Cake for a cause

On Sunday, Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge hosted a fabulous afternoon tea on behalf of Casey’s Crew.

We managed to raise (so far) over £100 for Tommy’s the baby charity. but as the raffle is still open there is still much more to come!

It was a fabulous afternoon – the afternoon tea was completely amazing – so much choice! Plus the kids also got to decorate their own little cupcakes which kept them happy.

Additionally from Thursday (if you happen to be passing Sowerby Bridge) there will be Casey’s Crew & Tommy’s branded cupcakes on sale! Pop down and treat yourself!

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Battling bloating with bimuno

I know I’ve written about Bimuno once before but I felt the need to right about it again.

Since my training and fitness took a hit due to the extension and no kitchen and now being out of action since mid-February due to a whiplash injury I have been feeling sluggish and bloated. Having found that exercise helps but not really being able to do much about it revisiting Bimuno is something that has been extremely beneficial.

It’s interesting to read other experiences about bloating and IBS and although I am not an IBS sufferer there are days where I can feel bloated, uncomfortable and just pretty poor really so to discover that such issues can have a massive impact on your life was quite a shock! This article in the Daily Mail certainly makes for interesting reading! I never really considered that it could cause such issues, but I have to say there are times when I haven’t been ‘in the mood’ due to feeling bloated… I have no excuse now!

So what is Bimuno?

Bimuno is a unique, second generation prebiotic that helps sustain the good bacteria in your gut. One of their products, IBAID (Intestinal Bifidobacteria Aid), is specifically designed to support people suffering from digestive health concerns and those with symptoms such as bloating or digestive discomfort.

You can purchase directly from the Bimuno website or in specialist pharmacies such as Boots.

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It’s been a while…

I’m completely aware I’ve been neglecting my blog lately but there’s good reason.

First of all I had a car go into the back of me on the 15th February which resulted in a whiplash injury and in me undergoing physio which I am still having as it’s still now quite right.

It also meant that after 9 weeks of PT I had to stop so as not to aggravate the injury further! Needless to say I am extremely upset about the work and results I achieved that have pretty much gone to pot and also what I am paying in physio could instead be going on PT.

The pain hasn’t been debilitating and as I appear to be an emotional eater led me to over indulge and drink a little too much. I haven’t put a load of weight on but I can tell my pants are tighter.

Thankfully though I managed to get in my bridesmaid dress for my sisters wedding last week so I haven’t done too much damage but I just don’t feel as great as I did when I was doing PT twice a week plus the gym.

Additionally I started a new job on the 10th March so I am now commuting 40 minutes each way to Leeds and back, I also decided I would undertake a further CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing so have been crazily working away to get my first assignment together, the first draft got submitted today subject to tutor feedback and hopefully just minor refinements I can submit it to the CIM!

One final thing is that my husband will be undertaking the ScumRun in a fortnight to raise money for Tommy’s the baby charity so I’ve been busy helping to promote fundraising and communicating the efforts on social media! If you would to know more then visit our Facebook page!

I hope to get the blog gradually back up to speed and back into my healthy lifestyle… I already have some healthy goodies and lunch prepped for tomorrow!

Below is a little picture of me and my gran at my sisters wedding! We’re waiting on the official pictures!

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Session 7… The PT Diaries

WOW! What a work out this morning!

Session 7 brings me into the start of week 4 of my Personal Training with Barry at Pure Fitness Gym and what a journey it has been!

Although I have been a member of the gym for over 18 months, undertaking personal training has been a real test of my fitness and endurance. Over the last 3 weeks my cardio levels are gradually improving and today was definitely my best session yet.

My heart rate still reaches dizzy heights but the recovery is significantly improved which led to me getting much more out of todays workout. Last week it too me 12 minutes to do 4 reps of HiiT cardio…. today around 10 minutes to do 8 sets!

The weight is still hovering but I am putting that down to increased muscle mass. I found last year that for a good couple of months my weight stayed around the same but body fat reduced before the weight then started to reduce and I am happy with that. Although I will be testing body fat on Thursday.

So today involved the following, why not have a go and see how you get on!

Stretch

Warm Up

  • Watt Bike 4000m

Abs Circuit

  • Single leg Plank 30s on each leg
  • Seated side rotations 10e
  • Floor sit ups 12
  •  X3 20-30S REST

Resistance Training Super sets X3

  • Leg Press 15
  • V-sits 10/12

20-30s rest between sets

  • Cable rope push down x12
  • Dumbbell hammer curls x10

20-30s rest between sets

  • Seated Row x12
  • Standing Upright row x10

20-30s rest between sets

Cardio

  • Interval Sprints with resistance band (reebok)
    • x8 sets 20s Sprint getting HR 90-100% BRING DOWN TO 50-60% recovery
  • x3 Sets Bench Step Ups using 10kg core bag
    • 10 each leg make sure to raise your opposite leg to work the abs
  • x3 Sets Core board spins
    • 15s – 5s hold in press up position.

