Happy hump day guys!

Hope everyone is having a fab week so far.

I’m trying to cut down on sugar in my diet and not for the reason you might think but because my teeth seem to crumble at the sight of sugar lately… which is no bueno!  I went to the dentist earlier this week and it was not fun!  Maybe taking care of my dental hygiene just isn’t enough anymore… the sweets must go (not the dark chocolate though… something has to stay)

Anyhow, todays meals went a little something like this…



Peanut butter & banana protein smoothie


image Turkey meatballs from Sundays meal prep with rice & green beans

At around 4pm I also had two plain rice cakes (I didn’t think you needed to see them!) 



Prepped chilli, greek yoghurt, jalapenos & pitta


I then sat down and watched Life of Pi with a couple of pieces of my favourite dark chocolate!

What did you guys eat today?



Happy Tuesday Friends!

This should really be a Monday post but I just don’t know what happened to the day, somewhere between starting on a new programme at work and getting my life in order it just got lost.  So instead, I’m bringing my weekend run-down a day late.

I had such a lovely relaxing Saturday down in London with some equally lovely friends.  We went for a delicious breakfast at a way above average cafe over in North London, called Sunday.

I had avocado, tomato & poached egg on sour dough toast,

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washed down with a refreshing mint tea.

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I finally took my first trip to Wholefoods and was in my element…

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I left with a bag of treats including my first ever Spaghetti squash that I will be cooking tonight.

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We then went to a stunning bar/restaurant called the York & Albony where we treated ourselves to a bottle (or 2) of pink champagne, some scrummy bar snacks and a girly gossip!

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It was then back home for a naughty takeaway and off to bed for an early night. 

After such a chilled weekend and a well deserved break from the gym and a strict diet, I’m excited to get back into my training gear and head back down to the gym.  I’ve decided to try and re-adopt some healthy eating & fitness habits I had & loved when I first started on my journey. 

Firstly, I’m waiting for the rain to stop so I can get back outdoors and start running again. I love the feeling of running in the crisp morning air or a late night jog around the city, only to come back and slide into a hot bath with a magazine.

Secondly, I’m going to start adding green smoothies back into my diet.  I used to love these and I seriously don’t know why I stopped making them.  You can see what went into my smoothie below…


Finally, last month I listed a few goals to focus on and hopefully complete by the end of October.  I really pushed myself in the gym up until I pulled my hamstring and managed to accomplish 80kg in my deadlift.  I was stuck at a plateau for so long with this lift, which made this such a great personal achievement… so even though I didn’t achieve my other gym goal of my first pull-up I am still progressing in my journey and will continue throughout November.

Alison x

-Questions of the day-

What challenges did you overcome in October? And what are your goals for November?  Let me know in the comments below!!!



Listen to your body

Happy Monday fitfam.  Hope you have had a fab weekend.  I was in final rehearsals for a showcase all weekend that we performed to an audience on Sunday night, which was great as it helped take my mind off having to miss the gym.  Last week I was unfortunately both unwell and struggling from a pulled hamstring.  It happened on Wednesday and I have not made it back to the gym since but I know, like I always tell you guys, that I have to ‘Listen to my body’!

This is something I talk about a lot and I think it is so important when trying to maintain good health and physical fitness.  It is, however, so much easier said than done.  Listening to your body relates not only to injury but to diet… when to eat more or less calories or more of a certain food group… when to add more cardio, more weights etc.  Sadly, this is something we have to take responsibility for as individuals, there is no one size fits all, or even one size that fits just you!

Pushing myself at the gym is my therapy and not being able to do so is crappy but after feeling deflated last week I have decided to concentrate on the things that I am thankful for and for those things I can still do right now.  So this week I will be factoring in some physical activity, whether this is walking, yoga, light cardio, stretching or upper body weights. 

On a positive note, when I was feeling sorry for myself on Saturday I decided to try out a new breakfast, Blueberry French Toast, and it was delicious!  Below is the video I posted on Instagram (which, I admit, is pretty shaky and out of focus but please bear with me while I perfect the art of cooking and filming).

