Short but sweet visit to London!

Hi all,

Just a quick check in today to say hello and let you know that I had the most wonderful time seeing my brother in London! Honestly it was so amazing to spend some quality time with him and I miss him so much! He is loving life down in the capital though and everything for him seems to go from strength to strength – exactly what a big sis loves to see!

As I need to get back to catching up on school work, my post today consists of a London photo dump! Mostly food, frolics and everything in between!

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Earl Grey and Mint Iced Tea – British Museum

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Shaun the sheep!

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Ethiopian beef curry with cabbage and spinach sides for me – salt beef sandwich for Paul – at Borough Market

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Iron Man attack at the Disney Store!IMG_0969


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Dinner on Monday – Lemon and herb chicken with sweet potato wedges – Nandos

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Dessert in bed! Tub of Lick banana and honey frozen yoghurt!

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Dinner on Tuesday – Chipotle! 

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Followed by Organic frozen yoghurt at Frae!

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Mocha Coffee with almond milk at La Pain Quotidien

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Breakfast on Wednesday – I bought extra guac and chips from Chipotle and paired them with bacon from the hotel buffet! So good!

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Green Queen juice at Inspiral in Camden – paired with a Brazilian Chocolate from Camden Market!

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And one last treat – A gluten free cookie from Cookies and Scream (hands down the best cookie ever – I ate it in two… to savour the joy for longer!)

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Do you get on well with your siblings?

Ever tried Ethiopian food?

If you could visit London right now what sight would you go and see?

CrossFit – Franbulous!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a fab weekend!

Right now as you are reading this I am either travelling down to London or in London and am so excited to see my little brother tomorrow!

Got a few days down here before I am back up in Scotland but will be back with a London recap as soon as I can. Let’s face it, you wanna see the food right? Haha!

But until then, here is my CrossFit recap from last week!

Monday Morning (11th)

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The strength WOD aka heavy heavy heavy! I am feeling more confident with my heavy back squat and completed 8 rounds of my 2 rep back squat at 42.5kg. I then managed 18 reps at 35kg for my max.

And the running, followed by push ups, well that just plain sucked! I completed my run in 7 mins 20 seconds (legs were like jelly after the back squats) and managed 30 push ups in the remaining time. Was definitely one of those ‘I’m just going to stay down here for a little while’ moments after completing!

Tuesday Morning (12th)

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Snatches aren’t my bag – power snatches are getting there, squat snatches are still a struggle. So I used this time to practice on technique over weight – I know that technique will lead me to the weight eventually. So my 1RM came in at 12.5kg and I completed 12 reps at the same weight, touch and go for the max. Not a high weight but all were clean reps so I was happy.

150 kettle bell swings for time? Got it. I went with a 12kg kettle bell and broke it down into 5 sets of 30 – completed in 8 minutes 20 seconds.

Thursday Morning (14th)

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I was so excited to see ring dips – my bag! But then coach decided we were going to steer away from the bands. Now I can do dips with the lightest band, but a strict one is still no go. Instead I did them in between two boxes, dipping up and down with only my tip toes on the floor. It was hard but I felt my triceps working more than they ever have done using a band. And it’s that triceps strength that’s going to get me that strict ring dip one day…

The WOD was a burner but a good one – I did box jumps but used plates to get to 14 inches and v-ups. Lets just say my abs are feeling the burn! Completed in 15 mins 37 seconds.

Friday Morning (15th)

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As per last week, another throwdown workout and it was intense!

I went with the scaled option which was 1RM ground to overhead (RX was snatch) and managed 30kg – so pleased, a new 1RM clean and jerk! I got you now 30kg!

For the row we got 136 calories in total, it was a burner after the GTOH.

And then came the evolution of all things Fran…

It was fast paced, it was tough, I was a sweaty mess afterwards but I pushed myself. For each round you had to up your thruster weight so I went 17.5kg, 22.5kg and 25kg – heavier than I have ever done Fran before. But the thrusters felt good. We divided the reps equally and completed in 21 mins 32 seconds. Not bad all before 8am!

Do you like that ‘abs on fire’ feeling?

Can you prioritise technique over weight?

Would you like to try that Fran-bulous WOD?

The Truth!

