So your partner has kids/you’re a stepmom….

So your partner has kids/you’re a stepmom

Sorry for change of plans- I was going to post another DVD review but will now do it on Tuesday.

Instead, a more personal topic:

What do you do/how do you cope with your partner’s kid/kids?

I’ve gottta say it has been a steep learning curve with me and Mr A. He has got 3 little monsters:

2 girls A (who is 6), C (who is 7) and a boy E (who is almost 10).

Depending on his work pattern we either get them Saturday midday till Sunday evening or if he’s working on Sat his parents will pick them up and drop them off at ours round 6ish. On the odd occasion that Mr A is working for the whole weekend his parents keep them kids and he goes over straight after work till 11pm to spend the evening with them.

For the most part that works for me, but there are some weekends when I wish we would get to do the stuff that I want to do. I don’t think that it helps that I don’t have kids of my own and no intention of having any either. Lately, a lot of my favourite bloggers are either pregnant or have babies and at times (I may get flamed for it) I find it hard to relate to their posts. I do still read them trying to find tips on how to handle three kids all wanting to do different stuff, all making noise and messing up my little house. I know it is completely normal, but if I am to be honest it doesn’t make it any better.

I have been having short meldowns most weekends for the past month or so (tears, lip pulling and all that jazz) over at times not the most significant things.

Like this morning the girls were jumping up and down the bed and haven’t sorted their toys. I think part of the problem is I am not their parent and therefore don’t feel like I can discipline them. Also, I feel that I would do certain things differently from Mr A when it comes to dealing with their behaviour. At times, I feel like a prisoner in my own and Mr A downstairs watching some kids programme and me upstairs in our bedroom on my laptop.

I don’t think it is an ideal situation for anyone and I know it’s still early days (we’ve only been living together since October) but if anyone has got any experience of handling kids that are not your own and not being reduced to tears I would really appreciate that. Maybe you can point me in the direction of some bloggers who touch on that topic?

Now onto food and exercise bit:

Yesterday was my rest day and my cheat meal as well. For some reason I have been dying to have some trifle but alas can’t as the sponge contains wheat. I managed to persuade (read whine over and over) Mr A to bake me a sponge, I fixed Hartley’s sugarfree jelly and used a tin of low fat custard plus squirty cream and voila–>

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middle layer
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all ready to be devoured

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Fear not it was not the only thing I have eaten all day. As we are trying to empty our freezer (AND I was feeling lazy) I reheated one of turkey and lentil stews
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Minimum cleanup is the best (yes I do have more plastic containers but this one is my favourite and the biggest one)

Today I was hoping to start my day with coconut flour waffles but they turned out absolutely crap so being starved by then I settled for 2nd best thing porridge with peaches, protein powder, chia seeds, cinammon and coconut oil

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Once more my lunch was curtousy of the freezer (carrot and swede soup with chicken breast and spelt pasta)

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I more than likely will consume some frozen yoghurt after my yoga session with Mr A (yay) while I’m watching Dancing on Ice finale. Now onto finishing reorganising my wardrobe (bye bye winter, hello spring/summer)


How was your weekend?


Almost Friday post


Hope everyone is well. It’s been an absolutely gorgeous day today and I got to fully enjoy it (benefits of working in  a middle of a park lol). Look who I have spotted:

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We get a swan or two from time to time so I took a quick picture for posterity lol

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And that’s the view on a way into my office. Not too shabby, eh?

Level 2 of 30 day shred is still killing me and I have to say I feel like a wim coz when I’m doing chair squat with v lifts I can only cope with using 1 kg dumbbells (in my defence I do have to do that move twice for a whole minute at a time). I’m slowly getting my mojo back and after my injury induced break I am a lot more aware of people doing exercises wrong. I am no longer impressed when someone’s doing overhead lunges with 10kg dumbbells in each hand if they have to overarch their backs and basically collapse their lower vertabreas together. I seen two young, clearly new to the gym guys tonight, following a Men’s Health encyclopedia of exercise doing just that. It looked absolutely awful, I wish I was braver and had the courage to help them but they looked very pleased with themselves so wasn’t sure how my comment would be recieved.

My eats haven’t been all that exciting today:

Omelette with goats cheese and rocket (3 egg whites+2 whole eggs) with sunflower toast
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Another container of popcorn with coconut oil (I think this will be in snack rotation for forseeable futire as it’s just that good and pretty low cal as well)

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and for lunch I had soup again (sorta run out of the space in the freezer and we did make a big batch so…)
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and for before the workout snack I had rice cakes sandwich with strawberry jam, peanut butter and mixed seeds

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Tea was the best:
2 Polish sausages, cauliflower mash, mixed vegetables and the best caramelised onions I have eaten in ages. I may or may not have licked the plate lol

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I’m going out for a meal for my friend’s birthday tomorrow so that should be interesting as it’s wuite late 8.30 at a Thai place:
a) I really dont like Thai I find it too spicy
b) I don’t want to be eating starchy carbs too late on

so after looking up menu online I may just setlle for stirfried vegetables. Either way it will be nice to catch up with birthday girl.

