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Gym FOMO.

Hello my festive friends. Happy 15th of December. I am currently in Germany, living the high life at a Cologne Christmas market. I’m writing this post on the 12th so I don’t miss any days of Blogmas, so I can only hope that future Jamie is sipping on a mulled wine and festive very festive as we speak. Present Jamie, however, is sat on the sofa after eating an excessive amount of food and feeling very guilty about having to take a week off training. So that’s what I thought I was blog about today, gym FOMO.

I say ‘how to’, I am probably the worst person to give any advice on this as I always feel super guilty when I miss sessions or even when I take scheduled rest days. I feel like I am wasting a day and I can really bad gym FOMO. It’s almost as if, whilst I’m chilling on the sofa, everyone else is making progress. Despite this, I do know this mindset is wrong. By the time I get back from Germany I’ll have taken a grand total of 8 days off the gym! 8 days! I haven’t taken this long off since Rome (I usually take a maximum of two days off, if that!) and then I remember feeling super rubbish and ready to get back into a gym.

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The best way to spend active rest days… 

Sometimes time off does you good. Rest days are super important for recovery and progress and I’m not intending to ruin 4 days in Germany, trekking through the snow to find a gym. I could do, but it’s just not my priority for the next few days. My priority is enjoying myself with my Mum and experiencing Germany. Anyway, here are some little tips I’ve picked up for helping deal with the gym FOMO (I will be putting these to practise over the next few days.)

  • Have active rest days. Go out for a walk or just do something light. Getting moving will help you feel loads better about not hitting the gym.
  • Stay off social media. Give yourself some time off social media to just enjoy what is going on around you and so you don’t spend your time looking at people’s gym pictures longing wishing you were pumping iron. This is going to be super hard for me but I do want to limit myself and not spend as much time on social media whilst I’m away.
  • Think about your food. This is by no means a necessity but I do know it helps me to feel better keeping a track of what I am putting in my body when I know I’m not going to be getting much exercise. I tend to try and eat a bit less and make sure my meals are balanced and I am getting enough water.
  • Be productive. You don’t have to just sit around. I actually get loads of work done on my rest days and I’ll be so busy over the next week it will probably be the last thing on my mind. Try and find something to get you out the house or being productive. Make lists of what you need to do on your rest days so you can stay focused and still feel motivated even without a gym.
  • Think about the long term. Realistically, it’s 8 days. I’ll be walking miles and I’ve done a few bits at home. I’ve been weight training for a year – 8 days is really not the end of the world. Be realistic.

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So there you have it. Gym FOMO is real and it can be difficult to deal with. I spend most of my time not at the gym justifying to myself and other why I’m not in a gym. Just enjoy yourself.

Life is for living as well as lifting.

Jamie x 

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