10 facts of a newly engaged person!?!

So after 2 weeks of being engaged, I’ve noticed some things. Has/Did anyone else experienced these things?

  • Everything that now comes up on Facebook feed is wedding related – Google, you’re great at your job! You’re also freaking me out!
  • You realise that your fiancé is not actually the same religion as you when you ask for the first time in 2 years!

  • You have nightmare dreams about your wedding day and then realise you’ve no wedding dress and all shops in the immediate area are closed and not suitable cause you’re actually in Ibiza
  • You realise how much you love all your friends. That’s why you have 6 bridesmaids! Big Fat Gypsy Weddings have nothing on you! NOTHING!
  • You have random thoughts that eloping to Vegas could be really fun!

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  • But then you realise none of your family would probably like that and they may also not speak to you for a decade!
  • You revive your Pinterest Account which has been dormant for about 2 years, get overwhelmed and then leave it dormant again!
  • You’ve avoided spread sheets your whole life and then realise this is no longer an option. Got 28 years out of that!
  • A joint bank account in the near future? Ok right… that works for me…The perks are endless!
  • You get sent wedding magazines (thanks Orla) and you sit there loud and proud reading them… on the tube/bus/tram because you’ve actually got the handbag sized editions. WINNING!

And also… Priscilla Presley was a God on her wedding day! Heart!  XxJCxX

You NEED THIS in your life!!!!! This is the tastiest bad boy smoothie I’ve had in months, so replenishing and hits the sugar crave spot! If you love chocolate and want something easy and AMAZING then you got to try this! All you need is a hand blender and the below! And it’s filling and so satisfying. Perfect for breakfast, a snack or anytime you like!! I also topped mine with pumpkin seeds and 1 sliced date! Raw Ingredients:

  • 1 average sized avocado
  • Half a banana
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao ( I like a kick)
  • Almond milk (use whichever you want and I like mine smoothie texture so prob about a cup full)

DID YOU KNOW – Pumpkin seeds are such a good source of zinc AND if you have tired circles under your eyes, eat some pumpkin seeds!! XxJCxX

GoPro Hero3+ – I’m sorry but… You’re for sale!!

My New Year aim and New Year attempt at some vlogging has failed, massively! This is mainly due to the fact that I never actually researched what the best camera to vlog with would be? VLOG FAIL! SO I got the wonderful Go Pro Hero 3+ for Christmas. I’ve tried and tried to love it. And everytime I dislike it more, it’s for the more technical people in this world.  I realised that this camera is not really for vlogging at all, it’s more for surfers, rock climbers, skydivers and kinda people of that level of outdoor activity.  I must say I am a little devastated but the time has come, the GoPro Hero3+ has got to go… So it’s for sale! If anyone knows of anyone who would like a GoPro camera, make sure to let me know, it’s only been used 3 times! It deserves a home where someone will love it and not detest it! IMG_0487 IMG_0497 IMG_0495 I will leave you with my one and only ever GoPro video! A day in the life of Jackson… the family dog and aka the LOML (love of my life)! You live and you learn! XxJCxX

Dear Alcohol – Slán a ****ing abhaile

So for the month of January and with signing up for the London marathon, I’ve been mainly going to the cinema at weekends instead of boozing which is a welcomed change after being home in Ireland for Xmas. An Irish Christmas is not a sobering one!. So I have also been eating really well and just feeling generally amazing.

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The new white wine!

BUT last night I went out and had a total of 5 drinks over the entire night, which was for a special occasion and I had a wonderful night. BUT boozing is just not worth its aftermath. It causes one to eat the place out of house and home, it reverses all your good work throughout the week, it makes you tired, your body does not like it, WHY OH WHY do we continue to do this to ourselves. And let’s not forget the social smoking. Do you smoke ever.. like during the week? NO never gros… DO you social smoke.. AH yeah.. ??? WHY? One night boozing and I can already feel the change in my body, the change in everything. NOTHING will satisfy one’s body!

