Cosmo team blog

  • I went off the Pill…
    1:13AM, Apr 22 Rebecca Sloan

    Having worked for women’s magazine for the past eight years (Not that anyone’s counting – cos time flies when you’re having fun. Haaaa), I’ve heard just about every horror story ever about women who have gone off the Pill: The ones whose skin went crazy, who put on weight, whose boobs shrunk...

    I have a girlfriend who didn’t get her period back for nine months. NINE MONTHS. That’s almost a year of thinking her body was EFFED. “I thought it was karma for skipping my period so many times over the years,” she told me when she finally got it.

    I started taking the Pill at 18. Pretty much just because I wanted to have sex with my boyfriend but didn’t want a baby. Simple. Decision made. Sign me up.

    Ten years (and a few boyfriends) later and I was still taking it. I didn’t know myself NOT on it.

    Then, a few months ago (at 28 years old), I stopped taking it. I was coming to the end of a pack and I would have had to make an appointment with my GP to get a new prescription. (SUCH a hassle. Why can’t you just order it online?)

    I thought, screw it.

    We had about a month to go until our wedding day and we’d vaguely talked about maybe being nearly ready to start thinking about kids. Because, you know, our friends are doing it and you’ve gotta keep up with the Joneses, right?

    Anyway, at 28, I thought I should see what happened to my body without the daily fake hormone hit telling it what to do. I was nervous.

    It didn’t help that we’d just had a meeting at work where one of my colleagues brought up a study, finding going off hormonal birth control could impact how attracted a woman is to her partner. In summary, if he was no Chris Hemsworth before, you’ll rate him even less now. Soz about it.

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    My professional self responded by saying, “Mmm interesting, we should write a story about that.”

    My brain responded by saying, “Shiiiiit. But I’m about to go off the pill. AND I’m about to get married. AND shouldn’t this warning be on the packet?!”

    I realised I didn’t even know my relationship NOT on the Pill.

    Slightly nervous.

    Anyway, I refrained from Pill-taking and waited. A month, then two months passed.

    I waited for my skin to break out. Nothing.

    I waited for my body to lose its shit. Nothing.

    I waited to want to divorce my new husband. Nothing.

    Just when I started getting worried that I wasn’t going to get my periods back, after about two months I got a natural period.

    Sadly, I was wearing white pants that day. But happily, PERIOD.

    “Ummm, this is all a bit non-event,” I was thinking.

    How am I supposed to write a story about a whole lot of nothing?

    But then I realised, maybe it’s refreshing? I know my experience of going off the Pill is just that – my own personal experience – and it might be very different to other women’s. But I think it’s good for women to be open about this sort of thing.

    To not be afraid to say periods (periods, periods, PERIODS) for fear of offending a male that may happen to read it.

    And to keep sharing. Because while one woman may have a hard time adjusting to going off the Pill, others may not. And it can’t hurt to hear stories from both ends of the spectrum.

    And who knows what will happen when my partner and I ARE ready to start trying for a baby. It may happen easily or it may not – but what I WILL know is that I should be prepared for both possibilities because many women before me have shared their stories.

    Just like YOU now know that going off the Pill won’t necessarily suck. And won’t necessarily make you want to trade up your boyfriend for Chris Hemsworth. But it might. Just FYI.

    For more health and fitness stuff follow Bec on Instagram @bectobasics

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  • We must remember Stephanie Scott, but we also need to act for her
    12:49PM, Apr 15 Lauren Smelcher

    By now, we all know the story of Stephanie Scott. The 26-year-old who should have been basking in her new marriage is dead – and she’s allegedy 31st woman to die violently this year. That’s two dead women every week.

