My favourite week of the year #2

I had a ‘my favourite week of the year’ post last year, but I could not think of a better title for a post recapping these week so I’m reusing it! I always seem to enjoy the week leading up to Christmas so much. So what have I been up to? To be honest this week has been one long Love List…

Doing the ‘Big Christmas Food Shop’

Christmas foods

Yesterday I was in Newcastle and got a few foodie delights from the market and Waitrose as well as hitting up Sainsbos with James to spend the Nectar points we have saved during the year. I got some kabocha squash, seasonal fruits like persimmon and figs, dried figs and dates, sea salt popcorn and some sweeter popcorns, basil tofu, greek yoghurt, garlic cheese, olives, vanilla chestnut puree, picked onions, pretzels, stollen etc. Also plenty of red wine, bourbon, ginger wine and Irish cream and I have an organic veg box being delivered today! I can not wait to eat some of this stuff!

Watching Christmas cooking shows on TV


I recorded Nigella’s show and watched it yesterday morning on my first day off from work. Today I’ve been watching them while wrapping presents. Love it!

Eating cookies

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I have taken part in the cookie exchange being organised by Tam and received these fab peanut butter chocolate and sea salt cookies from Ffion. OMG these were incredible! I ate way too many but they were just so good.

Taking of eating a lot…these last couple of weeks I have really been letting my hair down with food, and boy can I feel it. My thighs, hips and bum in particular have just gone ‘BOOM!’ However, for where I am in my own healthy living journey right now none of this is a bad thing and I need to keep reminding myself of that. I have another wordy post in the pipe line for you as some more changes are coming for me in the New Year so that I can finally sort my problem out once and for all. I’m going to kick its ass…

Finding new dresses on sale

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When I was in town yesterday I noticed these two dresses in Warehouse on sale. They are so my style and look fab on. One massive benefit of gaining some weight is that I can fill a bra again and the deep necklines on these dresses need a decent cleavage to make them work.

Strength training

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This week I really changed up my usual exercise schedule. I haven’t done any classes and instead I’ve been alternating a lower / upper body strength routine with 20 minutes cardio each day this week. I just do 10 minutes cardio on the cross trainer to warm up and then do my strength training followed by another 10 minutes of cardio. I’ve been doing just a mix of different exercises but I have really felt like focusing on the upper / lower body at once makes me feel like I’ve challenged my muscles more. Looking forward to doing more of this style of workout in the New Year.

Coffee dates with blog friends

Yesterday I had a wonderful coffee date with the lovely Nicky and Emma. I’ve met Nicky a few times but it was the first time I’d met Emma – these girls are just fab and such an inspiration! I also got cuddles with Emma’s little boy Leo who is just adorable.  I feel blessed to have met so many great woman through blogging and I’m hoping I’ll see a lot more of these two next year!

Seeing the Christmas showing of Die Hard at the Tyneside Cinema

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On Wednesday James and I had ourselves another date night – we went for coffee, a Chinese buffet meal and then to the cinema for our fave alternative Christmas movie. So. Much. Fun. We are thinking of becoming members of the cinema for next year and making more of a regular thing of it.

Delicious (and more healthy) eats


I’ve been eating a lot of hummus topped salads, smoothies in a bowl and pumpkin scrambles this week as well as tasty snacking plates with figs, raw bars and tahini, egg white and spelt toasted wraps with banana and peanut butter and stir fried brussels sprouts with sweet potato topped with salmon mixed with cream cheese.


organising my Evernote account and arranging it so I can manage my health coaching stuff // great sessions with new health coaching clients // starting my gratitude journal and carrying out the steps in this post // sending out the first Uniquely Healthy monthly newsletter – you can sign up for it here!

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Today I am getting the flat all cleaned and then over the weekend I’m going to do more Christmas cooking and baking, good times! Are you all prepared for Christmas yet?


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  • Looks like a fab week to me!!! X
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  • What a fun post! Love the dresses that you found on sale. Love finding dreamy bargains!

    Jealous that you got to have baby cuddles! I can’t wait to meet Emma, I know it will happen one day!!

    Date nights are the best!
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    • Laura

      The four of us totally need to meet I think!

