Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Day In The Life - Sunday

Todays the day!!! My sister, mum and nephew will be arriving very soon and I am so excited, I can't wait to spend a long weekend with them its gonna be so much fun. I have to work Friday and Saturday at the shop so I will be wishing the days away until I can be back hanging with family. While I await their arrival here is my Day In A Life post for you to read, its all about last Sunday........

8.30am - Wake up to the cat nudging my face asking for breakfast, he gets a little impatient if I am not up at 6am sharp to feed him! 


9am - After a big glass of water I made a fresh juice and added a Grinki all natural matcha sachet for some extra workout energy! 

Grinki Juice

2 sticks celery
3 small apples
1/4 cucumber
1/2 lemon
2 small carrots
1 sachet grinki matcha

Juice all the veggies then whizz in a pack of grinki for a green tea boost! I was sent these little packets to try and I love them, they taste great in a juice and the packaging?? How cute is that! 

10am - Time to workout, I did a full body workout which was a real killer but only taking 30 minutes I was done and dusted by 10.30am boom!


11am - All freshened up I made an almond milk latte and waited for Dale to get back from fishing.


12pm - Dale returned and we had some toast and caught up on X Factor. I had three pieces one with butter, manuka honey and the other with almond butter....wow so good! 

2pm - We get ready to leave the house then go and visit Dales sister to hang out with Logan Dales nephew, he's grown so much its crazy! 

4pm - Off to visit more family this time Dales mum and stepdad, we hang out there until just after five then its off to town....


5.30pm - We went to the cinema to see Fury, brilliant film! We hadn't eaten since the toast so it was a bit of a snack fest at the cinema...wispa bites, M&M's and popcorn! Ha well lets face it the snacks on offer at the cinema aren't exactly on the healthy side so we decided to embrace it! 

8.30pm - Get home and eat some soup and more toast, no picture here as the ones I took were not pretty. We also watched some Peaky Blinders...loving that series! 

10pm - Bed 

Sunday was a good day, I loved the film and seeing Dales family is always a treat : )

Question:

Have you seen Fury or Peaky Blinders, what do you think?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Workout Wednesday: Cardio Blast

Its Wednesday all ready so it must be time for a workout! I have been loving my workouts lately, I really enjoy working out at home and not having to leave my house to get sweaty and pink like a lobster in the outside world and believe me I go very pink! I am lucky to own lots of workout equipment but many of my workouts don't use any just bodyweight so if your looking for a home workout check out my Workout Wednesday page which has lots for all fitness abilities or if your up for a real challenge go get changed and try this Cardio Blast for a killer calorie burn session! 


Cardio Blast

3-5 minute warm up - can be anything that gets your heart rate up!

Circuit 1

Star Jumps
Mountain Climbers
Step Ups
Squat Jumps

x 3

Burpees x 15

Circuit 2

Plank Jacks
180 Jumps
Bench Hops
Bicycle Crunches

x 3

Burpees x 15

Set your interval timer to 45s work, 15s rest for 4 sets and 3 rounds a total of 12 minutes. Perform 3 sets of circuit 1 for the 12 minutes then do 15 burpees before taking a 1-3 minute rest. Do the same for circuit 2 then feel free to crumble in a hot sweaty mess and give yourself a good stretch and pat on the back! This workout will be tough going but you'll be done within 30 minutes and the rest of the day is yours, deal?! 

Question:

What is your favourite home cardio exercise?

Mine would have to be mountain climbers, they kill but they get results!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Currently

Having not posted a Currently post yet this month and with so much going on I thought it would be a perfect time to write one and let you know whats happening on this side of the screen. This what I have currently been.....

drinking......


I was sent these new flavoured teas from Twinings which are delicious, I love the Moroccan Mint and Rose especially and the packets are so pretty. I am a sucker for packaging so I am sold on these its a bonus they taste wonderful too! 

eating......


Porridge of course! Its cold so I like a hot breakfast and porridge made with almond butter and sprinkled with Coconom's ginger coconut sugar is a winner for me, yum 

thinking......

I really want to do well in my interview tomorrow, I am not going to go into details yet just in case I don't get the job and I don't want to get my hopes up but they all ready are I guess, all I can do is be myself and hope they like me and what I have to offer...keep your fingers crossed for me! 

I have made a new board to pin my winter fashion inspiration, I'm in desperate need of a wardrobe overhaul so this is the perfect place to collect ideas. 

loving......


Almond milk lattes, I make myself one everyday and its become a morning ritual. I have one of those areolatte things to froth my milk which makes it feel a little more luxurious. Who needs a high street coffee bar when you can make one even better at home! Lets face it how many years is it going to take for almond milk to be offered in a coffee shop? Too many!

feeling......


Really proud of Dale!! My man has only gone at got featured in Carp-Talk magazine! He's doing really well at the mo and it makes me really happy he has a hobby he loves and puts so much effort in to good man! 

thanking.......


My sister Jes for my free veg box voucher, I am loving using these yummy veggies for different meals and juices : )

hoping......

urrrr I get the job or a job! 

starting......


To get excited about going to see Gaslight Anthem tomorrow night!! Me and Dale are off to London to see them which is gonna be a fun night out.

Question:

Tell me something thats currently going on your life......

Monday, 17 November 2014

My First Gourmet Veg Box from Abel and Cole

Here we are at the start of another week a very busy week, that is for me. I have so much going on this week its kind of hard to think straight, I am overwhelmed with so many emotions I am already feeling warn out and its only Monday! Why so busy? I here you ask well lets see...

Monday and Tuesday - two full days of clients

Wednesday - I have a job interview (more on this another time) and me and Dale are off to London to see Gaslight Anthem

Thursday - Clients and my mum, sister and nephew arrive and will be staying until Tuesday - yay!

