Women Wednesdays #2 Run Eat Repeat

I’m writing this one about a woman and blogger I have adored for a long time now. (I think I might actually be a little bit in love with her ;) but that’s another post!). I’m sort of in shock as I write this because I’ve just read a very personal post by her about her private life, something which I, obviously, had no clue about. It just reminded me of how everyone can shock you with what they’re going through, you just never know till you ask – or on the internet of course until someone lets you know.

I was originally going to write this post without knowing anything about that sphere of Monica’s life though – just because she is damn fabulous. She is, of course, the wonderful, hilarious and motivational Run Eat Repeat, otherwise known as Monica.


This woman is insanely motivational, incredibly funny, and she promotes one of the best traits you can ever exhibit as a person: she doesn’t take herself or life too seriously. Or in fact seriously at all in the case of herself, which is wonderfully refreshing and real. I have learnt a lot about running from Monica (mainly – just get off your butt and do it, then come back and eat a pizza) and a lot about not taking myself to seriously too. That’s something I find very hard by the way, I find it so difficult to laugh at my short-comings and my failures. She is also a great balancer in a blogosphere full of health obsession. I’m not saying being healthy or eating healthy is bad, but it can become such a heavy focus these days that we lose sight of other things – like our lives! Monica on the other hand, doesn’t really care. As long as she’s happy, full and replenished after her run that counts as a high-five-moment. Winner! I love that attitude – she reminds me never to become afraid of chips and never to lose my love of pizza.


I also love her fearless attitude to races. I don’t believe any race would be too tough of too long for this woman, she never seems phased; she seems anti-phased. That, and the honest way she talks about running and her eating habits (which are glorious), make her my ultimate fitness and life role model. I am still stubbornly too scared to enter a running race, I’m not sure if it’s because of fear of failure, or being slow or fear of people watching me pull my running face but I am determined to overcome that this year! Even just an incy-wincy 5km; I have to do it. But reading Run Eat Repeat, I definitely feel like I am going to enter something … one day.


Monica, I only have one thing to say to you – WHAT A BABE! Please keep posting your delightfully inspiring blog posts.

Follow Run Eat Repeat right here!

Don’t forget to search for Pile On The Miles on her site:

All images from runeatrepeat.com

I'm Piling on the Miles with Run Eat Repeat

Pile on the Miles

So it’s basically November and I’ve just seen a really cool idea posted by one of my favourite fitness/running/really amusing bloggers. She is the lovely Run Eat Repeat, aka Monica (follow her here!)

I'm Piling on the Miles with Run Eat Repeat

So the aim is to cram in as many miles as possible/realistic/healthy in November, rather than piling on the pounds. Okay it’s not such an issue in November if you’re British because – well, maybe Halloween – but Guy Fawkes Night doesn’t really involve a heavy amount of food. But apparently in America November is a good month to eat a lot – that is because of Thanks Giving, right? This is really just an online community motivating each other and staying ‘accountable’, which is such a popular word in the online fitness community these days; and there are some cheeky little prizes to pile on the motivation too.

I set myself two goals: 2 gym sessions a week & 25 miles total in November (that doesn’t include walking because I walk EVERYWHERE-ish).

What are your November goals? Do you have any November goals? Do you have any non-November goals? Come along and do this with me, and Monica and the tonnes of girls/women that follow her!

Women Wednesdays #1 – Tara Stiles

I’m starting a new series of posts where I’d like to appreciate women. Women who inspire me, women who make me life, women who are my fashion icons, women who are my business inspiration; generally women who I may not personally know but all of whom I love in some way for what they do or who they are. There are many of them. So I’d like to introduce Women Wednesdays, exclusively for ‘love letters’ to these fabulous people.

