My Own Happiness

Good Morning Lovelies,

Life has been pretty hectic of late with wedding shows here, there and everywhere, but I’ve just worked the last one for the year, so hopefully things can start to calm down.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own happiness and how I can appreciate what I have a little more. And as Autumn is my favourite season, I’m going to use it to do more of the things I love.

Things like crunching through Autumn leaves as I walk the dogs with my mum, and reading a good book in a cosy corner.

It’s now time to look after Tasha and be good to me. This blog may be mainly about the foods I eat and recipes I try, but you can’t live happier and healthier if you don’t have a healthy mindset too.

Looking after my mental health is now going to become more of a priority, and it should be that way all the time. But sometimes life gets in the way.

It’s time to practice a bit of mindfulness.

So today after work, I’m going for a nice swim to kickstart the week, then I’m going home, have beef casserole for dinner and am also going to do some reading in my cozy pyjamas with a hot chocolate to keep me toasty warm 🙂

Speak Soon Lovelies, and Happy Monday 🙂

XX

 

 

Healthy Dhal Recipe

Hi Lovelies! Hope you’ve had a fab weekend! Mine has been nice and chilled with minimal movement as I exercised 4 times last week, so my body deserved a bit of a rest. 🙂

Right, I promised I would post this recipe, so here it is!

I made this GORGEOUS dhal the other day, as my mum’s is so tasty, I had to make it for myself!

It is literally the easiest meal you can make and is packed full of flavour!

So here’s the recipe:

  • You will need:
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Turmeric-1 tbsp
  • Garlic- 1tsp ( I use more coz I LOVE IT)
  • Garam Masala-1tbsp
  • Chilli powder-1/4-1/2 tsp (your taste)
  • Red Lentils Well Rinsed (half a bag)
  • Fresh chopped Coriander
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Fry the onions until light brown, then add the tinned tomatoes, and all spices.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add the red lentils,stir, then add a pint of water and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. When lentils are cooked, add another teaspoon of Garam Masala and add your chopped fresh coriander right at the end before serving.

Not many ingredients and really easy to cook, this veggie weekday meal is really easy and full of flavour.

It’s really important to wash the red lentils (no need to soak as some recipes suggest) as it gets rid of all the grittiness that has gone into the bag during factory processing.

Using half a bag should make 3 meals, so a full bag you’d get from the supermarket would probs do 6, or 8 if you eat normal portions (I’m greedy).

Remember to taste the dhal while cooking, so you can add salt to taste and more chilli powder to better suit your palate.

Happy Cooking!

SIMW

xx

 

 

 

 

 

Clubbercise Review

I have been so excited to write this post about possibly the most fun hour you will ever have!

As some of you may know if you follow me on my social media feeds, I have been going to Clubbercise for the past 4 weeks.

And it is bloody AMAZING!

If you’ve never heard of Clubbercise or you’re not sure what to expect, basically imagine being in a darkened room listening to nineties and noughties dance music and dancing in the dark with glow sticks…IT’S BRILLIANT!

If you don’t believe me, here’s a video example taken from their Barnsley Facebook page:

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Clubbercise Barnsley with Sonique & Sharon‎‏ في 31 أغسطس، 2017

 

I have been going to the gym for over 4 years now and I have NEVER felt as good as I do after one of Sonique and Sharon’s classes.

The first time I went I did feel a bit silly as I went on my own, but you quickly realise everyone else is in the same boat, and they’re all going for it!

I’ve now got my mum, best friend and sister into it and more on the way wanting to join too!

If you feel self conscious or have never exercised, this class is for all ages. I’ve seen teenagers, older women and women of all shapes, sizes and abilities take part and enjoy this class.

Sonique and Sharon lead the class on a raised stage and are covered head to toe in neon, so you can see their moves!

You can also modify for your abilities if you want, so when you get tired, you can just step instead of jump. You can also take a break off to the side during any songs to catch your breath but they do leave time to grab a quick drink.

