Hello sweethearts hope you are having a fabulous weekend! February is here already and I’m looking forward to getting into the Yoga Challenge (more below) as well as some new goals, but more on that next week. The week just gone has been a good one, I’ve been loving my smoothies, especially my Cranberry, Coconut and Orange smoothie pictured above. Usually I don’t like cold foods in the winter but I’m really enjoying my salads and smoothies at the mo.
Toffee apple porridge with peanut butter and cinnamon
Mixed berry and spinach smoothie bowl with flaked almonds and Terra-Fertil Goldenberry Mix
Apple and cinnamon scramble with peanut butter and dried cranberries
Chicken Chilli and Lime Rice Salad from M&S
Watercress, lentil, pepper and avocado salad with tahini apple cider vinegar dressing
Baked sweet potato with tinned salmon, red onion and spinach
Greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries and honey
Carrot sticks with hazelnut butter and vegetable crisps (from a Fit Snacks box)
Warm Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk
Peanut Butter Protein Blondie from Fit Snack box
It has been a delicious week indeed, I was very excited to receive a Fit Snack Box and try some of the goodies inside. I also ordered some cacao butter, cacao paste, cacao nibs and goji berries so I’m going to do some raw chocolate making later today!
- Monday – plank a day challenge
- Tuesday – plank a day challenge, gym: 10 minutes cross trainer, 10 minutes step machine, strength training 15 minutes
- Wednesday – plank a day challenge
- Thursday – plank a day challenge
- Friday – plank a day challenge, Metafit class
- Saturday – plank a day challenge, the final one!
- Sunday – Yoga challenge: 10 minutes, Davina 7 minute fit tone and burn and tone and sculpt workouts
The big thing this week move wise was my first Metafit class in over a year. I’d started a few classes last January but stopped them when I found out I was pregnant exactly a year ago this last week! My cousin is a Metafit instructor and was covering a class at my gym so I thought I’d go along. Holy crap it was SO hard! I was a shaking mess at the end of it all! I also managed to go from a 50 second plank to a 2 minute plank in a month!
Huge congrats to everyone that joined in the plank a day challenge for January, you are amazing! I’m also super excited to kick off my next monthly challenge, at least 5 minutes of yoga a day in February. The challenge is just to do at least 5 minutes of yoga, you can do more if you like, but 5 minutes minimum. For workout ideas check out my yoga challenge Pinterest board. There’s loads of you guys joining in on social media, so why not get involved and do it too? You’ll feel great at the end of the week I promise!
Hat: Topshop, necklace: Accessorize, Biker jacket: Warehouse, stripy top: Oasis, stripy dress: H&M, boots: Primark, bag: Oasis
I wore this for a trip into town yesterday, it was nice to wear a dress, although I needed to layer it up for two reasons, a) it was bloody freezing and b) I needed the boobs accessible in a discreet manner! I also had a consultation at the salon and I’m booked in for the big hair overhaul. Can’t wait!
The snow! I’m still a bit of a kid when it comes to the snow, especially since I don’t have the worry of having to travel in it. This photograph is from James on his way to work, I love how blue the snow looks. Finley and I have also been on a couple of walks out in it with him all wrapped up warm in his snow suit. Also…
Finley sleeping for a few blissful 4.5 hour stretches! // chai lattes // making microwave healthy banana bread with one of my community groups // coffee and catch ups with James and my sis in law Katy // lazy pj days with Finley including day time naps for mama // my Dad and Sisters birthdays
- The January Edit – my pic of health and wellness products for January
- Finley at 5 months
- Family Friendly Recipe Challenge: my Thai Green Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry recipe
- The Whole Gang and Thoughts on Post Partum via Sarah Jane Studios – an interesting and useful post about managing mild PND
- Top 10 Budget Restaurants and Cafes in Newcastle Upon Tyne via The Guardian – apparently readers voted Newcastle their fave UK city which is awesome, and this article showcases some fantastic Geordie eats
- How the ideal body image has changed over 3000 years via Hello Giggles – I linked to a similar article last week but I loved this video! I think all the bodies in it are beautiful, I’m probably closest to the Ancient Greek or Victorian body shapes!
Thanks for the good vibes last week, unfortunately the viewing didn’t result in an offer. I’m terribly impatient and now that the flat is on the market I feel really unsettled so hoping it sells sooner rather than later!
How has your week been? Have you had any snow where you live? How do you get on with cold food in the winter? Have you tried Metafit?
I’m definitely going to join your Feb yoga challenge. I really think making small steps is the best way to go about habit forming, so 5 mins a day sounds very realistic and doable- looking forward to it!
chuffed you are joining in the challenge!
We had a bit of snow yesterday but it didn’t settle. It did spoil our plans a bit though as we were meant to be meeting friends for brunch but they cancelled because of the snow (even though the roads were fine…)- anyway we went out for lunch instead just the two of us.
Glad you still got out, I think some people get super nervous with even a little snow!
I’m trying to get into yoga this month too! I’m trying Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day challenge xx
I love Adrienne! Her challenge is great :-)
We’ve had so much snow lately in Yorkshire..it’s been never ending this month and this last dump was up to my knees! It looks gorgeous but it’s been a nightmare being snowed in all the time haha!
That smoothie sounds so yum and you’ve totally reminded me to get back to making raw chocolate again! Nothing beats it as much as I love Lindt :)
Sending you more good vibes for your flat!! Fingers crossed for you lovely <3
Blimey thats loads! I’m going to have a monster raw choc making session this weekend – do you have any recipes for protein chocolate?
I dooo! :) Think it may just be up your street too!
I tried metafit a few times and nearly died:) the ‘crucifix plank’ was what nearly killed me! I have been making warm it smoothies as I don’t often like totally chilled stuff in winter and of course I eat a lot of soup with bone broth- yum! And well one on plank challenge! that is pretty impressive…
I’m seriously wondering if I could hack another metafit class, still aching! I’ve been craving soup this week, I need to make up a big pan at the weekend.
So excited about yoga-a-day! It will hopefully be easier than plank-a-day! Well done on your 2 minutes plank, that’s amazing :) And thanks for being my inspiration all month in my plank! x
my pleasure! February is going to be so much easier lol!
So exciting to hear about Finley’s increased sleep, fingers crossed for five or six hours for you now!
Great colourful food as always Laura, it all looks delicious! I’ve been really into crunchy side salads at the moment too
If only, the little monkey is back to every two hours!
Definitely joining in the yoga challenge! I did try to do the plank challenge but kept forgetting – oops! x
Hope you’ve been remembering about the yoga! Great that you are up for joining in!
Some great looking food in this post! It looks really delicious!
I started having green smoothies more often these days and my favourite is with pear or apple, cucumber, avocado, spinach and some other stuff. It’s definitely worth having them often if you can as they are so healthy!
This is the first time I hear of Metafit but probably won’t be trying it any time soon. Currently I am doing my spin classes 1-2 a week with my rehab exercises for the knee so I think this is enough for now.
That sounds like such a good smoothie combo, really cleansing :-) Hope your knee gets better quick!
I want all the food! Especially the toffee apple porridge. I love that you go to the gym for 30mins – I always felt like I had to be there for an hour, an hour and a half otherwise I had ‘failed’.
I used to think like that too, now its all about the quick workouts, I count anything I manage to it in now as a win!
Sounds like a great week, I have never tried metafit but am told its a killer defo something I’d like to try! We had a light dusting of snow but nothing settled thankfully I am not one who likes the snow it looks beautiful but makes life a total nightmare!
Sorry about the flat :-(
That video about women’s bodies through the ages is so fascinating!
I’ve never tried Metafit but it sounds interesting!