Iโ€™m back.

Iโ€™m back.

Hi, remember me ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Sorry it’s been a while. I had a break from writing my regular blog as I felt like I was repeating myself most weeks. The whole being healthy during the week and falling off the wagon at the weekend becomes a little tedious.

I’ve decided to check in with you guys as a couple of people have been asking for the blog to make a comeback (which is really lovely) and I wanted to tell you all about Sweaty Betty Live ๐ŸŽ‰

On Saturday, I jumped on a train and headed to that London to attend the Sweaty Betty event. I didn’t have a clue what to expect other than fit people in fit gym gear. The event was over three floors and was on such a larger scale to what I thought it would be. Girls were queuing everywhere! For their classes, for their hair braided, for their nails to be painted, even the queues for the toilets were long.

I took part in a Frame class which was SO much fun. Myself and Anna booked onto the Kylie Butt Lift class because you know, we’ll do anything to prevent a saggy butt and we squatted and hip thrusted our way through all Kylies classics.

There were beauty bars where ladies could get facials or manicures, food stalls serving pretty much anything you can think of that’s plant based and of course a cheeky little 20% off Sweaty Betty gym gear which is really bloody lovely when it is at the higher end of the gym wear market. It was all super healthy and you could tell everyone was there for a good workout with their pals. Of course we managed to find the stall that sold sparkling Rose and so treated ourselves after our workout.

If you follow my instagram you’ll have probably noticed I have been posting about Grenade a lot recently. I’ve just started working with them on their affiliate programme which is perfect as I constantly chomp on their bars and treat myself to their shakes! I genuinely don’t know how they make them so tasty. I’ve been able to try their other products too which are equally as good. I have a super giant tub of strawberry protein which literally tastes like a strawberry milkshake (I might actually mix it with milk one time, I bet it’s even better).

I very rarely use pre workout but on Sunday morning I gave it a go before my deadlift session and it certainly woke me up. It’s not something I’ll use all the time but I now know it’s there for when I need that extra buzz. I may try it when I next bench, that seems to be stuck at the moment which is a little frustrating.

When I opened my Grenade parcel I also received their white chocolate spread! Now if you’ve tried it before you’ll know what I’m on about when I say I’ve had to hide it on my top shelf so I don’t take a spoon to it every time I open the cupboard door. It’s delicious but a little bit naughty.

Monday morning had me craving something sweet after the weekend and so I decided to make protein pancakes for my breakfast. Bev who I train with has her Ignite ebook which is full of healthy recipes and so I had a little look and stole the pancake recipe from her. I did alter it slightly to suit me better and obviously I had to top my pancakes with the white choc cookie spread ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ.

The recipe made 5 pancakes. So you could cut it down if you only want 2 or 3, I shared my breakfast with my mum โ˜บ๏ธ.

I used:

20g of oats

Small banana

1 egg

100g egg whites

25g vanilla protein

10g of Dr Zaks powdered peanut butter (I would add more next time to increase the flavour, or you can top your pancakes with a spoonful of peanut butter rather than the chocolate spread)

10g of Grenade white chocolate spread

Macros for this recipe are

Carb – 37g

Fat – 11g

Protein – 48g

438 calories for 5 pancakes.

*there was tea in that mug, I haven’t just put an empty cup there for the picture.*

Mix all the ingredients apart from the chocolate spread in a blender.

Heat your pan and use a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Pour in your mixture, once the pancake is bubbling flip it over. Pancakes should only take about a minute either side. Place on a plate and put in the oven on a low heat to keep it warm whilst you make more pancakes. Repeat until the mixture is gone. You may end up making more pancakes than me, you may make less, it just depends on the amount you pour each time.

Once stacked add your topping! Honey or Nutella would also work ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Grenade have given me a discount code for anyone who would like to try their spreads or shakes. Head over to https://www.grenade.com and use code Jazz25 at checkout ๐Ÿ˜

Even though I haven’t been blogging about it my training has been consistent. Squats are still my favourite and I’m enjoying my 5×10 rep sessions in some weird way. We’ve been increasing the weight each week by 2.5kg, my legs are absolutely battered by the last 10 reps. I’ll try and follow it with some paused squats at 60kg too just to finish me off good and proper.

