Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Amy a twenty-something-year-old, with a love for all things health, body & fitness related. With creative content writing falling within my business portfolio, writing and creating my blog comes as a wonderful inevitability and more importantly exists as the perfect platform for me to share my thoughts, experiences; old and new discoveries, with other like-minded people. I also have an Instagram account which is @amycousins1.
How did you start?
My journey into blogging was somewhat of an accident. I lived in London for 2 years, working in a corporate job – long hours, a long commute… It was what I thought I wanted post-graduation. I really enjoyed living in London and don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate my job, but I didn’t feel like it was what I really wanted to do. Whilst living there, I met two fabulous ladies who have their own blog (Brunch n Grind) and co-wrote for them. It was an amazing way to get back into writing whilst exploring what London has to offer.
Coming up to my third year of living in the capital, my partner at the time wanted to start a new job and a new career path. The cost of living in London is very expensive and this new venture meant that we probably wouldn’t have been able to give it a real go. So, we moved back to Bath. I had another ‘proper’ job to go too, but lasted a mere 4 days. It wasn’t what I expected and I just knew it wasn’t right. So, I gave myself a month to think about what I really wanted to do. In that time, I found that I wanted to write so, I decided to start my own blog and that’s how ‘The Bath Blogger’ was born!
Why do you do what you do? For how long have you been doing this?
I didn’t want to narrow it to just one thing. I have a passion for fitness, food, travel and lifestyle so I thought the best thing to do would be to keep it as broad as possible. That way, my content would always (hopefully) be diverse and there would be something for everyone. I’ve been blogging for around 18 months and would never look back!
What is your daily routine?
No two days are the same which is a blessing and a curse! I love how I can be quite flexible but sometimes I do miss the structured life. I tend to wake up around 6am, head to the gym first thing for around an hour, follow this up shortly with coffee and breakfast, then tackle emails, to-do-lists and work!
How does your meal plan look like?
Seeing as we’re now in January, I’m going to give Veganuary a go! I’m both excited and apprehensive! I might not be perfect with it, but I’m going to give it my best shot!
What do you think that people should do to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
Healthy looks and feels different for everyone and I think that should remain at the core of it all. Eat well, move in ways that feel good for you, drink water, prioritise your sleep and surround yourself with people that make you feel good. Those would be my top tips!
What are your 5 tips for people to manage their daily meals and exercise?
- Find what works for you – we are all different, what works for Sally might not be the same for you.
- All foods are friends there are just some you might want to spend more time with. Sometimes kale, sometimes chocolate.
- Keep your plates and meals colourful.
- Exercise because you love your body not because you hate it.
- Exercising with others can do wonders for your motivation and accountability!
What is the first thing a person should do if he/she wants to lose weight?
Make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons!!
Are you for or against counting calories?
I think it’s different for everyone and there is no right or wrong answer. There have been times in my life when I’ve counted calories, and times when I’ve stopped. I decided to start intuitively eating almost a year ago to this day and it’s been the best thing for me.
Can you tell us 3 exercises that you recommend for a daily routine?
Morning and evening stretches 100%. There is nothing wrong with taking a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Movement is medicine after all.
What is your plan in the fitness industry?
I’m still undecided if I’m honest. I would really like to get my level 3 PT qualification this year, not necessarily to be a PT but to know that the content I share is safe and correct. Perhaps take a couple of classes too! I just want to keep inspiring, motivating and hopefully helping others.
Do you have any motivational quotes?
One piece of advice which I guess could also be a quote – back yourself to a tee and keep going. Try really (really) hard not to let the fear of judgement hold you back. Stay true to yourself, be authentic and you’ll flourish! We all have a voice and a message that is important. Just find whatever way works for you in helping spread that!