Guess What Im Doing…AGAIN and a Happy Ending

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Did you guess correctly?
Yes, I am packing…AGAIN.

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 I have been packing since 9:30 am, it’s 6pm here BTW.
Gosh, I love packing and unpacking and repacking.
Honestly, I’m super excited to get into the city so I guess I don’t mind that much.

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OK…maybe I mind a tiny bit.
I still haven’t showered since after my killer run this morning.
(sorry, a little TMI)

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The morning was chilly and it felt so good!
The miles were piling on and then I had a low BS (blood sugar).
I stopped and treated it and all was fine.
I ended the 5 with a ton of lunges, squats, pushups and more.
I felt good and so I started to walk the 2 miles home, all while drinking a sugary sports drink.
About half way, DEX started buzzing.
WHAT?!?!
How did I go from 100 to 41?
41 is NOT good folks.
I had 1 gel and took it and thought I was only half a mile from home.
A couple minutes later, DEX informed me I was dangerously LOW.
It’s been almost 2 years and I’ve never passed out for a low.
I knew I was a ways away with no stores close by, so I went up to a  house and asked for sugar.
The idiot who answered told me he only had alcohol….seriously?!?!
I’m close to passing out and this a-hole wants to make me drink at 9am.
Trying not panic, I see a lady across the street and ask her, MUCH better response.
She invited in and gave me some juice.
Turns out a close friend of hers has T1D and she has low blood sugar.
In fact, 3 days prior, she passed out at the bank!
She felt like it was karma since someone helped her…
I love it when life happens that way!
After resting, checking out her garden and meeting her pet bunny, I left.
There’s that “happy ending” I mentioned in the title…lol
Then, I got to work packing.
Packing is 98% done and tomorrow…
Ill be resting in a air-conditioned apt in the city!

Have You Ever Had to Ask a Stranger for Emergency Help?

Sticky Chicken Watermelon Noodle Salad

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 Doesn’t that look amazing?!?!
That was my dinner last night, thanks to Mr Jamie Oliver.
He’s got a killer show here in the U.K. called 15 minute meals.
I saw this yesterday and thought it looked amazing.
Plus, I’ve never used Chinese five spice before so I was intrigued.
I had to make a couple modifications but it was delicious and the hubby loved it too.
There is so many textures – soft noodles, crispy noodles, watermelon, lettuce, cashews…
It’s BIG of flavor, healthy and quick and easy to make….
A perfect Summer salad combination!

Sticky Chicken Watermelon Noodle Salad
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Ingredients
  • 2 nests of thin rice noodles
  • ½ Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups watermelon
  • Head of bib lettuce
  • Half a bunch of scallions
  • Half a bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ Tbsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce (i used a mix of maple syrup with a dash of Tabasco)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • handful of cashews - crushed
  • Dressing - can be made the day or two before
  • 1 Tbsp low-salt soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Half a fresh red chilli
  • half a bunch of chives
  • half a bunch of cilantro
  • 1 limes - juiced
  • 1 small clove of garlic
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, fully submerge the noodles in boiling water. They will be done in 8 minutes.
  2. On a large sheet of parchment paper, toss the chicken with salt, pepper and the five-spice.
  3. Fold over the paper, then bash and flatten the chicken with a rolling pin.
  4. Put into the large frying pan with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, turning after 3 or 4 minutes, until nicely charred and cooked through.
  5. Drain the noodles and toss with 1 Tbsp of sesame oil on a big serving platter.
  6. Put half of the noodles into the medium frying pan, tossing regularly until nice and crunchy.
  7. Remove the watermelon skin, cut the flesh into erratic chunks and add to the platter.
  8. Trim the lettuces and cut into small wedges and half a bunch of leafy cilantro and scatter over the platter.
  9. Put the other half of the cilantro bunch, the soy sauce, chili, chives, peanut butter, a splash of water, 1 tsp of sesame oil and the lime juice, then blend until smooth.
  10. Put the chicken back on the heat, drizzle with the sweet chilli sauce (or my maple syrup mix) and toss with the sesame seeds.
  11. Pour the dressing over the salad & toss gently with clean fingers until well coated, add crispy noodles and crushed cashews.
  12. Chop chicken in pieces and add to salad.

 

 

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It’s Wednesday so that means it’s food sharing time!!!
Happy WIAWlet’s get started.

WIAWbuttonBreakfast –  2 salt & vinegar topped with hummus, flax, chia, dukkah and hard boiled egg

20140730-075114-28274669.jpgSnack – 1/2 of a Oreo Quest bar
Water – 60oz throughout the day
Running Fuel –  24oz water mixed with 1 sports drink, 1/2 bag of honey stinger gummies

20140730-074148-27708316.jpgLunch –  glass of Sauvignon Blanc, mushroom toast
Snack - cucumber sticks, handful of pretzels
Dinner Sticky Chicken Watermelon Noodle Salad, glass of red wine

limit_640_698faff7d579e6dcea7ed6ef8a648224~ WORKOUT UPDATE ~

Monday
– Hit my 15,000 step goal, waterskied
Tuesday –  Hit 24,000 steps, walked 2 miles to run 5, stretched, worked on pull ups
Wednesday – Easy 3 mile run, streching (so sore from water skiing), start new ab routine
Thursday’s Plan - circuit training
Friday’s Plan – Moving into the city so not sure

Happy HUMP Day!

Can you believe that people in London haven’t ever seen the GEICO Hump Day commercial?!?!
I’ve made it my personal goal to show it to everyone…

 

4 Edibles I’m Loving in London

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Since moving to London, I’ve been eating a bit differently.
Partly because my corporate let apt has a tiny kitchen and a VERY tiny fridge.
But also because moving to a new country means new grocery items.
In Trinidad, I discovered that a mix of half gatorade/half water was a perfect running drink…
However, I can’t seem to find it anywhere!!!
Thank goodness there is Lucozade, crazy name but delicious in flavor.

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This one isn’t new to me, I adore Maldon Sea Salt.
But the price for it is…less than a pound a box!
OMG – literally I squealed with excitement when I saw the price.
#somethingsRcheaperinLondon

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Ya know how you read about something new and then you see it?
Yesterday I read this article about eggs and noticed something mentioned that I had ever heard of before…
DUKKAH
Then, when I went to buy spices at the grocery store, I saw it staring at me.
Of course I bought some and then ran home to try it out.
This stuff is AWESOME!
Go and buy some, if you can’t find it, order some online – it’s sooo good.

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I know I am about 5 million years late to the Chia Seed party but I’m onboard now.
Bought these at Costco (yes, they are in the UK) and have been sprinkling 1 Tbsp on something I eat everyday.
These seeds pack a serious health punch and are taste-free but add a killer texture to just about anything.

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I’m orally fixated – (go ahead insert joke here).
Either I’m chewing on a pen cap or snacking on something, constantly.
That is why having snacks that are low cal on hand are very important for me.
I am also one of those weird people that love rice cakes, seriously I adore them.
So, when I stumbled upon these little puffs of deliciousness…
Let’s just say, it was love at 1st bite!
A fan of salt & vinegar potato chips, I know what I’m bringing home to my mom and sister…
We need these fabulous things in the US ASAP.

Tell Me About an Edible You Love Right Now