Guest Post: Inspire Me - 'Whatelladid'

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Even though I am a day late with this weeks guest post which I do apologise for! However I'm making up for it as I have one of the my favorite fitness/foodie/fashion enthusiasts & blogger - Ella Storey aka 'Whatelladid'. 

 
 

I've followed Ella's journey for as long as I can remember when I first followed her instagram account and right from the beginning she has inspired me. After battling with her weight and food troubles, she now documents to most amazing food & fitness posts in order to show other girls how fueling your body the right way is so important. Ella balances her life perfectly with her workouts, eating & social life and I admire her for her strength and courage. She creates the most delicious recipes which you can find on her Instagram or blog  where she's always attempting to find the yummiest healthy versions of the unhealthy food she loves. I find myself constantly lusting over her food and beautiful wardrobe and I know for sure you will too! Not only that but she has some banging abs which you should totally check out ;-) (She's 100% my girl crush...)

If you're looking for some kick ass, delicious, inspirational posts then Ella is ya girl! We all need to come together and show that women, it's strong over skinny any day!

That's enough of me rambling, over to the beauty herself...

What does being ‘healthy’ mean to you? 

Being healthy to me is definitely synonymous with being happy – it’s taken me a long time to find out what makes me happy because at first I thought that it was to be as skinny as possible but I was definitely looking at everything through rose-tinted glasses then. I know now that saying no when you’re housemates are cooking a huge roast dinner together just so that I can fit into a pair of size 6 jeans is definitely NOT it. Now I know that I can still be what the fitness industry describes as healthy 80% of the time, but I can also have my own version of healthy which means meals out with my friends, or a bar of chocolate, or a day that doesn’t include exercise and is just me sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book. 

What inspired you to get into fitness?

 I think like most people it began as a desire to lose weight, and after a lot of very poor attempts (high sugar, low fat, cardio queen) which were very unsuccessful, I began to put time and effort into finding out what works for me and reading properly researched articles, instead of just picking up the first ‘diet’ foods I came across in the supermarket. I began to be genuinely interested in what I was putting into my body and I think a major thing was that it also sparked my love of cooking – both my mum and dad are massive foodies and so finding a way to cook delicious yet healthy meals really appealed to me and I still, 2 years in, love nothing more than finding and cooking new healthy recipes. Plus there is literally no greater stress reliever than exercise and I think the two really go hand in hand – the endorphins after a workout seriously parallel no other.

.Do you have any advice/tips for anyone wanting to get into fitness?

 My biggest tip would be to ignore what everyone else is doing and find out what works for YOU. It’s probably the hardest thing to do because it’s so easy to fall into the trap of ‘oh so-and-so is doing X Y and Z so I must do the same’, but everyone is so different and not only that, it might be what they enjoy but if realistically you’re not happy doing it then you’re bound to give up a lot quicker. Track your progress, and constantly ask yourself ‘am I actually enjoying this or simply going through the motions?’ 

 What keeps you motivated? 

To put simply, I LOVE what I do! As soon as I have a few days of eating like crap and not exercising, because let’s face it, we all have them, I know that I truly want to get back to green smoothies and getting my heart rate up. Of course I have days where I don’t want to get out of bed, but I just roll with them and if I’m not feeling a workout I won’t try and force myself to finish it – it would probably just hold me back in the long run and chances are, the next day I’ll be twice as motivated to get stuck in and put 100% effort in.

 What’s your favourite meal of all time?

 My favourite meal is definitely a pasta dish from the Casa Italia in Liverpool – I’ve been going to this restaurant since I was literally a baby and I always get the same dish. It’s one with huge pasta shells, ham, mushroom and LOADS of cheese. It’s my perfect treat and the best comfort food!

 Who inspires you? 

All the amazing people that I follow in my Instagram – I know I said before to find what works for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some inspiration from other people! I love scrolling through my feed every morning and seeing the amazing strong and resilient messages that people post on there, as well as the scrummy recipes. It would take me forever to list them all, but if you’re reading this then that probably includes you! 

What would you describe as the ‘perfect’ day?

 It would definitely start with a lie in – working shifts at the moment means that these are a rarity and I’m definitely one of those people that can’t function on little sleep. I’d start with a big nourishing breakfast such as protein waffles or a green smoothie and then the day would consist of some baking, reading my book, seeing friends and possible some retail therapy, and would finish with my favourite meal at the Casa Italia!

 What 3 foods/ingredients could you not live without? 

Number one is definitely chocolate, I’ll have chocolate in some form every day no matter what, whether it be one square or an entire block. The second would probably be coconut oil – I cook everrrrrrything in it and it’s so versatile. Finally, peanut butter (or any nut butter really, I don’t discriminate!) it’s my favourite food every which anyone who knows me knows. Put on porridge, waffles, in stir frys or straight from the jar. I’m currently sitting on about 6 tubs – my mum hates that I take up a whole cupboard with the stuff!

 What do you like to do to stay active? 

This can literally vary from day to day depending on what I feel like. I’m not a member of the gym at the moment because the one at home is quite far and I can’t drive, plus I can’t really afford it, so a lot of my workouts revolve around home. I love trail running and I have a running group I do this with – road running is so boring and I swear once you try running up hills and through woods, you’ll never look back. I also try to walk to and from work with a podcast in – it’s the easiest and best way to feel refreshed and is such a stress reliever. At the moment I’m also following the Lndnmuscle home bikini guide and I’m really enjoying having a program to follow and using weights properly – there’s no better feeling than feeling yourself getting stronger week by week. 

What makes you happy? 

Oooooh, a tough question! I’ll just list a few – my amazing friends, my incredible family, FOOD!, reading a good book, fashion (I’m applying for a masters in fashion journalism), writing, running, cooking and my cat. 

Your favourite quote? 

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss.

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