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Posted on August 21, 2017

Fitness Update // Fat is stuck to me

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Monday: Back, bicep + forearm (365 cals)
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday Shoulders + legs: (617 cals)
Thursday: Abs (476 cals)
Friday:  General arms (254 cals)
Saturday: Rest (AKA DRUNK)
Sunday: Chest + triceps (565 cals)

For the past 3 weeks I’ve been gaining and losing the same 3lbs. It’s starting to really piss me off now because I’ve been trying very hard. I did take new progress photos and my body has changed for the better over the past few weeks, but not seeing the number decline on the scale is very demotivating.

I only have a few days left until I go on holiday. I’m going to pack on Monday and go to the gym Tuesday and Wednesday morning – then I go to my parents Wednesday afternoon and fly to Zante for 2 weeks in Thursday morning.

I’ve bought a fitness tracker that works underwater for my holiday so I can swim and track my heart rate and how hard I’m working. I also plan on doing a couple of morning runs and workouts in my hotel room. I’m sad that my hotel doesn’t have a gym.

I’ll try to update next Monday but I am not sure how good the hotel wifi will be.

Hows your week been?

Posted on August 17, 2017

350 calorie 35 minute workout

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350 calorie 35 minute workout

I write this 5 days after doing this workout and my calves are still in pain. I hope they are busy building.

I love this type of exercise as it really gives me a bit of variety between doing weights and then slogging it out on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I find I burn more calories in a short space of time while doing both cardio and weights.

350 calorie 35 minute workout

This is a workout I do in the studio at the gym and used the following equipment:

  • Step
  • 8kg medicine ball
  • 15kg barbell

You can make this workout harder or easier depending on how high you have the step and the weight of the medicine ball and barbell.

I went through this workout twice and dropped down to a 12.5kg on the second round which took me just over an hour.

The workout is simple. 6 moves, 3 sets of 8 reps. You start each round holding the medicine ball and doing 8 step ups starting with your right leg and then 8 starting with your left leg.

In between each set, you do the 8 step ups on each leg.

This keeps your heart rate up to burn more calories.

My heart rate was between 150-170 through this whole workout.

Here are the exercises:

  • Barbell curl
  • Squat
  • Overhead press
  • Bent over row
  • Lateral raise (with 2.5kg weights)
  • Medicine ball slam
  • Chest press

I do the chest press laid on the step and do not do the step up sets in between just because it’s a faff getting up and then laying back down.

Aim to spend around 5 minutes on each exercise. If you have the energy to go through it again, make sure you lighten the load a little bit!

Posted on August 14, 2017

Fitness Update// Still doing well

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Monday: Chest + Triceps (373 cals)
Tuesday: Back, Biceps + Forearms (128 cals)
Wednesday: Shoulders + Legs (471 cals)
Thursday: Abs (417 cals)
Friday: Random arm weights (430 cals)
Saturday: Cardio (377 cals)
Sunday: Chest + Triceps (379 cals)

I went to the gym every day last week! That’s great but I’m not sure how many times I’ll be able to go next week. I need t make it count when I go to make up for it. I did Monday’s workout on Sunday to make sure I get them all in.

As you can see, Tuesdays workout wasn’t great. I took it easy on the legs as I had really bad DOMS from last Sundays massive workout. They hurt most of the week, but on Tuesday they were worse, I think because I still worked out on Monday and also did a lot of waking during the day.

I went to spin class on Saturday and I’m surprised I meant it, to be honest. Getting up for an 8am class is not easy at all. Sunday was also hard because I was a bit hungover but determined to burn a few calories after a boozy Saturday night.

I am getting stronger though and it feels great. Moved up to 22.5kg on the chest press. I could probably add more for single or doubles but I’ve been doing 3 sets of 3.

I lost the weight I gained from last weekend so I’m down to 3lbs loss overall. It’s not a massive loss, but I know my body takes ages to lose weight so I just need to carry on. I need to see how much damage Saturday night has done.

10 days until Zante! Yikes.

Posted on August 10, 2017

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

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Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

This is something I’ve been making quite a lot lately. My boyfriend and I both love it and you can make it in about 30 minutes.

