Wednesday, 8 July 2015

All Barre One

Good evening all. We're halfway to the weekend! I have to say the start of this week has had it's lows but I am optimistic as ever that it can only get better!

Late buses, traffic jams and lots of systems issues (technology, not Whole 30 related!) have all flown at me over the last few of days. Sometimes a girl just can't seem to catch a break.

Let's take a look back at the weekend and see if that cheers me up...

On Saturday we purchased ALL THE EGGS. Sorry about that. #whole30problems

We also had a lovely picnic in the very beautiful Farnham Park with some friends. I'd never been before and it is huge and so peaceful. We stocked up on lots of Whole 30-friendly loot from Waitrose and enjoyed the sunshine. The jamon Iberico was off the chain.

I found out about this bit of lusciousness featuring Hemsley Hemsley, Deliciously Ella and Gizzi Erskine and promptly signed my friend and I up.

On Sunday morning I had the rose garden all to myself for a perfect moment. I think the moody sky brings the colours out even more.

After a busy day doing chores, food shopping and attending a baby shower, we finished the weekend off in the most comforting way you could think of. Free range chicken from the Meat Porter. I did have a freak out moment when I thought I'd left the giblets in but there weren't any it appears. Phew! Weirdly, we're watching season four of Sopranos at the moment and the same thing happened to Carmela. Thug life all day err day over here.

Gratuitous shot of my fridge. Seriously, it's like playing Tetris when we get back from food shopping. So. Many. Vegetables.

So, despite a bad start to Monday at work, I was determined to start the week right and headed to my new Booty Barre class straight from work. It's in a basement with no air conditioning, so the sweating is immense. But it's fun and challenging, which means it keeps me interested. There's also a lot of stretching and balance required which is ideal for me - I need lots of both!

It was a busy evening so chicken leftovers were the order of the day for dinner. Salad for supper can make a nice change. We had cold cuts of chicken with roasted new potatoes and a salad of tender kale mixed with beetroot, walnuts and blueberries. Different but deliciously so. Homemade mayonnaise on the side topped it all off.

This is the Tuesday morning scene in our kitchen. Andy isn't really a breakfast person but the Whole 30 has us both feasting on eggs and veggies before 7am. He also manages to make himself a fresh vegetable juice, and this was a person who didn't used to manage a cup of coffee before he left the house! 

I was on the road by 6:20am on Tuesday morning to meet my friend BC for our first official Personal Training Session after my taster last week.

Sweat is a fitness studio that opened five minutes walk away from my house a few months ago. I literally have no excuse not to go. I can't recommend personal training highly enough, it's worlds away from everything else I've done because there are no excuses. I try so much harder when I'm being monitored. I don't know, I guess it's just the people pleaser in me!

This was my reward, eaten in the garden in an attempt to cool down.

I want to try and appreciate every moment my roses are in full bloom.

I was also very appreciative when my Birch Box arrived in the post at work. That definitely cheered me up! Birch Box is a subscription service where you get beauty samples every month for a subscription fee of £13. You also get money off of the full price versions online. I've loved all my boxes so far. This month's had a great pale lilac nail varnish I've already put on and some really nice eyeshadow I can't wait to try, plus lots of other goodies. 

Talking of goodies, I sure stretched that chicken out this week.

And today has been a bit of a Monday repeater - back to Booty Barre and another busy evening of food prep and now blogging.

How has your week been so far? Have you ever had a personal trainer? Would you consider it?
My only issue with personal training is how I'll afford it long term!

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