Double shred

Evening all!

What a lot of rain we have had today, and even a random massive flash of lightning!

When I got home today I had a nice lemon and ginger snap type thing;

(It is raw and mostly made of flaxseeds along with agave and some other natural things)- pretty tasty.

Then it was on with the Shred . As there was no body pump tonight 🙁 I decided to do part 2, and then part 1 (get the harder part out the way first) to half make up for it. Those walk out push up things are really hard, and I am glad no-one can see me when I do the weird plank squat thrusts and jumping. But it was a great workout ad by the end my arms were really aching. I was considering a little run as a cool down, but it was tipping it down, so I stayed inside (cop out!).

I am pondering what shoes to wear while I do it. At the moment it is some old trainers that are not really for sports, but they have clean soles (!)- I don’t want to wear my running trainers in the living room as they are filthy, and the only other pair of sports trainers I have I use in the gym, but they still go outside to and from the building. I can’t workout in socks or slippers, so what do other people wear on their feet when doing a DVD/ home workout?

After that it was dinner (veggies + pesto+ spagetti = yum) and then had a dash to the shops.

Then I had some (half) of this stuff;

Conscious chocolate “Fruit Fantasty” with figs and dates. It is delicious- there are loads of pieces of figs in there- win!

Now I am off to put my feet up, and maybe have some teapigs caramel rooibos- yummy! On a food network advert there was a shelf with a whole load of teapigs tea on it, in the background. Random fact for anyone that is interested.

More parcels!


I was tres excited today when I got home to find my recent internet orders waiting for me!

One parcel contained teapigs tea:

I ordered some more chai, some caramel rooibos, some chocolate flake tea to try, and a cup for work. I also got a free sample of mint tea- looks very refreshing 🙂

I had also ordered some Luna bars from wiggle (they were having a sale so it was rude not to, right?).

I had read great things about them on the net- they have loads of vitamins and stuff added. But also some sugar! I had a bar before aerobics and it was lovely- very chewy and more like a traditional sweet rice crispie cereal bar, so I think I would tend to have it as a lower calorie dessert (its only 180 calories per bar-8g protein, 26g carbs, 10g sugar so not as much as an actual brownie) as it would go well with some tea.

On to other things- I was super sore today after the shred level 2 yesterday, which I am taking as a good sign as it made me work much harder.

Thanks for the comments yesterday- I think that after reading up I should be doing the strength work before the cardio- so if I do 2 together it should go shred then run. So I might have that as one workout, where I do level 1 so my legs aren’t too tired to run. Then I might have another day where I just do the shred, either number 2, or maybe work up to both, so I have more of a strength day. I was rather taken by Rob’s workout grid, so I think when I have some time at the weekend I may try and do one for myself.

Completely off the point, does anyone get a veg box delivered? I have been looking into it for a while and can’t decide whether to try it. I like to plan meals so I would not want there to be waste, but then in the winter I tend to make a lot of soups or fake innocent veg pots (veg with quinoa and beans) for lunches, so I suppose veggies would go in those if I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. Do you have to supplement the box with other shopping? Are the recipe cards good? Do you have much control over the contents? (e.g. I just could not eat parsnips so could I not have them?). Is there enough variety?

Aerobics was super fun, lots of cheesy tunes as usual. The luna bar was a good pre-workout snack as I felt like I had loads of energy. Once home I have got the sweat (so much sweat) off my face with these babies;

They are perfect for sensitive skin, and although they are un-scented they smell faintly of almonds- yum. I get really dry skin and I think the salt from the sweat makes it worse, so I am going to try to make sure I clean it off asap instead of waiting until after my shower.

After dinner I fancied something sweet so I had some of these (I didn’t take any pictures yesterday so I decided to make up for it today!)

(Ingredients- corn syrup, corn starch, agave, licorice, aniseed, carnuba wax)- suitable for veggies and vegans, and they are organic. They are also lovely- really strong (much stronger than panda licorice) and very chewy.

Anyway, off to finish my work before don’t tell the bride- yay!


Looooooong day

Urgh. It was a long day at work today! From 8am I had meetings with staff, with parents, then teaching, then meeting at lunch time, then more teaching, then a parent meeting straight after school, and then……… a presentation evening. I am all meeting-ed out.

