Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fitness Friday: Overtraining

This post has been difficult for me to write.  I think overtraining is a fine line that I have been known to cross regularly.  But I also feel that the “Eat less, move more” message has probably been taken to heart by the wrong people.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great message, BUT, in some cases they are preaching to the converted.

There are so many blogs dedicated to eating disorders and disordered eating – and the same goes for exercise.  There is a market for people looking to get skinny/fit/strong etc, and they are probably doing things right already.  If you already do your ‘quota’ of exercise and eat a healthy diet – no good is going to come from you “eating less and moving more”.

Overtraining and overtraining syndrome have been identified by a number of blogs: Mark’s Daily Apple, Chris Kresser and BioLayne.

Overtraining can impact on adrenal and hypothalmic function and increases risk of severe injury and extreme weightloss.  Too much exercise has been linkedto an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol and adrenal function are important to maintain a good metabolism. Your exercise regime could backfire and teach your body to store fat instead of burning it.

Nabbed from BioLayne’s youtube feed – Layne instists that overtraining in itself isn’t a bad thing (in particular he is talking about strength training where you rest between sets) but with the caveat that YOU NEED ADEQUATE REST TO ALLOW FOR RECOVERY!

So how much exercise is too much?

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What I ate Wednesday #23

I had the opportunity to try Hello Fresh UK for a discount (US readers can try  If you also want to try Hello Fresh you can use this code to get £20 off your first shop:


Hello Fresh, Food Delivery

Hello Fresh

So, as my order arrived on Tuesday, I thought it would be great to use for my What I ate Wednesday. I’ve only tried one recipe of the three that are delivered, so I’ll go into a bit more detail later in the week.

Other than Hello Fresh, what did I eat on Tuesday?

What I ate Wednesday, WIAW

What I ate Wednesday #23

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Breakfast sweet potato

If anyone ‘likes’ my Facebook page, you will have seen there is a new breakfast on the block!

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Fitness Friday: Sports Therapy

Sometimes fitness is about more than just exercise.

Some months ago I hurt my shoulder.  Of all the exercises I do, how did I hurt it?  Yoga!  It wasn’t even a difficult pose, I was doing the bug sequence and suddenly my shoulder blade wasn’t where it was supposed to be during an arm extension.

Crikey it hurt.

I stopped the exercise, and went gentle on my shoulder for the rest of the class.  However, it still hurt the next day when I was running for my train (late again).  It eased off, but I have been aware of the weakness ever since.

HG Sports Therapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Massage

HG Sports Therapy

I was hearing great things about our Sports Therapist at the gym, Hannah Groombridge of H.G. Sports TherapyDid I make the appointment? No.

Then my friend started to nag me.  She had an injury that got worse, and she persuaded me that it is better to get it checked out now, before I do some major damage.

Sometimes fitness is about more than just exercise.  Sometimes it’s about taking care of your body, and treating it right.

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What I ate Wednesday #22

I tried a new early morning exercise class last week, so that meant my routine changed, giving me the perfect opportunity to write a WIAW post 🙂

I had to catch an earlier train to work meaning that I didn’t have time for my usual breakfast options.  It turned out I had time to make a quick smoothie, with an almond dessert I brought back from France, some almond milk and tinned pumpkin.  Not that special, but enough to get me to my workout.

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What I ate Wednesday #22

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Cheezly: mozzarella style, vegan cheese review

So, sometimes it’s really good to be recognised.  No, I’m not famous or anything.  Sometimes you want to go about your business and not be seen, but sometimes it’s good to be recognised.

At first I thought they were thinking I was someone else – but then it happened again.

What am I talking about?  When I got back from holiday last week my first stop was the local ‘natural food’ shop to pick up some bits and bobs.

I wanted to get some tempeh as my fridge was bare, and the last time I was in they were doing cheese tasting, and I really wanted to buy some of the mozzarella I tried.

I got to the stall, and low and behold, their fridge was bare too 😦 I thought I would just have a look around to see if there was anything new when the shop assistant came over to me, shuffled around in the fridge and pulled out a packet of tempeh, that they had been ‘saving for me’. How great was that?!

Happily I mentioned that I was looking for the mozzarella, but they didn’t have any so which ‘cheese’ would they recommend, when the manager came around the corner and said that he did have one packet of the mozarella that had come in as a sample, and he would give it to me for half price 🙂 Whoop whoop.

Cheezly, vegan, cheezse, mozzarella, mozz,

Cheezly – mozzarella style

So that was how I came about my vegan mozzarella.

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Fitness Friday: Synrgy

I decided to sign up for a month’s summer membership at the gym at work.  I’ve always said I can’t justify running two memberships.  I;ve always stuck with the gym at home because my friends are at my home gym, and it’s so convenient being right next door.

But, the work gym has a good range of classes that I don’t get at my home gym.  They offered a one month’s summer membership – no need to cancel – so I thought I would give it a go.

I started with an early morning (7.30am) Synrgy class.  I didn’t know what to expect, other than the class description:

Fast and furious, Synrgy provides a full throttle fitness blast.

Using the unique multi-station apparatus, Synrgy turns the gym into a 30 minute fitness disco. Motivational music, count down timers and Synrgy’s own lighting rig will help you power through as you lift, squat, press, dip and move your way to functional muscle strength.

Synrgy 360

Synrgy 360

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What I ate Wednesday #21: on holiday

I’m alive, I’m alive!  Sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve been on holiday.  It came up on me and I didn’t have chance to schedule any posts while I was away.

So I thought WIAW would be a good post to get started with.  But of course I didn’t record a full day of eats, did I!?  I was too busy having fun.

So, here you have some of the things I ate, and how I kept fit and healthy on holiday.

What i ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday

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