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The holiday season is over, which meant that I had go back to university :D.  Yes, I was smiling this morning at the thought of returning to my lab.  As much as I have enjoyed the past two weeks holiday I was really missing the routine that working brings.  Got to love a routine! On some occasions I didn’t actually know what day it was.  But now I definitely know it is TUESDAY! 

And it wasn’t a bad Tuesday at all…

This morning after a humungous green smoothie I left the house early so I could sign up to the gym…

This almost reached the rim of the bowl.  I mixed handfuls of spinach, one banana, one pear, pea protein, chocolate soya milk and Acai Berry Juice, topping it with almonds, cranberries and cinnamon roasted pumpkin seeds.  So delicious!

I certainly had a spring in my step as I walked across to the gym.  It’s something that I have been excited about for a while.  After signing up I had a look around my new playground and was quite impressed.  The reason I had discounted the uni gym before is because I was expecting a small box room with some run down equipment with a weight room, at a push. 

How wrong was I?   Ahem.  Very wrong indeed! 

The gym is really big.  There is the usual fitness suite containing the usual cardio and resistance equipment, a swimming pool, a weights room, sauna, games hall, indoor basket ball court, a climbing wall and a aerobics studio…phew!  There is also lots of different classes to try.  Thank you all for your s on my last post.  It looks like spinning and body pump are the most popular classes.  The have both of these at my gym:

BODY PUMP: An over all body workout using a barbell with adjustable weights to tone and condition your muscles.

PURSUIT CYCLE: The ultimate indoor cycling class.  Cycle along with the instructor changing gears and positions.

SPIN CORE: A fusion of pursuit cycle to get that heart rate rising followed by a core workout to challenge those abs!!!

These descriptions are from the gyms timetable.  Do any of them sound similar to the spin and body pump classes at your gym?  I think I am going to start with the Pursuit Cycle classes first to see what I think and then add another class into my routine too.  😀

Back to some eats…

For lunch I had some quinoa spaghetti with some cherry tomatoes and spinach, mixed with some of my Almond and Piquant Pepper Pesto.  I also ate two clementines and an apple.  My boyfriend thought it would be fun if he took some pics.  He was going for the arty look…


I have literally just shown him this draft for my post and he responded with: “it looks beautiful!”  I’m saying nothing…;D

The pesto was really delicious and the piquant peppers added a little heat.  They are super cute:


  • 1 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup of piquant peppers
  • 50 ml of canola oil
  • 1/2 of a clove of garlic

It was just a case of blitzing it all up in the food processor.  I can’t wait to try this on some roasted vegetables, salads or corgette spaghetti…yum!

My afternoon snack was a selection of sliced fruit with cinnamon and some Wonderful Salt and Pepper Pistachios.

Before dinner I fitted in a hour of some abs and arm muscular structure work…which hurt may I add!  It is all for a good cause and they do say “no pain, no gain.”  Today for dinner I cooked a vegetable stew served with some millet seeds flavoured with cranberries and almonds:

I’m going to spent the rest of the evening relaxing and sorting my bag out for the gym tomorrow morning.

Have a lovely evening everyone! x

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