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Blueberry French Toast
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  1. Olive Oil Spray
  2. 2 egg whites
  3. 2 slices Gluten Free Bread
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Ginger
  6. Nutmeg
  1. 1/2 cup Greek Yoghurt
  2. 1 Tbsp natural Blueberry Jam
  3. Stevia
  1. Be creative! I (obviously) used peanut butter
  1. Spray Oil into pan and place on a medium heat.
  2. Separate two egg whites into a bowl & add your spices to taste.
  3. Coat both sides of the bread in the egg mixture and fry on each side until golden brown.
  4. Mix together your yoghurt, stevia & Jam.
  5. Layer your toast with the filling.
  6. Finish by adding your toppings.
  7. Enjoy!
Ideas for topping
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Nut butters
  3. Maple syrup/honey
  4. Applesauce
  5. Chocolate protein sauce
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I’ll definitely be making this again and you should join me in getting creative with our fillings and topping for this.. like my favourite Oatmeal, the possibilities are infinite!

If you have any good ideas, make sure to comment below!

Alison x

As I said on my blog at the beginning of the month, I have been challenging myself to complete a new exercise/workout each week.  This week I have actually gone even further and tried not one but two totally new workouts… I’m obsessed with the feeling of completing something I was either once scared of doing or something I once couldn’t do!

Earlier this week on Instagram the lovely @fitfelicia24 posted a 500 rep leg workout which had me sweating in minutes…  I used a lower weight than usual but still pushed myself as far as I could.  The workout included 100 box jumps, which have had me aching for days; especially since I was forced to use the tallest box at my gym (all the others were taken!).  I was so buzzing that I achieved all 500 reps that I wanted to reiterate to you guys that it is so important to push yourselves.  Our bodies are so much more capable then we think they are, I honestly believe that;

‘The body achieves what the mind believes’

This week I also came up with my own tabata workout, using the ropes, to finish off my chest & shoulder day. 

Tabata is a style of training where you work intensely for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds; this is done 8 times to complete 1 round.  You can keep it as short as 4 minutes (1 round) or carry on for as long as you want.  I tend to do either 2 or 4 rounds depending on how much time I have free.  I absolutely loved using the ropes in a tabata style workout, as to me this is so much more fun and interesting than doing regular cardio and it will seriously raise your heart rate and burn you out.

If you want to try out either of these workouts, you can get mine below or @fitfelicia24 ‘s over on her Instagram page (Go follow her while you’re there!!)


You can also get a Tabata app on your iphone or smartphone to help you keep up with timings.  It will beep to signal you to change so you can put your all into your workout without having to keep stopping to check a stopwatch.  There are a variety of apps but I have the following which is so simple to use!


Enjoy your Thursday guys and I will be back tomorrow with a brand new recipe for my new Foodie Friday feature!!!

Alison x x

Goji, acai, flax, spirulina it seems like not a year passes without a new superfood arriving on the block and this year is no different!  It’s the year of the

It may already be gaining popularity in America but ask most people in the UK and the word Chia would be alien to them.

So, what is Chia?

Chia (Salvia hispanica.) is a species of flowering plant from the mint family.  It is native to central and southern Mexico & Guatemala and was once a staple in both Mayan & Aztec diets.

Chia Facts & benefits…

  • One serving of Chia (1tbsp) will generally include 60kcal, 4.5g Fat, 5g carbs & 3g protein.
  • More Omega-3 fatty acids then Salmon
  • Full of antioxidants and minerals
  • Gluten Free
  • Fibrous (making it great for digestion & healing digestion problems)
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves heart health
  • Stabilises blood Sugar
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Helps build muscle
  • Helps maintain healthy skin and hair

Chia is commonly eaten in breads, salads, puddings, yoghurts & dressings.  It also makes a great egg replacement for a Vegan diet when mixed with water.

Of course this one food alone will not keep you healthy and many Superfoods are largely overestimated.  Eating these foods can definitely help keep you healthy, but remember this will only happen when eaten along with a varied diet.

I personally welcome these superfoods to the spotlight as it makes for a great change, rather than the processed ‘junk’ foods that are normally pushed upon us.  I love to use Chia seeds sprinkled on my salads or even more so to make a simple
Chia Pudding that can even be eaten for breakfast, like my recipe below.

Chocolate Chia Pudding
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Prep Time
5 min
  1. ½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or chocolate almond milk)
  2. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  3. ¼ cup chia seeds
  4. 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (leave this out when using chocolate almond milk)
  5. 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  6. ½ cup raspberries or fruit of choice
  1. Method.
  2. 1. Blend the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract & cocoa powder.
  3. 2. Pour into a jar, add your chia seeds and shake until fully mixed.
  4. 3. Add your peanut butter in small amounts (you could blend this in step 1 but I like it in chunks)
  5. 4. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 3-5 hours)
  6. 5. Top with your fruit and enjoy!
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Hope you all give this a try this coming weekend… you won’t regreat it.

Alison x x