Hi all,

Sometimes, the way people blog can make their lives look perfect, whether intentionally or unintentionally. It’s actually quite difficult to blog – you don’t want to dwell on the not so great things in your life for fear of people thinking all you do is moan and complain, so instead we gravitate towards writing about the good, the smiles, the laughs, the joys.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good to share in this world and I want to speak and read all about it! We should be happy, excited, proud, confident, hopeful, enthusiastic etc and we should want to share it all with the world. I know I do.

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But sometimes it’s good to be a little more grounded, a bit more ‘real’ if you will. Many bloggers have been writing about this at the moment and I thought I would add in my two cents. For my version, I am calling it ‘the truth’. Some things you may not know about me, that are dead true but yet not something I would automatically reveal! Ha!

Some home truths about Jen…

1) I am a bully, but to one person alone – ME.

I am my own worst critic and oh boy do I criticize! I can beat myself up about anything and find it hard to praise the good I do. Got a new PB? Not as good as X or not good enough. Made a tasty new recipe? Yeah but maybe it could have been better if x, y or z. Honestly I am so terrible to myself sometimes and the worst is I don’t even realise I am doing it. Luckily David will pick me up on it and tell me to ‘stop!’.  I am getting better with this but still have a long way to go.

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2) I am absolutely petrified of all things medical.

We are talking serious ‘panic attack inducing’ scared. The only way I will go to the doctor is if I already know what is wrong with me and I know it won’t result in tests etc. I really wish I was exaggerating this but I’m not – my head would be hanging off and I would still say I was fine and refuse to go to the doctor. I was hoping this fear would fade with age but it hasn’t. Even just writing this paragraph has made me feel queasy!

3) I love to read books but don’t.

I want to read more and more because I really enjoy it but it has been almost a year since I have read an actual book! I do read the newspaper every day though as I am addicted to the news!

4) Bad time management

As much as I try to be on time, more often than not I will be late. I hate being early to anything so will try and time things dead on… yeah that never works!

5) OCD workstation!

I am pretty OCD about my workspace – the rest of the house can be a mess but my desk must be tidy. Everything has its place and must not be moved! Period!

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6) Clothes shopping is dull…

I’m not a fan of clothes shopping, it always feels like a chore! Unless I am with David or other family or friends, then I enjoy spending time with them (certainly not the whole trying on clothes, buying process…)

7) Speaking on the phone

I don’t really like speaking on the phone – in person, text or email I am happy but the phone is a no go. I hate answering the phone and will only do it if I know who it is. David always laughs at me if I have to make a call to anyone, I will always have a rehearsed speech in advance of what I am going to say!

8) I have a tissue with me everywhere I go

Always will have one to hand… but I do tend to use the same one over and over until it is falling apart. Gross I know, but it’s the truth!

9) I am so competitive…

And normally only do things I know I have a chance of winning. Even in CrossFit I compete against myself (although every now and again I can’t help but compare myself to others and feel anxious when I can’t compete to the same level as them!). If we ever play a board game watch out!

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10) I don’t like sleeping in

I am always excited to get up and start the day! Ok not really, but I have literally lost my ability to sleep in, no matter how little sleep I have had. 7am for me would be a good lie in for me!

Do you bully yourself?

Do you read a newspaper?

Are you competitive?

Any truths you want to reveal?

Linking up with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons for ‘Thinking Out Loud’! Check it out!

CrossFit – The week of Overhead Squats!

Hi all,

How is Monday going? Hope you had a good weekend!

David and I had lots of fun bowling on Saturday, we even went to the arcade games afterwards… it was brilliant! I giggled and smiled the whole time – lots of stimulating flashing lights!

This batman game was fun, but not as fun as the zombie pirate’s one!

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Anyhoo, on to today’s aim of the game – last weeks CrossFit recap!

Monday Afternoon (4th)

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Today was a holiday in the UK and David was off work! Yay! So we went along to the especially themed ‘May the Fourth be with you’ Star Wars WOD at 12.15pm!

It was a fun partner WOD that certainly kept you going. I was able to work with David and I just love working out with him. My favourite part… surprisingly the last section with the clean and jerk/ snatches. We were able to break it down any way we wanted so we did 10 clean and jerks each, then 10 snatches each for 6 rounds. Fast, tough, exciting = good times!

Tuesday Morning (5th)

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I was not impressed to learn that overhead squats were on the menu two days in a row! But I looked at my 1RM’s, and worked out what my weights were going to be/ attempts from the start. Everything worked out to plan – power clean – 22.5kg for 12, 25kg for 8, 27.5kg for 4 and 30kg for 1.

