Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Funday!

errr.. Well note really.  Today was one of those days at work that you just really want to end quickly.  At my work pace we are all lucky enough to finish at 4:30pm on a Friday (which is fantastic); however Friday is usually my busiest days and I tend to either go in early, or work through my lunch break.  Therefore, making the hour early-mark, fairly pointless.

However, the day started out pretty well as I managed to score a lift early into work with Matt (he was driving into Notting Hill early to watch SA vs Samoa).  I took full advantage of being able to use the work gym in this instance!

Workout Today
10mins warm up level 12 random on elliptical trainer
Seated dumbell press at 7kg
DB front raise at 4kg
Shoulder press at 20kg
Lateral raise at 4
Bent over rear delt raise at 3kg
Hanging knee raises 

1 COMPLETE PULL UP!!  Very excited about this.  Yes,  I could only do one.. but one is still one right? :)

For lunch us girls went out to the local Nando's which was lovely.  Being stuffed in a small booth on a hot day in a restaurant that has no air conditioning made us all a bit sweaty, especially with the Peri Peri sauce!   I had a vege pitta which was lovely.  Hold the side of chips please! Not only am I trying to be healthy, but I am also a bit of a tight a*# so that worked out well, to tell you the truth.

When I got home, I was a bit peckish as I didn't have anything at work for my regular afternoon snack.  I made myself up a quesadilla with left over chicken, left over salad and some laughing cow cheese.

Just about hit the spot!  A little later I decided to have something sweet as a night cap :)  
Greek yoghurt with some frozen strawberries and blue berries. 

What is your favorite evening sweet tooth snack? x

Chest & Triceps @ The Gym

Today started off pretty well with a nice warm walk to work.  I don't know how long it will be here for, but it appears Summer is trying to have another go in London right now!? Bring it on for the weekend I say!

I took it fairly easy at the gym today as I am still nursing a sore back.  It is much better than it was yesterday or right after I pulled a muscle - but we all know rushing recovery is a bad thing!

Incline DB press with 7kg
Flat bench flys with 4kg
Tricep dips x 12
Ez bar triceps with 7kg
Overhead triceps with 8kg
Cable tricep pull down with 6kg

Followed by some easy situps (making sure not to twist my back the wrong way) making up 250 in total.

When I got back to my desk my arms were feeling like jelly - which I love.  Makes me feel like I pushed myself and am getting somewhere!

Once my back is fully recovered, I am going to start training for a non-existent 5k race.  I haven't found one I would like to enter yet, however I want to start training for it anyways.  I hope to get one in before we leave for Cape Town at the end of November.  YAY for a holiday!

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie - From Chocolate Covered Katie

This is my go to recipe for an indulgent tasting, but fairly healthy dessert.  Everyone that I have made this for, loved it and went back for seconds.

The original recipe is from Chocolate Covered Katie's blog.

You can make it with or without the base or you can spoon it into portions on top of ginger nut cookies.... not saying I have done that... but trust me, that is amazing!

  • 1 package silken or firm tofu (such as 12.3 oz Mori-Nu or Mori-Nu lite)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T nondairy milk
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 8 to 10 oz chocolate chips (a little over 1 and 1/3c or more)
  • 2-3 T agave or other sweetener (When I make this just for me, I omit)
  • optional: extracts, flavorings, or liqueurs
Melt the dark chocolate (either on the stove or in the microwave)

Make sure you rinse the tofu and dry it with paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture.  It feels pretty gross, but it's worth it.  You don't want to be dealing with tofu juice when you are blending your chocolate in there.
I used a hand blender to blend everything together until super smooth.  At this point, you can pour into a pie crust if desired.  Put it in the fridge until chilled. This gets firmer and firmer, the longer it sits. (It’s firmer if you use firm tofu and more like mousse pie if you use silken.)

 I made my base out of light digestives and organic low fat butter.  I didn't have a blender that I could crumb the biscuits in, so I just used a zip lock bag and bashed the living daylights out of it on the kitchen counter.

A simple yet effective method of crumbing digestives.

The base once it was out of the oven.

