Review: Thai Square Spa

I had all but given up on blogging recently with time being a complete squeeze, but then one email reminded me that I was a good writer and even more than that, I really loved it too.

Not only was I going to a spa (which was well needed) but I would have an excuse to discipline myself to sit down and write and really remind myself what it is I loved about this in the first place. I love writing, but not finding the time to do it is certainly easier than finding it, but perhaps I just needed a little reset and zen time to remember this!

So off I went to Thai Square Spa in Northumberland Avenue for an afternoon in the Sen Space and for a Himalayan Salt Massage!

It was one of the hottest days of the year, the tube was uncomfortable and I was feeling like I’d rather sunbathe in Hyde Park all afternoon, but I went along hopeful (although slightly grumpy!) but luckily the team immediately had me at ease. Speaking in soothing tones, dressed chicly in black and with sparkly marble everywhere, I felt like I was exactly where I should have been (even if my smudged makeup, rushed up do and slovenly attire made me feel just a tad uncomfortable).

I was taken into the changing rooms, provided with my robe, slippers and a locker and then took some time to look around. The changing rooms were so clean, the lockers were big (and free!) and everywhere you looked was a lovely combination of sparkly red and black – it felt so decadent and even better that the slippers actually fit and the robes were soft unlike other spas I have been to.

Then I was taken into the dark and quiet downstairs, quite a difference to upstairs, which was decorated in stone, white and black with tiny Buddha’s holding tea lights everywhere you looked which gave the most amazing finish. An array of curved beds were situated in several areas, with enough room for your own space without being too far from friends and family. In the corner of one of the most relaxing places I have ever been was the Sen Space. Filled with a Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room and an amazing ice funnel/dispenser thing, I was spoilt for choice! The Sen Space is unisex which I was warned about up front. I was sharing the Sen Space with a group of guys which although slightly intimidating at first as I was on my own, was easy to work around. After 30-40 minutes in the Sauna and Jacuzzi (which was amazing by the way!) I made my way to the beds to cool down ready for my massage.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I’ve only ever had a pretty standard half body massage before, but when a lovely softly spoken girl came to meet me I was very intrigued! The spa had such a calming yet mysterious feel! She took me into a treatment room and provided me with a speciality Thai tea which I should have taken the name of as it was beautiful, all whilst receiving a foot soak/massage pedicure treatment. After this it was massage time! Sometimes massages can be uncomfortable, as you can hear the therapist clattering around, making idle chit chat and being naked doesn’t help either, but this wasn’t the case at all here! The therapist (whose name I cannot remember sadly) was so quiet, kept making sure I was comfortable but was still very thorough.

The treatment started off with a hot flannel treatment, before a massage on my feet and legs, then arms and lastly back and shoulders. I carry a lot of tension in my feet and shoulders due to sports injuries and she made sure that every last knot was removed, which although painful, was also hugely relaxing. I wish I could remember more of it to describe in more detail but I had to fight the urge to fall asleep for the full hour as I was just so relaxed. After some lovely smelling oils and lotions I was then rolled onto my back to continue the massage on arms and legs before finishing with a very relaxing face and head massage.

I left the treatment in a lovely little bubble of relaxation which even on a hot tube home stayed with me for days.

I would seriously recommend for anyone to go and I’m already looking to go back for more treatments as the standard of the one I had was so high. It isn’t the cheapest of spas to attend, but I would say that it is so worth the money as it is by far the best experience I have ever had. (I have to point I didn’t have to pay for this treatment in return for a review, however if I hadn’t have enjoyed the experience I definitely would be truthful in my review. Luckily for you all it really was incredible though!)

 

Slimming World – weightloss update

Hey everyone, check me out posting on the regs again! It feels nice to be getting back to some routine, but I still have a long way to go to get ahead of myself! I probably shouldn’t feel too proud as this is just the kicking off of my weekly Slimming World post but it is better than nothing right? 🙂

So quick update for you all! I have lost 7lbs in total since beginning Slimming World. I feel like it should have been way more by now, but being ill and going away set me back a few lbs so here I am! I’m getting close to my interim target though so a bit of focus is required to do all I can to get down to my ideal weight. I’ve also made steps to move to a new gym and get back into a good fitness routine as everything I have been doing recently has been a bit adhoc which I am actually super excited for!

My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs so actually so far so good I guess!

