MyProtein – Now there are even MORE eggs in my life!

MyProtein – Now there are even MORE eggs in my life!
I don't chug back protein shakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I do like to add some protein powder to my post-Crossfit recovery shakes. The vegan recovery powder that I use (carbs + protein) is way too sweet for me so some plain protein powder added to the mix makes it perfect for me. I usually use some type of vegan powder - pea, hemp, brown rice or a combination…
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Wall balls and Wombles and injured middle fingers

Wall balls and Wombles and injured middle fingers
Hi there. It’s been a while since my last post and since I left you with the cliff hanger of repeating the Crossfit Open workout 15.3 that involved a bazillion wall balls and a lot of skipping the day after a half marathon! Apologies, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. Annoying, I know! I did repeat that workout on the Monday after the North London Half Marathon and…
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15.3 Drama & a new half marathon PB

15.3 Drama & a new half marathon PB
The last 3 days have been an emotional roller coaster. It all started with Friday's Crossfit - the scaled (easy-er) 3rd workout of the Crossfit Open aka "15.3" was 50 wall balls (10lbs ball) and 200 single unders to repeat for 14 minutes. No probs, right? Well, my box doesn't have a 10lbs wall ball. Grrrrr. We looked at the balls and some had "lbs" on them, some just had…
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Paleo banana & date bread

Paleo banana & date bread
I have a couple of half marathons coming up, the Vitality North London half this Sunday and Wimbledon Common half next Sunday. I cannot run long distances if I eat gluten or sugar, both of these give me *ahem* stomach issues on runs longer than 15km. However, if I stay away from both for a few or at least a couple of weeks before a long run or race, then…
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10 reasons you should be afraid of Crossfit

10 reasons you should be afraid of Crossfit
Many people have told me that my posts about bouldering have made them sign up for bouldering as well. *happy dance* Only a couple of people, however, have told me that my posts about Crossfit have made them try out Crossfit. *no happy dance* The reaction I mostly get, from friends offline and from people online, is that Crossfit is scary and insane. (That makes me wonder - does that mean…
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I’m a total beefcake :)

I’m a total beefcake :)
Let's talk about the Crossfit Open first - when the second workout was announced on Thursday night, it wiped the smile off my face. The smile that had been there since the first open workout last Friday. The thing is that the scaled (easier) version of the workout included pull ups. I had been thinking how great it is that this year they have a scaled version of all workouts…
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On the need to be validated by strangers and a few other things :)

On the need to be validated by strangers and a few other things :)
It was Christmas like 5 minutes ago and now it's March. Madness. I just bought a new bikini because July will be here any second now. When it comes to blogging and life and Big Things in general, I've been thinking about two things mainly this week - is being active on social media always about the "need to be validated by strangers" and am I making the right decision…
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The Crossfit Open – loving the new challenge

The Crossfit Open – loving the new challenge
I wasn't going to do it but then on Wednesday night, the day before the first workout was announced, I did it - I signed up for the Crossfit Open. The Crossfit Games season begins each year with The Open - anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. The best in each region then go to compete at the Regionals and…
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Getting lean: why and how and is there a need?

Getting lean: why and how and is there a need?
For most of January I was in with the super-lean fitness crowd and was tracking my macros. In case you’re not in that crowd, tracking your macros means weighing and measuring all your food and calculating the grams of proteins, fats and carbs. Turns out that tracking your macros is kind of tedious and exhausting. And I felt very OCD. I’m all for eating well (e.g. kale, poached eggs and…
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Dinosnores – Sleeping with the dinosaurs

Dinosnores – Sleeping with the dinosaurs
There were way more people at the Natural History Museum last night than I anticipated. I thought 50. It turned out to be 200. We were hoping that some adults had smuggled in mini bottles of white and we could just all hang out at the cafe while the kids stomped around the museum. Turns out that all adults were as keen as the kids and took part in all the…
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Center Parcs Woburn Forest – Swimming and sliding and stomping around in the woods

Center Parcs Woburn Forest – Swimming and sliding and stomping around in the woods
I'm back from 4 days in the new Center Parcs in Woburn Forest. We had two days of gorgeous sunshine and two days of drizzle. On the sunny days we went tree trekking and geo caching (kind of like orienteering) and on the drizzly days we bowled and swam, although we swam a bit on the sunny days as well :) I did the little kids' tree trekking route because…
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So much more fun than just floating about

So much more fun than just floating about
Swimming has never been my thing. I learned to splash around enough to not drown but we never had swimming lessons at school or available outside of school so my skills ended with being able to do breast stroke with my head above water. Over the years I remember trying to swim freestyle once or twice in a decade but I always sank and had no idea what I should…
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Midlife Crisis. I think I haz it.

Midlife Crisis. I think I haz it.
Anyone who's close to 40 and writes a title like that certainly has it, right? Jokes aside, my oldest kid is about to turn 10 and that is just so weird. I mean I just had him. It was summer (he was born in Australia) and he came on a hot but rainy day a few days after his Valentine's Day due date. The last 10 years have in a…
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Blown away by my own speed

Blown away by my own speed
I wasn't slow when I first started running almost 5 years ago. I ran my first 10km race in 51 minutes and my first half marathon in 1:51:13. Not a bad pace. The thing that niggled me a little though was that from then on for the next 3 years I pretty much ran at the same speed. I cut my race times by a couple of minutes but I…
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Often I don’t “exercise”, often I just “play”

Often I don’t “exercise”, often I just “play”
On Friday we had a guest day at Crossfit and I took a friend with me for an after-work session. We did handstand and handstand push-up progressions and then a partner workout involving running, kettlebells, squats and push ups. She enjoyed it a lot and said she was impressed how Crossfit is so versatile and covering every part of the body. I'm so glad that she saw that from one session…
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On why someone like me would never be on a cover of a health magazine

On why someone like me would never be on a cover of a health magazine
I don't really know how to start this post even though I've been 'drafting' it in my head for two days. Let's just start with this: It's a fun fake Women's Health cover that I had done at a great event on Saturday morning hosted by John Lewis and Women's Health.  I went to catch up with other health and fitness bloggers, do some yoga with Colby Hanks overlooking the Olympic…
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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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