Nutritional Info:
  • 143 calories
  • 6 grams fat
  • 2.5 grams protein
  • 0mg cholesterol
These stats were calculated using 8 slices without base.

Welcome to the gun show :)

Here are my guns after today’s workout. We are getting there hey? You can see previous pics of my guns from 14th July 2011 and 2nd August 2011 on the links if you want to see my progress. I can see a difference, can you?

Workout for today is listed below:

Treadmill warm up: 10mins
Wide push up - 3 x 12
Bench press with 7kg
Seated row at 21kg
Narrow push up - 3 x 12
Overhead tricep with 8kg
Tricep push down with 14kg
3 x 50 Russian Twists and 20 toe touches with 3kg medicine ball
1 x min plank and 2 x 1min plank with 10 dips per side

Can anyone else remember how I couldn’t do proper form push ups only a matter of weeks ago? Well, today I completed 2 lots of 3 x 12 push ups. If my maths is any good, that’s 72 push ups. I am very pleased with myself to say the least.

Have a great evening, whatever you are up to :) xx

Honey Soy Salmon

 Dinner last night consisted of salmon with a honey & soy glaze, sweet potato chips and a large side of veggies (onion, peas, peppers and broccoli).
Very tasty and very filling.  I didn’t even feel like having a green tea to finish off the night!

Ladies, please read NOW..

I just wanted to share something with you that happened to me around 1month or so ago. 
I was lying in bed on a Saturday night when I discovered a lump in my left breast.  I have always been fairly good with checking myself regularly as I have a long and horrendous family history with cancer.

My mum has been battling a rare form of breast cancer for a number of years now.  It is fairly dormant these days but she is now dangerously low in vitamin D, calcium and requires regular checks on her heart because the strength of the 38 weeks of chemo and radiation she endured; was pretty much enough to kill a horse.  She will never be “in remission” due to the type of cancer it was (we always told her she was special, you see).  It will just switch from being dormant to aggressively trying to kill her whenever it wants to. 
My Mum’s mum has had both breasts removed due to breast cancer quite some time ago and had been diagnosed with a form of cancer in her back as well. 

I lost my dad to lung cancer when I was 13 years old.  He was diagnosed and then 11months later he passed away.  Needless to say, my family has the cancer gene. 
You can imagine that finding this lump in my breast made me heart skip a beat.  Life as I knew it started to flash before my eyes.  I had visions of a doctor telling me I had breast cancer and I thought to myself, my god, if this is what I think it is, I am going to fight this with all I have.  It blows me away, that only a few years ago I was smoking and drinking and not looking after myself because I felt that there was nothing good to live for.  These days I am so happy, if I die of old age at 100, that is not enough time for me to spend on this earth.

I booked an appointment to see my local doctor on the following Tuesday. I knew that my breasts had changed a lot (read – gone completely) since losing a load of weight and I read online that this can be the cause of some lumps/cysts that women  find.  That was a bit of a relief, but still quite stressful and upsetting having to type into Google “what to do when you find a lump in your breast”.  I guarantee, if anyone else on Tumblr has ever done that – it is shit scary. 
The doctor told me that the lump was definitely suspicious and I was being referred to a specialist hospital immediately.  Nice.  Going back to work after being poked and prodded by a few different people – to then sit and wait for a phone call from St Bart’s hospital booking me in for a consultation? Not my idea of fun.

I went to the hospital pretty quickly after my initial appointment.  They do that with high risk patients.  It was comforting to know that they don’t muck around when it comes to breast cancer!  I went to the appointment on my own, feeling pretty numb.  I didn’t know what to expect or what to think.  Weird, I went with my mum for all her appointments from start to chemo and now here I was without a clue.  On my own.  In a waiting room filled with other women and their loved ones.  Freezing my ass off in the lovely gown they provided for me. 
After waiting for around 1.5 hours I was called to see a nice older male doctor who explained what they would look for, how they would look for it, possible scenarios, asked about my family history and then asked me to hop onto the bed.  When he told me straight up, yes this doesn’t feel right – I wanted to cry.  He found more than one lump and send me for an ultrasound on the floor above.  So off I trotted to the floor above with my folder of paperwork and waiting my turn for the ultrasound.