Overhead squat – 15kg for 12, 17.5kg for 8, 20kg for 4 and a new 1RM of 22.5kg!

The WOD was tough. 50 reps is no walk in the park and a 7 minute time cap meant there was no hanging around. My 1RM is 22.5kg so I went for 17.5kg on the bar – maybe still a little too high but I went for it and completed 44 reps in the time cap. I would say ‘so close!’ but those last few reps when your arms are killing you felt like hundreds of miles away to me! Haha!

Thursday Morning (7th)

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So today was election day here in the UK – to celebrate (?!) we had a choice of 3 hero WODs we could choose from on the board – we each voted and the winner was ‘Coe’.

100 thrusters and ring push ups… bring it on!

I went for a 20kg thruster weight and had my rings slightly higher off the floor to make it scaled. Not that it made doing the push ups any easier! When thrusters are your relief in a WOD you know it’s bad! I completed in 21 mins 5 seconds and was pretty happy!

Friday Morning (8th)

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There is a local ‘throwdown’ happening here and a few members of our box are involved. To ensure that we all feel involved (aka punished) Coach is programming the throwdown WOD each week of the tournament for all us lucky folks!

Overhead squats 3 times in a week – I was close to walking out! But it’s a good job I didn’t – I only went and turned my new 1RM from Tuesday into my 3RM! Boom!

As you guys may remember, my 30kg clean is always a bit touch and go – sometimes I can do it perfectly, others I can’t. Well, what did I go and do… a 2RM thruster at 30kg! Double boom!

When it came to the power clean I was toast! I managed the clean at 30kg but couldn’t quite get the 32.5kg. Got it in me though!

David and I partnered up for the last section and powered through 79 wall balls, 53 burpees and 322 skip/double under mix (DU’s for him)

Couldn’t help but smile when leaving the box!

Did you do anything to celebrate Star Wars day?

Do you leave your workout feeling energised or tired?

Favourite arcade game?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Just doing a quick wee check in with you all today as I have a monster load of school work to do… but you can’t keep me from ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – one of my favourite posts to write and read!

Linking up with Amanda @Runningwithspoons for all the love!

Let’s get to it!

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Election Day!

It’s polling day here in the UK and when David comes home from work we will be heading on over to our polling station to vote. I cannot emphasise how important it is to vote – even if you feel like no one truly represents you. It’s easy to feel a bit jaded or tired by politics but it really does affect everything we do every day – have your say!

We have several political parties to vote for in the UK – 2 major ones but the smaller ones really are making an impact now and are likely to join one of the major parties in a coalition government to rule. It’s a bit of a crazy time with politics here and I honestly cannot predict what the outcome will be when all the votes are in tomorrow. Just got to hope for the best!

  • London Baby!

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I am super excited to be making an unexpected trip down to London on the 18th! David has to head down to a conference and I am going to join him. So when he works I am going to be spending time with my little brother who lives down there and I haven’t seen since July last year! Too long! Sorry for the pic Paul but it makes me laugh! haha! 

A whole day in London with Paul… so so excited! Now just to plan what to do…. or more importantly what to EAT! *cough *chipotle*cough*

  • Dandelion Coffee

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David spotted this dandelion coffee in Whole Foods this weekend – I was really excited to pick it up and try seen as I have heard so many American folks rave about it (I think your branded version is called Dandy Blend?).

My verdict? First off don’t view it as coffee, it is similar but see it as a different product- like the green tea version of regular tea. But oh boy is it nice! It has a herbal flavour through it that I really liked and was perfect with just a wee bit of almond milk. An ideal alternative to coffee as it is caffeine free and has its own nutritional benefits! (Good for your liver!)

  • Bowling

This weekend will be a much needed rest for David and I… c’mon Friday! So we were having a think of something we could do to get out of the house, have fun but not wear us out – bring on ten pin bowling!

I haven’t been bowling in ages so I am really looking forward to it – also haven’t been since I started CrossFit so I am hoping all my gains will pay off and I will be whacking down those pins!

  • Tacos!

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And just a wee one to end on… all aboard the taco train!

