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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Celebrity Diary with Amanda Byram: I love getting to work with my boyfriend on my fitness videos

Julian Okines & Amanda Byram
Julian Okines & Amanda Byram
Amanda Byram
Amanda Byram

I've been enjoying some time at home in Ireland recently but I'm jetting back to the UK today and it's straight back to work for me.

Tomorrow, I'm filming some new fitness videos for my website.

I'm looking forward to it, but it's tough going because the shooting takes all day.

It's easy to forget how important things like lighting are when you're shooting, and I'm a real perfectionist, so the days can be long.

However, I'm very lucky that my boyfriend Julian is a TV producer and I get to work with him and his company.

He's a big help to me and it's great to get the chance to work together.

Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand, so healthy eating is another big passion of mine and I'm going to shoot some kitchen videos for the site too.

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Amanda Byram

Hopefully, next weekend I'll get a chance to work on some of those.

I'll barely have time to think because on Sunday I'm off again on another adventure.

I'm going to Ibiza for a fitness camp and I'm really looking forward to it.

I did the same one last year and loved it, getting the chance to learn new things in something you're so passionate about is amazing.

It's also a lot of fun because you get to work out in a group environment - usually I'm not a big fan of that, but in a fitness sense it think it can really help.

Another reason to look forward to it is the fact that it's in Ibiza.

It's such a beautiful island so getting the chance to take in the breathtaking sights while you do something you love is a big plus.

The weather is going to be ideal too, so that's going to be another bonus.

While working out is very important, I definitely think that it's just as vital to give yourself a break.

When you're stressed and beating yourself up about things, that can be the worst thing for you.

I think people need to remember that what you eat is also a massive factor in keeping fit and strong.

Eating healthily and staying away from processed food is key, but one of my big health tips is not to cut out good fats.

I know it's always said but drinking plenty of water is so important too.

 

Who'll be first past the post in style stakes

Style is very important to me and on Wednesday I got the chance to wear an outfit by an amazing Irish designer.

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I wore a white Umit Kutluk dress and belt to the launch of this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

I'm judging the Best Dressed competition on Derby Day in the Curragh later this month alongside Irish Independent Fashion Editor Bairbre Power.

It's going to be such a tough job to choose who's the most stylish though - the day is like Ireland's answer to Royal Ascot and everyone really takes it up a notch in the fashion stakes.

I'm looking for something subtle and understated - bigger isn't always better when it comes to things like hats and dresses and I personally prefer to keep things simple, especially for the races.

Another thing that a lot of people get wrong is thinking that everything has to match.

To me, that can look so old fashioned, and I think it's more important to make sure each item compliments the others subtly.

 

Why I decided to design my own gym gear

At the moment I've also been very busy working on a new sports clothing range.

Fitness is a big passion of mine so this is a project that means a lot to me.

I had a meeting with designers a few days ago to pick out fabrics for the range and I'm very particular about what I want my range to be like.

I knew exactly what I was looking for when we were flicking through the fabric samples.

The guys I was working with couldn't believe how exact I was being with them.

They even told me they never worked with someone who has such a strong idea of what she wants - which I was very happy to hear because I'm really putting my all into this.

It's still very much early days, but at the moment the plan is to have it in the shops around Christmas time.

I think it's a good time of the year to launch because come January, everyone is back working out, so hopefully my careful consideration will work out and it will really take off.

 

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