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Favourite summer look

Summer, you remember that right? I think we had about a week of it here in the UK. Anyway blessed with a tan from my holiday to Jamaica I attended the wedding, well vow renewal of some old friends. 

I’d had my eye on a maxi dress for some time, just a matter of finding the right one. Then after spotting this beauty on twitter I had to get it from Simply Be


It was perfect, I mean look at it.

The prefect summer dress. Teamed with summer wedges and this gorgeous embroidered bag from New Look.

Wedding outfit complete


All about holding onto those last sunny days………. oh and burgers

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Love me some bangers

So last week the lovelies from Grandads Sausages sent me over a selection of goodies to try.

Some lovely Olde English flavour and Italian flavour bangers and sausage meat. Now being a little bit of a scardy cat in the kitchen I was a little unsure what to do with the meat.

Sausages I can deal with, bangers and mash, sausage egg chips and beans, even whack them in a casserole, but actual sausage meat no idea.

So I called on a friend who is much more adept in the old kitchen dept. So she offered to teach me how to make homemade Scotch Eggs.

And they were amazing, an so simple!

 


Mmmmmmmmm

Ingredients

Eggs

Sausage meat

Bread crumbs

Eggs

Frylight/ equivalent 

Method

Pre heat oven to around 180 degrees

Boil eggs and deshell

Roll out and cut sausage meat into circles (ish)

Wrap the meat around the eggs and seal

Dip in beaten egg

Dip in breadcrumbs

Place on lined baking tray

Spray on frylight

Bake for around 25 mins

Allow to cool, or not and enjoy! 
*although Grandads Sausages provided the meat all thoughts and opinions are my own 

if you go down to the woods today….

so, once a year me and my girlfriends head of to the woods for some peace, relaxation and reflection……

ok so maybe i mean we take enough drink to satisfy a sailor, and essential spend the weekend doing what the hell we want, either way its OUR weekend.

 

so this year, like every other, we packed our page and loaded up the car and headed for Centre Parcs (Whinfell).

this year we treated ourselves to one of the new all singing, all dancing, all hot-tubing, cabins.

this place was a dream, hot tub, en suite rooms, sauna, steam room. this place had it all.

this was heaven, pure heaven!

centre parks is such a special place for me and my girlfriends, thats why we keep going back. yes it can be pricey if you’re going as a family but as we pay for ourselves it works out pretty cheap.

this year we went bowling, took a pottery painting class and generally relaxed in our tub.

the site has so many extras, tropical pool with slides, wave machine and rapids, archery, high ropes, climbing, bike riding, spa, ports centre, segway etc

 

there are also such a wide selection of restaurants, Cafe rouge,Bella Italia, Starbucks, Takeaway service and even a Pancake House

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all in all another successful trip

 

Same time next year!

 

A is for …….

So gentle viewer following on from the Amsterdam apartment of dreams what else did I see and do in Amsterdam I hear you ask ( I know you’re not but let’s just play along shall we) 

So I love to tourist, I mean I really love it. So before heading of to the land of tulips I got my google on and researched things I might like. 

1 Anne Franks House . Cliche I know but how could I not. You can book tickets, these these are available on the website and are released 2 month in advance. Or you can do what I did and turn up and queue, still worth turning up from 2 as the queue does get pretty long. Entry is €9 for adults

Vondel Park is a large free park, cafe/ restaurant, band stand and always seems to be something on , jazz music, dog show etc 

Lost items centre based on honesty, respect and trust 

3 Markets, markets, markets. We visited the flower market and the flea market. If you couldn’t find it there you were finding it anywhere 

4 Food. I mean come on Amsterdam has a wealth of food choices from chips and sauces (a must) to gelato, waffles and crepes and that’s just the vendors 


5 Coffee shops. I guess this is a personal choice. They are available all over the city and are perfectly legal 


Off on my next trip to Mexico

Updates to follow

Sunday funday

Sunday’s are strange aren’t they?

Saturday’s are all about shopping, lunching, catching up with friends, partying and so on. But Sunday’s are just a pre-Monday build up, chores, food shopping, laundry, blah blah blah

Well this week I decided to go out for Sunday dinner! I know out for dinner, on a Sunday!

It’s so hard to find places that aren’t chains these days (well it is in my area). So when my friend asked me out to lunch we headed to somewhere I hadn’t been for a few years The Swan

But wait it’s now a chain also!

But we had some eating to do so asked for a table anyway, and I’m so glad we did

The inside was decorated so light and airy, with 3 separated eating areas. We were given 3. Menu choices, Main menu, fish specials and Sunday sepecials. 

As always I can’t decide on starter or desert so spoiler alert I had all 3! 

Starter of spinach soup   

Not my usual choice but damn tasty

What do you do when you can’t decide which meat to have with your roast, that’s right all 3  

And pudding had to be my new obsession salted caramel. The salted caramel, brownie and cheesecake sundae, but with no whipped cream extra salted caramel sauce, obviously 

 
All in all a delicious afternoon! 

It’s good to talk….

So todays assignment, to take inspiration from a previously followed/ read post.

So here goes, and i hope i don’t lose any of you who might not relate to this one.

I am currently half way through a little project i like to lovingly call ‘Operation who am i?’ (not really but sounds good hey?!)

A few years ago i got a wake up call.

