What I ate in Amsterdam!

Hi all,

Well what a weekend we had in Amsterdam! We were there a little over 24 hours but how amazing that time was!

We were there to celebrate my mother in laws 60th birthday with an overnight stay at a very nice hotel, a delicious seasonal ‘surprise’ menu at the hotel restaurant and an evening of drinks and dancing followed! (Ok so it was a rather late night, but heck when else do you get the chance to dance, see a beautiful city in the dark, and wonder home at 4am…!)

So today for ‘What I ate Wednesday’ I present to you – ‘What I ate in Amsterdam’!

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Thanks Jenn @PeasandCrayons/ Arman @TheBigMansWorld for the link up! 

Breakfast

Eggs with kale and tahini – ok, our Saturday morning staple!

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Lunch pre flight

Whole Foods salmon  sushi with a few squares of dark chocolate (ok so I had the chocolate first, well it is our holiday – and could not taste the whiskey in it – boo!)

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Inspiral Kale Chips (my favourite!) and I pinched a few of David’s Serious Pig ham… it was so good!

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IMG_1221Hot and sunny Amsterdam – yup I got the sunshine! Shorts were on as well as my new sunnies! So we went on the hunt for a cool treat and found this amazing wee ice cream shop that people were queing around the door to get to… well thats always a good sign for me.

They did one type of ice cream, served since 1937 – a plain vanilla, whipped up and served either in a cone or tub. We went for a 2 scoop tub – it was heaven… literally like iced whipped cream… It was the best I have ever tasted, beating gelato in Florence – no joke!

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We got the hotel and were slightly peckish before dinner so while we were getting ready we drank some juices we had picked up on our wonder to the hotel – these juices are amazing – the whole range has at least 50% vegetables in each one (mine had 100%), keeping the sugar content down! We also bought some cubed aged gouda cheese– my favourite!

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Dinner – Albus Hotel, Senses Restaurant.

Oh boy did this menu blow our senses! We simply stated when booking that we required gluten free and they accommodated us so well.

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Canapés – Mango and Caviar, Goats cheese on rice

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Palate cleanser – Vanilla infused tomato with a mojito foam and meringue

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Starter – Pickled mackerel with basil aioli and squid rice crackers

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Main – Chinese spiced pork with cheek, rice, mushrooms and a cabbage rice paper roll

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Dessert – White chocolate shell with strawberry soup, yoghurt ice and mint   

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IMG_1233Oh wow – that’s all that needs to be said! My favourite was the pork cheek but that mackerel deserves a special mention along with the vanilla tomato – so different!

We then went out for drinks where we tried the traditional Dutch spirit Hoppe Jenever – like a milder gin with similarities to Ouzo. It was the start of a fantastic night!

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Now it’s time to get things planned and ready for my birthday on the 28th – hitting the big 3-0 and ready to do it in style! Got lots of moving bits to do in between (we leave 2 weeks on Saturday!) but this weekend my parents are coming to Glasgow for a few days of fun!

I will be back next week to let you all know how my birthday went and how everything is going but for now, enjoy my foodie pics and let me know…

What would you pick from that menu to eat?

Favourite European food?

How did you/ would you celebrate your 30th birthday?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Wow what a week it has been, busy, busy, busy! I can’t even believe it’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ time already! You want time to fly past? Try planning a move to another country! Haha!

But I am glad it’s time to TOL because I need to stop and have a chat with you all and get all my rambles out!

Thanks Amanda @RunningwithSpoons for hosting the link up!

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To update you all on where we are at re- the move… we have our flights confirmed along with our accommodation for when we arrive. We did a car boot sale on Sunday to sell some of our bits and bobs and were very successful! A great wee earner for a few hours work on a Sunday morning in the sunshine. More of our furniture is selling and everything is looking more and more bare but I love getting more organised and the amount of weeks getting shorter and shorter!(3 to go!)

So what’s left? Deciding what to ship! We have had 3 companies round for quotes on how much it would be to ship our belongings over to Perth. We are taking no furniture and actually have very little to send, so fingers crossed it will be done quite quickly. We are hoping to send it all by air but will see what happens. It would be nice for our things to be in Perth max 3 weeks rather than 3 months!