Last night we had these amazing tacos – paleo tortillas courtesy of Stupid Easy Paleo (and they really are stupid easy to make and taste incredible!), ground beef with baharat spice, guacamole, salsa and a wee sprinkle of cheese (not pictured) – oh holy taco awesome guacamoleyness! I am on the taco train and here for the ride!

Do you exercise your right to vote?

What is your favourite city?

Do you like bowling?

CrossFit – All about the rings!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and the past few days have been awesome! Post coming to you a day late due to yesterday being a public holiday (or bank holiday as we call them!) and David having the day off! So of course that came way above my blogging priority and it was great to spend some extra time with him, WOD’ing, chilling and just spending so good old quality time together!

CrossFit Recap!

Monday Morning (27th)

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Upping our front squats again and this felt like good but heavy sets – I completed 6 sounds of 4 reps at 35kg and enjoyed how it felt. Then I went down to 28kg for the max efforts and got 20 reps.

This WOD was great as we didn’t do it for time, instead quality. It wasn’t a WOD that you wanted to mess up due to the high amount of reps and weight. It was a good lesson on maintaining touch and go reps and I was surprised at how well I could do. Got a feeling I need to revisit my 1RM soon though, felt I could do a wee bit more. My weight sequence went 21,35,45,56 kg.

Tuesday Morning (28th)

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A bit of gymnasty action today. I love gym ring rows, especially with false grip so they were good but the handstand holds are always tricky for someone who is still to yet do a handstand! So I wall walked as far as I could and held the position. Fine for the first few rounds but when you are getting on to your 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th hold…. your arms don’t want to keep you up!

I was excited to see ‘Elizabeth’ on the board. We did this in January (20kg cleans and thick band for dips) and I knew I could do more now. I stuck with 20kg as my squat clean weight, knowing this was definitely my level and went down to a medium band for the dips. Knocked 40 seconds off my time (even with a thinner band), coming in at 9 mins 4 seconds.

Thursday Morning (30th)

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After 3 rounds of Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats) the last thing I wanted to do was back squats! Haha!

I did complete 6 bloody heavy rounds of 4 reps at 40kg but they did feel good. Taking a narrower grip on the bar definitely helps me. Then I went down to 32.5kg to do my max effort reps – 30 in total.

Death by power cleans and burpees. First minute complete 1 clean and 1 bar over burpee. Second minute 2 of each, third three and so on until you can’t manage. These were supposed to be heavy so I went for 27.5kg (30kg is my 1RM) and I completed round 3. Round 4 I kept failing on my 4th power clean. Not beating myself up about it though – heavy was the word today!

Friday Morning (31st)

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After a good warm up and mobility work today’s focus was on muscle ups. Some worked on tekkers with bar muscle ups, others the rings. I worked with ring transitions – having the rings lower and using a band to help initiate the pull and then learning to push through from the dip. It was good to practice on them and I certainly felt like I was progressing (even if I am so far off a muscle up!).

Then we had a cheeky wee tabata of air squats to finish off – 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds down in the squat hold. Don’t underestimate this bad boy… my quads were toast!

Will try and check in with you all again this week but school work is definitely keeping me busy… and I’m loving it!

Do you get a lot of public holidays off?

Do you like the way heavy feels?

Got muscle ups?

How do you define STRONG?

How do you define strong? 

By how much you can lift? Like in CrossFit…

By how much you can juggle? By being a mum/ dad or within your role at work…

By how you are viewed emotionally? 

 Do you think you are strong? 

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 In the CrossFit world strength often is perceived in how much you can lift – those weights on the bar, lifting your own body weight in a handstand push up, how quick you can build muscle. You are measured on your physical strength capacity. 

Recently I have begun to doubt my own strength. Am I strong when another athlete beside me can lift twice what I am? Am I strong when my 1RM front squat is her 20RM? What am I doing wrong that means I can’t do more. 

When looking at this subject, yes we all  must remember where we have come from – I remember a time almost 2 years ago when the 7.5kg training bar was too heavy for me to WOD with – I wasn’t well and I certainly wasn’t strong. Now I can lift so much more than I ever dreamed (that recovery road is a LONG one) and I certainly have muscles that others don’t, but does that mean I am strong? When I look at the CrossFit board at our box or at the other girls in my gym I am inclined to answer no. 

