Thursday, 24 July 2014

Smile, Shake & Repeat

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" - Roald Dahl

Hi folks,

Today we have no recipes.
Today we aren't talking about getting seriously sweaty and huffing and puffing in lycra.
Today we aren't freaking out about the sweet stuff.
Today we ARE the sweet stuff.
I think a huge part of a healthy mind is….

*wait for it…*

Having a happy  healthy mind!

Thinking that everything is going to go wrong is so easy; I’m a natural worrier and I’ve 
spent many sleepless nights creating situations in my head that never, ever actually happen…ever.

Let's take a moment talk about everything that's making me happy right now shall we? 

& then..if you please, share some of the thing's that are brightening your day.


There is a huge generation of women so very focused on looking 'perfect' and the humble selfie has a huge amount to do with this, we take pictures, we NEVER look at good as we want to..86 pictures later and I still look incredibly stupid. 

Above we have confused, bloated, shocked and gormless..I made a extra special effort to take these after a 4 mile run (after work hence the makeup) and I think the sweat just add's to the appeal - I could give lessons on how to sexy selfie right? 

Remember you are beautiful; we are all beautiful and perfect in our own ways! 


When I was on my fitness pal I used to read endless sad post's from people when they felt they ate too much or weren't seeing any results. Also people with recovering from eating disorders (which aren't limited to starvation type disorders, these feelings appear in so many different ways) and I just feel so sad because good wholesome nutrition really can change how your day to day life pans out.

I like setting up mini picnic breakfasts and devouring pancakes, fresh berries and coconut yoghurt and eating huge colourful bowls of salad with lentils, seeds, pomegranate and sultana’s. The summer means I can fill bowls with vibrant juicy mango pieces and make little raw chocolate tarts topped with coconut cream and fresh berries.

A happy/healthy plate creates a happy mind set and well being; healthy should not mean tasteless, boring or even particularly low calorie.

 Clothes, Yoga, Cat's & Flowers.

As I currently don’t have a pet, when I return to my parents I’m in instant ‘cat lady’ mode, it’s like something takes over me and fussing Tigra (the talkative Bengal)  makes me smile.

I love the feeling of being grounded by yoga, so many of my daily hour’s whizz by in a flutter of phone calls, e-mails’ paper work and stress. Bare feet, an open heart and mind and a smile on my face..

Fabletic’s has officially launched in the UK and I’m showing off my first month’s purchases, I absolutely adored each item. The fabric is great quality, the fit is very flattering although in relation to the sizing I would add that with the crop top I went for XS (UK 8) as I’m very small in the bust area but for anyone larger than a B/C it may be a struggle. 3 well fitting, stylish pieces for £22.00 was absolute bargain! I had a moment of self-doubt posting this picture, because I am only human and sometimes feel ‘aware’ of my athletic frame. I may have lived in this body for a long time and experiencing the soft curves of a busy size 16/18 shape up until age 24 and then becoming a slave to calorie counting and trying to become ‘skinny’ to accepting a shape that feel’s fit, strong and capable feels like a pretty incredible journey.

My beloved sent me ‘Happy 600 Day’s’ flowers in my favourite colours (pink and purple) as a surprise to my office.  It still catches me out when we are chilling at home together and I look across at him and feel so much genuine love; I know many of my readers are married or settled but it’s taken me a long time to find someone I feel like this about. I never really knew it existed and that for me; is something to be truly happy about.

The chatterbox in me just wants to keep on talking, I want to tell you about my dinner, I want to tell you about my crossfit experience, I want to share how hard running in this heat is and I do want to tell you just how much I love Barry M Nail polish.

Alas..I’ll stop now..Tell me – What’s made you smile this week? Do you ever struggle with keeping a healthy mind set? & last question (I know, I know..) If your body shape has changed – How do you feel?



P.s - I'm hosting a healthy living bloggers twitter chat on Sunday with Health Bloggers UK (@HBloggersUK) & even if your not a blogger please feel free to join us from 8pm!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sun Dried Tomato & Chickpea Dip

One of my (not so) secret pleasures is playing out little situations in my head, sure I cannot be alone in allowing myself to indulge in these moments?...

Often the thoughts are a merry go round of creating the perfect dish, running the perfect race, climbing a certain route with precision but recently it’s been about hosting a party with the perfect dishes.

