Posts Tagged: Fitness

19 February


My Birthday Bash with John Frieda


I’ve been enjoying the dizzying heights of London this week as I headed up not one but two towers. John Frieda had a party to mark the launch of their new hair products at the OXO Tower rooftop which boast stunning views across the River Thames and the City of London and the scenery was great inside too. Former MIC star Millie Mackintosh looked beautiful in white, Pixie Geldof was playing music and the champagne and canapés were a visual and tasty delight. I wore a polka dot jumpsuit which sent other party goers potty for dotty.
This weekend I celebrated my birthday. For me birthdays are a time to crack open the champagne and spend some quality time with my bezzies. This year, I kicked off the celebrations at The Clock Tower in Kings Cross St Pancras. I stayed for the night in this privately owned residential property. As it’s name discreetly gives away, it’s a blooming clock tower! So had wondrous view of north london. I got a bit over-excited at the sight of this bath that overlooked the floor to ceiling bookcases. I had a fairy tale night!
Following my chilled out night, I ramped things up a notch by celebrating like a 16 year old on her way to a prom. I hired a stretch Jeep limousine, filled with balloons, bubbles and a music playlist that would give any high school disco a run for it’s money. My best buddies and I spent the evening criss-crossing London, pretending we were VIPs but actually acting like teenagers. If anyone in London happened to see me belting the Backstreet Boys and Missy Elliot out of the sunroof on Saturday night, I can only apologise!
Following my chilled out night, I ramped things up a notch by celebrating like a 16 year old on her way to a prom. I hired a stretch Jeep limousine, filled with balloons, bubbles and a music playlist that would give any high school disco a run for it’s money. My best buddies and I spent the evening criss-crossing London, pretending we were VIPs but actually acting like teenagers. If anyone in London happened to see me belting the Backstreet Boys and Missy Elliot out of the sunroof on Saturday night, I can only apologise!
To round off my week and kick start the next I collaborated with YouTube fitness expert Scola Dondo on a dance workout. Check out my YouTube channel for my (hliarious) attempt at an afrobeats workout and a few healthy breakfast ideas too.

Catch you next week!
AJ Odudu
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06 January


Resolutions, fitness tips and posh frocks

Hello and welcome to 2014 peeps! Hope you entered this year in style? I personally stumbled and rolled into 2014 channelling a living disco bowl at the Ace Hotel in London. Yes my dress was very sparkly and this beauty by Virgos Lounge had been tucked away at the back of my wardrobe for months. Talk about hidden gems.


I was really surprised it still fit me actually after all the overindulging I’d been doing over Christmas but then again, I’m sort of back on track with regards to my healthy(ish) lifestyle. Here are seven New Year fit tips to get you back on track too


Invite all your friends round to eat the mountain of mince pies, cheese, chocolate and sweet treats you collected over Christmas. Share the love and share the calories


Replace that new, empty space in the cupboard with mixed raw nuts, olives and fruit to snack on. It’s not boring, it’s tasty.

3. WINE, NO!

It’s not always easy to cut something out entirely so if you can’t deprive yourself of that vino, maybe just stick to no more than 2 small glasses during the week and 2 at the weekend. Remember in the end, less will give you more.


It’s a natural process so don’t be afraid of peeing more, and drinking at least TWO litres of water a day. If you don’t like water then there’s something wrong with you!  I mean, add a lemon to it or a dash of fruit cordial or go on, shove a tea bag in it. You can’t beat a good cuppa…just steady on the caffeine.


Plan and schedule your workouts in your diary at the beginning of the week and tick them off as you complete them.


Looking a little ridiculous whilst working out makes it more fun and will distract you from the pain (or at least that’s what I tell myself). Check out this discrete little Nike number.


(Keep your eyes on my YouTube channel and Instagram for more lovely lycra).


Start today because trust me, tomorrow will never come.

And there you have it. You’ll be fit by Feb and all that without making a single resolution.

Speaking of which, I’ve not made one yet. I usually make the same resolution each year which is to stop biting my nails but I fail every time *sigh*. So this year I’m going to aim to pursue all of the things that I thoroughly enjoy doing anyway. Blogging and writing more about fitness, fashion, music and my life as a Lancashire Love Lump living in London. I’m going to get involved in radio so that more people can hear my dulcet tones without having to see me at the same time. Of course I’m going to continue to present on television but I also want you to delve deeper into my life via my YouTube channel. I’m going to go shopping more (guilt free) and post pictures of me showing off all my new clobber. I want to visit the hairdressers more because I’m lazy and prefer someone else doing my hair. I’m going to treat myself to an expensive handbag because I bloody deserve it and most importantly, I’m going to continue biting my nails. Why break the habit of a lifetime if you truly enjoy doing it? I guess what I’m trying to say is that my only resolution this year is to do more of what makes me happy.

So here’s to a year full of giggles.

Wishing you the best 2014.

AJ Odudu


08 September


What a busy week! Back to school, twerking with Rylan and attending the ‘hottie’ awards…

Swatting Up

School’s back! And I’ve been trying my hardest to get a gold star by helping my schoolteacher boyfriend spruce up his Year Six classroom. In an instant, my closest acquaintances became staple guns, glue and coloured paper. I helped put up wall displays, posters, and even erected a giant, green gazebo and filled it with books and cushions to create a reading jungle for the kids. If that doesn’t make me the teacher’s pet, I don’t know what on earth will!


