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In Which Life Happens

It’s not that I’ve been avoiding this place, it’s just that life has happened and my time management hasn’t properly been up to scratch.  To sum it up:

  1. My last day at work has been brought forward by one month.  I finish this Friday, so a lot of time has been spent making sure everything is done and up to day in the office as well as catching up with people who work in the City.  Once I am back to school and then qualified it will be on the very odd occassion that I will actually be able to venture into London.
  2. My brother and his girlfriend have welcomed the most precious little girl into the world and I’ve fallen totally in love.  I wasn’t really a huge fan of children, in fact, I used to avoid them where possible, but my niece has completely stolen my heart.  I want to spend every spare minute I can with her and hate it when I have to leave

As a result of aforementioned points, my blog-keeping skills have been pretty poor.  In fact, all my social media has fallen slightly massively.  But fear not, from next week I have a whole 4 weeks until I start my Personal Training course.  I have plently of things to research and blog posts to get cracking on and plan to dedicate a great portion of my month break in getting everything up and running and getting some kind of order in place.  Also trying out some new exercise classes and getting myself prepared for my next life adventure.  The vegan pledge has been going well, apart from one day over the Bank Holiday weekend where cheese was involved, but I didn’t let myself dwel on it too much.  It’s certainly given me lots to think about in terms of re-addressing what I’m fueling my body with.

So there you have it.  I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.  Life just seemed to happen at an alarming race and I forgot the concept of time management.

See you next week guys!!

 

 

Day 1 = Success

Day one of my VEGAN PLEDGE completed and it was a success:

 

Breakfast:           Whole Wheat Bran Flakes with Almond Milk & Blueberries
Lunch:                   Whole Wheat Cous Cous Salad seasoned with Thai 7 Spice & Edamame
Dinner:                 Portabella Mushroom ‘Cheese’ Burger using vegan Mozzarella
Snacks:                 Apple, Dried Fruit, Nakd Bar, Soya Dark Chocolate Dessert

This was just using ingredients that I had lying around the house, apart from the vegan cheese, which I picked up from a health food store by my office.  After work I went to the supermarket and stocked up on some vegan staples to help me try out some of the marvellous recipes I’ve been spying over at Pinterest.  This weekend will see me trying my hand at a vegan mac n’ cheese (my ultimate comfort food), Raw/Vegan Triple Chocolate Cream Cakes and also veganising one of my speciality dishes, Caribbean Spiced Shepherd’s Pie.  I first came across the recipe in one of my dad’s Levi Roots cook books and just had to try it, minus the lamb mince and chicken stock, which I substituted for Quorn Mince and vegetable stock.  However, one thing that has come to light since trying my hand at the vegan diet is that Quorn products are off limits, as well as a few other meat free products you can pick up from the supermarkets, due to addition of dried egg whites and sometimes milk.  I’ve managed to hunt down some vegan friendly mince and will be using a soya spread instead of butter for the mash potato topping (which will be sweet potato mash).  I’m lucky that my Blayne and the rest of my family enjoy being my guinea pig when I’m trying new recipes, even though they are all meat & dairy eaters, and if they aren’t keen, then at least I know there will always be leftovers for me to take to work for lunches during the week (this NEVER happens with cakes, cookies or any kind of dessert/sweet effort).

So, yes, day one was a success and I’m feeling positive going forward.  I’ll be posting pictures of ‘work in progress’ shots and other health and fitness bits and bob over on my Instagram account @lozziefitness so be sure to check it out!  You can also follow my on Twitter for hear random ramblings and hints and tips 🙂

Have a great weekend guys!

My Pledge

Amsterdam Memories

Amsterdam was everything I dreamed it would be, of course.  I’m just glad that Blayne fell in love with my favourite place in the world as much as I hoped he would.  He can now also back me up on my bold statement of eating the best fries in the world.  We were extremely lucky with the weather, not a single drop of rain and gloriously hot and sunny.  Perfect!  We didn’t get round to hiring bikes in the end; there were so many people in the city for gay pride that navigating around the city by bicycle seemed to be proving difficult for tourists and locals alike, but we walked for miles and miles, only jumping onto a tram once throughout the whole trip so that we were on time to meet a friend.  We met up with most of my friends, Blayne finally got to put faces to the tales I had been telling him and everyone got on so well – the whole trip could not have been more perfect, well, apart from having to come back.

So, it’s back to England and back to commuting to London for me.  This morning I couldn’t help but compare it to Amsterdam (as I have done so often since moving back from Amsterdam, two years ago).  Everyone is in a rush in London.  Everyone has somewhere they need to be, like, yesterday.  The cars drive faster, even the bikes cycle faster.  Amsterdam is so much more relaxed and easy going…*sigh*…

Anyway, enough nostalgia for the time being.  So, as with every holiday I go on, I managed to come home with a few extra lbs.  But I don’t dwell on it.  You just have to get back into your routine.  9 times out of 10 it’s just water weight that I put on, purely down the fact that I drink a little lot more alcohol than I would normally, and far too little water.  Naughty.  Very naughty.  I also found myself reading a very insightful book that got my thinking about what I’m actually fuelling my body with.  During my weight loss journey I toyed with a vegan diet for a while, but I went about it all wrong.  I ended up living off of fruit and vegan junk food, and got sick.  I hadn’t eaten meat for a while before trying a vegan diet but I certainly didn’t go back to eating meat.  I also stuck with soya/almond milk but I did start eating fish, eggs and other dairy products again.  So, after reading aforementioned book, which promotes a healthy nutritious diet, free from animal products and full of whole foods, fruits and veggies, along with providing some great meal plans, I was inspired to give a vegan diet another shot.  But I’ve done it properly this time.

The Vegan Society explains a vegan diet with the following diagram:

 

 Their website is a fantastic resource for helping you with the transition into a vegan diet.  You can also take a vegan pledge.  So, yesterday I made my pledge.  A 30 day pledge to eat only vegan.  You can also choice to be assigned a mentor who will offer you guidance throughout your pledge.  My pledge starts from today and I’m incredibly excited.  I have prepared a basic meal plan for today, using the ingredients I already had at home, which I will post in picture form tomorrow.  Today will mainly see me searching through Pinterest for exciting new recipes and ideas and writing a shopping list for the weekend.

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