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Live Blogging | Monday Lunch

I went for a 30 minute lunch break stroll in this amazing weather and returned to my lunch room with this sunny view, added some chia seed to my Marks & Spencer salad (2 for £3 = £1.50 lunch today and tomorrow!) and I am so ready for the afternoon!

Workout agenda tonight is cycling and core work. Feeling strong! Keeping it up! Work hard, eat well & train smart.

I think I love spinning (and I have Edge Cycle to thank)
Yesterday was the start of a week of free classes at London’s new spinning studio Edge Cycle, located near Chancery Lane / Holborn Circus on Leather Lane (upstairs from the Sir Christopher Hatton). 
I went along straight after work, and was welcomed with energy, enthusiasm and the buzz that comes on the first day of launching a new venture. It was reassuring to have so many knowledgeable staff members around, everyone so helpful and willing to guide everyone from novice to pro through the studio tour and class format. 
The change rooms were better than I expected with really nice showers and towels ready and waiting for your use, a couple of hair dryers in front of the mirror (but probably only enough room for a couple of ladies at a time). The change rooms were definitely larger than I thought they would be. 
I would love to say more about the class itself, but being so unfamiliar with what usually goes on, I have no basis for comparison. What I can say though is I absolutely loved it and probably should have pushed myself harder. As I am easing myself into it,  I probably took it a bit easy yesterday (but know now to push harder next time!). The time passed so quickly, I didn’t even care for how ridiculous my butt looked as we practically danced while upright on the bike. It was fun. So much fun. I left with such a buzz of energy, I was already looking forward to when I could next fit in a class. 
I recommend taking advantage of the launch this week and giving it a go. Booking it in is super easy - just give them a call - 0207 242 6442 or visit Edge Cycle, 2 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7RA
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I think I love spinning (and I have Edge Cycle to thank)
Yesterday was the start of a week of free classes at London’s new spinning studio Edge Cycle, located near Chancery Lane / Holborn Circus on Leather Lane (upstairs from the Sir Christopher Hatton). 
I went along straight after work, and was welcomed with energy, enthusiasm and the buzz that comes on the first day of launching a new venture. It was reassuring to have so many knowledgeable staff members around, everyone so helpful and willing to guide everyone from novice to pro through the studio tour and class format. 
The change rooms were better than I expected with really nice showers and towels ready and waiting for your use, a couple of hair dryers in front of the mirror (but probably only enough room for a couple of ladies at a time). The change rooms were definitely larger than I thought they would be. 
I would love to say more about the class itself, but being so unfamiliar with what usually goes on, I have no basis for comparison. What I can say though is I absolutely loved it and probably should have pushed myself harder. As I am easing myself into it,  I probably took it a bit easy yesterday (but know now to push harder next time!). The time passed so quickly, I didn’t even care for how ridiculous my butt looked as we practically danced while upright on the bike. It was fun. So much fun. I left with such a buzz of energy, I was already looking forward to when I could next fit in a class. 
I recommend taking advantage of the launch this week and giving it a go. Booking it in is super easy - just give them a call - 0207 242 6442 or visit Edge Cycle, 2 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7RA
Web. Tweet. Facebook. 

I think I love spinning (and I have Edge Cycle to thank)

Yesterday was the start of a week of free classes at London’s new spinning studio Edge Cycle, located near Chancery Lane / Holborn Circus on Leather Lane (upstairs from the Sir Christopher Hatton). 

I went along straight after work, and was welcomed with energy, enthusiasm and the buzz that comes on the first day of launching a new venture. It was reassuring to have so many knowledgeable staff members around, everyone so helpful and willing to guide everyone from novice to pro through the studio tour and class format. 

The change rooms were better than I expected with really nice showers and towels ready and waiting for your use, a couple of hair dryers in front of the mirror (but probably only enough room for a couple of ladies at a time). The change rooms were definitely larger than I thought they would be. 

I would love to say more about the class itself, but being so unfamiliar with what usually goes on, I have no basis for comparison. What I can say though is I absolutely loved it and probably should have pushed myself harder. As I am easing myself into it,  I probably took it a bit easy yesterday (but know now to push harder next time!). The time passed so quickly, I didn’t even care for how ridiculous my butt looked as we practically danced while upright on the bike. It was fun. So much fun. I left with such a buzz of energy, I was already looking forward to when I could next fit in a class. 

