31.10.14

Guest Post: Grain Free Coconut Granola

This is super-simple, as it takes only 30 minutes to prepare and cook. It's easily made paleo by omitting the quinoa flakes, and for a completely sugar-free version, leave out the honey/syrups and add a little more cinnamon.


Grain Free Coconut Granola 



Ingredients:


2 cups quinoa flakes2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes2 cups mixed (raw, unsalted)  nuts, roughly chopped1 cup mixed seeds/ flax seeds1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup honey/maple syrup/brown rice syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamonGenerous pinch Malden sea salt


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. 

2. In a small non-stick pan, gently melt together the coconut oil and honey (or maple/brown rice syrup - the latter is better for anyone sensitive to fructose).

3. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add the warm oil/sweetener mixture and give it all a good mix, so the oil and honey/syrup are distributed evenly. 


4. Spread the mixture out over the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 mins. Check it every 10 minutes or so to make sure it's not burning, giving the granola a shuffle to make for an even crunch!

5. Remove from the oven when everything is a dark golden brown, leave to cool and crisp up for 10-15 minutes, then eat! 

That's it. I love it on top of porridge, or by the handful as an on-the-run snack. 

Kate xxx

About 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 

30.10.14

Fancy a Whole30 Challenge?

Here we are, about to hit Christmas season full throttle. It's been 2.5 months since I finished my first ever Whole30. A quick 2.5 months where I have tried hard, but struggled at times to stick to my plan of 80:20.




Here's what has worked well:

- My kitchen cupboards have remained compliant. I didn't move back in all the products I cleared out. In fact, the ones I didn't give away are still in a bag, tied up.

- All of my food shopping has still been compliant. Every now and again though I did dip into the storage cupboard to grab a bit of pasta. I've only cooked pasta once in the 2.5 months.

- I baked a pumpkin pie. I cut down the sugar from the recipe and substituted some with agave syrup.

- I am sooooo much more aware of what I put in my mouth and still read labels in the attempt to avoid added sugar (unless blatantly buying something which is made mostly of sugar!)

- I still mostly eat 3 meals per day

- I now know that soya milk actually doesn't agree with me! My first soya latte post Whole30 made me so bloated and uncomfortable! I'm now solely on unsweetened almond milk.


- I've still been collecting recipe inspiration so I will have new things to try second time round. I also picked up a new cook book which sometimes has compliant recipes or at least ones I can adapt! 

And what hasn't worked so well:

- I still don't have an off button when it comes to sweet things. I can go a while without any but put 4 cookies in front of me and I will eat 4. I hear you say "just buy one" but it doesn't make financial sense. It cost £0.80 for 1 cookie or £2 for 4 cookies. ...Throw my money down the drain, or get value for money?! That's how the supermarkets work.

- I've become a little less organised and a little lazy when it comes to cooking and organising a menu.

Other

- My skin has improved quite a lot since starting Whole30. I'm not sure if this is down to diet or also to lifestyle such as less stress, getting enough sleep etc

- I weighed myself as a pre Whole30 #2 metric and I'm heavier than when I started #1. This could be down to increased muscle though; all my clothes still fit and feel comfortable.


So why #2?

The biggest reason behind this has to be the fact I want to slay the sugar dragon...some more. Also, with winter on its way that means the mornings and evenings are dark which makes us all a little less inclined to get out and run / cycle / workout. I want to keep my energy levels high and get the most of out my training.

So this is my November Challenge! Are you in?! Or do you already have a fitness / nutrition challenge planned?! 

Let me know what you're up to! 


Elle :) 

28.10.14

#OfficeSpaceRace

When you wake up on an October morning and the sun is shining you really should get outside and enjoy it!

Flexioffices - one of the UK's leading office space providers - set me a running challenge and I couldn't think of a better day to step up to the bar!

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

I got the route through and was pleased to see it was based around Old Street - where my gym has just opened a new location - meaning I had somewhere to drop my stuff off.

According to a study carried out by Bristol University, exercising during your lunch break makes you work better. They found that:

 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to non-exercise days


 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised


 74% said they managed their workload better



I choose to run at lunchtime to enjoy the weather (21 degrees?!) and work up an appetite. The route started in the middle of a pop up food market outside the first location. I don't frequent Old Street much so this was a good opportunity to connect the dots of the places I have been to and those I've yet to visit.

