Green Tea X50

Green Tea still being top of most people’s healthy drink list .  I am not sure about you but I physically cannot stomach Green Tea, the taste is well, to be polite, awful.  I have tried the ready flavoured, the flavour yourself and plain and no matter how much I tried to convince myself they still tasted awful.

Green Tea X50 from Tribeca Health is something totally different.  Available in 9 different flavours: Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Lemon and Ginger, Tropical, Passionfruit, Original, Pina Colada and Chocolate there really is something to suit everyone’s taste buds.  Supplied in single serving sachets of powder which you simply add to chilled water and shake it could not be more convenient.

Each serving of X50 has the polyphenol equivalent of up to 20 cups of regular green tea, it is gluten free and vegan friendly.  Containing electrolytes and essential amino acids and vitamin C, X50 is the perfect after workout drink repairing your body efficiently, perfect for busy lifestyles on the go.

Helping you along with any detox, increasing your energy and metabolism, burning fat, and aiding digestion the benefits from these little sachets are immense.  Just 1 a day and you will feel amazing and containing only 10 calories per sachet where can you go wrong?

Originally lauched and widely available in Australian Health Clubs and Spas X50 was introduced to me by my best friend, who on a visit was drinking this very odd looking liquid, on questioning what it was she promptly disappeared to mix me my own little cocktail and then my love for it started.  I cannot believe that the dreaded Green Tea is the main make up of this drink as it tastes so good and when you put that with the massive health benefits X50 has become part of my every day routine.

For the last year or so my friend has shipped X50 to me, but now thankfully it is available to order within the UK so gone are my huge shipping costs.

http://www.greenteax50.co.uk

 

 

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DAY 1 Marathon Training


‚ÄčDAY 1 kicks off my marathon training. I simply can’t believe this day is here.  6 months ago I sat in a Marathon training session with Alzheimer’s Society in London and was told it was way to early to start training and I had to wait until June to begin. 

It felt like an age away but now here it is. ūüė®ūüė® Todays training involved a 4am HIIT session (which  included the impossible 2 Point plank) followed by a very windy cycle to work. Praying it dies down for my journey home! 

30 Day Thigh Challenge

My thighs and bottom have always been my problem area, no matter how much weight I lose, or how hard I try I have always hated them and have always been self-conscious of the way I look!  I have always dreamed of the ‘perfect’ pair of legs.  In honesty though, what is the perfect pair of legs?  Who has the perfect pair of legs and how do you get them?  Everyone’s perception is different and everyone’s desire is different.

My perception and desire is a beautiful pair of toned, not overly muscly and definately not stick thin, (I say that because I will never be stick thin so why dream it)  I could however achieve the toned aspect, but how?

I run, I cycle and I walk, all of these use your legs, they all use different muscles so why are they not toning and shaping my thighs and bottom?  Compared to when i started 3 years ago my body has changed dramatically but is still not where I want it to be.

(Me 3 years ago)

Me 2017 January (left) and April (right)

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My top half loves toning up and does so very easily, when I lose a few pounds sadly it always comes off my already very small top half, never my problem thighs and butt!

So after trying, trying, trying and not succeeding I am giving The Cycling Bug’s 30 Thigh Challenge a go.

http://thecyclingbug.co.uk/health-and-fitness/training-tips/b/weblog/archive/2015/02/13/take-the-30-day-thigh-challenge.aspx

I am on Day 9 now and today’s requirement was:

30 x Inner Thigh Lifts (on each leg)

35 x Scissors (these never fail to make me chuckle)

15 x Fire Hydrant (on each leg)

I cannot see a difference yet and am presuming that perhaps I won’t, but I do feel a difference, I can feel the exercises working and as the days progress the repetitions increase it is only going to get harder/better.  Plus these exercises are designed to not only tone but also strengthen this area so it really is win win, the stronger the better with the challenges I have ahead of me

I have also started adding my own little bit on the end of 3 sets of 12 Dead Lifts.

Toned, gorgeous thighs here I come…… butt next

Perfect Start to a Day

What an absolutely perfect start to my day.

4am wake up, well 4.10am after 2 snooze hits….zzzzzzzzz, not being 100% sure what the weather would be doing I slid out of bed with trepidation.  Dry outside, well that was a bonus and my phone telling me it was 2 degrees, not too cold.
I started the day with a 30 minute easy pace run from my training plan, whilst I still struggle staying in easy I did do loads better and got 65% within Zone 2 (easy), and 34% in zone 3 (steady).  I ran for 37 minutes, covered 3.69 miles and had a pace of 10.07 min/mile.  It was fresh outside, cooler than I expected and a little slippy underfoot in places but I had a great run.

