Friday Round-Up

Life has been a bit all over the place for the past week or so, and I’m trying to decide whether to go freelance, so I haven’t been blogging much, but it’s never been far from my mind!

My first Zumba session in over 2 weeks last night was immense, I loved every minute of it!

I’ve got a lot if social activities over the next few months, and I’m not happy with my body, so I’m making an effort to schedule my workouts to get more activity in each day.

Apart from that it’s been a bit blah, so I’ll keep today’s post short and promise to share more recipes with you this week!

Happy Friday everyone xoxo

Friday Round-Up

Life has been a bit all over the place for the past week or so, and I’m trying to decide whether to go freelance, so I haven’t been blogging much, but it’s never been far from my mind!

My first Zumba session in over 2 weeks last night was immense, I loved every minute of it!

I’ve got a lot if social activities over the next few months, and I’m not happy with my body, so I’m making an effort to schedule my workouts to get more activity in each day.

Apart from that it’s been a bit blah, so I’ll have more recipes for you this week!

Happy Friday everyone xoxo

Monday Runday (and meat – free dinners)

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So, my Zumba classes on a Monday were cancelled which made me sad, but then I realised that instead I could use that time for my long run!

And, a guilt free long run at that. During the week I like to spend as much time as I can with the toddler after work, as well as at the weekend. It’s my “mum guilt” for having a full time job and sending the toddler to nursery/nana’s throughout the week (which she loves, I just wish it wasn’t for so long). So during the months when it’s dark by her bed time at 7pm, I never want to go out running. That same mum guilt also makes me feel like I’m neglecting the toddler and husband if I spend time away from them at the weekend.

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Now that it stays light well past 8pm, I don’t feel guilty about dedicating two nights a week to getting in a long workout. So henceforth Monday will be Runday and Thursday will be Zumba night💃 (dancing emoji).

Tonight I ran 9.2km in 51 minutes which I’m very happy with considering my lack of training over the past few weeks. It was a lovely route along the canal, with lots of ducklings in the water and a newly covered path which made running nice and smooth!

I followed the run with a meat-free Monday dinner of vegetable satay stir-fry with courgette noodles.

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Red and yellow peppers, carrots, frozen soy beans, sugar snap peas and courgette in a nutty spicy sauce, delicious! 

I’ll be back on track with my posts this week so stay tuned for some eats of the week!
Xoxo

Recipe: Sweet Potato Curly Fries, Boursin and Eggs

Y’all know I love my spiralizer and this week I used it to make sweet potato curly fries for the first time!

My friend at work had tried but without success, so I was a bit dubious whether I could get fries that were crisp but not burnt or soggy.

Well, it was first time lucky and I managed to get crispy, flavorful curly fries that took about 20 minutes to cook in a hot oven and tasted delicious! I topped the fries with some Boursin (which I added 5 minutes before the end of the cooking), 2 eggs sunny side up and a small amount of grated applewood smoked cheddar.

Method

I had my oven at 400F/200C. I added 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of dried chili flakes to the spirals and laid them out flat on a baking tray.

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Half way through the cooking, i flipped them over to avoid burning them. There were a couple of pieces that were too charred to eat, so I just discarded them before adding my toppings – Boursin (of course), 2 fried eggs and a sprinkling of applewood smoked cheddar.

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Have you tried making curly fries from any spiralized vegetables?
xoxo

Friday Round-Up: Game Changer…

You guys, this morning I added half an avocado into my normal smoothie recipe and it was a game changer!  So smooth and velvety and helped to create a much creamier taste. I also feel fuller! It’s definitely something I’ll be adding regularly.

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Last night I ran 9.1km in 55 mins, and considering I only started running properly again 2 weeks ago, I’m happy with the time. I’m now going to concentrate on building stamina through long runs and strength/speed through HIIT and leg work, so that hopefully come June I can run a sub-56 10-km in Manchester. Then I’ll be looking to go sub-54 at Salford in September.

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It was my birthday this week, so I’ve been gorging on chocolate and sweet treats, and over indulgent meals. I also have a big girls night out planned on Saturday, so I’m not feeling my healthiest, but I am feeling happy with life outside of my 9-5. Work sucks!

The stress and anxiety has definitely had a negative affect on my exercise and health, but I do have a job interview on Monday for something I could get really passionate about! The only downside is its part-time, and I need full-time hours, but I’m looking into supplementing the job with freelance work if I get it! I’ll keep you updated.

Happy weekend everyone!
xoxo

Saturday Summary: Oops I did it again…

I forgot my Friday Round-Up again! So in penance, I’ve created the Saturday Summary category, for those times I miss the fr-u but hopefully it won’t be too regularly!

So here goes…

Whilst my exercise has been on point this past week, my eating has been more 60/40 than 80/20 in terms of balance vs excess.
I’m talking a plethora of vegetable crisps (not so healthy, who knew?), chocolate chip shortbread and M&S millionaires bites.

My tea tonight was a delicious spiralized courgette, shredded Brussels sprouts and fusilli lungho with chilli flakes, roule and topped with crispy parma ham – OMG Sublime!
If I remember, I’ll post a recipe soon!

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You’re lucky you got this picture, I’d already dug in!

Accompanied by a fantastically crisp sancerre from M&S in a HUGE wine glass!

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Not pictured – sone sweet butterkist popcorn and galaxy minstrels.

I bought new trainers for Zumba and they’re really comfortable and stylish. The adidas supercloud.

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Sending big love to everyone xoxo

A week of sweats!

So, I missed my Friday Round-Up last week, sorry! Life is hectic right now with a flurry of Spring birthday parties (mainly 3 year olds) ups and downs at work and trying to get more involved in my local community, so I haven’t blogged in a while!

I’ve just done a 7km run so thought I’d share this week’s exercise with you all!

30th March = 5km
31st March = Zumba
2nd April = Some at – home weights with 2kg dumbbells and 4kg kettlebell
4th April = Zumba
5th April = TIU Beach Babe’s arms and 1/2 legs (about 20 mins)
6th April = 7km

So much more exercise than I’ve been doing the past few months, and I’ve signed up for the We Love Manchester 10k in July and I’d really like to do a 54min 10k or quicker, so I’m working on stamina and strength whilst also having dun with Zumba.

2016 will be the year my New Years fitness regime started in April! But as they say, you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great! 

Xoxo