I may as well have been sitting there topless as I felt the whole world had seen my little boobs already!  The ultrasound lady was very nice and again, was informative about what was happening and how things may go.  I felt comfortable through the whole procedure which was a relief.  It was cold and sterile, but the ladies were friendly and informative and comforting.  She said that things didn’t look good on the ultra sound, so they would put a needle into the lump (IN MY BOOB!!), drain some of the fluid and then send it off for testing.  That wasn’t nice, but it was bearable. 
Off I went to wait for the results with all the other ladies in the waiting room.  I now know why they have their loved ones there.  It was quite a testing time since my mind had gone from being numb, to racing around thinking “what if?”.

I was called into the room with the first male doctor I saw that day, who informed me that I am very high risk and will be put onto a register with the government to find out more about my family genealogy and also get free MRI’s when required.  That’s nice, but do I have cancer?  Well, the answer is NO.  I do not have cancer.. 
Oh…. My.. goodness.. I almost cried. 

He told me that I must book for regular check-ups every 6months, continue with the self-examination and be extremely vigilant.  The lumps in my breast are cysts and not cancerous now, but could be in the future.  What a relief.   
My poor little boobs… are more cysts than actual boob.  Its official ladies.  I have NO BOOBS.  Just cysts.  Darn!

So ladies, this was my experience.  I encourage all of you to please – get to know your boobs.  Check them out.  Feel them. Poke and prod them.  Get your boyfriends to grope them.  Do whatever you can to be aware of your breasts and notice any changes that happen as early as possible.  Trust me, you know a lump when you feel it. 
If this post makes even one of you go and check your boobs out now, then I feel I have accomplished something!


Starting fresh with one of my best mates Robbie..

 What you will read below is a super inspiring story of what it took and how it felt for one person to make a healthy lifestyle change.  Make no mistake it can be a hard choice!  Especially when your lifestyle, job and friends make it difficult for you to look after yourself.  It takes courage, strength and determination.  I admire this man for how far he has come.

 I love that we can talk about “healthy stuff” and educate our friends so they can make healthier choices in their lives.  I love that we can share recipes and laugh about how we put agave nectar with asparagus and carrots and ground flax seeds in our smoothies or over our oats.  I love that we are both addicted to BodyRock.Tv and have a strange feeling that Zuzana is now part of our “circle of friends”.  I love that we are same-same, but different.  I love that our same same’s make us super close and our differences makes us even closer.

 I am so happy and proud that Robbie has come this far with no thoughts of ever taking a step back to the lifestyle we both lead, not that long ago…

Only a few months ago my life was dictated by booze, drugs and sausage rolls.  I worked in hospitality and that made it very easy to get stuck in a lifestyle of working nocturnal hours and partying very hard.  I survived on minimal sleep and a diet of alcohol, red bull, cigarettes and fast food. 

 I have always been slim but while living this way; my body had turned scrawny with a beer gut and I lacked energy and zest for life.

 I had been wanting to make some healthy changes in my life, but I never had motivation until a few months ago.

 I realised that I had become a product of my surroundings.  I knew that if I wanted to make a healthy change, I had to change where I was working and who was influencing me.  That was probably the hardest part as many of my friends did not understand why I wanted to make a change and didn’t want to help at all – even though I wanted to change myself for the better!
 Two people in particular were instrumental in this process.  Jenn and my fiancĂ© Ryan.  I had watched Jenn transform in front of me and become the person I was trying to be.  Watching her growth and having her support has been invaluable.  My fiancĂ© has always been a positive influence and will always inspire me to be a better man.  Now I am in the best shape of my life.  I quit smoking, have a limited number of drinks per week and exercise daily.  I contribute by body transformation largely to BodyRock.Tv.  I love Zuzana!!  

 My advice to anyone wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change is to stick with it!  It is so worth it.  I have never been happier and I feel like my life has only just begun.

Something old, something new, something ripped??

Today’s outfit. Grab jeans I ripped myself years ago.
H&M brown belt. Target Australia cami from about 10 years ago.
Red or Dead denim jacket. Leopard scarf. Nothing special at all.

