Half Marathon Training – Week 2

After a brutal week of being unwell, I now have week 2 of marathon training under my belt. The same belt I am now able to tighten by a few notches again after my Festive indulgence which is a result in itself! My body is feeling semi-normal. Emphasis on the semi.


I was looking forward to getting back to running after the awful flu-type bug I’d been struck down with last week. Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% and could have easily talked myself out of getting back to the pavements, I went after work and felt 10000x better for it. The 3 miles I had planned were in the bag.


This was a planned rest day… but my brain was like, ‘a rest day only one day after you’ve been back into your normal routine after a week off, say what?!’ so I convinced Brandon to join me for a run (there was no way I could have talked myself into it alone). We ran 2.35 miles and it was hard. I was tired, my legs felt heavy and I just wasn’t over my cold/flu thing. I should listen to the plan and rest more often!


I had a really bad day at work – nothing actually happened really but I just felt angry so I decided to run my 3 miles on my lunch break. Bad idea. The run went terribly. My legs felt heavier than they did on Tuesday and then my hair bobble fell out and I had to run a mile and a half with my hair (I have a lot of hair) flapping around all over the place. This then preceded to make me even more annoyed and I had an even worse afternoon (for no real reason) in work. A bath with epsom salts and a Lush bath-bomb in the evening seemed to help. Does this make me a basic bitch?


A very much needed rest day and it’s only week 2!! I used this time wisely and started watching Celebrity Big Brother from the beginning of the series. Please note the sarcasm! Now I’m hooked on another thing that’s going to distract me from actual life stuff.. I watched 7 episodes in a row and didn’t get to sleep until well after midnight!


The 6am alarm was not pretty given the new addiction to CBB which kept me up so late the night before. However, I was determined to head home straight after work so I sucked it up, got up and ran 4 miles before work. I didn’t even have time for a coffee first! It wasn’t the fastest run but it felt pretty good and I had gotten my mojo back. By mojo, I mean feeling superior to everyone else because I ‘got stuff done’ before 8am.


I was pretty nervous to be running in the Great Edinburgh Winter Run after my really slow week of running. I wasn’t back to feeling 100% and my feet felt like lead on the end of my legs. I wanted a PB so badly and it turns out I had nothing to worry about! The atmosphere on race day pulled me through and I ran my fastest time over 5k in 23:24. I was absolutely elated! It was the hardest I’d ever ran and I felt like my lungs were going to explode but I just kept telling myself to keep going! I’m really glad I wasn’t captured on the BBC retching at the finish line…


It was another rest day! I hadn’t woken up with sore legs from running in forever but my god they hurt! Maybe that’s what happens when you actually run fast? I wouldn’t know… Brandon and I went for a 3 mile walk along the North Queensferry Coastal Route and it was great to stretch off my legs and get some steps in! The view was gorgeous. We also had a well deserved Galaxy and Honeycomb McFlurry afterwards and some cake after dinner. I’m making the most of my new found ‘life is for living’ attitude!

I’m delighted to be rounding off a pretty average (terrible) week of training. Despite getting my 13 miles done as planned, plus a couple extra, it just hasn’t felt like a great week. However, every mile counts and I’m going into next week on a high after my race on Saturday! 12 weeks to go!

L x

Why I’ve Deleted MyFitnessPal

Disclaimer: This post may contain a number of contradictions given that I just got a Garmin for Christmas and am now obsessed with the statistics delivered by this fancy piece of wrist tech.

Anyways, back to the original point of this post…

For those of you who religiously weigh your rice krispies and log a 234536 day streak on MyFitnessPal, you must be thinking I’ve lost it! Even I thought I’d lost it when I first considered the idea. How could I even contemplate deleting an app I’d used on and off (mostly on) for around 4 years, an app I’ve recommended multiple times on this blog (and still do recommend – it’s great!), an app which brings me back down to reality when I’m like ‘that portion of pasta was only like 200 kcals’ when it was actually 1000 and enough to feed a family of 4! Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration but you get my gist.

It actually wasn’t that easy to hold the little square for 10 seconds and press the cross when all my apps starting vibrating. It took me 3 or 4 days to actually do it.