You will need:

300g Quinoa
4 spring onions
1 red chilli
fresh mint
fresh coriander
2 bell peppers
1 avocado
50g feta cheese
1 chicken breasts per person.
salt
pepper
all spice
1 lime
olive oil

Method:

First put the chilli, spring onions, mint and coriander in a food processor and wiz it around.

Next wash the quinoa and put it on the hob, adding water and bringing to boil. Keep stirring it – it takes around 15 minutes to cook.

Chop the bell peppers and get a frying pan ready to fry them in.

Put greaseproof paper on a chopping board and place your chicken on it. Then season generously with the all spice, salt and pepper. Turn it over and do the same on the other size. Then wrap the paper up place a parcel, flip it over so it can’t open and take a rolling pin and hit the chicken until it’s flat. This part is fun.

If the chicken is quite thick, you might want to slice it in half so it cooks better in the frying pan.

Put some olive oil in a frying pan and then fry the chicken, turning every few minutes until it’s cooked.

While it’s cooking, keep stirring that quinoa and put the frying pan with the peppers in on and fry them too.

Chop the avocado.

The quinoa should be done now, so put it into a bowl of some sort and stir in the mixture from the food processor.

Then stir in the peppers. Put the avocado on top and crumble some feta cheese on top. Then squeeze the lime over it.

By now, your chicken should be fully cooked and ready to serve.

The quinoa dish serves around 4 people. So you can add more or less depending on how many people will be eating it.

Try it, I promise you that you won’t regret it.

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Easy Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Posted on August 7, 2017

Fitness Update // Back on it

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Wow, this is the first fitness updated in ages. I posted a couple months ago about my plan to lose weight. Sadly, I was hit with another episode of vertigo which wiped me out for a few weeks. Then I was away for a week then moving house.

This is my third week back at the gym and I’ve been feeling pretty great about it. I’ve lost 2.4lbs so far. Of course I’d love to lose more, but I did go out last Saturday and Sunday which included a meal and many drinks.

Monday: Chest and Triceps and 30 mins cardio

Tuesday: Back, Biceps and Forearm and 30 mins spin class

Wednesday: Shoulders and Legs 40 mins cardio

Thursday: Abs and 40 mins cardio

Friday: General arms and 35 mins cardio

Sunday: Circuits then cardio

Friday was a bit of a general arms day as it wasn’t in my workout plan to go to the gym. I just picked 6 exercises I like and did those.

On Sunday I burnt 1000 calories at the gym after a massive 1 hour and 48 minute workout. I was doing circuits for an hour and 15 minutes, keeping my heart rate up on the stepper between sets. My heart rate didn’t go below 155 the whole time and was often in the 160’s!

I think the biggest change for losing weight has been the diet. I’ve been keeping track of everything I eat and staying away from bacon at work, which is something I always struggle with. I’ve been having a slice of brown toast with beans and some fruit at work and 2 scrambled eggs when I’m at home.

Hoping I can keep this up, only 3 and a half weeks until I go on holiday!

Posted on August 3, 2017

Get Fit With These Les Mills Classes

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Les Mills Classes

Yesterday over on my lifestyle blog I spoke a bit about Les Mills, the fitness classes that can really change your life. From all over the world, including Leeds and Yorkshire – you can easily find a class for you.

I wanted to take some time to talk about the classes they offer, so if you’re interested in trying out any of them you know what you are getting yourself in to.

BODYPUMP

This is a barbell workout to help you get lean, toned and fit. You use light to moderate weights with lots of repetition in this total body workout that can burn up to 540 calories! There’s great music involved and you can’t leave this class without a massive sense of achievement.

You can do wither 55, 45 or 30-minute BODYPUMP classes.

BODYBALANCE

Les Mills Classes

BODYBALANCE is a yoga-based class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. You bend and stretch through a series of yoga moves that also incorporate some Tai Chi and Pilates. There’s focus on breathing and you’ll strengthen your entire body.

BODYBALANCE is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

BODYATTACK

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This high-energy class is great for both beginners and addicts. You’ll be put throgh moves such as running, lunging and jumping as well as push-ups and squats. It sounds a bit bootcampish, but can burn up to 730 calories!

BODYATTACK is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

SH’BAM

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This is an addictive dance workout for anyone to join in, no matter your ability. There’s no shame here, just get in there and have fun while getting fit.

SH’BAM is available as either a 45 or 30-minute workout.

