20.6.16

Behind The Screen: May 2016 Report & Talking About Action

Once upon a time, I thought I was the most organised person. Then I realised that actually, my skill was in planning, rather than executing (it's a thing, y'know?!). More recently, my planning skills continued to be on point however my execution has just become less predictable! I plan blog posts, and then never get the chance to write them when I said (put on Trello) I would.

I like to publish my Behind The Screen Report a few days into the new month to help plan and think about the upcoming month, but this one really is just better late than never.

May 2016


Advertising Income: £3.83 

Affiliate Income: £2.89

Collaborative & Sponsored Posts: £none 

Other Work & Consulting: £none    

Costs / Outgoings: £unrecorded 

Total March Page Views: 3,843 

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How My Future Plans Are Going


...that I shared in my previous Behind The Screen post


Photography: I started a new Instagram account for my travel endeavours. As we all know, there is no guaranteed formula for Instagram. I love authentically sharing what I am up to, but sometimes, I get lost in the moment and forget to take any pictures! I'm considering a "photo a day" challenge in July - would you join in?!

Travel: I signed up for Lisbon Half Marathon in October as it was just over £8 in the international running day sale! Again, I started the new Instagram account to keep me on my travel toes! I'm currently covering my trip to Mykonos through out June while figuring out my plans for July. Then I'm hoping to visit Berlin in August - don't ask me why, or how, but I will make it happen! If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below!

Live Video: I'm slowly but surely being a little more active on snapchat! ...maybe I will make sharing snaps a challenge in July instead of photography?! What do you think?!

Focus: I think I covered this in the intro to this post! ...I kinda want to just create spreadsheets for everything and then commit to filling them in on a daily basis so I can track everything in one place. How do you track your finances?? Followers?? Income?? Expenses?? ...My tax return for 2015-16 is due anytime now until January but I have a fair bit of admin to do to record all my expenses to ensure I don't pay more than I have to and I feel I could've made life easier for myself if I just was more committed to recording it at the time. Hindsight really is a wonderful thing, eh?!

So, what's been happening with you this last month?! ... anything I've missed that you'd be interested to know?!

Elle :) 


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19.6.16

REVIEW: Lean In 15 (The Shape Plan)


So, you caved and bought the book two?! No?? ...You're still thinking about it then??


...now you're caught up on my initial thoughts on book one, lets move on. It didn't really click with me until the second book arrived that they are planned out just like his programmes; so book one was SHIFT, book two is SHAPE and book three (out in December) will be SUSTAIN. Makes perfect sense now!

Here are my thoughts on the book so far: 

x the book is still not one I would recommend for vegetarians but I applaud Joe for sticking to what he knows and loves. You can't please 100% of people 100% of the time.

x this being said, there is not a zoodle in sight. Just real honest pasta, bread, gnocchi etc etc. Carbs that you really shouldn't be afraid of if you are training. Everything in moderation right?!

x the recipes seem to be a little more "fancy pants". I mean, WTF are nigella seeds?! I seriously thought they were some creation / blend by Nigella Lawson! If Ocado / Waitrose don't even sell them then why do I need them?! ...I don't go to health food shops that often and certainly didn't expect to need to with this book. Also, the recipes have names I don't know... erm, Panzanella? Romesco? ...then Chipotle this and chipotle that!

x I love the list of hero ingredients (including coconut oil, avocado, midget trees aka broccoli, eggs, spinach, blueberries...). They are real heroes.

photo credit: Maja Smend
x the recipe I'm most looking forward to trying is the OMG Cinnamon French Toast (pictured above).  I'm stocked up on protein bread and zero cal maple syrup already!

x I've printed off my own meal plan template (from my first post) and chosen meals to make for week one. My shopping has even come in already! I've got a real mix of dishes planned - salmon, pork, steak, cod... and my all time favourites, smoothies. So far I've made the Chunky Monkey smoothie (pictured in top image) which I loved the taste of; can't really go wrong when it tastes like a snickers bar.

photo credit: Maja Smend

x how you eat has changed. On training days, you now eat three carb rich meals and two snacks; non truing days you three reduced carb meals and two snacks. And that's because the type of training recommended in the book has changed too.

x the training now mixes HIIT with weights. Specifically volume training. I think I like it. I certainly am gonna try a session and see what I think.

You can get the book on Amazon for between £7 and £8 which like I said last time, is less than the price of a typical shop bought lunch!

Have you got your copy yet?! What's your favourite recipe so far?! 


Elle :) 

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15.6.16

Instagram Insider May / June 2016

It's no secret that I really do love Instagram (IG). I've owned a camera since my childhood and have heaps of photo albums. Lucky for me, we can now keep everything online and IG is one great way to share your favourite moments through photographs. 


(L - R) I've been training for The British 10km using a TomTom Runner 2 which tracks your heart rate and can also store your music which you can listen to via bluetooth headphones. All on top of being a GPS. 

A new addition to my kitchen cupboards is this beautiful bowl made from a coconut shell which was brought all the way from Bali for me by friend and yoga teacher Zara (check out her IG here). 

Like I've said before, half the fun of cycling is the eating. We stopped off in Broadway Market, Hackney last Sunday for brunch and lots of inspiring chats! 

(L - R Top) And because I think I'm superwoman, we went on a little 5km run around the Olympic Park before we hopped on our bikes! As you do! 

Here's me teaching! One of my favourite parts of the week! You can check out my teaching schedule on the Train With Elle page and I usually post on FB where you can sweat with me, or classes where I make you sweat! 

The realities of lunch on the go! Ordered in from EatFirst and delivered straight to my lap. Download their app now (or visit their website here) and use my referral code RF9HV51K for £7.50 off your first order! 

