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Ready for take off! ...... 7 days of family time in Spain here we come ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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juliebowlesfit. Find something to bring you joy today, even if it's just stopping and

Find something to bring you joy today, even if it's just stopping and appreciating that you have air in your lungs ๐Ÿ’—

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juliebowlesfit. Some days I just don't feel in the mood to workout
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Some days

Some days I just don't feel in the mood to workout ........ Some days I can't be bothered to clean my teeth - but I still do!!! ....... THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE ....... You do what you gotta do to stay healthy

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juliebowlesfit. So I made the decision to take my intolerances seriously, get to the b

So I made the decision to take my intolerances seriously, get to the bottom of what they actually are (rather than guess work) and work on eliminating them from my diet

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juliebowlesfit. If you've been restricting yourself all week, chances are you're gonna

If you've been restricting yourself all week, chances are you're gonna have a major blow out or two over the weekend and wipe out all of your hard work over the last 5 days ......... This is no LIFE!! ........ Break out of that cycle and work on developing daily healthy habits rather than an all or nothing attitude ........ No, it's not easy, I lived that way for 20+ years, but believe me, making the change is ๐Ÿ’ฏ worth it

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juliebowlesfit. I love Pringles and I'm not even sorry
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It's something about t

I love Pringles and I'm not even sorry ........ It's something about the saltiness and that perfect crunch!! ........ I know they hold no nutritional value whatsoever and do not satisfy any hunger but I still love them ........ I can't do deprivation, it messes with head. So I've made a deal with myself. I'll resist crisps on all other days but if I still really want some Pringles, then Friday is the day! ........ BUT it's got to be these smaller 40g tubes because if it's one of those standard sized tubes, there will be no stopping me! #onceyoupopyoujustcantstop ๐Ÿคฃ ........ It's all about balance and control!

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juliebowlesfit. This is NOT an 'I feel great' smile it's a 'thank **ck it's finished'

This is NOT an 'I feel great' smile it's a 'thank **ck it's finished' smile ....... Tough tough tough today ....... If you watched my stories, you'll knew I wasn't in the mood for it, I was tired. BUT I missed yesterday and was lagging behind with the group so I put in my big girl pants and went for it ...... It wasn't pretty. It wasn't my best workout and there were more breaks than usual. BUT it's done. ........ Not every session is going to be great but it's these tough ones, where you really have to dig deep, where you have to focus and push that make us stronger both physically AND mentally

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Feeling grateful that I work for myself! ........ My third office of the day after having attended two separate music rehearsals at school ........ Literally pulling it all in in the little nuggets of my day, it's all about being really intentional with my time and throwing procrastination out of the window! ......... 90 mins working at home, 60 mins working in the car in school car park and now a further 90 mins in Tesco before going back to school for pick up ........ Then mummy duties resume (cooking dinner and nagging about homework) before I actually get my 'me' evening with the singing ladies ๐ŸŽค ....... Oh and I'm feeling VERY virtuous after passing up on what looks like an AMAZING piece of Victoria Sponge cake ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

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juliebowlesfit. Isn't crazy how time flies?? We're almost a week into February already

Isn't crazy how time flies?? We're almost a week into February already ๐Ÿคท I've got to say though, I'm loving the fact that I can already tell the nights are getting longer and that makes me happy, and I mean proper jazz hands happy ๐Ÿ‘ .......... Sooooooooo, we're at that time where I'm filling spots for my next February bootcamp, kicking off Monday with the added bonus of a self love focus ๐Ÿ’— .......... ๐Ÿ‘‰ Chance to win ยฃ25 Victoria's secret gift card ๐Ÿ‘‰ Full meal plans and workouts ๐Ÿ‘‰ Support forever from yours truly ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ‘‰ 24 hr access to private accountability and support group ๐Ÿ‘‰ Focus on mindset shifts for self care and self love ........... Drop me a โค๏ธ below or shoot me a message!! .......... I'm 100% confident you'll love it or your money back!! And there's your hint - no it's not free but it's worth every penny! It's ยฃ160 for an ENTIRE YEAR, the best Valentine's gift you can get yourself EVER (other packages also available)

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juliebowlesfit. I was feeling really hungry after this morning's workout so this break

I was feeling really hungry after this morning's workout so this breakfast went down a treat!! ......... I've started taking pics of my daily meals and snacks and sharing in my private accountabiity group, not only to give the rest of the ladies some fresh ideas but also for some added accountability for myself - I've been slacking in that department ๐Ÿ™ˆ ......... Eggs really are my 'go to' for breakfasts, they're the one thing that I know will keep me feeling full and satisfied until the next meal

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juliebowlesfit. You know when you have one of those weekends where come Sunday night y

You know when you have one of those weekends where come Sunday night you feel like you could just do with another weekend to recover?? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™‹ ......... But after lots of sleep last night (I may have nodded off on the sofa at 7pm ๐Ÿ™ˆ), I'm BACK ON IT!! ....... Feeling refreshed and tried out the old poorly calf with a workout after 7 days of rest. Not 100% better but ok as long as I don't push it, it makes me happy to know I can get that heart pumping again. ......... Recovery tights (๐Ÿ‘‰) on to help the process and because I enjoy looking like grotbags ๐Ÿ˜‚

