Friday Favourites – July 29

Hi all,

Hooray for Friday!

I am standing here (standing desk) drinking some good coffee, eating some of my delicious birthday cake and feeling really lucky to have had such a wonderful birthday yesterday.

I started with CrossFit, met David for lunch, chatted to my parents on skype, met David after work for gelato and came home for homemade pizza and cake! It was exactly how birthdays are meant to be spent, with the people you love and good food. I even got a good dose of the Australian sunshine!Friday - chase the red grape

So as you can imagine, this weeks ‘Friday Favourites’ are going to focus mostly on bits and bobs from yesterday…. aaaaaand I just went back for some more cake…

Favourite… Moment – Speaking to my parents

Every week I catch up with my Mum on Skype and we chatted away for about 10 mins before she moved the screen to show my Dad! He had popped home after having his routine bloods taken before heading off to work. He could only stop to say a quick hello but it made my day to see his smiley face on my birthday!

Favourite… Feeling – Having such a wonderful husband!lunch - chase the red grape

David really made my day yesterday. It’s tough when you live somewhere new and don’t know many people, especially on days like your birthday. But he met me for a Vietnamese lunch, surprised me with the most amazing cake and took me for gelato as the sun set over the swan river… so much love.gelato - chase the red grape

Favourite… Purchase – 2kg medjool datesdates - chase the red grape

As soon as I saw these boxes in our local supermarket I knew I had to get one. We go through dates like they are going out of fashion in this house (awesome post workout) so a bulk discount is a winner in my book. I wonder how long they will last…

Favourite… Food/Drink – My birthday cake!raw cake - chase the red grape

Isn’t it gorgeous!? A bespoke ‘ferrero raw’cer’ raw cake from Cocoa Bare topped with handmade chocolates (she only uses dark Lindt chocolate) fruit and flowers. I adore hazelnuts so after chatting with the creator she and David decided to go with that as a theme. Couldn’t of asked for anything more perfect!

Favourite… Link – The Ramones sing Happy Birthday to Mr Burns on The Simpsons

Every birthday David plays me this video on You Tube – cracks me up every time!

Favourite… Workout – Birthday WOD

It included rowing and farmers carries so I was one happy bunny. Even if I did have to do my age in calories on the airdyne bike afterwards! #diditwithasmile

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market, CrossFit mobility session, lunch out and weekly shop. Sunday – Beach cafe for breakfast and the newspapers and then chill chill chill!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend folks!

What would your ideal foodie birthday be?

Out of all the birthday cakes you have ever had which one stands out the most in your memory?

Do you speak to or see your parents on your birthday?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

What I ate Wednesday – July 27

Hi all,

Well tomorrow is my birthday, my first one in Australia!

It certainly feels different. Usually my birthday comes with a dose of the summer sun, some family time and maybe even a BBQ. This year it’s winter, my family and friends are on the other side of the world and whilst we could BBQ, it would probably be a little nippy, and dark – unlike the Scottish summer sun that stays out until at least 10pm!

But 31 marks a new chapter for me. Yeah I live on the other side of the world now and yeah things will be different – but that can be such a good thing! Now it’s time to set some new birthday traditions, like birthday ice cream… yeah I can’t wait for that one #3scoopspleaseWIAW- chase the red grape

So on Saturday we kicked off the start of birthday week with lunch out, a walk around the markets and ended with a cocktail party on a boat – sounds good right!? And what better way to document the day than with a What I ate Wednesday!

Breakfast – Eggs, pastrami and rocket (with BBQ sauce) – GF toast with butter and jamBREAKFAST - chase the red grape

Love this breakfast on a Saturday, always gets me going!

Post farmers market pit stop – Cappuccinos from our favourite coffee shop!coffee - chase the red grape

Truth – I always grab a spoon and eat the chocolate dusted foam off the top before I drink. Even if it is a takeaway!

Snack whilst travelling to do our weekly shop – Winter cherriescherries - chase the red grape

Every day I feel blessed to live in a place where we have 2 cherry and 2 strawberry seasons!

Lunch – Bib and Tucker by the sea…

To share – GF rosemary flatbread with potato and Gorgonzola dip and beet hummuslunch - chase the red grape

I adore rosemary and the flatbread just oozed flavour! Both dips were amazing but the beet hummus snuck out as a favourite.

