Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Day In The Life - Friday February 27th

Happy Saturday folks, I hope you've had a good week? One of my blogging goals this month was to write a "Day In The Life" post and here it is just making the February cut! This is an average Friday for me these days and I thought I'd give you a little peak into how my new work life fits in with the old one : )

5.42am Jump out of bed throw on some clothes and get ready in 8 minutes to leave the house! 
( I love waking up to this cutie!)


6am Arrive at my first clients house for an hour of personal training.

7.10am Arrive home ready for my next client.

7.20am Hit the streets with client no2 for an early morning power walk.


We walked along the seafront.....


Up the East Hill and back to mine....

8.50am Arrive back home 10,000+ steps later! 

9am Shower and get ready for the day.


9.20am Have some much needed breakfast. I ate rice cakes topped with almond butter and lacto-free cheese one the best flavour combos, so good! 

10am Train my next client via Skype

11.15am Another client arrived at mine for an hours training. 

12.30pm Get my bag and dinner ready for work at the house later.


1pm Make lunch. I had eggs and mushrooms coked in coconut oil, a mini sweet potato and 1/2 an avocado. What a tasty lunch : )


1.45pm Meet my friend Wayne for a coffee and a catch up before work.

3pm Start work at the house, we get there at 3 ready for the arrival of all the tenants which is between 3.45-4pm.

4.15pm Accompany one of the ladies to the chiropodists.

5pm Get back to the house and get paper work ready for one of the tenants planning meeting's while they all eat dinner. I ate some plain gluten free oat cakes for a snack here to. 

6pm Complete planning meeting with tenant.


7.15pm Eat dinner. I had a rice and feta salad which was delicious.

7.30pm Administer some of the tenants medications.

7.45pm Take two of the ladies into town for a Friday night drink. We sat in a quiet little bar and chatted : )

8.50pm Arrive home and sot out monies and update tenants files. 

9.10pm Administer more medication and up date files. 

9.20pm Sign off all of my days paperwork. 

9.40pm All done and time to get off home. 


10pm Arrive home after filling up the petrol tank on the way, I'm beat! 

10.40pm All ready for bed its time to collapse into dream world......

And there we have it an average day for me, busy right? There are a lot more things I do on a shift at work but listing them all would be pretty boring so I listed the main things to give you an idea. I literally don't stop from the moment I get to the house until I leave be that the same day or a 24hr shift but I really love it, such a great rewarding job and lots of fun..mostly! 

Enjoy your weekend x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

5 Things I'm Loving - February 2015

One of my blogging goals this month was to share a "5 Things I'm Loving Right Now" post its had a slight title change this time because from now on I am hoping to do a 5 Things each month to share some of the things that make me happy during that month and it shouldn't be too hard to do...honest!

So what have I been loving this month? Well lots to be honest, both jobs are still going well and I am loving working with the people at my new job. I have spent time with my girlfriends, sister and even managed to fit in a wedding reception last week which was great fun seeing some old friends and the joy of two people newly married, love a wedding! But there are some things that have stood out that I wanted to share with you lovely people and they are.....

My New Tattoo


A friend of mine, Alexis, has just opened a new tattoo studio in Hastings called Two Snakes Tattoo and it looks amazing so when there was a Valentines offer on I couldn't resist getting a little something done. I chose this little heart spider which is right in the crease of my arm, a little bit of a stinger to get done but I love it! I can't wait to book in for some more work done by Alexis and her co worker Cassandra who is also a great tattoo artist : )

Fancy coming to Hastings and getting something done? Check them both out on Instagram - Alexis & Cassandra 

Crunchy Almond Butter


OMG my clients now me so well, one of them just returned from a week in New York and bought me back this all natural crunchy almond butter and its the bomb! I usually buy smooth but I gotta say the crunchy is sooooo good I am loving this in porridge, on rice cakes with cheese or just off the spoon, its definitely not gonna last long round here. 

Jawbone Up Band


I was lucky enough to have this bought for me last year for my birthday, the first one I got was broken so it had to be changed and I didn't start using it till January so I've had a good try out and really like using it. The Jawbone tracks your steps, exercise, food, and sleep on a daily basis. I don't personally use it to track my food but the other things I track and its great for reminding to take more steps to reach your daily goal and it gives me and insight to how I sleep and I can confirm I need more! I don't know how accurate it is but it gives me a good idea and I love any kind of fitness tracker so its working for me : )

Bombay Mix


I have been finding alternatives to snack on since going sugar free and I am loving some good old bombay mix. My local health food shop sells it made from gram flour so its gluten free and sugar free which is perfect for me. I try not to eat too much as its pretty high in calories but its so addictive! 