Friday and Saturday - Clients before and after work at the shop both days 

Sunday - Family day....maybe a little time to relax?! I hope so! 

Ah I feel exhausted just writing this but I am also excited for family time, nervous to go to my interview and feeling over whelmed but I guess it means one exciting week ay?


While I just quiver in a corner lets get back to what this post is actually about and thats my first veg box delivery from Abel and Cole. I used to have a veg box delivered when I lived in Brighton but it became a bit boring so I cancelled it and since then just went back to buying veg in the supermarket but when my sister kindly offered a free veg box voucher I thought why the hell not! I have heard lots of good thing about Abel and Cole and the fact their veg is organic is very appealing to me and its seasonal which lets face it is a good way to eat. So I had a browse and went for the small gourmet box which gives you 8 different types of veg for £16. Not a bad price for organic produce and I am really eager to give this a try again just to help jazz things up in my kitchen, I tend to buy the same stuff each week and its getting pretty boring. Me and Dale decided if it works out the same price then  its a great idea plus I like the fact you can chop and change your order each week to suit your needs for instance this Friday I am getting a medium veg box instead of the gourmet because I preferred the veggies that are offered in it this week.


So what did I get in my first gourmet box? Well lets see there was a cauliflower, courgettes, a pepper, celery, cucumber, mushrooms, aubergine and a kabocha squash yum!! Everything in this box I love and can't wait to make some meals with these veggies. I added some of the celery to a juice yesterday and plan to make chicken with roasted veggies tonight. I have some ideas on how to use the other bits which I am sure if you follow my Instagram you will see what I come with : )

Question:

Do you get a veg box delivered?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter Fashion Inspiration - Tartan

I have been browsing through Pinterest looking for winter fashion inspiration and one thing that keeps catching my eye is Tartan. I have always loved tartan and I feel its time to get myself a tartan scarf for the winter months. Here are some beautiful images that have got me set on owning my own tartan scarf....






1. Red Tartan -  Trendy Lisbon

2.  Cream Tartan - Source

3. Red and Green Tartan - Gabba Gabba Gorgeous

4. Blue and Red Tartan - Prepaganda

5. Red and Blue Tartan - Chic Wish

Question:

Do you have any must have winter items on your wish list?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

New Recipe: Gluten Free Chai Spiced Cookies with Lemon, Goji Berries and Chia Seeds

Happy Saturday readers I have a treat for you today! You may have seen earlier this week I posted a few pictures across my social media sites of some yummy cookies I had made last weekend. Well folks today I have the recipe to share with you and its good'un!

I have been loving all things Chai at the moment, latte's when out and about, cakes and now cookies. There is something about the mix of spices that is warming and very comforting this time of year, don't you think? With that in mind I decided to make my own chia mix up and bake some cookies to feed my craving. Here is the mix of spices I used:

Chai Mix Recipe:

2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice

And now for the cookies....


Ingredients:

140g Almond Flour
110g Gluten Free Oat Flour
2 tsp Chai Mix
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Goji Berries
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 Lemon, zest and 1/2 juice



Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine almond flour, oat flour, chai spices, chia seeds, bi carb and salt.

Stir in liquid coconut oil (melt first if needed), maple syrup, lemon zest and juice of half the lemon, mix well then finally add the goji's.

Place mix in fridge for ten minutes.

Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays, press down gently with a fork to make a pretty pattern on top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before tucking in! These will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container...if they last that long : )


These cookies are not only gluten free they are filled with healthy ingredients so they are guilt free too, you can enjoy them without thinking your being 'bad' even if you eat the whole lot within 24hrs......with help of course! 

Question:

Are you loving all things chai like me?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A Day In The Life - Monday

Hello, I have a day in the life post all about how I get through one of my two fast days I do each week. Back in September I wrote a post all about me doing the 5:2 diet which you can read here. I have been doing the 5:2 since February so now my fast days are pretty easy to do not always but most of the time. This week I fasted Monday and I will be doing today and this post is about Mondays...

8.30am - Alarm goes off and I am feeling good after a great nights sleep, it helps I got to sleep in a little this morning! I get up, dressed and sort my face : )

8.45am - Make a hot water with lemon and catch up on my social media sites.


9am - Make a almond milk latte with 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar - 43 calories

9.45am - Time to drive to my sports massage appointment. I am glad to report my back is pretty much sorted but I will continue to have my sports massages every six weeks. 

10.45am - Get home crack open a 2 litre bottle of water, guzzle a quarter of it then get my front room ready for my first client. 

11.15am - First client arrives 

12.15pm - Client leaves, I drink more water then talk to Dale on the phone for half hour. He always calls me on his lunch break : )

1pm - I do a workout with my Skype client, just 30 minutes which is enough for me when fasting!

1.30pm Get freshened up, drink a peppermint tea


2pm - Boil two medium eggs and eat with a little salt - 130 calories 

2.30pm - Look through emails briefly as I need to get ready for my next client 

3pm - Train my next client

4pm - Go back to my emails and start replying etc and drink a peppermint tea

6pm - Start to get dinner prepared for when Dale gets home.

6.30pm Cook our dinner


7pm - Eat! I had baked lemon and garlic salmon with veggies - 360 calories

7.30pm - 9.30pm - Chill on the sofa with Dale watching TV

10pm - Bed : )

Total Daily Calories - 513

Just slightly over on my calories on Monday but still a good fast in my book! I always do a Monday because it starts off the week well and its a day I am usually not too crazy busy. I drink at least 2 litres of water which fills me up and keep myself doing something all day. Sometimes I just have a coffee in the morning then water up until dinner it really depends on the day and how I am feeling. 

Questions:

Would you like to know more about me and my 5:2 dieting?

Would you like some 5:2 recipes?

Have you ever tried 5:2 or would you?