    Some of these women we know by name. Masa Vukotic, the 17-year-old schoolgirl walking through a park, stabbed to death. Prabha Arun Kumar, who was speaking to her husband from his home in India when she was fatally stabbed. But many of them will never raise so much as a national headline. Which is why, when our community does express shock, outrage and heartbreak over the violent death of a young school teacher, we must take that moment to talk about what Leigh Sales called “a source of profound shame for our nation.” We must talk about why it is, as deputy leader of the opposition Tanya Plibersek pointed out, that “for young women under 45, the most common form of death or injury is domestic violence.” While Stephanie’s alleged murder could have been an opportunistic attack, violence against women occurs on a continuum – whether it’s domestic or committed by a stranger, we need to do more than simply say, “That’s not good enough.” We need to change.

    One woman who wants to do something about this is Jennie Hill, who last week launched the Facebook page Rest In Peace Stephanie Scott. Without even linking to it on her personal profile, the page grew and grew – today, less than a week after it was founded, the page has over 76,000 likes. Clearly, Stephanie’s death resonated far outside the limits of Leeton. But Jennie was moved to start the page not simply because of the tragic nature of Stephanie’s death: she started the page because she’d overheard two men talking about how Stephanie shouldn’t have been at work that Sunday, how she shouldn’t have been there alone.

    As Jennie wrote, ‘When women are murdered in their own homes by their own partners or ex-partners, people say "Why didn't she just leave?"

    When women are thrown from balconies or stabbed to death with scissors in the street, people say "Why didn't she realise he would do that?"

    When a woman is murdered running through a park in broad daylight, people say "Women shouldn't be on their own in parks."

    Now that a woman has allegedly been killed at her own workplace doing the normal, everyday task of getting her school class ready for another teacher, what will people say? That women can't be at work in the middle of the day on their own? That women have to be chaperoned everywhere they go?’

    I chatted to Jennie this morning about her page, which has reached 6 million people in just under a week, Stephanie’s killing and what it means for Australia. This is an edited transcript of our chat.

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    Cosmo: You’d had contact with Stephanie, hadn’t you?

    Jennie: I had. I run a safe driving course and I’d spoken with Stephanie about bringing it to Leeton High for her students. She was warm, bright and bubbly. I have a daughter who is the same age, and she reminded me a lot of her. She was so enthusiastic about doing something for the students, wanting to make it safer for them.

    Cosmo: So how did you feel when you heard the news?

    Jennie: It took me a few days to piece together that I’d actually spoken to Stephanie, and when I did, I was just so shocked.

    Cosmo: And when did you decide to launch the page?

    Jennie: I was at a café eating lunch, and I overheard two young men talking about how sad it was, but then ended with, ‘Well, but what was she doing there without her boyfriend?’ And I just… I just got so angry. I was full of rage. I’m a teacher, too, and I was married around the same age. I remember doing exactly the same thing as Stephanie – going to school to prepare for being away for my honeymoon. I went back to my office but I couldn’t concentrate on work, so I decided to make the page.

    Cosmo: Victim blaming is so insidious, but I also find it hypocritical. Like, when I tell people I’m a feminist – and I’m quite outspoken about it – I hear a fair bit of, ‘We don’t need feminism anymore, women in first-world countries have it so good.’ But when you blame victims and say, ‘Well, you shouldn’t have been in that park at that hour,’ or, ‘You shouldn’t have let him buy you a drink,’ you’re essentially saying that women in first-world countries don’t have those rights you say they do, that they don’t have the right to go about their business like a man would.

    Jennie: Absolutely. Just because things aren’t as bad for women in Australia doesn’t mean they’re good. I mean, you can’t be a little bit oppressed – you’re either oppressed or you’re not. And there will be women, who, after this, won’t go to work alone because they’re afraid. That’s oppression. But I think there’s a continuum at work here: women aren’t as visible as men in the media, in business, in government. And that gives the impression, to some men, that women aren’t worth as much as men. That they’re not entitled to the same rights. That they’re lesser beings. Not all men think this way, but some do. And that has to change.

    Cosmo: How do we change that?

