Self-love this February

“No one else is going to make you happy until you are happy with yourself first

February as we know it, is the month of love which for some can be quite depressing, it’s a short month which can also sometimes feel like longest month of the year due to the long dark, cold and grey days!

The way I see it, is we have two options this month – to go through the month with a negative mind-set, feeling miserable and depressed or we can embrace this month as one step closer to spring, challenge our mind-set and learn to be happy with what we have already got.

Whether you’re single, married, a mum, a teenager, male or female we can all embrace a little bit of self-love in our lives. So, ask yourself what it is that you really like to do? How do you switch off? What do you wish you had more time for? Really think about these questions and set yourself the task of being a do-er this month, not a dreamer.

Time to make a change this February and learn to look after yourself, learn to say no and schedule in some ‘you time’ each week whether that be having a bath, going for a walk without your phone, taking yourself out for a nice meal or reading that book you always wished you had time for.

Make a change this month, do it for you and no one else!


Perth’s fitness scene  

If you are heading to Perth for a holiday and want to keep in shape, then I have got you covered with the best fitness classes around Perth outlined below! If you live in Perth and haven’t yet tried these awesome classes then I’d get your bottom into gear and give these studios a go!

Bodies By Ryan  (@bodies_by_ryan)

Top of my list and for a good reason, it was the one place in Perth I found myself constantly returning to. Gyms can be very intimidating places for some – even for me – but Ryan and the team are so welcoming. You can tell Ryan is extremely passionate about what he does, not only does he know every single one of his members along with their likes and dislikes but he goes above and beyond in pushing them accordingly.

Ryan offers circuit based classes as well as strength and conditioning classes which are all really well thought out and planned in advance.  Just take one look at Ryan’s Instagram account (@bodies_by_ryan) and you will instantly see the hard work and dedication he puts into his clients, from their training to their nutrition.

There is a real sense of community at this gym and I met some very lovely people whilst attending the classes here.

If you want a challenging workout and to transform yourself then look no further – this is the place for you!

MVMT Society  (@mvmtsociety)

A ‘new’ style of mat pilates, one that is guaranteed to get your body hurting in places you didn’t know were physically possible. Each class is held with such professionalism. The classes always start and finish on time and are instructed with fluidity. Elise manages to give attention to everyone in the class, correcting their form along the way whilst cueing the next move in a very clear manner. Leave the class feeling like you have seriously worked your core and glutes, grown an inch taller and re-aligned your body.  Love it!

Bike Bar  (@bikebarfitness)

A cardio party on a bike. For those of you who don’t know, I really love my spinning classes so I was really looking forward to getting my behind on a bike again as it had been a while!

So, I decided to book myself into an early morning class at Bike Bar as I had only heard great things since they opened in November. I walked into the studio for my first class looking a bit lost and clearly had ‘first timer’ written across my forehead but not to worry as the lovely owners, Lauren and JD were quick to introduce themselves  and show me around their beautiful studio.

Zara was the instructor for the class, she had a killer playlist which made the class so much fun, she really knew how to motivate everyone whilst keeping the energy in the room really high. The class was such fun that it was over before I knew it – 45 minutes of cardio, the best way to start the day!

Fierce Fitness Australia  (@fierce_fitness_austalia)

If you want to get your sweat on then head to Fierce Fitness Australia for a boxing or a strength and conditioning class. The classes here are great and are targeted at all fitness levels. Starting the class off with some skipping, then onto boxing drills and combinations which are designed to build strength, get you sweating and de-stressed before finishing with some core strengthening exercises. I had an awesome class with Brad who I would highly recommend!

Cardea Pilates  (@cardeapilates)

Cardea pilates is a beautiful new reformer pilates studio which offer dynamic classes to help strengthen and elongate your body. Em was an amazing instructor, her classes focus on integrating more dynamic forms of exercise into the practice, meaning that they are more demanding than your usual reformer pilates classes. Improve your strength, balance and flexibility all in the one class! The studio is fresh, clean and is filled with beautifully scented candles.

