I'm naughty!.....

.....as I am blogging at work but I just wanted to share with you this....my work colleague bought me in a massive ryvita that she purchased from ikea... check it out;

Look how it compares to my hand!

We had great fun with this thing;

Here's my friend Adam looking through it and taking a bite;

I too had a nibble but this bad boy needs some hummus as it's a bit dry on its own.

Tonight I'm off to my last nutritional course & the course tutor will be handing out specific diet plans to each person based on their needs. In my 1-2-1 with the tutor I asked for a plan that will compliment my half marathon training, will help me lose weight & contain no meat!

My half marathon is in just under 9 weeks so I really need to pull my finger out and get some miles under my belt!

Catch you all later x

Didn't mama tell you to eat your greens?

This evening I wanted to get some greens in me so decided to make my first green monster!

I had to use frozen spinach as that is all I had;

I added a banana and some soya milk;

I really like alpro as it has a creamy taste-yummy!

May I present you with my first ever green monster;

I made enough so I can have one for breakfast too. Here is me taking my first sip....

Erm, do I like it?.....

Hell yeah! I like it alot!

Tonights dinner was I am sad to say a ready meal but I am trying to clear out my freezer. I went for a weight watchers mushroom & brocoli wedge melt, it actually wasn't too bad!

My simple but nice dinner...

After dinner I remembered that I had some applewood smoked cheese in the fridge and as my husband does not eat cheese it is acceptable for me to eat it straight out of the packet!

Naughty Amy! I'm off to bed now to have some cheesy nightmares with green monsters!

Last night i really enjoyed watching Run Fat Boy Run but was so relaxed and warm in bed as hubby had turned on the electric blanket i feel asleep several times so will have to watch it again fully in a couple of days when there is nothing on tv!

Today was back to work for me after not being well for a week and a half. It was difficult getting up as my sleeping pattern has gone out of the window whilst being ill but it was good to be back in the usual routine. I really want to start running in the mornings now it is lighter but i find it so difficult to get up! Really need to give myself a kick up the bum and tell myself to make it a priority!

For breakfast, i had a lovely cinnamon and raisin bagel with flora buttery and a glass of OJ, due to the lack of appetite recently this really filled me up and kept me going until lunch.

For lunch i had a weight watchers soup, i prefer to make my own soup but hubby bought lots of tins last week for me to have for lunch whilst he was at work.

The soup was really nice and low in fat, i also ate the nuts this afternoon but not the fruit - naughty amy! I will make sure i eat the fruit after dinner tonight.

I also had 2 rice cakes throughout the day, they are so yummy even though they make the office smell like someone has started a small fire LOL!

On the way home, i really appreciated my drive home, i used to live in Birmingham and the commute home would be on a grubby bus, through dodgy areas, stuck in traffic. Now i drive 10-15 minutes through the countryside. I wish it was safer to ride a bike on the main road but it is far too dangerous. Check out some of my views;

Below is the beautiful church that is right outside my house...

I'm home from work now having a cuddle with my fur baby. I think she misses me now i am back at work. I'm contemplating going for a run but am a little worried as i'm still not 100%, i suppose i could go for a power walk instead? I also need groceries so may do that this evening and start back running tomorrow. I'll blog later so you'll know what i decide!
Today the husband and i woke early so we could get to Trago Mills before the crowds, we were awake a little earlier than we needed to be so we watched The Great London Swim - it's an open water swim in London Docklands, i personally can not understand how people swim in open, murky water! The thought of it alone makes me feel anxious!

For breakfast i had a tasty cinnamon and raisin bagel with some flora spread (we were in a rush and i forgot to take a photo! Sorry x)

We got to Trago just at opening time, perfect! There were hardly any people and this place gets busy. It is a massive department store that sells everything under one roof, we wanted to get some decorating things for the hall. We saw some lovely mirrors that we may go back and get for over our fireplace, i liked the bottom one of the 2 mirrors.

We also found some funky stripey carpet which we like for the seaside theme hallway that we are planning on. It looked a lot better than it does in the photo!

After Trago we headed into Exeter, John was running late with dinner preparations so rather than pester him whilst he was putting the roast dinner together we went for a walk around the shops. Ollie was a little hungry and decided on a McDonalds, as he needed the toilet i said that i would order for him so i could grab a latte too. He said he wanted a small hamburger, small fries and a small coke, i realised that a happy meal would work out cheaper. When hubby returned i handed him the happy meal, his face below shows how impressed he was LOL!! He was putting on this face, he thought it was really funny!  