I recommend taking advantage of the launch this week and giving it a go. Booking it in is super easy - just give them a call - 0207 242 6442 or visit Edge Cycle, 2 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7RA

Web. Tweet. Facebook

Cheat Sheet | Fibre

Soluble? Insoluble? I admit that reading so many articles mentioning fibre and what was the benefits and what it does, I did get confused a lot of the time and sometimes I still do. But these graphics, I think, have helped me greatly in understanding what the body is doing with the different types of fibre, and why it’s good for me at certain times. 

This is a good little cheat sheet, I think, and I wanted to share it. 

(Source: healthcastle.com)

This is how I roll….

I have to admit, if it wasn’t for my foam rolling pre and post run/workout - I would still be limping and crying over my ITBS. But the truth is, with a little extra effort and care, I’ve turned my 5km struggle into a 10km breeze.

Not too long ago, I came across Join My Team, an online fitness training platform that provides users with a plan that is easy to implement into your lifestyle.

Anyway, this infographic helped me greatly in my re-hab, but also is now a permanent part of my routine for pre-hab.

Foam Rolling Infographic Guide

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"Mind is everything. What you think you become." 
- Younique Yoga, London

Personally, I’ve been missing my regular hot yoga fix and the yoga community in London. Practicing at home has been quite beneficial though for some personal reflection and meditation. The truth is, I find it much easier to roll out of bed and practice with my mat prepared on the floor, before I’ve even thought about the day ahead. It give me clarity and helps me take on the day’s challenges in a much more efficient and calm manner than the alternative. Previously I would wake up, rush to get ready, run out the door, work like crazy, sometimes not leaving the office until late, and then race to the yoga studio for 90 minutes of sweaty relief. Rinse, lather, repeat. It was a high stress, high energy lifestyle that I just don’t associate with regular yoga practice. These days I’m less stressed, more mindful, energised at the start of the day and meditative at the end of the day. The ability to switch off has done wonders for my wellbeing. 
I’m not one to complain about the cost of yoga, because I get so much out of it, but yoga in London isn’t always easy to accommodate into the budget and practicing at home is free.. so for now I am happy to continue in this way, although I would like to return to the London Yoga community. Hopefully I will slowly integrate this into my weekends and weekday mornings over the summer, timetables, commute and cost permitting of course. 
A number of new yoga centres have been catching my eye and I would like to visit each one at least once over the Summer. I’ll be happy to share the community experience on this blog. First on my list is Younique Yoga, near Old Street in London. 

"Mind is everything. What you think you become." 
- Younique Yoga, London

Personally, I’ve been missing my regular hot yoga fix and the yoga community in London. Practicing at home has been quite beneficial though for some personal reflection and meditation. The truth is, I find it much easier to roll out of bed and practice with my mat prepared on the floor, before I’ve even thought about the day ahead. It give me clarity and helps me take on the day’s challenges in a much more efficient and calm manner than the alternative. Previously I would wake up, rush to get ready, run out the door, work like crazy, sometimes not leaving the office until late, and then race to the yoga studio for 90 minutes of sweaty relief. Rinse, lather, repeat. It was a high stress, high energy lifestyle that I just don’t associate with regular yoga practice. These days I’m less stressed, more mindful, energised at the start of the day and meditative at the end of the day. The ability to switch off has done wonders for my wellbeing. 
I’m not one to complain about the cost of yoga, because I get so much out of it, but yoga in London isn’t always easy to accommodate into the budget and practicing at home is free.. so for now I am happy to continue in this way, although I would like to return to the London Yoga community. Hopefully I will slowly integrate this into my weekends and weekday mornings over the summer, timetables, commute and cost permitting of course. 
A number of new yoga centres have been catching my eye and I would like to visit each one at least once over the Summer. I’ll be happy to share the community experience on this blog. First on my list is Younique Yoga, near Old Street in London. 

"Mind is everything. What you think you become." 