I am going to carry on with my blog, though it won’t be a weekly thing anymore. I want to make sure it’s interesting and I’m writing because something fun has happened. I might even write when things are a little bit shitty, so long as I think people will enjoy reading it that’s all that matters. In a couple of weeks time I’ll start my 12 week training programme towards my next competition and will probably want to document it more so watch this space. Sorry again for going MIA.

Thanks J ๐Ÿ’Œ

Stepping out of my comfort zone.

Stepping out of my comfort zone.

Another Monday another blog post ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and are ready to smash the week ahead.

I’m back on the wagon. We’ve finally started to get everything arranged for France so knowing there’s a chance I’m going to be in a bikini in a few weeks means my head is well and truly down. We’re going to watch Danny lift for GB in Bordeaux and we’ve decided to make it a road trip, so instead of flying we’re going to be driving all that way for three bench presses. Yep, all that way for 3 lifts! I’m sure there will be some partying involved too ๐Ÿ˜.

If you follow my instagram you’ll have seen that on Thursday I had the chance to head to V1be in Manchester to take part in My Proteins Summer in the City event which was fab. I felt a little out of place at the beginning, being surrounded by body builders, basketball players and ice skaters all at the top of their game and then there was me. Relatively new to anything like this and nowhere near where I want to be yet but I did give it a good go. Of course I picked up heavy weights to start like Billy big bollocks and was absolutely shattered by the time we got to round three. I’m used to high weight low rep and the session we completed on Thursday was as many reps as possible followed by a quick sprint on the treadmill. Easy ๐Ÿ™ƒ I know I’ve been running with my mum but this session was a totally different ball game. I was having to really push myself to keep up with the others. So if you manage to catch the videos or pictures of the event and see a short girl dying in the corner. THATS ME ๐Ÿ˜†.

Thank you My Protein for the CUTE two pieces we wore. It felt good to not wear black whilst working out for once. I also picked up my new fave water bottle which makes me feel like I’m on Love Island ๐Ÿคฃ.

Training has been pretty easy this week (famous last words), the only thing I’m still struggling with is my bench press. I feel like I always hit a wall with this lift and it takes me a while to get over it. I’m just going to have to keep grafting and I’m sure you’ll all be the first to know when I hit my target.

I made it to Sunday Squats yesterday which made me super happy. I’ve missed so many sessions with having my weekends packed with weddings etc so it was really nice to get back into a routine. I tried out more volume work this week, 70kg for 6x10s which worked up a bit of a sweat. Just going to gradually increase this each week and see where I get to. Squats are still my favourite ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Thanks again for reading guys. Hit me up if you have any tips to get those bench gains ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

We raced for our lives ๐Ÿ’—

We raced for our lives ๐Ÿ’—

Yesterday myself and my mum crossed the finish line at Heaton Parks Cancer Research UK Race for Life in 37 minutes and I could not be more proud of her!

It was baking hot and we’ve never run up so many hills before but we did it and we did it together! I felt so emotional crossing that finish line. Reading everyone’s signs with the names of who they’re running for just shows how many people are affected by cancer! Everyone who took part this weekend and at all the other CR UK events over the summer have smashed it! Raising vital funding for research into something so close to many peoples hearts! Thank you to everyone who sponsored us. We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of people who have donated!

The race was even more of a struggle as both myself and my mum had events on the Saturday where we were both drinking quite a lot so we certainly sweat out the alcohol on Sunday morning jogging in the heat! It was probably the best thing for us to be fair.

Thanks again Cancer Research UK for inviting us to talk before heading to the starting line to set off all the wonderful women in pink! It’s a day I’ll never forget.

Ive really enjoyed this week in the gym. We’ve switched up my routine a bit and focused a little more on my bench press as it’s the lift that doesn’t seem to be moving much at the moment. I can push 65kg but struggle to keep my bum on the bench so giving it a bit more attention will hopefully see those numbers increase.

I’m still not standing on the scales. I do feel a little fluffy this morning after a weekend of weddings (of course I had to eat Wills sticky toffee pudding as well as mine) but I’m not getting back into the routine of standing on the scales every morning. It really dictated what kind of day I would have and that’s not cool.

On Monday evening I made Lo Dough pizzas for the family which were delicious if I may say so myself!

