Workout Wednesday 1st Week Back HIIT 116
Yes, I’m back with my HIIT’s. This was my first week of doing any form of exercise since the 22 November 2017, now that feels like forever away and I must admit my body is really feeling it.
Every year is the same I go on my last Holiday of the year which is October or November and I become a lazy bum, first it’s I’m jet-lagged I’m too tired then I get ill which take me out for a few week and the next thing I know it January and I’ve gained a shit load of weight and I have to start all over again.
So that is where I’m right now, I’m not going to lie and say last year was amazing and I lost loads of weight cos that would be an outright lie.
Last year was the year where I was stuck in limbo, I was going around in circles trying to lose weight trying to get fit but just not getting anywhere sad but true, I couldn’t get out of the 14 stone mark, and I’m still right there now.
Monday I began my HIIT sessions once again and it was hard I mean really hard, it wasn’t that I’m unfit but it’s also that I’m recovering from pleurisy, which has made it really hard for me to breath and any type of cardio is a killer in every sense of the word.
So this week HIIT is a lot less cardio and a lot more heavy lifting, today my body is hurting, I love that feeling of not being able to move cos you’ve had such a good workout and that’s me right now.
Food is still my biggest issue, but I am working on it, I now fully on this home cook meals thing trying to eat fresh, so I know what’s going into my body, my plan is to eat more fruit & veg, get my IBS under control first and then look at dropping weight.
Last year I managed to do 113 HIIT sessions which I’m pretty proud about as I think that’s a record for me as its been a long time since I worked out that much, but this year I want to bet that record even if it’s by one.
- Easy Burpee & Jump 7/7/6
- High Knees Row 75/76/72
- Dumbbell Squats (Arms Ups) 12/11/11
- Seated Arnold Press 9/9/9
- High Knees 66/81/73
- Jumping Lunges 22/21/20
- Kettle Sumo Pulses 40/35/56
- Reverse Alternating Lunges 8/9/10
These are my numbers what are yours!
Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Tomato Rigatoni Pasta
Last week was the beginning of my cooking/baking more and it went pretty well, I made 3 meals which lasted the whole week, the Lamb Chilli lasted 3 days and I managed to change the sides each time making it into a whole new meal.
I’m always seeing people doing Meatless Monday so I decided I would join in, I don’t think I’m anywhere near giving up meat but I think I can do one day a week without meat.
I love pasta but try not to eat it often because it’s so high in carbs, but seeing as I was doing no Meat I decided Pasta is the perfect thing to eat.
So I made Spicy Tomato Rigatoni Pasta which I love, it’s tomatoey with a like spicy kick which is right up my street.
- 1 Aubergine Sliced
- 5 Sweet Baby Peppers
- 300g Rigatoni Pasta
- 2 Tb Olive Oil
- 1 Small Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
- 1 Red Chili, Finely chopped
- 800g can chopped Tomatoes
- 2 Tb Red Chili Pesto
- 1 Tb Balsamic Vinegur
- 1 Tb Caster Suger
- 50g Parmesan Cheese
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Place the Aubergine & Sweet Baby Peppers on a baking tray dazzle with Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper
- Place under the grill to cook remember to check on them and turn them over once brown
- Cook the Rigatoni in a large saucepan of salted boiling water according to packets instructions
- Heat the Olive Oil in a frying pan and sauté the Onions, Garlic & Chili for around 5 minutes
- Add the two cans of chopped Tomatoes followed by the Pesto, Balsamic Vinegar & Caster Sugar
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- Drain the pasta and leave to the side
- The Aubergine & Sweet Peppers should be nice & brown by now chopped them up & add to sauce
- Add the Parmesan Cheese until melted
- Season to taste
- Added Pasta
Tasty Tuesday: Lamb Chilli Con Carne
Happy New Year hope you all had a good one.
I know last year I didn’t give my all to this thing called blogging, my life just seemed to get in the way, I was forever chasing something or the other, the goals I set myself never came to be sadly and I felt like last year was a big blur of nothingness.
Anyway, that’s was 2017. I’ve made a promise to myself to correct all the wrongs of last year.
I love to cook and one of my favourite places to be is in the kitchen so this year the plan is to cook/bake more, eat more fresh homemade food with less takeout/restaurants.
