Friday Favourites

It’s that time of the week again, and that means only one thing…Janae-inspired FRIDAY FAVOURITES! Open-mouthed smile

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1. Amazing Friday Breakfast!DSC06562

Oat bran topped with one of Katie’s coconut melties, cinnamon, and mixed berries. The meltie melted. It was awesome.

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2. These running shorts that are the bomb.comw_go_girl_run_short_80356pls_jpg_400

Because, lets face it, they look like beach shorts. And rarely do you feel like you’re on the beach when pounding the streets of London. Maybe with these on though I’ll be magically transported to Hawaii

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3. Giving myself a lil’ pedicure. And by this I just mean painting my nails quickly…DSC06572

Attempt #1001 to try to prettify my Ugly Runner’s Feet. At least they look marginally better than they did before…I’ll spare you the ‘Before’ shot though! Smile with tongue out

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4. Carb-loving. Pre-Hill Sprints (which totally rocked by the way!):

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Peanut butter in a WW wrap

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WW pasta in my ‘cheeze’ sauce with spinach and mashed carrot and swede. I love me some carbs.

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5. Dessert plates.

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Protein Cookie Dough Balls, grapes and dates

 

Dessert is obviously the best part of the meal. Fact.

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6. Rereading every magazine I own.DSC06583

If I’m going to pay £4.50 for a magazine, I refuse to just read it just once!! Totally worth it though, or at least, that’s what I tell myself when forking out my precious mula…!

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7. Cookie Dough Balls

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In my book, Indulgence Friday=5 dough balls. Yummo! Open-mouthed smile

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So what are your Friday Favourites? Give me a few pretty please!!

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And do you spend a lot on magazines? I buy Runner’s World and Women’s Running every month…an expensive habit! Make me feel better by telling me you spend twice as much as I do on mags por favor! Smile

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Have a great weekend friends!!

Thirty Day Thursday and cookie dough balls

It’s Thirty Day Thursday time friends!! (See here for my first Thirty Day Thursday post). I know you’ve been looking forward to it all week! Smile with tongue outimage21

Day 23- 5 guys I find attractive

HA! Thought this would be a fun one!! Winking smile

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Firstly, people you will NEVER hear me saying I find attractive:

  • Robert Pattinson (I don’t get this obsession. At all.)
  • Daniel Radcliffe (How can anyone think Harry Potter is hot?!)
  • Tom Cruise (I just really don’t see it…)
  • George Clooney (Maybe back in the day, but just a tad past it now IMO!)

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Now for my 5 famous attractive guys!

5.  Leonardo Di Caprio. Okay, so not so much nowadays, but in Titanic?! HOT.500full

Maybe I just love the character Jack though…….nah look at that cute smile of his! Naaw Smile

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4. Chris Pine.chris-pineHad never heard of him until I saw the movie Star Trek. And fell in love.

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3. Andy Roddick.andy_roddick_poker2

He actually makes me want to play tennis (well, only with him anyway!). And if you knew how embarrassingly awful I am at that game, you’d know that really is saying something.

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2. Will Smith.untitled 2

I think his hilarity and nice-ness makes him so attractive! Not to mention that I grew up glued to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’untitled

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So in first place…

1. JOEY!!joey-tribbiani

It never said the guys had to be real! Smile with tongue out

Joey shares my love of food:“JOEY EMMA DOESN’T SHARE FOOD!” Joey is hilarious. And Joey speaks words of great wisdom:friends_joey_500x322_092520070506Oh, and he’s sexy as hell, right? Winking smileYfSOiqBBzncnfgt5hv45Mvpyo1_500 hyt

And because I obviously can’t leave you with a yummy food-less post…DSC06547

Averie’s Extra Protein No-Bake Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. They are amazing.

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They take less than 5 minutes to throw together, have only 5 ingredients and are heavenly. Seriously, make them now!! Open-mouthed smile

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So, who would make your list of famous attractive guys? Agree or disagree with any of mine? I’m warning you, DO NOT say anything bad about Joey, or I will get VERY upset!! And what 30 Day Challenge topic do you think I should do next week?

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Oh, and have you made any cookie dough balls yet? I’ve made baked versions from Mama Pea and Diana, and no-bake versions from Gina and Averie! They’ve all been delicious!! I really want to make Mama Pea’s snickerdoodle ones next…mmm… Smile

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Friday tomorrow friends!! Have a great one! Open-mouthed smile

Thirty Day Thursday and looking on the bright side

Hello friends! Open-mouthed smile

You may have seen this 30 Day Challenge on other blogs (I got the idea from the lovely Averie), and I think it’s a fun thing to do! So basically, every Thursday, I’m going to be posting about one of the Thirty Day Challenge topics! Not in order though, because where would be the fun in that? Smile with tongue outimage21

Day 26- What kind of person attracts you

So you may have heard me mention BodyPump boy before. Because clearly I am a little obsessed with him. Well today, straight after class, I ran off outside the hall leaving all my stuff and my set-up to take a call…dsc05785

…and when I got back, he’d put away all my weights and my bench and was holding the door open for me! Awww!! Smile

That is probably the thing I find most attractive in people! Manners, generosity and kindness wins over good looks for me any day!