Of course I put prawns on mine, it’s all I eat at the moment, I added tuna for that extra protein too ๐Ÿค“ My base was passata and mozzarella. For anyone interested the macros for this specific pizza was C – 4.3g, F – 12.6g, P – 60.8g and come in at 394 calories ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ. Winning!!

I’ve had such a sweet tooth since coming back off holiday and now the giant Toblerone I bought in duty free has finally been scoffed I’ve been looking for healthier alternatives to get my sugar fix. I’ve recently tried Whey Heys chocolate peanut brownies (popped in the microwave for 20 seconds) topped with their mini tubs of salted caramel ice cream. It does exactly what I want it to do and is only 261 calories. C – 17.8g, F – 12.9g and P – 20.1g. So that’s a pizza for dinner followed by a brownie and ice cream for desert for under 700 calories!! You can thank me later ๐Ÿ˜.

Let me know how you curb your sweet cravings. I love trying new things.

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

Come on England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Come on England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Happy Monday โ˜€๏ธ

I’ve had a pretty hectic week! I make sure I fill my time up with fun things so I don’t notice that I don’t actually work ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. I am spending money I’m not making though which is starting to become a little scary. I’m so glad my mum and dad are retired otherwise I’d be lost. Having them around to do things with during the week is so lovely. Having friends with full time jobs is rubbish.

Me and my mum have still kept up with the jogging. Race for life is this Sunday and I have no doubt we’re going to sale through it. Fingers crossed we’ll be cheering on England afterwards, now that would be a Sunday to remember. Please, if you can, sponsor us. We would be so grateful. You can do so here โžก๏ธ https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/lesleys-race-for-life-452

I can’t believe how into the football I am. I genuinely want nothing more than for England to bring it home. This weather and the football scores have put people in such brilliant moods. I love it!

My brilliant moods are usually when I’m eating good food and on Thursday I had the opportunity to go to Lo Dough HQ to try out some of their delicious recipes. If you haven’t heard of Lo Dough before then check them out here low calorie pizza base โฌ…๏ธ It’s a fantastic alternative to the high carb wraps you would normally buy in your local supermarket. Lo Dough wraps only have 2.2g of carb and they fill you up perfectly. They can be used as quiche and pizza bases too and are only 39 calories, what’s not to like?!?!? Make sure you check out the recipe page on their website and have a go at making something yourself, I’m going to give some of the pizzas a go this week.

Here’s the pizzas and sugar free brownies that the fabulous Lo Dough chef Mike made for my visit ๐Ÿ˜.

This weekend has been madness. I travelled down to London on Saturday for London Pride, jumped back on a train home for my friends 30th and then volunteered at the NW champs powerlifting competition on Sunday, so it’s been really difficult to stay on track with my meals. I’ve also not been weighing myself recently as I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it and it certainly isn’t good for me. So it’s quite nice to say I haven’t the foggiest what I weigh at the moment. I feel good though and that’s all that matters.

Before the weekend began though, myself and Danny (my PT) went into St Micheal’s Primary School in Heywood to talk about powerlifting. It was a really positive afternoon and the kids seemed to be interested. They all had questions about how and why we compete in the sport and it made me reflect on how much I actually get from powerlifting. The discipline that comes with it and the challenges I face, not just on competition days but every time I walk into the gym.

Look at how awkward I am talking to a room of kids ๐Ÿ˜‚. Not going to lie the majority were taller than me.

London Pride was incredible, I can’t thank the fabulous Mental Health First Aid charity enough for inviting me to march with them. It’s something I will never ever forget! The crowds were huge and I was so honoured to have the opportunity to walk alongside the LGBT community ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ.

Finally having the chance to volunteer at a NW comp opened my eyes to the amount of hard work that goes into putting these events on. My job for the day was making sure everyone’s walk on music played as they was taking to the platform. I also had a go at MCing whilst the guys were benching. You’d think with me being an actress I’d be good at that sort of thing… absolutely not. I stumbled over my words and kept getting things wrong ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Crumbled under pressure which is the story of my life really.

I’ve realised I’ve come to the end of my blog and haven’t even spoken about training. I did upload a video of a typical leg day for me in the gym onto my instagram, so if you haven’t seen that then make sure you have a gander. Hopefully I’ll be uploading more videos like this in the future.

