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Role models…

I’m writing this post because I recently posted a couple of photos on to my Instagram page hannah_j_lewis and was happily surprised at the response I got. I didn’t post it to get comments or anything but more to try and inspire other women.

  
The above is the photo! On the left I was 60kg and 20% body fat, I made sure I ran everyday and spent a lot of the time poorly. I skipped meals on a regular basis with the sole aim to be ‘skinny.’ That was my goal, I wanted to be under 60kg and punished myself for even eating a square of chocolate, not a healthy mind set at all.

Jump to the photo on the right, I’m now 10kg heavier at 70kg, I’m much healthier, I have more energy, better skin and nails and my body fat is even lower at 14%! 

What I’ve come to realise on my journey through weightlifting and crossfit is that skinny is not actually healthy. I used to look up to singers such as Cheryl Cole and think they look great but actually they’re a bag of bones, if that’s what you aspire to be then that’s fine but I want young women and girls to look up to be something healthy, strong and beautiful. 

I had lots of responses to my post, many girls thanking me for public ally saying it’s ok to put on weight/ muscle and to be heavier. I also had messages from girls who had eating disorders who also thanked me and that was really nice to see. 

The other day a girl I used to teach walked past me in my crossfit class. The next day her mum handed me a pencil drawn picture of me lifting weights with the words ‘when I grow up I want to lift weights and be strong like you Miss Lewis.’ This meant the world to me, if I can inspire any female no matter how old or irregardless of ability then I’ve done my job! 

I’m not saying it’s been easy, I still have mini freak outs that I’m heavier now but then i remind myself of what I can do, how functional I am and how healthy and I feel enpowered. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful boyfriend, friends and family. 

If you’re reading this and struggle with your weight or body issues then please remember it’s more important to make yourself happy and to be healthy. Look up to those female sport stars not the catwalk models! 

After all if we were in the hunger games… Who would survive?! 

  

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C9 Cleanse

Sorry for being quiet recently, I’ve just gone back to work and teaching has been pretty crazy!

Anyway I’m here to tell you about the recent cleanse I’ve been on, C9. 

  
I decided to do this cleanse because I wanted to lose a bit of weight but mainly wanted to give my body a really good detox.

The first 2 days you don’t eat a meal, you have lots of aloe Vera gel, fibre tablets and can snack on fruits and vegetables which in the booklet are called ‘free foods.’ To say I was hungry was an understatement, by the second day I really wanted to eat and I found that I lacked energy when working out.

Days 3-9 you can introduce a 600 calorie meal and I chose to have mine as an evening meal. I was so looking forward to this meal and it didn’t disappoint, however I felt the next day I was hungry and counting down the hours.

I was pleased with my weight loss I lost 2.5-3kg in 4 days and 1.5inches off my waist. But I do think this was due to a severe lack of food and the fact I was starving! 

All in all I wouldn’t really recommend C9 to people who train and who are in shape already. If you have a holiday coming up and have a bit to lose then it’s worth trying it because I think it does cleanse and give a kick boost in losing weight. 

I regret doing it now as my training has suffered but at least I have given it a go. I need to learn to be happy and be confident that what I eat is good for me and that I’m happy with my body. 

Good luck if you do the cleanse but I honestly would recommend just eating healthy, drinking water and exercising. 


Foundation, High end or high street? 

  
Hello my name is Megan and I am Hannah’s younger sister. I am 16 years old and unlike Hannah I am not into fitness and cross fit however I do enjoy makeup and beauty. Follow me on Instagram @meganlowe20I will be comparing a highend foundation compared to a drugstore foundation

Like Hannah I am mixed race which makes finding foundations which match my skin tricky ,whenever I do find a match thy’re out of stock or they just don’t provide a colour as dark as my skin. This is when high end places such as MAC, where my first foundation is from, they make life easier as they can perfectly match a foundation to your skin colour. They go from snow white pale, to chocolate brown with professionals helping and advising you. 

£25.50 Max studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation, colour NC42.

   
 I like this foundation as when I go to the beach or outdoors it provides protection from the sun.

This foundation is very thick and high coverage, this means that it can cover spots and blemishes well. It’s quite matt so if you like a dewy finish you will not like this foundation. I would apply this foundation with a sponge not a brush as a brush usually leaves marks like little streaks on your face. Furthermore, I would apply a moisturiser before using this foundation as it can cling to dry patches of skin. I would recommend this for dry skin but I feel it would be too thick on oily skin.

I would say it lasts around 5 hours and after this it seem to separate and leave in patches and it can look shiny, so I would bring a powder to blot your face throughout the day. I would wear this product as a ‘going out, or party foundation as it is pretty flawless and high coverage.

One thing about the packaging is that you have to squirt out the product which means somethings you’re left with massive puddle of foundation that you can no longer use, which is also a pain as the product is so expensive.

