Eat – Exercise – Pin – Read – Listen – Watch #2

I’m back and I’m bad. (At keeping the regular posts. I’m very sorry!) First thing’s first, I’ve moved over to the world of WordPress, so the theme is looking a little rudimental right now, bear with 😉 Bye for now Blogspot!

Thinking about what I wanted post, whilst taking (an extended) study break, I was flicking through my archive and found the first post of this series back in May. It’s now a new season, new food in my belly, new televisual goodness on the tv, and so I thought that I’d come back with round 2..

Eat – Coincidentally, I just bought a packet of leeks this morning – the same ingredient which I raved about in my first post, which was an additional ingredient to my homemade sweetcorn soup! Since getting back from the gorge-fest of Christmas, I’ve been back to eating really well, so plenty of fresh tomatoes, broccoli and greens have been going down a treat.

This month I’ve had several meals with buckwheat semolina from Lidl as my “carbohydrate,” which come in handy 100g boil-in-a-bag pouches. The first time I cooked with it I consumed the whole thing and was left bursting at the seams, but split in half and with a good helping of veg, your belly is kept satisfied. I also bought a bag of dates today as a *treat* and what I would do for a blob of peanut butter dolloped on top of those…

Exercise – Aaah exercise. My old friend. This time last year I was working out 4-5 times a week, this year it’s been slackened to about half that. I’d like it to blame it on early starts for the library and not wanting to wash my hair everyday, but of course that ole foe laziness plays a part too 😉 The workouts I have been doing however include the faithful FitnessBlender duo, and Joe Wicks’ TheBodyCoachTV. As well as still wanting to lose body fat in general, I’m really interested in core strength this time round, and can already see sliiight definition. When the lighting’s right… ..Before breakfast…

Pin – I’ve been really enjoying Pinning recently! As ever, there are plenty of foodie posts going up, a mix of the ultra healthy to don’t-feed-me-for-a-month heavenly creations. I keep stumbling across great websites, bloggers and Instagrammers who have created brilliant, simple recipes. I’m desperate to try this Unami Fennel Beef Ragu and this highly rated Butter Chicken recipe. 

I’m also pretty happy with how my Interiors Board is going. Lots of bright, airy spaces filled with foliage, wooden features and blue hues – are you an avid Pinner too?

Read – As mentioned in the first post, I don’t really read fiction/for-pleasure at uni, however, some nights I close the laptop early, and read just a few pages at a time of a free eBook I got ages ago on my Kindle. It’s the first in the Farseer trilogy; ‘Assassin’s Apprentice,’ something I probably wouldn’t read if I had picked it up in paper-form. I’m still in the early stages where Fitz is just a young boy, but am really enjoying it! The imagery is brilliant at whisking me away to a bustling coastal settlement that just makes me yearn for the sea and its scents, sights and sounds so badly.

Listen – I’m not a podcasts or audiobook kinda gal, but the songs that I keep hitting repeat on are Jasmine Thompson’s Like I’m Gonna Lose You, and Brandy’s Right Here (Departed). Both pretty emotional in different ways, but lovely listens that make even me sing ’em out loud and proud. – Sorry flatmates!

Watch – One word: Dickensian. Are you hooked too? I can’t really keep up with when the 30mins episodes are aired, but yesterday I consumed 3 episodes back-to-back. It’s a clever concept of intertwining characters from various Dickens’ stories such as The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, who all cross paths with Inspector Bucket’s investigation of who killed Jacob Marley (Scrooge’s partner.) You don’t have to be familiar with the plots of the books, and it isn’t overwhelming in terms of the amount of characters and subplots. Catch it on iPlayer now!

My beloved Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast is back in full swing too over on Channel 4, and in keeping with food, the hilarious The Great Sport Relief Bake Off. Television’s never been better. 

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So what has you glued to the screen? What song is constantly on loop in your head, and what are you making for your dinner tonight?!

TTFN, P x

 

Spring Perk Me Ups – Getting Ready for the Season

Throww those curtaiiiins wiiiiiide! And windows while you’re at it.


Mindset

  • It’s safe to say, and I think I speak on behalf of much of the population here; sunshine makes everything better. It really does, as soon as I check the weather online and see a good few hours of those little golden sun symbols, I whoop inside. It warms you up on the outside, makes your heart happy and brings a kind of comfort that only a hug and your favourite treat food could rival.
  • If you’re dealing with sadness or grief in your life, surrounding yourself by the serene nature and growth out the great outdoors does just the trick of perking yourself up. There’s something comforting in seeing moving water, be that the ocean or a stream, even though it is not biologically a living breathing organism, it kind of is living, it isn’t static and creates movement and sound. The fact that spring brings an abundance of beautiful blooms in every colour under the rainbow is all the more reason to just get out there.

Lifestyle

  • Fill your home with flowers and plants and bring the outdoors in! Perhaps an obvious one, but something about having physical life in a room – including the flame of a candle or hearth – can bring a real sense of comfort and happiness. The scent and sight of them are delicious and knowing you have a responsibility, even if for a week or so of topping a bunch of flowers up with water brings a sense of worth and general light to your life. Keep an eye out for reduced bunches in supermarkets.
  • Fresh fruit and veg. Although I keep this up throughout the year, there’s definitely something way more appeeling about picking up and consuming more of these juicy rainbow foods than in the past two chillier seasons. With bounteous blue skies and stronger sun rays shining in through your window, the idea of being healthier in general is heightened in the warmer months. Chomp down on bananas as your snack at work or in mid-revision to fill you up and make you happier (it’s true, they’re magical like that!), tomatoes and carrots are complexion brighteners and glow-getters, whilst berries are bountiful with antioxidants and a slice of lemon in your water will encourage you to drink more.
  • Spring Clean. Of course. Now is definitely the time if you didn’t post-Christmas to rid yourself of unworn/ill-fitting clothes, belongings you no longer use and general clutter and bits and pieces that you wouldn’t miss a month down the line. A good deep cleanse of your workspace, makeup brushes, the bathroom and the kitchen also wouldn’t go amiss. If you have a garden, or even a yard or flowerbox, get neatening it up ready for the flowering plants to peep through. Give a spritz of a clean-scented room spray or light of a candle, and definitely make a goold ole cup of tea in reward for all your hard work.

Beauty

  • Now is a good a time as ever to whack out those pinks, corals, and the perhaps prettier hues on your lips, cheeks and nails. And while you’re at it, take 20 minutes out of your day to go the whole hog with an at-home mani and pedicure. I find the filing of feet, the buffing of nails and neatening up of cuticles is the best feeling.
  • Exfoliating is essential all year round, but with the ever-hopeful prospect of a little sunshine making us remove a few layers of clothing, giving your body a good scrub and body brush will have it ready for the rays in no time. 
  • Products loaded up with a fresher, perhaps more citrus or fruity scent will also help you get a spring in your step. A strawberry lipbalm, the Soap and Glory Sugarcrush bodybutter (which smells like key lime pie) and lighter perfume scents are perfect.

TTFN P x