Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Today is Thinking Out Loud Day! Linking up with Amanda over @Runningwithspoons!

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Also acknowledging Jessie over @Jessieloves2run for letting the world know how hard it is for us bloggers to write introductions – seriously the hardest part of blog writing! #truth

So today, it’s straight on to the randoms!

1)      Sleeps

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-          You remember last week I mentioned about how my dreamy sleep is affecting me? Well, time to take some action! As I have tried pretty much everything to gain deep sleep, one of the last problem indicators could be low levels of magnesium.  Recommended by many trusted bloggers I follow and my Coach, I went with the M3 supplement from Pure Pharma. This hopefully should help promote deeper sleep and aid my muscle recovery after CrossFit (which of course had been hindered by my sleep). Started last night and will keep you posted on my progress.

2)      Banana Chips

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-          You guys, these are the bomb. I love crisp banana chips but every time I find them in stores I look at the ingredients and find they are fried in nasty vegetable oil and are sweetened with sugar. Not these ones though – coconut oil and honey! Woop woop!

They taste amazing! I bought them on holiday and forgot we had them! Not like me at all! Incredible on their own but dipped in almond butter…. holy guacamole! (Actually, speaking of guacamole, they would probably be amazing with that too!).

3)      Himalayan Sea Salt

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-          I have been wanting to trade my regular sea salt for Himalayan sea salt for a while now, so when I spotted this in Costco – complete with grinder – for £3.50, I knew I had to pick it up!

Why Himalayan? Well it is a purer form of salt and therefore has more health boosting minerals, helping your body even more so than regular salt. It can be absorbed quicker into your body and is free of toxins. Simply a higher quality product. Better quality = more nutritional benefit!

4)      Mystery Holiday

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-          I spotted this offer in one of my emails – would anyone ever purchase a mystery holiday??!! I would never have the courage to do this, mostly because I would worry it would be a waste of money and precious holiday leave. I know technically you could get an amazing bargain but there are certainly a few cities in Europe I wouldn’t want to visit – why not plough the money into one you do want to visit? Crazy!

5)      Rewarded for exam results?

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-          I was listening to my favourite news debate show this morning and they were talking about parents rewarding their children for getting good exam results – is this good or bad? I thought back to when I got my standard grades – I got £10 for each A I got, then it went down to £5 for a B and £3 for a C. I was so chuffed with that – it wasn’t motivation (fear of failure was enough of a motivator for me) but for some kids I guess the temptation of a prize or reward would be. I don’t think that’s necessarily bad, do you? Doesn’t have to be money – some of the folk debating got bikes, laptops (to promote future study), a family meal out, tickets to an event. However, what I was surprised to hear was that the average reward in the UK for good grades is now £600! SIX HUNDRED POUNDS! WHAT!

Now I know I was in school a long time ago now and with inflation and all that jazz kids would now get more but THAT MUCH more!? Lucky kids….

6)      Posting

-          Starting next week, I am going to be posting 3 times a week instead of 5. I want to do a lot of prep work before starting school on the 15th and don’t want to be cramming up my days or having to make a choice between school and blogging – keeping things stress free over here (or that’s the aim anyway!).  So will probably go for posting on a  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – see how it goes. Eeek!

7)   School Books!

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-          And speaking of going back to school, I got my school books in the post this week! YAY! Can’t wait to do some pre- school reading and then crack on with the work books once school begins!

Have you tried any new foodie products recently?

Would you go on a mystery holiday?

Were you rewarded for good grades?

My Food, It’s the way I like it!

Hi all,

Happy Wednesday!

Took a day out yesterday to work on some pre-school reading and prep work. Going to be doing some more of that over the next few weeks but don’t fear! A post will never be too far away!

Today I wanted to do something fun that we can all take part in – linking up with Jenn over @PeasandCrayons for What I ate Wednesday!

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So, without further ado, I present a fun foodie quiz that focuses on our specific foodie preferences

My Food, It’s the way I like it!

1)      How do you take your coffee?

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-          Black if I am in Starbucks or out and about (an Americano). If I am at home I will have almond or coconut milk in it. Always strong, sometimes iced!