Main – Steak tartare with shaved truffle and woodfired brussel sprouts with lemon, pomegranate and buckwheatlunch - chase the red grape

Where do I start?! The steak tartare was heaven and the flavour the truffle brought was ideal. I could eat tartare every day. And those sprouts, oh the sprouts. I ate every single one.lunch - chase the red grape

And because I know you want to see what David ordered…

Large tostada, quinoa, charred corn, avocado, pomegranate, orange tahini with chicken.lunch - chase the red grape

Also amazing!

We spent the rest of the afternoon having a wonder round Fremantle market and stopping for a cheeky coco whip!chase the red grape

David’s – whip with hot caramel sauce. Mine – whip with peanut sauce.coco whip - chase the red grape

David’s was amazing, mine was ok. Lesson learnt – never turn down hot caramel sauce made with coconut sugar!

We came home to get ready for the cocktail party and snacked on some leftover chicken and downed a big cup of coffee.chicken - chase the red grape

We arrived at the meeting place to cocktails – An espresso martini and Disaronno sour (which was far too sweet!)cocktails - chase the red grape

I didn’t take many pictures of the night but one I did grab on snapchat (chasetheredgrape) of the bubbles and nibbles. Let’s put it this way. Too many bubbles, not enough nibbles… should have forced myself to eat a potato or something before we left! Haha! But a fantastic evening which ended with a lot of dancing! Awesome!bubbles - chase the red grape

Have a fab Wednesday everyone – hopefully filled with some good eats!

Do you have any foodie birthday traditions?

Ever tried steak tartare?

Are you good at fuelling yourself right before a boozy night out?

Linking up with Jenn @PeasAndCrayons and major thanks to today’s host!

Blog In Review – 3 Years

Hi all,

3 years ago today I wrote my very first blog post.

I sat at my laptop and began a journey. I didn’t know where it was going to take me, nor did I know where I wanted to go. But I sat and I began writing.

I’m not going to say that time has flown by, because I don’t think it has. I feel like the Jen of three years ago and Jen now are two very different people. I also feel like this website of mine has been a part of who I am for a very long time. Then again, 3 years is a long time.

Instead of linking up with Meghan @CleanEatsFastFeets today for a ‘Week In Review’, I have decided to link up for a ‘Blog In Review’ – looking at my achievements from the past 3 years since I began.

From the blog, to my interests, my personal and my professional, let’s take a look at the major high fives and fist pumps from me and my 3 year journey!Chase the Red Grape!

I created my own website and learnt how to use it

I had zilch experience in this and cannot believe how much I have been able to learn by myself.

I then took this website after one year and went self hosted – allowing for more control but also more responsibility! It was daunting but worth it.

I taught myself about plugins, themes, stats, SEO’s etc – my fellow bloggers know where I am at with that one!

I learned how to write

I was never a bad writer, but mostly essays etc, never personal. I laugh now when I look back on old posts that go on and on and on – so many words! But I learnt from experience, from enjoyment, from reading others and assessing what I like to read in other blogs. And as a result I have a confidence in my writing. I believe in it.

I write for others

New for me this year is writing for other sites. It still gives me butterflies when I see my work elsewhere.hozier lane - chase the red grape

I started to get better…

3 years ago when I started this blog it was also at the very beginning of my recovery journey. Early in the stages of ED recovery you gain a realisation that when you are ill you are not yourself. It’s very scary to begin that process of recovery because you no longer really know who you are. It’s like starting again from scratch and digging deep down to try and figure out how you feel about so many things.

Would I say I used this blog as a form of therapy? It certainly wasn’t the intention but I did turn out that way. Even now when I write about certain topics and issues I am almost writing it as a help sheet or as a warning to myself as much as others. They always say ‘write about what you know’ and I always have, even if it makes me uncomfortable.

