Bouncy protein jellies

Bouncy protein jellies
A couple of months ago I was moaning on Twitter about my hair being crazy and someone suggested I try taking collagen/gelatin. I bought some Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate, which is water soluble and totally tasteless. Two tablespoons in my coffee in the morning and two in my tea at night. Easy, peasy. Then not so long ago I was moaning on Instagram (see a pattern here?? ;) about most…
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Time flies when you’re having fun

Time flies when you’re having fun
It's been a while. Apologies. Life just gets in the way of blogging once in a while. For daily updates you can always follow me on Instagram, I use it more than Twitter or Facebook these days - http://instagram.com/mrsb_london. I have a locked account but request access and if you're not a weird fitspo person selling herbal weight loss miracle drugs, I'll let you in. Last Saturday I  had dinner at…
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The unexpected benefits of a sugar free life

The unexpected benefits of a sugar free life
I cannot even remember now when I first gave up sugar. It was probably 3 years ago already. I do eat some of it now on holidays and on special occasions but in general I consider myself to be sugar-free.  I have written tons about it, a quick summary of why I've chosen to stay away from sugar is in this post. My main goal was to get my blood…
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You fall and you fall but one day you will get to the top

You fall and you fall but one day you will get to the top
Bouldering is so similar to life I think. There are these things called "problems". There are easy problems and sort of difficult ones and extremely difficult ones. You try to solve them week in and week out. Sometimes you solve a few, sometimes you don't. But that's ok because every little while the current problems just disappear and new ones appear! :) And you get to work on those! We…
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Things I wish I knew when I was 22

Things I wish I knew when I was 22
My colleagues often comment on how "disciplined" I am with my eating. I don't consider it as such because I simply try to eat the way that I know makes my body and mind function the best. I usually explain what sugar does to my blood sugar levels and how it affects my running (I'm prone to hypoglycemia) and most people understand then and don't continue to push the cakes and…
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Is 10,000 steps a day realistic and achievable?

Is 10,000 steps a day realistic and achievable?
I've been thinking about this "walk 10,000" steps a day thing since I got my Jawbone fitness tracker that counts my steps. Before that I didn't give any thoughts to steps because I exercise 7 days a week and don't need to count steps. I know the benefit of walking though. Once upon a time in the not so distant past I didn't exercise for about 4 years (it was…
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Switching the mindset from “cutting the carbs” to “protein + vegetables first”

Switching the mindset from “cutting the carbs” to “protein + vegetables first”
Since January 1st I'm back to staying away from sugar, gluten and dairy. It's not a Detox / Diet /  Cleanse / New Year Resolution, my body just feels great eating that way and whereas December was fun with all its chocolate and mulled wine, my energy levels were not great and most of the time when I worked out I felt heavy, slow and sluggish. Thankfully as soon as…
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When it comes to fitness there are no such things as “Impossibles”. There are only “can’t do YET but working on it”.

When it comes to fitness there are no such things as “Impossibles”. There are only “can’t do YET but working on it”.
How many times have I heard people say "I can't run"? Many. Last time I heard it was this morning at the school gates. A dad commented on my bright running kit and said "I wish I could run." He looked fit. I'm sure he can run, just for some reason so many people think they can't and they won't even try. Or they try and feel like dying the…
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Review: Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker

Review: Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker
I have never owned a fitness tracker before. When Fuelbands hit the market and everyone all of a sudden had them I was intrigued, but that lasted for about 5 minutes - I don't wear a watch and those things looked like watches. Argos recently offered me to trial this Jawbone's fitness tracker that looks nothing like a watch and I thought I'd give it a go and see what…
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365 blank pages – bring on 2015!

365 blank pages – bring on 2015!
I love the beginning of a new year. 365 new blank pages to write on. Some pages will have all kinds of awesomeness written on them, some pages I'll probably tear out and forget about. I'm not making any resolutions this year, you know the kinds like 'to lose weight' or 'to become a better person/mother/wife/sister/friend' or 'to do one thing every day that scares you'. What the heck is…
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Marshmallow snowmen and Merry Christmas!

Marshmallow snowmen and Merry Christmas!
We spent Christmas Eve making snowmen. Since there is no actual snow, we used marshmallows and chocolate. The kids were happy and it actually got me into Christmas mood a bit (I'm a little bit of a Grinch :). The inspiration came my friend Alice and they are not actually as fiddly to make as it may seem. The kids were a bit more creative than me and didn't just stick to…
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On resolutions and habits and sweating with joy

On resolutions and habits and sweating with joy
It's not quite Christmas yet but I bet a good percentage of humans around the world are already thinking about new year's resolutions and how to achieve that "new year /new you" promise that every advertising email and magazine is talking about at this time of the year. I'm all for having goals but I've never been a 'get rich quick' or 'get fit quick' kind of a person. My…
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The fear of letting go

The fear of letting go
This is not a cryptic title to a deep & meaningful post. It simply means that I'm not as tough as I sometimes think I am - for example, I am terrified when I climb to the top of these walls: Climbing up is actually not the part that troubles me, it's the letting go once I'm up there. To be specific, it's the letting go when I climb with the…
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12 Days of Crossfit done. Now I’m going to sleep for a week.

12 Days of Crossfit done. Now I’m going to sleep for a week.
Last night I finished my 3rd "12 Days of Crossfit" with a workout called Frantasy Land. To anyone who knows Crossfit, that is pretty much three Frans back to back with the thruster weights going up every time (see how Rich Froning does it). Did you look? -- I never said Crossfitters weren't a little bit insane. The last 12 days have been exhausting but so, SO much fun that…
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Nuun up your water for those long runs (or hard training sessions) (Giveaway included :)

Nuun up your water for those long runs (or hard training sessions) (Giveaway included :)
The weather is getting chilly but that doesn't mean runners run any less. I personally prefer to run in the winter - when I'm properly layered up and not too cold or too hot, running in the cold is very enjoyable and once my muscles warm up I can run much faster than in the summer when it's very hot. In the summer I don't leave for a run without an…
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Once in a while we all need an extravagant relaxing break

Once in a while we all need an extravagant relaxing break
Ever since our 10th wedding anniversary we have been going to a spa hotel instead of buying each other presents. England has so many amazing spa hotels, in historical locations and buildings, with breathtaking views and facilities. Our favourite place is the Four Season's in Hampshire. It's the most extravagant of places we've been to, but the service is over the top (in a nice way e.g. they remember that…
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Iron Ladies aka Women Who Lift

Iron Ladies aka Women Who Lift
I don't read magazines but I do flick through the ones that come with the Times on the weekends. Last weekend's Style magazine had an article about women and weightlifting in it. It was a great article about all the good stuff that weightlifting does for our bodies and minds and self-esteem. It was a great article that was illustrated by the most absurd photo: Firstly, most women who lift heavy…
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Sometimes you are NOT what you eat

Sometimes you are NOT what you eat
I'm kicking myself. Not literally but mentally and repeatedly. You see for the past decade I've been struggling with my face breaking out on a regular basis and totally all.over.the.shop.  It actually started before that but when you're 18 or even 28 you can get away with pimples and still look cute, but when you're 38, the cute isn't happening even without pimples so let's just say that when it…
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Crossfit. It feels like I was meant to do it.

Crossfit. It feels like I was meant to do it.
OK. It's a bit of a lame title but let me explain... --------- A few days ago when I was cleaning out my Gmail, I found the very first email I sent to Crossfit Thames. In it I said that I'm a runner and would like to start doing Crossfit once a week. I read that and thought - Awww. Isn't that cute? It's been over 2 years now and…
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