Now here’s why it had to go…

It brought back far too much obsessive behaviour into my life. The kind of behaviour I’ve worked really hard over the last 2 and a bit years to control.

I loved logging low numbers and then entering my runs which would shoot my ‘calories left’ number way up! I was weighing everything that passed my lips, questioning if I should have another cup of tea or even allow myself 1 cup with milk and sugar to begin with (the answer is yes, you should always have another cup of tea especially if you’re not out drinking like everyone else in December) and then it spiralled.

I think I went out twice during December, barely drank and did not allow myself to indulge in any chocolate (except my daily advent chocolate). I didn’t want to have to log these things on MFP, so I chose going home to my flat after work (alone, as Brandon was away with work) instead of enjoying time with my friends over the Festive period. I was smashing the gym and logging a lot of miles, but I was also disconnected from the rest of the world and their celebrations.

I then realised I was weighing myself daily again – again, so I could update my weight on MFP every couple of days. I was even weighing myself sometimes in the middle of the night if I got up to go pee, which is quite frankly ridiculous.

The only positive of dealing with this for such a long period of time is I know when I’m being an idiot now… and I’m reasonable enough (with myself) to make changes to stop myself when this behaviour rears its ugly head every now and again.

Why was I doing all this? 

A goddamn dress!! Yes, you did read that correctly. The dress I’d planned to wear for New Year’s Eve. It was a size 6 and I didn’t want to look fat in it. Idiotic, I know but it seemed to make sense to me at the time.

I actually ended up binge eating a lot over Christmas (probably because I was so desperate to have all the things I’d forbidden for so long) and guess what? I didn’t look fat in the dress… And that was 7lbs heavier than I’d been before Christmas!

Some of you reading this may think I’m crazy but sometimes even when I know I’m being silly, I just can’t stop myself… even when logical Louise is right in the back of my head screaming and telling me to do the opposite of what I’m doing!

Long story, short…

I decided to delete MyFitnessPal in a bid to rid myself of this controlling behaviour.

I’m ditching weighing food for now and I’m going to be eating intuitively (within reason) whilst maintaining a healthy diet and my current training plan. I actually favour good, healthy foods over the processed ‘bad for you’ kind anyways – I just don’t need to tell an app every time I eat them!

Plus, I’m training for two half marathons this year so I don’t need to be obsessively worrying about what I’m eating! I’m burning a lot of calories and my body needs fuel if I’m going to complete my goals.

Since deleting the app I’m much happier! No more hangry Louise!! I’ve been eating bigger breakfasts and am taking an extra snack to work to give me fuel for running after work or on my lunch break. I’ve also noticed that I’m not absolutely starving by lunch time. I even ate some of Brandon and I’s home baking the other night. We made salted caramel brownies and chocolate chip cookies and I can now confirm that you may see me as the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2018. Before, I would have made Brandon taste all the goodies and given away the rest, so it feels like a small victory!

This is not to say that MyFitnessPal is in anyway responsible for my behaviour or damaging to the user. It’s actually a very useful tool for tracking macros, accountability and especially for those just starting out, as a tool to see exactly what you are eating! It’s just not something I want to be doing right now.

Have you found yourself in a similar position recently where something you once swore by just isn’t working for you anymore?

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 1


I could end this post there… but I won’t! Instead, here’s a little account of how my first week of 2018 went!


It was New Year’s Day and I woke up feeling not that hungover from the night before and I contemplated just popping out for a quick 3 miles but as my training plan had a scheduled rest day I said to myself just follow the plan and rest! So I rested… and ate Chinese! It was total heaven but I was eager to get back into my normal routine.


As I was going back to work the following day this was my last leisurely lunchtime run. Anyone who’s schedule allows for this regularly – I envy you! Anyway, it turns out Chinese and chocolate provide great fuel and I smashed a 3 mile run on the treadmill followed by a 45 minute spin class. The spin class was unplanned but I hadn’t done one in ages and when I still had a lot of energy left after my run, I just quite fancied it! The 700-odd calories that I burned didn’t hurt either. I felt great afterwards and ready for the rest of the week. I was back!!