Movement hub  (@movementhub_hilton)

The classes at Movement Hub are great if you want to improve your technique in strength based exercises and movements. The trainers have such great knowledge and will be able to help you improve or even help start your strength based journey. The classes here are for everyone, so don’t be intimidated by Olympic lifting or Crossfit style workouts, the team will help you reach your potential as an individual.

The great outdoors – (Jacobs ladder, Kings park, beach walk)

When in Australia, get active outdoors! You don’t need to spend your money to keep fit and healthy in Perth. With its breath-taking coastline and beautiful parks, Perth has something for everyone. Go for an early morning swim or jog along the beach, a walk through kings park and if you’re really up for a challenge (with a view I might add) then hit Jacobs ladder which is a set of steps on cliff street in Kings Park, 242 steps from the top to the bottom – work on your stamina and try and do as many rounds as possible.


Revolution sports

Revolution sports is an affordable gym with various locations around Perth – they even offer indoor cricket! They have a wide range of equipment suited to everyone’s different training styles and the staff are always so helpful and friendly.

Other studios in Perth that I really enjoy and haven’t mentioned here are 5th Element fitness, Core Focus Pilates, Pure Moves, Box and Bike, Power living yoga, LA Fit and Goodlife health clubs for another gym.  As you can see – spoilt for choice and no excuse not to get up and get moving!

(Pictured here is Tamara Yoga and 5th Element Fitness)


Bali’s fitness scene

Bali’s fitness scene has certainly sky rocketed over the last few years making it an even more appealing holiday destination for some. I know it is not for everyone but I certainly love keeping fit on holiday as I think it is a great way to try new things and get out of my routine.

Outlined below are my top picks on where to keep fit in Bali, from yoga to crossfit to surfing.



Where: Desa Seni in Berawa

This eco-friendly, boutique resort has the most amazing vibe to it as soon as you walk through their doors. It truly is a slice of heaven and a nice, peaceful change to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Bali. At Desa Seni there is something for everyone and at all levels. They offer a wide range of classes including yin yoga, power yoga, kundalini, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, meditation and more. The yoga classes are held in the most beautiful setting, an open air yoga studio over-looking their lush tropical gardens. The yoga teachers are welcoming and inspiring – all egos are left at the door!



Where: Wanderlust in Canggu

Don’t be scared or intimidated by the word ‘crossfit’ as this place is easy going and welcoming. I’d go as far as saying that the best thing about this place is the community spirit. Wanderlust offers crossfit, metcon, olympic lifting and movement classes as well as an open gym – where you can use their amazing facilities and equipment without signing up to a class. Each workout can also be scaled up or down, meaning they are suitable for all ages and physical conditions.

The owner David along with the other coaches are super friendly, professional and motivating. From locals to expats and international travellers Wanderlust is the perfect place to go and meet other people from all over the world.  One thing is for sure, you will be dripping in sweat in a matter of minutes – don’t expect air-con here!



Where: Sunset Pilates – 2 locations (Legian and Berawa)

Sunset Pilates have two gorgeous locations, Legian and Berawa. They have been in Bali for over 10 years and there is a reason for it – they are the best Pilates studio in Bali with a phenomenal reputation! The Pilates classes in Berawa are held in a beautiful Joglo style building with lots of natural light, cool air conditioning and with gorgeous teachers.

The facilities here are wonderful – The studio is spotless and the equipment is of the best quality. The whole experience here is fabulous. Their studio in Berawa is an absolute must visit if you love Pilates, it actually has just started offering roof top yoga too – so why not try both and once you are done you can head to their raw juice bar.  They also have a kiddies playground and great restaurant.


Fitness Classes –

Motion fitness in Seminyak

If you want an array of fitness classes, then motion fitness is the place to go. They offer a full range of classes from high intensity interval training (fit flow & hyper shape classes) to dynamic Pilates, TRX and even yoga classes. From their expert teachers and well run classes they really know how to make working out fun! Don’t miss out on their Canggu café (Café Avocado) where they serve the most delicious, wholesome food so be sure to save some time to get that post workout meal in.