I am not quite sure whether it is the lure on tonight’s pancakes and wanting to be able to eat them and not feel guilty, the red wine I intend to drink later, (pre birthday treat), the meal tomorrow night at my mom and dads, hopefully with cake, the deep seated desire not to have to get the bus or just sheer madness that pushed me to make the decision to walk to work.  Whatever is was I am so glad that I did, I got to see the most incredible sunrise, heard the birds singing and just gave myself the best possible start to the day.

My walk covered 4.05 miles in exactly 1 hour at a pace of 14.51 min/mile and I spent 53% in Zone 2, how does that work then?

I really have set myself up for a great day, I feel, revived, calm and extremely happy.
Just goes to show that exercise really does release happy endorphins, here’s to a truly great day. x

Sunday Long Run

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch

Some runs are great, some runs are ok, some runs are tough and some runs are very tough! Today’s was a very tough one.  Personally I blame Joe Wicks!!! After doing his HIIT video on Friday, being a smarty pants and moving onto the next level my legs hurt.  No pain, no gain though.

I ran Saturday and felt it, Saturday night was a little achey, Sunday morning the ache was still there but it didn’t feel bad enough not too run, so off I go.  I gave myself a good 10 minute walk warm up figuring that should help, then set off at a nice steady pace, no way could I have pushed myself too much.

When I look back at the stats surprisingly I really didn’t do too bad.  Starting pace of 9.06 per mile, decreasing down to 10.10 which for 9.5 miles isn’t too shabby, especially with the ache I was enduring from around mile 6!  My legs felt like lead and I felt as though i was running through tar.

Coming down from the cross roads to Banners Gate in Sutton Park is all downhill but the ache and tiredness I felt was like nothing else, I wanted to give up and how I carried on I will never know.  I think it was possibly the thought of, ‘if i stop and walk I am going to be even later home and with a trip to Ikea planned it could very well be a huge mistake’ if my husband would have been at home, I have no doubt in my mind I would have been tempted to call him.

Unusually I had taken a drink with me, I don’t normally run with a drink but feel that as my runs are getting longer I really should get into the habit of carrying one, if I am totally honest the reason i don’t is because I don’t like carrying anything it drives me mad, plus not matter how god the bottle is, it always leaks.


At 9.5 miles finish I was exhausted and very relieved that I could stop, which makes me thin then how the devil am i going to manage 26.2 miles?

I walked 10 minutes home to cool down and hopefully stretch my aching muscles out, and then did a good 15 minute stretch out when i got home, which i have to say was pure bliss, followed by a steaming hot shower, sadly no sit down but perhaps keeping moving is actually better for you????

 

22nd February Training

I am writing this a day late, yesterdays training was:

10 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) warm up

25 minutes Zone 4 (threshold)

5 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) cooldown

The wind was blowing like a good one, a little like trying to run into a brick wall, then being pushed backwards by said brick wall! ¬†Thankfully though Storm Doris wasn’t at full strength yesterday i really think i would have been blown away, or given up if the training was today! ¬†It is actually the first time i am grateful of a rest day!

25 minutes at threshold really didn’t sound fun at all, and whilst i certainly didn’t laugh much, except when i fell down a kerb! (the ability to laugh at yourself is so important sometimes!) it was not as bad as i expected. ¬†I kept checking my watch to ensure that i was within the correct zone and¬†found the 25 minutes flew by, before i knew it I was at the top of¬†the dreaded hill section, back onto the flat and the home straight. ¬†I think my heart rate peaked on the hill but i ran through it and managed to keep the pace constant.

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Finishing at 40.55 minutes and covering 4.5 miles which included 15 at easy pace really wasn’t too bad. ¬†I always beat myself up about the warm up and cool down because i feel they are affecting my overall run time. ¬†Sounds silly but I see these posts of people running 10k in truly incredible times and keep feeling like i am a bit of a failure as my time is nowhere near that. ¬†But then I remind myself that i did not start this to be the best, i do not do it to be the best, i started it to try and improve my body and fitness and i do it now because i LOVE it.

 

Edamame 

Edamame are a young soy Bean, picked before they harden and used widely in cuisine from China, Japan, Hawaii and Korea. 

On top of being really tasty and a wonderful snack or meal accompaniment they are little wonders packed full of protein, (155 grams contains 18.5g) iron, calcium and all of the essential amino acids your body needs, plus they are low in sugar and fat and calories.

They have been linked to lowering cholesterol, aiding with the menopause, reducing the risk of certain cancers and lowering the risk of bone loss (osteoporosis). 

They come in their own pod/shell which is inedible, once removed they need cooking very quickly for 3-5 minutes in boiling water then just nibbled on. Or have fun with the by adding seasoning, sauces or simply sprinkling with salt. 

They are becoming so popular you can find them in the frozen Isle or in the ready prepared section of most supermarkets/health stores.

The perfect snack anytime and perfect to back up an active lifestyle.