I am starting with my favourite yoga teacher, or guru I suppose you can say, but I’m not into all the jargon around yoga. And that leads me to my favourite thing about Tara Stiles; she isn’t fussy about all the names for yogi related things, she doesn’t need you to know how to chant in Sanskrit in order to meditate and she doesn’t even care whether you know the ‘proper’ name for the poses, she just wants you to love yoga. I think it’s mostly down to Tara that I started practising yoga properly. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of yoga, one of my aunties is actually a yoga teacher, but I never really got into it until I stumbled upon Tara Stiles on youtube (I love youtube!).

Once you start to watch her videos you realise she is a completely infectious personality, she’s funny, she’s quirky, she’s different and her laugh is addictive. I think it really helps when you start practising yoga too, if you like your teacher’s voice because – trust me – you have to listen to it an awful lot. If you don’t like it you probably won’t get on with yoga because it will drive you mad, but if you do then suddenly things start to fall into place. The fact that I found Tara’s voice pleasant, relaxing, interesting and even almost soporific at times has really helped me get into my yoga practise, although I’m a long way from calling myself flexible or even zen yet!

And it’s not just her fabulous tall, flexible body, her vibrant sense of style and her awesome yoga that make me adore this woman. It’s her advice too. Her very attitude to life is open and chill, yet still excitable and curious; she seems to laugh her way through her newsletter and videos. She has started to be a model for how I’d like to look at the world too and I’m certainly making progress. Her notions of expansiveness and growth and her simple, yet bang on, pieces of advice like “you have to strap in your safety belt before you can help others” have really made logical, simple and easy sense to me. I find that very calming.

Something else I am grateful for is that she got me into knitting. I love knitting now and although my knitting is a bit skew-whiff and not very coordinated, I find it very relaxing and unwinding to do. Something you are creating is growing – it’s relaxing to watch and at the same time, fairly mindless. I don’t mean that good knitting doesn’t take skill, I just mean that you can switch off and get in touch with a different part of you while you knit; it’s essentially just very peaceful to me. And for introducing me to knitting as an idea of something that’s fun and enjoyable and beautiful, I have Tara to thank.


So her yoga is wonderful, her body and mind are beautiful, her outlook on life may be a little out there and her clothes are eclectic but I think she is a beautiful, radiant person and she has been my inspiration for well over a year now.

Find Tara at: http://tarastiles.com/

On Youtube

All Images from tarastiles.com.

Graze Box

Graze Days – my Gaze Box Review

I’ve been meaning to write about this for ages but I’m finally gettingaroundtoit … I’ve been subscribed to Graze for a whole semester now and I’m loving it.

Graze Box

Graze Box

Graze Box

If you don’t know who Graze are they’re a company that send boxes of healthy snacks to ‘make snacking more fun’ and healthy. So it’s free to sign up for the website and it is a subscription box but you can postpone or change the delivery date as much as you like, so you’re very much in control of how much you spend on it. You can also usually find coupons to have like 1st and 10th box free in various magazines and sometimes with other online orders – they’re all the hype apparently.

Graze Box


It’s a really cute little box, I especially love that the packaging is almost 100% recyclable, and I feel like a few boxes would make a really good gift for a friend who’s on a health kick, or a chocolate box for valentines day for a girl friend or something.

What do I get?

I get the Nibble Box. It’s a box of smaller snacks, 4 each time, which are designed to nibble on.

Graze Box

How often do I get it?

Twice a month, or once every two weeks, this is plenty for me really, any more would be a waste of money.


How much do I pay?

£3.99 per box – yea it’s not cheap, but it doesn’t kill you either.

Graze Box


Is it worth it?

Well, yes. For £3.99 you’d never get four such nice snacks anywhere, and I love that sometimes it comes with teabags too (BONUS!). Is it necessary though? No, absolutely not, it’s more like having a mini-Christmas every two weeks. I get excited to get the box, I usually scoff it all within two days and it’s definitely a lovely treat. But this is a lifestyle luxury for a student like me, I wouldn’t get it if you’re pushed for money.


