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On Resolutions And Staying Authentic With Anj Magecha
We sat down with Innermost Insider and mindful wellness advocate Anj Magecha, who shares how she stays on track with new goals and habits whilst remaining true to herself, and what to do when faced with setbacks. Hey Anj! Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Hey everyone, I’m Anj! I’m a 24 year old wellness geek working in consulting. I’m all about navigating life in London, trying to find a balance in my approach to nutrition, exercise and socialising, and improving my mental health and personal development 1% at a time. (And hopefully helping other people do the same!)  How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? I’ve been a Innermost user since I joined F45 TCR in 2018, I was new to the gym, vegan, and in need of some serious protein intake to pack on muscle— at a time where most vegan protein powders were a bit rubbish! I also run on caffeine and hate coffee so got hooked on the pre-workout to fuel going to the gym, uni, working at lululemon and a busy social life!  I joined the Insider program as soon as I was able to, and have seen so much growth for the brand since then! I love all the extra merch, the sweatshirt and duffel are essential - so would love to see more of my go to gym bag essentials become Innermost 👀 Our topic this month is resolution. How would you personally define resolution and has it been a pivotal part of your life?  Resolution means taking control of your own life and making conscious choices that lead you towards the often intangible ‘better’. It's about having the determination and drive to create the future you want for yourself, and accepting the task of navigating the challenges that come your way. To me, resolution is about being true to myself and living with purpose. It's about not letting fear or doubt hold me back, but instead trusting in my own strength and abilities to overcome any obstacle even when it feels like it’s too difficult, or unfair. To be resolute requires a strong sense of self-discipline and self-control, as well as a clear vision of what you want to achieve. It requires a sense of resilience and adaptability, and the understanding that things sometimes get worse when they get better. Resolution has showed up for me in my journey with eating disorder recovery and weight restoration, with difficult conversations with therapists, even with holding boundaries with friends when sometimes it feels easier to let things slide. It’s not just about the big things! Ultimately, resolution is about living a life that is authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling. It's about having the conviction to pursue my passions and make a positive impact on the world around me. How do you go about setting goals in your life? So this is an interesting one. I suck at New Years resolutions. Or so I thought. With a background in disordered eating and a late diagnosis of ADHD I can retrospectively look back at some of my new years resolutions and understand why they felt so insurmountable.  To keep it brief, they were generally unrealistic, overly restrictive or prescriptive, and boring. And to be honest, sometimes goals aren’t going to be exciting.  I’ve read quite extensively around habit forming and achievement and currently quite like the 12 week year format (it’s a book, decent read but for a short version there’s a video on my TikTok!) The 12 week year has really resonated with me - it's all about focusing on what's most important and taking consistent, small steps towards achieving your goals over the course of three months, and then re-evaluating. So a year long goal gets broken into 4 three-month goals, then 12 one-month goals, and so on, until the minutiae of daily habits. It helps you focus on what matters most It keeps you accountable It allows for flexibility It helps you make progress faster Do you ever struggling with sticking to your goals and resolutions? How do you overcome setbacks? Overcoming setbacks in pursuit of your goals can be tough, but it's also an essential part of the journey towards success. Every challenge and obstacle presents an opportunity to learn, grow, and become stronger. I am a very emotionally driven person, when I get sad or anxious or I’m face with a negative life event, my goals are quite easily derailed. So for me it’s important to allow myself time to recuperate after a major setback, as it can be emotionally and physically draining to deal with challenges and obstacles. Taking a break to rest and recharge helps refocus and regain energy and motivation.I practice self-compassion and am not afraid to reach out for support when things feel overwhelming. I’m also a strong believer in setting boundaries for myself to protect my time and energy. Naturally some setbacks are less personal, things like the pandemic or tube strikes. In those cases I try to keep things in perspective: an old manager at lululemon used to say, at the end of the day, it’s just black stretchy pants and I apply that thinking to most areas of my life. Don't let setbacks define who you are or what you're capable of. Instead, use them as an opportunity to learn and grow. Are there certain times where you feel more motivated to set goals or resolutions? Naturally times like birthdays and new years have loads