Hey folks! I hope you have all been enjoying the weekend and all of the beautiful sunshine that we have been having in the UK, maybe summer is here at last?
Thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my last post– I will get round to replying to them all soon, promise! You guys are so supportive and amazing and I adore you all! Becoming more relaxed with my eating and exercise is something that has progressed over the last 6 months, but I just wanted to put my thoughts on this all in one post. Like some of you said the current revolution in the blogging community seems to be slowing things down and generally being more kinder to ourselves and I think it is great that I’m not alone in this endeavor.
I really enjoyed my workouts this week, they went a little bit like this:
Monday: Yoga Class
Tuesday: a variation of strength workout A and 20 minutes of HIITS on the bike and cross trainer
Thursday: Body Balance
Friday: 30 minutes of gentle cardio on the treadmill, cross trainer and step machine followed by 3 x 12 reps of chest press ups, lunges, squats, tricep dips and the plank.
Sunday: 3 mile run and yoga stretches
This week I decided to just do whatever I felt like where my workouts were concerned and found it so much fun. This morning I was supposed to go to the gym, but it was so beautiful outside I just couldn’t waste the sunshine so I went on a short 3 mile run. I had a great playlist on my iPhone which made the run really enjoyable.
On Saturday I had a bit of a girly shopping day in Birmingham with my mum with a mission of finding her Mother of the Bride outfit. I made the most of the sun with my outfit and decided to put on my favourite maxi dress and gladiator sandals.
OOTD: stripy maxi dress: Bank, grey basic t-shirt: H&M, gladiator sandals: Office, necklace: French Connection, orange cuff: Forever 21, bracelet: Topshop.
I just loved the navy stripes and the orange accessories together!
After trying on about a zillion dresses, jackets and fascinator combos my mum finally settled on a dress that she felt comfortable in. We grabbed a whole heap of dresses of different shapes, colours and cuts and the one that my mum picked really compliments her figure and complexion. She looks fabulous in it and after starting out not feeling confident she would find anything she would find anything, she really happy with the dress I helped her find. Well, what can I say, just call me of Gok Wan!
I also picked up some treats for myself and something for Alfie too:
Basic vest tops (£2.50 each!), skinny jeans (£8.75), moccasins, scarf, pink jewelled bow necklace, selection of earrings, scarf: Forever 21, body cream from Jo Malone, Chanel lipstick, Tom Ford perfume for men.
Forever 21 is one of my favourite shops and it is always good for a bargain. Obviously the more expensive items are for my wedding day. Alfie and I really love our fragrances and wanted something different for our wedding day. So, I went to Jo Malone and already have bought the perfume but wanted a body cream to wear underneath it to make the perfume smell even more unique. Alfie fell in love with a pure perfume Tom Ford fragrance and it smells extremely spicy and sexy!
This weekend food has been particularly fantastic!
A wholemeal bagel stuffed with plain hummus, Tesco’s vegan cheese and cucumber! One of the best bagel combos ever!
All of this sun has made my strawberries change colour so quickly. I pick some one day and there are more red ones the next day- I can’t keep up! They have been the focus of many meals:
Stove cooked oats using almond milk, water, Tesco’s soya yoghurt, nectarines, raspberries, blackberries and my strawberries.
Strawberries, blackberries, soya yoghurt, dark chocolate dreams and salted pretzels.
Fresh pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, soya yoghurt and a Cherry and Oat Breakfast Muffin.
I’ve also been loving my green smoothies with a passion:
Kale, a banana, vanilla stevia, ice and almond milk!
My favourite meal to whip up right now are Buddha bowls, I just cannot seem to get enough of them. They are so tasty and so quick to make, what’s not to love?
Steamed broccoli and edamame beans with left over Curried Quinoa with Cashews and Sultanas with some plantain.
Steamed broccoli and kale, black eyed beans, baked sweet potato, yum!
Steamed broccoli and baked sweet potatoes seem to be an obsession of mine right now, I love them! Sweet potatoes are great loaded with nut butters, with this in mind I made a mouthwatering evening snack on Friday night.
A baked sweet potato stuffed with peanut butter and raw chocolate covered raisins, oh yes!
I really have had a fantastic weekend of shopping, eats and spending time with Alfie- it was so nice to treat him to that perfume. Today I went out for my run, did the food shop, enjoyed the sunshine in my garden, reading my book and making the most of my Goodnessdirect delivery that arrived on Friday:
I made these oh so amazing Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hearts earlier today and of course I had to test on for quality purposes. No words can describe how good these babes are!
Such a fab weekend! I hope you enjoy the rest of yours!
Have you ever had to play stylist Gok Wan style to anybody? I found it quite fun once we had found the right dress.
What have you been up to this weekend?