I have been getting bigger and bigger since a traumatic incident in my early 20’s, one i am not going to go into now, and i finally saw some pictures and realised i didn’t recognise myself.

this one in particlar

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this is me and my mum, at her house on the day of my sisters wedding.

i cried, and still do when i see it. it’s hideous.

i had not long been to the hospital and found out that i couldn’t have children, well until i lost around 12 stone! to put that in perspective that is more than my sister weighs, i essentially needed to lose a whole person!

i was devastated, i had been kidding myself about my weight and size for such a long time but here it was for everyone, well mostly me to see.

how could i have been so blind?

this was 3 years ago. i have now lost around half what is needed. and that sadly was the easy part.

i have recently lost my motivation for why i started and seriously need to find my mojo.

have any one seen it?

but there is a bright side, because as you know i am not a negative Nelly.

i have lost half my goal, i am so much fitter and healthier then i was.

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i am going to give myself sometime at the weekend to just sit down and map out the next part of my plan.

so there it is!

this blog is not purely focussed on my weightless journey because i am so much more then that but i will update at various milestones.

hope i didn’t lose to many of my new readers there

Day 5 and the hills are alive….

Bootcamp day 5, and let’s see what’s on the cards.
First up the dreaded hill sprints! After a walk from camp to the gym we did the circuits we come to a small hill, well incline in the road.
We do some warm ups to make sure we are ready then head up and down the incline for around 15 mins to 1/2 hour. There are various markers on the hill and the aim was to complete as many ‘laps’ as possible.

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Last time I was at camp I was unable to complete this particular activity due to bad blisters so I was determined to give it my best.
And I did, I was a total mess after but felt great

Then back for breakfast. Caroline then gave us a store cupboard talk running through some great staples to have handy any time of day.
Then outside with Dan for an energiser session to help wake us all up and ready to go again.

After snack it was a double circuit session which, I’m not going to lie was super tough.

Today’s activity was body boarding!  I kid you not, wetsuits on and down to the beach. This was such a great experience, just playing in the sea trying to catch a wave, wiping out more often then not!

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After over an hour frolicking in the sea we headed back for abs and tea.

It hits home that this is my penultimate day and that the final weights and measures day is looming ever closer.

Cannot wait to find out what the last day will bring

Stay with me not long to go now

Bootcamp day 2 – it starts get serious

Another day at  Northern Bootcamp another 7am start

today its running and Fartlek, this is form of HIIT (high intensity interval training) which requires changes of pace at various markers (if im remembering this correctly). The session was taken by the very lovely Bruce (yes Boss!!) all techniques and variations fully explained and demonstrated and off we go.

30+ very sweaty minutes later its all over and breakfast time, then a strength Seminar and a walk to indoor gym for Circuits

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this was a tough session taken by Dave ( big softie deep, deep, deep down, i promise!) but did leave me looking like this!

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then base to base for a snack and a kettlebell vs Suspension system (TRX) session. one of most groanworthy sessions, second day in and muscles are sore but earning every groan!

Dinner of chicken skewers and salad…. yummy yummy

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then straight back out for team games! all hidden exercise and loved it, won’t spoil them for anyone thinking of going but they are great fun and really help you make friends with the other guys on camp great ice breaker!

every day ends with an abs blast, a half hour session concentrating on abs and core work! and as someone who has no core this is usually comedy town for me but i tried my best as always

then tea, tonight was a starter and main option

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then a few of us decided take advantage of the free spa trip and headed down to use the jaccuzzi and steam room plus pool as a little relaxer before the next day

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Wonder whats instore for us tmorrow

Bootcamp Day 1

So 2 years ago almost to the day I attended a week at Northern Bootcamp, a northeast based bootcamp.
It was without doubt one of the best weeks of my life and without being overly dramatic can honestly say it changed my entire outlook on so many things.
I lost 15 lbs and 52cm, but gained so much from my time there.
So much so that I decided to treat myself to a return visit.
So friday afternoon I packed my nearly all new collection of t shirts,  workout pants and trainers and travelled across to the gorgeous Northumberland coast.
I’d opted for a 4 person share room as I thought it would be a great way to get to know other campers, and on these kind of things having a good set of people can really make the week.
Night 1 we did weights and measures, went for a nice little walk and then had some homemade tomato soup and oatcakes.
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With instructions from the team to meet at 7am we attempted an early night.
So proper day 1 begins
We all met at 7 for a fitness test. Pairing up we tackled 2 mins of sit ups and push ups, hard but good as the figures are recorded for comparison later on. Then a drive to the beach for a warm up and before you know it it’s 2nd part of fitness test. The button run. This is where markers are set at 100m,  300m, 600m and 1k,  aim is to collect as many button in 30 minutes. Scores to be revealed later in week.

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We were accompanied on our run by a pod of dolphins swimming close to the shore, a truly gorgeous site any time of day.
The  home for a rest and breakfast, scrambled egg, mushroom, spinach and some bread substitute toasted ( i later found put it was Rye bread) . Then the official welcome meeting with the team.
Next was a boxing circuit, followed by snack then outdoor larger circuit and dinner
The afternoon we got to choose either bike ride or sea kayaking.
Guess what I chose?!
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And yes it was absolutely as cold as it looks,  more snacks then home for an abs blast class then tea including pudding, my favourite part of any meal
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After today’s activities I’m definitely ready for bed and excited for tomorrow
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Come back soon to see what else the guys at Northern Bootcamp have in store for us!

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