Went walking around Muswell Hill and it was lovely. I love exploring a new area when you move. Everything seems so exciting :)

Snack or Desert - this is a winner no matter what

Fage 0% Greek Yoghurt, raspberries, blueberries and agave nectar. Yummo. 

Best way to end a perfect dinner at Robbie's house! Thank you for a great night xx

Treadmill Fartlek Day!

This is why my face was red and I was super sweaty.  I completed 5km on the treadmill at a fairly easy pace of 11-12 ish.. this was kind of me, deciding what to do at the gym today…. then after 5K I did sprints. 

Pushed myself to run at level 14 for 1min, then 20sec recovery, 15 for 30 seconds, and then 15.5 for 15 seconds, then recover.. repeat… Mix it up etc.  Was good! I have a feeling I am going to be sore tomorrow.  That is what I get for being indecisive :)

Original post 15th August 2011

My old gym program - In case you wanted it!

Ok so my tummy is so white it could be used as a light house or homing beacon. Tee hee

Work out program was something like this:
1 mile warm up on treadmill

20 push ups
20 burpees
20 tricep dips
3 min on rower level 10 keeping rpm over 40
Rest and water

20 shoulder press (4kg weights)
2 x 20 squats (5kg weights)
20 lateral raises (4kg weights)
3min on treadmill starting at level 11.5 and increasing .5 every 30sec to 3min complete
Rest and water

20 push ups
20 squat thrusts
20 bicep curls (4kg weights)
20 front raises
Treadmill as above but starting at level 12.
10min on elliptical setting random level 10 for cool down
3 x 30 sec planks
10 x 30 reps various sit ups / ab exercises
I think that was about it!!

Original post 5th August 2011

I felt like Rocky....

Run done!! I did 2k at a fairly nice pace. Was quicker than my usual casual warm up pace but felt comfortable.

Stopped for a minute at the canal. Enjoyed the view. Bounced around like Rocky. Did some hip stretches. Some shadow boxing (jokes. But serious)

Then did some fartlek sprints on the way home. I left my recovery at around 30sec and then carried on. I love trying to race the traffic. I wonder if people know that’s what I am doing haha.
Now for abs and stretches.

Ps I really didn’t feel like running even though I wanted to. I’m glad I did. You never regret a run. Remember that my lovelies!! Xx

Original post 6th August 2011

Shopping Spree in May!

When I left my last job, I was lucky enough to be given some vouchers for New Look and also got paid some holiday pay! In preparation for my new job (that I hadn't lined up yet) I decided to go on a shopping spree - taking up my whole first day off!

Shirt and shorts from Primark for GBP17

Boots from New Look for GBP20

Dress and shirt from Primark for GBP18
Two new nail polishes that I purchased from SuperDrug . Barry M in 299 Racing Green and 308 Berry.

And now, finally, you can't go on a shopping day without swinging past your local Nike store can you?

This was my first pair of Nike Temp running shorts.  The start of a beautiful relationship!

After that day, I was exhausted.  Does shopping wipe anyone else out? Even if you go and spend a day during the week, when other people are supposed to be at work - there are still too many people out and about for me and it just gives me a head ache.  However, when I get home and rest up, I am always super pumped to open the bags of goodies and play with my new toys!

My Bestie & I

This woman is one of my best closest friends and she means the world to me.  Not only is she wonderfully talented (she pretty much put this blog together for me!) but she is sweet, loving, generous, funny, beautiful and overall, a great mate to have in your corner.  I miss working with you all day!

Click here if you would like to check out her blog! 

London Bridge Baby

I used to live just up the road from here in Shoreditch, East London.  Very cool place to live.  Maybe one day we will end up back there!

Circa 2007 - Japanese Monkey Park!

In keeping with the theme of animals.. Here is me with a monkey in Japan.  Circa 2007.  I am the one wearing the green jacket by the way.

Blast from the past - 21yrs old here!