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I have a funny feeling I am a little too ruthless though when it comes on what and what not to take… think I may regret not taking more than we are!

  • Amsterdam

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To make things even more manic, we are off to Amsterdam for the weekend! I am really excited though as it is to celebrate David’s Mum Carmel’s 60th Birthday (Happy Birthday Carmel, sorry that the whole world now knows your age! Haha!) .

Our visit may only be for a little over 24 hours but I am looking forward to being in the company of fantastic people, enjoying a few drinks and spending some time with our crazy family before we leave.

  • Euros

Speaking of Amsterdam, because this trip has really snuck up on us we have yet to get our pounds exchanged into Euros! I am popping along to the post office to do it later this afternoon – but how much do you exchange for 24 hours? I can work out a week or two but this is more tricky… and it’s not as if we will be using Euros again for a wee while!

  • Gummies

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Pre paleo, I used to really like gummy sweets but I haven’t had any in ages. On our way back from down south I spotted these in a small shop in Gretna- all natural gummies made from fruit juice and ingredients I understand! So a few bags were purchased and they do not disappoint! Full of flavour and just as addictive as haribo!

  • And finally…

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Can we all come together and pray for some nice sunny warm weather wherever we are going to be this weekend? I bought these new sunnies in London and have been dying to try them out somewhere fancy… I think Amsterdam would do the trick! Please Mr Sunshine!

Back next week folks… maybe even with a ‘What I ate Wednesday’ for you all!

Are you a hoarder or do you live minimally?

Ever been to Amsterdam?

How much money would you exchange for a day trip abroad?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

It’s so nice to be at the laptop writing again! Yup it has been well over a week since my last post but at the moment, real life here has to come first. I have decided that for the next few weeks, until we are settled in Australia, that I will post once a week, on a Thursday, sharing some ‘Thinking Out Loud’ action with you all – a great way to keep you all up to date on the moving shenanigans!

This way I can sort, pack, arrange and do school work without my head exploding! Moving to a new country on the other side of the world is hard work!

But for now, let’s get back to some ‘TOL’, linking up with my girl Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons!

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So, where to I begin with my Aussie update? Visas are in, flights are being finalised, temporary accommodation for when we arrive in Perth is booked and we are setting up things like bank accounts etc as we speak!

Our flat is full of boxes and stuff, all placed into 3 categories – ship, sell or charity. I think it’s pretty well organised but my ‘logistics obsessed’ mind kicks into panic mode occasionally telling me I have so much to do and so little time! Exactly one month today I will be in Perth – wow! How am I feeling? Still excited, a little nervous and definitely overwhelmed but it’s all good and I know will be worth it.

  • Saying goodbye…

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We had friends over this past weekend for a bit of a shindig at our place – was so much fun and loved every minute of it! Rum and Vodka flowed, we cooked up a delicious feast or chermoula marinated chicken with roasted veggies and salad and played games. I am going to miss these guys so much – we have grown up together over the past 10 plus years into pretty darn happy and amazing adults and I am so honoured to call them my friends. Please visit!

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We also have been saying goodbye to a lot of our furniture! Very sad when you have built up a collection of pieces over the years – some things you believed you would have for decades and now need to sell. I think the biggest, gut wrenching sale will be our table and chairs which were a wedding present from David’s parents, so beautiful (and still available if anyone wants to buy!).

  • CrossFit

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Yup with only doing one post a week that means my weekly CrossFit update has to go! But I will always let you know how I am doing! My favourite WOD so far this week has to be the one we did this morning – I got a new 3RM on my cleans (27.5kg and got 30kg for 2 but just couldn’t get that 3rd!), worked on negatives on my deadlifts to try and strengthen my upper back and completed my 2K run with a 10kg plate in 13 minutes 28 seconds! Have you ever tried running with a massive 10kg (or any weight for that matter) plate – awkward to carry and run at the same time!

  • Iced Coffee and Tea

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It has been warmer in these parts these past couple of weeks and I have been so thankful for that! Windows open all day, fresh air (well as fresh as you can get living next to a motorway!) and being able to walk around the house in shorts – win win! As a result I have been brewing a little extra coffee in the morning, allowing it to cool and serving it with almond milk and ice for a refreshing iced coffee (decaf) – totally hits the spot!

