Healthy Living, YouTube Challenge

YouTube Exercise Video Challenge

I think the titles pretty self explanatory, however I will delve a little deeper and explain myself. I had this wacky idea to try out a new work out video each day for the month of October. But then being realistic I knew I soon would stumble, so I made the goal a bit more suitable to my disposition. I’ve; on this very day started a fit 24 challenge at work. This entails going sugar free, getting 7 hrs of sleep and doing at least 20 minute of exercise a day for 24 out of the 30 days. It’s a team effort so I really can’t let the side down. Therefor, for my 20 minutes of exercise I thought I would try a new YouTube exercise video for those 24 days. The only rules I’ve set out for myself is that the video needs to be no less than 20 minutes long (with the exception of repeating a shorter video) and no longer than an hour.

That massive explanation out of the way I’ll jump into today’s video.
*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

What You’ll Need:

A Mat (yoga one works perfect)

A Resistance Band

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 3 out of 5 ( More than a light glow)

Fun Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

I can’t lie this was my second time completing this video, mainly because it’s one of the first that pops up in the search. It’s a fun upbeat video. The instructor explains each move in the sequence clearly and there are a number of different moves to keep anyone with a short attention span motivated. She runs through everything one time and then you repeat the moves again with a little cardio burst at the end. You do need equipment for this video, but I got my band and mat both from Kmart and they were a real steal. I like to do a video that requires equipment as it mixes things up a little and means that you can focus on toning and sculpting, as they say.  This video got my heart rate pumping and I know I’ll definitely be feeling it in the morning. Cheesy music aside this is a pretty good stater video for those of you who have just purchased your first resistance band like moi.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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D.I.Y Fridays, Recipe

Heart Warming Chicken and Veggie Soup

It certainly is winter. I woke up to a mere 1 degree Celsius this morning and boy was that a shock to the system. As I am unable to provide you all with a D.I.Y this Friday because I’ve been pretty busy with my day job and life. I thought as a little consolation prize I’d post the recipe for the chicken soup featured in my What I Ate Tuesday post here. However, I have a few D.I.Y projects on the go as I type, so fingers crossed there will be something new on it’s way soon.

I must give credit to The Gracious Pantry here, for the recipe. I’ve used this original recipe as my base and tweaked it here and there to suit our personal tastes. I do love this website when I’m wanting to make something I know will be clean and will fill my body with goodness. I’ve also had a cold/virus on and off for the last month and quite frankly I’ve had enough. This soup has been my saviour for lunch time when I’m feeling poorly. As I mentioned in my last post I usually make a huge stock pot of this soup and then keep in the fridge. A big pot usually lasts the whole week and I’m told by Chris that it’s even better warmed up the next day.

I’m also not the greatest with measurements when I cook. I tend to do it Jamie Oliver Style and bish, bash, bosh it in. So I’m going to try my best to make it as accurate as possible, but like all recipes just adjust it to suit you.

So here we go,

What You’ll Need:

1 Tablespoon of your Cooking oil of choice, I prefer coconut oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

2 Cloves Garlic Minced

4 Large Carrots Peeled and Sliced

2 Large Leeks Sliced

Half a Cabbage Sliced

3 Stalks of Celery Chopped

3 Cups Frozen Sweetcorn

4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast- Diced

3 L of Water (12 cups)

*1-2 Pouches of the Simon Gault Stock Chicken Liquid Concentrate (to taste, I usually use two as I love the added flavour it gives)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Marjoram

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  1. Using a wok or a non stick pan,sauté the onions, garlic, leek, cabbage and carrot for around 6-8 mins, in the coconut oil.  Just to soften the onion,cabbage and leeks. Be careful not to over do it as I have on a few occasions, burnt garlic taste is never nice.
  2. Place the wok to one side and retrieve your stock pot. I got mine (as pictured below) here from Briscoes. Amazing value when you can pick one up in the never ending sale. Measure out the water and add your stock, My favourite stock is available here at Countdown. Its quite pricey but really worth it. *I have used the cheaper alternatives, like Maggi Stock Melts and the do work well too. Or if you’re way more skilled than me, make your own. Bring this to a slow shimmer.
  3. Once the stock is shimmering away, add in your vegetables from the wok. Don’t add in the celery or sweetcorn just yet. Also add your Garlic powder and Marjoram. Cook these for 30 mins.
  4. Then add in the diced chicken breast and your celery and cook for another 30 mins.
  5. Finally add the sweetcorn, in the very last 5 mins so that they retain their crunch and juiciness. Add Salt and Pepper to Taste.