Don’t get me wrong I’m still going to eat takeout and visiting restaurants just a lot less than last year.
This is the year I finally start cooking/baking something new each week I want to try new thing and remake some of my favourite recipes.
That being said last night I cooked an old favourite of mine Lamb Chilli, Lamb is my all time favourite meat so I like to try it with everything, I know most Chilli’s are made with Beef but Lamb gives the Chilli a sweet flavour which I love, try it you won’t be disappointed.
This is a rich smokey chilli full of flavour, its not too spicy so anyone afraid of spicy food can enjoy this one.
Chilli with rice goes so well as we all know but I decided to use Bulgur & Quinoa instead of rice with a side of Beans.
- 4 Tb Olive Oil
- 2 Small Onions, finely diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic, finely diced
- 2 Fresh Chillies with seeds, finely diced
- 1 Tb Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tb Whole Cumin Seeds
- 1 Tb Ground Cayenne
- 1 Tb Chilli Flakes
- 2 400g Can Chopped Tomatoes p
- 50g Tomato Purée with Chilli
- ½ Tb Dried Oregano
- 500g Minced Lamb
- 2 410g Can Red Kidney Beans in Chilli Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 150mls Water
- Set a large pan over a medium-low heat.
- Add the Oil.
- Once Oil is hot add the Onions, Garlic & Chilli.
- Gently fry for 10 minutes until soft and golden.
- Mix in the Paprika & Cumin Seeds.
- Continue to fry untill the Onion mix is evenly covered.
- Stir in Chopped Tomatoes, Tomato Purée & Oregano.
- Bring to the boil, then stir in the Minced Lamb.
- Keep stirring until the Lamb has separated and is well-coloured.
- Add in the Kidney Beans & 150mls of Water.
- Season to taste .
- Simmer for an hour or until thick.
Tasty Tuesday: Jamaican Spicy Chicken & Pumpkin Soup
If you live in the U.K you will know that the weather has been freezing the past few days and even snowed on Sunday & yesterday. When the weather is like this all I want is to be indoors nice and warm eating comfort food.
For me, there’s nothing better than homemade Soup it just makes everything better.
On Sunday I made one of my all-time favourite Soup, Jamaican Spicy Chicken & Pumpkin Soup. I love this Soup it’s so hearty & homely it’s a little bit spicy but not too hot for anyone who fears spicy food.
I wasn’t in the mood to cook the soup on the hob so I just throw all the ingredients into my slow cooker, although I do feel like it does come out better on the hob so that will be the recipe I will be sharing.
I know some of you are going to see Scotch Bonnet Pepper and be like no way that way to hot but because the Scotch Bonnet is not cut and is only place on top of the soup while it cooks it gives it a gentle warmth.
- 1Tb Olive Oil
- 3.5 Liter Water
- 6 Chicken Thighs & Legs
- 1 Chicken Stock Cube
- 1/2 Small Pumpkin or Butternut Squash diced
- 2 Carrots diced
- 3 Celery Stalks diced
- 3 Sweet Potato diced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
- 1 Large Onion diced
- 1 Tin of Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2 Tb Salt
- 1 Tb Black Pepper
- 1 Tin of Sweet Corn
- 1 Spring of Thyme
- 1 Scotch Bonnet
- Warm the Oil in a Soup Pan
- Fry the Chicken until browned then removed from Pan
- Add the Water to the Pan & bring to boil
- Add the Chicken, Pumpkin & Chicken Stock Cube
- Removing the white form from the top of the water
- Cook for 10 minutes or until the Pumpkin is soft
- Add Celery & Carrots let cook for another 10 minutes
- Add Sweet Potato and let cook for 15 minutes
- Add Bell Peppers, Onions, Sweet Corn & Chicken Soup
- Add Salt, Pepper & Thyme
- Add the whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper
- Cover and cook for 5 minutes
- Carefully remove two cup fulls of the Soup making sure not to get the Scotch Bonnet Pepper or Thyme, place in blender and blend until smooth
- Stir back in to Soup and cook for 5 minutes
- Remove the Scotch Bonnet Pepper & Thyme
- Stir one last time
- Enjoy your Soup
It’s Tuesday which means it Tasty Tuesday, a time for me to share with you a recipe which I made in over the weekend. This weekend I was a little busy with baking which is never a bad thing. I spend most of Saturday evening baking as I had an order for cupcakes.