BODYSTEP

Les Mills Classes

I love step classes at the gym – I find the burn loads of calories as well as tone your legs and bum. This class also uses the dreaded burpee, push ups and weight plate exercises to work the upper body. You can burn up to 620 calories in this class!

BODYSTEP is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

TRIP

THE TRIP is a fully immersive workout experience that combines a 40-minute cycling class with a journey through digitally-created worlds. There’s a cinema-scale screen and sound system, and although it’s not available in loads of places yet, I’m hoping it will be soon.

BODYCOMBAT

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This high-energy martial arts-inspired workout is a great way to punch and kick your way to fitness and burn up t740 calories. You use moves from Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu.

BODYCOMBAT is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

CXWORX

Les Mills Classes

CXWORK is a 30-minute class that exercises the muscles around the core, which is great for getting a stronger body. You do bodyweight exercises like crunches and hovers to work the stomach, hips, bum and lower back.

RPM

RMP is spin class where you can control the intensity while spinning along to great music through hill climbs, sprints and flat riding. You can burn up yo 675 calories in this session.

BODYJAM

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BODYJAM was choreographed by Gandalf Archer-Mills in Auckland, New Zealand and is the ultimate combination of music and dance. It’s full of tracks you love right now to get your heart pumping.

BODYJAM is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

BODYVIVE 3.1

Les Mills Classes

This workout is a mix of strength, cardio and core training. It is a mixture of lunges, squats, running and tubing exercises to help you burn calories and increase fitness.

BODYVIVE 3.1 is available as either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

LES MILLS SPRINT

LES MILLS SPRINT is a 30-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout on the indoor bike. It’s short but intense that will push you to the limit. The high intensity training will give you great results in just 30 minutes, leaving you burning calories for after the class is over.

LES MILLS GRIT STRENGTH 

This is a 30-minute HIIT workout that will improve strength and build lean muscle. It uses a barbell, weight plate and body weight exercise to get your muscle groups working hard and fast.

LES MILLS GRIT PLYO

This is a 30-minute HIIT plyometric-based workout that will make you perform like an athletic. Using a bench, you’ll be combining explosive jumping with agility training to get a lean and athletic body.

LES MILLS GRIT CARDIO

This is another 30-minute HIIT workout will improve your cardio fitness using a variety of body weight exercises.

Which one takes your fancy?

 

 

Posted on July 31, 2017

The safety of British cyclists

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The safety of British cyclists

Across Britain, 90% of journeys were completed by using our roads in 2014. On these roads, 83% of journeys were undertaken in a car, van or taxi – covering more than 600 billion kilometres over the course of the year.

In 1952, this figure stood at 14% – compared to 2014, only 1% of vehicles used were accounted for by bicycles, a 13% drop over this 60-year period.

Cyclists are decreasing on our roads, and this is clear by the evidence that has been presented. Over the last 60 years, the distances travelled by cars and vans has increased by 1,000%, which has meant that the safety of cyclists that been overlooked over this time-frame.

True Solicitors, specialists in bicycle accident claims, evaluate the safety of cyclists on British roads, and whether this relates to the small number of cyclists in comparison to other forms of transport, such as cars, throughout the UK.

The safety of British cyclists

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Accounting for 3% of the overall number surveyed, over the age of 18, 1.5 million people were suggested to have cycled on a daily basis; this is according to the British Social Attitudes 2015 survey.

34 million had suggested that they had never cycled, in comparison to the other 69% who were surveyed. This is as a direct result of the clear lack of cyclists across the UK more generally. However, by analysing individual countries within the UK, the idea that Britain is uninclined to use a bicycle as a form of transport on our roads becomes clearer.

England

Over the age of 16, those surveyed between 2014 and 15 within the Active People Survey suggested that 3% (1.3 million) cycled five times a week. The survey also found that 15% cycled at least once per month, which equates to 6.6 million people.

Opposed to using their bikes as a form of regular transport, cyclists in England appear to be using their bikes as a leisure activity. This may be the cause and correlation between the nature of cycling accidents throughout the UK.

Wales

Not dissimilar to the 3% in England who have cycled five times a week over the age of 16, 6% of those surveyed suggested that they cycled 1- 2 times a day in 2014 – 15.

