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New York | adidas Parley

‘Through sport, we have the power to change lives’ Andre Maestrini

These are the words that I remember when I look back at my recent trip to New York. As a global ambassador for adidas, I was invited to take part in a 5K run to support the amazing work that adidas Parley are doing to help save our oceans.

If you don’t know much about adidas Parley you can find out more about it, just click here.

I was mega excited to visit New York as I absolutely love the city! I’ve only been once before, just over nine years ago.

I really love working with adidas, especially as they are a brand that cares so much about important issues. They are passionate about saving the planet, empowering women through sport, celebrating diversity and changing lives. Team adidas are literally making waves!

Over the last three years I have become part of a global running community. Thanks to social media and through taking part in the London marathon, I’ve seen how running can not only transform lives but also how powerful it is, when people come together to run for a cause. I’ve you’ve ever been to watch a marathon, then you will know what I mean.

At the Run For The Oceans event, I joined over five hundred runners from around the world. We laced up and took to the streets of New York to run . We were also joined by some famous sporting faces that are all huge supporters of Parley. New Zealand’s Dan Carter, Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller, Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe and American elite marathon runner Neely Spence Grace. What a line up!

I learnt so much about this project and I was lucky enough to chat to Cyrill Gutsch, the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill’s passion for this cause is infectious, I literally could have listened to him talk all night. He didn’t hold back as he shared some truly terrifying statics about the environment, our current use of plastics and the devastating impact it is having on out planet. Cyrill says ‘It’s no longer the case that, the future will be bad if we don’t change our use and waste of plastics. Today is bad. We’re F*#!*d.’

So far, adidas Parley have made one million pairs of shoes, each pair contains eleven plastic bottles that have been taken out of the ocean and recycled into thread. They plan to make five million more!


Check out my VLOG of the trip here.

You’re never too old, it’s never too late.

I truly believe that it is never too late to start a brand new chapter of your life. I’m turning thirty later this year and I have huge ambitions of the future. I honestly feel like I’m just getting started! Maybe it’s taken me until now to really figure out what I want to do, how I want to live my life and who I really am. That might sound a little bit lame but bare with me okay…

I guess what I mean is that I have a very clear idea now of what I want both personally and professionally, and I’m ready to work mega hard for it.

So work wise, I would say I’ve had two careers and endless side hustle jobs.
Job number one ; Dancer.
When I was nineteen, I graduated from dance college and I was a professional dancer for three years. Before getting a dance job in a musical, I worked in a restaurant, a clothes shop, and I also did a few commercial modelling gigs too. Whilst working in the theatre I discovered my passion for photography. (This was about four years prior to the birth of instagram.) I invested in a fancy camera and two lenses and some studio lights. I used to photograph my friends, dancers from the show, my niece and nephews and sometimes I’d take candid snaps of strangers too. I remember photographing my friend Lucy at my house one day, Rob came home to find that I had transformed our living room into a ‘studio’. The sofa was in the hallway and I’d tapped paper over the windows to block out the light. I’m very grateful that he has always been incredibly laid-back as well as very supportive of my creative adventures. I set up a photography website and it become a side job that I really loved. I suppose I never really stopped taking photographs but nowadays, I mostly take photos of Jude and photos for my blog. (selfies don’t count!)
Even though I’d never call myself a photographer, I know that those years snapping my mates really taught me a lot. I used to read books about cameras, I’d watch YouTube videos about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition and editing. I discovered a love for curating beautiful images, capturing a persons vibe and story telling. Now of course, I have this blog to share my ideas, and as well as creating images for my own social media, I also create images for brands too. So I guess it was all good practice.

Job number two; Personal Trainer. After leaving my life in the theatre, I became a Mummy and later studied to become a personal trainer. Initially, I thought I’d like to lead bootcamps and fitness classes for other mummies. I’ve always loved fitness and sports. At school, P.E was one of my favourite lessons and sports day felt like the Olympics! I knew that I would be happy working in the fitness industry because I had a genuine interest and passion for it. Anyway, I guess I didn’t know at the time, that years later I would be an ambassador for adidas, one of the biggest sports brands in the world or that I would fall in love with running and complete the London Marathon. I guess I’ve just always been open to taking on new challenges and to be honest I never really had a specific plan. I just kinda went along with opportunities that felt right. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had to put the work in. Three years training at dance college is no joke. Then when I retrained, I spent a year studying anatomy, physiology, first aid and nutrition. Ever after I had the qualifications, I had to set up my own fitness business, hire a studio, self promote, build a client base, teach the classes, and at that time my son was only two years old, so it all had to fit in around nursery and Robs work too.

