Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fitness Mission Update

Since my last fitness post, I have joined the gym and my fitness levels are almost back to what they were in 2010! I have completed several runs all 30 minutes at a pace of between 7 - 7.5km ph, at an incline of .5 - 2.

So this week I'm focusing on healthy eating and I've enlisted some recipes from Lauren Conrad's 7 days to skinny jeans re-boot plan 2014! You can also use the recipes from her original 2012 post

My goal with this plan is to have no processed foods, chocolate or crisps and no wine for 7 days.
This goal was not only inspired by my mini marathon goal and the fact that I need to stand beside my beautiful friend on her wedding day as maid of honour in June, but I am also a chronic IBD sufferer. I used to be able to munch whatever I fancied, now even a grain of white rice, particularly my favourite basmati, popcorn or red meat can have me in the foetal position within minutes of digesting. 

So I am on day two now and I'm feeling great. I prepared one of the busy girl dinners at the weekend so I would be ready for the week, Courgette (Zucchini) Lasagne. I also cooked a massive pot of Vegan Chilli last night, which contains 8 portions and is perfect for popping in the freezer! It was so quick and easy to prepare. Also, don't be afraid to sub some of the ingredients, I couldn't find black beans at the weekend, so I used 2 cans of Chickpeas, 1 can of Black Eyed Beans and a can of mixed beans.

You can check out my meal choices below for Day 1 and 2:

Day 1 - Monday

40g Porridge
10 Blueberries
1 tsp Honey
100ml of Aplro Soya Milk Light

Spicy Tomato Soup
2x Bunalun Organic Corn Cakes

Courgette lasagne
Little Gem Lettuce leaves, Mixed baby leaf spinach & rocket
Cherry Tomato

Day 2 - Tuesday

150g Strained Greek Style Yoghurt 0%
1 tsp Honey
50g Strawberries

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
Ground Black Pepper
1 slice McCambridge Wholewheat Bread

1/2 Medium carrot
Mashed Potato and Turnip
125g Grilled Cod Fillet

I have a feeling this is going to be a positive exercise!


PS: If you're planning on taking the challenge, let me know how you're getting on!

Friday, 14 February 2014



I hope you all have a day filled with light and love. 

For many women however, today like many others will be filled with sadness and violence.
So I ask you to make a difference today #VDay - Rise for justice, to end violence against women! DANCE, RISE, RELEASE to demand justice and end impunity! 

This is a global movement. You can visit onebillionrising.org for more info on what events are taking place in your area. #OneBillionRising

I will be taking a stand today with my fellow Dubliners on Grafton street, Dublin 5-5.30pm.

Here's a link to an article I wrote last year: V-Day #onebillionrising


Monday, 10 February 2014

My 2014 Fitness Mission!

In my craze to get fit and healthy for 2014, I took to the streets yesterday and managed to run 7.12km. Instead of feeling exhausted I was completely energized. Two years ago after a knee injury, I had to give up running but slowly and surely I am getting my pace back!

I have also signed up for a local Pilates class and I’m really excited about it. I’ve neglected my fitness a bit since I started studying part-time 4 years ago. I went from gym junkie/ jogger to barely anything at all! So now it's time for change.

My goal is to run the Women's mini marathon on June 2nd; I did it in 2010. (I cannot believe it's been four years?!) I was able to run 7km then and jog/ walk the final 3km, but this time I would love to run the whole way!

What are your fitness goals for this year?

Juls x