Enjoy the week guys, hopefully the weather stays bright for you.

Oh and England bring it home!

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

Another wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜

Another wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜

How lovely is this weather! Imagine if it stayed like this for the rest of summer, it would be so good. Everyone’s much more happier and chilled out, only time I get aggy is when I’m going to bed and my room is like an oven.

I’ve been out running with my mum quite a few times the past week. We are up and out by 6:30 so it’s still lovely and cool, little bit worried that on the day of Race for Life it’s going to be 28 degrees and we’ll puffing and panting having not ran in the heat. I’ve surprised myself at how easy I’ve found it and (because it’s easy) i really enjoy running. I like anything when it’s easy. We’ve started off with a couple of 3k’s then a 4K and finally yesterday morning, after quite a heavy day of food and alcohol Saturday so we were both expecting to be a bit shit smashed 5k. I know that on the day the Race for Life will feel so much shorter too as everyone spurs each other on and we’ll feel so motivated to do well. I genuinely can’t wait to run it with my mum. I am also very excited about the Sunday lunch in the pub after too ๐Ÿ˜. If you want to get behind us and support a wonderful cause then please donate to our sponsor page.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/lesleys-race-for-life-452 ๐Ÿ’—

Now I’d be a liar if I said my diets been good this week. I excelled myself at my cousins 21st birthday party, I don’t think I moved from the buffet once ๐Ÿฝ. I have a friends wedding coming up in a couple of weeks though and I’ve set myself a little mini goal for then so I’ve got something to work towards. I find sticking to a plan so so difficult when I don’t have a competition in the diary, and I don’t intend on competing until the end of the year either. I am still weight training 3/4 times a week but it’s nice to have no pressure. Though with there being no pressure in the gym I feel like there’s no pressure outside the gym and my eating definitely needs to be pulled back in.

The week following my holiday I thought I was going to be a bit crap in training but I was certainly fuelled by pasta and ham and cheese toasties (did you even go on holiday if you didn’t have a ham and cheese toasty) and my 110kg deadlift for 3x3s felt good. Squats we dropped back down to 95kg for 5x5s and they were pretty smooth too, just my belt is tighter now and so it kept nipping me ๐Ÿ™ˆ. I refuse to loosen it! There’s another incentive to reign it in on the snacks.

This weekend has been mental, myself and Will haven’t stopped! We had a charity night for the fabulous Blazing Saddles who are cycling from Oldham to Gibraltar for a number of wonderful charities! They managed to raise over ยฃ10,000 on Friday evening which is mega!! (There was a three course meal involved). Saturday morning we drove to Leicester to a place called Armourgedon so I could drive a tank!! It was my birthday present off Will and I was in my element, I loved every second of it! We then drove straight back up to Bury to my uncles for my cousins 21st birthday where (like I said before) I didn’t leave the buffet. Costco birthday cake is INSANELY good! Sunday morning we had bagels for breakfast round at Wills sisters followed by a tonne of pimms and ice cream at Tottys Big Day Out. We may have also drank that much we couldn’t be bothered cooking so ordered a Chinese!

I’m writing all this because I want people to know that what I put out on Instagram is the best points of my life. I’m not all diets and exercise, I very much enjoy myself and eat what I want (I struggle with the ‘in moderation’ part, that’s a work in progress). I feel there’s a lot of pressure on teenagers and young adults to look a certain way but I promise you so long as you’re healthy and having fun that is all that matters! We all compare ourselves to certain people we see on instagram, when really we should just focus on being the best possible version of ourselves! I’m guilty of only showing pictures of myself where I feel I look my best but please know for that one photo uploaded to Instagram there’s 50 others that I was certainly not happy with ๐Ÿคฃ.

Once again please leave comments, I do answer as best I can. Let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to talk about.

Love J๐Ÿ’Œ

Pick yourself back up, you got this.

Pick yourself back up, you got this.

This could not be more fitting for me today. Holiday is officially over!

I know it’s never a good idea to start a diet on a Monday but today is the perfect day to sort my shit out. I hate calling it a diet too, it’s not a diet. I’m just adding more veggies and getting rid of the ice cream and sweets I’ve been indulging in for the last week.

