fitness friday

A Quick Dose of Fitness Friday

Hey there!

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, I didn’t really have anything interesting to say so I didn’t want to bore you all ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway guess what…

…this afternoon I’m getting on the train to go and visit my boyfriend!!

I haven’t seen Tom in over a month now and so as you can imagine I’m really excited to spend the weekend with him ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I enjoyed my typical breakfast whilst packing:

I do love my mixes and adding seeds is fantastic because it means a teeny bit of added protein!

This morning I’ve been tidying, packing, reading and finishing off an essay. Busy busy busy. But it’s worth it because I know this weekend I can just relax and have fun. I’m taking a number of books to read on the train anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch today was literally the only thing I have left to eat in the fridge! I haven’t bothered to go food shopping this week because I ate out for almost every meal last weekend and I knew I would only need a few dinners here.

It was still pretty tasty!

Right, now as you know, for the last couple weeks I’ve been pretty down because of my struggles to adjust, to get all of my work done and to deal with the pain. As a consequence of this I’ve been eating pretty badly. I know you’re probably wondering how as most of what I post up on here isn’t that bad, perhaps just a little carb heavy. The thing is, when I’m bored or upset I tend to snack. A lot. And I’m starting to feel the results of my poor diet: I’m often quite bloated, my energy is poor, I’m feeling sluggish and I just don’t feel as good in my own skin. So starting from today (there’s no time like the present!) I am going to be making a conscious effort to be eating a better, healthier diet. And this brings me to:

Fitness Friday!

Obviously I’m away this weekend so I won’t be concerned with working out but during the week I’m going to make a huge effort to get to the gym and just do a bit more exercise in general.

Monday โ€“ 30 Day Shred. I’m really going to try to start doing this several times a week again.
Tuesday โ€“ Gym: 10 minutes cross trainer, 20 minutes stationary bike.
Wednesday โ€“ Upper Body Strength Workout + Abs
Thursday โ€“ Gym: 10 minutes cross trainer, 20 minutes stationary bike
Friday โ€“ 30 Day Shred + maybe the gym if I have the energy

I’m sure that to some of you that probably sounds quite light but I have to be realistic. I’m still in quite a bit of pain most days and so I don’t want to push myself too hard. Plus as my exercise routine has been pretty poor lately I don’t want to aim too high too quickly!

Well anyway I’d best be off, I have my seminars to get to and then a train to catch ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ve all had a great Friday and have a fantastic weekend!

How do you get back into a routine when you’ve been in a slump?
How do you stay motivated once you’re in a routine?

Sophie x


Fitness Friday + A Weird Feeling

Going home for just one night and hardly any daytime felt a bit strange.

If I’m completely honest with myself I know I really miss it.

I miss my family (we’re very close), I miss my house and my room, I miss my cat, I miss the comforts and I miss the support.

But I know I need to do this. It’s time to move on and find my own way!

(But it does still give me a weird feeling, even if that does make me a bit of a baby…)

Anyway I’m afraid I have very few photos for you, I just wanted to enjoy my time with my mum and sister (my dad is away for work).

This evening one of my flatmates offered to share some spaghetti bolognese if I provided the tomatoes and the garlic and herbs. I love spag bol so was definitely ok with that idea ๐Ÿ™‚

Now as the title suggests, it’s Fitness Friday!

This week I have to admit, I didn’t do very well with my workouts. I’ve been exhausted and quite frankly often in too much pain to find the motivation. However, I have now joined the gym and this if nothing else is plenty of motivation to get going!

Saturday โ€“ 30 Day Shred + a nice cycle. I’ve got my cycle map and I want to find a good route ๐Ÿ™‚
Sunday โ€“ Full on Upper Body Strength Workout (my arms are way too weak at the moment, I need to build things back up)
Monday โ€“ Might go to the gym! If not another 30 Day Shred
Tuesday โ€“ Lower Body Strength Workout + Abs
Wednesday โ€“ There may be a fitness class that appeals… more about that nearer the time.
Thursday โ€“ This is my busiest day next week so I think it’ll probably be a quick workout.
Friday โ€“ Upper Body Strength Workout

So there you have it ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sure you’ve noticed, there is no rest day. This doesn’t mean I’m going to workout every single day! I just know that on at least one day I won’t be able to workout and therefore I always have to plan ahead. We shall see…

Tonight my flatmates want to go out clubbing. I’d rather go to a bar but obviously I’m not going to isolate myself so I’ll go. I know that makes me sound pretty boring but I just don’t enjoy clubbing, it’s too painful and I won’t be able to leave early because I can’t afford a taxi by myself!