I had my phone in my hand to follow the map while I dodged all the workers who were out picking up their lunch. A short run and I was on the edges of Shoreditch at the next Flexioffice venue (also check out Queen of Hoxton who do amazing pop ups on their roof, and Swingers, a crazy golf venue where I celebrated my 30th birthday just a couple weeks ago).

The route then took me back towards Old Street and down past a cafe I've been meaning to check out - Look Mum No Hands - all geared towards cyclists!

Before I knew it, I was done! I recorded my route on the Nike+ app:


I cooled down with a short stroll back to the gym to pick up my stuff before heading home to enjoy my lunch!

Do you find a lunchtime run makes you productive? Or what do you like to do on your break?!


Elle :) 

Just so you know, I have been compensated for taking part in this challenge but as always, all thoughts, running and opinions are my own ;) 

27.10.14

Living the simpElle life: Betty

Welcome Back. Fall / Autumn is well and truly upon us now. The change is seasons is one of the times in the year where we need some motivation more than ever. A reminder of why we do what we do, how we started on our journeys and how far we have come. 

This fortnightly mini series - Living the simpElle life - is where I talk to someone who has been empowered to change.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and I hope that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Betty Bohane 



I met Betty while teaching Nike Training Club classes. Since then, I've been following her running journey - I'm always excited to see everyones success, especially when I remember them from the "early days". Betty is an inspiration when it comes to running which you will see...

...here's Betty's story...
- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What were your plans / goals?

Betty: I moved to London in January 2011, and having just come back from over a year away travelling I felt fairly unfit. I was interning, so took up running as the cheapest form of exercise. My first 'route' must have been about 2 miles and I was delighted if I could manage this without stopping. Later that year I also took up cycling as a form of commuting as I dreaded the rush hour journey on public transport. Also-  still skint,  it was a great way to save on travel each month.

I did my first 10k in September that year and remember thinking people that ran further than that were clearly nutters. 

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule?

Betty: These days I am a bit over-enthusiastic on the exercise front. Each week I will run at least 5 days per week, cycle to work, spin, go to the gym and try and go to at least one high intensity class (NTC.)  I have to stop myself from running every day as through experience I have learnt it leads to injury!



Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Betty: From cycling to work the 'changing room girls' have been and still are a massive inspiration - one introduced me to Nike (NTC) classes, another does triathlons most weekends… its a pleasure to chat with them first thing in the morning. NTC classes were a massive inspiration, I first started going in Feb 2013 . They really motivated me and taught me that fitness is so much more than being able to run around the block…it took me 5 months of these classes before I could do a proper press up.

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Betty: There's been quite a few proud moments (after the first press up) - mainly with running. After doing two halves, I entered a fairly small marathon in June 2013 -South Downs - mainly as a challenge to myself. I had never run more than 20 miles, and had not followed a plan. I didn't even know it was a trail one until the week before. To the shock of my mother who was supporting, and myself,  I was the first female to finish it (3hrs 27). I think it was only then I realised I wasn't half bad at running.



More recently I was chosen from 2000 applicants to be a team captain for a campaign called the Puma Faster Forever challenge run by The Running Bug.  Over eight weeks I had to motivate and encourage an online team to fun further and faster and ultimately smash personal bests. The team which ran and logged the most miles won. My team (Team Faas) lost considerably, however I enjoyed the challenge so much and received a lot of praise for my captainship and am still a very active member of The Running Bug. 



Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Betty: Ive always naturally eaten fairly healthy foods; I feel lethargic if I don't get enough fruit and veg. So my diet hasn't changed dramatically. However I also rarely turn down chocolate, or a glass of wine...(which has always been a downfall of mine). If anything I just eat more these days. No day is complete without porridge for breakfast!


 - {NOW} - 

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Betty: My goals these days are to run more marathons and to motivate others to run…It was a lifelong dream to run the London marathon this year and I now have Frankfurt marathon at the end of October, in which I am delighted to be taking two friends with me who -  after celebrating with me after the London marathon pledged they would do their first one before the year is out… 

I would love to do the New York marathon, so hope to complete a sub 1.30 half marathon which is the qualifying time.