I have also been brewing some iced tea – simply brewing 5 green tea bags in 1.5L jug for 6 hours – taking the bags out and serving chilled. Yummy!

  • I want sushi!

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I always crave sushi yet very rarely have it as we don’t really have any good sushi joints near us… well, that’s what I kept telling myself until this came through the door! I totally forgot about Cailin’s Sushi! We had it a couple of years back when we first arrived in Glasgow and haven’t had it since! I don’t know why not, it was so good! So that’s now on the ‘must do before we leave Glasgow list’!.

  • Twin Peaks Finale!

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Yes tonight we watch the very last episode of Twin Peaks. You guys I am so confused, everything has to be tied up in this one episode and I am freaking out over what is going to happen! Don’t you just love it when a series does this to you! Luckily David and I are quite strict over our bedtime otherwise we would have watched it last night but I just hope to goodness that I am satisfied with the outcome, I hate those ‘leave it up to your imagination’ endings!

If you have watched it, don’t tell me the ending!

Have a fab week folks – I will be keeping up to date with all of you in the mean time, reading your blogs and posting on Instagram! Follow me!

Do you have any furniture you are sentimental over?

Do you have a good local sushi place?

What is your favourite TV series right now?

What I ate Wednesday – Brighton Edition!

Hi all,

Well, would you believe it; Scotland is having a mini heat wave! Just for today though… not joking, the temps are going to go back down to their usual low tomorrow onwards…

But hey, it’s sunny right now; I’m wearing shorts and therefore one happy camper!

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I haven’t done a ‘What I ate Wednesday’ for so long! So today I thought I would recap my day of eats when I went to Brighton last week! I was in my happy place with my favourite company and some amazingly delicious food! What more could a girl ask for!

Breakfast – eggs with berries and a leftover banana muffin!

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Good fuel for the day ahead! Those muffins are just individual versions of a paleo banana cake I made, topped with toasted almonds!

Mid Morning – Cappuccino with almond milk x 2

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We arrived in Brighton and needed fuel! One of our ‘must do’s’ was to visit the best coffee shop in Britain – Red Roaster! Their almond milk cappuccino was so good, mum and I went back for another one!

Lunch – Kiwi bunless burger with salad and sweet potato fries!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen for the win! The sun was coming out, mum, David and I were laughing, giggling and smiling and then came our treats! A kiwi burger is stacked with beets, pineapple, cheese and a fried egg – don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!  

Mid afternoon – Gelato!            

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We needed a sweet, refreshing snack and since our favourite fro-yo place had closed down (boo!) we went for some gelato instead! I went for mango sorbet and it was so full of flavour!

Dinner – Itsu sushi and salads

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I have never been to Itsu before but it was so good we ended up having it for dinner here and the next day in London! So fresh and tasty – I had crab and avocado sushi, mum went for the salmon and David the tuna!

Such a fun day and the sun even came out for us. Brighton is one of those places I went to as a child, teenager and now as an adult and it always symbolises summer, rest and relaxation for me. I will miss it so much when I go!

What is your favourite seaside town/ city?

Favourite gelato flavour?

Have you ever had something so good that you went back and bought another one?

 

5 Steps on how to recover from travel!

Hi all,

Well that’s me back from just over a week of travel! We were literally up and down the whole country visiting family and we loved every minute of it – road trips are our favourite!

So many of us will have some form of holiday/ vacation travel coming up over the next few summer months and its super exciting. But more often than not, when we return we are faced with that sluggish, tired feeling that inevitably comes with a lot of travel.

However it doesn’t have to be the case! There are a few steps we can all take when we return from our break away that will keep us feeling fresh, energised and ready to rock again!

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Drink Water

Staying hydrated is key while travelling but it is also necessary after travelling too. It will replace the fluids lost over travel, keep your digestion going and helps to detox the body. (anyone else drink alcohol more than normal on holiday…???)

Get Moving and Stretching

Stiff and sore after hours sitting in a car, train or plane? As soon as you can, start moving again. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore gym session as soon as you land but try and get in a gentle walk, some yoga stretches at home or even some squats or mobility on the foam roller. Then you can get your body used to having to expel energy again – without knocking you flat.