Scotland

In Scotland, the picture remains relatively similar, as less than 10% of those surveyed suggested that they often cycle on a regular basis. As a means of transport, 3% of people aged over 16 used a bicycle 1 – 2 days a week. 2% used one 3 -5 days a week, and only 1% used a bicycle nearly every day of the week.

It’s clear, however, that most cyclists in Britain are unwilling to use their bikes on a regular basis, which is based on the evidence provided. As a form of reliable and safe transport, perhaps the reason why cyclists don’t use their bikes more often is because of the hazards the average cyclist could face when using our roads. For Britain to be willing to use cycling more enthusiastically as an everyday form of transport, perhaps the safety of our roads need to be improved first.

Sources

http://www.cyclinguk.org/resources/cycling-uk-cycling-statistics#How many people cycle and how often?

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/514912/road-use-statistics.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/media-centre/press-office/press-releases/detail/?id=1360

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-accidents-factsheet.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-policy-paper.pdf

Posted on July 24, 2017

Degustabox August // The Summer Box

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Degustabox August

Hello, sorry for the carpet shots – I’m moving house and my usual blog backgrounds are in a box somewhere. Oh no. So this will have to do until we are sorted out properly.

So the August Degustabox came and it was the first blog mail that I’ve had sent to the new house. Yay.

Degustabox August

Oloves

These handy snack bags of olives are ideal for on the go. A healthy snack that’s seasoned and easy to chuck in your handbag. They’re low in calories and have no stones. They’re nowhere near as nice as fresh olives, but ok for a snack.

99p

Degustabox August

Rountree’s Randoms 30% less sugar

Tasting this, I could not tell there was less sugar in them. Yay. They’re also free from artificial colour  and flavours. You can also get fruit pastilles 30% less sugar, too,

£1.29

Degustabox August

Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa

This ready to use quinoa has been cooked in water and a drizzle of olive oil. It’s a great base for salads or as an alternative for rice. I love quinoa and we’ve been eating it quite often lately. I might take this to work for a healthy easy lunch.

£1.99

Degustabox August

Blossom Hill Spritz

I still have the white one of this I was sent. I’m saving it for a sunny day where we can sit in the garden and I can have something with a bit less alcohol than wine.

£4.99

Degustabox August

Thor Dry Apple Spritz

Oh wow, these are delicious. I had the mint one with martini and it was the perfect mixer. I’ll be getting this again if I see them in Tesco. So refreshing.

Degustabox August

Crafted Mango and Passion Fruit

This range of juice drinks has no added sugar or sweeteners and a serving counts or 1 of your 5  a day.

£1.80

Degustabox August

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese

I am a massive fan of the other Ryvita thins, so can’t wait to get popping with these. I might make some quac to go with them.

£1.89

Degustabox August

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin

I love weetabix, I’m unsure how I feel about this as I’m not a fan of coconut much. I love the chocolate ones the best. Give me.

£2.99

Degustabox August

Fryight Avocado Spray

I’m a long time user of frylight, but I’ve never tried the avocado version. I love avocado though and can’t wait to use this.

£2.99

Degustabox August

Maille Dijon Mustard

Yay, mustard. I tried a mustard and ham sandwich for the first time the other day and I was sad that I’ve been having tomato sauce on my ham sandwiches for the past 31 years.

This apparently goes perfect with a steak.

£1.99

You can get a whopping £7.00 discount, which means the first box will cost £5.99 with the code FAZHX at Degustabox.

 

Posted on June 21, 2017

Degustabox June 2017

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Sadly I didn’t get last months Degustabox. I wasn’t in when it was delivered. Rather than leaving it with a neighbour like usual, they tried again and then sent it back. Sad. So it feels ages since I last got a Degustabox!

Degustabox June 2017

Westons Cider

I’m very excited to try this damson and rhubarb cider. I’m not a fan of cider on it’s own but I do like fruity stuff.

£1.99 a can.

Degustabox June 2017

Light Bites.

The mango and vanilla yoghurt fruit chips were nice. They are freeze dried and I’m still not sure how I feel about freeze dried fruit. I just keep remembering back to when I tried the freeze dried veg and it was the worst.

£1.49

It was only a matter of time before someone put quinoa in a bar. This superfood fruit bar has goji berries, chia seeds, strawberries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and quinoa. A perfect low calorie snack.