This is me chilling - at the age of 21.  My goodness I look so different now! I still have that dress though and it is AMAZING :)

Sunset over Shoreditch, East London

Beautiful sunset in Shoreditch on Saturday 26th February.. My Birthday celebrations night :)

I miss the sunset… Sunset in Australia is like nothing you would ever see before… and this pales in comparison… However, still pretty breathtaking.

St Pauls via Bus the day after my birthday!

Sitting on the bus to Oxford Street this morning.. Drove past St. Pauls…

You know what.. I love London :) xx

Original post 28th Feb 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Second day with a sore back :(

Tuesday was legs day at the gym and this is when I pulled a muscle in my back :(  Again, I wasn't even lifting any weight when I did it - I must have just twisted the wrong way at some stage.  Bugger!

Leg extensions with 42
Alternating BB lunge with 7 and BB deadlift with 10 (superset)
Lying leg curls with 35
Seated calf raise with 79 and 88

I had to stop before I got to my sumo BB squats and standing calf raises.  I was saving those for last as they are my favorite and I wanted to see if I could do 2 x 12 squats with 25kg....  Patience.  It will come I am sure.....

I might try and do a little something at the gym today.  I know that having one or two days off wont kill me, but I am getting antsy and I feel like I need to do something.  I will speak to the female trainer at the gym and ask if I can continue any of the moves on my program with my back being a little sore.

What are you guys doing today?  How do you cope with injury?

Just one of many uses for a frozen banana

Today was a really tough day for me. Yesterday I managed to pull a muscle in my back at the gym.  It wasn't even doing anything exciting.  It just happened.

So today was an unscheduled rest day.  I have been applying heat to my back as well as taking some ibuprofen.  I really don't want this to carry on hurting so I know I have to take the time out now.  Trust me, all I want to do is go for a run, do some sit ups, lift some weights.  But I have to tell myself this is for my own good.

If anyone else has ever had back pain, you will understand how frustrating it can be.  Feeling completely able bodied,  then just that one twist in the wrong direction and boom.. you are crippled with pain.  So a few days off here (which are well earned by the way!) will do me the world of good.  No matter how angry I am that this has happened.

So back to dinner... Smoothie!  The standard frozen banana, unsweetened soy milk, milled ground flax seeds, phd protein powder, a spoon of peanut butter and a bit of cocoa powder.  I never want this to end!

Matt is off catching up with a mate in Notting Hill so I am home resting on the couch with Duckburt, my laptop, smoothie and perhaps some homemade oat experiment cookies later :)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The most important meal of the day

Porridge for Breakfast today :)

Yesterday at work I was talking to one of the beautiful ladies on my team about eating a breakfast that is of course healthy for you, gives you much needed energy to power through the morning and helps keep you full  so you don't want to snack on naughty things before lunch!

Our workplace has a great canteen/coffee type place downstairs - which is fantastic, however, there are a lot of sugary things to choose from.  Sugar will give you that bit of energy for a while, then you come crashing down, only to crave more sugar.  I tend to steer clear of snacking from the canteen when I can (but we all know that one day pops up occasionally, when you actually have some coins in your purse, and they have an amazing looking muffin just waiting for you to buy it!)

I recommended some oats to start the day!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 level tsp of protein powder (vanilla flavour)
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
Oats are beneficial for a number of reasons.  They decrease your blood pressure, lower your blood cholesterol, lower your blood glucose, regulate inflammation and can assist with weight loss.

Oats are high in fiber and help keep you feeling fuller for longer by supplying you with low energy density food that supplies more bulk and fewer calories than some other breakfast choices.

Click here if you want to read more, or you can take my word for it!  Oats generally tie me over until around 10-10:30am when I plan to have my morning snack anyways.

Today's oats are bought to you by "Duckbert".  I pulled a muscle in my back yesterday so I threw "Duckbert" in the microwave for 2mins and now as I sit here typing, "Duckbert" is keeping my lower back nice and warm..... 

Is is just me, or does anyone else feel the need to name pretty much everything they own ?

Dinner tonight looked boring....

 But it totally wasn't :)  We had lean chicken breast, plain wholemeal tortilla, some light cheddar cheese, fajita spices, peppers and onion.  Talk about left overs meal :)

I made a dipping sauce of low fat Greek yoghurt, a tsp of honey, a tsp of wholegrain mustard, small amount of oil and paprika.