I wrote the word perfect a lot then, I know perfection isn't real...but in my day dream's it can be! 

Moving on..

My Instagram is a feed of nutritious BBQ’s, drool worthy deserts and salad’s every colour of the rainbow and I like it that way.  When I think about huge colourful salad’s and table display’s I often think of the perfect vegetable dip, I imagine myself serving this chunky dip with freshly baked bread, some rocket and olive oil.

Suddenly a smile springs to my face and I know within 5 minutes I’ll be able to create my own little dream world to enjoy whenever I feel inclined. 

I love this dip as a side for vegetables or salad, as a sandwich filler or topping for crisp breads or just with a spoon and a smile! It's the perfect balance of healthy, filling (due to the high protein content) and easy to make..

Sun Dried Tomato & Chickpea Dip


1 Can Chickpea's (drained)
20 Sun Dried Tomato's
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Half a teaspoon basil (if using ground)
Half a teaspoon paprika 
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice 


Add all the ingredients into a food processor (or blender, you can even use a handheld blender if that's what you have to hand) and pulse until a smooth mix forms.

Keep covered up in the fridge for up to 3 days and enjoy, it really is that simple! 

Do you make your own dips? Does the summer make you crave salads and cold dishes?



It's not to late to enter my give away for a Kismet Yoga Bra Top

Friday, 18 July 2014

Kismet Gita Top Give Away

It's important to say thank you.

Recently my readership has grown and having the interaction with so many incredible people is something I'm really thankful for, every time you follow, comment or pin from my blog I leap for joy. 

Last week I proudly introduced you to a new brand of Yoga clothing called Kismet and shared some of my favourite picks from the first collection (you can see that here).

This week I'm thrilled to announce that Kismet have given me the opportunity to give away my favourite piece which is the Gita Bra Top.

Let me tell you about the Gita bra top..It has a distressed print pattern with a simple pink back, the Gita is made from durable soft touch knit fabric resists tearing, for perfect long-lasting wear. 

I fell in love with the stylish design and I think it would be wearable in or out of the gym and during yoga practice, for those looking to be a little more covered up this would work perfectly under a simple vest or as a bra under a fancy top. 

The sizes are from 8 to 14, the Gita top has a supportive bust and and is made in sustainable production and fair working conditions.

Kismet say we should do all things with love, I completely agree.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Have a beautiful weekend..


Terms & Conditions 
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Hey, that really is okay...

Does your playlist include backstreet boy's and Brittany? Do you sprint the last mile for a cake finish? Oh..and that creepy guy who seem's to be part of the gym furniture? He creeps me out also. 

*It's quite okay to wish there was a pause button on races so that you could work in a quick loo stop without ruining a personal best.

*Don't like that trendy class? Does spinning make you walk like John Wayne? Do what you enjoy,  not what you think you should enjoy. 

*Not in the mood? It's okay to cut a workout short, I'm sure Jessica Ennis like's sofa time too.

*Holding that that incredible song for a strong finish? I do that too..until someone interrupts my flow,'s really okay to give stink eye at this point. 

*It’s absolutely fine to only work out for 5 minutes, that’s what HIIT was designed for, not everyone has a spare hour.

*Women’s night on UKRUNCHAT revealed that yes, it is no problem to run without underwear – Just don’t wear your booty short’s.

*Is your playlist full of cheesy tracks? That’s cool, just leave me a comment and we can compare notes.

*Nearly lost your footing/balance on the treadmill? It's okay, blame the machine and carry on as if nothing has happened..

*Forgotten to shave your arm pits? Ooooops..Just announce to the class you've forgotten and you’re going for the natural look this evening and look around for nods of understanding (you hope).

*It’s perfectly acceptable to like cardio more than you like weights and its really okay to like weight’s more than you like cardio. I like kettlebells over machines and I like relaxing yoga over the idea of hot yoga in my pantaloons with group of strangers.

*Do you have pretty trainers for the gym and your comfy mud splattered trainers for the road? That’s fantastic, now we can be friends.  


Confession time, have you made any gym blunders? What class/sport do you really not enjoy? 


P.s...Yes I did nearly come off the treadmill once, my body is not made for 9mph, even for a few minutes..

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