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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 recommends…TRX Training

Before I started regularly going to the gym I’d never heard of, let alone tried, TRX training.  Initially the contraption looked scary and one I’d stay far away from at the gym.  Then after being shown how to use it plus a few simple exercises by one of my lovely gym instructors I have really enjoyed bringing this into my workouts.

TRX basically uses suspension to make normally bodyweight exercises much tougher.  It’s great for strength training but you can also incorporate cardio/plyo moves.

The best thing about TRX is that it can be used most places; in the gym, at home or traveling.  You just need to set it up over something like a door that can be fixed or even a sturdy tree if you like to workout outside.  The website here gives you all the info you need to set up.

Here’s some of the basic moves I like to use.  After a couple of circuits with 10-20 reps each you’ll be feeling the burn for sure!

 

One leg squat

Using the TRX for support, lift one leg and squat low.

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One leg lunge

Secure one leg in the TRX and lunge low (balance is key in this one).

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Standing row

Use the TRX to pull your body upright (the lower the starting point the harder).

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Jump squat

Similar to a normal jump squat, the support of the TRX will help you squat lower and jump higher.

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Standing press

I think of this as a standing push-up (the lower the starting point the harder).

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Plank variations

Securing your feet in the TRX and planking is tough enough but there are so many variations such as; swinging forward and backwards, reaching out and tapping alternate hands and bringing your knees up to your chest and back down.  Definitely keeps it interesting!

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For me it’s important not to get bored in the gym, especially if that’s mainly where you do your exercise.  I did a TRX workout today that my gym buddy Kasia came up with, one of us on the TRX and one using the bench then alternating.  4 different circuits with 2 exercises, 10 reps each, for 3 rounds.  Tough but fun!

 

If you’ve not tried it I definitely recommend checking out if your gym stocks the equipment and having a go!  The full professional kit can be quite expensive to buy but there are much cheaper alternatives out there from the likes of Amazon, Argos and even Aldi if you decide it’s for you.

 

Pum x

Pumspiration…Thursday Thoughts

I’m so happy it’s June aaaaaand it actually feels like summer!!

I must admit I’m in a very happy mood and pretty content with all that’s going on.  Here’s some of my food and fitness thoughts motivating me this week.

 

Keep Walking…

I’m still using my Vivofit (see why I recommend a fitness tracker here) and as the weather’s been so lovely I’ve been trying to make the most of it and get outside.

Over the past couple of weeks my step count has been consistently good but this is mainly due to some long walks, hill walking and jogging.  With a desk job I do really need to make a conscious effort and the only way I get my steps over the recommended 10,000 a day is to actually do something!

 

Last weekend we went up Tinto.  I definitely preferred charging up the hill than stumbling my way down (falling, cutting my knee and ending up in a bad mood with Josh for laughing at me…woops).

I’ve noticed a lot of fitness improvements over the last year – stamina, muscle strength, flexibility – but balance is NOT one of them!

 

Summer Salads…

I’m going to definitely try this month to eat more salads for dinner.  Whenever I make one I really enjoy eating it and feel great for it!   And they don’t have to be boring…I just need to make sure I’m doing a more regular shop to keep plenty fresh veg to hand.

The other night I had a delicious salad of rocket and loads of chilli prawns with some olives.

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Really quick, easy, filling, tasty…winner!

 

Power Breakfasts…

I’m definitely being more dedicated in my exercise routine these days and while I feel I can actually last on a small breakfast and maybe just soup for lunch, hunger often catches up on me in the evenings if I’ve done a particularly tough class during the day.

I need to not be afraid to have a big breakfast in the morning to get me going for the day.  As long as I focus on not overeating later at night.

A big breakfast for me is porridge, overnight oats or maybe something like wholewheat toast, peanut butter and a banana…

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…which I bloomin’ love!

 

Just a few Thursday thoughts but they should be easy enough to stick to for the month and hopefully I’ll feel better for it.

 

Pum x

Pumspiration…Recent Eats April

I can’t believe it’s nearly May, cliché but this year is flying in!

Thought it was about time I did a roundup of my recent meals.  I’m pleased to say I’m back in the gym having gone 4 days last week and 4 days this week…so back into my usual routine which I’m really enjoying.

Food-wise I’ve been eating well.  And by well I don’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’, but I’ve had some delicious meals recently and am caring a bit less about the ‘bad’ ones…or just happy to find a bit of balance!

Here goes…

Porridge Queen

Yes I’m still very much enjoying my porridge! A recent favourite being oats made with water and vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and topped with almond butter dried fruit and pistachios…

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Speaking of pistachios, I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I know they’re quite high calorie but I try to stick to them in the morning to give me a good amount of energy before the lunchtime gym classes.

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New Recipes

I mentioned in a recent post here that I was dying to try this recipe for 20 minute basil cashew chicken and it did not disappoint.  So easy and really tasty!!  Highly recommend!

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Eating Out

I have been eating out a little more than usual but somehow I keep forgetting to snap my meals (I love it but I know some people don’t like folk taking food pictures!).  I went for a meal with my mum and Chris last week and ordered a chicken and chorizo risotto…a bit naughty but worth it.

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Eating with Friends

I’ve mentioned before but I’m really lucky to have a few friends that really know how to pull a dish together.  I recently had dinner at Catriona’s where she threw together a wrap-pizza in a matter of minutes that was just what we needed on an early summer’s night dining in the garden (on that note it’s snowing today in Scotland…make up your mind weather!!!).

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This week I’ve also been round to Sarra’s where she made immense fresh Vietnamese spring rolls.  The picture does not do justice, this was before assembly of the spring rolls but I was just too keen to tuck in!

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Sweets have been a bit of an enemy the past few weeks.  I just keep getting offered so many treats!  Cheesecake that my boyfriend’s mum saved for me, dumpling from my papa’s birthday (2 nights in a row), soooo much chocolate in work…help I can’t resist!

 

Oh well gotta have balance and still fitting happily into my smaller sized clothes so I won’t complain too much.

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Pum x

 

Pum update…Buys, Gifts, Eats and Beauty

New Purchases

After an embarrassing gym leggings ripping incident last week (yes at the crotch!) I decided it was about time I topped up my gym wardrobe and took a visit to H&M.

I love H&M’s gymwear, it’s so reasonable and I find so well-fitting.

I picked up 2 tops and a pair of gym leggings (which I really love because they’re high-waisted plus a drawstring tie…nothing worse mid-burpee having to readjust!).  Hopefully this will tide me over for a bit.

 

Gifts

My amazing mum just treated me to some gorgeous plates from the halo collection I just love by Denby.  I’m determined to complete the collection by the end of 2016!

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Such a beautiful design.

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Eating Out

I had an absolutely brilliant meal at Porter & Rye in Finnieston during the week.  We shared the scallops to start which were just perfect.  I then had a fillet steak (rare obviously), served with aged barbeque sauce and truffle fries and Josh had the ribeye steak, langoustines, béarnaise sauce and beef dripping handcut chips.

We also tucked into a fair few cocktails!!

All delicious, I’d highly recommend.

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Hair

To chop or not to chop?  I loved my hair when I first got it cut and it’s now getting to that mid-length decide to grow, maintain or chop stage.

I need to find a new muse!!

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Cooking

Still loving my cooking, I’m recently getting really into making different kinds of sauces and dressings with my nutribullet.

I made an awesome almond pesto that I served with trout and brown nice, so yum!

I’ll blog this soon…

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I feel like I’ve been so busy lately but things are going well, happy spell for Pum!

Have a great week ahead!!

 

Pum x