Sunday, 20 July 2014

A Weekend in the Life of SweetieSal

OOTD // Circuit Class // Blogger Mail // Fresh Neon Gels // CARNIVAL Pineapple Rum Cocktail // Rum Punch Bar // This dude was lovin' life // Prosecco // FOTD

Great weekend for me this weekend!

Lots of fun had, some chill time, also some celebration times(!) but I will be able to reveal more about that in the next couple of weeks!

What have you guys been up to? :)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Happy


Earlier this week, I read this, written by my PT Chris, and it got me thinking that I talk about goals and my training on here and over on my Twitter, but probably never put into words why I do it and why it makes me happy.

I agree with Chris that it is really important to know WHY you are doing something. You don't have to take to public domain and broadcast why you are doing something (like me!), but as someone who has talked about my weightloss journey in the past, I thought it could be beneficial to others and possibly interesting to hear about why I have decided to undertake such changes!?

As you may or may not know, I started training and attempting to change my weight and lifestyle back in April 2013. I set myself the challenges of wearing #myfirstbikini in Summer 2013, the Herve Leger #adresstoimpress project over Christmas, running the 10k in May 2014 and now I am looking towards where I want to go next, which is to be healthy and in great shape by the time I turn 30 next year.

Initially, I have to be honest, the goal was to lean out and be happier with the way I looked.

Was I happier by looking better? In some ways, yes, in others no.

The same bumps in the road happened, I still had various things to deal with and I can't say that being lighter made me cope with the curve balls any better than I would have done back when exercise wasn't a part of my life.

However, I think one of the benefits of starting something like this was that the choices I made, when faced with a bit of a crap time, were healthier. I tried to not turn to food as a comfort and stuck with routine as best I could. I firmly believe this is what made me snap back quicker than I would have done otherwise.

So, in conclusion, being healthy is what has made me happy. The by-product of the healthier lifestyle is that my skin doesn't get me down anymore, clothes shopping isn't a chore and I am not restricted to the few shops that catered for larger sizes. My fitness has improved ten fold and I am genuinely so proud of myself for completing the Manchester 10K and the Color Run. That makes me happy. What started as probably quite vain goals has contributed to me taking my fitness seriously and working towards projects that push me to challenge myself.

In deciding what my next goal would be I had a long hard think about what would make me happy. What would make me stay committed and what would give me the satisfaction that I want, to justify the inevitable days ahead where I might have to make some sacrifices to achieve said goal. I am approaching a milestone birthday, the big 3-0.

When I look back to my big 2-1, I have realised that I wasn't happy. Don't get me wrong, I had a lovely time, I celebrated my 21st when on Holiday in Miami and then had a fancy dress party when I returned home. I had and continue to have fantastic friends and family around me, but the memories I have from that year taint the positive ones in all honesty. I had some personal circumstances that I won't go into, but I can't say that I look back on my last milestone birthday all that fondly.

This is why it is important to me to feel better about myself as I approach my birthday. Everyone wants to look nice on their birthday and obviously that is a big part of my goal, but equally I want to feel happy. Be happy with how I look, feel, the people around me, the lot.

Along with the fitness, joining a gym, eating better etc I have said yes to events and experiences that I would never have done back when I was 21. If you had mentioned a run to me back in the day I would have given you a death glare at such a stupid remark. I would never have gone to a festival, not just because of the 'no washing' element, but because standing all day would have seemed too much like hard work. I have friends and people around me who encourage me to be healthy and happy and 'get' why I feel the need to do this. It is important to me and I am committed to making it happen.

This to me is one of the biggest benefits of goal setting, the positive parts that come along with it. By having goals I have proactively put myself in challenging situations, and yes, at times I have had a crisis of confidence and not been sure if I can do it, but each time I have given it my best shot. I have also figured that a lot of the journey can be a 'happy' experience too. You just have to open yourself up to it, be ready for the challenge and know that your end goal will make you happy.

So I am now going to pass on Chris' question and ask 'are you actually happy?' What is your answer?

I think it's a thought provoker of a question!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bloomin Girls One Day Festival: Manchester


Hi guys!

I wanted to tell you about an event I am attending next week in Manchester with BloominGirls! As you know, since starting at the gym and learning about health and fitness, I have become quite passionate about getting involved and understanding how you can incorporate a healthy lifestyle easily and without it feeling like a mission impossible.

BloominGirls is a lifestyle campaign that aims to reverse the trend of inactivity amongst teenage girls aged 14-17, by changing their perception of the relevance of sport in their lives and empowering them to want to make a change.

This innovative, pilot campaign is being funded through Sport England and will bring together England Netball, The FA (Football), The RFU (Touch Rugby) and England Hockey to curate a one day festival of sport and fitness supported by fashion and beauty experiences from Boohoo, MUA and Batiste. The four sports have adapted their typical offering for this target audience to put on an event that will transport the girls into a festival atmosphere with neon lights and music complemented by rewards and experiences from the official BloominGirls brand partners.

BloominGirls Festival is on 23rd July.

