Follow Jo's U Fit journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Follow Jo's U Fit Journey

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It is transformation Tuesday and what better way than to highlight one of our very own. Over the course of 2019, Jo Lines will be sharing her INCREDIBLE transformation story week to week - from joining one of our renowned Challenges to continuing her journey and SMASHING through the hurdles and barriers that came along the way. Enjoy the journey an...
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Gym clothes

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Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! I remember the moment that I chose my gym gear for my first visit to U Fit. Surveying what was on offer in my wardrobe, I knew what I was looking for…. there they were…. the biggest possible clothing that I could find. In fact, in truth, it was men’s clothing. The thought of entering a gym in something that would show off my body made me feel so uncomfortable I would have been happy to shroud myself in a tent if it meant covering my body. I had become so uncomfortable with how I looked the more I could hide away from myself and everyone else the better I felt. Entering the gym itself had its challenges. For a long time, I would try and avoid looking at myself in the mirrors while I worked out. Although watching myself in the mirror would have helped me with my technique I didn’t like the person that I saw looking back at me. I didn’t recognise her anymore. Over time as my body started to shrink my work out tent clothing became bigger and bigger and bigger. Eventually, I conceded that it was time to downgrade….it was time to go shopping. Something surprising happened when stepping in front of the gym mirrors with Lycra on for the first time. I could see change, and I liked it. Over time I needed smaller and smaller sizes, each time seeing a new change to my body. I started to accept what I saw and stopped hiding from it. These days I can be seen in the skimpiest shorts on offer and tightest top. I’m in my underwear on the gym wall photos, and I’m comfortable with that. I’m happy with my body and my skin. I like the person looking back at me from the mirror because it’s me, and not someone that I don’t recognise.

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Grazing

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Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! When I packed my bag for work, I would slip in a couple of things to graze on during the day. A bag or nuts, maybe a couple of bags of crisps. I would sit at my desk, eyes not leaving my screen and slowly eat through the day. Having joined U Fit I was already starting to think about how I ate, and grazing was something that I hadn’t even thought about before. The reality was that I was eating distracted, not even looking at what I was eating. My hand would move to my mouth almost automatically, and I had never yet realised. I continued to take my snacks to work and began to stop what I was doing to eat, turning off my screen. I thought about whether I needed to eat and if I was hungry. I discovered that I wasn’t hungry at all, that grazing wasn’t something I needed to do to get through the day. Over a period of a couple of weeks, I stopped packing my bag with extra food and started paying attention to what I was eating. ?

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Peanut Butter

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Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY!   All peanut butter is not made equally, why? It's all about the process of how they are made. Up to a few years ago the only option you would find on the shelves would come in blue and red top variety and be both incredibly dry to the taste. You would find yourself trying to suck the peanut butter off your teeth an hour later. L Nowadays there's more on offer, but what to choose? The easiest thing to do is check the label on the back. You want to be looking for the fewest ingredients listed. Many of the drier options come with unnecessary sugars and oils. The better option is to look for butter that has no palm oil inside, and these are often labelled on the front. Palm oil is used as a coagulant of peanut butter. Palm oil is high in saturated fat and therefore promoted ‘bad' cholesterol within the body. While these butter look odd when you open them, it's only the natural oil separating from the peanuts. Once you mix it in you're left with a smother, runnier butter. Whether you add it to shakes, apples or rice cakes, good quality peanut butter is a great way to get healthy fats into your foods….. keep an eye on the amount you use. J

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Glycogen

Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY!You're looking forward to a great workout. Your kit is packed, you've eaten, and you’ve drunk water…you are mentally ready, but is your body ready?When we want our bodies to perform we expect a quick reaction, muscles to pump, sweat to break and a session to push us. For us to achieve this we call upon our bodies energy reserve, what we are looking for is called glycogen.When we eat carbohydrates, our bodies will turn this into glucose, which is then converted to glycogen. We then store glycogen in our muscles and liver for later use. Our body will then use it when required, and in fact, we will be using energy stored from yesterday, and the day before, and before that right now.The challenge is that we have limited storage capacity, and only account for around one to two percent of the total energy stored on our bodies.To be able to keep calling on our energy reserves we have to maintain storage, and that means eating before and after exercise to top up.Eating carbohydrates in each meal will ensure that we get the right amount that we need to break that sweat and get the energy that we need.
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FOODIE FRIDAY - Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken with Salt & Pepper Chips