Here’s the low-down on what I’ve had in my box so far:

Graze Box


Banana Cake with an Afternoon Infusion

Super Carrot Cake with an Afternoon Infusion

I’ll just go for both of them at once. Bottom line, anything that comes with a teabag will win me over. No doubt. But there’s kind of the golden rule that, if you’re feeding me, you can’t really go wrong with cake either. These are bite sized and delicious. It’s an excuse to take two minutes out and make yourself a mini-afternoon-tea.

Mixed Olives with Rosemary and Lemon

Basil & Garlic Olives

Yet again you can’t really every go wrong with olives for me. If they were too spicy I might have an issue but that’s it really. The rosemary and lemon ones are very light especially, neither flavour will be offensive to anybody because they’re so gentle. These aren’t extreme. Warning though, they do come in oil (I guess that’s so they keep longer), so if you aren’t a fan of oily food, or your skin is particularly sensitive to it or something, then I wouldn’t recommend them.

Fruit & Seed Flapjack

I like flapjacks when they aren’t too dry, I hate a dry flapjack. Graze flapjacks are delightfully springy. These is my favourite because it’s pack full of more ‘stuff’ than oats. The sunflower seeds are the best bit, it’s super yummy.

Fruity Mango Chutney

I adore mango chutney, so this was a winner. The sad thing is you don’t get very much but then it is a snack box. You get a small pot of chutney attached to a box of mini bread sticks in various flavours. These are a great Reading Snack, I like to have something fuss free to keep constantly stuffing in my mouth while I read a paper or an essay… thus Reading Snack.

Cherries & Berries

I always love just plain fruit. And dried fruit like cherries, cranberries, raisins – they’re the best. So if you’re a fruit fan too you can always tailor your box in the direction of fruit, Graze have a whole section of berry and nut mixes.

Graze Box


Tropical Daiquiri

This is on the dried fruit list too, it’s an interesting mix including dried pineapple. Now, I’m not a fan of dried banana, or dried mango, but dried Pineapple was actually quite pleasant. It’s not something I’ll be dying to turn up in a box again but I won’t be sad if it does, it’s a nice mix of fruits and it’s pretty satisfying.

Graze Popping Corn – lightly salted and slightly sweet

My only problem with this is that I don’t have a microwave. So I have to keep taking it to other people’s houses and sharing it (sad times, although probably better in the long run). The plus side is that it’s actually a reasonable size to share. My favourite is the lightly salted, because I’m really a savoury girl at heart, and the bag was just right to share with the boyfriend while watching Chuck. If you don’t have a microwave though, I would make sure you hit ‘bin’ on the Graze website so this doesn’t appear in your box.

Smokey Chipotle Dip

My Thai

Two more chips and dips, slightly spicier than the chutney but give you a nice kick. They kind of wake you up. Not too much to say, I just know that I like these and they’re great for the same reason as the Mango Chutney one. If you’re into spicy things, these are a good place to start and I think you can select some with increasing amounts of spice when you’re on the graze site.

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack

See above, r.e. Flapjacks. I like it a lot, it’s nice and tasty. I’m often not crazy about apple in cakes, but if you tend to love apple flavoured things, grab this straight away.

Pomodoro Rustichella

Just nice little sun-dried tomato-y croutons. I like them.

Rhubarb and Pear Compot

Okay not one I expected to like, since I’m not even to sure what a compot is. It was basically a tasty chewy, dried fruit mix with surprisingly soft dried pear and rhubarb. It’s a really ‘different’ flavour if you’re bored of your normal dried fruit.

Cracking Black Pepper Cashews

Om nom nom. So good. If you like cashew nuts you’ll love these. Avoid if you don’t like nuts.



Cookies & Cream

I don’t know why I didn’t like this, I just found it a bit too sweet and the chocolate-y bits too much. This is one of those where you may well love it though if you have a sweet tooth.