This is where it all went downhill. My first day back to work and I woke up feeling like I’d swallowed knives in the middle of the night. My throat and my chest were agony. I had to skip my planned 3 miles. I only just about made it through work.


It only got worse from there. Luckily, Thursday was a rest day on my plan so I’d technically only missed one run so far! I went into work and as I was so unwell, my boss gave me the Friday off to recover.


Another 3 miles skipped. I was off work and this was actually the worst day of this dreaded lurgy so I was glad of the rest. Brandon was unwell too but we managed to nip out later in the day and get a big food shop. A fridge stocked full of veggies to aid recovery and lots of healthy food for the following week when we were better – perfect! Then I lay on the sofa and ate half a packet of biscuits… I just wanted to run by this point!!


I was still unwell. Possibly better than Friday but there was still no way I was getting out to run! I offered to go to the Post Office for Brandon just to get outdoors and get some steps in. I tend to get really claustrophobic if I’m in the flat all day. Netflix is now my best friend. By this point I’d watched a a number of very inspiring  documentaries from various different ones about the Reebok CrossFit Games to Finding Traction (an account of a woman’s quest to beat the men’s record on the The Long Trail – a 273 mile trail in Vermont). If I couldn’t work out myself, I was going to watch other people do it. This was another scheduled rest day anyway.


Finally I felt like I was starting to get a little better but a pounding headache and a niggly feeling in my chest meant I wasn’t quite ready to lace up my trainers yet. I asked Brandon what he thought and despite hoping he’d say ‘run’ I knew he was right in telling me to rest for 1 more day. I had to skip my 3 miles again but I got myself prepared for the week ahead and I was feeling more positive.

When deciding whether on not to work out when you’re unwell, common sense and knowing your own body goes a long way. However, there’s a little rule that I’ve read about in various different articles/running magazines, etc called the ‘neck rule’. Basically, it states that if your symptoms are above the neck (runny nose, headache, etc) you’re most likely ok to work out if you feel like you can, perhaps dropping the intensity and duration of your workout slightly. However, if your symptoms are below the neck (congestion in your chest, fever, feeling achy etc) then it’s probably best to rest up as it’s most likely a sign of flu or something more serious than a head cold. Working out when you feel like that can increase your risk of dehydration and knock your immune system further – not a good idea! This is obviously just a guide and one that helped me to make the most sensible decision for me but you should do what you feel is right for you. Equally, whilst many people push through illness and ignore all the signs they should be taking a few days off you also don’t need to feel pressured into working out just because an article says you should feel fine. Rest is never going to hurt you.

In total, I missed 3 x 3 mile runs this week. It was frustrating with it being my first week back to normality and I wanted to dive right in. But, I should know by now… things don’t always go to plan. Is the 9 miles I lost going to have any massive impact on my training for this half marathon? I very much doubt it. I have every confidence in myself that I made the right decision in resting up and I’m looking forward to next week!

Do you find it hard to take time off training when you’re unwell?

L x

2018 – Contemplation, Reflection and Goals

I spent a lot of 2017 contemplating if I was on the wrong path in my life. I know that I’ve never been doing ‘what I love’ because I avoid conversations about work and I am unfortunately one of those people who live for the weekend. I count the days from Monday to Friday and at 5pm on Friday it finally feels like I’m free. I have this same sense of freedom when I have a break from work approaching. But it’s not just that I’m excited for a long lie (lol, what’s that?), it goes much deeper than that. It’s more like what I’m doing for the majority of my time is not enough for me and I’m constantly asking myself, am I cut out for the 9-5 desk job?

It’s always suited me perfectly because I can fit in all the other activities I want to be doing around work, but then I wonder, is there a way that these things could be the central focus of my day to day life, whilst still earning a living? We see it all the time on social media where people give up their day jobs to pursue their passions. What I have promised myself to look into this year is; how realistic is it? With a mortgage to pay, I have to consider my income more carefully when thinking about going back to study or starting something from the ground up. I can’t shirk my financial responsibilities and this is one thing you don’t see on Instagram; what did these (now) successful people have to do to get there? Was there struggle on their journey or did it all just fall into place as it looks?