I’m going to track my food properly on My Fitness Pal and really get back into the swing of things. Holidays are bloody lovely but i am craving some sort of normality.

I felt alien to the Village gym today. Gaining a little bit of weight made me really self conscious too which is silly. I felt like everyone who i regularly see was probably saying ‘bloody hell have you seen Jazz, she’s put some pudding on’ when actually they probably didn’t give a hoot and I was just being paranoid. If you can go on holiday and not come back fluffier I think you’re incredible haha.

The moment I started lifting weights though that fear disappeared and it was like I’d never been away. I’m talking like I’ve not lifted a weight in 6 months. It’s been 6 days but it feels like it’s been ages! I got right back into the swing of it and fitted back into the gym environment perfectly. We trained chest and i started off with a comfortable 52.5kg for 5×5 and then loads of accessory work which is my fave I also hit the stair master just to shift this holiday weight a little quicker ๐Ÿ˜ฅ.

I tried to keep up with training in Tenerife, honestly but that gym was awful and I HATE training on my own. I did try and get Will to come down with me but he was having none of it. So I managed to go a whole 3 times out of 7 days which was not the plan but oh well.

Since being home I’ve started running with my mum in preparation for the Race for Life at Heaton Park on the 15th July. She’s doing so well! Mums been out running early in the morning training towards it and can now easily run 5k, I’m looking forward to the big day! We’ve also been asked to start the race which I’m so chuffed about, getting to do something so memorable with my mum is the best! And I can’t thank CRUK enough for giving us this opportunity! If you have a spare couple of quid knocking about and would like to put it towards a wonderful charity then please sponsor me and my mum, we’d be very grateful.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/lesleys-race-for-life-452

Thanks, love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

How do I beat the bloat?

How do I beat the bloat?

I’ll keep this quick because I am on holiday but I will admit today has been super cloudy which I’m not too bothered about as both myself and Will didn’t have the best reaction to last nights Lobster Paella and so we’ve been playing who can make it to the toilet the quickest. At least we’ve fallen ill on the day with the worst weather. That’s a bonus right? ๐Ÿ˜–

We have had the best time so far though, it’s been so long since I’ve been away with Will and I’m enjoying it so much. Having time to relax and switch off is so important and I’ve certainly not done that yet this year.

I am training whilst I’m away, i don’t think I’d be able to actually have a week off from the gym. I love it and with me being such an early bird I’m in and out of the gym before the suns even up so it’s perfect. The gym here isn’t the best, few dumbbells and treadmills etc but no squat rack or bench so I’m just having to work with what I’ve got. I’m just focusing on getting sweaty rather than sticking to any specific plan. Tried my best to train chest on Saturday morning, not going to lie I absolutely had to wing it. Even people who sort of know what they’re doing in a gym haven’t a bloody clue sometimes. Decided to try and get some running in whilst I’m here in prep for the Race for Life at Heaton Park too.

As you can see, the gym is very bare. Not like the photos on the website may I add ๐Ÿ˜’.

The two piece is from Primark! They’ve got some really cute gym gear at the moment ladies ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Please don’t think I’m here being all healthy though, I’m a normal girl on her jollies, drinking Sangria by 10am and having crisps for breakfast I just want to keep up with the gym so I don’t feel disgusting when I get back. I’m in the swing of it and I know how easily I fall off the wagon.

One thing I’m really struggling with out here is how bloated I am. Not just my belly either, I feel like my whole body has swollen. I know that sounds dramatic but my face is definitely puffier, I can tell when I take pictures. I know the alcohol and snacks will have something to do with it ๐Ÿ™ˆ but even of a morning I’m waking up and my stomach looks like I’m 4 months pregnant, it’s rock hard too and it’s really uncomfortable. Any girls suffer with this? Let me know what you do to get rid please. I’m drinking plenty of water and keeping up with my green tea to try and sort it but it doesn’t seem to be working. There’s got to be some sort of tablets I can take…

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

Winning at life

Winning at life

Evening ๐Ÿงก

Once again I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

Parklife was the talk of the town in Manchester this weekend. Once over I would have been right in the thick of it. Planning my outfits and dancing in a field for 12 hours praying it doesn’t rain. This year I traded Heaton Park for the Village Gym.