Twinings Intensely Buttermint Tea


I love most mint teas but I think I've found my favourite in Twinings Buttermint tea, it tastes exactly like a murray mint without the sugar and calories and I can't get enough of it. I'm definitely going to need to buy two boxes next time as I destroyed this box in a matter of days! 

Questions:

Have tried any of the above?

What have you been loving during February?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sugar Free, Wholesome and Delicious

No your eyes do not deceive you this is indeed another post from me, two days in a row, score! I have a little time today so thought I would use it wisely and show you some of the foods I have been enjoying lately, all sugar free, wholesome and delicious. As I have mentioned before I try to eat well even if I am busy and having to go sugar free also presents its own challenges basically I have to make everything from scratch and be prepared! Lucky for me I really enjoy cooking savoury foods as well as sweet and these meals were all scrumptious!  


Porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts and teaming oats with lacto free milk, almond butter and a pinch of salt is a great start to the day. I actually prefer it without and sugar and find it keeps me fuller for longer, no sugar highs or lows!


About a week ago I made this wonderful avocado, basil and garlic pasta dish which was awesome! I made the avocado sauce by blending 1.5 avocados, fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mixed through some gluten free spaghetti and veggies. Such a yummy meal that I will be making again I'm sure.


As you are all aware it was Shrove Tuesday last week which means pancakes and we celebrated in style. I love sweet pancakes but as that wasn't an option this year we went savoury by adding bacon, scrambled egg and avocado to our gluten free pancakes and man was it good. It reminded me how good pancakes are sweet or savoury and I plan on eating them a little more often! 


Lastly is this cheap as chips chickpea dish that is super filling and easy to make. This was literally chickpeas, veggies some spices a little tomato puree and a dash of tamari all fried up in coconut oil and topped with a little lacto free cheese. Sometimes the simple dishes are the best : )

I love food as you well know and having to make everything yourself due to allergies or intolerances makes you a lot more experimental which I really enjoy, lucky really! 

Question:

Did you make pancakes, what was your flavour combo?

Monday, 23 February 2015

OMG Its My Review Post

Ha by the title you can guess this is well over due so apologies but I just haven't had the time to sit down and get this post done. I get lots of offers to try things out but not everything fits in with my blog, the following items are things I thought would be good to try out and you may well be interested in. Although these were gifted to me the thoughts and words are all my own and I will give my honest opinion be that good or bad. 

The first two products are for those of you that like a detox which to be fair at the beginning of the year I was more then willing to try!

First Cleanse

First Cleanse is a product made by Renew Life its a 14 day detox programme that has you taking 2 capsules in the evening and in the morning as well as some fibre capsules, if needed, during the day. This was taken from the website:

"First Cleanse is a 14 day, all natural herbal cleanse formulated specifically for the ‘first time’ or ‘sensitive’ cleanser. It is designed to gently stimulate the cleansing and detoxification process of the body’s 7 channels of elimination: the liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, and lymphatic system.

First Cleanse is strong enough to be effective, yet gentle enough that it will not cause ‘cleansing reactions’ which may occur when performing a more advanced cleanse. Cleansing reactions include mild headaches, nausea, and flu like symptoms that occur if you detoxify too quickly. First Cleanse has a very gentle action on the colon. It does not contain laxative herbs such as casgara sagrada or senna."


To put it plainly this programme will help you to go to the loo and get all that crap out of your body...literally! I did the 14 days and yes it helped me go to the loo but I can't say it made me feel any different or lighter. I think it would be a great idea for anyone having troubles in the loo department to get the digestive track clear which sometimes helps.

Check out ReNew Life on Twitter and Facebook for more info.

Slimming Solutions Teatox

Another popular way of detoxing is drinking teas and as I am a fan of herbal teas anyway this for me is an enjoyable way of detoxing. Slimming Solutions Teatox asks you to drink a tea in the morning and evening that is designed to help your body to get rid of unwanted toxins in the system. 


The morning tea is drunk 30 minutes before any food and the evening tea is drunk before bed. I really like the taste of both teas and would definitely recommend these to anyone that needs help with things "moving" if you catch my drift! I again did not really feel any different after the teas but I definitely had no problem going to loo, ha!

Check out Slimming Solutions on Twitter and Facebook


Lets move on from detoxing and talk eating shall we : )


GoNutrtion 

The kind peeps over at go nutrition sent me some coconut products which obviously went down well with me, I am a fan of coconut every which way so was more then happy to try out their Cocopure coconut water powder and Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


GoNutrition Cocopure is powered coconut water which you add to water to make a natural isotonic drink perfect before, during or after exercise. Coconut water can be pretty expensive and this 250g bag makes 35 drinks which is a cheaper way of getting your coconut water fix. I really like the taste and have been enjoying making up a quick drink after a tough workout.

