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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…2016, What a year!

2016 has been quite a year and I’m going into 2017 feeling positive and with a big smile.

One of the great things about writing a blog is the constant reflection.  If I want to look back on 2016 I just have to revisit my favourite posts and remember some of the amazing things I’ve been up to.

Among my highlights are a fantastic birthday weekend to the Peat Inn, a great work trip to Denmark and Sweden (where I tried some local treats), going to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the big holiday to New Zealand and Singapore.

We rounded off the year with our lovely Christmas treat of a stay at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and we dined at Number One at the Balmoral, a wonderful restaurant holding a Michelin star for 13 years!

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I actually had a think about all the restaurants we’ve been to in 2016 and it’s quite a number (woops); Peat Inn, Number One at the Balmoral, Gleneagles, Porter & Rye, The Butcher Shop, The Gannet, Ship on the Shore, Ondine, Grill on the Corner, La Vigna, Cau, The Spiritualist, The Wee Lochan, The Bridge Inn, The Railway Bistro, Doghouse, Duck Bay Marina, Andiamo, Hard Rock, The Big Slope, Elliots…

 

2017 is already an exciting year with Josh’s birthday trip to London (and dining in another Michelin star restaurant…we’re fairly racking them up), our holiday to Mauritius at the end of January, our anniversary in February, a family holiday to Spain in July, 2 hen weekends with some amazing girls in August (one of which is in Berlin), and that’s just to name a few things coming up…!

 

I’m also excited about leaving the festive period behind and getting back into my fitness routine and hopefully cooking a bit more than I have done in recent months.  January is always such a motivational time, I don’t care if some make fun of the vulnerable people who buy into fitness trends and fool themselves into thinking they’ll be a better person in the new year…I think it’s fab!

 

So Happy New Year to you and yours when it comes,

 

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…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

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

Pum update…Redecorating and Home Inspiration

Hello…been a little quieter on pumdiets because for the past week-ish I’ve been living away from home (thanks mum and Josh) while my flat’s been getting painted.  It’s finally done but I now have the task of reorganising my things and giving the place a bit of a feng shui!

As a result of this, I’ve been changing up my usual food blogging antics and scouring the web for home inspiration.  I love finding out where people get their interior ideas from and (as with my favourite food blogs) can lose hours shopping for homeware online.

So I thought I’d share my favourite websites for browsing homeware, getting inspiration and maybe even making a cheeky purchase or two!

Pum’s homeware favourites…

Achica

By faaaaar my favourite spot for online homeware Achica is bloody amazing (thanks Vivi for the introduction)!  This site has so many great deals and changes so regularly, I’m always on here for updates and never get bored.  You need to move fast though…it’s happened more than once that before I’ve actually bought something I’ve gone away and come back to view the basket and the promotion has ended!

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Zara Home

I love Zara Home particularly for decorative buys and bedding.  They also do fab basics that are really simple but still stylish.

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H&M Home

If you’re looking to keep things a bit cheaper definitely try out H&M Home.  I find this really good for quirky shower curtains, bathmats, throws and metallic ornaments to spruce up a dressing table without costing a fortune.

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Etsy

Etsy is so great if you’re looking for something specific.  My absolute favourite item(s) of homeware in my house are my minimalist movie posters that I bought off Etsy (Forrest Gump, The Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction) and framed myself with cheap white frames.  I just need to find a new home for them in my freshly painted flat!

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So back to my flat you’ll see from above I’ve gone for a mix of lighter and darker greys for paint.  I’ve continued this right throughout the flat and am pretty happy with my choice.

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What you think?!

 

Pum x

 

Pum update…Spring and Eats

I’m currently still enjoying a lovely long weekend and thought I’d spend some time relaxing and writing a wee blog update.

It finally feels like Spring!  I was staying in Gleneagles for a couple of overnights and the weather was just great.  It was so nice wandering around the grounds, taking the dog a walk and soaking up the sun in the outdoor pool.

We enjoyed some absolutely amazing food but perhaps due to the classy surroundings or just because I was in good company I completely forgot to take any snaps of the food at all!  Rest assured I enjoyed plenty seafood, beef, venison and some seriously delicious desserts (in my element hello!) as well as gorgeous wines paired to the meal and a fair few cocktails…

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I then went on to Loch Lomond to meet my mum for an overnight at Inverbeg.  We did a couple long walks down into Luss and again enjoyed some good food (a little less fine dining and more comfort food, totally perfect after a tiring day).

I had the battered haddock and chips then lemon posset and my mum had the hake, so yummy…

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We went more walking and then a bit of shopping this morning, stopping to refuel of course at Jenners at Loch Lomond Shores.

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Such an amazing weekend I feel very spoiled and very happy!!

 

You might be thinking this isn’t exactly a pumdiets kind of weekend but as I knew it was coming (and that it would be very food focussed) last week I enjoyed some lighter meals (with the exception of an amazing curry night at my friend Kate’s house).

Greek salad with chicken…

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Sweet potato, eggs, spinach with almond basil pesto

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Homemade seafood paella (Josh’s recipe not mine)…

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Plus a really delicious lean beef chilli my friend Emma cooked with a lovely salad that I gobbled before taking a picture woops (note to self get that recipe!).

It is all about balance after all…

 

Pum x