Shmushy time over now! Smile with tongue out

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I have also been a little bit obsessed with the whole PB+J combo this week. Read: oatmeal topping Every Single Day.

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Peanut Butter and Jam

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Dark Chocolate Dreams and Jam

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Almond Butter and Jam

Yummy yummy yummy!

I was a bit sad today, because my ankle wasn’t feeling 100% still. I considered going ahead with my planned hill sprint run anyway, but decided in the end it’s better to play it safe. I always like to look on the bright side though!

Bad: Not being able to run today.

Good: This meant I could spend more time in the kitchen cooking up yummy goodies! Open-mouthed smile

Trial #6 of Emma’s Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie!DSC06276

Bad: Not yet perfect still! Tasters say the texture of this batch is perfect, but they preferred the flavour of Trial #6!
Good: All the trials mean I get to eat a lot of cookie dough, and a lot of cookies! Open-mouthed smile

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DSC06278Bad: Not having enough of these…DSC06269

…to make Trial #7 today!

Good: This gave me the perfect excuse to make something else- Katie’s delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars! Made a few minor adaptations, but they were amazing!!DSC06303

Seriously, make these now!! They are yum!

Bad: I ate about half the batch! Embarrassed smile
Good: They were so darn tasty, I don’t regret it one bit! Winking smile

Bad: It finished off my jar of peanut butter!DSC06312

Good: This means Oats In A Jar tomorrow for brekkie! With jam on top of course! Smile with tongue out

Amazing: Going back to the cute health store I found on my run on Tuesday, and having a long chat with the lovely woman who owns it. She is my new best friend. She is 65, and ran a sub 3 hour marathon aged 57, and still runs marathons today!! So she is also my new idol. I wanted to take a picture of her and frame it but I don’t think she’d agree that we’re quite at that stage in our relationship…yet.

Even better: She gave me a half price on everything I bought, just because.

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One of my goodies- nutritional yeast flakes

The Best: Lovely Amazing Marathon Woman also threw in a bar of dark choccie with raspberries for FREE for me after I told her how much I loved the last one! She says I need it to fuel my running! She knows me so well already! Open-mouthed smileDSC06229

We chatted for ages, and she gave me tons of advice on my running and speedwork!! I LOVE HER!!

So share with me what kind of person attracts you/what qualities in a person you find most attractive. Like I said, I love courtesy, manners, kindness, and I’ll add a good sense of humour to the list! Smile

Do you tend to look on the bright side of things? Glass half-full or half-empty? Please tell me about something Bad —-> Good that happened to you today!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my yoga giveaway! That’s another good thing!! Smile with tongue out

Have a great Friday lovelies!

Friday Favourites

“Feel free to do it on your blog” <—– From the hilarious Janae’s amazing Friday Favourites post! SO I have taken her up on this offer! Open-mouthed smile Like she said, it is good to think about the things we are thankful for that make us happy!!

1. A Chocolatey Friday Breakfast. So this is a new invention of mine, but every Friday I will be celebrating the end of the working week with a nice healthy chocolatey breakfast. Like so:

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Mmm…fluffy choco-banana oatmeal+ my first ever fudgie!

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Sooo good! The fudgie melted and stirred in it was AMAZING!

2. An email from Women’s Running to say that this month’s mag is now out! I’m so addicted to expensive but amazing magazines like this and Runner’s World.home_1099

I know what I’ll be wasting spending my hard earned cash on tomorrow! Perfect gym entertainment. Someday I will master the art of reading+running at the same time…

3. Changing into sweats and fleecy socks as soon as I get home. Ultimate comfort. Height of fashion…DSC06095

And let us not forget the oh-so-cool granny fleece I’m rocking too…

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I hear the fleece+sweats look is all the rage in Milan.

4. Cookie dough. Need I say more?DSC06088

Really, cookie dough is a health food. Good for the soul.

5. Baking with what is left of the cookie dough after you have consumed vast quantities of that goodness.

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Can you tell I lost my cookie dough scoop? Unevenly sized cookies are much more fun anyway! 😛

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This is my favourite cookie of my trials to make the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie! I think I’ll try one more tweak and then post the recipe! Open-mouthed smile

So what are your Friday Favourites? Spill the beans!!

