New Year, New Me, New Start, New Blog Layout.
New Year, New Me, New Start, New Blog Layout.
So today, since our fridge is nearly empty I decided to try something new. I always get broccoli with the intention of having it alongside our regular dinner meals. Usually I do this well. However, that hasn’t happened over the Christmas season.. there’s been far too many other enticing ingredients to compliment the already indulgent festive plate.
Armed with a whole flower of broccoli and a lonely singular sweet potato from the vegetable drawer I set out on a simple yet, very satisfying experiment.
I boiled the broccoli as normal (for me) then, once softened, threw them into a quick and light stirfry with a dash of garlic, onion salt, paprika, salt and pepper. I had these deliciously tasty little miniature trees alongside a baked sweet potato. Simple and delicious!
With still ½ of the flower left. Guess what’s for lunch tomorrow?
Did you know?
Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietry fibre; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. A single serving provides more than 30 mg of vitamin C!
All my immediate family are in Argentina enjoying the summer sun. I’m stuck here with a cold and a dissertation on (ironically) Solar Architecture. Bring in my Mum’s home-made Lentil Soup recipe.
It’s basically a warm hug in a bowl. And it’s healthy!
I can’t digress the actual recipe, as then it wouldn’t be a special family one. But this one is pretty similar!
It’s devilishly cold. Every morning when I wake I grumble about having to leave my cosy duvet and brace the weather. Since I’m new to running as a way of being fitter and living healthier (and especially in winter) I learned some key tricks the hard way. Here is what I’ve learned and some hints to help anyone else starting out as I am.
Winter Running 101:
1. Dress in Layers. You can always take layers off but if you haven’t got them with you you can’t add them on.
2. Cover your hands and head. Keep the heat in!
3. If you run in slushy or wet conditions, put newspaper in your shoes immediately after your run. The newspaper will soak up the water and help your shoes maintain their structure.
4. Hydrate like it’s the summer.
5. If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!
I used to be on the athletics team in high school. Sprinting and Hurdles. But I’ve never been much of a runner since I broke my foot. After a short period I take a lot of strain on my ankle and heel - so I tend not to go for runs other than on flat straights. Then today I realised this:
Tomorrow I run.
Since it’s freezing cold and I live on a hill -I intend to start small then progress. Paired with a workout each morning I intend to do 1 mile 5 days a week.
I expect I’ll have to jog/walk some parts the first few days. Then once I can run the whole route I’ll begin timing myself and aiming to improve.
So I haven’t posted in a lonnnng while! Since August.
Where have I been? Well I moved to the city. Left the comfort of my mum’s home in the town I grew up and took up camp elsewhere.
It’s working out well so far - incredibly convenient, fun, exciting, and liberating. I’ve had a total blast. However, it has also been quite stressful and exceptionally busy! Consequently, I have been slacking a little on my excercise routines and my healthy eating. Now that I’m settled in properly I’ve sat down and realised just how long ago I last posted and the effects that’s had.
Hopefully, I can back track a little and share post about past few months and then begin to post regularly again on currents!
“I hate when you tell people that you’re training, opposed to working out, and they ask, “Training for what?”
FOR LIFE, bro. The Hunger Games. The zombie apocalypse. Escaping Shawshank State Penitentiary. Whatever. Get out of way, you’re interrupting my Beast Mode.“
When you begin to pack your material possessions into boxes you start to get a new perspective on things. There are items I bought, which at the time, seemed vitally important that I had. Now? I am casually happy to discard or leave them behind. Things change so quickly and really when it comes to it its the people you surround yourself with and your own happiness that makes you rich. If there was a fire and I could only save one box It’d be the one full of memories, keepsakes and momentos.
Chicken Chicken Chicken! The sun is back out and after a really busy week of packing boxes/planning/studying I’ve finally had some time to try a new recipe! Paired with a delicious summer salad I’m off to eat in the sun!
