20/04/2020

Blonde Vs Working From Home!

I felt like I had to live the lifestyle for a little bit before I could address this one.
I'll be real with you, it took me the first 3 weeks of lockdown to get into flow, build firm habits.


My lockdown started 4 weeks ago because I had a cold that sent me into isolation as the Pandemic began taking form in the UK. Talk about crap timing, I hardly ever get sick!
Working from home, is not as appealing as it would first seem. Initially I got back ache because I would literally sit at my desk for 8 hours solid. My eyes would sting because I was constantly staring at my screen, and we had to adjust to being entirely paperless - something my job where I am has never been. I felt like I was going from my bed to my desk to my bed for the first week.


By week 2 I knew I had to get some healthy routine in place for myself otherwise this lockdown was going to be even harder than it already is.


So here is the current weekday routine:

  • 5.30am the alarm goes off, this on the other side of my room and I have housemates. Not wanting to piss them off is what gets me out of bed in the mornings.
  • Down a bottle of water to rehydrate, make a coffee to dehydrate..
  • Get in the shower, stare into space for about 5 minutes until the shower finally starts to wake me up.
  • Shave and all that jazz. (My legs not my beard you cheeky monkeys)
  • Sit in my towel staring at the wall for about 5 minutes, then start hair, make up and so on. I normally have a youtube video or audio book on in the background and I drink the coffee I made as I get myself together for the day.
  • Get dressed, make another coffee.. (don't judge me) and some breakfast.
  • Journal my daily gratitudes and affirmations.
  • Read a daily page of the Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer Post my daily gratitude / 366 on Instagram.
  • Brush my teeth.
  • Guided meditation (I find them on youtube) 5-15 minutes depending on how much time I have left over.
  • 8.30am - Log into work.
  • 10.30am - Force myself to take a break - walk away from my desk for 5 minutes to make a drink or a snack.
  • 12.30pm - either go for a walk or do 30 minutes of home workout or yoga. Make and eat some lunch and back at my desk for 13.15.
  • 15.15 - take a 5 minute break - walk away from the desk.
  • Continue work until 17.15 and then log out for the day. If I didn't take a walk in my lunch I will do so then, or exercise. Basically the opposite of what I did at lunch is what I will do to wind down before making dinner and relaxing for the evening.


So that is my daily routine that is keeping me sane. If I get a little lonely, which to be honest I don't I have a daily video meeting online with my colleagues and we keep in touch via WhatsApp through out the day, but if I do feel a little lonely or uninspired I will put a audio book on in the background for company.
Here are some things I am really strict to myself about: 


  1. Always, always - getting myself dressed and put together as if I would when showing up for anything else. I tried working in my PJs the first day, it was the most unproductive day ever.
  2. I never have the TV or anything that can really distract me from my workload
  3. I have to get up and walk around and be active every 2-3 hours for maximum productivity
  4. Drinking a minimum of 2L water through out the work day to keep my brain fresh
  5. Not slacking, if anything - I work harder from home - just don't tell my boss because I kinda really miss my comfy office chair!

Much Love, Blondie xox

19/04/2020

Baking with Blondie: Healthy Oat Bread Thingy!

Whilst I enjoy being creative in the kitchen - I'm a busy woman (when there's not a pandemic) and I am what they would call a very slap dash cook.
For this reason quite often it's hard to write up recipes because I'll follow half a recipe from a book, and then wing the rest with my a little bit of this and a little bit of that method...
I'm random, of course my style of cooking is going to be random right?
Anyways, I found and adapted the following recipe to my taste in one of my many healthy eating books that I buy and never make anything out off....
What better time is there to get creative on our food with all this time on our hands?
I present to you: Healthy Oat Bread Thingy! Most of the ingredients you likely already have to hand and all of them are easy to get, unlike loo roll currently.




Ingredients:
  • 300g easy cook oats
  • 400g 0% fat free natural yoghurt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 70g seeds
  • Another 10g seeds to top
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian chopped herbs
  • 1 tsp pink salt (mineral rich!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Method of madness:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree's Celsius
  2. Combine the oats, 70g seeds, baking powder & salt in a large mixing bowl
  3. Stir in the eggs and yoghurt and give it a really good mix
  4. Pour your mix into a lightly greased non stick bread tin
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 180 then turn the oven down to 150 for a further 25 minutes.


Enjoy! Blondie xox

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