    Jennie: I don’t know. I honestly don’t. But I do know that 95 per cent of people who liked the page are women, and that says something to me. We have to get men to be part of the conversation, because at the moment, they’re just not.

    Cosmo: What will happen to the page? Do you see it continuing?

    Jennie: I’ll keep posting until Stephanie’s funeral, and then I think we’ll see what happens from there. I know I don’t have any real connection to Stephanie, I only spoke to her a few times. But something about this has just made me so, so angry.

    Cosmo: Us too.

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  • The rules of flawless makeup
    3:58AM, Apr 2 Alexandra Whiting

    I’ve done coffee art classes, watercolour courses and knitting school, so I can’t believe I’ve not done a makeup class. When I do go, I’m going to the Napoleon Perdis is the master classes. Makeup guru Napoleon Perdis is on a mission to educate the women of Australia how to perfect their makeup at any age with his Makeup Academy and Master Classes.

    The classes teaches tips and techniques at different levels, so whether you’re a makeup rookie or smokey-eye pro. “Everyone will take something different away with them,” says Perdis. “That’s the most important thing for me. Everyone is on a different level. At best, you’ll learn how to modernise and quicken your makeup routine and feel more confident to do something new.” Perdis, whose company is very much a family business, both his wife and mother featured in campaigns for the Everlasting Elegance Master Class that ran through March, says a timeless beauty look is one you feel confident and beautiful in. One he recommends for all women at any age? “Start with impeccable skin, a beautifully arched brow, richly coated lashes and a flushed cheek, then personalise with your favourite lippie or eye liner.”

    Running his own cosmetic company for over 20 years, Napoleon has seen it all, but the most common beauty mistake women make? “Too much foundation. I see it too often. Foundation should be you, but better. It should enhance your natural beauty, not mask your face.” His tip to get it right and natural looking? “Begin by applying it to what I call the ‘feature focus’ area of the face – the triangle of features made up of the eyes, nose and lips – this is where the eye is first drawn to. From here, blend outwardly, tapping the product to fuse it away to nothing.” He emphasises that you don’t have to put foundation on your whole face, only where you need it. “Generally the forehead and cheeks don’t need coverage, and if you have a pimple, use concealer for spot coverage rather than slathering on foundation.”

    The signature Napoleon philosophy is to apply mascara first. The reason? “Mascara (and brows) are the road map for the face. Starting your makeup here means you can control the final destination for your look. After your brows and mascara, you might not need much more, so you’re in control of your coverage and colour story to hit your perfect intensity.”

    Napoleon Perdis has recently launched a stellar skin care line to compliment the makeup range. “To get the most out of your makeup, you need to start with good cleanse and facial massage, this boosts hydration with a serum and use a skin primer to create a barrier for your foundation.”

    To book your own class, head to napoleonmakeupacademy.com.au.

  • Makeup game changer
    12:14PM, Mar 26 Leigh Campbell

    This week, L’Oreal Paris unveiled their incredible new app, Makeup Genius.

    Free to download, the app takes a picture of your face, and then applies a number of makeup looks (or any product from the entire L’Oreal Paris range) to your complexion. But it’s not in the form of a stagnant photo; you can move, blink, pout and smile in the reverse camera, all while wearing the makeup. Looking into the phone it’s hard to believe that the colours aren’t actually on your face, but are simulated. It’s an incredibly clever way to trail winged liner, or a bold lip without having to put the makeup on your face, or even purchase it.

    Soon we will be able to see Megan Gale, or Eva Longoria sport a makeup look on the red carpet, and the try the exact same look on our own mugs just minutes later. Pretty impressive, huh?

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    I wasn’t wearing an eye or lip products IRL.

    I had a chat to L’Oreal spokesmen Barbara Palvin this week while she was in Sydney to launch the technology.

    How do you think women will respond to the new Makeup genius app?

    “I think that they’re going to love it. I responded with ‘oh my god!’ Because it is very useful; you can try new makeup without buying it first. It’s also great for photo shoots, we can try looks on first.”