I guess no job is easy and whether you work for a company or you’re a freelancer, essentially, you will succeed if you’re willing to learn and to work harder than your competitors.

If you have a passion, a skill or maybe just a great idea, don’t waste it. All the jobs that you’ve done before, have given you the tools that you need now. It’s easier than ever to learn. We have libraries full of books and they have computers with free wifi. There are unlimited resources online, ebooks, youtube tutorials, google! I mean come on. Do some research, put the hours in, work hard and do whatever it is that you really want to do. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I’m going to be turning thirty soon, and I’m just about to start a brand new venture alongside two of my best friends. I can not wait to share it with the world but for now we are working away in silence. We’ll be launching in September this year. Who knows what the next ten years will bring, but I know what I want to do and I’m not going to settle for anything else. I know that I have the skills, things that I don’t have a clue about I will learn or get advise, and I’m gonna work for it every single day. Inevitably, life may have some unpredictable set backs, but I don’t accept imperfect circumstances or my own excuses.

If you’re reading this and you feel like you want to start your own business, change careers, record a song, start a blog, whatever it is… do what you want to do and remember, you’re never too old, it’s never too late.

For some more practical tips on productivity and motivation, head to my previous post, REAL TALK click here.

Bootcamp and Breakfast

Last week I was invited to ‘Bootcamp and Brunch’ at The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London, with personal trainer Matt Roberts. What a fab way to start the week!
I arrived on Sunday evening ahead of the early morning bootcamp. The hotel is absolutely stunning, I stayed in the first floor suite which overlooks London’s Hyde Park. SO nice!

Now that is what I call, a room with a view!

Morning Miles …

7am. We met Matt in the hotel lounge and we had a brief chat to share our current health and fitness goals. Matt explained the structure of the workout as well as discussing the different training methods that he uses with his clients and at his fitness retreats.
Firstly, we laced up and set off to the park for a 5K run. Running before breakfast was a little bit different to what I’m used to. Especially as I training for the marathon earlier this year. Matt encourages fasted cardio in the morning as a tool to aid weight loss. (Personally, my goal isn’t to loose weight and so I always have something to eat before I run. A banana and a bagel works well for me)

The run was nice and relaxed and the weather was perfect. We made our way back to the hotel for a post run smoothie, before heading off to Matt’s gym.

Strength & Resistance

Matt led us through a twenty minute strength training session. The workout was challenging but manageable. It was really good for me mix up my usual routine. After the workout we went back to the hotel for a well earned brunch in the Oval restaurant. I had a fresh juice and an egg and spinach wrap. The whole of the ‘Bootcamp and Brunch’ menu was nutritious and re-energising. It really was the perfect way to start the week.

Thank you so much Matt and The Wellesley Hotel for having us. If you want to find out more about this brand new fitness experience then you can check out the website here.

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REAL TALK

This week I’ve been doing a fifteen minute talk on instagram live each morning at 6.45am. It’s something I’ve wanted to do it for a while because I thought it would be a cool way to share my ideas about self motivation as well as answering questions and having more of a two way chat.

Why so early?
Personally, I get up early to ensure that I get as much out of the day as I can. If you’re up and getting ready for work/ uni etc, then you can grab your morning coffee and listen at the same time. Maybe you’re not even up but you can watching from the comfort of your duvet. It’s crazy that some people have been watching from the other side of the world! This week we’ve had ‘Hello’s from Dubai, LA and Australia! Let’s spread this positive energy like Nutella on a pancake! 🙂

Let’s talk …


Here a little bit of what we’ve talked about so far this week.

DAY 1

HABITS
We create habits for ourselves, simply by repeating the same choices everyday. Our bad habits can make us less productive and less successful. Creating healthy habits can be a real game changer. For example, going to bed thirty minutes earlier each night. Doing something once isn’t going to make much difference to your life but making it a habit will.
COMMITMENT  –
You will not succeed or reach your full potential of you’re not committed. Whatever your goal is, running a marathon, starting your own business etc you can’t just give it fifty percent and hope that it will work out. You need to work hard. Commit to the process and accept that you might have to make sacrifices if you really want to get there.
ACCOUNTABILITY 
Some people don’t need to be accountable to anyone, they can be self motivated and accountable to themselves. These people are rare! Most of us need someone to check in with and to help keep us on track. Once you set yourself a goal, share it with someone. Tell them exactly what that goal is. It can be scary to tell someone but as soon as you say it out loud, it becomes a reality. You are accountable and this will help you to succeed.

