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Doesn’t that granola look good? It’s my foodie highlight of the week without a doubt, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Granola, mmm! If you’d like the recipe it’s going to be in my newsletter going out on Monday so if you haven’t signed up already then hop to it – plus you’ll get a free copy of my Alternative Healthy Living Manifesto!

It’s been a great week for me, I’ve had lots of wonderful client sessions and generally been busy. As I’ve been saying in other posts, this time of year is my absolute fave, and now that we are past Bonfire night I feel like I can justify feeling Christmassy, starting with the sweet mince pie filling in oats!

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This also had in some egg whites (for protein and staying power) a sliced pear and almond butter. 

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Green smoothies have made a reappearance too, although I have to admit I think this will be the last of them on a morning for a while, it was getting too cold even for me! This was kale, pears, vanilla protein powder and gojis, pumpkin seeds and bee pollen on top.

Just cause Hallowe’en has gone too, doesn’t mean I’m sick of pumpkin yet. I had a whole one that needed using up so I roasted it in coconut oil and some maple syrup to caramelise and then made a salad with goats cheese, pumpkin seeds and balsamic:

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Warm melty goats cheese just can’t be beaten!

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I’ve also been making use of the slow cooker to make a simple beef stew (using some of the bone broth I made at the weekend as stock) to eat along with brussel sprouts fried in coconut oil and some steamed greens. Such a good meal as it’s been very cold here all of a sudden!

As the title of the posts suggests I’ve been at the gym a lot this week!

  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Spinning class (at the gym lol!)
  • Monday: 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine + bike, plank hold, squats, deadlifts, chest press, shoulder press
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine + bike, plank hold, squats, spilt squats, rows, dumbbell pullovers
  • Thursday: 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine + bike – but tried some high intensity intervals on the bike
  • Friday: 30 minutes cardio on cross trainer, step machine + bike, plank hold, random light weight high rep exercises

I think the gym sometimes gets a bad rep to be honest. Of course I would prefer some more variety, but at the moment I’m working out on auto pilot and as my gym is just two minutes away it’s the easiest thing for me to do right now. I still enjoy it when I’m there, although I know I’ll start and get sick if I don’t change it soon. Plus my body is shouting out for some yoga, I am going to try yet again and see if I can find a local class that works for me. Although I can do it at home, I do believe that every so often going to a proper class is very worthwhile.

One thing that made the gym a little more interesting this week was trying this out:

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I’ve only ever had a heart rate monitor on my Garmin back when I was running so this was very interesting! I’ll share most of my thoughts on this when I write my review (it has been gifted to me for review purposes), but it has been interesting to see the calories I burn which are a lot more than I thought! 

On the Love List this week… 

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I’ll be blogging more about this next week, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with a new app called Dayre. It allows you to create almost mini blogs each day. You can find my profile here which is www.dayre.me/lauraagarwilson – the app is free so please follow me! If you like my WIAW posts you’ll probably like this, as that’s the kind of style of posts I’m doing! I will be doing a fuller post on the Dayre app soon (please note my work with Dayre is sponsored, but I really am loving using this!) Also…

I had some awesome news earlier in the week that a healthy eating project working with young people coming out of the care system has been approved for funding! Looking forward to getting to work on that next year // KHGS sponsor FOM Cosmetics Christmas shop – I have spotted a few nice gifts in there already, great that they are all natural products // chilli with cheese and salsa, yum // the smell of bonfires // wrapping up cosy warm with my big wooly scarf // James moustache for Movember coming in nicely // magazines filling me with ideas for Christmas recipes and Christmas gifts!

In case you missed it:

What’s on your Love List this week? Did you do anything for Bonfire night? There’s no longer a fireworks display near us (damn Council cuts!) but I did enjoy listening to them popping all night. Hope you all have the awesomest of weekends!

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