So with that little moan it’s off to get ready ๐Ÿ˜›

And for those of you that are wondering what these changes I hinted at are, I’m planning to write a long and revealing post tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you had a good Friday!

Sophie x

Fitness Friday + A Lot Of Food

Hey everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve just got in from a UV and silent disco rave. It was pretty fun but I left early because I was in quite a bit of pain and it just wasn’t exciting enough to make it worth it!

Yesterday evening I decided to stay in with a lovely girl I met and who is fast becoming one of my best uni friends (that sounds cheesy doesn’t it?).

We cooked dinner together:

Whole wheat pasta with garlic and chilli courgettes. It was really really tasty!

I really needed a quiet night in so we watched one of my absolute favourite comedians:

Mr Michael McIntyre! He always makes me laugh, even when I’ve seen him do the sketch before ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all it was a nice relaxing night and I woke up feeling much better!

Today I had a lie in (somewhat unintentionally) and then had to rush off to a lecture. It was really interesting and it made me get pretty excited about starting lectures and seminars next week!

Breakfast was my usual bowl of weetabix mush but today I added a big dollop of my new Fageย Greekย yogurt. Yummy!

I had to buy a couple of books (so expensive!) to read before next week, has anyone ever read The Good Soldier?

Lunch was one of my special favourites – avocado on a toasted whole wheat bagel. I just mash up the avocado and stir in a tiny pinch of salt, a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice. Delicious :-).

Today is, of course, Friday which not only means that I get a lie in tomorrow but also that it is time to plan my fitness routine for the week…

Saturday โ€“ Upper Body Strength Workout
Sunday โ€“ 30 Day Shred
Monday โ€“ Cycle (no idea how long yet, I have to find somewhere to go!) + Abs
Tuesday โ€“ Lower Body Strength Workout
Wednesday โ€“ 30 Day Shred
Thursday โ€“ I go home for the day because I’m having an MRI scan so no workout
Friday โ€“ To be decided…maybe another 30 Day Shred

Obviously life could easily get in the way, it’ll be my first proper week at uni with my actual timetable so I can’t say for sure that everything will go to plan but I can always try!

Before I left I made myself some dinner.

Whole wheat spaghetti on a bed of spinach, topped with tomato and chilli sauce with mushrooms mixed in and sprinkled with a touch of parmesan. I’m quite pleased with my cooking so far, I’ve made most of my meals quite healthy and I’ve managed to keep things quite cheap too!

I’ve had both a difficult and a really fun week but I am quite glad that it’s the weekend, time for some relaxing and some lie ins.

Have you ever been to a silent disco? What did you think?
What’s your favourite go-to quick lunch?

Sophie x

Fitness Friday + A Vocal Workout

Right, this is to everyone who reads, follows or comments:

I need your help.

After a week on holiday I feel sluggish and lazy.

This is where you come in.

I need motivation and lots of it!

So here is this weeks plan (make sure you all hold me to it):

Friday โ€“ 2 Mile Cycle + Upper Body Strength Workout
Saturday โ€“ 2 Mile Cycle (Out most of the day)
Sunday โ€“ 2 Mile Cycle + 30 Day Shred
Monday โ€“ 30 Day Shred + Full Body Stretching Session
Tuesday โ€“ Ab Workout (I’m out most of the day again so it has to be quick)
Wednesday โ€“ Lower Body Strength Workout
Thursday โ€“ 3 Mile Cycle + 30 Day Shred

I really hope I can manage to get at least 5 of these days done as planned!

And why a vocal workout you ask?

Well tonight and throughout the rest of the weekend my choir is recording a CD and so it’s going to be one massive workout, in its own way.

My diaphragm is going to be super tired by Sunday evening!

I love singing, it’s not something I’ve discussed on the blog much but I’ve been singing in choirs since I was seven years old and I passed my Grade 8 exam this year ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch today was particularly yummy: bagel topped with caramelized onion, garlic and chilli with melted emmental.