DAY 2

POWER HOUR 
Morning mantra, power hour, what ever you want to call it. Make yourself a morning routine that will kick start your day. Often people use the excuse of not having enough time as a reason for not achieving their goals. You will never have enough time unless you make time.

PLAN – Make a schedule and write it down in a journal or a planner. This is particularly important if you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done before breakfast!
Maybe you need to make more time for training and working out, maybe you need more time to read, or to clear your head, to pray, to meditate and focus. Do whatever you need to do but make sure that it is productive! Scrolling through social media with one hand whilst you eat breakfast with the other hand may not be the best use of your time.
Once you schedule out the hours in your day, you can see how much time is easily wasted.

ONE AT A TIME – It’s also important to focus on each task individually. Multi tasking can be really unproductive. We think that we’re saving time by doing three or four things at the same time right? Well you’re actually just open to more ditractions and you’re probably not going to produce your best work.
Sometimes, I use my power hour to go for a run, sometimes I listen to a podcast or a sermon, sometimes I just use the time to clean the kitchen floor and make packed lunches (mum life!) Getting things done before Jude is out of bed is a real time saver. Then once I get home from the school drop off, I feel like I’m already one step ahead instead of trying beat the clock for the rest of the day.

DAY 3

FITNESS – As a personal trainer I get lots of questions about motivation with regards to fitness. Personally, I don’t find aesthetic goals very motivating. I’d much rather train for a medal! (Eyes on the prize!) Setting yourself a goal such as running a 10K race or deadlifting 100kg is a much more fun way to train and stay motivated. Choose a type of training that you LOVE! Find something that you enjoy so it becomes a highlight of your day and not just another thing on you to-do list. If you find pilates boring, then don’t go to pilates. It’s that simple. Your personality will dictate the type of training you enjoy. Think outside the box too. Forget the gym, go try a badminton club or a dance class, fitness should be fun.

TRAINING – Be realistic about your training schedule. Make sure that you have enough time to rest and recover to get the most out of each session. If you’re doing very high intensity training I recommend doing it in the morning or the afternoon. HIIT will get your blood pumping and also produce cortisol and adrenalin, this can make it hard to switch off and get a good nights sleep if you train to late in the day. If you’re working out in the evening then go for something like jogging, swimming or yoga.

EXCUSES – Suffocate those excuses, I don’t want to hear it!

Cost is not an excuse. There are lots of really good free resources online that are safe and easy to follow at home. Youtube tutorials, workout dvds and ebooks. You don’t need expensive fit kit and equipment to do a really great workout. Power walking and jogging is free. Fitness and health is not a luxury, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Go to your local leisure centre to find out what classes and clubs they offer. Don’t assume that if a class in London is £25 for an hour then it’s a better workout. You’re probably just paying for the postcode and the fancy shower products.

Time is not an excuse. (See previous chat) Even if you just get up twenty minutes earlier to work out twice each week. Prioritise your health. You deserve that time.

I’ve got kids‘ Is not an excuse. Go for a walk with the pram, play football at the park, go out for a scooter/ bike ride. Do your workout in the living room whilst the kids play or watch Peppa Pig. Get them involved and make it fun, or if you need sometime for yourself then going to a yoga class could be the hour of ‘me time’ you really need. Savasana aka lay on the floor, take a nap!

DAY 4

FEAR OR FAILURE

Okay I have so much to say about this, fifteen minutes was’t really enough time to cover it all. Here’s the essential bits…

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU ? – Fear holds us back from so many things, and ultimately it can hold you back from having a life that you love. So what are we so afraid of? Fear of criticism, rejection, failure?
It takes guts to go for something that you really want, be brave and take a chance…

“You only get one shot” I completely disagree, I don’t believe or accept that to be true. We get a new chance every single day. You can make a choice today to change your life. If you take a risk and it doesn’t pay off straight away, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a failure. Be flexible, keep working hard and don’t give up because you don’t see instant recognition or immediate success. It might take a little longer than you planned, it might take A LOT longer.