Tonight I am resting on the couch as I managed to pull a muscle in my back at the gym today.  Not very nice and I hope to recover quickly!  Ice me up baby!

Cookie Dough Cookies!!


Don't these little guys look so cute!

I got the original recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and I was inspired to put mini marshmallows into the mix!  I don't have spoon measurements right now (but am hopefully getting some this weekend) so it was a bit of a guessing game.  The cookies...really...tasted...amazing!

Even Matt managed to finish the cookies I set aside for him.  No left overs for tomorrow :)

I'd love to play around with this recipe to make it a bit more unique.  Perhaps some oat flour, more agave nectar.... Dark chocolate chips...Original recipe is below:

  • 5 level teaspoons flour (18g)
  • scant 1/16th tsp baking soda
  • 1/16th tsp salt (less if using margarine)
  • 2 tsp oil or pre-melted margarine*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp sprinkles!
  • sweetener (My testers liked 1 tsp brown + 1 tsp white sugar.)
  • 1 tsp non-dairy milk, or as needed (Don’t use water.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet and mix with a fork. Cook for 8-9 minutes. (Take out when still a bit undercooked, so they don’t get hard.)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Back & Biceps @ the gym

Back and Biceps today at the gym.  I am really loving my new program and felt super cool training in my new outfit.  

Hammer strength lateral pull down at 6kg
Wide grip lateral pull down at 28kg
Seated narrow grip cable row at 28kg
Bent over DB row at 12kg
Back extensions x 3 sets
BB curl at 10kg
Incline DB curl at 6kg
Alternate hammer curl at 6kg

Last week when I did this at the gym I felt sore for a few days afterwards.  I know I pushed myself today and completing the workout and feeling pretty good this morning, means I am getting better right?  I also saw a guy doing squats with 30kg on a BB and I thought to myself, you know what? I did 25kg squats the other day, I am going to aim for 30kg within the next 2 weeks!

Have a good day everyone - whats workout do you have planned?

Muffin Morning!

I felt the need for an egg whitey type breakfast today so of course I chose to include muffins, left over avocado and vegemite in the mix!

This breakfast is so easy to make and the nutritional value is pretty good as well.  I love seeing how much protein I can get into my diet especially when making breakfast.
 17g of protein
5g of sugar
10g of fat

Oh, and the drink is a Sainsburys Vitamin C.

New Gear from Nike - YAY

I do love shopping these days.  I don't get to treat myself as often as I would like, so when pay day comes around and I feel I can stretch the budget for some much needed new workout clothes, there is nothing more to be said.  It is on!

New Nike Pro sports bra to match my....

Nike Obsessed Dri Fit training pants :) They are so comfy.  I tried them out today at the work gym and am totally in love.  I might have to buy some more online when I get paid next!

Skinny Acid Wash Jeans = WINNING

 Sorry for the grainy pictures - but here are my new jeans!  I bought them from Forever 21 at Westfield Stratford City with Matt on the weekend.

They are super skinny and super high waisted as well.  Which is good, because I am a bit of a granny and like to wear my pants a little higher these days anyway!
BTW - I do like how they make my bottom look!  It feels like my legs are longer than they actually are.  WINNING!

Avocado and Vegemite = YUMMO!

I loved my dinner tonight.  I don't like wasting food so if it means I have to make a throw together meal, then so be it.

I toasted an English breakfast muffin and topped it with vegemite and avocado.  On the side, I had left over salad with egg whites, red onion, green onion, paprika, feta and some left over salad dressing I made with my big salad the other night.

Loads of protein in the mix tonight and good fats with the avocado!  What did you have for dinner tonight?

2010 July 9-11th, Oslo, Norway

When I first arrived in London, I found out how easy it was to get everywhere, by booking myself a quick trip to visit my tattooist in Oslo.  Sasha had been living there for a few months already and she offered a bed in her lounge for me over a long weekend.  
Not only was this my first weekend away since being in London.  It was my first EVER weekend away - period!  Yes ladies, I was 27 and had NEVER been taken away for a long weekend :) (thankfully this has changed now!)

