Thinking Out Loud…with David!

Hi Everyone! David here!

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With Jen starting school this week and all the hectic-ness that it entails I’m going to help her out on her post today. I liked the idea of doing a Thinking Out Loud post, get some of these random thoughts I have bouncing around my head out on the page! So without further ado, here I go!

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 (Linking up with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons - J x)

1) How ‘bout them Falcons!

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Come on, you didn’t expect a post by me based on my random thoughts not to include some football action! Haha! Great start to the season against the Saints but it kind of fell apart against the Bengals on Sunday. I’ve worked out the problem though… I didn’t wear any Falcons stuff on Sunday, obviously this is why we lost! So am all set for tonight’s game against the Buccs, Falcons cap ready to wear tonight, sorted!

Can’t wait to see them at the end of October in London against the Detroit Lions! Rise Up!

2) Independence

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I know Jen covered this a bit last week but it would be crazy for me not to mention it again, seeing as today is the day that everyone in Scotland, aged 16 and over, has the opportunity to go to the polls to answer the question “Do you think Scotland should become an independent country?” Yes or No? I was always a No voter from the very beginning. I am British, born and raised in England until I was 18, but have lived in Scotland for the last 10 years. My Mum is English and my Dad is Scottish. I am married to Jen who was born in England but grew up in Scotland. She has a Scottish Mum and an English Dad. We really can’t get my more British than that! I don’t want the countries to split up, I think at this time in history the world could do with sticking together not creating divides between one another just to prove “Aye, we can go alone!”

It is genuinely scary for us both that the outcome might be independence.  We’ll know tomorrow!

3) Socks

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(David’s special socks for today…)

Now this is a random topic for you! I love my socks to be really colourful and funky. I don’t own a single pair of plain socks and I often get comments at work about them (doesn’t help I often wander around with no shoes on so it they are pretty obvious!). I’m always on the lookout for more to add to my collection, including knee high ones, they are great for CrossFit! I must add that I must be the only person that likes his mother-in-law buying him socks for Christmas. She has just as mad taste in colours and patterns as me!

4) Phrases

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Us Brits love a good phrase, instead of actually saying the actual words just as easily! Jen has mentioned a few previously (like last week’s – “beat around the bush”). I’d like to share with you some of the random phrases or words I have had to understand since I first came to Scotland…

  • ‘Where do you stay?’ = where are you from? This was my first insight into the weird world of Scottish vocabulary when asked in Fresher’s week at uni. I assumed they were asking where I was staying, which halls of residents. Nope, where I was originally from of course!!??
  • ‘I’ll meet you at the back of 9’ = I’ll meet you just after 9 o’clock. This one still catches me out. I hear the “back of” to mean the “end of” so assume the back of 9 would be near 10 o’clock! Yet again, that would be too obvious!
  • ‘A piece’ = a sandwich or snack, ‘a fine piece’ = a cake or similar. The first time I went to Jen’s parents’ house her Mum asked me if I would like “a piece?” Then just looked at me… I was waiting for her to finish the sentence though so looked blankly at her. She persevered though, “you know, a fine piece….” There’s me still waiting for “a fine piece of….[insert specific thing here]”. Got there in the end though!
  • ‘Geez-Oh’ = Glaswegian version of “Oh my gosh”. This one I love actually and picked it up fairly quickly when we arrived here. I tend to be quite good at that, picking up the accent of the area. Wish I’d recorded what I sounded like after 2 weeks in the Deep South in the US, probably horrific! Haha!
  • ‘Messages’ = shopping. This one I quite like too (now I understand it). If you pop out to get your shopping people will sometimes say they are off “to get their messages”. I just thought they meant they were collecting something from the post office!

See, it’s confusing! All the Scots reading this are probably just laughing at me now!

5) Street Art

As you know from my previous posts I love my photography and living in Glasgow has let me try my hand at more urban photography. One amazing asset Glasgow has is the amount and range of street art you see literally everywhere around the city. The council have even commissioned several pieces to make some areas more attractive (e.g. under bridges). Below are some of my favourite examples that I have found so far – always on the lookout for more though!

