The holiday season is over, which meant that I had go back to university :D. Yes, I was smiling this morning at the thought of returning to my lab. As much as I have enjoyed the past two weeks holiday I was really missing the routine that working brings. Got to love a routine! On some occasions I didn’t actually know what day it was. But now I definitely know it is TUESDAY!
And it wasn’t a bad Tuesday at all…
This morning after a humungous green smoothie I left the house early so I could sign up to the gym…
This almost reached the rim of the bowl. I mixed handfuls of spinach, one banana, one pear, pea protein, chocolate soya milk and Acai Berry Juice, topping it with almonds, cranberries and cinnamon roasted pumpkin seeds. So delicious!
I certainly had a spring in my step as I walked across to the gym. It’s something that I have been excited about for a while. After signing up I had a look around my new playground and was quite impressed. The reason I had discounted the uni gym before is because I was expecting a small box room with some run down equipment with a weight room, at a push.
How wrong was I? Ahem. Very wrong indeed!
The gym is really big. There is the usual fitness suite containing the usual cardio and resistance equipment, a swimming pool, a weights room, sauna, games hall, indoor basket ball court, a climbing wall and a aerobics studio…phew! There is also lots of different classes to try. Thank you all for your comments on my last post. It looks like spinning and body pump are the most popular classes. The have both of these at my gym:
BODY PUMP: An over all body workout using a barbell with adjustable weights to tone and condition your muscles.
PURSUIT CYCLE: The ultimate indoor cycling class. Cycle along with the instructor changing gears and positions.
SPIN CORE: A fusion of pursuit cycle to get that heart rate rising followed by a core workout to challenge those abs!!!
These descriptions are from the gyms timetable. Do any of them sound similar to the spin and body pump classes at your gym? I think I am going to start with the Pursuit Cycle classes first to see what I think and then add another class into my routine too. 😀
Back to some eats…
For lunch I had some quinoa spaghetti with some cherry tomatoes and spinach, mixed with some of my Almond and Piquant Pepper Pesto. I also ate two clementines and an apple. My boyfriend thought it would be fun if he took some pics. He was going for the arty look…
I have literally just shown him this draft for my post and he responded with: “it looks beautiful!” I’m saying nothing…;D
The pesto was really delicious and the piquant peppers added a little heat. They are super cute:
- 1 cup of slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup of piquant peppers
- 50 ml of canola oil
- 1/2 of a clove of garlic
It was just a case of blitzing it all up in the food processor. I can’t wait to try this on some roasted vegetables, salads or corgette spaghetti…yum!
My afternoon snack was a selection of sliced fruit with cinnamon and some Wonderful Salt and Pepper Pistachios.
Before dinner I fitted in a hour of some abs and arm muscular structure work…which hurt may I add! It is all for a good cause and they do say “no pain, no gain.” Today for dinner I cooked a vegetable stew served with some millet seeds flavoured with cranberries and almonds:
I’m going to spent the rest of the evening relaxing and sorting my bag out for the gym tomorrow morning.
Have a lovely evening everyone! x