 This was at the beautiful Frogner Park in Olso.  The day was perfect as you can see. Barely a cloud in the sky!

 I couldn't believe how clean everything was.  From the ground to the water coming from the taps.  It was a perfect weekend away and I hope to one day return the favor to Sash and Dave if they are ever up this way again.

This was the view from their flat.  Isn't it pretty?

A new adventure begins - Leaving Aus

Well, the time had to come eventually.  I had been planning on moving to London for quite a few years and to be honest, I was the last person who actually expected me to go ahead with it.

This is my beautiful Mum and I at the gate before setting off on a journey I was pretty scared about!  Who knew how long I would be?  Would this be the trip I expected it to be?  Was this going to make my life better or (god forbid) worse than it already felt like? Who knows.. 

 The only way to find out is to get it done right?  Bye Mummy and Pete!  I love you loads and miss you terribly.  I wish we were closer to each other in location, but I always feel your love around me wherever I am in the world.

The rest, is history - and will probably end up on this blog for the world to see :) Welcome to my "improved" life!

Benefits of Planning Ahead

If you are a nutrition savvy culinary whiz who loves experimenting in the kitchen, you might be unwittingly piling on the pounds.  According to a US study, when you eat, your brain releases chemicals linked to addiction and withdrawal, but the more you are exposed to individual food, the weaker this reaction becomes.  If you are keen to shed a few pounds, make a batch of one nutritious meal and eat it over the next few days - you could save yourself over 100 calories per day!

- Zest Magazine, October 2011, Page 23

Hot Body Workout - BodyRock.Tv

Hot Body Workout 

I knew when I woke up this morning that I was keen to get a BodyRock in today.  I changed my weights program around today as I wasn't feeling like doing legs, yet again.  I completed Biceps & Back today - I will post my weights and reps in another post to follow.

Right, back to BodyRock.  I liked this one, although I couldn't actually complete the reptile push ups.  I had to modify to a step up to reptile, then leave my leg there, push up, and then step back and up to the other leg.  Also, as per usual, I used my kitchen bench corner to complete the knee raises.  One day I will buy a proper dip station! I promise!

My scores for this workout are below - click on the link or video for the tutorial!

Side lunge jump:  47/45/46
Reptile P/U:  19/19/20
V Crunch:  25/27/26
Prisoner squat:  43/50/48
Knee raises:  23/27/27


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Who wears short shorts?

DSC_0159Edit by lotusandpie
DSC_0159Edit, a photo by lotusandpie on Flickr.
I wear short shorts!

Thanks to the beautiful Michelle for taking this pic. Just a regular Thursday night at home - you guys know the drill right?

  • Shorts from Brick Lane, East London, Vintage Levi 501's
  • Leopard wedges from Office
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Protein Muffins

Did this photo grab your attention yet?
I made these little beauties today in preparation for my week ahead.  You can see the lunches I have prepared by clicking here.  

The original recipe is from's lovely Jamie Eason.
The first time I cooked these, they were lovely, however I found them a little bland.  This time around Matt had the idea to make them info muffins and perhaps add a handful of chocolate drops into the recipe to give it that extra oompf.  I know this raised the calories for the recipe, but to me it was worth it as they are very tasty and I can't wait to have them as snacks tomorrow.
The recipe is as follows:
  • 1 cup oat flour (I didn't have oat flour, so I blended some Quakers Oats)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup splenda (or low calorie sweetener)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 226g of berry baby food
  • 3 tbspn baking cocoa
  • Water (I used one of the empty baby food jars to fill)
Mix the dry together, mix the wet together, mix the wet with the dry.  At this point you can pour the mixture into a baking tray, to make bars - or you can do as I did and spoon the mixture into cup cake patties to make your own muffin/cup cake style protein bars.
Place into a preheated oven (around 180-200degrees) and cook for 18mins or so.

 Enjoy!  They were wonderful fresh out of the oven and that little bit of chocolate inside made them just perfect :)

Thanks Jamie Eason and BodyBuilding.Com