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Catch up on Sleep

This is so important – especially if your travel has knocked your average sleep pattern out of whack or you have had to travel over time zones. Don’t fear sleep either – just because you have been sitting down for hours, if your body is telling you that you need to sleep then listen to it! Sometimes a good lie in is all you need, others may require a few mid day naps – just listen to your body.

Feed the recovery with nourishing foods – boost immunity

Sluggish is definitely the word I would use describe the post travel feeling I have – travel usually includes treats or lots of snack foods rather than full nourishing meals and as a result your energy levels/ digestion may be out of whack. Try to focus on nourishment when you return – lots of leafy green vegetables and protein sources such as meat, fish or eggs are a good place to start.

Also an inevitable part of travelling is exposure to bugs, colds and viruses! Keep them at bay by upping your vitamin C! Start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon and try to ingest some foods high in vitamin C- citrus, tomatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, pineapple etc.

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Get back into your routine.

Ok so we are all a bit bummed that the holiday is over and we have to get back to work/ normality but a great way to feel better is to simply get back into your usual routine. Travelling and our holidays puts our minds and bodies all over the place – it doesn’t know what we are going to put it through next! So help your body out with set bed and rise times, meal times, exercise and that consistency (even if you don’t have to go back to work for a few more days) will help you to feel right as rain!

How do you recover after a holiday?

Do you crave a routine after holiday madness?

What foods make your body feel great again?

CrossFit – Whip it!

Hi all,

Time for a new week and for me, a week of funzies as I am on holiday in London!

As you are reading this I am (hopefully) sunning myself up in the wonderful beach town of Brighton, one of my favourite places in the UK and it was a MUST VISIT before we left!

Spending as much time seeing friends and family is priority over the next couple of months and it’s such a joy because I love seeing them all. Also it’s such a lovely de-stress to get away from all the craziness of packing, sorting and paperwork and just be surrounded by smiles and excitement!

But for now I have my CrossFit recap of last week for you all. I don’t imagine I will get the chance to check in with you all on the blog again this week but head on over to Instagram and follow me for updates on my adventures… and tasty London eats!

Monday Morning (15th)

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Pendlay rows are getting better and I was able to do these sets at 20kg which I was pleased about. Everyone was moaning about the barbell rows (imagine a sumo deadlift high pull but from the hang postion) as they were difficult! Reps 1-3 fine, 4-7 ok not so good, 7-10 damn why won’t my arms work!

The WOD was a good burner – aim is just to rack through it as fast as you can! I did the swings with a 12kg bell and went for high knees. Completed in 14 minutes 3 seconds.

Wednesday Morning (17th)

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Now I know I am miles away from a muscle up but I really enjoy doing all the drills and transitions – they are some of my favourite things to do (I even had a dream about them last night, very random I know!).  As I get stronger I see progress but I also love how technical everything is. I’m a stickler for form and technique and muscle ups are full of it so it’s always a winner in my book.

Boo running. The best part of this was the ring dips (which I did with the lightest band) and that was about it. Running was a chore and those air squats equated to stiff quads – have you ever tried running after doing 100 air squats? Take a tip, don’t try it! Haha! I finished in 19 minutes 10 seconds.

Thursday Morning (18th)

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Finally, the first chance since my double under break through last week to try them out again! This was what I was waiting for, a good 5 minutes to go all out and see how I could do. I was nervous, I had the wrong nanos on (I much prefer the 4’s for DU’s than the 2’s) and I was afraid of failing but after warming up I cracked them out. From a girl who had never done more than a one last week I knocked out 94! I am beyond happy!

The rowing was fun but wished we had been given a third try – I was just getting into it! I got 22.7 seconds for the first and 22.2 seconds for the second.

The AMRAP was a shoulder burner for sure. You know that quad burn feeling you get after masses of squats? Yeah I had that, just on my shoulder joints! Eeek! But in 7 minutes you could really go all out which made it a great time frame. I got 2 rounds plus 5 push press at 20kg.

(And came home to see my arms COVERED in double under whip marks! Ouch!)

Friday Morning (19th)

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Another great WOD today – that warm up was really good fun!

The box dips were great, tough but great. I can certainly see my strength growing when I pair these with the gym ring rows. Within the 10 minutes I managed to do 86 rows in my remaining time, not too shabby!