    What’s your favourite look from the app?

    “The Maximal Eyes, and also a nice red lipstick.”

    What are your favourite L’Oreal Paris products to use IRL?

    “I love to use Elvive for the hair, and extra argan oil. Miss Manga for the lashes. And a nice Colour Riche for the lips.”

    What’s the best makeup trick or tip that you’ve learnt on a shoot?

    “I learned everything from the business because I started modelling very young. The most useful one is the blush. I think when you do a duck face, your true cheek bones come out.”

  • The day Kayla Itsines came to Cosmo HQ
    6:14AM, Feb 25 Rebecca Sloan

    A little while ago I wrote a blog about Kayla Itsines (pronounced It-seen-es). I have a really strong policy of only ever promoting something I genuinely believe is incredible and that I’d spend my own hard-earned cash on. I felt all that and so much more about Kayla and her guides, so I wanted to spread the word.

    A few days after posting it I got an email from Kayla saying she loved the blog post and she was keen to come to Sydney to spend the day with the Cosmo crew. Wait, whaaaat?

    Before I knew it, Kayla was in our office foyer and I was meeting her in person! After spending six hours with her, I can safely say she is down-to-earth, friendly and actually kind of hilarious (and her abs are insane) – and I respect her even more now.

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    Totally not staring at Kayla right now.

    We did a bunch of fun filming for Cosmo TV (stay tuned for that) then went for burgers at one of Kayla’s fave Sydney food spots, The Grounds in Alexandria. Yes, you heard right – Kayla Itsines eats burgers. I swear, I’ve never seen someone eat a burger faster.

    Then she asked me to be her BFF! That part may not be true. But we did talk about her worldwide bootcamp tour that’s coming up... and how, amazingly, they are FREE.

    I asked her why she does it for nothing when people would pay big bucks to come along? It’s clearly something she’s been questioned about before. “People say to me, ‘Why don’t you charge at least $5 for it?’ But I’m like, ‘I’m not charging them anything – that’s not what I’m about,” she tells me.

    Check out the rest of our chat about food, fitness and what it’s like to be Kayla Itsines…

    What’s the first thing you posted on Instagram?
    My dog… a photo of my Nikes… [laughs]. At the time I didn’t know anything about Instagram and I had no followers! Then I started uploading transformations from my bootcamp clients and that's when things changed.

    What was the moment you knew it was taking off?
    I was on my way to buy sports clothes when my phone started beeping and I was like, “What the hell is going on?” One of the big pages on Instagram had reposted one of my transformations. From there it went up quite quickly. People were really getting into plyometric training, jump training, which is what I specialise in. I'd found a niche!

    You share a lot of stuff on Instagram. Are you conscious of not sharing too much?
    Yes. I get bullied enough. People say stuff about my dogs, like, “How dare you have dogs in Australia that are huskies!” I wouldn’t want anyone saying anything bad about my sister, my mum, my dad… I wouldn’t want anyone I know to feel insecure or upset or pressured. But I don’t have anything to hide.

    What are some of the drawbacks of having so many people watching?
    Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but the more followers you get the more people think, “She has a thick skin” or “She’s not real”. People think that you get it all the time, so they can throw whatever they want at you and it’s fine. But I read all my comments. If I did something wrong then fair enough, come at me. But I didn’t do anything wrong and it makes me want to give up. But it’s what they want – they want you to give up.

    How much of your day is spent on Instagram?
    A good portion of the day! [Laughs] You know why? Because I manage my own Instagram account. I don’t have someone who posts photos for me. Everyone’s like, “Why do you take photos in front of a mirror?” Because I don’t have a camera crew following me around! I do it myself and I monitor my own comments.

    I actually thought someone else would do it!
    Nope, it’s me!

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    A Kayla mirror selfie.

