Hey lovelies, how’s it going? I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I’ve had a lovely weekend so far…green smoothies (the mango, avocado combo pictured above was especially delicious!), online shopping, pancakes, chai lattes and brownies…
Yesterday Finley had a couple of hours with Grandma and Granddad and James and I had a breakfast date in Newcastle. I had a chai latte and poached eggs on sourdough in Olive and Bean then treated myself to a slutty brownie from the amazing Pet Lamb Patisserie.
Healthy meals have included…
Apple porridge with almond butter
Gluten free bread with avocado
Feta, avocado, beetroot and spinach salad with balsamic
Yummy M&S fire burst rice salad
Courgetti with beef ragu and parmesan
So delicious…Coconut Collaborative Coconut and Vanilla Snowconut
- Monday – 20 minute power walk, 10 minutes step machine, 20 minutes weights, 5 minutes core
- Tuesday – 10 minutes yoga via You Tube
- Wednesday – 1.5 hours walking
- Thursday – 15 minute run
- Friday – 2 hours walking
- Saturday – rest
- Sunday – hopefully a short run later today
+ squat challenge each day – I’m sure I’m noticing a difference in my legs and bum!
It’s been a great week for being active, I’ve loved walking! Looking back at that though, I wonder if it’s worth paying my gym membership when during these warmer months I’ll be doing more running. Something to think on!
I’ve really been having one of those weeks where I feel like I have nothing to wear. I went out yesterday and thought everything in the shops was crap! Does anyone else feel like that sometimes? I ended up ordering a load of basic tops from ASOS which alongside the couple of nice things I’ve picked up in New Look recently will give my wardrobe a bit of a refresher!
I was SO excited that I managed to see the eclipse! I missed the one in 1999 as it was cloudy in Newcastle at the time. I thought we would miss it again, but the clouds parted and there it was. I know some people have talked about how significant the eclipse and spring equinox falling together is astrologically and I have to admit I felt so much energy on Friday, for me it’s a huge urge for change. I now just want to do another massive clear out which I’m hoping to start on later today. Also…
James buying me the Royal Blood album // coffee and treats with my mama friends // being crazy productive // new toys for Finley // a couple of greats nights of sleep with Finley (although we’ve also had some shocking ones!) // sunshine // tamari roasted nuts and seeds
- Ways to become financially healthy
- Happy Health Chat #6 How to make healthy changes last
- Chocolate chip peanut butter bars via Chocolate Covered Katie
- 5 tips for balancing hormones naturally via Cheeseslave
- Cinnamon Almond Milk via Asian Fusion Girl
- Top 7 triggers of autoimmune disease via The Whole Daily
It has been a bit of an indulgent week, but I was recently chatting to James about it and at the moment I feel like I have a nice balance. Mama’s need a brownie from time to time!
How has your week been? Have you ever thought about cancelling your gym membership? Did you see the eclipse? What was the last ‘treat’ you indulged in?
Everyone needs brownies at some point- you have such a great balance that you should not worry about it. I am trying to persuade Andy to walk up to the shops with me now so I can get a cake from Costa or Nerro as I ran 20 miles this morning- the club run I planned to do had cake at the end, but in the end I went out on my own, so now I feel cheated from a post run cake!
It was cloudy here for the eclipse- and last time I was in Scotland and it was cloudy there too- I must be destined not to see one. We looked at clips on newsround at school later on, so I sort of saw it!
I belonged to a gym for a bit, but it was only worthwhile if I went to two classes every week, and what with work and holidays I would often miss one, and then as I took up running I dropped the aerobics class so it didn’t seem value for money any more. I have a different thing now where I buy a card for a year, and it gives you money off classes instead of them being included, and that works out well as I think it is £20, and you get £1 off each time.
I hope you managed to persuade Andy to go to for a post run cake, goodness knows you deserve it! I am thinking I’ll have to leave the gym, I can’t justify the money when I’m only really going once a week.
We were in Paris for the eclipse but didn’t see anything, it was too polluted! Looks like you got a good shot.