The original recipe uses parsnip, although I wanted to leave this out as I following the 17 day diet and therefore wanted to keep within the plan. It also suggests to add noodles or brown rice. I substituted the noodles with cabbage to bulk it out and have also put this with cauliflower rice as another great, clean alternative. You could also go ahead at add some courgette noodles too if you’re feeling fancy.

I hope this makes some sense, as I’m not quite used to this whole recipe writing game and you all give it a try, Stay warm and toasty!

Thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

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Healthy Living

What I Ate Tuesday

As the title suggests the following post is all about what I ate, but sneaky sneaky not actually on Tuesday but Monday, O.M.G, Stop the bus. Anyway another aspect that I wanted to include on my blog is health. Now, in no shape or form am I a health expert. I’m more of a sucker who’s willing to try the latest diet or fad on the market. I have recently completed the first cycle of The 17 Day Diet and I am going to upload a post reviewing this soon. I have however at the ripe old age of 26 realised that I need to change some of my habits and incorporate some healthy ones into my life. This year is the year of the new me and a huge lifestyle overhaul. 
So, I’m going to stop rabbiting on here and save all my thoughts and feelings on healthy eating for my upcoming post. Let’s get into what I ate…
 
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Our weekend ended like this…naughty naughty

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No I didn’t eat Sebastian, but I had to include this!
Breakfast: I always start my morning with warm water and a squeeze of half a lemon, sometimes if I’m feeling brave I add Cider Vinegar and Honey. This morning I really fancied some avocado and tomato on toast, with lots of salt and pepper. On the recommendation of my best friend Alyx, I’m now a pink Himalayan Salt convert.
Mid-Morning Snack: I usually get peckish around 11am and I love fruit. Although I try and limit my fruit intake and eat it before 2pm (a habit I’ve picked up from the 17 day diet). So I decided to have 1 Gala Apple and 1 Pear sliced and doused with my favourite Yoghurt of the moment, The Collective, Kefir Yoghurt and a sprinkling of Cinnamon.
Lunch: If I have Monday off or a late start, I try and make a big huge pot of soup so that we have something quick and easy in the fridge. I haven’t been feeling so grande so thought that a warming Chicken and Vegetable soup would be nice. This is a recipe I’ve been making for a while now and I’ve adapted it to my own tastes, as I always do. It’s pretty yummy if I do say so myself. Packed full of leeks, carrots, cabbage, onion, sweetcorn, celery and of course Chicken
Afternoon Tea: Trusty old English Breakfast. I try to not drink too much of this and usually substitute it for green or peppermint tea. But sometimes, I love nothing more than to sit down with a good brew. 
Dinner: Chris and I both LOVE Salmon. We have it at least once a week. I was really busy taking photo’s and writing the blog, so I wanted something pretty healthy and easy. I just steam/poach the Salmon. To go with this I stir fried some; Leeks, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Broccoli, Cauliflower Aubergine, and Cabbage. I always fill up on loads of veg so that I feel nice and full. I stir fried this in a little olive oil and some Tamari Sauce which can be a great gluten free substitute for Soy Sauce.
And finally of course I try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. 
We do the bulk of our supermarket shop at Countdown and sometimes treat ourselves and get it delivered. We do, however get all our fruit and veg from Raeward Fresh. I just prefer the standard of the fruit and veg there and it works out to be a little cheaper, so that’s always a bonus in my books.
Well there you have it. I managed to produce a pretty short post, Go me!
What do you guys eat on a typical day? I’d love to hear any good suggestions for other soup options.
Thanks once again for reading!
Bailey xox
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