Friday, 26 February 2016

Fitness Friday: Week of Workouts (22nd Feb- 23rd Feb)

Today's post is about my workouts this week, here's what I got up to!! 

Monday 22nd  Feb 
I start with my usual warm up before I start
X3 rounds of a 90 rep lower body workout 
X2 rounds of arm toning workout without weights 
Then my usual cool down stretches 

Tuesday 23rd Feb
Warm up first
X2 rounds of a HIIT all over toning workout 
Followed my 5 minutes of a standing Ab workout 
Then it's cool down time

Wednesday 24th Feb
A warm up before I start
X3 rounds of an all over HIIT workout 
Followed by my cool down stretches

Thursday 25th Feb
Warm up first
X3 rounds of a HIIT workout for lower body 
Then cool down stretches 

Friday 26th Feb
Warm up
X3 rounds all over HIIT workout 
X2 rounds of arm toning workout without weights 

Saturday 27th Feb
Fitness Blender- 1000 calorie burning workout video- HIIT Cardio, strength and Abs workout, included warm up and cool down. (1hr and a half of hell, I literally see visions of my death with every burpee! ;) Haha! I love it really, after I feel so good!! It's my last workout of the week, so I better make it count! 

In the next couple of weeks I'm going to give the Fitness Blender 5 day challenge ago, so I'll let you know how that goes! I can't wait!! I like to plan all my workouts in advance, as I like to know what I'm doing each day, I can get a variety of workouts each week and it helps motivate me! 

xoxo
Connie 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

What I Ate Wednesday (23.2.16)


Breakfast
It's porridge again today; but I'm having a different type of oats. I thought I would try jumbo oats for a change. They take longer to cook but are even more filling than regular oats! I made it with my usual unsweetened almond milk. Today I've added a load of blueberries and some peanut butter. I already drank a bottle of water before, so with my breakfast I had a mango and strawberry tea! 


Lunch 
I'm a pitta bread girl; as you've probably realised by now! For lunch I'm having a toasted wholemeal pitta with houmous and cucumber to dip in; and of course some water! 


Snack 
I have a selection of green and red grapes for my afternoon pick me up! 


Dinner 
I made these really cute looking brie, bacon and cranberry filo pastry tarts for dinner (it was the filo pastry left over from last week)! And I just love brie, bacon and cranberry so much; especially in paninis! On the side I have corn on the cob, steamed broccoli and kale, and some sprouts!! (I love my veggies) To drink I had some more water. 


Dessert 
I forgot to get a picture, but for my evening snack or 'dessert!' I had a date and some dried mango- which are amazing to stop sweet cravings!! 

That's it! 

xoxo
Connie

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Surprise Sunday: Honey Flapjacks!!


I made honey flapjacks earlier this week; and I thought I would share with you the recipe and how I made them. It's quite simple really and delicious!!

The ingredients.. (to make 6- as I halved the recipe)


100g of unsalted butter (I used a dairy free spread) 
50g of light muscovado sugar
50g demerara sugar
100g of honey 
200g of oats
25g of nuts or dried fruit (optional)

That's it!!



I started of by melting the butter, sugar and honey in a pan on the hob; then when it was melted and a good consistency I took it off the heat and quickly stirred in the oats and nuts! 





I then mixed it all togther and spreaded the mixture evenly into a greased baking tray and I popped it in the oven for 20 minutes until it was golden brown.




Next I let the flapjacks cool before I cut them up into individual pieces before my friend and I tucked into them after a 5 mile walk with a cup of tea, and a chick flick ;) haha

Let me know if you try them! 

xoxo
Connie

Friday, 19 February 2016

Fashion Friday: Fitness Clothing Haul!


I thought it was time to buy some new clothes for working out, so I did a bit of online shopping on Sports Direct; and the new Little Mix USA Pro range appealed to me, plus there was a huge sale on!


I needed some new leggings; and instead of black I thought I would be colourful. I chose a 3/4 length pair of bright pink leggings and these really colourful floral full length leggings from the Little Mix range which I thought looked fun! 


I also wanted some new tops so I picked up these two and I love them. I was drawn into the quote 'will sweat for cake' as that just sums me up and I also liked the colour of the bright pink one, as like I said I want to be more colourful. 

I still need to get a few more things; as I need a new sports bra and another pair of trainers; but these I need to try on before I buy!

That's it!

xoxo
Connie 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Disney Diaries: What I Bought?



Hey everyone! I'm back, and have been for a few days. I had an amazing time at Disneyland Paris but I'm pleased to be home and back into a routine of working out and healthy eating; as I ate so much rubbish (but delicious) food!! I pretty much had a dessert and chips everyday ;) but I did do a fair bit of walking around the 2 parks! 

I thought you might be interested in what I bought whilst I was away; so here it all is! 



