Training For Chocolate-Inspiring Women on Instagram
What a fantastic social media name don’t you agree? Training for Chocolate, or Vic as I know her. The wonderful Victoria has been killing it over on instagram. Her blog is filled with delicious recipes fitness and fashion reviews plus giveways. Her instagram posts are full of the latest fitness wear and her fitness life. Here, Victoria shares a little about her life, motivations and her passions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
First and foremost, I’m a mum. I have a little boy (he’s 8, so maybe not so little, but he’ll always be my baby, right?!) and a 15 year old step-daughter, so life is always a bit cray cray.
A lot of our time is spent at the skatepark and BMX track haha, and a lot is spent in the kitchen 😉
Over the course of the last 5 years or so, I’ve been making gradual small steps towards a more active and healthy lifestyle. I used to be a total couch potato. And a chain smoker. And a junk food junkie.
Now life is all about training (5 or 6 days a week) and healthy eating for me and my family. I’m so happy that I’ve made the change – what a legacy to leave the children with, a firm foundation of being active, strong and health-conscious. And also for me – life is more fun when you’re active, I’m loving it.
I can’t really pinpoint one single time or thing that inspired me to change, as I said, it’s been a gradual journey of discovery that just gained momentum the more I learned and the more I did.
What inspired you to start Training for Chocolate?
At some point, I realised that really, if I can do it, anyone can.
I was literally the most un-sporty person you’d have ever met in your life! And my diet was predominantly sugar. So I truly believe that anyone can change and that it’s never too late (I was over 40, let’s not forget, the first time I ever walked into a gym!).
I was learning so much and enjoying it. I figured I could share my story and maybe help some other women find their fit feet too.
What exciting plans do you have coming up for the rest of 2017?
Well, at the end of 2016, I made my first mini eBook (The Little Book of Chocoholic Treats) that you can download from the blog (it’s free at the moment!) and there’ll be a bit more of that coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
I have a lot of ideas swimming around in my head right now to take Training for Chocolate further. The only thing that’s stopping me is not enough hours in the day haha. When you work from home, and you’re also a full-time mum, you only really get a few hours a day to knuckle down. But I will get there!
What tips would you give to someone who is just starting to make changes to their health and wellness?
Oh there’s so many. Most importantly for me, is to have fun. Don’t choose a way of training or eating that you don’t love, you won’t stick to it and it’ll be torture.
A big one for me was also letting go of worrying about what I look like or what people think. I’m not very ‘good’ at most exercises, but why should that stop me? I feel the fear and do it anyway and laugh as much as I can (usually at myself).
And when it comes to food, well, start educating yourself on what is good and not good for your body. Cutting down on processed foods is major. Do it, people! Find what works for you – is it gradual small steps towards your end goal of clean eating, or is it ‘all or nothing’?
For the long-haul, make sure you figure out your ‘why’ and never lose sight of it. When things get tough, bring yourself back to your why to help motivate you to carry on the journey.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
Oh I’m not the best with money argh! I have a weekly budget that I have to stick to, though…
Doing your groceries online is great because then you’re not tempted by stuff you don’t need. Do a meal plan, make a shopping list and stick to it.
Have a few cheap meals in your repertoire (like a veggie-laiden bolognese) so that you can afford to splash out on something special occasionally.
And shop for specials; if there’s something good and wholesome at a great price, buy more and cook up a storm for freezing in batches.
What are you top 3 fitness tips for beginners?
If you’re a complete beginner like I was, my top tip would be to consult a PT at least once initially to get advice from a professional on what type of movement and how much you should do. Also great for getting proper direction on technique so you don’t injure yourself.
My second tip would be to try loads of different things so you find what you love. Making the time to exercise is so much easier if you’re enjoying yourself.
And my third tip would be to find a training buddy. You can motivate each other and keep each other accountable. Plus it maximises the fun factor. And you have someone to share an acai bowl with afterwards 😉
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
Me time is so rare. So so rare!
I’ve recently started a daily meditation practice to help calm my crazy mind, and that’s definitely 15 mins well-spent me time.
Going for a run in the great outdoors would be on the list, if I was feeling energetic.
If not, OMG, how nice would an hour or so be just to sit in the fresh air or curled up on the sofa reading a great book? Or having a pedicure! More me time please!
What is your favourite recipe to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
My current fave healthy dinner recipe is probably The Ultimate Tuna Salad from the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program. So many different flavours and textures, it’s super yum.
And my fave treat is definitely The Best Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
You can find Victoria running and sharing her active life over on instagram: