MEAL PREP | ONE PAN LEMON BUTTER GARLIC PRAWNS


After last weeks meal prep blog post, I thought I would share another meal prep that I did last week. I hate the thought of going to work and having the same thing for lunch every single day so I try really hard to mix it up from week to week. As well as the previous lunch I blogged about, I made this one pan lemon butter garlic prawns and asparagus which I again, found on Pinterest. Instead of rice or pasta I made this with mixed veg.

It was really easy to make and it was sooooo yummy! I didn't want it to finish as I was eating it. Tom liked it as well but he didn't rave about it as much as I did (seriously, this might be my favourite lunch I've EVER made).

Pinterest is so good at finding easy and healthy recipes. It's the only place I look for food ideas at the moment.


FITBIT ALTA | MY FIRST THOUGHTS

On Sunday evening I brought a Fitbit Alta from Amazon. I used an amazon prime account, it should have came on Monday but instead it came yesterday, Wednesday (a little annoying). When I came home from work last night I instantly ripped open the packaging and started 'playing' with it.


It's now the next morning and I thought I would share my initial first impressions of the Fitbit Alta. The only activity it's had chance to record so far is my sleep and a walk to the toilet and the kitchen this morning. So not much at all.

When I opened the box the first thing I thought was it's actually a lot chunkier than I thought it would be. I have tiny wrists and it didn't look chunky or big on the women they have it advertised on on their website. However, looking at it on my wrist now I don't think it looks that big.


It's a BITCH to first get on! I had to get my Mom to help me get this thing on! How ridiculous! The strap has two little forks which you pop inside holes to make it fit your wrist. Those holes were not big enough for those forks - It honestly hurt getting it on! I was pinching my skin, I had my Mom's nails digging in me when she was helping, it wasn't easy. I recommend finding the holes which you're going to put the forks into popping the forks in the holes first to 'widen' them up a bit before putting it on.


You have to download the Fitbit app in order to get started. You then have to charge the Fitbit Alta in your laptop/computer in order for it to turn on. This is fine, wasn't a pain to do at all. The Fitbit app has the instructions on how to set the Fitbit up and how to sync it with your phone. Those instructions were so easy to follow! It was REALLY easy to set the Fitbit up!

It's really easy to set up. The App is GREAT!! It's really easy to follow and it's personalised depending on what you want the Fitbit to track and why you brought it. For example, I brought mine to monitor my activity, help me maintain my health and also to motivate me to exercise a little more. These options were available to select when setting up the app so it tailors the dashboard with the things you want to track.

Once you've got the Fitbit Alta on, it's really comfortable to wear. I don't really feel it.


Charges up in less than an hour! Need I say more?

Back to the app, it has so much information on which is great. It's really imfortmative and have lots of links to more information on their website. I mentioned above it's only had chance to track my sleep last night so far, when I work up this morning I went on the app and looked at what it had tracked from my sleep. By selecting learn more (as seen in the image below) it gave me more information on what different sleep states mean, how it's calculated, changing my goals, the difference between the things the Fitbit can track etc. I haven't collated enough data yet but apparently it gives you suggestions on what to do to get a better nights sleep if you're not sleeping well.


It comes with a little 'blob thing'. I'm calling it this for now because I have no idea what it's called and also no idea what it's for. Any ideas?


I'm really frustrated that I can't sync my logs from My Fitness Pal or Mapmyride onto the Fitbit app. Fitbit has compatible apps and My Fitness Pal is one of those, you can sync the Fitbit app with My Fitness Pal (which will ultimately give you more calories depending on the exercise you've done that day) but you can't sync your food logs into the Fitbit app. I think this is because the Fitbit app has it's own function to log your calorie intake each day but so far, I don't like it. I tried to log my coffee this morning and it just couldn't trace my instant Kenco Balanced & Fruity coffee.

The screen. I really like the display. I like the clock face, I like the fact you just tap and it shows you your steps, calories burnt, miles walked etc but... It's the 'touch' effect is a little temperamental. Sometimes a slight tap just doesn't cut it and I've found that continuing to slightly tap it to get it to come on still doesn't work so you have to do a heavy tap in order for it to come on. This is slightly annoying I must say and really disappointing. BUT, the face does appear automatically when you lift your arm up and tilt it towards your face - as if you were checking your watch - which is good. I like that. The tapping, well I'll just have to get used to that.

Whilst we're talking about the clock face, I really like that you can change the way the clock is displayed. There are a number of options to choose from so you can choose whichever you prefer. You can also see the clock and the display in the dark!


I'm currently a little confused by the calories burned. Currently, I've done 147 steps but burned 424 calories? I need to read a little more into this I think.

So far, I am impressed. I know there is a tonne more I can do with this little device and the app and I'm yet to use it to it's full potential. As I said, so far I've only slept and walked to the kitchen and bathroom. I'm looking forward to seeing what this little thing can do!

I'd be interested to know if you've got a Fitbit and whether you're impressed by it or not? I'd also like some tips on what this thing can do if you have any?

15 HIGHLIGHTS FROM CAMPING



I know I keep banging on about it, I promise it'll be old news soon but I thought I would share 15 of my highlights from my camping trip to York.

  • Sitting outside in the Sun with a BBQ going next to you.
  • No TV - having to play board games and card games.
  • Learning new card games or trying to remember how to play them.
  • Tom got on really well with my Dad and step Mom - they LOVE him! My dad kept referring to him as his matey LOL.
  • Going on a 10 mile bike ride around York - Trying to use google maps to help us get around the right places and taking the wrong turnings almost every time.
  • Being cosy in the tent listening to the rain.
  • Not setting an alarm but waking up every morning between 7 and 8 because we were too hot in our sleeping bags.
  • Fishing - I went fishing with Tom to a near by fishery and caught more than 3 fish.
  • Sitting in my Dads trailer tent laughing until our belly's hurt and our eyes watered.
  • Only doing my fake tan once - As much as I moaned about how pale I was, it was pretty good not going to bed smelling like biscuits each night.
  • Not once using my hairdryer or straighteners. I took them with me, but they didn't get unpacked.
  • Silence - The only thing we could hear was the birds, ducks from the pond and occasionally people walking past our tent.
  • Everyone says hello or morning to each other - If you're sat outside your tent, people will walk past and ask you what you've done today. Tom had his fishing stuff outside the tent so people would stop and ask him what fish he caught.
  • The National Railway Museum - I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did but I loved it. I walked around reading everything I could because it was really interesting. They had so much to see!
  • Taking my Dad and step Mom to a tapas bar - they hadn't had Tapas before but they enjoyed it!

MEAL PREP & GETTING BACK ON TRACK WITH FOOD

It's safe to say I ate pretty bad last week whilst camping. I had bacon for breakfast nearly everyday, I drank cider everyday and I realised later on in the week that I'd had no vegetables. That's baaaad!

I eat quite healthy anyway as I love fruit and vegetables. I've recently cut down on the amount of carbs I eat, not because I'm doing a "low carb diet" but because I think there might be something I'm intolerable to so I'm trying to figure out what that is.

I know I'm intolerable to lactose as when I was a baby I couldn't have normal milk, I had to have soya milk as normal milk would make me really unwell and I would just cry and cry and cry. It still has the same effect 26 years later, just without the crying. I get a really bloated stomach which is also rather painful/uncomfortable and I have trouble going to the toilet (too much information? No?).

Anyway, now that I'm back in normal life and not holiday mode, it's time to get back into eating better. This week I am working 12-8pm so I've made something I can have as an early dinner so that I don't have to eat dinner when I get home.

For dinner I made this sweet potato, chickpea and spinach coconut curry which I saw on Pinterest but I added in chicken thighs and made it with cauliflower rice. It's seriously yummy!




For breakfast I have been having Avocado and Tomato on Hovis Seed Sensations bread. This is my favourite breakfast to have, I top it off with salt and pepper and it's soooo delish! Throughout the day I've also been snacking on fruit and drinking water constantly!

I'm also riding my bike to work this week. Yesterday was the first day I rode my bike, it took me 51 minutes in total. I was so proud that I was able to do it and I think I'll definitely be able to do it quicker as the week goes on.


THE BICYCLE CROSS STITCH

Last Saturday, after putting up our tents and getting settled in our new 'home' for the week, we took a visit to Monks Cross Shopping Centre as it had the nearest Asda to our campsite. Before getting the important stuff (tea, milk, dinner etc) my step Mom and I had a wonder around Hobbycraft. We managed to find these little cross stitch kits and we also managed to rope Tom and my Dad into having a go at one. I picked up the Bicycle and Sign Post as I have just brought myself a new bike.

Fast forward a couple of days and after wondering around York city centre, seeing the Shambles, the Viking Museum and getting a few beers and ciders in us, we had a go at doing the cross stitch kits. It was hilarious!! Obviously my Dad and Tom hadn't really done this before, they had no idea what they were doing. My Dad hated it, Tom gave it a go and they both ended up going solo and doing their own things (all whilst being totally hilarious).

I loved it! Probably not what you would expect a 26 year old to be doing whilst camping (as my best friend Emma said "26 going on 60" but it was fun!!


I'm currently sat on a camp bed inside the bedroom compartment of our tent in my pyjamas, waiting for the kettle to boil so I can make our first coffees before we have to pack the tent and all our 'home from home' camping items. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE - I'm so sad! Plus it's raining and putting a tent away in the rain is not ideal. I've had the BEST time and cannot wait to go camping in August!!!