- Younique Yoga, London

Personally, I’ve been missing my regular hot yoga fix and the yoga community in London. Practicing at home has been quite beneficial though for some personal reflection and meditation. The truth is, I find it much easier to roll out of bed and practice with my mat prepared on the floor, before I’ve even thought about the day ahead. It give me clarity and helps me take on the day’s challenges in a much more efficient and calm manner than the alternative. Previously I would wake up, rush to get ready, run out the door, work like crazy, sometimes not leaving the office until late, and then race to the yoga studio for 90 minutes of sweaty relief. Rinse, lather, repeat. It was a high stress, high energy lifestyle that I just don’t associate with regular yoga practice. These days I’m less stressed, more mindful, energised at the start of the day and meditative at the end of the day. The ability to switch off has done wonders for my wellbeing. 

I’m not one to complain about the cost of yoga, because I get so much out of it, but yoga in London isn’t always easy to accommodate into the budget and practicing at home is free.. so for now I am happy to continue in this way, although I would like to return to the London Yoga community. Hopefully I will slowly integrate this into my weekends and weekday mornings over the summer, timetables, commute and cost permitting of course. 

A number of new yoga centres have been catching my eye and I would like to visit each one at least once over the Summer. I’ll be happy to share the community experience on this blog. First on my list is Younique Yoga, near Old Street in London. 

Edge Cycle | Leather Lane, London, EC1N
Official Opening: 19th May
Free Classes for launch week starting 12th May
Okay, fellow office workers and EC postcoders - there’s a new spin studio in town by the name of Edge Cycle. You might have seen the flyers being handed out around New Street Square or Chancery Lane tube station offering a free class. You might have even signed up and received the email to say that ALL CLASSES ARE FREE in the launch week from Monday 12th May. 
My colleague and I, having never done spin classes before, have signed up for a trial class - but we are certainly excited for the various types of classes on offer and the suitably timed classes (pre work / lunch time / post work).
My colleague and I will be trying the ‘Edge Classic’ class, which is described as next level spinning with weights, a total body workout in the saddle. 
I think I did a spinning class once about 9 years ago, so I think I’m allowed to be a little nervous. Things have changed! But one thing I’m certain won’t change, I’ll be feeling it the next day!
Edge Cycle | Leather Lane, London, EC1N
Official Opening: 19th May
Free Classes for launch week starting 12th May
Okay, fellow office workers and EC postcoders - there’s a new spin studio in town by the name of Edge Cycle. You might have seen the flyers being handed out around New Street Square or Chancery Lane tube station offering a free class. You might have even signed up and received the email to say that ALL CLASSES ARE FREE in the launch week from Monday 12th May. 
My colleague and I, having never done spin classes before, have signed up for a trial class - but we are certainly excited for the various types of classes on offer and the suitably timed classes (pre work / lunch time / post work).
My colleague and I will be trying the ‘Edge Classic’ class, which is described as next level spinning with weights, a total body workout in the saddle. 
I think I did a spinning class once about 9 years ago, so I think I’m allowed to be a little nervous. Things have changed! But one thing I’m certain won’t change, I’ll be feeling it the next day!

Edge Cycle | Leather Lane, London, EC1N

Official Opening: 19th May

Free Classes for launch week starting 12th May

Okay, fellow office workers and EC postcoders - there’s a new spin studio in town by the name of Edge Cycle. You might have seen the flyers being handed out around New Street Square or Chancery Lane tube station offering a free class. You might have even signed up and received the email to say that ALL CLASSES ARE FREE in the launch week from Monday 12th May. 

My colleague and I, having never done spin classes before, have signed up for a trial class - but we are certainly excited for the various types of classes on offer and the suitably timed classes (pre work / lunch time / post work).

My colleague and I will be trying the ‘Edge Classic’ class, which is described as next level spinning with weights, a total body workout in the saddle. 

I think I did a spinning class once about 9 years ago, so I think I’m allowed to be a little nervous. Things have changed! But one thing I’m certain won’t change, I’ll be feeling it the next day!

Weekend Recap | North Cornwall - Walking, Surfing and Sight Seeing

A little recap of a fairly adventurous weekend in North Cornwall with good company and decent weather for surf. Salt water is the cure for everything and I sure felt alive while I was in the sea on Sunday. But what an amazing feeling it is to look back at the coastline and see that you have walked the whole distance, breathing in fresh air, taking in beautiful sights. I fell in love with the English seaside.

Day 1 - 9.7Mile Walk from Treknow to Port Isaac via theCoastal Path 

What a way to start the weekend with a mammoth walk going up steep stair climbs, across lush grassy fields and down into valleys over rocks and streams. We set off at 11am, not knowing what to expect. Along the way we met a few men dressed in their cammo gear who were walking the entire coast ‘just for the love of it’, camping along the way. They were pleased to be walking down the steep stairs that we were about to climb up. In one word, one gent described the stairs as ‘vile’. We had the coast line and our target in view with each climb, but it never seemed to get any closer - not until 5 hours later when we finally strolled into Port Isaac for a well deserved Cornish ice cream.

More info from I Walk North Cornwall

Day 2: Surf / Boarding at Treknow

While some of us were feeling a little tender and fragile after yesterday’s 5 hours of walking, the rest of us went for a little stroll down to the beach, hired some boards and wetsuits (£10 for the day! WIN!), and braved the not so warm English sea temperatures. Barefoot, salt water, riding waves - what could be better? Well we chose the PERFECT day for it as this was the only day all weekend when the sun was shining and the temperatures were warm enough for me to sit out on the rocks in my bikinis. I had to call it a day after I took a massive knock from a wave, my chin grazed along the bottom of the sea and my feet went over my head backwards. I knew I was finished when I stood up and needed to vomit from the amount of pain in my back. 

We climbed up the hill, just outside the Port William and had a few drinks. 

This day too was followed by an ice cream… and finished off with a nice stroll home over the hills where there was a BBQ waiting at the house for us. 

Day 3: Walk from Treknow to Tintagel via the Coastal Path & Merlin’s Cave

Roughly 5 miles in total, we walked along the coastal path from Treknow towards Tintagel, taking in the views and the fresh air. It was quite a popular walk on the day, very windy though. No chance of spotting sea life today. We walked through the churchyard and into town where after running a few errands, decided to take the road path back home for an early night of dinner and a film.

More info from I Walk North Cornwall

Day 4: Stonehenge Visit.

On the final day, we set off and stopped at Stonehenge along the way. No photos, but a nice way to finish off the trip and break up the drive home to London. 

January Affirmations | I am one in 7.2 Billion
Forget about trying to be someone else or competing against all the others. You are one in 7.2billion in great human race where the only competitor you need to worry about is you. 
Every body has their heroes, but you might be a hero for somebody else. 
January Affirmations | I am one in 7.2 Billion
Forget about trying to be someone else or competing against all the others. You are one in 7.2billion in great human race where the only competitor you need to worry about is you. 
Every body has their heroes, but you might be a hero for somebody else. 

January Affirmations | I am one in 7.2 Billion

Forget about trying to be someone else or competing against all the others. You are one in 7.2billion in great human race where the only competitor you need to worry about is you. 

Every body has their heroes, but you might be a hero for somebody else. 

January Affirmations | I will not be defeated. 
No new year’s resolutions here… just complete focus. 
January Affirmations | I will not be defeated. 
No new year’s resolutions here… just complete focus. 

January Affirmations | I will not be defeated. 

No new year’s resolutions here… just complete focus. 

January Affirmations | I am determined. 
Forget new years resolutions, only 8% of people succeed in achieving them. I’m all for January being a new start to a more positive outlook on life and the beginning of any kind of transformation - regardless of whether it’s your end goal or not. Change needs to happen in everyone’s life, every year, and those with health related goals are not the only ones making changes. 
Instead of making new years resolutions, I’ve made January affirmations, that can only get stronger, bigger and better as the year progresses. 
January Affirmations | I am determined. 
Forget new years resolutions, only 8% of people succeed in achieving them. I’m all for January being a new start to a more positive outlook on life and the beginning of any kind of transformation - regardless of whether it’s your end goal or not. Change needs to happen in everyone’s life, every year, and those with health related goals are not the only ones making changes. 
Instead of making new years resolutions, I’ve made January affirmations, that can only get stronger, bigger and better as the year progresses. 

January Affirmations | I am determined. 

Forget new years resolutions, only 8% of people succeed in achieving them. I’m all for January being a new start to a more positive outlook on life and the beginning of any kind of transformation - regardless of whether it’s your end goal or not. Change needs to happen in everyone’s life, every year, and those with health related goals are not the only ones making changes. 

Instead of making new years resolutions, I’ve made January affirmations, that can only get stronger, bigger and better as the year progresses. 

