Monthly Archives: March 2014

A week of…breakfast

So here we have a selection of breakfasts i have enjoyed this week.  I find it’s much easier to remember to snap my breakfasts, I guess that’s because I’m on my own in my own kitchen, rather than at work.

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day.  Anything goes!  You can have sweet or savoury, and you can healthify (or Emily-ify) all those ‘treats’ like pancakes, muffins, french toast etc – yum!  Plus it’s usually easy to put together, or prepare in advance.

Here’s to breakfast – cheers!

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A week of breakfast


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Fitness Friday: Tabata™

Happy Friday to you all!

Continuting my series of reviews from my Fitness Fiesta weekend – this week we’re getting all hot and sweaty with HIIT – That’s High Intensity Interval Training.

HIIT is the latest craze hitting the fitness scene (some places it’s hit already – you see what I did there!) and I was blogging about my tabata rowing class back in August.

Its effecient because you don’t have to work out as long – you work out at your maximum for short bursts, exhausting your body quicker.  Taking you into the anaerobic zone (where you can’t breathe so your body is working ‘without’ oxygen.

And because the intensity kicks your body into hyperdrive you burn more fat and calories (than a steady pace run) in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout just to recover!  In that vein, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great because HGH increases caloric burn and (supposedly) also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out! (source) Hey, I don’t make this stuff up, I’m merely reporting the facts.

I did two HIIT classes during the weekend: Tabata™ and Insanity®.  There’s a lot to explain, so today I’m going to talk about the Tabata™ class.

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Tabata (taken from their website)

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Pay it forward #8 and 9

Sorry all, I missed my Thoughtful Thursday post last week.  But I didn’t miss ensuring I found a way to pay it forward 🙂  So here you have two weeks of ‘paying it forward‘ (sorry in the mood for a bit of pink)


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What I ate Wednesday #11

Hello and Welcome to another What I ate Wednesday post 🙂

This WIAW is from Monday when I was in the office.  You would have thought that I would have had plenty of time to plan and prep for a Monday – but alas, Sunday was Sport Relief, and after kicking the day off with a 1.5km swim, I was then running around until my family turned up for the Sport Relief mile in the afternoon.

Afterwards, when all had gone I had a soak in the bath, made a cake for Monday cake swap and that didn’t leave time for much else.  I managed to pull something together for Monday though:

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What I ate Wednesday

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Rambutan: How to

I promised this post, I’m sorry it took me a while to get it up.  I recently bought these funny little fruits to try:



Although related to the lychee, these are actually rambutan.

I like trying new things, so I thought I would give them a go.  I had to google them though, and the first thing I learned was how to prepare them.

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A touch of shopping

I’ve been a bit rubbish at remembering to share my Farmers’ Markets finds.  I’ve taken pictures, just forgotten to share them, so here’s a glimpse at what I’ve been buying lately.



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Fitness Friday: Fame and Cheerobics®

Yay – It’s Friday, and you know what that means – it’s almost the weekend! Gimme a whoop! It also means it’s Fitness Friday, and I’m continuing my theme of Reviews from Fitness Fiesta.
This week I am reviewing a couple of aerobics style classes: Fame with Zoe McNulty and Cheerobics® with Jo Cooper
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Cheerobics with Jo Cooper

A shameless ‘selfie’ before the class kicked off 🙂

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What I ate Wednesday #10

Monday was, of course St Patrick’s Day, so I pledged to eat everything green – for the whole day.  Which I thought would make a great What I ate Wednesday post. I love a challenge 🙂

I’m actually English, so why celebrate the Irish Saint – well, because I love a challenge – didn’t I just say that.

Shh…it’s a secret – one of those skeletons in the closet – but I think there is some Irish blood in the family a few generations ago…

Anyways…to the food!

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What I ate Wedneday #10

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St Patrick’s Day matcha protein fudge bars

Ok, so it’s a little late for St Patricks Day.  I made them on Sunday, and was able to devour them on St Patrick’s Day – but, sorry, it’s a little late for you!

I saw the recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a go.

What do you think?

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Ok, ok, not quite.  But they were tasty enough…

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Nutty St Clement’s Cake – flourless, gluten free

It’s Monday morning. It’s also St Particks Day.

I was going to go in with a green St Patrick’s Day treat, but actually, I think we all need cake!  Try this nutty St Clement’s Cake – made without flour, it can easily be made gluten free, and it’s full of healthy fats and fibre to get you through the week.

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