Now I feel more healthy than I ever have in my life. I understand food and it’s role in my life. I understand how things make me feel. I understand and can trust my own mind and the decisions it makes. I still have hard days, maybe I always will, but I at least know who I am now.crossfit - chase the red grape

I got stronger

3 years ago I also started CrossFit and it has been a major major part of both my physical and mental recovery. Some may look at me in my CrossFit box now and think ‘gosh she isn’t very strong’ or ‘her weights look a bit light’ but if they could see where I started then they may think twice. I know I have to often remind myself of where I started when I am feeling unhappy about my progress or performance. When I do, that’s when I realise how strong I actually am. To continue doing a sport where passion really is enough. When I think on where I started… I couldn’t of asked myself to be any more amazing than I have been.

I found my passion

When I started this blog we had just moved to Glasgow from Inverness. Inverness was supposed to be our forever home, but it just wasn’t right. We wanted more. I had to leave my job in Inverness and hoped to find a new on in Glasgow. But I was ill, really ill. I needed this time for me and while it was horrible and so uncomfortable being by myself and in my own thoughts throughout the day it allowed me to look at this whole crazy world in a new light. What did I want to do? What were my interests? Did I still want what I wanted when I graduated?haircut - chase the red grape

 

I enrolled and studied for one year to become an IIN Certified Health Coach and am very proud of this. I then had to work out what I wanted to do with this qualification and in my mind tried to focus on the ‘want’ part rather than letting ‘should’ creep in.

I kept talking to David and discussing my options and one day I simply realised ‘I want to write’. I want to take this knowledge and give back.

I have recently completed the Eat To Perform Coaching programme and am very happy to add the sports nutrition string to my bow. Combining my passion of nutrition, CrossFit and writing was always going to highly appeal to me!

I moved to the other side of the world

Now I think this is the one you will all know and expect to make this list! Haha!happy - chase the red grape

 

Yes David and I moved from Scotland to Australia almost a whole year ago now! It was and continues still to be, my biggest adventure to date and I love my life here. I love the team that David and I are and our outlook on life inspires me every day. He is living his dream, I am living mine and we are doing it together in one of the most beautiful places in the world. What more could I ask for!

My final achievement was connecting with all of you, my readers. To know that you all want to be a part of my life and my journey is amazing. I simply hope that I too can inspire you all a little and that you will continue to join me along my road.

Raising a glass to the last 3 years and here’s to 3 more, whatever they might be!

What were you doing 3 years ago?

Do you like to learn?

Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?

Currently – July 2016

Hi all,

I write these posts at the same time every month. It’s all scheduled in my diary. And I am very good at always doing it each month. But do you ever get those things in your diary that you always schedule but never actually do?

It’s so far from my personality type to not do something I have scheduled in. If I have said I am going to do something, even if it is only to myself, then I will do it. But lately I have found myself changing up tasks, swapping days for things and even (gasp!) not doing something at all. For some avoiding or not doing tasks would be a bad thing. For me, I like it, and I think it has been a long time coming!

Now don’t get me wrong, if it was a ‘responsibility’, a deadline or someone was depending on me, I would be finished with time to spare but when it is my work, I’m becoming more relaxed. Still getting it done, just when I feel like it or when the inspiration comes. If I want to write, I write. If I want to study, I study. If you had told me even last year that I would become more ‘go with the flow’ I wouldn’t have believed you. Maybe it’s the Australian culture or my environment. Maybe I am changing as I age. But all I know is that I feel so much more relaxed and in control of my feelings and actions than I have ever done before.currently - chase the red grape

As you can tell, I felt my inner writer today and it’s a good job as my ‘currently’ posts are always fun! Linking up with Amanda @Runningwithspoons for ‘Thinking Out Loud’!

Let’s check out what’s going on in my world this July!

Current…

Book – Harry Potter and The Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter - Chase the Red Grape

Almost finished and on to The Half Blood Prince. I think I am enjoying this one the most so far. Every chapter is gold!

Craving – For the CrossFit Games to begin!

Technically they started last night but I can’t wait for the weekend when I can watch it! Probably not live sadly, they all start around midnight – 1am our time! The time difference was so much more bearable in the UK.

Couldn’t predict a winner though, too many potentials this year. Could give you my top 8 though! Ha!

Food – Fresh local milkmilk - chase the red grape

David and I have been eating yoghurt for the past few months with no ill effects and wanted to try bringing small amounts of milk back in. We both decided if we were going to do that we would go for the best and each week pick up some delicious full fat milk from our local farmers market. It’s incredible! I have some in my coffee and occasionally with cereal (normally almond milk) and my tummy seems to love it.

Drink – Precision Coffeecoffee - chase the red grape

David and I were lucky to snag some freshly roasted local coffee beans direct from Nic at Precision Coffee here in Perth. We tried both the signature blend and a small batch Brazilian and both were outstanding. Freshly roasted brings out so much flavour and there were so many different layers to each sip. One for savouring at the weekend for sure! #eatlocal

Procrastination – Restaurant Research

We come from Scotland, where good restaurants are limited, to Perth, where there is somewhere amazing to eat around every corner. We don’t eat out very often, but when we do I want to make sure it’s somewhere good! As it is my birthday next week we are heading out for lunch on Saturday. I have lost so much time this week in menus but hopefully it will all be worth it! Thank goodness for Yelp!

Blessing – Reading time

Lately I have been trying to make time to read and every day I do it makes me feel so happy and relaxed!

Excitement – Cocktail Cruise

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Mmmmm cocktails…

Saturday night David and I are heading to a Cocktail party hosted by his work. Not just any party, a cruise on the Swan River! Although I haven’t really had any alcohol in a while… unless you count the 2 boozy truffles I had on Saturday… so this might be interesting! Ha!

Bane of my existence – Meal Planning

What what what! Jen, meal planning, an issue?? Yep we are changing up some of our eats over here which means working on some new meal plans. Trying to narrow things down and work on a budget for 2 folk who are training and always eat in? Tricky business!

TV Show – Orange is the new black / Will and Grace

We have just finished watching the new series of orange is the new black… my review? Meh! I think I enjoyed the last 2 episodes and the rest I felt was really poor. Are they clinging on to something that might not be working? Maybe.

Now we are finally finishing Will and Grace. We only have 1 ½ seasons left, I don’t know why it has taken so long to finish it!

Mood – Tired

Fire alarm just as we headed into bed last night. We weren’t outside for long but it knocked my sleep out of sync for sure. Early night tonight!

No Friday Fav’s tomorrow, due to the above, but hope you all have a fun fab weekend ahead!

Do you plan, schedule and produce results or are you more ‘go with the flow’?

Have you ever been to a party on a boat?

Are you a cows milk drinker or other?

How to get out of your head #5TTT

Hi all,

Do you ever sit quiet, gaze into space or hide yourself away? You tell everyone that ‘you’re fine’ or just away with the fairies/ daydreaming… when the reality is that you are anything but?

Instead, you are ‘in your head’, mulling something over, worrying, predicting working out different scenarios or reviewing something that has just happened. You can’t stop thinking, you can’t seem to escape it. It has all of your attention. And the worst thing is you can slip right into it without realising.

I spend more time that I should ‘in my head’. Yes I am more susceptible to it due to the mental side of my ED (no it doesn’t always have to be about food) but I also think my personality drives and encourages it – always seeking to be better, always trying to figure out where I went wrong or right etc. Working out a way of dealing with it has been my solution. More often than not living in our head takes up so much time and energy, leaving us exhausted with very little progress to show for it.How to get out of your head - chase the red grape

Below are my tips on how to tackle this head on, if you excuse the pun! These are tactics that I still use in my everyday life.

Acknowledge it

If you are ‘in your head’ then you have to admit to yourself that you are. There is no use hiding the fact that you have something buzzing around your head that just wont go anywhere. Acknowledge those emotions, feel it and work out exactly what is going on/ worrying you. Only then will you see how big/ small the issue is and potentially move onwards.

Talk/ write it down

It might not make sense to you, and therefore may be tricky to explain to someone else but talking can be a big sense of release, helping you to let go of the emotions. Find someone you know and trust who will listen to you – often their questions in clarifying what you mean will provide you with a solution. If you can’t find someone to talk to, write down what you are thinking in a journal. You don’t have to keep what you wrote but once again, the sense of release often provides clarity.

