A L O H A, H a w a i i 🌸
It's my last day in Hawaii and I couldn't be more excited and ready to return home to London. But before I tell you about what this trip has meant to me, TELL ME where you are from and your fave thing about where you live. I'll pick my top three and send you a postcard from magical Maui! 📝 🌅✨ #Hawaii #Postcard #OneLifeLiveIt
If you're looking for motivation with exercise, here are my top tips:
1. Find something you love ❤️
2. Set a challenge/goal/reason to aim for - something you really care about!
3. Buddy up - share the highs + lows 👯
4. Baby steps - keep working at it and don't beat yourself up if it's not going to plan 👊
5. Mix it up - keep things fresh! ✨
Since being in Hawaii I've been mixing up my training with beach workouts, running, hiking and sweaty workouts FuzionFit Inc 💪This weekend I found out that Maui has these amazing 50m outdoor pools and they are completely FREE to use! Made me ridiculously happy to swim there. Feels like dancing when I'm swimming and it all flows 🏊♀️😍
#MondayMotivation #WaterBaby #GoPro
Getting up early to watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain is top of my list of 'Things I'd Never Say No To' ✨🙅🌄
Waking up at 3am is not easy, but I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! We drove through the jungle to Haleakala's summit - Maui's largest volcano 🌋 From sea level to 10,000 ft in an hour. Stepping out, we felt the shortness of breath and elevated heart rate you get at that altitude. Admiring a jet black sky with its blanket of glistening stars, we hiked to the best viewing spot we could find, and waited for the greatest show in the world to begin 💫
"It's happening, shush" shouted a fellow sunrise chaser. Silence fell across the volcano's crater as we watched in awe. There are moments, and there are unforgettable moments. This one was the latter. And the price for this experience? $1.50
What do you love so much that you would never say no to? 💙
#Sunrise #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt
PC: Michael Hannig Photography
Hawaii from the air 🚁 Admiring the majesty and transformational power of nature is my favourite activity here on Maui (second is eating Acai bowls 😜) Jungle, waterfalls, golden sandy beaches, black beaches, glistening ocean and volcanoes - these Hawaiian islands have so much to explore! Thank you Maverick Helicopters for the amazing helicopter ride over the Hana rainforest. Head over to instagram to check out my IG stories from the trip! You can see the summit of Haleakala poking out through the clouds in my first pic 🌋 https://www.instagram.com/challengesophie/ #WeNeedNature #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt
My mantra is "Fitness is about what your body can do, and how that makes you feel, not what it looks like" 👊 Yet it's hard to 💯 believe this when I also feel embarrassment and judgement about being heavier than I want to be. Pressure to aesthetically look a certain way gets in my head. My challenge is to manage the pressure coming from the outside, with staying true to myself! It's not easy, but I believe that by opening up about it, we can support each other to love and own bodies for all that they they are, and are not. Anyway, if you're interested in what I've been going through with fitness/adventure/lifestyle/stress and how I'm managing it, check out my blog on my struggle with #BodyConfidence 💙(link below) #OneLifeLiveIt
You guys are amazing. Seriously. I don't know how I managed to find such an incredible group of people to share worlds with. I feel more connected to you and my mission than ever before. Thank you so, so much for your comments on my last post. I genuinely couldn't do this without you. I hope this double rainbow brings bags of good energy to your day 🌈🌈 Let's go kick some a**! 🙌
PC: Michael Hannig Photography #MondayMotivation #DoubleRainbow #OneLifeLiveIt
Wanted to send a note about my recent posts in Hawaii.
Some of you have been commenting that they are different to my usual messaging and have made you feel uncomfortable and disappointed. They are different, and I wanted to explain why I've posted them, as I never intended to create any negative feelings or disempowerment for you or me.
Body confidence is an ongoing struggle for me. Over the last year I've experienced weight gain, symptoms of stress and health problems due to the demands I place on myself, in particular, my body. I have been working so hard to try and understand what is causing my body to react this way, and how I can change it.
Fitness has always been empowering for me, because it gave me the confidence to be proud of my body. To love it and own it for what it can do, and how that makes me feel. But as much as I believe that and remind myself of it, the embarrassment (and judgement I feel) about my body is still there.