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  #FoodieFriday is here again!   U Fit studio have joined forces with @CleanEatingbyJay to bring you exciting new recipes each and every Friday. Whether you have a savoury tooth or sweet, we are sure you will find something to enjoy!   Next Up, ………   Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken with Salt & Pepper Chips Ingredients BBQ Chicken – Makes 4/6 servings

600 g Chicken Breast2 Onions Sliced1 Sweet Red Pepper Sliced1/2 Red Chilli Diced

Smokey BBQ Sauce

4 tbsp Crushed Fresh Garlic2 tbsp Cider Vinegar2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar or alternatively Balsamic glaze2 tbsp Smoked Paprika1 tsp Hot Paprika- Optional1 tbsp Chipotle Chilli Flakes2 tbsp Tomato Puree2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce1 tbsp Wholegrain MustardSalt/Pepper To taste

Salt and Pepper Chips

300 g Large Baking Potato3 tsp Salt - Dry fried in a pan3 tsp Pepper - Dry fried in a pan2 g Coconut Oil1/2 Red Chilli Diced1 Onion Sliced

Method BBQ Chicken 1. Add all ingredients for the sauce as above into a bowl and mix well. You could also have a little taste to see if spicy enough for you.

Stir the sauce into the chicken breast and transfer into your slow cooker pot. I added around 300ml of water at this stageAdd your onions, pepper and red chilli and cook on low for 5-6 hours or alternatively on high for 3-4 hoursUsing two forks simply pull the chicken apart and serve!

Salt and Pepper Chips

Bake your potato in a microwave for 3-4 minutes depending on the size. It should still be relatively hard enough for you to slice neatly 2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and transfer the sliced potato, sliced onion, salt, pepper and chilli to the tray. Coat the potato well with the seasoning and bake at 200c for 10-15 minutes until the 'chips' are soft!
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Tips for steps goals

Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! Steps. No, not the pop band from the late nineties! I'm talking one foot in front of the other. When starting out with a steps goal, it can feel daunting, and you may think impossible. Here are some tips to get you started.  Might sound simple but buy a decent pedometer. Try, where possible, to avoid using a mobile phone. There's nothing worse than realising you've walked for an hour but not picked it up on the way out. ☹ Start by knowing where you are now. Find out what your average steps are…you never know, you might already do more than you think. Start small – if you're walking 1k steps now make it 3K not 15K, it has to be achievable. Create time in your day to walk – choosing to walk to the local shop, rather than drive will add up. Rope in friends and family – make it a team effort or create competitions…whatever helps push that number up. Every journey, like every step goal, starts with the first step…good luck! ?
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Gluten Intolerance

Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY!Gluten-free products are gaining more and more shelf space in our supermarkets. Even five years ago you would not find a gluten-free menu at a restaurant, and yet now it's rare that options are not available.What is gluten? Why do some people not eat it?Gluten is essential a protein found mainly in grains, wheat and barley, bulger, flour, spelt and oats.If you think of gluten as the means to make dough stretching and pasta elastic, you can see why it is used in a multitude of products.If you are intolerant to gluten your body's immune system will trigger seeing gluten as the enemy and use white cells to go to war. The result? One unhappy digestive system. ☹Symptoms of gluten intolerance are: Gastric Reflux Bloating Gas Diarrhoea Constipation Headaches Skin rashes and eczemaIf you think you notice these symptoms after eating products with gluten, you may be intolerant…there's only one way to find out and that's visiting the widely-stocked gluten-free aisle in your local supermarket.  ?
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