2)      How do you prefer your eggs?

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-          There is not one way of cooking eggs that I don’t like! This is so hard….! If the eggs could have mix in’s, it would be an omelette. If they were on their own it would be poached.

3)      How do you like your steak cooked?

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-          Rare. Always.

4)      Truffles, one bite or two?

-          I will always try and get as many bites out of a truffle or piece of chocolate as possible. Honestly, David will eat something in one bite, and I will take 4 bites. Savouring the flavour for longer in my eyes!

5)      Oats, mixed with fillings or plain and topped with goodies?

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-          I am so funny with this one – I have an exact way I eat my oats! A banana is mashed with the oats, some chia seeds and water to cook in the microwave. Then once done I put two spoonfuls of greek yoghurt in the middle and then one spoonful of almond butter in the middle of that. And I HAVE to have it this way!

6)      What is your go to salad leaf?

-          I do like crisp iceberg but it literally is all water and has no nutrition! But I eat a lot of spinach and love its taste – in salads, mixed in to soup etc. Rocket has an amazing bite too and can give a lot of peppery flavour to a meal.

7)      White or sweet – how do you prefer your potato cooked?

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-          Well it’s always a sweet potato with me for sure! I do like a sweet potato crisp (chip) and sweet potato hash but you know what, I just love a simple, tasty, baked sweet potato!

8)      How do you eat an apple?

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-          If I am out and about I eat it as it is! But if I am at home I cut it into quarters, remove the centre then cut each quarter into 3 slices. Skins ALWAYS on.

9)      What is your preferred method of cooking veg?

-          I will eat veg any way, boiled, stir fried, sautéed – but isn’t it amazing when roasted?! Roasted vegetables are the best – carrots, beets, Brussels, parsnips, cauliflower… autumnal food right there!

10)   Do you lick, suck or bite an ice lolly (ice pop)?

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-          A bit of both really. I suck then bite then lick the drips! Freaks David out the thought of biting an ice lolly, his teeth are too sensitive!

11)   How do you eat a muffin?

-          I cant remember the last time I had a muffin! But added this question in as I was in Starbucks, watching so many people eating muffins but all in completely different ways! I did, however, always used to pull the bottom section off, eat that first and then leave the top (the best) until last!

12)   Bananas-  green, yellow, speckled or black?

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-          Speckled is the minimum for me – otherwise they just aren’t bananas! Haha!

And there we have it!

Please feel free to copy this quiz and do it on your own blog (feel free to use the pic at the top!) – I would love to read your answers!

Or let me know below? What are your preferences on any of the above?

Look at what YOU have achieved!

Hi all,

Hope you are well this Monday and had a good weekend!

Thought I would talk today about bucket lists, to do lists, to achieve lists… whatever you want to call them!

We all have them, whether written down or not. Those set list of ‘must do’s’ that we have to achieve before we pass/ turn a certain age.

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Marry the man of my dreams – check

Own my own house – check (but then sold when we moved to Glasgow!)

Visit America – check

Have a degree in History – check

Become a teacher – em… well I dont really want to do that anymore

Visit Disneyland – em, no but would I really want to go there over everywhere else?

Travel Europe – I have seen parts but not even a dent of it in reality – but who can afford to up sticks and travel nowadays?

Live abroad – working on it but not yet…

Own a dog – not really fair if we are then going to move abroad….

I could go on!

Some yes I have achieved, others a possibility, most of them who really knows, maybe if I am lucky (or win the lottery…!)

When I think about it, my list is actually a set of goals, pressures, deadlines a cause of disappointment that they have not all been achieved, some not even close.

Why do we do this to ourselves? A  to- do list for our jobs, daily chores, work around the house maybe they are essential but life goals? Life demands?

When I focus on what I haven’t achieved, I like many, get down and frustrated and stressed.

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So that is why, I am tearing up my bucket list and instead going for an ‘Achievement List’.

From now on, I will focus on what I HAVE achieved, the amazing, incredible, wonderful things I HAVE done.

