2013

Today started off not as I mean to go, in some ways anyway.. I got up late,which was nice, but it always feels like I’m chasing time. I really hate rushing, especially on my day off work and on New Years Eve in particular. It was my own fault of course – my Honey and I stayed up late watching Downton Abbey,my latest obsession! πŸ™‚

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We’ve watched both the first and second season, including the Christmas Special 2011, but I couldn’t leave it there and went on to watch the first episode of season 3 also,..up until 4am last night- ahem!

So, I wasn’t feeling quite well this morning, didn’t work out or get anything else done until the late afternoon. Which left me flustered and stressed.. Here’s to a New Year and a chance every day to be more organized, relaxed, forgiving and productive.. along with many other things.

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We’re off to a little get-together with a few friends, have a good one!!! β™₯

 

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Good Morning!!! Will ya look at that.. – it’s Christmas Eve! Thank goodness, now I only have to survive the madness that is work.. easy peasy..

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This crazy little guy is currently fast asleep on my lap/arm.. but above he is on top of the shower, which is one of his favourite places to hang out when I’m getting ready, wearing his Santa Paws collar, if this doesn’t tell you it’s Christmas, I don’t know what will πŸ˜‰

The rest of the today will be a bit of a mess.. the current plan looks a little something like this

  • work
  • “get home “..this is part of the list as I’m not sure how easy or difficult this is gonna be later this evening (will there be a bus?on time? otherwise- a cab.. which is another problem in itself.
  • bake
  • run
  • cook and eat dinner with my Love β™₯
  • bake some more
  • open one of our presents, accompanied by a bit of bubbly :), at midnight
  • sleep
  • DONE! woohooo!

Honestly, I don’t know if the run is gonna happen, it depends on how long it will take me to get home and whether I’ll find Mowgli like

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when I get home πŸ˜‰

Anyway, gotta dash..

MERRY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!! β™₯

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Hallelujah! – It’s Sunday! Two days to Christmas, which means two days of work thenΒ  three glorious days off.. to say I’m delirious with Christmas spiritΒ  tiredness is an understatement, but it’s all good, cos soon people will return to being their normal selves, i.e. not having a nervous breakdown because the Brussels sprouts are sold out at 4am. Sounds good to me!

It’s been over a week since my last post.. errm.. – oops! And to be honest I don’t know if this week will be much more productive, we’ll see.. it’s Christmas, I’m not gonna put myself under any more pressure than necessary – I’ll try though.

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What I did find time for..it was a quickie..

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a Pecan pie! Shared with many people.. oh Mama! Amazeballs! πŸ˜‰

..and various other eats..at various places shared with my Boyfriend β™₯..

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Yes- there’s chips/fries in there..I had a few, and crisps..I didn’t eat any. It’s definitely not clean, lean or green..except for the first dinner..cooked by yours truly- chicken, quinoa and with roasted peppers and mushrooms with a sprinkling of spring onion. Yum!

With that, I’m signing off..to dive head first into the crowds for a final, healthier Christmas lunch with my Beloved, bestie and her little boy.

Happy Christmas!!!! β™₯

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Sweat:On!

Good Morning!

The weekend over here was off to a good start, with a Tone It Up Booty Call which consisted of a 5 minute run to warm up, followed by Karena & Katrina’s Fine Toning Arm Routine.

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Instead of doing the 3 rounds back to back though, I added a 5 minute run after each circuit and cooled down with a 10 minute walk. My cooldown would usually only last five minutes, well – depending on how intense the workout was, but today I felt the need to stretch my legs out a bit more. The final touch was a proper stretch of all muscle groups πŸ™‚ happy days!

After sweating it out, I was sooo ready for breakfast..

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Mmmmhh, porridge made with skimmed milk and cinnamon, topped with ground flax and banana plus more cinnamon! I could eat this every day, and I’m not ashamed to say that I often do. Although, Peanut Butter is sometimes added to the bowl of deliciousness, which makes this even more amazing. β™₯ I hope I’m not the only one that gets this excited about oatmeal.. πŸ™‚

In other news, as planned my honey and I went Christmas shopping yesterday and I’m happy to report we didn’t just purchase 60% of all the presents needed, they are now also wrapped already! Whooohooo!

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There’s just something about wrapping presents that makes me feel all christmassy inside, that and an open fire, hot cocoa, mulled wine, baking…Β  Unfortunately, we don’t have a fireplace in our apartment and I have yet to have mulled wine this year, maybe tomorrow though as I’m off work and there’s a small Christmas market with stalls selling all sorts of goodies, well worth a visit I reckon. Next Tuesday will be my last chance to bake some cookies before the big day as I’ll be working straight through until late on Christmas eve. Something or rather someone else making me feel festive is Mowgli.

I couldn’t resist the other day when I saw a Santa collar, it was cheap and even if he couldn’t stand it all, I wouldn’t have wasted more than a couple of €’s. Well, he loves it! Mowgli’s never liked any other collar, so he might be running around as Santa Paws all year. πŸ˜‰ Now the little munchkin wasn’t in the mood for photographs this morning, so you’re just gonna have to take my word for it, until I can provide you with the goods.