When I saw all this Tinker Bell stuff; I fell in love with it and had to buy some of the items from the range. I went for the bowl, which I thought would be good for my porridge in the morning, the mug, which is a rather large mug; perfect for a cup of tea! Then I also went for the travel thermal cup, as I needed one and it would be great to take to college with me in the morning! I love the fact that one side it has a picture of Tinker Bell and then the other side it says 'mornings aren't magical'! 


You can't go to Disney and not buy the ears! Haha!! So I brought the Minnie Mouse ears to wear each day; something I regret not buying when I was in Florida! I also got another mug as I loved the design with Mickey Mouse on!


 I thought I would share a few photos of my trip... 


On the first night we watch the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and had an amazing dinner of corn bread, chilli, BBQ ribs, chicken, and for pudding apple crumble and ice cream!! 


Here's a picture of the show; it also featured Micky and Minnie! 


Here's the castle! The morning of the first day it was such a gorgeous blue, but come the afternoon it went so cloudy!! 




My friend Courtney (right) and myself (left) had to of course get photos with the characters... 



The second day we went to the second park Walt Disney Studios!! 


This is a picture of my favourite ride the Tower of Terror! It was my favourite when I was in DisneyWorld Florida too!! 

xoxo
Connie 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

What I Ate Wednesday (16.2.16)


Breakfast
It's What I Ate Wednesday today and believe it or not I didn't have porridge for breakfast. Instead I had 2 Weetabix with unsweetened almond milk which I heated up in the microwave for a couple of minutes; on the top I've added a load of blueberries! So really it's very similar to my usual porridge ;) I'm trying my best not to each porridge everyday but alternating it with other healthy breakfasts; such as peanut butter on toast or Weetabix, so some What I Ate Wednesday's will be different, haha!! I already drank a bottle of water before breakfast, so with it I had a peppermint and licorice tea! 


Mid- morning snack
We were on our way out so I had a snack to keep me going before lunch; I had a pear with a Nescafe gingerbread latte, which was left over from Christmas; not the most healthiest but it was delicious. I looked at the ingredients and to no surprise the first (which is the most) is sugar! Perhaps I should stop drinking them ;) Luckily you can't get them now until Christmas!! Haha! 


Lunch 
I had lunch out today (second day in a row, hehe). We went to a National Trust House, for a walk and a look around the house! I chose to have a egg, cress and maionese roll which came with salad; and of course a glass of water! 


Afternoon Snack 
I did my workout this afternoon so for my post-workout snack I had an orange and another bottle of water! 


Also before dinner I was a little bit peckish and I saw in the fridge this white tea, mint and apple juice so I had a small glass of that to keep me going till dinner. 


Dinner 
For dinner I had this homemade haddock, spinach and leek filo pastry pie with carrots and sweet-heart cabbage. I found this recipe in my student cookbook but with salmon, but there was haddock in the freezer that needed using up! It's so simple to make; it's literally leeks, spinach, haddock in a cheese sauce then layered with a few sheets of filo pastry on top, then but in the oven for 30 minutes!! I also had another bottle of water with my dinner. 


Dessert 
My favourite time of the day, hehe! Tonight I had a chopped up banana with custard, yummy!!! It's healthy-ish, right ;) Along with this I had a bottle of water! 

That's it!! 

xoxo
Connie 



Monday, 8 February 2016

Disney Diaries: What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?


Here are all the makeup items that I'm going to be taking to Disneyland with me, as well as my makeup brushes...

For my base I'm bringing my favourite foundation ever; which is the Clinque Anti-Blemish, I've also the got Anti-Blemish Concealer in light to cover up chose spots of mine ;) For under my eyes I love the Garnier Roll-on concealer, it brightens under my eyes without feeling like I've got loads of makeup on. To set it all I have the Rimmel Stay Matt Powder, which is what I always use and its cheap as chips! I've also packed Peach Party by Soap and Glory for my blush, along with the Bronze Glow by Collection for bronzer and the Milani Sunset Duo in Sunset City. 

Then for my eyes I have the Soap and Glory Lids Stuff Palette in What's Nude; it has some lovely neutral colours for everyday and a mixture of mattes and shimmers. I'm also bringing the Urban Decay Basic's palette, which again is a lovely palette with natural everyday colours in it. I also have packed the Soap and Glory Smoulder and Kohl eyeliner in Black, which is my favourite pencil eyeliner. For mascara I'm bringing the Volume Million Lashes by L'Oreal, which I love and I always use to be honest! My everyday eyebrow pencil is Hazel by Rimmel, I have literally had this little guy for years and it only costs about £2.99!! It's brilliant!

I chose 3 of my favourite and everyday Mac lipsticks which are; Velvet Teddy, Creme in Your Coffee and lastly but by no means least Chatterbox! 

 xoxo
Connie