Sunday, 17 August 2014

Food & Fitness 17th August 2014

Hello from the UK! We are back from our lovely vacation and although still completely jet lagged and a little bit homesick for the States, we are happy to be back home and ready to get back to a normal routine (what's that though really??).

I will be doing a little overview post of our vacay later but for now here are a couple photos.

On a beach run! <3 LOVE

Midnight cafe run with the husband and my brother!
What to do when stuck at the airport for 9 hours! 
So this week will be tricky as it will be our first full week back home and obviously there is lots to do so I think it will mainly be a play it by ear sort of week but here is the tentative plan:

Sunday- Curry night!
Monday- Steak Pie with Mash and Peas
Tuesday- Chilli con Carne with Rice
Wednesday- One Pot Pasta
Thursday- Salmon with Summer Salad
Friday- Cajun Chicken with Rice
Saturday- At a wedding so not sure.

Sunday- Rest
Monday- Run 6k
Tuesday- Spinning 
Wednesday- Group Training
Thursday- Running Club
Friday- Personal Training
Saturday- 1st 10k Race in almost 20 years!!! YIKES!

Running with Racheal

Hope you all have a good week and see you back on a more regular basis! 

P.S. Today is my little Dylan's birthday! Can you believe this sweet little thing is 2 already? Where has the time gone?
Happy Birthday my sweet 2 year old boy! 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Quick Hello From Our Holiday

Hello! I hope you are all well. We have been having a great time back in the US with my family! I can't believe how fast the time is flying by :(

We have had lovely days on the beach, had ice cream, played on beach playgrounds, gone on special trips with Grammy and Grandpa and have been worn out at the end of each day!

I have see my sister a couple times now and my brother arrives home from Seattle tonight! Tomorrow we're having a big family cookout so we'll get to see more of the extended family then.

Hoping time slows down a little so we can carry on relaxing and spending time with those we love! :)

Will try to be back tomorrow with some faves, until then have a great rest of the week!

P.S. sorry about the lack of photos my camera doesn't seem to be linking up to my computer as normal. Must sort it out!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Food & Fitness 3rd August 2014

Hello from the US! We made it safely back to my parent's house last night after two pretty good flights! Both boys were really well behaved and exhausted when we finally got in. It didn't stop them from getting mummy up at 5am but I'll blame that on jet lag ;)

So, due to the fact that we are on holiday and we are with my family, I have no idea what we'll be eating on a day to day basis. Probably a lot of seafood and Mexican (Seafood, since we're on the beach and Mexican, because in my opinion you can't get good Mexican food in the UK). So we'll have to leave out the food portion of this post. Although tonight we are having grilled chicken with rice and veg :)

Fitness-wise, I have indeed packed some workout gear and intend on using it especially as I will be running a 10k not long after we get back! Yikes! So here's my tentative plan:

Sunday- Rest/Running around airports
Monday- Proper Rest Day!
Tuesday- Run about 6k (4 miles) & Body Weight Workout
Thursday- Run about 6k & Body Weight Workout
Friday- Rest
Saturday- Run about 6k & Body Weight Workout

Running with Racheal

I have put in plenty of rest days as I will probably be up late and not feel like waking up early every morning but I'll be pretty flexible as I might feel like working out everyday, so we'll see.

The body weight workout is one that my trainer sent me to do and only requires a resistance band which I have and brought with me (no extra weight there!). It includes the following exercises:
Press Ups
Step Ups
Tricep Dips
Chest Fly
Bent Over Row
To be finished off with some core exercises and a cool down.

What are your favourite body weight exercises?

Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday Faves 1st August 2014

Yay! It's Friday! It is also August. I can't believe it. How fast is this summer flying by?

So, this is probably (most likely) my last blog post from the UK for a little while. I'm not so sure how often I'll be blogging from the US but I will give it my best shot. I know I'll be ok with internet connection but to be honest, once I get with my family all I want to do is just sit and chat or go out and do things with them. If however, I don't get to blog as much as I like while I'm there I will be back in a week and a half with a big trip update.

This week has gone by pretty quickly which is both good and bad. I have lots to still do before we take off on Sunday but equally I am so excited to go, I can't wait. :)

Here are some of my Faves this Friday:

1) Girls night out! - It is really long over due but I am out tonight for dinner and drinks with my good friend Sally :) It will be odd to have proper conversations without having to chase after one of the children but it will definitely be nice!

42 Bar (never been here before but looks good!)
2) Mani/Pedi - I will be getting a manicure by my usual lovely nail guy tomorrow morning (in time for my holiday) but since I haven't got too much time left I will be doing my own Pedi probably today or tomorrow night (Yikes! Nothing like leaving it till the last minute).

3) Children's Activities - I have been loading up on things to keep the little ones happy whilst on the plane on Sunday. We have two flights (one 1 hour, the other 6.5 hours) so need to have lots for them to do. Hopefully, they will both be fine (Dylan was a little crazy on our last flight).

4) New Playlist - I put a new playlist on my Shuffle the other night to freshen things up for my next runs/workouts. I ended up buying another compilation (NOW 88) as I just haven't had the time to pre-select songs and this one has all the current hits. I plan on having some good beach workouts in the US!

5) Coffee! - I really love my coffee (as you know) and I ordered some new Nespresso capsules the other day. They are in and I can't get enough of them. I have been especially tired this week as I have been up early everyday and the boys are back to their 4am wake up calls (the last two weeks they had lie ins...well, ok 6:30am!)

