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Pum update…Week 1 January DONE (again)

Having been forced back into routine very early on the 3rd of January I’ll admit it has actually been nice having some structure again after the festive madness.  I remember well the feeling of achievement getting through my first healthy week of 2016 by writing ‘Pum update…Week 1 January DONE’.

I’m at it again and while there has been a few stray Christmas chocolates, a sticky toffee pudding incident and a couple of glasses of wine consumed, for the most part I’ve gone into January with a healthy mind-set.

Fitness

Last week’s fitness rundown:

  • Tuesday (1st day back at work)
    • 5 mins cross trainer warm up
    • boxing sets of jabs, uppers, hooks and a squat combination
    • low-key for starting back but my legs felt it!
  • Wednesday
    • Insanity fitness test DVD
    • I piggybacked on my team-member’s workout, it was tough but I did feel great having done it.
  • Thursday
    • Weights circuit (deadlifts, squats, pull-downs, bench-press, tricep-curls and Russian twists)
    • I really like the weights circuit I follow, I start at the back of the gym and work my way towards the exit!
  • Friday
    • 30 mins cross trainer workout.
  • Saturday
    • 7 mile walk at Loch Katrine.

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Eating

I’m back on the oats wagon and have mainly been having porridge or overnight oats for breakfast.  They fill me up and are perfect if I’m going to the gym over lunchtime as I don’t ever feel weak or queasy (which I sometimes do if I’ve not had enough to eat).

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I’ve also been having soup every day for lunch.  Last week’s choice was a lovely homemade roast butternut squash and parsnip blended soup (roasted with plenty smoked paprika) – very yummy!  The only downside to this is that I don’t seem to be the only one making fresh healthy soups as the queue for the microwave in work has doubled!

Despite having a bit of a focus on healthy eating I’ve still managed to have some really nice dinners.  Josh was a star last week and pretty much had my dinner ready for me every night (due to year-end madness in work).  We had duck, chicken, and sea bass throughout the week.  I also got a chance to use my new Denby bowls (I already had the shallow ones but my mum got me the big deep ones for Christmas, perfect for stir-fry).

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All in all it has been a week of balance, no extreme January crash diets but getting back into a good routine!

 

Pum x

Pum update…What’s been happening?

Hello, I’m back!  It’s been nearly 6 weeks since my last blogpost but for good reason, I’ve been very busy…

The start of October was taken up with birthday surprises and treats (I have definitely been spoiled).   Then I was off for the big trip to visit big sistas Keeks in New Zealand and Biff in Singapore.

I’ve just about shaken the jetlag and feeling almost back to normal.

The past month has been filled with sooooo much good food and drink.  I’ll need to do some specific posts on a couple of highlights (namely the Peat Inn where Josh took me for my birthday and Raffles in Singapore for brunch, treated by Biff).

 

In the meantime here’s a little taster of the amazing food I’ve been enjoying…

Beautiful Michelin star dinner at the Peat Inn in Scotland

Brunch in New Zealand (Lake Taupo)

Lovely lamb and beef shank dinner in New Zealand (Rotorua)

Incredible chilli crab in Singapore

Delicious desserts in Singapore (top of Marina Bay Sands)

Street food in Singapore

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg I’ve been so incredibly lucky to have experienced so much in the past 6 weeks.  2016 has been a good year!!

 

Pum x

Pum update…Gymwear Wishlist

I feel in need of a workout wardrobe refresh and here’s what I’ve got my eye on.  Somebody pry the credit card from my hand!!

 

Gym Leggings

My favourite of all gymwear, I do love a good pair of leggings!  The best place for leggings IMHO is H&M.  Affordable, comfortable and fashionable with a great selection, I don’t tend to deviate from here.

I noticed a couple of newbies to the collection that I’m keen to acquire…

 

Sports Bras

Now these bras mentioned here are not only on my wish-list but on my must-have list.  Serena Williams has named and promoted the brand of sports bras that she has used throughout her career, Berlei.  I had never heard of this Australian brand before and was intrigued…but half expecting an ugly industrial strength crop top!

Well I couldn’t have been more wrong!

