I’ve been getting back into good habits recently by meal planning and making proper shopping lists and it’s working well. I bought a Dodo Pad last year as I love the structure of it, plus my general love for fun stationary makes this a repeat purchase. It provides pages of of tables with dates and doodle pages for my lists. There is enough boxes for me to put in meals and exercise and also other things that I have going on that I know will impact on my meals or timing.
It feels good to be getting organised again and it’s nice to make the time to do this. Combined with my new delivery service from Mindful Chef (more info on that next week!) it’s feeling really good.
I can also make sure I do my shopping lists when looking at recipes and in my cupboards. This then stays on my kitchen counter for me to look at easily. It also allows me to make changes as required as there as time when we need to be flexible.
However there are also weeks that do not go to plan at all and end up looking like a scribbled mess, but this means I’m using it as I go and partly as a diary/tracker as well as a planning tool.
I find when it comes to eating well I need to be organised and have what I need easily available. This is also really helpful if you want to reduce waste, which I was getting a bit bad with mainly because I was buying too much for one person. Making the time to prepare means I can handle when things need to change. It makes during the week much less stressful and reduces the likelihood of popping to the shop on the way home from work. I’ve tried many ways of doing this and have found that writing it down is the best for me as it seems to stick in my memory much longer than trying to do it on the computer or through an app. You’ve got to find what works for you and then it’s about being disciplined with it. I know I need to do this, so now I am planning in that time each week as an appointment to myself and that is working really well. I’ve done this with my blog post writing as well and it really works for me.
Find what works for you and then discipline yourself to do it. I find motivation is temporary and comes and goes, but discipline builds habits that last.
I told you this month I found a few things on offer to try out. This one is a box of spices for four different meals a month from Simply Cook. I managed to get the first box for £3 by using a code from Nic’s Nutrition. All future boxes will be £8.99 per month. I have purchased this of my own accord as I wanted a way to cook different meals and re-ignite my enjoyment of cooking and food.
In my first box I have recipes for:
- Beef Redndang
- Chinese Spiced Duck Salad
- Ca Kho To
I’m going to make one a week and make enough for 4 meals. This will give me four night where I don’t have to cook, but I also won’t have to repeat the same recipe again ever if I don’t want to. I’m hoping this will also help me be more economical as I will only by food for what I need, rather than try and guess what I want and end up wasting stuff. I hate it when I find forgotten things in the fridge and end up having throw out the lot. I’ll keep you updated on how I get on.
If you would like to try Simply Cook you can use my 50% off link here: https://www.simplycook.com/?KW_REF=319650 please note this does give me a free box for each person who signs up – just want to be open and honest with you all!
After an unintended blog break for the last couple of weeks I’ve finally gotten round to putting my thoughts together on the greatly received pack from Predator Nutrition.
Just to note I received these products for free, but my opinions are and will always be my own and honest.
First up were the Pre-Workout Gold Standard drinks in Fruit Punch flavour. I have to admit I didn’t really like this one. I found it very sweet and often grainy as it required a lot of shaking to get the powder to dissolve fully. However I did notice that it gave me an energy boost! I wasn’t great with drinking it consistently and ended up only using it when I was tired and not wanting to go out to Body Combat or swimming, so I still have a few packets left to use. I have noticed there is also a watermelon flavour and I wonder if that is nicer than the fruit punch. Each packet contains two servings, which was a little annoying as I ended up weighing out each time, rather than it be a convenient thing to grab and go. At £2.99 for a packet I don’t think it’s a bad price and probably cheaper than other energy drinks around. I have overall mixed feelings about this one – I didn’t like the flavour, but did not the energy uplift – so I am still debating whether to get some more.
Secondly were a mixed bunch of Quest Bars, which I absolutely loved. They were tasty and convenient to grab and eat after a workout, which held me over until I could get home and cook a proper dinner. I didn’t notice any difference in how my body felt from the increased protein, but overall I felt better as I was eating better, rather than going for whatever is quickest. AT £2.79 each to 12 bars for £24.99 they feel expensive. I was consistent with these and ate one after every workout until they had gone. For me this this seems an expensive luxury right now when I am trying to stick to a tight budget so I can go on some big trips. I wonder what I could use instead as something protein based and easy to reach – something for me to think about!
I would like to thank the team over at Predator Nutrition for being kind enough to send this pack over to me for review. It definitely helped get me back into routine, although it has wavered in the last week with my big Solent Swim coming up on the 19th September! I have a few things to think about for getting back into routine after that and keeping it going through the winter. These products showed me that sometimes it can be very useful to add things to your diet to get specific benefits.
It’s probably been clear I’ve been having a rough time these last few weeks or maybe months. I’ve let things get to me that I shouldn’t and now finally feel I am taking the action I need to take to move forward and move forward with what I believe in.
So I’ve signed up to my running club’s beginners group that starts in September and in the meantime I am focusing on my swimming and walking and just being active on a daily basis.
I also was lucky enough to get in touch with Predator Nutrition who very kindly sent me a box of goodies to support my swimming and triathlon journey.
Predator Nutrition sent me a box of pre-workout drinks and recovery bars. I plan to use these over the next couple of weeks to get myself back in gear. I’m really looking forward to the quest bars as have a few flavours before, but not all the ones I’ve been sent. I’m also looking forward to trying the pre-workout drinks to boost my energy and start my workouts off with a bang.
I’ll come back in a couple of weeks to let you know what I thought of the products and how my fitness goes. Only 6 weeks until I swim the Solent and I would like to be at the best fitness I can be right now.
In my desire to start travelling again I have decided to stop a few subscriptions to save money. I love getting things each month, but at the same time I actually want to visit places and not just dream of them from afar. As there is a lag between paying for this subscription and receiving the packages I have one more month to go with my Candy Japan boxes!
I have loved these and although I’m not a big fan of sweets (Chocolate yes, jelly sweets not so much). This month was two packages containing so interesting stuff. The first package contained Plum Seed ‘soft’ Candy (LOVED), Shige Kicks Evolution Soda Gummies (Also loved, but have no idea what flavour they were), and Lotte Yokai Bubblegum (okay and haven’t had bubblegum in ages!). I took most to the cinema with me as snacks.
The second parcel contained Meiji Caramel (not sure about these), Lotte Ume and Lemon (liked these simple dummies), and Ultrman Battle Gummies (like normal gummy sweets). I didn’t have anyone to battle with the last ones, but it looked as those it would be fun, but I was again at the cinema with these, so not the best location to battle it out.
I would really recommend this subscription as it is different and fun. I love that it comes in two parcels a month as it means I can spread out my sweet consumption and really enjoy the ones that I have each time. Even though I am sad to stop this subscription I will make up for it when I finally get to visit Japan myself in the next couple of years!