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Quality time

Hey guys! I hope you have all enjoyed your weekends and the sunshine. Did anyone see the Olympic opening ceremony- Danny Boyle is a genius.

This weeks workouts:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Variation of strength workout A 20 minutes of gentle cardio on the cross machine and bike

Wednesday: Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1

Thurday: Body balance

Friday: extended version of strength workout B and minutes of gentle cardio on the cross machine and bike

Saturday: 3 mile run and yoga stretches including sun salutations, pigeon pose and the plough.

Sunday: REST

I’ve really enjoyed this weeks workouts.  Yesterday’s run was lovely in the morning sunshine and body balance was wonderful as always.  The Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1 was intense, I was so worn out afterwards!

Well, I’ve had a fab couple of days. I had yesterday off work, so Alfie and me decided to make the most of the sunshine and spend some quality time together. It feels like forever ago that we spent some time together properly as are working schedules are different most of the time and he works away during the week.

We decided to take off to Stratford-upon- Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace, for anyone interested!) and have a little picnic and enjoy the sun. I thought I would go bear legged with my favourite pair of shorts:

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OTTD: blue floral top: Newlook, utility shorts: Warehouse, sandals: Evisu, hear vintage earrings: Forever 21, pink bow necklace: Forever 21.

Before heading out I made a lovely breakfast of basic green smoothie made using ice, hazelnut milk, kale and a banana with cherries and a chopped pink lady apple on the side with some white chocolate wonderful for dipping.

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I love simple breakfasts like this, the hazelnut milk made the smoothie extra creamy too, yum!

Picnic munchies:

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A wholemeal bagel stuffed with loads of hummus, watercress, and cherry tomatoes- definitely a fab combination!

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I also had some Thai sweet chilli crisps on the side, which was a bit different from my normal foods, but they tasted oh so good!

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Chopped strawberries, doughnut peaches and blueberries made a really great picnic dessert.

We sunbathed by the river for a while before taking a walk around the town:

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Stratford really is a beautiful town full of so many interesting and historical buildings. I love cultural towns like this and it was just seeping out of every crevice here.

During are little exploration we found a quaint little chocolatier that also sold organic farm fresh ice cream, so of course we couldn’t resist and both had some.

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I had a scoop of the honey comb and a scoop of the lemon meringue ice creams. This the most creamiest ice cream EVER, my favourite being the lemon meringue. It reminded me of lemon sherbets that I used to eat a lot when I was younger.

Dinner last night was equally as good:

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Baked salmon with garlic, red chilli, ginger, lime juice, mirin, soy sauce with stir fried veggies in a char sui sauce, delish! I baked the salmon in a make-shift foil bag so it would steam and take on the flavours of the ingredients and boy it did!

To finish our day we chilled out on the sofa and watched a movie and of course snacks are mandatory where movies are concerned:

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Said snack- grapes, dried mulberries and raw chocolate covered goji berries.

Other food highlights from this weekend include:

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Overnight oats in almond milk with blueberries, banana, honey, cinnamon and almond butter.

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Salad beast of watercress, salad leaves, avocado, courgette, red pepper and chick peas.

It has been so great spending some quality time with my hubby to be.  I guess be busy all of the time with our own stuff makes the time we spend to together that extra special. 

How do you like to spend quality time with your loved ones?

Do you find that absence makes the heart grow fonder?

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It’s all so quiet

Happy Friday guys!  I’m so glad that the weekend has come around again. 

It’s felt like I have been in solitary confinement all week writing my thesis and reading research papers.  All alone.  By myself.  No one to talk to.  Did I mention that I’ve been all alone.  Ha!  Ok so maybe I’m being a bit over dramatic but I do miss my lab and carrying out experiments and being around lots of people instead of being at home and in the library  in silence. 

As a result my workouts have been a saviour this week and I am really relying on then to help me keep some routine to my day.  On Wednesday I went for a 4.5 mile run in 42 minute with a 9.09 pace. 😀 I’ve also been doing my Thursday strength workout and today a cardio workout and abs and core.  Yoga has also been great as a stress reliever so I have been squeezing that in when I can too.

And of course there is always time for some gorgeous eats:

A delicious green smoothie in a bowl made from spinach, a banana, strawberries, blueberries, carob powder, maca powder, water, hemp protein powder, xanthan gum and guar gum topped with tropical Bear granola, cacao nibs and raw macadamia nut butter. Perfect!