GoNutrition Organic Coconut Oil is as good as the other coconut oils I've tasted I use it for all my cooking and don't have a bad word to say about it. Most of you like me use coconut oil on a daily basis so I can recommend trying this one out if you like to try other brands, I've tried it in cookies and frying up eggs/veggies and it tastes fab.

The site offers all sorts of products to help with your fitness training at competitive prices so definitely worth a look.

Check out GoNutrition on Twitter and Facebook.

Fruit Heroes

Last but not least is some yummy snack bars called Fruit Heroes. These fruity bars originate in Denmark and have recently hit the shelves here, they are a great alternative for processed bars especially for little ones. These bars are made from natural ingredients including dates, fruit purees and sunflower oil.


I tired these before I had to go sugar free and thought they were rather nice, my favourite bar was the blackcurrant flavour, they are different to other bars I have tried plus they are a great option if you can't eat nuts or gluten as so many snack bars contain them these days.

You can check out Fruit Heroes on Twitter and Facebook

Well there we have it finally I have posted these reviews, I have been meaning to get them up for bloody ages. Hopefully you can see something here of interest that you might like to try yourself. 

Question:

Have you tried any of the above?

Thursday, 12 February 2015

10 Minute Meals

Hi all how are we? I am still getting over the past weekend of work and to say I feel slightly frazzled is an understatement! One thing I have made sure of though is no matter how busy I am the meals I am eating and making are healthy and sugar free, why sugar free? Read this post!  

I think we can all admit that when we are rushed off our feet one the quickest things to suffer can be our diets purely because its easier to just grab whatever's available and roll with it. The key to keeping things healthy for me is to always have stuff in the cupboards and fridge that are healthy and can be made quickly. I can make a healthy meal in under 10 minutes so to be fair there is no excuse really! I will be writing a post that includes my healthy life savers which can always be found in my kitchen so I am not caught out which will hopefully help some of you guys if your stuck for ideas but thats another day, todays post features three meals that I have been loving lately and are so easy to make but filled with healthy ingredients which taste bloody awesome! 

Stir Fried Veggies and Mackerel 

I always try to have a fridge full of veggies because they are quick to cook, nutritious and meal without veggies to me just isn't a meal! 


You need:

coconut oil
1 tin mackerel fillets in tom sauce
green cabbage, shredded
broccoli, chopped 

To make:

Heat a non stick pan and add a little coconut oil, add your shredded/chopped veggies and a little salt and fry over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add your can of mackerel and mix around the pan for a further 2-3 minutes or until the mackerel is warmed through. Eat!

Thats it simple to cook, inexpensive and really filling.



Eggs and Veg

Eggs are definitely a kitchen lifesaver for me, they are so easy to make and go with pretty much anything plus I find them great for keeping me energised throughout the day. 


You need:

coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed 
3 medium eggs or 2 large
green cabbage, shredded
7-8 mushrooms, sliced 
GF Tamari 

To make:

Heat a non stick pan and add a little coconut oil, once melted add the garlic, mushrooms and cabbage sauté for 3-5 minutes, crack your eggs into the pan and stir up, while they cook add some tamari to the mix and stir. Eat!

Another simple dish that is filled with healthy ingredients and great for lasting energy. 


Roasted Chicken and Homemade Coleslaw

We try to keep a stock of chicken breasts in the freezer bagged up in 2 or 4 pieces so I can defrost the night before and have them ready for cooking. I love chicken and find this also to be really filling especially when teamed with salad or steamed/roasted veg. I will cook up a few pieces so when I need to make a quick lunch I only have to slice it up and combine with whatever I have in the fridge. 


You need:

1 cooked chicken breast 
(I roasted mine the day before in olive oil and herbs)
red cabbage, shredded
white cabbage shredded
1/2 red onion, diced
1 Tbsp vegan mayo or regular if sugar isn't a problem

To make:

Add the shredded cabbage, red onion and mayo to a bowl and mix up until all the veggies are covered. Chop the chicken breast and add to the mix. Eat. 

Ha that one is super easy to make and the flavour combo is great!


All of these meals are gluten and sugar free, contain healthy ingredients and are not expensive it really comes down to being prepared and organised when it comes to eating well even when you have little time on your hands. 

I hope these meals appeal to you and you can take some tips away from this especially if like me your life is full on busy most of the time x

Question:

Whats your favourite quick and healthy meal? 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A Trip To The Kinesiologist....

