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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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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