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So I’m going to go for a 15 mile run with my running group at 9am tomorrow as revenge to alcohol. And I am officially breaking up with alcohol, it’s over! Slán a f*cK**G abhaile. For those that don’t know, slán abhaile means ‘safe home’ in Irish!

There is more to life than hangovers!

XxJCxX

Why Running is Rehab…

Do you find the thought of running the most boring thing of the planet? Do you find it’s just so unappealing and you’d never in a million years be caught dead running down the street in public? Do you think the high vis runners that you see running around the streets at night are totally nuts? Well those were also my thoughts before I signed up for the 2013 marathon. I’m also signed up for London 2015, woo hoo! And I’m also one of thoes converted high vis runners now!!

2013 registering for the Landan marathon!

2013 registering for the Landan marathon!

I would like to also express how I hated running in school; in fact, I think I detested it, with a passion! I ran up a staircase on an occasion but apart from that, you wouldn’t find me running for a bus. The reason WHY I signed up for the London 2013 marathon was because I was so bored with spending my weekends hunggover and wasting days being hungover and eating unhealthy food due to being hungover.

2013 - Mission complete & still alive!

London Marathon 2013 – Mission complete & still alive!

I think most people thought I was joking when I told them that I decided to run a marathon and I think I may have questioned the madness myself at times especially when you’re going from 0 miles to 26.2. That’s a fairly mammoth task. I started running for like 5 mins at the start and just built on that. I started training in November 2012 and then just built it up until the London marathon in April 2013.

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Great North Run – September 2014 for MS

 

The reason why I think everyone should try running is because running is so much more than running. Here are some reasons why you should start running…

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In love…with Running

It’s FREE – The annual membership for running is £0 everywhere in the world

It’ll keep you out of pubs – Not all the time but it will make you re-assess the amount of time you spend there if you’re going for a 20k run the next day! You’ll still have a social life but you’ll just need to fit your runs in around it!

Stress - If you’re having a SH*T day at work or you’re just generally having some internal rage, go for a run, you’ll feel like a new person on your return. It helps with stressful situations

New Year – New Hobbie – You may dive in a few bogs but it’s better than a hangover! Dedication to the cause! Oooo yeaaaa

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Liberation & Dedication & Bogs

Rehab – It’s free mental Rehab! I find running quite therapeutic and you have time by yourself to think about things and go through things in your mind all whilst burning calories

Great way to see a city – When I had to do 3 hour runs towards the end of marathon training, I think I saw the whole of London and discovered places I never would have seen from a bus or tube!

Weight Loss – This is even high up there on the reason why I love running. It’s just an extra added bonus.

Liberating – It’s actually so liberating when you get into the swing of things. Once you get past 20 minutes running if you’re starting out, you’ll then fall in love, with running.

So all in all, I think everyone should enter rehab! This is one rehab you want to go to!

XxJCxX

 

What January has done to me!!

So I’ve decided to be healthy this January and stop eating things that I know are bad for me! And I’ve discovered you can eat the nicest things ever all guilt free! I started at the weekend making raw chocolate healthy brownies from The Healthy Bluebirds blog which contain banana, dates, pecan nuts and a few other healthy things! I also made a sweet potato and coconut califlower curry from the Healthy Bluebird blog too and it’s the tastiest nicest thing I’ve tasted in a while! Sensational! Everyone needs to try these bad boys. They’re DIVINE! Healthy and really filling too! I poured some coconut milk over mine but also had some natural yogurt with it too! I used an empty GU ramekin (that I previously ate in the olden days of 2014) to make my brown rice look OH so fancy on my plate!!! 001 002 003 Go forth and conquer your kithcen hob! XxJCxX Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter too!

Healthy Lunch Ideas – Take Control of your Fork!