£1.25

Degustabox June 2017

Original O’s Savoury Cumin and Sesame Nibbles

This a great for snacking or dipping. A secret recipe that has been in the family for years, they’re kind of like breadsticks/bagels in an O shape and delicious.

£2.99

Degustabox June 2017

ERNJ Drinks

This all natural energy drinks sound so nice. Sadly that are naturally infused with caffeine and I’ve quit caffeine to see if it’s causing my vertigo. Off to the boyfriend they go!

£1.75

Degustabox June 2017

Haribo Summer Frenzy

Yayyyy my boyfriend is happy about this situation. He loves Haribo so I promised to share. There’s are summery flavours – the Starmix is berries and the Tangfastics is ice cream and sorbet. We’re going to have Saturday night sweeties!

£1.00 each.

Degustabox June 2017

Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine

Oh no, not this again. Enough with the alcohol free wine. Please can you send me REAL WINE AND STOP TEASING ME PLEASE. PLEASE PLEASE. I’ve had this 3 times now.

£1.49

Degustabox June 2017

Spoon Apple + Peanut Granola

I have to make a promise to myself to actually eat this. I keep getting stuff like this sent to me but never eat it because I’m a sucker for a bacon sandwich for breakfast instead of something healthy like granola. I promise to try harder.

£3.70

Degustabox June 2017

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs

Little doggie biscuits. Not for dogs though. I would have love these when I was little because I always I used to feed my dog biscuits made for humans. It was my favourite thing to do. Anyway, these will be loved by adults, children (and dogs).

£1.95

Degustabox June 2017

Berrywhite Organic Drinks

These are available in four different flavours. I got sent the peach one. Not only do they give one of your five a day, but they also give 10% of their profit to the Berrywhite foundation – foundation that supports projects that help to educate the underprivileged all over the world.

£1.39

Degustabox June 2017

Schwartz Authentic American Flavour

These new recipe mixes will transport your taste-buds straight to the states with the following flavours to pick from:

  • BBQ Pulled Chicken
  • Spicy Buffalo Wings
  • Chicken Jambalaya
  • Sweet Potato Wedges

£0.85

Degustabox June 2017

Capsicana Brazillian Chilli Coconut Quick Cook Sauce

This makes a quick 15 minute mid-week dish. There are a few different flavours to pick for, each making a simple but tasty dish.

£1.99

You can get a whopping £7.00 discount, which means the first box will cost £5.99 with the code FAZHX at Degustabox.

Posted on May 22, 2017

Weight loss plan – please join me.

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I ran my half marathon on the 14 May, it was painful and I’ve spent the last week recovering. I had a few days where I was in pain, blisters on my feet and my hip. Then at the back end of the week, the muscle in my leg started hurting so I took a rest week.

I’m hoping my leg will be better as now the marathon is out of the way, I’m going to be focusing on losing weight.

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I want to lose 11.5 lbs by the time I go no holiday on the 24th August. That might be an odd number, but it’s the one that takes me to a round stone.

I was hoping to lose weight during the marathon training, but I only lost around 3lbs.

I’ve been really struggling to lose weight while being on the pill. I know the reason I’ve not lost during the marathon was my diet, though. I been doing half arsed attempts at being healthy, but not doing it properly. It’s too easy to have a cooked breakfast at work when it’s in front of you.

I’ll be weighing in on a Friday morning as I spend weekends at my boyfriends. I’ve calculated that if I lose a pound a week, I’ll be at my goal weight by 11th August, which is not an unrealistic goal.

There are some events I have that will make it hard to diet and exercise, but I’ll have to work extra hard the weeks before and after so I can still enjoy myself.

Some commitments:

Diet.

  • Meal prep for work and take salads/fruit.
  • Have cucumbers, carrots and cuppasoups in for snacks when hungry.
  • Cut down on cheese.
  • No more cooked breakfasts at work!
  • Track calories to be honest about portion sizes.
  • Cut down on alcohol.

Fitness.

  • Book spin classes.
  • Get back into weights.
  • Gym Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at least.
  • 2 upper body days, 1 lower body days.

I must get back into this dress:

Do you have any weightloss goals? Let me know if you have any posts about it. I need motivation.

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