I'm working so hard and feel like I'm finally making progress, but it's there taking up space and energy in my head every day. Damn the self-critic!
When I came to Hawaii for some rest, it was at a time when I felt like the hard work is finally paying off and my confidence was better. So I shared these beach posts as a happy memory, a fleeting moment. Nothing more than that. Never in a million years did I mean for that to cause upset, or for anyone to be disappointed in me or my message.
I will always be absolutely committed to my core mission of inspiring you to live your best life and be the best version of you; building confidence and motivation in both men and women. That's why I share my whole story with you, not just the highlights.
I'm learning everyday with sharing my life on social media, and I'm genuinely sorry when I get it wrong. On this occasion, it was simply me being happy in this moment and sharing that.
I couldn't do this without you, and am so grateful for your continued support! I needed a break as I've been working relentlessly, but I'm back in London soon and can't wait to share what's coming next! Thanks as ever guys ❤️
Hiking through the bamboo forest, past a giant Banyan tree and arriving at this 60m waterfall, felt like something out of a fairy tale. That's what I've always loved about adventure; the opportunity it creates to feel like you've been transported to another world. Whether outside your front door, or a plane flight away, magical experiences are open to us all. Don't forget to pack bags of enthusiasm, an open mind and your camera!
Photo taken on GoPro Hero5 and animated using Plotagraph Pro Pictures
#GetOutside #Hawaii #OneLifeliveIt
At Christmas my Mum gave me a ring in the shape of a wave. She said "I know you love the mountains, but don't forget about the ocean". I wear that ring every day, remembering her words and visualising myself in the sunshine and ocean. It may have taken me 8 months, but I made it here. It's hard to put into words what my time on this island is doing for me, but I think coming here, giving myself this space and time to be present with everything, to let my days pass without pressure, and be true to myself, has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Funny how mums often know best 💙
PC: Michael Hannig Photography
#LetHawaiiHappen #BeTrueToYou #OneLifeLiveIt
Soaking up all of Maui's magic from the roof of the island - Haleakala. The 3000m volcano who's name means "House of the Sun" What an incredible world we live in. Get out there and live your adventure! 🌞🌋🙏 #Hawaii #SunsetSeeker #OneLifeLiveIt
Learning to trust myself, my intuition and my heart, is a lifelong journey that's led to some of my greatest experiences, but has also taken me to rock bottom. When the storm is raging so loudly that I can barely think, I can't ignore the whispers in the wind. CHOOSE COURAGE, TRUST YOUR INTUITION. I venture into the eye of the storm, knowing deep down, that this is my path. Sometimes we just have to jump and buckle up for the ride 💙✨
📸: Michael Hannig Photography
#ChooseCourage #BeStrongerThanTheStorm #WildAtHeart #OneLifeLiveIt
3 years ago I became the only person in history to climb the highest mountains in the 8 Alpine countries, and cycle between them. An expedition I called The #AlpineCoast2Coast
Over 32 days I covered 151km by foot (climbing 4000m mountains), 1700km by bike (cycling between them) and 45,500m of ascent through Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Italy and Monaco. I watch this film and think "Was that really me? Did I actually do that?"
I'm not a seasoned alpinist or an expert cyclist, but I remember wanting to complete this challenge more than anything in the world. It proved to me the unstoppable power of self-belief and drive and that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things💫Film by Timecode Pro Ltd
#SheBelievedSheCouldAndSoSheDid #DreamBig #OneLifeLiveIt #WorldFirst
Hawaii sunset to my left, palm trees swaying in the breeze to my right, sand under my feet, waves lapping. This is the stuff my dreams are made of. Except I am not dreaming anymore ✨
Filmed with GoPro #Hero5 and #Karma drone #MomentsToLiveFor #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt 🌅🏃♀️🏝
We must always leave room in life for surprises ✨
7 days ago I booked a spontaneous flight to Hawaii and landed on Maui 24 hours later. Since arriving here, it's felt right to take each day as it comes with little or no planning, leaving each day to be a surprise. Can't tell you how much I'm loving it! Such a contrast to the last few months of back-to-back everything... Each little discovery is a winner when I live like this and I'm so grateful for these days!✌️ #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro
I'm learning so much about Hawaii, about its magnetic soil and spirituality ✨
At the same time, I'm creating space and time to learn about myself. To let my energy, thoughts and emotions run freely. Every chance I get, I am opting for being kind to myself. This trip is about refilling the pot from which I have asked for so much. I'm asking the world to give me what I need rather than produce from myself what I think the world needs. Wonder if that makes sense in anyone else's head or just mine 😋Anyhow, this sunset was pretty stunning. We were walking the dogs and for about 20 minutes the light was breathtaking. So happy to capture it and share with you 🌅🌺✌️
Taken on my Nikon #D5600
A L O H A 🌸 from Hawaii!
