Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Dinner at The Grill on the Corner, Glasgow

Our wedding is less than 6 months away and I am probably the world's most unorganised bride. There's still so much to do and I keep just putting things off to avoid feeling stressed about it all! Probably not the best idea. One thing I have been doing lately is trying to find a MUA for the day. I had my first ever spray tan and a make-up trial on Friday before we headed down to Glasgow for the weekend! I'm not usually a high maintenance kinda girl so I made the most of feeling pretty for a change and booked us a table at Glasgow's Grill on the Corner.

I'd heard lots of good things and was looking forward to a few cocktails and a decent feed with my future husband! The Grill on the Corner is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine's dinner, The restaurant is charmingly lit with fancy chandeliers, grand candelabra and twinkling fairylights hanging from the windows, giving it a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere. We arrived early and started with a drink in the bar. The cocktail list is right up my street with so many fruity flavours - I'd recommend the passionfruit fizz or a good old Pornstar martini! 

As it was my first week of my new training and nutrition plan with Nemesis, I was determined to stay on track! Luckily I have a generous carb allowance so I enjoyed the baked sweet potato wedges to start, while Gordon devoured a delicious looking plate of salt and pepper calamari. You can't go to a grill without eating something, well, grilled so we both opted for steaks for our main course! A medium cooked 310g rump steak with baked potato and peppercorn sauce for me, and 200g fillet, rare, with home cut chips for Gordon. My steak was slightly tough but tasted awesome and I was impressed with the baked potato. Crispy skin, full of flavour and perfectly fluffy inside - healthy options need to taste good too! Both were a good size and so filling that we didn't have any room for dessert! Probably a good thing cause, you know, macros...

The decor, food and service were all first class. Staff were friendly and professional throughout. I'd recommend becoming a Blackhouse Card Member if you're planning a visit - I joined a few days before our booking, showed the waitress the e-mail and received 20% off our bill! Get your next date night planned and get to the The Grill on the Corner at 21-25 Bothwell Street - on the corner, obviously! 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

SFN Goes Commando!

Earlier today I met up with a bunch of SFN Expo ambassadors for a hardcore training sesh at Commando X Fit in Glasgow... I'm still buzzing from the whole thing! It's a pretty intimidating set up for a crossfit virgin like myself but I shouldn't have worried, the commando guys cater for all abilities and it was an awesome workout! The guys are tough yet friendly. They push you to your limits without "breaking" you or making you feel inadequate in any way if you struggle! 

Bad habit - need to get my head up!!

We warmed up with a jog around the building in the pouring rain, followed by some shoulder presses, squats, bicep curls, burpees and push up variations. Then the real hard work started and we worked our way around the circuit in teams of four.

My facial expression for the entire hour!

I'm disappointed in myself for not managing the box jumps... I just couldn't seem to find the momentum. I managed 3 x 40kg squats but used the lighter weights for the rest of those. My biggest accomplishment of the day was the monkey bars. I could never do these as a kid so I was stupidly chuffed with myself for even making it half way along! All in all it was a challenging but fun workout with a brilliant team - I wish there was something like this up in Aberdeenshire!

If you're ever in the area, get in touch with Commando X Fit and get involved! Keep an eye out for them at this year's SFN Expo in Glasgow too, tickets are available now - use SFNAM25 for 10% discount!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What's cooking?

Today was my third day of my new training programme with a brand new coach (two actually), a brand new nutrition plan and a brand new gym. Actually the gym is pretty old but it's new to me! It's spread over 3 floors so it's a little confusing but it's round the corner from my work and has all the equipment I need. I won 6 months coaching with Nemesis PT via a Facebook competition. The timing couldn't be better as it'll take me right up to the week before my wedding! Both Nemesis coaches, Sharon and Lainey, are a great advert for their business and clearly practice what they preach. Sharon is over seeing my nutrition while Lainey takes charge of my training - I can't wait to see what they can do for me!

I'm going to have to really focus on my nutrition and hit my macros every day. This is the part I usually struggle with! They've given me a pretty high carb and fat allowance compared to what I'm used to so I'm finding it much easier so far! It's only the first week though so I imagine it's going to get harder as the weeks go on and my macros are adjusted. I plan to be super organised and prep meals/snacks ahead, plus make good use of some of the cookbooks I've acquired recently. I really enjoy cooking so I'm quite happy spending a day in the kitchen, listening to Ben Coomber's podcasts or dancing about to the Rolling Stones!

What I've been cooking recently...

Chocolate almond protein porridge - my all time favourite! Make your porridge however you like it (I microwave mine with water), add a spoonful of almond butter, a scoop of chocolate whey protein and mix it all together. Top with banana or frozen berries!

Sweet potato nachos - as good as they look! I used the long bit of a cheese grater to slice my sweet potato thinly, season and then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. They shrink a lot once cooked so make sure you cut the potato length ways. Layer the nachos with cooked chicken, salsa, jalapenos and cheese (I used MyProtein cheese) and put the whole lot back under the grill for five minutes!

Mini Omelettes - I've seen these a lot on instagram lately under various different names! They're easy to make and so handy to grab as a quick snack. I mixed 6 eggs with some turkey bacon, spinach and chopped chillies, poured the mixture into a muffin tray, sprinkled some feta cheese on top and baked them in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

Lean in 15 - If you haven't heard of this recipe book you must have been hibernating for a month! The Body Coach is taking over facebook and instagram with his 15 minute fat busting meals. So far I've made the spanish omelette (swapping the chorizo for turkey bacon), Joe's chicken pie (what a treat!) and his cheesy meatballs (technically not in the book but I followed his instructions on Instagram!) I'm not a huge fan of Joe's approach to nutrition but have adapted a few of the recipes by using leaner meats and adding more carbs!

I'll maybe blog a bit more about my new plan, what I'm eating and how my training is going... is there anything in particular you'd like to see more of?

How are you getting on with your own New Year's resolutions/health and fitness goals?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Long Dog Cafe, Aberdeen

It's official, I have found THE BEST cafe in the whole of Aberdeen...

I met some blogger chums on Sunday for coffee and a catch up at The Long Dog Cafe. We had a good gossip and it was nice to see some new faces in amongst the familiar ones. There was lots of toasted scones, ultimate brownies and sticky toffee cake devoured by our group and I really enjoyed my minestrone soup for lunch! They also serve paninis, waffles, ice cream and an epic looking hot chocolate! All the staff were super friendly (and good looking!?) and made us feel at home, even when we pretty much took over the whole seating area. The cafe has only been open for a few months in the west end of Aberdeen but it seems to be popular with the locals, who brought their best friends along with them! Dogs are well catered for at The Long Dog Cafe. There's water bowls ready for them and they even got a few sneaky treats! You can actually buy locally made Wow Dog Bakery treats and pretty collars. We even got to meet Gavin the resident Dachshund in his little grey jumper, what a cutie!

Shout out to the Aberdeen blogger girls - AnastasiaAmeySarahSteffSarahJuliaIonaKaren, HannahKarlie and Ani! - Thanks for the company! :)
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