I had a birthday

I had a birthday
I had a birthday this week. I ate cake. At lunchtime AND and dinner time. I'm now slowly crawling back from the sugar coma it's put me into. It never ceases to fascinate me just how much my blood sugar drops after I have a decent dose of sugar.  On my birthday afternoon my keyboard all of a sudden started looking exactly like a pillow and I came THIS close to taking…
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Strong is the new black (but only if it’s sexy)

Strong is the new black (but only if it’s sexy)
Most of the time I consider myself to be quite wise now that I'm no longer a spring chicken. I don't do things anymore that don't make me feel good - I don't wear ridiculously high heels because they don't make me feel good, I don't eat certain foods because they don't make me feel good, I don't read women's magazines (fashion or fitness/health) because they don't make me feel…
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Seriously fluffy peanut butter milkshake. Comes with extra protein.

Seriously fluffy peanut butter milkshake. Comes with extra protein.
The weather here in London has been nice and sunny lately and I've been throwing frozen bananas in my blender to make milkshakes and smoothies almost every day. My latest milkshake favourite is this one: The egg white protein powder makes it incredibly thick and fluffy. If you don't have a frozen banana, use a regular one and toss in some ice cubes. If you don't have a super ripe…
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Halfway from tortoise to hare

Halfway from tortoise to hare
After I ran Paris and Milton Keynes marathons last year and then decided to take a break from that distance, I thought come next spring I would struggle seeing everyone else train for their marathons. I thought I'd regret my decision. I thought I'd miss those long, loooong training runs. I thought I'd miss the constant hunger. I thought I'd miss wearing compressions socks at all times. Even in the…
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A little holiday Jump Off – MrsB vs MrB (video)

A little holiday Jump Off – MrsB vs MrB (video)
I still can't believe I'm back in London and not still in sunny Lanzarote. Although - London is rather sunny at the moment as well so I can't complain much (maybe just the fact that school starts again tomorrow and that means having to think about homework, schedules, sports kit and clubs again, AND pack the kids lunches every night instead of just plonking down to do nothing once the…
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Still in holiday mode

Still in holiday mode
I've been back from Lanzarote for almost a week already but the blogging mojo is still on holiday. Give me another week, I think, and I'll be back on a regular basis again :) In the meanwhile, you know where to find me: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsB_LDN ; @MrsB_LDN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindovermatter00 Instagram: https://instagram.com/mrsb_london/ @mrsb_london
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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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