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juliebowlesfit. Very tired eyes right here!!
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Absolutely jam packed weekend bu

Very tired eyes right here!! ........ Absolutely jam packed weekend but full of wonderful friends, family and fun ......... 2 full days of coaching with the barbershop chorus that I've recently become part of. Completely outside of my comfort zone but all the ladies are AMAZING and it's like I have a whole new singing family ........ But two full days of working on just two songs is exhausting and now I plan on just not moving from my living room in front of the fire all evening! ........ Late late night last night contribute to the tired eyes but again another night I would not have wanted to miss. Dinner and drinks with very good friends which kinda turned into more drinks than I planned ......... And to top off the weekend, hubby finally passed his private pilots license today and I'm so very proud of him - you wouldn't get me trying to fly a plane, but then again, he wouldn't sing barbershop ๐Ÿ˜‚ .......... Living life to the fullest right now and I wouldn't have it any other way. I just never the occasional early night to catch up ๐Ÿ˜€

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juliebowlesfit. Remember this mumma bears!
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Go and check out @thehealedmother

Remember this mumma bears! ........ Go and check out @thehealedmother for other great parenting nuggets ๐Ÿ’—

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juliebowlesfit. The more women I meet, the more I realise just how much we all are ali

The more women I meet, the more I realise just how much we all are alike... so to prove my point โ€” comment below with a ๐Ÿ™ if you are currently or ever have struggled with body image or self love.... .... I remember thinking horrible things about myself as a child because I didnโ€™t look like the other girls in school. I was hugely overweight and couldn't wear the same clothes, my grandma had to make clothes specially for me ...... I so wanted to be able to just buy those skirts with the braces attached or even just a pair of jeans ....... And then the diet craze started in the later in the later teen years. It seemed like over half the girls were in some diet or other spouted by the celebrities and these were already so much 'thinner' than me, yet they were STILL on a diet. Cut out carbs, don't eat after 5pm, only eat soup blah blah ....... It all made me feel like skinny and thin was what I should strive to be. ...... Oh how I wish I would have seen and known my worth BEYOND my size and weight because I know I would have enjoyed my young life so much more - rather than being consumed by thoughts of โ€œdo I look skinnier in this?โ€ ....... Itโ€™s a little embarrassing to admit, but I was completely consumed by my own thoughts of my image. I really looked to outward acceptance for my inward joy. ....... But we all know thatโ€™s not where joy comes from. Does this resonate?! ...... I still have rolls around my stomach and my bum is bigger than the Titanic (quote from my daughter!). This picture was on one of my 'slimmer' days as I fluctuate A LOT and look....I can still pinch more than an inch (remember that saying!!) But I AM HAPPY!!

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juliebowlesfit. #throwbackthursday .........
I love this photo of me and my dad. Taken

#throwbackthursday ......... I love this photo of me and my dad. Taken December 2010 just 10 months before he was taken from us. Unexpected, out of the blew ......... No, not cancer, not a heart attack, not a road accident. Cold blooded murder ......... Bizarrely, writing that word and seeing it, has more of an impact on me that saying or thinking it ......... Just over 8 years on and I still get the occasional nightmare about it all. Just two nights ago in fact which is what prompted me to find this photo ......... I guess the nightmares will never stop, particularly because there is a HUGE Cinderella type background story that goes with it. And that just makes the grief harder to deal with ......... But I DO deal with it, I'm still processing it in my own way. I'm not stuck in the past, being morbid or angry, I'm living my life, I'm still happy, I laugh and I KICK ASS!!! .......... One day, I really will write the book! .......... Don't live in the past, live for now and enjoy the friends and family that you have ๐Ÿ’—

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juliebowlesfit. Stolen from @buildingabetterme17 .......
I think this sums it up perfe

Stolen from @buildingabetterme17 ....... I think this sums it up perfectly!

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juliebowlesfit. Still no snow here but definitely in need of a winter warming soup!
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Still no snow here but definitely in need of a winter warming soup! ........ This is one of my all time faves - spiced carrot and red lentil ....... Hits the spot everytime

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juliebowlesfit. Oh....the workouts aren't free?
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Errrrrm, NO! Let me try and re

Oh....the workouts aren't free? ....... Errrrrm, NO! Let me try and remember the last time I will walked into a gym, spoke to a personal trainer or even just ordered a coffee from Costa and was shocked when they asked me to actually pay for their products and services - oh yeah, that's never happened lol! ๐Ÿคฃ ........ But I CAN tell you that my ยฃ160 investment in myself gave me this transformation in not only the physical sense but also the badass confidence! And my return on my investment is 21347 times (and I'm an accountant so clearly I have calculated this accurately ๐Ÿ˜˜) ......... I'm sorry, but the good stuff just ain't free ๐Ÿคฉ

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