Cheat’s lunch

If you’re like me and my pals, you probably spend 90% of your time thinking of lunch ideas for work- I’m not a fan of reheated food which makes lunches for me at work a real chore. I quite often make me and Rich different lunches due to this.

Lunch is such a snore. So boring that sometimes I resort to breakfast again- banana pancakes for lunch. Sometimes I eat a tin of beans with a wholemeal role. I’m not gonna win any Michelin stars for lunches that for sure.

But I just rustled up this and thought I would share- it’s one of our go to lunches on the go as it’s super quick and something I don’t hate eating which is a bonus!

Hummus, cheese and ham, tomatoes, pepper, carrot, celery, pitta bread

Super simple- usually a combo of these things:

Carrot sticks

Celery

Cucumber

Pepper

Cherry tomatoes

Hummus

Avocado

Cheese (I obviously usually pre fry halloumi and put it in but Tesco had sold our yesterday- how dare they!)

Babybel cheese

Ham/ chicken

Pitta bread (I realised VERY quickly that this was essential for my lunch as I’m a real prick if I don’t eat carbs at lunch)

Falafel (again, Tesco, where are you at with your falafel?! You’re killing my lunch vibes)

A veritable picnic/ picky lunch! Enjoy guys xx

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PANCAKES FOR THE WIN

So I’ve been making these at the weekend for a while but just realised the last few weeks that they actually travel quite well for work! Just zap them in the microwave for 30 seconds if you fancy them warm- I usually can’t be bothered so just have them at desk cold 🙂

In a blender mix together 1 egg and 1 banana… simples! I also add oats too if I know I’m going to be hungry as these thicken out the mixture!

I mean if you’re feeling dead fancy then sure, add honey, add cinnamon, add a pinch of salt, add blueberries, add protein powder, add cacao- make it your own people!

Can we just talk about how disgusting this looks? Looks like an alien baby.

Fry up the mixture in a little coconut oil. Keep the heat low as these bad boys burn quickly. At least 50% of mine end up a tad burnt as I get impatient and distracted simultaneously. Chargrill adds to the flavour right?

Boxed up ready for work! Take in some Greek yoghurt and mixed berries and dollop it all on top when ready to eat! For gods sake, do not pack the yoghurt with the pancakes over night- heathens.

You can make a few days ahead as they last at least 3 days in the fridge. I generally mix the yoghurt and berries in a separate pot the night before though as they don’t last as well.

Enjoy! Xx

Looking after number 1!

I am one the busiest people I know – I work hard and play harder. Friends always mock me because they have to schedule around 4 weeks in advance to tie us down for dinner plans!

A week in the life of me currently is like this

Work- Monday- Friday, Gym- Monday- Friday morning pre work, dinner with friends at least twice a week, visiting pals or family at the weekend, drinks two nights a week etc etc! So trying to squeeze in any relaxation time is pretty tricky.

My mum has sadly just been diagnosed with Early On set dementia which of course is awful news for our family. It has made me realise how incredibly important it is for me to not only look after my physical health, but also my mental well being!

Family time in Boston- me in the Pink dress!

I’ve got the fitness side down, I’m pretty consistent there; but the mental side and Rest and relaxation bit I am really not very good at. So this changes. NOW!

This week I just got back from Boston visiting family with my Mum, and I start my new job on Monday! I had plans with two of my closest friends this weekend and I had to make the tough decision to cancel them so I could focus on resting, recovering and relaxing ahead of my new job. Saying NO to plans is not something I am good at, and I really wanted to see them all!!

But I’m so glad I did- I am in a much better head space now. I’ve spent 2 days by myself- I’ve been to the gym, ate well, enjoyed retail therapy, had a long massage, watched a lot of Netflix. Hell, I’ve even been to a bloody yoga class!! AND I’m doing some aromatherapy (let’s see how long it lasts!)

Spoils of shopping!
Spoils of shopping! Thanks Topshop and Zara!

I also squeezed in a much needed date night with my husband for Tapas and cocktails after a tough for few weeks for us both!

Husband and me for Tapas

So yes, food and fitness are so important to your health, but absolutely do not underestimate how important rest and mental space are too! The yoga made me feel so relaxed I am definitely going to carry on with it….

Watch this space! Xx

QUICKIE BREAKIE!