Finisher

  • 500m rower level 8 (big focus on using arms as opposed to legs)

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A great 1 hour work out which burnt 700+ calories and significantly improved my cardio levels!

Already looking forward to Thursday’s session and to getting my body fat results!

On another note all my blood results came back fine – my thyroid is normal. Next major test is the 24 hour ECG in February!

Bridesmaids, Back Fat & Blood Tests…

My bridesmaid dress turned up at the weekend – it was ordered in a size 10 back in August and appeared to require no alternations. Hmmm, how that all changed on Saturday when I went to try it on! I couldn’t fasten it up at the top around the bust! Cue a dash down to the dress shop to ensure that it had indeed been ordered in a UK 10 and not a US10. The result – I had put weight on – this I knew but I didn’t expect it to be around the chest / bust area! So lots of talk by the shop about how they could alter it which led me to respond with ‘back up a minute, I’ve had no kitchen for 2 months, it’s been Christmas AND due to building an extension I couldn’t get to the gym – ALL WILL BE FINE!’ (I hope I muttered under my breath).

So after that little piece of stress I also took myself along to the doctors on Monday morning to talk about my heart rate and how every now and again – mainly when relaxing I get a noticeable irregular heartbeat. After my high heart rate getting picked up by Barry, my personal trainer I thought I really ought to get this checked out. Everything appeared fine in the check up – blood pressure normal, apparently my heart rate was normal at 77bpm but I have read that this is actually classed as below average (damn google!) BUT because of what I had said she wanted to do some blood tests. I am having calcium (bone profile), electrolytes & creatinine, full blood count and liver function tested for suspected hypothyroidism – in other words an under active thyroid which can actually lead to heart issues. Although I am no expert and I am staying away from Google until I have the results.

Along with this they want my to undertake a 24 hour ECG so they can get a full picture of what is going on – she has also advised that I wear this whilst exercising so they can see how I perform when doing so.

So that has been the start to my week…

On the plus side I am fine to continue with my PT sessions until my blood work comes back, I shall be getting Barry to focus on my back fat and ensure it is eradicated before the wedding! 11 weeks to go!

A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

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Ozeri Kitchen Scale Review

After trying out the amazing Ozeri Wok I was sent an additional item to try out… introducing the Ozeri Digital Kitchen Scale.

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Now this little gadget looks like some sort of tablet computer… so much so people have even asked what it is when they’ve been in my kitchen.

To me a kitchen scale is the one piece of kitchen equipment you need if you wish to cook healthy meals and live a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Yes I measure everything – why not when it’s quick and easy to do and keeps you on track?

It certainly is a step up from my previous kitchen scale as the Ozeri boasts the following features!

  • Features advanced touch sensitive buttons for easy operation, and large LCD screen that displays weights in pounds, kilograms, grams, and ounces (lb/oz, kg/g, fl.oz., ml).
  • Boasts a tempered glass surface in reflective black that is 4 times stronger than normal glass, and an award-winning thin design.
  • Equipped with 4 new high precision GFX sensors, the Ozeri Touch Digital Kitchen Scale provides accurate measurements from 0.1 oz to 11 lbs (1 gram to 5250 grams).
  • Precision Tare features calculates the net weight of the ingredients (automatically subtracts the container weight to calculate the weight of the ingredients being weighed!).
  • Includes 2 Lithium Batteries and an Easy Access Battery Compartment (no screwdriver needed). Perfect as I hate getting electronic products and not having the right batteries to get using straight away!

On first impression it looks extremely impressive and is super light. It’s modern look fits in perfectly with my new kitchen. Not only that it is small enough to store away easily. It is also extremely responsive and I don’t need to press down too hard to switch between different measurement formats e.g. g to oz. It has certainly been getting a lot of use since I was able to start cooking again!

What I also love is that it keeps clean really well – no separate sections of the product which usually leads to ingredients such as flour etc becoming trapped between the parts and effectively rendering the product useless after a period of time.

If you are in the US it also comes with an instruction booklet that provides information on the US Postal Service – additionally it also covers a calorie guide which is useful but I tend to stick to MyFitnessPal to rely on tracking calorie and nutritional information.

Ozeri Scale

The only thing I would say is it would be great to have some additional stabilising feet to the very front of the scale and not set in a little – when weighing out light items and pressing tare to add some additional ingredients I have on occasions almost sent ingredients flying. But that is my very minor criticism of this product.

Overall, it’s a great addition to my kitchen!

So, if you are in the market for a kitchen scale, definitely consider the Ozeri.

Note: I was sent this product free to review. All feedback is based on my personal experiences. I have not been paid to write this post and believe me if I’m not impressed with something I will say!