It’s not necessarily that I’ve waited until the New Year to start thinking about my career, but it’s as good a time as any. With life being a lot quieter in January I’m able to think clearly and put the appropriate plans in place to take action (if any is to be taken).

A new year is a time where the majority of people feel like they have a fresh start to focus on their ‘resolutions’ or goals. The important thing to remember is that each goal should come with an action plan to achieve it, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for complete disappointment. Dream big but keep things realistic. I have found that smaller, short term goals allow me to work more effectively towards a larger long time goal.

So, what are my goals for 2018? 

  1. Finish a Half-Marathon. Achieving this starts with signing up and I’ve signed myself up to 2 this year! I’ve got my training plans written out and if the injury gods allow, I’ll be smashing this goal in April.
  2. Run a sub-25 minute 5k. I want to push myself to improve on my current times (which admittedly haven’t been improving much at all recently). Have I reached my limit? I don’t know but I’m going to find out.
  3. Climb a Munro. After getting into hill-walking last year and thoroughly enjoying and experiencing the great outdoors this seemed like an obvious one for me. First step; get myself a new pair of walking boots.
  4. Read 30 books. It works out at 1 book every week and a half to 2 weeks. I think it’s a perfectly achievable goal as an avid reader and it will also encourage me to record what I’m reading and hopefully to pick up some new things I wouldn’t usually read.
  5. Bake a cake. I got a stand mixer for Christmas and I’m definitely a beginner on the baking front. I have tried to challenge myself in the kitchen and my cooking is coming along, so I want my baking abilities to follow suit. Plus, I think baking a cake for someone or a special is occasion is super cute.

I’ll likely come back to these and re-evaluate throughout the year, hopefully ticking them off and adding more!

What are your goals for 2018? Do you set yourself New Year’s resolutions?

L x

Festivities and Fitness

With the Festive season now pretty much in full swing it can be easy to get distracted by the clever marketing of the not-so-healthy indulgent goodies! Trips to the supermarket at this time of year can be torture. Nights out with lots of drinking and eating involved become more frequent and sometimes you don’t want to miss out.

You don’t have to worry. These things don’t mean you have to de-rail the fitness train. I get people ask me, ‘how do you stay on track over Christmas?’

The honest answer is; I haven’t always. However, this December I am currently at my lowest weight in 2017 and I’m consistently training 5 or 6 days per week. My training has not suffered for a number of reasons.

  1. I love it. In fact, I love training and running more than I love chocolate, cake and ice-cream. Say what?! Ok, maybe not at the time but my appreciation when I lose myself in a long run or the feeling of contentment afterwards trumps the cake high hands down! Looking after myself is what makes me happy. I might not be getting up at 5.30am like I was in the summer months but I’m making adjustments and going to the gym to run on the treadmill after work instead! It’s been -4 here in Edinburgh!
  2. I’ve worked at my goals all year. I’ve stayed true to my goals and put all the steps in place to achieve them for the last 2 years, so why would I throw them out the window in one month… just because that particular month typically involves lots of food and drinks?! I’ve also set new goals for 2018 and they are spurring me on to work even harder!
  3. I’m learning to accept myself and prioritising me. If I don’t want to drink, I don’t have to just because others are. This is something I’ve struggled with in the past and always thought I needed alcohol to have a good time. I’m realising now that I don’t but I also don’t have to miss out by staying in. By not drinking excessively (or at all), I’m prioritising what makes me happy (getting up to run the next day) over what everyone else would have to say about my lack of drinking! Do what you want and don’t jeopardise yourself or your happiness to please others.

With regards to dieting in December, it’s not necessarily going to be easy. Especially, if like me you don’t have the strongest willpower around chocolate and there’s a chance you could be swayed off track. My problem is that 1 chocolate could lead to a binge, so I find it best to avoid ‘treats’ as much as possible. This is something I’m working on. In fact, the advent calendar chocolate is working really well for me. I get one chocolate a day but there’s no more after that – even if I wanted it as I refuse to open the windows on the wrong days.