Dark Rocky Road Granola Topper

I found something in this a bit too much, I’m not sure what, maybe the dried strawberries. I don’t really eat toppers on yoghurt though, so it’s worth a try if you’re usually into this sort of thing, I just found it quite rich.

Marvellous Macaroon

I don’t like white chocolate or coconut and I found both in this. Sorry Graze.

Toffee Apple

I haven’t actually tried this, I ruled it out right away because I don’t usually like toffee.

Bonnie Wee Oatbakes

The oat biscuits, little baby round ones, were actually okay but very dry on their own. Sadly the chutney they came with was very onion-y, I don’t advise this if you’re not an onion fan.

Graze Box

Are you subscribed to Graze? Tell me what you get and what snacks you’ve loved so far!

*No I’m not sponsored by Graze and haven’t received any free samples from them*

Gravity Paragliding Experience

Runner’s Resolutions 2015

So I didn’t exactly fulfil all of my resolutions last year – but that’s fine! This year, top of my list, is to enter a race of some kind, hopefully more than one but definitely one because I still didn’t manage it last year! Then I also owe myself some new trainers – big time! The ones I have, have no tread on the inner side by my toes, they are wearing down at the back too, the mesh has ripped at the top meaning the leak terribly, the laces are fading and the holes which hold the laces (what do you call those?), well, they’re going too. Time for an upgrade. Last year I did manage to try out a bunch of new sports I tried Cycling, Surfing and Paragliding – damn cool! This year I want to try at least 2 more new ones again! There are two resolutions I’m starting my holding onto just for January but they may last longer: in solidarity with my boyfriend, who picked these resolutions for himself, I’m going veggie with him – I mean, we did both eat a whole cow each this Christmas, at least – and also giving up alcohol with him. Now, I’m allowing myself an occasional glass of wine and maybe a cocktail (although I may as well make it mocktail), but no more than one at a time, and no more than 2 a week. Gonna be tough people…gonna be tough!

Oh and my final one is to actually use this blog – nuff said! To help me do this I am following my favourite fitness bloggers, Tone It Up, in doing a Vlog for Vday (#vlogforvday) and seeing how that goes.

Bean salad

Not-So-Baked Beans #freshersfood!

I’ll begin with a little disclaimer…re-starting University ate me alive, and therefore my blog died a death! I still feel a bit like I’m being repeatedly beaten with the educational whipping stick, but I’m getting into the swing of it. SO sorry to anyone who signed up for FitForFreshers expecting more – I was too! I hope to do it again next year, but better. Anyway…

Bean salad

This is an AMAZING recipe – if I can really call it that – there’s little to no cooking goes into this it’s just ‘these things go together… like doowap doowap…*cue Grease moment*’.

Beans – those of the non-baked variety – are such an amazing food; they help me bulk out any meal super cheaply and you don’t feel even remotely guilty. They’re a vegetable but they will you up too, which is perfect, So I usually have a pack of peas, broad beans and green beans in my freezer at all times (they’re taking up no fridge space and keep forever) so I can always head to a Bean Salad if my fridge is looking a little sad and empty. All of these cost about £2 or less from most supermarket freezer isles and they go a really long way. I cook all of these in a steamer, which by the way is one of my favourite kitchen utensils ever (erm… sad much?), but if you don’t have one of those just boil them.

Bean salad

om nom nom


Then you can add ingredients as you please. If you can’t cope without meat then why not chuck in some ham/bacon or fish fingers as a super cheap alternative!). Other than that I tend to add cheese because…cheese. Then I keep the rest of the salad raw; you can add leaves of your choice, spinach (cheap in Lidl & sometimes Sainsburys) or rocket or bog standard lettuce, and then usually some tomato and cucumber (olives could work for a Greek style combo), spare peppers…you get the gist. I usually dress it too, this is mum’s homemade blackberry vinegar (thanks mummy!) but you could go for olive oil and lemon juice, or a low fat dressing of your choice. Or, you know, ketchup & mayonnaise, it’s your choice… you’re a student after all!

