Lucy Honour Ruby Spraggan is an English singer-songwriter. She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, “Last Night”. Following the show Spraggan was signed to Columbia Records.
Spraggan was the first contestant in the show’s history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows aired, with her independently released album Top Room at the Zoo. Her debut major label album, Join the Club, was released on 7 October 2013, reaching number seven in the UK Albums Chart. She has since released four more studio albums, the latest, Choices, was released on 26 February 2021 and debuted at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was preceded by the singles “Flowers”, “Roots” and “Sober”. Her latest single is ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Lucy Spraggan is an exceptionally talented English singer-songwriter here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her Weight Loss Journey.
A healthy morning ritual that you follow? Which time of the day draws you towards writing songs?
I wake up around 7 am and stick the kettle on. I let the dog out, grab a cafetière of coffee, bring it back to bed and check my socials/respond to my emails. By 7.45am I’m ready for the rest of the day to begin, usually with a carby breakfast! With regards to being creative, that can come at any time! When I’m trying to be proactive with writing I’ll get into my studio at 10 am and try to keep myself from procrastinating until something is written. Sometimes I’ll take a break for a quick run.
You have had an incredible body transformation. How do you feel about it? How has it boosted your confidence?
Honestly, aside from my career, it’s probably the achievement I am most proud of. Throughout my life I’ve lacked self-discipline across the board, whether that’s been with food, exercise, alcohol or one of the many other obstacles we all face. Understanding the capabilities of my body and setting myself goals through fitness has changed that entirely.
The ‘transformation’ of my body has given me just a small part of the confidence that I’ve gained. I like to think of my body as a reflection of how my brain feels; I feel smarter, faster, healthier, kinder… The list goes on!
What was the most difficult part of your weight loss journey?
As I mentioned, discipline plays a huge role in losing weight. It means getting up and getting out when you don’t want to and eating what you NEED to instead of what you WANT to. Finding that and putting it into your routine is probably the most difficult part of it all. I gave up alcohol in July 2019 and that has been the most drastic change to my lifestyle. Again, I just had to change the way I thought about alcohol.
I don’t need it, I never did, and actually, my life is exceptionally better for it. Giving up alcohol kick-started my weight-loss in a big way, though if you’d have told me 18 months ago that I’d be a non-drinker I’d have laughed all the way to the pub. Change is possible if you really want it, I’d have never believed that 18 months ago either.
What exercises is an integral part of your workout routine? 5 must-do mornings stretches?
I run a lot so I often wake up with tight calves and hamstrings.
Wall Calf stretch – Stand facing a wall. Put one foot in front of the other. Place your hands on the wall and push your back heel into the floor while bending your front leg.
Toe Touch – the simple bend at the hip, touch toes. I’ve been told not to ‘bounce’ during this.
Floor Hamstring stretch – Lie on your back. Keep one leg on the floor, bent at the knee. Raise the other leg and touch your toes. Not everyone can touch their toes, if so, get as close as possible.
Calf Step stretch – Place the ball of your foot on a step or curb. Dip the heel of your foot downwards, and then back up. It’s easier to hold onto something steady when you do this.
Ball roll – Use a tennis ball to roll underneath the arch of your foot. This helps me when I’ve been running on hard ground.
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