There’s also more likely to be temptations of the chocolate variety circulating the office, compared with June/July when everyone’s eating salads and kale chips to get ‘beach ready’. A 3-course Festive meal for your work Christmas night out, drinks and meals out with friends and then the hangover cures…

These calories can all add up (and inevitably will result in weight gain) if you allow this be become the norm 2 or 3 times a week at this time of year, but you can minimise the damage. How?

Brandon and I went to my former place of work The Dome, in Edinburgh last weekend for a Festive lunch with our Mums. The three course menu was full of rich indulgent options and I didn’t want to restrict myself too much. Here’s what I did for damage control;

  • I went for a run in the morning before lunch. A 5k run typically burns anywhere between 350-400 calories depending on speed/time etc, giving me a bit of leeway with the extra calories!
  • Pre-planning your daily intake around this meal can really help to reduce your calorie consumption for the day. If you know you’re going to eat 1500 in one meal, it’s a good idea to reduce the number of calories you consume in your other meals. I had two Weetabix with milk for breakfast after my run (around 250 kcals) and as we weren’t actually that hungry in the evening afterwards, I just had two slices of wholemeal toast with raspberry jam (again, only 250 kcals). On a normal day I would obviously usually consume more calories for dinner, but I did not need them after allowing myself more for lunch.
  • I opted for the fish main course, rather than the typical high-calorie Christmas dinner. I’m saving that for Christmas Day at my Mum’s! You can’t beat your homemade Christmas dinner anyway! Whilst the fish option still had a saffron butter and was most likely cooked in oil (not how I’d typically serve it at home), it will still be much lower in calories and fat than the other options; beef, lamb and full turkey dinner.

Then, this week I had a drinks reception in my office and my Christmas night out. Did I have a drink and eat dessert? Yes. Did I gain weight? No.

It’s all about everything in moderation. Don’t write off the entire month of December just because of 3 or 4 nights out where you may be out of your usual routine. Equally, don’t restrict yourself on these nights.

Enjoy the Festive Season!

L x

Injury Update – November 2017

Back in March/April I slipped a disk in my back which caused all sorts of problems with my hips… Now it’s my shoulder!

I started getting a really sore back/shoulder and could not quite pinpoint what was causing it or where specifically the pain was located. Was it my back or was it my shoulder? It would come and go and I put it down to just being a knot in my upper back after a long day at work. However, as I’ve been seeing my chiropractor regularly, I mentioned it to him on one of my more recent visits. I was experiencing the pain that particular day which is what made me speak up.

I didn’t even realise the complexity of the shoulder until he began to explain to me that there were a number of locations within my shoulder that the pain could be coming from, meaning that resolving it wasn’t going to be all that easy.

I’m now seeing him once a week as opposed to once a month for more regular adjustments and hope that it will get better! I’ve also booked myself in for my first sports massage in December too so I’ll let you all know how that goes…

I started freaking out when I told him, thinking that he was going to prescribe total rest (total hell). Of course, if he had I would have adhered to it but I can’t think of anything worse than another extended period of no running/workouts. Thankfully, he didn’t – for now! (Cross your fingers and toes and everything else for me). I am avoiding any exercises that put particular strain on my shoulder at the moment, though I’m not sure runnings much better really.

I’m trying to keep a positive outlook and to not let this have a negative impact on what training I am doing or the rest of my life.

L x

Friday Five – 17th November 2017

It’s Black Friday in the UK which means SALES everywhere! Are you guys taking advantage of this? I’m going to be scouring the internet today in search of the best fitness-related bargains!

Anyways… Here’s what I’m grateful for and have achieved this week;

  • My boyfriend, Brandon. He supports and encourages me in everything I do! I couldn’t ask for a better partner to have by my side. I had a nightmare the other night that he had died, which is why this one feels so prominent this week! I woke up in a panic and could not be more relieved to roll over and find him next to me!
  • Our beautiful flat. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I own my own flat at the age of 24 and have the ability to project my visions into it! I love building a cosy home.
  • Discovering peppermint tea. This one seems a bit daft but I drink it every day and am so glad I replaced my 8 coffees a day with this caffeine-free alternative. I feel so much better for it.
  • Getting back on the treadmill. I’d developed a bit of a fear that I could no longer sustain a decent run on the treadmill after spending the majority of the year running outdoors. However, last night, when I really didn’t feel like going to the gym at all – I got it done and faced my fear!
  • Soup success. I made two different soups this week – Butternut Squash with Bacon and Minestrone. Two years ago, before I started this crazy journey I would never have been in the kitchen making soups from scratch, it was always a tin for me. I love eating my own fresh, home-cooked meals.