(L - R Bottom) We went on a little run with Olympic Athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton in training for The British 10km; you can read about that, and my training schedule here

A cute video from the run with Perri! There's always time for a quick photo stop ;) 

I went along to an epic event with Santander Cycles at The Shard. The views were fantastic! There will be more events over the Summer so have a read of my post here to find out how yo can get involved! 


(L - R Top) My friends over at VeloVixen got featured in The Times and the main picture had yours truly in it! I love that the pictures from the shoot still get used to this day! 

FRI-NALLY ...nuff said. 

I went on holiday to Mykonos in May and had the best time. Just look at the view. You can read about part of my trip on the blog in this post - Elle About Mykonos Town. I'm wearing an awesome bikini from Sweaty Betty (you can check it out here - Top || Bottoms)

(L - R Bottom) Breakfast in Mykonos. This was all for me. 

Another favourite shot of mine taken wearing a reversible one piece also from Sweaty Betty (shop it here). 

Oh, another favourite shot from Mykonos wearing an embroidered smock dress from Topshop


I have so many shots from my vacay that I updated an unused IG account and turned it into an travel account where I will be sharing a selection of photos from Mykonos through the month of June. You can follow that account here - @Elle_About_Town. I'm hoping to "get about" a lot more over the rest of the year! 

So come join in the fun on IG! If you follow me, leave me a comment so I can make sure to follow you back too! 

Elle :) 

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10.6.16

A Basic 10km Training Plan For Busy / Slack* Runners

*Busy, lazy, procrastination... in addition to a whole heap of other synonyms to explain / excuse my lack of commitment to running these days. As you'll know, I've taken a break from the half marathon distance for the summer with my biggest race being the Vitality British 10km in London on Sunday 10th July.

Training run for the British 10km with Olympic Athlete Perri Shakes Drayton
So I've come up with a training plan, a really basic one, that I can hopefully adhere to. It's so simple, based on just two runs per week, one long run and one interval session.

The Long Runs - The aim of this run is to get your legs used to the distance. 10km is exactly the longest distance but the plan is tailored to running it, building up gradually over 7 weeks until race day (at the time of writing this post, we have just under 5 weeks remaining)

The Interval Sessions - Intervals are used to increase anaerobic threshold levels (your ability to run hard without going into an oxygen deficit). These sessions also improve your endurance (the length of time you can hold your pace), and help to build muscle strength. There are so many variations of intervals you can run but I will mix up my sessions with both long (800m - 1500m) and short (200m - 400m) intervals. Once I get closer to race day, I'll be doing more long intervals than short. I'll run these intervals at 10kmph (a 60 minute 10km pace) and faster. 

Rest periods will be approx half the distance for a long interval, and the same amount of time for the effort of the short interval.  


I'm currently on week 3 of training, but still actually have to catch up on week two (I know, I know). I kicked off with a 3.68km run around London with Olympic Athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton who has just been announced as the official race starter for the British 10km. This counts as my week two long one, so I just need to do two short interval sessions and 4 miles for a long run to fully catch up (I have the Olympic Park 5km booked for this Sunday so that will do!). I'm using my TomTom Runner 2 Cardio & Music to track all my training - I think it automatically uploads to Strava too so you can join me on there if you're into that kinda thing or are also training for this race! 



I'll be mixing up my interval sessions with classes at Barry's Bootcamp, 1Rebel, Best's Bootcamp and FRAME whose classes all incorporate lots of fast treadmill running and some strength work. One of the main reasons I'm only running twice a week is because there are so many other things I want to do too including Reformer Pilates, road biking, spin classes and HIIT training. There are only seven days in a week sadly, and rest also needs to be scheduled. 

Entries to the British 10km are open till the end of the month so if you fancy joining me you can {sign up here}!

What kinda training do you do for a 10km?! Ever run just twice a week?! 

Elle :) 

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8.6.16

Elle About Town: Spin Up with Santander Cycles

If there's one certain way to fall in love with London all over again, it's to take yourself up 72 floors of The Shard in London Bridge for spectacular views of the city in all the glory of summer sunshine. Yup. We got sunshine on the morning of a unique spin class located on The View From The Shard. 


Somehow, I never got around to putting two and two together to figure out that the spin class would be on actual Santander bikes which added a different dimension to our workout! 

This summer, Santander Cycles have teamed up with boutique spin studio, Boom! Cycle to curate a series of classes in iconic locations starting with this event at sunrise. The session was led by the awesome Hilary who was just full to the brim of energy and enthusiasm! 


Before I go any further, I want you to know that YOU can get involved too! It's as easy as visiting the Santander Cycles website and registering your interest so that when booking opens you will be the first to know! There will be classes on Tower Bridge and also at Kensington Roof Gardens, so not to be missed! 


Back to class; the bikes are all set on rollers so this was my first time using an actual bike indoors. I am actually due to be hiring a turbo trainer over the summer to help me with my training for L'etape in September so it was good to get a feel of how one version of these types of system work and feel. 

It took a short while to get used to the kinda jerky feeling and get into a smoother rhythm. The bikes also only have 3 gears; hard, harder and even harder! Once you ride in the heaviest gears for a while though it makes the lightest one feel like a cycle in the park. 


We got well and truly put through our paces in the 30 minute class which included plenty of upper body exercises with some free weights. I was dripping with sweat by the end of our session and had also worked up quite an appetite (all I'd eaten since my 530am alarm was a banana!). Lucky for us we were fed and watered with a Pip & Nut Toast Bar and Imbibery Juices (my all time favourite is the pineapple and cayenne). 


Which venue would be the ultimate workout spot for you this summer?! 

Elle :) 

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