    How much time a day do you spend working out?
    Same as my guide, 28 minutes. There’s no way I’m going to work out for two hours but tell you to only work out for 28 minutes, that’s not fair. I follow exactly what my guide says.

    You work out sometimes with your boyfriend Tobi – does he do “Kayla”?
    Nope! Tobi’s a bodybuilder, so he does the really heavy weights. He’ll be doing squats with 200 kilos on his back and I’ll be next to him doing jump squats. I do the Kayla version of what he’s doing.

    What are five things that are always in your shopping trolley?
    Rye bread, eggs, mangoes, fruit, tea bags. I mix green tea and peppermint tea together and it’s the best.

    What are five things you do before 9am?
    I get up at 5 every morning and I do everything before 9am! I shower, teach bootcamp, do the laundry, go to the shops, come home and it’s 9am. Then I have to go to the office to see my team!

    Do you have a bedtime ritual?
    I won’t fall asleep unless I stretch on the foam roll, shower and wash my hair every single day. I feel gross otherwise.

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    Do people recognise you when you’re out?
    I get it more in Sydney and Melbourne, but in my area in Adelaide, it’s so small, people are like, “Oh it’s just Kayla.” They’re used to it.

    What else is next?
    I can't give too many details away, but there's a lot more Kayla branded stuff coming – lots!

    For more fitness stuff, follow Bec on Instagram @bectobasics and check here each week for her blog. 

  • How a normal girl got major abs
    5:05AM, Feb 4 Rebecca Sloan

    This week I was lucky enough to interview 24-year-old Natalie Butterfield. For those who follow her on Instagram you’ll know her as @0403natalie. She’s a Kayla Itsines veteran, having completed BOTH her guides (that’s a lot of burpees) and is still going strong nearly a year later. Want proof? Check out those abs!

    Would you call that an 8-pack?! Anyway, she’s gained a cult following in her own right (more than 100k and counting!) and has just become a qualified specialist in sports nutrition. Yay Nat!

    In between sit-ups, we chatted about everything from the weird questions she’s asked to why she’s sworn off Milo and what Kayla’s REALLY like.

    You went to one of Kayla’s bootcamps in Sydney a few months ago, right?

    Yeah, it was really exciting. It was so hectic training with her, it’s so much harder! You can’t stop, you have to do the whole thing because she’s right there!

    What was it like to meet her?

    She’s a bit different to what I expected. You know how the stereotype of PTs is really loud and in your face? She’s not really like that. She was cool, easy to speak to and just kind of normal.

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    Natalie with Kayla Itsines at her live bootcamp in Sydney last year.

    How did you discover Kayla’s guides in the first place?

    I was feeling really tired and a bit gross when I came across her transformations on Instagram and I was like, “Oh my god, I wanna be that girl.”

    You’ve become an inspiration to a lot of others. Was that your intention?

    When I first started posting on Instagram it was a motivational tool for myself to keep me going. Then when people started asking me questions, I wanted to help them keep going.

    You’re up to more than 100,000 followers, which is so incredible! Does it ever get overwhelming?

    At first it did because I had so many people asking questions. I felt bad if I didn’t answer and some people were really rude. Now I manage it a bit better. My notifications are always turned off so I’ll sit on the lounge for like half an hour watching TV and write back then put my phone away.

    What’s the weirdest question people have asked you?

    If my tan is real! I have Greek and Maltese heritage so it’s just olive skin. I can be outside for five minutes and I’ll go so dark.

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    Your abs are insane! Do you only do Kayla’s guides?

    Yes, I just follow them exactly! People are always like, “But what else do you do?” I think the key is definitely food. If you don’t eat well, you’re not going to get results. You can’t out-train a bad diet.

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    A sample food diary from Natalie's Instagram.

    You take protein powder – can you tell me about that?

    I take it once a day within half an hour after working out. It’s meant to help your muscles recover. It’s not totally necessary – you could have any type of protein instead, like chicken, but it’s just easier for me.

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    A protein shake after working out.

