Thursday, 28 June 2012

This Week: Food and Exercise

So, yesterday I told you about all the family fun we've been having recently, now it's time to talk about the food and exercise!

This might be a bit of a random post - I want to have a "clean slate" before I go to London for the weekend (eeek! Excited!!) but I will try to only post the highlights rather than everything little thing I've eaten!!

Right, let's go! This first meal was what I ate before Boot Camp this time last week. I've started getting better at eating my main meal two hours before the class, and then I just have some kind of snack when I get back home. This meal was a good one as it was all cooked on one tray - less clean up! :)

Two meat-free burgers with goats cheese put on top for the last minute or two of cooking, plus roasted courgette coins...and ketchup!

Friday included a whole box of baklava, minus about 3 pieces that I let Toby have...

but I balanced it out with lots of cute peaches - who needs cake when you have summer fruit to put on your cake stand! :)

I made an easy, but really tasty dinner with these...

Mozzarella, emmental, goats cheese, roasted peppers and tinned pineapple for the girls, the same minus the pineapple for the boring boys! To be fair, Toby would have happily had pineapple, but he was sharing one of Liam's!

Mmmm, oooey gooey cheesy pizza that I can pretend is slightly more healthy than normal! ;)

And the reason for the easy meals and extra sugar? This was Toby at 9.15pm on Friday night...

Awww! Luckily a few nights after thi the novelty of his "big boy bed" wore off, but we went through about a week of him waking up 2 hourly during the night and running into our room each time, just so that one of us could walk him back to bed...hence we decided to move the stairgate to his bedroom door!!!

Saturday was the day of the family fun day, but I didn't show you the amazing sandwich I had first - emmental cheese, fig preserve and fried eggs...divine!

Every weekend we have the "battle" of what type of eggs to have - Liam prefers poached eggs (and apparently doesn't like fried or scrambled!) whereas Izzy and I would both rather have fried egg sandwiches - normally we give in to Liam but this time we "won", yey! Toby doesn't like eggs at all, weirdo! ;-)

It seems that since the weekend I've got lazy about taking photos of my meals. I've actually been eating quite well, and I'm sure I had to taken photos of some of them, but the only photos left seem to be let's go with that!

Strawberries with dark chocolate dreams...planning to stock up on more of this in Wholefoods at the weekend! :-D

Mashed avocado with tortilla chips...

Raw-bite bar from Maria - this was like a chunky Nakd bar, really good! Thank you :)

White Reese's Cups from an American food order I did a while ago. I wasn't overly convinced by these - they were ok, but I definitely prefer the milk and dark versions - the peanut butter in these seemed so salty compared to the sweet white chocolate!

Speaking of Reese's, look what my Dad gave me on Wednesday! He got back from a business trip to America at the weekend and managed to fulfil my request for peanut buttery goods! :) This was the first "test" of his grocery shopping time I'll send him searching for Justin's nut butter! ;)

Thanks Dad! :)

Shall we end with something slightly healthier...I bought a carton of Almond milk last week (£1 per carton in Tesco!) and have been making lots of smoothies with it. This one was just frozen strawberries, frozen banana and almond refreshing!

I also nearly forgot - the title mentions exercise doesn't it! I've had a few good workouts this week. On Monday I went to Body Pump and, as I'd seen that quite a few of you had had the new release, I asked the instructor about it before class. We're not getting the new release til the 7th July (but I'm missing it next Monday anyway so I'm quite glad I'm not missing the first week of it) but instead he did a mix of tracks from all the old releases. Omigosh it was so difficult! The triceps track and lots of lunges using the barbell were especially killer! And then on Tuesday I went to a new spin class, taught by the same instructor, and that was also a lot harder than I'm used to - pretty much all high resistance, no hovering, just switching from fast sitting to fast standing and back again. My poor legs!!! I then had yesterday off and tonight I went to my usual Boot Camp class which was good but not as difficult as the start of the week! No more exercise now until Tuesday, but I'm sure we'll be doing lots of walking around London.

Oh and one final thing, today this arrived for me...

I finally got round to phoning to upgrade my iPhone on Tuesday, and 2 days later it arrived! It would have actually been here yesterday but there was an issue with which address they could send it to. Transferring all my photos, contacts, calendar notes etc over from my old iPhone 3gs to the new iPhone 4s was really easy too - thanks to iCloud (which automatically backs everything up every night) all my settings were restored in 6 minutes - the new phone even has the same background image and remembers my web history etc! I was very impressed, so much easier than the lengthy process that backing up via iTunes on the laptop used to be! It does mean that my new phone doesn't seem all that different to my old one, but the key difference is battery life. My old phone had got so bad that I didn't dare take a photo or send a text after 50% battery...on Wednesday it even died at 79% which then meant I was without a phone whilst I was out on Wednesday morning, which I hate incase school need to contact me about Izzy. So I am very happy to have a reliable phone again...ramble over!!

What type of phone do you have? What do you most use it for? I rarely play games on my phone (unlike Liam who seems to spend most of the time in some alternate reality game!!), but I do use it a lot for internet (checking email, reading blogs...) and for taking photos if I'm out without my camera. I send texts a lot more than I make calls, but if I do make calls I tend to use my mobile even when I've got a perfectly good house phone! It's kind of scary how quickly technology becomes part of your life...I remember when my old iPhone broke a few months ago so I didn't have a phone for a couple of weeks (well, I borrowed my Mum's old brick after day 2) it was horrible - I was very glad the switch over was so instantaneous today!


  1. oh man I forgot about how good the white chocolate reeses are!! I like them more than the regular ones. Great looking sandwich too!

  2. I'm craving so many things after reading this post... a gooey cheese pizza, an egg/cheese sandwich and those Reese's too ofcourse!

  3. Well done to your Dad for all those peanut butter goodies :)
    I have a blackberry phone now- maybe a curve? Not sure. It is the only different one I have ever had- before that I have had a sony erikson one, and just got the updated version every 2 years (I don't like change!). I wanted one with a keyboard, and not a touchscreen as I don't get on with them, so now I can use it for the internet, (mainly facebook!), checking my emails, taking pictures, and also using lovely google. :)

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