Yesterday for breakfast I made a mixed cereal bowl that included puffed rice, bran flakes, pink apple and cinnamon granola and peanut butter puffins with fresh strawberries and peanut butter.  This was just lovely and it was great that I got to taste all of my favourite cereals all in one bowl.

Lots of Carrot and Lentil Soup has been making a feature at lunch times:

The previous two nights I have been eating a really simple but amazing chilli and ginger tofu and vegetable stir fry:

It’s been a while since I’ve had a great pile of veggies like this for dinner and I enjoyed every bit of it.  In to the wok went firm tofu, carrots, savoy cabbage, green peppers, courgettes, spinach, mushrooms, onion, garlic and aubergine.  The sauce was made from a sweet chilli and ginger sauce, soy sauce and ume plum vinegar and a sprinkle of roasted soy nuts was added for extra crunch. 

I’ve also been enjoying some super tasty raw chocolate in the form of an cranberry and orange Ombar. 

I haven’t had any raw chocolate for ages so this felt like a real treat. 😀

After quite a silent week this weekend I’m surrounding myself with all of my bestest people.  On Saturday night I’m attending one of my best friends wedding reception as a conclusion to the Mendhi party that I went to last weekend.  I couldn’t make the actual wedding so I cannot wait to party it up and celebrate my friends marriage.  Also my family are popping round on Sunday and I’ve baked some lovely lemon cupcakes.  I even made the effort and got my piping bag out too!

I hope they like them!

I’ve got a run planned and I may be going to the cinema’s to watch One Day too.  I haven’t even read my copy of the book yet, but I really want to see the movie. At least this way round I won’t be disappointed as the book is always better than the movie. FACT!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone. 🙂

Do you ever go insane if you are in your own company for way too long or is that just me?

What have you all got planned for this weekend?

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It’s all so quiet

Happy Friday guys!  I’m so glad that the weekend has come around again. 

It’s felt like I have been in solitary confinement all week writing my thesis and reading research papers.  All alone.  By myself.  No one to talk to.  Did I mention that I’ve been all alone.  Ha!  Ok so maybe I’m being a bit over dramatic but I do miss my lab and carrying out experiments and being around lots of people instead of being at home and in the library  in silence. 

As a result my workouts have been a saviour this week and I am really relying on then to help me keep some routine to my day.  On Wednesday I went for a 4.5 mile run in 42 minute with a 9.09 pace. 😀 I’ve also been doing my Thursday strength workout and today a cardio workout and abs and core.  Yoga has also been great as a stress reliever so I have been squeezing that in when I can too.

And of course there is always time for some gorgeous eats:

A delicious green smoothie in a bowl made from spinach, a banana, strawberries, blueberries, carob powder, maca powder, water, hemp protein powder, xanthan gum and guar gum topped with tropical Bear granola, cacao nibs and raw macadamia nut butter. Perfect!

Yesterday for breakfast I made a mixed cereal bowl that included puffed rice, bran flakes, pink apple and cinnamon granola and peanut butter puffins with fresh strawberries and peanut butter.  This was just lovely and it was great that I got to taste all of my favourite cereals all in one bowl.

Lots of Carrot and Lentil Soup has been making a feature at lunch times:

The previous two nights I have been eating a really simple but amazing chilli and ginger tofu and vegetable stir fry:

It’s been a while since I’ve had a great pile of veggies like this for dinner and I enjoyed every bit of it.  In to the wok went firm tofu, carrots, savoy cabbage, green peppers, courgettes, spinach, mushrooms, onion, garlic and aubergine.  The sauce was made from a sweet chilli and ginger sauce, soy sauce and ume plum vinegar and a sprinkle of roasted soy nuts was added for extra crunch. 

I’ve also been enjoying some super tasty raw chocolate in the form of an cranberry and orange Ombar. 

I haven’t had any raw chocolate for ages so this felt like a real treat. 😀

After quite a silent week this weekend I’m surrounding myself with all of my bestest people.  On Saturday night I’m attending one of my best friends wedding reception as a conclusion to the Mendhi party that I went to last weekend.  I couldn’t make the actual wedding so I cannot wait to party it up and celebrate my friends marriage.  Also my family are popping round on Sunday and I’ve baked some lovely lemon cupcakes.  I even made the effort and got my piping bag out too!

I hope they like them!

I’ve got a run planned and I may be going to the cinema’s to watch One Day too.  I haven’t even read my copy of the book yet, but I really want to see the movie. At least this way round I won’t be disappointed as the book is always better than the movie. FACT!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone. 🙂

Do you ever go insane if you are in your own company for way too long or is that just me?

What have you all got planned for this weekend?

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