  • Awh it was so so lovely to see you yesterday and I really hope that we can do more stuff together in 2013 <3 Despite you feeling like you've gained weight in areas I think you look absolutely stunning. You're like a completely different person to the Laura I first met and you just seem more happy and at ease with life which is just so lovely to see :) I really look up to you and what you've achieved on your journey.
    Gosh you have got quite a haul for christmas!! I need to do a big shop when I get home and I think mine will look pretty similar!!
    Glad you're enjoying more strength training. My workouts have been very similar with 2 x 10 minute HIIT cardio with weights in between and I can really see the benefits of it. I feel so much stronger and my abs are more defined which is kinda cool :) I hope you see some changes too!
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    • Laura

      Thanks Nicky you have no idea how much that means to be – well actually saying that you out of everyone probably do :-) I’m loving the strength as well – I need to start planking, your time is amazing!

  • Feeeed me the smoothie and the salad! Sorry to go on but I haven’t eaten any raw veggies, let alone a salad, since…September!?! No wonder I’ve had three viruses in a month (I have a chest infection now. Whoop.) when I never used to get sick during the winter at all. My skin’s awful as well – I wish I could sort out my GI system so I don’t have to keep living on junk :( Well, not McDonalds or anything but I am so sick of bland carbs and my only veggies being cremated ones :/ Honestly if you’re feeling good then sod how many treats you have – whatever I do I feel rubbish so if you can ‘glow’ with treats included then good for you (meant sincerely, not in a Christian Bale GOOOOOOD for you way!)

    Aww, I love Die Hard! I didn’t realise they were showing it at the Tyneside Cinema. Although I couldn’t have gone anyway or I’d give everyone there my current Plague :P

    I always imagine you cooking the way Nigella does! (only with less seductive licking of spoons haha) I don’t know why though – just my weird brain at its finest.

    Good to hear you’re enjoying the holidays so far.


    • Laura

      Haha, a Christian Bale good for you, that still makes me laugh and goes through my head in various situations in life! I think I need a balance – when I was down in Brighton eating crap a LOT then I felt utterly ill, no sleep, heart burn, flu like symptoms etc so I try and bear that in mind when I’m ready to say f**k it.
      Oh Die Hard was awesome! I know I sound old but they don’t make movies like that anymore. Oh and I’m more likely to be cooking in sweat pants and a hoody than looking like Nigella although I wish i did!

  • As stressful as they can be, I definitely love the weeks leading up to Christmas. There’s just this atmosphere in the air that I can’t seem to get enough of… and nevermind all of the delicious holiday treats around :D Besides a little bit more baking, wrapping, and picking up a couple more presents, I’d say I’m more or less ready for Christmas… I honestly can’t believe that it’s just a couple days away!
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    • Laura

      Me too, just another couple of days! Hope you enjoy your baking!

  • Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Sounds like a great week. I love Die Hard. Such a good film. They’re making a new one now aren’t they? I quite enjoyed the last one they brought out.
    We just did our Christmas shop as well, thought it was going to be really stressful but it wasn’t too bad. We definitely didn’t want to go at the weekend or Christmas eve!
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    • Laura

      Yes James tells me they are making a Die Hard 5! Should be good :-) Glad that your Christmas shop went well, hoping you are feeling better though!

  • I’m so looking forward to future coffee dates :-) and I’m with Nicky, you look beautiful and have a lovely healthy glow from all those veggies :-) I am too so very grateful for the amazing people I’ve “met” through blogging. I felt like I was meeting someone famous yesterday as I’ve read your blog for ages! hehee! And YOU inspire ME :-) I always leave your blog in a good mood because you send out such positive, truthful messages. I will use my christmas wishes this year to make your problem go away :-) xxx
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    • Laura

      As I just said on your blog this comment seriously made me well up when I read it this morning, I don’t have the words to say how lovely it is, thank you so much xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • The run up to Christmas is definitely the best time of year. Merry Christmas to you and James!! :) x
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    • Laura

      Merry Christmas to you and Alfie too, hope you have a great time with your new hubby x

  • Sounds like a fun week! Love your xmas shop haul! I’m pretty much all set, done lots of baking and prep and I am home for the fortnight now so looking forward to chilling!
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  • Looks like you had a great week, have a great Christmas!
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