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Hope you have enjoyed a little catch up with David and his thoughts for the week! Back on Monday with some CrossFit love! Until then, have a great weekend! Jen x

Do you like street art?

How do you like your socks, plain, bright or crazy? 

 

Don’t Regret, Live Life!

Hi all,

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to make you think…

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What would you do if you could?

Anything and everything…

Me? Off the top of my head, I would

  • Have an amazing career
  • Live abroad
  • Be an amazing CrossFit athlete
  • Spend more time experimenting in the kitchen…

So, what’s stopping you or me?

Nothing. Only ourselves.

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Find a way of achieving that ideal career (go back to school like me!).

Make a schedule so you can have more time to see your family, work on projects, start a hobby.

Keep focused if you want to improve – your passion will lead to progression.

Start saving a little at a time so you can make that big trip.

Make small steps towards a change, a leap, a goal, a dream.

Just take some action – big or small, then you will never regret and never ask ‘what if’. Take steps to make it happen.

Let’s live life – don’t say ‘I can’t’ – instead ask ‘how can I make this happen?’ Live a life of ‘I tried’ and ‘I did’ not ‘what if’s’ and ‘I wish I had’.

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It may sound scary, it may be easy to say ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I can’t afford it’ – but it’s fear that should push us to achieve. It’s the fear that makes the achievement so worthwhile in the end.

Don’t let fear stop you – we can all do anything and everything – start your journey, live life.

Do you let fear stop you?

Have you taken that leap, faced the fear and achieved?

CrossFit – Push It Up!

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend full of lots of smiles and fun things!

Time for some CrossFit recappin’ – last week’s WOD’s – Lots of fun as ever!

Monday Morning (8th)

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After the mob, we moved on to the strict presses. These are tough but I am improving every time I try these – getting heavier and with less strain. I don’t tend to hyper extend my chest anymore to get the bar up – brilliant as this was not good. I got to 22.5kg with that.

The back squats were awesome – doing a pattern of 2 seconds down, 2 seconds hold and then explosive back up. I know I need to test my 1RM again but I got up to 30kg with this. Could have been heavier.

The WOD was a burner but just a matter of getting it done! We had a time cap (can’t remember what it was) but I was so frustrated as I was only 51 skips away from completing it! Grr, got tangled in my ropes at one point so could have done it!

Tuesday Morning (9th)

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We had 10 minutes to complete the 3 rounds – I managed to do all bar the last 1 min back extension. Those narrow press ups really slow me down but hopefully through focussing on quality they will improve.

The deadlifts, woah, 85% 1RM!? But I love these ones that test what we can do – I was so surprised to get to the end of the 10 rounds. Did them at 57.5kg

The hand to hand kettle bell snatches in the final WOD were the problem for me. In order to properly snatch I had to go down low in weight, 8kg – boo! I know I know ‘do it light and do it right’ but it’s frustrating to have to pick up ‘that’ kettle bell again! Completed in 14 minutes 35 seconds.

Thursday Morning (11th)

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Woop Woop Ring Dips! I love ring dips! Yes I do them banded but I seem to have the balance required for them down to a fine art. It excites me that once I get stronger and stronger I could really get these!

Front squats, same as back squats, I know I do need to revisit 1RM’s. But was happy doing the same pattern as the back squats at 32.5kg.

Phew this push jerk WOD was tough. That minute passed so quick but not as fast as the rest time! ha! But it does show me that I need to work on ‘going down’ on my jerks to get that bar up there. Did the WOD at 25kg and my score was 7,6,5,4,5 reps.

Friday Morning (12th)

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The push presses went well – got up to 22.5kg with them. Need to work on using my core power to get the bar up!

Bear complexes, the bane of every CrossFitters life! But I got up to 25kg. It’s getting the bar overhead after being on your back thats the issue for most. Used some spare time to work on doing a push jerk from behind the neck with a low weight – need to get comfortable with them.

I loved this WOD! Didn’t want it to end – is that sad?

Every time I nailed those gym ring rows I kept on remembering back to a time where I couldn’t even do one.  Gainz baby!