of messaging around goals and time passing, but in my experience I find birthday goals and new years goals are just that. They exist until I feel less festive and then things get difficult. I find the goals that come to me in the other 75% of the year are actually more in line with what makes me feel happy and healthy. The 12 week year method really helps facilitate this for me. Furthermore according to a study published in the journal Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, people are more likely to succeed in their goals when they start working towards them immediately, rather than waiting for a specific time (like the new year) to begin. When we set a goal, we often have a burst of motivation and energy that can drive us to take initial steps towards achieving it. By waiting to start working on our goals, we risk losing that initial motivation and energy, which can make it harder to get started. So why wait for the new year to make changes that will make you happy? What advice would you give to others about setting goals and resolutions for the future? Check in with yourself to make sure your goals are your own and not what you think people expect from you. And don’t be afraid to set goals that people aren’t going to see happen, there have been points in my life where my goal has been to get out of bed every day for a week and they were probably more difficult and transformative than any weight loss or fitness goal I’ve set for myself.  Do you have any important personal resolutions for the next year? I have some goals from my previous 12 week cycle, including the turf games in summer 2023 hopefully, which naturally lends itself to some commitments around training style and frequency.  I think saying no more often is a big one for me. Not to everything by any means but I do a lot of things that I think I ‘should’ do and I usually go in eyes wide open knowing it’ll leave me not feeling great. So hopefully this year I’ll have the resolve to just say no straight off the bat!  That's a wrap! To keep up with Anj, check out her Instagram and TikTok. Read more
How To Keep Life In Balance With Izzy Hill
We sat down again with Innermost Insider Izzy Hill, who gave us the lowdown on all things 'balance'. Balanced diets, why it's important to keep life in balance (and how she does so), and her advice on what to do when maintaining balance seems impossible. Hey Izzy! Could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hey, I’m Izzy, I’m 22 years old and live in London. I work a 9-5 job in the city and in my free time, I love to socialise and be active. Throughout my school years, I was fortunate enough to have plenty of opportunities that strengthened my love for sport. Competing nationally in athletics and cross country, I was also a part of the school hockey and netball team. I went on to study at Nottingham Trent University, where my passion for fitness grew stronger, as I was a part of the hockey team and finding my feet as I began my ‘gym’ journey. As I got stronger, I soon became passionate about sharing my journey with others, setting up my fitness account in February 2021. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Izzy Hill (@izzyhillfit) How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? Having studied Fashion Marketing at university, coincidentally, I actually applied for a marketing role at Innermost… unsuccessful at the time ha ha. Anyway, as a couple of months past and I focused on my fitness account whilst trying to find a full time job in London, I was contacted by Innermost via my Instagram account and the rest is history! I want to thank Innermost for all the opportunities I’ve had working with them, as an insider, I feel valued and that doesn’t go unnoticed. I originally applied for a marketing role at Innermost because I aligned with their brand values, and this still stands today. As an insider, I try to authentically share the wonderful and tasty products Innermost offer, along with the supportive community. I suppose my overall goal is to make as many others love the products and brand as much as I do! Our topic of the month is balance. Why do you think balance is important in life? I always like to remind myself that we have so many different aspects to life. A hobby, family, friends, work etc and without balance, how can you manage all those different aspects without balance? How do you personally balance your lifestyle?  As I work a 9-5 job, this takes up most of my time, and as we all know, this can involve very little movement… After work, I head to the gym and workout most evenings. I know that I will always feel better for doing something rather than nothing. Towards the weekend, I make sure I make weekend plans outside of working and exercising to fulfil a balanced lifestyle. How do you find balance in your diet? When it comes to my diet, I’m not too strict on myself, but don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference between my weekly diet compared to my weekend diet. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eat chocolate or office doughnuts in the week though! On weekdays my main goal is to eat 3 healthy and high protein meals per day, whereas at the weekend, I’m more flexible with what I eat as I’ll be likely to go out for dinner, for example. I think its important to have a goal there with what you eat to help you achieve your wider goals, but I don’t believe the best way to do this is by restricting yourself from eating something if you want to. Are there things in life you struggle to find balance with? I think I reiterate what I said before here, life is made up of different aspects and it’s important to enjoy all of them. Exercising after work does sometimes have its downside; less time to enjoy for yourself, sometimes rejecting after work socials, but it’s something I make up for at the weekend. Since fitness and being active is a priority to me, I remind myself of that and know it’ll be worth it in the long run. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Izzy Hill (@izzyhillfit) How do you find balance when reaching your fitness goals? I always remind myself that reaching my goals isn’t going to happen overnight, it’s a journey, and that journey may not always be linear. I ensure I have a strong balance by allowing myself to enjoy all aspects of life, not confine myself to just achieving fitness goals. I believe it’s important to be aware that sticking to strict daily fitness goals may mean you reach goals quicker, however, I appreciate that I can still achieve those goals whilst going out and having fun too. What advice would you give to others who struggle to balance a busy lifestyle? Don’t get overwhelmed, you’re doing your best  In today’s life, it’s easy to compare yourself with others, perhaps you’ve just seen someone get up at 5am to complete a workout or someone’s just ran a 10k and you’ve only done 5k steps… Realign that focus and put it on yourself.  Be selective with your time  I think a huge factor in balancing a busy lifestyle is using your free time wisely. Rule out the time that you don’t have control over, i.e. work, travelling to work etc. and with the left over time, make sure you’re allocating what matters to you in that time, exercising, self care… But make sure you still have at least 8 hours of sleep! Set targets, not expectations.  What Innermost product(s) have you been loving recently? My absolute go to has to be The Lean Protein in Vanilla, and I won’t stop talking about it… This protein is creamy, tasty and the science-backed ingredients make me love it even more. With protein, I’ve always struggled to find one that doesn’t have a grainy texture and one I can add to other foods, like porridge and actually enjoy it… this is the one. The Digest Capsules are the capsules I didn’t know I needed, whenever I’ve had a heavy weekend or my stomach is playing up, I can always rely on them to help me out. Can’t forget about the water bottle and gym duffel bag I use on the daily too! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Izzy Hill (@izzyhillfit) Izzy, it’s been a pleasure chatting to you! Our final question is ... What’s your innermost desire that you’re hoping comes true this year?  Well, since we’re almost at the end of this year, I’ve had a lot of self-made achievements and goals fulfilled this year. I want to continue to grow, learn and educate as I evolve my fitness journey! That's a wrap! To keep up with Izzy, follow her on Instagram, @izzyhillfit. Read more
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Learning To Relax And Unwind With Georgia Mitchell
We sat down with Innermost Insider Georgia Mitchell, who gave us the lowdown on all things relaxation. How she makes sure to prioritise time to relax, her favourite ways to unwind, and her tips on what to do when burnout seems to be lurking on the horizon. Hey Georgia! Could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hi, I’m Georgia or @georgiafayefitness on Instagram. I love all things fitness, health & wellness. Eight weeks ago I moved to the other side of the world and I now live in Australia! Although this is such a big jump, I honestly couldn’t be happier. Im still working as a Pilates & Yoga instructor and I believe my life’s purpose is to teach and share happiness with others. How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? I became an Innermost insider back in February 2021! This was around the time I won an Innermost instagram competition. After receiving a selection of their products I was hooked. I love that the supplements have such great additional ingredients and taste amazing. I love being an Innermost ambassador and being part of such a lovely community. My goal is to share with my followers the constant education of health and wellness that Innermost shares. View this post on Instagram A post shared by georgia║health & happiness ❋ (@georgiafayefitness) Our topic of the month is relaxation. How do you wind down and relax after a busy day? Things I typically enjoy doing to wind down would be a slow yoga practice, meditation, reading or a walk with a podcast. I also never underestimate how relaxing and refreshing a shower and self-care session can be. I love to wash my hair, put on a face mask, paint my nails and maybe put on a little fake tan. Do you think stress plays a part in your ability to relax? Absolutely! But if we don’t have the time to relax, the stress in our lives will only build up. My best tips to be able to give yourself the time to switch off would be to schedule it in! Put aside an hour either in the morning or evening for you to relax. Make this non-negotiable - if it’s been planned into your day it will stop the guilt and guarantee a