Right well I’d best be off, got lots of singing to prepare for!

Hope you’re all having a good Friday ๐Ÿ™‚


Fitness Friday + A New Favourite

It’s been a mixed day food wise, I’ve enjoyed some healthy food and some…not so healthy food. It’s all been good though.

Breakfast was the usual favourite:

Do I even need to elaborate?

Today was another trip to town (I suppose I should make the most of having money to spend in cafes before I become a full-time student!) to meet with friends for coffee and then lunch.

We took another trip to the cafe, Costa this time (I know, two in the space of 48 hours) and I got another iced skinny vanilla latte.

Today’s lunch was another departure from the norm this time to McDonalds.

Sometimes you just have to allow your body its cravings.

To be fair, it was only a happy meal.

I’ll admit, it’s not as attractive my usual fare, but it sure was tasty.

Things will probably improve soon health wise, I’m just indulging whilst on holiday but if I’m honest I prefer eating healthily most of time, it just makes me feel better. I do like treats though ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, to the topic of the post…

Fitness Friday!

Here’s the plan:

Saturday โ€“ 2 Mile Cycle + Ab Workout
Sunday โ€“ Upper Body Strength Workout
Monday โ€“ 3 Mile Cycle + Lower Body Strength Workout
Tuesday โ€“ 30 Day Shred
Wednesdayย โ€“ Ibiza!!!

Sound good?

Dinner tonight was pretty exciting.

I made a new recipe.

From a new book.

Peas and Thank You.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about you need to click that link asap.

Where have you been?

The fabulous Mama Pea makes the best vegan food around and tonight I made her Thai Veggie Burgers.

They were delicious.

Everyone in my family (who are all pretty keen on meat) enjoyed them. I served them with her Butternut Squash Fries and salad.


Thank you Mama Pea ๐Ÿ™‚

Sophie x

Fitness Friday + A Film Worth Watching

Hello my lovely bloggies ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m in a bit of a strange mood today so I might ramble on a bit in this post, just warning you!

The day started off in a fairly way as I was pretty tired from all of the excitement yesterday and to be perfectly honest, couldn’t really find the energy to drag myself out of bed before 9.

I’m preparing to be a student you see ๐Ÿ˜›

Breakfast was, again, pretty standard but with a slightly unusual addition (at least for me):

Banana ๐Ÿ™‚ And there is a weetabix under there by the way, it’s just concealed by the liberal sprinkling of toppings.

Want to hear something exciting?

I got a new laptop today!

I’m still blogging from the old one and will be for the next few days because it needs to be set up but I’m really looking forward to having a laptop that doesn’t require 5 minutes to process each individual thing I do! Not to mention that my photos and camera software have literally filled up the hard drive (which is pathetically small).

Like I said, pretty exciting stuff.

As the title of this post suggests, today is indeed Friday and I want to once more post my workout plan for the following week.

I have to apologise I never got round to posting the details of last weeks like I promised but I really will this week!


Saturday – Leg Pyramid Workout
Sunday – Upper Body Strength Workout
Monday – 3 Mile Cycle (maybe more if I can manage) + Ab Workout
Tuesday – 3 Mile Cycle (I’ve got another hospital appointment) + Lower Body Strength Workout
Wednesday – Upper Body Strength Workout
Thursday – TBA
Friday – Rest Day

Sound good to you guys?

This afternoon the family decided to go see a film, it’s been a while since we went to the cinema together.

The film was Sarah’s Key.


Stunning but heartbreaking.

Definitely recommend this film as one people just need to watch.

“The events are beyond dispute: 13,000 Jews were herded into the indoor cycle track, the Vรฉlodrome d’Hiver. There they were kept for five nights without food or medicine. Of the 10 toilets, five were sealed and most of the rest blocked. There was one tap. From the “Vel” they were taken to the Drancy, near Pithiviers, then to Beaune-la-Rolande prison camps, and thence to Auschwitz. Only 25 returned.”


I almost cried from start to finish at the atrocities those poor people experienced.

The emotions, relationships and pain are convincingly portrayed and the young girl, Melusine Mayance, who plays Sarah is sensational.


Let me know if any of you have seen it and if so, what you thought of it!

Sophie x