Looking Ahead: New Year’s Resolutions

I love setting myself resolutions at the start of the year. I don’t always hit them, but I enjoy giving myself a goal and having something to aim for.

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Recapping on this year’s resolutions:

  1. Run a sub 2hour half marathon: that’ll be a big fat no. I only ran one half marathon this year and from memory I did it in about 2:15-2:20. In 2013 I came so close with 2:00:58, so I think this will always be something on my wish list!
  2. Read at least 1 book a month: YES! I read 5 in just one week on holiday earlier this year and I now have a 3hour daily commute so I easily get through a book every couple of weeks. This is something I’d definitely like to keep up.
  3. Buy my dream YSL purse: YES! On my birthday in May I went into the YSL store on Bond Street in London  ready to make the purchase…sod’s law they didn’t have the navy colour I wanted in stock. In fact nowhere in Europe did. Fast forward to early November and during a trip to New York I found a store on Fifth Ave, walked straight up to the assistant (who had ‘Fuck You’ tattooed on his eyelids!) and declared that I was after a particular purse and could he help…off he went out the back to have a rummage and sure enough he came back with the exact one I was after. I had to pay more than I would in the UK for it, but I was so happy to find the colour I wanted I didn’t care. It was an extravagant purchase, but totally worth it. I tell myself that (hopefully) one day I’ll have a mortgage to cover and children to pay for so I should treat myself now whilst I can!FullSizeRender
  4. Grow my hair: hmm, the jury is out on this. I think my hair is possibly shorter, if anything, however it’s definitely longer at the front (I had an awful short at the front, long at the back style mullet) so it now feels thicker all round. Like 90% of girls with shorter hair I’m craving a Sienna Miller-esque bob but ironically I need to grow the front a bit more in order to get the rest all cut off.
  5. See my family more: YES! During the early part of the year I certainly made more effort and moving further out of London in April meant I had access to a car and was only an hour from home. By September things all changed and I’m now living back with my folks (temporarily whilst I save for a flat) so that resolution has a massive tick next to it, even if it wasn’t in the way I intended. I feel good being nearer family. The last time I lived in Essex I was 18 and desperate to move out of home, but for now although I struggle with not feeling as independent I know the end of goal of buying my own next year means this set up is perfect for now.FullSizeRender-2

Which brings me nicely onto next year’s resolutions. I may not hit all of them, but I’ll certainly be trying my best. Number 6 isn’t as easy to measure, but I think it’s good to bear in mind when I get to this same point next year and how I want to feel.

  1. Complete Toughest obstacle race as part of team FemPower
  2. Complete Berlin Marathon in sub 4:30 (my PB is 04:42:39)
  3. Get on the property ladder
  4. Appear in a Craig David video
  5. Learn to park a car properly (practise, practise, practise)
  6. Realise that my self-worth is not measured by what the scales say and the size of my bingo wings – I am enough!

Do you set resolutions? What are yours? I’d love to hear!

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My whole life has been turned upside down over the past 3 months, and a wise man once told me that stress happens when you lose control.

Today I want to take some control back, and with that comes the decision to start blogging (I can hardly call a handful of previous posts blogging) with focus on looking after my health and improving my fitness.

Watch this space as I navigate my way through losing the stone that’s hanging around my stomach and thighs and training for Toughest, possibly the most insane obstacle course going (I should’ve checked out the details before signing up)!

Recipe: Sunday’s Sweet Potato & Squash Cottage Pie

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Ingredients (serves 4):
500g lean mince beef
320g sliced carrots (I used tinned for convenience)
200g onion (again, I used pre-sliced for convenience)
100g petit pois
1 x beef stock pot
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
40g tomato purée
400g sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
600g butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
20g salted butter
50g mature cheddar cheese

1. Fry off the onion
2. Add the mince and brown
3. Add carrots, beef stock, tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce
4. Leave for around 20mins, stirring occasionally
5. Chuck the sweet potato and squash into a pan and boil up until soft
6. Add the petit pois to the meat mixture
7. Leave the meat mixture for another 20mins (or until it looks nice and thick) then take off the heat and spoon into an ovenproof dish
8. Drain the potato and squash, mash (I prefer to blend because I’m lazy) then stir in the butter and cheese
9. Spoon the potato and squash mixture over the meat and throw in the oven for another half an hour or so (until it starts crisping on top)
10. Leave for 5 minutes before serving (I’d probably go broccoli or free beans for this one)

Per serving:
Calories – 477
Fat – 14.9g
Carbs – 53g
Protein – 35.2g

N.b. For a lower carb option you could easily use 200g less sweet potato and still have plenty of topping.

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