The bar press ups were a fab way of progressing to press ups – I focussed on keeping my elbows in and pulling my shoulder blades back. Tough but worked like a charm. In the 17 minutes I managed 10 rounds plus 5 ring rows. Woo hoo!

And there we have it folks! Have a great week ahead and see you Wednesday!

How did your workouts go last week?

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

Time for some ‘Thinking Out Loud’ action with Amanda over @Running with Spoons!

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No time to beat about the bush, let’s get to it!

1. Beat about the bush

-Yep I just wrote it, but had to google it when I realised I don’t know why we say it! Apparently it comes from when beaters used to beat the bushes to get the birds moving/ flying before the hunters got them. Makes sense – Don’t beat about the bush, cut to the chase!

2. Monday!

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– I can finally say that one Monday I begin my studies in health coaching! It always seemed so far away and I am so excited to finally get started and begin learning again. It also signifies finally beginning a new chapter in my life, hopefully building up a successful career that I can be passionate and proud of.

3. Coyo Coconut Milk Yoghurt

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– I have found a new product that I absolutely love – coconut milk yoghurt. It has a rich, creamy, fresh taste – you can’t eat too much at one time, it acts more as a topping to fruit etc but this means it last longer which is always a bonus. I also love that it adds to my healthy fat intake and doesn’t make me feel as ‘gunky’ as dairy does. They also have vanilla and chocolate versions I cannot wait to try… next time I am at Whole Foods!

4. M3 Update

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– The final M3 update I will be doing on the blog (but contact me if you want to know more about how I am getting on). For the first time since starting taking the M3 Pure Pharma supplement I am noticing differences in my sleep – I still wake up during the night but am experiencing more deep sleep and less dreams = feeling more rested. Fantastic! Also same awesome benefits as before in terms of muscle recovery. I will be continuing to take this as I have noticed significant positive differences.

5. iPhone

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– So the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus. Looks good! I am desperate for an iPhone and am eagerly awaiting my contract to end so I can get one – think it will be the 5s for me though – the new release, although awesome is so expensive to buy in the UK. iPhone 6 in the UK – from £539. iPhone 6 in the US – from $199. No, I am NOT JOKING! Oh I wish I was…

6. Football Tradition

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– David and I (well especially David) love American Football. Even though we can’t watch it on TV here in the UK, we have established a new Sunday tradition of listening to the game whilst preparing bits and bobs for the following week. It was fun (even though they put on very annoying music every time the ads came on). We are also loving watching ‘Hard Knocks’ which has only just started here in the UK – and this year it’s our team – Atlanta Falcons! However never fear, we get to see our team play in October when they come to London to play! Cannot wait!

7. Independence?

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– This time next week I will be heading to vote – the most important vote I think I will ever make in my life – whether or not Scotland becomes an independent country. I am not afraid to express my opinion, I do wish to remain as part of the UK and believe we are stronger together. I am nervous and scared though at the thought it could go the other way. My future and the future of my country all stand on this vote. Will see what happens!

Do you have an iPhone?

Like football? What’s your team?

Do you exercise your right to vote?

CrossFit – The Paleo Experiment!

Hi all,

Can you believe it is Wednesday already?! Not that I’m complaining, closer to the weekend!

Today I thought I would share with you all some of the work I have been doing with my CrossFit Box and Paleo. Been doing various blog posts Monday – Friday on all things Paleo!

So if you are looking for more info on What is Paleo? What do you actually eat on Paleo? Paleo weekend recipe ideas or simply want to see ‘What I ate this Weekend’ – check out below!

What is Paleo?

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The Who, What, Where and Why’s of Paleo. Want to explain Paleo to someone but just don’t know how? Or fancy learning a bit more about it yourself? Click HERE to read my post!

Breakfast and Snacks on Paleo?

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Breakfast ideas that are simple and nutritious and don’t require masses of thought or ingredients – perfect for those on Paleo or not! And healthy snack ideas for all! Click HERE to read my post!

Paleo Lunch and Dinners

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A selection of lunch and dinner Paleo ideas. Again, keeping it simple and focussing on #realfoodfuel

Click HERE to read my post!

Recipe Love!