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Berlei has such pretty designs in a brilliant range of sizes, and delivers to the UK woo! 

These two are currently in my basket with my finger hovering over the ‘checkout’ button (must resist, holidays to pay for!)

 

 

Workout Tops

Now I know this is completely buying into a brand name but if these gorgeous tops make me feel even remotely like an angel while working out I’m in.

I’ve never bought anything from the Victoria Secret’s Sport range but I’m seriously tempted.

 

I’m still super happy with the Adidas Ultra Boost that I got for Christmas last year and the best thing about them is they go with pretty much all gymwear!

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Will keep you updated of any purchases!

 

Pum x

Pum update…How The Scandinavians Do It

Carrying on with my work travel series I’m recently back from a work trip to Sweden and Copenhagen.  My trips last year covered Italy, Portugal and Spain which were all brilliant, but it was really nice for me to get the opportunity to go to Scandinavia where I’ve never been before.

Food

Scandinavia is a fantastic place for seafood and I managed to try some delicious salmon, char and fish eggs while I was there.  We went to a great little restaurant Hambergs Fisk in Uppsala which I’d definitely recommend.

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In Copenhagen I had uhhhmazing thinly sliced duck with dark cherries.   Not a typically Scandinavian dish but excellent nonetheless.

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And a trip to Denmark isn’t complete without a Danish pastry…or three!!

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Sights

I was really impressed with both Uppsala and Copenhagen.  There was so much to see and the architecture was so interesting.  We took in some beautiful botanic gardens, lovely canals and of course a visit to the Little Mermaid!

 

Exercise

I packed my gym stuff with great intentions but lack of time and tiredness from the travelling prevented me from unpacking it.  We did manage to keep up the steps while we’re there as we were both in agreement that walking is the best way to take in a city.

 

All in all a fun and balanced trip!

 

Pum x

Pum update…Eating Out Lately

In the last month or so I’ve been eating reaaaallly well.  And by well I don’t mean particularly healthy but just absolutely delicious food!

Here’s an update and a bit of a review of where I’ve been eating and what I’ve been enjoying…

Yauatcha Soho

I spent this past weekend in London (don’t worry I’m likely to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic weekend!).  One of the highlights of the trip was catching up with an old friend over a fantastic meal.

She recommended we go to Yauatcha, a Michelin stat dim-sum restaurant in Soho.

My first Michelin star experience (hopefully not the last) and I was not disappointed!

We had an amazing selection of dim-sum, pictured below is the char siu bun, venison puff and prawn cheung fun.

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The Ship on the Shore

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I spent a lovely Sunday in Edinburgh.  We went to a seafood restaurant in Leith which I would recommend so much.  We has mussels, seafood chowder and lobster paella.  I love fresh seafood and this was just great!!

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Singl-end

I caught up with the lovely Emma over lunch on a recent Saturday and she recommended we went up to a little place on Renfrew Street in Glasgow.  I would never have know this was there without her telling me!

I had the delicious meaty baked eggs which was eggs oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli!

We then split 2 of their selection of gorgeous cakes; the peanut butter and jelly cake and the millionaire shortbread.  YUM!

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India Quay

I took Chris for a late father’s day dinner/movie date and decided on the India Quay since it was close by to the IMAX.  I had been there before and know it’s a great choice for just a really good Indian meal.

We ate a lot…

A sharing platter of starters (not pictured), 2 different curries with rice and naan.  We were absolutely stuffed but it was worth it!

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Krispy Kreme

Now I’m not sure if this really qualifies as eating out but I had a coffee and donut with Kathi in Krispy Kreme and I loved it so it’s made it onto the post!

Chocolate dreamcake for her and PB&J for me!

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I pity people that don’t enjoy eating out as much as I do…it’s just so great!

 

Pum x

 

 

 

 

 

Pum update…Busy June

Waw…it’s only when I’ve sat down to write this post that I’ve realised how much fun I’ve had in June so far!

A lot of amazing food and spending time with friends and family, here’s my roundup of all recent things diet and exercise…

Eating In

Cooking for myself I’ve been fairly consistent in keeping up with salads and increasing my veg intake.  Although I really can’t get enough feta cheese which is upping the calories but it just tastes sooooo yum.