We then went into the poster shop Athena to see if they had any vintage seaside posters, they did not have what we want but they did have some funny postcards, Ollie and I had a good giggle reading them all, i ended up buying 6 of them and will put them in a frame, i'm not sure where to put them yet though.

We got to John's and whilst the dinner was cooking we started a game of Monopoly, John decided to buy everything and soon ran out of money - he was soon remortgaging his streets, which Ol and I found quite amusing.

We then broke away from the game for dinner. John kindly cooked me 2 nut cutlets as i do not eat meat, the boys had beef. I filled up on greens and only had one roast potato - go me!!

I also had a tiny glass of red wine in the biggest glass!

Back to the intense game of Monopoly.... somehow John did a 180 and started getting lots of money, bought Park Lane and Mayfair and the rest was history for me and Ol!

I was left with little - boo hoo!

We then tried the cheesecake that i made the previous day, we all thought it was really nice! I never like my own baking so this was quite and achievement!

I forgot to mention, whilst in town i bought MORE pink running gear, i purchased a lovely pair of black and pink shorts.....

A black and pink running vest......

and finally....a bright pink running teeshirt!

I may go for a very gentle jog tomorrow as i have only just got over having the flu so i need to take it easy. It is still so cold in the UK, this evening i have opted to wear my husbands big, cuddly woollen jumper.

It's 9pm in the UK, so i am going to settle down and glance through my new Womens Running Magazine and for a bit of inspiration watch Run Fat Boy Run.

I hope you are enjoying the blog as much as i am enjoying writing it, let me know what you think? Too many/too little photos? Not enough text? All feedback is welcome, good night peeps x

Yummy falafel

As we have had quite a busy day, I decided to make hubby and myself a quick yet nutritional meal. So I made falafel wraps, they were so tasty!

I also baked some low fat feta which I had on the side- it was mega tasty.

In my wrap I had 2 falafel, mixed salad, Mayo, BBQ sauce and homemade salsa

I mixed tomato & cucumber with a little mint sauce, it worked really well in the wrap.

My husband was hard at work today in our house and has decided to decorate the hall

Here he is hard at work - bless him x We have decided that we are going to go for a vintage seaside theme... watch this space!

I also treated myself to a nice glass of red now that I am feeling a bit better

See the glass is tiny!

Tomorrow we are off to Trago Mills to look for items for the hall, we are then over to john's for dinner (I hope my cheesecake is liked that I made earlier!)

I have enjoyed my first full day blogging, I think my family who live 3 hours away will enjoy catching up on my life, so for now I will say goodnight....

Foxy sleeps on me like this every night x
So something strange happened to me this afternoon - i had the urge to clean! As i am almost over the flu, i have had a great burst of energy. I decided the kitchen was going to get it.

Before: The sink area = messy!

Before: The breakfast bar area

After: The shiny sink area!

After: The sparkling breakfast bar!

I played the best music on youtube to help me get through the crumbs and grease including;

  • The Veronicas - Untouched

  • Muse - Super Massive Black Whole

  • Thom Yorke - Hearing Damage

  • The Killers - All these things that i've done

  • Elbow - One Day Like This & finally

  • Placebo - Running up that hill
So once the kitchen was shiny looking, i decided i wanted to mess it up by making a baked cheesecake. It wasn't the healthiest recipe (can cheesecake be healthy?) but i made it for dessert tomorrow. We are going around our friend John's house for a roast dinner, so the cheesecake is for 2 strapping men - of course i will have a thin slice as it would be rude not too! :)

Ingredients included;

The base
  • Approx 15 digestive biscuits
  • 5oz melted butter
The filling
  • 4oz butter
  • 85g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 whites, whisked until stiff and folded in.

The base = digestive biscuits and melted butter

Poor the mixture onto fridge cooled base

Level off and bake at 170 for 1 1/4 hour

I do confess to licking the whisk!

O yeah....and the bowl!

My kitchen is once again a mess!

and there is a new mound of washing up!

But it was all so worth it....check out my first baked cheesecake - it smells delicious but will not be consumed until tomorrow - the hubby wants to eat it now!
Well kitchen is back to its shiny state....now to mess it up again, it's dinner making time in the UK!