My first sunset here and there were 15 turtles on the beach! 🐢 I booked a ticket to Hawaii from London on Monday morning and was here Tuesday evening. ✈️ So excited to explore Maui, and hopefully the other islands too. I had a few weeks off and decided to grab this opportunity to make my dream trip happen ✨✌️ Check out my Instagram stories! Any Hawaii adventures or places I should explore... let me know! #PureHappiness #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro
Imagine being able to do the work you love, on your own terms, anywhere in the world. I hope from following my journey, you'll know it's possible! My latest travel vlog and blog (link below) shares my experience as a #DigitalNomad co/working and adventuring at Action Academy If you like to work hard and play hard, this ones for you! http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/a-week-as-a-digital-nomad-action-academy-morzine
Here's a very sweaty, post workout video sharing the reasons I love exercising. I also wanted to talk about sweat, and how there can be a culture of embarrassment and shame around it. I have always been someone who sweats a lot and comes out red faced after a hard workout. I can sense people judging me because we seem to link sweat with fitness levels, but it's not true. I find the harder I train, the more my body sweats. Be proud of who you are and embrace it! What are your thoughts/experience with this?
Wearing Shock Absorber UK Ultimate Fly Bra - for all you ladies, this bra is light and supportive, available here https://goo.gl/Hu2Wqt from Wiggle #sp
We Girls Are Gonna Change The World 💫
Don't you know it 😜 Here's to all of you (male or female) who have learnt how to empower yourselves and others. Spread the love, positive vibes and support for others. ALWAYS 👊 💕 #OneLifeLiveIt
One day I will not be able to do this. Today is not that day 👊✨
On my latest blog (link below) I've shared one woman's inspiring, courageous and heart warming story of how she overcame her limiting beliefs, fears and sadness, by completing the epic challenge of cycling London to Paris in 24 hours on my annual London to Paris Sportive
It's a very special event and we have places available for 2018 if you're up for the adventure! 🇬🇧🚴♀️🇫🇷www.londontoparissportive.com http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/this-is-what-you-did-for-me-cycling-london-to-paris-24-hours
Happy weekend! Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a bike and that's kinda the same thing 🚴♀️😋💕
Spent today cycling, filming and editing a project for GoPro Can't wait to share next week, plus a few other projects I've been working on! I'm coming to the end of an incredibly busy few months and have sometime off booked in. I'm thinking it's time to chill a bit and have fun in the ocean. Where should I go? 🌎#GoProFamily #GirlsWhoRide #LondonCycling
Four days at the Tour De France with GoPro condensed into 58 seconds with their brand new editing app Quik Stories 🎥
For me this app is a game changer because it captures the content directly from Hero5 and creates an edit in minutes with filters, music and transitions, whilst also selecting the best parts of each clip. Basically it does the work for you! I always go through each clip after and fiddle around until I'm happy... but pretty cool that we can edit from our phone and camera with minimal effort and time. Give it a go! #GoProFamily #CaptureDifferent #QuikStories #ILoveBeingOnTheWater 🚤
Sunrise swimming in the heart of London 🏊 🌇
What an incredible way to start the day! A slice of tranquility and a date with nature before the craziness of the day begins 👌#LondonLife #GetOutside GoPro
Spent the weekend falling in love with Paris 🇫🇷
I live in London, so when I travel I usually choose the wild and natural parts of the world, rather than cities. But this weekend in Paris was la crème de la crème👌My other favourite cities are Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Budapest, Amsterdam, Marrakech, New York and Guadalajara. What is your favourite city? Where should I explore next? 🗺 GoPro #Paris #GoPro #OneLifeLiveIt
Do whatever sets your soul on fire 🔥
Who's got those weekend vibes? ✌️ When I first started running my own business I missed that #FridayFeeling as I was always hustling no matter what day of the week. I still do now but this weekend am taking some days off, and I can't wait! Hope you have some awesome plans for the weekend. I'm headed to Paris (again, haha!) not doing anything particularly adventurous but let's see... I'll start with some wine and cheese and see what happens ✨🇫🇷
