Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Rockpool, Cullen

This Sunday we went on a mini roadtrip. We're finally getting on with our wedding plans for next year and headed up to see a band play in a wee pub, before deciding to book them! We were really early so we stopped off at the famous Spotty Bag Shop in Banff and had a drive around the little villages nearby. In Cullen we had a nose in some antique shops and then headed to Rockpool.

I've been in the cafe once before, a few years ago. It's a really cute sea-themed tearoom/restaurant that serves some amazing sounding lunches. We'd already eaten so had some tea and cake instead. Gordon had a slice of irn bru cake and I treated myself to a slice of banana and walnut loaf, which was so good! We'll definitely be back for a proper meal at some point.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Reebok FitHub hits Aberdeen

Reebok FitHub is launching this weekend at Aberdeen's DW Sports. (One of my favourite places to shop for training gear!) The aim of the FitHub is to support Aberdeen's local fit generation, encouraging people to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. They'll be celebrating on Saturday with fitness challenges (in exchange for goody bags!), demonstrations, advice on training and nutrition plus a competition to win a pair of Reebok trainers! Premium products from the SS15 collection will be available at DW and whether you're into crossfit, yoga, running, or dancing, the FitHub has it covered. 

I'm gutted I'm working but head down between 10am-4pm on Saturday 31st January to see what's going on - let me know how you get on! :)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Missguided Active

With "fit" being so fashionable just now it was only a matter of time before the high street stores caught on and started turning out gym wear. H&M has been at it for a while but now the likes of New Look & Primark have joined in and, more recently, online brands have jumped on the bandwagon. Both BoohooFIT and Missguided Active have been released this month, just in time for all the January resolutionists!

Prices start from just £6. I have nothing against cheap gym gear, but I don't want it to look or feel cheap. I like the leggings from Boohoo but worry the material might not be as stretchy or thick as I'm used to. Missguided Active is my favourite of the two collections. It's made up of matchy sports bras and leggings, hoodies and vests. It's stylish but practical, affordable and more wearable in my opinion. I've ordered the "Train Dirty" vest already!

Are there any other good sportswear collections on the go?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Multipower Whey & More Protein

Ever been in agony after a work out? When you train, you are basically tearing your muscles which is what causes that pain, known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in the fitness industry. So if you've torn your muscles, surely your body needs something to help repair them? That's where protein comes in. Protein is not just essential for repairing the muscle tissue, but for rebuilding it so that the muscle becomes stronger (and larger) over time. Eating the right foods will clearly help your recovery from exercise. It also makes you feel fuller for longer, so you're less likely to snack on crap! Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are the best known sources but beans, legumes, nuts and grains such as quinoa are ideal for vegans! And then there's protein powders.

For a long time I tried to avoid using protein powders. I had worked out my macros myself but was struggling to reach my 170g protein target. It wasn't until my PT developed an eating plan for me that I eventually gave in and introduced whey protein to my diet. I've gained 6lb of lean body mass since then so it's safe to say it's doing the job! I still don't believe that everyone needs it - if you're not in the habit of using your gym membership weekly, don't bother rushing out to buy it - protein shakes help build muscle, not lose weight! The average person can get more than enough protein from natural sources, so get your nutrition on track with these first.

Multipower gave me a hand and sent over some of their Whey & More powder in double chocolate flavour to try. Over the past few months I've tried chocolate protein from a few brands but the Multipower one is actually my favourite so far!

Per serving Whey & More contains 24g of protein. It has a perfectly smooth texture and really rich, chocolately flavour without tasting too sugary like some that I've tried. When you think of whey protein, you probably think of protein shakes - they're an easy and convenient way to consume it! - but it's not the only way. I like to mix mine with Total Greek yoghurt (Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding) or through my porridge for an early morning hit. Some powders go kind of lumpy when I do this but Whey & More doesn't!

Multipower's Whey & More is available in vanilla ice-cream and strawberry & cream flavours too. It's a little pricey at £54.99 for 2kg, so I'll likely stick to ordering from more budget friendly brands, but when it comes to protein I think you pay for quality, and 2kg goes a long way!

Thursday, 1 January 2015


Happy new year! I hope you all celebrated in style and have got off to a good start in 2015. We had a few friends over for cocktails so I imagine most of them have started 2015 with a sore head. January 1st hasn't been too great for me for other reasons but fingers crossed things improve as the year goes on. 

This time last year I blogged about what I wanted to achieve in 2014. I prefer to think of them as goals rather than resolutions and I think I was fairly successful with most of them...

Stop being so greedy/lazy and get under 20% body fat... I'm currently working on staying there.

Go up to an 8kg weight at kettlebell classes... I've been using a 10kg bell for a few months now!

Climb Bennachie... We climbed it twice and are hopefully doing it again tomorrow, weather permitting.

Beat my time at the Baker Hughes 10k... Did it in 57.52! I was 1 hour 5 minutes the first time.

Say "yes" & take more chances... I completed two obstacle races (one of which saw me crawl through clay and swim in lochs) and went paintballing. Those that know me will know this is kind of a big deal for me - I hate any kind of "fun" that involves pain but actually had a great time!

Travel as much as possible... I visited London with my sister, had a roadtrip around Scotland and my first ever trip to Ireland. 

Having my goals written down to go back to was really helpful - I read over them in October and it motivated me to push hard and achieve them by the end of the year. So here I am, in January 2015, setting myself some new challenges and goals to work towards throughout the year.

  • Get more organised with my wedding planning! 
  • Pass my driving test.
  • Maintain my body fat at less than 20% - reach 18%!
  • Keep lifting heavier weights. (12kg kettlebell, maybe?)
  • Run as many races as possible and beat my previous times.
  • Raise money for a worthy cause.

What are you hoping to achieve in 2015? Link me to your resolution posts! :)

Christy xx
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