    What are your thoughts on “cheat meals”?

    I’d rather eat a bit of something when I feel like it rather than stuffing myself for 45 minutes once a week and feeling sick. If you feel like having chips, have some, just not the whole packet.  

    How do you treat yourself?

    I make protein balls sometimes, but everything I used to have as treats tastes really different. I had a spoonful of Milo the other day and it tasted really gross. I can’t eat it anymore! Fruit tastes really good to me now!

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    Obviously you’re not on Instagram all day, you have a day job as well right?

    Yeah, I’m a pre-school teacher. I usually do 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, and I’ve been doing bar work on Friday and Saturday nights, 6pm until 3.30am.

    Wow, you’re busy! Do you wake up early to exercise?

    Yeah, I usually get up at 5.30am and do it before work.

    Do you do it at home?

    Yep, I hate gyms. I do it at home in my bedroom or outside. I bought dumbbells from Kmart – they have everything and it’s pretty cheap.

    You’ve just finished your nutrition course, haven’t you?

    Yes, I’m now a specialist in Fitness Nutrition. I had no interest in nutrition before I started Kayla! I’m thinking about doing personalised meal plans. No more bar work!

    Do you have a wedding coming up as well?

    Yes, in November!

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    Natalie's fiancé Dominic is her biggest fan. Cute!  

    What does your fiancé think of you doing it? Is he like, “My fiancée is a babe”?

    [Laughs] He’s supportive but he doesn’t really talk to me much about it now. Every time I go out, all people want to talk to me about is Instagram and it’s like, ask me about how my day was – I have other things in my life! He does think it’s good though.

    Are you going to wear a midriff wedding dress so you can show off those abs on the big day?

    [laughs] No!

    [laughs] Kidding. Thanks for the chat Nat!

    For more fitness stuff, follow Bec on Instagram @bectobasics and check here each week for her blog on #thekaylamovement.

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  • Want to be a makeup superstar?
    1:15PM, Jan 28 Leigh Campbell

    Amazing opportunity alert! I repeat; AMAZING OPPORTUNITY ALERT. I’m actually kind of devastated that I’ve already found my dream job, because what’s on offer is my second dream job.

    How to hide a pimple (without it looking like cake batter).

    L’Oreal Paris is holding a global makeup artist contest! It is open to professional artists, amateur makeup enthusiasts, vloggers, bloggers; anyone who loves makeup (and is decent at applying it), basically. The global winner gets to go to Canne Film Festival (!!), as well as a one year contract with L’Oreal Paris (which boats a darn good salary), and the opportunity to make up the faces of Lara Stone, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes or Barbara Palvin. NO BIGGIE.

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    All you have to do is post money, chocolates and flowers to Leigh Campbell to be in the running to win.

    Okay, that’s a lie. National recruiting kicks off with contestants (that’d be you guys) uploading a video to YouTube (keep it under three minutes, please) revealing a full make-up look inspired by the theme “Colour Clash”.  Viewers will then vote on their top 50, after which a local panel will narrow it down to five for each country. The Aussie panel boats Chloe Morello. Not bad, huh?

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    www.thebrushcontest.com is the website to head to for all the full details. If I were you I’d grab your sister and start whacking makeup on her right this minute. Go on, get practicing!

    (Still feel free to send me treats!)

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  • 7 of my Kayla Itsines secrets
    4:20AM, Jan 23 Rebecca Sloan

    Hi friends!

    For those who haven’t been reading my blog for the past couple of weeks (that will certainly be none of you right?!), I’m writing about my fave fit babe Kayla Itsines (@kayla_itsines) and joining in with #thekaylamovement.

    If you're not doing it already, I highly recommend joining in. Where else will you get millions of other girls cheering you on? NOWHERE.

    Let's talk about Kayla Itsines. And maybe her abs a little bit.

    This is a pic of me after 12 weeks of Kayla’s torture *cough*... I mean exercise guide.