Photo taken on self timer with my Nikon at sunrise on the incredibly stunning Isle of Skye in Scotland a few months back. If you've not been there, it's truly out of this world. You should go! #LoveScotland #PositiveVibes #OneLifeLiveIt
Swap your routine run for something more adventurous! A trail run 🏃♀️wild camp ⛺️and river swim 🏊♀️ is one of my fave #microadventures 💖 I've written a six-page feature in this month's Trail Running magazine UK with my top tips on finding local trails and camp spots, what to pack and how to execute your plan! Hope this inspires you to try something new this summer... swipe left to see some pics of the feature and please buy a copy 🙋 #getoutside #LiveYourAdventure
A ship in the harbour is safe but that's not what a ship was built for. Go sailing ⛵️
This is the quote that inspired my to quit me job and pursue my dreams. I hope it inspires you to be courageous and follow yours, whatever they may be! ✨
As far as Saturdays go... 😍Amazing day with the #GoProFamily exploring the coast of Marseille on boat! Stoked to get this shot too! Next stop, Paris for the finish of the #TourDeFrance 🚲🇫🇷 Be sure to check out my IG stories takeover on GoPro's Instagram ✨
To get this shot we used Dome for GoPro and the Hero5 in burst mode
My third year at the #TourDeFrance with GoPro and they just get more fun as I get to know the crew! We cycled the last 30km of yesterday's stage in Provence with the #GoProFamily ahh these are some of my fave days. Thank you life! Head over to GoPro's account to check out my IG stories takeover 💙🇫🇷🚴♀️🙏
I could stare at these colours forever... but gotta get on ma bike! 🚴♀️
I'm at the #TourdeFrance gearing up to ride today's stage ahead of the riders. I'm so excited to be here and taking over GoPro's Instagram Stories for the next few days! Head to their account to follow my experience at the Tour 🇫🇷#TDF2017 #GoProFamily #OneLifeLiveIt
Do people ever say "you're crazy" when you tell them of your plans? I love how one persons crazy is what keeps another person sane...
Here's my latest adventure travel film from Tenerife. Love to know what you think! Visit Tenerife
If you love cycling and are looking for your next challenge, this ones for you! http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/10-cycling-challenges-that-could-change-your-life
Love to hear which one is your fave, have you completed some of these already or are planning to? 🚴♀️💙🗺🚴
BIRTHDAY 🎉🥂✨ So excited to celebrate my Birthday in London today! I love getting dressed up, wearing novelty sunglasses and celebrating all the goodness in life with my faves. That's exactly what today is about at this cool beach bar Neverland London 😎Thanks so much for supporting me this crazy journey this year, it means so much to me! The best is yet to come ✌️#OneLifeLiveIt #BirthdayGirl #LoveLondon
About yesterday.... ✨For over 15 years I have dreamed of building my own youth empowerment initiative. It is happening!!!! I kick started it with a talk to 170 eleven year olds at a school in East London. Sharing my story, inspiration, passion for life and adventure, and set them a #ConfidenceChallenge for this summer. Their questions were amazing in the Q&A, and we were all buzzing after! I signed 10 autographs 🙈 This is the start of something very, very exciting and a new chapter! I can't wait to share more about this over the coming weeks when I'll be announcing who I'm partnering with to make this happen and my plans 🙌 #OneLifeLiveIt #EmpowerTheNextGeneration #Confidence
If I feel down, there's one thing guaranteed to make me feel strong enough to face the storm. Exercise! Whether it's a long walk along the river, a sweaty session at the gym, or hiking a beautiful mountain, these are the things I turn to when I need to boost my strength. I'm talking about emotional courage, not physical strength. For me, the two go hand in hand. It's what I've always loved about being active and going on adventures; they give me a chance to learn how to be the courageous and resilient person I believe I can be. Thank you Dan Roberts Group for making me smile today with an awesome power session. I absolutely love training with you! 💪✨😀 #LoveYourBody #Courage #OneLifeLiveIt #TeamDanRoberts
Good morning! If you love a challenge, please consider supporting Mychallengehq.com's crowdfunding campaign. Our community needs this. I have known the Founder, Charlie, since we met whilst training for Ironman Wales in 2011! His passion to share inspiring stories from ordinary people doing amazing challenges is the foundation of his business.