If you are female, aged 14-17 and live in Manchester or the surrounding areas, then keep reading! The event is aimed at those of you who love fashion, beauty, hair, friends, socialising, celebrities and having fun. If you are struggling to see how sport and keeping fit can include the above hobbies and interests then come along!

If you want to attend then click here to register for your free ticket.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Meet the Makers @Selfridges Trafford


Selfridges Meet The Makers
This  summer, Selfridges will play host to an eight-­week celebration of the nation’s favourite foodie artisans. The focus will be on the tastemakers, who define our food experiences, the way we farm, challenging our perceptions of art in food, but above all to showcase the best talent in food and drink throughout Selfridges.

Customers can experience foodie demos, in-­store sampling and events from tantalising cooking demonstrations with  top chefs to walking tours of the food hall.   

Meet  the  Local  Suppliers
Selfridges are proud to  support local suppliers showcasing some of the regions finest gastronomic talent alongside the world’s most famous culinary brands. 

The  Lancashire  Cheesecake  Company 
Using produce from the North West, the Lancashire Cheesecake Company is an independent producer in handmade cheesecake with creations ranging from traditional desserts to innovative flavours.

Fiddlers  Lancashire  Crisps
Using potatoes grown on their family farm, hand cooked in their own kitchens, Fiddlers create a range of crisps enhanced with the traditional flavours of Lancashire.

Meet  the  Sushi  Makers
Yo Sushi Maki Making and Sampling (Tues 15th/22nd July: 3pm-­5pm) 
Learn how to make Yo Sushi’s delicious rice rolls.
Yo Sushi Masterclass (Tues 29th July/31st July/19th Aug/26th  Aug: 12pm-­2pm/3pm-­5pm/6pm-­8pm) 
From maki to handrolls, learn from the pros how to make some of Yo Sushi’s authentic Japanese dishes. 

Meet  the  Chocolatiers
Prestat Chocolate (Wednesday 13th August: 12pm-­2pm) 
A favourite of the Royal Family, Prestat’s luxury chocolates not only taste divine but come with a fascinating history. Join their chocolatiers for a tasting and Q&A. 

Lindt (Friday 15th August 12pm-­2pm)
Join Lindt’s expert chocolatiers for tasting sessions and pairings with coffee and wine. 

Cocoba Chocolate (Saturday 16th August: 12pm-­2pm) 
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Cocoba’s hot chocolate is made by melting real Belgian chocolate.  Their experts will be at Selfridges for a special tasting session.

Meet the Dessert Masters
Meringue Masterclass (Thursday 17th July 12pm-­4pm) 
Join the Little Round Cake Company for a lesson on creating mouthwatering creations with their delicious meringues. 

L’Amandier Macaron Making Masterclass (Friday 18th July 12pm-­4pm) 
From their independent bakery in the East Midlands L’Amandier bring a touch of France to the UK. Join them at Selfridges for a lesson in making tasty macarons.  

Top your own Cheesecake (Sat 19th  July: 12pm-­5pm/Tues 5th August: 12pm-­5pm/Sat 9th August: 12pm-­5pm) £2.99. 
Join the Lancashire Cheesecake Company in a tasty workshop perfect for grown ups and kids. With a large  variety of toppings you can personalise your very own cheesecake. There will also be a blindfold taste test using some unusual flavours and a competition to design a new limited edition flavour to be featured  in‐store.

Meet the Coffee Roaster
Black Circle Coffee (Sat 12 August: 12pm-­2pm/3pm-5pm) 
Sample  the  finest  coffee  flavours   

Meet the Mixologist
U’Luvka Vodka (Thurs 24th July: 4pm-­8pm)
Inspired by Poland’s love of Vodka, U’Luvka’s  master mixologists will be in store to teach you how to mix the perfect drinks.   

Gin (Saturday 26th July: 12pm-­5pm)
A not to miss experience for gin lovers. Join Sipsmith, Lighthouse, Lantons and Sacred for an afternoon of gin tasting and master classes. 

Booking  is  not  required  for  events  however  arriving  early  is  advised  to  avoid  disappointment.   

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Protein Pancakes

Banana Protein Pancakes
It's a lazy Sunday over here at SweetieSal HQ and after a lie in I wanted to make something quick and nice for my breakfast!

I remembered reading about a really easy way to make protein pancakes so thought I would give them a try and I think I am hooked! They were so nice, probably the easiest thing to make and fit in nicely with my diet.

Ingredients

2 Bananas
2 Eggs
Protein Powder (I use unflavoured 'Pulsin Pea Protein' but if you have a Vanilla flavoured protein then that would probably be amazing)
Vanilla Essence

How to Make
  1. Mash up the 2 bananas until they are relatively lump free.
  2. Add in the 2 eggs, protein powder and vanilla essence and mix together.
  3. Heat up some butter or coconut oil in a pan.
  4. Spoon in some of the mixture and when it starts bubbling on the top flip them over.
  5. Cook for about a minute either side or until obviously cooked.
  6. Drizzle with honey or berries and total 0% yogurt.
  7. ENJOY!
As you can see you don't need to be a masterchef to make these but my god they are so good! Simples!
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