Big things, small things, memories, recaps, journeys, events, people  = life and living.

I am married to my best friend, living in a city I love, supported my incredible friends and family.

I have seen so many west end shows that have brought tingles to my spine. I am an athlete. I have been in a hot air balloon. I have sunk my feet into the Arabian Desert. I have seen a praying mantis (such an amazing sight). Tasted the most flavourful Gelato in Italy. Spent 4 years of my life studying and completing a degree in History and loving every moment of it. I am pursuing a career I am passionate about. I have dinned in the Emirates Palace. I went to the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I have been surrounded by wild dolphins. I have touched a baby Giraffe (their skin is so rough!). I created a blog.

I could go on and on. I want to go on and on. This list gets me excited. This list gets me inspired. This list gives me drive.

This list makes me smile.

So why not try it out too. Instead of focussing on a ‘must achieve’ list, let’s all look at what we ‘have achieved’ and get excited about that. You may just surprise yourself on how awesome you are :-)

Tell me something you have achieved?

CrossFit – 3 or 4?

Hi all,

It’s Friday! Party – WOD style, with a CrossFit recap! Woop Woop!

Monday Morning (11th)

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Second week in the box of athletic testing… and today was a rowing kind of day! Yay!

After some rowing tekkers we had the opportunity to row 500m for athletic levels – I was 1 second slower that last time but 1 second?? I’m not going to get all wound up about that!

Push Press on the other hand, that wasn’t so great. For the first athletic level, we have to achieve 30kg for 5 reps, my 1RM is 27.5kg. I attempted 30 a few times but it just wasn’t happening. I really feel like I have to work on my ‘drive’ technique, really struggling to get that power once the weights go up.

Jackie, phew! I have done running  Jackie before and found this so different. Even though your arms aren’t (or shouldn’t be!) the major factor in rowing, you still use them, especially when you get tired. Running gave your arms a complete break before the thrusters.

Thrusters were going to be tricky. The weight on the board was 20kg for everyone. I decided to go for it too (1RM being 27.5kg…). Wow, this was so tough for me but I kept going and everyone was cheering me on (David being my wee coach at the side once he had finished) – I may not have been as fast as the others, but for the first time I was doing the same weight as people who are a heck of a lot stronger than me… and I knew I had it in me to do it too.

I have to laugh though, you finish the thrusters, feel like you want to collapse/ be sick and then its jumping pull up time! But you just get those bad boys done as quick as possible!

Tuesday Morning (12th)

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Pistols, don’t think I have found anyone that likes them! But with pistols, practice will always make perfect.

They frustrate me; I have great mobility in my ankle and a good sense of balance – which are most people’s issues. My problem, no power from my knees – but if I work on them, using a box/ bench behind me, those knees will get stronger. No pain which is good.

Back Squats were good – my 1RM is 45kg so I went with 30, 32.5 and then 35kg for my reps. We were to use a particular method to do them – for my level it was 2 seconds ‘down’, no pause and then an explosive 1 second ‘up’. Great to promote that explosion for coming up and I was pleased on how I did.

We had a 15 minute time cap for the WOD – I dont think coach expected anyone to complete it, simply see how far we could go. Most of the folk in our session were on the 20 rep section when time was called. I did 2 rounds plus up to 20 AMSU.

Holy abs the next day though – still sore today (Friday) – those darn ab mat sit ups!

Thursday Morning (14th)

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Had no idea how ring dips were going to go – only having done them once previous. But you know what, I aint bad!

Ok so I can’t do them without a band, but with the medium band I managed to knock out 10 unbroken reps – and probably had a few more in me! Looking forward to more practice on them, going to use the lightest band next time!

Overhead squats.…ahhhhhhhh!

Ok, so after some practice, trying to get the right arm positioning, getting deep enough in my squat and making sure I was fully locked out, I tried the first level for overhead squats. 15kg for 5 reps (I failed this last time). This time? I did it! And it felt good!

The thought of Nancy did not feel good – running AND overhead squats – geez, could it be worse?!

If my max for 5 reps was 15kg, I knew I needed to lower my weight – so I went for 10kg.