Lunch – This is QUEEN time… I’m a real believer in bringing your lunch to work. Not alone is it cheaper, it’s healthier, you know what you’re eating and it’s always way tastier. If I ever forget my lunch, I get so upset, well not really but it’s so annoying as it’s really hard to get a healthy lunch unless you’re going to Wholefoods or somewhere that’s fresh and healthy that’ll cost you! So for the past few days, I’ve been taking pictures of my lunch and thought I would share a few lunch ideas. It’s no secret that I am a Quinoa obsessed freak. I can’t get enough of the stuff! Colleagues in work bring me Quinoa when they see it in Sainsburys as they don’t stock it in my Sainsburys!! Devastation! You can do so much with Quinoa. It’s so diverse that it never gets boring!

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Make a big pot of Quinoa (with coconut oil) also cooked in veg stock if you want and add things like feta cheese, red pepper, red onion, veg, pumpkin seeds, chick peas, spinach or anything that takes your fancy!

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So tasty! Just make a big batch for like 3 days and then you have lunch already prepared and ready to go int he fridge!

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Butternut squash! Boil these bad boys, add some chili for spice. All in veg stock and then blend. Oh and coconut oil too if you like. Makes it taste DIVINE!

 

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Quinoa bread and mashed avocado with something on top. Can’t remember what that was! Some form of spice!

The key to bringing your lunch is preparation! Make lots of stuff on a Sunday and then have another night in the week if you need to make more! Get decent Tupperware too! Makes it way more exciting! I have some tubs that you can put directly into the microwave so no messing with bowls etc. You can also use it for salads and anything else!

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Lunchtime at work does not have to be boring. It can be tasty! Quinoa, Barlotti beans, avocado, pumpkin seeds. Cooked in veg stock and also coconut oil in there!

 

Be a Queen at lunch!! Take control of that fork and spoon!

XxJCxX

4 Quick Healthy (so tasty) Breakfast Ideas for January!

It’s January, it’s a new year, and it’s time for health and vigour. So I’ve been taking pictures of my breakfast for the past few days and thought I would share them. I’m all about the protein for breakfast at the moment. I was getting quite bad at not eating breakfast last year, favouring sleep but I am back on the band wagon now for the new year! I’ll do a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks posts so I’m doing breakfast first. I actually get excited about breakfast, lunch and dinner now that I am making more effort and putting all goodness into my BADY!

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Boiled eggs and hot water and lemon!

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3 scrambled eggs, half an avocado, pumpkin seeeds, mushrooms (cooked in coconut oil) and some red onions too. Hot water and lemon and black coffee (it was the weekend!!)

So I must stress that you also need to start the day with hot water and lemon. Not coffee, not tea.. hot water and lemon… BUT you need to grate the ZEST of the lemon as that’s the most beneficial part. Apparently if you freeze the zest and then add this to your water, it’s been also known to fight certain cancer cells. I read about this online so not sure how true it is but it tastes good so why not! And it’s like 20p for a lemon. It’s a WIN WIN situation!

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Boiled eggs, spinach, half an avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts! Really shaking things up here!

This smoothie below is so divine I can’t explain! You need to try it! I use a hand blender to blend it all together and it takes 5 mins or less to make!

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You may prefer a sweeter start to the day! This is DIVINE. Half a banana, oen tablespoon of raw cocoa, half an avocado, almond milk, topped with pumpkin seeds. You can see a theme running here!!!

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I can’t stress enough how amazing lemons are for your life. Make sure you’re eating that ZEST though! You’ll be a new person and crave it after you start!! I couldn’t start my day any other way!

I get so much more excited about breakfast these days!! XxJCxX

Vlog failure!

As I’m running the London marathon on 29 April 2015, I decided that I need a little more motivation other than myself. Trying to go for a run after work when it’s dark and cold is just not cutting it so I decided to join a running club. Today was my first day and I had the time of my life. It was so muddy though so almost swam home! I also vlogged the whole thing but when I watched it back I almost felt sea sick! VLOG FAIL! I’ll have to do it again next week! Devo… Below is the aftermath and had to walk home in public through Wimbledon like this. I looked gorgeous!

Until next week! I shall have vlog success!

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XxJCxX

I also have a Just Giving page and I am 2% of the way there! https://www.justgiving.com/jennyconlon4ms