Stress

Being ‘in your head’ is very stressful. Anyone who has experienced it on the long or short term will understand the pressure it can put on you. It can make you irritable and fatigued and your body will struggle. Try and take some time to acknowledge your issues by resting and relaxing. Take a bath and talk it through with yourself. Tackle the issue head on in meditation or partake in some gentle exercise like a walk.

Avoid alcohol, food, high intensity exercise or work as a means to curb it.

Change direction

Once you have acknowledged what is circling your mind, talked it through and calmed your body down, then we can look at moving on. Sometimes we have an answer or a clear action and that is how we will proceed to move on. Other times we just have to get on with life and leave the issue where it is. Find something new to occupy your mind that makes you laugh and smile. Play some games with your friends, go dancing, make a nice dinner for you and your partner.

And remember…

Life isn’t complicated. It can be simple and easy if we allow it to be. We cannot control the actions and emotions of others but we are in control of our own. Sometimes I have to admit to myself that the past is the past and cannot be changed nor can I control the future. The only thing I can do is be alive and free in the present.

If you feel that you are not in control of the thoughts in your head very frequently, please seek out professional medical help. You are not alone and do not have to struggle on a daily basis. Talking not suffering is the answer.

Do you have moments where you feel stuck ‘in your head’?

How do you deal with them?

What is your favourite way to de-stress your mind?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites – July 15

Hi all,

So I come to you this Friday with a mass of thoughts in my head. Big and small, impactive and meaningless, but trying to figure them all out into a nice tidy introduction today just aint happening!

So, instead I will condense all my thoughts down into one very simple happy one…

Happy Birthday Carmel!

It’s my Mother In Law Carmel’s birthday today and I wish to send her lots of birthday wishes and hugs from the other side of the world! Carmel has been such a wonderful support to me and my blog from the very beginning and I know she particularly enjoys checking in and seeing all the fun David and I have been up to. I hope you have a fab day and have a bit of weekend birthday fun in store!Friday - chase the red grape

And now, on to my Friday Favourites from the week. Let’s dig in!

Favourite…Moment – Breakfastbreakfast - chase the red grape

Training this week has been pretty heavy and pretty intense. Cue the hunger monster when I get home. I have my pre workout on the way home from CrossFit at 7.15am but by the time I send David off to work and have a shower, my 9am brekkie is much needed and wanted! And it always satisfies that monster. Best meal of the day!

Ps, old pic – I have 3x the amount of sriracha now!

Favourite… Feeling – Happy puppy chatspuppy - chase the red grape

My mum is a foster puppy walker – aka she continues on Guide Dog training whilst their current trainers can go on holiday. It’s a tough job training a guide dog and to know they can leave the puppy in safe hands whilst they enjoy some R&R is reassuring. Right now my mum has this little cutie, Raine, who is 14 months old. Such a beauty, and I love making a fuss of her over Skype on Wednesday!

Favourite… Purchase – Arrabbiata Saucesauce - chase the red grape

I love it when I find gems like this – real ingredients, including lots of extra virgin olive oil and actually made in Italy. It was perfect! I had it with some zoodles, other veggies, chopped up veal and a generous sprinkling of cheese. Yum!

Favourite… Food/Drink – St Dalfour Wild Blueberry Jamjam - chase the red grape

I am addicted to the strawberry jam, it’s always present in our home, but we always have another jar too and we are rotating through all the available flavours. This one is delicious. Not overly flavourful on toast but if you stir it through plain yoghurt all the little blueberries are like flavour bombs in your mouth!

Favourite… Link – 59 things we all do that are kinda weird when you think about it – BuzzFeed

A silly one for today, after all it’s exactly what we need on a Friday! I do so many of these things… no shame!

Favourite…Workout – Sumo Deadlift

Turning your 1RM from December into your 8RM in July (70kg/ 155lbs) – feels pretty darn awesome! Sumo deadlifts are my favourites as it gives me a great position to lift from with my height. Feeling stronger is such an amazing feeling!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market, weekly shop, maybe the mall (gah I hope not…) and a trip for some hot chocolate with friends. Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, beach coffee, food prep and chill – a typical, blissful Sunday!

Happy weekend everyone!

Do you do anything that’s actually kinda weird when you think about it?

How do you feel about breakfast?