It was a beast of a WOD but I really enjoyed it! I think having that confidence and strength in my overhead squats really did help – I always managed my 15 reps unbroken – sign I needed to go up in weight? Maybe, will try 12.5kg next time!

I completed Nancy in 23 minutes 52 seconds.

3 or 4?

Currently David and I’s dilemma. Do we stick with 3 WOD’s a week or go up to 4? Hmmm, lots of talk over this in our household at the moment!

I think though, we are edging towards 4! Getting an unlimited membership at our box also means that we can attend open gym, do battle royal comps at the weekend when they are on (and not pay extra) – technically can WOD every day! (that aint going to happen, we all need rest days!)

So will probably test it out in September and see how we go from there! Looking forward to it!

Have a good weekend folks! 

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

How are ya this Thursday? Ready for some Thinking Out Loud action?

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Linking up with Amanda over @Runningwithspoons – if you haven’t visited Spoons yet, what are you waiting for? You are in for a treat!

Anyhoo, please stick with me for now and my randomness!

1)      Dreaming

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I am and have always been an avid dreamer whilst I sleep. But recently i.e. the past few months, it has become quite extreme – not in its content but in its ability to completely knock me! I will sleep all night (exception of a few loo visits!), go to bed early, stay away from media devices an hour before I sleep, avoid caffeine after 12 noon, keep the lights as dimmed as possible before bed etc etc – all the things that are said to promote good sleep. But then I dream all night, my mind in overdrive and I wake up sometimes more tired than when I went to bed! Often having to spend the first 10 mins of waking just deciphering what was dream world and what is reality – it can be that vivid.

Anyone gone/ going through this? Any tips that could help me dream less and rest more?

2)      Paleo Mayo

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I have been saying for so long now that I am going to try making paleo mayonnaise and I have still yet to do it! It’s not hard and I have all the ingredients – just need to do it! So my thinking is if I write it down here then I have to do it, hopefully tomorrow, if not this weekend. Planning on using the recipe in NomNom Paleo using avocado oil. But have it on good authority that the recipe by Mellisa Joulwan is also very good.

3)      Scottish Fitness and Nutrition Expo

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Finally bought tickets this week to attend the Scottish Fitness Expo on the 31st of August, can’t wait! Be great to meet lots of people from various backgrounds in the fitness and nutrition world, connect with brands and learn some new things! It’s the first one ever in Scotland! Check out the website here for more info – and to vote for my box, Omnipotent CrossFit to win best CrossFit Box at the Scottish Fitness Awards!

4)      Flies

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(Poor lonely avocado…!)

Is anyone elses house, in particular Kitchen, full of tiny fruit flies at the moment? I am getting so frustrated! I have had to cover up my fruit with a tea towel to stop them getting to it – and it’s making my bananas ripen quicker than I can eat them! They get into my cupboards, now love it in the bathroom, urgh, I can’t seem to escape them! Where do they come from!

I have tried a cup of ACV at the side to tempt them but no luck. Do I just have to live with them while the warmer weather is still around?

5)      Mad Men

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Yep back on the Mad Men train! We are on season 6 now and loving it so far – I know I am a bit behind but had to wait until it was available to rent – don’t tend to buy DVD’S or box sets nowadays – can’t be done with all those boxes lying around!

Don Draper still annoys me so much! And to be honest, it’s some of the secondary characters that intrigue me the most – I keep coming back to watch them! Then again, are we ever supposed to like Don?

6)      Mushroom Melts

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Had these for dinner last night and last week – oh my goodness they are amazing! Portobello mushrooms, stuffed with guac and tuna, topped with tomato, a little cheese and served with salad! I used to find tuna so boring, but pair it with avocado and we are on to a winner!

7)      5 second rule

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Do you live by the 5 second rule? That if food lands on the floor then you have 5 seconds to pick it up before it gets contaminated by germs? Turns out it is true, according to this study! They do say at the end of the Women’s Health article though that better to be safe than sorry and bin it anyway – I don’t know about anyone else but in my house, it’s more like the 30 second rule!

