Planning protocol

This year for January- March, Rich and I did our usual reset which involved going back to the basics, having a little word with ourselves about the amount of shit we were eating and, shock horror, cutting out alcohol. Anyone who knows us will know this was a BIG surprise as we are usually the first to get smashed at any given opportunity.

With the emotional shit show that has been our lives for the few months in the lead up to Christmas we had been exceptionally careless with regards to our diets so we do relished this opportunity to refresh and motivate ourselves back to normality, which this year involved cutting out booze to pack an extra punch.

Anyway- more about the no booze news another day. For today, I wanted to share with you the best new tool in my planning tool kit. I always plan and prep meals each week and usually write a list on my phone of what we will eat, and loosely when we will eat it. However, this year I went back to basics and actually printed off a meal planner- nothing revolutionary by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a real pen and paper girl- physically writing it down just makes it seem more formal you know.

I’ll sit down with my recipe books and try to pick one new thing a week (if I can be arsed) and then jot down the ingredients on my shopping list and do a weekly online shop so I’ve got everything I need for the week.

I find this also makes it harder to deviate from – when you know you’ve got the ingredients in the fridge it’s harder to justify a two for Tuesday Dominoes (although, really does Dominoes ever actually need justification 🍕)

Give it a whirl – just print an A3 sheet off (days of be week on the top and meal time/ snacks on the side) – and write down what you fancy. I find doing an online shop helps just with time more than anything- I try to get it delivered when I know I’ll have time to cook (usually a Sunday morning for me).

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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

BOSTON DELIGHTS

So I am a Londoner but my brother and family have just moved from Houston to Boston! I’ve been to Houston many times but last week was the first time I visited them in Boston.

OH MY GOD I MISS TEXAN FOOD! Everything really is bigger and better in Texas. (N.B only when it comes to the food though as their new home in Boston is gorgeous- loved it there!)

Had some good food in Boston though- snaps below for your viewing pleasure! Are you even on holiday if you don’t eat ice cream everyday?!

In terms of consistency on holiday there wasn’t masses this time around- I was there for 10 days and fitted in 3 work outs but made sure I ate lots of fruit and vegetables and we actually didn’t eat out that much- so maybe moving to Boston is a good thing- for my waist line at least!!

Cherry and blueberry slushie- that’s two of my five a day right?!

Trying desperately to find good Tex mex in Boston!Banana french toast!Excellent ice cream

Classic pancakes, bacon and maple syrup

Now i am back In London it’s back to slightly less treats, more work outs and more food prep 😦 waaaaaaaa!

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

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 vom-orama

So I’ve booked 12 weeks of PT sessions to sort myself out- 1 per week.

My PT is amazing- she focuses mainly on callisthenics (body weight exercises) to get you burning fat. I’m really enjoying it.

However, today, the first proper session of the 12, I nearly chundered, vommed, puked, or as she put it ‘felt naucious’. Only half way through and I feel really bloody angry about it!!! So disappointed in myself. That’s what 2 weeks will do china eating junk food will do to your fitness levels.

Onwards to next week and hopefully not puking everywhere. 

Transformation

Haven’t posted for a while and finding it hard to keep up my routine with lots of holidays, hen dos and wedding fun! So getting my motivation back with the below picture!! 


Me in black 3 years ago, and yesterday at my friends wedding! Keep up the hard work everyone- every little helps and it’s ok to fall off the wagon so long as you hop back on when you’re ready!