I am more energetic in this class than I ever am at the gym and that really says something.

It’s £8 for your first session which may seem like a lot but you get the glow sticks too. Then it’s £5 a session and is held at Barnsley Academy on Monday’s and Thursdays, with two sessions on the Thursday. Both days have one at 7pm-8pm, and the other Thursday class is 8:15pm-9:15pm but I prefer to go to the earlier one, so I can get home and get showered. 🙂

Honestly, I would not rave about an exercise unless I really enjoyed it because I hate exercising. But I find myself looking forward to every Thursday as I can’t wait to get a sweat on.

It’s really empowering too and makes you feel like you can do anything. I swear yesterday I was punching the hell out of the air and really going for it!

So if you’re local to Barnsley or Doncaster (Sonique’s studio is based there), seriously try Clubbercise. I promise you won’t regret it!

Make sure you book in quick though because their classes sell out REALLY QUICKLY! They’re THAT GOOD!

All the details are below. 🙂

Link to their Barnsley Facebook page here

Book a class online here

SIMW

xx

 

Struggling is ok

Okay, so I thought I’d write an up to date post about how I’m feeling, because if I can’t express it here, I’ll continue sending myself round the bend.

So lately, I have been struggling mentally with the healthy eating thing, not because I don’t want to do it anymore, but because it’s so much effort.

Don’t worry I am NOT going to give in and eat it all back on, I promise.

But I just need to re-think how I’m thinking about things at the moment. I’ve been a bit easier on myself of late because all I seemed to be doing was cooking or exercising or posting about it on Instagram and Snapchat.

I stopped doing the other things I used to love like just sitting and painting my nails or reading a good book in my comfies.

So I gave myself a bit of a break and decided to let myself enjoy a few more things.

It’s ok to not be on it 100% if you know you’ll get back on it. And I’ve struggled with that concept before but think it’s really important to remember.

We’re only human and as of today I am fully back on it. I’ve got Clubbercise at 7 (I’ll do a separate post about how fantastic that is) and I’m really to feel better.

It’s not about fat loss for me, it’s about feeling great in my clothes and feeling healthier.

If you’ve been struggling lately, let me know so we can bring each other up and help each other. 🙂

Here’s my face for encouragement

Gym Expense Shocker!

Hi lovelies,

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

I had a bit of an epiphany this weekend (I know, I seem to have a fair few that I talk about on here).

I’ve been wanting to cancel my gym membership for a while as I feel like I’m stuck in a rut with my fitness and haven’t been enjoying it for a while. I’ve been there over 2 years, so I think I’ve done well to keep it up.

So I went yesterday fully intending to cancel; naturally they asked my reasons, so I was honest with them.

I explained that at £38 a month, I feel like I have to do all my exercise at the gym and if I want to try a class somewhere else, I can’t really afford it with my already expensive membership. I said that the classes that I want to do that the gym actually schedules, are always at a time when I’m at work, so I end up on a machine sweating away and not really enjoying it;that’s never a good sign.

She was really lovely to be fair but then also offered me a £29 a month saver rate if I wanted it….

I was shocked and thought about it for a second, then agreed to it as she said it would be for 6 months. But I couldn’t believe that I’ve been paying £38 all this time and all it took was a threat of cancellation and they throw me a £9 a month discount right off the bat!

What really irks me though, is why isn’t my membership that price regardless?!

I’m a loyal member and unless I had asked to cancel, this muggins over here would still be paying £38 a month for as long as they’d let me. They should reward their loyal members in my opinion to allow them to feel valued.

So I’m still at the gym (for another 6 months anyway) but am going to take advantage of their free PT session to show me how to use some of the equipment and also try and fit in some outside classes with the extra £9 outside of the gym.

There’s actually a fab looking clubbercise class that I really want to try, so I’ll let you know how that one goes when I’ve been. 🙂

Let me know how you’re getting in with your fitness routines, it might inspire me to kick my bum into high gear! 🙂

SIMW xx