A health and fitness retreat

Where: The Retreat Lembongan in Nusa Lembongan

A full week of health and fitness in a fabulous tropical island setting! This amazing retreat has got you covered if you want to enjoy 7 days of fitness, food & relaxation all planned out for you. It will be held on Bali’s neighbouring island, the breath-taking Nusa Lembongan – just 30 minutes by fast boat from Bali mainland.  The retreat offers a range of activities throughout the week from stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, snorkelling, surfing, beach workouts, massages, meditation, wellness workshops and more – The Retreat Lembongan has something for everyone and the location is stunning! (


Surfing and Diving

Surfing – Because you’re in Bali! Warm water, great weather and playful waves, it would be rude not to give surfing a go on your visit to Bali. You can’t go wrong either, there are an abundance of surfing spots scattered across the island along with countless surf schools. Surfing is so much fun and surprisingly, it is a really tough workout too! There is nothing quite like that feeling of standing up for the first time and riding the waves. You can’t go to Bali and not give it a go!

Diving – Pristine waters, tropical fish, fabulous coral reef, manta rays and the amazing Mola Molas (sunfish).  It’s not for nothing that Indonesia was voted second year in a row the top diving spot in the world (Dive Magazine 2017 Travel Awards).  Maybe diving doesn’t quite fall under the category of fitness but if you are a diver you couldn’t possibly come to Bali and not dive – and if you are not a diver, this is your perfect opportunity to give it a go!

Gyms –  

If you are after a traditional gym and health club then be sure to check out the following places – Finns Recreational Gym, Soham Wellness Centre, Daily Gym and Hammerhead Gym! If you go to Daily Gym in Seminyak – be sure to speak to Anthony for one of the best boxing sessions in Bali!

Staying fit on holiday certainly isn’t for everyone, but for some people keeping up the exercise regime is a nice balance between sampling the local cuisine, quaffing delicious cocktails and lying by the pool all day.



My top 25 tips to a healthier you!

Your day to day choices not only influence your health but your vitality as you age. Try and gradually introduce these tips into your daily routine to create new habits. Choose 5 things you don’t already do and carry them out today. Make the change now and I guarantee you will start to feel better almost instantly! As the days go by, it will only become easier and theses tips will soon become second nature to you!