I also had to bake for work as we are currently doing 12 days of Christmas the Food addition. Monday was my day to bring something in so I made my favourite thing to bake Cupcakes. To keep them with the Christmas theme I made Mulled Wine cupcakes which were pretty good even if I say so myself. I’ll be sharing the recipe for them next week as I’m planning on making another batch and this time I’ll take some pictures as I ended up making the Buttercream last minute and not having time to take any pictures.
So after baking the Cupcakes making Mulled Wine I still wanted to make my all-time favourite puddings.
A year ago I bought a pressure cooker which I must admit I don’t use enough, but I do love it when I do. I decided to give Rice Pudding a try in the pressure cooker, to save me some time.
Now if I’m honest it took much longer to make then I thought, I found a recipe online and followed the cooking instructions. I made a few changes to the recipe as I know how I like my Rice Pudding the way my Nan makes it which is thick and creamy
The recipe stated that it would take 12 minutes to cook I don’t know if I did something wrong but it took 36 minutes for the rice to be cooked, I not sure if that because I like my Rice Pudding to be thick, but after 12 minutes the rice was still hard and it was very runny.
- 15g Butter
- 300 ml Milk
- 300 ml Double Cream
- 50g Pudding Rice
- 50g Golden Caster Sugar
- 1 Banana
- 4 Tbs Rum infused Raisins
- Melt the Butter in the open pan.
- Add the Milk & Cream on a high heat
- Bring to the boil
- Stir in the Rice & Sugar
- Bring to the boil again
- Lower the heat so that mixture maintains a rolling boil, but does not rise up the sides of the pan
- Put on the lid and, without altering the heat, bring to full pressure
- Reduce the heat and cook gently for 12 minutes
- Release steam slowly
- Stir the pudding
- Reheat for 12 minutes until achieve the consistency desired
Once the Rice Pudding was cooked I added sliced Banana & Rum infused Raisins.
The Rum infused Raisins were pretty strong as I’ve been socking them since January for this year Christmas Rum Cake which I really need to get started
Whos made Rice Pudding with a pressure cooker and how long did it take you to make it?
BOBO Social Review
It’s been awhile since I last did a review of a restaurant, but last night after a little retail therapy and a day of fasting I decided to go to the dark side and indulged in a Burger from BOBO Social. This was my first time visiting BOBO Social and I was not disappointed.
BOBO Social was not the easiest places to find, it’s on Charlotte Street which is about 4-minute walk from Goodge Street Station.
It’s relatively small but I do believe they have 3 floors but I’m not 100% sure on that.
As you can see from the picture above this is how big the place is, we were on the first table and there were 3 other tables.
The waiting staff were very friendly and helpful.
Now that we were seated it was time to decide what I wanted.
Now I wasn’t planning on getting a cocktail but after seeing a Cocktail named The Last Mexican you know I had to have it, I’m still not over Mexico what can I say.
The Last Mexican £9
Chilli-infused Mezcal, Kings Ginger Liquor, Lychee Liqueur, Lime Juice, Agave Syrup, Ginger Beer, Berries
This was a really good cocktail, it was fiery and very gingery if you’re not a ginger fan then I’d stay away. It was very easy to drink and my Mum even liked it which is rare as she doesn’t like the taste of Alcohol. so definitely a winner
Classic BOBO with Westcombe Cheddar & Guacamole £11.45
6oz Rare-Breed Beef, Butterhead Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, BOBO Sauce
When the Burger came out I was ready to dive right in I loved they had put a B on the Bun. Can I just say the Burger was amazing, I’m funny when it comes to Burgers I’m always craving them but find it hard to come across areal good one and this one was perfect.
One of my favourite place to grab a Burger is Five Guys, but I do fine they are really good but very greasy.
BOBO Social has made a burger which is succulent it almost melts in your mouth. It was very juicy but not greasy.
The Burger is pretty pink inside which I like but my Mum got the Mushroom & Truffle (V) as she can’t eat any meat if its still pink.