WHAT DEFINES YOUR SUCESS? Do not let other people define whether or not something is a success or a failure. You decide that. Never let social media decide either. Having a certain number of followers on a social media platform does NOT define your success. I know an incredible running coach with a wealth of knowledge. He knows his stuff when it comes to distance running, injury, race strategy etc. He hardly ever uses social media and he doesn’t have a lot of followers. It is not a reflection of his ability, talent, skill or passion, it’s just social media and it’s not that important! Forget the numbers and do your thing! My live chat doesn’t have hundreds or thousands of people watching each day but it doesn’t matter because I know, if one person watches my video and it helps them in someway, then I have achieved what I set out to do. I want to motivate people, to help them get inspired and to make positive changes to their life.
Forget the number of likes, or the number of views and focus on why and what you want to achieve.

START TODAY – Don’t put it off because you’re waiting for the perfect circumstances. The perfect time does not exist! Having enough money, moving house, changing career, there is no perfect time to make that change. If you want to start something then just start. Now. Today. Don’t even wait until Monday, what’s so special about Monday anyway. It doesn’t have to be perfect straight away either. Once you start, you’re only going to get better and learn as you go.

OVERCOMING SETBACKS – There will be set backs, it’s inevitable. You might get rejected or fail once, twice or a hundred times. That is not a failure as long as you carry on. Find a new way and keep going. (Is this starting  to sound like a Rocky film?)
Seriously though, I think people give up way too easily. ‘I’ve tried that and it didn’t work’ How long did you try it for? How many times did you try again? If you accept that there will be set backs but you are willing to REALLY work hard, if you’re willing to work harder than those that are afraid to try, then you will win.

So that’s a bit of what I had to say, I got so into it this morning that I spilt my tea on the couch! I also answer peoples questions at the end too. I love getting DM’s from people after the chat, telling me about their goals and how they are working hard and SMASHING it! Keep it up guys.

Hosting the live chats this week has been awesome but to be honest I’m not really sure if I’ll continue it next week as I’m traveling to NYC, so the time difference may not work. Hmm, I’ll have to think about that one. In the meantime you can come say hi on Instagram and Twitter – @adrienne_ldn 
BIG LOVE !

The Latest …

It’s almost the end of May so here’s the latest update …

LOVE
I started the month in Spain, I went to La Coruna for my friend Kimberley’s hen weekend. I’ve known Kim for over 12 years, we met at college and became besties in week one. This weekend Rob, Jude and I are road tripping to St Ives for her wedding by the beach. I LOVE weddings! Even more than I love seeing Jude wearing a waistcoat 🙂

TRAINING
After the marathon, it seemed to take me ages to recover. I had a foot injury that was really painful and mentally I sort of felt relived that the strict marathon training plan no longer dictated my schedule, so I gave myself a well earned rest. After two weeks of no training, I started to really crave those endorphins, so, I grabbed my resistance bands and I did a 20 minute HIIT workout in the living room. It was only 20 mins but man did I feel the burn! Since then I’ve been training 3 times a week and I’m back running now too. Thankfully my foot is completely healed. Oo and I’ve signed up to The Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. 

BEDTIME
I’ve recently changed my sleep habits, I’m going to bed much earlier, about 10pm. (that’s really early for me) and I’m getting up at 6am most days. I figured out that between 10pm and midnight, I wasn’t really doing anything productive at all. I was either watching a TV series or browsing on ASOS. Both of which are things I can live without. I’m much more productive when I wake up at 6am, somedays I go for a run, other days I tackle the emails or write notes, lists and ideas in my planner. If you’re wincing at the though of getting up at 6am every day, maybe try setting your alarm for just 20 minutes earlier. Try it for a week, it’s a game changer!

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Last Sunday, Rob, Jude and I, spent the day walking and scooting around town. We walked along one of my favourite running routes, from Embankment to Tower Bridge. Jude absolutely loves splash pads and fountains, so he couldn’t resist scooting right through the middle of the water. Look at his face! That joy is priceless.

WORK MODE
Earlier this month a lovey lady reached out to me about mentoring. I wasn’t sure if I was qualified for the role or if I would have the time to fully commit. However, my gut feeling was instantly to say yes. I wish I’d had someone a few years ago when I first started my personal training business or when I started this blog, to advise and support me. Someone in a similar industry that I could email or call for some real talk. I’m really excited to help my mentee and I’m sure that the experience alone will teach me as much as I hope to teach her.