Running 500m x3 carrying a wall ball, down one of the main streets in Glasgow… at 7am? Lets just say we got some funny looks! After the dips, ring rows and then the HSPU (which I did from the box) my arms were smoke for the wall balls. Funnily enough it got easier, not harder as it went on! The final 9 HSPU’s and wall balls I knocked out unbroken! I completed in 19 minutes on the dot!

What is your favourite holiday food or drink?

Do double unders give you whip marks?

AMRAP’s, EMOM’s or for time?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Wow, what a week this has been! I am so glad it’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Thursday because I really feel like a need a good chat with you all, it’s my therapy and my release from all the Aussie moving madness that surrounds my day! I’m still pinching myself though! Haha!

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1) So speaking of Aussie madness…

An update on how everything is going is in order! So we have now received our Visas and are all set on the paperwork front. Feels crazy that I am now legally allowed to live in another country already! We have started putting a lot of our furniture on Gumtree to sell and although it’s sad to see some of my belongings go (bye bye bike!), it’s exciting to think of what we can get when we are setting up a home in Perth. We are now looking at the rest of our things, decided what to give to charity and what to put in the crate for shipping over there. I reckon we will have a few weeks of literally living in a shell with 2 suitcases and a blow up mattress! Haha!

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( David celebrating after we received the Visas through!)

2) Holiday time!

With moving abroad so soon we knew we needed to fit in as much family and friend time as possible. As my parents were heading down to London for a family holiday next week, we decided to join them to see everyone and also spend some time with them. On Thursday we will then head a wee bit further up to the north of England to spend some time with David’s family. It’s going to be a busy week but I am so super excited. One last London road trip with the hubby in our wee car!

3) What do we want to do?

So with moving, you have to think to yourself ‘what is a ‘must do’ before we leave’. We have a few things for Glasgow like favourite restaurants etc but most of it involves time with family seeing some of our favourite sights. Brighton was at the top of my list and I am glad to say we will be hitting up the shores of the south of England on Monday. We will also be doing a London city day, visiting all our favourite London joints (hello Cookies and Scream cookie, I am coming to get you!) on Tuesday. But as for the rest, will just see how much we can fit in!

4) Thai Salad

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Oh holy guacamole guys, I have found my go to salad for the summer. It is amazing! Melissa Joulwan from @theclothesmakethegirl has created this simply easy to make, delicious to eat salad that will literally pair with anything – chicken, pork, beef, salmon, tuna, halloumi… you name it. Or just eat ridiculous amounts of it on its own… you will want to, believe me!

5) Road trip snackage

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Road trippin’ – apart from petrol, snacks are the next most required item! Seen as we need to eat everything in our cupboards by the beginning of August, I have raided them for our road snacks.

We have Nakd bars, pork scratching, dried fruit, chocolate apple rings, sweet potato crisps, snacking salami, dark chocolate, quest bars, apple chips, Primal Kitchen bars… ok how long is this journey?? #OTT #dontcare

6) Twin Peaks

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My brother gave David and I the Twin Peaks box set for our Christmas. We have only just gotten around to watching it now (what with House of Cards and The Good Wife) and we are hooked. I had always heard it was a good series to watch but I wasn’t expecting this. It’s so random, so frustrating, annoying, complex yet, absolute genius at the same time. We have about 10 episodes left and have no idea where it is going to go. But aren’t they the best types of shows!

Enjoy your weekend folks!

 

Does writing feel like a release to you?

If you were leaving your country what sights would you want to see/ experiences you would like to have before you left?

Your favourite road trip snack?

Head on over, after commenting of course ;-), to our TOL hostess with the mostess Amanda @Runningwithspoons for more random chats!

CrossFit – Double Under Ninja!

Hi all,

Hope you had a great weekend!

We had one of two sorts – Saturday was manic! We started to sort out all of our things for moving, what will go to charity, what will we try and sell on Gumtree (I think the American version is Craigslist?) and we managed to get a good chunk through. 12 items currently on Gumtree and we have already sold both of our bikes – a good start!

Sunday was lovely though. We had a relaxing breakfast reading the newspapers, a stroll over to the west end for lunch at Juice Garden, a look around the shops and then home late afternoon. More chill time… yeah it was great and much needed!

