Good morning! And happy Saturday! I’m happy because I’m having a seriously lazy and chilled weekend; the first in ages!

If, like us, your weekday breakfasts can get a little repetitive (porridge is my go to everyday) then you may wake up on a Saturday morning after a nice lie in craving something a bit more yummy.

I love pancakes. I don’t love how much butter is in them! Also, since I went dairy free I can’t realistically eat an original recipe pancake. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still want them!  We’ve been experimenting with alternative ingredients and I think we’ve totally nailed it with this one. This recipe is dairy free, healthy & free of refined sugars and other nasties. And it’s so easy!

Recipe for these dairy free pancakes

Serves 1

Note: you will need some kind of blender to combine the mixture. We use a Nutri Bullet.

25 grams of porridge oats

1 large egg

1 banana

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

~Blend until smooth. Use coconut oil to fry in small circles (these work better than crepe style pancakes)~

Serve with fresh seasonal fruits, a tablespoon of soya yoghurt & a drizzle of raw honey.

Yum!

How easy is that??

Let me know if you try them or if you have any other pancake recipes you’d like to share!


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Porridge is the breakfast of champions.

We all know it, everyone says it, Jessica Ennis-Hill the Olympic athlete swears by it.. but you know what? It’s boring.

I eat porridge every single morning after I have been to the gym on an empty stomach and get back absoluteness starving. I have it with almond milk (as I’m non dairy) and a tiny bit of raw honey but recently Paul and I have been trying some more interesting combinations to spice it up a bit. Not literally. Chilli in porridge would be gross.

SO here’s some ideas (other than chilli) of how to jazz up your morning porridge.

FRUIT: Obvious one, but fruit adds yummy natural sweetness and they are so good for you too. Try and get a real mix of colours in your bowl to get a full spectrum of nutrients and good stuff. My favourites are raspberries and blueberries.

CHIA SEEDS: a supposed ‘superfood’ which has burst onto the scene recently. Personally, I like them because they add texture to the porridge and can help thicken it up but they are also a whole grain packed with Omega 3, fiber, protein and goodness.

 

NUTS: Not my favourite thing in the world but they are so good for you and (in moderation) can give your body important natural fats and protein. Almonds are the nicest for breakfast in my opinion.

RAISINS: I love raisins in my porridge but you have to be careful because they are sugary but as a special treat they make it so yummy 🙂

Paul has tried some even more crazy combinations for his bowl including flavoured protein powders, cocoa powder, peanut butter and coffee! The possibilities are endless.

So no more using the excuse ‘porridge is boring’!

xox

So the last time I posted I was 4 months into my ‘get fit for the wedding’ mission and had lost 2 stone and a dress size. Although I was happy with my progress, I still wanted to tighten up and improve my strength and fitness. I can now happily say that just in time for the wedding I achieved my target of shedding 2 1/2 stone and am now a size 8/10 UK. We had our beautiful wedding and I can look back on the pictures with confidence and pride dammit because I am so proud of myself!

How I did it.

TEAMWORK. I could not have done it without my now husband Paul getting me up in the morning and forcing me to go for runs! Whether it’s a partner, family or a friend, having someone to support you and achieve results with you is so helpful.

NUTRITION. It’s 80% of results blah blah I used to shudder when I heard things like that because I LOVE FOOD and I cannot survive on celery. But me and Paul but real effort into cooking meals that were balanced, healthy and tasted good. I’m lucky because he’s an excellent cook but to give you an idea, there is such thing as healthy; pancakes, pizza base and even bread. It’s about balance. We cut out refined sugar completely and focused on whole gain carbs, upped our vegetables and ate more protein than anything else. The rest was easy.

CROCKFIT PLAN. This was the biggie. This is what I can put down to me achieving my results this time when I failed so many times before. Alex Crockford is a personal trainer and fitness model (we both worked with him back in the day) and he has recently released his own ‘Crockfit Fitness Plans’ for Men & Women.  The plans are 12 weeks long, but can be continued after, and aim to shock the body and get the results that everyone wants. It takes commitment, but we followed the workouts religiously 4 times a week and the rest is history really. You can check out his plans here.