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But here is where I change my mind… when I look at emotional strength. I choose to train in an environment where I am at the bottom – but I’m still there. I never come first or am the best at any CrossFit move – but I am still there. I often get so upset when I have to scale so much from what is programmed – but I am still there. And why am I still there? Because I am strong. Because I have the ability to see and truly feel the bigger picture – even when I have those days where I feel like the weakest physical person on the planet. I have a desire to build on what I am.  I can feel the strength within me and CrossFit helps me develop that mental strength. 

Strength comes in so many shapes and forms and we all have the ability to feel it within us. Many exude a physical strength that I would adore to have. For some their strength comes from within. 

So next time I have to scale a WOD or I don’t feel great when I look at my peers around me in the box I will remember and focus on that awesome mental strength that I have that keeps me feeling like I have the heart of a lion! That, is, and always will be my strength. 

How do you view your strength or define strength?

Are you physically or mentally strong? (Or a bit of both!) 

Name a time when you felt really strong (or not)? 

Linking up with Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons for Thinking Out Loud – Check her page out for more thoughts and rambles!

CrossFit – PR’d!

Hi all,

Guys, it’s getting cold again and I am not happy! It was 1C/ 34F this morning when I got up for CrossFit, what is up with that... and it’s snowing up north! Just when you thought the weather was starting to get better… 

Anyhoo, I will end that there, it frustrates me that us Brits are so obsessed about talking about the weather!

CrossFit recap time!

Monday Morning (20th)

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This is the first time I have transitioned onto negative pull ups – it was odd and my body wanted to fling forward, not expecting that! But some strength there for sure.

This sounded like a nice wee fun WOD to end on… and to be fair the row was fun… (49 cals)

The kettle bells were at 16kg (aka bloody heavy) so I could only manage 5 at a time with a total of 25. The back squat I did at 30kg and the shoulder to overheads at 25kg. Toasted!

Tuesday Morning (21st)

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Have you ever tried side to side box jumps? Yeah don’t, they are hard and awkward! I did them on a low box but even still, your body really does not want to jump side to side on to an object!

Snatch ladder – never something I look forward to but I wanted to work on my technique and to do it properly so I went for 12.5, 15, 17.5 and 20kg for my weights. I got up to 3 reps within the 17.5kg and was really happy with my snatches – sharp and fast!

Thursday Morning (23rd)

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My abs have only just recovered from the combo of the ab mat sit ups and the toes to bar. In case you don’t know what barbell toes to bar are – you lie on the ground and pick up a barbell from behind you raised just above your head. Then raise your legs to reach the bar without moving it – as if you were doing a real toes to bar.

I was hoping the 3K+ workout last Friday was a one off. Then we were faced with this WOD. Another total 3K plus thrusters and pistols… Jen was not a happy camper!

Friday Morning (24th)

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We were all surprised when we arrived to find today was a PR day – broken down into strength, gymnastic and monostructural. Aka we could pick which out of the 3 sections we wanted to focus a PR on.

Strength – This was the most difficult to choose but I wanted to do something I had at least been focussing on in the past few weeks so I went with trying a new 3RM front squat (37.5kg)

Gymnastic – I went for ring dips! I took the lightest band to see what my max reps were – I completed 3 sets of 5 reps  – just couldn’t eek that 6th one out! PS – David got his first bar muscle up!! #proudwife

Monostructural – Most went for double unders. I went for 1K row (4.34) – an ok time but I was feeling pretty beat after the above! Then coach sprung a sneak on us, we had to do a 500m sprint! Seriously my legs were still jelly after the row, not comparable to 2 mins of double unders! But I went for it and got 2.09 – will try to get it under 2 mins next time!

Do you talk about the weather all the time?

If you could attempt a new PR right now what would you choose?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and enjoying your Thursday so far!

I was going to bring you a recipe today and then I realised I hadn’t done a Thinking Out Loud post in ages! So I thought I should rectify that by bringing you one today!

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Linking up with Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons for all the action!

  • Spartan Race Winners

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And the competition is closed! Congratulations to @amberives and @MaraLyon1! Please email me and I will email you back with your prize code!

  • Running

I was never a runner, but you guys I think I am finally getting better at it! I am faster, I feel stronger doing it, and I’m getting my pace sorted and my breathing in check. But there is just one problem… I still HATE it! I am usually one of those people that like the things I am good at or can do (don’t we all) but this is just something I really don’t think I am going to have a good relationship with.

