Wednesday, May 25, 2016

INSANITY HOME WORKOUT

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


Still in my sweaty workout gear after my training session with Furious Fitness today, I walked into a Brixton hair shop to buy some hair products before jumping on the train home. One of the members of staff asked if I had just been to the gym, to which I nodded and then he proceeded to tell me how he admired people who did because somehow he never has time for the gym. This is a conversation that I seem to have quite a lot, especially recently. People always ask 'Where do you find time?' and my answer is always the same - like most 'busy' people, there is 'no time' for anything but if you want it bad enough, you just make time! 


When I am not at the gym, I try and merge being social with working out. Find fun things to do with your friends. You've seen my bootcamp workout video with bff Bedi and my gym techniques video with my good friend Nicola Richards. A lot of my youtube videos actually do involve my friends because it really is the best way to keep fit and still have a social life. 

When I am at the gym, it's not because I have nothing else to do, it's because I have prioritised going working out at the gym. To me, it's just as important as eating. You eat when you're hungry and sometimes when you're not. You just eat, because.


Some people might say 'I don't have a social life at all as it is, I have a baby or work round the clock' - well, then just wake up 30minutes earlier to go for a run or get a dvd to do at home - in fact, nowadays it's as easy as playing a youtube videos - there are SO MANY free workouts online. It's exactly what Ruth and I did.


So a few weeks ago, the lovely Ruth came to visit. The plan was to go for a run but unfortunately it did start to rain. We had to think very quickly on our feet before all our motivation died down and this was the result. We ended up playing an Insanity Youtube video from Shaun T's T25 and omg it works. I was introduced to T25 last year by a good friend and it is hard - doable but extremely challenging. You really don't have to be at the gym to be working your ass off.






We of course filmed the video of our workout. To see this, simply visit my youtube channel tomorrow morning where it will be live and waiting for you :) So excited to share this with you because it's taken me a long time to realise that 'I can make time'. Making time for the gym is making time for you, looking after numero uno. This is extremely important. It's far from a chore and it's just as important as breathing. I'm really starting to understand this. If you're worried you can't do a lot, gosh - please don't worry at all - just start somewhere, trust me before you know it, you're flying. Don't think about results, instead, just enjoy the process!

Have you tried Insanity before? Do you ever exercise at home with friends? I would be very interested to know how you try and keep the social life and fitness life balance? Have you got it down to a t? Please share in the comments section below. Also don't forget to let me know what you think about the video once it's out tomorrow morning - feel free to leave comments on Youtube and of course, please do subscribe to my channel whilst you're there :)

Lots of love,
J xo xo 


Friday, May 20, 2016

VEGAN SWEET POTATO CHILLI

Dear gorgeous person, you! 

You know that feeling when you decide it's time for one door to close and you are prepared for what's behind the other door but have no idea and you're like freaking out but look totally cool on the surface?


Well that was me when I decided to become a blogger full time. I still feel this way about "what surprise is coming next?" So far however, one of the best things has been meeting new, amazing people - like Louise. This is the lovely Louise Croft - she runs a fantastic blog called Pauper to Princess, alongside her youtube channel. Louise describes herself as a "self-confessed second hand and ethical shopping addict", thrifting at charity shops and car boot sales - you name it, she's got the t-shirt. She knows exactly where to look for fashionable clothes and jewellery for jaw dropping prices. 


Cooking with Louise was beyond amazing and I'm totally not saying that lightly. It really was like hanging out with an old childhood friend. We had the most amazing time, exchanged a lot of ideas, tips and tricks and even found time to make a video on Louise's youtube channel - we're sharing our 10 healthy life hacks - genuine tips we both use to make staying healthy seem like a piece of cake. For my channel however, we filmed the process of cooking this Jamie Oliver inspired vegetarian turned vegan chilli. Both of our videos will be out on Tuesday the 24th of May on our respective youtube channels.




I found this amazing Jamie Oliver food tube video by DJ BBQ - a smoky sweet potato chilli. It was a vegetarian recipe but I wanted to add my own little twist to it, hence so I made it totally vegan by changing the yoghurt to Alpro Almond yoghurt and added things like maggi cubes for spices as well as the pitta bread. I also left out things like sugar and mustard as really didn't think they were necessary as I explain in the video. One last thing I did was swap olive oile for fry light spray - I sometimes use coconut oil but I really wanted to keep things as healthy as possible.



Below is a full list of all the spices we used. All the ingredients are pretty clear to see in the video but please do let me know in the comments section below if you would like a list of them, if at all you are planning on making this recipe.

SWEET POTATOES:
Fry light oil
Salt 
Pepper 
cumin
coriander
garlic granules

CHILLI:
Maggi cubes
curry powder
Garlic granules
Oregano
Thyme
Coriander 
Rosemary







The end result was pretty successful for Louise and I. Not only did we bond in the kitchen, Louise learning to cook and me learning a few tips and tricks on thrifting, the actual chilli looked and tasted like a right delight. We were pretty pleased with the results and so were our tum tums.

Have you ever cooked a chilli like this before? Do you use recipe books and follow every single measurement or are you a bit like me - happy to be inspired by a recipe but would prefer to change a few things to tailor your taste buds? Do you think you'll be trying this recipe? Please do let me know in the comments section below.

As mentioned earlier, this video will be out on my youtube channel on Tuesday 24th of May - in just four days!!! Please be sure to tune in and let me know your thoughts in the comments section on Youtube as well as here! Wishing you all a fantastic weekend ahead.

Lots of love, 
xo xo 

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