BECOMING AN EARLY BIRD. I cannot workout after a full days work and I never have been able to, that’s where I have always fallen down. I just can’t bring myself to go when I’m tired. So, we started going at 6.30am 4 days per week. At the beginning, it was hard, but now I love it and the feeling of going into work at 9am having already bossed a gym session is super addictive.

CUT OUT DAIRY. I know I said we eat a balance but that is one thing we have cut out completely, firstly because of it’s fat content and secondly because of some of the negative effects of lactose. We have swapped to almond milk and plant based products and have got on really well with that.

COFFEE. Black coffee is allowed so we swapped tea, juice, squash, pretty much everything we cut out for a bad boy black coffee. It gets easier the more you drink it.

Results.

STRONGER.

SLEEPING BETTER.

FEELING HAPPIER AND MORE ALERT.

CONFIDENCE & WELLBEING.

LOVING EXERCISE AND FITNESS.

HOWEVER.

Now comes the tricky part. The wedding is done. I’m back to full time work. It’s summer, there are parties and gatherings and dinners everywhere I look. Temptation is everywhere and maintenance is so key to fitness! I am always growing, trying to improve and get better. So my journey has only just begun!

xox

  Body transformation journeys are extremely personal. I want to put this up, mainly because I am proud of my achievements so far and I want to continue to motivate myself and hold myself accountable for my results, however I am a bit nervous about posting pictures.

First thing to say: this is not a “weight loss” journey, which is why it is not named as such.  Weight loss has been a nice bio-product of me changing my lifestyle, hopefully for good. I have now been on this journey for 4 months, there have been ups, downs, alterations and compromises, but overall I am feeling like a new person.

I just want to point out that this is my journey, these are my views and my choices, I am in no way preaching as to who needs to lose weight or that certain things are good or bad. It’s how you feel that counts and I truly believe that.

Let’s rewind to December 2015. This was when I decided something needed to change. I was gaining weight and struggling to fit into my clothes and therefore struggling with confidence and self esteem. I was suffering with insomnia which has been an ongoing thing and most of all I was just feeling generally unfit and rubbish. Something had to give and I think a looming wedding was enough to push me to really change my lifestyle.

I hit the ground running. January 1st I joined a gym, I cut out carbs (completely) and began a totally “paleo” diet.  Essentially, all I was eating was meat, fish, eggs and nuts.  I started going to the gym 3 times a week for cardio and a bit of weight training. It was tough, but in the first 6 weeks I made a huge amount of progress and I found it motivating.

However, by month two I had plateaued. And I was miserable on the paleo diet! For me, it was just too restrictive. So Paul and I had a chat and decided that we would lax off slightly on the diet front.  We now eat our version of a “healthy” diet, only putting things in our body which are as natural as possible and free from artificial ingredients. We have reintroduced brown rice for example, and rarely a bit of wholemeal pasta. I have found this change really helped me to maintain the diet plan and stopped me from giving up.  I now love what we eat.

At this point I also wanted a shake up in my workout routine. I was getting bored and didn’t really know what I was doing! So Paul and I contacted a friend we used to work with who is a successful personal trainer who develops and sells body transformation work out plans.  Alex Crockford’s “She-Fit” programme costs £50 for an intense, 12 week gym and fitness programme which is sent to you in document form.  The programme requires 4 resistance workouts per week plus cardio and works in cycles so the workout changes every few weeks or so.  I am now 5 weeks into this programme and I can honestly say it’s changed the way I feel about the gym! I now look forward to getting up at 6am and sweating it out for an hour!

 

So this is where I’m at now, 4 months in. I’m really pleased with my achievements and I’m proud of myself. I’ve lost a dress size and 2 stone but it’s more about what I’ve gained that I’m so pleased with. I’ve gained confidence, a low of exercise rather than a dread of it, a healthier and more positive outlook on life. I’d even go as far as to say that I’ve seen a reduction in anxiety and I’m sleeping better.  I know making changes like these won’t solve all problems, but I’ve certainly seen many of mine improve drastically. I would recommend a lifestyle change to anyone, even if it’s just baby steps.

Let’s see where the next 4 months takes me!

xox