Not much else to report! I had my quinoa/ roasted veggies for lunch (that was a mistake as it was tooo hot and I burnt my tongue when eating it as I only had a few minutes), I managed a clif bar before the presentation. I was lucky to come home to Andy cooking dinner and also a pretty bunch of flowers! 🙂

I am so glad it is Friday tomorrow!

My brain is fried so I am off to crash on the sofa! Night!

Motivation needed!

Evening all.

Nearly half way through the week already!

Just a quick one before I watch “Don’t tell the bride”- car crash TV but I love it!!

I had a new snack today; Andy picked up some cinnamon malt loaf the other day (I love cinnamon!) so I had a slice this morningfor my snack.

I would love to make malt loaf so if you have a good recipes please let me know!  🙂

(I didn’t take a pic of the slice as it looked very squidgy and more like a blob than a slice!)

Work was so busy and the traffic was awful, so once home I didn’t have long before aerobics. I had a peanut clif bar;

But the traffic was still awful, it was raining, my friend was not going so I was seriously considering not going to aerobics- shock!

But I made myself go and in the end had a fab time. I love the aerobics class. We have a short warm up, then we do a little routine (it changes every few weeks and each week we are shown it from the beginning), then after that we get into lines and do really high impact stuff- one line does it (for example star jumps for 30 seconds), then the next line does that while the first line does something else. It is very organised and I love the high energy in the room. I felt sooooooo much better after!

After a shower and tea it is time for a baked apple I think 🙂

Good news- I got an email from the lovely local health food shop; I asked them if they could get hold of some Carley’s organic sunflower seed butter, and they emailed to say they have some ready for me! I am pretty excited to try it as a change from nut butters. Sunflower seeds are my fave seeds!

So….Any tips when you are flagging with your motivation?

Trying nuun

So today was my long run day. I had some porridge (more yummy rude health porridge) and then pottered around, did some cleaning and things to make sure I didn’t go out too soon after eating. I even put my water bottle in the fridge to cool it down!

I also loaded up my mp3 player with some podcasts; the latest marathon talk one, plus some radio 4 ones for after.

When I started running I was feeling pretty tired with heavy legs, but I wanted to go slow and steady so I decided I would keep on and see how I felt. In fact I ended up really enjoying the run; the sun was out, there was a nice breeze to keep me cool (er), there were loads of people out walking, cycling and running by the lake, and I really enjoyed the podcast. They had an ultra runner on there who did 100km! Crazy stuff! 

I managed the run in 94 minutes, and it ended up being 8.5 miles or so, and I think the fact that I was running slower than previous runs was partly why I enjoyed it. My pace was really consistent, which I was also super pleased with.

Once home I was excited to try my new nuun hydration tablets.

The instructions are to put one tablet into 500ml water, wait 2 minutes and then drink. No stirring or anything.

So I did not stir at all, just watched the tablet fizz around and mix with the water.

And right before I had it:

It really did not need any stirring or mixing, so would be ideal if you were out on a really long run- you could easily carry the tablet tube and add one in to a normal bottle of water.

I tried the tri-berry flavour and it was nice, not too sweet, and not fizzy either (which is good). I really feel that I need to have some salts once I get back, as my face is always covered with a thin layer of salt. These little tablets have :

Sodium (carbonates) 360.0
Potassium (bicarbonate) 100.0
Calcium (carbonate) 12.5
Magnesium (sulfate) 25.0
Vitamin C 37.5
Vitamin B2 500mcg

and citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural colours flavours, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate. They are also vegetarian (and vegan).

Anyway, so far today I have not got a headache, which I generally get after a long run, so I am hoping that one will not arrive.

I am looking forward to trying the other flavours now too.

I had a nutty 9 bar with that, then after a shower it was some bread, almond butter and cherries.  Am looking forward to a cookie with sunday tea later 🙂

On the marathon talk podcast they were talking about routines following long runs (immediatly after e.g. what to eat/ drink, but also the following day)- to help recovery, so what do you do following a long run to help your body recover and to make sure you are moving on in your training?