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Howdy lovelies!  I hope you are all having a fab week so far!

I’m having a great week so far.  Yesterday I found out that I’m going to the Summer Sundae Festival next month for Alpro Soya!  I’m so excited!  Especially, because I only posted about wanting to go to the exact same festival on Sunday- such a lucky coincidence.

I have to say a BIG thank you to Laura for hooking me up- she’s awesome! 😀

I’ve not long just got back from the most awesome Body Pump class.  This new release seriously kicks some ass, not only that but I have upped my weights to make it more challenging as well.  I don’t usually go to a Body Pump class on a Tuesday but I’m taking two classes this week as the fitness suite in my gym is closed for refurbishment..BOOOOOOOO!  It’s meant that I’ve had to go off plan and think of other alternatives to keep my fitness levels up- great practice for when I go away next week as my hotel doesn’t have a gym.  Apparently they cycle a lot around Florence so I think I will be doing a lot of that whilst taking in the sights.

Totally off schedule I went for an early morning run yesterday.  I ran 4.2 miles in 43 minutes.  It was a short recovery run after Sundays longer distance and included two large hills where I managed to keep up the same pace, so overall I was quite happy.  I also fitted in some abs and core work too.

My post run breakfast was a huge bowl of my Homemade Mixed Muesli with puffed rice, strawberries, blueberries, a peanut butter sauce and soya milk…yum!

After this mornings yoga for runners podcast I had a yoghurt mess that included vanilla soya yoghurt, Dorset Cereals low fat flakes, puffed wheat and some and omega mixed seeds.

Yoghurt messes always taste fab!

Lunches have been the same salad beast made from a lovely mix of mixed leaves, spinach, millet seed black olives, radish, steamed green beans and cucumber.  I wasn’t so keen on this salad by itself the first time, but in today’s version I drowned it in tahini and sweet chilli dressing and preferred it much better this way.

Ohhhhhh and I’ve been snacking on these cherries too like mad.   All the summer fruit is tasting delicious at the moment! 🙂

For dinner last night I headed to the Caribbean for inspiration and decided to use up some of the butternut squash and other veggies that needed using up in my fridge.  I made a mixed vegetable stew using the butternut squash, onion, garlic, ginger, aubergine, mushrooms and celery.  I cooked off the vegetables until tender before adding tomatoes, vegetable stock, ground coriander, pimento, dried thyme and soy sauce.   To add flavour rather than heat I pierced a scotch bonnet pepper and placed it in the sauce whilst it was simmering-those things can be scarily hot so this is a great way to get the taste of the chilli but not the heat.  Red kidney beans and okra were added just before serving with steamed greens and grilled plantains.

I’ve just finished enjoying an awesome socca sandwich stuffed with vegetarian sausages, mixed leaves, vegetarian mozzarella and sweet chilli sauce served with steamed vegetables sprinkled with .

Last nights desert also deserves a mention…

…raspberry and coconut ice cream topped with cacao bliss and dried cranberries…yummy!

Tonight’s dessert was even better…

…s and cream protein ice cream made with chocolate soya milk and the bees knees peanut butter…heaven!

I’m using this time out of the gym to formulate a new work out plan for when I get back from Florence to give my body more of a challenge.  I think after the 6 week mark I tend to plateau a little bit and become too content.   Free styling my workouts isn’t really what I usually what I like to do, but I’m actually enjoying the change form my usual routine which must be a sure sign to change up my routine.  Rather than using the cardio machines I’m relying on running, yoga and classes on this free style routine and so far so good!  I’m not sure what I’m not sure what I’m going to do in Florence yet though in regards to workouts- any ideas?

Do you free style and go off your normal routine very often?

Do you still workout whilst on holiday? 

How are you other fellow Body Pumpers finding the new release?

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