Smoothie’s are my current go to breakfast with added whey protein, as part of my Strong not Skinny campaign I am trying to eat healthier, which also means more! At the start of each week, I bulk buy fresh fruit, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, mango, raspberries, watermelon and have taken to spending 15 minutes prepping it all. I then have a freezer bag ready to grab the night before, leave to defrost in the fridge, add some juice and yogurt in the morning and ta-da breakfast!
I am so excited for summer up in Scotland, raspberries and strawberries become very cheap and juicy.
I used to be a bit of a cardio gym bunny, countless hours spent spinning and sweating with no real results. Apart from being hungry constantly, since moving to Glasgow I have decided to take fitspiration from Millie Mackintosh with her #strongnotskinny campaign and The Skinny Bitch Collective. I’ve started to change my gym routine and I still spin about 3 times a week, but I have started adding resistance and weight training. Which previously was completely alien and scary to me. The TIYR and TRX equipment are current favourites and great for de-stressing. After about a month of using this regime I am already feeling more toned and confident.
I also love the This Girl Can campaign from Sport England, a great motivator for all shapes and sizes!
My love for brunch and coffee is no secret. Living in the West End of Glasgow provides plenty of spots for coffee and eggs all within a 20 minute walk from my flat. My newest haunt is Avenue G on Byres Road, with own roasted coffee. I’ve bought my own bag and have been using it for a french press in the morning, at 8 pounds a bag which lasts for 2 weeks, it’s a lot cheaper than a takeout coffee everyday.
Brunch: eggs, chorizo, mushrooms.
Or a full weekender.
Tucked of Byres Road is a series of Antique shops, on Ruthven Lane. It’s quite literally like Aladdin’s cave, with the treasure being in the eye of the beholder. However, my Grandma’s Old Country Rose China is ever popular! Makes me smile and think of her.
One day, I will buy an old camera and some film and just experiment.
Nice to see that the soup mugs which my parents still use, are now known as antique!
Beach Blonde by John Frieda is my all time favourite shampoo and conditioner. For years when living in Dubai, I used this shampoo and conditioner having spent most of the weekends on the water, sailing. So my hair used to be very sun-bleached and salty, the mint smell is gorgeous. All of a sudden, the range was no longer in production. I assumed it had stopped being imported into Dubai and never really thought anything of it. Queue me reading Into The Gloss and was ecstatic to find they were bringing the range back! Having found the range in Superdrug I was pretty excited to re-use it, the smell hasn’t changed and I like to pretend that I have spent the day sailing in the warm country.
Commuting, something so many people do. If you can call a 10 minute walk to the train station, followed by a 10 minute train journey to work, then that’s my commute. I do like to try and steal the time back, by reading even just a couple of pages on the train on my kindle. Sort of switch on and off before and after work. Although, on the way home I am always distracted by the bright lights of the SSE Hydro especially in the last couple of months when it’s dark from 4pm.
This book can relate to all commuters, we all have points where we instinctively or not look at the same place everyday. My “commute” is only 3 stops and doesn’t look into any houses like Rachel’s does, but it is a very relatable story in that sense. I love a good mystery and never seem to see the twists.