And do you have something fun planned for this weekend? I’m going to a friend’s birthday bash tomorrow, hence the cookie making! I never go to someone else’s place empty-handed! Winking smile

Have a great weekend friends! Smile

Exciting times!

Hellooo lovelies!! Smile

I am so SO excited right now!! You’ll see why in a mo…that’s if you didn’t see my Tweet and guess! Smile with tongue out

Oh and I loved hearing your thoughts on my running epiphany yesterday, and why you run! And thanks as well for the applesauce tips you guys- never occurred to me that it would be easier (and cheaper!) to make it myself! Smile with tongue out

Breakfast was delicious- whipped cinnamon-banana oatmeal with dried blueberries on top.

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Today’s lunch to-go-go was leftover’s from yesterday’s dinner: lentil stew with spicy tofu. Doesn’t look appetising, but it was yummy and chocca full of protein and fibre SmileDSC05884

One of the things I get asked a lot is how I handle eating when out as a vegan. Unless I am eating out at a restaurant with other people, I usually just take my own food. Not only easier and hassle-free, but cheaper too! I usually make more than I need for dinner, then refrigerate/freeze and take for lunch the next day.

Also, there’s a serious foodgasm alert! If you haven’’t already done so, make these.DSC05907

Gina’s chocolate chip protein ballz! These are so quick to throw together (literally a few minutes and they’re done!), have just a few ingredients, are full of protein and goodness, and are unbelievably yummy. I may have eaten almost the whole batch…! Smile with tongue outGO, PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM NOW!!

Today was a BodyPump day! I worked hard today, really pushing myself, and managed to make it through the bicep track alive! Score! Open-mouthed smileMade doubly good because a cute guy said hi and chatted to me at the end! Winking smile

So now for my exciting news! Okay, so I’ve overhyped it, but…

AAAH MY FIRE SHOES ARRIVED!!! Open-mouthed smileDSC05898

There are actually angels in my head singing the Hallelujah Chorus right now!! Is it lame that I am this excited by running shoes? I say no, because they are racing shoes, and they look this cool:DSC05906

They are soo light (literally about half the weight of my normal Asics!) and even the soles are amazing!DSC05904

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I. Love. Them. DSC05900

Seen enough photos of them yet? Smile with tongue out I can’t wait to run in them tomorrow!!! Open-mouthed smile

So I’m off now to eat dinner, and the last of these…DSC05911

…and then to bed, possibly still hugging these…DSC05914

So what ‘little’ things excite you that most people would find strange? Apart from new running shoes+gear, successful kitchen experiments is another thing that really excites me! On that note, there’s hopefully a perfected cookie recipe is coming at ya soon…!

And what was the last exciting purchase you made? Well after these of course, I’m gonna have to say the Lindt 85% dark choccie which I bought today! Smile with tongue out

Friday tomorrow! Have a great one friends! Open-mouthed smile

I’m not ashamed to admit…

Hello friends! Open-mouthed smile

Firstly, a huge congratulations to one of my blogging inspirations Tina @ Faith, Fitness, Fun who gave birth to baby Braedon last night, AND blogged about it! Love this girl, and her baby is beautiful! I want him!!

This morning’s sweat fest was truly awesome. Seriously. I had a great spin class, (although the music wasn’t as good today) with an amazing instructor, who had already taught BodyPump and Aerobics by that point! And still fresh as a daisy…sickening really! Smile with tongue out I followed this up with 35 mins on the elliptical whilst reading Runner’s World to pass the time.

Sadly, a big feature (see here for the discussion on this topic) in Runner’s World today…

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49 greatest weight-loss tips.

Other than that though, it has some very useful stuff, including the Ultimate Race Guide 2011!DSC05643                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

It featured quite a few of the races I’m looking at doing this year. However, I’ve decided to limit the number that I would otherwise do, because entry fees aren’t cheap! This is my definite race though (other than the trial in March):royalparkslogo

The Royal Parks half! It’s supposed to be a good one, is close to me, and is a mostly flat course so a speedy time potential! Open-mouthed smile It’s very popular though, so I’ll have to sign up fast when it opens!!

Today at lunchtime my head+stomach were telling me “Green Monster, Green Monster, GREEN MONSTER!!”. So of course, I gladly obliged.DSC05623

It had been way too long. Today’s GM: 3 handfuls spinach, 1 big banana, 1 cup milk, cereal, ice, protein powder, xanthan gum and soya yoghurt, topped with some Wild Berry granola that made up yesterday’s haul. DSC05618

This stuff is so so good! Granola is my love…

I am not ashamed to admit that later I dove straight back into that packet and munched away happily until I was satisfied.DSC05624

I am not ashamed to admit that I am a cookie dough monster, and that this is my refuel food of choice.DSC05630

I am not ashamed to admit that I do have baking failures, especially with my tendency for blindness that lead to adding a ton more agave nectar than the recipe called for, and ending up with chocolate chip scuffins rather than cookies.