 

I’m also lucky that Josh likes to cook (and admittedly is good at it).  Last night he adapted a prawn and smoked sausage recipe from Pinterest that was really tasty (albeit a bit too spicy for me…blew my head off!).

 

 

This month it was my big sister Biff’s birthday and she came home for a visit from Singapore.  Over the weekend that she was here there was a lot of eating!  My mum and Chris put on some food for the family and the highlight for me definitely was the carrot cake birthday cake…amazing!

 

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Eating Out

Carrying on from above since Biff was over for such a short time we had a few meals out to celebrate her birthday, not seeing her since December, my Papa’s birthday and father’s day.

We had brunch in Forgan’s in St Andrews (full breakfast not pictured, it was wolfed down too quickly)

Then it was Scotts in Troon for lunch (always a winner…those mussels were to die for)

And to round off the long weekend it was Harvey Nichols (starting point of all brilliant shopping days in Edinburgh) and Tigerlily

I’ve also enjoyed a couple of delicious meals with friends.

CAU (unbelievable steaks) and Paesano (ohhh the pizza) both in Glasgow

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Exercise

In spite of the above decadence I’ve managed to keep up a fair amount (and varying forms) of exercise this month.

I went down to Lake Windermere with friends for a weekend and tried kayaking for the first time which I loved!

I’ve kept up the walking as planned and also continued my gym-going with a lot of boxing, TRX and stability ball work.

 

Keeping track of my steps and still aiming for the 10k per day!

 

My weight hasn’t really changed over the past few months which to be honest I’m happy with.  I’m having a great time enjoying myself and think I’ve struck a pretty good balance between health and indulgence.

I treated myself to a new dress for a wedding coming up and still comfortable in a UK size 12 which I think it a better indication than weight anyways (sorry for the poor picture quality, I’m sure I’ll have better photos after the wedding).

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Pum x

Pum update…WIAW

Well it’s been a few months since I did a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) post and seeing as it’s Wednesday…

I was pretty organised today and brought my breakfast, lunch and snacks to work.  Recently it’s been a hit or a miss whether I make or buy my breakfast/lunch but I definitely feel the benefit both financially and weight-wise when I prepare and bring my food from home.

I ate my breakfast once I got into work at 8.30am.  This was my breakfast berry smoosh and a machine coffee (bad habit but coffee was needed this morning!).

My breakfast berry smoosh is a mixture of greek yoghurt, raspberries, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds all smooshed together.

At 10.30am I had a green tea and then at 11am I was going to have a pre-gym snack but I was so busy chatting I almost missed the class completely!

Today’s gym class was a really fun but tough boxercise class.

At 1pm once I was back at my desk I had my lunch which was homemade carrot soup and  a pink grapefruit.

I LOVE pink grapefruits, so sweet I could honestly eat one after another…

 

At 2pm I had a tangerine and some pistachios nuts along with a mug of Feijoa tea (new delivery all the way from big sis Keeks in NZ!).

 

Tonight’s dinner was a bit of a ‘what do I have in the fridge/freezer?’ effort…but it turned out really tasty.

In a pan I fried off a few tomatoes and a yellow pepper.  I then added frozen mediterranean prawns from Aldi (highly recommended, super easy and only 160kcal for a massive bag!) and stirfried until cooked through.  I served this with some buckwheat noodles.  Very good if I do say so myself!

 

 

After dinner it was a cup of milky tea and a chocolate biscuit, because why not!

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So that was a pretty decent day in my opinion!

I’ve actually had a really good exercise week so far.  The weather’s getting better and I’m taking the opportunity to get outside more.

On Sunday Josh and I (and the dog) went out a lovely walk (ended up around 5 miles); Monday lunchtime I gave the gym a miss and went a powerwalk with my gym buddy Kasia; same on Tuesday lunch break and at night Josh and I went a 3 mile jog/walk that I really enjoyed (hope we keep it up I’ve let running slide a little this year); and then my boxercise class today.

One day closer to the weekend!
Pum x