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Sunday Catch up: A date and a dinner

Posted Feb 19 2012 5:05pm

Woah! This week has just flown by as has the weekend.  I hope you have all had fun!  It has been an uber productive week for me with another thesis chapter finished, pending corrections, and a busy week at work.

I was really happy to be given this Sunday off from work.  As such I decided to make sure that I used it wisely and had a lovely lie in, well until 8.30 am any way, which makes for a lie in for me and went out for a slow run, which I really enjoyed.


It felt like such a treat to actually spend some time making and eating my breakfast leisurely for a change rather than rushing and hardly getting to taste it properly.  For this morning’s leisurely purposes I made some toasted rye bread topped with trader Joe’s almond butter, a chopped banana and apple, dried mango and mixed berries and coconut.


Fruit on toast is so much better than beans on toast! 

In the afternoon we met up with my mum and headed to another wedding fayre that was held at a wedding venue that we have adored for so long.  For me it seemed like a genius idea to hold the wedding fayre at the wedding venue rather than at an arena etc. as it killed two birds with one stone- you got to see what the venue looked like all dressed up for a wedding and was given a bundles of inspiration for your own big day.


There were also lots of cake samples and nibbles for us to try, which went down well with my impending hubby! :)

The afternoon just flew by and now I feel like I have so much wedding inspiration that I could burst.  I have developed this fear of “what if we get it wrong?” hence why it has taken us so long to book a venue.  We keep mulling over the pros and cons of everything we have seen so far and keep going round in circles, so much so it is giving me a headache.  But I am happy to say that we have finally settled on the very beautiful venue that

we were surrounded by today for an early winter wedding.

I’m so freakin’ excited and relieved! :D

Since the wedding fayre finished at 6pm Alfie decided to treat us to dinner there so we could gauge the quality of the food-not that we needn’t have worried though!

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Apologies for the picture quality- it seems candle light and my camera phone do not make a happy couple!

Everything was just gorgeous, which made us more at peace with the decision we have made for our wedding venue

My other favourite eats over the past few days have included:



Hummus love! Garlic and herb Sabra hummus with mixed chopped vegetables and wholegrain rice cakes.

Another smoothie on the go- spinach, a banana, almond butter, almond milk, water, almond extract and choc-a-lot protein powder

Banana bread Larabar…no explanation required!

Fruity breakfast- strawberries, a chopped banana and pear with almond milk and Sunbutter. I love almond milk and just adore eating fruit this way.

A very pink smoothie! It contained frozen mixed berries, a banana, acai berry juice, strawberry hemp protein powder and almond extract. This ended being a smoothie to go on the drive to work. It’s so basic without really any super foods but I’m really enjoying my smoothies this way right now and the fact that they take a lot less time to make too.

A hummus topped extravaganza: kale dressed in lemon juice, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, hummus and onion chutney…a-maz-ing! I’m all loved up with kale at the moment, I had forgotten how good it was.

A speedy dinner- Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages, brown rice with roasted leeks, red peppers and kale in my Basic Tomato sauce.

Not only has this been a week of good eats, but also a week of awesome workouts…

Monday: 30 minutes of speed intervals on the treadmill, bike and cross trainer, strength workout 1 and 5 minute cool down on the bike

Tuesday: 15 minutes of intervals on the bike and cross trainer, 1 hour of Body Pump with increased weights

Wednesday: 5K treadmill run of intervals. 15 minutes spinning session on bike, 200 ab crunches (8 varieties of 25 reps)

Thursday: REST

Friday: 10 minute warm up on the bike, strength workout 2, 5 minute cool down on the step machine

Weekend: Yoga for Runners, core yoga, hip opening yoga and hatha yoga podcasts

I’ve really been enjoying the variety that my works are giving me at the moment.  Increasing my weights in my body pump class and increasing some of the reps where I have felt ready with my strength workouts has also helped with giving me a more challenging routine and has helped mix things up a lot too.

So all in all it has been a pretty awesome week and long may it continue! I’m hoping that this up and coming week is just as productive. I have just booked some time off work for my birthday in a few weeks time so I’m going to have fun planning for that.  I’ve also got to find a church this week and a bridal shop near my house are having some special evening doo on Tuesday that I am looking forward to as well.

I hope you all have a fabulous week!

What have you been up to this weekend?
How do like to unwind after a very busy week?

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