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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.


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.



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).


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).



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…Recent Eats January

Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries and Coyo


Poached Eggs on Rye


Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie


Rich Cacao Porridge (for dessert!)


Pip & Nut Butter and Seeds on Toast


Tomato Basil Soup with Ryvita


Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup


Rocket with Cottage Cheese and Amazing Avocado Dressing


Rosemary Tomato Chicken Pasta with Salad


Beef and Bean Chilli with Spinach


‘Picky Dinner’ of Rye Bread Hummus Olives Cheese and Salad


Paprika Roasted Veg


Thick Raspberry Smoothie with Almond Butter


Coyo and Coconut Milk with Berries


And some naughty…

Dinner at CAU Glasgow (Lomito Steak, Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail, Dulce de Leche Pancakes!)




Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Great Green Lentil and Ham Soup

I was lucky enough to get a huge M&S Christmas hamper from my work before Christmas absolutely stuffed full of goodies!  I managed to gift/eat away at most of it but I was left with a tin of lean ham which I wasn’t sure what to do with.  Gran’s soup maker to the rescue!

I mentioned in my Christmas Roundup post that I got a soup maker for my Christmas woop (now I know making soup isn’t difficult but it basically does everything for you cooking and blending your soup at the quickest of speeds, also leaving you with minimal washing up…win!).


I thought the ham would be the perfect addition to some lentil soup and is salty enough on its own that it doesn’t need stock.  This would be an ideal recipe to use up leftover ham from a Sunday roast or special dinner…

Pum’s Great Green Lentil and Ham Soup

  1. 200g green lentils
  2. few stalks of celery
  3. 500g ham
  4. 1/2 cup frozen broadbeans
  5. enough water to cover
  6. salt and pepper to taste
What Pum did
  1. Chopped celery and added all ingredients to soup maker for 30 mins.  (If making the old fashioned/normal way:  chop celery and sauté in large pan with a little olive oil for 5 mins,  add all other ingredients and boil for 45 minutes).
  2. Added a little salt and pepper to finish and enjoyed!


This soup is jam-packed of fibre with the lentils and is so delicious with the flavour of the ham.


That’s me all sorted for lunches this week back at work, I feel so organised and it’s great!


Pum x