Eats and Feats

Hello there, hope you’re having a lovely weekend and not suffering too much in the heat!

It feels so good to get back to my regular end of week posts, I’ve been filling the 21DSD recaps (week one, two, three) with my food and workouts but I much prefer this format – especially as the 21 days have elapsed.

They may have elapsed but I’m still sticking to my modified version of the plan, it works so well for me and  I’m seeing so many benefits – from whiter teeth, smoother hair, stronger nails, clear skin, energy, stress levels etc.


It hasn’t helped with my inability to wear heels without looking stupid though..

This week has been a busy one for me, after working the weekend I was hoping for a little respite but alas it was not to be.

I’ve been trucking through and swapped working out-time for social time instead, which was very needed. I think we often underestimate the need for it in our lives (I certainly do!).

On Monday, I went out for dinner at the brilliant Aqua with my friend Lisa, who has just moved to Bristol. Very needed girl time :)

Tuesday was a loud one as James’ band was playing a gig at The Fleece, they were absolutely brilliant and it was great to see a stage with space for the seven players!


On Wednesday, I was working relatively close to my Dad’s home, so headed there to file my copy and babysit my favourite lad.


That’s his ‘stop working and playyyy’ look. Having his company actually made me quite productive though.


Even when he started snoring very loudly by my feet!

My Dad was brilliant and kept excitedly bringing me cups of coffee from his new Nespresso machine (“pick a colour Claire!”) and even lunch from M&S.


Of course, when work was done I was able to go for a walk with Dad and Harry-Dog, which I think went down well ;)


We checked out the tallest yew hedge in England on our travels, it’s a staggering 40ft high.


I was working in Oxford on Thursday and Friday and stupidly thought taking the train was a fun option.

Every journey was delayed and I’m still suffering from having to wear my backpack while stood up in a crammed train (two hours late!) for two hours.

To top it off, I got whacked in the face by a cycle helmet as I left the train. It just about summed the two days up!



Spicy chicken with asparagus, avocado, salad, olives, cucumber, tomatoes


Turkey burgers with avo, salad and sweet potato


Grilled haddock with avocado, salad and sweet potato

I had banana pancakes for breakfast every day – we made them the previous evening, let them cool on kitchen roll, spread almond butter on and boxed up for the morning. So filling and delicious!


Sun: Run 3.2 miles

Mon: Run 3.5 miles, 40 minutes blogilates abs

Tues: Walking

Wed: Walking, carrying Harry-Dog

Thurs: Walking

Fri: Walking

Sat: Walking

Lots and lots of walking this week, which is a-okay by me! It would have been nice to fit in another run but I know there was absolutely no time to – I left for work at 6.30am and got back at 8.30-9pm every day apart from Monday.

Speaking of non-exercise feats, I feel Meeko has been a little neglected on the blog recently.


He’s such a hot hammy, the other day I let him lie on a fridge-cold bag of salad and bag which seemed to cool him down.

The heat has made him extra clingy, he loves his cuddles – especially when I wash my hands in freezing water before hand.


That little foot!

* Do you like taking the train? 

* Do you feel you get enough social time?

About Flake And Cake

I'm a reporter based in Bristol who loves to wear stripes, write in shorthand and attempt to make great strides in running.
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22 Responses to Eats and Feats

  1. As I said before, I honestly don’t know how you do it and manage to fit in exercise and a social life – you’re a serious superwoman!

  2. Oh sweetie that trip to Oxford – you poor thing! On a more positive note you are looking BEAUT in that photo, I see no heel awkardness at all! Although I must say I’m a chunky heels girl… Major lack of coordination here.

    • It was pretty horrific!
      Haha thanks, glad to hear my lack of heel skills isn’t too noticeable because I’ve got to rock them on Thursday. Chunky heels are the only way to go!

  3. Yes, more Meeko :) I’m so over the heat now, it’s disgustingly hot/humid and makes doing anything (like packing up our house yest) incredibly difficult! I won a Nespresso machine last year, neither me or Nick drink so I gave it to my mum and she loves it!

  4. dgobs says:

    I think you look absolutely fine in those heels! And if you can walk in them without tripping yourself every few minutes, then you’re way less awkward in heels than I am ;)

    I’m sorry about your awful train journey, ugh! I’ve taken the train 3 times in the UK; twice were brilliant because they were off-peak so I had a seat and could enjoy watching the scenery pass by the window, but the third time was so crowded I had to sit on the floor next to the loo. Not entirely pleasant! Have you heard of the book “Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time” or the blog Letters to First Great Western ( I get the feeling that trains to and from Oxford aren’t always the most reliable ;)

    • Thanks! Ah the walking part.. still something I’m building up ;) Standing up in them is the main thing, right?!
      Ooo thanks for the link, definitely sharing some anger on there!

  5. leannenalani says:

    I also underestimate my need or social time. As an introvert I often think all I need is my husband and my dog, but whenever we get together with people it satisfied a need.I don’t usually notice.

    I haven’t taken the train in a very long time but I remember it being ok. Nothing to write home about, but kind of a cool different experience. Sounds like yours wasn’t that great, though!

  6. AnnaTheApple says:

    URRRGHH I hate trains. I hate getting them, being on them, buying tickets for then…everything about them! So stressful, dirty, busy, hot and annoying.
    I like the amount of social time I get. It’s mainly with my running friends or close friends, or just Ben some times. But I love having a quiet weekend when it’s just Ben and me and we watch a film and go for a bike ride :)

  7. Awwwwh, that hamster is so cute! I feel like laying on a big bag of cold salad at the moment too. It is just too hot!

  8. I love your dress, you look lovely in that picture :) I spent some time at my Mum’s yesterday and go the same treatment, I literally walked through the door “the coffee machine is on, what kind do you want” even though I’m a grown up, some mummy time is good! You said you skipped workouts for social time but look at all that ‘time on feet’ two great runs and loads of walking! That’s not skipping ;)

    I had my trainers fitted by a lady with a black eye caused by coming face to face with a cycle helmet on another cyclist – they are dangerous things! haha.

  9. He is so adorable! I bought my mam and dad a coffee machine for Christmas and get asked the same thing when I’m over, that does sound like a nice environment to work in. Hope you didn’t get too hurt by that cyclists helmet, ouch!

  10. Uh oh, cyclist aggression in Oxford! I can only apologise for my kind! I am constantly swinging my helmet into people as I clip it to my rucksack strap when walking around :/ The trains are awful though, I feel your pain. That’s why I cycle everywhere in and around Oxford! Although clearly not to/from Bristol, that would be crazy! Hopefully better time next time you’re in my city!
    Louise x

    • That’s exactly what happened to me – his helmet just swung round and caught me as he pushed past.
      My sister cycles everywhere in Oxford too (she’s a student there) and loves it. xx

  11. I like trains when it is not rush hour, as you can listen to a podcast and chill out (or chat if you are with people)- no navigating or traffic jams or parking on steep hills, but during rush hour I really hate them- I like personal space. Plus commuters who get them regularly know where they are going, whereas I need time to check and re-check the platform number etc, so I think I get in their way a bit!

    • Going against the flow of commuters while trying to find a platform seems to be a talent of mine – I always end up spending ages trying to be polite then just barging through. Don’t think I could commute every day!

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