Veg-Anuary

You may or may not have seen a lot of advertising and a lot of campaigns around Veganuary, where it’s asking people to become vegan for the full month of January.

Now as much as I like the idea of this I think I would find it really really difficult to give up eggs. I think in a week I eat between 6-8 eggs!! It is one of my favourite breakfasts and I often have them for a quick lunch – So I think it would be very difficult to give up eggs.

So my compromise this January is to go vegetarian. I have started to reduce my meat intake anyway so I don’t think it’s going to be the worst month in the world. I love my veggies so I don’t think I’m gonna miss meat all that much.

To make sure I don’t get bored and have the same meal over and over again I’ve created a Pinterest board which is full of delicious and really appealing dishes that are meat free! Head over to my Pinterest page here, and check out some of the recipes.

I’d love to hear what your favourite vegetarian recipe is, comment below with your favourite meal..

Film Feasting

I love Christmas – literally, I love everything about Christmas!!

I love that you get to spend time with people you love, I love the people tend to be happier around Christmas, I love that you get time off work most of all I love that it’s fine for you to sit and watch telly.

I’m not really one likes to sit around and watch telly for hours on end, but I feel it becomes acceptable over Christmas. After coming back from New York and not getting over the jetlag for a while I really could not get enough of just sitting on the sofa getting comfy and watching a good film!! 

This year was actually the first year that I watched it’s a wonderful life and actually was wonderful!

But I’m sure you’ll all admit that sitting on the sofa watching a film is not complete without a few snacks. Christmas seems to be a time where people got a bit snack mad at overindulge, but I don’t think that has to be the case. Healthy snacks are great because they fill you up, they satisfy your snack craving and it doesn’t make you feel really guilty after you’ve eaten it!

One of my favourite go-to healthy snacks is simply an apple cored and cut up into segments with a little bit of peanut butter spread on top!! It is such an easy snack, it doesn’t cost a lot and it is soooo good! 

Another favourite is popcorn. I have a popcorn maker so you don’t need to have any added oils or butter, it is simply just popcorn. I’m a fan of it just plain, but if you want to be a little bit naughtier you can add a drizzle of butter,  sugar, or some cinnamon sugar.

I have stolen this idea from the cinema – Once your popcorn is all popped and in the bowl, sprinkle your favourite naughty snack over the popcorn! For me, that would be a bag of peanut M&Ms. If you are sharing this popcorn is reduces the amount of naughtiness you are eating! 

Although I don’t want to spend too much of my free time sitting on the sofa watching telly, I am going to make an effort to have a movie night more. I think it is really important to sit down and relax regularly. 

What is your favourite snack to eat whilst watching a film?

NYC to New Year

I found that I really dipped in my motivation in the run up to New York and that was both food and fitness related! 

And I am happy to say that I hated it! Having said that though it didn’t make me get up and do things differently! 

I try to eat fresh unprocessed foods and exercise everyday but for some reason I really couldn’t be bothered!! 

The plan was never to be good in New York or limit ourselves – we just wanted to go and enjoy ourselves!! We did over indulge in the food however we did work out we walked over 206,000 steps during our stay!! Which completely explains the really sore feed and the very tired legs!! It is safe to say, event with all the walking we have put on a few pounds and lost quite a lot of fitness and strength! 

I still have a week off work and I plan on using it wisely. I am going to spend the time planning my food, my fitness goals and actually start practicing yoga every day! I know for the past few years I have set myself a lot of goals for the year and have never really stuck to them – I always try to live well but I do tent to try to achieve too much and always miss the final goal. So this year I am going to do things different! I am going to change on thing a week until I have met the goal and once I have I will start to change a new thing each week for the next goal! 

Have you already set your goals for 2018? 

Christmas Fitness

I think I have already written December off and we are only on day 8!!! 

Let me explain why… So I got poorly a few weeks ago and still haven’t fully got over it. I am fine, but still a bit cough and snotty – which trust me isn’t good when you are trying to run! Secondly we go to New York for a week NEXT WEEK!!!! 

Now the NYC trip isn’t going to be a lazy trip my any stretch, but it won’t be a workout packed trip. We have a full schedule which will include lots of walking and I would like to get at least one run through Central Park in there. However, the weather forecast is already really cold and we are hoping that it snows. ❄️ 

I don’t think the lack of workouts are going to be the biggest issue whilst we are away, it will be the amount of food we are going to consume. I am not kidding when I say we have actually scheduled in food stops for every day! 🙂 

Once we get back from New York, it is a quick visit home before picking the cats up to drive back to my parents house for a few days, and they it will be Christmas Eve. I think we both will be struggling with the jet lag and being tried, so won’t be that interested in running. 

I am more than happy to start looking at my December fitness picking back up from the 27th onwards! 🙂 I have got a 10km run booked in for Feb and am going to start the January yoga challenges and running challenges so the start of my 2018 will be way better than the end (in terms of fitness!).

 

Do you think you will be able to get all your workouts in over the Christmas break? 

Connect Through Sweat – Final Update

Well, I didn’t manage to finish the challenge!!! 👎🏻

I so annoyed, but I came down with a pretty bad cold and cough – so every time I took a breathe in I would start coughing, which may take you by surprise but it isn’t helpful for running!! 

I think I only missed out on 5/6 days of running but I still didn’t finish the challenge. I would like to make up the days and the distance once I am better. 

I am planning another challenge in January and I am truly determinded to complete it! I am going to run as fast as I can for the same time as the date. So for example on the 1st I will run as fast as I can for a minute and so on until the end of the month. 

I have booked myself onto a 10km in February so it will hopefully be good training for that. 

Have you set any challenges for Next Year?