time period to destress. What do you think the risks are of not relaxing or de-stressing on our minds and bodies? If we are in a constant state of stress we cannot possibly be living our life to the fullest and therefore unable to reach our goals. Relaxation is also a time to be still, reflect and reset. Stopping to look at what we have already achieved, to be proud and destress, ready to restart. Are there times when you struggle to relax? Definitely all days and weeks are different. Work may be playing on my mind or I might be overtired therefore leading to stress build up. View this post on Instagram A post shared by georgia║health & happiness ❋ (@georgiafayefitness) Do you any advice for others who struggle to relax or have burn out? As I said earlier definitely schedule it into your day. But also having a range of things you enjoy doing that are relaxing. Sometimes my mind is too loud to meditate or I’m too tired to do yoga, therefore a walk and a podcast that day may suit me better. I also try not to go on any electronic devices during my relax time. Sometimes social media can become a big distraction and lead you on a journey of endless scrolling that won’t leave you feeling refreshed. What Innermost product(s) have you been loving recently? My all time favourite will always have to be The Health Protein in Vanilla. It’s the best plant based protein I’ve tried and works well in both shakes or my protein pancakes! Georgia, it’s been a pleasure chatting to you! Our final question is ... What’s your innermost desire that you’re hoping comes true this year? Thank you for interviewing me! To be honest I must say I’m currently feeling so so grateful for my new life in Australia, I feel so lucky. I hope to continue on a path of self-discovery and that I’m able to share happiness with as many people as I can along the way. That's a wrap! To keep up with Georgia, follow her on Instagram,  @georgiafayefitness. Read more
Finding Your Energy, Within and Beyond, With Mila Castro Larocca
We sat down with wellness fanatic and Innermost Insider Mila Castro Larocca, who gave us the lowdown on all things energy: how she finds hers within, the help she gets from her daily routine, and the role nutrition plays in staying energised. Read to the end to find out which Innermost products keep her on track! Hey Mila! Could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hola! My name is Milagros, and I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina but I have been lucky enough to be living, experiencing, and understanding an extensive range of cultures and countries around the world. I have now been based in Denmark for 6.5 years (and yup, still can’t get use to the cold weather) working in the sustainable fashion business, raising the bar for how the industry works and focusing on clothes made responsibly, transparently, and that stand for a greater purpose. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Milagros Castro Larocca (@milacastrolarocca) How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? I got introduced to the brand by a colleague and fell in love with it all, the colours, natural (and few) ingredients, simplicity and no bullshit approach. My goal as an Ambassador is to always keep it real while promoting a healthy lifestyle where you start with your inner self. In a SoMe era where everyone is constantly needing attention and validation I’m more concerned about making others feel good about themselves rather than making them feel good about me. I truly believe that if you get your inside right, the outside will always fall into place and that’s the energy I want to spread. Our topic this month is energy. Where do you find your daily energy and motivation?  Energy is absolutely everything in my life! Generating, protecting and spreading it. My number one energy-charger is my sleep. If I don’t get my 7-8 hours of sleep, I’d not only be very low in energy but also not have the best beginning of the day. Mornings are KEY for me; they're where I build my energy for the rest of the day - starting very early and quietly, not touching my phone for 30 min/1h, short meditation or breath work, breakfast and work out before biking to work. By 9 o’clock I’ve already spent 3 hours by and for myself and that’s what allows me to be the best version of myself. Being the ‘reason’ someone feels welcome, seen, heard, valued, loved & supported is my biggest motivation. How do you get energised for your workouts? I work out mostly early in the morning since by the afternoon my energy starts dropping. I can’t start an early morning workout with an empty stomach so a banana or vegan yoghurt with some fruit it’s always my best energy booster. I’ve always being skeptical about pre-workouts since I already have lots of energy and don’t even like coffee, nor the feeling of it. But since I started with some cardio classes after work, I really needed that energy boost (and a banana was not enough lol) so I gave Innermost's The Energy Booster a try and there’s no going back. I don’t get heart palpitations, or that anxious feeling, but just the perfect push to get that last cardio session done before ending my day. How does nutrition play a part in energising your life? I know I said energy was everything in my life but… nutrition also is! I was raised almost as a vegetarian. My mom cooked only vegetarian