Tonight we have another treat in store. Going to see Jurassic World – IMAX, 3D, the works! David is like a little kid again, the original was his childhood favourite and I must admit I was a big fan too. Looking forward to chilling out again with a movie… chill out time is going to be a necessity (even more so than normal) with the all craziness that the next few months are going to bring!

But for now, its CrossFit recap time – another week of good WODding!

Monday Morning (8th)

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Ring work is always tricky. There is arm strength to take into consideration for sure but also balance and the strength of your core. Arm strength is my weakness but balance and core strength I seem to do pretty well with so these holds were tough but ok. 12 rounds though… phew!

Think 15 seconds on, 45 seconds off is easy? Think again! I went for 25kg on the bar and averaged 4 reps per round (46 reps in total). Thruster sprints are nasty and by the end we were huffing and puffing and ready to finish!

Wednesday Morning (10th)

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I mixed it up with my pendlay rows. As mentioned before I have a lack of movement in my back (working on fixing it) which means heavy isn’t really an option. But 17.5kg was perfect with great form so went with that.

So I have mastered a single double under. Due to the low reps in this WOD coach said to try simply going for 10 reps as double unders rather than going for skips. I was up for trying. I knocked a few singles out, 3 fails for every single, and was getting a bit frustrated – I do all the cues, the reps like textbook but it still didn’t work successfully. Then Coach asked me to try something new, bring my forearms forward (still elbows in) – I have long limbs (hello 6ft 1!) so it made sense to try and shorten the distance the rope travelled…

You guys, I got 8 in a row…IN A ROW! But it was the last round! I wanted to try more! Fingers crossed for more in programming!

(I used a 12kg KB and finished in 11.13 (what with all the DU testing!), a fun WOD for sure!)

Thursday Morning (11th)

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The 5 rounder… holy abs!

The floor press (20kg) and hollow body… holy bleeping abs!

Good fun but the burn is crazy! (seriously, the burn is only just fading today!)

The WOD was a good one but after the floor press our arms were toasted! Not so great for doing wall walks (1/2 walks for me). But I enjoyed it and completed in 17 mins 18 seconds.

Friday Morning (12th)

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Back on those rings but this time for 15 seconds instead of 10. Amazing how much you can improve when you test yourself again! I love when we revisit things quickly, am often amazed by the progress.

It was a long 20 mins… dare I say I got a little bored? I did step ups at 24 inches, enjoyed the rows and then, well, burpees always suck. But on the plus side it was a good all over met con and got us all pumped for the weekend! Woop! Oh no wait… its Monday again… :-( 

How was your weekend?

Are you a fan of Jurassic Park?

Double unders, love or hate?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Hope you are all well this sunny day! And that it is sunny with you too!

Right, let’s sit down and have a chat. I hope you are ready as I have something to tell you all…

Today for ‘Thinking Out Loud’ I have some news. Gosh even typing this seems so surreal… I am beaming with smiles but also have the biggest butterflies in my tummy! Let’s see if I can put this into actual words…

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David has accepted a new job.

It is his dream job, literally the description could have been written for him. His hard work, effort and commitment in all he does has certainly paid off and I am so proud of him.

But the job isn’t in Glasgow or even Scotland… Or even in the UK… Or even in Europe… Or even in the Northern Hemisphere.

Folks, we are moving to Perth Australia!

Blue skies, sandy beaches, more CrossFit boxes than you know what to do with – oh holy guacamole!

And it’s happening FAST! They want him to start as soon as possible so we are making the 20 hour journey in less than 2 months!

I am so excited. For David, for me, for us – this is truly a once in a lifetime adventure. I feel so lucky! David gets to go to work each day and do the job of his dreams. I finish school in September and get to start my new career as a Health Coach in a truly inspirational place. Together we can explore a part of the world we could have only dreamed of and hopefully create memories to treasure forever.

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Right now, I am just one massive buzzing to do list! Luckily we rent at the moment so don’t have a house to sell. But we do have a car and an apartment full of furniture and other items we have to sell. I have such a funny feeling that these next few months are going to fly by so alongside packing and selling we are making it a priority to see and spend time with all of our friends and family – starting with a trip down to London a week on Saturday.