Hi Y’-all,

Today’s super quick blog is about our super quick breakfast! Generally each week day we have one of two breakfast- 1. Overnight oats, or 2. Banana pancakes (depending on how arsed I can be in the week!).

If you are time or effort short, I would recommend cracking out 5 pots of overnight oats on a Sunday so each weekday you can just grab a pot and go… quick, cheap, easy, filling and healthy (and two of your 5 a day). What’s not to love?

HOW TO:

1. Tupperware pots at the ready! Spread your pots out and pop in a few dashes of almond milk (or any other milk- hey, even cows have milk did you know??)

2. Add oats (no exact measurement here soz- about 40grams…)

3. Add cinnamon and maple syrup or honey to sweeten (as I am using yoghurt and berries it can be quite tart so don’t forget to add this!) Felt decadent today so added maple syrup 🙂

4. Add yoghurt- sometimes I use low fat, sometimes I use Greek yoghurt- generally it’s whatever I pick up first. If you use Greek you’ll have a thicker consistency so might need a splash more milk to loosen things up! About two tablespoons of yoghurt.

5. Add fruit- I use a mixture of fresh and frozen berries. I actually prefer frozen in this, when they defrost in the fridge they make the mixture more flavoursome! But of course, just to be awkward Rich likes fresh so I end up making different ones. Typical Husband.

6. Mix it all together and crack in the fridge! I mean it doesn’t look remotely pretty but it’s a great quick breakfast and I’ve been eating it for like 4 years. I go to the gym before work and this keeps me full for quite a while post workout!

Enjoy people! Xx

Bravery body pump… 

Morning all.

Yesterday my best mate (who has her own life coaching business and is currently harping on about mind set and being in control of your life to make changes happen) stepped out of her comfort zone and presented to over 150 people. And of course, she smashed it!

Me and my Bessie, Jen

Jen did a Facebook live video all about how to step outside your comfort zone and I tell you what, it bloody worked on me. I watched this… 

https://www.facebook.com/jen.williams.5621/videos/10155352489742802/

And then this morning I booked myself onto a new gym class for me, body pump, and went along. Now, it’s not quite presenting to 150 people, granted, but I’ve always felt a bit nervous attending new classes- what if I do it wrong, what if I can’t do it at all? What if I use the wrong equipment? What if I fall flat on my face and die infront of everyone? All rational thoughts right? 

So today, I bit the bullet and smashed a 7:30am class. It was great- I knew I’d love it.

Sweaty post body pump selfie

So big thanks to jen for showing us all how to stop being scared and just going for things outside your comfort zone- no matter how big, or small. 

Follow license to live on Instagram for motivation on owning your choices and empowering your life!  

http://instagram.com/licencetolive

PT D-DAY 

I’m lying in bed having barely slept. I can almost still taste the 1/2 a pack(full packet but too ashamed to admit it to myself) of malted milk biscuits from night before. A mild two day hangover still looms over me, mouth drier than the Sahara desert.

It’s 6:30am. Having got up at this time 5 times a week for the last two years it’s been a couple of chilled out weeks following our half marathon. I slur in bed, like a giant brown bear awaking from 6 months hibernation with a phobia of daylight. I pull on my leggings, tie my laces and leave the house. I eat my banana which is almost as thick and dry as my hangover head and I’m off to my first PT session in over a year, and with a new PT.

Following 1/2 marathon i decided to go on a two week binge of eating what the f*** I wanted, whenever I wanted to. And my PT is about to let me know this. 

To cut a long, painful hour short the stats are as follows: 5kg gain since January 2015. Ah yes, muscle mass- it must be muscle mass I scream inside me head. Nope, 6% rise is body fat- of which my PT tells me 2% more resides in my left arm over my right. (Not to anyone taking photos of me- it’s official, my right hand side is my best). 

So there it is. I can’t argue anymore and I can’t lie to myself. I’ve let myself slip, I’m head over heals in a joyous puddle of chocolate, crisps and booze and I’m reminded that we all need a little help from time to time. 

 

Well the sales pitch worked- I’ve just booked 10 sessions pre Christmas to get me back in shape and embarrass me into action. AND I’M BLOODY LOVING IT. 
Full review of my sessions so far will be written this week, but just a note to say- stop avoiding it, stop waiting until tomorrow to hop on the scales, stop avoiding contact wth the PT’s at your gym and get on it. Get realistic, get shocked if necessary and get in focus!!!! 

Have a great weekend.