What one jam or other ‘mix in/topper’ do you always have on hand?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

5 realities of moving abroad #5TTT

Hi all,

Have you ever dreamed of upping sticks, breaking away from the norm and fully immersing yourself into another culture? That is to say, have you ever dreamed of moving abroad?

We did. We knew we wanted to see, do and live more than what was the ‘norm’ for us. We wanted to live in a place where for the majority of the year, it was sunny, warm and the outdoors was so inviting. We knew we had the passion to turn our dreams into reality. And in August 2015 we did it, moving from Glasgow, Scotland to Perth, Australia.

And we haven’t looked back. The decision to commit to moving was one of the best we have ever made together and every day I feel really blessed to call Perth home. But it was not a decision we made lightly, nor was it easy. Moving to the other side of the world is an exciting adventure, but it is also a highly emotional roller-coaster of events.

For this weeks ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ I bring to you 5 realities of moving abroad and all the ups and downs that come in between!5 realities of moving abroad - chase the red grape

You need a job

First things first, if you want to move to a country you need a visa and in order to get a visa, you need a job. This may be the hard way but a company sponsored visa is quicker and more secure than moving first, job second. Also remember that you will have to be flexible. David and I always went by the mantra ‘job first, location second’, meaning that David had to be 100% behind the role, company and his responsibilities before we even considered the location. This really rang true for us as we actually had America on our sights! But when your dream job is offered to you in Perth Australia you do not say no!

You have to say goodbye

This is the hardest part. You have to say goodbye to your friends, family, clubs, city, favourite coffee shops and restaurants, the views, the language… and on and on it goes. Skype makes the move easier but not any less emotional. Everything you have known, your comforts, your surroundings are all going to change, are you prepared for that? I hate goodbyes but the pull towards the adventure that was to follow with my husband got me through it.

You can’t bring everything with you

Have a lot of ‘stuff’? Yeah, you are going to need to sort that out. Moving your belongings to another country is expensive, very expensive. We were lucky to only have 20 medium sized boxes and they were able to go by air which meant that they arrived in Perth about 3 weeks after we did. But that comes at a cost. Most have to go by sea which can take approximately 3 months (from the UK to Australia).

We had to sell all of our furniture and so many of our belongings including items we thought we would have for many years to come. You have to be prepared to let go.

You have to be social

So you have arrived… and then you realise you know no one. This was quite a jolt to the system for me. Everyone was a stranger, at least David had met and was getting to know work colleagues. So you have to be prepared to be social and step away from the shadows. Joining our CrossFit box here in Perth was our best move, we have met so many wonderful people who we continue to get to know more and more each day. We belong to a community here and that is gold. It’s so easy to feel lonely in a new and strange place – you have to push through that.

Life will be different, but you will feel more courageous than ever before

Even though we moved to another English speaking country with the same types of foods, pastimes, music etc, life couldn’t be more different. You are now the odd one out, with the different accent and different experiences. We learn new words here every day, life is generally more relaxed, people are very very friendly (as a Brit, this sometimes takes you aback!) and, as I have mentioned once or twice, the seasons are back to front! I don’t know if I will ever get used to Christmas on the beach or it being winter on my birthday, not having any family here or never watching the snow falling outside my home again. But you develop an incredible form of courage, a courage that you have never known. It makes everything ok, it makes ‘different’ and ‘unknown’ a positive rather than a negative. It makes each day feel like another exciting step on your journey.

Life only happens once and if you really want this then go ahead and grab it with both hands. Shoot me an email if you want any more info on the ups and downs of moving abroad. (chasetheredgrape@outlook.com)

Have you ever thought about moving abroad? If so where would you want go?

Could you say goodbye to your current world?

What one belonging would you be sure to pack?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites – July 8

Hi all,

Ok, so just when you think the seasons being upside down couldn’t get any more strange, Australia brings me this little doozy…

Christmas in July

I kid you not. This is actually a ‘thing’. I was walking home from the library and saw posters with Santa on them… SANTA!

Winter wonderlands are popping up, fake snow is everywhere and lights are dazzling buildings all over. I have yet to see a tree… but when I do I have a feeling that will be the last straw!

I am quite happy with the mulled wine, it makes sense as it’s winter, and I can understand the appeal of wrapping up cosy warm to go ice skating. But Santa. No, just no.

Then again if any of my Aussie friends want to invite us round for a little turkey dinner, a bit of Christmas pudding and some festive cheer and would not be turning them down. Actually turkey and Christmas pud sounds quite good right now…Friday - chase the red grape

Anyhoo, enough of the crazies, it’s time to get down to some Friday business with my favourites from the week!

Favourite… Moment – Talking to my Mum on Skype

I haven’t spoken to my Mum in a few weeks as she has been on holiday but it was great to catch up and chat on Skype this week… we talked for an hour and a half and could have gone on for longer! I don’t get homesick much but gah what I would give to just head out for a coffee with her right now!

Favourite… Feeling – Finishing The West Wing

Yes we are done! I promise no more West Wing ‘OMG it’s the best thing ever’ from now on! But it ended perfectly and I was so happy. I honestly think we will be trying to find an older series to watch next, the writing is just so much better! #backinthegoodolddays

Favourite… Purchase – Foley’s Kim-chikim-chi - chase the red grape

I have always wanted to try Kim-chi but was on the hunt for a good one, done right, fermentation for the win! I was delighted to find this one in my local health food store and it’s so good. Can’t wait to try the others in the range – there is a beet sauerkraut calling my name!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Thomas Chipman Kale and Spirulina Corn Chipscorn chips - chase the red grape

I first picked these chips up when we were in Melbourne and had to snag another bag of them this week. I love the extra hint of flavour that the kale and spirulina flavour bring but it’s not overpowering, in case you like neither! Also they are a circular chip which is a win in my book, the best shape!

Favourite… Link – Chase the Red Grape is on Facebook!Chase the Red Grape!

Ok, shameless plug here but I have finally brought Chase the Red Grape to Facebook and would be so incredibly happy if you could head on over and like my page. I promise you nothing but post updates and some awesome link shares, it’s going to be fab!

Favourite… Workout – 10RM Front Squat

So today I PR’d my 10RM front squat – that nasty rep amount that seems ok… until about rep 4 when all you want to do is drop the bar! But I kept going and got 10 at 40kg. The main reason I am super pumped? Well when I left Glasgow last year my 1RM was 40kg… all my hard work has certainly paid off!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market (in the rain, boo!) and weekly shop, cinema (due to said rain) and then a chilled out evening. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, the beach for a coffee (hopefully), food prep and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

So tell me, what do you think of Christmas in July? Up for two in one year?

Dare I ask, any recommendations for an older TV series to watch next?

Do you like going to the cinema when it rains?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

Top 5 Health and Wellness Podcasts #5TTT

Hi all,

I was looking back on the most recent ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ posts and I realised that these have been some of my favourite to write. They have also been the most thought provoking, requiring both myself and the readers to really assess what they think of themselves, their self confidence and their hopes for the future. Pretty deep!

So this week, I wanted to lighten the tone slightly, step away from the motivation station (well to a certain extent!) and share with you all my recommendations for the best healthy living and wellness podcasts out there.podcasts - chase the red grape

Whether you eat a certain way, train a certain way or none of the above, these podcasts are real winners in helping to promote long happy lives, inspiring you to learn new things in a relaxed and chilled out manner.

So get out your phone, hit podcasts and download some episodes from the amazing array of talent below – you won’t be disappointed!

Balanced BitesBB - Chase the red grape

This was the very first podcast I downloaded years ago and I have been a subscriber ever since. Diane and Liz are wonderful women who can inspire you in so many ways to live a healthier lifestyle both in mind and body. They love real honest food and are a joy to listen to – feeling like you are a part of the friendship gang! And not just for women… David’s a listener too!

The Simply Human Podcastsimply human - chase the red grape

Do you want to spend an hour learning new health and wellness facts whilst holding your sides together as you are laughing so hard they might split? Yeah? Then this is the podcast for you. Mark and Rick are old childhood friends on a quest to make life as fun, happy and energetic as possible – living like a human should… with a couple of ‘that’s what she said’ jokes thrown in for good measure!