but we were free to eat whatever we wanted when we were out of my house (in a country where being a vegetarian was seen as close to a disease!) until I became a full vegetarian over 10 years ago. I’m very conscious of what I put inside my body but I moved away from striving for perfection since I also want a life where I can live it! Food is not only nutrition but also joy, memories and much more. Eating plant-based, avoiding added sugars, mostly organic and less processed as possible, has a very positive impact not only on my body energy levels but also in my mind. Are there certain times of the day/month/year where you struggle with energy? This would have been a more difficult one to answer if I didn’t live in a Nordic country but the answer is WINTER. Living in Denmark also means very short days and the lack of sunlight can affect your energy more than what you can imagine, trust me.  Do you find yourself lacking energy? If so when and how do you overcome this? People can be one of my biggest energizers but also my biggest energy drainers.  It can be very difficult to maintain your energy the way you want it to be when someone is trying to draw you into the storm. You hear them, you feel them but at the same time you let the tension be theirs and you let your peace be yours. Protecting my energy is what I’m working on the most and I can already recommend it ;) What advice would you give to others struggling to find energy in their everyday lives? I would recommend you to start by looking into whether you are struggling finding energy or if you are actually having energy leaks without even noticing. Sleep, nutrition and exercise is very important to generate that energy, yes! But if you don’t protect that energy, people or/and situations can (and will) drain it. Give it a try: Focus on your actions and not ‘others’ Learn to say no and allow yourself to pull back when you need to Set & respect your boundaries Pause before you respond Invest in those who invest in you Trust your instinct View this post on Instagram A post shared by Milagros Castro Larocca (@milacastrolarocca) What Innermost product(s) have you been loving recently?  I’m loving The Detox Booster! I take it everyday with hot water and creamy oat milk after lunch. Feels like a natural and effective cleanse while tasting great. The Digest Capsules have been a miracle! I’ve only been taking them for a week and can already feel the difference in my bloating after the first capsule. I seriously can’t wait to try all the other ranges! Mila, it’s been a pleasure chatting to you! Our final question is ... What’s your innermost desire that you’re hoping comes true this year? Mhmmm… I’m definitely a dreamer and desire lots of things for our Planet, the people in it and also myself but since there are only 3 months left from this year I would just like to be grateful instead; for everything I have learned, changed and achieved but most importantly, for everyone I have by my side and everything I am. That's a wrap! To keep up with Mila and her energy, follow her on Instagram, @milacastrolarocca. Read more
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The Importance of Discovery With Roxanne McKee
We sat down with actress and fitness fanatic Roxanne McKee, who gave us the lowdown on all things discovery. Her important moments of discovery, what it means to her, and how to always keep discovering more in life. Hey Roxanne! Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Hi! Yes, my name is Roxanne McKee and I’m an actress and sport and nutrition enthusiast. How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? I found Innermost at a cycling event I was at, and I thought the product was delicious. I’m very conscious about what I put in my body because I suffer from acne so I try to maintain a very balanced diet, while also feeling myself with all the nutrients I need to be on the go all the time. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Roxanne Mckee (@roxanne_mckee) Our topic this month is discovery. Discovery is an abstract concept that’s open to interpretation. So how would you personally define discovery? I suppose I feel discovery for me is learning to be the best version of my myself both mentally and physically. It’s an ongoing process, and while at times it’s challenging, it’s certainly worth it. I have discovered my passion for nutrition and functional medicine in the last few years, and as a result started doing a course in nutrition. I’m discovering more each day, and it’s keeping me stimulated. What have you discovered along your health and fitness journey? I have discovered just how lucky I am to have had acne! It was the acne that made me aware of just how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, and how we really can change how we feel through nourishing ourselves. I’ve also discovered my love for nature through trail running. And how a quick dip in the sea, a lake, a cold shower gives you a happy buzz to start your day. Is there a time you have struggled on your journey of self-discovery and what’s your advice for someone struggling themselves? Advice to anyone struggling would be, just take baby steps, focus on your happiness, and your own goals nobody else’s. Little by little you will get there, it’s about consistency. And I believe in you! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Roxanne Mckee (@roxanne_mckee) What are your 3 most important lessons about self-discovery? Three most important lessons about self discovery are; Everyone’s journey is unique and personal. Consistency is key Be open to new ideas. What Innermost product(s) have you been loving recently? I love, love, love The Lean Protein, and The Health Protein (even though I’m not vegan) but I’m a big mushroom fan - I could talk for days about nutritional funghi! But I won’t bore you… Roxanne, it’s been a pleasure chatting to you! Our final question is ... What’s your innermost desire that you’re hoping comes true this year? I hope I pass all my fitness and nutrition exams! That's a wrap! To keep up with Roxanne, follow her on Instagram, @roxanne_mckee. Read more
