May, 2014

27 May
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Wondering who my secret admirer is…

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I totally got to see the Arctic Monkeys headline at Finsbury Park in London on Saturday night. They were supported by a great bill; Tame Impala, Royal Blood and Miles Kane, who between them had enough hits and cheeky winks to make the crowd quite literally go wild. I was apart of that untamed group. I’ve not moshed and headbanged like that since I was at school. At one point I was even crowd surfing as though it was my gig! The vibes were just as good back stage, hanging out with Dynamo to finish off the fun affair. Magical!

The very next night I saw the Artful Dodgers play the best old school, garage set ever so come yesterday I needed to perk myself up. After all, I’ve got a 76mile DIVA cycle to be fit for. Here’s my post festival and bank holiday food tip: eat a low fat, high protein meal.

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I bunged pollock wrapped in bacon in the oven for 15mins and served with a load of fresh veg, lemon zest and thyme. Yummy.

In other news, I got some flowers from a secret admirer today so if you’re readying this, thanks for the roses…who are you? Mum?!

Tarrah for now,

AJ Odudu
xoxo

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19 May
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Getting into spinning with Victoria Pendleton

As the countdown to my 76 mile cycle for Action Medical Research continues, so too do my extra workout routines. Last week I took to the bike saddle with a couple of spin classes at my local Fitness First gym and trained with my new fitness BFF, Tabata.

If you haven’t tried spinning yet or didn’t like it the first time round, here are 3 reasons why I think spinning will spin you into a fitness frenzy.

1. Spinning is a low impact cardio exercise so it’s good for your joints as you’re not putting pressure on them.

2. It burns up to 600 calories per hour class. Wahoo!

3. It’s fun (well at least for me it is)!

Check out the time I did a spin class with Victoria Pendleton on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/ajodudu

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Now on to my new bestie, Tabata. It’s perfect if you’re short of time and in need of a quick, killer session as, in a nutshell, Tabata is a four minute workout. Be warned though, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

It’s four minutes of pain followed by four minutes of pain followed by (you get the gist). I was sweating immediately and sore for days but it was definitely worth it. I can’t believe I’ve not tried it before. I’ll be as fit as a fiddle in no time (well…in four minutes). It’s perfect prep for my DIVA bike ride.

Don’t forget to donate and get involved with the great cause that I’m cycling for Action Medical Research www.action.org.uk.

Tarrah for now,

AJ odudu

xoxo

Twitter: @AJOdudu
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Website: www.ajodudu.com

12 May
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Girl power: we really did ‘own the night’

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On Saturday I took part in Nike’s We Own The Night 10K run, where thousands of women joined to celebrate running, music and friendship. Although it was an all female run, I spotted a few men hustling in on the action, showing their support for us ladies. The atmosphere was brilliant with live music, DJs, light shows and food and drink stalls everywhere, giving the event pure festival vibes. We even had rain and mud to go with it! I quickly established my running buddy as Georgie Oakell, who was hosting the event with her Fox Problem crew, Gemma Cairney and Georgie LA. We faced stiff competition at the start line from marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, who unsurprisingly we failed to keep up with. Digitally, we were able to keep track of our precise racing times with an electronic chip, something I stupidly forgot to put on. Regardless, I crossed the finish and claimed my beautiful medal designed by Henry Holland and Alex Monroe, probably the first ever medal I can wear every day! Nick Grimshaw took to the decks at the after-party, ensuring that we really did, own the night. Girl power!

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Nike’s 10K was a great start to the preparation for my next challenge as I take on the Chiltern DIVA 76 mile bike ride to raise money for Action Medical Research, a charity that changes the lives of sick babies. Over the years, Action Medical research has played a pivotal part in some key medical breakthroughs so I want to do the charity justice and finish the race on June 22nd. To make this happen, I’ll be doing a series of training sessions in the lead up to ensure that I don’t pass out half way through. Follow my plan on the fitness page of my website www.ajodudu.com and right here of course. You can join me or donate by visiting www.action.org.uk.

Wish me luck!

AJ Odudu
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