3lbs chicken wing drumettes (patted dry with paper towels)
¼ cup BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest (finely grated)
¼ cup hot sauce
¼ cup honey
¼ cup Dijon mustard
Honey Mustard Sauce-
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 green onions (sliced)
Step 1: In a large bowl mix together BBQ sauce, orange zest, hot sauce, honey, and Dijon mustard. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the chicken wings to marinade for at least 30 minutes (or up to overnight) in the refrigerator.
Step 2: In a small sauce pan over low heat melt the butter. Whisk in the honey and the mustard. Whisk until well combined. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Lightly grease the grates of a grill. Heat the grill to medium heat. Place chicken wings onto the grill and cook until crisp and fully cooked. During the last few minutes of cooking brush the chicken wings with the honey mustard sauce. Remove the wings from the grill, top with green onions, and serve. (Makes 4 Servings)
I’ve been really busy this week looking for an apartment to move to. Yesterday I paid the holding deposit for a place which I could only dreamed of getting so close to the city, within my budget and for such a high standard and size - so I’m super pleased!
If all the plans go well then I ought to be moving in there on the 1st of September (or thereabouts) and I have also decided to take another year at university which will begin late Sept.
Finally, I can make use of all my little Pinterest ideas for the new place. I am beyond excited!
For returning to university, I have begun getting back into the habit of making ‘packed lunches’ and so today I tested out a new Tupperware box for separating my food and a new chicken salad recipe! You can expect to see an increase on handy, convenient and quick lunch to-go recipes in the next while.
I’ve not felt this good in a long time. I’ve made some big decisions these past few days. Big changes are about to happen. New chapters. I’ve spent so long dreaming and hoping of the ways I would like my life to unfold that for a while I was forgetting to live in the present. These things came to mind…
Imagine this feeling. Months, maybe even years of self discipline, logging thousands of hours at the gym. Tears, sweat, sacrifice and change. Imagine yourself finally reaching your version of the perfect body. Imagine finally looking at yourself in the mirror and being proud of where you are. Doesn't that sound nice?
I got a question from a follower about how I manage to keep on top of my healthy eating. There are a few things that help me to do this:
Being organized is probably the biggest influential factor. If I’m organized and have planned out my meals/snacks then I save time leaving no room for being lazy and whipping up something fast and unhealthy.
Try arranging your cupboards/refrigerator so that you can find the items you need quickly and easily. Allow yourself no excuses to cheat and you won’t :)
On Friday I have booked one of the two personal trainer sessions that came with my initial membership join at the gym. I didn’t want to use these sessions up straight away once I joined because I didn’t want to waste them.
Now that I’ve found my confidence around the gym and I’ve seen the equipment and people using it I can identify which pieces I’d like to learn more about and be taught how to use properly. Also, now that I’m fully into my healthier eating I can ask the questions that suit and apply to me directly and the troubles/queries I have instead of just generic ones.
Some of the questions I intend to find out the answers to include:
On Friday, after my PT I will share all the answers to these questions with you best I can! Watch this space.
Sweet, juicy and delicious, eating watermelon can put a smile on everyone’s face. I’ve been using it as a tasty treat these past few weeks after all - vibrant colours and refreshing flavours are symbols of summertime! This scrumptious fruit has many health benefits too!
Watermelon is packed with nutrients, plus it’s a low-fat food, and eating it can help you stay hydrated.
About one cup of watermelon has 45 calories and contains:
When selecting a watermelon look for one that has a symmetrical shape and is free of dark spots and blemishes. A watermelon that has a yellowish-colour underside is the most desirable as this is an indication that the watermelon has been ground-ripened.
Avoid watermelons that have a white or pale green underside as this is an indication of immaturity, and the watermelon may not be very sweet. Immature watermelons also have an acidic quality that isn’t desirable. Once picked from the vine, the sugar content in a watermelon does not increase so it’s important to select one that’s ripe.
I know it’s nothing really - but I didn’t think anyone would read/look at my blog. 30 followers is really exciting for me, yey!