You don’t have to be a bendy, vegan, saint. Yoga is the great equaliser, everyone has the same struggle on the mat and no one should feel excluded.
Michele Pernetta (via kyliefrost)
Thanks Move Nourish Believe for this genius little energy bar recipe flow chart… no excuses, it’s SO easy!! 
Thanks Move Nourish Believe for this genius little energy bar recipe flow chart… no excuses, it’s SO easy!! 

Thanks Move Nourish Believe for this genius little energy bar recipe flow chart… no excuses, it’s SO easy!! 

Hot & Sweaty! …Hello Bikram! 
I remember going to Bikram yoga every week when I lived in Brisbane. My friend Mel and I would sweat it out for 90 minutes, walk out feeling the most amazing natural high and then go home to watch Prison Break. It was kinda my favourite day of the week.
Well after many years, I’m making a return to it and have signed up to the Intro offer at Hot Bikram Yoga to get back into it, attending 20 consecutive days of hot sweatiness and feel great again!
What do I want to get out of it?
Detox. I’m going to complement my daily practice with clean eating, absolutely no refined sugars, no caffeine (except from my green tea), and definitely no alcohol.
Mental clarity and focus. Nothing can achieve this better than an energising sweat session, concentrating on the practice and meditation. This will hopefully bring more mental alertness to my work and home life. 
Burn, baby, burn. I’m looking forward to a bit of a boost, to feeling energised and kickstarting the fat burn missing from my workouts lately. 
So here we go! 20 Consecutive Days of getting Hot & Sweaty! 
Hot & Sweaty! …Hello Bikram! 
I remember going to Bikram yoga every week when I lived in Brisbane. My friend Mel and I would sweat it out for 90 minutes, walk out feeling the most amazing natural high and then go home to watch Prison Break. It was kinda my favourite day of the week.
Well after many years, I’m making a return to it and have signed up to the Intro offer at Hot Bikram Yoga to get back into it, attending 20 consecutive days of hot sweatiness and feel great again!
What do I want to get out of it?
Detox. I’m going to complement my daily practice with clean eating, absolutely no refined sugars, no caffeine (except from my green tea), and definitely no alcohol.
Mental clarity and focus. Nothing can achieve this better than an energising sweat session, concentrating on the practice and meditation. This will hopefully bring more mental alertness to my work and home life. 
Burn, baby, burn. I’m looking forward to a bit of a boost, to feeling energised and kickstarting the fat burn missing from my workouts lately. 
So here we go! 20 Consecutive Days of getting Hot & Sweaty! 

Hot & Sweaty! …Hello Bikram! 

I remember going to Bikram yoga every week when I lived in Brisbane. My friend Mel and I would sweat it out for 90 minutes, walk out feeling the most amazing natural high and then go home to watch Prison Break. It was kinda my favourite day of the week.

Well after many years, I’m making a return to it and have signed up to the Intro offer at Hot Bikram Yoga to get back into it, attending 20 consecutive days of hot sweatiness and feel great again!

What do I want to get out of it?

  • Detox. I’m going to complement my daily practice with clean eating, absolutely no refined sugars, no caffeine (except from my green tea), and definitely no alcohol.

  • Mental clarity and focus. Nothing can achieve this better than an energising sweat session, concentrating on the practice and meditation. This will hopefully bring more mental alertness to my work and home life. 

  • Burn, baby, burn. I’m looking forward to a bit of a boost, to feeling energised and kickstarting the fat burn missing from my workouts lately. 

So here we go! 20 Consecutive Days of getting Hot & Sweaty! 

(Source: sweatnsass.com)

..the only limits are the ones you set yourself..
nobody can stop you, nothing can hold you back - except you.
true story.
..the only limits are the ones you set yourself..
nobody can stop you, nothing can hold you back - except you.
true story.

..the only limits are the ones you set yourself..

nobody can stop you, nothing can hold you back - except you.

true story.

Get Up. Get Out. Get Running. 

Today was my first run since moving back to London. I don’t know why but I was really nervous about it. I felt like a first timer again, as if I didn’t know the person I was before - running as part of my daily commute being slightly different to those midday runs on country roads. But somehow, once I was out there, I just totally forgot that I was running and the kms went by underfoot seemingly without much effort. I was so much more motivated than I was on any run in Norfolk. It was overall quite slow, but so enjoyable… and since I got lost twice, I think time will only improve as I get to know my new neighbourhood better. 

Thinking about doing Parkrun this weekend. 

I think I have caught that running bug again.