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Something for everyone! Recipes for the weekend whatever your tastes – meals and breakfast/ brunch… yes there are pancakes! Click HERE to read my post!

What I ate this Weekend

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My breakfast, lunch and dinners for the weekend – and they were good! Lunch from Whole Foods too – tasty! Click HERE to read my post!

These were my favourite posts from September so far. Loving writing them and inspiring people to think about eating clean –and showing them how easy it can be!

It also shows how much of a community CrossFit is – so very much more than a gym…

Linking up today with Jen over @Peasandcrayons for WIAW

Anything you would like to know about Paleo/ eating clean?

What did you eat at the weekend/ yesterday?

CrossFit – Thank Goodness for Time Caps!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a fab weekend! I had a nice chilled out one with my hubby – well chilled out in our way!

The past week and weekend just flew past! I think it’s because I am working on the Paleo project with my CrossFit box, blogging and getting my reading done for school starting next week, so busy in a good way!

Hang on a minute…

SCHOOL STARTS NEXT WEEK!!!???!!!

Eeek! It has always felt like so long away! But I am so excited (and a little nervous!)!

Today, however, I bring to you my CrossFit recap from last week – and what a week of WOD’s it was! First time doing 4 in a week – loved it!

Monday Morning (1st)

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The aim of the mobility session today was to find in our backs where the tension (aka pain) was. Then we all had to draw on the board where we found it most uncomfortable. I had a few areas but if it means that mobility in the future can be focused on these areas then great! So many people had the most pain in their traps though.

Hang snatch is still one I am working on. My problem, awesome with the PVC pipe, struggle with a barbell. Next time, go for the training bar bell – better to start low work up in weight and get it right!

The main WOD was a killer – one of the WOD’s from that weekends CrossFit Team Series. Each member of the team had to do those reps – one on the bar while the other did the thrusters. Neither could move on to the next until the other had finished. It was hard – I did my thrusters at 20kg and found it tough, especially when others were waiting for you to finish! We did jumping pull ups – arms and legs were toast by the end but did it in 16 minutes, 8 seconds.

Tuesday Morning (2nd)

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21 squats was a warm up coach did with us. 21 squats at normal footing, 21 squats at really wide footing and then 21 squats with a narrow footing. Then repeat. Narrow was hard! Try it out at home – a good stretch if nothing else!

The 3 rounder wasn’t too bad – hollow rocks the usual, leg raises tough but they always are! The burpee to handstands I did doing half handstand walks. Really is the way for me to go right now until I get used to being upside down – although after a year at CrossFit I’m still not used to it!

Deadlifts were awesome – felt good with them and did the 20 reps at 45kg.

The WOD was good – running, the usual and the hand to hand kettle bell clean and jerks were a new one for me. Could manage one arm with the 12kg but not the other (showing where weakness is!) so went for the 10kg. Really noticing a difference in being able to explode with power from my core – essential for this! I finished in 17 minutes 38 seconds.

Thursday Morning (4th)

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The 100m max power row was fun – basically we had 100m to see how high we could get the power on the rower. My top score was 301 – something to work on but happy!

And then the WOD, oh the WOD. In case it wasn’t clear from the picture above, you went 10 skips, 10 KBS, 10 pull ups then 20 skips, 20 KBS, 20 pull ups. Then 30,30,30 then 40,40,40 etc. I dont think I have ever sweat so much in my life! We were all dripping by the end – a real marathon of a WOD! But I did enjoy it  – the mental as well as physical challenge. I skipped, used a 12kg kettle bell and did jumping pull ups. Within the 45 minute time cap I got 5 rounds (the 50’s) plus up to 3 jumping pull ups in the 60’s.

Friday Morning (5th)

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The reactive box jumps were a new one for me – this is where you cannot rest at the bottom, you must spring back automatically on to the box – resting at the top on the box if necessary. Box jumps and me have their history and doing it this way is more difficult than normal. But I got up to 17.5 inches so I am happy with that.

The clusters were a doozy (cluster = squat clean to thruster)

I began with 20kg and went up 2.5kg each time – I reached my max of 27.5kg pretty quickly, 4th round – so I had the rest of the reps to do every minute at my maximum. That’s tough people.   I was shattered by the end. I did attempt 30kg but it just wasn’t happening today. It will soon though, I just know it! #staypositive

And that was the WOD’s that were!