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Making Time For Mindfulness With Alex Manderstam
We sat down with wellness fanatic and Innermost Insider Alex Manderstam, who gave us the lowdown on all things mindfulness: its importance to her, how she makes time for it, and her top tips on how you can incorporate a little bit of it into your daily life. Read to the end to find out which Innermost product keeps her on track! Hey Alex! Could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hi! My name is Alex and I live in London. By day, I work at a food tech startup. By night, I’m a founder of Allright - a self care collection bringing back calm through the power of plants and wind-down rituals, launching later this year. I love all things wellness and like to spend my free time cooking up healthy recipes, trying new workout classes and indulging in self care rituals. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alex | Wellness | London (@alexmanderstam) Mindfulness has really stepped into the spotlight as an important aspect of wellness in recent years. How long have you been conscious of its importance / when did ‘mindfulness’ as a concept enter your life? Since I was very little actually! My mum is really into meditation and wellness and used to take me along to her meditation retreats since the age of 5, so mindfulness has always been a part of my life. Last year I experienced burnout and had a terrible time with anxiety so I tapped into the mindfulness tools I knew and they really made a difference. What exactly does mindfulness mean to you, and how does it benefit you day to day? For me, mindfulness means being aware of your thoughts, your environment and your body. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I can be more present, less reactive and overwhelmed, and show up as the best version of myself every day. What activities do you do to be mindful? I like to start every day with a little mindfulness routine. This includes not looking at my phone first thing in the morning but taking a few minutes to do a guided meditation to set the right tone for the day, journal about my intentions for the day ahead, followed by daily movement. I find that exercise really helps clear my head and put me in a productive mode. Do you ever find mindfulness a difficult thing to achieve? What key tips can you give to people struggling with mindfulness? Absolutely! With being so busy in my professional life, it’s so easy to open up my laptop first thing in the morning and get lost in my to do list without looking after myself first. Things that worked for me when starting to incorporate mindfulness into my routine were starting small (you don’t need to start with 20 minute meditation) and keeping a habit tracker for activities I wanted to build into my morning routine. After a few weeks, it became second nature! Do you find that nutrition can play a part in mindfulness? Very much so, at least for me. I think it goes both ways - if I am more aware of myself and my body, I’m more likely to choose a more nourishing meal and really take care into what I put in my body. On the other hand, eating healthy can help me gain the self-care momentum and make me more motivated to stick with your mindfulness routine. Are there any specific occasions in which you felt particularly supported by staying mindful? As everyone else, I’m trying to juggle a million things and often get overwhelmed. Taking just a few minutes every morning to reflect and prepare for the day ahead really makes a difference on those busy days when you have so much to do and don’t know where to start. What time of day do you feel most mindful? How often do you give yourself mindful moments? Early mornings are my “me time”! I like to wake up slightly earlier and take 30 minutes to meditate, journal and set intentions for the day ahead. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alex | Wellness | London (@alexmanderstam) What are your favourite Innermost products and how do you typically use them? How have they helped you so far? I love The Detox Booster and The Digest Capsules the most! The Detox Booster is a great alternative to tea and coffee and is packed with superfoods - think matcha, turmeric, chlorella along many others. And digest capsules are an absolute must have too. Packed with prebiotics and probiotics, they are instrumental for gut health. That's a wrap! To keep up with Alex, follow her on Instagram, @alexmanderstam - and be sure to check out her upcoming wellness platform, @allrightwellness! Read more
Consistency vs. Motivation: Which Is More Important?