Imagine a place where you can cycle up a volcano in the morning, climb a rock spire in the afternoon and swim in crystal clear blue water as the sun goes down 🏜 Find out why I think Tenerife is the Ultimate Island for Adventure - with my latest blog and adventure travel film! Challenge Sophie reports... 😜
Visit Tenerife #NoLimits #VisitTenerife
ACHIEVE YOUR EXTRAORDINARY 💫
A year ago I gave a Ted Talk (one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life!) If you want to know more about my journey and why I care so much about My Mission: 'To champion ordinary people to achieve their extraordinary', or perhaps you're looking for a bit of inspiration to take a big leap in your life, this one's for you 💖
#AchieveYourExtraordinary #OneLifeLiveIt #TedTalks TED
This makes me so happy 🌻☀️
Enjoying all the feels of summer in the South of France with my family. Couldn't resist a quick dip into this gorgeous field of sunflowers whilst out running 🏃♀️#SummerVibes #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro
The first six months of this year have been crazy. Sometimes it feels like a volcano erupted in January and I've been riding the lava flow as hard as I can. I wouldn't change it for the world, but sometimes it takes a lot out of me to build my dream with all the energy, passion and hustle I can muster 👊
I often feeling a calling from the mountains, but lately it's been the ocean 🌊
Moments like these give me a chance to re-energise, be still and feel connected to nature's magnificence💫
Where's your happy place?
Captured on my DJI Mavic Pro drone in Tenerife Visit Tenerife #MomentsToLiveFor #OneLifeLiveIt #VisitTenerife #DreamChaser
Apparently the 'superhuman' trend is going mainstream this year. This is our desire and commitment to be the best we can be, and to live our best lives. In my latest blog I talk about my daily routine, the challenges I face and how I aim to stay on top of it all and power on 👊 http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/powering-a-non-stop-lifestyle Naked Juice GB;IE #energymanagement #ad #onelifeliveit
I run two businesses, exercise most days, travel away from home for roughly two weeks of every month, manage social media accounts that reach 1.2 million people every month, and often put myself through demanding physical challenges. Being on top of my game physically and mentally is my top priority! I've teamed up with Naked Juice GB;IE to share with you my morning routine and the one thing that can be a game changer to manage it all. Music! Check it out...P.S What boost works for you? #OneLifeLiveIt #Ad #PositiveVibes
Get outside and explore the world. Listen to rivers, climb mountains, walk in wet grass, sleep under the stars, watch the sunrise, breathe, stop and listen ✨
I've had so much fun exploring Tenerife these last few days. From cycling through the volcanic lava fields in the South, to hiking through the lush Anaga forest in the North, and diving in the deep blue sea, its been a dream to discover! 🌎🌿💖🏖🌅
Captured on my DJIglobal #MavicPro drone. Thanks for these amazing days Visit Tenerife #NoLimits #OneLifeLiveIt
If your next step forward isn't clear, don't wait until it is. Saying yes is a commitment that will stir the world in ways you cannot control or underestimate the power of. Commit to exploring your options and you'll be surprised what may come your way ✌️Visit Tenerife #OneLifeLiveIt
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