Hope you enjoyed Paris, shame about the eclipse though!
I admire your balance SO much Laura, I feel like you have it just right and I’m sure people see you as an inspiration for it, I know I certainly do! :)
Aww I love hearing about places in Newcastle, still think of it as my second home so I love hearing about it haha!
I keep meaning to try the coconut collaborative yogurt, must give it a go soon! Fab eats as always <3
I didn't see the eclipse at all here as it was too cloudy :(
Thanks Nicky :-) xxx I really like the coconut collab stuff, very tasty. Shame you didn’t see the eclipse!
You’ve given me serious avocado envy – I have two sitting hard as rocks next to my bananas! It’s driving me… erm.. bananas ;D
I salute your balanced approach! I can’t think of a better place to be – in all aspects of life, it’s the best place and often the hardest sometimes just to find that balance, that sweet spot.
There’s nothing more frustrating than hard avos! You are so right, it’s hard to find that middle place sometimes.
I must try that apple and almond butter porridge, it looks yummy! Well done on being more active! I also started doing more walking lately, making use of the good weather. I don’t think I could quit gym though as I need it for those rainy days!
Thanks Petra! That’s the one thing I worry about with quitting the gym, if we have bad weather I’d miss it!
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I’ll email you Helene xx
That slutty brownie sounds incredible! We definitely have to have treats now and again – we need a balance in life.
I am so happy you saw the eclipse – I wanted to see it but it wasn’t visible here in Sydney. I also felt massive positive energy on Friday and felt like a big shift was coming for me in my life :)
That coconut ice cream looks so good too!
Glad you felt the energy too! I think it’s amazing, very exciting I’m hoping to see lots of change coming :-)
I was just thinking the same thing about the gym membership as its getting lighter and better weather but in Glasgow is still rains a lot so ….decisions:)
Hmm, this is it, bad weather is all too common up north!
I see salted caramel EVERYWHERE and some other delicious looking treats at that patisserie, oh my! The M&S salad looks and sounds totally scrumptious too, definitely a good week of food for you it seems.
I quite the gym during the summer last year, firstly because it was a poser gym full of grunting men who wouldn’t dare let a female use any weights (me being the feminist I am, LOATHED this); secondly it was ridiculously overpriced, even at the student rate I was given; and thirdly I was finding I was getting better workouts at home using a variety of YouTube videos, than I was at the gym! There’s no harm in leaving but I think you have to make sure you’re really motivated to continue working out in other variations, so yes, definitely worth thinking about.
The eclipse was fantastic, I didn’t really catch the 1999 one as it was so cloudy plus I was so young and terrified I’d burn my retinas off by looking, ha!
My weekend hasn’t been as indulgent heavy as I’d imagined it would be, as I visited my friends and family for my birthday which is tomorrow (Tuesday) – fish and then salted caramel brownie (told you, I’m a sucker for salted caramel!) at the River Cottage Canteen, then a low carb but delicious roast and low carb chocolate birthday ‘cake’ on the Sunday. Not toooo naughty but still indulgent!
Have a fab week Laura!
She’s So Lucy
You’ve hit the nail on the head, I think it’s great if you can motivate yourself to workout at home! Oh yes, lots of salted caramel deliciousness in that shop :-) Sounds like you’ve had a fabulous weekend!
Firstly, I love Royal Blood! Such a great band. Love their music.
And omg those cakes…I would have to buy a few I think! I couldn’t have made my mind up. I had an indulgent weekend of afternoon tea which was just to die for. Some quality mum and daughter time as well.
I didn’t catch the eclipse despite being outside ready…it was just far too cloudy. It just went a little overcast. Hugely disappointing!!
The cakes are incredible, I must have stood for 5 minutes making my mind up! Shame you missed the eclipse :-(
Love your approach – I couldn’t not have the occasional sweet treat! x
Life is too short! xx
Wow to the brownie, it sounds really delicious!
I was so excited to see the eclipse too, I missed the last one so it was great to experience it this time around.
Glad you saw the eclipse!
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