For now, it’s time to get ready for the madness at work, β™₯

This or That?

Well, how about another day that didn’t go as planned – Wednesday, I’m looking at you! As I was a bit all over the place yesterday and had planned, and failed, to take pics of all my eats for my first WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday – post, I thought I’d take a detour and do a little This or That? – survey instead, but health and fitness style! πŸ™‚ So, how about it…to the questions, which have been floating around the blog world for a while.

    • Run/workout in the heat and humidity or snow and freezing temps?

As much as I’d like to say heat/humidity and therefore, usually, running during the summer, this is Ireland and we only really have two seasons – winter and something else, with some humidity thrown in. So, should I run outdoors, I’d prefer the cold!

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    • Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I’ll take a bit of both πŸ˜€ please! Start with flat abs and work up to a ‘something’-pack.

    • Dr Oz or The Doctors?

Dr Oz! There’s just something about him, he makes a lot of sense.

    • Cardio or Strength?

Cardio is my energizer, though I love strength, especially coupled with cardio in a circuit.

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    • Cravings: Protein or Carbs?

Ooohh, protein wins every time.

    • Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

This is a difficult one, I like them both.. ok, Jillian cos I find her more intimidating. πŸ™‚

    • Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

FroYo! Which for some strange reason isn’t that popular here yet. I love some natural frozen yogurt with fresh raspberries and slivers of almonds or nut butter. πŸ˜›

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    • To train: Upper body or Lower body?

Both, I love weights for the upper body and bodyweight exercises for the lower half.

    • Protein powder or foods with protein?

For the sake of trying to eat unprocessed foods, it’s gotta be the latter. I do like to bake and cook with protein powder though!

    • Lunges or squats?

How about a side lunge with squat and side leg lift, on of my favs!

    • Sweet or salty?

Sweet and salty together, yummy! Sandwich the two slices below together and it’s perfect πŸ™‚

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    • Workout attire: cute or comfy?

It’s gotta be a combination of both, cos I can’t choose, heheee.

    • Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

I’ve never attended a Body Pump class, heard lots about it and would love to try it.

    • Yoga or Pilates?

Pilates, I’d love to get into yoga too.

    • Nike or Adidas?

Errrhm, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Lululemon, UnderArmour, and whatever fits, looks and feels great.

    • Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

Our treadmill lives in the spare room and is one of the best investments ever! The pavement is fine, if you live somewhere with good roads/streets and neighbourhoods in general.

    • Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

The day either store comes to Ireland will be amazing, it’s probably never gonna happen, but a girl can dream. If I lived in the US, the novelty factor alone of being able to shop in either, I wouldn’t care if it was Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

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    • Summer or Winter Olympics?

London 2012 was amazeballs, but I also have fond memories of watching figure skating, hot cup of cocoa in hand, cuddled up to my mum on the sofa.

    • Exercise classes or exercise videos?

Exercise Videos and DVDs, from these ladies in particular

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    • Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted veggies are my love, the flavours are amazing!

Until soon, β™₯

Link Love

Today’s Tuesday..which means it’s exactly 2 weeks until Christmas day! yay! πŸ˜€ I can’t believe it’s so close and to say I’m organized would be a lie. Uh-oh.. but- this Friday I shall finally dive head first into the crowds and buy most, if not all, presents in one go. For today though, I thought I’d share some links to carefully selected sites with you πŸ™‚

Here we go..

Something to decorate cupcakes & co
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How to Make Sprinkles for Cupcakes

a boredom busting cardio workout
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Fitnessista’s HIIT and Steady Cardio workout from October

delicious Holiday Brunch ideas.. especially this tasty-looking Kale salad
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Kale Salad with Dates, Parmesan and Almonds and other Holiday Brunch Recipes

super cute workout tees
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Eat Clean Train Dirty and other awesome workout tanks and tees from FiredaughterClothing

a protein pancake recipe…mmmh
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Shine Or Set’s Protein Pancake recipe

Tips on mastering the most daunting (for some) workout moves
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Tips on How to Master Any Workout Move

 

Enjoy!β™₯

Top 12

Things have been a bit slow this week.. I’ve been feeling off, it’s probably all the Christmas madness.. πŸ˜‰ Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to Christmas Day, just the lead up to it is something I dread.

Anyway, in attempt so spread some Christmas cheer and put myself in the mood for the festiveness, here are my top 12 Christmas songs (for 12 days of Christmas hehee..)

Straight No Chaser – 12 Days

Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas

The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

Wham – Last Christmas

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry

Dean Martin – Let It Snow

Hope you enjoy!

Countdown

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It’s here – December! The countdown to Christmas is on.. jaysus.. At least, the craziness will be helped along and given a sugar boost early in the morning. Well, every other day anyway, as my other half and I are alternating days.. he’s got all the odd and I’ll be eating the even numbers πŸ˜› yummy!