Have you got any plans for the weekend?

Physio update & Shirataki noodles


Guess who got cleared yesterday for any reasonable exercise?


I am beyond overjoyed, my physiotherapist said I don’t need to see him anymore unless my back pain returns 🙂 I can start including more plyometrics as long as I stay sensible and not overdo it, which is fair enough.

I didn’t think I would get the all clear so soon so was very surprised yesterday. I celebrated the news by starting level 2 of 30 day shred. Oh boy, did it kick my ass or what? I am redescovering my exercise DVDs as they all feel ”new” to me given how much more difficult and challenging they feel now. Definitely getting my money’s worth from them ha:)

This year I am trying to grow some veg and we got onto planting the seeds last night. We are planning to move it into the garden when things start sprouting. I am hoping to have:






Mixed Salad



Cherry tomatoes

Here’s how it’s looking now:
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Please note the ever so cute watering can in the shape of pink elephant (that was only 99p so a bargain in my book)

To break my habit of always eating omelettes and scrambled eggs I made another batch of Kristi’s egg muffins this time with Polish sausage and aspargus served with extra aspargus

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I am seriously loving aspargus at the moment so picking up 2 bunches from tesco for 17p each was a godsend

I also finally got round to trying shirataki noodles:
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Mr A served them with homemade tomato and onion sauce over chicken pieces and it was surprisingly filling considering those noodles are basically water and fibre lol
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I should be ok with not needing to prep lunches for a couple of days as we also did a big batch of turky, veg and lentils stew last night.

Happily bubbling away:
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Have you tried any new ingredients lately?

No More Trouble Zones Review


Apologies for this post appearing on Mon and not Sun I was away for the weekend and auto schedyled it but picked the wrong date doh 🙂

So today I want to give you an overview of Jillian Michaels No more Trouble Zones Dvd. It’s not one of the newest ones (released in 2009 if memory serves me right) but it still gives you plenty of  a good workout.

According to Amazon this DVD is :

” Get into the zone with TV’s kick-butt trainer, Jillian Michaels, and tackle stubborn problem areas with her surefire circuit training formula that combines upper- and lower-body sculpting moves to obliterate fat even faster. Say goodbye to saddlebags, muffin tops and wobbly arms with this heart-pounding, 40-minute circuit workout that targets trouble zones like never before. By keeping you constantly challenged, Jillian will transform your body from flab to firm in no time! Warm up and cool down before and after this grueling workout.”

Unlike her most other DVDs there are no different levels per say as it’s just one workout, but that by no means makes it easy and you could still progress by increasing the weights, speed of movement etc. There are 6 different circuits (about 7 mins long each) where you do 5 different exercises per circuit for 30 seconds. These include compind movements and core exercises. Unlike other DVDs of Jillian there is no cardio portion per say though your heart rate will be elevated with all the strenght training.

Good points:

  • It’s Jillian Michaels so as always very motivationg, clear instructions
  • You don’t need tonns of equipment you can make do with a fitness mat (or a blanket if you don’t have one) and some weights (or big bottle of waters, books etc for resistance)
  • Every part of the body is covered during the 40 mins
  • There are modifications available if you have problems with any of the moves
  • Whole thing (including warm up and cool down) won’t take you over 50 mins mark
  • if you have done any of Jillian’s DVDs before some of the moves will be familiar and the circuit format will be familiar too to some degree
  • You only do each more for 30 secs and who can’t cope with whateer for 30 secs right?

Not so good points:

  • The moves may be too familiar for some
  • It’s slightly longer than levels of her other DVDs (but sooo worth it)
  • Some may not appreciate Jillian’s motivational  style

In conclusion I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who likes to get their butt kicked by Jillian. It does make  a nice change from 30 Day Shred and othere multilevel workouts on offer and will leave you with a lovely feeling of good pain in your body.

Have you tried No more trouble zones before?

My back and figure skating story


So because I didn’t quite get round to photographing my food today (bad blogger me) I thought I’d do a full post on my back injury.

So…once upon a time in a land far, far away where polar bears walked the streets (aka Poland) a 4 year old girl started figure skating. It was something that her granddad and dad have done and her auntie trained top dance figure skating pairs for this magical land.

The girl cried the 1sdt time she got on the ice and when she met her coach but soon she was spending 6 days a week, normally twice a day at the ice rink. It soon became her second home.