Meal of the week:

This one is a bit tricky as to be honest I haven’t really been eating many proper dinners due to being so busy, however this has been a great opportunity to try out the Iceland Slimming World ready meals. I was sceptical but actually they are delicious, convenient and way healthier than any other ready meal I have ever eaten! And even better they are great portion sizes so I definitely don’t feel hungry after eating one 🙂

Don’t forget to share with me your favourite healthy recipes in the comments below as I always need new kitchen inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed this post and dont forget to look out for more over the next few weeks 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

My Slimming World Journey – Getting started

Hey everyone,

I feel like rather than getting more free time like I was planning on at the end of last year, I now have less which is causing me major posting issues so I apologise for the lack of posts as well as the lack of variety. I need to work my new commitments into my schedule and then be very strict with myself to ensure I am writing (and posting regularly) and making sure what I am writing is interesting for you!

I have so many ideas lined up of what I want to do for you too so I have decided that this Sunday I am locking myself in my office and writing loads of exciting pieces for you 🙂

One of the reasons which I now have less free time is because I have rejoined Slimming World! My group takes place on a Wednesday evening (the same night I am supposed to post) and by the time I am home if I have already written something to go out, it just isn’t going to happen. I will change, I promise!!!!

Anyway, as you all know I frequently document my weightloss and fitness journey and what I have noticed from writing about it for you all, is that actually I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle exercising regularly and eating pretty well, but can often lack focus or willpower (unsurprisingly!)

I did Slimming World for the first time a few years ago after getting to my biggest ever size and weight (which don’t get me wrong probably wasn’t big by many people’s standards) but it certainly was by mine! I naively thought it would be really easy and I’d get to target really quickly, but after recently moving house and getting a new job doing Slimming World on my own meant I wasn’t really sticking 100% to plan and ended up just wasting money to never make it to target despite losing almost a stone!

After being off plan for a couple of years I was really happy with the weight I had kept off (about 10lbs) but definitely noticed that after being off of training for so long with my foot injury, I was struggling to get my healthy lifestyle mojo back and after gaining a couple of Christmas lbs and with a couple of holidays looming, I decided not to let it slide and to join up again to kick off where I left my journey but this time I wasn’t alone! A few of my friends had started going to group again and I managed to convince Andy to come along for the ride too.

And I have to say I am loving it. My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs and in my first week I managed to get a great start on this and lose 4lbs, the most I have ever lost in one week – I haven’t even been able to get to the gym!

This week really wasn’t as good, as I had my works annual awards ceremony which resulted in consuming rather too much alcohol and indulging in hangover food the next day and then I struggled to get back on with healthy eating following this blip, however I managed to claw it back for the end of the week to see a small loss of half a pound 🙂

So why I am telling you all this? Well as a lifestyle blog I thought I would do a weekly update on how I was getting on each Wednesday and maybe also share with you some of my favourite recipes/meals from the week for some inspiration as well as helping you find the best bargains to get you on track!

Meal of the week:

This week my favourite meal (all cooked from scratch I want to add) was my Quorn Chicken and Bacon Medallion with Egg Fried Rice.

 Info:

Serves 4 People easily!

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Syns per serving: FREE

Ingredients:

♥ 8tbsp light soy sauce

♥ 4 garlic cloves (crushed) or dried garlic seasoning

♥ 1tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder

♥ 3 skinless chicken breasts (sliced) or Quorn Chicken Pieces

♥ 3 bacon medallions

♥ 397g dried egg noodles (I use a dried noodle square per person)

♥ large bag of mixed stir fry veg

♥ 4 spring onions (sliced diagonally)

♥ 10 diced mushrooms

♥ 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

♥ Microwave Basmati Rice

♥ Vegetable Stock

♥ 3 eggs

♥ FryLight

How to cook Chicken Chow Mein:

  • Mix the light soy sauce, garlic and 5 spice, add your chicken or Quorn, toss to coat evenly and then set aside to marinate for 20minutes.
  • Grill your bacon medallions
  • Fry off your chicken or Quorn until cooked through using Fry Light in a large wok or pan
  • Once chicken is almost cooked, cook the noodles according to the packets instructions and leave to simmer until required.
  • Add the mushrooms, stir fry veg and spring onion to the chicken and stir fry together for another 4 – 5minutes. I add more soy sauce and also vegetable stock at this point for some moisture.
  • Drain the noodles and add to your chicken and vegetables, add some more chicken stock and stir together for several more minutes.
  • Microwave your rice as the noodles are soaking up the chow mein flavour and quickly scramble your eggs using fry light.
  • Once finished stir rice and egg together, serve both dishes and enjoy!

