Friday Round-Up: #MoreInCommon

Let’s take a break from the whole healthy lifestyle stuff for a few minutes to celebrate how much everyone has in common with one another despite religion, skin colour, sexuality, gender, age …..

This past presidential election campaign has been pretty brutal in the US, and the EU referendum in the UK has stirred up some pretty hateful people as well.

During the EU referendum campaign, Jo Cox was murdered whist serving her constituency. This was a tragedy and her words, spoken during her maiden speech in parliament have never been truer

“…we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”

Keep reading until the end of a post for a thought-provoking video!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, and that’s health, yeah baby!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve fitted in a few workouts, some running and have been making more conscious decisions in regards to what I’m eating.

Homemade turkey burgers with spiralized carrots in a wrap.

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Homemade Turkey Burgers, spiralized carrots, sesame seeds, wrap!
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A very posed picture – but proof that I did fit a strength workout in!

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Wild rice and grains with slow roasted leeks, peas, chicken breast and some roast potatoes.
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Pasta with green vegetables, chili flakes, and Boursin (of course!)

Here’s some Friday thouhgts, courtesy of Jane Elliott, renowned teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer.

 

Clubbercise

So you all know how much I love my weekly Zumba classes, but what you might not know is that I also love a good 90s dance anthem! The local ‘disco’ played all the best 80s and 90s songs during the late 00s (when I was actually ‘clubbing’) and it was soooo cheesy, but so much fun to let loose at the weekend.

Fast forward a few years and a very cute toddler later, I don’t make it to the “After Dark” much anymore, so imagine my delight when Clubbercise came to town!

The official website describes it as…

Clubbercise® – simple, fun dance fitness routines using glow sticks to club anthems from 90′s classics to the latest chart hits taught in a darkened room with disco lights.

 


 

After just one introductory session, I knew I was hooked! The routines were really easy to follow and built in intensity so you could get to know the moves before going all out!

There were some classic 90s tunes and some current hits, and it was a good mix of basic aerobics (like grapevines) with some more choreographed moves – so it was perfect for all abilities.

I think that doing it in the dark (wink wink) let people be a little less nervous about the first class, which really helped to get everyone’s heart rates up, and the glow sticks were just so much fun!

You can find classes on the website, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

www.clubbercise.com

Friday Round-Up: Eats of the Week

Not much has happened this week, so I thought I would share some eats of the week, as I’ve actually remembered to take some pictures!

You’ll notice that the predominant image is Gin! I enjoyed a glass of Boodles gin with some FeverTree Sicillian Lemonade and Low-Calorie tonic water, yum!

I made turkey fajitas this week which for me included turkey, shredded carrot and iceberg lettuce, charred sweetcorn and cheddar cheese, topped off with sriracha sauce and hot hot hot sweet chilli sauce.

Last Sunday I had pea and pancetta pasta from Tesco’s Finest Range, served with some gnocci, sugar snappeas and pesto. YUM!

I also had a bit of a selection last Friday of pulled pork nachos with roasted gnocci and sugar snap peas, another delicious meal.

I’m still at 161lb this week which I’m absolutely fine with as I’m feeling hella’ bloated and haven’t made as many healthy decision this week as I should have. I am still off the chocolate though (4 weeks and counting)!!

Happy Friday Y’all!
xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was never going to happen…

In my post about staying accountable I said that I would like to be at my pre – Christmas weight on January 4th.

Who was I trying to kid? I don’t think there’s any way I’ll still be at 160, the number on the scale come Monday morning will likely be closer to 165.

I’ve been so inactive over the past couple of weeks and have thoroughly indulged in food, food, food!

That includes an immense meal between Christmas and New Year of pulled pork, homemade chips covered in smoked cheddar and pancetta and some garlic vegetables. Pure bliss on a plate!

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This was accompanied with a delightful gin and bitter lemon next to the Christmas tree.

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So my weight won’t be the same as it was before Christmas (let’s see just how much over it is tomorrow) but I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting fit again!

I’ve purchased a pair of dumbbells and the Davina 15 minute fit dvd that I can do at home.

Happy belated New Year everyone! Xoxo

Ruby Red Christmas Cocktail

I’m a sucker for a cocktail that contains gin or Martini (not a martini cocktail, Martini the drink). I’m not fussy about the brand of Gin, although I do love a Tanqueray,

I also love Nigella Lawson, a lot. I aspire to be a mix of Nigella Lawson and Kirstie Allsop in my homemaking,

I saw nigella once make a cocktail using pink vermouth, pomegranate juice and ginger ale, but I’m not a huge ginger ale fan so here’s my updated version of the recipe!

20151219_185531To make a pitcher of the cocktail (for yourself, or to share if you must!) you’ll need…

  • 1 bottle of prosecco – don’t use expensive champagne as the taste will be overwhelmed by the other ingredients.
  • 50ml of Rosato martini (or any pink vermouth, or any vermouth really) per person.
  • 1 carton of pomegranate juice – I also sometimes use Ocean Spray Cranberry and Pomegranate juice.
  • Ice

If you want to give the cocktail an extra bit of Christmas spirit, you could add 25ml of gin per person as well.

This cocktail is very festive with its ruby sparkle but be warned, it’s VERY drinkable!

For more of nigella Lawson’s cocktails, visit Stylist: http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/nigellas-christmas-cocktail-recipes

Merry Christmas Everyone!

The fruits of your labour

Working hard for something can lead to disappointment if we don’t see results quickly, so it is motivational when we start to see the fruit of our labours showing, whether that’s a smaller number on the scale, dropping a dress size or getting a new personal best in fitness.

This week I’ve been sticking to my training plan for the 10km, running 3 x this week with some Zumba and strength training thrown in for good measure. I’ve also been following the 80/20 rule of eating, filling myself with whole foods that will nourish my body and indulging in the odd treat. I’m feeling stronger than I have in a while and more confident every day. And whilst it’s not the be end and all end, I’ve pushed past a weight loss plateau and hit 158lb this morning.Keep calm and go for a run

I’d never advocate dieting or working out for other people, you have to be doing it for yourself, but I can’t deny that it feels good when someone notices that you’ve lost weight (but being a complicated woman, I also don’t think it’s right that people comment on your weight at all). However, the comment did come from a couple of friends who are also getting into running and trying to eat healthier, so I didn’t mind too much:-)

I’m feeling super dedicated at the moment, and even managed a good workout last night when I would have rather enjoyed a few minutes of P&Q (the baby was in bed and the husband was at the football) binge watching Madame Secretary (how good???) , but I picked up those kettlebells instead! And followed it with a fuji apple covered with crunchy PB and a spoonfull of fluff!

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How was your weekend? xoxo

Happy Hump Day – pictures

It’s Wednesday and I have worked out 3/3 days so far this week, BOOM!

This weekend I decided that I really needed to get back into regular exercise after taking a few weeks off with a poorly ankle. I mean come on, an bad ankle does not mean that I can’t do any exercise, I’ve just been using it as an excuse to be lazy.20150418_131712[1]

So Monday lunchtime I went for a run and did about 4.5km and then yesterday I did a circuit of the gym concentrating on abs.arms, plus a fast km (5min 11sec).

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We then went for a nice family walk around Embasy reservoir.

Today I went for a gentle walk along the canal in my lunch hour as I didn’t have time for a shower so didn’t want to get too sweaty, and look at the ducklings I saw!

 

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