Furthermore this foundation smells a bit strong, almost like children’s face paint, and if you apply to much it can feel like face paint on your skin.

Rimmel match perfection-light perfecting radiance foundation.colour-402.SPF 20

  
£7.99
I like this foundation as it is dewy and makes me look radiant as the name would suggest. Unlike many drugstore foundation it is radiant without having chunky glitter and sparkles. However it only takes 1-2 hours without oxidising –this means the colour changes over time and this happens to look orange on me. Furthermore it isn’t as much coverage as the MAC foundation which can be annoying when you’re trying to cover spots etc. Unlike the MAC foundation this applies well with both sponge and brush. Additionally I prefer this foundation bottle as it comes with a pump which makes things easier and cleaner.

As I mentioned before it’s hard to find a colour which matches you perfectly and there isn’t someone there to help, so this makes things tricky.

  
If you don’t like foundations which smell this isn’t one for you this is a highly perfumed foundation which I don’t mind because it’s quite nice and not like the face paint smell of MAC. 

 

Mac vs rimmel

Cost: rimmel

Lasting power: mac

Colour range: mac

Coverage; mac

Thanks for reading I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. 


Protein wafers

I’m trying to increase both my food and my protein intake and thank heavens for MyProtein and their wonderful protein goodies.

I’ve recently become slightly addicted to My Proteins Protein wafers. They’re absolutely delicious and contain 15g of protein per serving which is great. They come in a range of flavours including vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I’ve tried both the vanilla and the chocolate and love them both. 

They provide a brilliant snack, they contain 197 calories and 5.5g of sugar. I have a sweet tooth so these are perfect for helping to curb that crave and to give me that extra boost of protein.

These come in boxes of 10 and are £14.99 but My Protein always have deals on and at the moment they have 25% of use code flavours25. 

My Protein wafers
  
Check out their other goodies too, they do awesome muffins and cookies too! 


Thank you Mr security guard! 

Random title I know but today whilst in a little tesco express, the security guard called me over as I left. He didn’t want to talk about what I had just bought instead he asked me what exercises I did for my shoulders! I was shocked but also quite flattered, this guy was about 6ft 2 and yet he was asking me how to improve his shoulders. I explained what I did, to which he said thank you and that was that.

The whole thing made me giggle but also made me feel good that someone would look at my figure, not in a pervy way but in a way of admiration for the dedication it takes. Since lifting I love my body but one thing I do still struggle with is my arms and shoulders. Due to my gymnastic days I have always had broad shoulders and I have very defined arms, I am confident in my skin and I am my proud of my arms. I guess what I have the issue with is other people’s opinions on my arms. My other half and family are wonderful and always say be proud, you’ve worked for it, show off. And they’re right, I’ve worked for every muscle on my body, it represents hard work and dedication so I should be proud. 

I am getting better but do feel self conscious sometimes when I wear a top or dress that shows my arms, it’s fine in the gym but when I walk down the street people stare and I’ve even had people say things. Last week a guy said ‘geez you look like a f***in bloke’ I didn’t respond because I was so shocked. In fact I wish I had come up with some witty comeback, it left me angry. People get slated for commenting on ‘overweight’ or ‘underweight’ people, so why do others think it’s okay to comment on someone who is in shape. 

I’m beginning to embrace my body and every muscle it has and hope that young girls choose female sports stars as role models, such as Rhonda Rousey. 

   
 


Body fat measurements

I decided to have my body fat tested just out of curiosity, I am happy with my body now and have got used to my heavier, leaner frame but wanted to know the figures. 

A great, cheap way to have your body fat tested is through using calipers. It’s best to have a professional use them when they test you as they will really know how to carry out the measurements. 

  
The calipers work by taking measurements at various points on the body, these are then calculated to give you an overall percentage. 

  
So I had mine taken and was quite pleased that the person carrying out couldn’t seem to grab much on my legs and arms, back and tummy could’ve been another story though! 

Drumroll for the results… 14.7%! To say I was happy was an understatement i wanted to do cartwheels around the room, I was over the moon and a little shocked. I realised that all my hard work in the gym and actually increasing my food intake has had great results. 

  


Protein ice cream… Yum! 

Upon a recent visit to London I discovered wheyhey ice cream, I can’t believe I’ve never had it before! 

I have such a sweet tooth and love ice cream so I was excited to try this little tub of strawberry delight that contained 20g of protein. 

  
The texture was slightly different to ‘normal’ ice cream but the flavour was delicious and it still tasted great. The best thing is that it contains nothing artificial and no sugar, it uses an artificial sweeter called xylitol. 

  
I got my tub from a health food shop but having looked at their website it is now beginning to be stocked further afield, including in Odeon cinemas! You can also buy from muscle foods and ocado 

Check out their web page 

Wheyhey