I’m a different person to who I was a couple of years ago and that’s fine by me. It’s ok to not do what you used to do, we grow up and find new interests and that’s normal.

I had a nice little deadlift session on Saturday morning. I just used the word nice to describe deadlifts, am I ok? 107.5kg for 5×3 which moved pretty quickly. I had THE nicest gym gear on too so I definitely think that helped. When you feel confident in the gym it totally shows in your workouts.

This two piece is from Grenade Wear, their new gym range is possibly some of the nicest sports wear I’ve worn. The quality was spot on, they’ve thought of everything women need when training in the gym. The leggings were lightweight yet not see through and the sports bra gave full coverage. I’m obsessed with Grenade as a brand anyway, I think their shakes and bars are the best you can buy, now they’ve brought out gym gear ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ.

Deadlifts are nicer when your gymgear is fit!

I’ve kept up with my cardio since the competition which I think as really helped with keeping my weight down. I like to complete the Burj Khalifa on the stair master twice a week and then I try and walk on a incline a couple of times a week, usually after my upper body work outs. Just upping my heart rate that little bit more at the end of a weight session helps me get the most out of my work outs. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t do cardio though, it isn’t my main focus and I do walk my dog every day so that’s getting my steps up. I just know I feel much more relaxed and on track when I do get sweatier. Especially after weekends like this one.

I’ve spent the whole weekend celebrating, birthdays and people getting married so cake and chocolate and cheese have certainly be around, oh and can’t forget the gin. What’s a celebration without a little gin?!?! I’m not denying myself of anything at the moment as I’m currently not working towards anything specific other than getting stronger ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ. I had three slices of cake on Saturday night and loved every mouthful, I also had donuts on the pier at Blackpool because did you even go to Blackpool if you didn’t? I take my hat off towards these people who can eat clean constantly. I don’t have the discipline, I like having a flexible diet and knowing that when it comes down to comp time I can bring out my strict(ish) side and say no to the sugar.

Shit, I forgot to mention the fish & chips too ๐Ÿ˜.

Squats this afternoon were 100kg for 5×5. I wasn’t looking forward to this session, I genuinely had in my head I was going to end up doing 5 sets of 3 instead but after a quick word with myself I managed to smash all 25 reps. I left the gym feeling mint! This is why we train right, for that feeling you get when you PB, when you push yourself that little bit further than before. I bloody love it. Though it still gets on my nerves that I can squat what I deadlift, I should definitely be able to pick up more than I can put on my back but hey ho, it’s something I’m working on.

Next Monday’s blog may be a little different as it will be posted from a sun lounger in Tenerife ๐ŸŒด but I will still be training whilst I’m away. There’s something I never thought I’d say ๐Ÿ˜‚. It’s my lifestyle now and as much as I enjoy relaxing and eating I very much love the gym. Soz that I’m one of those people. A year ago I would have knocked myself sick too.

Until next week

J๐Ÿ’Œ

The highs and the lows.

The highs and the lows.

What a week, if it wasn’t for the Soap Awards this weekend I know I would have had some serious blues from last weeks competition. After being so buzzed on Saturday and throughout the bank holiday I know I would have come crashing back to earth if I hadn’t have had something to focus on.

That’s the scary part of being a jobbing actor, some days I can’t find the time to fit everything in, other days I take myself back to bed in the afternoon just to make the day go a bit quicker. After the All England’s I know I would have had a what now moment but luckily I had the Soap Awards to throw myself into.

Every year I forget how much prep goes into this night and I end up running around making last minute appointments and ordering next day delivery because I always think I’ve got plenty of time.

I had the fabulous Heather (@jacksonsfashion) make my sequin trousers which I LOVED. I totally took myself out of my comfort zone with my outfit this year and I actually felt quite confident in my clothes and in my body which is something I very rarely say.

Having the competition a week before the awards meant I had my fittings whilst on my weight cut which obviously meant I had to keep my weight down afterwards and I did it! I stuck around 54kg which is an achievement for me๐Ÿ™ˆ Anyone who knows me is aware that after a competition I usually balloon straight back to 56/57kg and feel sluggish. Well not this time, I’ve vowed to myself to stick with it too now. I’m so much happier!