I did start off using my hands to eat the Burger but it got so messy that I ended up using the Knife & Fork LOL.
This was definitely one of the best burgers I’ve had in quite a while.
I would definitely recommend it
Skin-On BOBO Chips (GF, V) £3.50
These Chip came out piping hot just how I like them, they were cooked really good and has been seasoned which is never a bad thing, I find it really hard to eat Chips without condiments but I found these were pretty easy to eat.
The one thing negative I would add is they did not come out with my Burger we had to wait for them to be cook which is the only let down of the meal.
was I greedy, yes I was I couldn’t leave without trying a dessert
Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel £5.50
I never thought I’d hear myself saying this but the dessert was too big that’s right it was too big.
I think because of the richness of the Dark Chocolate the dessert could have been half the size, taste wise it was sooooo good the sweetness of the Caramel complemented the bitterness of the Dark Chocolate, the two flavours married together so well.
Overal BOBO Social was amazing, I really enjoyed the food and would definitely go back again. I liked the little things like none of the dinner sets matched and the Chips were served in Mugs with there handles broken off. I like how personal it feels because it was so small and left you feeling really looked after. The only thing I didn’t like was that my Chips came out after my Burger. The food was moreish & filling.
If you want a good Burger than head over to BOBO Social.
Workout Wednesday HIIT 113
I know it’s been a while since I checked in, so today IU decided to give a little rundown of what’s been going on in my fitness journey since I last gave you some loving.
For the 6 weeks before I went to Mexico I went on a bit of a low carb diet, I’m not going to lie and say I stayed away from them completely but I did cut down. In the 6 weeks, I managed to lose a stone and I started to feel better within myself, as I found by cutting out carbs my IBS didn’t seem to affect me as much. I’m starting to see that my body doesn’t process carbs to well and I do much better without them, but as you all know when your not allow something the more you want it and that’s the case with me and carbs.
I’ve also taken to intermission fasting which I think is the way forward for me as I seem to lose more weight by just limiting the time I eat in.
As I was saying I lost 14lbs in 6 weeks which I was very proud of but after 14 days of living the life of eating drinking eat and more drinking, I gained a total of 11 lbs that right I pretty much gained all the weight I lost. This is the first time I ever gained weight on holiday, I usually come back the same weight. All I can say is Mexico was good to me the food was amazing, I’ve always loved Mexican food but eating the real thing was sooooooo much better.
I must admit I fell in love with Mexico and would definitely go back.
I’m now back to reality, and with that come me being back on my eating healthy and working out although I did do 6 HIIT’s sessions while I was away and quite a few Aqua classes but the food and drink was way too much for them to do anything.
Today I did my first workout since I’ve been back the truth is I’ve been so jet-lagged that I haven’t felt up to doing anything, my sleeping pattern is mash-up I’m not felling a sleep until gone 4 and then fighting to wake up it crazy.
This morning I decided to do a workout no matter how I feel as if I wait to start feeling better it may never happen and am I glad I did, my energy level today feels so much better and I’m also ready for my capoeira class tonight.
Today workout was HIIT number 113 of the year.
HIIT 113 30/20
Here are my numbers
- Alternating Forwards Lunges 13/12/12
- Squat Jacks 22/21/29
- Easy Burpees & Jump 6/6/6
- Rowers with High Knees 46/48/46
- Alternating Backwards Lunges 9/10/12
- Push Ups 8/7/7
- Sit Ups V’s 21/24/27
- Mountain Climbers 28/26/26
These are my number.
Don’t forget to share your numbers if you do this workout
Dyslexic & Proud
My biggest fear is having to read aloud in public.
My biggest fear is letting someone read what I’ve just written.
I know this might sound strange for someone who runs a blog, but there is a reason behind this.
Something I’ve always been so ashamed of, something I’ve always kept hidden like a dirty secret, but as I’ve got older I learnt that it is part of who I am. I shouldn’t be ashamed of being dyslexic, but be proud of all the things I’ve achieved.
Being dyslexic has made me the person I am.
I have a BA honours in Sociology & Criminology it wasn’t easy but I did it.
What I’ve come to realise is I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, all the people who pre-judge me and my fellow dyslectic people should feel ashamed.