Witness the Fitness

Confession time: I have been a very naughty schoolgirl this week… I haven’t hit the gym once! To make up for it, I did an organised Park Run. Park Run have weekly 5km timed runs around the world every Saturday and Sunday morning. ‘Saturday and Sunday morning? That’s crazy!’ I hear you cry,  and normally I’d agree but it was so much fun and better still, it’s free. To get your sweat on and find your local run visit

To boost my protein and energy levels I’m also downing Maxitone. It’s nutritious, delicious and, most importantly of all, it’s pretty and pink. Ta-da!


Celebrity Big Brother

Do you ever get that feeling that your life is flashing before your very eyes? One minute it was the launch of Big Brother and the next, we’ve less than a week to go until the finale of Celebrity BB. I want to scream ‘slow down!’ but it’s pointless (and also awkward. I found this out the hard way during BBBOTs rehearsals). Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

This week Carol McGiffin re-entered the CBB house after housemates thought that she’d actually been evicted. Oh, how wrong they were. Hearing the doorbell ring and McGiffin’s voice bellowing, “Surprise!” was like watching the “Here’s Jonny” scene from The Shining… Only it wasn’t Jonny it was Carol… and it wasn’t scary either… so, err, nothing like the Shining. Still, you know what I mean. TV gold!

Meanwhile, on Bit On the Side, Rylan Clark and I mimicked Miley Cyrus’ twerk at the VMA’s. Contrary to popular belief, breaking out into song and dance during a live TV show is not a contractual obligation of ours. Although I slightly wish it was.


GQ Man of the Year Awards

Red carpet. Check. A-List celebrities. Check. Hot men. Ding ding ding! It could only mean one thing: it was time for the GQ Man of the Year Awards!

With the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Pharell Williams and Michael Douglas all in the same room, you’ll understand why it took me so long to choose my outfit (seventy two hours to be exact) and for having heart palpitations every time one of them walked past me.

I wanted to tell Samuel L Jackson that I thought Snakes On the Plane was one of the most underrated, iconic pieces of popular film art ever, but he was busy. I wanted to walk over to Justin Timberlake and kiss his face, but I melted at the knees. I even wanted to touch George Lamb’s grey hair, but when I saw him I giggled and ran away. Way to be cool. Still, at least I got to hang out with showbiz reporter Dan Wootton. He’s hilarious.  The first thing he did was tell me a secret and make me pinky promise not to tell. Don’t worry Dan, your secret’s safe with me.


I’d also like to take a moment to express how great the goody bag was. Seriously. You know when you’re little and the best you could ever hope for is an adult-size pack of hula hoops and non-soggy party rings? Well, let’s just say, thanks to this party bag, a few men in my life will be getting a bottle of Hugo Boss very soon. Don’t thank me. Thank Hugo.


In other news, I had two fillings this week, and found myself with a £200 bill, a swollen mouth and a 24-hour dribble-fest. Oh well, at least it won’t just be Rylan’s teeth being talked about this week. Have a great week!

AJ xxx

28 August


Welcome to my blog!

Hello my lovely readers!

I’m super excited to be launching my HELLO! Online blog and I hope you will enjoy reading about my fun and busy life…

The launch of CBB is a thing of the past and I am loving the cast. Les and Janice Battersby from my favourite soap Coronation Street are in, along with a guy I secretly had a crush on when I was younger, Dustin Diamond AKA Screech from Saved by the Bell. I think it was his curly hair that did it. Curls gets the girls! (Unfortunately Dustin now has a shaved head but I still can’t wait to see him in the house).



I like to call myself a fitness fanatic as I enjoy going to gym classes and leading an active lifestyle but with the launch of Celebrity Big Brother this week I’ve been rushed off my feet. As a result I’ve skipped the gym and done what I call, ‘The 100 Workout’ each morning. It consists of 40 jumping jacks followed by 30 crunches, 20 squats and then 10 push ups. That’s literally it. It takes less than 10 minutes and I read on @justenejaros Instagram that it burns 100 calories. Happy days!



My diet is also really important to me, but when I’m on the go all the time trying to eat healthy can be hard. My energy levels have to be high so I’ve been trying this lovely little detox called Nosh. It sounds funny but it’s great. They tailor make a diet plan for you and deliver it straight to your door each day ready to eat. And it’s delicious. Their fresh fruit smoothies are the best but their website shows the full range –

Here’s a quick cold pasta salad I love when I’m not on a detox: olives, tortellini, Parma ham, rocket and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Bung it all together and voila! You’ve got the perfect, healthy, quick dish. Anything for an easy life, eh?!





When I’m travelling around for events I always like to keep myself busy with either a good book or my favourite tunes on my iPod.
I’m currently reading Birdsong by Sebastian Folks. My boyfriend bought it me it yonks ago but I’ve only just got into it and so far so good. As he’s a primary school teacher, I’m hoping he gives me a gold star when I’ve completed it.

Hope you have all enjoyed a great bank holiday weekend – here’s to a great 4 day week and see you next week

AJ xx


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