Training for me last week was tough. I’m trying out higher reps with lower weights and in my head I’m expecting it to be a doddle (especially 5×5 @ 95kg on my squats) yet I’m sat there huffing and puffing after each set, sweating. I’m enjoying having a bit of time to experiment with new things though, I really enjoy doing more accessory work based around each lift. Tried banded deadlifts for the first time last week, that really activates you’re glutes doesn’t it!

I even got a nice little session in at the hotel on Saturday with Maj and Rory. Once again training in a totally different way to what I’m used to and I enjoyed it. My triceps hate me for it now like but getting that workout in before a heavy night of alcohol makes me feel so much better.

Don’t worry I’m cringing at this picture as much as you ๐Ÿคฃ.

My diet throughout the week was spot on (bank holiday Monday doesn’t count, obvs) and to be fair the only day I pigged out this week was Sunday as I had my stomach out on Saturday night so didn’t want to walk down the red carpet with a little pot belly ๐Ÿท. I devoured a Lindt chocolate Easter bunny Sunday afternoon and it was great. That’s the last of my Easter chocolate gone now too so at least there’s nothing in the cupboards tempting me any more.

I have a holiday coming up in two weeks which I would love to stay in shape for. I think having goals definitely help me stay on track. So this mornings breakfast was My Proteins maple syrup pancake mix, made with almond milk. I added a banana and some Whole Earth peanut butter just to give it a bit more flavour.

P- 32.7g

F- 15.3g

C- 26.4g

Perfect start to the day, especially before I walked the dog and trained with Danny this afternoon.

Let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like me to write about in my blog. I do love hearing feedback and try to answer as many questions as possible.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿคฉ

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ

Strap yourselves in, itโ€™s a long one. ๐Ÿ‘€

Strap yourselves in, itโ€™s a long one. ๐Ÿ‘€

It’s Monday but I started writing my blog on Friday, whilst getting that last bit of cardio in before weigh in on Saturday morning. I wanted my blog to be a true reflection of my moods so I’m going to talk you through the weekend as it happened. Exactly what I’m feeling at each point. Strap yourselves in, it’s a long one.

Friday 25th May 8:30am

I’m on the treadmill, hood up, green tea by my side. My mums next to me, training for our 5k. She’s smashing it! Me on the other hand went into panic mode and didn’t eat anywhere near enough calories the past couple of days so now my body has gone into some sort of shock and isn’t dropping weight. On Thursday I weighed 53.6kg this morning I weighed 53.6kg ๐Ÿ™ƒ. I came on my period this morning too so water retention is a thing right now and I’m not going to lie I’m shitting it!

I’ve water loaded this week, 7/8 litres on Tuesday and Wednesday, halved that on Thursday and today I’ll have about a litre and a half. Having to go in the sauna this evening is soul destroying. I thought I had it. So right at this moment I feel deflated and scared. I’ll check in this evening, see where I’m at. Friday 25th May you’re going to be a graft!

Friday 25th May 21:30pm

Currently in a super hot Epsom salt bath just to sweat that little bit more, relax with my book and hopefully release some of the water retention caused by being a fabulous woman on her period.

We’ve worked out that I lose roughly 1.5kg over the course of each night. That’s by weighing myself before bed and weighing myself first thing.

I went into the sauna sitting at 54.1kg so that perked my mood up entirely. Couple of 20 min intervals in the sauna, nil by mouth until weigh in. I reckon I can do this. My mood is A LOT happier than this morning. I made sure I spent the day doing fun things. Watched a film with my parents, went and bought treats for after weigh in. Had to order Gatorade on Amazon Prime because no supermarket around me sells it! Have my coconut water at the ready to rehydrate. I hate the stuff but you don’t understand how excited I am to get my mouth around that litre carton!

I’m reckoning if I go to bed around 53.2kg I’ve got this. Will check in in the morning! Sending so much positivity out for tomorrow! Happy thoughts and all that!

P.s had to take a picture in the gym before the sauna.

I will not look like this by this time tomorrow and that is absolutely fine by me!

