Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Last Time I EVER Ride A Bike

I'm back in France at the moment, visiting my boyf, although sadly only until tomorrow afternoon - cue uncontrolled sobbing for six hours on le bateau home.
He absolutely loves cycling and belongs to a club and competes etc. I, however, have never been a fan of the humble bicycle; outside my old house, I used to cycle up one end of the road, get off, turn the bike around, and cycle back. I learnt to ride a bike properly around 7, then a couple of years later was cycling with my brother and his friend Kevin, and they said:
"Take your hands of the handlebars, you'll be fine, it's really easy!"
I distinctly remember falling off. And going into the house with two very sore hands, probably in a sulk.
But today I thought it might be nice to go for a cycle, as boyf lives in a lovely area and I really wanted to move ma bodyy. How naive; I couldn't get on the thing at first, then boyf gave me a push which was scary enough, then I wobbled all over the road, then I fell to one side because I went off the road, then I couldn't stop because I wasn't holding the handlebars correctly (I mean, how hard can it be????). Boyf had to cycle in front of me and grab the bike, while I shrieked "Help me, help me, I can't stop, help me!". Tres embarressing.
I actually hate cycling. It hurt my bumbum, I had no control, I felt unsafe and I'm so bad at it. So, I'm never going to cycle again. Horse riding is much safer and a pony is much easier to control!
The next two posts are not fitness related, as I have two reviews to put up: Pitch Perfect and Anna Karenina.

Until then, au revoir


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pulsin' Products

Morning one and all.

A couple of weeks ago, I went into my local GNC to pick up a couple of Bounce bars after one of the best and sweatiest workouts of my life (new favourite move: deadlifts. I'm only up to 20kg but my aim after 18% body fat is to be able to deadlift 50kg).

While browsing the vegan aisle, I came across Pulsin' bars. I picked up: Energy Bomb! Raw Choc, Maple and Peanut Protein, Protein Sport Maple Peanut Crisp and Raw Choc Brownie. I also picked up some Pulsin' protein: Hemp powder and Pea powder.

Here are my thoughts:

Energy Bomb! Raw Choc - Vegan

Super, super yum. Tasted similar to a Cocoa Nakd bar. I won't repeat the product description, because you can find that online (I'll upload the link at the end of this post), but the important details are:

188 calories, 3.2 grams of protein, 28.2 grams of carbs, 7.4 grams of fat and 2 grams of fibre.

I would, and have, bought this again, because even if you aren't exercising that day it's a healthier option for a cheeky chocolatey snack. It's delicious, and whether you're hitting the library for a hardcore dissertation session or hitting the gym, it's a really good snack for before and/or after. So if you break a mental or physical sweat, this is a good source of energy to have with you!

Maple and Peanut Protein - Vegan

I wasn't thrilled with this bar. It had a strange, powdery taste, which was disappointing as I'm sure you agree maple and peanut sounds like a winning combination. The details are:

226 calores, 12.1 grams of protein, 16.8 grams of carbs, 11.9 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of fibre.

This bar is probably better for a gym workout because of the higher protein content, and it is recommended as a recovery bar, however I haven't bought this again because it tasted quite bland.

Protein Sport Maple Peanut Crisp - Vegetarian

This bar was slightly less bland-tasting than Maple Peanut Protein, and had yummy crispy bits in which made a nice texture change from the other bar.

210 calories, 15.1 grams of protein, 18.6 grams of carbs, 7.6 grams of fat. There are no fibre details online, and as I threw the wrapper away, I can't inform you.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again, mostly because I prefer the two chocolately flavours, but I wouldn't be sad if it was the only healthy snack option available post-workout. The high protein content makes it extremely viable for a workout snack, so if you're deciding between this bar and Maple and Peanut Protein, I'd pick this one.

Raw Choc Brownie - Vegan

The shop assistant raved about these to me when I was browsing, and I have to say he was so right - this is the single most delicious healthy snack I've ever eaten. Yum yum and thrice yum. I have already bought more of these, and they are another reason to look forward to Gym Mondays.

200 calories, 4.3 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbs, 8.8 grams of fat, 2.2 grams of fibre.

Everyone and their nan should try one of these. They are super delicious, and I love that there are whole almonds in this. A pleasant surprise when taking a bite is getting a whole almond with it, in my view. Unless you're allergic to nuts, in which case, not so good.

Hemp Protein Powder

I wanted to try a different form of protein; however, I will not be using anymore of this. I also intend to take the Pea protein back. It is pretty gross, and when I added some to my porridge, it looked like something Shrek sneezed out.

Annoyingly, when I went back to GNC, the shop assistant told me that the Hemp is mostly carbs anyway – the complete opposite to what I want.

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases, and would recommend Pulsin’ bars. I need to find my receipt to tell you how much I paid for everything, so I’ll come back later and append the prices J


Saturday, 9 February 2013


So I was compiling a semi-interesting post this week about some new snacks I've been trying out, when an incident last night prompted me to write this post.
It's about drinking, and not the healthy water kind.
I'm not here to preach or pretend that I'm a perfect drunk, but after a couple of bad incidences with vodka, I've been successfully avoiding disastrous nights (caused by myself) by taking the responsible choice not to drink vodka anymore. I'm still at Uni, and drinking is obviously a big part of the culture; with a vodka lemonade around £1.50 at the Student Union, it's very easy for hard-up students to have a few whilst out partying.
However, after an incident last night with a boy (I hesitate to say man because, while an adult, his conduct defies being able to be defined as such) who consistantly behaves unacceptably while drunk. And I'm not talking a bit silly, a bit annoying, but otherwise manageable. I mean strange; taking photos of girls without them knowing, following girls around and standing uncomfortably close for no reason, being aggressive, being antagonist, and staring for long periods of time at girls without moving. Doesn't that sound like a horrible way to spend an evening, being targeted by someone who makes me feel that I would genuinely fear for the safety of myself and my friends if they were alone with him?
Unfortunately last night this is exactly what happened, and the worst part was the excuse:
"He's just drunk."
No, he's not just drunk. He's taken the decision to get drunk, knowing his behaviour is frequently criticised as being inappropriate, and I am yet to see him behaviour appropriately when drunk.
I won't say much more, except it's time that people stopped using this as an excuse.
If you know you can be a bad drinker, why do you still do it? You ruin your night, your friends night, and probably upset people you don't even know. I recognise from my own behaviour that I would rather keep my friends than have a few drinks.
I'm 23 this August, and I feel that the time really has passed for making stupid drunken mistakes. Of course I love going out on a Wednesday and dancing like a crazy person with my housemates, but I also know that I don't like the feeling of waking up and having to ask, "What happened last night? Did I upset anyone last night?"
So all I'm asking is that please, please be responsible when you drink. You're an adult, and no one else can take responsibility for your behaviour anymore, it really is down to you.