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Fit Not Thin

Hi there!

In the midst of my revision I stumbled upon this article (it’s in Spanish) which talks about the editor of de Revistas de El Mercurio (Mercury Magazines). She has decided that they will no longer photoshop any photographs featured in their publications, only use models who are 18 or older and not use any model with a BMI below 18.5. BRILLIANT.

I understand there’s this constant pressure for people to be thin or incredibly muscular, I’ve felt it and it’s horrible. What this magazine is doing is perfect and something that needs to be done by all of them. People have been saying for ages it’s time to change the way the media represents what’s socially accepted as ‘beautiful’.

If you’re looking to be slim, this blog is not for you. Healthy? Then I’d like to think some of my experiences, posts and insights can help you. It’s so easy to make small changes to start you on your path to becoming FIT AND HEALTHY;

  • Reduce saturated fat intake; swap semi-skimmed/whole milk for skimmed milk, for example.
  • Reduce refined sugar intake; as simple as having an apple instead of a chocolate bar as a snack.
  • Fit in exercise; it can be a 7-minute HIIT session or a 30-minute walk. Check out my post on HIITLIIT  (lower intensity interval training) or have a look at strength workouts (one example linked for a bodyweight workout) for more information.
  • Make smart swaps; wholewheat pasta/rice/bread instead of white, refined bread/pasta/rice, for example.
  • Do a bit of trial and error; there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ plan for leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, try things out, do some research.
  • Do it with friends/family; it’s added motivation, you don’t want to stop until they do and chances are they feel the same so you won’t stop until you’re done.
  • Don’t give up; you will slip up, you’re allowed, just make sure it doen’t completel demotivate you and stop you from reaching your end goal.
  • Set a goal; fit into that pair of jeans, get to a healthier weight, tone up a bit. Whatever it is, set it and tell people what it is, that way you’ll find more motivation to stick with it and avoid being a ‘quitter’. Setting challenges such as a marathon, 10k, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race etc are also great motivators (you don’t really want to be photographed as a pile on the floor, you want to be photographed holding that medal or tackling that obstacle).
It doesn’t have to be a huge mountain, small steps can make big changes.
Gym Bug

Pickled In Scotland

Pickled In Scotland

Hi there!

Today is a post about another excellent Scottish company called ‘Pickled In Scotland’ who are based in Edinburgh. They produce vegan friendly preserves, free from artificial preservatives, colours or flavour enhancers. They also never use concentrates.

They have a great selection of cordials, fruit drinks and fruit cheeses to try. What’s fruit cheese I hear you ask? It’s a way of preserving ripe fruit with sugar and forming a ‘cheese’ round that’s then left to mature. It was used in the past when there was no fresh fruit around. Typically, they were eaten with dairy products like cheese, but I reckon they’d be brilliant on oatcakes or some toast too!

Pickled In Scotland use Scottish fruits, so you’ll find delicious rhubarb, gooseberries, quince, raspberries, strawberries and more! A delicious way to get your fruit.

I’m not going to lie I don’t have a lot of experience with their range, I sampled some of their fruit cheeses once however, and they are amazing. They were so fruity and natural; there was nothing artificial or fake about them. They’d be a great new way to get more fruit into your diet. Their cordials are also really fresh and refreshing.

I recommend checking out their website and trying a few of their products. I’d love to be able to sample more of what they’ve got so I’ll be poking around their website too and hopefully I’ll spot them at a local place one day too!

Fruit cheese could be a great addition to any Christmas cheese platter or an interesting addition to Christmas breakfast? Cordials are great in cheeky cocktails too. Or even buy them as presents!

This is a great shot taken from the homepage of their website. I do not own this image.

Just beware not to get your recommended dose of fruit and veg purely from fruit, it does contain sugar!

Gym Bug

2-Ingredient Pancakes

Hi there!

Last night was pancake night! A friend and I had decided to make some pancakes to give ourselves a break from studying. However, we used a recipe neither of us had tried before. I was slightly sceptical, there is literally 2 ingredients in these pancakes but they were actually really, really good.

Ingredients; (for one person, about 3-5 pancakes)

1 large, ripe banana
2 eggs
Cinnamon (optional, we actually forgot)

Method;

  • Mash the eggs, bananas and cinnamon (if using) all together to form a smooth batter.
    You could use a blender here if you have one.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan (on a medium heat).
  • Fry the pancakes until browned on each side, about 2 tablespoons per pancake works well.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings!