I’ve gone most of my life with people thinking I’m not capable of doing things because I’m dyslexic, which in turn led me to believe the same, but that’s just not true. I’m capable of so much more them people give me credit for.
When I left school I could barely read, my written work was a joke, but I wasn’t going to give up. I taught myself to read and somehow fell in love with reading.
I’ve always said reading saved my life, it opened new doors, it allowed me to grow as a person and allowed me to understand things that I could never before.
When I was at primary school my mum noticed that I was having trouble with my learning, she informed my school and even suggested that I was dyslexic, she was told she watched to much TV as a few days before there had been a program which addressed the taboo subject of dyslexia. Many of the signs my mum saw in me but sadly no one would listen.
When I began secondary school once again my mum informed them of my learning difficulties, this time I was put into a class for children with learning difficulties, but this didn’t last long as I was deemed too intelligent for the class and would spend most of the day helping to teach the other students. So I was put back into my original classes.
It wasn’t until I was in my last year at secondary school that they acknowledged that I could be dyslexic, I was in the top band in most subject, but my mum was asked to attend a meeting to discuss my GCSEs. My school wanted to move me down a band or two as they believed I wouldn’t pass my exams as my spelling was so poor for the examiners to understand; therefore I would be marked down. My mum was also told that I would not receive a dyslexic test as I was in my final year and it would cost too much.
I left school and went to college where once again nothing was really done for me.
I left college and began university, even with everything against me I still manage to achieve pretty good grades. I hated University with a passion, I used to commute from London to Bristol every day, I would sit on the train and cry as I hated it so much, and was struggling with the coursework so after my first year I dropped out and vowed to never go back.
It wasn’t until years later when I decided to go back to university that I was diagnosed with dyslexia, its funny but when I got my results back I cried. I think even though I’d always known that there was something wrong with me, someone, actually saying it made it real. Before it was just something people had assumed but now it was official, worst still it gave me a label which I didn’t want.
Even now as I write these words, I’m upset, it’s not because I haven’t dealt with being dyslexic, its because I guess the memories are still raw of how I used to feel, the feeling of being dumb and never being good enough can still hurt at times.
When people doubt you its not always easy to get over.
I remember being asked by a teacher if I’d cheated, as I was dyslexic and couldn’t possibly of known the answer.
I guess the one good thing throughout all of this was my mum, she’d always believed I was dyslexic and had supported me in every decision I ever made. To help push me my mum would buy me presents when I got good marks and passed exams. I don’t really know what I would have done without her.
When I went university the second time around, I was given a support teacher called Barbara who would help me each week by looking over my essays, the one thing I loved about Barbara was she never corrected my work she just highlighted my mistakes and would help me understand where I was going wrong.
At the beginning of my last year Barbara was diagnosed with cancer, so I was given a new support tutor, it was hard working with someone new but as I knew the situation, I couldn’t complain. After three weeks with the new tutor, I was contacted by Barbara who said that she wanted to see me through my last year, so we continued to meet up every week.
On my last session with Barbara, she told me that when we first met she believed I had no hope of getting a degree as I was all over the place and needed so much guidance, but she was leaving me today knowing that I no longer needed her help as I’d grown so much and was able to see my own mistakes.
Barbara was the most amazing teacher and is one of my heroes.
She died the day after my graduation.
When I started writing this post it was intended to go one way but as I sit here crying my heart out. I have nothing more to say apart from.
This is for Barbara Cole, if it wasn’t for her I would never have had the courage to write a blog.
What are your fears and how are you overcoming them?
Workout Wednesday HIIT 92
Monday was my first day back in the gym since May and I can say it felt good, I actually enjoyed the workout and felt amazing afterwards, I’ve been dreading going but now I feel energetic and can’t wait to go tonight.
Food wise was going pretty good until this morning when I got into work they were having a breakfast morning. Yes, I overindulge. 🙈
This morning HIIT session was hard and I really felt it, but I know my body will thank me later.
So here’s what I did
1. Woodchopper Left 15/15/15
2. Woodchopper Right 15/15/14
3. Squats 13/13/13
4. Push Ups 6/8/7
5. High Knees 80/76/81
6. Weighted Punches 38/36/40
7. Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raises 14/14/14
8. Front Raises 19/20/20