On what it means to be sporty

On what it means to be sporty
Considering how obsessed about running/cycling/bouldering/Crossfit/swimming both MrB and I are, it might come as a surprise to you that we don't have particularly sporty children. The 6-year old has decent enough hand-eye coordination so he does ok with football and tennis at school, but he's still so little that mostly he just wants to ride his bike, wrestle with his brother, swim (mostly jump into the pool) and boulder on Saturdays.…
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My regular reality check

My regular reality check
Just like I don't read magazines, I don't really read newspapers anymore either. I say "really" because I do flip through The Times every Saturday and Sunday but mostly just to read Caitlin Moran's and Melanie Reid's columns (sometimes Giles Coren, he's pretty good as well). Caitlin, because she's funny as heck and she points out all the bullsh*t in today's society, especially when it's got something to do with women.…
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The one where I get a medal that is not running related

The one where I get a medal that is not running related
Another nice (long) weekend gone by, another medal in my pocket. This time the medal is not running related for a change, this time it looks like this: But let me get back to the beginning – on Sunday I took part of the first round of the London Box Battles, a very friendly competition between 16 Crossfit boxes in London. In this round it was my box, Crossfit Thames, vs…
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No sugar but spice and everything nice

No sugar but spice and everything nice
I'm not English and I don't really drink regular tea. Once in a blue moon in the office I might and now that I've lived in London for almost a decade I might even put a dash of milk in it. I tried it a few months ago and it wasn't actually too weird. I love herbal tea though, especially peppermint and liquorice. The latter is a strange favourite for me…
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Nutrition advice – it’s a minefield out there!

Nutrition advice – it’s a minefield out there!
When it comes to nutrition information available to people these days – it’s a total minefield out there. On one street corner (or magazine/blog/newspaper/book) someone shouts about Atkins being the only way, on another it’s Paleo, on another it’s being vegan, on another it’s intermittent fasting, on another it’s being ketogenic, on another it’s being alkaline, on another it’s Weight Watchers, on another it’s IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros)…
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Hackney Half and feeling sad

Hackney Half and feeling sad
Hackney Half nr. 2 done and run.  This year I hated it a little less than last year, but let's start from the beginning :) --> Beforehand I worried about my calves and shins as they have been really tight and painful when I run fast. I worried a bit about my shoes as I have 2 really worn pairs and 2 very new ones and I decided to run…
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Desperate times call for desperate measures aka Run commuting

Desperate times call for desperate measures aka Run commuting
This week I'm out of my usual exercise routine - I'm doing a training course all week (work related IT stuff) away from my office and therefore away from my Crossfit box. Crossfit withdrawal symptoms have kicked in hard and fast. The struggle is real. I am very aware that I am badly addicted to it. The timing for a Crossfit break is good though - I'm running the Hackney…
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Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker giveaway

Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker giveaway
Hi there, beautiful people, I have a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker to give away! It's a step tracker, exercise tracker, sleep tracker, nutrition tracker and all with a social element - you can link up to others who have the same device. Also, it syncs with other fitness apps like MyFitness Pal or Strava and I like that it looks like a bracelet and not like a sports gadget. I'm…
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London Marathon made me so emotional and I didn’t even run it!

London Marathon made me so emotional and I didn’t even run it!
Yesterday morning I went to the city to watch the London Marathon. I was so glad I wasn’t running it, after 3 of them I still remember very, VERY clearly what a bloody long way a marathon is. As I walked through the crowds though and listened to the cheering and saw just how many people there were everywhere lining the route I thought – this is so amazing, there…
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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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