We had jam or honey or a bit of dark chocolate on ours, but try with yoghurt, fruit, dark chocolate drops, maple syrup, whatever you love on pancakes! They are sweet because of the banana, so watch out for that!

A couple of cooking notes;

  • The ‘batter’ will be quite thin if you leave your bananas slightly chunkier (like we did), it still works really well, plus you get delicious hits of warm banana through the pancake.
  • They are paler than normal pancakes, to ensure the egg is cooked leave about 2-3 on each side.
  • If you’ve left banana chunks in there; you will find wetter parts through the pancake as you are eating it, the pancake is cooked (if you’ve left it long enough) it’s just the banana making it a bit more moist.
  • Next time I think I’ll add some raisins or dark chocolate drops to add to these a bit.
  • If you’re looking to bulk them up a bit add some peanut butter in there or any nut butter (or you could use these as toppings).
  • Chocolate craving? Cocao powder in there.
  • These average out at about 25 calories per pancake (untopped), that’s about a 20 calorie saving per pancake compared to generic pancakes!

These were such a great mix up to my usual boring dinners! Love them! There are some photos below (on my iPhone, apologies about the quality) of them cooking and one finished pancake!

Pancake Cooking

Pancake cooking

One completed pancake

One completed pancake

The set-up

The set-up

It’s a Monday! Did you get your Monday off to a great start with a workout!? I did not, the gym is closed so I went yesterday instead! But if you can go on a Monday I recommend it! It sets you up for the week!
Here’s to a great week.

Gym Bug

Gym Bug’s Simple Gym Rules

Hi there!

This post might come across as slightly “rant-like” in nature. It’s not my intention, but it could happen. Anyway, it has to do with gym manners and how to behave in a gym. I’ve noticed my expectations and my behaviours sometmes vary differently to others (as with all situations in life). But I thought I would give a run down of how I act and would like others to act towards me in a gym. I’m really interested in people’s opinions so leave a comment/tweet if you have any points to make!

The thing that gets me the most in the gym is when there is a whole line of machines available to use and someone strides along and uses the one right next to you. It’s a little creepy and very annoying. This happened to me the other day. I was using 1 of 10 treadmills and instead of selecting any of the 8 not next to me (I was at the wall) he went right next to me. It’s honestly incredibly off-putting and unnecessary. Also, if you do decide to break this rule, don’t make it worse by streching in the tiny space between my machine and yours (someone did this to me on the bike). So;
Gym Bug Rule #1 ; give a gym goer some space (if possible).

Something else that’s unnecessary? Staring. Yes, I’m dripping in sweat, very red faced, doing some strange stretches/abdominal exercises and pounding on the treadmill (HIIT), you’re allowed the occassional glance to work out what the hell I’m doing. But continuous staring? Especially when I make blatant eye contact? No.
Gym Bug Rules #2; stop staring, it’s damn creepy.

A point on cleanliness. At my gym, there is a clear sign asking you to clean machines with some paper towels and a cleaning spray (that smells very pleasant). It’s a matter of hygiene and politeness. If you’ve dripped/drooled/spat all over a machine, don’t leave it for the next gym goer to deal with. It’s uncomfortable and a little it gag-reflex triggering. Also, a towel can be handy to have to mop up drips off your head and body during cardio, this make clean up easier too! Towel during weights also means you can sit on it, preventing sweat transferring to the seats.
Gym Bug Rules #3; cleanliness is next to godliness, wipe machines after use.

Huffing and puffing. I get it, lifting heavy is hard and sometimes a little squeak or puff escapes me as I’m focusing on my breathing. But excessive grunting is seriously not necessary. Shouting is major no-go for me too.
Gym Bug Rules #4; indoor voices, you are indoors afterall.

Machine usage. This is particularly about strength conditioning machines (e.g chest press, leg press, calf rotary, shoulder press) and doing it in sets. If you’re using a machine and taking breaks in between sets, it’s only fair you get up and give others the opportunity to use the machine in between. Don’t sit there staring at your shoelaces (or other gym goers, refer to 2) and hog the machine when others can use it.
Gym Bug Rules #5; sharing is caring, don’t hog.

Those really are my 5 peeves and my personal rules that I try stick to. I think it’s important to consider other gym goers. For some, it can be uncomfortable working out in front of others, there’s no need to make it worse!

But it’s a Saturday. Have a relaxing weekend, friends! Anyone like me, enjoy rest day tomorrow!

Gym Bug

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