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    Reading what others have done to get through it really helped me in the beginning (and still now!), so I thought I’d answer some questions from you guys (and I MAAAAY have added in a few sneaky questions of my own… hehe).

    When you first started were you like, WTF how do I do this?

    YEAH, I was all like...

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    I didn’t know how to do a burpee, I didn’t know what half the moves were, but I watched a LOT of Instagram videos in bed when I was meant to be sleeping. This hashtag is good for that: #kaylaitsinesvideos

    Let's talk about gym fears.

    You complete each set of four moves for the amount of reps specified as many times as you can in seven minutes. Then you do the same for the other set of four moves.... and go back to the first moves and REPEAT. Ha, it doesn't even make sense when I explain it!! 

    It's just practise, guys! I was such a rookie, but eventually worked it out, and now it feels like second nature. It also helps to read the comments on other people's Instagram who have already completed it!

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    Do you drink magic motivation stuff?

    Nope, I just always remember…

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    I set my alarm for 5.40am and make it LOUD so I jump out of my skin when it goes off and I can’t sleep through it!! haha.

    Do you skip workouts?

    Only if I’m properly sick.

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    If I'm tired and can't be bothered, I say to myself, "OK, just do seven minutes and if you're still not feeling it you can stop." A few times I've done this and DID decide to stop after seven or 14 minutes because I'm ACTUALLY run-down, but most of the time once I get to that point I'm so pumped that I end up continuing and it's an awesome workout. You'll never regret doing a workout but you WILL regret not doing it.

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    I don’t own my own dumbbells . Am I out of the Kayla club?

    Yes, BANISHED. Ha, nah you’ll just have to be like Bear Grylls and IMPROVISE.

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    It does help to buy a basic set of equipment (and is so worth the investment) but you can do the workouts at home without a whole gym set-up. For weights, you can fill up old 3L milk bottles with water and for steps use old kitchen chairs, a blanket box, your steps outside your house - so many options! I usually do mine at the gym but I actually love doing it at home sometimes because I have a box I use that's a lot higher than the one at the gym - it really makes me feel the BURN!!

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    Could you identify Kayla Itsines’ abs in a line-up?

    Yes, YES I COULD. Oh, we’re doing this? OK…

    Not Kayla…

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    WHOOPS, how did that get in there?!!

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    BINGO!! Umm Kayla, maybe do some extra sit-ups or something. You're really lacking in tone. Jokes, love you KI.

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    Do you follow Kayla’s food guide?

    Sort of… I use her food eBook as a guide to the amount of carbs, protein, veg and fruit to eat in a day and make up my own meals. Yes, I eat carbs. A lot!! I think the biggest mistake girls make is to eat a lot less and think it will help them lose weight. Sooo wrong!! Your body will freak out and end up going into starvation mode thinking it won't get a regular supply of fuel. You need to reassure your body that it can keep burning that fuel up by giving it regular, adequate meals (every 3 hours).

    Science says doing just a single minute of exercise will improve your health.

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    What exactly do you eat in a day?

    This is a typical day for me!

    6am, morning snack: Two buttermilk pancakes with almond butter.

    Go to the gym and do my workout.

    8am: Skim flat white coffee.

    8.30am, breakfast at work: Porridge with water and milk, topped with berries.

    12 noon, lunch: Chicken, roasted veggies (pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, normal potato) and fresh green beans.

    3pm, afternoon snack: Greek yoghurt with half a mango (or some sort of fruit).

    3.30pm: Green tea.

    7.30pm, dinner: This is the one meal that I mix up the most, but my faves are steak and veggies or healthy nachos (made with mixed beans and fresh guac, etc).

    8.30pm: Peppermint tea.

    I might have a little bit of dark choccy at some point too!

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    How much do you like Kayla Itsines?

    This much.

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    Kidding. More like this.

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    Soz Kayla, bit weird?

    Until next week, happy burpees!

    @bectobasics xx

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