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Have any of you tried this before? If you have let me know in the comments below how you found it, or if you have any of your own favourite recipes you recommend I try!

I hope you enjoy my Slimming World updates over the coming weeks and months J Make sure you let me know how you are getting on if you are on plan too 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No Shit November Update

Hey everyone,

Sorry that I havent posted for the past week, I’ve been so busy with gymnastics that I just havent had a chance to sit down and write for you all! On the plus side my team were second in the champs, so it was all worth it 🙂

It’s also pretty late right now, so this isnt going to be a long post I’m afraid, but don’t worry as I have an amazing post planned for Sunday which totally makes up for this crappy one right now!

No Shit November has somewhat derailed mostly because I have been pretty ill this week, which I think may be down to a dairy intolerance, which has left me eating whatever I can whenever I’m feeling well enough and has meant I’ve lost weight without even trying which is totally not the idea of No Shit November! However, now I am a little bit more aware of what seems to be making me ill, hopefully I can move forwards properly with my detox and really get to my end goal quickly and healthily 🙂

So where am I at right now? Well like I said I have lost a bit of weight just from being ill and am actually feeling slimmer and more toned that I have in a while. My current weight is at 9 stone 10lbs which I’m pretty happy with as the further away I am from 10stone and the closer to 9 makes me happy!

Here is a pic of where I am at right now (ignore the huge jogging bottoms they are way too big but also so stupidly comfortable!):

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I hope your detoxes are all going well and that everyone is feeling happier and healthier! Like I said stay tuned on Sunday for a really fun haul post and over the coming weeks for detox updates 🙂 Don’t forget to keep an eye on my Instagram account for daily pictures chronicling everything from my makeup, to my fitness here!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Welcome to No Shit November!

Hey everyone, can you believe it’s November already? October went by in a blur full of birthdays, parties and just general fun but that obviously came at a cost, most of which have been burdened by my body, especially because when I wasn’t having loads of fun I couldnt go to the gym because of my foot which is believed to be fractured!

I feel out of shape, heavier than I have in a while, self conscious about my skin and more lethargic which along with the clocks changing leads to just general misery. Instead of just complaining about it though like I would have done previously I have decided to suck it up and make some changes. Obviously too much fun takes a toll, but I believe it is probably pretty easy to undo the damage with a little bit of hard work, which is why I have decided to start “No Shit November!”

A month of being good as a post Birthday, pre Christmas detox to keep me feeling confident and healthy!

I’ll be partaking in this regardless, but obviously if any of you also want to get involved that would be great! We can share our stories and keep each other motivated every step of the way and hopefully also develop some long lasting habits too 🙂

So what does No Shit November actually involve? For me it’s all about trying to be better. Whether that is clean eating, more exercise or just generally cutting the nonsense which I convince myself is okay:

  • Reduce intake of processed meats and stick to lean meats and fish
  • Minimal carbs at dinner time (try to eat carbs only at breakfast and lunch)
  • Only drink water or sugar free squash. No fruit juices, fizzy drinks or alcohol!
  • Increase activity levels and aim to get back to the gym regularly
  • Proper skin care including cleansing, toning and moisturising (which I haven’t been doing as much recently!)
  • Making time to chill either with activity which requires less brainpower such as drawing, reading or yoga
  • Try new things be it activity, food etc to make sure mental wellbeing is as important as physical
  • Get into a regular sleep/wake pattern and stop snoozing my alarm!

I’ll post my updates, measurements etc as regularly as possible and also aim to take a daily selfie of face and body to try to put together a before and after vid for the month 🙂

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Yup, this is where I’m at right now :/

So even if you don’t want to take part, stay tuned for all my updates (good and bad as I’m not afraid to hold my hands up when things don’t go to plan) and send me your positive thoughts!

Lots of daily updates will be coming mostly through my Twitter and Instagram feeds so make sure you follow me there if you don’t already 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Keeping mind and body healthy at work

So as you all know I’ve been trying to be healthier lately and after signing up for a 10 mile run later this year it is now more important than ever!