I’m finding doing these posts very humbling. It brings you down to earth and allows you to connect with what really brings you happiness. I am appreciating the little things a lot more!

Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

L x

Winter Warmers – Recipes

One of my favourite things to do since I learned how to cook properly/from scratch is to find and experiment with new recipes and flavours! Fuelling my body with fresh, homemade meals has become a bit of a hobby for me recently. As promised, here are some of the recipes I’ve been cooking up in the kitchen since Winter arrived.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon Bits

This recipe is less than 250kcals per serving and tastes like Christmas in a bowl! 


1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into large chunks
3 whole carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
250g of raw bacon, diced into small pieces
1 small onion, diced
1 small apple, cut into small pieces
480ml of chicken stock
240ml of reduced fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoons of cinnamon (this is all down to personal taste)
1 tablespoon of nutmeg


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  • Put the squash and carrots into a bowl and toss with coconut oil.
  • Cover the bottom of a baking dish with squash and carrots and roast uncovered for 35 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large stock pot over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Then remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside for the soup garnish, leaving the juicy bacon fat in the pot.
  • Add the onion and apple to the stock pot and sauté in bacon fat over medium heat until tender – about 5 minutes approx.
  • Add the roasted butternut squash, carrots, chicken broth, and coconut milk to stock pot and bring to a boil, while stirring regularly.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Blend your soup until smooth.
  • Return the smooth ingredients to the pot and bring to a simmer and season with salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Serve your soup in large bowls garnished with bacon or you can freeze it!

Chicken and Bacon One Tray Bake

Best consumed cosied up on a Sunday evening after a day outdoors! 

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 200g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 10 new potatoes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 6 rashers of bacon, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Place the chicken thighs, tomatoes, onion, potatoes, garlic and most of the basil in a large roasting dish. Spray with low calorie cooking spray, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Sit the chicken on top of the ingredients and cook in the hot oven for around 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, sprinkle the bacon evenly across the dish, and then place back into the oven to cook for a further 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve with the remaining basil and add some greens to bulk out your meal.

Prawn Jalfrezi

This one packs a punch and will certainly keep you warm! It’s a Slimming World recipe for any of you who happen to follow that particular plan. 


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 green chillies – 2 deseeded and finely chopped, 2 split lengthways
  • 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • A pinch of sweetener
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp fat-free natural yogurt
  • 1 onion, thickly sliced
  • 500g raw peeled king or tiger prawns
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 level tsp cornflour


  • Spray a deep non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the garlic, chopped chillies, chopped tomatoes, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, sweetener and salt and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes start to soften.
  • Add the split chillies and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the yogurt and 200ml water. Stir well, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about one-third, stirring occasionally. Don’t worry if the yoghurt separates at first – it will disappear into the sauce eventually!
  • While the sauce is cooking, spray another non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the onion, prawns and peppers and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the prawns turn pink. Add the tomato wedges and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.
  • Mix the cornflour with 1 tbsp cold water to form a smooth paste, stir into the sauce and simmer for a few seconds or until it thickens, stirring constantly. Add the stir-fried prawns and vegetables to the sauce, stir well and bring to the boil.
  • Serve with your favourite rice.


So there it is… Proof that delicious dishes perfect for colder weather don’t have to be full of fat and loaded with unnecessary calories. Just remember that a recipe isn’t set in stone and if you know what you’re doing with flavours, these can all be adapted to suit your tastes. Try them out and let me know what you think!

L x

Friday Five – 10th November 2017

I saw this on someone’s blog and thought I’d give it a go… I’m going to try to do it on a weekly basis!