I've also just started being a leader in the Fitness First HomeRun scheme so am hoping to motivate more people to run...and get them to push themselves further. 




Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Betty: My friends definitely keep me motivated, especially those into fitness/running. At work my friend and I started a lunch time run club, and I'm lucky that my boss loves running too so he is now a fully fledged member of this exclusive club! We spent the summer training together for a half marathon. Failing that music has always been essential to motivating me through intense NTC classes, or challenging runs.

My family is also pretty active, and we encourage each other to enter events - Mum just having done her first mud run, my sister just started playing football for the first time. My brother is a super speedy runner - I'll always try to chase his times (but never get there!)

Before the London marathon I was in danger of pulling out from injury so I spent the fortnight before watching motivational youtube videos...once you've watched and memorised enough of those they stick in your head making it much easier to get up and go in the morning.




Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!

Betty: As much as I love running I can understand why people hate it… so try other exercises until you find something you do enjoy. I put off spinning for years as I had heard the horror stories…now I've tried it I really look forward to that class each week. And get a friend involved...after a long day at work I wouldn't have turned up to half the classes I did, or go for lunchtime runs if it wasn't for my friends doing it too. 


...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Betty a comment below please do! 

If you would like to share your own story please get in touch with me: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 

24.10.14

Food for thought - keeping a healthy smile

I can certainly admit to having eaten one sweet too many or a glass of red wine / fizzy drink. All things that don't do good for our teeth. Simply Health created a cool infographic showing us which foods to watch out for and which to use for good teeth health! 

I created a juice recipe using some of my favourite ingredients from the 'eat them' section of the infographic. As autumn is descending upon us on a good shot go vitamin c along with the immune busting benefits of ginger so I named it 'Second Spring' ...a new beginning, ready for the changing season. 

Carrots

Carrot sticks are a great tooth-friendly, healthy snack. They are packed full of vitamin A, which helps form and maintain healthy teeth. Plus, their crunchy texture stimulates the gums and acts like a natural toothbrush.

Ginger

Ginger has many healthy properties, one of which includes being anti-inflammatory - helping to support healthy mouth tissue.


'Second Spring' 



Ingredients

- 3 large carrots 
- 1 red apple 
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger 
- juice of 1/2 lime squeezed in after other ingredients have been juiced 

Method

To make juice simply put ingredients (peel the ginger) through your juicer. Squeeze in lime juice. 

I like to keep things simple...simpElle. 

Elle :) 

22.10.14

Guest Post: 4 Yoga Poses For Tight Hips

After Adrianna's last Guest Post - 6 Yoga Poses For Tight Shoulders, I had to get her back again! I use the poses she shared with us to warm myself up before teaching, after cycling and generally when I can feel the tension building up in my shoulders. I had a long, hard think about what other areas in my body could benefit from loosening and the first to come to mind were the hips. Running, crossfit, cycling...life in general all play a part in building tightness in our hips so I know no matter what activity you take part in, you too can benefit from this! 

Our hips demonstrate our ability to carry our body in perfect balance, and is our major thrust in moving forwards both physically and emotionally in our lives.

Hip injury or tension represents a fear of moving forward in major decisions and letting go of the past and concerns about the unknown future.

Therefore it is crucial to restore and create balance in this area of the body. The hips also take time to release and open, and so it is always recommended to hold such poses over a longer period of time, and where possible in a yin fashion to allow the release to emerge and dissolve. Anatomically, the pelvis and hip joints, are covered by a vast amount of layers; skin, fat, muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and before arriving at the bones. At first it is common to feel the sensations, and this changes over time, but I advise that you allow your breath to flow as naturally as you can. It is a beautiful tool to discover what your body is trying to tell you. 

The more you breathe consciously into the sensations, the more it dissolves and shifts. 

Inner Thighs

Ananda Balasana: Happy Baby 




Come to lie down on your back. Draw your knees towards your chest and feel your lower back connect down to the mat, in particular, your sacrum. Then take your knees towards your armpits and the soles of your feet to the sky (like you are leaving imaginary footprints on the ceiling) 

Being to reach for the outer edges of your feet by taking the hands to the inside of the thighs and then the hands to the blades of the feet. 

You can also do this pose with straps, or Half Happy Baby, 
Continue to gently pull the feet and therefore knees towards the armpits, and simultaneously the feet towards the sky. 

