I joined a gym, do I have abs now??

After signing up to this challenge I realized that I should probably help myself out a bit and get as fit as possible, so i joined Easy Gym (pretty ironic name if you ask me) and since then I have attempted to go at least twice a week, doing different exercises and trying out new classes to find the best way to bump up my fitness (and lose weight).

As it is too soon to comment on my fitness progression, I thought I would write about my venture into the gym life, and offer a few tips on what I have been doing to help improve my fitness and to also lose weight.

(I am not a professional clearly)

Firstly: I usually do cardio first, but recently I have trained with weights and core before, and have found that I have had a lot more energy for cardio after so here is a list of some weight exercises I do:

  • High Pulls, 12 x 3 (with a barbell)
  • Bicep curls 15 x 3 (whatever weight you fancy)
  • Tricep curls 15 x 3
  • Squats with core bag 12 x 3
  • Leg Press 12 x 3
  • Push ups 10 x 3
  • Plank 1 min

(ofc there’s loads more and each session should be focused on certain areas of the body but you get the idea)

For cardio I like to do ‘Hiit’ sessions or Interval training:

  • Sprint on a treadmill (or outside) as fast as you can and on a high incline for about 30 seconds and then rest for 30 – my aim is to do this for 20 minutes but its harder than  you think.
  • Or do interval training on a bike or treadmill (you can set the machine to change itself) or you can change it depending on the intensity and speed you would prefer to go.
  • Group exercise is also a lot of fun. As part of my subject netball team I also exercise twice a week with them. You can read my post on the charity netball match here.

Feel free to continue with me on my fitness journey, and please also feel free to donate to my fundraising page here. Thank you.

S x


Whoa, We’re Half Way There

… Whoa! Livin’ On A Prayer.

I’m halfway there ladies and gents.

I just want to say a massive Thank you/TY/Diolch/Danke/Merci/Gracias/Dankie  to everyone who has contributed so far!

WE ARE HALF WAY! Which means that in extremely positive speak, I have almost reached my target! This is so exciting!

*does a little celebratory dance*

All your contributions means so much to me and without you, I would not be where I am today. The money raised is going to such a fantastic cause – World Wide Cancer Research which funds doctors and researchers to be able to work towards finding more about cancer, in order to help tackle the disease. Cancer is something that unfortunately, will affect most people at least once in their life time and your donations will be contributing to putting a stop to that.

But! The fundraising does not stop there. We still have a way to go and so I want to leave you with the link to my fundraising page, in case you would like to make a donation. Every pound counts and every penny gets me that little bit further to reaching the end goal!

I want to say thank you again to everyone who has contributed!

Think Bon Jovi guys;


S x

Fundraising by Netballing

‘If my heart was a netball court, you would be centre.’

This year I made one of the best decisions and joined my subject netball team. I have made so many great friends from joining this team and have had so many good times with all the girls throughout the year.

To top it all off the girls were so supportive when they found out I was doing this challenge that we arranged a charity netball match just before Christmas and the turn out was great! We all had so much fun (even though it was pretty cold as we were outside) and we played a couple of matches then a few games.  The girls helped me raising an amazing £35 and I am so grateful! Seriously can’t thank the ladies enough.

If anyone is raising money and is part of a sports team or has friends who are, I really would recommend arranging a charity game or match to help raise money. It is so much fun, brings everyone together and is a fantastic way to put a dent in your fundraising.

Lastly, I would like to apologize for the awful and cringe chat up line from the beginning of this post, but what can you do.

Thanks girls again. You’re all keepers (ha ha)


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Please feel free to donate at any time by clicking the link to my fundraising page.

S x

International Womens Day (I know I’m late)

Yesterday was #InternationalWomensDay which marked the celebration of female social, political and cultural success across the globe throughout many years. The day was celebrated in many ways throughout the country and many people used the hashtag #InternatinalWomensDay or #IWD2016 to show their support for it.

I wanted to mark this day myself as a day to recognize all the female researchers around the world who put their heart and soul into improving their knowledge on cancer and progressing forward to tackling the horrific disease. The divide between male and female scientists is becoming more and more smaller which is a fantastic thing and each year more women are qualifying with PHDs. This news is something that can help encourage more women to work towards becoming fully qualified researchers and scientists in the future and will hopefully inspire more women to help work for World Wide Cancer Research!

Dr Anna Git recently told the charity of her successful application for her grant and tells World Wide Cancer Research how this has enabled her to become an independent researcher and set up her own group. This opportunity is fantastic and I am sure that Dr Git will now be part of a team who helps move the progression of researching cancer forward.

For women working in science, it can be extremely challenging as many feel they have to work even hard to get their voice heard and for their work to be appreciated. But, I am sure that we are now one step forward in equalizing gender within science and research and so hopefully, we can all work together to help curing cancer.

Please take your time to read the full interview with Dr Grit and the opportunity she now has within science.


Dr Anna Git

S x