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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

Pumspiration…Monday Motivation

It’s the start of a new week and I’m forgetting the sins of the weekend (cough sticky peacan bourbon pudding!) and starting afresh.

My morning started in work with a cup of coffee and my breakfast of porridge with cashew butter.  I used a sachet of Moma Super Seeds with a tsp. of Pip & Nut’s Honey Cinnamon Cashew Butter (looooove this stuff).

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At around 11am I had a satsuma and a plum (from our garden, more plums to follow throughout the day!).  I also had around 1.5l water…I drink a lot!

At 12pm it was time for the gym and today I did a workout from Polish fitness goddess Ewa Chodakowska.  I went with my gym buddy Kasia and we just youtube’d her 40 min Skalpel workout on the big screen in the gym…now this one burned!  The video is in Polish but we just muted the sound, turned up the tunes and followed her moves.  If you’ve not heard about her I seriously recommend you check her out!

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Lunch was a green pepper stuffed with lentils and mixed veg (from our work canteen and pretty tasty) along with a banana, another plum and more water.

Around 3pm I had a cup of tea with milk and a granny smith apple.

En route home I did a big shop for the week.  Josh and I are going to try to be really good for the  next 2 weeks before our holidays (me to New Zealand and Singapore and him to America!) so I loaded up on fruit, veg and lean meats.

I put on a big batch of vegetable lentil soup and made a quick dinner of an easy tuna nicoise.

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I’ll probably have some more fruit before bed but all in all a good Monday.  Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

 

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’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Chili

This is my tried and tested recipe for turkey chili.  I love beef chili but like to mix it up and use turkey now and again for something a little lighter.

I usually make a big batch of this and freeze off portions.  Then when I fancy having some for lunch or dinner I just defrost overnight.

This is great with quinoa, brown rice, baked jacket or sweet potatoes!

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Pum’s Tasty Turkey Chili

Ingredients
  1. 500g lean turkey mince
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 red peppers, chopped
  4. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tin kidney beans
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 300ml stock (I prefer beef stock to make it richer)
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
What Pum did
  1. Heated the oil in a large pot and browned the turkey mince.
  2. Added the onion and cooked until soft.
  3. Mixed in all other ingredients and left to bubble for 30-45 mins until sauce thickened (remembering to stir occasionally).

 

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This is so tasty and you can totally adapt the spices to your own preference.

It’s also deeeelicious with some grated cheese melted on top for an extra treat!!

 

Pum x

 

Pumspiration…Recipe Roundup

Recipe roundup over the past few weeks has been looking goooooood.  Here’s my list of saved recipes from my favourite blogs…

Hemsley + Hemsley

Celeriac Spaghetti + Kale Carbonara

Who’d have thought of spiralizing celeriac?!  Not me anyway…I love celeriac, can’t wait to give this one a go!

 

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Madeleine Shaw

Lentils with Roasted Aubergine and Tahini Dressing

My love affair with aubergine continues and I’m having a real thing for lentils just now so this one is right up my street.

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IQuitSugar

Baked One-Pot Coconut Fish Curry

A bit rich coming from me  but I do love the blog IQuitSugar and it has some really great recipes.  This one seems dead easy and looks very tasty!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts…yum!

 

Green Kitchen Stories

Spring Celebration Salad

I mentioned in one of my recent posts here that I’m really keen to keep going with the salads over summer so always on the lookout for a combination I’ve not tried.

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The Wheatless Kitchen

Toasted Coconut Stovetop Granola

How bloomin’ wonderful does this look?  Love the taste (and smell) of toasted coconut…

 

 

There recipes should keep me busy in the kitchen…for a little while at least!

 

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
 

 

Pumspiration…Current ‘To Try’ Recipes

What a couple of weeks it’s been…not bad just busy both in work and socially!

The gym’s been sliding a bit as I’ve not been feeling 100% and I’ve not been all that adventurous with my cooking (few sickness issues but just need to get used to my sensitive stomach I think).  Soooo in light of this I’ve been keenly reading my favourite blogs and saving the recipes I can’t wait to try soon!

Nourishing Amelia

Spring Quinoa Lemon & Herb Salad

I’m still loving my homemade soup for lunch but if (and that’s a big if) the weather changes for the better I bet this quinoa salad would make for a welcome change.

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Half Baked Harvest

20 Minute Basil Cashew Chicken

I love the flavours of both basil and cashew nuts so I’m looking forward to trying this combination!

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Gimme Some Oven

My All-Time Favourite Gumbo

I have NEVER tried, let alone cooked gumbo.  But any time I hear mention of it (e.g. in a film…Bubba’s mumma’s gumbo anyone?) I have a total craving for it!

When I saw this come up on one of my favourite blogs I knew this was one for me to try.

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Skinny Kitchen

Skinny Chicken and Spinach Quiche

The recipes on Skinny Kitchen are great because they have a really useful nutritional guide section…take this quiche, it only has 227 kcal per portion.  While I don’t usually calorie count I think this would be a fab recipe to save for days I’m wanting to cut back a little!

 

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I could spend hours looking through blogs for foodie inspiration, I just love it!  Any new blogs I should have a look at?

 

Pum x