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Tasted darn good anyway!

I am not ashamed to admit that I now keep a spoon by this jar for emergencies:DSC05572

Make me feel better by telling me one thing you’re not ashamed of. And are you signing up for any races this year? If so, do you have any specific ones/distances in mind? I’m definitely doing that half, as well as the 5k trial in March, and there are tons of other possibles on my list! Exciting times! Open-mouthed smile

Hope you are having great week! Smile

Vegan double gingerbread cookies

So yesterday, I made a ton of delicious gingerbread cookies! And guess what? There isn’t a single one left this evening! Surprised smile That’s 39 cookies eaten in less than 24 hours, for your information! My family and I decimate all baked goods. Fact. I’ll get to the recipe in a moment. The rest of my day first! Smile

Today I didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast! I can hear your incredulous gasps of disbelief, but it is true! I opted for a apple-cinnamon yoghurt parfait  instead!DSC04726

Simply a chopped apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, covered with soya yoghurt which was topped with my yummy Bodymatter granola.DSC04727

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While this was delicious, it wasn’t as filling as my oatmeal, so a mid-morning snack of this followed:DSC04734

A Bounce almond protein ball! The 12g of protein kept me satisfied for ages while I hit the shops for yet more Christmas shopping! I had lunch whilst rushing round the shops, which was a houmous and falafel wrap:DSC04116

All I’ve got left to get now is my brother’s Christmas card, and that’s it! Just have to keep my fingers crossed for that Amazon delivery now! Smile

Before I left for my shopping trip, I remembered that I’d seen a gym attached to the shopping centre last time, so I packed some clothes and took some time out from my shopping to hit the gym for a quick 45 min workout! And I was super excited when I got there to find that this gym was so posh! Well actually it was probably quite average, but my local gym has very ‘vintage’ (circa 19th Century probably!) machines, so these seemed amazing to me! A treadmill with a TV?!DSC04730

Wow. I loved it! Must do this whole shopping+working out thing again! Open-mouthed smile In my post-workout shopping I picked up this Trek bar and munched happily away…DSC04736

So how is your Christmas shopping going? Got everything yet? Oh, and have you regulars noticed the blog theme change? Like it? I do! I think it’s much more ‘me’ than the last one! On that note, there are going to be a more few minor blog changes coming up soon, just so ya know! Smile

Anyway, back to the cookies!

Vegan double gingerbread cookies (adapted from here)

  • 140g vegan spread (or unsalted butter)
  • 100g molasses sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or molasses, golden syrup etc.)
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda 
  • 2 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped finely <—-hence the double gingerness of the cookies, for Maria who asked! Smile
  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Melt spread, sugar and syrup in a pan until a smooth liquid forms. Mix the flour, soda and spices together in a bowl. Stir in the liquid and chopped ginger to make a stiff-ish dough.
  2. If necessary, wait until cool enough to handle, then roll out dough to about 5mm thick. Stamp out shapes using cookie cutters, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets. Bake for approx 8-12 mins (depending on the size of your cookies and on your oven) until golden. Cool 10 mins on the sheets, then lift onto cooling racks. Once fully cooled, ice/decorate if desired. Enjoy! Open-mouthed smile

First, assemble your ingredients for melting (spread, sugar and syrup):DSC04689

Melt away!DSC04700

Panic because you realise you didn’t check first to see if you had any ground ginger. Toss everything out of your cupboards until you finally find some, and try not to faint with relief.DSC04690

Or you can just be organised and check beforehand. Up to you really!

Mix together your dry ingredients:DSC04691

I actually just threw in the spices (couldn’t find a teaspoon measurer- can you tell I’m slightly disorganised? Smile with tongue out), so I’m not sure exactly of the amounts I used, but it turned out fine anyway!

Finely chop your ginger (I used two stem ginger balls that were in syrup, drained well).DSC04694

Mix everything together until a dough is formed. Warning: this dough, like most cookie doughs, is highly addictive. Now, if you gorge yourself like I did, you can’t say I didn’t warn you! Winking smileDSC04701

And then comes the fun bit…rolling and cutting! As its Christmas, I used small angel and star cookie cutters…DSC04703

…and a few other random cutters for the scraps:DSC04705

I then added a bit of green icing (green=Xmas!) to some of them. I would have iced them completely, but I had less than 50g of icing sugar in the house, so I made do with what little I had! Smile with tongue out

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That’s for all you wonderful readers, who are all stars to me! Smile