Over and Out!

Are you a Don Draper fan?

5 second rule, yay or nay?

My Recipe List – August!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and feeling fine!

Today I am linking up with Jenn over @PeasandCrayons for ‘What I ate Wednesday’ in order to bring to you my monthly recipe list!

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Check out some fantastic recipe ideas from some of my favourite bloggers! They all also have fab websites too – check them out!

Paleo Scotch Eggs – Paleo Britain

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Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack and great fuel. Not difficult to make either!

Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops – The Healthy Maven

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A treat, yes I know, but a treat thats a culinary delight without having to spend a major amount of time in the kitchen? Yes please!

Skillet Plantain Bread – Gabby’s Gluten Free

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Able to hunt out some plantains? (Some Morrisons stores in the UK do stock them) – then why not give this a go – a great starch source!

Chicken Liver and Onions – Primal Palate

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I made this dish last week and it is a) so easy and b) so tasty! A great way to introduce yourself to liver, as chicken livers are so mild. Big tip – dont overcook and all will be well texture wise!

Coconut Coated Fish Fingers – Peachy Palate

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Now admit it, who here didn’t grow up with fish fingers or have kids (young and old) who love them!  These look delicious and a great way to serve nutritious and delicious fish fingers to your family.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cream Bars – PaleOMG

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Summer is still here! And on those, rare, warm days there is nothing better than a cold frozen treat! Something sweet and chocolaty that’s also full of nutritious goodies? A win win for me, you and all the family! Perfect for a family BBQ or party!

Ok, so who is now very hungry!

What would you like to make?

Do you have any must make recipes to share?

Fighting Mental Health

Hi all,

My heart was so saddened this morning when I awoke to the news that one of my favourite comedians, actors, hero – Robin Williams, had taken his own life.

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He brought so much joy to the world, and will continue to bring joy, smiles and laughs to us all, and generations to come, through his legacy.

Like so many of us, Robin was suffering from a mental health illness – a battle that, sadly, he no longer felt he had the strength to fight.

Mental illness does not make sense, to an outsider or to those affected – words simply cannot describe or explain the feeling of not being able to escape your own mind, to have that voice inside you that you cannot control.

So instead of asking why or looking for a reason to explain the illness, let’s simply talk.

You need to talk – it’s the only path to freedom. Whether it be an organisation, your friends, your family or even me – find someone and start talking.

For those in the UK, you can call the charity SANE on 0845 767 8000 or check out their website for more info  – www.sane.org.uk

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You are not alone – it may feel like the loneliest place in the world right now, but there is a way out – talk.

And for those on the outside – don’t judge, don’t ask why, simply listen – you can be someone’s shining light.

Mental health should not be hidden behind a curtain – let’s face this together.

To end, I quote a tweet from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that touched my heart.

“Genie, you’re free”.

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Top Ten Foodie Festival Tips!

Hi all,

Hope you had a fab weekend and are already kicking booty on another Marvellous Monday!

This weekend, David and I headed over to meet our friends in Edinburgh for the ‘Edinburgh Foodie Festival’ at Inverleith Park.

I have been to many a foodie fest/ event/ exhibition etc over the years and thought it would be a fun idea to share with you my top ten foodie festival tips! How to make the most of your time and how to get the most out of your experience.

Most of these tips can apply to farmers markets and the like too!

Ten Foodie Festival Tips

1)      Prepare for the weather

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(Sunshine and sun glasses for us!)

-          If your festival is inside, great! Just make sure that you have a couple of layers on so you can wrap up/ take layers off dependant on temperature (I found that big exhibitions centres are cold to begin with but soon warm up when people pack in!)

-          If your festival is outside just bear a couple of things in mind. Shoes – is it on grass? Has it been raining and likely to be muddy? Does it look like it will rain? Jacket or umbrella? Could it get warm? Take a small tube of sunscreen.

2)      Read the website

-          Check out the events webpage before attending. That way you will know exactly what to expect and know you won’t miss out on anything – especially demonstrations etc.

3)      Know your prices

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(Best bargain of the fest – seaweed!)

