I have decided to take my fitness regime to the next level and eat clean on the caveman diet!
I have never been a big fan of carbohydrates, and except for cakes, sweet potato and Jordan’s Cereal, carbohydrates don’t play a big role in my diet.
The caveman plan includes fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. It does not include dairy or whole grains.
I have already noticed that I miss my milk and cereal in the morning, but I am going to stick with the new regime for the entirety of lent, with one cheat day a week to allow for milk and cheese if I am struggling!
I think this will be an opportunity for me to keep a food diary, learn new recipes and see more evident changes in my muscle definition.
Day 1: 05.03.14
I fast from refined food all day, and ate a banana, a handful of raisins and tomato soap with eggs.
I drank LOTS of water and green tea.
I felt slightly unfocussed but fresh and energised.
Day 2: 06.03.14
Breakfast: banana mixed with 1 egg and a sprinkle of unrefined sugar= pancake/banana scrambled egg; delicious.
AM snack: raisins and green tea
Lunch: prawns, carrots and butternut squash.
PM snack: banana
Dinner: Cod, garlic and chives with asparagus
PM snack: blueberries and strawberries
I drank LOTS of water.
Today I felt very fatigued, I think I need to increase the calories I am eating so I am going to prepare meat and vegetable snack pots.
Gym: Rowing machine, barbell arm work, leg press, leg extension, abs, back, squats, hill climbing and tabata training (20 seconds squats, 10 second rest, 20 second jumping squats, 10 second rest, 20 second chest press, 10 second rest, 20 second floor climbing, 10 second rest REPEATX3)
On 11th February I took my brother (took myself) to see Taylor Swift at the O2!
I am not embarrassed to admit that from the age of 14 Taylor Swift has been my not so guilty pleasure. She was there for me when I was a naive teenager with Fifteen, supported me through crushes that seemed like the most important situations in the world with You Belong With Me and Love Story and now she inspires me with the colours and the new energy that comes with being a young woman in her Red album.
I’ve always wanted to see Taylor Swift live and I suppose seeing her at the age of 21 may be a bit slow off the mark, but I think that it was actually a beautiful reality check for me that showed me what has changed and how what was relevant to me at 15, is still relevant to my brother at 15 (yes he enjoyed the concert as much as I did). I actually read in the guardian that Taylor Swift is like ’a professional big sister’ and she’s very good at it, everyone in the audience listened and loved Taylor’s lyrics - somehow understanding them and relating to them on their own personal level.
I have been to many concerts, but the Red concert was more intimate than to those I have been to before. What is in fact a 15000 strong crowd-filled O2 arena somehow felt like a trusted environment where you could completely let loose and touch base with your emotions. I think that was exactly what Taylor was going for however! She ended the show by thanking us ‘for deciding to hang out with’ her ‘as there are a thousand other things we could be doing’ - making the entire concert seem like a one on one, personal hang out.
I’m glad I have seen Taylor, and I am glad to know that my past self was safe in her lyrical advice and that my present self is safe in whatever colours life splashes me with and that my future self should never be afraid to go back or for new beginnings.. and that’s all I know until the next album!
Today I made an exciting discovery. No he wasn’t behind me but I found a pantomime that also acted as a personal shopping experience! Now in 2012 I went to see Dick Whittington at the Victoria Theatre in Woking. I was blown away by the advances of pantomimes today…there was a 3D section, break-dancing rats and Pudsey the dog was even in it! I think I enjoyed it just as much as the children in the audience, and it was the best pantomime I have ever seen until this…
As a theatre graduate I am very intrigued and inspired by the use of theatre and performance in innovative ways.
On 29 and 30 November, the online retailer eBay staged a production of Cinderella with a ‘unique shopping twist’ at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
The performers on stage would freeze at intervals, where the Fairy Godmother would focus on characters and say ‘I’m here to inspire you to buy lots of lovely things this Christmas [for your mum/dad/sister etc].’ The audience members would have iPads on there seats, on which they could decide between 3 gifts for that character/person in their lives and at the end of the performance a gift list would be emailed to them - AMAZING! The most relaxing, enjoyable and simple shopping experience in the realm of Christmas. This was fantastic press for eBay as it really highlighted the frictionless shopping experience the platform offers.
You probably think this unique opportunity would come at a pricey stall ticket but all I can say to that is OH NO IT DIDN’T…tickets were £6 and all proceeds went to The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust charity. (awwwww)
I did not get to go to this pantomime but I will definitely be looking out for a similar experience this year and look in to using similar ideas in my own press career.
‘This is a bespoke theatre performance designed to showcase our gift selection at Christmas,’ said Steven Heywood of eBay’s corporate communications team. ‘Our aim is to provide an interactive experience with a fresh take on a traditional pantomime that provides a fun, thought provoking showcase of the rising importance of entertainment and engagement in shopping.’
Now let’s sing a song!