Leaving family and friends will be difficult. I am trying not to think about saying goodbye to my parents, saying goodbye to all of our friends at CrossFit who have helped me recover, become stronger and be the girl I am today. Leaving the only country I have ever called home…

However both David and I were built for adventure (we are a hybrid of Indiana Jones, Dr Alan Grant and Tintin #seriously) and this will certainly be exciting, thrilling and one heck of a ride!

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I am just so happy to finally share this news with you all; it has been killing me keeping it from you. Do you know how many times I have almost slipped and mentioned it in a blog comment?! But I wanted to keep it quiet until everything was signed and official.

But there it is, it’s now online! I hope you will all follow along in this adventure with me! Your support means the world.

Head on over to Running with Spoons for more crazy random talk this Thursday!

Where would you like to live in the world?

What would be your dream job?

Does the thought of moving to the other side of the world scare you?

CrossFit – Leave that ego at the door!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a fab weekend!

I am currently heading up north to visit my parents for the night and spend the following day shopping with my mum, godmother and her daughter (who was one of my bridesmaids). It’s exactly what I need right now – a bit of girly TLC – everything here is so manic right now, but in a good way!

Sometimes I really do feel that sense of escape from all the crazies when I go to CrossFit. It’s a chance to focus on you and what your body can do. Pushing your body and mind to its limits and allowing yourself to reveal your full potential. Thoughts and goings on about things outside the box cannot enter… unless you are running… running always makes me think about everything in the world and I get so frustrated!

But luckily, apart from warming up, there was no running in last week’s WOD’s! Hooray! So as you can imagine, Jen was one happy camper!

CrossFit Recap

Monday Morning (1st)

monday wod

I do love a good EMOM (every minute on the minute) and this one was a real tester! The aim was to go up in weight each round so I took my spilt jerk max and worked back from that to reveal my starting weight.

I did the front squats and push jerks at 20kg and they felt pretty good. A light weight and could get through the 6 reps each minute quite easily. The back squats and thrusters (22.5kg) were trickier. Cleaning and getting the bar behind your neck took time, as did bringing it back round to go into the thruster. Quads were burning by this point. I ended on the deadlift and spilt jerks at 25kg. The aim of the deadlifts was to rack them out as quick as you could, it was a very light weight after all and then take time on the spilt jerk. We were all feeling it by this point but I certainly felt the best I have done in a while with the split jerk… maybe it’s finally clicking!

Tuesday Morning (2nd)

tuesday wod

After warming up and a good mobility session it was great to get on to some American kettle bell swings (where the bell goes above your head in full lock out) tekkers. I think it’s great to revisit tekkers for movements like this every now and again as it’s so easy to get into your groove with them and forget exactly how to swing correctly with good form.  A cheeky wee EMOM afterwards was great fun (12kg)!

Normally I do jumping pull ups in WODs with pull ups but this time I used the thick band. Tough and challenging, the pull ups took forever but I can really feel the correct muscles now being utilized. Dare I say it, jumping pull ups were just getting a little too easy… I completed in 11 minutes 44 seconds.

Thursday Morning (4th)

thursday wod

Really really enjoyed this workout – 1 strict press, push press, push jerk and then split jerk = 1 rep. I worked on hand position and drive with the main focus being good, quality reps. The decisive factor in terms of weight with this is how much you can strict press, so I again worked back from my 1RM to figure out where to begin and work from. I worked up to 25kg (this being my 1RM SP).

Heavy deadlifts – love em or hate em they are always a feature! I went with 60kg for this WOD and it was tough as nails! 3 rounds may not sound a lot but a combo of heavy plus tuck jumps sure jars up your body! Completed in 9 minutes 38 seconds.

Friday Morning (5th)

friday wod

So good to work on our snatches. Never thought I would say that but I think I really am getting there with them. Top tip if you struggle? Bring the weight RIGHT DOWN and work on your technique. Coach’s programming was great for allowing us to progress into achieving a snatch that didn’t bounce of our hips and that travelled upwards rather than outwards – making for a studier more solid snatch.

For the intervals I went super light (12.5kg) in order to hit them all and that I did! It felt awesome – who cares about ego, go light and do it right!

Does working out/ training give you a sense of freedom from the craziness of the day?

What pops into your head while running?

Heavy deadlifts – yay or nay?

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