Even though my knees are so much better than they were (and I can now run) I am taking it easy on the running and trying other things. I was lucky enough to be invited for a 3/60 workout at FitMiBody in Shoreditch hosted by Carly from Project Hot Bitch and Healthbox Kitchen. The 3/60 meant three different workouts in an hour – 20 minutes of boxing with 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of agility and cardio work. What it also meant was A LOT of sweat and ever more laughter and chatting as the women invited were all epic and excited and very, very wonderful.
Today marks the first day of June, when days continue to get longer and the weather takes a turn for the sunnier. Well that’s the hope. In London right now it’s colder than it has been in a while and ‘sunshine’ is a distant memory. And while it also means we are half way through 2016 (eeek!) I am pretty excited about this month.
Earlier this week I had the chance to have a look at and (most importantly) try on items from the brand new NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing: Football Nouveau collection. It’s dropping next week on the second of June and I was very excited to have a preview before it went on sale. The NikeLab store in Shoreditch welcomed me in with open arms (quite literary, the members of staff there are lovely – more on that later). I was able to try items from the men’s and women’s collection, pre-order if I wanted to, and my thoughts on the pieces I tried are below.
There is a truth universally acknowledged that if you are a light sleeper you will attract someone who is the complete opposite – someone of can fall asleep at the drop of a hat and spend a lot of the night in blissful slumber while you toss and turn and hope something will wake them up so they share your pain of NOT SLEEPING (but nothing does). In this I am the person who has issues sleeping, in fact I am the person who is the most fikle sleeper in the history of the world. But over the years I have discovered somethings which work and wanted to share in case you, like me, think of the land of nod as a bastard mister(ess) who just won’t love you back.
This is the story of a woman who is abducted as a child and held prisoner for eight years. And yes, I know the book market is full of similar stories and too many of them are very happy to go into very precise detail of how the female victim has been abused. Baby Doll is the story of what happens to Lily after she escapes and this isn’t a spoiler because the escape happens during the first few pages. I haven’t ever read a book where the abduction is a thing of the past and couldn’t wait to get started.
Over the weekend the Mothership and I went to the BBC’s Good Food Summer In The City Show in the ExCel Centre. As it’s the perfect place to try new foods, discover new brands, and see some of our favourite cooks in action, we try to go at least once a year and this year was thankfully no different. The Hemsley sisters were there to introduce me to cauliflower rice (hello new staple food), I tried some of the most delicious oils and vinegars ever from Yorkshire Drizzle, and was more excited than a bee in a flower when I heard Paul Hollywood say that the new series of the Great British Bake Off is currently filming.
‘I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream’ – do any of you remember that song? If you change the lyrics to ‘My Body, Your Body, We All Scream for Everybody’ then I think you have an epic alternate title to this post.
I want to write about Selfridges’ Everybody campaign (and especially their food hall) because I love the message this campaign sends – I have no illusions as to how exculpatory the wellness / fitness industry is both in terms of race and body type. Selfridges is doing something to try and rectify the latter and I am very appreciative of the end result.
Over the weekend I went to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead to try snowboarding for the first time. As someone who is addicted to the Winter Olympics I have used many a daydream on winning gold at the Halfpipe and breaking the world record to boot. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t even touched a snowboard in my life, of course I would win gold. So I was pretty excited to give it a go and also pretty terrified because daydreams aside, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.
A little while ago I entered a competition on Fitness on Toast’s Instagram page. The prize was a Personal Training session with Faya herself and as I entered I thought it would be something I would really enjoy doing. I’d been lucky enough to train with her already at adidas’ The X earlier and thought she was great at motivating me to push that little bit harder and to make sure I did all the moves correctly. I was over the moon happy when I found out I won – after all a PT session with someone I like? Yes please!
Recently I bagged myself a Hot Yoga Society 20 day pass after a one armed fierce battle with the troll that lives under Vauxhall Bridge. I was victorious and my prize was doing some of the sweatiest yoga I have ever done in my life and this isn’t an exaggeration – I was dripping in sweat and when I had to lift an arm or a leg I watched in fascination as it dripped onto the floor. This isn’t because I have never seen my own sweat before (I am very familiar with sweat) but because it looked like I was drowning without water.