A grumpy open letter to my body

Dear home of my brain and vital organs,

I give you copious amounts of water and tea to stay hydrated.
I sleep 8 hours a day to help you function properly.
I eat better than anyone else I know to allow optimum health and nutrition.
I work out 5 – 6 days a week and refuel after to work out any kinks and give you a hearty dose of endorphins.
After all this, you repay me with what feels like a migraine mixed with ME.

I’m excessively tired, nauseous, over-hungry all the time and get bad bouts of headaches that make me want to curl up into a ball; I don’t get it! I don’t know what is up, how to fix this and my GPs are incredibly useless and would probably give me medication and send me on my way. This makes me incredibly frustrated.

Sort it out.

Love,
Your friend upstairs, the brain.

Why I’ve decided to eat grass from now on

vegan symbol

So being vegan is something I’ve been umming and ahhing about for quite some time. While I wasn’t considering it to be a potentially ethical change, I think that is what decided it for me.

I haven’t eaten meat in 4 years just for health reasons, but for the past 2 I have been eating fish and seafood. However, I am a huge marine-lover (could you tell by the clownfish on my chest? ;P) and to read reports that 50% of the world’s sealife has been eradicated by our over-fishing absolutely breaks my heart. It is estimated that by 2050, we will have caused the sea’s ecosystem to collapse and there will be nothing more than plankton and algae in the sea. The thought that I am contributing to this disturbs me and it has decided my diet for me.

While I’m cutting out seafood, I thought I might as well try cutting out dairy too. I’m lactose intolerant, so I probably shouldn’t even be eating the stuff in the first place, but the hormones pumped into dairy food is linked with serious health conditions and that is a no no for me.

But will I be strictly vegan? The answer is no. As it is only for ethical reasons for my salty friends, I will still be consuming egg and honey. I’m hoping to find somewhere local to me where I can buy eggs from a source where I know they’re not using chicks as fodder for the hens, but we’ll see how that goes.

I’m hoping to find some cool vegan recipes and if they pass the taste test, I’ll be sure to post them for you all to try a vegan meal night once in a while!

Fitness in London

Lisa and I in London at Laduree’s

The Dame

I’ve gotta say, I’ve never been so fit in my life and yet doing the touristy things in London completely took it out of me.

After a rather eventful train journey where I was called beautiful by an old man and spoke to a widow about her husband before giving her the biggest hug of her life as we parted ways, I got into London on Friday at 4pm.

I met Tracey and we walked a mile to her flat from the underground station and ditched my heavy bag before we went back out to meet Lisa for tea at Laduree in Covent Gardens. Lisa’s really into fitness and self improvement so it was great to hang out and talk about work outs and whatnot without boring someone to tears.

After we said goodbye to Lisa we went on a proper mission in Soho looking for a Vegan restaurant that I’d heard good things about. It was on a street no one seemed to have heard of so we used a BB app to try and locate it and, of course, it sent us the long way round as if we were driving. It wasn’t all bad though, because we walked past a Whole Foods store which are like hen’s teeth in Britain. I picked up coconut water, almond butter, oat flour so I can finally make protein bars and different types of organic tea; I was in heaven!

We finally reached the vegan restaurant called Vantra (it is literally off Soho square on Soho St for anyone who is visiting London) and it was lovely. Nice ambience, one of my favourite singers playing in the background and for £14 it was all you can eat. I tucked into plenty of mousaka, cauliflower curry, bombay potatoes, thai coconut rice noodles, spicy lentil soup, chai tea fruit juice.

In the evening we went back out to Soho and got our dancing shoes on. We went to the Candy Bar as it is one of my favourite places due to the fact that it was a lesbian bar and men have no sense of personal boundaries in London clubs. I wasn’t drinking but I sure danced like I had been and even got on the tables. Tracey’s lesson? If you’re easily embarrassed, do not take me anywhere!

After a late night, we got up early and dragged our sleepy asses to a brilliant aussie coffee bar and got breakfast. My breakfast was smoked salmon and poached eggs on a cauliflower and courgette (zuccini) fritter bed which was delicious, proper coffee and a blueberry bran muffin.

We then went to aquarium, not before standing outside in the rain for an hour though of course before we went to the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern. The exhibition was very cool and I’m looking forward to writing about it for work. At this point, no coffee in the world could have perked me up and it was a very long trip back home from our capital. I got home and slept for 13 hours straight!

Due to the Olympics, I won’t be visiting again any time soon but I can guarantee I’ll be visiting Vantra again for some vegan noms. I’ve never walked so much in my life so today I’m having a much needed rest.

1 more day to go and a question for my followers

I’ve taken nearly a week off from my fitness regime as I was feeling burned out but now I’m back to feeling great, with the exception of thoroughly aching legs from London. I’ll be getting back into my training full steam ahead on Tuesday with a run, however, is it wise to expect the same level of fitness as I was at a week ago?

Holy hell!

I love seeing comparison photos of before someone’s exercise regime was implemented and how much they’ve changed since so here’s my most recent one. The left was taken a year ago for a fancy dress party, while the right is one taken today while I was trying on my clubbing outfits for London tomorrow.

I’m really happy with how much progress I’ve made and for the first time I actually feel sexy, not simply beautiful or pretty, but womanly thanks to weightlifting and intense cardio. I hope this helps inspire those who are just starting out.