Don’t forget to check out the daily blog posts I am doing over at the Omnipotent CrossFit blog – click HERE for the link – today will focus on my Paleo eats from the weekend – think What I ate Weekend!

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

It’s fun day Thursday! (does that even rhyme or work…?)

So you know what that means – hit the spotlight…

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Time for some link up action with awesome Amanda over @Runningwithspoons

1)      The Paleo Experiment

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–          On Monday I revealed to you all that I am coordinating a Paleo experiment with fellow CrossFitters at my box. The aim? To promote cleaner eating – whether folk wish to take it as far as Paleo or not – simply focussing back to real food fuel!

I am really pleased with how it is going. People seem to be engaging and enjoying my posts on the blog and I am enjoying writing them! Even if I am just putting the information out there to help people make better choices towards food and health that’s fantastic enough for me. Want to check my blog posts out? Click HERE.

2)      M3 Update

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–          Week two of being on the PurePharma M3 Magnesium supplement and it is still going well. My sleep is about the same, I tend to wake up about an hour after going to sleep and thats never fun but usually after that I get a couple of hours of deep sleep before some lighter sleep. The major huge difference I have noticed though is in my DOMS – or lack of! The supplement is working wonders for post WOD recovery – I still get tender or stiff but not sore like I did before. The supplement is worth taking simply for this alone!

3)      Pinterest – Chia Pudding

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–          How many times have a wrote on thinking out loud about getting connected with Pinterest!? I have an account but thats about it. It was only when I was posting my Banana Chia Pudding recipe yesterday that I realised this would be perfect to ‘pin’ for Pinterest. I am really missing out on a market there. So my aim for the next week – get reacquainted with Pinterest! (Miss my recipe yesterday? Click HERE)

4)      September Love

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Right now, all I am reading about from bloggers across the pond is September love. It’s fantastic to see them celebrate a month that brings to them the change of the season, all things pumpkin and cinnamon spiced and of course, you guys have FOOTBALL!. But here in the UK, well to be honest, all it signifies is that summer is over, Christmas is still far away, the nights are drawing in and the mornings getting darker and folk are generally, well, a bit gloomy. Maybe if we had pumpkin to look forward to them those frowns would be turned upside down! Personally I am going to take a little bit of this September passion and start celebrating the month and all it brings – hello British apple season!

5)      Sweaty Betty

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–          I got this catalogue through the post today from Sweaty Betty (the British Lululemon – yep we say it as it is with company names!). I looked through it and lusted after every single item of clothing – so gorgeous! However I wish they would realise that athletes are not made of money, this stuff is pricey – £80 ($132) for an average pair of Capri leggings… So for now, I will just wish and dream!

6)      How important is music!

–          This morning, during a killer WOD, I realised how important music is during a workout. Not only does it keep you motivated but it can also help you keep to a rhythm and knock out reps. Get a song without a good tempo, this can totally knock me! Some good tunes today but still not as good as when coach cracks on the heavy metal!

7)      My last post of the week

–          Yep this is my last post of the week – so I will wish you a happy weekend and hope you all have fun! This weekend for me, WHOLE FOODS – YIPEEE!

Do you like September? Why/ why not?

Do you find your performance during a workout can be enhanced by the right music?

Got any plans for the weekend?

New Recipe – Banana Chia Pudding!

Hi all,

Hope you are fine this Wednesday and looking forward to the rest of the week ahead.

Today I bring you another recipe! For the second week in a row – been a busy girl in the kitchen!

Delighted to bring you today one of the tastiest things I have had in a while…

Banana Chia Pudding!

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I have been trying to find other ways of using my chia seeds. There are a few chia pudding recipes out there but nothing really grabbed me – so decided to make my own!

Chia seeds are incredible – they are a nutrient powerhouse – high in fibre, protein, calcium and magnesium – brilliant for repairing those muscles after CrossFit whist giving us energy!  They are also a source of the healthy fat Omega -3!

Studies have shown that a portion of chia seeds actually enhance performance during a workout significantly more than energy drinks and carbohydrates!