Sorry running, unless I am forced to partake in you during a WOD then I aint going to be coming near you!

  • Recipe Inspiration

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Yesterday I spent most of the day creating recipes! I had a total inspiration moment last week and was suddenly full of ideas for the blog. I went to the supermarket yesterday morning to see what looked good and what more ideas came to mind. I have a few summer dishes for you and my own version of nut butter…. keep posted for them coming up on the blog in the next few weeks!

  • BuzzFeed – If the ‘Friends’ had Internet

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Checked this out this morning – hilarious! But actually got me thinking about how different the show may have been with the internet and how much it impacts us and our daily lives! CLICK HERE.

  • Magnesium Spray

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Some of you may remember that I have been taking magnesium for the past 6 months or so (PurePharma M3 to be precise)  and how much I have found it to be of benefit – now from doing a bit more reading, I am trying out the magnesium spray. Apparently magnesium is absorbed into the skin faster and used more efficiently within the body – so I am giving it a go and will keep you posted.

  • NomNomPaleo Podcast!

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And finally I want to end on promoting one of my favourite paleo peeps – Michelle Tam (Yep you have heard me rave about Michelle and her recipes many times on this blog!). Well Michelle, along with her husband Henry and two adorable children have started podcasting! The first episode was great and I could have listened to Michelle and Henry chat all day! Why not check it out? You don’t need to be into paleo per say, just care about real food and like to laugh and smile!

How does running fit into your life?

Can you imagine how different friends would be if they had internet? I mean hello internet dating for Joey!

Does recipe inspiration ever just hit you?

CrossFit – Run, Run as fast as you can!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a fab weekend! I seriously don’t know where the last two days have gone… actually where is the month going! Time is flowing fast around this household! Not necessarily bad, just finding it hard to actually stop and catch my breath!

Catching my breath sure was not an option this past week at CrossFit – you will see that below! But the week ended with a ‘zombie’ CrossFit crew night out so that more than made up for it!

(Oh and before I forget, UK based readers don’t forget to enter my Spartan Race competition to win a free race entry – click HERE)

Monday Morning (13th)

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I was nervous to go back on to back squat after having a ‘near miss’ (to put it lightly) a few months ago. So I went with 35kg and completed 7 sets of 5 reps. It felt heavy but good. I have certainly gained a bit of confidence back!

Then we went on to the max effort. So I took 80% of the above and went with 27.5kg… and did 50 reps! Yep that’s right 50. I just kept going and going and going. So it probably means my 1RM is way off… I shouldn’t have been able to do this at that percentage. But yet when I get close to my 1RM it’s so heavy it hurts… something to work on.

The WOD was good – heavy deadlifts at 60kg and step ups at 24 inches. I completed 6 rounds in the 10 mins.

Tuesday Morning (14th)

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To be honest, after the AMRAP we were toast! But we moved on to the gymnastic element and enjoyed trying something new. As much as I so badly want to be able to do skin the cat, I just hate going upside down! David managed but to be honest he is a bit of a ninja! I did the ‘end hold’ of the skin the cat as a shoulder stretch and doubled the time held. The others went well and I was able to hold fine.

I have never done ‘Josh’ before as a hero WOD and wouldn’t like to again anytime soon! I went with 17.5kg for the OHS and jumping pull ups. This was like every other hero WOD… TOUGH! When I started I wasn’t even sure I would finish but I did – 11 mins 47 second and felt pretty good with those OHS.

Thursday Morning (16th)

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The 5 rounds for quality… holy abs! They were burning by the end! Everyone just want to curl up and shut the world away… those v – sits to hollows are not to be messed with!

After the L-sits and the American press my arms were toast and this WOD was beating us all with a stick. We had a 7 minute time cap and I completed 67 reps in that time… who knows how… it was a bit of a blur!

Friday Morning (17th)

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Speaking of blurs…

The front squats were ok. I went with 30kg for the first part and completed 6 sets of 5 reps. I went down to 25kg for the second part and completed 20 reps. Now that’s more like it.

This WOD… should it even be dignified with a description!? It was long. It was hard. Every part of you hurt. I completed it in 35 minutes 14 seconds. Never attempt this – seriously!

And after all that we needed a drink! Even if we had to wait until 8pm - The Zombie Crew!

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Has a workout ever taken you to the next level?

Do you like ab work?

Do you spend time with the people you work out with outside the gym?

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