It’s really important to acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small! However, its equally as important to be grateful for where you are in your life and the fact you are able to achieve these things.

It doesn’t come easy to everyone to be grateful on a daily basis – but the more you practise, the easier it becomes – and you SHOULD be practising. Gratitude plays a huge part in positive psychology and one of the greatest tools in looking after your health and well-being is a positive attitude!

Being grateful can massively improve your self esteem and allow you to appreciate your body and everything it can do! Rather than focusing on flaws you can say, ‘I’m grateful that my legs allow me to walk every single day’. This attitude is hugely important for progression within a sport; be it, bodybuilding, powerlifting or running.

Gratitude also reduces our materialistic tendencies as human beings and opens our eyes to the bigger picture in life. The things that really matter; self-love, family, friends become more important and in turn surrounding ourselves with these people, breeds positivity.

I could go on and on about the benefits of being grateful; but you get my gist.

Here are five things I’m grateful for or have achieved this week;

  • Getting up to train in the morning 3 times this week before work. Whilst this is usually the norm for me, this week I’ve been lacking my usual get-up and go attitude so it feels like an achievement!
  • Maintaining.  I have been consistent over the years and have now gotten my body to a stage where I am able to enjoy myself a little or have a ‘day off’ tracking what I’m eating and it won’t have any major effects on my weight/body.
  • Loved ones. Brandon’s Granny turned 85 on Wednesday and we went to an Italian restaurant to celebrate with all the family.
  • Making good choices. I ordered a roast chicken salad in the Italian restaurant, as opposed to a heavy pasta dish or a pizza. I had some birthday cake and chocolate afterwards but I’m glad I made the healthier choice for my main course.
  • Finishing a book. I made a promise to myself to try and read 1 book per week and I’ve been keeping up with it. This week I finished a novel that was nearly 700 pages. I find this relaxes me and allows for some ‘me-time’ away from the TV or my phone.

Do any of you practise gratuity? What have you achieved this week?

L x

My New Hobby – Walking

The irony of this post as a runner; I know!

Fitness is not one size fits all. What works wonders for one person, may not work for another person. Or you might DESPISE something that someone else loves! We simply cannot box everyone into one way of thinking/doing things and that’s one thing I love about keeping fit and looking after myself.

Over the years, I’ve talked about my passion for and how I fell in love with running on this blog, so it came as quite a shock to me recently when I accidently stumbled (probably quite literally) across a new ‘sport’. Running’s, slower but no less effective friend, walking!

I’ve  done a few hill walks in Edinburgh, particularly the Pentlands but it all really started when I was on holiday in the Highlands. Brandon and I had made an itinerary of what we wanted to do whilst we were there and walking wasn’t on the list. However, whilst out driving a scenic route to get somewhere we found a ‘Forest Walk’ and at a loss for something to do on one of our ‘chill out’ days (again, the irony) we decided to give it a go. Whilst googling further details about the walk; the route, where to park, etc, I discovered a website called WalkHighlands and in turn, found out we were pretty near some spectacular walks and hills that other people travel to Scotland specifically for.

We did the forest walk and then the following day went back on our trusty website to look up a walk my Dad had told me years ago that he’d done before, Ben Braggie – the walk up to The Duke of Sutherland. After that one, I was hooked and we ended up looking for more to do daily. It turned into a walking holiday. Luckily, I’d packed my old walking boots that I had from my Duke of Edinburgh days. They’ve since packed in and the leather has started splitting from the sole – probably down to age.

Since we’ve been home, I’ve spent my time planning weekend walks and we spent a beautiful afternoon last Sunday in the Pentlands. The route we chose, Monks Brigg and Braid Law (part of the Nine Mile Burn) was super boggy but the views at the top were well worth it! I previously hated living in Scotland, mostly due to the weather, but I think I have now just started to uncover it’s true beauty and my passion for something I never thought I’d enjoy.

I may chosen the wrong time of year to get into it but I am already dreaming of bagging Munro’s and new walking boots are on my Christmas wish list! Watch this space for a Munro (that’s my surname) on a Munro next year!

Have you found any new or exciting hobbies that you never expected you’d enjoy?

L x