In which a gymphobe tells you to, just do it!


“Well I’m excited to wear my new leggings….Even though I just took the tags off and they are grey… sweat patches be damned.”

(A thought from one of my first sessions…)

My decided meaning for the Nike slogan, “just do it” occurred to me on a very busy Saturday in Oxford Circus, London. 

Having gotten over my initial – “I do not belong in a sport-shop, period.” fears, I had just asked the kind salesman in Nike for a pair of men’s, *gasp* vomero 12’s in their bright blue and I was feeling unnaturally chipper and upbeat.

The thing is, I’ve been doing a lot of conquering of my fitness fears of late. 

Breaking free from the 11 year old, secondary school fear of exercise god, at 26 I had finally started beating away the, too big for exercise demons I seem to have picked up somewhere along the line of mandatory leotard wearing at age 14. And now, finally 15 years later I have finally started understanding the Monika, “just do it”. 

The fact that the unfit don’t just get struck down by giant chocolate lightening bolts the moment we enter the gym is a god send and although I have to wear men’s trainers, there are somehow running shoes for six foot tall, accident prone women who apparently have a thing for neon blue.

Just do it of course, is the key. You want to loose weight? Then just do it! Want to lift weights until you look like John Cena? Then just do it! 

Need to ask the all too attractive men in Nike about trainers for post- stress fractures and broken ankles then just do it! Own it! And one day soon you might feel even braver! 

I realise I’ve just played into a simple marketing slogan but at this point I don’t care. I’m a gym-adrenaline junkie and I know it. I want to lift weights like the scary men in the free weights section, get arms and abs like The Bella Twins and you know how that’s gonna happen? 

Because I’m just gonna do it.

*have you got gym/workout fears, or just starting a new workout? Let me know below I want to hear all about your exercising adventures! (& Cheerlead too because I’m going all out!) 

therealjlow | At Home and healthy changes

I have been seeing an awful lot about snow on Instagram over the last couple of weeks. Mainly my thoughts have been, please don’t snow in the UK, please don’t snow in the UK! But secondly my clothing brain has been thinking about being cuddled inside.

This last weekend was freezing and as I had been wearing the same three outfits on repeat last week I figured I would share my at home outfit for you inside. Its nothing fancy and nothing you guys wouldn’t already be wearing but I figured, why the hell not? This is me, at home in my comfies.

The look of a women petrified of you seeing a, the mess and b, the fact that we have resorted to having three layers of books/DVD’s on our bookcase. Its only gotten mildly out of hand . . .

Onto something mildly interesting? Me and Josh are on a small health kick. Let me start by saying this happens at this time every year! We do exercise and have done regularly since moving in together. On a real week we go running, swimming and cycling and now I even do Yoga. What changes however is how much we eat, and secondly how often we go out to exercise and February and March? They are the months when we realise we are chunkier than normal.

Obviously we have upped our exercise but another thing is we have done is changed our diet. I personally don’t believe in straight up diets as they tend to be unsustainable but instead in cutting down generally and minimising the bad foods that we tend to over lean on in the winter months.

Lots of carbs, sugar and pre packaged, easy to make food all has to go and in its place we have upper our fruit and veg game! This week we have tried a healthier pasta (with less pasta), Miso Soup, we made four meals out of one roast chicken (pasta, two sandwiches, miso soup and a chicken stock and vegetable soup with creme fresh) now if thats not impressive I don’t know what is!

I intend to document my yoga journey a lot more here and hopefully we can start to see some healthy changes in the up coming months!