If you’re still following that girl was me. I was a competetive solo skater till the age of 14 when I tore my ligament. Plus my body changing (with the hips and boobs didn’t help either as it throws most teenage female skaters pretty off for a bit). I spent Mon-Sat at the ice rink couple of hours before school and couple of hours after (not to mention extra dance, gymnastics or swimming sessions). I adored it and even placed 3rd in the country at the age of 8 (my claim to fame). Which doens’t say that much considering Poland has not produced a single decent male or female skater in the last 15 years, but I loved having the whole of the ice rink to myself, I loved the speed and I loved the attention.

However, as any competative sportsperson I did pick up an injury here or there even before my grand finale of the injury. After I was done at 14 I went back to being a reguklar teenager and for a number of years (first out of anger, then out of laziness) I did not do anyting exercisey at all.

It changed couple of years ago when I got really really unhappy with how I looked. Granted,  my expectations were a lot higher than a *regular* persons due to my figure skating past but I felt fat nonetheless and changed it.

All was great for a while but then I picked up a right calf strain, then another, thenmy left cal was complaining, then my hip flexors were extremely tight, then my shins wre getting worse. And in the background I had a dull back pain as well. For over a year, just to keep myself moving and able to do ridiculous amount of exercise (we are talking between 10-15 hrs every week with 3 classes back to back), I was getting sports massage every two weeks. I got new trainers, I got knee and calf supports, I lowered the impact, I dropped the amount of hours at the gym and I was still complaining of lower body strains. That’s when my lovely sports therapist suggested I go and see her colleague in the practice who was a physiotherapist.

Don’t get me wrong I have seen physios before when I was competing and yes they would get me out of pain (hello cortison injections) but it would come back sooner or later.

This time it was different- during the first appointment after looking at my spine my physiotherapist told me that I must have either been a ballerina, a gymnast or a figure skater- all that from looking at my spine!!!


It turns out that my back problem is a typical one of the competetive world. Those 3 sports have a lot in common- the need for elongaged, feminine figure which is achieve by pushing your upper body forward




Yes, it does look fabulous but as I have done this for 10 years that’s what my body was doing now skates or no skates!!!

And this resulted in my bottom vertabreas being crunched together (hence the pain) and my ahmstrings doing 80% of the work! For everyone else they should be doing about 10-20% ? My glutes have been taking a nap for the past 15-20 years and that was why I was constantly picking up injuries so now for the past 10 weeks I have been doing physiotherapy exercises religiously to get myself back into a better place.


So that’s my story in a nuthsell 🙂


What injuries have you picked up along the way?

Tuesday recap


Hope your day today has been as good as mine 🙂 Work flew by, I managed to get some time off before the D day of 16th of May so I can panic in the comfort of my own bedroom lol, finished my monitoring report and had a successful session at the gym.

It may not sound like much but today I exercised for 55 minutes in total doing 30 day shred (still level 1), my normal physio exercises and I thrown in some abs moves at the end plus stretched well. I am trying to build up my time at the gym slowely as not to overwhelm myself and fingers crossed but so far my back is cooperating so yay 🙂

I really really planned to take pics of all my food that I take to work but I got distracted and thats the best I have got:
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In the blue containe we have got homemade vegetable soup with chicken breast and some noodles

In green and purple fairies (don’t judge) container we have got chopped up melon

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In yellow container theres cottage cheese with radish

in red container there are brown rice dippers

One of my energy bars

A carrot

and my water bottle

Everything got eaten and on a way back from the gym I nipped into Aldi when I picked these lovely flowers for only £1.50
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They definitely brighten the room and smell gorgeous

And here’s my tea after the workout.
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Compliments of my freezer we have got a portion of cauliflower mash, Polish sausage and two eggs plus 2 gherkins

It may not look like much but it totally hit the spot and was the quickest comfort food ever (3 mins for the eggs and 2 mins in the microwave to reheat mash and sausage).

Time to prep food for tomorrow now.

What’s your comfort food of choice?

Workout plan for the week



Just a quick post (mostly to keep myself accountable)


New workout regime this week as follows:

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Monday: 30 day shred level 1 Day 6 + 20 min physio exercises

Tuesday: 30 day shred level 1 Day 7 + 20 min physio exercises

Wednesday: 20 min physio exercises

Thursday: 30 day shred level 1 Day 8 + 20 min physio exercises

Friday: 30 day shred level 1 Day 9 + 20 min physio exercises

Saturday: 30 day shred level 1 Day 10 + 20 min physio exercises

Sunday: 20 mins physio exercise+ 1hr yoga class


Do you tend to plan your exercise?

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