17.12.14

#OfficeSpaceRace Results

Just under a couple of months ago, I took up a challenge set by Flexioffices - the UK's leading office space providers...


The Challenge -  Run a designated route (past several Flexioffice's offices on the way as fast as I can)

There was a prize up for grabs for this challenge but I just went out to enjoy some fresh air in my downtime between my activities for the day. So when I found out that I WON after competing with four other amazing bloggers, you can imagine how ecstatic I was, right?! 

The Prize?! A Nike GPS watch worth £149!!! 



It couldn't have come at a more perfect time - I've officially started my Half Marathon training this week for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on 22nd February 2015. My first training session was a SPEED session - 4x400m. My next session is outdoors with the lululemon Run Club, so I'll be taking the watch for it's first test run then! No doubt I'll have lots to share with you about my training and the watch so stayed tuned! 

For this challenge, I ran a route around Shoreditch on one of the most beautiful days in October! Flexioffices have spaces all across London <<check them out here>> from which you can create your own route! 

What's your favourite run route?! What gadget(s) can't you run without?! 

Elle :)

16.12.14

Review: Ozeri Rev Digital Bath Scale with Electro-Mechanical Dial


You'll know by now that I'm not a huge advocate of weighing myself. Once every two or three months on average is how much I do and usually it's half dressed as I run through the changing rooms of the gym when I teach.

When I was offered the chance to review these scales, I thought why not? They could live in the bathroom where I could weigh myself more accurately pre/post shower every now and again.

I had a quick flick through the instruction book - I like things to be simple to use. It takes 3 aaa batteries (supplied) which I slipped into the unit at the back of the scales. It calibrates by standing on it, letting it do its thing, then stepping off. The next measurement you then take will be the accurate one. The display flashes up the result and when it holds still thats the final weight.

The display is huge. Can't miss it. Huge and bright. It displays your weight in both a digital format and using the old school dial (which is actually "electric") and you can choose between kg and lbs (via a little button on the bottom you press).

It also has a 24hr alarm to remind you to weigh yourself at the same time each day. This is one setting I won't be using but for those on a weight loss journey this may come in useful.

Currently on Amazon for £19.99 you can't really go wrong!  <<Check it out here>>

Elle :) 

15.12.14

Guest Post: Virtuous Chocolate Nut Butter Cups


These aren't whole30 but they are refined sugar-free, paleo, vegetarian (can be vegan), and very, very tasty. 



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cashew nut butter (check out MyProtein for good quality, huge tubs!
  • 2-3 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup (watch out for those weird fructose-and-maple-syrup blends big supermarkets stock, get raw stuff if possible) / brown rice syrup
  • More almond or cashew nut butter, for the filling

1. Melt the coconut oil over a gentle heat in a small saucepan. Add the tbsp of cashew butter and blend it in (this gives the chocolate a softer) 

2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add the honey when the mixture is a little cooler (the heat kills off all the good stuff in the honey), or for a vegan option, use maple/rice malt syrup.

3. Fill the bottoms of 6-8 cupcake cases with a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture and place them in the freezer for 5 minutes.

4. Check the bases are set, then dollop a teaspoon of almond or cashew butter into the centre of each one. 

5. Use the rest of the chocolate mixture to cover the nut-butter centre and refreeze for 5-10 mins, until set. 



That's it. Dangerously easy!

Kate :) 



As a singer, yoga teacher and lover of all things tasty, I'm constantly reviewing my connection with my body - and, by extension, the food I eat. I got into cooking in my early teens, when creating the perfect brownie was the biggest life problem I faced. Now, after digestive problems, sugar crashes and migraines have led me to a largely sugar-,grain-, and dairy-free existence, my love of cooking is driven by the search for food that is satisfying and nourishing. And just so you know, I consider eating almond butter from the jar (daily) both satisfying and nourishing..."

Follow Kate on Instagram: @misskatelister or check out her band at www.thefoobirds.co.uk 

13.12.14

FIRST Half Marathon Training Plan


Time to get real. There's about 10 or so weeks left until I am on the start line for a Half Marathon again. I in fact, have three lined up for the Spring. All topped off with a triathlon. Excited much?!

I put it out there to the world that I was looking for a training plan and this what was shared with me. The FIRST Half Marathon plan.

What caught my eye about it was that you run just three times per week which would leave me time to do all the other things I love, and need to do in a week.


Need some help converting times / speeds / paces?! Check out this <<online converter>>!

I spent a little time doing all the calculations for the paces I would need to run for my Speed, Tempo and Long Runs. Sh*t. They're pretty fast. But I'm excited to see what comes out of this. I've been proud of my HM results previously and that's been without training.

I'll be sharing all my training milestones here on 'keep it simpElle' so keep an eye out to hear how my training is going! Officially I start my training on Monday 15th December. This Monday. Yup.

What are your big goals for 2015? Do you have training plans in place?! 

Elle :) 

12.12.14

Sport'n Style: VeloVixen Part 2


As part of my "prize" for winning the VeloVixen Next Top Model competition I received a gift card worth £150. I could let loose on their website and buy anything I wanted. I took this matter seriously though and ended up splitting my order. I decided I'd spend some of the money on "sensible" things especially as when I did place my first order I didn't actually own a bike (but it was on order!)

Check out my first order here <<Sport'n Style: VeloVixen>> Everything I chose was either to keep my new bike secure and / or to keep me cycling as the weather changes.

My second order, however, was all about treating myself!

Ginger & French Bike Mug



I'll be moving back to Essex soon and won't be able to cycle commute which equates to less cycling overall. So to try and help me keep that cycle feeling, I chose this mug to drink my beverages out of each and every morning!

Vulpine Women's Cycling Cap 



One to put down till the summer! I'm happy to report it actually did fit my head, over all the hair I have! I wore it out under my helmet on a day when it was raining and it helped to keep the water out of my eyes. I then just left it to dry on the radiator when I got home! I never ever thought of buying a cycling cap but after seeing how cute it looked when I did the photoshoot I was sold! 

Vulpine Women's Merino Short Race Socks



To match my hat :) ...I only recently understood the benefits of Merino Wool. It's a perfect material for us who like to get sweaty. It also keeps you warm which is very much needed when cycling outdoors in the less than perfect weather. 

Suzy Q Silver Plated Bicycle Necklace 



I finally, FINALLY, got my hands on one of these! Couldn't be happier! Delicate and understated. I chose it to serve as a reminder of what an amazing day I had on the VeloVixen Photoshoot in September! 

All of these items make great stocking stuffers too for the cyclists in your life! 

What are your favourite cycling accessories or stocking stuffers for Christmas?! 


Elle :) 
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