So here are my top 25 strategies to a better and healthier you –

  1. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate – aim for a minimum of 2lts a day.
  2. Remove processed and packaged foods from your diet as they are low in nutrients and wont keep you satisfied in the long run. These include fruit juices, chocolate, crisps, ice creams, confectionary, low fat, sweetened yoghurts, soft drinks, crackers, biscuits, dried fruit etc.
  3. Remove refined sugars from your diet.
  4. Get a good night sleep! Turn all electrical devices off an hour before bed and read a book, meditate or listen to some music.
  5. Relax and maintain stress– Have a bath full of Epsom salts or magnesium flakes.
  6. Don’t eat ‘bad’ fats as they increase your bad cholesterol – Stop eating trans fats like deep fried foods and cooking with sunflower oil, vegetable oils, peanut oils, corn and rapeseed oil. Opt for organic and cold pressed varieties of olive oil, coconut oil and flax seed oil. Eat fats high in Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s in moderation!
  7. Eat breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it doesn’t mean you have to go big though. If you’re not a big eater in the morning and tend to skip breakfast look at having a piece of fruit with some nuts, yoghurt or some sort of protein (smoke salmon, eggs etc)
  8. You time – Get outdoors, go to the park and go for a walk. Disconnect from your phone and take some time out.
  9. Mindful eating – Sit down at your kitchen table and eat, don’t eat in front of your TV, laptop or phone. Eat slowly, chew your food and enjoy it! Wait atleast 20 minutes before going for seconds.
  10. Eat lots of fruit and vegetable – These are high in vitamins and minerals which is crucial for optimal health. They will help your body to remove any toxins and waste during your detox, weight loss phase. Eat as many green vegetables as possible and avoid high sugar fruits such as bananas, apples, mangoes, grapes and dates for a few weeks while you re-set your system!
  11. Remove starchy foods/wheat from your diet – Some of these foods include wheat, barley, bread, bagels, pitta, crumpets, rolls, pizza, white rice, pasta, potatoes, breakfast cereals and bars, pastries, croissants etc.
  12. Get moving – get off the tube a stop earlier and walk to work or better yet walk or ride to work. Walk up the escalators, always try and reach your 10,000 step goal a day on your smart phone.
  13. Exercise – Aim to get your sweat on 3+ times a week. Go for a run, swim, spin class, go to the park and do a circuit, do some sprints. The higher the intensity the better. The options are endless!
  14. Eat lots of fibre rich foods to help maintain a healthy bowel movement. Foods high in fibre include lentils, chickpeas, peas, brussel sprouts, artichokes, black beans, avocado, berries, oats.
  15. Eat probiotic rich foods or take a probiotic supplement to help support your gut microbes and maintain ‘good’ bacteria. Foods such as pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and good quality Greek yoghurt are great sources of probiotics.
  16. Meditate – learn to meditate, concentrate on your breathing and sit in silence for at least 10 minutes every day. Make time for it!
  17. Reduce or remove alcohol from your diet for at least 2 weeks. Give your system a break!
  1. Eat real foods – Eat how your ancestors would eat. Eat good quality proteins, dairy, fruit and vegetables.
  2. Eat the rainbow – Try and eat a mixed array of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Try and get as many different vitamins and minerals into your diet as possible. Mix up your food show each week!
  3. Remove toxins from your body/life – Buy organic proteins and vegetables if or where you can afford to. Use natural beauty and cleaning products. Remove the amount of plastic used in your household.
  1. Go to the farmers markets – Buy local fresh produce which hasn’t travelled far to get to you and will contain far more nutrients than the supermarket produce from Peru!
  2. Cut out the crap – Start reading ingredient labels. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or don’t know what it is then just don’t eat it!
  3. Eat raw and fresh foods first – Raw foods contain more enzymes in them. Try and eat these foods first throughout the day!
  4. Stop rewarding yourself with food – Enjoy a manicure, a night at the movies, a pair of new trainers or anything else you may have your eye on!
  1. Nourish – Eat for nutrients, nourish your body. Think to yourself before eating or buying something – Is this food going to make me feel energized and amazing or sluggish and guilty!

Hope you enjoyed these tips, please let me know your thoughts in the comments box below!

Lucy xx


Charred broccolini salad

Char grilled broccolini with peas, caramelized onion served with a zesty lemon, honey, tahini dressing!

Serves 4


600 grams broccoliniIMG_1498

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalyan salt and pepper

1 large red onion

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

250grams frozen peas

40 grams tahini (sesame paste)

2tsp honey

4 tsp lemon juice

1 clove of garlic, minced

½ cup of water

2 tsp white sesame seeds



  • Bring a saucepan of water to the boil with a pinch of salt
  • Once boiled, blanch the broccolini for about 3 min
    tes until al dente.
  • Drain the broccolini and set aside to dry out
  • Next thinly slice the red onion and place in a hot pan with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. Allow the onions to caramelize on a low heat for about 5 minutes, keep an eye on them and stir every now and again.
  • Place the frozen peas in the microwave and defrost
  • Once the broccolini has dried out, place in a bowl with the remaining tbsp. of oil and salt and pepper. Mix through.
  • Place a griddle pan on the heat and allow to get really hot. Place the brocoolini in the pan with the defrosted peas and allow the veg to char.
  • To make the dressing, place the tahini, honey, garlic and lemon in a bowl and mix through. Next add the water and keep whisking until it becomes a thick smooth consistency.
  • To serve, mix the broccolini, peas and onion in a bowl and place on a serving platter. Dress with the tahini sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy with family and friends!