Wednesday 31 July 2019

If there was a month of the year that was going to motivate me to get myself together it was going to be August. Firstly it's my birthday month and more importantly, I have a holiday to Fiji in 3 weeks so I need to be looking and feeling my best! As I was writing my goals down for this month, I was making a few bullet points of things I wanted to stick to this month. To make things more interesting for myself (and I would love if you guys took part too #FitWithGi), I thought I'd come up with a little 20 day challenge. After all, things are easier to do when you take them day by day instead of saying 'I'm going to cut out chocolate for the whole month'. So here it is, a 20 day life and fitness challenge for August. 

tea with gi august challenge

Daily Habits 

I could list 100 things I wish I could stick to every day. I told myself last week I was going to wake up half an hour earlier and read my self-help book to get in the right mindset for the day. I lasted two days before I decided sleep was more important. So instead of trying to do everything and failing, I'm just going to try and stick to 3, at least for the 20 days. 

1. Drink 2l of water a day. 

Every list in the world tells you to do this to be healthier and fitter. I start off the day great by getting a litre in at the gym, and then I slowly forget about refilling my water bottle or counting the amount. Luckily, The Big Bottle Co sent me this 2.2l water bottle and now I don't need to worry about refilling anything. Just one bottle a day and all is good. I like that it has the measurements on one side so I know what I have left etc. I've been adding lemons, cucumbers and all sorts inside to make it look more interesting too. 

big water bottle co

2. Start the day with Apple Cider Vinegar. 

I've spoken about this loads, and you can find the benefits here. Recently I've been adding two tablespoons of the ACV with Manuka Honey to boiling water and having it like a 'herbal' tea in the morning. 

3. Intermittent Fasting 

Again, I've spoken about why I find intermittent fasting so useful on the blog before. I try and aim for  an eating window of 12pm - 8pm. Since I go to the gym in the morning it's easier as that's an hour and a half I'm not tempted to eat. I've been breaking my fast with a protein shake and Botanika Blends sent me a nice bundle with over 10 different protein powder flavours, protein porridge and a mushroom hot chocolate which I thought was very interesting indeed. 

All of their products are vegan, and as I've found with other vegan proteins sometimes the texture and taste can be a bit more powdery than with whey protein. The flavours I enjoyed were 'cacao mint cookies', 'golden chai latte' and I thought the 'custard filled cinnamon donut' was very unique (if only I was eating a real one). I loved that the Botanika Brekky porridge had 16.8g of protein and only 25g of carbs. The 'grandma's apple pie' flavour was my favourite and I added half a frozen banana to this to make it more substantial. 

botanika blends

The 20 Day Challenge

All of these are pretty easy and don't take up a lot of time. To hold myself accountable I'm going to be posting on my Tea With Gi Instagram stories once I've done the daily challenge. If you choose to take part (or even just do a couple) tag me or use #FitwithGi so I can see! 

tea with gi august challenge

I hope you join me on this journey and can't wait to see what I feel like at the end of this!


* This blog post contains gifted items but all words and opinions are my own *

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