Slowly, release the feet, letting them fall and taking the knees together and towards the chest. You an hold here or come to lay down in Pentacle Pose.

Hold - 1 – 2 minutes

Inner Thighs

Mandukasana: Frog Pose



Start on all fours.

Begin to separate the knees as wide as you can take them whilst maintaining alignment with your hips. Then bring the ankles in line with the knees with the feet flexed (sole of the foot facing behind you)

Options
  1. Stay and breathe here. This is not a race to a finished pose and can be very intense on the inner thighs.
  2. Keeping the alignment with the lower body, you can lower onto the forearms.
  3. Explore the sensation. After a few cycles or breath, you may choose to explore other/ deeper ways to feel sensation. You can try shifting your body weight forwards (hips beyond the knees) or backwards (knees beyond the hips) as this alters where you feel the sensation in your inner groin. 
Slowly, mindfully beginning to shift the weight back to centre and draw the knees closer together, until you reach a traditional Child’s Pose (Balasana) before shifting to laying down on your back for Pentacle Pose.

Hold: 1 - 2 minutes

Outer Hips - ITB

Gomukhasana (legs) or Shoelace (Yin Name)



Image A

Right Side: 

Start by sitting down and feeling both of your sitting bones grounding down to the earth, with both legs extended out in front of you. 

Cross your right leg over left at the knee. Then swing your right heal towards the outer edge of your left hip. Feel your right sitting bone still connecting to the ground.

Options:
  1. If you have lost the connection with your right sitting bone to the ground, stay here (with left leg extended out in front Image A - above) 
  2. If your right sitting bone is connected, you may choose to bend your left knee and take the left heal towards the outer edge of your right hip. (Image B - below) 
  3. To feel both sitting bones connecting, take your hands behind your hips coming on the fingers tips lift your hips off the ground and over the right. 
Image B

Both knees stacked, you can breathe here with your hands just behind your hips, or you can begin to shift your weight forwards - draping your torso over your folded legs (Image C/ D - below)


Image C

Image D

To exit the pose, lean back into the support of your hands and slowly unfold your legs and lay back into Pentacle Pose. (1 - 2 minutes) 

I recommend staying in stillness but if you need to move your legs a little, give yourself permission to do so.

Repeat on the left side.

Hold:  1 minute 30 seconds - 2 minutes

Psoas 

Anjaneyasana: Low Lunge 



Image E

Left Side:

Start in Downward Facing Dog then step your right foot between your hands. 
Lower your back knee down onto the mat. (You can double over your mat or place a blanket beneath your knee. 

Options:
  1. Place finger tips (or onto blocks) either side of your front foot, and soften into gravity’s support. (Image E - above)
  2. If it feels good to you, take your right hand onto your right thigh, and then the left hand to join and feel the sensation move more towards the left side waist, where your Psoas muscle (one of the main hip flexors) attaches to the spine. (Image F)
  3. If you still want more, on the next inhale lift the arms to the sky. Energise the fingertips and take the hand slightly wider than the shoulders, then feel the tips of the shoulder blades coming together behind the heart and offer the heart to the sky. (Image G)
  4. You may also want to lift your back knee away from the mat (Image H)
Image F
Image G

Image H

To come out of the pose, lower your hands either side of the front foot, and step back to downward dog.

Repeat on the left side.

Hold: 1 - 2 minutes total.

...and don't go anywhere because we have some more yoga poses to share with you for tight hips! 

***Update*** Here they are! Guest Post: 4 More Yoga Poses For Tight Hips 

Adrianna

Follow my adventure 


www.facebook.com/infinitebeingsyoga

P.S Safety always comes first. If you are new to exercise ensure you seek advice from your GP. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, wear appropriate clothing and carry out drills in a suitable space. Technique is paramount, and nothing should hurt. Should you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath etc, STOP and consult your GP. 

20.10.14

Elle About Town, October 2014

Lots has been going on during the past month...outside of the blogging domain for me! It's meant that I haven't done a lot of exciting stuff and have been sticking mostly to my routine. But there are a couple little tidbits I would love to share with you...

Classes: Edge Bootcamp 

I finally made it down to the newly opened studio, Edge Cycle. I booked in for one of their Bootcamp classes...a mix of spin and circuit training. Class was 45 minutes long with what felt like an even mix on the bike and the floor.



