Happy Friday guys, are you ready for the weekend to start? I certainly am! Yesterday was payday (thank god) so I did a massive grocery shop:

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I went to the farm shop and Sainsbury’s and bought:

Organic chicken, skimmed milk, 18 farm free range eggs, sheep yoghurt, Total Greek Yoghurt, Yeo Valley Strawberry Yoghurt, organic chicken thigh fillets (from the reduced section), organic minced beef, organic stewing steak, organic bacon (from the farm shop), organic Wensleydale cheese, organic soft goats cheese, crushed ice, frozen mixed berries, frozen cranberries, cooked ham, mild cheese, Cauldron plain tofu, romaine lettuce, organic purple kale, cauliflower, potatoes, red onions, bananas, parsnips, organic red pepper, pistachios, naturally sweetened strawberry jam, organic chicken and beef stock cubes, organic apples, organic passata, organic broccoli, organic courgettes, organic cucumber, prawn cocktail pringles, un-pictured pepperoni pizza. 

I didn’t realise quite how much organic stuff I had bought until I typed that out! That will keep me and James going for at least a month with just top ups for veggies, eggs and milk, oh and James regular Saturday night pizza! I also placed a nice big order for more Libby’s Pumpkin on American Sweets as they were reduced and an order for Sun Warrior on Red23 (check that site for an awesome range of health products) as that was also on offer and works out cheaper than iHerb once the taxes are added on. I always thinks its a good idea to stock up on things you know you will use while they are a little cheaper :-)

I’ve had some gorgeous food this week, but I have to apologise for the quality of the images, it has been so dull even during the day I’ve had to photograph in artificial light! I’ve really enjoyed warm bowls of porridge for breakfast:

Photo 23-10-2012 06 46 20Porridge made with 1/2 cup of oats 1 1/2 cups of water, egg whites and vanilla bean paste topped with avocado, local honey comb and bee pollen and sea salt

Photo 25-10-2012 06 38 21‘Courgette Bread Porridge’ (1/2 cup of oats cooked with water, egg whites, vanilla bean paste and a grated courgette) topped with pecans, cranberries and maple syrup

I loved that combo back this time last year! My favourite breakfast has to be this omelette with goats cheese and strawberry jam:

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If you haven’t tried cheese and jam before you must! This tasted wonderful :-)

For lunches its been the usual salads with beans and avocado or soups and for dinner I’ve been having perfect tofu with baked hokkaido squash and steamed greens:

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I’ve still be indulging in two of my current obsessions, no 1 being pumpkin:

Photo 24-10-2012 15 01 20Smoothie with tinned pumpkin, peanut flour, almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, ice, vanilla stevia

Obsession no 2 being protein cakes:

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Chocolate protein cake (2 tbsp of chocolate brown rice protein powder + 1 tbsp of cocoa + 1 tbsp of egg white + 20 drops of stevia + 1/4 tsp of baking soda + 3 tbsp of water) made with a tbsp of caramel sauce in the middle so it came out with a molten caramel centre!

Work outs this week:

  • Saturday – REST
  • Sunday – 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine, bike, Kettlecise class
  • Monday – Yoga class
  • Tuesday – 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine, bike, Body Pump class
  • Wednesday – 10 min warm up on cross trainer, first 2 sets of strength training workout 1 10 min HIIT on bike
  • Thursday – REST
  • Friday – 10 min warm up on cross trainer, strength training workout 2, 10 min HIIT on bike

As I blogged about in my WIAW post, I loved my yoga class, but the change to my usual workout schedule meant that I moved my Monday morning workout to Wednesday morning. I quickly realised this was not ideal as my body had just not had enough recovery time after the previous evenings Body Pump class – still rocking my increased weights too! In the end I just dropped the last set of workout 1 and did a more relaxed 10 minutes of HIIT. I’m going to have a rethink for next weeks schedule – it might actually be fun to change it up a bit anyway!

On the Love List this week…

PicMonkey Collage1Necklace: H&M, stripy top: Topshop, deep red soft skinny jeans: New Look

I am really loving this outfit! I got the pants at the weekend and I am in love with the colour. Also…

The Chalkboard – I’ve been reading this healthy living magazine style website for a while now but this week they have had some great articles // I wanna be Gwyneth – I found this Tumblr via The Chalkboard, so much prettiness! // learning about Ayurveda on my IIN course this week – I’m a mix of Vata / Pitta // the colour of the trees right now // finalising the new header + logo for KHGS and the new business – I think you will like them! // and the biggie for me this week – I’m going to be getting my very own office at work! The interior designer in me is doing a dance, I am a kid at Christmas excited about it!

In case you missed it:

How has your week been? What is on your Love List this week?

Any thoughts on buying organic food? I know that organic is more expensive but when it comes to the meat I bought I actually thought it was pretty good value for the quality and factoring in how I intend to cook with it. That chicken will do for several meals and I’ll be making chicken stock with the leftovers. If I’m going to eat animals the least I can do is use every bit of it I can.

I am so looking forward to this weekend! I’m making time to see friends and family tonight, then tomorrow I am in need of a lie in and a day just pottering about the flat. Considering that the weather is forecast to be very cold a weekend at home wrapped up warm baking things sounds perfect! What do you have planned for the weekend? Hope you have a great one!