Also please don’t copy what I’m doing. I’ll have put at least 3kg on by the end of the week just by getting into a natural routine and enjoying myself! Water cuts and dehydration is not big and it’s not clever but it works for what I do and I have someone who knows what they’re doing monitoring me! The weight cut doesn’t last! Not even 24 hours so don’t go trying it for your hol or whatever! Slow and steady wins the race with that one I’m afraid.

Friday 25th May 22:30pm

Current situation. Little red faced but I’m as snug as a bug in a rug & still bloody sweating. Had the energy to wash my hair this time which is a Brucey bonus. Actually smell fresh the night before a competition ๐Ÿคฃ. See you in the morning.

Saturday 26th 4:30am (comp day)

I’m up this early as I’m meeting Danny at 5 at the Village hotel, he’s driving the 3 hours to Northampton ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. I didn’t sleep the best. I genuinely think I was too excited. I had the kind of sleep you have the night before you go on holiday, or Christmas Eve. I’m in no way excited for today like I would be Christmas Day HA, I have too bad a headache for that but I am giddy to see if I’ve smashed this weight cut!

I’ve weighed myself on my scales at home (sorry Danny) I’m not going to write what they say because they are constantly wrong and usually cause me a lot of trouble when I’m cutting but I can kind of guess how out they are and I’m a very happy lady!

Saturday 26th May 5:40am

We’re on the road after weighing in for the final time at the Village.

It’s that pesky 200g again. Currently sat with the worlds driest mouth in Danny’s car with the heated seats on full. My back and arse are on fire but a girls got to do what a girls got to do.

Saturday 26th May 9:30am

The face of someone who’s made weight! 51.5kg I’m in the game guys.

Saturday 26th May 13:50pm

1st place and feeling on top of the world. Bumpy start with squats, nowhere near what I know I can do but the nerves always get the better of me. Need to keep competing to try and combat those first lift jitters.

Battled out on the deadlifts with the babe that is Natalie Banks! So chuffed to share the podium with another NW Powerlifter!

Im excited to be involved in such an empowering sport. To all the strong women that competed this weekend, I think you’re all mega. What a day! Each and everyone one of you support one another and it’s fab to see. Lifting each other up and just generally being boss bitches! To the girls I literally know through Instagram who come and say hey and give advice you’re mint!

Can you tell I’m in a good mood! I love this feeling! I want to bottle it up.

Will you’re my ๐ŸŒŽ You venture all over the country at weekends following me and my little powerlifting journey even though you drive around the country for a living and it’s probably the last thing you want to do. It doesn’t go unnoticed. Having your support even when I’m being a miserable bitch means the most!

And of course Danny bloody Potter! Who without fail scrapes me up off the floor, puts me back together and sends me back onto the platform! You believe in me more than I believe in myself. You give up so much time to make sure I’m still chasing my goals and I’m so grateful and so lucky to have you knocking about. Best coach EVER! Team Little Legs forever.

He looks sad on this picture because his battery died whilst videoing me on the podium ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

Sunday 27th May 6am

Lay in bed, still thinking about yesterday and how I scraped that win by the skin of my teeth.

Yes I won, and I’m buzzing still but actually looking at my numbers it wasn’t my best performance. I was 16kg away from my best total! That’s quite a lot. And I got 5 lifts out of 9 ๐Ÿคจ. My squats were a shambles and they’re my fave! There’s things I really need to work on. Getting my head in the bloody game is one of them! I need to walk out to all my lifts like I did that last deadlift. I’ve never ever felt like that before, I can’t even explain it to you. I felt like my life depended on lifting that bar and after failing 125kg on my second attempt I could easily have put another 10kg on there and it would have flown up I was that hyped!Danny gave me the biggest kick up the arse I’ve EVER had and I now know where I need to be. I always think I’m ready before a lift! I’m not. I’m nowhere near it. So that was my biggest lesson of all yesterday.

I’m good at this. I could be very good at this if I sort my head out. I am always eager to learn and I love going to competitions and meeting new people who also love to lift. Competitions give me such a buzz, I’m already looking for when the next one it ๐Ÿคฃ.

But for now it’s time to be Jazmine Franks the actress and have a week of pure Soap Awards prep! Looking forward to heading to London on Friday to represent Hollyoaks one last time. I get to see all my pals, have a good catch up and celebrate being English Champion.

Life is good!

Love J ๐Ÿ’Œ