Tackling the Great Swim and flipping tyres

This week I’ve been muchos outdoorsie! @paul_Boys took our session outside. Paul spent 11 years as a PT in the army.

So if there’s a tree trunk/ tyre/ slab of stone/hefty person lying about, he’s usually lifting it/running a stupid distance with it strapped to his back. So I was pretty nervous when he told me we were venturing outside! Sure as eggs are eggs, there lay a large tyre (on the field, not my tummy).

Paul Boys

Paul Boys

 

Yup, this 60kg vehicle piece had my name written all over it. We took no prisoners! With several laps of squatted tyre flipping, travelling jumping squats, walking lunges and hill sprints. It felt great (I’m so weird)!! Nothing beats the feeling of a mega training session outside and it just reiterates the point that you don’t need to join a gym to stay fit, if you’re a bit skint. I’m a firm believer in the guidance of a good PT, but there are ways and means outside of this.

Heavy stuff

Heavy stuff

I always see health and fitness as – ‘you either pay now… Or pay later’! If your washing machine was broke, you’d hire a pro to fix it right? Same principle in my book! I’ll be posting more outdoor exercises of the next few weeks. There’s loads you can do guys and it’s great fun for all the family.


Tyre workout

Tyre workout

I know what you’re waiting for. How did the Great Swim go?! Well, we arrived into Windermere the night before the swim. Our hotel is right on the lake, literally, you could throw a stone into the lake from our window (please don’t try this). Which made us incredibly nervous! We could see the evening swim groups crawling out of the lake – exhausted and some very emotional after completing their swim. The hotel had no ‘good carbs’ on the menu, so I delved into a plate of chips – what?? It will restore liver glycogen which I’ll need for the morning… Ahem…

The Great Swim with my other half

The Great Swim with my other half

After ‘carbing up’ we went for a stroll lakeside. I dipped a trotter in this vast beauty and let out a little yelp – which confirmed to Thomas (my better half that I have roped into swimming too), what we indeed feared…It’s colder than a snowman’s rude bits! In the morning we head down to the starting point where we were met by hundreds of other swimmers. In total 10,000 swam for varies charities that weekend. How amazing is that? Also at the starting point was the lovely Rebecca Adlington, who couldn’t stop giggling as I shrieked while acclimatizing myself to this mahooooosive lake.

The big day on the lake

The big day on the lake

‘Eva Price’s’ fake tan was firmly gone for a burton at this point. After prepping the crowds and telling them they looked like giant sperms, we were ready – this was it!! After weeks and weeks of worrying and practise we absolutely smashed it. In approx 18mins no less! Rebecca Adlington said she watched me and thought I was a great swimmer :-) chuffty badge for Cath please! The feeling of exhilaration and achievement afterwards was fantastic, I even managed a breathy interview half way around the course! Seriously good fun guys – you can still sign up for Great Swims up and down the country.

Beautiful view from the hotel

Beautiful view from the hotel

We’ve been filming in the sunshine too this week (which is always weird – it’s forever raining on them cobbles) I’m thinking now that Jason has the Builders Yard, Eva should give that place a makeover – what you reckon? Some flowery wallpaper? Pink chair covers? Diamanté hard hats? I wouldn’t put it past her to be honest!

We’ve got a lot of children in our family at present, which is lovely :-)I’m constantly trying new recipes to try and give them the nutrients they need without them throwing a paddy over ‘scary veg’! Dale Pinnock (dalepinnock.com) is full of bright ideas when it comes to keeping little ones healthy. Here’s a VERY simple idea:

Healthy food for kids

Healthy food for kids

Getting kids to eat more fresh food is quite an art form. I’d really love to tell you that there is one sure fire way, but alas, it is any imaginable combination of bartering, inspiration, and outright deception. Getting kids cooking with you can sometimes do the trick, it’s amazing what they will eat if they helped make it.

But, for some parents, the art of culinary deception is the key. This is literally a case of finding as many creative ways as possible to hide the good stuff in the foods that your child will eat.

One of my favourite tricks here is my ‘pumped up pasta sauce’. Many kids will happily munch on pasta and tomato sauce. It’s quite a failsafe. So how about making the tomato sauce and give it a mother of a facelift?


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Makes a decent sized batch – 3 servings roughly. Freezes great.

1 clove of garlic – finely chopped
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 small courgette – sliced then halved
3 handfuls of baby spinach
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp of tomato puree
Mixed herbs

Sauté the onion and garlic in a little olive oil, with a pinch of sea salt (ok, you don’t want to give your kids lots of salt, but you don’t want their food tasting of nothing either), until the onion has softened.

Add the courgette and continue to sauté until that has softened.

Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato puree, and simmer for 10 minutes until the tomato reduces to a thicker texture.

Add the spinach and the herbs, and transfer to a blender or food processor. Blend into a smooth tomato sauce – and hey presto! It looks, feels, and tastes like tomato sauce, and they will never know that they are guzzling down green vegetables – plus it won’t have all the sugar, transfats, additive and gunk that the version in a jar will have.”

I’ve made the sauce with courgette ribbons instead of pasta and it’s delicious! Give it a go guys!

Until Next week! Stay Happy,
Stay healthy and dream Big!

Auntie Cath xxx

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