Bean salad

Tomatoes and Feta are two of my favourite tastes

Ingredients (in mine):

Broad beans
Green beans
Feta cheese

Other Ideas:
Ham/bacon/fish fingers
Glass of wine/bottle of beer…

Bean salad

for extra mmm add spinach


Post-gym Selfie

My Week In Exercise #1


God knows why it’s such a shock to wake up, it’s a perfectly reasonable time, but I do feel like poo. I think it’s because I slept so badly last night – my bed is hideous and it’s on my list of things to fix. So right now I’ve had to flip so I’m sleeping at the ‘foot’ end, it’s just disorientating. Anyway I had a failed doctors appointment where they messed up my travel injections again followed by about 6 hours in Uni where I felt like I achieved nothing. Safe to say I was very happy to get to my first Frisbee Training Session of the year! It made my day but I had forgotten how tough it can be, especially as the fewer people you have at training (we had only 8, not enough for a real game), the more and the harder you have to run. I was badly out of shape, especially when it came to lunging and sprinting. It was a shock after having run slower, longer distances for so long. I’m now thoroughly enjoying feeling the burn, hoping that being more tired will help me sleep tonight!

Love this Sky

Love this Sky

Eating Raw and Fresh

Eating Raw and Fresh loving Tom-Juice this week




After spending yesterday hobbling around and very sorely thighs – which I managed to pull and then didn’t manage to warm down, nice one – I had another Frisbee training to go to and this time it was outdoors. I love outdoors because there’s more room to run and it’s often a better game, for me anyway, but I was pretty horrified to figure that it’s already too damp and slippy on the grass to play in trainers. This means… it is time to stud-up and in my case, fix up my boots that were missing about half of their studs. Putting on said slightly battered (slightly small?) football boots and made me realise they are definitely going to have to go this season. Meaning I need to shell out for new ones – urgh really? When we went out later I definitely participated in some groovy dance moves; that’s exercise right?


Stud Up

Stud Up


Aaah so excited to use my gym pass for the first time! It was actually a very good gym session. I completed 5km on the cross trainer in 25mins, which is certainly not my fastest time but since I haven’t been running in so long I was very chuffed about it – call it a spring board. I also did some rowing, only around 1000m but that’s about what I like to do without too much trouble, and then some matt work. I do everything on the matt; a bit of abs, a bit more legs (cos hell, these bad boys can take a beating) and some arm weights too. It felt amazing to be back working out inside, sort of reassuring since I know the temperature is about to plummet. I did a big stretching session when I got in today in an attempt to beat these damned pulled muscles.



Walking home

P.s. I found a new rip in my trainers :(


Three guesses what I did today? Yep. Frisbee. I had another session today and I did a very short yoga session by myself beforehand which between them have managed to finally crushed these pulled muscles away and get some productivity out of my legs. Woohoo. Training 8-10pm is still killing me though, it’s not a pleasant time in the day for anyone.


I woke up so late today. I had a disastrous start, snoozing my work alarm and then falling asleep until 17minutes before I was due to start work. Somehow, by a miracle, I managed to make it out the house and up to University in barely any time and got to work without a hitch. I was so lucky, and also so tired. But after a stressful and long day at work I thought I was ready to collapse… then I got persuaded to the gym. We had an epic dinner planned so it wasn’t hard to convince me to burn some room for pudding. I cycled, doing 5km in 11minutes (which I’m sure is not impressive but hey, bikes are not especially my thing) and then went straight to a matt session. It was so much fun working out with someone for a change. We did abs and arms, and legs just by default but oh my goodness did we make that butt muscle buuuurn. :) I genuinely loved pushing someone else to feel the burn with me. And now I’m exhausted.

Post-gym Selfie

Post-gym Selfie

In Gym

Plan for Sunday? Rest day…maybe a short run ;) who can resist?

What are your Sunday plans? What did you exercise-up-to this week? Let me know…