Happy Saturday peeps! I hope you all had a good start to this new month? Mine has been good but much the same as the last....busy! 

One thing I have done this week out of the norm was go and see a Kinesiologist ( called Beryl) about my ever lasting skin problem. I have tried everything from antibiotics to special creams and pretty much anything you can think of so after visiting Beryl in the past and having great results for other issues I thought it was high time to go back. 

I am so self conscious about my skin and ever since stopping the antibiotics its got worse and now even spread to my chest and back (urgh that was hard to write) it gets to the point where I hate people looking at me and I become really moody and upset and thats just not how I like to be so enough is enough! 

I went to see Beryl on Thursday morning and it seems there are a few issues causing my pimples shall we say which are food and product related as well as having blocked lymph nodes. After a killer massage on my lymph nodes which nearly bought me to tears we discussed what I am going to have to do for the next couple of months and the things that have got to change which are: 

No Sugar - at all not even a grain, no fruit, no coconut sugar no nothing! This is obviously quite hard purely because so much has sugar in it but I have done it before to get rid of Candida years ago so am confident I can do it again it will just mean being very organised, every label and resisting temptation. 

No Lactose - I can have lacto free cheese and milk though which helps, this again is quite easy as I ate lactose free for a long time before going out with Dale, it seems things have lapsed a little since having a boyfriend and my skin has taken the hit!

No Chemicals on the skin - make up, face washes, shower gels etc. This one is tough purely because I hide behind make up so I have decided if I go out on the town (which is hardly ever) then I will wear a little make up but other then that its a bare face. I can only use olive oil soap on my skin and coconut oil which is obviously a great beauty product so I'll role with it : )


Lucky for me I do love all food and savoury foods can be just as good if not better then sweet stuff and I have been enjoying lots of options already like rice cakes topped with nut butter, lacto free cheese and cucumber yum! 


Tuna salad with vegan mayo is a great alternative to the normal mayo which has sugar in it plus with the raw veggies its really filling.


Gluten free lacto free cheese toasted sarnies, OMG so good!


Garlic and chill roasted butternut squash with tomato and veggie pork mince filling, love this one! 

I haven't worn any makeup (other then on my eyes) since thursday and have only used the olive oil soap to wash with plus no sugar has passed my lips and I am already seeing a difference so fingers crossed I am on the right track and I will be saying farewell to my crappy skin! I will keep you updated on how it goes, I should have taken some photos of my skin at its worse and how it improves but to be honest I don't think I would have the guts to post them so you'll just have to go by me telling you, hope thats ok : )

Question:

Have you ever had bad skin/acne problems, how did you deal with it or is it still an issue?

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

February Blogging Goals and a Reality Check

Photo Credit - Oh Sweet Joy

Well it seems like it was only Christmas yesterday but here we are already in February, can you believe it?! January whizzed by for me as you are well aware with my new job and still training clients and not much time for anything else. It was pretty much all work and no play, well there was one night out which left me with a hideous hangover but that I am choosing to forget!


January can be wrapped up quite quickly really it was a great month and I've had a permanent smile on my face! I started my new job as a support worker and feel it was one of the best job decisions I have ever made I am loving my new role it definitely keeps me on my toes! Work with clients has been really good also, goals are being made and I have also taken on some new clients which is fab. My training has been great this month, I have started running a little bit and my home sessions are going from strength to strength and I am feeling way stronger then I did last year so I am super happy with that. Me and Dale are really happy too, 2015 has started on a great note the only thing that has suffered this month is my blogging, apologies! I was really hoping to be able to manage my time better for February but it seems its another month with only four days off, not the best but I intend to thoroughly enjoy those four days thats for sure : )

February is not just busy with work I have lots of things planned which I will hopefully have time to share with you over the month. I also have some monthly blogging goals to try and keep me accountable on here:

February Blogging Goals

Write a "Currently" post.

Write a "5 Things I'm Loving Right Now" post.

Write a "Day In The Life" post.

Post some new recipes.

Write my Reviews post.

So thats at least 5 or more posts and if I can pop in a little more over the month I will be happy with that. Last month was a nice little reality check for me, I spent that past two years wanting my blog to make me some money and it started to really get on top of me and writing became a chore almost so I am really happy to just get back to blogging for me and seeing where it takes me without any pressures of needing to make extra cash. I kind of lost sight of why I started this little space I can call my own and I am looking forward to getting back to basics and having some fun, I hope you will continue to read and accompany me on this journey : )

Questions:

How was January for you?

Have you made any February goals?