Barbell Shruggedbarbell - chase the red grape

CrossFit or do any form of lifting? Then the Barbell Shrugged gang are your heroes. How to train, lift, move, eat, sleep and everything in between is up for discussion with some of the most knowledgeable guys I know. Inspiring interviews from CrossFit athletes and other major players in the weightlifting biz along with many accompanying videos available on You Tube for you to watch.

Eat to PerformETP - chase the red grape

Training but want more info on how to fuel yourself adequately? Then this one is for you. Yes I am an ETP coach, but I have been listening to this podcast long before I was involved with ETP and it really made me focus on my nutrition for training, whilst feeling like part of a community. The topics range from Q&A sessions to guest speakers, macro nutrition and debating general diet (aka what you eat) advice. A niche one for sure but I had to add it in my list.

Nom Nom Paleonom nom  - chase the red grape

Please discount the word ‘paleo’ in this title because it is not, I repeat, not, just for folk who follow a paleo lifestyle. Michelle Tam and her family host this podcast and talk about their love of food, how to cook it and just general all round fun with an extra dose of nom. Currently on a podcast break right now but if you are new to this one, download some of the older episodes, they are fab!

Do you like podcasts? What’s your favourite?

Do you prefer to learn by reading, listening or watching?

What topic do you love to learn about? Food, health, fitness, photography…?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Week In Review – July 4

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Hope you are all having a good day, especially those lucky dudes who have today off as a holiday. Oh how I would love for today to be a public holiday. I had one of those Sunday ‘moment’s yesterday where I just thought on how brilliant it would be to just have ‘one more day’ off. If I am being honest, it’s not because I’m tired or feeling glum, it’s simply because I have 4 more episodes left of The West Wing to watch and I am freaking out. I am so fully immersed in this programme right now that I am even dreaming about the characters. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the original viewers at this point, seven years in the waiting, only being able to view one episode each week…

Come to think of it, how did we used to do that? Everyone is so used to the ability to ‘binge’ watch a show now that I think back to the days of watching one episode per week in fear. And then came that feeling, of knowing something you loved was going to end… and waiting for it. No wonder we all cry at final episodes. I remember when ER ended… I had been watching it for over twelve years, it was a part of me in some way. And then there was the year of hell when Friends, Will and Grace, Fraiser and Sex and the City all ended. Don’t even get me started.week in review - chase the red grape

However I promise that I have done more this week than just binge watch The West Wing! Time to get listing, ‘Week In Review’ style, linking up with Meghan @CleanEatsFastFeets for all the horn tooting love!

On the home front

Banking all complete

Washing and ironing – check!

Meal planned and food prepped for the weekbreakfast - chase the red grape

Cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for David and I each day.

Brewed a new batch of Kombucha and bottled the old batch (averaging one batch every 2 weeks now due to it being winter).kombucha - chase the red grape

Emptied the shredder and started on the monster shredding pile… until it overheated!

Did the weekly shop along with a trip to my favourite place, the farmers market

On the work front

I wrote 2 blog posts including this beauty on exploring your talentsExploring your talents - chase the red grape

Completed 2 modules of my level 2 Eat to Perform course plus I passed the accompanying tests.

I replied to emails and comments on my articles

Caught up on my podcasts, including many which have inspired future blog posts

Worked 3 days this week from the library – feeling much happier as a result

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My happy place…

Had an amazing chat with David regarding ‘my path’, making me wonder why I didn’t talk to him sooner about my work! He was full of brilliant ideas and inspiration of new and exciting things to do – I hadn’t realised just how quiet I had been about things. A wonderful chat over coffee has got me all raring to go though!

On the chill front

Went to ‘Nostalgia Box’ with David and spent well over an hour playing old computer games… until we had to stop as our eyes hurt! Ha!nostalgia box - chase the red grape

I had a bath Tuesday morning after CrossFit as my shoulders and legs were very sore – listening to my body and properly resting (even though I HATE baths!)

Trained 4x this week (as per usual) and actively tried to recover in between each session.

Stopped and ordered some delicious, warming, much needed mulled wine – definitely a first for me in Julymulled wine - chase the red grape

Got some needed ‘sea air’ with a beach walk and coffee – bliss!

Have you ever been upset at a TV show ending?

Are you good at keeping up with your shredding?

Do you talk to your partner/ friends/ parents about your work?