Past and Present

Hello there! ☀

Although I haven’t been around for a little while, since Friday last week to be preise, and my schedule has been a bit chaotic, I still wanted to share what’s been going on.

The Easter weekend was lovely and quiet, we didn’t get up to much because my lower back had most movements quite impaired. We kinda just hung out at home and went for a little walk waddle around the block. That along with plenty of cuddles with this little guy..

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Mowgli also was quite the busy little boy kitten – it was his first birthday on Thursday! This means he’s not a kitten anymore and if he was human he’d be about 15 years old now! A teenager!!! 😳 Apparently.. 😊 Needless to say, he’ll always be our little baby..err – kitten! We got him a present in the shape of some premium ham.. Oooh he was delighted with himself 😻
Quite different to last June and Mowgli’s first visit to the Vet, when he wasn’t so happy (after a thorough ear cleaning and check-up), I present to you the cutest, yet annoyed little kitten

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Aaaanyway, on to workouts..or rather lack thereof! Argh! All I’ve been able to do is walk really. My Love and I went for a few 2.6/.7 walks around the city late at night on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but yesterday we managed to switch it up and headed out for a simple 2 miler in the morning! Woohoo! 😃
My back is nearly all mended now, for the moment anyway, so I’m hoping to be back to the excitement and fun of strength training and running. 💪

As for this weekend- I gotta dash to work now, actually and tomorrow’s the same, but I shouldn’t and won’t complain, because they have been cutting hours at work and I take what I can get!

Happy weekend!!!
K❤

Eat Me!

It’s been quite busy so far this week and it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I know, I know..you gotta make time..

Apart from working out, I’ve been quite organised when it comes to food..from juicing my heart out to lunches/dinners I brought to work to healthy desserts. If preparation is the key to success, I’m winning! 😊

Here’s a look at a selection of food and beverages I’ve been eating..

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It’s safe to say that, when it comes to breakfast, I haven’t been very adventurous lately..just your ordinary amazing porridge with different added extras..always made with unsweetened Almond Breeze and cinnamon, then topped with, mmh, well, let’s see..- banana, chia/sunflower/sesame/pumpkin seeds, PB or AB, but always sprinkled with more cinnamon! 😋
On other mornings, or pre-workout, I typically make a green juice. This usually consists of carrots, apples, pears, spinach, kale, ginger and lemon/lime..if I feel like it (or haven’t run out of it) I add beetroot and cucumber. Yummy!
As for tea or coffee- one or the other is always essential.. be it black tea with almond milk, green tea, chai or vanilla roiboos tea, an almond milk latte or a “blended” iced latte (coffee+almond milk+vanilla extract+ice cubes=wizzed together in a blender).

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Err..speaking of predicable – chicken, chicken and more chicken.. oops! I actually had a vegetarian salad with falafel at work on Sunday, which went undocumented, but I can assure you it looked and tasted delicious.
Aaaanyway, so apart from the chicken, red cabbage and kale has featured quite heavily on the menu these past few days – because both just rock my taste buds! The Boyfriend is quite the fan too..win-win!

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Mmmhh – desserts! Dried pineapple..can I even count the ways..!?! It’s just so..so..so delicious and nutritious aaaand addictive ..read:dangerous! I kinda feel the need to state that I only eat the unsweetened kind, cos otherwise what’s the point! Plus, I tried the sweetened one only once and didn’t like it.
Then there were a couple of new discoveries .. alcohol-free vanilla extract! Amazeballs! Perfect for adding to yogurt/cottage cheese, coffee..anything that isn’t baked really. Like Greek yogurt..nom! 😊
The second new find -the Green Glow smoothie (desserts), which is based on Tone It Up’s recipe, only I added almond milk instead of coconut water. So, yes- that’s a super delicious dessert that’s good for you. Dreams do come true! Hehee!

And with that, I’m off to dream about the “Green Glow” dessert..gotta buy some avocados tomorrow.. 😋

K❤

Get Ready for THAT Bikini

Happy Wednesday !

We’re halfway through the week already, how did that happen, eh?! I guess the long, extended weekend for St. Patrick’s Day, or any other Bank Holdiday weekend, always make the rest of the week fly by.
Not much, apart from work, some workouts and a bit of juicing, has been happening around here. Although, speaking of workouts, it felt so good to exercise after hardly moving on Monday. I might have been a little bit hungover..😳 ahem..

Karena and Katrina posted the workout schedule here, but here’s what my workout plan looks like for this week (pretty much the same 😊):

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This is the Self Drop10 BikiniBody workout in detail:
Do these 8 moves, for 3 sets:

> The Ballerina Chop (abs, butt, thighs) x12
> Kick It (triceps, back, abs, butt, hips, thighs) x12/alternating legs
> Tummy Tucker (abs, obliques, shoulders, back, butt) x12/side
> Complete Curl (biceps, abs, obliques, back, butt, hamstrings) x12/alternating legs
> Skinny Dip (triceps, abs, butt, thighs) x12/alternating legs
> Power Press (chest, abs, hips, legs) x12
> Bridge Burner (back, chest, butt, thighs, hamstrings) x12/side
> Reach and Squeeze (back, obliques, butt) x12/side

And now for the LivestrongWoman “ToneItUpTuesdays” BikiniBootcamp

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You can find more details, including the printable here and the video here.

Now it’s time for some HIIT on the treadmill and along with the SummerSlim workout (TIU&LivestrongWoman) afterwards. I’ll be back on Friday with a post on RPE.

K❤

Happy St. Patrick’s Day or just March 17th

Well, what’d ya know – it’s March 17th!

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(Source image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net)

That can only mean that on this day in the year 45 BC, in his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
On 17. 3. 1776, during the American Revolution, British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city. As well as, on the same day four years later, in 1780, still in the midst of the American Revolution, George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.”
To this day, in 1805, the Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King. All but 56 years later, on the same day, in 1861, the Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
Meanwhile, in Nauvoo, Illinois, USA, on March 17, 1842, the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed.
Later, during the 20th Century, in the year of 1948, the Benelux States, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
South Africa, 17. 3. 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.

Aaand then, of course, somewhere between Julius Caesar defeating Pompeian forces, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius being born and passing (17. 3. 180), on this day, in the year of 460 AD, Ireland’s patron saint, St.Patrick died. He had a busy life, that one.. 😉 How he found the energy to chase snakes into the sea, and banish them from the island, after fasting for lent, is beyond me, but who am I to argue with history and legend.

So here we are, I’m certainly ready for today’s shenanigans.. Which shall quite possibly include a drink or two, watching the parade, sampling a selection of local artisan foods and whatever else today may bring!

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Whether you’re celebrating or not, have a very happy and wonderful Sunday, March 17th, 2013 aka Saint Patrick’s Day! 🍀

K🍀