Two days in one

Yesterday I went to Body Pump yay! It was so hot though and by the second track we were all dripping, worse than watching the tennis on HD! When I got home I was a bit peckish so I had a nutty 9 bar (which I was most exciting to find inside a massive cashew nut- bonus!), so tasty. I also had some vanilla soya whizzed up with some frozen mango. This was nice but the flavours didn’t go so well as some of the other combos I have tried. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.

Today I have spent a lovely time after work in a pub garden with friends, and then had a nice walk in the cooler air while the bread was rising (I added some sundried tomato paste to the flour, instead of olive oil, to make tomato bread mmmmmm). Not much else to report. No running today (my legs have got stiffer as the day has gone on- I blame the lunges) but I am going to try and go out tomorrow morning first thing. Hooray for Friday!

Post work run

Again it has been so hot! After work I had a bit of a cocoa Nak’d bar (was too hot to eat it all) and loads of water. My new shorts have arrived (got them from wiggle) and I was feeling brave so I tried them out on my run today. When I started running it was baggy tops and old combat trousers all the way, but last year I discovered Ron Hill stuff and realised that not all running gear has to be skin tight or non-existent. I have become more confident and am happy wearing vest tops whereas before I preferred t-shirts. I have some cropped trousers, and recently some Capri pants, but in this heat they are both too hot still. So with water bottle in hand I went outside. My legs would glow in the dark they are so pale, so I think I must have been a sight, especially by the end (bright red face is back, contrasting nicely with see-through legs). I did just under 6 miles around the lakes (very peaceful except the bit where I was bothered by a dog- I say bothered as it was an old dog and wasn’t really chasing me, but rather kept half running into me and changing direction right at the last minute and it was totally ignoring the people calling it) and was home in 57 minutes so for this heat not too shabby. Plus the shorts kept me cooler, and I didn’t feel too exposed wearing them (it’s these ones http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/run/8/Ronhill_Ladies_Aspiration_Flexlite_Short_SS10/5360049910/).

For dinner I had a new bake;

(this made 4 portions which I froze in foil tubs ready for defrosting when I fancy one):

80g Quinoa, Dry

150g Courgette,

80g Onions, Red,

120g Peppers, red

240g Spinach, Raw,

1 Can/220g Beans, Black Eyed, Canned, Drained,

400g Tomatoes, Chopped,

I cooked the onion first, then added the pepper, courgette, and some garlic. I rinsed the quinoa, added the chopped tomatoes and quinoa, then drained the black beans and added them too along with some water. At the end I put the spinach in a bit at a time as it takes a while to wilt down. I think I added some paprika too, next time I might add some basil, or maybe some chilli would be nice to make it a sort of spicy bean thing. It just cooked for maybe 15 minutes until the quinoa had gone all squiggly.

Anyway tonight I had that with some butternut squash, beetroot and beans (green- all the b’s).Delish!

Not sure what I will have later but will surely have some tasty tea later on.

Hot aerobics, cool dessert

Woah aerobics was hot last night! I was really looking forward it is as the last 2 weeks have been missed (one was after my half marathon and last week the dreaded ofsted). I spent the afternoon in the M25 roadworks so I felt the need to leap about. It was so warm in the room, even though the air-con was on it was only dribbling out, so by the end we were all dripping (gross sorry!).

Onto other things; nectarines are featuring a lot for breakfast at the moment. The Fru-grains which I bought on a whim in Holland and Barrett (cereal made of dried fruits, flour and a few other things- they look like flake or bits of wood but are really crunchy and tasty) are going very well sprinkled on yoghurt and nectarine.

I also made some more fake frozen yoghurt last night. This one was a frozen banana (slice before freezing otherwise it is a nightmare to fit in the mini chopper), a pot of provamel chocolate, and a squeeze of agave. It was so good but very bananary- the banana was very ripe before I froze it. I had it with some home-grown strawberries- delish!

Back in the game

After work yesterday I was very keen to have a run to get back in the game! I waited until about half 5 so it was a little cooler (not much!) and then went for a short 2.8 mile run. It took me about 27 minutes but for a couple of minutes I had to walk because I had such a bad stitch. I haven’t had a stitch in ages; I think I had drunk too much water before I went out. Aside from that it was a pretty normal day. I did have a lovely evening snack; a pot of caramel soya, a sprinkle of treacle granola and a tablespoon of a flaxseed mix. I picked it up on Saturday and it’s made of ground flax seeds (good for those omega 3’s), cocoa powder and dried strawberries and blueberries. I mixed it in a bit and it made the dessert all thick. It would be delicious with some fresh strawberries in it. Yesterday there was one ripe strawberry to pick so I didn’t save it!

Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes


So after my lack of run yesterday I was missing the lake, so I went for a nice walk around the lakes this morning, but it was so hot! I tried to do some gardening but in the midday sun there is no shade- all I managed to do was pot on a new strawberry plant, plant some beans (something has eaten the other ones I planted) and pick some strawberries.
So today I have been inside, watching the grand prix, the football (yes it was a goal but Germany were the better team so I am not moaning!) and making some cupcakes. It has been ages since I made some, so I had a look in the Hummingbird Bakery book and decided to try out the chocolate hazelnut ones. Basically they are chocolate cupcakes, with icing made with nutella (or generic chocolate hazelnut spread). They are so good! I decorated them with some hazelnuts too, and tried to make the icing look all swirly. Took them around for family tea and they were enjoyed by all so I would recommend this recipe, yum.

I also made some more fake frozen yoghurt; this time I used 80g frozen mango chunks and mixed with a small pot of mango yoghurt- so yummy! It looks like frozen yoghurt and has the lovely thick texture of it. I think that vanilla soya desserts would also be good to mix in instead of yoghurt, so I might try that soon.