The music was interesting...I actually felt like I was in carnival / Rio de Janeiro for the most of the time! The instructor was just pumped with energy too!

I totally enjoyed the class and would go back again. I'd love for the floor work to be a little more creative rather than just the regular lunges, push ups and squats. There is minimal space to be creative but as a Personal Trainer myself, I know it can be done!

The studio was amazing though; fresh and clean. Luckily the class wasn't packed so I managed to jump in a shower quickly post class. Shoe hire is also included in your class fee which is an added bonus these days.

Events: PhD Woman Greens & Berries 

A couple weeks ago I attended an event hosted by PhD Woman to launch their new Greens & Berries - a combination of greens, fruit extracts and vegetable extracts alongside a specific blend of vitamins and minerals, tailored just for women.


After a short Hatha Yoga class, we got to indulge in smoothies made with the Greens & Berries. You can have up to two servings per day to help assist with a healthy balanced diet. The powder can also just be mixed with fruit juice, water or a protein shake. Check it out at  http://www.phd-woman.co.uk/


Classes: Adult Gymnastics  

Who doesn't wanna feel like a kid again?! Flick flacking all over the place?!

I hit up to introductory session at my crossfit box in SE11 to see what was going down! It was a fun session with a great bunch of guys and gals. In that particular session we worked on bridge and walk overs - something I have always dreamed of doing!

Check out this short video...




It was good fun, but tough work! I'm booked to go back again next week and am looking forward to it so much!

Meet: Harriet Humbug 


You might already know, but I finally have a new bike! Her name is Harriet Humbug - another customer in Cycle Surgery Waterloo Bridge helped me to name her!

I'm not taking any risks this time and will be insuring her! I also have her labeled up and registered with QR codes via Bike Shepherd. I still have my previous top notch D lock as well as a new chain lock I have purchased.

I also backed a project on kickstarter for a brand new quick release wheel lock which I should be receiving in January 2015!

Coming Up....

Acroyoga at Gymbox Farringdon... 
I'll be popping along to this new class to check it out for the GymBox blog! Keep an eye out on Facebook where I share my guest post when it goes like!

London Winter Run
Still time to join us AND get a little money off your entry!


Join our Facebook event page too to be kept up to date with all that is going on!

Women's Autumn Duathlon at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park...
In just a few weeks, I will be completing my second ever duathlon! This one is a little less serious than the London Duathlon and I'll also have a few friends there to keep me company. I'm looking forward to testing out my new wheels on the smooth outdoor cycling tack! Stay tuned to hear how I get one!

What's coming up for you in the next month?! 


Elle :) x

17.10.14

simpElle Book Review: Yoga for Fitness Professionals

Being a Fitness Professional who also loves to dabble in yoga, when I came across this book it was as if it was meant for me. After taking the Supple Strength course with the YMCAfit last year, a blend of yoga and Pilates, this book was the perfect resource for me.


In two parts, this book covers the history of yoga, philosophy and Hatha Yoga - then applying the principles of yoga to modern living.

Part one delves into the origins of yoga with descriptions and explanations of everything related such as the schools of yoga, the four sects then into the eight limbs of yoga (also known as ashtanga yoga). It's fascinating to see the meaning of many words I have come across in the yoga world and get a deeper understanding of where it all started.

Did You Know:
The Asana's - physical postures - are just one limb of yoga? For many, this is the starting point in yoga.


The book goes on to talk about the body and mind according to yoga. Om an it's significance is something that is covered and highly interesting to me.

"Om is a sacred sound in Hinduism. It is composed of three syllables - A-U-M - which merge into each other. It is a syllable that represents every sound ever uttered and everything that exists: it is the essence of the Universe."

The final section of part one covers Hatha Yoga. I had never tried Hatha yoga until just a week ago. It was a less intense, less vigorous form of yoga than I have gotten used to. It was the perfect class after Crossfit and other workouts I have done recently.

Did You Know:
In a Hatha yoga session, all asana practice is structured as:
  • preperation for the full pose 
  • full or main pose 
  • counterpose 

Did You Know:
Drishti - is a focusing technique that assists with looking inwards, towards the self. 

