Monday, 21 July 2014

another weekend... in the gym #19

FOOD


It's my birthweek and I've eaten ALL of the food. But it's ok because... birthday. ;)
I did make these Thai flavoured chicken skewers which turned out really well and were easy to make. I literally threw it together in the morning and left it to marinade in the fridge while I was at work. For my birthday I received some healthy eating books - Honestly Healthy, The Art of Eating Well & I Quit Sugar For Life - so you can probably expect to hear about some of those recipes soon!

This picture sums up my life!

EXERCISE

Monday - Weights & Yoga.
Tuesday - Kettlebells & Metafit
Wednesday - Rest.
Thursday - Rest.
Friday - Rest.
Saturday - Metafit.
Sunday - Rest

As you can see it's been a week off for me really! Partly due to resting my knees but mostly due to celebrating my birthday and other occasions. I'm not going to term it a "bad" week though as I think it's something my body needed. The rest anyway, maybe not the mountains of cake! I went along to Stacey's metafit class in Aberdeen on Saturday and really enjoyed it. When I saw that the class was held in a mirrored studio I thought I'd hate it but actually I think it helped me focus on proper form! It's nice to get a different perspective and variations on exercises that I'm so used to. I left the class sweating buckets, absolutely knackered but feeling strong and inspired. Hopefully I'll manage again next time I'm staying in town. :)

How do you feel about rest days?!

Christy xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bos'n: Birthdays & BBQs!

Today is my birthday! I'm the grand old age of 24 (going on 64) and have spent most of my weekend celebrating expanding my waistline in Aberdeen. Thursday night we attended the launch event of Union Square's new Thaikhun restuarant, Friday evening was spent at the Carmelite for dinner, followed by a rum-fueled evening of cocktails at Bos'n and recovering with some tasty goodies from Mario's BBQ pit on Saturday afternoon. I'm doing things a bit back to front as I wanted to share the Bos'n BBQ on the blog while you still have the chance to get down there!

& Other Stories dress // Lulu Guinness clutch // Carvela shoes

Originally we'd planned to just have 1 drink at Bos'n on Saturday night before heading to a few other bars, but we ended up staying. The bartenders really put on a show with their skillful cocktail making - shaking, stirring and setting things on fire! - I don't even need a drink here I could just watch them do their thing all night.


I wish I could tell you what half these cocktails are but these guys know their sh*t and I tend to just leave it up to them to work their magic. They'll ask which spirits you like? Do you like it short or tall? And somehow they get it spot on and amaze me every time! Their Caribbean Iced Tea is Gordon's new favourite. 


It was hard to tear ourselves away from the fun at Bos'n but we headed for a night cap at their sister bar The Tippling House and then finally found our way back to the hotel around 2am! The next morning was a little rough - for Gordon especially! Unfortunately I had to find someone else to be my date for lunch...


Kidding, he perked up when I reminded him we had a BBQ to get to! Mario's BBQ Pit is set up in the Academy Courtyard for the weekend (yesterday and today only!) and the smoky smell filling the air will make your mouth water. Don't worry about the weather, the bbq is covered and you can sit inside the Bos'n bar to keep dry... or just bring your umbrella!


A little rain ain't getting in the way of me and my food! The sea bass in banana leaves looked amazing but the burgers were a no brainer! A huge, juicy aged Aberdeenshire beef burger with lettuce, tomato, fries and an extra side of carbs for me. The rosemary focaccia was a random choice but it just sounded too good to pass up on, especially dipped in oil. Full of flavour and perfectly fluffy on the inside - it helped soak up the rum from the night before! My rum swizzle was a pretty good hair of the dog too.


In case you can't tell, I got far too over excited and ate half of it before I remembered to take a photo! So not like me. The staff at Bos'n greet you like old friends and you'll forget you've never actually met before. This is definitely my favourite spot in Aberdeen at the moment, I want to move in! Rye & Soda will hopefully be opening downstairs in the not so distant future...

Get your backsides down to Bos'n quick though - the BBQ ends at 9pm tonight! The usual Bos'nacks are still available to order too. (I recommend the lamb quesadillas!) You can reserve a space by e-mailing bbq@bos-n.com or just nip in past and hope you get lucky :)

How was your weekend?

Christy xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blair Drummond Safari Park

The last stop of our mini roadtrip of Scotland was Blair Drummond Safari Park! We'd debated between the safari and Edinburgh zoo, before deciding we'd rather see animals roaming around a large open space than looking sad and pathetic through a pane of glass. Blair Drummond is just outside Stirling so it was easy to stop off on our way home to Aberdeenshire. They have everything from zebras to giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions and tigers and (no bears) oh my!


Primark boyfriend jeans // Dorothy Perkins cami // Next shoes // Prada bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses  

There was a little Simba that I really wanted to wake up and play. They were just "lion" around though, while Mufasa kept watch of the Kingdom from up high. My outfit for the day was fairly simple as I wanted to be relaxed for travelling. I'm in love with these boyfriend jeans from Primark which are super comfy and go with anything. Also debuting my rather manly Next shoes for the first time on the blog. I love them but they weren't a good choice for such a hot day, they cut into my swollen feet and gave me massive blisters by lunch time! Sorry for painting such a pretty picture...


We took the free boat trip around Chimp Island (to see the chimps, obviously) and then headed to our favourite part of the whole park... Lemur Land! It was feeding time and we were the only 2 people there so we got up close and personal with the cute little ring-tailed guys! They go crazy for sweet potato, I'd fit right in!


After a quick stroll around the pet farm which houses all sorts of creatures - think goats, pigs, the world's noisiest donkey and llamas that definitely don't like to be petted! - we visited the meerkats, otters and penguins, watched the sea lion show and then called it a day. 


We spent at least 2 hours at the Safari Park but you could easy spend the whole day, especially if you have kids with you. There's cafes, gift shops, play parks, the "flying fox", carousels, pedal boats, BBQ areas, pretty much everything you could think of! I think we were the only adults there without kids but we didn't care haha. The Safari Park is less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh - just type FK9 4UR into your sat nav!

Christy xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

another weekend... in the gym #18


FOOD

Had a fairly successful week as far as my diet goes but went completely downhill at the weekend. Between my nephew's 1st birthday BBQ, a friends beach themed birthday party and a Sunday evening movie marathon fueled by milky bar buttons and mini millionaire's shortcake... operation de-bloat is back to square one. It's not going to get any better as it's officially my birthweek! Which means lots of meals out and sweet treats :) The most exciting thing I've cooked all week was my first ever meatloaf. In keeping with the loaf theme, I rustled up a clean banana loaf today using this recipe.


EXERCISE

Monday - Yoga class.
Tuesday - Kettlebells & Metafit. The sun was shining so the classes were held outside in the tennis courts - we need to do this more often! 
Wednesday - Rest day.
Thursday - Insanity. My morning metafit class has been cancelled, I'm DEVASTATED! I do metafit at other times through the week but for some reason I've always enjoyed this one more. Maybe it's the early morning endorphin hit.
Friday - Metafit & weights.
Saturday - Kettlebells & Metafit.
Sunday - Rest day! 

My knees have been a bit dodgy for a while now but are slowly getting worse. I don't know what the problem is - they're just a bit clicky and uncomfortable - but I'll be trying to give them a little more rest than usual over the next couple of weeks. We'll see how that goes! How's your week been?

Christy xx
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