So what are we going to do about it???
I’m going to TRY to stop procrastinating!
How am I going to stop procrastinating? EXERCISE and CLEAN EATING.
I haven’t been exercising as much as I was due to a hefty workload, no motivation and lack of sleep. But when I was working out on my lunch hour or in the evening, I could concentrate much better during the day and had more energy. I’ve also been eating too much sugar which has put me on a crazy roller-coaster of utter concentration for about 15 minutes followed by laziness and mind wandering for the next hour! Boredom at work isn’t helping, and I feel that it may be time to start looking for a new job that I’m more passionate about.
I feel like every Friday I commit myself to something that’s going to make me healthier and give me more energy, and each week I have less and less energy, with the added pressure of not having done any of the things I committed to in these posts.
So, for anyone else feeling pressure, stress or just general overwhelmed-ness (it should be a word), take a breather, write a list of tasks that are manageable, tackle them one at a time and once you’re done, take a breather, go for a run, do some stretching, take a fuc***ing nap!
And most of all, enjoy your weekend!
Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain’t happy
They sad ’cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who’s gon’ be on the plate – The Little Mermaid
OK so I feel a little weird posting a quote from The Little Mermaid sung by a crab talking about fish getting eaten, but I love Disney so we’re going to move on.
I am new to fish. As a child I didn’t really enjoy eating fish, not even the classically British Fish and Chips where the fish is coated in batter and deep fried (I did love the chips though:-)) But, I’m trying to expand my taste buds and try new food, and fish is healthy (low in fat, high in protein) and can take a lot of different flavours.
This dish is very simple and quick to prepare and cook, and you can adapt it to suit your tastes (add some fresh chilli, change the herbs, use different vegetables).
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 x boneless and skinless cod filets (or any firm white fish you like)
Tablespoon of seasoning (fresh rosemary and fresh thyme, pinch of salt and black pepper, teaspoon of olive oil)
1 x lemon
300g new potatoes (I used Tesco Venezia potatoes) – cut into quarters lengthways like small wedges
160g frozen peas
1 x small courgette – grated
50g Boursin (or any soft cheese such as Roulé or Philly)
And that’s it, a fresh light meal perfect for a summers evening. You could even cook the fish in their foil parcels on the BBQ and serve with corn on the cob and jacket potatoes.
NB. Fish should be caught responsibly as they are a finite resource and if we catch too many, soon there wont be any left to catch!
Let me know if you try the recipe!
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, I’ll drink to that, yeah yeah – Rihanna
Monotony at work and a current lack of passion for my job has got me feeling all kinds of happy that it’s the weekend! It was our wedding anniversary on Wednesday so tonight we’re heading to a local restaurant for dinner and drinks whilst my mother-in-law babysits, and then I have two days of NO PLANS! This hasn’t happened in a long time, and I’m looking forward to some quality time with the family.
I’m going to eat good food, drink good wine, play outside (fingers crossed the weather behaves) and just relax…….
I had the leftovers from my turkey recipe earlier this week as a salad by chopping the burger into mouth size pieces and tossing it with the remaining slaw. It was DELICIOUS!
I’ve also started cooking with fish, something that I haven’t really done before but as my taste buds mature and I’m open to trying new things, fish is something that I’m experimenting with. next week I’ll share my recipe for baked cod with potatoes and peas – it’s a lot tastier than it sounds:-)
I’ve got a couple of runs coming up so I’m back to training, I’ll aim to do 5km 2 x a week in my lunch hour and then a long run once a week with a couple of strength training sessions in between.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Turkey is for life, not just for Christmas
Turkey is an oft’ neglected meat as we associate the full bird with a Christmas meal and then tend to opt for chicken throughout the rest of the year. but turkey is low in fat, high in protein and can be adapted into lots of meals such as stir-fry, pasta, salads and burgers!
This recipe is an adaptation of one I saw on SkinnyTaste that includes courgette (zucchini for ya’ll Americans) along with the minced meat for added moisture, flavour and vitamins!
The results was a thick patty bursting with flavour and a fresh, filling salad that zinged on the plate.
Ingreditents (makes 4 burgers)
For the burgers
500g minced turkey
1/2 fresh red chilli (or you could use a pinch of dried chilli flakes)2 cloves of garlic (peeled)
1 small courgette (cut of the ends)
Sprig of thyme
Sprig of rosemary
NB. I had these herbs in the fridge but you could use any you prefer
For the salad
3 celery stalks
3 medium carrots
1 apple (I used granny smith as I like the tart taste)
1/4 head of white cabbage (approx. 2 cup fulls when shredded)
Salad dressing – I use a mango, lime and chilli dressing from Tesco or M&S but you can sue whatever you want. My husband wanted honey and mustard and said that worked well too.
My meal came out at approximately 390 calories. If you had both burgers (but one bun still) it would have been about 500 calories, still a good dinner choice. The meal was packed with protein, vitamins, vegetables and flavour and we’ll definitely be adding these into our rotation of regular meals.
What’s your favourite burger?
Friends don’t let friends skip leg day…
There are a lot of funny memes on the internet about leg day, Google it! And whilst I’m not a hardcore weight lifter looking for super defined quads and calves, leg day is still super important, especially when training for a run.
I haven’t trained my legs (or any other area of my body) for quite a while, as in a couple of months. Sure, I’ve done some running, zumba and the odd kettlebell session, but I haven’t focused on strengthening any part of my body. And last night…I felt weak!
Why haven’t I done any strength? I could come up with loads of excuses like a busy lifestyle, but really I’ve just been going through a lazy stage.
It was the first Zumba for 3 weeks as the instructor has been on holiday, and it was such a lovely evening I thought I’d run to the class. After about a minute, I felt my legs become sluggish and tired, after a MINUTE! Then, during the class, I really felt as though I had no core and it was putting pressure on my back.
And that’s why it’s important to strength train as well as cardio, so I’m back to it! Tonight I’m going to focus on legs whilst I make fajitas! Then I would like to aim for 3 strength sessions a week (legs, arms, abs) as well as a couple of runs and zumba.
What’s you favourite way to work out and how can you tell if you’ve been slacking?
It’s been one of those weeks where nothing has gone sensationally wrong, but nothing has been sensationally sensational either, it’s just been…meh
But that’s OK, sometime we have those type of weeks, and next week will turn itself around especially because…
1) My little girl turns 2 (how did that even happen!) and we’re hvaing a picnic party in the park
2) Made possible because the weather has FINALLY turned itself around and we’re expected to have a few days of sunshine, yipee!
Health-wise, I’ve been fairly crap this week and today alone I’ve already had a large caramel frappe from McDonalds (lovely) and a kit kat chunky, which I’m now questioning why I even ate. I also haven’t run since my Blackpool 10 mile road race which I’ll update you on next week!
For now, I’ll leave you with this thought…
Have a good Friday and weekend everyone.