Also, I’m currently working on a really cool project with adidas UK. I’m not able to share much about it at the moment, which is mega frustrating for me as I am not a secretive person AT ALL. However, the very minute that I get the green light from the adidas team, I’ll spill the beans! promise 🙂img_5073

OBSESSED
My current obsessions include…
 Cocao & Almond Balls – by Deliciously Ella (they taste like a chocolate brownie).
Slogan Tee Shirts – I’m rockin a ‘Super Hero’ tee that I got in Mango last week.
Journaling – Game changer when it comes to productivity.
Skin Care – I love Origins skin care, I’ve been using it for about a year now. I recommend it to everyone, in particular the ‘By All Greens’ face wash and the ‘Ginzing’ moisturiser.

That’s all folks. #TheLatest

 

Basil & Berries #EattheWeek with Iceland

Eat the Week with Iceland – Sporty Episode – Pancake Recipe

This weekend’s brunch is inspired by Chanel 4’s Eat the Week with Iceland. Each week there is a new episode that showcases recipe ideas for busy families. TV chef Simon Rimmer and Iceland’s frozen food experts are sharing their knowledge and teaching us the power of frozen!

I have a draw full of berries and veggies in our freezer, it’s great for making smoothies and soups. Using the freezer means that our family wastes less food and it’s also a great way to enjoy foods that are out of season. For example, I love asparagus, it’s a spring vegetable but you can get frozen veggies all year round and they’re still packed full of goodness. Winner!

Here is the pancake recipe from this Sunday’s episode. (You can view all of Episode 3’s full recipes here.)
When I first saw this recipe, I wasn’t sure if I would like the basil dressing. Basil and berries isn’t a flavour combo that I’ve ever tried before but it’s actually SO TASTY! I’m definitely going to be making it again. Ever Jude gave it a thumbs up.


Ingredients

200g buckwheat flour
50g caster sugar
2g salt
5g bicarbonate of soda
50ml melted butter
1 egg
475 buttermilk
75g blueberries
50g cottage cheese

Basil Vanilla syrup 

150g caster sugar
150g water
1 vanilla pod – seeds removed
1 bunch basil
Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

Topping 

20g coconut flakes
Greek yogurt
Honey


Method

  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk and butter.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Fold in the blueberries and cottage cheese.
  • Heat a pan, drizzle a little oil and drop large spoonful of batter into the pan (you want them about 100mm wide)
  • Cook for 2-3 mins minutes on each side.
  • Basil Vanilla Syrup – in a pan, heat the sugar, water and vanilla seeds until dissolved and boil until syrupy.
  • Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Pour the cool syrup into a jug blender and ass in the basil leaves.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Place the fruits into a bowl and pour over the basil syrup. Stir gently to mix.
  • Serve the pancakes with the basil syrup infused fruit with Greek Yoghurt and honey and coconut flakes.

 

 

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#EatTheWeek

 

Check out #PowerOf Frozen and #EattheWeek on Instagram and Twitter to see more recipes from the show. You can catch the next episode on Sunday 4th June at 12.30pm on Channel.

Enjoy! x

 

This is a sponsored post for Eat the Week with Iceland. 

Run For The Oceans | adidas Parley

Do you consider yourself to be an environmentalist? Now more than ever, we can see the harmful effects that our lifestyle is causing to both the planet and to the ocean. Fast food, fast fashion, food waste, water pollution, the list goes on. The stats are scary and we all need to take some time to find out what’s really going on and how we can help.

This week I learnt more about the partnership between adidas and Parley. Together, they are working to transform marine plastic pollution into high performance activewear.

Say what? I had no idea that you could transform a plastic bottle into a woven shoe but it’s happening, each pair contains eleven plastic bottles. I’m excited to see what else they can do and what this means for the future conservation of our oceans.

A breath of fresh A.I.R …


The Parley A.I.R strategy is Avoid. Intercept. Redesign.

Avoid – No plastic bags. No micro beads. No more virgin plastic in their supply chain.

Intercept – Recovering marine debris and stopping plastic before it gets to the ocean.

Redesign – Reinventing the plastic economy. New methods. New materials. New future.

The reality is that our oceans are dying. We have all created this mess, there are solutions but we all have a role to play. It’s amazing to see adidas and Parley taking such huge steps, this is just the beginning. Go team adidas!

As well as these gorgeous trainers, the adidas Parley collection also includes T-shirts, swimwear and even football kits. Click here to see the full range – shop/Parley

Find out more about adidas Parley at adidas.com/Parley

 

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