Innermost ambassador and co-founder of True Escapes retreats Dottie Fildes brings us the low-down on the differences between consistency and motivation, and how to keep the two in balance when working towards your goals. Read on for enlightenment... View this post on Instagram A post shared by True Escapes (@trueescapes_)   When working towards a goal, of any kind, you may come across barriers or obstacles that test your patience, willingness and desire. More than likely, your goal is something that requires actions that you’re generally not used to doing. If that weren’t the case, it wouldn’t be a goal because you’d already be doing it, right?  So how do we go about performing those actions in a linear way to achieve said goal? We’ve all heard that consistency is key, but why? For the purpose of this article I’ll refer to an exercise-based goal but the same approach can be transferred to most areas of life; relation-ships, career, health etc. Read on for my top tips to stay consistent and a little gift at the end!  "Freshers Week" I’m not referring to daily late night boozing, ending up in someone else’s room questioning what the hell happened last night… I’m talking about that immediate rush of motivation when acting on a new goal. You know what I’m talking about. That first week when you’re invincible. Alarm set nice and early, hopping out of bed and practically skipping off to the gym. You’re on fire, checking off the to-do list, then BAMN. Out of nowhere, it’s gone. Now what? A week, maybe more goes by of “why is this so damn hard?!”, “Ugh. I cannot be bothered”, or “I’m way too tired”. The issue here is not a lack of desire, you still want to achieve your goals but the reliance of motivation. This is often aligned with potentially way-to-high expectations.  Be S.M.A.R.T. A way to determine whether your expectations are aligned with your lifestyle is to ensure they are “SMART”. Be Specific, make them Measurable, are they Achievable and Realistic? Give them a Time frame before you re-assess again and adjust if necessary. Break your goal down into bitesize chunks so that the reward and feeling of success is more frequent. Rather than focussing solely on the end goal, you now have mini-wins along the way. That in itself is motivating (an additional bonus), but it will also ensure you’re on the right track!  Turn Up For Yourself This one is HUGE. You can have all the help in the world; a PT, a coach, a private chef, a therapist, but they aren’t going to do the work for you. The gritty stuff, when it gets hard, it’s YOU that has to put the shift in. On the hardest days when you really don’t want to, they’re the important ones. They’re the ones that install the positive life-changing habits. Show up, do what you have to do to get it done. Inaction is Action; If nothing changes, nothing will change.  Manage Expectations Life is full of ebbs and flows, peaks and troughs. There are going to be days you wake up full of beans, others not so much. It is imperative that your actions and expectations are replicative of this. Expecting perfection every single time will only drive you into a heap of stress and frustration. Referring back to the above point of just showing up, understand that perhaps this training session or this meal or this meeting isn’t going to be absolutely perfect but it is in some way an improvement and it is action.  Non-Negotiables Without realising it, we have some already installed non-negotiables. All different yet reflective of our personal morals, beliefs and passions. If you were to look at your goal and think about the bare minimum of what you’d have to do every day in order to get there, what would they be? Make these EASY. It could be something like: 10 minutes of fresh air, drinking 2 litres of water, 15 minutes of screen less time before bed. They are just small examples. Again, make them “SMART” but so insignificant to your day-to-day life that you don’t necessarily have to factor them in to your diary or it be-comes an added stress to your day. Start with small incremental habits that build to something a bit bigger and more impactful. Remember, they are non-negotiable. Every. Single. Day.  7 Day Working Week Sounds pretty hideous I know but trust me on this. Imagine if you didn’t ever get the Sunday Scaries ever again?! That dreaded “Smunday” feeling as you think of all the stuff you have to do when Monday comes back around. The thing with consistency is, it will become second-nature, like brushing your teeth, or getting dressed. The more you do it, they less effort it requires. By drawing your mini-goals through the weekend, you’re staying accountable. Better yet, there’ll be way less “damage control” required by Monday. Win-Win!  Accountability Buddy Things are always better with friends right?! More fun and then in turn, easier. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who not necessarily have the same specific goal but the same interests will drive you forwards.  Now for that, I have just the thing…  Introducing TRUE Escapes: Let us show you how with our four main pillars: Train, Replenish, Unwind and Engage. With these pillars, you can stay consistent, stay accountable AND have a great time in the process. We have an Escape coming up in June and as a dedicated Innermost Insider we’d love to offer you a 10% discount! All you have to do is quote INNERMOST10 in the registration box. To find out more, click here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by True Escapes (@trueescapes_) Read more
Staying Driven and Determined with Gia George