Have a fab Friday and a great weekend!
Hopefully I'll be back on Monday with my Food & Fitness plan for the week.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Everyone Has Bad Days

Yesterday was not my best day. It started off really well when I woke up at 6 am to hit the gym for a solo strength training workout. That's right 6 am on a Monday morning! Yay me!  :)

That however was the best bit.

I got home to my almost two year old's howling. A temper tantrum that lasted pretty consistently throughout the entire day. Don't worry he let up a little when I gave him a biscuit. That was when my 3 year old piped in with a tantrum. Ok, I knew what it was, they both woke up at 5 am so they were tired. I cuddled with them both and put them down for naps.

Well, this guy eventually crashed out!

One hour of quiet...when I tidied a bit and did some laundry.

They were awake again. Crying again. No worries, lunch time. They both quietly ate lunch and then started up again. So I gave them both a biscuit. You get the idea. This carried on until supper time. Then there was fighting in the bath. Finally, they both crashed out under the covers at 8 pm! Phew.

I went downstairs to discover the biscuit tin empty. No supper cooked for me and my husband as I caved in and gave the boys a small portion of frozen pizza instead of cooking a family meal. No food in the house, no cheques deposited, no library books returned and no fun activities enjoyed because I just couldn't get out of the house with my two tantrum crazed boys.

Not every day is perfect. I still love both my little superheroes and sent them both to bed with big hugs and kisses.  Today will be a better day! :)

My two superheroes! 
Anyone else have a day like this recently?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Food & Fitness 27th July 2014

Hello, I am back after a busy end of last week and semi-busy weekend.

Last week was a scorcher so we spent a lot of time in the little pool, some time inside keeping cool and some time with friends at the park and at a Gruffalo picnic! Friday night my in-laws came over so that my husband and I could go out for the evening. It was sort of a good bye night with some friend's of my husband as his parents have just moved from his childhood home and we probably won't be back as often to hang out with those particular friends. It was a good night out (although there was a bit of car drama on the way there, which I won't get into. Very scary).

Colouring in expert at work!

Not happy about a photo while eating...whoops!
Not sure what the weather will be for this week but hopefully it will be nice again. The boys are still fascinated by the pool and we have a couple more outside things that we'd like to do. We also have a lot of preparation to do this week as we are heading back to the US to visit with my family for 10 days!! I am so excited! Not sure how blogging will go while I'm out there but I may come up with some options.

Keeping cool in the pool.

Anyway, here is the plan for this week:

Sunday- Swordfish with Spaghetti and Home-made Tomato and Basil Sauce
Monday- Pasta Salad (I know pasta two nights in a row...oh well)
Tuesday- Lamb Chops with Potatoes and Green Beans
Wednesday- Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice
Thursday- Peri-Peri Pork with Sweet Potato Chips and Salad
Friday- Out to restaurant with a friend
Saturday- Take Away (we probably won't have much in the house at this point)

Sunday- Rest
Monday- Strength Training (I promised my trainer an extra day this week)
Tuesday- Spinning
Wednesday- Group Training
Thursday- Running Club 6+k
Friday- Personal Training
Saturday- Rest or Run (depending how ready I am for the flight in the am)

Running with Racheal

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Feeling Upbeat!

A few weeks ago now my personal trainer had a chat with me about nutrition (which I sometimes struggle with) and supplements. I know it sounds scary...but it wasn't!

I think as a busy mum I struggle each day to make sure I am eating enough, not too much and mainly that I am not having too much of the wrong stuff (WHAT?! 5 cups of coffee are not good for me?!).

Since I am also very involved in fitness and try to get a workout of some form in most days of the week (about 5) I need to be fueling my body correctly. I think most of us know the importance of eating a balanced diet and most of us know that that means lots of fruit and veg, but I don't think many of us realise the imporatance of protein in our diets.


  • Protein can be found in your hair, nails, skin, blood, bones and muscles.
  • Your body uses protein to build new cells 
  • It is an essential nutrient that helps us to stay healthy and strong 

I now know that being so busy and working out at a high intensity meant that I probably wasn't getting as much protein as I need, so I needed to find a way of getting quick/healthy protein in my diet.

I have previously tried powdered drinks and I even had a favourite in the US (which can't be bought over here in the UK). I have tried a few brands recently and nothing really worked for me. I have to admit it is also a little intimidating to go into supplement shops and buy up enormous containers of protein mix.

Around the same time I was trying out various protein drinks I was contacted by Upbeat. What fab timing! So I gave it a try. I bought both Strawberry and Blueberry & Raspberry flavours from my local Tescos (super market). Yum!!

Upbeat is 99% whey protein concentrate (from British milk) and real fruit (purée and juice). It also contains a small percentage of pectin (from fruit), lactic acid and some sucralose to add a little sweetness. Upbeat protein drinks are only 150 calories per bottle!

I love the drinks. I found it easy to find and buy, the price was ok for a ready to go protein drink, the taste was good (on both the flavours I tried) and the consistency of the drink was also good (not chalky or too thick).

On the whole I would definitely recommend Upbeat and can't wait to try the Mango & Passion Fruit flavour next!

This post is in association with Upbeat. I was given two free vouchers to try Upbeat, but have gone on to spend my own money on the product. All opinions of the product are my own. Check out Upbeat online at

Furthermore, I am not a trained nutritionist. Please check with your GP/Doctor with regards to any diets or health concerns you may have. 

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