The book then covers the asana's of Hatha Yoga including (but not limited to) variations, benefits, precautions, teaching points and modification. The images are presented in colour which is something I love. The asana's are a large proportion of the book which then talks about breath work / regulation and control. Before wrapping up, session structure, general flow sequence, health and yoga philosophy in modern living are covered in part two.


Written by Debbie Lawrence and Conrad Paul, the book is a great resource for fitness professionals. Its given me a place to reference when wanting to include a relevant posture in my classes to aid stretching, strength or flexibility. I've also used the asanas as a starting point for "creating" different functional drills based on the asana.

Are you a fitness professional with a passion for yoga?! 

Do you like fitness classes with yoga fusions?! 


Elle :) 

This book is published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 

16.10.14

Garmin Kingston Run Challenge #MyMoments

If there was one event that I didn't want to do when the time came, it was this one. After working out that we'd have to be at the start for 7am (to sort out a race packet issue) which meant for me a 5am alarm...on a Sunday...oh and reaaalllllly cold temperatures, with darkness...I could've happily stayed in bed guilt free. But teamwork (we were doing a relay) means there are others involved and I couldn't let them down...

I caught up with Nkeiruka and Nneka on the train at 6.22am - the station was full of partygoers from the night before. I also at that point worked out that we would be spending approximately 1 hour 20 minutes running, plus 2 hours 40 minutes waiting for the others to run.

When we got to the information desk though, I kindly asked if we could switch from a relay entry to 3 individual entries to which they kindly obliged. That was a win because at this point, I still didn't want to run the 8.2 miles.


I was dressed for winter, and rightly so but I refused to remove any of my layers for the actual run. Big mistake. The event started bang on time with everyone in groups based on their anticipated pace. We lined up with the 10 minute / mile pacer and off we went.


The route for the most part was simply stunning. Running only the banks of the River Thames and right next door to Hampton Court Palace. It then went along a dual carriageway for a time before we headed back into the town centre for the finish line.


The first 5km for me went by effortlessly. It then began to dawn on me that 8.2 miles were just under 14km - a distance I haven't run for a long, long while (not since Hackney Half Marathon in June). By this point it was just Nneka and I - Nkeiruka is a fair bit faster than us!


As the sun began to rise, it really started to heat up under all my layers! I managed to keep running until the 7 mile mark when I had to stop and remove a piece or two! I took my time for the final mile, I'd never run in this part of town so it was like sightseeing especially as we were back to riverside views!


At the finish line, we were greeted with water and our medal - the biggest motivator for actually crossing the finish line on this occasion! Thanks must go to the few families that came out on the course to cheer us on! It was nice to see people especially so early in the morning!


This event is definitely one for the more serious runners. It's perfect if you're training for a half or full marathon (there were 16 and 24 mile options too). It's a great chance to test out your pacing and get a feel for the time you are aiming for. The event was well organised (bar the technical hitch with me being registered for 24 miles on my own! haha!) and easily accessible via public transport (except this particular weekend the trains were not fully working - but that's not their fault!). The medal is amazing and could just do with the year on it for my own memory!



Would I do this again?! YES! ...and I would use it as training in addition to taking it more seriously! 


Elle :) 

14.10.14

Sport'n Style: Fall with Onzie

You guys know I love Onzie by now right?! ...Their range fits my fitness loves - yoga and cycling / spinning.

Not too long ago, they launched their Fall goodies and I've been lucky enough to sample a few pieces so I can just fall in love a little more (pun intended!)

Long Legging $65



Why I love this: I wore these leggings for yoga one morning. I love the coverage they provide - I'm not the girl with see through pants. I am the girl who brings a bit of glam and sparkle to class though! I then rocked them on an out and about day where it was raining. They got wet of course, then dried quickly keeping me comfortable. Next up I rocked them in spin class!


Sweatshirt $45



Why I love this: It's perfect throw on for class or just out and about. the fabric is the same technical fabric as Onzie's other products so it's fast drying and light. I find the sleeves a little on the short side but this doesn't bother me.

Bandeau Top $30


Picture credit: onzie.com

Why I love this: I meant to take this top with me to Ibiza for the beach but in a last minute rush I forgot. I've not yet worn it to workout because on it's own I don't feel supported enough. I absolutely love the colour though and when I hit up a less vigorous yoga class I will throw it on under a loose top for sure to show it off.