Considering that most of us spend more time at work than we do at home I thought I would write a post about what I do to help keep my workspace healthy all inspired by a company called We Work.

WeWork is a really cool coworking company that builds communities to empower people to do what they love. Throughout their expansion, creative and healthy work spaces continue to be a major focus for them which is something I’m totally on board with as I’m lucky enough to work wih an amazing group of people in an amazing space!

So here is a bit more on how I can keep workspace healthy…

I work in an open plan office and am lucky enough that we have free vending machines for drinks like tea, juices and coffee and we also have a bistro which serves a selection of hot and cold foods each day for breakfast and lunch. As well as that our building is in a really good location and is walking distance to loads of lovely fast food outlets, so temptation to be naughty is all around! My first tip for keeping my workplace healthy is to be prepared. It is the days where I haven’t packed a lunch and snacks that I tend to make bad choices so being organised is definitely key! I take breakfast with me which is usually a protein shake or smoothie, followed by lunch which is usually meat and vegetables, salad or sometimes rice and then snacks include fruits and nuts.

My second tip is all about drinking enough water! I am a sweet drink fiend! I don’t like hot drinks so my treats are usually fruit juice or cola which are both full of sugar 😦 I find that sometimes if I haven’t had a great sleep and I have been pretty busy I can get a headache or feel sleepy and usually that means I turn to a sugary drink to pick me up where others would go and get a cup of coffee. However, I now find that actually I get less sleepy and irritable when I drink plenty of water. I aim for 2-3 litres everyday at the moment and have purchased a 1 litre bottle so that I know I need to drink at least the whole thing before lunch and then the same again before I go home! I used to have a smaller bottle but when I finished it I always forgot to go and fill it up again, so now I can get past that and am definitely drinking more as a result 🙂

The last thing I do which I find really helps is I try to stay as active as I can! Working in an office is pretty sedentary, but wherever possible I get up and go to speak to people, go out for walks in my lunch breaks and also have signed up for lunchtime exercise classes such as yoga and pilates to get me away from my desk and using my muscles. When that isn’t possible I also try to do stretches and have little breaks just to give my brain a rest which is really important and actually often make me more productive than it would if I just strapped myself to my desk and ploughed on.

Even though this post is mostly about keeping your body healthy (because it is so hard to do when you are sat behind a desk all day) keeping your mind healthy is also really important! I do yoga and pilates in my lunch break twice a week and try to get out for walks as often as possible. I also let everyone know when I am not feeling so great or a bit tired so we can talk it out to get out some stress or do some stretching to wake me up a bit – so probably my most important tip is about keeping your mind healthy!

Hopefully you found this interesting and a little bit different to my normal posts – I love writing about this kind of thing because it is so important to look after yourself as much as you can and people always seem to neglect their health at work with the stresses of everything else going on!

Share, like and comment if you liked this and please don’t forget to follow too!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Fat Loss Mission – Bikini fear and brand new adventures

Hey everyone,

It’s been such a long time since I last updated you on my fatloss journey and there have been many reasons behind it. Firstly, I haven’t been eating so great so haven’t seen many changes despite exercising loads (they do say abs are prepared in the gym and shown in the kitchen after all!) and I haven’t been posting as frequently as I had been recently either.

Anyway here are my latest measurements:

Bust: 36 inches (+0.5 from last update)

Waist: 28.5 inches (-0.5 from last update)

Hips: 35 inches (-1 from last update)

Arm: 12 inches

Thigh: 23.5 inches

Bum: 39.5 inches

Weight: 10st (-1lbs from last update)

So other than some minute differences in my stats from last update, there are some massive things I need to fill you in on! I have 6 weeks left until my holiday and have (stupidly some may say) also signed up to a 10 mile run at the end of October (bear in mind I can run about 1 mile at the moment)

So all this means, more intense training and the necessity to fuel my body better to be able to train harder. By all accounts since I signed up on Friday my eating has been dreadful and my training has been mediocre, but I literally have no excuses left now, so let’s have one last weekend of being naughty and now it is time to get on it for good, otherwise I am going to be left at the finish line!

I’ll keep you updated on my training and fatloss as usual over the next weeks and months – hope your all getting on better than I have been recently! Please let me know how you are getting on and how you get out of training and diet slumps in the comments below 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx