30.4.15

Recipe: #Whole30 Chocolate Protein Smoothie

I'm currently half way through my 4th whole30 and have been training hard. This means I eat a little more than normal, especially after swimming; it works up one heck of an appetite. As with most people, I also find myself time poor on occasions and need a quick and easy option.


Most protein powders are non compliant but this one by Bio-Synergy is 100% egg whites, which means 100% paleo and 100% whole30! I've had it in the cupboard for a while but was a little apprehensive about how it would taste so I created my own smoothie recipe to "make the medicine go down".

Chocolate Protein Smoothie 


You can play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes i.e if you like it sweeter, add a medjool date, or if you're not a fan of banana, swap it for half an avocado!

It's the perfect breakfast smoothie or post workout recovery smoothie! If you fancy trying out the Paleo Protein, you can get yourself 10% off at Bio-Synergy using code CL10.


Let me know what you think if you try out the recipe! Did you add anything else?! 


Elle :) 

28.4.15

Whole30 with Hemsley and Hemsley

I'm back on whole30 for my 4th attempt and I'm past the 10 day mark! I quit on my third attempt and how much I'm enjoying it this time rounds proves I made the right decision! 

I decided to freshen things up a bit; it's easy to get stuck in a rut cooking the same old recipes over and over again. So I updated my cookbook library and decided to take inspiration from each book on a weekly basis. 

First up was Hemsley and Hemsley; The Art of Eating Well.  


I didn't know much about these two sisters and their cookbook, but you'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard of them! Before I picked up the book, I'd already bought one of the spiralizers they had put their name to and so far it's lived up to expectations. It makes creating vegetable noodles a quick, simple and mess free task. 


My favourite recipe from Hemsley an Hemsley so far has to be the Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Tabouleh. I made the tabouleh the day before to go with something else, then whipped up the meatballs in half an hour ready for my evening meal and leftovers for lunch the following day! I'm used to making tabouleh with bulgar wheat but this version really was just as satisfying! 


Other recipes I tried included steak with mustard leek sauce, cauliflower mash and a Moroccan lamb stew which I just threw in the slow cooker. 

The instructions for the recipes were so simple to follow; some didn't even need measuring - "a generous dash of cinnamon" - I can do that! I never read a recipe before hand, so I hate when I get to a section, and it's says... marinate for 4 hours... well that's dinner out the window! 

The back of the book also covers some of the basics - like ingredients and methods of cooking. It's where I learnt about bone broth, although I don't think I have quite got the hang of it! 

What have I taken from the first 10 days? 

So you think whole30 is impossible?! Clearly not if I can find recipes in mainstream cookbooks! ...and it also cemented how important it is to plan in advance. Food prep has been fun, getting lots done in a short time means when it comes to meal time I just have to decide what to eat! 

Breakfast inspiration has not been easy though as recipe books seem to only suggest smoothies as an option! I've been sticking to a cooked breakfast mostly and then if I see something I like, I've given it a try such as... 


...this amazing medley of chorizo, sweet potato, veg and eggs from @thebodycoach on Instagram! I saw his video and knew I had to make it instantly! It didn't disappoint! It was a very large serving which kept me full till my next meal - something you aim to do on whole30. 

The next book I am taking inspiration from is Deliciously Ella...


I had a sit down with the book and browsed all the recipes to pick out what would be compliant. Again, I didn't know much about the book as I don't follow the Deliciously Ella blog. So it was at this point I realised the book was vegetarian. Not a problem though, as I could just use the recipes as accompaniments to any meat / fish that I choose. I planned out my meals for the week, put together a shopping list and everything is now in my fridge ready to take on whole30! 

Are you considering a whole30? What is holding you back? 

What's your favourite whole30 recipe?! 

Check out my whole30 Pinterest board for inspiration! Beware though, I'm not afraid of a little SWYPO (google it!).

Elle :) 

27.4.15

Behind The Screen: Spring Updates for Bedroom from NEXT


I was lucky enough to move into my own home almost 7 years ago now! I then moved out for 2 years while I "travelled" and enjoyed a city life in Central London and moved back into my place this Spring. It couldn't have been a more perfect time; the sun was shining and I was in the mood for cleaning and updating my home! 

When I originally moved in, I bought all my furniture and furnishings from Marks & Spencers, White Company and NEXT. These are the same places I looked this time. 

My bedroom has all white furniture in it; previously the furnishings were a "Juicy Couture" theme of chocolate, pink and white. This time round, I fancied a more neutral decor. Currently the walls are magnolia (yup) but I will be painting those white as soon as possible. I'm considering having a "feature" wall that I paint a colour - probably grey and then either purchase a wall sticker, some art or make a collage of frames with personal photographs. 

But for the minute, here are the updates I have made this Spring from NEXT - 


1 & 3 Mink Light Shade and Lamp

I updated my light shade with this mink one and purchased a matching lamp. After reading Stuffocation, I opted for just one lamp instead of two. The light shade really creates a calming light in the room which is perfect for relaxing and getting ready to sleep. The lamp allows me to read before bedtime as a way to wind down, then I don't have to get out of bed to turn off the light! 

2. Alphabet Cushion

I have a chair in my bedroom which I use to set out my clothes / bag / sh*t for the next day. There was always a cushion on it, but I updated the cushion to this black and white one - in a "D" for Danielle (my full name!). Should I ever need an extra cushion in bed, then its there! 

4. Double Sided Duvet Set (2 sets)

I didn't even realise when I ordered this set that there were two in the pack! Two double sided duvet covers and 2 pillow cases per duvet cover. The one in the picture is the one I currently have on my bed; it's greyish on one side and natural on the other side. I use silk pillowcases for the bottom pillows on my bed (4 in total, 2 each side) to protect my hair from drying out / snagging on cotton pillow cases! 

5. Non Iron Sheets

...in charcoal to go with the duvet sets! I don't think I would iron my sheets anyway so it helps that they don't (shouldn't) need ironing! 

I also made updates to my Living Room which I will be sharing in due course!

Did you update your home / living space over the Spring Bank Holiday?! 


Elle :) 

BEHIND THE SCREEN: There's more to me than blogging about health, fitness and food so I though I would share that! Posts on blogging, the behind the screen of my blog and life! 

24.4.15

My Favourite App - Appsme Challenge

Who doesn't like a challenge?! And this one sounded so simple, I didn't hesitate to say yes. The challenge was set by Appsme.com; they help small businesses (like the little coffee shops and salons dotted around London) to create their own mobile apps. All I had to do was share my favourite app! 

...firstly, I'm not one of those people who have 200 apps on my iPhone. I'm constantly deleting apps if I work out that I don't use them enough. But the apps I do use, how can I choose just one?! And one that wasn't boring like internet banking, or notes! 


Afterlight 

I use this app to makes photos square so I can share them on IG. It was my friend Alpha who let me know this app existed and it's stayed firmly in place since I downloaded it! 




Snapseed 

Another photo editor app. I use this one to crop / reshape my photos. I also love some of the filters they have. 



Amazon

My favourite shopping app. I never make a purchase without checking what the price is on amazon first! It's a great place to save things too using the wishlist option. 

Now it's over to you. 

Is there an app you can't live without, or would love to share?! 

Share it with me,  and Appsme.com @Appsmecom 

Elle :) 

23.4.15

Elle Loves... April 2015

In my grand plan of blog posts, today was gonna be Elle About Town for April 2015. However, when I checked my diary, I realised I really hadn't been up to much exciting! I did however, have quite a few new things I tried that I wanted to share with you...


1. Flipbelt 

This bright little number is to be work around your waist. It's laden with pockets to stash all your bits in. I took it along to run club with me one Wednesday evening and used it to stash my phone and a few other bits. You slide your stuff into the slits then literally flip the belt over to keep everything secure. It fit really well, nothing moved and I instantly forgot it was there! Check them out {HERE}

2. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra 

A sports bra made to be versatile. I like that the back was fully opening; I hate having to struggle to get in or out of a sports bra. I can't quite believe that over a third of women (35%) don't wear a sports bra when exercising! This one RRP's at £31 so even if it's just one you invest in, make it this one! I used it for run club and found the support was as high as they say it is! I then wore it all day, which wasn't too comfy but for your workout / run, it's perfect! Pick one up {HERE}

3. POM Juice

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice from concentrate has launched a new single serving bottle. I popped a bottle along with breakfast one morning which made for a tasty addition. I love that there are no hidden nasties in this juice - no added sugar, artificial ingredients or cheap filler juices. 



4. Runtastic Music Running Vol 3

Considering I teach classes every week, I'm not the best at downloading new music. I rely on the shuffle capability of my iPod and / or iPhone to deliver a new playlist each time I teach.

Music has been scientifically-proven to impact exercise time, intensity and overall outcome so Runtastic chose a variety of upbeat songs from a mix of motivating genres to help users push themselves to reach new goals.

Check out this sample of the tracks...

{BUY YOUR COPY HERE} 



5. Spatone Iron Supplement 

I've always suffered a little from low iron levels so I like to supplement to ensure I keep my energy levels up. I've been using the spatone ready made apple flavoured sachets recently. They don't taste too bad and are easy to carry around so I remember to take it!


Products I'll Be Checking Out Soon...


***NEW Hiplok GOLD - a top of the range bicycle lock (cos we all know I take bike security seriously)

***NEW Cycloc HERO Bike Storage solution

***Women's Speedo Fit Body Positioning Kickback Swimsuit

What products have been loving over the past month?! What products are on your wishlist to try?! 

Elle :) 

21.4.15

Guest Post: Kayla Itsines; The latest fad or worth the investment?

Elle and I are both quite sceptical people – actually I prefer ‘careful’, a less negative word – so when she asked me what I’d heard about Kayla Itsines, and what I thought of her plan/ movement, I knew I had to give a good answer. 



For those who’ve been living under a rock for the last six months or so, Kayla Itsines (“It’s-seen-ess”) is one of the many personal trainers offering an online plan that users buy, download, complete and then post before/ after pics on their social media which Kayla then re-posts to boost her following. 

It’s incredible to think that before Instagram, this kind of online community and method of training simply wouldn’t exist. She’s reached international acclaim along with 2.6 million Instagram followers

And good for her. I like Kayla. I like her plan, I like how she explains the basis of her training and I like the results I’ve achieved. 



The premise of Kayla’s Bikini Body Guides (there are two, each lasting 12 weeks, to be done consecutively to result in 24 weeks of training) is simple: 

Four exercises to be completed according to the number of reps, for seven minutes, as many times as you can. 

Rest, then do another circuit of four different exercises, according to the reps, for seven minutes (you see where I’m going…). 

You do each circuit twice. The result is 28 minutes of exercise, which with rest periods, setting up / putting away equipment, took me no longer than 40 minutes. I also did a 5-10 minute brisk walk/ step/ cycle warm up, and if I wasn’t pressed for time, a similar cool down. 

You do a circuit three times a week, each day a different body part (arms, abs and legs). The other days you do rehab (foam rolling) and low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio which is great for fat burning. 

Kayla’s guide gets progressively more challenging, which I found a huge confidence booster. I have zero plyometric (explosive) strength, so when faced with box jumps and the like, I groaned. By week 12, I was hopping about the place like the Easter Bunny after too much caffeine. 

I recommended the plan to a friend of mine who has just taken up exercise again after her second baby. BBG1 offers a month of ‘pre-training’ to get you ready, designed for those who’ve not exercised before or who are coming back from a long time off intense exercise. She found this very helpful and reassuring.


Because intense it is. It looks pretty easy and seven minutes sounds like nothing, but 14 minutes into the session, the hashtag #deathbykayla suddenly makes sense.
Was I happy with the results? Happy enough to spend another £36 buying BBG2. I didn’t follow her nutrition plan (available for AUD $69) as I have a lot of food intolerances/ allergies that meant half of the recipes were impossible for me. I did eat well for 70 per cent of the 12 weeks, but I wasn’t as good as I could’ve been (damn you, cake; damn you will-power). 

I think if I’d been very strict with my food intake, I would’ve felt confident to post my transformation pictures on social media, but that has more to do with my issues about posting body selfies etc., on Instagram, than the integrity of Kayla’s plan. 

My pros and cons are as follows:

PROS

  • Very easy to do, you can get away without a gym membership for BBG1 at least.
  • Easy, with modifications if needed and explains thoroughly and clearly the science. 
  • Requires no thinking from you: Check out the day’s workout, set it up, and go. 
  • It works. If you follow it properly and don’t cheat yourself (i.e., skip workouts), you will see results. Of course, eating well is essential for any shape-changing plan.
  • It’s cheap. For 12 weeks of training, it’s £3 a week. Try and find a Personal Trainer for that. 
  • Online support network is massive. Use a Kayla hashtag on a photo, and other BBG-ers write generally nice, supportive things (but see below…)

CONS

  • It requires dedication, persistence and self-motivation. There’s no one there to ask where you were or why you didn’t train. If you need a buddy to get you moving, it would make good sense to do so. 
  • As you progress, you need more than the standard home exercise equipment. Kayla does explain how you can use your couch or a wall for her exercises, but I found using my gym’s equipment was a lot easier.
  • It takes up space. It’s hard to do some exercises in most living room spaces and even in the gym at peak time. 
  • The inevitable Kayla backlash is pretty vicious, and Kayla lovers and haters get into arguments on the comments section underneath Instagram photos. Kayla gets involved, which is admirable of her (she posts a lot about standing up to trolls), but also completely pointless. 
  • It can get repetitive. I didn’t mind, but my boyfriend – who hilariously called the plan “girly” before struggling to complete the session – got very bored with doing 30 reps of the same thing. 

If you are self-motivated, enjoy training outside of a class environment, can stick to a somewhat repetitive plan and are motivated by strangers’ before/ after pics on Instagram, then Kayla’s BBG workouts are a very reasonably priced, well planned and results-driven way to train. 

Check out Kayla's website here! Use code Simp10 to get 10% off your purchase or visit {here} to sign up for a free 7 day trial! 

What are your thoughts on the programmes?! 

What's your favourite type of workout?! 

Lex 

20.4.15

WIN: Reebok Spartan Race UK Entry!



I took part in my first ever obstacle course race (OCR) late last year and LOVED it! Since then though, I committed to learning to swim in order to take on my first triathlon but that doesn't mean you can't have any OCR fun in 2015! 

Reebok Spartan Races take place all across the UK with the next event set to take place in just a few weeks - London Sprint at Allianz Park (the FIRST stadium race), May 16th 2015. 



Last year, Spartan were touring the UK with a little OCR set up. One evening I took my Wednesday Run Club members via the set up and begged them to let us have a go! THAT was when I found out how much harder obstacles are than they look! I realised they were a full body workout... a chance / reason to improve my upper body strength and work on my agility... all whilst having fun!

So, to win yourself an entry to ANY of the UK Reebok Spartan Races coming up in 2015 just choose any of the options via rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
So no excuses now! Click {HERE} to find your nearest location and to find out any other information that you may need! 

If you're not lucky enough to win your entry, bag yourself 10% off of any race by using this code: BLOGGER15



And as our Spartan friends say...


AROO!!




Elle ;) 

17.4.15

A Taste of Scandinavia: Nordic Bar, London


You know I moved to Northern Finland once right?! Well, when the opportunity came up to review a Scandinavian Restaurant / Bar in London for the Transun Guide to Scandinavian Restaurants, I jumped at the chance to experience a little nostalgia.

Location: Nordic Bar


Located on a side street just off Oxford Street. You're out of the hustle and bustle of the shoppers though!

Date / Time: Saturday 4th April 2015, 630pm


I opted for dinner and drinks on a Saturday night after a day at work. It'd be one less thing to think about and a good opportunity to catch up with friends!

I arrived bright and early for my table booking to ensure everything went to plan; I had booked for another evening last month and when I turned up they turned me away saying they knew nothing of my booking. Things went a little smoother this time albeit not exactly perfect!

The place was pretty quiet at this time with sport on the TV and a few lads drinking and cheering. As the evening went on, we were joined by a few couples and one guy on his own. We were pretty hungry so we scanned through the menu while we sipped on a cocktail...

To share: Nachos (£5.95)


Mains: Swedish Meatballs (£8.95), Chips (£3.50), Nordic Beef Burger (£7.95) with bacon and cheese (add £1.50), Crispy Calamari (£4.95), Caesar Salad (£7) add chicken (£2)



The food came pretty quickly and was sizeable portions. I personally ate the meatballs, chips and nachos. The meatballs tasted pretty good, just like when I had them in IKEA in Sweden! The nachos were also good...they came with our main meal though so it meant I kept snacking while eating and then didn't even finish my meatballs!

The other ladies fed back that their food was pretty decent too although they weren't a fan of the calamari.




Dessert: Cake, of which I can't remember nor find the name and price of on the Nordic Bar website!


Overall, for the price (all the food  not including drinks, came to less than £50 for 3 of us), it was great food! A cheap eat for post shopping, a few drinks and a chance to catch up with friends!

What's your favourite style of food?! 


Elle :) 

14.4.15

Sport'n Style: Spring Updates from NEXT

Spring is in the air. Apparently. I've read that phrase so many times but I'm not 100% convinced. I'm gonna do all I can to usher in the good weather though and take some inspiration to update my lycra!

Here are my picks from somewhere you may not have thought to check for your next (no pun intended) workout outfit - NEXT.

(Just to clarify as I've been asked in the comments - this is not a sponsored post nor are the links affiliate links!) 


Start with a tank in a bright colour. This is is from Nike and costs £23. Perfect for running, the gym or your at home sweat session. 

Add a pair of crops. Something with a splash of colour but still versatile enough to wear with the rest of your wardrobe. These one are NEXT own brand and cost £20.


Last but not least, a fresh pair of kicks always gives me a new sense of motivation! I love the monochrome look of these! They'll stay looking clean for longer, look smart and will be versatile! At £110 you'd better put them to good use! 

How have you / will you update your workout wardrobe for Spring?! 

Elle :) 

13.4.15

Guest Post: 6 Yoga Poses for Runners

Spring is here; the days are longer and The 2015 London Marathon is only weeks away so the runners can be seen at all hours pounding the pavements getting their miles in. Running for some people is a way of clearing their mind and letting off steam in a similar way people turn to yoga. However, running is a high impact sport and if you aren’t stretching enough the body becomes tight which is when we are more likely to get injured. 

Yoga is more dynamic than standard stretching and because it has so many poses you may find it more interested than stretching. It can also help you recover from long runs and races faster!


My Top 6 Yoga Poses for Runners 


Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)



This classic yoga pose is excellent for stretching out the calves and back of the legs. 

Instructions: From tabletop position on hands and knees, open your fingers wide and place the whole of your palm on the mat. 

Tuck your toes under and lift the knees off the floor. Push your hips up and away from your hands. If you have tight hamstrings keep knees bent and focus on lengthening your chest area and keep arms straight. 

Press the hands and feet away from each other and then shift your weight into your legs. Begin to lift the thighs up as you reach your heels back and down, which will straighten your knees. Engage your quads by pulling your kneecaps up. 

Hold for five to 10 breaths. 

Lightly lower both knees back to floor.

Triangle pose (Trikonasana) 



This standing pose is great for stretching the hips and lengthening the inner thighs. It allows you to open and expand the side body where runners move quick vertically.

Instructions: Stand with feet wide apart. Turn left toes in slightly and roll right thigh open to turn your right foot out 90 degrees. 

Align your feet on the mat so that the heel of your right front foot is in line with the arch of your left foot. Press down into feet and pull up on your thighs. 

Stretch your arms out to your sides at shoulder height. Stretch the torso forward toward your right foot. Place your right hand on your shin, or yoga block  

Take five breaths. Then press down into your feet and lift up with your thighs to come to standing.  

Repeat on left side.

Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)



Pyramid pose is a lovely stretch for the legs, particularly the hamstrings. It also strengthens the legs. 

Instructions: Step your left foot back about 3 feet. Your left toes will pivot in at a 45 degree angle. Your right foot faces forward. 

Inhale and stand tall and lean out over the front foot. Hold onto your opposite elbows or back namaste hands behind your back. 

Keep the spine straight and long while folding forward over the front straight leg.  

Repeat on the other side for 5 -10 breaths.

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)



Stretch the spine, hamstrings and reduce pain in your lower back in this lovely stretch.  

Instructions: Sit on your mat, with your legs extended in front of you, heels flexed bringing your toes towards you and spine straight. 

Inhale and raise your arms in the air. 

Exhale reach your arms forwards to the wall infront and really lengthen the front body over the thighs. 

Lean forward and catch your toes or use a belt on the heels. Keep upper body to relax. Engage the quadriceps (by lifting your kneecap). If your hamstrings are tight, you can bend your legs.

Hold for 10 breaths. 

Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana) 



This is a yummy stretch for the inner legs. This pose will open your hamstrings and calves without straining your lower back.

Instructions: Sitting tall on your mat, bring the soles of your feet together. 

Bring your hands to your inner ankles and keep the elbows in towards the body. Sit tall, rolling the shoulders back, and gaze past the end of the nose. 

Lean forward for a deeper stretch and hold for 10 breaths. Fold further forward with a straight back to enhance the stretch if needed. 

Seated Wide Angle Forward Fold (Upavistha Konasana)



This pose stretches the hamstrings and calves; the forward fold straightens and lengthens the spine.

Instructions: From Bound Angle pose (above), extend your legs out to either side of you. Sit up on a foam block if you feel you aren't able to sit up straight. 

If you can straighten the legs, flex the feet and draw the thighs up.  Lean forward slightly and place your hands on the mat. If this is too much place the hands behind you on the finger tips. Bend your knees as much as you need to, and bring the legs closer together if needed.

Hold for 10 breaths.


Last but not least, always finish your practice in corpse pose, even if it is just for one minute as it allows the nervous system to relax. 


Kelly Brooks
Website: www.kellybrooksyoga.com
Twitter: @kellybrooksyoga

10.4.15

Time for Whole30 #4


Not sure if you've noticed but I haven't been able to post as regularly as usual. This is because over the past month, I've had to move house twice along with all the regular stuff like work, training etc. I've no internet connection at home yet and my phone internet only goes so far...

I've had a busy few weeks; minimal time to train, cook, eat and enjoy the lifestyle I'm used to which shows. My skin is not looking so great at the moment, I'm feeling tired but when I go to bed I can't just fall off to sleep and I'm not happy about some of the food choices I'm making due to being time poor. 

So, no better time for a nutritional reset than now, right?! Start off in my home, how I mean to go on. Out with the breaded fish, chips and fast food. In with he vegetables and home cooked meals. 


What?

Whole30. For 30 days, no breaks, no slipping, no cheating, no quitting. Check out www.whole30.com to read more or click {here} to read all my previous whole30 posts on the blog! 

Why?

To reset my food choices; undo my reliance on sugar when I need energy. To clear up my skin, increase my energy levels and reduce stress. 


When? 

I'm currently organising my food shopping so my start date is sometime between Monday 13th April and Thursday 16th April. 

Who?

Who will be my inspiration?! Well for week one, I'll be taking my inspiration from the Hemsley & Hemsley Book. I've scoured it and chosen all the recipes I like the sound of that are also compliant (or can be easily adapted). I'm hoping that some fresh recipes will help me to stay focused and complete the 30 days successfully. Each week I will be taking inspiration from a different book. I have Thug Kitchen, Deliciously Ella and Honestly Healthy lined up as well as having the new Whole30 book on preorder!


Also, check out {Planet Organic} to get all your health food staples! 

If you have any questions or fancy joining me, just let me know in the comments below! 

Elle :) 

6.4.15

Ultimate Coffee Date - April

It's April and so much has happened! I was looking for some inspiration and decided to join in with the Ultimate Coffee Date link up for April; when you grab your cuppa, I will tell you why!

The Ultimate Coffee Date

Firstly, if we were having coffee, my drink of choice would be an almond milk latte with a dash of agave syrup. What's yours?! 

If we were having coffee, the first thing I would tell you was that I just moved house last week! I moved into my own flat in Essex. It's been a long time coming and I'm happier than ever but it was stressful and at points didn't always go to plan! A lot of thanks goes to my mum (who I stayed with for a couple weeks while I waited); she was amazing and took care of me so well! Just what I needed to help me keep everything together! Have you moved house before?! how did you keep it together?! 

If we were having coffee...I'd tell you that there are less than 5 weeks until Run Hackney Half Marathon so I need to pull my finger out and get back into some running! My training is all written up in my passion planner, I just need to carry it out! What's your next big event on your calendar?!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I've taken on an exciting project in swimming which I can talk about when it goes live in May! Here's a sneak peek from a day I had doing some fitness testing...


If we were having coffee...I'd let you know I haven't forgotten I have a triathlon to train for! I'm slowly getting all my bits and pieces together while tackling my swimming! Now I'm back in Essex and my bike is with me, I'll be out riding whenever I get a chance! Have you taken part in a multi-sport event before?! 

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you how grateful I am for the friends that I have. For those behind the scenes and those who contribute regularly to my blog! Each and every person in my life genuinely inspires me in their own unique way and for that I am grateful! Who or what are you grateful for right now?! 

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you how excited I am for the future! 2015 has started so well and I have big hopes and dreams which I am planning on actioning this year! What are your big goals for 2015?! 

So, if we were having coffee, what would you tell me?!

Elle :) 

3.4.15

BALANCE in April

At the start of the year, I shared with you my word for 2015 - CONFIDENCE.

I also shared with you my word for February - FOCUS, my word for January was INTEGRITY, and for March it was BELIEVE.

Well now, April is here and after some deep thought, I have a word for these 30 days - BALANCE.

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April | Balance 

This is what BALANCE will look like for me in regards to Health & Fitness this month:

Health | Balance out my weekly schedule between work, running, swimming, cycling and yoga. Balance my nutrition - healthy vs treats. Get prepared for Whole30. Book a massage. Complete my physiotherapy exercises. 

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I've just had one of the craziest months in a long time. I've moved house (technically about three times in the month), been in a new job, travelling and generally living day by day. I lost perspective a little, things fell to the wayside when they should have been taking priority. I kinda stopped looking after myself just to have one less thing to do! 

Now I'm back in my own home, with all the space I could want, it's time to regain some BALANCE.


At the end of February I used my Passion Planner to reflect on the month that had passed and also think about what I wanted to get out of March. My game changer(s) for March were swimming and organising myself to be ready to move. I have definitely been successful in both even through some hiccups.

For April, my game changers are pretty similar; swimming and settling into my home. I'll also be refocusing on the blog (the last couple weeks have been unusual and I'm also waiting for my new internet connection at home!) and getting back into the rhythm.

I'm gonna leave you with a quote from my Passion Planner... it's resonates with me for the month just passed....

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them - Albert Einstein


Elle :) 
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