You can add the seeds to eggs, blitz them in smoothies, add on top of salads but I have found nothing that I like to do with them more than make this Banana Chia Pudding! Packing in some extra protein and other nutritional goodies!

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Time for the recipe!

Banana Chia Pudding
Serves 2
A chia seed based pudding that is perfect for breakfast with some fruit, as a snack or dessert!
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups of almond milk
  2. 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  3. 1 scoop of protein powder (I used banana protein (Kinetica) but vanilla, chocolate etc would work too)
  4. 1 large banana (or 2 small) mashed
  5. 2 tbsp of almond butter
  6. 1 tbsp of honey
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
  2. Place in container with lid and refrigerate, stir after a couple of hours and leave overnight.
  3. Ready to eat for breakfast the following morning!
Notes
  1. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well and there are no lumps from the protein powder.
  2. The longer you leave the pudding the thicker it will get. Keeps for a week in the refrigerator.
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 It may not look elegant but it is sure delicious! Our favourite way to top it – chopped nectarine sprinkled with mixed nuts and seeds – so good! 

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It really is such a delish way to start your day, fuel you when a snack is due or prep your body pre workout! 

Linking up with Jenn over @PeasandCrayons for ‘What I ate Wednesday’ – because I literally, just finished a tasty bowl of this stuff! 

Do you like chia seeds? 

If so how do you like to eat them? 

CrossFit – I’m still alive!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a fab weekend! And for those in the States a fantastic Labor Day!

Gosh it seems like forever since I was writing! I did miss posting on Friday but I was working on something special I promise – an exciting project with my CrossFit box!

The Paleo Experiment!

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I am going to be a guest blogger for Omnipotent CrossFit throughout the month of September – informing, discussing and debating all things Paleo – with an aim to help folk make better choices with eating and living – full Paleo, going gluten free or simply interested, the posts are for everyone – including you!

Check out my posts HERE – day one of the experiment starts today!

And speaking of CrossFit, here is a recap of my WOD’s from last week, on their new Monday slot!

Monday Morning (25th)

Monday WOD

Mobility as always, much needed! Mobility is getting intense now – good for body, bad at that precise moment! Ha!

Oh me and handstands, I never seem to progress. Still no handstand or sign of it, never mind a push up! So it was the box for me – still a major struggle but a little progress at a time with them, better than nothing!

The clean and jerks turned my frown upside down! I loved doing them and that 20 sec hold at the top, phew was a killer but it made form stronger which is key. I got up to 27.5kg (which is actually my 1RM for a jerk from a rack! What the….!

Tabata push ups – urgh! Done from knees and very poor – but after those clean and jerks, I dont think any of us were on top form!

Tuesday Morning (26th)

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The three rounds of block runs and double unders were fine – runs ok and double unders, well, I take all the practice I can get! Still didnt get one but getting closer each time – and I think I may have worked out where I am going wrong…

And then came the main WOD!

I did my deadlifts at 42.5kg – pleased with them!

I did pull ups as jumping pull ups, took a bit longer than expected as my arms were toast after the deadlifts.

I wasn’t looking forward to the pistols. I did them scaled on a box but previously struggled. You know what, I did them and rocked them! Broke them down into 4 sets of 10 and rattled through them. Total shock of the day!

Then came the ground to overheads (20kg). I power cleaned them and used that ‘dip’ in the end clean position to power up into my jerk. Works like a charm!

I finished in 19.24.

Thursday Morning (28th)

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Did you read the above…!!!! ($£!!!$&***!£$ – my thoughts exactly!)

So, lets start on the pull ups! It was great to finally do tekkers on the rig again – haven’t done that in a while and really wanted to see if my strength had progressed. Well, we practiced taps and I have definitely gained strength, confidence and drive there! Woop woop! Never been like that before! So I just carried on with them during the AMRAP and love how I have come on!

DEADLIFT KALSU!! DEADLIFT KALSU!!!

I have done thruster Kalsu and that was the hardest WOD I have ever done. Deadlift Kalsu would come in at a close second. As stated, you begin with 5 burpees every minute and then for the rest of the minute you try to get as many deadlifts done as possible out of the 100. I went for 45kg –  and we had a time cap of 20 minutes.

Woah! By the end I was trying to get 5 deadlifts per minute after my burpees, some worked that way, others didnt. My form was pants by the end, I could feel it but tried everything to keep my back as flat as possible.

Getting to 100 = one of the best feelings ever! And I did it in 16.56! And am still alive! Yay!

And there we have it folks!

David and I decided to take the plunge and go on our boxes unlimited package – that means 4 WOD’s per week from now on! Doing a trial for a month so see how we go!

And don’t forget to check out the Omnipotent webpage for a peak at the Paleo Experiment – new posts every day!

Thinking Out Loud!

Hi all,

It’s Thursday, it’s time to write = Thinking Out Loud style!

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Linking up with the beautiful blog birthday (yesterday) gal Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons for all the crazies!

1)      It’s a coffee kinda day

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I normally limit myself to one cup of coffee a day, in the morning and that’s it. I completely believe that caffeine takes 6-8 hours to pass through your system so try to avoid it after 12 noon. Today however, I arrived in Stabucks and my body screamed AMERICANO PLEASE! So I relented… killer WOD this morning, absolutely shattered!

2)      M3 Update

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As I mentioned last week I have decided to start taking a magnesium supplement by Pure Pharma to try and help me achieve a deep sleep/ promote muscle recovery. Week one update – Getting to sleep great, deep sleep for the first few hours and then I start to dream again. However I am feeling more energised in the morning- win! In terms of muscle recovery, that has been awesome. Done some crazy workouts which would have resulted in major DOMS previously – now I have some aches but nothing to write home about.

Still only a week – and a week of my ‘time of the month’ (so British that I can’t say Period!) in which I always tended to have disrupted sleep/ more dreams anyway, so week two may be more representative.

3)      Flies

Another update! The flies, touch wood, are pretty much gone from the kitchen! Yay! Went with Amandas advice of ACV and washing up liquid and being patient. You were right Amanda, being patient was the key! So pleased!

4)      Phat Ball reaction

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Loved the reaction to my fat ball recipe I posted yesterday! I didn’t know what the reaction would be – would most shy away with me calling them fat balls and the majority of folk still thinking that low fat diets work (!??!!!??!) or would folk embrace their nourishment. Seems like fat, or ‘Phat’ is king! Yay! Missed the post? Check it our HERE.

5)      7 Reasons you need a nap (or at least some downtime)

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Read this great post by MindBodyGreen today about the benefits of a nap/ downtime and why we need it. I should probably read this over and over – do I always practice what I preach when it comes to this? heck no. Do I pick up my phone/ipod/ ipad when I should leave it be? yep. Do I try to keep going when I should shut my eyes for 10-15 minutes and rest? oh yeah! But I am trying to get better and reading articles like this proves to my head exactly why I should! Click HERE for a link to the article. 

6)      Schedule/ New Project

So this is the first week of my new blogging schedule – was it odd not blogging on Tuesday? oh yeah and will it be odd tomorrow? probably. But I am also looking forward to all my health coach training/ schooling!

I am also working on a project for the next month with my CrossFit box! All will be revealed next week but will keep you all posted and connected to it – want you guys to see what I am up to!

7)      Moustache

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(Oh holy guacamole….)

My husband David wants to raise money for male health awareness this year by taking part in Movember… that’s where males for 1 month grow a moustache…!

Love the fact that he wants to support the cause, but cant help but cringe every time I think ‘moustache’! My dad rocks one, David I’m not too sure. Even asked him if it could be a beard, the answer was no!

(You do realise David now I have blogged it you have to do it!)

8)      And last but not least… Off to the Expo!

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Sunday is the day David and I are off to the Scottish Fitness and Nutrition Expo! Cant wait! Should be really good – there are some stands/ suppliers I am looking forward to meeting. Expect a recap…!

And there we have it! Back on Monday – seems so far away! But always present on Twitter @ChasetheRG – you following me yet?

Do you allow yourself to disconnect or nap?

What do you think of moustaches?

How many cups of coffee do you have a day?