What's jazzing up your workout wardrobe this Fall / Autumn?! 


Elle :) 

About Onzie 

100% made in Los Angeles, Onzie Active Apparel blends the best of traditional yoga wear with modern innovation and a touch of whimsy.  We utilize a Free-Flow Fabric Technology resulting in durable and breathable material which keeps the body cool, dry and comfortable.  Originally created by a Bikram Yogi for hot yoga, Onzie is also perfect for pilates, spinning, running or any active lifestyle.  We are best known for our unique and fun prints that can be found at www.Onzie.com and at yoga studios around the world.

13.10.14

Living the simpElle life: Bethan

Welcome Back. Welcome October. 

This fortnightly mini series - Living the simpElle life - is where I talk to someone who has been empowered to change.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and I hope that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Bethan Taylor 


I met Bethan through the group Team Naturally, Run. A group of like minded women who enjoy running as well as appreciating the finer arts of eating, a glass of two of wine (more so gin, I have seen!) and socialising. I then met Bethan in person recently at the Brixton 10km in August and since at the lululemon run club. 

...here's Bethan's story...
- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What were your plans / goals?

Bethan: I’m the type of person who needs a project. In spring 2013 I found myself in need of a hobby and flirted with the idea of all sorts of activities, but the one I kept coming back to was running! Which was strange because I had always written running off as just not me! In the end I went with it, and I loved it! As soon as I decided I would give running a chance I signed up for a race and told everyone I knew what I was up to - public accountability can be a great motivator!

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to workout?

Bethan: For a long time running was the only training I would do. These days I mix running with yoga, indoor cycling and the odd class in an effort to be a little more rounded! However, running is still the number one love!


Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule? 

Bethan: Typically I train five or six days a week, mixing three to four runs with a session of yoga and some cross training. I have a really busy life, so I tend to be flexible about my exercise schedule and try to be creative about how I fit it in around all my other commitments - this could mean getting up early, run commuting or dropping the odd session here and there.

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Bethan: Over the last few years a lot of my friends have taken up running and it has been inspiring to see them become runners, recover from injuries and fall in love with their trainers. When I decided to give running a go they were the ones who cheered me on, ran the last meters at my side in my first race and have been excited each time I’ve taken on a new challenge. It’s hard not to be inspired when you are surrounded by so much enthusiasm!

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Bethan: I remember coming in from my first run/walk and feeling so proud of myself for going out and trying something that scared me. That feeling inspired me to keep pushing myself to see what I could do - which has really boosted my confidence! 


Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Bethan: Training has made me more aware of the food I eat - I know if I don't eat enough, or if I fill my body with rubbish, I won’ t be doing myself any favours when it comes to training. These days I aim to eat well, limit processed foods and not beat myself up for the odd treat!

 - {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Bethan: My blog helps me to keep track of my progress. It is a space where I can reflect on my training and races, look at what works and what doesn’t work and hold myself accountable to my goals - there is nothing like hitting publish when it comes to commitment! I also use Garmin Connect to keep a track of my stats, but I don't want to be wedded to them, so I don't place that much emphasis on numbers day to day.

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Bethan: I’ve definitely become more ambitious! When I started I figured I would run the odd 10k, but the more I trained the more I realised what I might be capable of if I let go of fear. I am now looking forward to my first marathon in Paris next April!

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Bethan: I am always setting myself new goals - run 10k, run 10k faster, run a half marathon, run a marathon. I focus on what I want to achieve and how each training session will contribute - and how I will feel when I reach my goal! I also try and keep things interesting - running gets boring if you run the same route to the same soundtrack, day in, day out. I am always researching new routes, hunting out buddies to run with, and using my runs as a a way to explore my city.


Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!

Bethan: Just be brave and do it! Yes it will be hard, but with the right support you can do it and it will make you feel great! You can do so much more than you would ever think possible - and the more you prove to yourself you can do, the more you can do (and that advice was pinched from the wonderful Sophie Radcliffe - http://www.challengesophie.com)

...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Bethan a comment below please do! You can also check out her blog - A Pretty Place To Play - Twitter and Instagram!

If you would like to share your own story please get in touch with me: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

ShareThis