Recently, I have been working hard to get back into shape, and to be honest it has been a struggle as I haven’t been taking exercise seriously previously.

When I was much younger, I used to exercise regularly and was in very great shape.

Running – what I love about it!

I find it so calming; just  stream your  favourite tracks  through a good pair of headphones and I’m, well – happy!







The main reason I haven’t been exercising is I have had some knee issues in the past – a ripped cartilage and keyhole surgery (about four years ago) then more recently tore the cartilage in the other knee! This meant a long stint of physiotherapy to get back strength in my muscles.

I personally believe that the main cause of this damage, was running long distance outdoors (on roads and rough terrain). So even though I love running outside (parks), I have been mixing it up with treadmill or running machine along with general workouts in the gym.

Like me, I know most people are motivated to get fit and lose a few extra pounds after the festive season,  (Christmas, New Year, Thanks Giving etc.) and get that body in shape for summer. But, so often we lose the motivation in Autumn and head back to our bad habits and comfort foods. Trust me I understand this and do fall prey to this as well.

But I want to keep my motivation going throughout the year and not just for a great body over summer. So, what I decided to do, is not overdoing it (in one session) but work out at least three times a week.

Originally I started with the target of once a week, as it is important not to over stretch yourself and set unrealistic gym/exercise goals. Work with what is right for you!

AND, as with all healthy lifestyle regimes it is just as important to be mindful of what you eat.

I personally don’t believe you should minus anything from your diet, but instead focus on moderation and portion control. I believe that most things we eat are beneficial to our bodies and health – we just need to exercise control.

I now it is easier said than done, and one of my downfalls is PASTA. I’m always going for that second bowl. So what I do is measure what I cook beforehand because if it isn’t there, then I can’t eat it.

SNACKS – When you are in the supermarket, don’t buy snacky things if you find it hard to resist them. For example, if I have a pack of Rich Tea (biscuits) in my house I will each them in one sitting – So, I don’t buy Rich Tea. My point: don’t put unnecessary temptations in your way if you haven’t quite mastered self-control.

So! Exercise combined with a healthy diet, can help you to achieve your goals – Remember everything in moderation!

I know I’m not Teyana Taylor, but believe me I’m working on it LOL.

Remember, keep yourself motivated, if you can only manage to do one day a week it’s something, and on days when your feeling extra motivated, smash yours goals and set new ones.

Check out my video of my morning exercise routine. I’m not quite there yet but taking it one day at a time. Enjoy!


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  1. Denese
    25/09/2016 / 9:00 pm

    Hi Alvareen i just watched your video. Very good. Well done

    • alvareenslifestyle
      08/10/2016 / 9:16 pm

      Hi Denese,

      Thank you very much.
      see you soon XO

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