Well what a week it has been! I feel like I’ve made some big decisions and had some major changes of perspective this week.

Look after yourselfsource I like this quote, to me it translates that you have to invest something to get something back :-)

I have honestly not felt happier, like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and that the future is full of so many exciting things. On Monday I officially signed up with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to study to become a holistic health coach. It’s scary putting my hopes and dreams on the line, but incredibly exciting too!

This weeks workouts:

  • Saturday – 3.5 mile run
  • Sunday – REST
  • Monday – Gym – this strength and HIIT workout but I increased all the upper body weights by 1kg same as last week and went a bit easier on the HIIT
  • Tuesday – Body Pump class
  • Wednesday – Hot Yoga class
  • Thursday – Yoga class
  • Friday – Gym – 10 min treadmill, 10 min bike, 10 min cross trainer, body weight circuit: incline push ups, tricep dips, squats, full sit ups x 20 reps each x 3 sets

This week I have been starting to relax my workouts. I have to say, not feeling like I ‘have to’ run is so freeing. Hot yoga was just brilliant again as this week I was joined by the lovely Nicky! We both did really well and managed head stands, which although we assisted each other in them, I think is a big achievement, especially for Nicky with it being her first ever class! I’ve actually had a fear of being in any position where my head is under my body since I was little – I think something might have happened when I was doing a forward roll? Anyway, even just trying it was a big deal for me, then last night in yoga I also almost managed plough pose, I’m on a roll! This mornings work out was nice and easy and fun, I just wanted to move my body so the cardio was very relaxed and the strength moves performed with body weight.

I’ve had some tasty meals this week too. Last Sunday I made a lush salad inspired by the Triple Berry Kale salad from How Sweet It Is:

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I hadn’t had a raw kale salad in forever and this was divine! I made up more of the dressing from my cherry and brown rice salad and massaged the kale with it then left it to soften. Then I added freshly cooked chickpeas, beetroot, cherries and roast salted almonds. I used more of the dressing in a lentil salad for a nice simple work lunch:

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For a nice quick dinner I nuked a sweet potato and served with spinach, hummus and half a large avocado:

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Hummus and avocado is definitely on my favourites list at the moment, I’ve also been having it as a salad.

For breakfasts I’ve been enjoying the same green smoothie combo: spinach, 2 fresh peaches, 1/4 cup peanut flour, ice, water and stevia – it has a fantastic peanutty flavour. I’ve had it with strawberries, persimmon, soy yoghurt and granola…

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…and alongside a slice of sticky sweet courgette pecan date bread:

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I’ll be sharing that recipe soon, it is fabulous! Snacks wise I’ve enjoyed lots of fruit with nuts such as sliced persimmon and some of my raw ‘roasted’ almonds:

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To make those almonds I just soak them for 4 hours, rinse and drain then mix them with some shoyu sauce and dehydrate until dried and crunchy. Love them! I’ve also been loving the roasted vanilla sunflower seed and cashew butter with sea salt I made at the weekend, here on top of a couple of squares of Lindt 90%:

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It doesn’t get much better than that!

On the Love List this week…

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Last week I was sent a couple of pieces from Lovestretch to review, including these amazing Wellicous 3/4 exercise pants. I am in love! I will be doing a full review soon but I couldn’t wait to share how amazing these feel when they are on, I think they are almost too good for the gym! Oh and please excuse my stomach in that pic, I was just wanting to show the waist band detail. I almost cropped it out but you know what, I have no reason to, I’m proud of my body! I may not have visible abs but I’m happy with what I’ve got :-) Also…

Laura Bailey’s Topshop Edit – love pretty much everything in this collection! // being off work today to just chill // having a fridge full of fresh fruit and veg ready for the weekend // this brilliant way of making a to do list // watching Wimbledon // listening to the fundamental lectures with IIN and feeling inspired // the incredible support of my amazing blog readers :-)

In case you missed it:

I also posted on the My Dairy Free Team blog – check out my post on making dairy free frappes and iced coffee!

What’s on your love list this week? Any exciting plans for the weekend?