Sublime Sundays – A Fresh Start

Sublime Sundays

Okay, okay, that post title is a bit dramatic. It’s not like a proper fresh start. I’m not moving country or changing career. It’s just the start of a new week and a nice little chance for me to change a couple of things.

So, whilst it’s not strictly a fresh start, in the super exciting, life changing sense, next week will mark the start of something new to me. Not new, new but new by comparison to now. Are you with me? No? Didn’t think so.

I love using Mondays as a benchmark point to change habits. Mondays are a great time to set new goals and try out new things. They also happen every 7 days which means that if you fall off track, you can start again the following Monday without too much time passing by! Perfect!

So tomorrow marks the start of my Marathon training. It’ll be the start of me getting back into healthy eating and also back into the routine of trying to run 5 times a week. I’ve downloaded myself an official Brighton Marathon training programme which is only 16 weeks long so I’ve got a few weeks to get back into my old pacing before starting the proper training programme. I’ve also tried to build up a bit of motivation by watching the Fittest On Earth Crossfit documentary today.

Although I’ve made a start on going dairy free, I want to cut down a bit more from tomorrow too. That’s going to be the main change to my diet as well as cutting back on the general crap I’ve been eating lately. I’d say that I’m also going to cut back on drinking too but I rarely drink anyway and it’s almost Christmas so…well, mulled wine basically.

It’s Halloween tomorrow, which means that it’s the end of #blogtober (I’ll be doing a post all about it tomorrow). Without writing two blog posts a month, I’m going to have a lot more free time to work on the eCourse that I’m hoping to launch on Flourishing Freelancer in December which is super exciting. It should also give me more time to work on the business elements of the site more generally too.

I’m going to use tomorrow evening, as the first evening that I won’t be writing new blog posts, to set myself some goals for November. I’m determined to step up my game in a number of parts of my life and tomorrow/start of November seems to be the perfect time.

For now, I’m going to make the most of my last night of being able to eat whatever I want and lounge around watching TV because there won’t be much of that going on any time soon!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday evening.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato PancakesBreakfast is one of my favourite parts of the weekend. I mean by the time I’m up and actually ready to eat it’s more of a brunch but that’s not the point. I found this recipe on the Food52 Website which is one of my favourite places to find new ideas. The original recipe suggests serving the pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar but who wants that?! It’s all about the bacon and maybe a little bit of cheese on top!

Serves                        Makes 4-6 pancakes (but depends on the size!)

Prep Time                 10 minutes

Cooking Time         15 minutes

Ingredients

4 cups coarsely grated sweet potato

1/2 cup of grated onion

3-4 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice

4 medium eggs, beaten

1/3 cup of flour

Oil for frying

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Cheese and bacon to serve (optional)

 Method

1. Mix the sweet potato, onion, lemon, eggs and flour together. Add seasoning to taste.

2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat with a little oil. Split the mixture into six and mould into pancake shapes – this will depend on the size and shape you want your pancakes to be. Personally, I mould the mixture into a rough ball in my hands and place in the pan, flattening it out with a spatula once it’s in there.

3. The mixture should sizzle upon contact with the pan. Cook until golden and crisp then flip. Cook until the second side is golden and crisp.

4. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Top with cooked bacon and grated cheese (or creme fraiche and caviar if that’s more to your taste!!)

A New Challenge and Step Closer to Normality

a-new-challenge

Hey guys,

A super short post today. Mainly because it’s 10.30 pm and I don’t want to fail on my #blogtober challenge. But also partially because I want to do a more detailed post on this next after a bit of research.

As many of you know, in 2013/2014 I took on 16 challenges over 16 months. I started with the Three Peaks Challenge (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours, including drive time) and ended with Kilimanjaro (slightly longer than 24 hours)!

In between all of those peaks, I took on a few other challenges, mainly running. I did a lot of mud runs and obstacle courses which I enjoyed because there were lots of distractions from the running part of the run. I did varying distances from 10 miles to a 20 mile obstacle course. But the most challenging by far was the Paris Marathon! 

It was pure hell. I have never been able to explain to people just how difficult I found it. Even trekking up to Uhuru Peak for 6 hours in the pitch black dark with nausea was a walk in the park by comparison.

So, naturally, I registered for the Brighton Marathon this morning. Yep. That’s right, I’m going to try to do another Marathon.

I decided it was about time, I set myself a challenge. Something that I can focus on and work towards. Something that will start me on the path back to normality.