Since I was on another planet yesterday and though it was Sunday (when in fact it was only Saturday) - I feel like I’ve gained a day! To make this ‘extra day’ count I’ve gotten up nice an early (for a Sunday) and made a delicious breakfast recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.
I didn’t use up all of the batter (this recipe is for 2 people) so I saved the rest and have stored it in the fridge to use tomorrow with some strawberries and raspberries! Now I’m off to the gym for a good workout, so the peanut butter and extra banana I used as toppings worked well as a pre-workout top up snack.
First day back at the gym after my holidays and I had to work hard! The break meant that I had to find my my focus and energy to power on through my exercises again, even when I felt like I couldn’t be bothered and just wanted to go shower and get home.
Also at the gym today, something strange happened. Another female in the gym came over and talked to me. Usually the girls in my gym just silently glance at one another and try to decide who has the better bum or thighs or tummy. She was younger than me, maybe just 17 or 18 and a very naturally pretty girl. She appeared fit and healthy with a slender and toned body so it took me by surprise when she asked me, “How did you get the gap between your thighs?”
Firstly, I don’t even have a gap between my thighs not unless I stick my butt out tilt my hips and turn my knees. I have a gap at the very top, but my thighs tough together further down, which to me I think is perfectly normal/acceptable/comfortable for me. I don’t walk or stand in a funny thigh-gap-pose - so I’m not sure where she got the idea from. Secondly, I have no real desire to acquire this ‘gap’.
I tried to talk with her and explain that idolizing this one body feature wasn’t a healthy obsession. This post came to mind:
Demonstration on how a lot of girls probably achieve the beloved “thigh gap”.
Push your hips back, knees slightly apart. Tada, you have now given hundreds of girls a delusional hatred for their body and made them think something is seriously wrong with them just because their thighs touch.
Edit: I’m not blaming the body type itself at all, I’m sorry if anyone misunderstood it like this. I think thigh gaps are just as great as a lack of gap, but I DO blame people who idolize one body type and shame the other, thus creating this ‘ideal’ that is unreachable for a lot of girls, also unhealthy for them to try and reach it. I’m really sorry if anyone misunderstood or was angered by this, I’m very body positive and I realize how my post might have came across as negative at first.
Second Edit: People, please stop hating on thigh gaps! The point of this isn’t to imply thigh gaps don’t exist at all, nor to say thigh gaps are gross or unnatural! It’s to express that thigh gaps are nowhere near as common as you’d think, and that by glorifying thigh gaps you’re putting down those who don’t have one! Gap or not, all thighs are gorgeous. Please stop the ridiculous “Who’d want a gap anyway?! Bigger thighs are hotter!!“ banter. Thank-you.
I just returned from 11 days on the beautiful island of Sardinia with my friends! Here are some photos of my trip and a little bit about what I got up to..
Italian food is one of my favourite so we ate out a lot. I often ordered seafood salad dishes or pasta dishes. We also had a BBQ to use at the apartment so we experimented with fresh Italian ingredients. I created a fantastic recipe for BBQ Prawns/Seafood which I’ll document and share later. The fresh fruits available were fantastic, I took these in a little cool bag to the days on the beaches and it stopped me from eating nasty fast foods/snacks during the day.
I also did a spot of horse riding on the beaches, snorkelling and A LOT of swimming! This was not only amazing fun but also made up for the fact that I struggled to go for a run or work out in the heat.
We also took some boat tours, sightseeing and city trips! Overall, a fantastic holiday. I feel fresh and replenished, keen to hit the gym and continue with my healthier lifestyle (After all, I can’t show off my tan if I don’t!)
Last night after travelling 8 hours from London back home, I admit, I ordered a Chinese take-away. Guilty. That said, I ordered some Soy Duck and Vegetable Noodles (so not disastrously unhealthy).
Following the saying “Waste Not Want Not”, I used up the duck that was left over for a yummy lunch before heading out to the gym today! I broke out the Pancake Rolls that were bought from the SeeWoo store in Glasgow and tucked in! A mango and some naturally flavoured strawberry water also made my tummy happy.