Sunday, 1 November 2015

Dog Walking

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” ― Marilyn Monroe

I am obsessed. With a dog. The cutest dog you ever did see. This post is a blatant excuse for me to look at pictures of her again, so if you love dogs then dive on in!


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Processed Meat - should I eat it?

“A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.” 
― A.P. HerbertUncommon Law: Being 66 Misleading Cases

Having spent the last 3 months obsessing over grams of sugar, it turns out that perhaps I should have been paying more attention to the meat I'm eating.

Research today is saying that processed meat could be as dangerous to our health as arsenic.. a pretty scary headline considering the amount of sausages and bacon the UK consumes.  Thankfully I'm not a massive meat lover, however most of the meat that I do eat is processed, due to it being a bit less meaty for my tastebuds!  This news however has really put me off those slices of ham and burgers I like to chomp on....

The recommended amount remains at 70g of red or processed meat per day, but that only equates to one small sausage and according to today's news even that little could raise cancer risks.  Cancer Research UK released this info graphic today, which you might find useful?

Have a look at some of the articles online, like this one,  and make your own mind up, but it seems to be pretty conclusive to me.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Spa Day - Marriott Tudor Park

My friend and I planned a little treat day as we have very different work schedules and it's normally quite hard to find time to catch up.  We decided to have a lovely relaxing afternoon at a spa and after much deliberation eventually settled on the Marriott Tudor Park in Maidstone.  
We found a decent deal which included afternoon tea and a treatment so we booked  ourselves in and I offered to drive us down to Maidstone.  The grounds and leisure facilities were lovely.  The pool felt very spacious and wasn't busy at all which was fab.
We took our gym kit but decided not to actually expend any energy and instead we had a lazy swim/gossip before heading down to the spa to enjoy a massage. 
After being thoroughly relaxed, we got changed and headed up to the bistro for our afternoon tea - after all, we'd worked up quite an appetite with all that chatting.  It felt a bit naughty to be eating jam and scones after so long without sugar and carbs - but a little treat now and then is necessary.. I'm sure it is....

Unfortunately the traffic on the way back was horrific so my shoulders returned to their normal resting place under my ears pretty quickly, but it was great to have a chilled afternoon with one of my closest friends.  I'd visit the spa again, seeing as it's pretty handy for where I live, but I'm sure it'll be a while before I find the time again


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Operation Tiger Prawn - A Healthy Eating Experiment

Make it a lifestyle, not a duty

So I'm 10 weeks into the 'new me' which I have to admit is getting pretty dull. Whilst I'm grateful for the changes I see in my figure and although I am definitely learning how to make better choices, those choices of salad and tap water get a bit boring when everyone around me is eating yummy carbs. I don't want to give up, but I am going to have to become a bit more lenient so that I don't go crazy and binge.

Seeing as it's such a change from my usual eating I thought a few pics might inspire me to keep going, after all there's only 4 weeks until Vegas!

 Yes, i made cauliflower base pizza - yummy. It didn't taste like pizza, more spanish omelette, but definitely delicious.

Eating at home is definitely easier than choosing wisely in restaurants, tonight's delight was scrambled eggs with ham, mushroom, spinach and feta - not bad at all.  In restaurants I'm sticking to chicken salad more or less, my favourite is the Zizzi chicken and prosciutto new menu listing - give it a try.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sunny Sunday on the Southbank

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” 
― Charles M. Schulz

My family were in London for the weekend and enjoying the last of the sun, we decided to have brunch on the sunny Southbank to discuss theatre, diets and dogs over eggs and avocado.
Now, you already know that I'm a giant dog fan (not just a fan of giant dogs) and can't resist smiling at pooches as I walk past, however living in a flat in London and working more than 40 hours a week doesnt exactly lend itself to having my own right now. 

So the next best thing is hugging my sister's cockapoo, as often as possible.  Worn out from her first train journey, she snuggled up on my lap and slept while we ate and talked.
She's only 4 months old and is growing into the cutest teddy bear looking thing I've ever seen.   You can tell by my big smile below that I was having a lovely old time!

We got endless stares, comments and strokes as we strolled along the river and she lapped up the attention.  We made a tour of the food market behind the Royal Festival Hall stopping to ogle the giant cookies and salted caramel brownies, which I managed to resist.


We found these really cute mini bottles of champers while we talked to a stall owning dog lover, perfect for a Christmas gift (yes I said Christmas already!)
Forget boys and clothes, my two other loves aside from dogs are books and carousel horses, so you can imagine my delight posing for both of these photos
If your first love IS clothes then I'm wearing a Zara knit cardi, kept me nice and cosy when the sun went into hiding.

The Wonderground is a little haven from the hustle and bustle (even though it's busy). The fairy lights and music give it a really nice vibe

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Countdown to Vegas

“The view from the window, particularly if you enjoy neon, is extraordinary.” 
― Chris BachelderBear V. Shark

So yes, you guessed right - I'm heading back to Vegas before the end of the year.  This time I'm 'dragging' three friends who've never been before and I cannot wait to show them my fave city (after London obvs).  It'll be just over 18 months since I last visited so the perfect opportunity for a refresher and a good old catch up with my bestie who lives there.

There are 3 months to go until my trip and I'm already counting down the days.. not sure I'll be sugar free that week...
We're staying at a central Strip hotel that I've not stayed at before and because we're going on a quiet weekend we got an amazing deal meaning we could do direct flights, with cocktail money left over.

I've been lucky enough to go on several holidays this year, mostly blogged here and here but Vegas will most likely be the highlight (although Venice really was amazing...).  It's great to let your hair down, have a boogie, and a cheesecake slice or too.  I want recommendations for night clubs, so if you have any please let me know!

It won't be hot enough to lie by the pool, but should be a good temperature for heading up and down the Strip sight seeing.  The skyline changes each time I visit and I genuinely can't get enough!

I've even convinced two other friends to book trips this year, one is luckily going the same week as me so will be a double fun occasion. I'm super excited to show them around and make some new memories.  We've booked to see Celine Dion in concert at Caesar's Palace, which I can't wait for.  If it's anything like the Elton gig I saw last year, we'll have a great night.

Am debating a trip to the Grand Canyon and despite my return visits to LV I've still not been. Are there any other attractions you think I might have missed?I'm looking forward to a cocktail at the Parasol Up bar at the Wynn and a grilled cheese sandwich at the Grand Luxe in the Venetian.
I'm also keen to see a Cirque du Soleil show - any top tips? 'Love' has been my favourite so far.  It was literally breath-taking, I was totally amazed.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Another healthy eating post....

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” ― Jim Davis

I appreciate that my posts are more cupcakes than courgette normally, but as I've been focusing on eating better and a wider range of food I've been looking online for inspiration and thought I'd share a few things here in case you, too, are sick of baked dry chicken breast!

Today's trawl netted a couple of recipes I'm definitely going to try 

Firstly a chicken recipe that sounds juicy;

A good way to make courgette a little more interesting;

As a pizza-holic this sounds right up my street;

I'm feeling positive though, despite eating rather over lemony cod fillet and under cooked carrots for dinner.  I did 2 excellent workouts this weekend, (the Bodycoach is my HIIT inspo) and ate well.  
Knowing I'm filling my belly with healthy nutrients is actually satisfying even if the meals aren't quite so...  I'm treating myself to new things (like this handbag) rather than food treats. Reading and nail painting distract myself from treat time too along with loads of romcoms!

We can do it guys!