Rather than jumping straight into a full Marathon, I’ve registered for another half Marathon in February and then the full one in April. It’s going to be tough training but I’m really determined (especially now that I know how challenging it’s going to be). I’ll be raising money for Water Aid in the half Marathon and for the Raising Hope Foundation in the full Marathon but more details on that to come over the weekend.

I’ll be doing a post with my training plan once it’s finalised but in the meantime, you’ll find me stuffing my face with all of the junk food and lounging around under a blanket on the sofa until Monday morning when training kicks off.

Simple Tips for Staying Healthy

simple-tips-for-staying-healthyStaying healthy can be difficult, especially when you’re busy, busy, busy. Sitting at a desk all day and takeaways at your fingertips when you get home make it really easy to slip into bad, unhealthy habits. But there’s a few little things that can build into your every day life that can help you stay a little bit healthier.

Stick to the 30 Minute Rule

Research says that we should be active for at least 30 minutes a day. So whether it’s walking, running, cycling, swimming or whatever else you fancy, try to work out for at least 30 minutes every single day.

A great way to get you moving more is to track your steps. I’m a big fan of my FitBit but you don’t need an expensive way to track your steps. Here’s some Apps I love for tracking steps:

  • Pacer – Pedometer plus Weight Loss and BMI Tracker*
  • Track My Steps –  Pedometer Activity Tracker*
  • Map My Walk – GPS Walking and Step Tracking Pedometer for Calories and Weight Loss*
  • My Fitness Pal – Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker* – This one does a lot more than track your steps. It’s one of my favourite free Apps as it lets you track your calorie intake, exercise and weight.

Drink More Water

Everyone knows this. There’s not a lot I can say really except “do it!”. Once you get over the need to pee more, you’ll notice the benefits of drinking more water really quickly.

Have a look at this post for some ideas on how to spruce up your water in healthy ways.

Stay Hydrated

Stretch

Stretching is so underrated! It’s not just to ease your muscles after a workout. Stretching is important throughout the day – a little stretch can help boost your mood, increase your energy and relieve aches and pains. Why wouldn’t you want to stretch.

Setting aside some time to get out your yoga mat, stretch and chill out is a great way to end the day but check out this article on stretches you can do without ever leaving your desk (although you really should leave it at some point!)

Sleep More

I know what you’re thinking. Haha, that’s a joke right?! Whether you feel like you sleep enough already, or you struggle to sleep, asking you to sleep more will probably seem impossible. But it will help, trust me. Getting more sleep will help you in so many ways. You’ll have more energy (which means more working out!), your body will have more time to rest and recover and it can help lower your risk of illness. Getting more sleep will also help your mind – a refreshed mind will help you tackle the challenges of the day ahead.

Getting more sleep might sound impossible but check out this post for some handy tips.

Sleep Better

There’s lots and lots of little habits you can get into that will help improve your general health and well-being. Whilst they’re only small changes, it can be easy to forget about them. They say it takes 30 days to change a habit (or introduce a new one) so stick with it and before long, it will be second nature and you’ll wonder how you ever survived before!

*This site uses affiliate links but only for products I have used and enjoyed (and not been paid for). By following the links and purchasing products through those links, I will earn small commission at no extra cost to you.

Moroccan Turkey Meatballs with Citrus Couscous

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs
Now that I want to get back into long distance running again, I’ve been on the hunt for some high protein, low fat recipes for dinner. I recently came across this lovely recipe which is super quick, easy and really cheap too on BBC Good Food.

Serves                        Four

Prep Time                 15 minutes

Cooking Time         15 minutes

Calories                     348 per portion

Ingredients

500g turkey mince

2 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cinnamon

1 onion chopped finely

Zest of 1 orange. Save the orange segments and chop

250g couscous

250ml hot chicken stock

2 tsp olive oil

Small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped

 

 

 Method

1. Mix the mince, spices, onion and orange zest together with your hands. Roll the mixture into about 20 walnut-sized meatballs.

2. Put the couscous in a bowl, pour over the hot chicken stock, cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the meatballs and fry, turning regularly, for about 12 minutes – until browned all over and cooked through.

4. Fluff the couscous up with a fork, stir in the chopped orange, coriander and some seasoning and serve.

And that’s it! It really is that simple. I’m not a huge fan of couscous with orange in it so sometimes I buy ready flavoured couscous like roasted vegetable flavour just to mix things up a little.