For the month of April, Gia will be sharing how she stays driven in amongst being a DJ, Coach, Qualified PT, NLP in training and more. Always on the go, we delved into what drives her, and how her journey has shaped her into the person she is today. Read to the end to find out which Innermost product keeps her on track! Hey Gia, could you tell our readers a little more about yourself? Hey! I’m Gia, I’m from Essex, currently living in North London. I am a fitness and mindset coach, qualified PT and recently completed my NLP training. I am also a DJ and recently graduated from a music production degree. I used to work in the city for corporate banks as an event coordinator, but had a big mental health breakdown 5 years ago. This was the catalyst for changing my life and retraining. My purpose in life is to show other people that you can achieve anything you want with the right mindset, and I do that by transforming my life first. I’m big on energy of all kinds, I love fitness, festivals, music, fancy dress, traveling and fast cars/bikes. I’m here to show you that you can have fun and be fit and healthy with the right balance and self-expectations. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gia George 💖 (@giageorge__) How did you become an Innermost Insider and what’s your goal as an ambassador for the brand? I worked for F45 Stratford (check it out, its a WHOLE VIBE) and the Innermost range is stocked there, so it naturally became my go to protein; it bangs and it's vegan so it ticked all my boxes. My goal as an ambassador is to always to keep it realistic, promote balanced living and help people manage the expectations of themselves with the lifestyle they want to live. I’m passionate about helping people LOVE their bodies exactly as they are, no matter what stage of the journey they are at and encouraging sustainable habit changes which elongate happiness and life, without it completely taking over your life (unless you want it to of course!). Our topic this month is drive, how would you define drive? To me drive encapsulates a few different words. I believe it is the combination of vision, willpower and discipline that actually creates the forward motion/action that gets things done, AKA drive. The first step is to have the vision, to see your goal in your mind's eye and to envision the future you, so you have something to work towards. This doesn't have to be anything massive, it could just be to feel better about yourself, to feel stronger, to get fit for a holiday or for your mental health. Then it's a question of will power. I believe that each day we all have a certain amount of willpower (break that word down: the will to do something right?) and that once we have decided what our priorities are, then we can decide how that willpower will be used. Discipline is the feeding the voice in your head that says I want this, and I’m going to ignore the other voices and focus on how I feel when I have completed this ‘thing’. We all have 2 options but over time I believe that when you continually feed the 'I am going to get this done' voice, it becomes subconscious and you just do it automatically. DRIVE = VISION + WILL POWER + DISCIPLINE How has drive been important in your health and fitness journey? Drive is imperative in your health and fitness journey, you really have to want it and if you have no drive, you are kind of just floating around in a feminine energy flow (not attached to gender). Whereas drive is a masculine energy (not attached to gender); it's an action based word, so without it the ‘journey’ doesn't really start. Is there a time you struggled with drive and what’s your advice for someone struggling themselves? I had a huge mental health break down / break through almost 5 years ago and I questioned whether I wanted to continue with my life (there's a full video on my instagram @giageorge if you want to hear this; I've been told by many people that it really helped them understand ways to navigate and rebuild their life). When you are in that state of mind, drive is the HARDEST thing in the world, because your mind basically steals your desire to do anything at all. I, at least, was completely consumed by overthinking. I then discovered the golden ratio (google it) and realised that everything in life is just a pattern, thoughts included. I needed to change my thought patterns so I began SMALL and that's the best advice I can give. Do your BEST to not think about the big picture, think about the next hour, and if that's too much, the next 5 mins. Slowly, you’ll notice your thought patterns change for the better. One of the hardest parts of this is making new habits, so it's important to help yourself by making sure you’ve got things in place when you're first building 'habit loops’ (hit me up on insta for more info on this). For example, if your goal is to start exercising, and you're having a tough time getting going, break it down into small steps, start with 5 mins for 5 days, then 10 mins and so on. Get a programme to follow or join a class, make sure your not just going to the gym aimlessly, as that is not going to help you. Even if you're struggling to get dressed, think one sock at a time, literally break down item by item and eventually you’ll be dressed. Don't think about the gym/class/run until you’ve thought about getting out the house. Just keep breaking it down into smaller steps until it's manageable for you that day. Some days I’m fast, some I’m slow, but I keep driving forwards, one step at a time. What are three things that drive you? My determination to lead by example and show people you can achieve anything in this world with the right mindset. I choose to ‘spend’ my will power every day on my health before anything else, and everything else flows from this. The vision of future me, I will achieve my dreams, there's no other option, I am committed to her. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gia George 💖 (@giageorge__) Finally, what's your favourite Innermost product for staying on track? The Health Protein. Order it, have it in the house, in the kitchen, your muscles need it, get that into your daily habit loops. To keep up with Gia, check out her Instagram and coaching Instagram! Read more