-          Bargains can be had at these events as sellers are desperate to promote their product to you and get you hooked! They also know you have probably paid an entrance fee so will reward you with a bargain. Sometimes, however, consumers can be taken advantage of – caught up in the hype of the event and pay well over the odds. Just buy with this in mind.

4)      Take a bottle of water

-          Speaking of prices, sometimes the essentials at these events are way overpriced. For example at this fest, we could get a carton of coconut water cheaper than a bottle of water! Just pop one in your bag when you head out – you will be pleased it is there later!

5)      Connect with producers/ brands

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-          Here is your opportunity to talk to the farmers and producers, to ask those questions you have always wanted to know the answers to and most importantly, give feedback. For example, we mentioned to the Go Coco producers that we were avid coconut water drinkers, so they were keen to know how their product compared to others. Also as a blogger its great to do a bit of networking!

6)      Try something new!

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-          So you can ask the questions, find out everything you want to know about a product, so why not use this as an opportunity to try something new. Fellow blogger Arman over @thebigmansworld has always mentioned about kangaroo meat. So when I saw these GF burgers I knew I had to give them a try – and they were delicious!

7)      Free Samples

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-          Free samples are fab but just make sure you know what you are trying before you pick it up and eat it – I heard a few people on Saturday asking what something was half way through chewing it down! One woman was trying 24 month aged parma ham, the nicest I have ever tasted – I almost cried when I heard her speak (as I savoured every moment it graced my mouth!). Also some people have been caught out with spices!

-          I tend to only try things I am genuinely interested in, keeping it fair to the producers!

8)      Leaflets

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-          I know most of us do anything to avoid leaflets but if its a brand/ producer you love, pick it up! Often you can find out info to twitter/ facebook pages where you can keep up to date with the producers and new products. Or in some cases, there may be a coupon attached to the leaflet – Like at the Lavazza Coffee stand – £1 off any of their products in supermarkets! Win!

9)      Lunch

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(Suckling pig with crackling?? Yes please!)

-          Whether you are there around lunch or dinner time, there are going to be a lot of stands/ outlets that make your tastebuds drool! Just make sure you check everything out before making your decision. You dont want to pick something, head around the corner and then find something better!

10)   Alcohol

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-          Often, like at this festival, there will be many alcohol tents –yay! Just take this tip with you, and make sure you eat before you drink! (Haha – use this tip for life in general!)

And there you have it! Hope it helps you make the most out of your next foodie event!

Have you been to any foodie festivals or similar events?

Any tips for fellow readers?

Linking up with Katie over @HealthyDivaEats for Marvelous in my Monday!

MiMM

CrossFit – Test Time!

Hi all,

It’s Friday! Soon it will be time to relax, chill out and spend some time with the people you love doing something you love! Even if that means doing nothing = the ideal chill out!

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Time for a bit of CrossFit recappin’ from the week – enjoy!

Monday Morning (4th)

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Today was a toughie – mentally and physically. We are back to athletic testing within our box.

Pull ups and wall walks were still a no go (but I do see some strength progress). Air squats up 3 to 63 and burpees still the same as before at 14.

Those thrusters.… the first level for athletic testing is for 5 x 30kg. My first challenge was to clean 30kg! I tried, over and over and over and nothing. It took its toll and I felt so defeated. It’s so hard sometimes to not be affected by these things, especially when you are trying so hard. David thinks I have it, just need to persevere. And looking back on it now I won’t let it affect me, I have to stay strong and believe – if I don’t believe I can do it I won’t.

I had never done Turkish Get Ups before (well in a random kettle bell class years ago!) and they definitely suck! Haha – yes I would take burpees over them and you all know how much I hate burpees!

Elizabeth was my saviour during this WOD and made me feel positive again. I upped my weight from last time (17.5kg) to 20kg and only added seconds on to my time. Win!

Tuesday Morning (5th)

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I came back on Tuesday, fresh faced and ready to challenge myself with a positive head. Still didn’t get any double unders BUT I felt so much stronger and confident with them (thanks David for the awesome ropes for my birthday!). I even got half an under (one leg through!) – I’m taking that as progress!

The WOD was a chipper but good fun! A definite huffer and puffer!

I did the KBS at 12kg and broke them down into 25, 15 then 10. The box jumps I did scaled at 16 inches and definitely getting more confident jumping. The pull ups were done with the box and barbell and by this point your arms were shot! The most enjoyable part – the block run at the end! Our new box gets so warm so it was nice to get out and get some air (and know once we came in it was done! Ha!).

Thursday Morning (7th)

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Burpees as a warm up!? What, we weren’t late, that’s not fair! (Rant over…)

Pull ups and push ups – 0. But, again, getting closer and stronger, one day!

I managed the first level for deadlifts – 5 x 50kg and was pleased with that. I attempted the next level, 80kg but it was nasty – not there yet!

Shoulder press, I reached the first level for that too! Yay! 5 x 20kg and it felt good. Next level is 30kg, now that’s a jump – will work up to it though!

Helen – nothing really to say apart from you just gotta do it! Our new block run is longer which meant we were all, naturally, going to see an increase in our time. I did the level 1 weight which is 12kg for the kettle bells and did the scaled jumping pull ups. Completed it in 13 minutes 12 seconds and I was SO pleased with this time. When I did Helen back in June I used a 10kg kettle bell and finished in 13 minutes 1 second – so I have a longer block run (by, in total, 180 metres), more weight on my bell and only an 11 second increase! That my friends, is what we call progress.

Must remember that testing shows our weaknesses yes, HOWEVER it also shows us our progress in strength. Keep giving 100% and you can only get stronger.

Happy weekend folks!

 

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Yay it’s Thursday! Which means you know what tomorrow is…!

Do not know where today has gone! Can’t believe it’s quarter past 4 in the afternoon here already – gotta get my groove on with todays post!

Thinking-Out-Loud

Thursdays are special days in my blogging sphere, it means we can link up with the fantastic Amanda over @Runningwithspoons for a bit of randomness!

1)      Manic Thursday!

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So today I CrossFitted with David in the morning, came home, showered, had breakfast, checked and commented on blogs and then headed into town! David needs some new shirts so I thought I should make the most of the summer sales being on and off into town I went!

(Love my new sweater that I got a couple of weeks ago in the Zara sale – so comfy and love the design!)

2)      Glasgow

Glasgow is so pretty – we have some amazing buildings, statues and art. Here are two that caught my eye today while I was out…

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The first one is a building they have decorated above the Princes Square Arcade – it is a metal peacock (hope you can make it out) the head and body of the peacock is in the middle and its feathers spread out over the building. Stunning. Although trust me to get a picture with the only dark cloud in it – believe it or not it’s a lovely day here!

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The second is one of many ‘Clyde’ statues that are situated around the city – he was the Commonwealth Games mascot and the kids (and adults alike) sure liked him!

3)      Hollister

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I saw this top/ jumper in Hollister and completely fell in love with it – I love elephants! Didnt bother to look at the price though… thought it best not to and walk away! #pleaseletitbeinthesalelater

4)      Refreshment!

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It was getting to around 1pm and I needed refreshment! I wasn’t hungry (thanks awesome Brussels sprout, bacon and cranberry omelette!) but I definitely needed something to drink. Went for this Coconut Water from Pret – not the best I have had but definitely hut the spot! And it has a monkey on the front, who wouldn’t love that!

5)      This t-shirt!

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Spotted this t-shirt in the men’s department of Forever 21 and was so tempted to get it for David! He LOVES dinosaurs! And to be fair, they are pretty cool. Does everyone go through a dinosaur phase (or never leave it like David) or is it just our ‘Jurassic Park’ generation?

6)      Home now

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Was so glad to be back home in time for a late lunch, well almost 3pm lunch! I like lunch late, is that odd? Glad to be sitting down for a while, so beat after CrossFit this morning – but more on that tomorrow…!

And that’s a wrap!

Do you like shopping on your own?

When do you eat lunch?

Dinosaurs, yay or nay?